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February 19, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - February 19, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          This morning, I am so glad to tell you that our dear brother, Rev. Dale Keel is bringing a message from the Word during our service today.  We are going to begin hearing from Bro. Dale during the preaching time more frequently in our services from time to time in the future.  I believe there is much we can all learn from this man’s life of study of God Word and relating to people.

          I know that the Lord has used him greatly to minister to me and help sharpen me many times in our private conversations about life and ministry.  Dale and Judy are an incredible blessing to our family and to this church.  We have been greatly blessed by the Lord in Him seeing fit to place them here at FBCCF.

          I am not the sharpest tack in the drawer and so it takes me a while to figure things out at times.  And so the Lord brought to my attention this past Sunday that we should be hearing more from Bro. Dale as a full congregation.  So, this Sunday it is, with more to come!  I am excited about that!

          The Lord has placed each of us here for the building up and encouraging of one another.  The Lord has been ingraining this into my heart recently.  A pastor is primarily a shepherd, not a dispenser of information.  I want to relay God’s Word in a way that encourages you, relates to life, builds up, and at times, corrects all of us; myself included.  Now, understand that the Word always does those things; but it is up to me to convey it in a way that it can do that, as I try to get out of the way.  That’s the rub, so to speak.

          Again, I am thankful for Bro. Dale stepping in this morning and guiding us through God’s Word today.  You pray for him as he leads us in the preaching time. 

          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 12, 2017, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - February 12, 2017


Good Morning Family!

            I am writing this late Friday evening.  I reflect on having both of our kids in our house for a few weeks.  It has been ten years since we spent this much time under one roof.  It has been fun and is now almost time to move on from this brief time together into the next phase with Ralph moving on to boot camp.

            It has been fun catching up and thinking about the adventures ahead; not just for him but for each of us; as Holly prepares to head back after January and February off to continue her career as co-lead at two shops at Silver Dollar City and Robin and I begin a new year with our church family.

            As I write, Robin is working a puzzle in the other room and Ralph is in another room playing a video game and Holly has gone into Reeds Spring to watch a basketball game with one of her girl- friends who is a teacher there at the school.

            So, I sat down and pulled up a couple of episodes of “Home Improvement”.  This show was very popular when our kids were small and was known for its family themes.  Our family was the same age as the family on the show and so it was very similar to our situation as a young family with school age kids at the time.  We always liked to watch it together, because we identified with it.  Unlike today, where there is rarely anything on TV you can watch as a family.

            The point is that it took me back and made me realize this evening how short of a time we have with our children at home as parents.  Holly, my little girl, is actually out driving a car at night by herself and is a lead at her job?  Ralph, the little guy that loved to watch Michael Jordan is actually joining the Army at 28 years old?  Time is just flying by.

            Parents!  Stop and count the moments.  Don’t let them slip away by being too busy or too caught up in other things.  Relish every day, because you will wake up one morning to your kids being adults.  Now, this time of life is also great, but those times when they are in school in your house goes way too fast.  Today, stop and do what you know to do as a parent that will make a memory with your children.  Make your decisions as if your family depends on every one, because they do.  Your kids are watching you.  Ours are still watching us...

            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




February 4, 2017, 8:41 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - February 5, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          It seems as though I just blinked and January is in the books now.  A busy February is coming up.  The Women’s Bible Study has started up again on Thursday Nights at 7:00pm at the church.  And the men welcome Dennis Curry back from his extended time away in California.  We will resume our travel through the book of Genesis in the Men’s Bible Study this week on Tuesday morning at 8:00am.  Thanks to John Dingman and Steve Llewellyn for filling in during his absence.  Great job, guys!

          Later this month, we will share together in our Church-wide Winter Banquet.  You can read about it elsewhere in this bulletin.  But, I want to encourage everyone to come.  If you need a ride, we will get you and if you don’t have funds for the $10 cost, we got that too.  There, I have just taken away the excuses I can think of.  Seriously, please let me know if you need help in any area that might hinder you from coming.  I will do whatever it takes to help you get there.

