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September 16, 2018, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 16, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

     Every morning during my time with the Lord I usually read an excerpt from Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening. The passage on the morning of Monday September 10th was Mark 3:13-19 where Jesus chose and called His disciples to make up the group of the twelve. I want to take this morning’s letter to share with you what Spurgeon had to say about this passage that struck me deeply:

   

     Here was sovereignty. Impatient spirits may fret and fume, because they are not called to the highest places in the ministry. But reader, be it thine to rejoice that Jesus calleth whom He wills. If He shall leave me to be a doorkeeper in His house, I will cheerfully bless Him for His grace in permitting me to do anything in His service.

 

     The call of Christ's servants comes from above. Jesus stands on the mountain, evermore above the world in holiness, earnestness, love and power. Those whom He calls must go up the mountain to Him, they must seek to rise to His level by living in constant communion with Him. They may not be able to mount to classic honors, or attain scholastic eminence, but they must like Moses go up into the mount of God and have familiar conversation with the unseen God, or they will never be fitted to proclaim the gospel of peace.

 

     Jesus went apart to hold high fellowship with the Father, and we must enter into the same divine companionship if we would bless our fellowmen. No wonder that the apostles were clothed with power when they came down fresh from the mountain where Jesus was.

 

     This morning we must endeavor to ascend the mount of communion, that there we may be ordained to the lifework for which we are set apart. Let us not see the face of man today till we have seen Jesus. Time spent with Him is laid out at blessed interest. We too shall cast out devils and work wonders if we go down into the world girded with that divine energy which Christ alone can give. It is of no use going to the Lord's battle till we are armed with heavenly weapons. We must see Jesus, this is essential. At the mercy-seat, we will linger till He shall manifest Himself unto us as He doth not unto the world, and until we can truthfully say, "We were with Him in the Holy Mount."

 

     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

 




September 9, 2018, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 9, 2018


Good Morning Family!

     We’ve been away from our “regularly scheduled programming” for the past two weeks. The detour into “A Reminder of Who We Are” parts 1 and 2 have taken our attention to a little bit of church housekeeping, so to speak. It is good to remind   ourselves every once in a while, of the basics of what we are to be about.

     I am excited about this fall as we push forward into autumn with our continuing series, “The Greatest Story Ever Told”. I am looking forward to many more adventures with the Master as we walk the dirt roads from town to town and watch Him as He changes lives and challenges individuals. That is, after all, the purpose for us in this lengthy series. I want Him to challenge me, change me, mold me, and make me into more of His image. That hurts badly sometimes having rough edges knocked off or grinded down, (I need a lot of  grinding!) but it is the purpose for each of our lives. We are His disciples after all. No matter what comes our way, He wants us to trust Him and walk with Him and not to lean on our own understanding but acknowledge Him in all our ways.

     Ask the Lord this morning, “What do You want of me? What do You want to be teaching me?” If we can get into a rhythm of that being our constant prayer, we will find ourselves being more keenly aware of Him everyday and all day. In asking this, we will find Him to be our constant companion and guide. If you find that you can go most of the day without thinking of your relationship with Christ… I have to be lovingly honest, you are not in a good place. Things may be going well for you outwardly, but to be spiritually out of tune is a dangerous place; you do not want to get used to being there.

     I hope you are encouraged this morning through worshipping with your church family and studying the Word together. Be a blessing to someone 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 of the Hills




September 2, 2018, 6:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - September 2, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

     It is not officially Fall, but it is certainly closer than yesterday. The Lord has blessed this part of the country with four very distinct seasons and we are preparing to enter my second favorite; winter being my most favorite, spring third, and summer…well I don’t rank it. I know the Lord created heat, but then again, asparagus is not on a favorites list of mine either and it is one of his green vegetables. I am just happy He gave us green beans as well. I praise Him for all four seasons and enjoy three. 😊

 

     As on the calendar there are seasons, we have seasons in our lives as well. Seasons of plenty and seasons of enough. Seasons of health, seasons of sickness. Seasons of smooth, seasons of rough waters. In all of it, He is sovereign, and He is our God! On the cross, He died to save us and make us His very own possession. And while we are here living in His name as His ambassadors and servants. Whatever the Master lays before us is for His glory and our good. It may not seem as though it is a very good circumstance, but it will work to our good and His glory. We must simply submit and continue walking. That’s very hard at times.

