Pastor’s Column

From February 4, 2018

We are concluding our series 5 Hours to Change Your World today. Next week we begin a new series, the letter to the Romans. This is Paul’s longest letter. It contains major themes in the first 11 chapters—faith, grace, righteousness, and justification. The last 5 chapters cover practical implications of faith—how the teaching works out in everyday life. It should be an interesting and exciting series.

Just a reminder, we are offering a daytime group of Experiencing God. I have Monday mornings or Wednesday mornings open for a group. If you have never been through Experiencing God and are interested, fill out the card in today’s worship folder and choose which day works best for you. I misspoke last week. The workbooks are $13.00. Sign up soon, so we can get started!!

From January 28, 2018

Hopefully those of you who have been able to view the 21-Day Challenge videos are enjoying them and being challenged by the ideas that are being presented! There will be one more week of videos. And then we might need to sit down and decide on some action plans for reaching young families.

Since we are not hosting an Experiencing God Weekend this spring, I have decided to offer a daytime group of Experiencing God. I have Monday mornings or Wednesday mornings open for a group. If you have never been through Experiencing God and are available, please let me know by filling out the card in today’s worship folder and choosing which day works for you.

The workbooks are $12.00. The study is 13-weeks long. Sign up as soon as possible to go through this tremendously powerful experience!

From January 21, 2018

This week we’ve been sending out 5 minute videos from a pastor who has issued a 21-Day Young Family Challenge for reaching young families. Hope you’ve been able to view them. They are short! But they have a lot of good information and ideas. If you’re not getting them, let me know. We’ll find a way to send them to you.

An update on our Experiencing God Weekend: turns out the gentleman who leads these weekends is booked the entire month of March. So I will be talking to TLC tomorrow night and we will look at other possible times to host this event. We believe this would be very beneficial to our church. We will have more info at next week’s business meeting.

In the meantime, continue to pray about the EGW with us that God would reveal to us the best time to have this important event. And remember #2 from last week’s DD&P article!

From January 14, 2018

Wow! In one day, the snow was gone and by the next morning new snow had arrived! That’s the way life goes here in Michigan. But for those of us who’ve spent most of our lives here, we weren’t too surprised. But we should always be ready to be surprised by God! Remember, He “is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us” (Eph. 3:20).

We are trying to set a weekend in March as an Experiencing God Weekend. I have out a little chart out of all the available weekends in March. The last weekend is Palm Sunday and beginning of spring break and I’m not sure that is a possibility for us or the team that is coming. We need commitment. So I’d like each household to fill-in their name in the weekends they are available. The weekend with the most names will be the weekend we will go with.

TLC would like maximum involvement. So I hope that you will pray about making this a priority event for 2018!

From January 7, 2018

Welcome, 2018! It is here. And with every new year comes new possibilities and opportunities. But there is one thing that is constant every day throughout every year. “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is [His] faithfulness” (Lam. 3:22-23).

Let’s talk about opportunities and possibilities. One thing I’ve mentioned over the last few weeks is the possibility of an Experiencing God Weekend in March! TLC believes this can be a unifying and revitalizing experience for First Baptist Church. But we want to insure (to the best of our ability) the full participation of our congregation.

I’m asking you to check your March calendar and let us know your best clear weekend in March so we can move forward in our planning. This is a great opportunity to grow together!


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