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Pastor Post - August 15, 2018

This Sunday was obviously a bittersweet one for our church, as we said "good-bye" to the Turners. We are grateful for their 17 years of faithful ministry to FBC, and excited for the church planting opportunity that lies before them! Keep Michael, Mary Jane, and Redemption Heights Church in your prayers. This Sunday we will welcome a beloved brother to both our AM and PM s...

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Pastor Post - August 8, 2018

This week we will continue in our study of Romans, digging into Romans 10:5-10 one of the clearest passages in Scripture about how we enter into the salvation God has provided in Jesus. We'll talk about "Such A Great Salvation!" After worship, you are invited to come over to the Family Life Center for a lunch in honor of Michael and Mary Jane Turner, on their last Sunday...

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Pastor Post - August 1, 2018

This Sunday we will be back in our study of Romans as we look at Romans 9:27-10:4. I'm calling this message, "Irony, Tragedy, and Opportunity." Read it over and come prayed up. What a wonderful blessing to hear Wilson preach the Word this past Sunday! As he shared from Psalm 16, God can indeed give us confidence in the midst of chaos. I am so thankful that God brought Wil...

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Pastor Post - July 18, 2018

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Pastor Post - July 11, 2018

What a wonderful week we are having at FBC as I write these words! It is just a sweet scene to see so many kids on our campus, learning about Jesus in VBS. I am so thankful for Jeanette Hampton and our children's ministry, and thankful for all our VBS volunteers, who have such a heart to serve the King. Be in prayer for the Holy Spirit to take the seeds of the gospel that...

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Pastor Post - July 3, 2018

What a fantastic day on Sunday, as we worshipped together and welcomed Wilson and Brittany Caldwell to our church family! God has been so gracious to bless us with this wonderful couple. They will make a great impact here, with our students, our church, and our community. Pray for them as they transition. It was also such a blessing to welcome Joseph, from the West Afric...

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Pastor Post - June 27, 2018

This week in Romans 8 we will talk about "Facing Life With Confidence," from Romans 8:26-30. As you read over the text for this Sunday, ponder the following: Verse 26 says the Spirit "helps us in our weakness." What other passages talk about the Holy Spirit's role in comforting and helping us? Have you experienced times in life that were so heavy you didn't know...

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Pastor Post - June 20, 2018

It was a great joy to share this past Sunday about Wilson and Brittany Caldwell. I can't wait for you to meet this precious couple this Sunday. We are delighted to introduce them to you. Wilson is our candidate for Associate Pastor of Student Ministry. Wilson grew up near Farmville, VA, the son of a Southern Baptist pastor. He attended Liberty University, where he majored...

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Pastor Post - June 13, 2018

By the time you receive this, we will be back from the Southern Baptist Convention, in Dallas. I look forward to sharing a report with you soon about our denominational meeting, but I am even more looking forward to being back in Romans with you this Sunday. This works out perfectly: It will be Father's Day, and we will be looking at Romans 8:12-17, which is all about the...

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Pastor Post - May 9, 2018

This Sunday we will begin to walk through what is often called "The Great Eight." The eighth chapter of Romans is an incredible chapter. It begins in verse 1 with "no condemnation" and ends in verse 39 with "no separation." In between are some of the most powerful words ever written. This week we will begin this journey through Romans 8 by digging into verse 1: "There is ...

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Pastor Post - June 6, 2018

This past Sunday was a bittersweet day in the life of our faith family, as we said "good-bye" to the Andersons. But what a sweet, sweet spirit there is in our church family and a missional spirit! We understand that we are sending this family out to do ministry, and that the Kingdom is much bigger than our church. Furthermore, God is faithful to provide. Be in prayer for ...

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Pastor Post - May 30, 2018

It was wonderful this past Sunday to be back in the pulpit, after a life-changing mission trip to Thailand! Thank you guys so much for your prayers and support. Courtney and I could feel them every step of the way, as God opened door after door for ministry. In a way, FBC had already been used by God to open those doors, because ladies from our church had made stockings t...

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Pastor Post - May 23, 2018

By the time you read this I will be arriving back in the United States from a mission trip to Bangkok. Thank you for your prayers! I'm looking forward to seeing you this Sunday, as we continue to journey through the 8th chapter of Romans. This Sunday, we will begin talking about "Life In The Spirit." Read over Romans 8:1-13 in preparation. I'll also be reporting a bit ab...

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Pastor Post - May 16, 2018

What a blessing this past Sunday to celebrate Mother's Day and preach from Romans 8:1! By the time you read this, I will be in Thailand with Courtney, one of our precious daughters. Together, we will be working with two of FBC's own "sent out" workers. For a long time, I have been eager to see and take part intheir ministry in Bangkok. We have sent several teams from FBC ...

