Author Archive: Pastor Mark

The Art of Neighboring and The Great Commandment

The Great Commandment When Jesus was asked to sum up everything into one command, He said to love God with everything you have and to love your neighbor as yourself. And He (Jesus) answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and […]

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21 Traits of a Good Friend

Are you a good friend? Here are twenty-one traits or qualities that you should be developing in your friendships. They are also good qualities to look for and encourage in a new friend. How many do you have? What are the top ones you want to work on? Twenty-One Traits to develop & look for […]

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Secure online giving is now available.

Secure on-line giving is now available at First Baptist. You can use your debit or credit card or a PayPal account to conveniently give on-line. You can also set up scheduled giving if you are traveling or unable to come to church. This is just an option for those who prefer e-payments – there is […]

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Seasoned with Salt

Colossians 4:6 says “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” We are called to share the glory of God with the world around us. One way we do that is by sharing our faith one-on-one with other people. The Apostle Paul […]

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Praying for your Pastor & Church Leaders

In Colossians 4:3-4, the Apostle Paul wrote “Pray also for us (pastors & leaders), that God may open to us a door for the Word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison, that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak.” Pastor and leaders […]

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Prayer for Missionaries

If you were not individually called by God to “Go make disciples” (Matthew 28:19-20) then you fall under His commands to pray for, financially support, and encourage those who are going. At First Baptist Church, we want to obey God and be a “Great Commission” church. That means that we are discipling and preparing people […]

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Billy Graham goes home

A fitting tribute to a man with a passion for our world. William Franklin Graham Jr., the Baptist evangelist who preached to more than 200 million people and became one of the most notable figures of the 20th century, died on Feb. 21 in Montreat, North Carolina. Known the world over as Billy, he spent […]

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Struggling with Anxiety & Worry?

Do you struggle with anxiety and worry? Who doesn’t? One in six U.S. adults reported taking a psychiatric drug primarily to help with depression and anxiety (according to a 2013 Medical Expenditure Panel Survey). We tend to worry about our kids, our career, our marriage, our relationships, our weight, our finances, just about anything and everything. […]

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Worship. Grow. Share.

Pastor’s Challenge from our Annual Business Meeting: WORSHIP, GROW, SHARE The mission of First Baptist Church is to make and mature disciples who worship God, grow spiritually, and share the Gospel and their spiritual gifts. Greatest Command: Love the Lord your God – Luke 10:27; Glorify God – 1 Corinthians 10:31 God’s Will: Spiritual Maturity […]

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New Year’s Thoughts & Challenge

In Colossians 2:13-14 we learn that when Jesus Christ died on the cross, He paid the penalty for our sins, He canceled the debt we owed, and He provided forgiveness for all our sins. “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him, having forgiven […]

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