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May 23, 2017, 11:11 AM

Our Church Is Growing


Our church is growing. Because of this we are currently looking for qualified people to fill the following positions:

Part Time Assistant Nursery Coordinator:  

The Part Time Assistant Nursery Coordinator is responsible to the Pastor to ensure the nursery is a secure, nurturing environment where each child will see, hear, and feel the love of Jesus Christ and parents can feel confident their child will receive the highest quality of care and ministry.  This position should require a minimum of 5 hours per week (Sunday School (1 hour), Sunday Morning (1 ½ hour) worship, Sunday Night (1 hour) and Wednesday Night 1 ½ hour)).  The hours may fluctuate depending on if we have specials meetings. Salary $3,600 annually ($300 a month)


Part Time Assistant Pastor:

First Baptist Church of Gholson seeks a part time Assistant Pastor.  The Assistant Pastor will work with the pastor to plan, promote, coordinate, direct, and evaluate a comprehensive ministry within the church directed at all age groups.  


Part Time Youth Minister:

The Part Time Youth Minister must be a born again believer and will be subject to the guidelines laid out in I and II Timothy and Titus as a called Minister.  This position should require a minimum of 5 hours per week (Sunday School, Sunday Morning, Sunday Night and Wednesday Night. Also, youth camp, Vacation Bible School and by monthly activities). The Youth Minister will direct and evaluate a comprehensive ministry within the church directed toward Youth and Families that fosters discipleship and spiritual growth.  


For more information or to submit your resume please email or call/text James Stevens at 254-709-7273. 

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May 11, 2017, 7:30 PM

MPS Awareness Day


Dear Church Family,

May 15th is International MPS awareness day.  Mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS) is a genetic lysosomal storage diseases (LSD) caused by a missing or insufficient enzyme that prevents cells from recycling waste, causing materials to be stored in the cells. This leads to widespread damage throughout the body, affecting joints and organ systems. Of the 9 syndrome types, only four have treatments and none has a cure.

Jamie, age 6, was diagnosed with MPS II or Hunter Syndrome in October, 2014. The average life expectancy for boys with Hunter Syndrome is between 10-15 years. There is currently no cure for Hunter Syndrome, however he does receive a weekly IV infusion of an enzyme replacement medication to help flush some of the toxins out of his system.  Jamie currently suffers from hydrocephalus (fluid and pressure on the brain), a mild heart condition, respiratory issues including frequent bronchitis and sleep apnea, and bone and joint pain.  As Jamie gets older, the disease will progress until he no longer eats by mouth, walks, or talks.  Eventually, Hunter Syndrome will take his life.

One of the most promising potential treatments for Hunter Syndrome is gene therapy.  It involves a one-time delivery of a normal copy of the defective gene to allow the body to naturally produce the missing enzyme. Gene therapy has been developed and performed in similar diseases with positive results by doctors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio.  These same doctors have developed a similar gene therapy treatment for patients with Hunter Syndrome.  To date, the Hunter Syndrome Foundation and other similar organizations have funded over $500,000 of the research.  An additional $2.5 million dollars is needed to finalize drug production and execute a clinical trial.  

I’m asking our church family to please show support of Jamie and his fight with Hunter Syndrome by wearing Purple on May 15th and by praying for our family and all those affected by MPS. For more information on Hunter Syndrome please visit or Jamie’s Facebook page If you wish to make a donation for Gene Therapy either see me or visit

March 29, 2017, 1:19 PM

Marriage Conference


Southern Baptist of Central Texas Association
Marriage Matters Now Conference


May 19-20, 2017

Friday, 6-9 pm

Saturday, 9 am – noon

Hosted by First Baptist Church of Academy
(304 N HWY 95 Academy, Texas 76654)


Steve & Debbie Wilson
They are founders of Marriage Matters Now, a marriage ministry devoted toward impacting marriages across the World


$60 per couple

$70 for couples needing childcare at the church.


*Supper will be served on Friday from 6-6:45 pm. A light breakfast will be served on Saturday from 8:15-8:45am.


*Register for the conference by April 30

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November 9, 2016, 1:11 PM

Christmas @ First


Celebrate Christmas At First
12/4    -        Annual Tree Lighting 6pm

12/5   -        Ladies of the Lord Soup Dinner 6 pm

12/11 -        Community Christmas Celebration at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church 6 pm

12/18 -        Christmas Caroling 4 pm

12/24 -        Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 11:30 pm

12/25 -        Christmas Morning Worship 11 am

12/31 -        New Year’s Eve Celebration 7 pm - Midnight

1/1     -        New Year’s Day Worship 11 am
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August 6, 2016, 3:57 PM

Holy Hologram


Our God is a holy God. In Isaiah 6, the angels cried out saying, “Holy, holy, holy.” One of the very important aspects of our God is that He is holy.

