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February 2, 2019, 8:44 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - February 3, 2019


Good Morning Family,

Forgive me if I was sentimental this morning…

     Twenty-eight years ago, to the day and to the day on a Sunday morning in fact, I found myself standing out in the driveway at my mom and dad’s house wondering what I was going to do next. Robin and I were supposed to go play our music and speak at a nearby church that morning. However, by the time of morning you are reading this letter, I had already called and reluctantly shared with the pastor who had invited us to come we would not be able to make it that morning.

     February 3, 1991, in the wee hours of the morning, the Father sent an angel for my dad. I know He did because Scripture tells us how this happens in Jesus’ story of the rich man and Lazarus the beggar. I also know this happened because my father spoke to the angel literally seconds before his spirit left this realm. That moment is still emblazoned on my memory as it was a short moment in time where we were literally present when the two worlds came together as we all watched and listened as my father was suspended for a moment between the two. No, I couldn’t physically hear the angel, but I heard my father’s response to the one in the room who was sent as his escort.

     My father had suffered seven years with cardiomyopathy. It was a condition that attacked a robust 57-year-old man and left him at 63 looking as though he were 90. Even through all of that, though he had moments like all of us would where he would get exasperated, yet his faith never failed and the example he set of grace in that time we will never forget.

     Somehow, we knew this was the night he would leave us. After a long day where we got to visit with him and share some incredibly meaningful moments into the night, it was about 3am. As he lay in bed very weak, he opened his eyes wide, looked straight up, and raised his arms strongly reaching out, replying to our invisible guest, “Okay, I’ll go.”

     At that, I found myself on the bed beside him, hand on his chest saying to him, “It’s okay, you can go now. We’ll be alright.” He looked right over at me square in the eye and nodded his head in agreement. And just as soon as that, I felt his heart flutter for about ten seconds and then abruptly stop. At that moment, there was an “electricity” in the room, much different than a feeling you get on the inside when something exciting happens. This was from without. It was a presence that had lovingly invaded the room in such a real way for only a moment and then… he and my dad were both gone. The family gathered close around the bed immediately commented on how we each had detected this “wave” or almost inaudible “buzz” in the room. “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of the saints”.

     I will never forget that moment and it stands as a crack in the doorway of eternity as we all stood where heaven and earth touched for only a few seconds. Yes, it is all real. But not because we experienced something. It is real because God’s Word says it is and He simply let us taste a moment of the glory to come. I can’t wait for that day.

     Today, we will be taking a look at Matthew 11:28-30… once more. I preached on that passage midway through 2017 and I want to return there for a few more thoughts as we begin 2019. I pray this letter of hope and the message of comfort this morning will encourage 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.

Your Shepherd of the Hills,

Bro. Steven

Dr. Steven Gann

 




February 2, 2019, 8:36 PM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 27, 2019


Church canceled on January 20th because of inclement weather.  The January 20 letter was carried over to January 27.

Good Morning Family,

     If you are reading this letter on Sunday Morning, January 20th, you will know that we dodged the snow once again.

     Today, we are well into January and we will be sharing together in our first 2019 Quarterly Business Meeting and Potluck. It is always a great time around the table and a good time to get caught up on what’s been going on and what’s up next. Another plus is that the food is great! If you are here with us this morning and hadn’t planned on staying for lunch, you are invited! There is always plenty, and the fellowship is sweet. We’ll get underway in the Fellowship Hall as soon as the morning service concludes.

     I want to say a word about CHURCH FAMILY FELLOWSHIP GROUPS. This coming Friday night at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall, any of the church family who would like to be involved in meeting once monthly with a group of six or so from house to house, show up for an informal dinner here at the church and we’ll divide up into groups. You do not have to have one of the meetings at your house. Each group will have a lead person and between you all as a group you can decide how you would like to rotate each month for March, April, and May, then we’ll most likely reshuffle groups.

     We had sign ups for this ministry a few months ago, but if you didn’t sign up yet, its not too late, come join us in the Fellowship Hall this coming Friday night at 6:30pm.

     Today, we will be taking a look at Matthew 11:28-30… once more. I preached on that passage midway through 2017 and I want to return there for a few more thoughts as we begin 2019. I pray the message this morning will encourage 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.

Your Shepherd of the Hills,

Bro. Steven

Dr. Steven Gann




January 23, 2019, 9:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 20, 2019


Church services were canceled this morning because of inclement weather.

 

Good Morning Family,

 

     If you are reading this letter on Sunday Morning, January 20th, you will know that we dodged the snow once again.

