Thursday, September 20, 2018

Standing With All Who Suffer


The congregation of Lansdowne Baptist Church stands with and prays for all who struggle today with disasters, natural and human-made. We pray that God will bless and keep you, that you will see the hand of God in action in all who seek to serve and rescue you from whatever has befallen you. We stand by you and grieve with you. We will do our best to offer help as prayer completed is prayer in action.

Peace be with you all. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Walking Prayer at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 2 p.m., members and friends of Lansdowne Baptist Church went on a walking prayer at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia. It was wonderful to get out on a startlingly beautiful day and be quiet in God's creation. As usual, once we became still, all the wildlife around became apparent to us. It is amazing what we overlook in our hurried lives.

Our next walking prayer will be on Sunday, October 14, 2018. We meet in the church parking lot at 1:30 p.m. and travel over together. It takes roughly fifteen minutes to get to our beautiful destination. All who wish to encounter God through the natural world are welcome to join us. 

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 8




We continued with our live stream Bible study on Tuesday, September 18, at 8 p.m. We continued our study of Matthew, chapters 8 through 12. God bless you and keep you until we meet again. Peace! Rev. Jeff Snyder

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Beyond Loaves & Fishes Returns 9/18/18

We will take a short break from our Bible study this week, September 11, 2018. The pastor has a conflicting meeting this evening.

Take a moment of silence to remember the events of 9/11/01. Take a moment to pray for all those who were impacted by those terrible events. Also, take some time to pray for all those who are evacuating in advance of Hurricane Florence, which is headed toward the Carolinas. Pray also that those who choose to ride out the storm might have a change of heart before it is too late.

We will return to our Bible study of Matthew next Tuesday, September 18, 2018, at 8 p.m. I look forward to seeing you all next Tuesday. God be with you until then. Peace! 

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

God's Gracious Gifts



Sunday, September 9, 2018, sermon based on Matthew 25:14-27. Jesus' disciples were anxious to know when he would return in glory. That Jesus was not going to tell them. Instead he told them a parable (story) on how to behave until he returned. The instruction offered in this story remains as valuable to Christ followers and all who are interested in following Christ as it ever was. Take a listen.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 7



We were working our way through chapters 8 through 12 tonight. We see how Jesus changed outsiders to insiders through a variety of compassionate and healing acts for everyone from demoniacs to the servant of a centurion. Different people took these miracles differently, some awed and others irate. Come and see.

We have some work to do on lighting. This is a work in progress. Bear with us.


Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Lost and Found



Sunday, September 2, 2018, sermon based on Luke 15:1-7, beginning a September parable sermon series. In today's sermon, Jesus answers the grumbling of the Pharisees and scribes about who Jesus chooses to dine and associate with by providing the parable of the lost sheep. God is represented as a loving shepherd who seeks out one lost sheep of 100. We are the sheep in this story. Listen in and discover just how much God wants to find every single lost human being and what happens when a single lost person is recovered. It is good news.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Friday, August 31, 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2018, Return to Fall Schedule

On Sunday, September 9, 2018, Lansdowne Baptist Church returns to our fall schedule. Sunday school starts up again at 9:45 a.m. in the education wing. Worship service in the sanctuary returns to 11 a.m. Make a note so you won't be early to the sanctuary. I encourage everyone to join our morning Sunday school classes. It is a great way to stretch your knowledge and enrich your journey of discipleship as a Christ follower.

See you all then! 

End of Summer Bash 2018

Water balloon toss

Setting up for the fun
Saturday, August 25, Lansdowne Baptist congregants put on our party hats and celebrated the end of the summer with our children, their parents, grandparents, and our neighborhood kids. It was a great time. There were lots of games, food, giant bubbles to pop, and a bounce house that drew kids in from far and wide. It was a terrific event planned and operated by Lansdowne Baptist volunteers. Volunteers are vital to an active church, using all their God-given talents to create lively events we all enjoy. Thanks to everybody who made the day special. Thanks also for being so welcoming to the pastor & his wife's 15-year-old beagle Daisy, who enjoyed sniffing around the buildings and grounds, recieving lots of love from the kids, giving it back ... and getting a dropped crumb or two here and there. School supplies were provided for all the school age kids, while goodie bags with treats were given to the younger set.
Ring toss...several of us grown up kids had to try our luck! 

Jacks!

