Nashville First Loving God. Loving People Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:43:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nashville First 32 32 In Christ Alone Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:42:15 +0000 Wednesday, April 8 | by Gwenn Fitzpatrick

(Keith Getty and Stuart Townend, 2001 – CGH #569)

“What heights of love, what depths of peace
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease.”

Striving is a word that we don’t use much anymore; though, if we’re honest, it is something we spend our lives doing. Striving is defined as exerting much effort or energy, struggling or fighting vigorously, often in opposition. As scheduled people, we hustle from one thing to another, striving to get through our days and get it all done. It’s a pride issue, you know. We think they can’t do it without us. We even brag about having more to do than others. When did busyness become a virtue?

“Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

I need to constantly remind myself that the Almighty God, the Creator of the universe, is in control. Instead of running to take the lead, I need to be thankful that I am not the one in charge. He is greater, I need to become less. (John 3:30) Our hearts yearn to experience the heights of His love and depths of His peace (Romans 11:33). His divine power has given us everything we need (2 Peter 1:3).

“In Christ alone my hope is found;
He is my light, my strength, my song.”

We have to let go of our fears and our sense of self-importance, taking the time to be still and listen at His Feet.

“Here in the death of Christ, I live!”

Listen to the song online:

And Can It Be Tue, 31 Mar 2020 15:04:54 +0000 Tuesday, April 7 | by Sandy Fields

(Charles Wesley, 1739 – CGH #605)

Listening to my first Easter cantata as a 28-year-old recently converted Christian, Charles Wesley’s hymn, And Can It Be, spoke everything I was feeling.

“Amazing love! How can it be that Thou, my God, shouldst die for me?”

Overcome with the extravagant grace that was evident in my own salvation, I grieved that I caused His death. I was responsible for His pain. The One whose death I caused through my sins offered His life for me! That first Easter, I heard the same amazement in Wesley’s words. It was personal – my God freely died in my place.

“He left His Father’s throne above (so free, so intimate His grace),
emptied Himself of all but love …”

Wesley’s words speak to the Greek underlying Philippians 2:7. The phrase “made himself of no reputation” (KJV) literally means “he emptied himself.” The never-ending mercy of God, and His willingness to empty Himself, is the source of this Amazing Love.

The hymn continues to remind me of the result of Christ’s loving, merciful work. My sins are not minor, but there is no condemnation for me. I am alive in Christ and clothed in His righteousness! I can approach the throne with boldness!

I remember this hymn when I start to take for granted that I have been “bought at a price.” “Amazing love! That Thou, my God, shouldst die for me!”

Thank you, my Lord and my God. May I never trivialize Your sacrifice as I
will be eternally grateful for Your suffering and death on the cross to reconcile me with You!

Listen to the song online:


How Deep the Father’s Love for Us Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:25:57 +0000 Monday, April 6 | By Jason Cox

(Stuart Townend, 1995 – CGH #178)

There is something special about a Father’s love.

When I think of my father, I think of his patience sitting at the kitchen table for hours trying his best to explain to me, a hard-headed ninth grader, the fundamentals of algebra. Or the way he sacrificed countless afternoons and weekends carrying my brother and me to music lessons, soccer practice, baseball games, and other gas-guzzling, time-consuming commitments.

On several occasions in Scripture we see the evidence of a father’s love. A prodigal son is welcomed home with open arms by his father. And Jairus, a desperate father, pleads with Jesus to come heal his 12-year-old daughter. Jairus’ love for his little girl compelled him to go and seek out the Healer.

And how about Jesus Himself? The Son of God sent on a mission of mercy by His own Father to come and dwell with us. What kind of love is this?

John Piper puts it this way: “God’s love is His willingness to do whatever is necessary – even suffering unimaginable pain – to bring us undeserving rebels the all-satisfying and everlasting joy of knowing Him.”

How deep the Father’s love for us, How vast beyond all measure,
That He should give His only Son, To make a wretch His treasure.

This Easter, we remember that our freedom and salvation have come at a cost. A Father gave His one and only Son to pay the price that only He could pay.

Why should I gain from His reward? I cannot give an answer;
But this I know with all my heart – His wounds have paid my ransom.

Listen to the song online:


All Glory, Laud, and Honor Tue, 31 Mar 2020 14:13:24 +0000 Palm Sunday, April 5 | By Sam Sanders

(Theodulph of Orleans, 820 / Trans. John Mason Neale, 1854 – CGH #175 )

Palm Sunday, one week before Easter, celebrates the wonderful time of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem. Jesus’ followers were expecting the Messiah – a political king who would overthrow the Romans. They waved palm branches – a symbol of victory or triumph. They spread cloaks and palm branches to make a path in front of the donkey on which Jesus rode. They praised God for all the mighty works that they had seen (Luke 19:37). The joyous parade was complete with feasting and music.

