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The BIG DEAL with Easter

Good Friday, Ash Wednesday, Easter Sunday…What’s the big deal?We know Easter means pastel colors, candy on sale, and overstuffed bunnies bigger than Santa Clause the morning after Christmas. As a kid, I remember Easter was about getting as much candy as possible and then brokering candy trades with the other kids. Is that it? Is there more than big bonnets and brunch buffets?Well, all of Christianity depends on Easter. That’s all.If there’s no Easter, there’s no church…no songs, no celebration. ...


Triumphal to Triumphant

Palm Sunday comes and goes every year. Sometimes we remember the triumphal entry, but many times we don’t. I remember, as a child, staggering down the aisles of my boyhood church waving plastic palm branches to the song “Hosanna” while trying to find the familiar faces of my mom and dad in the audience. As adults, we smile and think the kids are so cute, but does it lead us to contemplate the significance of that day? Palm Sunday celebrates that amazing day when Jesus descended the Mount of Olives in ...


Stay Sharp with FBC's AXIOM

LOOKING FOR A PLACE… where you can learn more about what it means to “live, love, and lead like Jesus?’ Where you can get a grip on faith, belief, reason, and doubt? Where you can grow in your understanding of the Bible and how to study it…even how to teach it? Where you can ask and probe tough questions about Christianity, learn how to defend your faith, and hone your ability to share the Gospel? LOOKING FOR AN OPPORTUNITY… where you can begin to remove the haze of confusion that often surro ...


G.R.A.C.E.

I read something this morning that resonated for me, making perfect sense. Maybe you’ve heard it before—I hadn’t. Grace Equals God’s  Riches  At  Christ’s  Expense That is His great gift to us. We experience the richness of His love, peace and joy—eternal life—because of the price Jesus paid on the cross. I didn’t pay one cent for this privilege. It was mine from the hour I first believed. It took a while for me to grasp this—in fact, it is an ongoing process. We don ...


Blueprint for Membership

I’ve been attending First Baptist Church since 1999 (except for a short 10-month hiatus in CA). I remember first moving to Eugene from Alaska to start graduate school and wanting a church family with whom to connect and some solid biblical teaching to keep me accountable and growing. I remember resonating with the pastor’s messages the first weeks I attended and thinking, “This is where I belong.” Of course, I was in graduate school and had no idea where I’d end up, so, I didn’t even consider me ...


When the One You Want to Help the Least Needs You the Most

An exhausted young mother tosses the question out onto social media, “Does anyone have any tips for getting a baby to sleep through the night?”   Commenters eagerly pounce.   We love to share our opinions. We love to share what has worked for us. We’re eager to see our chosen method be successful for someone else. I’m convinced that posts asking for advice receive the most comments of all. She’ll get answers touting the benefits of co-sleeping, Ferberizing, sleeping on baby’s floor ...



Growing in Grace

I grew up in a home that reached out to others. Mom served selflessly in church music, and Dad ultimately, gave up his successful medical practice to serve the forgotten, poverty stricken peoples of the northern highlands of South Vietnam. He and Mom lived there until forced out by advancing Viet Cong troops. Even as they poured their lives out for others, I, as their son, lived a life of privilege at college in America. At Taylor University (Indiana) I had everything I needed and wanted. I gave my hea ...


College Ministry: Praises & Changes

THANK YOU!First and foremost, THANK YOU! It has been a privilege to serve as FBC’s College Pastor. FBC has continued to love and support college students, and I am so grateful! We have some big changes coming and wanted to keep you updated with how you can support, pray and be involved with CCF College Students. BIG CHANGES – From Sunday Night to Thursday Night For the past 3 years, the leadership of CCF has considered moving CCF from meeting Sunday nights to meeting Thursday nights. When CCF ...


Living Alive in Christ

I admit it…I’m a person who likes lists. I’m very task-oriented. There are pros and cons to being task-oriented: I can get a lot done but can also miss out on a relationship or connection with another person. AND, I can also miss out on connecting with God and the tasks He’s allotted for me to do—often doing ‘good’ things but probably not the ‘best’ things. I find that my motivation is too often to ‘complete the task well’ instead of seeing the big picture—what or who can I really ta ...


A River or a Reservoir?

