Welcome to First Baptist Church
Our facility is temporarily closed, but Pastor Craig is available by email and phone.
Phone messages and church email are checked regularly.
We are pressing on in times of trial. It seems like almost everything has changed. Because of the Corona Virus Pandemic, we all look at life differently. Social distancing, grocery shopping, limited travel, masks, and our lack of church association have altered our lives. These times have brought confusion, fear, and anxiety for many of us. We can all certainly say, “We have not been here before” at least not in our lifetime. One must also ask the questions. How long will this last and what will be the effect?
Please keep in mind that this is not a surprise to God. He has known this would happen before He created the universe. Remember the Lord is everywhere all the time. He is not bound by time or space. He is all powerful and He knows everything. Our God is magnificent, and He deeply cares for us.
God has given us experiences and examples in life that we can look back on to reflect. I remember as a boy my grandfather took me to a carnival. There was a ride there that captivated me. It was like a circle inside of a circle. It spun at quite a rate. I was excited and anxious about the possibility of riding it. Papa could see my trepidation. He said a couple of things that spoke to the moment. “I’m here and it’s okay” and “others have gone before you.” As I took the risk to ride, I saw him standing there and his words brought comfort as I spun. I will not forget that time.
Though we can hardly compare our life to a carnival ride there are some truths that can be found in the Bible that can speak to our times of challenge. Jesus has made it abundantly clear to us regarding His persistent presence. The writer of Hebrews quotes the Lord, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you. (13:5 NASB) Simply put, “I will never leave you or leave you alone.” We can count on Jesus. Second, there have been multitudes that have had trouble and challenges to their faith. In the same book the writer declares the faithful in history that stood up to their challenges. “ Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” (12:1) The past is remarkably clear of those who were determined to remain strong in their courage and commitment. They are examples for us to find encouragement as we have not been alone in our trials.
Be strong my Friends
Pastor Craig 5/26/20