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This coming weekend we celebrate Memorial Day, a holiday which should be very special to all Americans. While instituting the Lord’s Supper, Jesus said, “This do in remembrance of Me.” Communion is a memorial. We remember Christ and what He did for us on the cross of Calvary. Memorial Day we remember those who served our country — protecting our freedom and faith, especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives.

We remember.

My wife and I remember the uncle she never knew, Uncle Donald, brother of my late father-in-law, Harold M. Jones. As a young man Donald was shot down over Germany in World War II and gave his life for us. My father and father-in-law both served in World War II, as did my uncle Roger.

I also remember my maternal grandfather, Carl F. Aten. He died at age 60 when I was just 6 years old. Grandpa Aten served in the famous “Rainbow Division” under then one-star Gen. Douglas MacArthur in World War I. The Rainbow Division was the U.S. force which went the furthest into Germany in World War I. My grandfather hated the fact he had to kill an enemy soldier. My mother told me that to some extent my grandfather never got over it. But his faith was strong. He led the Easter sunrise service at his church in Lorain, Ohio, until the day he died.

We remember.

Pastor Jim

 

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Presence & Power

The Bible teaches that the Christian life is a supernatural life because of the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit and the power which He provides for the believer. This weekend at First Baptist Church of Cape Coral we will be looking at the promises of the Holy Spirit for each and every child of God. Jesus said that after the Holy Spirit comes upon us, He will give us power to be God’s witnesses (Acts 1). That is our goal here at First Baptist Cape Coral!

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The Lord’s Supper

We will observe the Lord’s Supper in our weekend services at First Baptist Church of Cape Coral this Saturday at 6:00 PM and Sunday at 10:00 AM.

Jesus said, “This do in remembrance of Me.” The Lord’s Supper is a memorial to the death, burial & resurrection of Jesus Christ. On the Cross He died for our sins, purchased us the gift of eternal life, healed us, delivered us, forgave us, and saved us.

Often the Lord’s Supper is called “communion” — the idea being that we are “communing” with God through the Lord’s Supper. While there is nothing wrong with that idea, there is nothing “magical” in the communion elements. We “commune” with God through worship, through prayer, through the Word of God, etc. Certainly one can commune with God as we meditate and observe the Lord’s Supper.

We look forward to the Lord’s Supper this weekend.

Pastor Jim

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Easter Season

Easter is the greatest time of the year for the Christian! We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the grave! The Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 15 tells us all that we believe rests upon the truth of the bodily resurrection of Christ. In fact, Paul tells us that the gospel is the death, burial & resurrection of Jesus Christ — I Corinthians 15:1-5.

Here at First Baptist Church of Cape Coral we celebrate the resurrection:

  • April 14 at 12:00 noon — Good Friday Service
  • April 15 at 6:00 PM — Saturday Night Worship
  • April 16 at 6:30 AM — Easter Sunrise Service at Jaycee Park on the River
  • April 16 at 10:00 AM — Easter Sunday Morning Worship

You are welcome to join us for these special events celebrating the resurrection of our Savior!

Pastor Jim

 

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Election Day

Election Day is fast approaching. I hope you are making it a priority to vote. While I refuse to politicize the pulpit – I want members of all political parties to feel welcome in church, I do believe it is our Christian duty to vote. If enough Christians vote, more than likely our country’s elections will fall more on the side of righteousness.

As believers, we need to be informed and vote intelligently. We need to vote for candidates who are unafraid to take a stand on values and issues of morality and decency.

The Bible says, “Righteousness exalts a nation!”

My wife and I have already voted. We have “early voting” here in Florida. In fact, Jackie is working for the Lee County Board of Elections. She has found it a way to serve our country.

Let’s vote – and do our part to raise up a righteous standard here in America!

Pastor Jim

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Instructions Before the Election

Specific instructions for believers for an election year come to us from I Timothy 2:1-7. In fact, this is one of the great passages in the New Testament – a kind of “Magna Charta” for modern missions.

For the election here in America, verses 1 & 2 are very specific. We are to pray for our leaders and for all in positions of authority.

For God’s concern for each of us, verses 3 & 4 are very specific. It is God’s desire that we all come to Him for the salvation of our souls.

For the way to heaven, verses 5 & 6 give us direction. The only way to God is through faith in Christ. There is no “mediator” between sinful man and a holy God except for Christ. The saints cannot mediate for us. No minister can mediate for us. The church cannot mediate for us. Only Jesus Christ qualifies as the mediator to bring us peace with God.

For the hope of the world, verse 7 guides us to global missions. We are to take the gospel to the nations.

Wow, what a powerful passage of Scripture!

Pastor Jim

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