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Stay up to date with the happenings of First Baptist Church by visiting our blog. You'll find information such as announcements, sermon notes and thoughts from our pastor to encourage and challenge your walk with the Lord.


Don't Waste Your Quarantine

by: Matt Alexander

04/27/2020

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Over the course of the last month I have been asked numerous times to give my perspective on why God is allowing these strange days. None of us can know for certainty why God moves the way he does unless he chooses to reveal it to us. We can, however, draw principles from scripture and submit to what he speaks to us on a daily basis. As I have contemplated, prayed, and been driven to scripture throughout these days of quarantine I have a strong conviction that God is using this time to humble us and wake us up from… read more

On Worry

by: Matt Alexander

04/14/2020

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Matthew 6 is a wonderful passage situated in the midst of Jesus’ teaching on the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus deals with many practical issues such as prayer, forgiveness, and Godly morality. As he draws this great sermon to a conclusion he speaks to the depths of the human soul by speaking to the concept of worry. He uses God’s created order to remind his hearers of God’s constant care. If God cares for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field he is certainly going to care for the pinnacle of his creation.

Worry is a common… read more

Adoption: The Way Home

by: Matt Alexander

10/08/2019

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Recently I was asked to speak at a community event specifically on the topic of our adoption. In preparation for this event my mind immediately went to all of the details of our journey but also to the current course of where we are headed. The quickly approaching month of November is often set aside as "National Adoption Awareness Month" and is a time when churches and communities come together to support adoptive families but also to educate the general public on adoption needs and resources. Perhaps, I am a bit ahead of the game but since this invitation and… read more

God Will Be Up All Night Anyway

by: Matt Alexander

09/30/2019

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I once heard someone say, "Tonight when you go to bed give God all your cares and concerns because he will be up all night anyway." Not only is this a good motto to live by but it's actually Biblical. Life is difficult. Pain hurts. Worry is real. The anxieties of life cripple us and hold us back from experiencing the joy that God has in store for us. But in the midst of it all God deeply cares!

In the book of Philippians Paul is writing from a very hopeless situation. He is in prison simply because he is a… read more

Rhythm of Regular Retreat

by: Matt Alexander

08/14/2019

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I am currently reading through the Gospel of Mark with an intentional focus on the life of Jesus. I have always been quite intrigued by Jesus' rhythm of life and ministry. There is no doubt that a day in the life of Jesus was filled with large crowds of people. Especially as news about him spread across the region, people came from everywhere to see firsthand what he was doing. In Mark 6 we find Jesus feeding some 5,000 people with a few loaves and fish. A miraculous account to say the least! When we read this story we often… read more

Why Missions?

by: Matt Alexander

07/23/2019

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Our church, like most, has been in a season of taking short term mission trips this summer. These trips have consisted of working alongside local and global partners who are accomplishing great things for the kingdom. It has been a joy to see what God is doing through his faithful servants all across the world. As a pastor, I sometimes hear people ask why we do missions?

I once heard John Piper say that, "Missions exists because worship does not." How true that is! I am firm believer that we should live on mission beginning with our neighbor next door… read more

It's All About Jesus

by: Matt Alexander

07/22/2019

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In Romans 9 Paul begins a powerful discourse relating to the people of Israel. His opening words relay the passion behind the pen. He has great anguish in his heart for his kinsmen. In fact, in verse 3 Paul goes so far as to wish himself cut off from the Gospel for the sake of his Jewish, unbelieving brethren. As we closely examine the context of Paul's teaching we see that he is revealing the hard truth that Israel has been the first recipients of grace and yet they have missed it. Verses 4-5 give an exhaustive list of the… read more

Are You Among the Wise Men?

by: Matt Alexander

12/14/2018

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Matthew 2:1-12 introduces a set of very important characters to the Christmas story. Magi come from the East to worship the newborn Son of God. Tradition has often taught us that there were three of these men who made the long journey with expensive gifts. However, as with any Biblical story we should examine the text of scripture itself and not tradition alone. We often associate three wise men because there were three gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. However, there could have been two men with three gifts or multiple men with three gifts. The point is we simply… read more

Guest Post: Who's Beside us at the Table? A Look Into the Ministry of Hospitality

by: Matt Alexander

12/08/2018

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I was born in the hospitality state, I’m a Southern Baptist pastor’s wife, and I can whip up a magazine worthy casserole in minutes. Hospitality is my spiritual gift.