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Pastor Post - May 2, 2018

What an awesome blessing it is to walk through Romans with you, and the best is yet to come! Soon we will be in "The Great Eight," the incredible 8th chapter of Romans. But before then, we will enter the deep waters of Romans 7. These 25 verses are among the most talked about and written about by biblical scholars. There are some interpretive challenges, for sure. For in...

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Pastor Post - April 25, 2018

This Sunday, as we finish Romans 6, we will continue to talk about how the gospel sets us free. As you read over Romans 6:15-23, what stands out to you? Read it in context with verses 1-14. What do you think Paul most wanted to get across to the Roman Christians? Consider the following: Why is grace not a license to sin? Why does the gospel not promote sinning,...

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Pastor Post - April 18, 2018

This Sunday we will look at Romans 6:5-14 and talk about "Living Out Our Freedom In Christ." Last week in verses 1-4 we talked about the fact that we have been freed from sin's tyranny. This week we'll talk about the practical implications of that. As Christians, we live in the already/not yet. What do I mean by that? Well, our salvation has already been accomplished, bu...

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Pastor Post - April 11, 2018

This Sunday we'll begin Romans 6, which is among the most important chapters in the New Testament on the subject of sanctification. How can we become in practice what we already are in position? How do we live out the freedom from the power of sin that Jesus has won for us? So this Sunday we'll talk about "Freedom From Sin's Tyranny" from Romans 6:1-4. This text also hel...

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Pastor Post - April 4, 2018

What an absolute joy to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus with you last Sunday! It was so encouraging to see so many guests there. Keep on bringing your friends we celebrate the resurrection and preach the good news of the gospel every Sunday. Seriously, did you ever think about the fact that every Sunday is a beautiful opportunity for you to bring lost friend...

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Pastor Post - March 28, 2018

It is going to be a HUGE day at FBC this Sunday. There's nothing like Resurrection Day! I hope you're making plans to not only be there, but to be there with friends you've invited. Easter is an ideal time to pick up the phone or text a friend or family member and say, "Hey, this Sunday is Easter. It's a really special time for me and our church, and I would love for you t...

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Pastor Post - March 21, 2018

What a fantastic weekend it was, with Operation Suffolk! I am so thankful to God for the fruit we are seeing in our students, and so thankful to Pastor Michael Anderson for allowing the Lord to use his leadership in their lives. Thank you to not only Michael, but to all our volunteers who gave of themselves to serve this past weekend. It was wonderful. This weekend we loo...

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Pastor Post - March 14, 2018

This Sunday we will finish chapter three of Romans and blaze through all of chapter four. We'll talk about "Growing in Faith." Our text will be Romans 3:29-4:25. As you read over it, consider the following: What Old Testament examples does Paul give as people who were justified by faith? Throughout Romans Paul is concerned to unify Jewish Christians and Gent...

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Pastor Post - March 7, 2018

This week, in Romans 3:21-31, we will plunge into the heart of the gospel. Last week, in 3:1-20, we saw "Our Great Need For Christ." This week we will see "The Great Christ We Need." In fact, the paragraph we will study on Sunday has been called the most important paragraph ever written, because it unpacks the riches of God's saving action in Christ, and how we can receiv...

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Pastor Post - February 28, 2018

This week as you prepare for our study of Romans 3:1-20 on Sunday, please reflect on "Our Great Need For Christ." In Romans 1:18-32, we saw the guilt of the Gentile world. In Romans 2, we saw the guilt of the Jewish world. In Romans 3:1-20, we see the guilt of the whole world. Jews and Gentiles alikeall human beingsare accountable and guilty before a...

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Pastor Post - February 21, 2018

I am so grateful forour guestfilling in for me last week, and for the opportunity he had to fill you in on his upcoming trip, so that you can be praying. What an amazing opportunity we have to partner with this dear brother! We were able to make a college visit with Courtney, and spend a few days together as a family. But it is good to be home, and this week we will conti...

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Pastor Post - February 14, 2018

What a wonderful Sunday we just experienced! In the morning, it was great to plunge into Romans 2, and then have a fantastic luncheon with lots of prospective members at Discovering FBC. In the evening, we had an absolutely fantastic Chili Cook Off there were so many people in the Family Life Center we had to set up chairs! It was a super day of worship and fellowship tog...

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Pastor Post - February 7, 2018

This week we will continue in our study of Romans by digging into Romans 2:1-11. Last week, in Romans 1:18-32, Paul was speaking about the Gentile pagan world, and its descent into idolatry and depravity. In chapter 2 he turns his attention to religious people who criticize those who behave in these ways, yet do the very same things. Therefore, church-going, Bible-believ...

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Pastor Post - January 31, 2018

This Sunday, as we continue to walk through Romans, we will finish chapter one by looking at Romans 1:18-32, which is all about "Why We Need The Gospel." As you read over these verses, think about the following: In verse 18, Paul says the "wrath" of God "is" being revealed. What mistake can we make when we think about the wrath of God? Also, we know there is a future...

