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Quiet in the Chaos

Quiet in the Chaos

The world feels chaotic and tomorrow is full of unknowns. People all around us feel panic, uncertainty, and anxiety. There have been massive lay-offs, loved ones are sick or at risk of getting sick, the economy is suffering, and people are being asked to self-isolate....

A Call to Fear the Lord

A Call to Fear the Lord

In this 3-part blog series, we’re looking at the elements of spiritual preparation and maturity. Two weeks ago, we talked about repentance. Last week, we looked at confession. Many people do not make a distinction between repentance and confession. However, what I’m...

A Call to Confession

A Call to Confession

Our church is talking about spiritual preparation and maturity. Last week we talked about repentance. Repentance is defined as “changing your mind about something”. If we desire to turn away from sin and turn towards God, then we must first change our mind about our...

Discipleship

Mary Sets the Example

Mary Sets the Example

Christmas Day ended a few days ago. The presents have been opened. The holiday dinner (so good!) consumed. The family has gone home. No more Christmas music playing on the radio. The unusual TN snow giving us a white Christmas has melted. Holiday cheer is now a...

For Whose Glory: A Glance at People-Pleasing

For Whose Glory: A Glance at People-Pleasing

I am a people-pleaser. There, I said it. For me, it stems from early periods of life where I felt the need to fight for approval. Tragically, even today, I feel the need to. It is ridiculous when I think about it, however. As my wife has lovingly reminded me, not only...

Maintaining a Heart of Gratitude When Life Seems Canceled

Maintaining a Heart of Gratitude When Life Seems Canceled

Yesterday as we were out on an errand, my nearly nine-year old suddenly said out loud, “It’s no fair. We worked so hard all year, and we didn’t get to go on one field trip! And, we don’t get to have field day!” I didn’t mention that this weekend would have also been...

Missions

#OP2BLESS:  Christ Transformed Lives in a Rapidly Changing Culture

#OP2BLESS: Christ Transformed Lives in a Rapidly Changing Culture

Recently, our church adopted a new mission statement.  The purpose of which is to succinctly state our primary means of fulfilling the Great Commission.  Our mission statement reads: First Baptist Powell exists to invest in and equip the next generation to live...

Testimony

Pandemic & Prayer

Pandemic & Prayer

Recent research has shown that Google searches for prayer have increased to the highest level ever on record during the current pandemic.  Looking at data across 95 countries, searches for information on prayer rose dramatically regardless of income and other...

Exposing + Breaking Down Idols

Exposing + Breaking Down Idols

The first half of this new decade has been unordinary, to say the least. We’ve experienced a pandemic, societal unrest, breaking news by the minute, murder hornets, dust storms, and toilet paper shortages, just to name a few. When COVID-19 started to escalate and the...

Personality Tests in Light of the Gospel

Personality Tests in Light of the Gospel

Personality Tests in Light of the Gospel Have you ever taken a personality test? Perhaps your employer required it or maybe you stumbled across one on the Internet. The test options are endless: Myers-Briggs, Enneagram, DISC, and Winslow Personality Profile, just to...

Wednesday’s word for women

Mercy Through Our “Gates” of FBP

Mercy Through Our “Gates” of FBP

Merciful Gates A few years back, my husband and I had the privilege to tour the country of Israel. The name of our tour was “Up to Jerusalem,” and if you’re anything like me, I didn’t realize Jerusalem is in fact UP from other areas across Israel. On our last full...

Pray For Your Children

Pray For Your Children

 A Moment of Reflection: As I walk through the hallways of a local high school, my heart breaks as I listen to the conversations that are taking place among young people. These discussions involve profanity, gender identity, inappropriate comments directed...

Ready to Dream Big Dreams for God (Again)

Ready to Dream Big Dreams for God (Again)

“Dream a dream so big that unless God intervenes it will fail.” – Hudson Taylor On a warm August morning, the sun rose behind my son’s new school. As the van door slid open, my 5th grader stepped out and flashed his closed-lip smile for a single picture. As he...