As a child I remember dreaming of perfectly placed coffee tables, dining room centerpieces, and kitchen floor plans. I spent many years thinking the “Great Wall of China” was in the wedding section of every department store! Registering from that great wall was easy - I’d known exactly what I wanted for years, and I was so eager to get married so I could finally practice hospitality. Romans 12:13 was… read more

Christmas Presence

by: Matt Alexander

12/05/2018

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One of my favorite scriptures surrounding the Christmas story is Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased to dwell.” This worshipful pronouncement from the angelic messengers declares the Gospel in a nutshell. The story of Christmas is the message of the Gospel. Jesus came because mankind is sinful and Jesus’ work brought glory to God in the highest. Christmas is about the presence of Jesus which glorifies God and brings peace to man.

Luke 2:14 should not be reserved only for the Christmas story. It should… read more

Daddy, I Love You

by: Matt Alexander

11/27/2018

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As I sit at my computer on this rainy day in a foreign country I constantly hear our expressive child speak words that we don’t understand interjected with “daddy, daddy, daddy….I love you.” His mother and I began teaching him this very important phrase on the first day we met him. It did not take him long to understand it’s meaning as we would use it interchangeably with the native form. Whether he is in the middle of a bath, getting dressed, or eating lunch he doesn’t stop declaring his feelings for his forever father and mother. There are days… read more

Who Are Deacons?

by: Matt Alexander

11/14/2018

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Who are Deacons?

Each year we come to this very important time in the life of our church – deacon elections. I almost cringe to use the word “election” in connection with the word “deacon.” It has been my experience in some places that choosing deacons has indeed been an electoral environment – all about popularity with no regard to Biblical qualifications or the high standard of ministerial service.

In Acts we discover that deacons were first called because the apostles were stretched far too thin. Widows were getting overlooked because the needs of the ministry were too great. The apostles… read more

Lord, Make Me a Stephen

by: Matt Alexander

10/02/2018

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I have always been intrigued and somewhat convicted by the story of Stephen. In Acts 6 the disciples find themselves in a predicament. There are more needs to be met than hands to meet them. The church is growing at a fast pace and there is no way the disciples can prepare sermons, spend time in prayer, and be available to minister to everyone in need at the same time. They are simply spread too thin. Anyone who has ever served in vocational ministry has certainly felt this struggle at some point.

The disciples decide to choose 7 men of… read more

The Discipline of Prayer

by: Matt Alexander

08/27/2018

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Discipline is needed to grow in any area of life. Few students excel academically without the discipline of study. An athlete must be disciplined to train and practice in order to be a leader in the game. An employee must show discipline in order to do well in the workforce. We may not always like living a disciplined life but we can not deny the value it brings to any area of our day to day practice. It is no less in our spiritual life.

If you have never read The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster I highly recommend… read more

The Path to Greatness

by: Matt Alexander

08/21/2018

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Greatness is defined as "the quality of being great, distinguished, or eminent." In life greatness is set before us as a noble goal worthy of achievement. Striving to be great is rewarded in academics, athletics, and every realm of society. Those who desire to stand above the rest are viewed as exemplary as they set a worthy standard for others. Desiring to be great is rarely seen as a negative flaw of anyone's character.

In Luke 9:46-48 Jesus found the disciples conversing over the issue of greatness. This conversation quickly escalated into an argument over who would be the greatest… read more