Staff Blog

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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He Died Well, Because He Lived Well

My dad, Glenn Walls, died on October 28th, and we laid his body to rest on October 31st. A few weeks ago he was diagnosed with MDS, a form of blood cancer, and then developed pneumonia. This all happened very quickly, and now I find myself reflecting on events of...

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A FAMILY THANKSGIVING DINNER

Thanksgiving is a theme which runs through the entire Bible. Thanksgiving sings forth in the Psalms. We listen to words of thanks from the lips of Jesus and Paul and we hear the praises of thanksgiving from the heavenly throng described in Revelation. Gratitude is...

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A PRAYER FOR SILAS

Jane and I are now grandparents for the third time! Silas John Hull McGee was born on October 19 at 12:03 a.m. He weighed in at 8 lbs. 10 oz. and 21.5 inches long. His Mom and Dad are doing amazingly well. His grandparents are ecstatic. He sure is a cute little...

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