Loneliness doesn’t always mean being alone. The experience of being lonely happens when individuals feel unloved, misunderstood, unsupported, or sometimes when they have themselves intentionally disconnected. What is our responsibility to those experiencing loneliness?
From the Heart
This monthly series comes from the heart of the FHC pastoral team and focuses on 12 issues that impact each individual and their connection to the church.
But If Not ...
There are many times in our own lives when we are part of something much larger than ourselves – something that we will not see to the end, and something that may not bear our names. However, we have the privilege, as we step into these narratives for even a short period of time, to throw ourselves into God’s bigger purpose and His broader plan for His people, His places, and His glory.
The Road to the Resurrection
Hindsight is always 20/20. However, followers of Christ didn’t have the benefit of hindsight. From their perspective, all was lost when their Savior lay dead and buried in a tomb. Though Jesus tried to prepare them for what was to come, the actual dawning of hope on the third day was for more than they could have hoped.
God is incredibly flexible with us, and we should be with one another - working with each other even when we are not at our best. God decided to give Israel a king against his good judgment, supporting them even when they differ from him . . . a bold concept
Passages Rarely Preached
Some Scriptures are difficult to preach. Their meaning may be muddy, and the concepts difficult to understand. However, if the time is taken to explore these passages rarely preached, the lessons learned are well worth the effort.
Milk and Meat
Paul talks about the law as a tutor that leads to an understanding of grace. The law is the thing needed when we are children (the milk) on our way to an adult understanding of God. The mature understanding (the meat) is that of grace, love, kindness, and simple salvation.
A power play kicked off the sin problem. It remains at the center of the sin problem, and it draws us in. Is there an antidote?
The Generous Life
Generosity is God’s work, and when there is an unreserved dedication to God, then followers are open to go, do or give according to God's direction. God invites us into acts of generosity.
'Tis the Season
The Christmas season is a time to celebrate the birth of our Savior. However, this celebration doesn't only cause us to look back, it also calls us to look forward in expectation of the time Jesus will return and what that means for us today.
Give Thanks to the Lord
There’s nothing wrong with asking God for things—to keep our wants, needs and aspirations all before God because he cares. But most authentically, we simply pray a prayer of “Thank You!”
How do we go forward in life in face of contentious issues and major disagreements? How do we find unity? What makes us American is more than a president. What makes us part of the Church is greater than denominational leaders.
Journey Through Ecclesiastes
What does the book of Ecclesiastes tell us about the broken world we live in and the challenges of faith and doubt? Where do we find meaning and purpose when life doesn't turn out the way we expected?
Theology of Hope
Guest Speaker: Dr. Tony Campolo. Even as evil grows in contemporary society, Jesus assures us that His Kingdom—the Kingdom of God—is growing and more evident in the world today.
Debating With Grace
Dr. Steve Brown and Dr. Tony Campolo are friends and theologians from different sides of the political aisle. This afternoon discussion on issues relevant to the 2016 election season showed how important topics can be discussed with civility and respect.
Jesus came to declare freedom—for the oppressed, enslaved and imprisoned—to declare jubilee! How can we be part of bringing justice and emancipation for the 40 million slaves today?
Amoeba Summit 2016
The 2nd Annual Amoeba Summit presented by Florida Hospital For Children was held at the Florida Hospital SDA Church on September 9, 2016.
Rated R for Relevance
We avoid some topics in Scripture because they're difficult. However, these conversations are relevant and essential for Christians. This series will address several of these challenging verses and stories.
Based on Philippians 1:6 and Hebrews 12:1-2, a variety of voices from FHC share their perspectives on the unfinished masterpiece God continues to create in our lives.
In the aftermath of the tragic shooting in Orlando, the stories of “we the people of Orlando,” and “we the children of God,” must supersede the story of “us and them.” As followers of Christ, we believe that a day will come when evil will be no more, and righteousness will reign because of what Jesus has done. He is our hope.
Jonah: God and Rebels
Often God is portrayed as vengeful and angry—even anxious to destroy deviants. How is that image encouraged or changed by the small, four-chapter story of one prophet, one city, one big fish and one God?
