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Category: Life at First

Jesus Is Calling

Jesus Is Calling

Last week we had a staff member of our church who was going to have surgery. I thought it would be nice to gather around her and pray. It turned out to really be a fun time as we gathered to pray. I went down the hallways of the church trying to recruit people to come and pray for her. I simply shouted, “Come follow me.” People began to follow the crowd. I felt just like Jesus with the crowd behind me. Finally one person said, “By the way, where are we going?”
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The Long Winding Road of Love

The Long Winding Road of Love

On Monday evenings, I usually leave my door unlocked. It keeps me from having to get up and open it later. One particular Monday last year, I was feeling tired. I lay on my couch while I waited. Soon, my friend Zach came through the door. Without saying much, he went right for the recliner and stretched out. After about a minute he said, “I’m really tired today.”
“I know what you mean.”
“I know this sounds bad, but I kind of wish that they’ll be gone when we get there.”
“It sounds bad, but I was thinking the same thing,” I replied.
Soon, our other friend and teammate showed up. We sat for a moment, collected our thoughts, grabbed the English books, and headed over to our refugee family’s house.
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Reflections on the Motor City | KJ Mack

Reflections on the Motor City | KJ Mack

Thoughts from KJ Mack on our College Ministry’s trip to Detroit over Spring Break:

 

Detroit.

This was my destination for spring break. If that statement sounds like an oxymoron, that is probably because it is. Warm weather was nonexistent, there were no tropical beaches, and I was not staying in a luxury resort with scenic backdrops. Quite the opposite, actually. I became acquainted (somewhat) with a new type of cold, the closest thing to a beach I saw were the ice sheets flowing over the Great Lakes, and a children’s Sunday school room became my bedroom for a week. Nevertheless, my time in Detroit was without a doubt one of the best weeks I have ever had.
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Wednesday Night Supper

Wednesday Night Supper

Menu

April 17, 2019

Beef Stew
Fried Pork Chop
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Steamed White Rice
Sautéed Cabbage
Fruit Salad
Corn Bread
Assorted Desserts

Kid’s Menu
Corn Dogs
Fries
Fruit
Milk

 

The Great Commission for First Seniors

The Great Commission for First Seniors

I am writing this blog for First Seniors at our church, but also for everyone. The Great Commission is found in Matthew 28:19-20, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” That ancient commission was given a rededication by Southern Baptists in 2009. If we continue with business as usual we will never reach our global world for Jesus. According to a recent study it takes 47 Southern Baptists to reach one person for Christ in a year. We all need to say, “Who will be my one this year?” God had but one Son and He made Him a missionary. We need a missional philosophy to carry out the Great Commission.
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First Family Lunch

First Family Lunch

First Family Lunch

Sunday, March 31
Ellis Hall – ll:45am

Cost: $8 for adults; $4 for children ages 3-10 years

FREE for children under 3.  Debit/credit cards accepted. 

You can make a reservation below

MENU

Spaghetti w/ Meatballs
Italian Sausage w/ Peppers and Onions
Three Cheese Seafood Pasta
Vegetable Medley
Garlic Bread
Fresh Fruit and Salad Bar
Assorted Desserts

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FirstKids Musical Recap

FirstKids Musical Recap

Last Friday, the FirstKids Choir presented The Agape League : A Superhero Adventure About the Fruit of the Spirit. Not only was this an action-packed spectacle with tons of cute kids and great costumes (not to mention an amazing set built by even more amazing volunteers), but a great reminder for us to hide God’s word in our hearts so that we can develop the fruits of the spirit in our lives. Continue reading →

The Value of Life

The Value of Life

I don’t care to watch the news that often due to the stress it creates from hearing people argue with each other in order to rile up viewers and increase ratings. One piece of news that has been hard to avoid even when you’re avoiding news though, has been New York’s decision to pass the Reproductive Health Act. This law will allow not only doctors, but other medical professionals such as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and certified midwives to perform an abortion when, “according to the practitioner’s reasonable and good faith professional judgment based on the facts of the patient’s case: the patient is within twenty-four weeks from the commencement of pregnancy, or there is an absence of fetal viability, or the abortion is necessary to protect the patient’s life or health.

Twenty-four weeks. Six months. By the 24-week mark, the baby has finger and toe prints. He/she can respond to sounds and hiccup. If delivered at 24-weeks, the baby has a chance of survival. That seems a lot like a person. The question that this law raises is how does one determine “health?” Are we speaking strictly in physical terms? Or is mental health included? If it is not healthy for the mother’s economic well-being, is that appropriate grounds for termination?
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Love Sweet Love

Love Sweet Love

 

 

This month is the month for love. Jackie DeShannon said in his song, “What the world needs now is love, sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. What the world needs now is love, sweet love, No not just for some, but for everyone.”

Indeed the world needs more love. On Valentine’s Day we focus on the love we have for our spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend. We need to develop a God kind of love for everyone. An old adage says that we are to, “love the sinner, but condemn the sin.” Sometimes that is hard to do. In Jude 21 it says, “Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting anxiously for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life.” What a challenge, to keep ourselves in the love of God. How do we do that? Let me give you three things to keep in mind.
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God Will Get There | Bennett Lax

God Will Get There | Bennett Lax

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

Over the past six months, I have been blessed with more opportunities to draw close to the Lord than I could ever deserve. Certainly, there have been more than I could ever have imagined. Coming from a Jewish background in which I was reasonably comfortable, I would have told you that my knowledge of God was complete, that it was correct, and that it was the center of my values and beliefs.

 

    Funnily enough, I would have been wrong on all three of those claims.

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