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  • Feb13Tue

    It's Official: We Are Now Elder-Led!

    February 13, 2018 Pastor Andrew Manwarren
    It gives me great happiness that God gave us such a wonderful annual member's meeting. Jim Showers and Dan Polzien did a great job leading it. I am so very thankful for the joyful spirit that permeated the entire meeting. God was truly in our midst leading. With an overwhelming majority, our new constitution passed. Our three elders who were...
  • Nov10Fri

    What thoughts come to your mind when you hear the words, "Church Business Meeting"?

    A personal word of encouragement from pastor Andrew Manwarren November 10, 2017
    Filed Under:
    strategic planning

    Dear Church Family,

    Lots of pastors’ (and church members!) dread member’s meetings. And who can blame them! I recently read an article titled, “Ten Really Strange Things That Happened At Church Business Meetings.” And they are strange. Some of the things included: a dead body in a dumpster, a two-hour meeting about...

  • Aug31Thu

    Leadership Transition Team

    August 31, 2017
    It's Unanimous! 

    Praise the Lord! On Sunday, August 27th, after about thirty minutes of questions, our church body decided with one mind to move forward in changing our church government to elder led by establishing a leadership transition team! This is no small thing and I believe this is a great testimony to our love and obedience to...
  • Aug25Fri

    Great News!

    August 25, 2017
    Filed Under:
    strategic planning


    After meeting 6 times for nearly 20 hours our strategic leadership team has completed the new strategic plan for 2018-2020. I personally am very excited about it and am simply amazed at how God was at work in each one of our meetings. Though we tackled some difficult things and were a very diverse group, there was a deep spirit of...

  • Jun14Wed

    How Should Christians Fast

    June 14, 2017
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    I just read this short little article over at Challies and thought I would share it since it is quite appropriate for our all church fast and prayer this Sunday, June 18.

    We fast freely . “Under the new covenant you are free to fast or not fast. There is no prescribed time of the year or week in which you must fast. There is no prescribed...

  • May17Wed

    Why You Will Join The Wrong Church

    May 17, 2017
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    I read this article a couple of days ago and can't stop thinking about it. It is excellent and I highly commend it to you. It is by Alex Duke from the 9marks ministry. If you are not familiar with 9marks I strongly encourage you to go to their website , bookmark it, and go back often. You will be richly rewarded in your depth and understanding...
  • May9Tue

    Free Bible Study Software

    May 9, 2017
    There is never a week that goes by wherein I don't use the Bible software Logos. It is a great tool for Bible study. The version I have is certainly not free, but they are now offering a free version to help people get started with it! Below I have copied a pasted a sponsored post as found over at which is a great website I would...
  • May2Tue

    Why Churches Plan

    May 2, 2017
    Filed Under:
    strategic planning

    Can you believe it has already been nearly three years since we passed our first ever strategic plan? And who can deny how God has used it to help us become a stronger and healthier body of Christ? By God’s grace we have accomplished much for His name’s sake. However, the work is not done. First Baptist is far from perfect. But it is not about perfection. It is about direction and I am persuaded we are on the right direction.

  • Loving Others As Christ Has Loved Us
    The Bible teaches that apart from faith in Jesus, we are dead in our sins and by nature children of wrath. We are enemies of God because of our sinful rebellion against him. But God is full of mercy, and he changed everything for us who believe through Jesus. God showed his love for us in that while we were...

  • Apr22Sat

    7 Ways To Get The Most Out Of Every Sermon

    April 22, 2017
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    I just read this over at CCCDiscover that I just had to share it tonight before Sunday tomorrow!

    In a faithful church, an ordinary pastor will spend twenty to forty hours preparing a single sermon that will last approximately fifteen minutes to an hour. If our pastors are spending at least that much time making sure Sunday morning speaks to the...