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March 16th, 2014

Written by Jerry Carlisle. Posted in Pastor's Blog

The events of recent days have deepened my emotional response to the word “lost.”   My heart jumped into my throat when I first heard that 15 year old Wylie High School freshman Stephen Colbert was “lost” in Indianapolis.  Seeing his father, Erick, interviewed led me to identify with the fear and helplessness that only a parent could understand. I began to wonder, “Who is looking for him?” and “What could be more urgent than finding him?”  I prayed that he might be safe and found sooner than later.

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March 9th, 2014

Written by Jerry Carlisle. Posted in Pastor's Blog

FROM THE CHURCH COUNCIL

We are so grateful to you, Church Family, for the input you shared through the Strategic Listening Survey.  As your Church Council, we have prayed and pored over your responses—and continue to do so.  We wanted to share with you some of the more quantifiable results, as well as our understanding of general themes and issues from the survey.

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March 2nd, 2014

Written by Jerry Carlisle. Posted in Pastor's Blog

God is at work in the lives of so many FBC Plano students!  DiscipleNow weekend (“DNow” for the initiated) is a high and holy time for our youth.  It’s also a fun, full, fantastic few days in which relationships are strengthened and lives are transformed.

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February 23rd, 2014

Written by Jerry Carlisle. Posted in Pastor's Blog

Thank you for your wonderful response to the 2014 Strategic Listening Survey!  Your input and sense of personal spiritual growth, involvement in the ministries of your church, and sense of God’s direction for the future are deeply appreciated.  There were 252 members of our congregation who participated in the survey.  In coming days, your Church Council, made up of those who have been designated by the church through call and election to lead in strategic planning, will begin the process of understanding the multitude of responses.  The survey results will chart the spiritual maturity and ministry involvement of our membership.  We trust the information will give a sense of direction and purpose as we seek to fulfill our mission together.

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February 16th, 2014

Written by Jerry Carlisle. Posted in Pastor's Blog

Do you remember Reddy Kilowatt?  No, he wasn’t that odd kid in your kindergarten class—or the lead singer for The Clash.  “Reddy” was the logo/spokesman for the electric company; think of a stick-figure forerunner for the green gecko who sells insurance (and is actually an anole).  He seemed to be comprised of a bolt of lightning—the message was that electricity to heat homes, shed light, and power appliances was always “ready” with the flip of a switch.