Showing posts with label God. Show all posts
Showing posts with label God. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Easter's First Evangelists



The Easter Sunday sermon for April 21, 2019, based on Luke 24:1-12. We explore the meaning of Jesus' resurrection for the disciples and for us today. We explore who were chosen to be Jesus' very first evangelists to the resurrection and how everything about that day flew in the face of expectations. Come and watch to discover what that means for each and every one of us.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Judges: Week 2





Tonight we plunged into the book of Judges seriously. The book is designed to challenge safe assumptions and present us with alternative ideas. Come and watch!

Personal note: It is always tricky to make off the cuff remarks at the start. I know full well it was Notre Dame Cathedral that burned ... but I said the Louvre ... based on something I'd read earlier and was rattling around in my head. I will confess my first inclination was not to share this live stream or to edit that embarrassing slip away ... but, being an admittedly fallible human being as well as a pastor, you might as well see the mistakes and know I'm going to make more as we go along. Let's hear it for transparency.


We'll all need to give each other grace instead of judgment, especially in challenging times like these. Honestly, I'm still in emotional turmoil over the Notre Dame Cathedral fire and the arson committed against three African-American churches. I'm also entirely sure I mispronounced the names of some of the many tribes resident in the land. The first two chapters were some pretty interesting reads. Just wait until we get to chapter 3!


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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Stones Would Shout



The Palm Sunday sermon for April 14, 2019, based on Luke 19:28-40, with Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Here we explore what the people of Israel expected in a Messiah, how Jesus understood his role as Messiah (which was radically different), and what that means for us today. See what Jesus meant when he told the Pharisees if these people didn't proclaim his coming, the stones would shout. Come and watch

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth Week 6 & Judges Week 1




Tuesday night, April 9, 2019, we wrapped up our study of the book of Ruth and moved on to the book of Judges. This is a real challenge as Judges deals with a time of turmoil for Israel, when the nation is edging toward monarchy. It is written for Israelites in exile to offer them hope as well, looking back at where they had been for explanation of how they arrived at where they are. It challenges a lot of comfy assumptions with challenging questions. Come and watch!

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream Week 4



On Thursday night, April 4, 2019, we wrapped up our study from N.T. Wright's book, The Day the Revolution Began. We discovered Jesus' vocation, how that vocation was lived out in his crucifixion, and how it has been passed along to us today. We examined what this means for us. We were given a lot to ponder and a lot to do. Come and watch. See if you aren't encouraged to do a few things differently yourself. Have a blessed seaons of Lent and Easter.

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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth Week 5



Tuesday night we came close to wrapping up our study on Ruth. Afterwards we will be turning to the book of Judges. Ruth is a balm on the life described in Judges. Judges will be a challenging book, a rigorous study, but it will have something significant to say to us in our time. Look forward to seeing you soon. Be blessed! Come and watch!

We welcome two new subscribers to the live stream this week! We are glad you're here.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Promises Kept



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. 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream Week 3





We continued our study from N.T. Wright's book The Day the Revolution Began. Thursday we explored new goals for a new humanity, which proved to be quite interesting. Come and watch. We're glad you're here.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth Week 4



On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, we completed chapter three and moved into chapter four of Ruth. You need to know that we covered a lot of mature material of a serious nature concerning the treatment of women and foreigners, back in Ruth's day and today.. You might want to make sure young children are not in the room as you listen. I had to sort out some technical difficulties to get the live stream back on track (which is why last week there were no episodes of the Bible study or the Lenten Live Stream (Thursday evenings in Lent until Maundy Thursday at 8 p.m. Come and watch.

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Patience



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

Jerusalem Jerusalem



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

Friday, March 15, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream Week 2



Tuesday night, March 14, 2019, we continued our exploration of N.T. Wright's book The Day the Revolution Began. We will be considering a call God has given to us all, a call we have strayed from and Jesus calls us back to. It will be an interesting and possibly challenging evening. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

Monday, March 11, 2019

God Reigns




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

Living Differently



Sermon based on Luke 6:27-31, in which we are called to love our enemies, among other things. Jesus calls us to live very differently from how instinct and culture has long called us to live. Following Jesus' message here, we can work to break the cycle of violence and revenge in our communities. Watch and learn how

Blessed Are You



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.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Sermon for Sunday, February 24, 2019

On Sunday morning at 11 a.m., the sermon will cover Jesus' challenge to love our neighbors, treat others as we would want to be treated, and be merciful as your Father is merciful. Well, that's a tall order! How do we do that. Just what does Jesus mean by all this anyway? Want to know? Come on by and worship with us. You'll see. 

All are welcome. See you soon. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 22




Tuesday, February 19, 2019, we began with Matthew 27:57-61, in which Joseph of Arimathea recovers the crucified body of Jesus. We move on from there to the utter transformation of human history and the first evangelists of the resurrection. Concluding the book of Matthew with a call to all Christ followers in every age, we moved on to introduce the book of Ruth from the Old Testament. There will be many pressing questions to explore in this evocative short book. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 21




On Tuesday night, February 12, 2019, we begin with Matthew 27, beginning with Simon the man from Cyrene, carrying Jesus' cross to the hill. It was an exciting evening ... also one with challenges as I had a sinus infection, medication, and Sherry was not at home. Our 16-year-old somewhat demented beagle could get up to tremendous mischief it she had decided to. Join us now and see how it all worked out. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 20



Tuesday night, February 5, 2019, we began with Matthew 26, Jesus' arrest and Peter's denial. It is a very intense time with a lot to tell us about life lived in crisis. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Rejoice: the Lord Is Your Strength



Sermon for January 27, 2019, based on Nehemiah 8:1-3, 8-10. Exploring what may be done against the odds when we work together, placing our faith in God and working with each other. There is a direct application presented for our church, and the same may be applied to all churches and communities everywhere. Come and watch!