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Pastor Post - January 24, 2018

We are off and running in our Romans study, and I couldn't be more excited about it! This Sunday we will look at Romans 1:16-17 and talk about "The Power of the Gospel." As you read over the text, consider: Do you think Paul had ever been tempted to be ashamed of the gospel? Why? Considering the fact that we do not suffer anything like the level of persecution ...

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Pastor Post - January 17, 2018

This Sunday we will continue to explore Paul's introduction to the church at Rome by looking at Romans 1:5-15. We'll talk about "Defining Our Mission." As you read over these verses in advance, here are some things to ponder: In verse 5, what does Paul mean by the "obedience of faith?" Also in verse 5, what is the ultimate motivation for missions? What d...

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Pastor Post - January 3, 2018

Happy New Year to all of you! This time of year brings a mixture of feelings. On one hand, it's a little sad to take down the tree and decorations. Those things are associated with the happiness of the holidays. We've had great times, some rest from work, and now it is "back to real life." Oh, and by the way, it's freezing outside. On the other hand, the beginning of a N...

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Pastor Post - January 10, 2018

The highly unusual winter storm and extreme temperatures forced us to cancel services last Sunday, but it hasn't blown us off course at FBC. We'll start Romans: People Made New this Sunday, and I'm incredibly excited about it. Be reading over Romans 1:1-7 in advance. One of the great joys of pastoring FBC is the engagement our church enjoys with gospel workers from around...

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Pastor Post - December 6, 2017

This Sunday morning is an incredibly important event in the life of our church, as we have the opportunity to change lives through our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Our goal as a church is $62,000, every penny of which goes to reach the last, the least, and the lost for Christ. I hope you’ll use your prayer guide this week to lift up our missionaries and the people...

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Pastor Post - December 13, 2017

This Sunday we'll continue with our Christmas series, The Joy of Christmas, which is based on a trilogy of Psalms, as we study Psalm 97 "The Lord Reigns!" As you read and pray over Psalm 97, consider the following: What does verse 1 tell us about God's missionary heart? What do verses 2-5 tell us about His majestic holiness? What do verses 6-9 tell us about idolatry...

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Pastor Post - November 29, 2017

As we move into December, its time to focus on our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions. Our goal as a church family is $62,000. Every penny of this offering will go to the International Mission Board to help reach the unreached with the good news of Jesus. In a lost world that is hurting so badly, no gift you will give this Christmas will be more imp...

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Pastor Post - November 15, 2017

This Sunday we will dig into Philippians 4:4-9, a text that will help us in preparing our hearts for Thanksgiving. This is one of my favorite texts in the New Testament. I would encourage you to memorize it and meditate on it often. It tells us about "A Life That Soars." As you read over it What does verse 4 tell us about joy? What does verse 5 tell us about gentlene...

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Pastor Post - November 8, 2017

What a wonderful blessing our Thirst Conference was this week! The timing was just right, and our church family was ready to take a new step in our walk together with Christ. Remember to pray for Rich and Grace, Shane and Leigh, and the fantastic young people who ministered among us during some very special days. Now it is time to build on what God did in our lives. This ...

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Pastor Post - November 1, 2017

Sunday is going to be an amazing day, as our Thirst Conference begins! Here are some things you can be doing to get ready: Pray This is the first and most important thing. Revival doesn't happen because we schedule a conference. It happens when God's Spirit is poured out. Would you pray fervently over the next few days for God to move inpower? Attend Yes, we ar...

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Pastor Post - October 25, 2017

It was a wonderful blessing to take six weeks and explore the book of Proverbs with you! This is a book we are meant to continually go back to throughout the course of our lives. Personally, my One Year Bible plan contains a couple of Proverbs each day, and I feel like I'm better off for reading this book daily. A number of you have expressed a desire to go back and liste...

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Pastor Post - October 18, 2017

This week we will finish our study, The Way of Wisdom, by seeing what Proverbs has to say about "Friends and Fools." The "fool," like the "sluggard," is a character in Proverbs that we don't want to be nor do we want to surround ourselves with fools. Instead, we need quality friends. That's what we'll talk about this Sunday. We'll talk about fools to avoid and friends t...

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Pastor Post - October 11, 2017

This week as we continue in The Way of Wisdom: A Study of Proverbs, we are going to see what Proverbs says about "Sluggards and Stewards." The "sluggard" is a character that we meet in Proverbs. This is the lazy person, and laziness is a major theme of Proverbs. As you prepare for Sunday, you might want to look up "sluggard" in your Bible concordance. Read over the many v...

