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May 7 will be Pete Petree's final day of serving here at Weatherford's First Baptist Church. For twelve years he has faithfully led our ministry to university students. Countless students turned into adults under his supervision and are now engaged in local churches throughout the world. Those he touched are continuing to touch the lives of others. His presence will be mis...

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The Weight of Sound Doctrine

As church members and church leaders, when someone stands before us to proclaim God's truth in a sermon, we expect the preacher to have done his homework. We expect that he has studied and prepared. We expect that he has chosen his words carefully in preparation and that he feels the weight of the words he will proclaim, through the leading and empowering of the Holy Spiri...

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We Are Never Alone

Adam, untouched by sin and its consequences, was busy tending the Garden of Eden while surrounded by God's fresh creation. There was plenty to see and plenty to do. Nevertheless, God recognized and cited the fact that it was not good for Adam to remain alone. To remedy the "alone" issue, God created Eve, united her with Adam, and commissioned them to be fruitful and multip...

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Losing the Training Wheels

One of the greatest experiences that I have had as a dad has been to teach my boys how to ride a bicycle. There comes a day when the training wheels must come off, and you run beside the two-wheeled vehicle with one hand on the handle bars and the other on the back of the seat. You intermittently loosen your grip to make sure that your child is keeping his balance. Then fi...

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Jesus Paid It All

Jesus did not die by lethal injection behind closed doors. Jesus died on a cross. No one sought to make his death as comfortable as possible. Far from it.Man in his darkness had conceived of the most painful ways possible to put another person to death. Nail him to two rough-cut pieces of lumber, drop the thing in a hole and then watch the victim suffer before he died. To ...

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Sports

If you know much about me, you know that I love sports. Just about any kind of sports, it doesn't have to be the highest level of any particular sport. I love the camaraderie, I love the competition, I love the storylines, and most of all I just love watching "my team" with my family. Win or lose I love those times. You know the old saying, "the family that enjoys the high...

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“Weltenshauung” Part 1

Everybody has one. No, it's nothing private it's a public matter. Everyone has a "worldview." Informally, "worldview" describes the lens through which we see all of life. Formally, Webster defines it as, "a comprehensive conception or apprehension of the world especially from a specific standpoint." Ultimately our worldview shapes everything about us.If you have repented ...

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Easter Changes Everything

Next Sunday afternoon, we, as a church, will be putting door hangers on most residences in Weatherford as a way of inviting them to Easter worship services. The message on the hangers is brief, positive, and informative. Each person receiving one will know that they are invited to celebrate Easter with us. Door hangers can become bridge builders.Some who receive the door h...

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"Weltenshauung" - Part 2

A whole host of home renovation shows have flooded TV these days. Among the masses, Chip and Joanna Gaines have risen toward the top of that niche. The appeal of their show, "Fixer Upper," goes much deeper than their ability to renovate and redesign houses (but that is another discussion). However, they are wonderfully good at renovating and redesigning houses which need i...

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Using Your Gifts

Our Brittany Spaniel, Gus, was hit by a truck and killed on January 20. While the 45th president of the United States was being sworn into office, I watched my dog die. It was a tough day. Had he lived, my brother would have turned 50 years old on that same day. Clouds covered the sun. Sadness gripped my heart.The sun did come up and did shine on the following day. Life co...

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