I was having coffee with a good friend several weeks ago, and we were discussing the many things that God had been teaching us. As we began to discuss the challenges of understanding biblical stewardship, my friend quickly said, It’s pretty simple: is your life more like a river or a reservoir? I wondered if we had suddenly switched our conversation back to fishing. My first response was, “What?” He restated the question: “Does your life look more like a river or a reservoir when it comes to how ...


FEAR: Unhinged

Abridged article for the bulletin below---------------------------Hello, my name is Jenae, and I worry. I mean, who doesn’t right? We all struggle to consciously put our trust in God’s perfect plan. But then there are the doozies…the big’uns. I vividly remember holding my one -year-old nephew Daniel in my arms as we slow danced at my sister’s wedding last December. He was tired, and rested his precious head on my shoulder. I closed my eyes and hummed softly along with the music into his ear, wi ...


Missions R Us

You will be my witnesses…(Acts 1:8)One of our greatest privileges as created beings is to partner with God-Himself in spreading Good News around the world. Through prayer, service and financial giving, you are a partner to the spreading of the Good News! In the name of Jesus, our church has given food to the hungry. You helped give Christmas gifts to children in our community. Individuals in this church have mowed the lawns of elderly neighbors, have volunteered in community events and have created r ...


Remembering 2013...Thankful

It’s hard to believe Christmas Day is just a few days away and another year is on our doorstep. Looking back over this past year, I find myself thankful. Not because it’s been an easy year—it hasn’t—but because of what I see God doing in and through our church family. And when I ask others around me what they see as they look back at 2013, I discover I’m not alone in my response. For example…• I’m thankful for the spirit of unity and community growing within our church family. Just observe ...


Birthday Gifts

I enjoy the Christmas season and all the falderal that goes with it immensely. But recently, someone challenged my thinking about the reason for celebrating Christmas with “all the trappings.” How often do I romanticize and reminisce on the traditional elements of Christmas without meditating on the reason we even celebrate Christmas? Do I get as excited as the shepherds did when they first met the Messiah? Do I share that excitement with others? Or, have I grown comfortable and lukewarm in my view of C ...


A Season of Joy

Joyful, joyful, we adore Thee, God of glory, Lord of love; Hearts unfold like flow’rs before Thee, Op’ning to the sun above. Melt the clouds of sin and sadness; Drive the dark of doubt away; Giver of immortal gladness, Fill us with the light of day!   Are you experiencing the joy of Christmas these days? Or are you consumed with doing all the things you think you’re supposed to do, measuring your ‘success’ against how well your social life, gift list and recipe file stack up against ...


The Secret Longings of Christmas

Why do people celebrate Christmas? After all, society has rejected the baby in the manger. I’ve come to believe that, consciously or unconsciously, people correlate Christmas with meeting deep emotional and spiritual needs—they desire home, love, and happiness.   Think about how we grow sentimental listening to the song, I’ll be home for Christmas. It evokes images of family and friends gathered around a softly lit tree, of laughter and happy togetherness. Home is supposed to be the place wher ...


Admiration Applauds—Inspiration Ignites

Have you noticed how some words that formerly communicated certain concepts now mean something different than their original definition?  Nearly 150 years ago, E.G. Finney’s work on revival included the word ‘religion’ repeatedly—and, in his time and culture, religion was synonymous with the word: Christianity. Now, ‘religion’ may refer to all sorts of god/faith constructs, not just Christian faith. Another example of change in definition is the word ‘condescend’. This once described on ...


Becoming His Unashamed Fellowship

Chad Walsh, in his intriguing book Early Christians of the Twenty-First Century, wrote these piercing and convicting words: Millions of Christians live in a sentimental haze of vague piety, with soft organ music trembling in the lovely light from stained glass windows. Their religion is a pleasant thing of emotional quivers, divorced from the will, divorced from the intellect, and demanding little except lip service to a few harmless platitudes. I suspect that Satan has called off his attempt to conver ...


FBC and the International House: an incredible gesture of generosity

This past spring, leaders of the Eugene Community Church approached First Baptist Church (FBC) regarding their desire to hand over their ministry and property of the International House (I-House), which they have owned and operated for nearly 30 years, to another ministry of the Lord’s leading. Their heartbeat was to pass it on to a ministry that could use the resources, as the Lord would lead, to impact the lives of college-age students of all cultures and nations. They also expressed that they would exp ...


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