Christian churches still celebrate in similar fashion: great music, children carrying palms, and frequently a church feast. We usually skip the donkey. The major ingredient of our celebrations is the congregation and choir singing hymns about the Messiah who takes away the sins of the world.

One of the greatest hymns we sing is All Glory, Laud, and Honor. All of the text is uplifting, but I don’t have to get past the first line to be inspired. “All glory, laud, and honor to Thee, Redeemer, King” conveys a stirring message.

Glory: an enthusiastic expression of worship and praise

Laud: extreme high praise used for a person of
unmatched achievement in a public context

Honor: high respect and esteem

The people at this festive occasion were not aware that the following days would be difficult for Jesus. But we are abundantly aware of the price Jesus gladly paid for our sins and thankfully offer Him “glory, laud, and honor,” accepting Him as our Redeemer and King.

Listen to the song online:


Using REALM to Stay Connected Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:58:29 +0000 Church members are encouraged to use their REALM account to stay connected during these times of isolation. You may access REALM through a web browser at (add to your bookmarks for easy access) or through the App on your phone (download through the App Store or Google Play Store — “Connect – Our Church Community). Not on REALM yet? Email with your preferred email address to get set up.

Did you know you can use chat or email within your groups? Members of Sunday School classes or other groups can contact each other without necessarily knowing each other’s personal information. This is helpful when you may not have all your fellow member’s current contact information. It also helps people know who is contacting them because your information labels you. If you have ever been in a group chat and not recognized half the numbers in there, then you realize that can be an issue. So what can you do?

Upload your photo on your profile. Make sure information is correct.

Adding a profile picture lets people know who they are talking to and puts a face to the name. To do this, go to the top right corner of REALM where your name is and pull down to “My Profile.” It will open your profile page. Right beside your name is a circle, just click the pencil icon to edit. Follow the directions onscreen for how to add your photo. While you are on this page, look it over and be sure your email, phone numbers, and other info is correct. You can edit your information by click the button “Edit Profile” (on app, click pencil icon by each item).

Update your privacy settings.

Your settings determine who is able to see your personal information. We recommend “People in my groups” to allow those in your personal groups to communicate and connect. To do this, go to the top right corner of REALM where your name is and pull down to “Manage Privacy” (on profile screen for app – click pencil icon to edit). Select who can see your information. You may also customize so that different information has different levels of privacy

When to chat or make a news post?

A lot depends on the message you want to send.

Just to send something such as a prayer request, ask about a time, or give a friendly “hello,” use chat. As a general rule, chats happen at a faster pace and responses are quicker. They are usually brief. For most conversations between individuals, we are recommending people use the chat feature.

If it is a message to the whole group, a news post is the best tool. In REALM, you can post to the group’s newsfeed.

You can also look up a person’s individual email address on their profile, only if it is marked public. If they do not have their email listed, then you need to speak to that individual and ask for their address. The church cannot supply people’s personal email addresses without their permission. Emails do take time for people to open and read, so you may not get a response right away. However, these are usually more formal and have more details.

To Chat:

Select “Communications” in the left sidebar of REALM (or in your app menu) and click to expand the menu. You will see the categories: News, Inbox, Chat, and History. Select “Chat” and hit the plus button to create a new chat. (Hit the pencil/paper icon on the app.) You can chat a group or an individual. When you begin typing it should self-populate the name. Then just type your message and send like you would a text. Keep in mind, “Is this a message everybody needs to hear,” when sending a chat. For example, if you just want to send it to one person, just type in their name instead of messaging the entire group.

To Create a Post:

Select “Communications” on the left sidebar of REALM (or in your app menu) and click to expand the menu. You will see the categories: News, Inbox, Chat, and History. Select “News”  and you’ll see three options: “Post” (pencil), “Photo” (camera), and “Event” (calendar) – for group leaders only. Click “Post” and create your message. Click “Photo” to upload a picture, for example from a class event. Groups members may like or comment on these posts much like social media platforms, and they are visible to everyone in the group. You will only be able to post to small groups that you are a part of.

How do you make sure you get your messages?

Go to the top right corner of REALM where your name is and pull down to “Notification Settings.” (In the app, select “Settings” from your menu.) You may choose what you want to receive for each of your different groups. Select a group, and choose if you want to be notified for “all contact and all replies” or just “new content only.” You may also set up a “Daily Digest” to receive an email of any new content across all your groups. On the app, you can also set up push notifications specific to your particular phone’s instructions. Choose “Settings” and “Push Notification Settings.”


