The Blog of
John Michael Helms
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Jefferson

Life Lessons from Jose Fernandez’ Death

This week the Florida Marlins and major league baseball lost two-time All-Star and 2013 Rookie Pitcher of the Year, Jose Fernandez, who was killed along with two friends in a night-time boating accident in Miami. Sportswriter Tom Verducci said that Fernandez is the... read more

Tractor and Implements Donated to Ricks Institute

After a decade of faithful giving, enough money was saved to buy a Mahindra Max 24 4WD HST tractor and three implements for Ricks Institute, a 700-student Baptist school 16 miles outside Monrovia, Liberia.  The purchase was made through The Bricks for Ricks... read more

Our Work is About the Stewardship of Our Gifts

According to one recent report, one in twenty Americans lost their job in the last five years.  Imagine what the percentages are over a lifetime. Yet most think this will never happen to us.  We don’t think our company will close, downsize, or move jobs overseas.  We... read more

Boudia and Johnson Find an Identity Outside of Diving

During the Olympic opening ceremonies 205 countries and two independent teams participated in the parade of nations. Teams were identified by their national flags, colors, and distinctive uniforms. Rio is awash in jerseys, uniforms, flags, t-shirts, hats, and pins... read more

Pedaling Through Life Alone Leads to More Burnout

August 8, 2016 Here’s a life lesson from the Cycling Road Race at the Olympics in Rio De Janeiro–“Trust Others, Work Together, Reap Results.” Rafal Majka of Poland (men’s event) and Mara Abbott of the United States (women’s event)... read more

Meet Dr. Dolittle’s Cousin – The Tomato Man

What if you could talk to the animals like Dr. Dolittle? Which language would you learn: elephant, eagle, buffalo, beagle?  How about alligator, guinea pig, or flea? Recently, I spent some time with Dr. Dolittle’s cousin who knows how to speak to both the animals and... read more


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