 

     Yet, as we have been talking about extensively on Sunday nights, Christ is our strength, Christ is our supply, Christ is our power to keep walking. And He is also our peace. I was reminded of that by my daughter this week. In the midst of a very trying time, she unknowingly reminded her father (you know, the pastor?) that HE IS OUR PEACE. If there is anything that we need in the midst of a dark valley, it is the peace of knowing He is not only there with us, but sheltering us, carrying us, guiding us, and teaching us all along the way. I need that today as I write to you. Maybe some of you do as well.

 

     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




August 26, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - August 26, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

     This morning, we recognize our teachers in our Sunday Morning Bible Study classes. We will also be promoting a few kids as they progress along into new classes.

 

     As we do that I want to take a special place in this letter to thank our Sunday School Director, Jette Wolf. She has really taken the bull by the horns and has whipped us into shape on Sunday mornings. Thank you, Jette!!!

 

     There is a Church Council Meeting today immediately after the service. We have changed the meeting place to the fellowship Hall. This will facilitate a luncheon as well. We want to spend a good amount of time looking at some committee and church needs, as well as the upcoming calendar. Come with your notepad, Bible, calendar, and an innovative mind. Those who should be at this meeting today are those who are presently on the Church Council and a few new folks to be considered for positions: Vicki Adcock, Richard Cain, Brian Connery, John Dingman, Linda Dingman, Marilyn Fortner, Robin Gann, Janet Gehant, Rose Hall, Tracy Hudson, Dale Keel, Judy Keel, Elaine Llewellyn, Steve Llewellyn, Connie Sturgeon, and Jette Wolf. Hoping to see all of you there!

     Today in our message time, we will be taking a look at reminding ourselves of our mission and our purpose as the family of God and then sharing together around the Lord’s Table for The Lord’s Supper. I am looking forward to sharing what God has laid on my heart for this week as we “re-center” our spiritual GPS.

 

     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

 




August 19, 2018, 1:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - August 19, 2018


Good Morning Family!

     I know I mentioned these three things last week in my letter, but I want to simply repeat them this week to make sure that the word is out on all three of these items. I know they are in the announcements listing, but I wanted to make certain my comments regarding each are in the bulletin one more time. By the way, wonderful turnout for Sunday Evenings at The Cape! We had 27 last Sunday night and some great interaction around the Word of God.

     First, I feel so strongly that the series on Sunday Evenings at The Cape (that’s my snappy name for our Sunday night gathering) can be so helpful to all of you that I am committing to being at church ready at 5:30pm for the next seven sessions. I am doing this in order to allow any who may have missed the previous weeks installment of “For Me to Live Is Christ” to get caught up by coming at 5:30pm to get the notes and view the session and then stay for the current session at 6:30pm. This way even if you miss a week, you can pick it up the next week and still be on track. I hope you will take advantage of that opportunity. I’ll be there for you! Remember, previous week’s lesson at 5:30pm and then current lesson at 6:30pm.

     Second, we are placing a CHURCH COUNCIL meeting on the calendar for Sunday August, 26th. This meeting will be held immediately after church in the large classroom on the north end in the Education Building. I will have pizza and salad there for the council meeting as we will need to spend a good amount of time looking at some committee and church needs, as well as the upcoming calendar. Come with your notepad, Bible, calendar, and an innovative mind. If you are wondering if you should be at this meeting, this is a list of current folks on the church Council: Richard Cain, Brian Connery, John Dingman, Linda Dingman, Marilyn Fortner, Robin Gann, Janet Gehant, Tracy Hudson, Connie Sturgeon, and Jette Wolf. Hoping to see all of you there!

     Third, there is a sign-up sheet in the foyer and on the main bulletin board outside the church office for the Church Family Fellowship Groups. We are praying that more of you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to fellowship with your brothers and sisters in the family of God here at FBCCF. I am asking that enough of you sign up where we can divide into at least 4 or 5 groups. These groups meet once per month for either a meal or a fellowship time in order to build camaraderie and encouragement within the Body. If you sign up, you do not have to host one of the meetings in your home if you would rather not, we just want you to participate by attending.

     The opportunity to sign up will remain open through the second week of September. After that, groups will be assigned and posted on the main bulletin board. Groups will meet once per month in October, November, and December. Please make it a point to be a part of this wonderfully fun ministry.

     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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