We thank God for a wonderful day and were glad to share our joy with our community. We look forward to seeing you all again next year. Have a safe, happy, and enlightening school year, kids.
Giant bubbles!

Daisy gets to know our youngest family member

Daisy apparently has personal space
issues
Gotcha bubble!
We had school supplies left over to give away
on Sunday.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 6



My wife and I are back from vacation and it is time to pick up the Bible study again. We continue our study of the book of Matthew. We are picking up where we left off in chapter 6 on August 14. We made it through Chapters 6 and 7 tonight. Have a look.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Does This Offend You?



The sermon for Sunday, August 26, 2018, based on John 6:56-69. This was a hard teaching from Jesus that caused many followers to fall away. The request, if taken literally, was quite shocking. When understood correctly, the message was far more challenging and required a great deal of work from any disciple willing to accept the challenge. Jesus offers us all this same challenge and hopes we will accept. All that hard work leads to real blessings, IF we are willing to trust Jesus and follow. Listen and decide for yourself. Will you take up Jesus' challenge today and follow into a life of joyous if challenging discipleship?

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 5



Tuesday, August 14, 2018, we headed into Chapters 5-7 of the book of Matthew. We plunge into the Sermon on the Mount and much more. Come and see. And, if you are a first time visitor, subscribe and follow us live. We welcome you!

Beyond Loaves & Fishes Returns Tonight

Tonight, Tuesday, August 14, 2018, we return to our live stream Bible study of the book of Matthew. We are working our way into the Sermon on the Mount tonight, with all the surprising people who are blessed, who is salt and light, and all the rest. Join us. All are welcome. Truly, the more, the merrier.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Bread of Life: Jesus' Gift



Sermon based on John 6:35, 41-51: Jesus offers humanity a beautiful gift, what he calls the bread of life. What is this gift? How does one get it? What strings are attached? Who can get it and who can't? Learn all this and more. All are welcome. Come listen.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Friday, August 10, 2018

National Night Out 2018 Success

Join us next year. You all are invited!

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, Lansdowne Baptist Church volunteers put together and operated our booth at the National Night Out in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. We gave away cold water and candy, along with children’s activity books and fliers. Information about our church was shared, stories were told, and, yes, once again, large bubbles were blown. Children were drawn from across the parking lot to pop those big bubbles and blow their own. When they arrived, parents or grandparents in tow, those activity books for the kids and fliers for the adults were given out. One of our volunteers brought a stereo and took those fliers and activity books all across the grounds, speaking with people about Lansdowne Baptist and giving away those materials. By the end of the night, nearly all fifty activity books and many fliers were gone. Thanks to all our talented volunteers. Without the active work and God-given talents of all our volunteers, this night of evangelistic outreach would not have happened. Thanks to everyone who made the night a success. 

Fliers, activity books, information & candy ...
a warm welcome for all.
We used four straws and two strings to
blow large bubbles. Easy peasy.

Phillie Phanatic
Along with food and music, a colorful surprise guest showed up, the Phillie Phanatic. A good time was had by all and Lansdowne Baptist congregants had the privilege of meeting so many of our wonderful neighbors. 

Friday, August 3, 2018

LBC at National Night Out: Tuesday, August 7, 2018

See you there! 
Lansdowne Baptist Church will once again be attending the National Night Out in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. It is always a joy to meet everyone from the neighborhood who comes to celebrate with us. We look forward to seeing each and every one of you there. Come by and say hello. I believe we will also have large bubbles for the kids to blow.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 4



On Tuesday evening, July 31, 2018, at 8 p.m. we explored the temptation of Christ in the wilderness in Chapter 4 of Matthew and began studying The Sermon on the Mount in Chapter 5. Watch and subscribe at the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel so you can participate on the next live stream.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Join Us Tonight: Beyond Loaves and Fishes Live Stream: Matthew Chapter 4

Tonight, Tuesday, July 31, 2018, we are beginning week four of our study of the book of Matthew. We are heading into chapter 4, the temptation of Jesus. Come and see what the devil has in store for the brand new messiah about to begin his ministry, after his baptism by John the Baptist.

