First Free Will Baptist Church

First Free Will Baptist is a committed group of Christ followers, loving one another and striving to minister to our community. We are not a mega church, but are a super church!

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11/23/2021

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Giving to the Families in Your Church - Dr. Rob Rienow 11/22/2021

Giving to the Families in Your Church - Dr. Rob Rienow

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Giving to the Families in Your Church - Dr. Rob Rienow Dr. Rob Rienow joins the podcast to discuss how churches can adopt a theology of family ministry that will engage and equip parents to make the home the prim...

11/18/2021

Make plans to join us at 9:45AM this Sunday, as we continue our study of the book of Revelation in Sunday School.

Make plans to join us at 9:45AM this Sunday, as we continue our study of the book of Revelation in Sunday School.

The Together Way Trust - Dr. Melvin Worthington 11/18/2021

The Together Way Trust - Dr. Melvin Worthington

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The Together Way Trust - Dr. Melvin Worthington Dr. Melvin Worthington joins the podcast to discuss the history of the The Together Way Trust, how it began with his parents and how it continues to provide ...

Give Sacrificially 11/18/2021

Give Sacrificially

Give Sacrificially Give Week 3: Give Sacrificially Give Sacrificially We can’t leave the topic of giving without focusing on giving of our financial resources. May we follow the example provided for us in Scripture as we give. Find more Give resources at https://nafwb.org/give/. Helpful Podcasts and Articles Giving ...

[11/17/21]   Join us this evening for prayer meeting at 7:00 PM. Pastor Kevin will speak on "God's Word to the Pilgrim in a Strange Land."

11/16/2021

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Give to the Mission North America Offering November 21 - Dr. David Crowe 11/15/2021

Give to the Mission North America Offering November 21 - Dr. David Crowe

Give to the Mission North America Offering November 21 - Dr. David Crowe Dr. David Crowe, CEO of Free Will Baptist North American Ministries, discusses the upcoming Mission North America Offering (November 21) and encourages churc...

Give to the Mission North America Offering November 21 - Dr. David Crowe 11/15/2021

Give to the Mission North America Offering November 21 - Dr. David Crowe

Give to the Mission North America Offering November 21 - Dr. David Crowe Dr. David Crowe, CEO of Free Will Baptist North American Ministries, discusses the upcoming Mission North America Offering (November 21) and encourages churc...

[11/12/21]   Join us this Sunday morning at 10:45 AM as Pastor Kevin gives his message "Wholehearted Service." In the 6:00 PM service, we continue our study of the book of Ezekiel as we examine Ezekiel 39.

11/11/2021

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11/11/2021

Pray for our Soldiers & Veterans

[11/10/21]   Join us this evening for prayer meeting at 7:00 PM. Pastor will speak about "Pilgrims in a strange land."

11/09/2021

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Giving Your Life By Adopting - Mindy Cariker Wiggins 11/08/2021

Giving Your Life By Adopting - Mindy Cariker Wiggins

Giving Your Life By Adopting - Mindy Cariker Wiggins “There is always something—big church or small church—that you can do.”Mindy Cariker Wiggins joins the podcast to describe her calling and journey toward ado...

[11/05/21]   Join us this Sunday morning at 10:45 AM as Pastor Kevin speaks about Persecution with his message "Taking a Stand." In the 6:00 PM service, we continue our study of the book of Ezekiel as we examine Ezekiel 39.

11/05/2021

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Pastoral Requirements - Dr. Robert Picirilli 11/04/2021

Pastoral Requirements - Dr. Robert Picirilli

Pastoral Requirements - Dr. Robert Picirilli “There’s a lot of misunderstanding about the call to pastor, and perhaps a lot of fellows out there are waiting for some kind of mystical experience that wil...

[11/03/21]   Join us this evening for prayer meeting at 7:00 PM. Pastor will be speaking about "That they all be one."

FALL BACKWARDS-SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR! - YouTube 11/02/2021

FALL BACKWARDS-SET YOUR CLOCKS BACK ONE HOUR! - YouTube

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11/02/2021

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11/01/2021

Prop 3 would protect our religious freedom by preventing any government official within the state of Texas from prohibiting or limiting religious services for any reason, as was done in 2020 when public worship services were declared "unessential."

We support Prop 3, because we believe that freedom to worship is an inalienable right. Allowing government to prohibit and/or limit public worship hurts our communities, because the church is a source of strength and encouragement especially in times of great community distress.

Prop 3 would protect our religious freedom by preventing any government official within the state of Texas from prohibiting or limiting religious services for any reason, as was done in 2020 when public worship services were declared "unessential."

We support Prop 3, because we believe that freedom to worship is an inalienable right. Allowing government to prohibit and/or limit public worship hurts our communities, because the church is a source of strength and encouragement especially in times of great community distress.

Why You Should Attend the 2021 Leadership Conference - Dr. Thom S. Rainer 11/01/2021

Why You Should Attend the 2021 Leadership Conference - Dr. Thom S. Rainer

Why You Should Attend the 2021 Leadership Conference - Dr. Thom S. Rainer “Do you want your church to be at its best in a changing culture? Come to the Leadership Conference.”Dr. Thom S. Rainer of @Church Answers, featured speaker ...

