Newsletter | May 19, 2021

Gideon Speaker

We are honored this Sunday to have a Gideon Speaker. The Gideons are a body of believers dedicated to making the Word of God available to everyone and, together with the local church, reaching souls for Christ.

A love offering will be taken up to support the Gideon Ministry. Checks can be made out to Gideon International.

Children’s Teacher Needed

As we are preparing to start Sunday school back up, we need a Children’s teacher. If you would be interested in teaching or helping, contact Rachel Flake or Jonathan. Children are essential to a growing church, and we need to do our best to teach them God’s word.


The Turner Baptist Association will be hosting a VBS at Rock Creek Baptist Church in Marianna, Fl. The association is putting together 96 backpacks to give away to the children who participate. First Baptist has volunteered to provide bath cloths, markers, and pencil sharpeners. Please leave the items outside the church office.  We need to collect all of these items by May 30. If you have any questions, please see Vicki Brown or Jonathan.


Prayer is one of the most important disciplines we should practice as a church body. Each week, we will pray for the church, community, country, and many other needs. We will have prayer time in the church sanctuary on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.

E-mail,, or call the church office at (567-9320) with any prayer request.


Don’t forget to check out Brother David’s Mid-Week Devotion on the book of Psalms. They are uploaded each Wednesday on the sermon page.

Giving as of May 19, 2021

Budget for 2021 . . . . . . . .  $320,880.00
Tithes Needed to Date . . . . $123,415.43
Received to Date . . . . . . . . $103,017.48
Needed for weekly budget . . . $6,170.77
Tithes Received this week . . .  $6,464.04

Deacon of the Week: David Mathis

From our Pastor

Do you ever feel overwhelmed when you look at our world today?  Everywhere we look we see corruption, violence, deception, and evil.  It seems that every part of our society is permeated with these things. 

Fortunately, we don’t have to face these circumstances in our own strength and ability.  Our Father has promised to carry us through these times.  We can rest in Him.

The inspired writer of Psalm 125 knew this wonderful truth.  He knew the Lord would guide and protect him in spite of being surrounded by evil, dangerous people.  His reasons for trusting the Lord are as valid today as they were then.  We can trust the Lord for these same reasons.

The first reason to trust the Lord in these times is His protective presence.  Verses 1-2 says, “Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.  As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people from this time forth and forever.”

Did you see the truth in that picture?  As believers, it as if we live in a fortress that cannot be defeated or captured.  We are secure in Him.  As Luther entitled the hymn “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God.”  We are safe in Him.

The psalmist then spoke of God’s righteousness.  Verse 3 says, “For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous, so that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong.”  In verse 5 he wrote, “But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways, the Lord will lead them away with the doers of iniquity.  Peace be upon Israel.”

What an encouragement!  Evil wickedness will not go unchecked.  The wicked will be held accountable.  The righteous will be supported and rewarded.  All this evil that we see will be ended and judged!  No one will “get by with it.”

The last reason the psalmist stated for trusting the Lord is His goodness.  Verse 4 says, “Do good, O Lord, to those who are good and to those who are upright in their hearts.”  God is good in His nature.  His goodness flows through every action that He undertakes.  No matter how bad the world gets, God is still good.  In fact, it is His inherent goodness that causes Him to confront and end evil.  Goodness is at the heart of all that He desires to do for His children.  We can rest in His goodness.

Yes, these are evil times.  But our God will perfectly make all things right.  We can trust Him.