REALM has a user guide on the site itself. You can click the question mark icon in the top right corner to open the help site. You may also contact Laurie Hall with questions.


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Harpers in front of their home. Photo by: Morgan Preston

By Michelle Harper

At 12:54 a.m. on March 3, 2020, our lives were shaken in a way we’d never imagined they could be. With little advanced warning, an EF-3 tornado ripped through our subdivision and our community of Mt Juliet. A night we’ll never forget to say the least.

Jason and I woke up when the power went out. I heard the rain start. Then, I heard the wind pick up. I told Jason, “I think we need to get the kids and get to a safer spot.” As soon as I finished those words, windows began to shatter, debris came flying down our bonus room steps and into the master bedroom. We ran to the family room and woke our daughter Abbie Clair, who was sleeping on the couch. I remember it being so loud that I couldn’t hear myself screaming. Just as Abbie Clair was getting off the couch the side of our house blew out. We immediately headed to our son Will’s room. Thankfully his window was still intact. We stayed there until we knew the storm had passed and all had become quiet. Jason went outside to survey the damage and see if our neighbors were okay. I began sweeping up glass and debris so that we all could head to the master bedroom. The door to Abbie Clair’s room had flung shut with a metal rod sticking out, unable to open. Soon after, it began pouring rain and about 6-8 inches fell in a short period of time. Rain was flooding into our home even through the fixtures. The smoke detectors began blaring. In an effort to silence them, Jason managed to get a ladder from the garage and unplug all but two of them.

Waiting for daylight seemed like an eternity. We were huddled in our bedroom watching the news on my cell phone. Jason called and spoke to his parents who live very close by, thankfully they were okay. Once it became light outside, the utter devastation was apparent. Many homes sustained damage, some more severe than others. Other homes were a total loss. Our home had sustained severe damage, but we were alive and unhurt. I finally managed to open the door to our daughter’s room and tears flooded my eyes. I saw shrapnel and glass embedded in her walls. A fence post had come through her window knocking a hole in the wall. Both of our vehicles had windows blown out and heavy exterior damage. It was a war zone. Jason’s parents were unharmed, with lots of trees down but minimal damage to their house. Yet, we were all alive and unhurt. God protected our family. God protected our daughter who could have been seriously injured. God protected so many people in our subdivision and in our community.

The outpouring of love and support has been overwhelming. That Wednesday, my close friends, many of Jason’s coworkers from HCA, and several nurses/staff from Wilson County Schools came out to help us with the clean-up. Over 40 people came and packed up what was left of our home, cleaned up debris outside, boarded windows, and placed tarps on the roof. My sister’s friend informed us of a rental home not too far from ours. I went to look at it and immediately agreed this would be our temporary new home. She had told us that someone was supposed to sign a lease just days before and never showed. When all was packed, friends completely moved us into our new home. And the love and support continued. Multiple calls, texts, donations, prayers were upon us. Once more, God protected us, and He continues to provide.

In the days soon after, a friend shared with me “Lift Up Your Hands (When You Can’t)” by Mark Schultz. These words have sunk in and taken hold of my heart as we recover.

Well I know that your heart is past broken
And it feels like you got nothing left
And you can’t find your song cause you can’t even speak
You’re just trying to take the next breath
And you find yourself here in this moment
Where we have all gathered to praise
And though you wish that you did you’ve got nothing to give
It’s enough that you’re here anyway

So let me stand up and sing of His goodness
Let me lift up a song in your place
Cause I know that He’ll always be with us
Even when we can’t see His face
I’m gonna sing to the One who is faithful
Though the battle is not over yet
And I’ll be your voice till you’re able
And I’ll lift up your hands when you can’t

One day I’ll walk through the shadows
Too weary and worn out to stand
And I’m gonna need you beside me
To lift up this song once again

So let me stand up and sing of His goodness
Let me lift up a song in your place
Cause I know that He’ll always be with us
Even when we can’t see His face
I’m gonna sing to the One who is faithful
Though the battle is not over yet
And I’ll be your voice till you’re able
And I’ll lift up your hands when you can’t
When you can’t

Hallelujah, we’ll thank Him for all that He’s done
Hallelujah, we’ll thank Him for what’s yet to come
Hallelujah, we’ll thank Him for all that He’s done
Hallelujah, we’ll thank Him for what’s yet to come

I’m gonna stand up and shout Hallelujah
Though the battle is not over yet
And I’ll be your voice till you’re able
And I’ll lift up your hands when you can’t
Yes I’ll be your voice till you’re able
And I’ll lift up your hands when you can’t

Tribulations and clean-up will continue in the days and weeks ahead. Time and love will eventually heal and restore. Please pray for our neighbors, our community, for the students, and teachers of the two schools which were destroyed. We have much rebuilding to do, on the outside and inside our hearts. The one thing we hold steadfast to is GOD protected us and He will always love us. #MJStrong

Michelle Harper has been a member of Nashville First since 1983. She and her husband Jason attend the Open Door Sunday School Class. Their children Will and Abbie Clair are active in our children’s ministry.