          Our son, Ralph is home with us for a couple of weeks until he takes off for boot camp in the United States Army.  He will depart February 20th for Fort Benning, Georgia.  He has been working with his recruiter for months on this and the Lord cleared the way for everything to just fall into place at this time and so, Ralph steps through another open door into what the Lord has for Him.  We are proud of him for seeking out this opportunity.  It’s the first time our entire family has been under the same roof for more than a few days in 10 years!  What a blessing!

          As I write this, I have just returned from a fifteen hour road trip to go get him and bring him here.  I listened to multiple sermons on CD in the car during that time.  So watch out!!! I am pretty filled up for this Sunday after sitting under that much great preaching all at once.  This week, we begin chapter 2 of Ephesians.  Looking forward to sharing it with you!

          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

 

         




January 30, 2017, 12:46 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 29, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          I am just going to try and hit a few bits and pieces this morning, so follow me through this letter. As you may know, last week’s service turned out to be quite different than planned.  We enjoyed a good time around the Lord’s Table and then a time of sharing in a season of prayer together.  It is always awesome to see what the Lord may do to our “best laid” plans.

            This morning, the “plan” is to get into text of Ephesians chapter 1.  We have had a couple of introductory messages regarding the subject matter and focus of where we are going next, and now we get into the text.  The sign outside, if you have noticed, is a piece of Ephesians 6:10 to help us to remember from where our strength comes.  Each of us has different challenges in our personal lives with which we must constantly deal.  The Lord is there to empower us to overcome.  I can try to fight all day long in my own power, but when I rely on Him, He can pull me through; and He will do so for you as well.

            I am so looking forward to the rest of winter and the coming spring here at FBCCF.  Make sure you stay abreast of events and activities that are up and coming.  The best way to do that is to either pick up a bulletin or check the church website at www.fbccapefair.com. We try to do our best to keep you informed regarding opportunities for service and fellowship.

            The Lord has laid out a great mission field before us in Cape Fair and all of us are needed in the effort.  So, make sure you prioritize the Lord first in your life.  When you do this, He will take care of the rest of your needs and will bring order and peace to your life even in the midst of stormy times that may come.  Each week, I see people in the body of Christ who are ministering to others in the power of the Holy Spirit.  Whether it is through leading an Adult Bible Study or Sunday School class, caring for children in the nursery, teaching kids and everyone in between; the Lord is blessing the efforts of those who are submitted to Him.  Robin and I consider it a privilege to work alongside all of you.

            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

 

         




January 22, 2017, 9:32 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 22, 2017


Good Morning Family!

          I am writing this on Thursday morning before sunrise.  Woke up thinking about the coming months of ministry and what the Lord has in store for us to accomplish.

            Today is our Quarterly Business Meeting and Potluck Luncheon.  We put it off two weeks from the 8th until today.  I am looking forward to touching base with our committees and Ministry Teams on the status of some things on which we are working.  We are enough past the holidays now that perhaps we are catching our breath from a very busy time.  I always need the first few weeks of January to get my bearings again after such a flurry of ministry activity, and for some, family travel as well.

            So, please stick around today for our luncheon and meeting.  I always leave heartened by your commitment to ministry and wonderful spirits of cooperation and encouragement.  You have to know that not every church has such a good spirit prevalent.  The Lord has been very good to us this past year enabling us to meet all of our obligations and fulfill our ministry endeavors.  He has also started us of good this year as well.  I believe He enables us as we remain faithful to His Word and His mission.

            Today, we are diving into the first chapter of Paul’s Letter to the Church at Ephesus.  This is our third message in our new series, ‘In the Heavenly Places”.  In this series, I hope to remind us all that we are not helpless against Satan and this world system.  Darkness does not have to prevail and scripturally will not ultimately prevail against God’s people.  “Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world!”  And the reality is that there is truly no comparison between the almighty power of God that resides in every believer and the forces that are active in the world. 

            The key is keeping our eyes on Him.  He is our Chart and Compass that we need to navigate the darkness.  Walk in Him.  Battle in Him.  Rest in Him.  Prevail in Him.  It is when I forget this that I find myself in trouble.  Our journey in Ephesians will benefit all of us as we avail ourselves to Paul’s teaching.

            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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