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Pastor Post - October 4, 2017

This Sunday we will be in week 4 of our Proverbs series, The Way of Wisdom. We are going to take a look at God's wisdom on "Tongue and Temper." Proverbs is absolutely filled from beginning to end with wise words on the subject of words! How can we learn self-control regarding the words that we speak, so that we are speaking words that honor God? How can we learn to contro...

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Pastor Post - September 27, 2017

What a joyous Sunday we just experienced, as we worshipped together! It is such a blessing to be a part of the gathered community of God's people, and pray together, sing together, build friendships, study God's Word, and celebrate baptism. How exhilarating to see four people baptized this past Sunday! Be praying for them. This Sunday we will continue in The Way of Wisdom...

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Pastor Post - September 20, 2017

This week we will continue in our new series on Proverbs, which we're calling The Way of Wisdom. We'll dig into one of the most famous passages in Proverbs, and in the whole Bible, as we explore Proverbs 3:1-8, "The Wisdom That Blesses." As you read over the text in advance, consider the following: Note in verse 1 how God addresses us. He is speaking to "my son" or "...

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Pastor Post - September 13, 2017

This Sunday we will launch into a new journey in God's Word as we begin a six week series in the book of Proverbs. We are calling it, "The Way of Wisdom: A Study of Proverbs." I am super excited about leading us through some of the primary themes of this incredibly valuable book. This Sunday I will introduce things by talking about the title, the goals, and the theme of ...

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Pastor Post - September 6, 2017

This week we will finish the study of Acts that we began several months ago. We have seen the birth of the church, and the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. We have seen Paul transformed from a persecutor of the church to a planter of churches. We have seen the unstoppable progress of the gospel. We have seen the journeys of the Apostle Paul, and we have been on quite a jour...

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Pastor Post - August 30, 2017

This Sunday we will be in Acts 27, which is one of the most famous accounts of a storm and shipwreck that is found in ancient literature. It is vivid and contains edge-of-your-seat suspense. But far more importantly, it contains the encouraging truth about "Anchors in the Storm." Read through the chapter prior to Sunday. You'll find it fascinating, especially if you have ...

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Pastor Post - August 23, 2017

This week we will begin in Acts 25:23, as King Agrippa and Bernice enter an ornate hall at Caesarea "with great pomp." Also present is the royal court, and other prominent officials. And then a prisoner, the Apostle Paul, is brought before them. What does he say? Does he plead for his life? No, he pleads for souls. Paul takes this opportunity to share his testimony and sh...

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Pastor Post - August 16, 2017

This Sunday we will continue in our study of Acts by looking at Acts 25:1-22. It's about "God's Protection, Promises, and Providence." As you read over these verses, where do you see these 3 things in the text? In verses 1-5, we see God protecting Paul from assassination. His plan was for Paul to end up in Rome, the capital of the Empire, with the gospel. What does thi...

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Pastor Post - August 9, 2017

This Sunday we will study Acts 24:1-27. As you prepare your heart for the Lord's Day, think about the following as you read over the text: Why does Paul continually bring up the resurrection? (See 1 Corinthians 15) Felix has the opportunity of a lifetime. How does he blow it? (verse 25) What does Paul speak about when he is given the opportunity? (verse 25) Life is...

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Pastor Post - August 2, 2017

It's great to be back in the swing of things, and we are looking forward to an awesome August at FBC. It was good to be back in the pulpit Sunday, and I am grateful to Lindsay for filling in on June 23rd. We are so blessed with the preachers and teachers in our church! This Sunday we will study one of the most emotional and revealing passages in Acts, as Paul says his g...

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Pastor Post - July 26, 2017

I am so thankful for Lindsay stepping in for me last week, and am looking forward to being back with you this Sunday, as we look at: Acts 19:11-41 "Smashing Idols" Chapter 19 of Acts details Paul's ministry in the key city of Ephesus, and the radical impact of the gospel on the people of that city. As you read over these verses, ponder the following: How should we t...

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Pastor Post - July 12, 2017

This Sunday we will continue our study of Acts by looking at Acts 18:1-11, "Strategy for Missions." As you read over these verses, which detail Paul's ministry in the city of Corinth, what principles do you see? Consider the following: Why did Paul focus on cities? Why did he work in teams? Were women key to the missions efforts of the early church? ...

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Pastor Post - July 5, 2017

This week we will be in Acts 17, a chapter in which Paul ministers in three different cities: Thessalonica, Berea, and Athens. There is tons of excitement in each situation. Never a dull moment in Acts! As you read over Acts 17, notice the differences in the people of the three cities, and how Paul deals with them in different ways. The gospel never changes, but our appro...

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Pastor Post - June 28, 2017

It was awesome to celebrate baptism and David's 5th anniversary last Sunday, and to commission our Haiti team to be sent out! Wonderful day. This Sunday we will be in Acts 16, which for many reasons is one of the most exciting and encouraging chapters in Acts. It is where we see God's Macedonian Call to Paul, which resulted in the gospel moving into Europe for th...