Of course, you can catch up on the first three half hour sessions, either on the Lansdowne Baptist Church blogspot: lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com or on the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel with the cartoon image of Rev. Jeff Snyder's face: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJBSnyder

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html


Cover Up: Heed the Warning



This sermon, based on 2 Samuel 11:1-5, offers up a cautionary tale of a king, the temptation of "forbidden fruit," his fall from grace, and how much worse things become when he tries to hide his sin. Let this be a lesson for us all.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 3



Due to a massive thunderstorm and resultant power failure, we were not able to live stream on June 3, 2018, at 8 p.m. Power did not return until midnight. So, we picked up on Tuesday, June 24, 2018, after I have a little family time.

We have been through the first two chapters. Joseph has been told by an angelic messenger that he will accept Mary as his wife, Mary remains faithful, the baby is of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is born, visited by wise Gentiles from the East, surprising the paranoid King Herod, surprising his religious experts. Herod seeks to kill Jesus as potential rival for this throne (Herod's bad habit). An angelic messenger tells Joseph to pack his family off to Egypt and stay until Herod's death, placing the new family in the plight of many refugees fleeing violence at home. What's next? Come ans see.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

God Moves



The sermon for Sunday, July 22, 2018, is based on 2 Samuel 7:1-7, in which King David, now king of a united Israel, feels it inappropriate for him to live in a beautiful palace of cedar and stone while God's ark remains out in a tent. He decides to build a magnificent temple to house the ark and honor God. Mentioning this to his prophet Nathan (who we meet for the first time), Nathan agrees. God feels differently. God feels both David and Nathan are mistaken. God moves, will not be contained in one place, and refuses David's temple. See what David's and Nathan's mistakes meant for them and what we can learn from them today. See what God promised to David and what God promises to us all.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: On Vacation & Invitation



I have been away on vacation with my wife, visiting family and friends. God graced us with a chance to recharge and return. Now, here is an open invitation to join in the community building and Bible study that is Beyond Loaves and Fishes. If you want to join our live stream Bible study community and participate in the Tuesday evening, 8 p.m. study, go to the following address and hit subscribe. It is quick and easy. You may have to open a YouTube account of your own, but that too is quick and easy ... and free. See you soon: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJBSnyder

If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Spider-Man: Matters of Heart: July 1, 2018



Sermon based on Luke 10:30-35, ending our summer superheroes series with Spider-Man. We focus on matters of the heart, whether we will have hearts cruel, calloused, or compassionate. It impacts everything we do and say. It influences the world around us and everyone we interact with. Watch and discover how.

Word of warning: we were located in our air conditioned office wing during our heat wave, which is a tighter space. While you'll hear the sermon entirely, the picture will move wildly as the camera person had to move from one location to another for late arrivals that morning.

Invitation: Join us for our new endeavor and in the new live stream community and Bible study we are creating. It is called Beyond Loaves and Fishes. Here's how to find it and participate in the half hour long Bible studies from the comfort of home.  To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event tonight, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Further, if you like what you hear in this sermon or if the Bible study intrigues you, drop by Sunday morning if you are close to Lansdowne, PA, and join us for worship. All are welcome. See this blog site for hours.

Beyond Loaves & Fishes: Matthew Week 3 Tonight, Tuesday, July 3, 2018

We have been through the first two chapters. Joseph has been told by an angelic messenger that he will accept Mary as his wife, Mary remains faithful, the baby is of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is born, visited by wise Gentiles from the East, surprising the paranoid King Herod, surprising his religious experts. Herod seeks to kill Jesus as potential rival for this throne (Herod's bad habit). An angelic messenger tells Joseph to pack his family off to Egypt and stay until Herod's death, placing the new family in the plight of many refugees fleeing violence at home. What's next? Come ans see.

To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event tonight, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

If you like what you see here and you're anywhere near Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, stop on by Sunday morning and worship with us. You'll be most welcome. 

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 2



We have now moved beyond the introductory material concerning the Gospel According to Matthew. This week we begin to study the book of Matthew in earnest. We will begin with the lineage of Jesus in Chapter 1. We'll see exactly why this lineage was important to the people of Israel back in the day and why it remains important to us. Come ans see.

To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event tonight, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

If you like what you see here and you're anywhere near Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, stop on by Sunday morning and worship with us. You'll be most welcome. 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Beyond Loaves & Fishes: Live Stream Bible Study Tonight, 6/26/18, 8 p.m.

Tonight at 8 p.m. we ride again. The live stream Bible study continues. We have completed the book of Esther (all on the J.S. Brooks channel if you wish to catch up: 2 1/2 hours covers the entire book of Esther) and have now moved on to Matthew. Last week we explored some of the details about the Gospel According to Matthew's creation and the author's intention. Tonight we plunge into the first chapter (and no, I will not be reading the lineage for you).

