Showing posts with label Bible study. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bible study. Show all posts

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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

Beyond Loaves & Fishes: Esther Week 2: Rescheduled, 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 not 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 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

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. 

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Live Stream Bible Study Coming Soon

We are called by God to try new things, to follow where God (our great and glorious change agent) leads us. I am heading in one such direction where God is leading.

At this point, I have all the technology and programming to offer up an evening live stream Bible study, filled with applications for modern life, with Bible verses read in the biblical storytelling fashion. Lansdowne Baptist Church members, friends, and all seekers anywhere interested in participating will be invited to join in.

There are a couple of experiments needed to work out the finer details and then we will jump in with both feet. At that point, we will announce when the first meeting will take place (day and time), along with the YouTube channel through which you will be able to join in. If it is set up as I envision, chatting will be possible. There will be a few Bible-based rules for those conversations, but that will come later.

As one very astute individual who is jumping in early remarked, "We won't go for perfection at first, but we will walk toward it over time." Too true. Join us early and watch the changes happen.

Through it all we'll learn together what our loving God through the Bible, that amazing library of 66 books, has to tell us about living modern life well. We will equip ourselves with that knowledge. Then we will encourage each other to act on what we've learned to help others and grow in our faith.

Watch this blog for more news soon.

Until then, walk with God.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Wisdom Concerning Arguing

The book of Proverbs in the Bible is the accumulated wisdom of the elders and experiences of life over generations that is gathered together to make the lives of those who read and abide by them easier. Such is the case when the topic is argument, which is so common in our society today. 

I'm sure we've all gotten into heated debates with an individual (or two or a dozen), knowing full well we had little to no chance of changing minds during the debate. Everybody in that sorry situation is left extremely frustrated at the whole pointless exercise. 

Before entering into another argumentative exercise in futility, remember the words of wisdom from Proverbs 20:3:

"It is honorable to refrain from strife, but every fool is quick to quarrel." 

If we're wise, that single verse will save us many hours and much aggravation.


Have a blessed day ... and drop by on Sunday for an hour's worship and more inspiration. We'll keep a pew open for you.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Making Jesus' Commission Our Own

In the early years of Christianity, believers were called Christians or "Little Christs" as a form of derision. Early believers sought to own the term as Christ followers. In Luke 4:18-19, Jesus reads in the synagogue in Nazareth verses from the scroll of Isaiah. The verses read:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
  because he has anointed me
    to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to
    the captives
  and recovery of sight to the blind,
    to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord's
    favor.
As Christ followers, we would do well to keep this passage before us as our own commissioning to ministry in this life. Seeking to bring good news to the poor (and all those considered outcasts in our society today), working hard to get captives released, seeking to clear the sight of those who are spiritually blind, and to help the oppressed (including those refugees who flee terrible violence in their homelands) to go free. Working toward the original concept of the Jubilee year wouldn't be such a bad idea either.

Have a blessed day.  

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Bible Study Begins Again, Fall 2015

Our fall Bible study class has begun again. We have chosen to study to books of Luke and Acts, tracking the life and mission of Jesus, along with the life and times of the early Christian church. Along the way we will be exploring the modern day life applications for the powerful messages in these two books written by Luke.

If you wish to join us, we meet every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Cooper Room (office wing of the church right next to the parking lot). Bring your lunch and join us. We'll be glad to see you.