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

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Making Connections: Sermon for Sunday, January 20, 2019

Sermon based on 1 Corinthians 12:1-6: in which Paul advises the congregation not to divide over issues of status based on God-given gifts. He reminds them that these are gifts from the Creator and not rewards bestowed for merit, therefore, no smugness and judging of others should ensue. Such gifts are given to strengthen the whole community. An excellent message for the church today. Come and watch.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Fear No Trouble

In Isaiah, the prophet counsels his people not to be afraid in the face of their exile in Babylon. They are feeling isolated, powerless, and without any redeemer. Isaiah tells them God loves them, God will redeem them, and God will always love God's children. There is great reason to put away fear. But how could that be done? How might it be done today. Come and watch. See the good news.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Have You Heard the News

Sermon based on Matthew 2:1-12, the arrival of the magi, who seek to honor Jesus as Israel's new king. Discover what this meant back in the day, and what the magi's behavior means for us today. Come and watch.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Mary Rejoices

Sermon for December 23, 2018, based on Luke 1:39-45. Mary receives a message from an angel of God that she will be the mother of the Messiah, Jesus. Mary embraces the responsibility with great faith and action. She visits her older relative Elizabeth, who as proof that what Mary has been told, is also pregnant as nothing is impossible with God. There is a great deal for us to learn from Mary and her faithful response. Take a look.

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Message of the Prophet

Sermon based on Luke 3:7-18, in which John the Baptizer speaks plainly to the crowd that has come to hear him. He wants to make clear what must be done by people who seek to turn their lives around and follow God's way in anticipation of the Messiah's arrival. It is a powerful message for people of any time. Come and watch.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Prophet Cries Out

Sermon based on Luke 3:1-6, studying how John the Baptist made the way straight for Jesus in word and deed. Plenty of life application lessons in John's message for his first century listeners and us on the way of repentance and being a good follower of Christ. Come and watch.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Redemption of Scrooge Advent Week 1

We are taking a little break before we finish Matthew. For the Advent season, leading up to Christmas, we will be studying Charles Dickens's classic A Christmas Carol and seeing what spiritual lessons we can learn from this enduring classic. We are using a wonderful study guide available through Judson Press called The Redemption of Scrooge. I recommend it to you all.

You'll notice we had a little hiccup this week. It threw me for a bit of a loop and I think it shows. It didn't interrupt the live stream and I discovered how to solve it, but I wanted you to know now.

I hope you join us for the second session after watchin this on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at 8 p.m. for the second week. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps:

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Peeking Into the Future

Sermon based on Luke 21:25-36, showing how Jesus' glimpse into the future and his eventual return in victory has a great deal to tell us about living as faithful disciples in the world today. Watch and discover what each of us can do in the here and now, even when it seems the world is falling apart. Then again, Jesus would ask us exactly how are we looking at the world. Come and see. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

First Sunday of Advent 2018

On Sunday, December 2, 2018, the first Sunday of Advent, we will explore what Jesus told us about his eventual return in triumph. From this, we discover how we should be living right here and right now. Come and see. All are invited and all are welcome.

Join us! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Christmas Candlelight Service 2018

On Sunday, December 23rd, 2018, at 7:00 in the evening, you are invited to Lansdowne Baptist Church's annual Christmas Candlelight Service.  This inspiring service includes a service of lessons and carols. The lessons span both the Old and New Testaments. Follow the story of God's love for humanity, a love so strong that nothing we could do would destroy it, from the very beginning through the joyous birth of Jesus, the Messiah, who would show us the way home to God and declare in word and deed how much we are all beloved children of God. This is a wonderful assurance in challenging times. Following the lessons and carols is a truly unique message during which the light of Christ is shared throughout the church sanctuary, taking a single point of light at the pulpit out throughout the gathered people, sharing Jesus' love and message until the sanctuary, once dark, is fully illuminated by candles. By that warm glow, together we sing Silent Night to end a beautiful, inspiring, and memorable evening sure to give you the real Christmas spirit. Come and join in this profound moment of worship and peace. Come and share our joy. All are invited. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Guidance for Hard Times

Revelation, that letter of vision from John to the seven churches of Asia Minor, had a great deal to tell them about surviving and serving God in dangerous times. It works just as well for us today as it did for those early Christian churches. Come along and explore the meaning of the early verses of chapter 1 and see what they have for us.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Sermon: Sunday, November 18, 2018: Beware That No One Leads You Astray

On Sunday, November 18, 2018, we'll explore what Jesus has to say about the permanence of the temple and of the incoming kingdom of God. We will discover reason for hope, gratitude and thanksgiving in the midst of a chaotic world. Join us and see. 

