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40 Days with the Holy Spirit

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Dear First Baptist Family,   As most of you know, the subject of prayer has been very important to me in the last few years. My fascination with prayer — how it works, what we can expect, how to pray effectively — has grown out of my own sense of a lack of understanding and...

Seeing the Face of Love

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When I was a child, I remember hearing the story of Joni Erickson Tada. She had a terrible swimming accident that left her a quadriplegic. In spite of her physical limitations, Joni became an accomplished author and artist. Her story of faith is inspiring.    On her wedding day, Joni...

The Difference the Holy Spirit Makes

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I so enjoyed celebrating communion with the family of faith yesterday. We’ve just begun to pass the plates again in the 11:00 am service. While I love the image of approaching the altar, as we do in the First Community early service, I also love the image of serving one another down the...

Props Us Up on Our Leaning Side

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A pastor of a small church would occasionally call on a gentleman to pray, and every time this one particular man would pray, he would end with the strangest statement: “And, oh Lord, prop us up on our leaning side.”   One day after hearing this phrase over and over, the...

Food for the Soul

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For the last few weeks I have been sharing messages about our core values.    The first and most essential value is that Jesus is Lord. The word is kyrie is the word for Lord in the New Testament. It means master, boss, or the one who has...

When You Say Jesus Is Lord

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Last Monday evening, Buffalo Bills player Damar Hamlin had a heart attack and collapsed in the first quarter of the game against the Cincinnati Bengals. It was a moving sight to see dozens of players kneeling around him and praying as medical personnel worked to restart his heart on the field...

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...

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