Category: Life at First

Episode 1 : Identity

Episode 1 : Identity

Welcome to the First Community Podcast where we talk about life and faith with our First Baptist Family.

In this episode, we discuss identity. Our culture is currently obsessed with identity–gender identity, sexual identity, racial identity, political identity, the list could go on. How do we define ourselves, and what makes you … you? How does placing your identity in Christ free you to become more of yourself than you’ve ever been? Then, the lovely Janet Ballew joins us to share some of her faith story, what’s going on the Always Learning Online Sunday School Class, and how she keeps her faith fresh.

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How to Save The World In 3 Simple Steps

How to Save The World In 3 Simple Steps

As we watch devastation around the world unfold on all of the many news mediums and deal with our own personal storms, we question if there’s a solution to the madness. I wrote in the previous post about finding our hope, peace, strength, and solution in Christ. I had begun to write a second part that contained more actionable steps, but for clarity and length decided to leave it out of that post and make it a separate one.

God is the great Author and He has given us the privilege of being a part of His great Story. He could leave us out of it. He could exist apart from this story, but He’s chosen to write this one and make us active participants, not just spectators. As part of His story, we’re charged to tell of the good news of salvation, love our neighbors, and relieve suffering. Yes, there’s conflict. That’s part of what makes a story. Characters have obstacles that they must overcome to achieve goals. In order to achieve our goals of loving others and spreading the gospel, here are three things that we can do.

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Wednesday Night Supper

Wednesday Night Supper

Menu

October 18, 2017

Menu

Fried Pork Chop
Baked Chicken
Mashed Potatoes w/Gravy
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Grilled Vegetable Medley
Fresh Garden Salad
Yeast Rolls
Assorted Desserts
Tea, Coffee, Water

Kids Menu
Chicken Tenders
Fries
Fruit
Milk

I’ll Be Found In You, Still Standing

I’ll Be Found In You, Still Standing

I’ve never stared down the barrel of a gun. I’ve been scared and I’ve been panicked, but I’ve never felt my life on the fringe of leaving this realm. I’ve had moments where I’ve thought, “That could have ended fatally,” but didn’t think that it would. As I read and watch another tragedy that has hit “my backyard,” most recently this mass shooting in Las Vegas, my heart breaks once again, and I wonder how I would handle being directly involved in such a situation. As our illusions of security and safety are stripped away, revealing the ugliness and sin that has always been present in this world, I question my strength, my ability to cope. It’s as if we clench our muscles during the in between, just waiting to hear of the next catastrophe. We dare not think, “It could never happen here,” because it can and it has. The world is falling apart under our feet—how do we not crumble with it?

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Sunday Lunch Blog : Cinnamon Roll Deli

Sunday Lunch Blog : Cinnamon Roll Deli

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The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli – 2617 Devine St. Columbia, SC

You’ve probably already been to The Devine Cinnamon Roll Deli. With it’s amazing food and great, friendly service, it didn’t take long for locals and shortly after, The Food Network, to take notice of this gem. I would like to do the hipster thing and say that I discovered it right before it became huge. One Friday morning, I got up early, made my way over to Devine Street, and ordered 10 huge cinnamon rolls for the office. I met owner Jody Kreusch and even spoke to her about doing a food blog on the restaurant. She was enthusiastic about it, as was I, but things got in the way and I didn’t make it back over there … until now.

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Sunday Lunch Blog : Pizza Party!

Sunday Lunch Blog : Pizza Party!

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Pizza Party! Domino’s is doing better than you’d think. 

Nothing conjures up feelings of childhood joy like a pizza party. I can still remember waiting with much anticipation and school for the rare treat of getting pizza in the afternoon for something that the class had won/accomplished. It maybe happened three times in my elementary school career, but nevertheless, it was awesome.

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Forgiveness

Forgiveness

“I didn’t want to hang out with you because you were kind of a bummer to be around.”

I can feel the scar where those words stabbed into me ten years ago. I had gone through an awful season of depression and was finally coming out of the tunnel and into the light. I was at a place to start confronting everything that I didn’t have the energy or emotional stamina to deal with while enduring that dark night of the soul. So I asked my close friend, the friend that I had invested much into, why she bailed on me the night that we were supposed to go to a concert that I had been looking forward to seeing. Well, the day that she bailed, she told me that she’d rather watch TV with another friend instead of going to the concert that she had agreed to attend with me. She didn’t even bother to make up a good excuse. She just bailed for something and someone more appealing. The anger and hurt from that rejection was difficult enough. I still tried to make excuses for my friend though. Maybe she didn’t realize that I was going through a tough time. I’ve always been the steady one. Perhaps she couldn’t see past what I was supposed to be. After confronting with my question of why, I realized that she did know what was going on. And she didn’t care. It about sent me through the roof.

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Identity

Identity

If you take a look at the news or worse, dare to venture out into social media where every theory and opinion can be found, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that the world is falling apart. People seem to be losing their minds and the only thing certain is uncertainty. Anxiety, depression, and panic are prevalent because our culture lends its hands to these monsters. Courage and resiliency are fading in our rear view mirrors as we drive down destructive roads.

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