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Pastor Post - June 21, 2017

Thank you so much for praying for me as I attended the Southern Baptist Convention in Phoenix last week. It was a busy week, as I also had IMB Trustee meetings in Phoenix as well. The Trustee meeting was great. I can't adequately express to you what a joy it is to meet with and send out people who are going to the ends of the earth with the gospel! The SBC meeting itsel...

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Pastor Post - June 14, 2017

This week we will be in Acts 10, talking about "How God Breaks Down Barriers." This is a crucial chapter for understanding Acts, and how the gospel broke through to the Gentile world. This was always the plan of God. As He promised to Abraham in Genesis 12, "Through you all the families of the earth will be blessed." In other words, the messiah would come through Israel, ...

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Pastor Post - June 7, 2017

This Sunday we will continue in Empowered: A Study of Acts, by digging into one of the most amazing chapters in the Bible Acts 9. The world changed the day Saul became Paul. How did a violent persecutor of the church become a passionate follower of Jesus? How does that kind of transformation take place? We'll talk about it this Sunday. Saul was on his way to Damascu...

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Pastor Post - May 31, 2017

This past Sunday, it was appropriate to pray for our military and their families as we remembered those who have given their lives for our nation. It is a blessing to pastor military families, and a blessing to pastor a church that cares so much for those families. May God bless those who serve, and their loved ones! This week, as we continue our study of Acts, we will lo...

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Pastor Post - May 24, 2017

This Sunday we are continuing our study of Acts by skipping to chapter 5, and looking at verses 17-42. As the early church progressed in Jerusalem, the Sadducees (who were really political power brokers) became furious with jealousy. Their response is to throw some of the leading followers of Jesus in prison. How do we deal with opposition? It will surely come if we remai...

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Pastor Post - May 17, 2017

This week, as we continue to walk through the Book of Acts, we will be in Acts 2:22-47. We'll take a look at "The Teaching and Life of the Early Church." Sometimes in life it is not healthy to look back. There are failures and sins in all of our pasts, and it doesn't help to dwell on those things. They are, after all, under the blood of Jesus completely forgiven. We need...

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Pastor Post - May 10, 2017

Before moving to what is happening this Sunday, I can't help but comment on the amazing job our children's choirs did last Sunday night in their presentation of "A Not So Terrible Parable." They were tremendous, the message they were communicating was loaded with gospel truth, and our children's choir workers had obviously done a fantastic job in preparing them! It was a ...

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Pastor Post - May 3, 2017

Thank you all so much for praying for me during my recent IMB Trustee trip. Believe me, I felt your prayers and experienced God answering them. Without question, this was the most impactful mission trip of my life, in two ways: First, I was able to see needs that, by God's grace, I can help the IMB meet for the glory of Christ. This is why the IMB sends Trustees overseas ...

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Pastor Post - April 12, 2017

This Sunday is the highest point of our Christian faith: Easter Sunday...Resurrection Day! Without the resurrection, we have no Christian faith. Paul says, "And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vainAnd if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins" (1Corinthians 15:14,17). But Christ ha...

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Pastor Post - April 5, 2017

For the next two weeks, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, we will be in the final two chapters in Mark, delving into the very heart of our Christian faith. This week we'll look at the meaning of the cross. On Easter we'll look at the meaning of the resurrection. As you read and pray over Mark 15:1-39, consider the following: How do you see prophecy, particularly Isaiah 5...

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Pastor Post - March 29, 2027

What an awesome blessing this past weekend was, as our students participated in Operation Suffolk! This past weekend, these students studied God's Word in small groups, got together for worship as a large group, and went out into our community doing ministry. In fact, they passed out around a thousand invitations to our Easter service! As a pastor and a dad, I am so thankf...

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Pastor Post - March 22, 2017

From now on in our study of Mark, we will be with Jesus and the disciples during the hours leading up to his arrest, crucifixion, and resurrection. This week, as we look at Mark 14:1-31, we will examine one of the key events of Passion Week: "The Last Supper." How did the Last Supper become the Lord's Supper? What is the connection between Passover and the Last Supper? ...

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Pastor Post - March 15, 2017

This Sunday we will study Mark 13, which is all about "Staying Spiritually Alert." It is an amazing prophetic passage, in which Jesus preaches about the coming destruction of the Temple in 70AD, and His own coming in the future. Mark 13 is a fascinating text! But more than telling us what is going to happen, Jesus is focused on helping us be prepared for what is going to ...

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Pastor Post - March 8, 2017

The great theologian, Augustine, once said, "Love, and do what you will." In other words, when we love God and love our neighbor, we are going to do the right things. No doubt, Augustine got that from the Great Commandment, which we will explore this Sunday. A scribe asks Jesus, "Which is the greatest commandment of all?" Jesus replies, "Love the Lord your God with all yo...