When God made man in His image, I believe part of the process was to create Adam and Eve with innate holiness. In their state of sinlessness, they were holy like any of God’s creations up until the fall. I believe, however, our bodies are still innately holy.

We were created by a holy God. We are also created in His image according to Genesis 1:27, “So God created man in his own image.” This image is innately holy. Paul, in 1 Corinthians 6:19, refers to our bodies as a temple: “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own.” The temple is a holy place. In John 2:19-20, Jesus refers to His own body as a temple: “Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.’ ”  

Exposure to Holiness

So, here is a thought I want you to consider: If our bodies, male and female, are holy (fallen though they are), then the more body, the more we are exposed to holiness.

A woman’s body is made only for her husband (who is to protect her), yet women’s bodies are fully exposed in pornography. It is this holiness and the perversion of this holiness that is so attractive to men.

Women are beautiful, but they are also holy! This may be why Isaiah 58:7 commands us to cover a naked person: “Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?” As Christians, we are to cover the naked, not behold them.

Let’s take this idea a little further about intentionally looking at the nakedness of a woman, like so many Christian men do in the privacy of their home, office, or on their cell phones. They intentionally commit time and effort to lust after women. This is a problem because we are told in the tenth commandment not to lust after our neighbor’s wife. (Yes, all women are our neighbor’s wife.)

So far, we can see that the body is innately holy. We also can see our responsibility to cover nakedness. When our hearts have drunk in the devil’s perversion, we can have one of two responses. We can protect nudity by covering nakedness, or we can consume this holy nakedness in a sexual manner.

Two Responses to Holiness

Let’s go to a story that illustrates the two responses to holiness. Genesis 18 contains the story of three “men” (actually angels) visiting Abraham. When Abraham saw these three men he hurried to meet them and bowed down. He fed the men, heard that Sarah was going to have a child, and then the Lord told Abraham of His plans to destroy Sodom because of its wickedness. Abraham’s response to this, I think, is one of the greatest scenes of intercession ever recorded. In verses 20-33, Abraham asks God to spare Sodom.  

Two of the three angels went down to Sodom. Starting in Genesis 19, the Bible says the two angels arrived in Sodom that evening. Now, take a moment and think about people in Scripture who have seen angels: Joshua, Isaiah, Abraham, and others. Almost always, they are awestruck by them and their apparent holiness, and bow down on their faces. Lot was no different. He responded to these holy angels exactly like Abraham had, and he bowed down.

These men somehow radiated something different about themselves than the ordinary person. These angels were holy, so Lot and Abraham’s responses were very appropriate. You know the story: Lot insisted they come to his house and not go to the square because he knew what happened in Sodom when darkness came.

Lot’s reaction to holiness was to protect. However, the men in the town were defiled by ongoing sexual perversion. These men of the town came to Lot’s house and demanded that he let them have sex with the men.

The townsmen had a different response to these holy angels. They saw them as something sexual to be consumed. These angels, being holy, brought out what was inside the hearts of these men. In their hearts, Abraham and Lot bowed down to, fed, and protected these holy angels. A respect for holiness and the desire to protect what is holy resided in Abraham and Lot. In contrast, sexual sickness and perversion resided in the hearts of the men of Sodom, and the holy angels exposed this.

Holiness brings out who we are. When we see the holiness of a naked woman, what’s our reaction? Is it to protect and cover up this nakedness, as our God would want us to do (and as we would feel better doing, since part of our calling is to protect)? Or do we lust and want to sexually consume the holiness of a naked woman? The latter choice is guaranteed to cause us shame and lead to dread being exposed someday.

You are the protector of the holiness and nakedness of women because you are not just a man, you are a man of God. You can have spiritual eyes to see holiness when you see a woman. As you walk in this clean life, God will bless you. God loves to bless men who protect His holy daughters at any cost.

Article written by Douglas Weiss, Ph.D., is a nationally known author, speaker and licensed psychologist. Dr. Weiss travels the country training professionals in the treatment of marriage, sexual addiction, and sexual abuse. He is currently the executive director of Heart to Heart Counseling Center. 

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