To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event tonight, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Iron Man & God's Armor



Sermon from June 24, 2018, based on Ephesians 6:10-17, comparing Tony Stark's Iron Man suit of armor with the whole armor of God. Super heroes provide a wonderful illustration for biblical points. This sermon explores how best to use the various attributes of God's armor. It allows us to help ourselves and others facing adversity, including the ongoing separation of parents from their children along the US southern border and all the issues associated with this practice.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Esther Week 5, Matthew Week 1



I spend a few minutes prior to the beginning of the live stream describing what we are all about here at Beyond Loaves and Fishes. I'm inviting everyone to subscribe on the J.S. Brooks channel to participate in the live stream directly and hoping people will share this small but growing community with their friends. 

We will now conclude the book of Esther. There are a few final questions we need to consider. Then we will move on to our next book to study, the Gospel According to Matthew. That book will take considerably longer than this one. I look forward to seeing you there.

To join us live on Tuesday nights, and all are welcome to do so, please follow the simple directions on the following post: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Live Stream Bible Study: 8 p.m. Tonight

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 8 p.m. our live stream Bible study Beyond Loaves and Fishes finishes with the book of Esther and moves on the the Gospel According to Matthew. All are welcome.

To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event tonight, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Would You, Could You



Using 2 Corinthians 5:17-20, Ezekiel 37:1-11, and Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs and Ham, this sermon explored what new things Christians are called to do. It also explored how, at times, we Christians are called to speak out like Ezekiel, Paul, and Sam-I-am, being persistent for what is right in the face of strong opposition. Watch and see if God challenges you.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day 2018

Happy Father's Day to all the good dads out there: the dads of the many sleepless nights, the dads loving and worrying about children and spouses and working hard to teach all the good and godly lessons of life to the best of their abilities. 

As Psalm 103 remarks: 13As a father has compassion for his children, so the Lord has compassion for those who fear him.

Fear reads awe here. 

Here's to all who have played the role of father for others in need, especially those with no relation to the person so guided. 

Wishing you all God's blessings for the day. 

If you're in the area, come worship with us at Lansdowne Baptist this Father's Day or any Sunday. 

Important Letter from ABC USA General Secretary 2018


AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES USA
___________________________________



June 15, 2018

Mr. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear Attorney General Sessions,

I am writing to you today on behalf of the 5,000 congregations and 1.3 million members of the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA). As General Secretary, I serve as the national pastor of the denomination. ABCUSA has a long and distinguished record of service in welcoming immigrants and refugees to communities throughout the United States.

The American Baptist family would like to communicate our deep concern over the unjust immigration policies of the United States government, and in particular, the unconscionable separation of children from their parents on our southern border. As a fellowship of Christ-followers who recall the trials of the child Jesus and his parents, who fled from persecution in their homeland to another country (Matthew 2:13-18), we adamantly oppose separating children from their relatives. A just society can fulfill its fidelity to its own laws and border security without resorting to such unwise and harmful practices; instead, we urge that compassion, fairness and family-affirming policies characterize our response to the plight of families on our borders. We note that destructive practices such as the separation of children from parents place a serious burden on our law enforcement agents and officials, who in carrying out such policies find their own consciences ethically compromised and troubled.

Furthermore, we strongly disagree with your erroneous appropriation of the New Testament (in particular, Romans 13) to justify inhumane and unjust governmental actions. No responsible Christian theologian would assert that Romans 13, or any other passage in the Bible, supports the horrific separation of children from parents that we are witnessing at the present time. In fact, both the Old and New Testaments call those who believe in God to welcome refugees and immigrants with open arms and friendship, with loving care and concern, and with the willingness to assist others in enjoying the prospects of a future based on hope and opportunity.

Accordingly, American Baptists wish to express our sincere hope that the separation of children and parents will immediately cease. We urge Congress and the President to approve and implement without delay more compassionate and just immigration policies and procedures. As the leading law enforcement official of our government, it is your privilege and responsibility to lead such an effort. Thank you for considering our position.