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Pastor Post - March 1, 2017

Let me begin this week by saying a heartfelt "thank-you" to you, our sweet congregation. Melissa and I, and our children, were overwhelmed by your many expressions of love for us this past Sunday. It is such an honor to serve as your pastor, and it has been a wonderful five years. I am thankful for what God has done, and even more excited about what He is going to do! Thi...

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Pastor Post - February 22, 2017

We missed you all last week, but I am so thankful for Steve Harmon and the great word he brought from God's Word on overcoming fear with faith. It is an incredible blessing to pastor a church with so many gifted teachers. This past week has been one of "sharpening the sword" for me. I was able to attend a Pastor's Conference, and to observe another church this past Sunday...

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Pastor Post - February 15, 2017

Sunday was a fantastic day in the life of our church! We can feel the life of God's Spirit moving and working in our congregation, and it is wonderful. It was great to take a Sunday and walk with you through the "3 Circles" way of presenting the good news of Jesus. This built on the training we received during Sunday School a few weeks ago. It's incredibly helpful to thin...

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Pastor Post - February 8, 2017

This Sunday we are going to be talking about "Understanding And Sharing The Good News." Almost every Christian knows that they have a responsibility to share the gospel with others. Yet many of us struggle with that assignment, for various reasons. One of those reasons is that we lack confidence. We are afraid that if we try to share we'll get tongue-tied or won't have t...

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Pastor Post - February 1, 2017

Sunday was an exciting day, as we focused in both Sunday School and Worship on personal evangelism. Witnessing is something all of us are called to do. You don't have to be an extrovert or great speaker to speak to your friends about Jesus. Basically you just need love. The best witnessing flows out of an attempt to simply love people. Part of loving people is sharing the...

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Pastor Post - January 25, 2017

I pray that your 2017 is off to a great start! As we've been talking about on Sunday mornings, this is a natural time of year to reset priorities. So far in our "Reset" series, we talked about "Cherishing The Lord's Day" Hebrews 10:19-25 "Stewarding The Lord's Gospel" 2 Cor. 9:1-15 Meeting together for worship and stewarding the time, talents, and treasure God has gi...

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Pastor Post - January 18, 2017

It was great to be back in worship this past week, after the winter storm. We celebrated baptism, and talked about the importance of "Cherishing the Lord's Day," studying Hebrews 10:19-25. Verses 24-25 of that great text give this command: "And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but ...

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Pastor Post - January 11, 2017

By now, hopefully, you have come out of "hibernation" from the first winter storm of 2017! We are blessed to have nice and warm places to stay in such times, but everyone is not so fortunate. As it turns out, FBC's week to do the CAPS overnight stay coincided with the snow and severe temperatures. I am so grateful for the volunteers who came in to serve our guests all week...

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Pastor Post - January 4, 2017

Happy New Year! I hope your 2017 has gotten off to a great start, and that the best is yet to come. That is always the case with Jesus. For FBC, this New Year brings great excitement. It is hard to believe, but only five years ago our family was praying hard about coming to serve here. God made it clear He was in it, and He led the way! It has been a wonderful season in o...

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Pastor Post - December 14, 2016

What a memorable day last Sunday was in the life of our church! Ingathering Sunday for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering is always a highlight, but yesterday it was especially the case as hundreds of you streamed forward at the end of the service to place your offering in the boxes. As that was happening, I kept thinking of all the people who are going to be helped around...

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Pastor Post - December 7, 2016

Last Sunday it was a wonderful blessing to welcome D. Ray Davis from the International Mission Board. D. Ray did a great job of helping us to turn our attention from "our own little patch of dirt" to the global purposes of God. This week is the Week of Prayer for the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. I hope you have been using your prayer guide, which we passed out on Sunda...

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Pastor Post - November 30, 2016

For the next couple of weeks, we will be focused on our most significant missions moment of the year, our Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Our goal as a church family is $62,000 every penny of which will go to the International Mission Board to send and sustain missionaries on the field. Last Sunday, we passed out brochures called "Your Gifts At Work," which detailed some...

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Pastor Post - November 23, 2016

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! As Christians, we have so much to be thankful for, starting with the fact that we have a Savior. This week, we will continue to focus on Thanksgiving themes as we study Colossians 3:12-17, and talk about "Expressions of Love." This text is one of the most beautiful in the New Testament. It is great to meditate on it and commit it ...

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Pastor Post - November 16, 2016

For the next couple of weeks we will focus on themes related to Thanksgiving. Having a grateful, thankful heart is a key that unlocks a joyful life in Christ, and we don't talk about it enough. We will lazer in on "thanksgiving" for the next two weeks. This week, we will study 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, which tells us about "The Will Of God For You." This is a wonderful pass...

