Staff Blog

A GREAT CLOUD OF WITNESSES

On March 25, 1817 a new organization was born in Augusta. It was called “The Baptist Praying Society of Augusta.” Although it was not yet a constituted church, this group of eighteen people drafted a statement about their purpose for coming together. They wrote: “We,...

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FORMER PASTORS

The story of First Baptist Church in Augusta is a story that is seen in thousands of faces and heard in thousands of voices. Over the course of two hundred years, people have served, given, sacrificed, prayed, laughed, cried, worshiped, ministered, hoped, forgiven,...

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SPIRITUAL FITNESS TRACKER

For Christmas in 2015 my wife and I gave each other personal fitness trackers. These are tools that you wear on your wrist and the tracker will keep count of the number of steps that you take during the day, the miles that you walk, the number of calories you burn,...

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HAPPY ANNIVERSARY

A man was watching a farmer chop some wood with an axe. He noticed that it was a very fine axe. The farmer said, “Indeed, it is. This axe was the axe my grandfather used to clear this land.” The visitor remarked, “Surely this can’t be the same axe. That’s such a long...

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Saying Our Prayers

This week is a special Week of Prayer in the life of First Baptist Church. We began 200 years ago as a “praying society” and so we are beginning our anniversary year with a daily, concentrated time of prayer. Over the past months we have been praying for our Pastor...

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A NEW YEAR BEGINS

Howard Thurman has written beautiful words which cause us to think about where we go after Christmas. “Christmas Begins” When the song of the angels is stilled when the star in the sky is gone when the kings and the princes are home when the shepherds are back with...

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Worship at Christmas

Typical of last minute Christmas shoppers, a mother was running furiously from store to store. Suddenly she became aware that the pudgy little hand of her three-year-old son was no longer clutched in hers. In a panic, she retraced her steps and found him standing with...

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ADVENT MUSIC

Mozart was once asked to identify the most beautiful moment in music. “The pauses,” he replied. My Dad reflected on this quote from the great composer by writing in a book that pauses are “those momentary interludes of silence when sound can work its magic in the...

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AROUND THE TABLE

Jesus did some of his best work around the table. Lessons were taught, stories were told, and people were healed. One quick example can be found in comparing Luke 14 and 15. In Luke 14 Jesus is having dinner with a leader of the Pharisees. Upon seeing how people chose...

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AFTER THE ELECTION IS OVER

I write these words on Election Day. After many months of campaigning for the office of President, our nation will cast votes today for a new leader. As I write on Tuesday morning some have already participated in early voting, others have voted when the polls first...

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