Sincerely,

 Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, General Secretary
 American Baptist Churches USA

Friday, June 15, 2018

Memorial Day Pancake Breakfast 2018 Successful



Serving our community is always wonderful

Patriotic decor ...
Thank you to all the volunteers (our chefs, our greeters, our servers, our advertisers, those who set up and those who took down and cleaned up) who made our delicious pancake breakfast happen. Thank you to the community who generously showed up, contributing to our Aaron Royal Scholarship Fund. It was an enjoyable time of community fellowship, and a delicious one as well.
So glad you came!

Ready to go ...
Greeters! 
Chefs!

There's joy in serving others ...

Summer Hours Coming to LBC Sunday June 24, 2018


It is time to change over to our summer hours after Father's Day, on Sunday morning, June 24, 2018. Sunday school will go on summer vacation. Sunday morning worship will start at 10 a.m. instead of 11 a.m. We look forward to seeing you then.

If you haven't come to worship with us before, consider yourself invited. All are welcome.


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Esther Week 4




Once again we left off with a cliff hanger ending. Haman is building a giant gallows to end Mordecai's life. Queen Esther has held one feast for the king and Haman and has invited them to a second, which has puffed up Haman's ego something awful. What will happen when Esther reveals the truth behind who she is and what she intends to accomplish? Watch now and find out. If you like what you see here, hit the Subscribe button at the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel and join us live.

To join us live for the Tuesday night live streams, and all are welcome, please follow this link to the simple directions: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Black Widow: About Sin



With one exception, in June 2018, we are using superheroes and Scripture together to approach broad truths. In this sermon, we combine Acts 26:9-15 (Paul's Damascus Road conversion story) with the comic book story of Black Widow. Through this we learn of sin, forgiveness, and obligation. Come along and discover the vital connection.


Friday, June 8, 2018

Suicide Prevention Update: Help is Waiting



The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports a sharp rise in suicide rates in the United States between 1999 and 2016. The recent tragic losses of public figures, including Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, emphasize the point.  

Here are some resources to help anyone struggling with the urge to end their lives. To anyone struggling with the desire to end your life, know that you are loved more than you know, you are a beautiful and unique child of God, and we want you to stay.   

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number is: 1-800-273-8255 

If you do not wish to speak with someone directly, but want to text, try: https://www.crisistextline.org/suicide

If you have served, or are serving, in the Armed Forces, call the Safe Helpline at 877-995-5247 or get various forms of online help at: https://safehelpline.org/how-to-get-help

You may also speak with someone you trust, a family member, friend, clergy, psychologist, whomever. Delay the urge to end your life. Again, you are a person of value, a beloved child of God. People love you more than you know, especially at this dark and dangerous moment. God bless you. 

Also know that not everyone is willing or able to call a hotline number or text someone. We also need to equip ourselves to help, recognizing signs, and offering assistance. It's what Christ's disciples do.

If you wish to be ready to help save a life in a moment of crisis, join the Be the One to Save a Life movement. Please visit: http://www.bethe1to.com/?_ga=2.89886299.1303601956.1528416589-796904521.1528416589

For more information, see our previous post: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/search?q=suicide


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Esther Week 3



We are picking up where we left off ... with a cliff hanger. The king, without seeking advice, has decided to take Haman up on his offer to commit genocide against the diaspora Jews in Persia. See what Queen Esther and Mordecai do to respond to this threat to their people, and themselves. Tune in!

If you like what you see here in the recorded copy after the event, consider heading over to the YouTube J.S. Brooks site and subscribing to join in live. We'd love to have you with us as it happens.

If you want to learn how to subscribe, see this post: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Hulking Anger Management



Welcome to June, the beginning of the summer season. Time to relax and enjoy ourselves a bit. So, this month we'll once again be turning to super heroes to see what they have to tell us, along with the Bible of course, about how we may best live our lives. This week we focused on Ephesians 4:25-32 and The Incredible Hulk to study how we might best manage our anger issues. Come along with us and watch. Enjoy your summer and God bless you. If you are in the neighborhood, come and join us on Sunday morning at Lansdowne Baptist Church in Lansdowne, PA, for our worship service.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Escape from Busy Lives for a Moment and Rest


Come now, little man [and woman],
turn aside for a while
from your daily employment, 
escape for a moment
from the tumult of your thoughts.
Put aside your weighty cares, 
let your burdensome distractions wait,
free yourself awhile for God
and rest awhile in him.
Enter the inner chamber of your soul,
shut out everything except God
and that which can help you in seeking him,
and when you have shut the door, seek him.
Now, my whole heart, say to God,
"I seek your face, Lord,
it is your face I seek." 
~Anselm of Canterbury in Theology for a Troubled Heart
Excerpt found in The President's Devotional by Joshua DuBois



Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Next Beyond Loaves and Fishes Live Stream: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Our next episode of Beyond Loaves and Fishes Bible study will live stream on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at 8 p.m. If you'd like to join us in our continued exploration of the book of Esther (we left on a real cliffhanger this past Tuesday), hit the Subscribe button at the J.S. Brooks YouTube site.

