“I’ll never ‘join’ another church”…… I said this for years until God brought me to FBC after going to so many different churches in Lebanon and surrounding areas. I just couldn’t find the right fit — like Cinderella’s slipper! My first few visits to FBC, I was a distant, skeptical observer due to my personal & tainted church filter from my past experiences and why in the world did these complete strangers tell me they loved me????? “You don’t even know me. How can you so flippantly use the word ‘love’?”, I thought. My father died when I was four years old and I could not relate to God as my loving FATHER. What does it mean to crawl up in your Daddy’s lap and feel his loving arms around you? To ask him to meet your needs and he does so out of his love for you? To have a dad protect you and defend you? To have concern for your fears and concerns? To tell you that you are beautiful and precious to him? The list went on. Five years later, I can now tell you the love voiced at FBC was more than just flippant verbiage but… Read more »
From the time I was 5, I remember being in church. In 1987, my family had the privilege of starting a church in Lebanon with 20 other people. I grew up in that church. I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was 8 in that church. I built relationships, served and enjoyed the growth I saw. I learned a lot and was blessed to be a part of a great church family to grow up in. Fast forward to October 2009…. I got married to my husband, Joe. We were both attending the same church I grew up in and where we met. Right after we got married, we started sensing a transition in our life to a different church. At that time, we didn’t know where that was so we took a couple of months off and really prayed and asked God to show us where HE wanted us. Neither of us wanted to go to a church just to say we were going to church. Our desire was to be planted somewhere to grow and serve and be a part of a family. I had been friends with Jennifer and Anthony for years and I found out… Read more »
We have been so blessed to meet the most wonderful, loving and caring people here at FBC. I have been battling sickness recently and our church family has brought us meals as well as other gifts but, most importantly, they have prayed for me. I’m very thankful to everyone. I love you all!!
Let me start by giving you some background information. I grew up in church, attending every Sunday for most of my childhood. My mom was my Sunday school teacher for a good portion of my life. I can even remember my grandmother telling me details of my grandfather’s great sermons at the small Baptist church down the road. To say I had a good Christian upbringing would be a drastic understatement. As a young boy, I had passion and excitement to know god. I vividly remember that I would get a unique feeling during some of the more exciting church functions. That same feeling is what carried me up the aisle when I was seven years old to be baptized. For many reasons, I lost that excitement for church. Once I turned 18, I was excited to finally be a man and be able to tell my mother “I am no longer going to be dragged there every Sunday”. (To her credit, she continued to try to get me to attend) Unfortunately, this attitude of disgust towards church would carry on for far too long. I cannot say it was a horrible part of my life or that I did… Read more »
Pastor Anthony, I could write a book about how glad I am that we are at FBC and how it has changed my family. I am so glad that our paths crossed and we got to know each other so many years ago. I think the thing I love the most is the way you break the word down and let us understand how easy it really is. For years I struggled with fear and worry. Through your messages, I have come to learn to cast my cares for He cares for me. Now I know that He loves my children and family more than I do so I need not worry. You have taught me to live the greatest commandment of LOVE. If I live in love and cast my cares on Him, there is NOTHING I need to worry over He can work everything out for me I just have to follow His lead. I would just like to thank you and Jennifer for following His lead and starting our church so that so many others can learn how easy it really is.