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“Ben did good, absolutely”

By Tony Tench with the help of Nell Canipe Ben Ledford has been a part of our church family since his birth in December of 1988. Ben’s mother, Jeri, has been faithfully serving the Lord from our organ console for more than 35 years.  Ben’s father, Reggie, is a foundational member of our ministry team as he leads Solo Flight, a community of singles at First Baptist Church, in Bible Study and service.  Ben graduated […]

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Prayers for Staffing Our Future Ministry

By Tony Tench April 2018 First, please plan to come for a Town Hall Conversation to address your questions on Sunday, April 22 at 6:00 PM in the Gym. Now, let me say, thank you, FBC Church Family, for your prayers as you have heard me describe a proposal for our ministerial staffing.  This proposal has been discussed and refined and prayed over by the Job Search Super Committee of the Personnel Committee, the Future Story […]

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Reduce, Reuse, Repent: Loving God’s Creation this Earth Day

By Missy Smith “MOM!!!” my three year old daughter stated in a reprimanding voice, “You CANNOT throw that paper in the trash!!!” I took a deep breath, as I turned around trying to decide just how I wanted to respond to the attitude that my three year old daughter exhibited all of a sudden. “Bella,” I said, “I can throw whatever I want into the trash! This is my house and my trashcan. When you […]

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A Good Friday Reflection — Stations of the Cross

During Holy Week this year, our church family joined together for an Inter-generational Holy Week Prayer Experience during which we painted our interpretations of the Scripture passages below.  The crosses were built by our youth and used wood stripped from the demolition from our Sanctuary and Youth Center construction projects. First Station: Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit […]

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He Intercedes for Us!

By Tony Tench In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.         Romans 8:26 As I looked up on the walls and ceiling of our Sanctuary to see all the places where the plaster had been damaged by water and the walls had cracked and peeled away, my eye was drawn to […]

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My Holy Week Awakening

By Missy Smith FBC Minister of Children Last spring just prior to Holy Week we discovered that my dad had a 100 percent blockage in the main artery to his heart. He also had two other arteries that were over 80 percent blocked. The doctors quickly consulted while he was in recovery from his heart cath and decided that within days it was imperative that he have open heart surgery. We went through all of […]

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The Risk with Deep Roots

By Sara Hickman I have been a football coach’s wife for almost six years now.  Let me let you in on a little secret: the coaching life is NOT glamorous.  It is a year-round job with training season, football season, and recruiting season. As a wife, it can often be lonely for me with a husband who is on the road and puts in a TON of hours.  We deal with a lot of uncertainty, […]

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Advent: ‘Twas much, ‘Tis more

By Tony Tench John Donne was an early 17th century priest in the Anglican church who exhibited such insightful skill through his poetry. I am always impressed by the way his turn of phrase makes me think more deeply into the meaning of spiritual life.  With the season of Advent approaching this week, I am reminded of this line from his poem Wilt thou love God, as he thee?: ‘Twas much that man was made like God, […]

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September 22, 2017

Day 20:  Pastor Tony  “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,  to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 Not long ago, during a casual trip up to Asheville, I walked into one of my favorite coffee houses up that way — the French Broad Chocolate Lounge. […]

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September 21, 2017

Day 19: Young Adults God is calling!  “Come. Everyone who thirsts, come to the waters…”  (Isaiah 55:1 ESV). The call to “come” in Isaiah happened 45 years after the Babylonians took the Israelites into exile.  At the outset, it seems clear that this verse is describing the importance of coming into a relationship with God as primary over the physical needs and nourishment of a person.  However, the physical/material and spiritual dimensions of the Jewish […]

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