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Don’t Worry About Your Life … Or COVID-19

Don’t Worry About Your Life … Or COVID-19

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life …”

Jesus spoke these words during His famous Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:25). There’s a tendency for us sound trite when we use them. “Oh just don’t worry about that. The Bible says you shouldn’t worry,” but I’ve never encountered a situation where simply telling a person to not worry or to not be anxious has ever worked. We miss everything that Jesus meant when we try to package these words up into a cliche saying or platitude.
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Welcome In Your Presence

Welcome In Your Presence

It was a weird day. It was a tough day. It involved a funeral, but the deceased was not someone to whom I was close. The situation though, was utterly tragic and my heart wrenched for the family and close friends. I showed up to share in the suffering. Christmas was just a few days away and the stress of completing the mile long to-do list was mounting on top of the emotion of that miserable, rainy day. Hours later, after another Christmas activity was over, I went to speak to a friend who had also been at the funeral. I knew that she was grappling with her own feelings, so I simply went to give a hug, and, since I knew I wouldn’t see her again before the holiday, say “Merry Christmas” before departing. My hug was not reciprocated and instead of “Merry Christmas,” I was met with a rant about how she had already seen me that day and it was too much. A bit shocked and hurt, I backed off and stepped away. Then the anger and confusion started to flood in, filling the emotional canyon that the initial hurt had dug, and I retreated to the comfort of more accepting and predictable friends.
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Episode 19 : Being A Good Neighbor With Rachel Church

Episode 19 : Being A Good Neighbor With Rachel Church

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

She’s not in the spotlight often, but everyone knows her for how well she loves the people around her. We had the privilege of chatting with Rachel Church about how to care for your community and make time for the needs around you. This podcast will convict you about how you’re spending your time and resources, but it will also encourage you to look around and see the mission field in your own back yard. Oh, and yes, Rachel also happens to be married to Pastor Wes, so we discuss that too!

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Episode 18 : Kids and Missions with Megan Epting

Episode 18 : Kids and Missions with Megan Epting

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

We’re gearing up for our regular Fall activities, so Megan Epting came by to share about her passion for the GA (Girls in Action) ministry and even gave the RAs (Royal Ambassadors – for boys) a good plug. We talk about the importance of getting kids involved in missions and run through the opportunities that you have to get involved on Wednesday and Sunday nights. Also get to know Megan and hear about how she ended up here at First!

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Episode 17 : Fun and Joy with Keith Watson

Episode 17 : Fun and Joy with Keith Watson

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

You’ve probably seen him on stage during worship services. If you’ve done anything musically here at First Baptist, you’ve likely been led by him. He even has a viral video out there on the Internet. But how well do you actually know Keith Watson, our Associate Music Minister? Always the life of the party, Keith can be found in many different roles here at the church, working with a range of people aged 9 to 99. On this episode of the First Community Podcast, we sat down with Keith and discussed his faith, the type of journey that led him to First Baptist, living with fun and joy, what it’s like to “go viral,” and much more. Be encouraged and experience a few laughs while you’re at it!

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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 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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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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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!

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