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Why I Am Thankful for My Local Church

There are many things I am thankful for this Thanksgiving season. I am thankful for all that God has done on my behalf through Jesus Christ. I am thankful that God has blessed me with such a wonderful wife, and that he has blessed us with such a precious little girl. I am thankful for a couple of great jobs, more godly friends than I deserve, and innumerable little things the Lord uses daily to remind me of his goodness and his grace.

One thing I am particularly thankful for this year is my local church, the First Baptist Church of Durham, NC. Leah and I began attending FBC in July of 2005, joining the church October a year ago. The church is exactly what we needed. We came to FBC from a church that was filled with many problems, so much so that the church nearly split over integrity issues among the ministerial and lay leadership. Frankly, we were right at the center of the controversy, having made public some of the issues that had been going on behind the scenes for almost two decades. It was an unfortunate experience, and one from which we were eager to recover.

FBC was like a breath of fresh air. Our pastor, Andy Davis, is one of the very best preachers I have ever heard, and is the most gifted teaching pastor I have ever sat under. He is also a man of integrity; what you see is what you get, and what you see is a humble, godly man and great role model. Our other ministerial staff are all talented, godly, humble men as well. And I have never seen a finer crop of deacons in a Southern Baptist church.

FBC is one of the two healthiest churches I have ever been a part of. Oh, we are not perfect by any means, but the congregation is growing spiritually and numerically. We are united in our common purpose and, more importantly, our common gospel. We are mission-minded, with numerous foreign and domestic mission trips planned for this year. We are blessed with the strongest Sunday School ministry I have ever seen. We are soon launching a counseling ministry, in the hopes of providing biblical counsel to hurting souls in our church and in the community.

I just cannot tell you how excited I am about our church. FBC is just what the Great Physician ordered for the Finn family, and this Thanksgiving season, we are truly thankful that He led us to such a wonderful local church.