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    The following posts are part of the blog series "The Harvest is Plentiful", and was done in conjunction with 2014 Mission Conference at FPC Jackson. Clink on the links below to read the entire series.

    Pt. 1 "First Month of Ministry at RUF Belhaven" by Rev. Seth Starkey, RUF Belhaven

    Pt. 2 "Am I Missionary?" by Rev. David Strain, Minister of Teaching and Mission, FPC Jackson...

    My mom tells me that when I was born she would hide my face in public. True story! She couldn't handle the grimacing looks people gave when they saw me. Apparently, I was so hideous that she took very few pictures of me as an infant. This was mostly due to a massive stork bite that rested right between my eyes. I know you're thinking, "O bless his...

    Am I a missionary?

    The typical image of a missionary involves intrepid westerners venturing into unexplored territory, risking life and limb in the cause of reaching distant tribes in exotic locations. The names of the missionary heroes of the past immediately come to mind: William Carey in India, Adoniram Judson in Burma, David Livingstone in Africa, Hudson Taylor in China, Jim Elliot in Ecuador. Praise God...

    Editors' note: The following post from Rev. Seth Starkey is part of a  blog series in conjunction with 2014 Mission Conference at FPC Jackson. 

    2014 is off to the races for the Starkey family. This has been, without a doubt, the craziest 2 months of our lives. I arrived in Jackson on Monday, December 30 with all (well, nearly all) of my earthly possessions but without my pregnant...

    After Exile

    In tandem with our sermon series from the Book of Zechariah on Lord’s Day Evenings, we will be doing a series of short blog posts on the Post-Exilic Prophets, giving a brief introduction to some of their themes and messages. But for now, how about a brief introduction to this obscure little section of the Old Testament called the Post-Exilic Prophets? For starters, what in the world do...

    Every year during the month-long break between the fall and spring semesters, I try to read a biography or two (Admittedly, my default response when presented with extra leisure time is to fill it with more reading). This year, I am finishing up a short little biography on the English Presbyterian Matthew Henry (1662-1714). Most well-known for his Commentary on the Whole Bible and Method for Prayer, this short little biography...

    Last night, First Presbyterian Church of Jackson hosted the 29th Annual Mid-South Men’s Rally. With just under 1000 men from all over Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, and beyond,  it was a great night full of biblical preaching,  thunderous hymn-singing, and warm fellowship. Most significantly, we were treated to two stirring expositions from God’s Word by the Rev. Sandy Willson, Senior Minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, TN.

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    The theme for our Women in the Church this year has been, “His Love is the Theme of Our Song,” and it was inspired by the verses from Ephesians 3:16-19, “I pray that you…may have power…to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses all knowledge.”  All of our Bible studies, Circle Studies, programs, and...

    One of the reasons my wife and I love First Pres so much is because of the singing. We both studied music at the collegiate level—Sarah actually is a classical piano major and I…well, I tried but then I switched to theology (another story for another time perhaps)! So, being the music lovers that we are, one of the first things we noticed and loved about worship at...

    1 Thessalonians 5:25  

    25 Brothers, pray for us.

     

    2 Corinthians 1:11-12

    11 You also must help us by prayer, 

            so that many will give thanks on our behalf for the blessing granted us through the prayers of many. 

                      12 For...