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Open Eyes and Hard Love

Open Eyes and Hard Love

I didn’t learn anything that I didn’t know before. I knew that it would be weird. I knew that it would be dark. I knew that my heart would break. But knowing and experiencing are two different things. As I stood in Temple Square surrounded by beautiful flowers and impressive buildings, the phrase “whitewashed tombs” kept coming to mind. Salt Lake City, Utah is Latter Day-Saints (LDS) headquarters. On the surface, the religion looks a lot like Christianity. Get into a conversation with a LDS (I did, more than once) and they will likely speak reverently about Jesus. They’ll probably tell you that salvation comes through Jesus. They might even tell you that LDS are Christians too. After all, LDS theology does include the Bible. Get a little deeper though and you’ll find that it involves three other books, The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ, Doctrine and Covenants, and The Pearl of Great Price. The official English Bible of the LDS church is the KJV and includes footnotes to interpret the passages to coincide with LDS doctrine.
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When The Dead Come To Life

When The Dead Come To Life

The Believers gathered to worship like Christians do. As songs to Jesus were lifted up, one fell out on the ground and then another until four women were out on the ground, possessed by demons. It’s not something that most Baptists are used to seeing during a worship service in the United States, but on Beth Greer’s latest trip to Tanzania, this scene, albeit intense, was not completely unordinary. On Kome Island off the coast of the Tanzanian mainland in Lake Victoria, six out of ten inhabitants are demon possessed. Beth spent part of her trip on the island, sleeping in a tent, using a ziplock bag as a restroom at night, and telling the residents about Jesus using a stick and the dirt on the ground.

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Episode 6 : Missions In Work

Episode 6 : Missions In Work

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

April and Caroline discuss the term “missions” and all of the meanings that it can have within the church. No matter our definition, our calling is to share the love of Jesus wherever we are. Caroline shares how God is using her budding profession in the medical field to reach others, specifically telling stories from a medical education trip to Ghana.

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The World Has Arrived

The World Has Arrived

“When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. You shall treat the stranger who sojourns with you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God” (Leviticus 19:33-34 ESV)

I was walking down the hall of a sister Baptist church in South Carolina on the way out of the door recently with a Japanese pastor friend of mine who has a Japanese ministry there when my eye caught a poster that outlined Greer First Baptist’s giving for the International Mission Board, North American Mission Board, and state missions. Continue reading →