Tuesday, October 13, 2020
We began a Bible study of the Beatitudes in Matthew, chapter 5, verses 1-12, part of the Sermon on the Mount on Tuesday evening, October 13, 2020, at 8 p.m. We are exploring what each of Jesus' proclamations mean and how they apply to our daily lives. There is a great deal there. Come and watch. Everyone is invited.
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
I hope you are all having a blessed week. When we started 2020, my wife and I had no idea we'd be learning the ins and outs of producing and delivering a live-stream worship service. The faithful old computer we were working with couldn't handle the strain (it wasn't designed for the job) and we had to pick up a new model that could. Then we received an external camera to improve the visuals. Now we have a new external mic to improve our clarity, especially for those with hearing issues. Who knows where the rest of 2020 will take us. We fervently hope this will help make your worship experience more meaningful. Peace, Pastor Jeff
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
We nearly finished the last of our three minor prophets tonight, theprophet Malachi. He lived when the Temple in Jerusalem was rebuilt.
During the rebuilding phase, all sorts of ideas developed about how
wonderful life would be once the Temple was back in operation and how
much humans would change as well. It didn't happen that way and Malachi
helps his people deal with that, change their expectations, and calls
them to work for the change they want. Looks like we'll have one more
week and then we'll take a summer vacation and return in the fall. Join
us. Or enjoy watching this later. All are welcome.
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
We were well on our way to finishing with the minor prophet Haggai whenthis live stream began. We picked up with Chapter 2, verses 10-19 of
this two chapter book. From there we moved on to Malachi and how that prophet dealt with people's disappointment when the rebuilding of the Temple does not live up to expectations. Join us. Or enjoy watching this later. All are welcome.
Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Finishing Micah last week, we are now moving on to the minor prophet Haggai, writing at the time the Temple is being rebuilt. Haggai reflects on what this means and what the people of Israel hope for the future. It's similar to our hopes for the future as we are coming through a time of potentially great change given both the pandemic and the civil rights issues joined today. Join us. Or enjoy watching this later. All are welcome.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
We completed the prophet's book, Micah, Tuesday night, June 9, 2020. We picked up where we left off last week with the beginning of Chapter 5. Chapter 6 has a powerful message for us all. While I'm not making any guarantees, we could finish the book of Micah this week. Join us. Orenjoy watching this later. All are welcome.
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
This week we picked up with Chapter 2. There will be lots of material about human downfall and what we must do to walk with God instead of stumbling along in the dark being miserable. We ended with Chapter 4. It was a wild ride. You are all invited.
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
This week we begin our exploration of the Old Testament Prophets with
the minor prophet Micah. We begin with a review of the history of the
prophets and where Micah comes in the long line of prophets that spans
1000+ years of the history of Israel. The job changed over the centuries as
the fortunes of the Israelite's changed. What does any of that have
to do with us. Come and see.
Wednesday, May 6, 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. .
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
On Tuesday evening, April 14, 2020, we explored Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, what it meant to be the Messiah, and head toward the culmination of Jesus' ministry on earth and all that means for us. Please join us Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m. on the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBxxX5sENGIcCowZ314locA?view_as=subscriber).
Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Tuesday, April 7, at 8 p.m., we picked up where we left off before Lent. We will be wrapping up our discussion of material leading up to the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus over the next few weeks.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, we continued our study of Jesus, using the book Jesus: The God Who Knows Your Name by Max Lucado. We explored Jesus as friend. He was a friend to his disciples, to the outcasts, to the overlooked, the powerless, and the lost. He is our friend as well. See what that means for us. If you like what you see and want to join in on Tuesday evenings, connecting with others interested in seeing how our faith is applicable to our daily lives and making a personal connection in the age of "social distancing," go to YouTube and subscribe at my J.S. Brooks channel and become part of the conversation. Here's the link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBxxX5sENGIcCowZ314locA?view_as=subscriber. . ~Rev. Jeff Snyder
Friday, February 28, 2020
On Tuesday night, February 25, 2020, we picked up on our cliffhanger. We took a look at the greater significance of the conversation between the Syrophoenician woman and Jesus. How far beyond that point we get, only time will tell. Watch and see. If you like what you see, feel free to join us on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. on the J.S. Brooks channel on YouTube and become part of the family of active Bible studiers meeting regularly.
A little note here on feeling free to experiment and not fearing mistakes. I have intentionally not edited the half hour sessions you see here. I want you to know that it's alright to make mistakes when you're trying something new ... or just keeping right on working in public without a net. It would be easy to clean this up. But, perfection is not what we're after. Only Jesus is perfect. The rest of us make mistakes. How we handle those, especially when we're learning new tricks, is important. I don't like seeing my mistakes made public any more than anyone else, but I feel it is important to see that when I do make mistakes, it's not the end of the world. In fact, if you read the comments happening during the live stream you'll find my friendly followers are quite supportive and willing to work through those technical difficulties right along with me. That's a good thing to know these days.
Wishing you peace. ~Rev. Jeff Snyder
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
When we went live on Tuesday, February 4, we explored Jesus' encounter with the Gerasene demoniac (Mark 5:1-20) to start things off with a splash. Come watch and see where we went from there. Join us on Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m., and enjoy the live experience! We even had a technical difficulty to spice things up. I may edit that out one of these days. All are welcome! ~Rev. Jeff Snyder
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.