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Pastor Post - November 2, 2016

This week we will look at the second half of Mark 10, digging into Mark 10:28-52. Once again, this text is about discipleship, or "Following Jesus On The Way." As you read over it, think about the following: In verses 28-31, Jesus talks about the blessings and costs that come with discipleship. What are some of the blessings we experience by following Jesus? What is a ...

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Pastor Post - October 19, 2016

What a wonderful time of fellowship this past Sunday, as we dug into the Word for spiritual food, and then broke bread together after the worship service! It was awesome to look around at nametags during lunch and see when others became a part of our church family. Some recently, some many years agobut we are all one family in Christ. This Sunday, as we finish our series ...

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Pastor Post - October 5, 2016

This Sunday will be the fourth Sunday of our By His Grace, For His Glory, To The Nations campaign, as we focus on "Celebration." Our text, Nehemiah 8:1-12, resounds with joy. What is the source of this joy? It is God. As Philippians 4:4 says, we can "rejoice in the Lord always." Specifically, we can rejoice in God as we understand and trust in the promises of God's Word. ...

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Pastor Post - September 28, 2016

The Apostle Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:12, "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places." The Apostle Peter tells us in 1 Peter 5:8-9, "Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around l...

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Pastor Post - September 21, 2016

Someone once said, "Faith is taking the first step, even when you can't see the whole staircase." That applies to the second chapter of Nehemiah, which we will study this week. Last week we saw that Nehemiah, a Jewish exile living in Persia, received devastating news: Jerusalem, God's special city, the city that was supposed to be a beacon of light for the nations, was in...

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Pastor Post - September 14, 2016

This Sunday we are going to begin a five-week break from Mark to study the exciting Book of Nehemiah. We will then resume our study of Mark, finishing chapter 10 before the holidays. After that, we will have some special Thanksgiving and Christmas messages, and then we will pick back up with Mark 11 in January, finishing the series on Easter Sunday! That's the road map. B...

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Pastor Post - September 7, 2016

This week we will dig into Mark 9:30-50, as we see what God's Word says about "True Greatness." Perhaps on no other subject is the Christian worldview so diametrically opposed to that of the world. Then and now, "greatness" in the eyes of the world is all about power, position, status, and rank. We are taught to head for the top in all those ways. But Jesus says we are gr...

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Pastor Post - August 31, 2016

This week we will study Mark 9:14-29 and talk about "Connecting Our Inadequacy To God's Adequacy." Jesus, along with Peter, James, and John, are coming down from the mountain, where Jesus has been gloriously transfigured. But immediately they are hit in the face by the brokenness of this world. There is a boy who is suffering terribly, afflicted by a demon who is using a...

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Pastor Post - August 24, 2016

What a wonderful blessing this past Sunday to celebrate 15 years of ministry among us on the part of Michael and Mary Jane Turner! We are all so thankful for Michael's heart for the gospel and for excellence in the praise of God, and it was great to be able to celebrate with them and show our appreciation for this precious couple. Thank you, Michael and Mary Jane!! This w...

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Pastor Post - August 17, 2016

It was wonderful to be back in the pulpit this Sunday, and to look at Peter's confession of Jesus as "the Christ" with you. As we talked about Sunday, "Christ" means "Messiah." So Peter was saying to Jesus, "You are the Messiah." Now, this week, we will see that Jesus is going to say, "Here is what that means." And it didn't mean what Peter (or any of the disciples, or an...

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Pastor Post - August 10, 2016

It has been a blessing to have a season of rest and refreshment for the past couple of weeks, and a blessing for our church to hear others proclaim God’s Word. I am thankful for wonderful lay teachers like Corby Amos, and for missionaries like Joe. Hearing one of our own laymen preach is such a healthy thing for a congregation, because it shows that the gift of teaching...

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Pastor Post - July 20, 2016

It was wonderful last week to host VBS at First-Suffolk! Aren't you thankful for all the wonderful volunteers who give of themselves to make VBS possible? And our Children's Ministry Director, Jeanette Hampton, does such an awesome job. Be praying for the seeds of the gospel to bear fruit for eternity in the lives of the precious children who attended. Also be in prayer f...

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Pastor Post - July 13, 2016

It has been a wonderful, exciting week at First-Suffolk as our campus buzzed with the energy of Vacation Bible School. I still have vivid memories of my VBS days. Cookies and Kool-Aid in the old Fellowship Hall downstairs, games in the parking lot out back, marching in for the pledges. But most of all the caring people who taught me God's Word. What a blessing to see all t...

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Pastor Post - July 6, 2016

This Sunday we will be studying Mark 7:1-23, as we see what God's Word says about "Heart Transformation." As you read and pray over this text, consider the following: Think about what Jesus says in verse 6, and ask yourself, "What are the ways in which I may be honoring God with my lips, but not my heart?" Thinking about verse 7, are there areas where we have taken a ...

