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February 20, 2016, 6:15 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - February 21, 2014

Goooooooood Morning!

            Welcome to Missouri, the “all weather state”.  It is so true that if you aren’t enjoying the weather here, then stick around for a day or two and there will be something for everyone.  As I write this, it is 72 degrees on Saturday afternoon before we go to print this week.  I am in my office at home, working on my sermon, this letter, and enjoying open windows!  It is a far cry from last Saturday and Sunday, for certain.

            Spring is just around the corner and we will see more and more stretches of warm weather.  The new growth and warmer temps get your blood flowing and help us to be ready to tackle the year ahead.

            We moved into the parsonage and became a part of this family two years and 3 days ago this Sunday.   I am looking so forward to all the Lord has in store for us as the family of God at FBCCF in 2016.  The road behind us these past two years has been a lot of hard work and the road ahead looks the same; which is awesome!  We do not want a maintenance ministry mentality at all. 

            The list of what we need to accomplish this year as a church is staggering, when thinking about it in the flesh.  But, in the power of the Lord, nothing shall be beyond limit.  Progress can seem slow, at times though.  I was counseled long ago in my thirties by an older pastor that I was too impulsive in the way I approached ministry.  I did not agree at the time.  But, as the years have rolled on, I see exactly where he was coming from. 

            That statement has always stuck with me and so I do not become as bothered by progress slower than I believe it should be happening.  Change and revitalization of our ministry here must be sure and steady, not quick and “willy-nilly” just for the sake of change.  We must be very thoughtful and prayerful, yet at the same time keep taking steps forward, never stopping along the way. 

            I am not certain why I focused on that in my letter today, possibly for me; yet possibly for someone else here as well.  On to my sign off below...

             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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