Thursday, June 4, 2020
A short message concerning what we can do together to assist our African
American brothers and sisters to push back against the sin of racism so
deeply baked into our society. It's a message of encouragement for
everyone and a call to action.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
This week we explored Jesus' arrest, trial and execution and what it all means for us today. Come and watch. All are invited. If you wish to join us, next Tuesday evening at 8 p.m., we'll be covering Jesus' burial and resurrection, with all its amazing implications for us today. Subscribe and become a regular at the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBxxX5sENGIcCowZ314locA We meet Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. .
Friday, March 27, 2020
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.
Friday, March 13, 2020
This is the sermon from Sunday, March 8, 2020, based on Matthew 4:1-11. This is the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness and how that experience applies in our lives today. Really, the title says it all. Everyone is invited to watch.
Thursday, February 13, 2020
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Warning: we had technical difficulties during this live stream (I suspect one system needs updated and I have to give in and use YouTube's newest iteration of their live streaming programming ... time to learn new tricks) and the transmission will be spotty here and there, and you'll get to enjoy watching me confused and pondering whether to continue or not. Ah, the joys of working live! Anyway, here's what the eveing was supposed to be about: Tonight we keep on moving through Mark. Completing Mark 4 and moving into chapter 5. Dealing with growth, authority, and healing. Powerful topics with plenty of modern day application. Join us on Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 8 p.m., and see! All are welcome! ~Rev. Jeff Snyder
This may give me a chance to go back and do some creative editing with a new program I've downloaded. Again, perhaps it's time to learn new tricks?
Sermon from January 19, 2020, part of a sermon series on disciplines. Using Romans 15:4-13 as our jumping off point, we explore the distinct advantages of spending time personally reading and studying the library of books and letters that is the Bible. Come and see.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
This is the sermon for Sunday, November 24, 2019, the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It is based on Colossians 1:11-20. Paul reminds the church of his day and us today what we have to be thankful for and how that should impact our perspective. Come watch and see.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
The sermon for Sunday, October 20, 2019, based on Luke 17:11-19. Exploring the parable of the grateful leper, one of ten healed, who returned to Jesus with praises of thanksgiving, an overwhelming sense of gratitude for his healing. The life application for this parable explores how we too can live in a state of gratitude for what we have been given. Come and visit us in Lansdowne, PA, when you are close by. You will be most welcome.
Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Sermon for Sunday, October 6, 2019, based on Luke 17:5-10. Both the disciples and we tend to believe we do not have enough faith to get the job done. We believe Jesus calls us to things far mightier than our puny human faith is capable of. Come and watch and discover the truth of the matter. You might be surprised.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Sermon based on Jeremiah 18:1-10, given on Sunday, September 8, 2019. Here we discover what the prophet Jeremiah learned watching a potter at work with soft clay, forming a pot. These observations and a message from God tells us all much about our relationship with God and our own challenge to change. Come and see.
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Sermon based on Luke 10:25-37, the Good Samaritan parable. Taking a look from the point of view of the beaten man left half dead in the ditch. What does this mean for us? Come and watch. Come and find out what the lawyer who asked "What much I do" learned.. Join us Sunday mornings at Lansdowne Baptist Church.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019
This sermon for Sunday, May 19, 2019, is based on Acts 11:1-12. It deals with the power of God's Holy Spirit and where it will lead us. The disciples Peter is called to account by the Christian leadership in Jerusalem for dining with Gentiles (strictly prohibited by tradition). Peter has an extraordinary explanation, one that changed the perspective of Christian leadership in Jerusalem from that point forward. The Holy Spirit calls us to tear down walls of tradition from time to time, heading into new directions among new peoples. It is an exciting opportunity. Come and watch.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Sunday sermon following Earth Day, based on Genesis 2:15 & Leviticus 19:9-10. We look at the creation story to see what is intended in our relationship between God and humanity. Leviticus helps us with our relations between each other. The menorah was lit in solidarity with the synagogue congregants in San Diego who were attacked, and with all who have suffered violence in their sacred spaces. Watch and see what is to be discovered through this riveting tale.
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
The sermon for Sunday, March 31, 2019, is based on Joshua 5:9-12. In this text the people of Israel, facing exile in Babylon, are reminded of a time when they were faithful to God, followed God's law, and were bold and courageous. It was an inspirational message designed to turn the faithful toward God and the hope of an eventual return from exile. It may be equally inspirational for us today. Come and watch!
It looks like we had a momentary hiccup with the recorder toward the end of the sermon. Sorry about that.
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
This sermon, based on Luke 13:1-9, was given on Sunday, March 24, 2019. It deals with two ideas Jesus brought up. One is that bad things happen and don't require someone to have sinned to be injured or killed in disasters, natural and human made. The second idea is that we are reminded to turn our lives around and change now, while there is still time. We are offered reassurance in Jesus' parable of the landowner, gardener, and a fruitless fig tree. Come and watch!
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
The sermon for Sunday, March 17, 2019, is based on Luke 13:31-35. In this scripture Jesus must leave Jerusalem to its own devices as its people by in large will not accept the word of God Jesus offers. They will not allow themselves to be enveloped by Jesus' protective care. Decisions have consequences. We too must decide for ourselves if we will follow Jesus or be left to our own devices. During the course of the sermon, we explored a response to terrorism Christians should take. Come and watch.
See what our denomination, American Baptist Churches USA has to say in response to the terror attack on the Christchurch Muslim mosques in New Zealand here: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2019/03/important-message-from-american-baptist.html
Monday, March 11, 2019
Sermon for Sunday, 3/10/19, the first Sunday of Lent, based on Daniel 6:16-22, Daniel in the Lions' Den. While the story is best known for the dramatic scene in the lions' den, it is really about something else. About what is possible under God's reign for those of faith ... and how we entrap ourselves in our pride, our ego, our belief some things can never be changed. Come and watch to see how to be freed of such foolish notions.
Also, this is the first week using a brand new video camera, straight out of the box. We had not had time to download the PDF instruction manual yet, so further improvements are expected down the road. Stay tuned and see what happens.
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Sermon based on Luke 6:20-23, Jesus' Sermon on the Plain. It is a Black History Month inspired sermon calling for all of us to join together in our wondrous diversity, to knit together a strong community of faith that supports everyone, at every phase of life. Come and watch.