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

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Scripture Reading for Sunday, May 21, 2017

Today's Scripture reading is Acts 17:22-31. In the sermon we will explore what we can learn about communicating with others from Paul's short sermon to the philosophers of Athens. There's a lot of ground to cover there, especially in a divisive age.

Acts 17:22-31: Then Paul stood in front of the Areopagus and said, “Athenians, I see how extremely religious you are in every way. 23For as I went through the city and looked carefully at the objects of your worship, I found among them an altar with the inscription, ‘To an unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. 24The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, 25nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things. 26From one ancestor he made all nations to inhabit the whole earth, and he allotted the times of their existence and the boundaries of the places where they would live, 27so that they would search for God and perhaps grope for him and find him—though indeed he is not far from each one of us. 28For ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we too are his offspring.’ 29Since we are God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the deity is like gold, or silver, or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of mortals. 30While God has overlooked the times of human ignorance, now he commands all people everywhere to repent, 31because he has fixed a day on which he will have the world judged in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed, and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.” 

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Children of Light



Sermon based on Ephesians 5:8-14 during Lent on March 26, 2017. The Ephesians had been people of darkness before their introduction to Jesus. They were people living in the darkness of ignorance, prone to folly, lies, loss of God's truth, deaf to God's prophets, prone to impurity, lust, greed, hard-heartedness. They were violent and criminal in their responses, living in misery. No longer. They are reminded they are to be children of light. Find out what that means and how we can live in the light too.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Being Holy



Sermon based on Leviticus 19:1-2, 9-18, calling us to assist others, care for those who cannot take care of themselves, working to ensure security for the least secure so we may live in peace, and much more. Take a listen and then take the challenge. It can change your life for the better, forever.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sea Salt & Bushel Baskets



Sermon based on Matthew 5:13-20, encouraging Jesus' disciples and us to not hide our faith away, but share it, being salt and light, savor and illumination, willing to mix into the culture in positive ways. Sermon delivered February 5, 2017.

Monday, February 6, 2017

We Are


Sermon based on Matthew 5:1-12 in which Jesus startles his disciples (then and now) with who are blessed in God's eyes, and by extension, what God's ethical concerns are. It is both an uplift and challenge for all who choose to follow Christ. Who's up for the challenge?

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Fishers of People



Sermon based on Matthew 4:12-23, in which Jesus moves to Capernaum, gathers his first disciples, and we explore what discipleship means. Further, the sermon includes the discipline of non-violent communication as one way to be modern-day fishers of people. Are you in? How will you respond when Jesus asks you to "Follow me" and states, "I will make you fishers of people."

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Ah Ha Moment



Sermon based on John 1:29-42, in which John the Baptist has a particular Ah Ha moment that has reverberated down through the centuries. What will be yours?


Sunday, December 4, 2016

All Things New



Sermon based on Romans 13:11-14, in which Paul calls on the Roman Christians to wake up, they are living in the dawn of a new age and need to change the way the view and respond to the world. It is a challenge for us in the 21st century as well. This is the first sermon of the 2016 Advent season.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Our Job Never Changes: Sermon for November 6, 2016



Sermon based on Matthew 22:36-40, the greatest commandments. No matter the situation (even in a contentious election season), Christians are called to love God and neighbor. Doing so transforms the lives of those who attempt this very tall order and those who are on the receiving end of that love. Give it a try. Jesus challenges you to do so.

One small correction: reference to a "Roman Candle" should be a fountain. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Setting Clocks Back for November 6, 2016

Please remember that it is time to "fall back" an hour for Sunday, November 6, 2016. Set your clocks back an hour on Saturday night as 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning becomes 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning on November 6th.

Set that clock back so you won't be at church extra early on Sunday morning.

The Bible text for Sunday will be Matthew 22:36-40 and the sermon title is "Our Job Never Changes." Congregants of Lansdowne Baptist, invite your friends. This will be an important message. If you do not have a church of your own, if you are a seeker after Christ, come and join us on Sunday morning. We'll be delighted to have you worship with us. You will be most welcome. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Thrive Where We Are



Sermon, based on Jeremiah 29:1, 4-7, delivered on October 9, 2016. This scripture reading and sermon have much to say about making the new communities where we find ourselves home and helping newcomers to feel welcome in their new homes.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Judging Others: Quotes to Live By

“As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to putting people and things in their 'right' place.” 
~Henri J.M. Nouwen

Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Of how can you say to your neighbor, "Let me take the speck out of your eye," while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye. 
~Matthew 7:1-5


Monday, October 17, 2016

No Scaredy Cats



Sermon based on 2 Timothy 1:6-10, delivered on October 2, 2016. The letter encourages Timothy to emulate the fearless faith of his mother and grandmother. It's still excellent advice.