Word from Pastor Frank, March 25 Wed, 25 Mar 2020 15:04:50 +0000 Dear Church Family,

So thankful that you are taking a moment to read this update from your pastor. I appointed a COVID-19 Communications Task Force to assist me in our communications strategy with our church during these days. Our plan is to communicate concisely with you what we know in a weekly format that will be helpful and brief at the same time. We will send an email on Wednesday, with a link to a Bible Study that I have prepared for our church during these days for you to use on Wednesday nights (or whenever convenient). I will also post a short video on Fridays with additional information. We will also do our best to keep you informed about upcoming Live Stream Worship Services and when to anticipate our ability to come together in worship in person.

Here’s What We Know Today, March 25, 2020

  1. The Honorable Mayor John Cooper has issued a “Safer at Home” Order for Nashville/Davidson County through Midnight, Monday April 6, 2020. Because of that, the church building is closed until Tuesday, April 7.
  2. We will provide a Live Stream Worship service on Sunday March 29 and Sunday April 5 in support of the Mayor’s “Safer at Home” Order. Our live stream can be viewed on our Facebook page (; our YouTube channel (; or the church web site ( )
  3. Our staff continues to be hard at work connecting with our church members, responding to various needs (church and community) that we are aware of, and praying for each of you during this time.
  4. There are a number of Sunday Morning Bible Study Groups from Nashville First Baptist Church that are holding virtual classes on-line. Please contact your Bible Study leader about how best to connect on-line with your group.

Our video for this Wednesday is on “Praying from Places of Pain” study of 2 Corinthians 1:3-11. Click here to view video. I have attached an outline of tonight’s Bible Study so that you can follow along easily. Click here to open the outline of tonight’s Bible Study.

This Sunday Morning at 10:30 a.m. we will gather all over the community for worship coming to you via Live Stream from Nashville First Baptist Church. We are going back to the Pre-Easter Sermon Series from John this week. I encourage you to read John 12:1-11 and be prepared for our sermon entitled “Something Is About to Happen”. As of Tuesday, over 1,900 views were made of last Sunday’s service!

Thank you so much for your faithful gifts during this time. As a reminder, members can always give through our website at or by mailing in your check. The church has added a new option for giving via text. To give money thru text, enter the amount followed by our code. For example, if you want to give $50, text the number 73256 with “NFBC BUDGET $50”. Make sure that you use all caps and include spaces. The amount can be changed to whatever amount the user wishes to give. After sending your first text, the user will be sent a link to complete their bank account information. Once your information is stored in the system, in the future you can just text your gift to 73256. Our hope is to give members another tool to help during this time.

Frank Lewis, Senior Pastor

Prayer Concerns: Fri, 20 Mar 2020 19:40:58 +0000

Prayer Concerns:

FRIDAY, MARCH 27, 2020


  • Myrtis Todd, home


  • Connie Winslett, Procedure

Recently Gone Home or in Rehab:

  • James Hargrave, home
  • Serrena Vaden, Life Care Center, Old Hickory
  • Kim Hester, home
  • Tiffany Widener, home
  • Mary Bostic, NHC Cool Spring
  • Norma Gabhart, home
  • Sharron Lyon, home

Active Military:

  • Sgt. Dustin Hendel, and wife Ashley, Air National Guard. 7016 Stone Run Dr., Nashville , TN 37211. He is the grandson of Susan Hendel

Our Seminary Student:

  • Kelly Moreland Jones, Central Baptist Theological Seminary

Our Missionaries:

  • Adney and Val Cross, Retired, Chattanooga,


  • Ben and Julia Wilson in the loss of his grandmother, Dorothy Waldrop. Arrangements are pending.


  • Jacob Mathis, son of Rick and Myra Mathis, married Hannah Hartig March 20 in Jackson, TN.
  • Caleb Stewart Neeko Smith, son of Daniel Smith and Amber Stamps, was born March 20. He is the grandson of Philip and Veronica and great-grandson of Harold and Julie Smith.

