Are Beautiful, Ornate Cathedrals Detrimental to the Gospel?

As tourists travel to a destination, they often plan to visit specific sites in that region or city. It’s common for these travelers to explore one of the magnificent cathedrals in that city. 

But do those cathedrals point people to the powerful and loving God, or do they muffle and confuse people when it comes to how they see God?

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Prayer, Unity, and Fellowship: ARCH Fellowship Highlights

How would I describe the ARCH young adults fellowship? Familiar faces mingled with new. Warm greetings and introductions. Genuine love. This fellowship has quickly become one of the highlights of my summer…

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Planting Seeds and Building Bridges: Vacation Bible School

When I was little—and even now—I looked forward to the summer. The school year was officially over. It was time for vacations and a time to forget about school. I was anxious to play outside with my neighbors, to head out on a special trip with my family, or to finally get a chance to spend the night at my cousin’s or my grandparents’ house. It was a time of relaxation from schedules—a time to decompress….

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From Founding Principles to Present Challenges: America’s Christian Identity

Jun 30, 2023, News and Updates

Col. Steve Martin reminds us that our nation was founded on the cornerstone of the great pilgrim quest to worship God without the constraint of government. In recent years, we’ve seen a shocking decline in the moral standard in our country. It has predictably mirrored the decline in church attendance and the ability of the church to maintain influence on the moral compass of our nation.

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Jesus—The North Star

In a few weeks, thirty-eight of our students are preparing to cross the platform and receive their diplomas. As they begin their own great journey, they too will need a North Star by which to navigate successfully. Our prayer is that our students, and us too, will avoid the trap of self-navigating this life with feelings, opinions, and emotions as their guides. We pray that they will start on the right course, stay on the right course, and direct others to the right course as they live the lives God has created them for.

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I’m Poorer Than I Thought

I recently had the opportunity to travel to a country in South Asia to help run a Christian teen camp. The poverty that I expected to see in that part of the country was a reality. It didn’t take very long for me to realize how many things I take for granted at home. Just as I had been told, a few days into this mission trip, I recognized how unbelievably blessed my life has been. But at the same time, the unexpected life changing experience I was having had nothing to do with how “rich” I was feeling, but rather with seeing how “poor” I truly am.

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A Recap from Our Week with the Coffey Ministry Team

We were privileged to have the Coffey Ministry Team with us Sunday through Wednesday. We worshiped. We heard powerful truth from Scripture. We were convicted. We prayed. And we were reminded of God’s grace time and time again.

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New Year, New Theme: Confident in Christ

Not only does God want us to have assurance of our salvation, but He wants us to have full assurance of faith—confidence. This is the theme that the pastoral staff has prayed over for 2023. Lord willing, it will lend itself to emphases throughout the year.

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Our Favorite Christmas Traditions

Dec 16, 2022, News and Updates

“Over the river and through the woods, to grandmother’s house, we go!” We asked our pastors and their wives about their favorite Christmas traditions and memories. Enjoy reading what has made Christmas special to them!   What is one of your favorite Christmas traditions that helped point you or your family to Christ? Pastor Vradenburgh: For many […]

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Favorite & Funny Moments from The Wilds Couples’ Retreat   

The Wilds Couples’ Retreat is “an incredible opportunity to get away from the routine to enjoy a weekend of renewal physically, emotionally, and spiritually.” Led by Gary & Sherry Goodson, fourteen couples drove to the NC mountains this past October. Gary is a long-time teacher of the Couples for Christ ABF (Adult Bible Fellowship). Todd […]

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About Friendship Baptist Church

Our purpose is to make much of our Lord Jesus Christ and His gospel through the preaching of His Word and the making of disciples. At Friendship Baptist Church (FBC) we teach the Bible in order to facilitate spiritual growth in all of God’s people and to provide opportunities for Christian fellowship. God has graciously used Friendship to further His work both locally and across the globe since 1965.