10/29/2021

For more on how you can support your pastor's wife, watch this Better Together Podcast interview with Carolyn Dwyer: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1058011478273894. #NAFWB

10/28/2021

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10/28/2021

Surviving as a Pastor's Wife - Carolyn Dwyer

[10/27/21]   Join us for our midweek service this evening at 7:00 PM.
Pastor will be speaking about Yahweh-yireh and divine provision.

10/26/2021

For more, check out this ONE Magazine article, "Learned by Example:" http://onemag.org/learned_example.htm.

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About You, About Me - Dr. Ron Hunter, Jr. 10/25/2021

About You, About Me - Dr. Ron Hunter, Jr.

About You, About Me - Dr. Ron Hunter, Jr. “The goal of this journal was to give parents another chance to speak into their kids’ lives.”Dr. Ron Hunter, Jr., executive director and CEO of D6 Family, d...

[10/22/21]   Join us this Sunday morning at 10:45 AM as Pastor Kevin continues his series "Hope is Here" with his message "Hope for the Doubter."
In the 6:00 PM service, we continue our study of the book of Ezekiel as we examine Ezekiel 37.

10/22/2021

How has your church shown its support and appreciation to your pastor this month? #NAFWB #PastorAppreciation

10/21/2021

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[10/20/21]   Join us this evening for prayer meeting at 7:00 PM

10/19/2021

A Different Kind of Drive [5-minute read]

Pffft. Whang!

I hold my follow-through as I watch the golf ball disappear gradually into the distance, headed toward the green, no less. I smile to watch the results of one of my rare good tee shots. Replacing my driver, I shoulder my bag and stroll off the tee box and down the fairway to find my ball, whistling as I walk.

I took up golf at age 26, after a good friend pointed out I had become "all work and no play" as I grappled with the life of an aspiring young editor: relentless deadlines, scads of email, and the occasional fall-out from a grammatical miscue. In short, I needed a break, something to relieve stress.

Two decades later, I am not sure I chose the right game.

Seriously, how hard can it be to hit a defenseless, two-inch ball straight? Much harder than you might think. For me, at least, golf requires full concentration. Complete, laser-sharp focus on the ball and where I want it to land. Nothing else. Especially not my swing. Or my grip. Or the water hazard to my right. Not the sand traps around the green. And, definitely not the other golfers standing around watching me. Or the honeybee that landed on my club a second before my swing. Aaagh! No wonder professional golfers go nuts when a camera shutter clicks loudly in the middle of their backswing.

Despite the frustrations of being an average-to-bad golfer, I enjoy the game, and over time I have come to recognize that it holds many great analogies for life, even the Christian life. Specifically, the hopelessness of sin and the need for a Savior. Let me explain.

Ask most people, even golfers, to define the ultimate goal of golf, and they will reply, "To shoot par." For non-golfing readers, par is the defined number of strokes it SHOULD take a golfer to get the ball in the hole. Par 4, for example, allows the player four hits to hear the ball drop into the cup. And, if a golfer achieves that suggested number on every hole, he or she is "shooting par."

I wouldn't know. I've never done it.

In reality, par is NOT the ultimate goal of golf. The ultimate goal is a hole in one. On 18 holes. Eighteen total strokes. No one has ever done it. No one ever will. The thought is ludicrous, even crazy. Only a handful of tour pros have even broken 60 in competition (12 in the recorded history of the sport, to be exact) and never in a major tournament.

Yet shooting 18 would be far easier than trying to work our way into Heaven on our own merits.

There is a reason Scripture frequently uses the Greek word hamartia to describe sin. The word literally means "to miss the mark." Romans 3:23 spells it out further, saying that everyone has missed the mark, or "fallen short," of God's holiness. And those failures, however small in our own eyes, carry a steep steep price tag: eternal separation from God, spiritual death (Romans 6:23).

It's hopeless.

Thankfully, God, in His mercy, made a way back to Him. Not by "shooting par" spiritually or living a good life morally, but by accepting the perfect sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ. Through His sinless life, death on the cross, and subsequent resurrection, Jesus paid the penalty for our sins—all of them (Romans 6:23b). No matter how shameful. All we must do is admit we have missed the mark of holiness, accept what Jesus has done for us, and put our faith in His ability to save us (Romans 10:9-10; Ephesians 2:8-9).

When we do that, an amazing thing happens. God doesn't "give us a mulligan" (a second shot or do-over) at perfection. No, he replaces our "scorecard" filled with failures with the perfection of His Son. In gratitude, we spend the rest of our lives pursuing His holiness, doing our best to make our lives look like Him.

I reach my ball and look back toward the tee box. One of my best drives ever! Only 40 yards left to the green. I pull out a wedge and promptly chunk it to the short side of the green where it hangs for a moment before trickling off into a sand trap.

I shake my head ruefully and trudge on, thankful my eternal destiny is not dependent on my golfing (or living) abilities.

About the writer: Eric K. Thomsen is managing editor of ONE Magazine. #NAFWB

10/19/2021

Praying that God strengthens our marriages and families.

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1415 W Wheatland Rd
Duncanville, TX
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