“A Reason To Sing”

Have you ever wondered what reason we have to sing about anything? Songs are usually written for a reason. Many songs are written to express a deep love for someone or a broken heart from a love rejection. The joke about country music is it has to include at least one reference to a train, a truck, a broken heart, mama, and prison. In reading Colossians 3 this week it reminded me of my reason to sing. Colossians reminds us where we used to live in our sin, but because we have been crucified with Christ, forgiven by His blood, we have been raised with Him to walk differently. We do not have … [Read more...]

What does “Maturity” look like?

Sometimes things just strike me funny. Maturity is one of those things. You see the young trying to look “grown up” by their dress, make up, trying to grow beards and moustaches, anything to make them look more mature. Then on the other side you have those who are supposed to be mature trying everything to look younger. There are more advertisements for hair color, hair transplants, wrinkle removers, tummy tucks, chin lifts and an endless list of other products to make you look and feel younger. Now I’m not saying any of these things are bad. It just strikes me funny. Maturity is an … [Read more...]

“Who Are You?”

You've heard the joke about a daughter calling home and asking her Dad for his advice. Suddenly the father, with a concerned tone in his voice, says, “Ok, who is this and what have done with my daughter?” We laugh, because there is truth in that little story. But have you ever really wondered “Who am I?” The Word of God answers that question in Ephesians 1: 4-14, “Long before He laid down earth’s foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into His family through Jesus … [Read more...]

“I Will Sing And Make Music”

That phrase comes from Psalm 57:7. David, after pleading with God for His mercy, and deliverance, in the midst of dangerous and desperate situations, makes this awesome statement of faith. “My heart is steadfast, O God. My heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music. Awake, my soul! Awake, harp (piano) and lyre (guitar)! (My interpretation) I will awaken the dawn. I will praise You, O LORD, among the nations; I will sing of You among the peoples, for great is Your love, reaching to the heavens; Your faithfulness to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let Your glory be over … [Read more...]

Bless The Lord Every Day

“I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable.” (Psalm 145: 1-3) Every Sunday I am blessed to lead you all in worship. What a joy to hear your voices raised in praise to the Lord. This scripture reminds us of how great God is. He is so great that we are charged to praise and bless his name every day! I have to confess, though, some days I am so distracted by the “poodles” of life. (Poodles are small dogs that … [Read more...]

“God With Us”

A Musical Worship Experience with the FBC Worship Choir & Orchestra Sunday April 13 at 9:30 & 11:00 am Come celebrate the amazing truth of God’s presence with us through music and testimonies. … [Read more...]

The East Valley Chorale

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100 Voices with Orchestra Dr. Bruce Cochran, Director Sunday, March 16 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Chandler … [Read more...]

“What were you thinking?”

Have you ever had someone ask you, “What were you thinking?” That usually sends my mind to a conversation with my dad in my teen years, after demonstrating my uncanny ability to make a dumb decision. Though my memory may bring back an uncomfortable moment, the question nevertheless is a good question. What are we thinking? In Philippians 4:8-9 the Apostle Paul gives us some great instruction in this very area. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of … [Read more...]

All I Have Is Christ

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There are things in our lives that make us question, “What do we really have?” As a young man, my list of things I thought were important and “must haves” in my life, over the years has changed. You know, fast cars, fast horses, and new things have been exchanged for meaningful relationships, a loving wife, productive children, and yes, wonderful grandchildren. What I am spending more time doing these days is thinking about my future and reevaluating my priorities. The Apostle Paul did the same thing in Philippians 3: 7-11: “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for … [Read more...]

Blackwood Brothers in concert at FBC Chandler

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Thursday, January 16th at 7:00 p.m. … [Read more...]