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January 25th, 2023
Pastor Robert StephensChurch Family,I want to provide you with a quick Stephens Family update. It is a joy to write this week's pastor blog from our lease home here in Alexandria, VA. The Lord provided us with a perfect home for the next six months in the Hayfield community. This allows us to finish selling our home in TX and begin looking for a home here in Alexandria. Only through God...
January 18th, 2023
Pastor Robert StephensOne of my hobbies is backyard bird feeding. I enjoy watching, feeding, identifying, and supporting the wildlife that is all around us. Last year my family enjoyed watching a pair of birds build a nest and lay eggs in a birdhouse hanging on our fence.These two birds have worked tirelessly for weeks building and guarding seven eggs. One day by the grace of God, we were able to...
Shepherd the Flock!
January 10th, 2023
Pastor Robert Stephens“Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.” - 1 Peter 5:2-4This week, we thank Wayne and Carolyn Je...
Happy New Year!
January 4th, 2023
Pastor Robert StephensA New Year is always an exciting time with renewed hope and endless possibilities. My family and I are thankful to begin our New Year with First Baptist Church as our new home. We spent our New Year’s Eve playing the game of Monopoly together. For the first time, the most valuable property was Virginia Avenue. We know that the real Virginia Avenue is located in Atlantic City,...
A Prayer for 2023
December 29th, 2022
Pastor Reed BernickFather in heaven,You are worthy of our lives. We praise you because you have sustained us. You have remained near to us even as we’ve walked through tragedy and change. In answered prayer, in lives transformed, in tears shed on other’s shoulders, in strangers becoming friends, in the reconciliation of the estranged, and in your word proclaimed and heard across our congregation, ...
December 20th, 2022
Pastor Eric SchneiderhanMary’s Song46 And Mary said:“My soul glorifies the Lord47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,48 for he has been mindfulof the humble state of his servant.From now on all generations will call me blessed,49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.50 His mercy extends to those who fear him,from generation to generation.51 He has performed might...
Embracing the Never-the-less-ness of God
December 13th, 2022
Pastor Wayne JenkinsDo you not know?Have you not heard?The Lord is the everlasting God,the Creator of the ends of the earth.He will not grow tired or weary,and his understanding no one can fathom.He gives strength to the wearyand increases the power of the weak.Even youths grow tired and weary,and young men stumble and fall;but those who hope in the Lordwill renew their strength.They will soar on ...
A Christmas Carol Controversy
December 6th, 2022
Pastor Kim EskridgeIt wouldn’t feel like Christmas without the carols. My favorite is “O Holy Night,” which is based on a French poem written in the mid-1800s. I especially like this part:A thrill of hope the weary world rejoicesFor yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.Fall on your knees O hear the angels voices.O night divine O night when Christ was born . . .The hope that the birth of our Savio...
Tracing our Roots
November 29th, 2022
Pastor Carolyn JenkinsIf you ever considered writing a biography for someone, where would you start? Perhaps you’d tell when you first met the esteemed person…or when that person was born…or maybe even tell of his ancestors. You could even get Henry Louis Gates on the television show “Tracing Your roots” to highlight the person you have chosen!Interestingly, each writer of a New Testament gospel b...
Count Our Many Blessings
November 23rd, 2022
Pastor Jesse McCainSomeone mentioned God’s covenant with Abraham the other day. I can’t help but think about it as we talk about blessings during the time of Thanksgiving.“The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a bless...