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First Notes From Pastor Brent McDougal

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Dear First Baptist Family, I am excited to announce the release of my new book today called Prayer Power: 40 Days of Learning to Pray Like George Müller.  Jesus taught much about prayer, but some of His teachings seem almost too good to be true. He talked about not being afraid...

Day 40: Your One Wild and Precious Life

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(7 minute read) “Because He bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath! (Psalm 116:2, NLT).” On this day, we remember the day when Jesus rested in the earth.  If Jesus lived thirty-three years, taking fifteen breaths per minute, over his earthly life, He would...

Day 39: How to Pray When You Feel Forsaken

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(7 minute read) “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46, NIV). One of the lowest points of my life happened about seventeen years ago. My father had died after a prolonged illness. I had just taken a new ministry position. Within a few weeks of starting the job...

Day 38: Jesus Calls You Friend

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(7 minute read) “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV).” You never know how one conversation can change...

Day 37: The Parable of the Brahman Bull

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(7 minute read) “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you (James 4:8a, ESV).”  In 1998, Ralph and Sandra Fisher of LaGrange lost their beloved pet, Chance. In their words, Chance was a “big bundle of loving.” He licked their faces and nuzzled up to them...

Day 36: Acres of Diamonds

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(7 minute read) "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure...

Day 35: The Hundred-Year Prayer Vigil

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(6 minute read)  “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day (2 Peter 3:8, NIV).” Is it possible that your prayer can last beyond your lifetime? The Moravian Church began with a reformer...

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