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

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Faith Came



Sermon based on Galatians 3:23-29, from June 23, 2019. See how Jesus erases the dividing lines between people, and shows legalists and antinomianists another, better way. Come and watch.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

God's Double Portion



The sermon for Sunday, June 16, 2019, Father's Day, was based on 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14. This is the story of Elijah and Elisha, two faithful prophets of God in the 9th century BC. Elijah will pass the mantle of authority on to Elisha, to continue God's work in the world. We are called to work faithfully as well in God's service. Doing so, we receive from God a double portion of spiritual blessings to enable us to continue our work as faithfully as Elijah and Elisha. Come, watch, and see.

Friday, June 14, 2019

God Grants a Double Portion: Sunday Sermon 6-14-19


Enjoy your weekend. 

Join us Sunday morning when we celebrate God's generosity in the sermon, God Grants a Double Portion ... and Father's Day too. Come worship with us and discover what that double portion business means for us today. 

All are welcome here! This Sunday, worship begins at 10 a.m. as we switch to summer hours! 

Here's the sermon: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/gods-double-portion.html

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Cleaning Up Our Acts



Sermon from June 9, 2019, on Children's Sunday, based on Isaiah 1:15-20. We involve Dr. Seuss's less-than-reliable character of the Cat in the Hat to help illustrate how we can clean up our acts when we create big messes in our lives if we trust in God. Come and see how that all works out together. Join us on Sunday morning for worship if you are in our area!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Be One



Sermon for Sunday, June 2, 2019, based on John 17:20-26. Jesus prays his disciples will be unified in their ministry. This unity is reached by loving one another and serving each other despite their many differences. That prayer continues on into the present and the future, calling us to be unified in our love for each other and our loving service to others. It's a powerful prayer and a labor that leads to joy. Come and watch and give it a try!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Walking Prayer at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge on May 26, 2019


Red-wing blackbird poses
for two photographers
We had a beautiful walk in the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge after church. Red-winged blackbirds were present in abundance, along with swallows (both barn and tree) putting on aerial aerobatics chasing bugs. A lot of aquatic birds were not present or were drowsing in among the water plants when we were there in the afternoon heat.

We shared the natural beauty of the reserve with a great many fisherfolk, who were called in for one month to fish in both the creek and the wetlands area (where fishing is not usually allowed). The reason for this was an uptick of the invasive snakehead fish. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Judges: Week 6



Tuseday night, May 28, 2019, at 8 p.m. we moved forward into Chapter 6 of the book of Judges and a new judge.There were new complications, new examples of Israel straying from God's ways, and a judge struggling with his own doubts as well as trying heroically to bring them back. Drop by and watch.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Stand Up



Sunday, May 26, 2019, sermon based on John 5:10-9, dealing with issues of healing. Seeing how Jesus heals a man 38 years frustrated in his own attempts to receiving healing at a pool near the Temple in Jerusalem. What Jesus' actions meant for the man and for us were discussed. Come and watch

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Walking Prayer, Sunday, May 26, 2019

At 1 p.m., we will gather in the Lansdowne Baptist Church parking lot. At 1:30 p.m., we will take the 15 minute trip to the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge to practice the spiritual discipline of the walking prayer, opening our senses up to God's creation in a beautiful location. Join us for a one hour walk through the refuge, taking a closer walk with God.

The John Heinz Wildlife Refuge is located at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153.

Of course, this trip will be dependant on the weather. If it rains, we will reschedule.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Why Did You Go?



This sermon for Sunday, May 19, 2019, is based on Acts 11:1-12. It deals with the power of God's Holy Spirit and where it will lead us. The disciples Peter is called to account by the Christian leadership in Jerusalem for dining with Gentiles (strictly prohibited by tradition). Peter has an extraordinary explanation, one that changed the perspective of Christian leadership in Jerusalem from that point forward. The Holy Spirit calls us to tear down walls of tradition from time to time,  heading into new directions among new peoples. It is an exciting opportunity. Come and watch.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

What Tabitha Made: Sermon for Mother's Day 2019



The sermon for Mother's Day, May 12, 2019, was based on Acts 9:36-43. We reflected on the work of Tabitha, a Jewish Christian serving the Gentile poor of the port city of Joppa. Such a pillar of her community was she, that the disciple Peter was called from the capital of the region, Lyyda, to bear witness to Tabitha's service. We discussed how Tabitha filled the original idea for Mother's Day as proposed by Anna Jarvis: a day to remember the peacemakers and those advocating social good, as Anna's own mother had done. Watch and see where all this goes.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Beach Breakfast with Jesus



Sermon for Sunday, May 5, 2019, based on John 21:1-19. Following Jesus' resurrection, he appears at dawn on the beach to rescue Peter from the burdens associated with his denial of Jesus during the night of the trial. The rescue will be painful but liberating. Jesus is looking to do the same for each of us. Come and watch. Learn how. It is good news!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Stewardship with Dirt Under Our Nails



Sunday sermon following Earth Day, based on Genesis 2:15 & Leviticus 19:9-10. We look at the creation story to see what is intended in our relationship between God and humanity. Leviticus helps us with our relations between each other. The menorah was lit in solidarity with the synagogue congregants in San Diego who were attacked, and with all who have suffered violence in their sacred spaces. Watch and see what is to be discovered through this riveting tale.

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.