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

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Bible Study: Mark, Week 13



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, April 8, 2020

Reflecting on Generosity: Proverbs 12:23-28



Several things came up this week that spoke to me of generosity in times of the COVID-19 pandemic. What stories of generosity do you have to share?

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Do Not Be Afraid




Jesus tells us this about our fear in Luke 12 (NIV): 

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
“Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Spring Has a Story to Tell Us

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 20, 2020

COVID-19 Information Resources for Pastors and Congregations

American Baptist Churches USA has collected some valuable resources for use by ministers and their congregations in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Immersing ourselves in fact is one way to avoid fear, and certainly a way to avoid misinformation, allowing us to follow the instruction in Ephesians 5:5: Let no one deceive you with empty words. See: https://www.abc-usa.org/coronavirus/

May we all stand on our faith in God. May God be our rock in times of trouble, our firm foundation in the storm. 

Friday, February 28, 2020

Beyond Loaves & Fishes: Mark: Week 12




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

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Mark Week 11



On Tuesday evening, February 18, 2020, we rejoined the book of Mark with the feeding of the 5,000 in Mark 6:30-44. Come and see what this meant to everyone originally and what it means to us today. Join us on Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m., and enjoy the live experience. Now, we have the recent spate of bugs worked out and are back to technical difficulty free live streaming. Perseverance matters. All are welcome! ~Rev. Jeff Snyder

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Mark Week 10



On Tuesday, February 11, 2020, we picked up where we left off last week with Mark 5:21-43, the healing of Jairus's daughter interrupted with the healing of the woman with the flow of blood. Come see where that led us, and what is says to us in the present day. Join us live on Tuesday evenings at 8 p.m., By the way, I was wrong with my prediction at the beginning of the live stream. Ah, the joys of live performance. All are welcome! ~Rev. Jeff Snyder

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Mark Week 9



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

This Little Light of Mine



The sermon for Sunday, February 9, 2020, was based on Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus' referring to his disciples as salt and light. We explored what this means for disciples today ... and what this has to do with a story from the late 1940s that most people know. Come and watch. All are invited.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Discipline Series -- Bible Study



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.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Two Christmas Events Coming in December 2019


Lansdowne Baptist Church will be offering two special Christmas services in our sanctuary this December.  The first, the annual Christmas Candlelight Service, will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday evening, December 22nd.  The second is our annual Christmas Eve Service, held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 24th.  Both services provide favorite scriptures and carols. All are invited and welcome to share our joy in this season.



Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Faith and Power



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

Potter's Hands



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, August 29, 2019

Be Merciful Today

The Beatitudes in Matthew 5 read: 


When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; 
and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 
2Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying:
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the 
kingdom of heaven.4“Blessed are those who mourn, 
for they will be comforted. 5“Blessed are the meek, 
for they will inherit the earth. 6“Blessed are those 
who hunger and thirst for righteousness, 
for they will be filled. 7“Blessed are the merciful, 
for they will receive mercy. 8“Blessed are the 
pure in heart, for they will see God. 9“Blessed 
are the peacemakers, for they will be called 
children of God. 10“Blessed are those who are 
persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is 
the kingdom of heaven. 11“Blessed are you when 
people revile you and persecute you and utter all 
kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 
12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great 
in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted 
the prophets who were before you.

Be merciful with others and with yourselves today. 
Be peacemakers and be meek, walking humbly with 
God and with each other. Life in this world can be 
very hard. Human life can be frighteningly fragile. 
We are all struggling behind the confident & calm 
masks we wear. So often when asked how we're 
doing, the cheery "Fine" we deliver is a lie. So be 
helpful to each other in small ways. Be alert for 
the moment when you can deliver a kind word, 
hold a door for someone, calm a troubled soul 
with an act of grace. God does this for us and 
asks us to do this for others. I'll be right out there 
with you, doing just the same. In helping others, 
we will discover we also help ourselves. 
See you in the world. 

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Do Not Be Afraid



Fear leads to hoarding. Hoarding leads to not loving neighbors and not sharing with others, breaking one great commandment ... perhaps two if you think about it. Learn how to liberate ourselves from hoarding stuff and acting like the rich fool of the parable. Life is a lot sweeter when we are fearless, bold, and live this little life of ours to the fullest. This is the sermon for August 11, 2019, based on Luke 12:32-40. Come and see what that means and how it's done. All are welcome. Join us Sunday mornings at Lansdowne Baptist Church in Lansdowne, PA, if you are in the area. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

God Remembers



Sermon based on Hosea 11:1-11 speaks to God unwavering love of God, even when we stray. God was determined to love the wandering people of Israel and does the same for us. Remember that when society tries to tell you are not loved. Watch and see. Join us on Sunday at Lansdowne Baptist Church, Lansdowne, PA, for worship.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

True Sacrifice



Sermon based on Isaiah 1:16-20, in which the priest Isaiah ben Amoz provides difficult news from God concerning their straying from the ways of justice and faith in action God expects. This has direct application for the church today. Come and watch. Sunday morning, come and join us at Lansdowne Baptist Church.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

What Must I Do?



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.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Bearing Our Burdens




Sermon for Sunday, July 7, 2019, based on Galatians 6:1-6. Paul tells the Galatians and us how we can responsibly bear one another's burdens ... and our own. In doing so, we create a closer, more loving, and much better community serving each other in our journey through life. Come, watch, and discover what is in this message for you!