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June 19, 2017, 10:21 AM

Fatherhood – The Least Understood Profession


Most humans seem to perceive fatherhood as having exhausted itself at the end of a moment of intimacy with a member of the opposite gender. The male member of the species bows out since the conception inside the woman’s womb is thought to be “part of her body” and therefore of no consequence to him. Little difference is made for the man if the conceived baby is terminated in the womb or born into a fatherless existence. In fact “sperm banks” now make even his presence in conception totally unnecessary. How different the picture of fatherhood is in the Scriptures! And this loss of the concept of fatherhood introduces pandemonium into the entire human system, including an accurate comprehension of God as Father.  For purposes of this blog, the idea of fatherhood encompasses four unique perspectives. Fatherhood includes provision, protection, prudence, and the precepts of God. As anyone can see, this is a long-term assignment more challenging than climbing Mount Everest without oxygen. What do these assignments imply?

•    Provision suggests a job, an income to purchase food and clothing with hopefully something small left over to buy a ticket to March Madness or to take a vacation. Medical bills, taxes, and college will require the remainder and the man will have provided. Undoubtedly, that is all a part of provision – but only a part. Provision also includes passing on to children how to subsist in a difficult and expensive world. Each child must be taught a trade or develop a talent needed by others as provision for his own life. The teen must learn to walk with God who alone can provide for him in all circumstances. And he must see all of these attitudes and actions modeled by his father.

•    Protection is something about which men like to boast. That is why I keep an arsenal at home in the gun safe. No one is about to hurt my family. This I do not denigrate. The assignment from God to fathers is to protect the physical well-being of the family. But many a father lives his whole life without having to engage a physical threat to the personal lives of his family. Nevertheless, he must protect!  On his knees he earnestly intercedes with God for his family. His instruction includes the ways of peace and conflict avoidance. And when peace is not possible and conflict is unavoidable, then he must teach his children how to protect themselves and how to look to God for his intervention.

Protection includes assisting vulnerable young minds in grasping the real enemies who would destroy them: sex outside of God’s boundaries, pharmacological misuse, alcohol, slavery to money, and selfishness. A predilection for entertainment and addiction to electronics must not only be met with “no” but with substitutes that provide better substance for life.

•    Prudence is wisdom in all things relating to God and to life. Many attitudes are learned by children from their mothers. But wisdom or prudence is a virtue specifically delegated to fathers and grandfathers. Proverbs 1:1-7 clarifies the responsibilities of fathers. Wisdom or virtue underscores the development of justice, judgment, and equity on the part of the simple who need prudence. And if a child is wise, he will increase learning.

•    Finally, the precepts of God are to be modeled and taught. The work of priest and prophet is important as would be the role of pastor in the present age, but the primary responsibility for spiritual instruction outlined in Deuteronomy 6 falls completely to fathers and grandfathers. Ostensibly, they have more time with the children. Therefore, they are assigned the task of teaching the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments. They are told how to pursue this task and the extent of the instruction to be given.

A child with a father who meets these criteria grows up with a healthy view of the fatherhood of God, and he also enjoys a relationship with his earthly father that assists him in becoming a natural leader in his world. If you have a father who leads his family in this way, you have every reason to express gratitude to God on this Father’s Day. And work to be sure your son grows up understanding the responsibilities he will have on the day he fathers a child.

Article written by Dr. Paige Patterson, President of Southwestern Theological Seminiary in Fort Worth.

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June 15, 2017, 7:05 PM

Youth Minister Candidate

Church Family,
For the last eleven months we have been accepting resumes for our next youth minister. We have posted this position with Southwestern Seminary, Criswell College, The SBTC Texan and Truett Seminary. Until recently, we had not received any resumes.  We did receive one, not too long ago. After much prayer and two interviews, the personnel committee and I want to bring Nathan and Robin Berry to the church, for consideration as our next youth minister.
Nathan is currently a student at Truett Seminary working on his Master of Arts in Christian Ministry.  Originally Nathan is from Abilene, where he has served churches as youth minister.  Nathan’s wife, Robin, will begin to teach Fourth grade in the fall at Clifton ISD.  They currently live here in Waco.
Please mark your calendar for Saturday, July 1. We will have a meet and greet with the Berry’s from 10–11 am in the Fellowship Hall.  It will be an informal come and go time of fellowship.  Nathan will preach In View of a Call on Sunday, July 9.  The personnel committee and I have invited them, as their schedule allows, to come during Vacation Bible School week so they can begin to connect with our young people.
Please know that just because we hire a youth minister this does not mean our work is finished with the youth.  We are still going to need volunteers to help with activities, Wednesday nights, camp counselors and other things that might come up. It is all of our jobs to reach the next generation with the gospel of Jesus Christ, not just the youth minister’s job.  I am thrilled about the Adopt a Grandparent Initiative that will be coming in August, along with other exciting things that are coming.
For the past eleven months, Rick and Kristie Bryant have done an outstanding job with our youth.  They have grown our program, not just numerically, but spiritually.  Rick will continue helping alongside of Nathan and Robin (if approved by the church) in our youth ministry.  Do not forget we will still need you too.
Please pray about your involvement in our children’s and youth programs this fall.  We can use you. 
Please be praying with the personnel committee and I that God will confirm to us as a church that Nathan and Robin are the right ones for the job.
All for Jesus,
Bro. James
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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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