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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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5 Things to Remember from Jabez

Do you remember “the prayer of Jabez” – recorded in the Old Testament? There was a popular book years ago called “The Prayer of Jabez.” All that we know about Jabez is included in his prayer in just two verses of Scripture in I Chronicles 4:9-10. But what it a prayer it was!

Jabez prays to God for prosperity – “Oh, that You would bless me, indeed!” What a great example to us – to pray for prosperity in finances, with our family and our spirituality.

Jabez prays for progress – “…and enlarge my territory…” While it is possible he may have wanted God to enlarge his land holdings, I believe his greater emphasis was on enlarging his spiritual capacity, spiritual ability and spiritual influence. Each of us has an influence on others.

Jabez prays for power – “…that Your hand would be with me…” He wanted the power of God to enable him to live righteously, to serve the Lord and to reach others with God’s truth.

He prays for purity – “…and that You would keep me from evil…” Jabez wanted to be kept from evil thoughts and deeds. To this day, we pray, “Lead us not into temptation.”

Finally, Jabez prays for pleasure – “…that I may not cause pain!” He wanted to be a blessing and a pleasure to God and man – and not the source of bringing pain to anyone.

The touching capstone to his prayer is the fact that God answered it! “So God granted him what he requested.” What better epitaph could a man have on his life?

I was impressed with the spirituality of American Olympic athletes Simone Manuel and David Boudia, who believe God gave them a public platform for the purpose of bringing glory to Him. Like these Olympic athletes, we should each follow the example of Jabez.

Pastor Jim

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