Monthly Archives: April 2017

How To Assess Where You Are In Life: Part One

April 25, 2017

Every once in a while, it’s good to take an assessment of where you are in your life. It could be a mid-life crisis or a planned look at life. The first time I took assessment of where my life…

When Your Husband Won’t Come To Church

April 24, 2017

What is it with men and church? A recent survey reveals that men make up only 39 percent of the members in a typical congregation. And the percentages hold across the board, for every age category. Too many women go to…

From Easter Eggs To Easter Resurrection

April 22, 2017

Easter growing up was a lot of fun. My god parents dyed eggs and hid them in the back yard. When I went to hunt for the eggs in the back yard, they forgot about one important thing – not…

We Are First Orlando: Seiple Family

April 21, 2017

Giving our time to serve as a volunteer has an amazing way of helping us grow not only spiritually, but even in the way we view and interact with people. Our Senior Pastor has often been heard to say: “We…

A Really Hard Prayer to Pray

April 20, 2017

The first time I did a Beth Moore study was my freshman year of college. I gathered around a table on the third floor of Faith Hall with a handful of other college girls and our leader, Christine. It was…

Finding Your Story In The Bible

April 19, 2017

A few years ago, late 2012, seventy-five-year-old Marion Shurtleff purchased a Bible in a used book store near her home in San Clemente, California. After making her purchase and returning home, she discovered a couple of folded pages tucked in…

How To Build A Life Of Excellence

April 17, 2017

Recently, men’s and women’s college basketball has dominated the television screen. As a member of the male species, when I think of the phrase, “March Madness,” it conjures up wonderful thoughts of lots of basketball games in a short amount…

Draw Near: My Favorite Part of Easter

April 13, 2017

As a child, I was always fascinated with how Peter Pan could separate his shadow from his body. How cool was it that he could grab and hold his shadow?! I mean, what a great trick to show off to…

The Greatest Act of Love

April 6, 2017

I just love a good fairy tale. I don’t know if it’s growing up in Orlando surrounded by princesses or just my nature as a woman. There’s a moment in the new Beauty and the Beast that isn’t the in…

How I Discovered That His Grace Is Sufficient

April 3, 2017

The Perfect Life: There was a perfect man who met a perfect woman. After a perfect courtship, they had a perfect wedding. Then they had perfect children and were the perfect parents. Their life together was, of course, perfect. The End.…

We Are First Orlando – Pat Brandt

After 36 years at First Orlando, this lady has serving “down Pat!” Pat Brandt has a lot on her plate these days. As the Production Coordinator for First Baptist Orlando’s Music/ Worship Ministries, she oversees our large productions, such as…