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

Your Grief Has Been Shared By Others –  All Saints Day

Your Grief Has Been Shared By Others – All Saints Day

All Saints Sunday November 1, 2020 Today is All Saints Day.  This is a day that we set aside to give God thanks for the people that have gone before us and have lived lives of faith. This is not an easy day because we long to be with those who are no longer physically...

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All Saints Day: To Remember and Give Thanks

All Saints Day: To Remember and Give Thanks November 1, 2020 Today is All Saints Day.  This is a day that we set aside to give God thanks for the people that have gone before us and have lived lives of faith. This is not an easy day because we long to be with those...

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Note to Self

Note to Self

The Christian church celebrated the breath of God on Pentecost Sunday (May 31), while our nationbegan to grieve and pour out its anger over George Floyd’s death, a man who was refused his breath until he died. We must not lose sight, because of the violence and...

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Generosity is Often a Team Effort

A 10-year-old boy from Liberia entered Mass General Hospital in Boston just before the COVID-19 pandemic. He was diagnosed with fibrous dysplasia, an uncommon bone disorder in which scar-like (fibrous) tissue develops in place of normal bone. This massive tissue had...

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Do Hummingbirds Worry?

Do Hummingbirds Worry?

I had a conversation with a bird last week. I'm not Dr. Dolittle, although my wife calls me that sometimes when it comes to doing housework. I asked, "Mr. Bird, why are you singing so much?" He said, "It's springtime, don't you know?" I said, "Yes, but people are...

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Lent Reminds Us to Seize the Moment

Lent Reminds Us to Seize the Moment

Signs of spring are slowly arriving.  The buttercups are opening up.  The rose bushes are covering their thorny stems with new leaves.  Trees will soon begin to bud and pollen will begin to fall. Robins will arrive. It will not be long before hummingbirds make their...

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