Thursday, April 2, 2020

Do Not Be Afraid




Jesus tells us this about our fear in Luke 12 (NIV): 

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Children of Light



The Sunday service held on Facebook Live on March 22, 2020, based on Ephesians 5:8-14. What are we as children of light supposed to do in the world, particularly in a time of crisis? Come and watch. All are welcome.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Spring Has a Story to Tell Us

John 1:1-5: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being 4in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.
5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

The world all around us, even in the midst of crisis, awakens and speaks to us these truths. 





Thursday, March 26, 2020

Lenten Live Stream: Week 3, March 24, 2020



We are going to explore Jesus as a miracle worker this week and see what that means for us this Lenten season when so much has been tossed up in the air by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Here's a Link to Today's Worship Service via Facebook Live 3/22/2020

Pastor's perspective for Facebook Live worship.
Note to pastors, if you don't give the service a title, you don't get to live-stream!
Follow this link to see the recorded worship service of Sunday, March 22, 2020, in the age of the pandemic. I hope this gives you some comfort and you'll join us again next Sunday. Strong message of hope and support. We even have an old favorite hymn.
https://www.facebook.com/LansdowneBaptistChurch/videos/691165211639317/

Don't Live in Fear

Romans 8:15-16 reads: 15For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received a spirit of adoption. When we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16it is that very Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God...

I want to add an observation to this from scholar Eileen R. Campbell-Reed from an article she wrote in Christian Century. "The Gospel of John tells us Jesus inspired a crowd of 5,000 to pull bread and fish from their cloaks and baskets and share food with everyone. People called it a miracle." God provides us with a sacred abundance that will see us through even this pandemic. What do you suppose we as individuals and as a congregation have up our collective sleeves? Remember too, when God provided manna to the his children in the wilderness, it would only last a day (it also came every day) and anyone panicky enough to hoard manna found it rotting the next morning. If we don't succumb to panic and don't hoard, there will be enough for everyone. 

Thanks for Prof. Campbell-Reed for the good thought! Thanks to Paul for the ever relevant letters! 

Have a blessed day.
God has placed sources of joy all around us

Please share this message with your friends!
~Rev. Jeff Snyder

Rest Assured: God Has Plans for Us

Jeremiah 29 reminds us God has big plans for us: 11For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, 14I will let you find me, says the Lord ...


God has not abandoned us. God is not smiting us. this isn't caused by some tv preacher's hot button issue of the day that god's heated up about. god didn't send us jesus out of anger, but out of love for all humanity. spend some time in prayer today, walk with god, and be assured. i'm praying for you too. 

~Rev. jeff snyder 

Facebook Live Church Today

In these days of social distancing and gatherings no larger than ten, Sunday, March 22, 2020, at 11 a.m., Lansdowne Baptist Church will meet virtually via Facebook Live for a short Sunday morning service during Lent. You will find a link to our Facebook page in the left hand column with information about our church. Imagine, worshiping with your coffee, robe and slippers is you like! God is good! 

Remember also, you are never truly alone. God is with you always. God has plans for you, as Jeremiah 29 reminds us: 11For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. 12Then when you call upon me and come and pray to me, I will hear you. 13When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, 14I will let you find me, says the Lord

We hope to see you there! 

Peace, 

Pastor Jeff Snyder




Friday, March 20, 2020

American Baptist Leaders Calling for Prayer

Members of the National Executive Council and Regional Executive Ministers Council are calling for 21 days of prayer beginning March 21 to April 11, 2020. See it here: https://www.abc-usa.org/2020/03/american-baptist-leaders-issue-call-to-prayer/?fbclid=IwAR2UxgMA-ui8TsPwQO0SlC4TkphieNwyZJBodylappyEv5FJStJp_hboI4s


COVID-19 Information Resources for Pastors and Congregations

American Baptist Churches USA has collected some valuable resources for use by ministers and their congregations in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Immersing ourselves in fact is one way to avoid fear, and certainly a way to avoid misinformation, allowing us to follow the instruction in Ephesians 5:5: Let no one deceive you with empty words. See: https://www.abc-usa.org/coronavirus/

May we all stand on our faith in God. May God be our rock in times of trouble, our firm foundation in the storm.