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Pastor Post - June 29, 2016

Last week, I shared a couple of highlights from the Southern Baptist Convention in St. Louis. This week, I want to round out that report by sharing a bit more. The biggest reason that our denomination was founded was to support missions. The delegates who came together that day in 1845 (a group that included the Pastor of FBC-Suffolk) believed that their churches could ...

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Pastor Post - June 22, 2016

FBC is blessed to be a part of a family of churches, the Southern Baptist Convention. In fact, our church has been a part of the SBC family since its inception. On the day in 1845 when the original delegates gathered in Augusta, GA, to found the SBC, the pastor of FBC-Suffolk was one of them! I was not able to attend this year's gathering in St. Louis, but I do want to sh...

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Pastor Post - June 15, 2016

We awoke this past Sunday morning to the news that yet another mass shooting had occurred in our nation. Throughout the day, as the death toll mounted, we were all asking the question, "Is this kind of thing ever going to end?" As is so often the case, God provided a timely answer to the question of the day. Long before Sunday morning, Scott Zeller had planned on preachin...

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Pastor Post - June 8, 2016

What a great joy it has been to walk through the gospel of Mark with you all recently. We have almost completed six chapters, and God is using this action-packed gospel to teach us and form us! I encourage you to continue to read it, over and over. It is especially helpful to read over the upcoming passage in advance. I will keep you up to date each week in this column on ...

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Pastor Post - June 1, 2016

Last Sunday we dove into the first twenty-nine verses of Mark 6 as we talked about "Missed Opportunities and Mission Opportunities." We saw that Jesus went home to Nazareth, where the people missed an incredible opportunity. Mark 6:5 tells us that, because of their unbelief, Jesus "could do no mighty work there." How often do we miss the opportunity for God to do something...

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Pastor Post - May 25, 2016

This Sunday we will study Mark 6:1-29. It is all about "Missed Opportunities and Mission Opportunities." We will look at three sections in these verses. First, in verses 1-6, we will see what happens when Jesus returns to his hometown of Nazareth. (It would also be helpful to look at Luke 4:16-30.) Consider the following as you read over these verses: Is the rejectio...

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Pastor Post - May 18, 2016

This Sunday we will explore an incredibly exciting passage in God's Word, Mark 5:21-43. Mark, as we have seen, is the gospel of action. It is super fast-paced. Mark peppers his gospel with the words "immediately" and "at once." It is difficult to imagine any chapter in the Bible that is more fast-paced than the fifth chapter of Mark. The action leaves the reader breathles...

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Pastor Post - May 11, 2016

I hope you all are enjoying our study of the Gospel of Mark as much as me. It is such a rich blessing to walk through this scintillating narrative, seeing and savoring the portrait of Jesus that it provides. In chapter 4 we saw that Jesus is teaching the people in parables. He is in a boat, and they are gathered on the shore, near Capernaum. This past Sunday we saw that a...

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Pastor Post - May 4, 2016

This Sunday we will study Mark 4:35-41, in which Jesus proves himself to be "Lord Over The Storm." Have you ever felt like you were bailing water out of a sinking boat in the middle of a life storm? Have you ever been afraid or terrified by what life seems to be throwing at you? We've all been there. This message is for us. As you ponder this text in preparation for the L...

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Pastor Post - April 27, 2016

This Sunday we will continue our study of parables in Mark's gospel, as we delve into Mark 4:21-34. Here, Jesus tells three parables, back to back to back. All are slightly different, but also have some things in common. As you read and pray over these three parables, consider the following: First, in the parable of the lamp: Notice Jesus' sense of humor in verse 21. H...

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Pastor Post - April 20, 2016

What an absolutely wonderful weekend we just experienced in the life of our church! Operation Suffolk began this Friday night, with between 80 and 90 students and leaders. Melissa and I were blessed to host a dozen High School girls and leaders, and I can't say enough about these young ladies. They dug into God's Word in their Bible studies. They engaged in deep discussion...

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Pastor Post - April 13, 2016

How sweet it was to be a part of worship this past Sunday at FBC! We got to witness Christian baptism, which is always a highlight. How wonderful to see the new life that Jesus provides, so clearly portrayed as new disciples were "buried in the likeness of his death" and "raised in the likeness of his resurrection!" Praise God for the new people he is bringing into his fa...

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Pastor Post - April 6 2016

It was great to get away with family for the girls' Spring Break last week. We were able to spend a few days in the Florida sun, and it was fun. A couple of highlights: Having dinner with one of my mentors, former FBC pastor, JC Mitchell, and his wife, Carol. Although JC is almost 88, he is still going strong. In fact, he has planted a huge vegetable garden, which he tend...

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