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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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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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Joseph Should Be Remembered | Meg Hoffmann

Joseph Should Be Remembered | Meg Hoffmann

Joseph deserves more credit. I tend to be one of those people that skim over Joseph and continue on to the part about heavenly hosts and shepherds. Sure, I know he’s there and he does what God says and all that, but really, he doesn’t play that much of a part, right?

 

Wrong.

 

Over the past month leading up to Christmas, I’ve been reading all the different tellings of the Christmas story in my Bible, preparing my heart for the celebration of the birth of Jesus. Over and over, I’ve noticed something I’ve never really noticed before. Joseph is one of the most incredible examples of faith, trust, and belief in the Bible.

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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.

Prepare Him Room | by Anna Maria Gardiner

Prepare Him Room | by Anna Maria Gardiner

The long awaited Christmas season has finally arrived—the Christmas music is playing

on our radios, our neighborhoods are slowly beginning to glow from Christmas trees shining through the windows, gift displays are filling the stores, and the Hallmark Christmas movies are in full swing.

Each year, I eagerly anticipate the arrival of Christmas season, excited for the cozy nights spent at home with family, the beautiful Christmas services at church, and the extra time to truly reflect on the reason for the season—the humble birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. The Word becoming flesh. However, if you’re like me, it often seems that I reach the end of Christmas and look back thinking “I had such greater intentions for this Christmas season.” Maybe it’s the busy holiday schedules… maybe it’s the temptation to use Christmas break as a time to be lazy… maybe it’s the distraction of earthly gifts… maybe it’s just a big ole’ mix of all these things.

So the question that we must ask ourselves is: “How can I be proactive now in preparing myself and my heart for what God has planned to do in me and through me this Christmas?”
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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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