To learn how to join us on YouTube, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

If you want to watch the first two class sessions on the Old Testament book of Esther, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-and-fishes-esther-class-1.html and https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-and-fishes-esther-week-2.html

It's all a new experience right now, a little rough around the edges and evolving over time with experience. Come and join us. Subscribe today. It's all free and open to everyone.

God bless you in your journey.

Foundations



Sermon based on Luke 6:46-49 answering the question, how do you know you have a firm foundation? Having one allows us to be confident in the face of the storms of life. Having one allows us to live life as confident individuals who are able to fulfill the great commandments, loving God and neighbors. Living life from that firm foundation requires trying, falling flat on our faces, getting up and trying again. Are you in? Come along and learn how it is done.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Esther Week 2




Two weeks ago when we first live streamed we had a literal dark and stormy night. Last week I failed to broadcast because my encoder gave up the ghost. I have a new encoder now. If all works as it is supposed to work, we'll continue our study of the book of Esther, diving into the chapters and verses and seeing what Esther has to tell us about living life today.
I apologize for the lost week last week. It is especially frustrating after the testing we did to make sure everything would work. So, here's hoping we continue class next week. Until then, God be with you. If you are just stopping by, please subscribe and support this fledgling effort.


If you like what you see here and want to attend the weekly Bible study, go on over to J.S. Brooks on YouTube and hit the big red subscribe button.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Reclaiming the Name of Jesus Movement

Given recent events, there is a movement among clergy across the nation to reclaim the name of Jesus. If you want to know more, refer to this video: https://sojo.net/media/reclaiming-jesus-time-crisis

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Our live stream Bible study was a success on its first Tuesday evening, although a thunderstorm threatened to knock out my internet connection at the last minute. The second Tuesday evening we had a problem with the encoder, which I believe is now solved. So, we're going to dive back in Tuesday, May 29, 2018, continuing our study of the book of Esther for another half an hour. Stop on by and join us.

For details of how to do that, see the follow post: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

If you wish to sample the first class, or catch up, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-and-fishes-esther-class-1.html

If you're curious what went wrong on the second night, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-and-fishes-technical.html

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Technical Glitch 5-22-18



What we had here was a failure of equipment to communicate! We did not have the opportunity to have our Bible study, the second week of the book of Esther last night, Tuesday, May 22, due to a failure of the encoder and YouTube to communicate with each other. It took an hour and twenty minutes to track down the problem, but I believe it is solved now and we'll be able to move forward again next Tuesday, May 29, at 8 p.m. I hope to see you all there. In the video here is an explanation of the issue and an answer to some general questions that came up in our first week.

Any new venture has challenging moments and this one was mine. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it was a real learning opportunity. As the prophet Jeremiah said in chapter 8, verse 4: When people fall, do they not get back up again? He calls his people not to be involved in perpetual backsliding but to get up again. So we will in this case. Proverbs 24:16 gives us a reality check, reminding us this will not be the only time I stumble in the production of this live stream. As the text says, for though the righteous fall seven times, they will rise again. I have fallen once. I hope not to fall again soon, but who knows? I hope you will stay with me for the adventure. Things will get better as we move along, learning together how this all works. We will also learn many valuable life lessons from the Bible as we study together.

Have a blessed day. I hope to meet with you next Tuesday evening from our respective homes. Once again, I apologize for this delay.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fire! A Pentecost Sermon




Pentecost Fire
in Balloons
Sermon for Sunday, May 20, 2018, based on Acts 2:1-8, in which the Holy Spirit comes upon the gathered disciples, giving them power to speak clearly to all the dispersed children of God, no matter what language speaking and where from throughout the Empire. On that fateful day in Jerusalem, the Christian church was born and began the task Jesus set for all disciples, back then, today, and always. Come and witness the good news presented here. May the Holy Spirit of God light a fire in you today!