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March 26, 2017, 12:55 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - March 26, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          Today, we will be talking about the home.  All of us are part of a household in one way or another.  Whether we live alone or in a full house or in an empty nest just two of us; God’s principles for a happy home life are indispensible and will help us in our greater family relationships.

          I hope to challenge all of us today by covering this particular passage in our journey through Ephesians.  I hope to “step on my own toes” this morning, so do not be surprised if you get caught in the collateral.  This is an area that is always convicting and an area that I know, especially as a dad to Holly and Ralph and a husband to Robin, I can always improve upon.  At 55, I still do not and will never have this licked on this side of Heaven.  This, however, cannot be an excuse to slack off in my efforts.

          The home and the disintegration of it in our culture is, I believe, the major contributing factor to the decline of everything else.  I also believe that Christian homes are under increasing attack, not just from the culture, but from the forces of Satan Himself.  And we run the risk of falling prey to looking to our own “wisdom” instead of Biblical principle to guide, nurture, and even protect our families. 

          As, you can guess by my tone, I’ll be speaking to “heads of households” primarily today; of which I am one.  The passage also speaks to wives and children as well, so everyone will get a little something to chew on today.  Buckle your seat belts.

          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

 

         




March 19, 2017, 3:09 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - March 19, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          “Busyness” can keep you from taking care of real business.  “Good enough” can replace the best.  “Urgent” can step into the place of the important.  And “direction” can be the enemy of purpose.

          What is the real business of life that God wants you to be about?  What are some areas in your life that you have settled for “good enough”?  Are you too consumed with the urgent and are bypassing that which is important on your life?  Are you pursuing a direction in your life that is not fulfilling your God-ordained purpose?

          I am not quite sure why I am asking these questions this morning, to be honest with you.  I think that I am like a lot of you when I say that I find myself coming and going a lot of the time.  And so, as I sat down to write my letter today, I suppose I am asking these questions of me and, as a bonus, you get to come along for the ride.

          I know I am where God wants me and doing what He wants me to do.  I just wonder sometimes if I am missing dotting my I’s and crossing my T’s in the other areas of my life at times.  Am I the husband I need to be?  Am I the father I need to be?  Am I the extended family leader that God wants me to be?  Or have I become a hindrance in some of these areas through my attitudes, actions, or lack of actions?

          How these questions can apply to you this morning is up to you.  I have no important insights in this letter today, only questions for us to ask ourselves.  Frequent self assessment with the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God is imperative for the soul and so I guess what I do with these questions determines the value of writing this letter today.

          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

 

         




March 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor’s Heart - March 12, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          There is a danger with studying the Word of God.  I’ll bet you didn’t think it was dangerous.  One of the “dangers” is kind of tongue in cheek: it just might change your life.

          But, there is another danger not that resides in the Word itself, but within us.  We can read it, study it, memorize it, and even teach it; and not allow it to change us.  That is a huge risk. 

          I can know principles of God’s Word, yet not allow them to influence my principles.  In fact, God’s principles are not there to influence or even guide mine; there are there to replace mine.  The Scripture says that we are to renew our mind.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.                          Romans 12:1-2

          The fourth word in those verses is the key word for the point I am trying to make today: “therefore”.  Paul in the chapter right before this is telling of the wonder of God’s salvation and promises.  Then, he doesn’t request.  He doesn’t suggest.  He pleads with his brothers and sisters in Christ...”I beseech you, because of what I have just told you...”  Therein, he tells of the danger of the Scriptures going through your ears and bouncing off your heart, not transforming you.  Yes, the Spirit is at work in the lives of all believers to do God’s will.  But, it is up to us to submit willingly to His crafting.

          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

 

         




March 5, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - March 5, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          March has certainly come in like a lion. Storms this week brought in February 28th and took us right into March 1st.  I hope no one had hail damage from the pounding some of us had the other day.  Our trees are not sure what to do with the warm weather and so they are doing what God has designed them to do, bloom and sprout buds in the warmth.

          The Bradford Pears, Dogwoods, and Redbuds are a welcome sight to add color back into the bare branches of the forest that surrounds us.  The seasons come and go on the earth and in our lives as long as the Lord wills it to be so.  It is His design and plan for the things that grow as well as the pinnacle of His creation- you and me as long as we live in this body.

          Each year we get older, and as time passes, we should also be growing closer to Him.  As the earth experiences seasons, so we seem to have seasons in our lives.  Some times we can experience many different seasons in a short period of time in our lives-like we have with the weather this winter.  At times, we are caught in a funk as David writes in Psalm 13, “How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily?”

          That can be a lonely place to be.  And then in the middle of that cold season, warmth can break through like a 70 degree day after a cloudy high of 40 the day before.  That is not manic.  That is refreshing.  The last two verse of Psalm 13 end at 70 degrees with, “But I have trusted in Your mercy;   My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
 I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me.

          Today, if you are one of those who happens to be in a winter day spiritually, throw a log on the fire from the Word of God and let its warmth begin to defrost you from the inside out and who knows, you may end up bringing “spring” to a friend in need.

          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

 

         




February 26, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - February 26, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          What a wonderful time of fellowship is always had at our Winter Banquet.  This year is no exception.  I have seen the heart and effort that goes into these events and I am so thankful for those who coordinate, purchase, cook, decorate, and serve.

          A special “thank you” goes out to Tracy Hudson who pulls this thing together with much help by so many of the other ladies.   I am not even going to attempt to list everyone; I would invariably miss a name.  But, know my thanks go to you for your “above and beyond” service in putting on the Banquet.  Great job, ladies!

          Today, we turn to chapter 4 of Paul’s Letter to the church at Ephesus.  Paul will begin making application of the truths he has been talking about in the first three chapters.  He has been revealing the mystery of the church and her precious promises from God for power and resources to live the Christian life; now he helps us put that into practice.

          Unity is the theme today for the Body of Christ; not unity for unity’s sake, but unity around Biblical truth to please the Lord.  We will recognize the unity we have in Christ, how to work on preserving unity, and growing together in unity as all the parts of the body work together and not against one another.

          As I preface sermons many times, I believe that this church has the unity thing going very well.  There is a real spirit of oneness and vision here at FBCCF.  There is always room for improvement though; because we never quite arrive, do we?  So, we dive in today and ask the Lord to show us ways to be better at what we are called to do.

          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

 

         


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