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Category: Life at First

A New Year’s Letter

A New Year’s Letter


It seems like the practice of writing letters is out of style. Today we send emails or text messages, but letters are just too time consuming to write. Recently after the death of President George H.W. Bush we got to see and hear the love letters he wrote to his wife Barbara. They were full of lovely romantic overtones. When is the last time you actually wrote a letter with a pen and paper?

God has written a love letter, not with pen and paper, but with the Word that became flesh and blood. In John 1:1-2 scripture says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.” God’s love letter to us became flesh and blood and dwelt on earth. For 33 years you could read that letter on earth, now we can read it in the sacred scriptures. In ancient Greek thought, the Greek word, “logos” suggests a divine mind that unites reality. John enlarges that definition to say that Jesus is the ultimate expression of God’s thought and mind. Jesus is God’s letter to us from God. What does God say in that letter? I believe His letter in Jesus tells us three things.
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Episode 14 : Miracles and Commitment with Joey Huggins

Episode 14 : Miracles and Commitment with Joey Huggins

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

On this episode of the First Community Podcast, we talked with Joey Huggins about Home Works of America, Children’s Ministry, REAL Men, and how prayer literally saved his life. You’ll be inspired, encouraged, and challenged by listening to Joey’s story. This might just be the most uplifting 30 minutes out of your day!

Listen online below or go here to listen/download/subscribe on iTunes for free (so you can listen in your car)!


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31st Columbia Christmas Pageant Review

31st Columbia Christmas Pageant Review

Another Christmas Pageant is in the books, and what a celebration of Christmas it was! Many hours and many volunteers made this Christmas Pageant possible, so big thanks to everyone who played a role. We’re also grateful to the thousands of people who came out to watch. It was a joyous time of church family and community getting together to share and celebrate our Savior. Another thing that we’re celebrating is the 45 decisions for Jesus that were made during the Pageant!


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Join a Bible Study

Join a Bible Study

Bible Studies seek to build authentic community by bringing us together to encounter Jesus in a personal way through Scripture. Through prayerful reading of the Word and group reflection, we walk together as we learn to love Jesus more fully and live the faith more deeply.

The hope is for individuals to first discover the joy of friendship with Jesus and ultimately live into the fullness of discipleship. Groups usually meet for an hour each week and focus on a set of Scriptures while also using an additional book to supplement the study. These tools are designed to point people to the Word of God as a basis for conversation about faith, God’s love and mercy, and the joys and struggles of following Jesus.

Ready to get involved in a bible study? Click Here to browse our available groups.

He Moved into the Neighborhood

He Moved into the Neighborhood

 

What do you think of your neighbors? We all have neighbors and we live in neighborhood communities. Sometimes we have good neighbors and sometimes we have neighbors that get on our nerves. There have been neighbors featured on television and in the theater. There was Mr. Wilson who lived next door to Tim the tool man Taylor. He would peek over the fence and say, “hi-di-ho, neighbor.” What about Mr. Rogers’s neighborhood? He was always introducing us to his neighborhood characters and scenery.
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Great Gratitude

Great Gratitude

We need to learn the secret of having an attitude filled with gratitude.  We live in a day when people are not content with what they are and what they have.  The most common words used by some people are, “If only.”  They sit around and say, “if only I was thinner, if only I was richer, if only the kids would come, if only the kids would go.”  They live in the world of, “if only.”  In Philippians 4:6 the Apostle Paul says that we need to pray with thanksgiving.  Many times our prayers go like this, “Lord please give me, Lord please help me and Lord please show me.”  There are two words that should be added to those prayers.  They are the words, “with Thanksgiving.”  The issue with so many American Christians is that they are not content.  The Apostle Paul speaks of contentment in Philippians 4:11-13, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.  I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.  I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”  Paul states that he has learned the secret.  He doesn’t say he learned the principle or truth.  Living in gratitude is a secret to most Christians.  Let me make a list of what you should be grateful for.   

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Operation Christmas Child

Operation Christmas Child

Are you ready for an exciting season of Operation Christmas Child? We certainly hope so! This is a church wide missions project and we need all hands on “decking the halls.”

This year our goal is to collect over 1000 shoeboxes! To accomplish this we need a full scale effort with everybody participating. We need buyers, we need packers, we need prayers, we need givers, but most importantly we need YOU! So come and join the fun. Be a part of the greatest operation leading up to Christmas.

Extravagant Love

Extravagant Love

Welcome to the First Seniors blog. I am so honored to help shepherd and minister to the senior adults at First Baptist Church of Columbia, SC. Our senior adults have so much energy and enthusiasm. It is hard to keep up with them. I am always impressed with the great extravagant love they have for one another. In John 13:35 it says, “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Continue reading →