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Published by: First Baptist Church Naples on Jul 16, 2014
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God’s I.D.
My family and I were recently the victims of identity theft, with someone somehow getting my bank pin number and purchasing a number of items. TA Superstore rejected their
online attempts three times; then nally fell into the trap.
Fortunately, Janet went online the very morning we were to drive to North Carolina for a wedding and discovered what had happened. The bank and the companies were very cooperative. Tragically, identity theft is one of the most
rapidly growing crimes sweeping America, as criminals are nding creative ways to rip-off basic biographical or nancial information about people. A 31-
year old Chicago woman’s purse was stolen earlier in the year and with it three vehicles were purchased by thieves assuming her identity. When she received a card thanking her for buying a car she had never purchased, she knew what had happened.  Amazingly, people have the nerve to distort the identity of Holy God. Though they cannot gain anything by such sin, the contagious distortion of the true and living Lord defames His Name and dilutes our message. This is one good reason why we are offering our new, summer mid-week adult Bible Study, “
The Power of God’s Names
,” based on Tony Evans’ new book and lm series. Dr.
Evans is one of America’s best known preachers and is President of the Urban
 Alternative and pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas. He realized that
God’s Names allow us to know Him, worship Him, and be able to pray to Him.  As Tony said, “Today if you say Hitler or Benedict Arnold, those are negative names; if you used names of positive people, such as Bill Gates, you’re going to think about money” (instead of evil and betrayal). God is exalted by His “Great
Name” (Malachi 1:11).
On Wednesday, we will follow the same format as we have done earlier this
summer concerning the David Jeremiah study on fear. Even if you were not involved in the previous series, please join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Worship
Center. You will be warmly welcomed at a table, particularly if there are empty seats! I am always blessed by the sweet spirit, the lively dialogue, as well as the recorded, nationally-known teacher and relevant insights from our own staff.
We began with the rst study this past Wednesday, but you can jump in anytime
even if you have been away on vacation.
God revealed His name rst to Moses as Jehovah (Yahweh) but also at other
times in other places to other people by adding a compound form. For instance, as Jehovah-Shalom, He reminds us that He is to be known as “the Lord Who
is our Peace.” In the New Testament, the Lord Jesus identied Himself as “the
great I Am,” in continuity with the Old Testament revelation of Jehovah. May this “Great King” and His “Name” not only be “feared among the nations” but also in
Naples (Malachi 1:14).
 Churchwide Dr. Hayes Wicker, Senior Pastor 
There is a guest reception in the Commons following the Saturday night and Sunday morning worship services. Pastor would love to meet you!
 Guest Reception Student Ministry College/Career Single Adults
High School Camp
July 27-31 at Clearwater Christian College
Choose your own mission adventure. All current 8th grade
through 12th grade students are eligible to attend and cost is $250. You can sign-up immediately at hsmfbcn.com or return a registration envelope to the Student Ministry Ofce with your deposit of $50. For more details, call Josh Jones at 449-4480 or email jjones@fbcn.org.
Summer Adult Bible Study
“Overcoming Our Fears,Understanding God’s Names”
Every Wednesday at 6:30pmin the Worship Center 
Workbooks are available in theLighthouse Bookstore for $13.00 each.
Big Daddy Weave Concert at FBCN
Witness the majesty and glory of God’s names. In biblical times, names communicated a person’s essence...his/her history, nature, or character. That’s why God revealed Himself by dozens of different names in Scripture. No single name could convey the fullness of His character and works. Learn the meanings of God’s names to know Him more fully and experience Him more deeply.
Fifth Grade Summer Camp
July 28 - August 1
This is an awesome opportunity to have your child experience a life-changing summer. Winshape is a day
camp designed for students. We are asking our 5th grade students to sign-up to attend the week of July 28-August 1.
For more information, feel free to visit www.winshape.org/camps/. If you have any questions, please contact our Fifth
Grade Director, Jason Dean, at jdean@fbalions.org.
C2 Summer Softball
Every Monday at 6:30pm on the Softball Field
College/Career 20-somethings...join us every Monday night.
 All levels of skill are welcome. Come rain or shine, as we make alternate plans if it is raining. For more information,
email tellyandalisha@gmail.com.
New Believers in Christ Missions MinistryFirst Baptist Academy Help Wanted
First Baptist Academy
Substitute Teachers are Needed
If you are interested in applying, go to www.fbalions.org to complete an application. For questions or further information,
email Cindy at ccase@fbcn.org or call her at 596-8600 x256.
Vietnam Mission Trip
On the Field Through August 2
Our own Vietnamese Church Pastor, Jimmy Nguyen, returned to Vietnam to teach and train pastors. Please be praying for him.
Nigeria Mission Trip
On the Field Through August 5
Our own Associate Pastor of Missions, Dr. David Heath, went to work with the people of the Dukawa, C’Lela, Fakai, and Reshe
languages in NW Nigeria. Please be praying for him.
Foundations 101Bible & Life Group for New Believers
Begins Saturday, August 16 at 7:30pm in DC112
This class is for new believers and anyone who is interested in learning the basic principles and truths of the Christian
faith. It will begin on Saturday, August 16 and run through November 29. If you know someone who is a new believer,
please tell him/her about this class. For more information,
please call Lou at 596-8600 x258.
School Supplies Needed
Donations Accepted until July 27
The Backyard Bible Club is going to the Immokalee  Apartments to deliver school supplies to needy children.
Donations may be delivered to the collection bins in the Commons and by Kidztown (DC120). Supplies needed are
backpacks, notebooks, pencils, paper, washable markers, crayons, scissors, glue, rulers, and highlighters.
Operation Christmas Child - Christmas in July
At the Missions Kiosk in the Commons
Please be sure to stop by the Missions Kiosk after service to pick-up your shopping bag and shopping list for your Operation Christmas Child shoe box this year. The campaign
runs church-wide October 11-November 16. Help provide
simple gifts and the gospel of Jesus to hurting children around the world.
Helps Outreach Food Drive
August 23 & 24
The weekend of August 16 & 17, be sure to pick-up your
grocery bag at the Worship Center doors for the Helps
Outreach Food Drive that will take place the following weekend (August 23 & 24). This is being sponsored by the
Ken Hess Bible and Life Group. Canned foods, dry foods, and non-perishable foods are all needed to help feed the less fortunate in our own community.
Big Daddy Weave Concert
Thursday, October 9 at 7:00pm
“The Beautiful Offerings Tour” 
We’re excited to host the Big Daddy Weave Concert (with Chris August and Group1Crew) on Thursday, October 9 at 7:00pm in the Worship Center. Tickets
are available now exclusively at chosentickets.com
(VIP: $28 and general admission: $18) through this weekend (prices increase this Monday, July 21).
 Bible & Life Group EMPACT Leaders
All EMPACT Leaders Meeting
Sunday, August 17 5:00-6:30pmFellowship Recreation Gym
It is very important that all adult BLG EMPACT leaders attend this meeting. We will have pizza and drinks. So if you serve as Evangelism Leader, Missions Leader, Prayer Leader, Assimilation Leader, Community Leader, Teacher, or Class Administrator, please mark your calendar now.

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