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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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Episode 16 : BONUS Orchestra Night and Dessert Contest Episode

Episode 16 : BONUS Orchestra Night and Dessert Contest Episode

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, April gets the inside scoop from Amy Sturkie on what it takes to win the annual dessert contest here at First. We also talk missions with Builders for Christ. Enjoy this bonus episode and make sure you don’t miss the Orchestra Night and 12th Annual Dessert Contest this Sunday, June 2 at 6:00 in Ellis Hall!

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Episode 15 : Call To Missions with Drew and Audra Edwards

Episode 15 : Call To Missions with Drew and Audra Edwards

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 Drew and Audra Edwards about finding community when you’re new to town and don’t have family close by and what it’s like to juggle ministry with three small children. Be challenged and encouraged by listening to Drew and Audra’s story below!

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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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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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