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June 4, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - June 4, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          Astronomically, summer does not begin until the 21st, but for all intents and purposes it is here now on our ministry calendar.  As we move into summer, let’s keep pressing ahead with the Lord’s plan for First Baptist Church.  Here are some things that can be on your Ministry Prayer List:

          1. Please continue to pray for the work of the Constitution and By-Laws Ad Hoc Committee.  Their work continues as they have been meeting every two weeks for some time now and are making great progress through the document.  A real spirit of camaraderie is present and much deep discussion going into the Scriptural basis on which we stand as a local Body of Christ.

            2. We ask for your prayers for the continued work of the Table for Six Ministry.  If you are not involved in this “in-reach” you are missing out.  We are going to be staying with the original groups for the summer as a couple of our groups have not been able to meet as much as they would have liked.  Also, it’s not too late to be a part of this ministry for 50 years old and above group.  Just let me know you would like to join one of the groups and we will get you going.  They meet once per month for a meal and fellowship.

            3. This summer we will be doing a slight twist on VBS.  It will be a short “day camp” type event.  It is called, “Exodus 2017: The Big Exit!”  We will be focusing on the great lengths God goes to in order to save His people.  We want our students to grasp the fact that “our God can be a CHAIN-BREAKER and He is mighty to save”!

            4. Be praying also as we make some good decisions regarding a much needed upgrade to replace the AC and Furnace units in the multilevel section of the Education/Fellowship Hall area.  These are long overdue as we have been running on only one unit this spring as the other unit finally gave out due to age.  Serious summertime is on its way and the one remaining older unit will not keep up for long.  The Lord provided “seed money” this past Christmas to get us going on this project and He will lead us to the best way to finance the rest so we can keep the facilities He has given to us in top shape and good condition for ministry.

            These items and many more are the irons we have in the fire at the moment.  God is busy at work and so are we as we join Him in His mission for us in Cape Fair and beyond!

          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

 

         




May 27, 2017, 1:20 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 28, 2017


A Short History of Memorial Day

           Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America.  Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.  While Waterloo N.Y. was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

            Regardless of the exact date or location of its origins, one thing is clear – Memorial Day was borne out of the Civil War and a desire to honor our dead.  It was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11.  “The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village and hamlet churchyard in the land,” he proclaimed.  The date of Decoration Day, as he called it, was chosen because it wasn’t the anniversary of any particular battle.

            On the first Decoration Day, General James Garfield made a speech at Arlington National Cemetery, and 5,000 participants decorated the graves of the 20,000 Union and Confederate soldiers buried there.

            The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states.  The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I.  It was then that the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war.

            It is now observed in almost every state on the last Monday in May with Congressional passage of the National Holiday Act of 1971.  This helped ensure a three day weekend for Federal holidays, though several southern states have an additional separate day for honoring the Confederate war dead: January 19th in Texas; April 26th in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and Mississippi; May 10th in South Carolina; and June 3rd (Jefferson Davis’ birthday) in Louisiana and Tennessee.

         

            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

 

           

 




May 20, 2017, 10:58 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 21, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          Today, we share together around the Table of the Lord.   At a point in our time together this morning, we will once again remind ourselves of the price of our salvation.

          It is during this time that we reflect on the tremendous cost to secure our freedom from sin and reconcile us to God.  Every true disciple of Jesus often must ponder the great lengths to which the Father went to save us.  When I think of how much God must have loved me, I am speechless in the face of such devotion.  He is devoted to our well being.  You know that, don’t you?  Even in the midst of affliction and suffering in this world, He knows our well being is wrapped up in our becoming more like Jesus day after day, through joy or in pain.

          We are called to not only remember the sacrifice of Christ, but we are also called to examine ourselves as we do so.  That is an important aspect of coming to the Table with our brothers and sisters.  We are never to take lightly the elements in the Lord’s Supper for they represent the very Body of the Lord that He willingly gave over to be sacrificed on our behalf.  That kind of love deserves our full attention, our full commitment, and our full reverence.

          I pray we all come to a new place of commitment to the Lord today as His Word is shared.  The Word will always do its work in our lives when we yield to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to make the correct application of the written Word to our lives each time we break it open.

          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

 

         




May 15, 2017, 9:34 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 14, 2017






May 7, 2017, 8:45 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart- May 7, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          I want to start off today by thanking our dear Bro. Dale for filling in for me this morning.  I am so looking forward to hearing what the Lord has laid on his heart for the family of God today.  I am glad the Lord has blessed First Baptist Church with you and Judy!

          Tonight, I will be back and continuing our “How We Got the Bible” teaching.  I pray you will make it a point to join us for this time of learning the origins of the construction and preservation of God’s wonderful Word.

          Thanks to all who are taking our place on Wednesday night this week as well.  What a great crew we have! 

          Presently, the Constitution and By-Laws Ad-Hoc Committee has restarted the work of putting the document in order, basing our work upon previous copies and drafts.  Pray for this committee as they do the hard, and at times, tedious work of going through it word by word and line by line; even down to punctuation.  This will be a document that will stand the test of time for future ministry as we lay out the truths of Scripture upon which we govern ourselves as a local Body of Christ.

          We are doing our best to be as expedient, yet thorough as possible.  There is a great spirit among the team members and it has been a joy to walk through input we received from the Body and to put everything in order as we progress.  Our commitment is to keep Scripture first and foremost in the process and the document.

          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,

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd

 

         


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