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

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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...]

“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...]