The Challenge of Change
Followers of Christ, who have received grace, must extend it. Every effort should be made to lead to peace and mutual edification. Within a consumer-minded culture, what challenges do we face in our efforts to serve others with worship?
On occasion, FHC is privileged to invite voices outside our regular preaching team to speak about our community. We are blessed by the Spirit leading these gifted men and women as they share God's story with our congregation.
Taking a Fresh Look at Creation Health
Why be healthy? What is the point of caring for our physical body and our mental and psychosocial health? How can we practice these principles as a way to honor God and serve others?
We Can Do Better
Jesus uses a child to demonstrate greatness in His kingdom and cautions on the great danger for anyone leading a child. Abuse is a severe problem in our culture, and we must be the voice for ones who cannot speak for themselves.
How to Seven Your Life
Sabbath should make a difference in all of life, not just one day in seven. It should make a difference in the way we use our time and resources and the way we relate to others.
We live in a world of interpersonal relationships. How does Scripture guide us in valuing friendships and caring for each other with healthy boundaries?
What does Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi teach us about stewarding ourselves, each other and God’s word?
God is with us—in answered promises, realized dreams and refreshed hope. How could we help but sing? What truths are found in the songs born from our joy that Christ has entered the world?
Christ’s Body, the Church, has in all its components experienced spiritual blessings. The Church exists for worship, fellowship and service.
Gifted by Grace
The Bible teaches that all of us have uniquely placed gifts from God to be used for him. What is the work of the Holy Spirit? How do we discover our giftedness and what it means to use our spiritual gifts?
We Are One Body
The Lord’s Supper. We call it Communion, but what do we mean? Are we just mimicking what Jesus and the disciples did the night before the Crucifixion? Is it just a symbol, or is it more than that?
What We Might Forget
Sometimes we may forget who we really are and why we’re here. We were created in the image of God, but what responsibilities come with that truth?
Research tells us that young people are leaving the Church and, most troubling, their relationships with Jesus. Is it possible that the faith of each member of the community has an impact on young people? If so, what can we do about it?
Acts 2 - The Rest of the Story
The early Church didn’t talk about “going” to church; they talked more about “being” the Church. Luke unpacks the rest of the story: a body of believers committed to learning, loving and prayer, living in a continual devotion to these things.
Twelve Months to Grow
The inward disciplines of prayer, fasting, meditation, and study in the Christian life, the outward disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service, and the corporate disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration are explored as opportunities to bring authenticity to the spiritual life.
Liberty and Justice For...
The idea of freedom is far from a current reality for many around the world. How can those who believe in the eternal freedom offered by God’s grace be involved in bringing actual living freedom to “captives” in our world today?
God’s Power Tools
Every biblical father has an imperfect fatherhood tenure. As we consider the attributes of a godly male role model, perhaps spiritual qualities—meekness, humility, sharing, mentoring, dedication and loyalty—show up in the legacies and not on the personal scoreboards.
The clear mission and unquestionable direction at FHC is that we are about loving people into a lifelong friendship with God. What does that look like as we contemplate the future impact of our church?
One And The Same
Should we utilize the understanding and advancement of cultural norms rather than take Scripture as literally applied in all situations? What is the full picture of God’s relationship and teaching about gender equality?
What Happens Here Doesn’t Stay Here
There are two expectations of members at FHC: each person carries the responsibility to minister on Christ’s behalf throughout the week and to live a life of spiritual authenticity.
What can the story of the Resurrection teach us about our moments of doubt? How might God’s willingness to meet His disciples where they were encourage us today?
Being Successful at Missing the Point
When our desire for righteousness exceeds the desire for a relationship with Jesus, is a counterfeit faith the result? What happens when church traditions become barriers that keep people away from God? The Bible is the greatest love story ever told, so why do we so seldom read it from that perspective?
Hoarding and holding, grabbing and getting, and looking out for number one too often rules the day. Can we trust God enough to share what He puts in our hands? How do we lay down our lives for others?
The Seventh-day Adventist Church claims 28 Fundamental Beliefs. Are they all of equal importance? Do they stand on their own, or do they point to something—or Someone—greater?