Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Esther Class 1



Tonight we begin our study of the Book of Esther in the Old Testament. Tonight we also begin the entire Beyond Loaves and Fishes series of live stream Bible studies. This is learning experience for us all. Polish will come later, with experience. The material to be covered in this first half hour will be background material setting up our study of Esther. There are certain things that must be clear before we get into the details. Thanks to the early adventurers who signed on for this first night. There was a little excitement at the beginning as the power went off briefly as a storm was passing through. The internet connection was reestablished about 30 seconds before I went live. Thanks for coming. Hope to see you all again soon.

If you are seeing this here on the blog for the first time and would like to participate live, follow this link and subscribe at the J.S. Brooks YouTube platform: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Victory that Conquers the World



Sermon based on 1 John 5:1-6, in which the author is trying to quell the very real fears of Christians living through difficult times, where friends are hard to find, and truth seems uncertain, even fluid. Threats appeared everywhere and churches were starting to unravel. Sound familiar? The author takes a very simple, calming approach on how we might all respond ... and where to find the victory that conquers the world. It's uplifting and more than a little surprising. You are invited to watch.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Beyond Loaves & Fishes Livestream Bible Study Begins



Livestream Bible study: begins Tuesday, May 15, 2018, at 8 p.m. Each class will last one half hour. Enjoy this Bible study from your homes. Broadcast on YouTube at the J.S. Brooks page (pastor’s page). Esther will be our first book studied together. The emphasis will be on life application of biblical wisdom and a biblical storyteller’s approach to reading the text. 


If interested, several simple steps must be taken:

1. Go to YouTube and establish a free account.

2. Search for J.S. Brooks from your new YouTube home page.

3. On the site with a cartoon drawing of my face: 
click the Subscribe button and bell icon to the right. 

4. You will receive notification on your YouTube page of all upcoming Beyond Loaves and Fishes classes.

5. To join the class session, look on the left side of your home page, find Subscriptions (third item from top), click on that.

6. The upcoming livestream will be the first item listed. Click on that and you’ll be taken to the livestream class itself.

7. For additional details, including photos, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/04/live-stream-bible-study-starts-soon.html

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2018

Lansdowne Baptist Church is holding its much-loved pancake breakfast in Lansdowne, PA, on Memorial Day. Breakfast will be served from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Memorial Day, May 28, 2018.

The cost for the pancake breakfast is $7.00 per person for adults; $5.00 for children (12 & younger); and $20.00 for families of 5 or less (immediate family only). The food is fantastic and the funds raised go to a good cause.

The funds raised support our Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund, which provides two graduating high school students from the William Penn School District (and/or members of Lansdowne Baptist Church) who are heading off to college with scholarship money from LBC. This is one of the many ways we support are community.

Lansdowne Baptist Church is located at 17 East LaCrosse Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050.

Come hungry and enjoy the breakfast our terrific cooks create and help our local students.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Easy to Scatter



The sermon for Sunday, April 29, 2018, based on John 10:11-18, explores what it means that Jesus is our good shepherd. We see who we are as the flock and what we are intended to do in that capacity. Finally, we find out who the biblical writers considered "wolves" intent on preying upon and scattering the flock. We sheep are easy to scatter, but we don't have to! Come listen in. It's good news.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes Coming Soon


Beyond Loaves
& Fishes
Bible Study
Live Stream
Coming Soon


John 6: 25When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?” 26Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. 27Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.”

Here's where the live stream will take place: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJBSnyder/featured



Thursday, April 26, 2018

Live Stream Bible Study Starts Soon, Part 2

Rev. Jeff Snyder's experiments in live streaming have worked. All of the equipment performed properly and three people were able to watch, and two out of the three were able to comment (we'll figure that one out as we go). Everyone is invited to join us. The Bible studies will be at 8 p.m. and will last for a half hour each. One excellent feature of these studies is that once the live stream is finished, YouTube saves the session and it can be shared for later viewing by those who could not attend the class.

If you are interested, here's what must be done. None of it is particularly difficult, but if it is new to you, it might seem a little strange. If you don't have one, you'll need to establish a YouTube account. They are free. Just go to the YouTube site and follow the set up instructions. Once you have your account, you'll open up in your YouTube home page. It will look about like this:


At the top of the Home page you'll see the YouTube search box (not the address box at the very top but the one labeled search below that). Type J.S. Brooks in the search box and go. Several J.S. Brooks sites will show up. You want the one with the cartoon drawing of my face, done a few years back. It looks like:
 

To the right of the picture and name, you'll see a red Subscribe rectangle and a bell. Click on both of those. At that point, you'll be subscribed to my page, where all the Bible study live streams will originate.

I will prepare for the live stream, create some information about what to expect that night, and set a reminder that will share the day and time with you since you have clicked on the bell icon. You'll receive notification on the bell symbol near the top right of your home page and will know when to show up for class on your computer, remaining in the comfort of your own home, sipping tea or coffee and wearing slippers if you please.

To get to the live stream, look on the left side of your home page. There you will see subscriptions listed as the third item from the top. Click on that, and you'll see something very similar to this.

Close up
The live stream is that first listing, above the last sermon I processed for release. The one you see listed here is the second and final test of the equipment. Click on that. You will be taken to this screen. This is where the live stream will happen. You'll see Rev. Snyder in place of the flowers. You will be able to comment off to the right during the class session, which is how you'll be able to interact with me and with each other.


The experiments were fun, especially when there were several of us all interacting. I expect the classes to be lively as well. I hope to see you there. After I work out the mechanics, set up my background, and see how many folks subscribe, we'll set a day and begin. 

Spring Arrives in Lansdowne

We are celebrating the warming days, the beautiful flowers, the budding and flowering trees, the awakening grass ... 

It reminds us of the Song of Solomon 2:11-12: 

For now the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. 

Well, since this is a different climate, we'll say hopefully the snow is over and gone. Rain: that's another matter here in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Of course, we are right across the street from the Dollar Tree, so some unusual items sometimes end up in our yard. We don't mind nifty ones like these whirligigs. Whimsy and surprise are welcome. And if some child wants them, and it will brighten that child's day, by all means take those little whirligigs! 



Wishing you all a blessed day.  

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Dominion





Sermon for Earth Day 2018 based on Genesis 1:27-31. An exploration is made into what it means for humanity to have been given dominion in creation. Explore our place in creation while listening and discover what microclimates we may care for in daily life.

Below is the first Earth Rise as seen by Apollo 8 while orbiting the moon, courtesy of NASA.
Earthrise

Moon crosses the face of the Earth, courtesy of NASA/NOAA
moon's far side overlapping the Earth

Friday, April 20, 2018

Easter Bouquets and Earth Day

While looking at the beautiful flowers adorning the sanctuary for Easter, it was easy to remember who created everything and gifted us as stewards of that loving creativity. May you find this Earth Day and every day an opportunity to help the rest of God's creation flourish. Plant trees and flowers, pick up trash, recycle all you can, walk lightly on the face of the earth. God gave us the minds and talents to do just that.

Further, take some time to get out and admire the natural world up close. Marvel in all that God has done. Also, remember that God deems all of creation, including all of us, to be very good indeed.

Join us Sunday, April 22, 2018, for our Earth Day reflection during the Sunday service. You will be most welcome.