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Attention Please



Sermon based on Luke 16:19-31, delivered on September 25, 2016. Dealing with the oblivious rich man who never noticed Lazarus starving to death at his gates. What does this mean for us? How do Rod Serling and "dead walkers" factor into this message? Watch and find out.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Rejoice For Those Found, Sermon on 9/11/16



Sermon based on Luke 15:1-10, in which Jesus provides parables about how determined God is to find the lost. We should do likewise and rejoice when the lost are found. We should never withdrawal from others based on fear. This sermon reflected, in part, on the fifteenth anniversary of 9/11.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Outdoor Service Held, September 18, 2016

Kicking off our new fall season and our return to an 11:00 a.m. worship hour, we decided to do things differently. Despite the overcast skies and a small chance of rain (there was some around 2;30 p.m. but we were long gone by then) we forged ahead, setting up 40 chairs on the lawn, a portable pulpit, and electric piano our musician borrowed from a friend (and for which we were thankful and impressed), and a table with fruit in the back. Why the fruit, you ask? Simple: worship is sweet. That fruit was a pleasant reminder of Psalm 119:103 "How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!"

Worshiping outdoors allowed us a change of scene we don't often have and, more to the point, offered us a chance to share our faith with our community in word and song. One congregant told me that quite a few people paused in their walks to look and listen. A few drivers slowed or came to a stop briefly on our side street. Hopefully some of these neighbors will feel encouraged to come worship with us soon.

While it can be very "exciting" worshiping out in the natural world where weather an so quickly change, it was a refreshing start to the new season. We hope you will join us soon. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Sunday, September 18, Worship Outdoors at 11 a.m.

This Sunday, September 18, 2016, the worship hour returns to 11 a.m. To kick off the fall season, we will be worshiping outside on our grounds by the education wing, near the intersection of Lansdowne and East LaCrosse avenues. Our pianist, Doug Yadevia, has come up with a full, portable, electric piano to accompany our hymn singing. The hymns themselves will be familiar and inviting ones. The sermon will speak to us about prayer that God finds "right and acceptable." The sermon is based on 1 Timothy 2:1-7.

Come out and join us in our joy, worshiping our wonderful God.* Bring a friend along to enjoy this outdoor worship experience. All are welcome!

*Our Sunday school classes for children and adults will begin the following week, September 25, at 9:45 a.m. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join us for Sunday school as well!

To find out how our outdoor service went, see: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2016/09/outdoor-service-held-september-18-2016.html

Monday, September 5, 2016

Be Dressed for Action

Sermon based on Luke 12:32-40, focusing on living life fearlessly to live a rich life, full of blessing, faith, and joyful surprises.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Fresh Vegetables Donated to Lansdowne's Interfaith Food Cupboard

A small men's group in our church, guiding our church's youth in planting (and soon in harvest), have seen to it that this year Lansdowne Baptist Church has five raised bed gardens in our side yard facing the Lansdowne Avenue. We are so impressed with God's great abundance displayed in the many vegetables and flowers coming out of those garden beds.

Some of the vegetable plants & flowers
of the raised beds are visible in the
background.
We were pleased to be able to donate two baskets of vegetables (not quite but almost our first fruit from these beds)--tomatoes, egg plants, cucumbers, and green peppers--to the Interfaith Food Cupboard. We look forward to doing more with the harvest as the season moves forward. Today's harvest was a very small portion of what is ripening on the plants.

As the psalmist wrote in Psalm 67:6-7: "The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us. May God continue to bless us; let all the ends of the earth revere him."

Friday, August 19, 2016

Faith Described

A moment for inspiration from the book of Hebrews, a sermon written to a troubled people somewhere between 60 and 100 A.D. Times and technology may change, but some issues are eternal. The following is a beautiful short description of faith:
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understood that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.