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May 6, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 6, 2018


Good Morning Family!

I am writing this letter on Thursday morning, May 3rd. I have just returned from the Stone County Day of Prayer meeting up in Galena.

Because of the rain, it was not held on the courthouse lawn, but in the Stone County Annex building. First off, that was awesome to have a prayer service in a government funded facility. I guess since our county officials kind of spearhead this effort, there was no one to “tell on us”!

It lasted about an hour and there was standing room only and certain folks had been lined up ahead of time to offer prayers up for the different areas of our lives here in Stone County: law enforcement, schools, elected officials, veterans, and churches. A few people were there and brought worship in song as well.

Near the end, the program took a detour as one lady in attendance quietly went over to Brad Hudson, the county assessor who oversaw the prayer service. She requested to be able to voice a prayer for the families and residents of Stone County. I don’t believe she even revealed her name. She just said she had asked to be able to pray and said she was a home schooling mother of four and is concerned over the state of affairs in the county regarding families.

She prayed for fathers in Stone County to be the men they are supposed to be in leading their families in the ways of the Lord instead of some of them being the wrong kind of example or simply leaving their wives and children to fend for themselves spiritually. She prayed for mothers in our area to rely on the Lord to help them to step up to the plate and be the caregivers and nurturers God has called them to be as many have to pick up the slack.

In conclusion, she lifted up the children and teens of our county to turn to the Lord as their Father and to lay aside all of the worldly distractions and influences and to live for Christ and His Word. that short prayer, she totally encompassed the reason we do the work we do in our ministries here at FBCCF. It was an awesome prayer! May this continue to be our prayer and our purpose! The church is only as strong as the families and the community is only as strong as the churches.

As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills




April 29, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - April 29, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

This morning in our sermon time, we will have an “Encounter at Jacob’s Well”. This is the place where we see Jesus’ first time of sharing with a woman. I think this is really important as we see John record this meeting right here in the first section of his gospel.

 

In fact, when you read John’s account of the life of Jesus, you will begin to see a pattern of including women in the story. It’s not that Matthew, Mark, and Luke do not. Its just that it seems to be more prominent in the gospel of John.

 

Here Jesus encounters not a fisherman, not a Pharisee, but a woman doing what she did every day; drawing water from a well. It’s a good thing she didn’t have running water like us, or she might never had met Jesus. But, here is the thing, she met Jesus in the everyday hum drum of life. She didn’t expect it. She didn’t even know who He was when they first met.

 

But, it didn’t take long, and Jesus plainly shared with her that He was the unending, living water she was really needing. In fact, He clearly tells her that He is the Messiah. Then, He proves it to her.

 

What can we learn from this “Encounter at Jacob’s Well”? I want you to tune in and focus on the scriptures with me today and we will see together how Jesus meets people here they are and helps them to see the truest need in their heart. I am praying that someone here today will meet Him at their well here this morning and allow Him to meet their deepest need…the need for a Savior!

 

As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

 




April 19, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - April 22, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

 

          This morning I share an email I received last Saturday afternoon from Connie Sturgeon. Unfortunately, I had already checked email on that morning and did not see this one until later on Sunday.  I reprint it here for our church family:

 

Greetings from Heiligenkreuz Austria!                                                                                                                                   

We just finished dinner, dishes all done and are relaxing.  We are looking forward to tomorrow, Sunday.  The International Service is always a blessing.  This session there are students from eleven countries: Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Kyrgystan, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Tunisia and Ukraine.  The Professors are from United States, Estonia, Czech Republic.  There are five translators here, too.    

                                                                                                                                

Usually the evening after the students arrive, there is an informational meeting and prayer time to acknowledge staff and workers.  Gordon and I introduced ourselves that evening saying we are from Missouri.  Not many come from Missouri..mostly Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky.  Yesterday at breakfast I sat with one of the translators.  She was so excited to tell me that she had gone to SBU in Bolivar for one year on an invitation.  Her father was the president of the Baptist Union in Belarus and promoted TCM as do many of those in leadership positions in Europe.  She said she has many friends in Springfield, Nixa, etc.  The world is an even smaller place – every year!  

