Music Ministry

“Living With Promises” “And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear or be dismayed.” Deut. 31:8. How many times have you been in a situation where you felt afraid or downtrodden? We all experience such times, because life deals blows. Without God, such times could seem hopeless. When faced with a fearful situation, even a Christian might be prone to panic. The human factor comes into play. With Christian maturity, however, comes trust and ability to rely upon the great promises of the Scriptures, such as … [Read more...]

Christmas Concert

Sterling Christmas Slide

The joint choirs and orchestras of First Southern Baptist Church of Scottsdale and First Baptist Church, Chandler will present A STERLING CHRISTMAS featuring the Christmas music of Robert Sterling. Enjoy the sounds of a 100 voice choir and 30 piece orchestra directed by multi Dove Award winning composer Robert Sterling. There is a performance on December 12 at 7pm in Chandler and December 13 at 7pm in Scottsdale. … [Read more...]

Music Ministry Update


Rejoice!! The Apostle Paul reminds the Philippian believers in Philippians 4:4; “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice!” He was encouraging them to rejoice even in times of great persecution.  It seems easy to rejoice when things are going well, but my friend, we need to remember to rejoice even in the hard days, when we do not think we can make it. When we do not know what to do; rejoice! Not in the circumstances, but rather, rejoice in our position as a “blood bought saint of the living God.” I believe we all need to be reminded Whose we are, and what our … [Read more...]

“Counting Our Blessings”

As some of you may know, this year is a huge year of exciting changes for our family. With the births of our grandsons, Grayson, Patrick, and Cruz, along with the soon expected grandchildren of McKayla, Curtis and Grant our blessing pool has expanded. I am so blessed as I think of all the gifts our Heavenly Father has poured out upon us. In James 1: 16-18 it says, ”Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning. Of His own will He brought us forth … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Psalm 150

“Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens. Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness. Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre, praise him with the tambourine and dancing, praise him with the strings and flute, praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD.” Psalm 150 In looking at this familiar Psalm there are four questions that need to be asked. Where should God be praised? He … [Read more...]

“River of Life”

An old praise chorus that some of you might remember goes like this. “I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me. Makes the lame to walk and the blind to see. Opens prison doors, sets the captives free. I’ve got a river of life flowing out of me.” The other day I was reading in the Gospel of John 7: 37-38. “Jesus stood and cried out saying, ”If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, “out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” That reminded me of this little song. Then the Lord spoke to my … [Read more...]

Are Church Choirs still “relevant” to today’s worship experience?

In a conversation I had recently with some people, the question came up, “How many churches in the East Valley have a choir ministry?” In our Valley Rim Association it is not common to find a church with a vibrant choral ministry. Why is that? Is there really a place for Choirs in today’s worship experience? Another friend sent me an article that made me think and I wanted to share my thoughts with you. In thinking about this, there may be many reasons a church does not have a choir, but I wanted to express some reasons why we do have a choir here at FBC. 1. Choirs support good … [Read more...]

Music Ministry


Dear Beloved Members of FBC, A new year is upon us. It seems almost impossible that 2015 has come. As we begin a new year I cannot help but reflect on the last one and thank God for His many blessings. On a personal note, Rosie and I thank God for the addition of another wonderful grandson, Patrick, to our family. Grayson and Patrick are looking forward (along with Grammy and Pawpaw), to welcoming the arrival of four more grandchildren this year. What a blessing the Choir and Orchestra has also been to our “Church Family” in 2014, leading us in wonderful, soul stirring music. I … [Read more...]

What are you grateful for?

Someone asked me today, “What are you grateful for?” That was a good question. We talk about having a grateful spirit or attitude, but how often do we really list out in our minds what we are grateful for? Well it made me think specifically about what I was grateful for. So I want to share some of my list with you. I’m grateful to God that because of Jesus’ provision on the cross, my sins (all of them) are forgiven. I’m grateful for a mother and father who gave their hearts to Christ and showed their children how to live by faith. I’m grateful for a precious wife, who … [Read more...]

Sing Out For Missions

Gospel Concert

Associational Gospel Concert Thursday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. … [Read more...]