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Love By Dr. Sophia Steibel “So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them” (1 John 4:16 NRSV) It was a rule of life for me. Every Sunday afternoon I’d travel nearby to see a friend who was in an assisted living facility in Shelby. I looked forward to those moments filled with something […]

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Get Up and Love Shelby By Susan Evans “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” (1 John 3:1) NIV What a joy it has been working together with many of you in the production of plays and skits over the years! Sometimes a phrase, or certain delivery of a line still pops in my mind. That’s the case […]

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Love One Another By Dr. Doug Hankins Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 (ESV) T-shirts. Car magnets. Political issues. Social media accounts.Social justice causes. Even tattoos (But mainly I’m talking about the grandparents). Each of these examples represent external markers in our society. They are signals of our virtue and […]

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Love Shelby By Stan Anthony, Mayor of Shelby Philippians 2: 1-11 As I was preparing to write today’s devotional, this passage of scripture from the second chapter of Philippians truly spoke to me because of how succinctly these words define our lives as Christians. If there is one passage of scripture that provides the answers of how we are to live, this may well be it! The values we all cherish are there… love, obedience, […]

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“All You Need is Love” — Eph. 3:14-19 By Dr. Jim McConnell In 1967 the Beatles released their “Magical Mystery Tour” album. One of the songs on that album was “All You Need is Love.” Folks of my generation know this song well; the refrain, which is the song’s title, is repeated over and over (and over). There is a line in the song, though, that at least to me was until recently not as […]

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A different kind of love by Katie Graves I hate to brag but I’m pretty good at loving others! Especially those I love. And with those I feel deserve it. And especially those that have loved me well. And those who deserve it. And those whom I feel have been treated unjustly and been dealt a raw hand in life. And especially those I feel deserve it. (Did I mention that?) I’m not proud of […]

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“Brush with Greatness!”

By Tony Tench Today we learned about the death of Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron who played his Major League Baseball career with the Boston Braves, Milwaukee Braves, Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers but most of his time in Atlanta. Growing up and being a baseball fan, Atlanta was the nearest team to us, not to mention that many of our family members lived in Georgia, my Dad’s home state. That being so, I have been […]

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“Play Ball” Team FBCS!

“Play Ball” Team FBCS! Evening Prayers for the Month of August While We Miss the American Legion World Series in 2020 It’s August and it has become the joy of our community to host the American Legion World Series at Keeter Stadium in Shelby. So many of our FBC members provide the leadership and the vision for this community emphasis that builds on our sports heritage in Cleveland County.  Sadly, this year, we will miss […]

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Continue in the Rhythm: Growing in this Life of Faith

By Dr. Sophia Steibel About two Sundays ago our lesson text, Acts 2:37-47, led us to consider how First Baptist Church Shelby could be a true community of God.  The reading underscored the celebration of Pentecost in which persons from all over received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Peter then preached an eye-opening sermon, a “cut to the heart” type of sermon, which led the audience to ask Peter and others, “Brothers, what should we do” […]

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National Day of Prayer 2020

A Dozen Ways to Pray for Our Nation, and beyond, on this National Day of Prayer 1.  Government Leaders – Federal, State, Cleveland County, City of Shelby. Pray for wisdom and integrity as they propose action and provide genuine “states-person-ship” that lifts us above the partisan divides and into the embrace of the diversity that e pluribus unum expects. 2. Military Personnel who serve our nation with courage and perseverance.  As they serve in “harm’s […]

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