First Cares:

  • Bob Boyd, 116 Ravenwood Dr., Franklin, TN 37069
  • Tillman Brit, 1522 Wilson Pike Apt. 408, Brentwood, TN 37027
  • Pat Burkes, 2500 River Haven Dr. #50, Hoover, AL 35244


  • Mike Campbell, hip replacement
  • Friends and family throughout 
Middle Tennessee impacted by COVID-19 virus as well as still recovering form the tornado damage

Continuing Requests:

  • Allen Adcox, Somerfield
  • Glynn Clark, Alzheiner’s disease
  • Barbara Sharer’s sister, Donna Kidd, responding well to chemo to slow down development of MS 
  • Marilyn Johnson’s father, I.H. Wilmore, VA Community Life
    Center, Murfreesboro, TCU West B-146 
  • Sam and Barbara Sanders, health concerns
  • Nancy Ross, Parkinson’s disease
  • Fred and Glenda Turner’s
    grandson, Will Monger 
  • Lloyd Elder, leukemia and
    pulmonary fibrosis
  • Beverly Stringer, cancer

To request prayer, call 615-664-6000, or email us at

March 2020 Progress Photos Fri, 20 Mar 2020 18:15:16 +0000 Milestone: Tower Crane Removed

Continue work on: Electrical Rough-in, Completing framing, Fire Protection, and Brick.

Click through slideshow below.

Orientation: 1

Photos provided by R. C. Mathews from their monthly report give you a close up view of the progress.

A Word from Pastor Frank Regarding COVID-19 Building Closure Tue, 17 Mar 2020 22:24:19 +0000 Dear Church Family,

First of all, I’m reaching out to you with a word of hope and encouragement. None of us had any idea that a virus would stop us in our tracks the way COVID-19 has, but here we are experiencing a new reality that is impacting every single one of us. I am convinced that this is a moment unlike anything in our history as a global community, but nothing about it caught God off guard. Because that is true, it is also a moment for the church to be the church in ways we may have never tried, or even in ways we have forgotten. We need to be wise in the way we respond in this historic moment, but we do not need to give into fear or panic.

I am going to speak to the facts that we know as of today, Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

  1. Our President is encouraging a 15-Day window to “slow the spread of this virus” during which time he and his advisers have recommended that schools and non-essential businesses close their doors. Unnecessary travel is discouraged during this time. We are now intensifying the practice of social distancing and personal interaction.
  2. We have a significantly large number of “at risk” members. We have a large membership community that exceeds the number 50. We also have a level of influence that others watch. A pastor called me early this morning and asked how we were planning to respond, adding that what we did will influence other churches in our area. This only raises the significance of our need to set an exceptional example in moments like this.

For those two factual reasons, we have decided that it is best for us to close the building for fifteen business days which we will do effective Wednesday, March 18 – Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Deacon Chair Tom Clark and Trustee Chair Jimmy Hester have been a part of this decision and support it fully.

This does not mean the church is closed, for you are the church! This means that our building is closed to the public. We will gather for worship on Sundays, March 22 and March 29, all over the community as we worship via Livestream, I pre-recorded a message for last Sunday (March 15) with Gary Morgan, but on these two Sundays the message will be live from our Sanctuary. There will be music. There will also be a Children’s Sermon. Our Ministry Staff will be present to lead this service and we hope you will tune in and participate with your whole heart.

In addition, an intensive effort of Pastoral Care is being made by our Ministry Team to our church family. We are going to attempt to call you in the days ahead so that we can pray for you and check in with each person in our congregation in this critical time. During this time, there will not be hospital or senior living community visits made by members of our staff or other church volunteers. We are trying to flatten the curve and those visits only serve to expose larger numbers of people to a potential infection. There will be no meetings at the church during this time as well to further cut down on the possibility of infection.

But there will be new opportunities for us to experience God’s presence and discover something new of His care for each of us. I will be emailing you a regular update from your church as we walk through this journey together.

This is all for now, and as you know, this information is based on the best information available to us at this moment. It can change as our knowledge of this situation changes. If and when that happens, we will communicate clearly with you.

Today, pray for our nation’s leaders as we seek to combat this new threat to life and the liberty we so often take for granted. Pray that God will use this “time out” to draw us closer to Him. Pray for those who are ill. Pray for those who have already lost loved ones. Pray for each other. Finally, pray that God will bring about a spiritual awakening in our world as people come to grips with the frailty of human life and the uncertainty of those things we may have come to trust in more than God.

I pray that the Lord will bless and keep you in these days. ​

Dr. Frank R. Lewis

Senior Pastor