 

     Today, we are well into January and we will be sharing together in our first 2019 Quarterly Business Meeting and Potluck. It is always a great time around the table and a good time to get caught up on what’s been going on and what’s up next. Another plus is that the food is great! If you are here with us this morning and hadn’t planned on staying for lunch, you are invited! There is always plenty, and the fellowship is sweet. We’ll get underway in the Fellowship Hall as soon as the morning service concludes.

 

     I want to say a word about CHURCH FAMILY FELLOWSHIP GROUPS. This coming Friday night at 6:30pm in the Fellowship Hall, any of the church family who would like to be involved in meeting once monthly with a group of six or so from house to house, show up for an informal dinner here at the church and we’ll divide up into groups. You do not have to have one of the meetings at your house. Each group will have a lead person and between you all as a group you can decide how you would like to rotate each month for March, April, and May, then we’ll most likely reshuffle groups.

 

     We had sign ups for this ministry a few months ago, but if you didn’t sign up yet, its not too late, come join us in the Fellowship Hall this coming Friday night at 6:30pm.

 

     Today, we will be taking a look at Matthew 11:28-30… once more. I preached on that passage midway through 2017 and I want to return there for a few more thoughts as we begin 2019. I pray the message this morning will encourage 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.

Your Shepherd of the Hills,

 

Bro. Steven

 

Dr. Steven Gann




January 11, 2019, 9:41 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 13, 2019


Good Morning Family,

 

     This is a day for gratitude to those filling our shoes this past week…

 

     Thank you so much Bro. Dale for breaking open God’s Word for us while we were away. It is so awesome to have someone that is so steeped in the scriptures to bring its insights to our understanding as you teach. Thank you, brother! You are amazing!

 

     Also, thanks go to John for leading worship for the family of God last Sunday. Your spirit of service and leadership are a blessing! And our thanks go out to Tracy for leading in worship and covering prayer time; as well as taking all of the junior high and high school students for Robin and me this past Wednesday night, as Steve, Elaine, and Amanda divided Tracy’s class to free her up for high schoolers. It was so good to see so many of the kids back the previous week on the 2nd. Tracy, your heart for kids and their families is unmatched! And we are always so grateful for our Wednesday leaders as well!

 

     To our church family, thank you for giving us the time to come up to Kansas City and do the visiting rounds after Christmas. That said, it is always good to get back home.

 

     As of this writing (Wednesday morning), I am not sure what the sermon will look like. Either a New Year’s kind of thing or we’ll pick up in our series through the Gospels is probably in the offing. I am eager to get everything back on track and moving forward with that teaching series; as well as the Baptist Distinctives study on Sunday night.

 

     Also, Robin and Holly and I would like to once again extend our heartfelt gratitude for the Christmas bonus and love gift from our FBC family. I know I have said this before and put it in another part of the bulletin as well, but we must say it again here. We so appreciate the care and concern you afford to us as your brother and sisters in Christ. You are truly our family!!!


     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.

 

Your Shepherd of the Hills,

 

Bro. Steven

 

Dr. Steven Gann

 




January 6, 2019, 9:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - January 6, 2019


Good Morning Family!

 

     Well, another year is on the books and we head into a fresh season of opportunity and ministry. Seems very strange to say that 1999 was twenty years ago, but time has a way of getting right on along with things and the clock keeps ticking. With every passing moment, the return of Jesus is one second closer, that is what keeps me going during these very trying days.

     We are so looking forward to a great year of ministry with one another as we continue to shepherd the flock together and polish our light even more to be a beacon to our community. I am praying the Lord gives us more and more opportunity for sharing His compassion and the Gospel with those around us.

     One more word about the Christmas Offering…Last week was the final Sunday that we would be collecting for our Loren Easley Annual Christmas Offering. Our giving this year goes to our General Association of Regular Baptist Churches- Regular Baptist International, the international outreach arm of our association that supplies missionaries and overseas ministries with literature assistance, training, and physical support. At last count, I was told that we as a church family together raised $765! Great job everyone! Every dollar collected will go toward the direct support of supplies, training, and missionaries in order to reach people with the Glorious Gospel!

 

     One more thing…Robin, Holly, and I would like to extend our most humble thanks for not only the Christmas bonus, but the gift from the church body as well. We are so incredibly blessed to be a part of this family. Thank you so much for “taking us in” as allowing us to serve alongside you. At this juncture especially, the bonus and gift are very timely.

 

     I also offer a big thanks to Bro. Dale for stepping into our pulpit this morning and this evening. I have no doubt you will be challenged and brought into a deeper walk with the Lord as a result of his ministry today. Thanks to John as well for leading us in worship today and for Tracy covering Church Family Prayer for me this morning. Have a great Sunday!!!

 

     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 Happy New Year!

 

Dr. Steven Gann

 

Bro. Steven

 

Your Shepherd of the Hills

 


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