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Pastors Corner - Pastor Matt Keller


For What are you thankful?

Some categories of thankfulness:

1.Thankful for the Lord.- Psalm 118:1

“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures forever!”

2. Thankful for others- 1 Thessalonians 1:2

“We give thanks to God always for all of you, 

constantly mentioning you in our prayers”

3.Thankful for salvation- Psalm 18:48-49

“yes, you exalted me above those who rose against me;

you delivered me from the man of violence.

For this I will praise you, O LORD, among the nations,

and sing to your name.”

4.Thankful for our circumstances- 1 Thessalonians 5:18

“give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the 

will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”


I find it easier to be thankful for the first three. Yes, sometimes people are trying and frustrating, but overall there are a lot of people in my life I’m thankful for. I think I need to be more intentional about showing them I’m thankful. Maybe you do too? I think I need to be more intentional about being encouraging to the people the Lord has put into my life. Maybe you do too?

But let’s be honest the fourth category can often be the most difficult to live out. Sometimes our circumstances mean suffering, sometimes it means difficult people or situations. Are we honestly called to be thankful in all circumstances? The answer is clearly yes. 

How do you fight this battle to be thankful in all of these ways? Let’s be honest again, it’s difficult to be a thankful person. I believe intentional praying, speaking, and sharing what you are thankful for with others is a good starting point for becoming more thankful. It doesn’t mean you will be perfect, but it is a start.

1st Tidbits


Don't miss these events!

MOPS: January 26th @10:00 - 12:00 AM
January 29th:  Communion @ 10:30 AM service
Prayer Walk around the neighborhood from 3:00-4:00
Wall's Homegroup: Jan 29th, 5:00-7:00 PM 521 W. Jason St
Encounter Class Luncheon:  Tues, Feb 1 11:30-1:00 PM in the Troutt
Bring a side dish or dessert, Staff is providing drinks and chicken
Retreat: Students @ Circle 6 Dates: Feb 3-5 
SEBA Mtg: Feb 6 @ FBC Lovington Dinner@ 5:00 PM & Mtg @6:00 PM
Capitol Prayer Gathering: Feb 23 @6:30 in Roswell, NM or at FBC Sante Fe.  Free* registration is required. *Some limitations apply.

The prayer gathering intentionally focuses upon prayer for state and legislative leaders. No keynote personality will speak. Hosts, name readers and prayer leaders will read Scripture and lead in corporate prayer. While we unwaveringly practice and promote biblically founded convictions about many moral issues, in our prayer conversations with God, we ought to intercede for our leaders and state, as well.

Regular Connect Opportunities
Sunday AM Bible Study: 
9:00-10:15 AM Sunday mornings.  We have Bible Study for our children ages 0-5th Grade in the main building entrance. (Enter at the carport on the north side of the building).  The students in grades 8-12 meet in their Undergrounds worship center which is best accessed from the south side entrance to the main church building.  Finally, we have 2 adult Bible Studies to choose from.  Adult 4 Class in the 3-story educational building, (Big Ed Room on 1st floor), and the Encounter Class in the same building in the AP room.   Both classes are studying John 1-11. 

Sunday Mornings: is 10:30-11:45 AM; Join us in person or via livestream on any mobile device by going to youtube.com and search for “fbchobbs” or visit fbchobbs.org and select the media tab to watch previous services.  

Wednesday NightChildren, Underground Youth, Adults
We've made some changes to our Wednesday night activities; mealtime is now 5:30 - 6:00 & includes Students, Adults & Children on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  Bible Study starts at 6:00-7:00 PM each week.  Adults will be studying "What we believe about the Bible" with Part 1 focusing on "What the Bible claims to be" during the first 5 weeks.   Children have their own special program next to the Adults in the Troutt.  Students meet from 6:00 PM -7:30 PM each week in the Undergrounds.  Contact Carl Griffith @ (575) 993-4135 if interested.  

Friday: Music & CoMotion - Come join us starting at 10:00 AM each Friday! This is a fun time for parents of preschool children to connect and do activities that include, playing, singing, & crafts!  Music & CoMotion can be found by entering the building at the Northwest end of the building.  You will see the cars & just enter through the glass door and walk straight ahead to the last room on the right side of the hallway! 

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