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Our vision reaches from Cape Coral around the world. Our goal is to fulfill Col. 1:28 in seeing every member of the family built up toward spiritual maturity.

Our focus is outward — trying to make a difference here in Cape Coral, the surrounding community, and throughout the world.

We believe in serving others, and we believe in a global proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Whoa — Truth About Abortion!

A major cultural problem for those of us who follow the Bible is that many people do not recognize the authority of the Bible. We believe, for example, that the Bible clearly supports the pro-life position. Occasionally, someone comes along who claims otherwise.

Our local newspaper, The News-Press, carried a guest commentary today advocating that “there is nothing in the Bible to indicate that a fetus is considered to be anything other than living tissue,” and that the fetus does not become a living being until after it has taken its first “breath.” The author claims biblical support for this position. The author further claims that the Old Testament provides for a “ritual” abortion.

Nothing could be further from the truth – if you believe the Bible (as I do).

Jeremiah 1:5 clearly ascribes personhood to the fetus: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Likewise, Psalm 139:13-16, gives personhood to the fetus: “For you formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works…My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed…”

Then Proverbs 6:16-17 makes it clear that to shed innocent blood – such as abortion – is an abomination in the eyes of God.

There are multiple Scriptures which refer to a “child” moving in the womb – Gen. 25:21-22, Hosea 12:3 and Luke 1:41. In Psalm 139:13, the word “reins” (KJV) refers to inner personality for the unborn. Psalm 139:16 is a clear reference to the embryo (fetus) and ascribes it as a person (“me”).

The idea that God gave man the “breath of life” in Genesis 2:7, Job 33:4 and Ezekiel 37:5-6 is an accurate figure of speech which has no reference to when life begins. In fact, the author apparently quotes the King James Version. A more accurate rendering of Job 33:4 literally says in the Hebrew that the breath of God “inspired me” – not gave me life.

The trial for a woman accused of adultery in Numbers 5:11-31 is similar to the modern “lie detector” and has nothing to do with pregnancy. It is to prove guilt or protect her from false accusation. It is not an “abortion ritual” as there is no pregnancy involved. Likewise, the penalty for a man who harms a woman in Exodus 21:22 has no reference to causing an abortion. An accurate translation clearly refers to causing premature birth – in which case the man is penalized not for murder because there was no death.

An accurate understanding of Scripture clearly gives life and personhood to a fetus.

Pastor Jim

“Faith Promise” Missions

We are introducing “Faith Promise” missions giving to our church this month. I have had the joy of introducing Faith Promise to a new church no less than three times. Faith Promise is successful, fruitful and invigorating. It is an outstanding way in which to support missions.  Many churches add Faith Promise to other avenues of giving.

The idea behind Faith Promise is simple. By faith, we promise God that if He will sufficiently bless us over the next year, we will give a certain amount directly to missions — above our regular tithes and offerings.  For example, one person (or couple) may say, I believe I can trust God for me to give $10 per week directly to Faith Promise. Someone else may say, I am going to trust God for $100 per week to missions. Then all that is given through “Faith Promise Missions” goes directly into the church’s missions fund — to be sent to missions.

This enables a church to take on support of new missionaries. Ours is a Southern Baptist church. Many of the strong, mission-minded SBC churches have added “Faith Promise” missions giving to their regular support of SBC missions through the Cooperative Program, Great Commission giving, etc. That is our goal here at First Baptist Church of Cape Coral, FL. Already we are interested in taking on our two missionaries visiting us this week for our conference — Abraham Thomas from India, and Oleg Turlac, whose missionary work includes Russia, Moldova and the Ukraine.  In addition, we are eager to take on missions support for Word of Life missionaries Emmanuel and Teresa Negru in Greece.  They visited our church earlier this year.

Faith Promise is clearly biblical — II Corinthians 8:12, 9:7-9.

So, we are praying for a great Faith Promise weekend here at First Baptist on October 24 & 25.

Pastor Jim

The Pope’s Visit

While some of us non-Catholics have significant theological differences with Pope Francis, generally it is a good thing for him to travel the world representing – among other things – freedom of religion. It was good when he visited Cuba, where Castro’s government has repressed religious freedom for a generation.

However, it would serve the Pope well – and the cause of religion well – for him to avoid comments on such issues as the environment and immigration here in America. The media makes him sound like a political “liberal” venturing into political and social issues which a church does not need to address.

Is it biblical to lend a helping hand to the poor, the oppressed, refugees, etc.? Of course. But many sincere Christians believe America is doing its part already – and to some extent should limit and/or control the rate of immigration.

Is it biblical to be a good steward of the world God has given us? Of course. But many sincere Christians do not buy into the unscientific evidence that the world is undergoing manmade climate change.  And again, America is doing more for the environment than most any other country. Visit around the world – as I have on missions trips. You will see immediate evidence of smog and pollution that is unbelievable. A few years ago, on a missions trip in Sao Paulo, Brazil, I found that when I returned to my room at the end of the day – and washed my face with a white wash-cloth, the cloth was black from the pollution in the air! I asked the missionary, why is America criticized for the environment? He blamed leftist politicians.

Pastor Jim