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On Mission Blog

First Baptist Church of Palmetto exists to develop missionaries who will share Christ's love with our community and beyond. This blog provides daily devotions to inspire and equip Christ-followers to know Him and make Him known. 

More Than Meets the Eye

by Kel Cunard       Prior to joining our church staff, I was an educator. During my years as a principal, I would occasionally be asked by a student to investigate a...

Hidden Forces

“Jesus then asked him, ‘What is your name?’ And he said, ‘Legion,’ for many demons had entered him.” Luke 8:30

  by Kel Cunard     There are moments in life that give us chills and make us tremble when we realize there is more to this life than meets the eye. I’m not talking...

With Great Power

“Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required…” Luke 12:48

by Kel Cunard     "With great power comes great responsibility." Whether you attribute it to comic book writer Stan Lee or the French philosopher Voltaire, the accuracy of this...

Hope During the Storm

“…He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” Luke 8:25

by Nick Molick This week’s sermon looked at Jesus calming the storm while He and the disciples were on a boat in the middle of the Sea of Galilee. This may be a very familiar story to you,...

The Ears of Nature

“Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds.” Matthew 14:22

 by George Volpe Years ago Jean and the children visited her parents in Ohio. The kids were very young at the time. I was unable to get time off from the job in Buffalo. One of those days we...

In the Middle

But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, “Take heart; it is I. Do not be afraid.” Matthew 14:27

by Cathy Slusser In her book, The Miracle in the Middle, Charlotte Gambill applies a Bible story similar to the one told in this week’s sermon.  In Matthew 14, after the miracle of the...


“…and he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side of the lake.’” Luke 8:22

by Kel Cunard    The disciples were no stranger to rough water. Many of them were professional fishermen, and they would not have been surprised by the squalls that often swept across...

Wind and Waves

“Who then is this…?” Luke 8:25

by Kel Cunard     Nature packs quite a punch. Between Harvey, Irma, and Maria, we have witnessed the raw power of natural disasters. Hurricane Harvey dumped 50 inches of rain,...


“When Jesus heard this, he marveled…” Matthew 8:10

  by Kel Cunard     It was a normal November afternoon, but our heartrates told us there was nothing normal about it. Julie and I were weeks from welcoming our first child...


“The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.” Matthew 15:31

by Cathy Slusser Five months ago I had knee replacement surgery, and the changes in my body still astound me.  The aches and joint problems appeared so slowly that I forgot what it felt like...


“…as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

by Kel Cunard Andreas Heinecke was born in 1955. His mother was of Jewish descent and members of her family had been victims of the Holocaust. His father was of German descent and members of his...

Back to the Future

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)

by George Volpe I can imagine the first man taking his first breath, waking up to a beautiful garden called Eden. I picture Adam knowing no one but God, walking with Him, cheerfully obeying His...

I Deserve

“I am not worthy…” Luke 7:6

by Kel Cunard  Something’s not quite right. We can sense it every time we look at the world. With the slaughter in Las Vegas and the destruction inflicted by three mega storms (so far),...


“No longer will there be anything accursed…” Revelation 22:3

by Kel Cunard    When I first stepped foot into my college’s computer lab, I was blown away. In hindsight, it wasn’t that the computers were all that amazing. Most of them...


An excerpt from Kyle Idleman's book Not a Fan

Chapter 1, pages 25-33Bible Reading Plan - daily reading    Ezekiel 1:1-3:15   1 Timothy 6:3-21   Psalm 146