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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. 


The Silence is Broken

by Kel Cunard    Sarah Scantlin was a child of the 1980s. She loved cheerleading and boys and hanging out with her friends. Her dad Jim said, "She loved life from the very first breath."...


Popularity Contest

“And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.” Luke 1:31

by Kel Cunard    A 2011 survey conducted by Public Policy Polling, sought to establish the popularity of historic figures. Mahatma Gandhi had a sixty-four percent approval rating, while...


The Christmas Story

“But the angel said to him…” Luke 1:13

by Kel Cunard    My wife loves Christmas. She loves decorating for Christmas and shopping for gifts for her family and friends, but what she really loves is Christmas movies. She loves...


Naughty or Nice?

“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3

by Amy Pilson    The gift giving season is upon us. Some of us may have already started our shopping, a few may be finished and to some the idea of shopping hasn’t even entered...


When Defense Is Offensive

“ . . . Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners . . .” 1 Timothy 1:15

by George Volpe    The Apostle Paul was arguably one of the most zealous Jews who ever lived. He went as far as plotting to kill Christians, and thinking he was doing God a service!...


Delivered

“Our God is a God of salvation, and to GOD, the Lord, belong deliverances from death.” Psalm 68:20

by Keith Thomas    Between Thanksgiving and New Years Eve of 2017, UPS forecasts the delivery of 750 million packages worldwide. With the latest tracking technology, facility upgrades,...


Looking for Servants

“An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.” Luke 9:46

by George Volpe    Everyone has their heroes. The world oohs and ahhs over people who do things few others can. We label them “the greatest” at what they do. We buy their...


It's All About Jesus

“But Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they went to another village.” Luke 9:55-56

by Nick Molick    We can tend to get myopic about our own interests even when we think we are really doing something for others. This time of year, we assemble gift lists and draw up the...


The Greatest

“An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.” Luke 9:46

by Kel Cunard    The 1960 Rome Olympics launched one of the twentieth century’s brightest stars. Even though he was only 18-years-old, Cassius Clay ran through the world’s...


Worth It

“For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” I Corinthians 6:20

by Keith Thomas    The world’s largest cosmetics company, L’Oreal, began their climb to the top with one iconic ad campaign. Even though L’Oreal’s hair products...


Thanksgiving, Thanksfeeling, and the Glory of God

An excerpt from an article by John Piper

   Now and then, it needs to be said that not all thanks*giving* is thanks*feeling*. We can make ourselves (or our children) say, “Thank you,” whether we feel it or not. But...


I Will Only Love You If . . .

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” John 13:34-35

by George Volpe    From the time we are very young, we learn how to justify our actions no matter how blatantly wrong we are. When a police officer stopped a man for speeding he had this...


Backfire

“If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” James 1:26

by Amy Pilson    There are different reasons why we care what others think of us. I know my desire to not look stupid in front of people began at a very early age and was for a pretty...


Go and Do

“And Jesus said to him, ‘You go, and do likewise.’” Luke 10:37

by Kel Cunard    "When I grow up, I want to be…" No one graduates from their childhood without uttering this phrase multiple times – usually claiming several different goals...


Justify

“But he, desiring to justify himself, said to Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’” Luke 10:29

by Kel Cunard    One of the hallmarks of humanity is our desire to justify ourselves. We worry about what we wear to keep up appearances and make it look like we’ve got everything...