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Category: First Seniors

Good Manners

Good Manners

When we think of good manners we think of children needing to learn them. We have a wonderful Manners Camp at our church coming up on July 20-22, 2020. It is for 3 year old preschoolers through rising 5th graders. It is fun and exciting to see these children learning proper manners. Perhaps we need to do a Manners Camp for adults? I have seen many adult Christians act improper at a restaurant. When Jesus dined out in the Bible, what did He do? Continue reading →

Why Do I Sing About Jesus?

Why Do I Sing About Jesus?

Our First Seniors at First Baptist Church love to sing. We are a singing church. Our sanctuary choir and our senior adult choir sing beautiful music. We enjoy coming and listening to them. We stand in awe of our Savior as we listen to the choirs. But what about our singing? Why do we sing about Jesus? In Psalm 138:5 it says, “And they will sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.” This seems to be a command in scripture. Charles Spurgeon writes of this verse in his classic devotion Morning and Evening, “The time when Christians begin to sing in the ways of the Lord is when they first lose their burden at the foot of the Cross. Not even the songs of the angels seem so sweet as the first song of rapture which gushes from the inmost soul of the forgiven child of God.” It should be in the nature of the redeemed that we sing of our Redeemer. We will spend all of eternity singing before the throne of God. My motivation for singing is found in Revelation 1:5-6, “and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To Him who loves us and released us from our sins by His blood – and He has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father – to Him be the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.” I sing about three wonderful things in those verses.

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The Blessings of Bible Studies at First Baptist Church

The Blessings of Bible Studies at First Baptist Church

As we begin a new year and a new decade at First Baptist Church in Columbia, let’s focus on the study of God’s Word together.  Whether you are a Senior Adult or Young Adult there is a blessing to be had for studying God’s Word together.  We have so many opportunities at our church to study God’s Word.  The Bible is a treasure that God has given to us. Charles H. Spurgeon in “The Treasury of David” said, “The Scriptures teem with marvels; the Bible is wonder-land…it is itself a world of wonders.”  We can travel down that world of wonders with one another in our church fellowship.  Psalm 119 is the longest chapter in the Bible and its main theme is “the power of scripture in the believer’s life.” What are the blessings of studying the Bible together? We find three blessings of small-group Bible studies in Psalm 119:17-24.
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Encourage One Another

Encourage One Another

One of the greatest things we can do is to encourage one another. As First Senior’s at First Baptist Church we need to give acts of encouragement to one another. I had a Music Minister at one of my churches who used to say, “I just can’t do that.” My response was always the same, “I think you can.” There are two primary Greek words for encouragement in the New Testament. The verb form of encourage means, “To urge forward or persuade.”

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Who Is Like Our God?

Who Is Like Our God?

I had a wonderful experience when someone gave me a verse that she was claiming for her life. It was my friend and co-worker, Melinda Timmerman. She had shared with me Micah 7:7 which says, “But as for me, I will watch expectantly for the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.” I began to read and study Micah 7 and God gave me a wonderful verse to claim in that same chapter. It is Micah 7:18, “Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity and passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?” The first part of that verse caught my attention, “Who is a God like You?” We have an amazing God. He is the creator and sustainer of this universe. He is the loving Father and Great Shepherd for His people. The name Micah means, “Who is like God?” The book of Micah is a book of judgment, but in this last chapter we find grace all through it. We sing about His amazing grace, because it is amazing. We have a supreme God that we can come to daily.
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A God Who Sings!

A God Who Sings!


As First Seniors of First Baptist Church we have seen and heard a lot through the years.  I have heard a lot of teaching, preaching and singing through the years.  On the subject of singing, I have heard good singing and bad singing.  Has anyone ever complained about your singing?  On the Andy Griffith show Barney could not sing and Gomer could sing.  Gomer did not look like he could sing, but he did.  Have you ever thought about our God singing?
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Your Special Gift

Your Special Gift

There are two days that almost every single person looks forward to. They are Christmas and your birthday. Why do we love those days? It is because of gifts. We receive gifts on those days. I still have some of my favorite Christmas gifts including Hot Wheels, a G.I. Joe doll and a Ken. My sister had the Barbie so I had the Ken. Do you remember the excitement that you had as a child over Christmas? You could not wait to see what was under the tree.
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Our Baptism, the Final Blow to Sin

Our Baptism, the Final Blow to Sin

Do you remember the day of your water baptism? I remember mine so clearly. I was a rising freshman in High School. I had to run home between Sunday school and Worship Service to get a change of clothes. The Interim Pastor at our church baptized me. I remember thinking his white robe was so bright. I did not know that he was wearing waders underneath the robe. I nailed down my decision for Jesus to be my Savior when I was baptized. I still have my baptism certificate and a Bible that the church gave me.
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The Church’s most Powerful Weapon

The Church’s most Powerful Weapon

The church is to be active and militant in this world. We are not called to sit around and wait for heaven or the Lord’s second coming. As the hymn, Onward Christian Soldiers says, “Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war, with the Cross of Jesus going on before. Christ the royal Master leads against the foe; forward into battle, see His banner go!” The church is to be weaponized, but what are the weapons that we bring into battle? The most powerful weapon we have is the most neglected. It is the weapon of prayer. In Ephesians 6:18 it says, “With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,” We are to have perseverance and petition for the saints. Just do not give up in prayer, just keep praying. Tom Elliff was a Southern Baptist pastor for many years, then a missionary and then the president of the International Mission Board of the S.B.C. He is known for his amazing prayer life. Recently he wrote some insights into his personal prayer life. Let me share these 7 daily prayer points with you.
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The Identity Crisis

The Identity Crisis

One of the most rampant crimes today is Identity theft. According to CNBC 41 million Americans have had their identity stolen. As bad as that crime is against a person there is another identity theft going on. There is a spiritual identity theft going on today. Christians are having their spiritual identity stolen. Satan is a murderer, liar and thief. He is seeking to destroy our witness and testimony before a lost world. Satan cannot steal our salvation because that is secure in the Lord’s hands, but Satan can seek to steal our credibility before the world.
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