 

The days seem to be going fast.  God has blessed us with beautiful spring weather.  The grounds are blooming with wild primrose, violets, barlach ( wild garlic), edelweiss, dandelions, forsythia, tulips and hyacinths.  It’s beautiful – the hills are alive with the sound of music!  Gordon has been busy with some plumbing projects, mowing, painting, cleaning out the pond, dishes and lots of general work.  I'm in the office working on things for Graduation: gift wrapping Bibles, name tags, chair tags, table tags, place tags, door tags…you name it, I will tag it.  I’m gathering the First Aid kits and going through them to update the supplies, getting papers ready for the students, helping in the dining room, etc. 

 

Next week, the students will leave Wednesday and Thursday.  Short-term workers leave Friday and then the campus will be quiet again for a few days.  We have 5 days off and are planning a trip to Prague, Germany and around Austria.  Just day trips, but it will be interesting to see some of the world.  It will give us a chance to get caught up on sleep, laundry and prepare for the next group coming here.  With 125 coming for Graduation, it’s going to be a busy place!  Gordon will be moving chairs, tables, risers, and lots of stuff down to Stift Heiligenkreuz and then bringing it all back when we are done.  Graduation is April 29th.

Connie and Gordon

 

As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”  II Timothy 2:15          

 

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills




April 15, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - April 15, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

Up and down the temperature goes, but the work at FBCCF steadily goes on.  I simply cannot believe it is April already, and halfway through at that!

 

Please remember to pray for Gordon and Connie and their work at Haus Edelweiss in Austria as they work behind the scenes in support ministries for those attending ministry training.  Most of the students there are from Eastern European and Eastern bloc countries seeking to strengthen their present pastoral ministries by enhanced training at TCM Ministries near Vienna, Austria.  Pray for physical strength and health as Gordon and Connie serve.

 

Today, we will have our Quarterly Business Meeting/Potluck.  This time in our church is always a wonderful time of catching up on what is happening in the various ministries at FBCCF.  It is in these reports, that we see how the “various” work together for the “singular” vision of reaching and teaching here in Cape Fair and in ministries we support that extend beyond our physical area.

 

As an update, we are fast approaching a meeting of our church leadership with leadership of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches Recognition Council to formalize the beginning of our work and linkage with that Missions organization.  I am working closely with the director of the GARBC, John Greening, to schedule to video conference on a weekday sometime between May 15th and 25th.   The exact time is being coordinated as I write.  

 

I am excited about this new chapter in the life and ministry of FBCCF.  At the GARBC Annual Conference, we will be formally recognized and welcomed into the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches.  The conference this year is June 26-28 in Fishers, Indiana.  At that conference meeting, our church will be officially presented as the newest member of the Association through a picture presentation and pastoral statement letter of thanks and encouragement sent there from me on our behalf. 

 

As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”   II Timothy 2:15       

    

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

         




April 5, 2018, 8:47 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - April 1, 2018


Good Morning Family!

Interesting… April Fool’s Day falls on Easter this year.   If you try to research the origin of “April Fool’s Day” you will find a lot of theories out there.  As I thought of this odd convergence of days, I was drawn to I Corinthians 1:18-25…

18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 19 For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise and bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

20 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? 21 For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Isn’t the possibility that we might be considered by the world “foolish” one of the reasons why we may not be as bold for Christ as we ought to be at times?  In the above, Paul says that one group wants evidence and the other group wants to be convinced.  But, the message of a single man being crucified and suffering for the salvation of all men makes absolutely no sense to either of those groups who are of the world.

But, to those that God is calling to Himself and convicting of their sin, it is seen as God’s power and God’s wisdom.  To those of us who have responded to His call to follow, it is the most credible idea that has ever come down the pike.  I am thankful and proud to be “a fool for God” for the sake of the Gospel of Christ.   What a paradox!

As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.”   II Timothy 2:15           

Humbly Yours,

Bro Steve

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

           


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