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June 10, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - June 10, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

This year the VBS Event theme is going to be…

 

VBS 2018THE GREAT EXCHANGE

 

     We will be taking the students to the Great Passion Play in Eureka Springs on Thursday, July 12th and spending most of the day there. They will be able to visit several Bible Museums and see a section of the “Iron Curtain”.  Also, there in the complex is the Christ of the Ozarks statue standing 67 feet tall above the trees looking out over the Ozark Mountains.
 

     Later in the day they will take a guided tour of the Holy Land Experience where they will see a full-size replica of Moses’ Tabernacle and be taught by one actors on-site dressed as an Old Testament priest. Also, in the Holy Land Experience is a replica of a first century inn and stable. They will also hear “the Apostle Peter” speak to them from alongside the “Sea of Galilee”. Finally, our students will visit the “Upper Room” where Jesus shared the Lord’s Supper with His disciples.

 

     The students will enjoy dinner on the grounds and then sit for teaching at the Potter’s House. An interactive experience where a first century style potter works his craft on the potter’s wheel as he teaches from the Scriptures. Then, capping off the day later that evening, our kids will experience the Great Passion Play, the number one attended outdoor drama in America. It re-enacts the events of Jesus’ life from the raising of Lazarus through His crucifixion and resurrection concluding with His ascension.

 

     The students will be taken home and then picked up the next morning, Friday July 13th, for a day of teaching and fun at the church. The day will run from 10:30 am to 7:15pm with three sessions of Bible teaching and a late afternoon round of Laser Tag. If you see yourself as being able and willing to help in the kitchen or corralling kids with us, please contact Tracy Hudson 417-425-4766 or Robin Gann at 816-616-0646.

 

     As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

 




June 3, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - June 3, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

     Today will be a special morning for us at FBCCF. During the service, we are going to bring everyone up to speed on the efforts to enter into fellowship with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches.

 

     I concluded that the best way to make certain that we got optimal coverage and had the most ears available for this was to give this “spiritual briefing” on a Sunday morning. So, today, during the sermon time, we will talk a bit about where we have been as a church and where we are going. This move of God among us has been growing over the past several years and now He has brought FBCCF to a pivotal and exciting moment here in June 2018.

 

     I want everyone to be involved in this process. So, I will do what I can to bring this all together this morning as we are going to be formally recognized by the GARBC on June 28, 2018 as the newest Baptist church to officially fellowship with this ministry association. The recognition will occur in Fishers, Indiana at the GARBC Annual Conference. It is an awesome thing to see the Lord work among His people!

 

     Now, tonight, I am also greatly looking forward to our Sunday Night series that we hinted at and just barely introduced at the ice cream fellowship a few weeks ago on the evening of May 20th. I am calling it “Mastering the Noise”. I must admit it is something I have not completely conquered in my life…and never will. But, it is something in which I want to excel more and more. During our Sunday evening times together, we will be exploring the biblical practice of being better able to focus on the Lord and His Word by better “mastering” the noise and static that this world sends our way to distract and discourage us from centering our lives upon our True Master, Jesus.

 

     As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills




May 27, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 27, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

     How in the world did we get to the end of May already? It just seems like yesterday we were turning over into 2018. The days are whizzing by and we need to make the most out of each one.

 

     We are 2o plus sermons into our “Greatest Story Ever Told” sermon series and today, we take one week off once again as we see a “holiday” come our way. It always behooves us to address the calendar as different days and times arrive and this is no exception. Of course, this weekend is Memorial Day weekend.

 

     With that comes time with family and remembering those who have gone on before us. Originally, as you well know, Memorial Day was Decoration Day…a time to remember the fallen in service to our country. We still focus on that, but over time, we have come to take time out to remember family and friends as well who have gone before us.

 

     As children and as adults, Robin and I have always tried to stress the importance of this time. As children, our parents made sure we knew of our family and made visits to their resting places and placed flowers decorating the graves. For our family, miles now prevent that from occurring with the frequency of days gone by. But, we still do remember the investment that our past family members made in our lives and we honor Christ for the example many of them were to us.

 

     Take just a moment today to not only remember, but to contemplate your legacy that you will one day leave to those who follow in your footsteps.

 

     As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills

 




May 17, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 20, 2018


Good Morning Family!

 

     So, I usually take the time in this newsletter article to either cover current church events, talk a little about the sermon for the day, express a thank you, or any number of things.

     Today, I want to just relate what is swimming around in my head lately. I have been thinking about the level of clutter and noise in our lives. I am not talking about stuff sitting around the house or the volume of electronics around us. By clutter, I mean things or “busyness” that directs our attention away from the things of God. By noise, I mean the things or activities that hinder us from hearing from God through His Spirit and His Word. The static.

     It’s more than difficult to speak to someone over a static filled phone line; let alone hear what they have to say. Or if you are traveling on the road and are listening to a radio station that is filled with static, you know there is some type of interference in the air between you and the source of the transmission. The interference is either from a rogue source or simply due to distance.

 

     That may seem like a tired or even simplistic analogy, but I am convinced that Jesus was able to master all the static in His life. Jesus cut through the “busyness” and the “noise” and was able to communicate with His Father and carry out His will. Now, some would say, “Well, He was the Son of God after all. I can’t do that.” The reality is that He was the One who taught us to pray and by His life example He showed us the practicality of being able to master the “noise” of life and focus on our Father’s plan for us. He would not ask us to follow Him if it were impossible.

 

     I want to ask you to pray for me as I believe the Lord may be directing a time of concerted corporate learning for us as His people to begin to seek to Biblically master the noise and static of life and walk in clarity.

 

     As always, my prayer is that we would all, “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15

 

Humbly Yours,

 

Bro Steve

 

Dr. Steven Gann

Your Shepherd of the Hills




May 13, 2018, 12:00 AM

From Your Pastor's Heart - May 13, 2018



 

 

 


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