We will also sing a couple of old favorite hymns related to the Thanksgiving day celebration. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Out of Her Poverty

Sermon for Sunday, November 11, 2018, based on Mark 12:38-44. Jesus discusses giving, generosity, and how easy it is to go astray when your society is fixated on status. That fixation easily impacts people of all levels of society. Jesus focuses on the Temple Scribes, the wealthy congregants, and one poor widow. He is particularly interested in that widow, and so will we be in this sermon on good stewardship. You are invited to listen. You are also invited to join us at Lansdowne Baptist in Lansdowne, PA, any time you are in town.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

What Do Christians Do Following an Election?

Author Curtis Ramsey-Lucas has some wonderful ideas for Christians who wish to remain energized and active following the just completed campaign season. Loyal opposition, the author declares, is our work. Holding our leaders to the higher standards of God's incoming kingdom, in civil discourse, is the work of a lifetime. Take a look at this article and decide for yourself if this is the work for you now that the campaign season is done:

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Faithfulness: Sermon for November 4, 2018

Sermon for Sunday, November 4, 2018, based on Ruth 1:1-18. Focusing on the faithfulness of Ruth the Moabite, a foreigner who proves more faithful in Israel than God's chosen people during the years of the Judges. Ruth will protect Naomi, her mother-in-law, even when facing an uncertain future, turning away from the comforts and familiarity of home to follow Naomi from Moab to Israel. In the exploration of Ruth's exemplary faith, we discover a secret to a happy life. Come and listen. If you enjoy what you find here, are near Lansdowne, PA, and don't have a church of your own, join us Sunday morning for worship in the sanctuary. You will be welcome.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Power Play

Sermon for Sunday, October 21, 2018, based on Mark 10:35-45. John and James make a move, trying to become Jesus' right and left hand men. Jesus finds this a teachable moment for all his disciples, both the original 12 and every disciple since. What it means to be great in God's kingdom is the central focus of the message. Watch and find out. If you like what you see and are close to Lansdowne, PA, come worship with us Sunday morning in the sanctuary. All are welcome.

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps:

Friday, October 19, 2018

Powerful Message to Leaders ... and Those Who Elect Them

The American Baptist publication, Christian Citizen, has a wonderful article every elected leader and everyone who elects them should consider. It references Psalm 146 as a guide. Here is that psalm for our reference and consideration in light of the story, "'Shine a Light in the Corner'--A Sermon for Faithful Citizens Based on Psalm 146." 
Psalm 146:
1 Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord, O my soul! 
2 I will praise the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praises to my God all my life long. 
3 Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. 
4 When their breath departs, they return to the earth; on that very day their plans perish. 
5 Happy are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God, 
6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; who keeps faith forever; 
7 who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free; 
8 the Lord opens the eyes of the blind. The Lord lifts up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous 
9 The Lord watches over the strangers; he upholds the orphan and the widow, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin. 
10 The Lord will reign forever, your God, O Zion, for all generations. Praise the Lord!
Thanks to Deborah L. Hughes for the article found here:

To understand why every Christian should vote, please read:

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Christians Should Always Vote, Every Election

At our last meeting of the Ministerium of Eastern Delaware County, a gathering of the pastors of local churches in and around Lansdowne of various denominations working together, a representative of the non-partisan organization met with us. She is intent on supporting and promoting democracy through voter participation. She supports neither party, but wants each and every voter to exercise their civic duty and right to vote, unimpeded and in every election.

She gave us material with compelling, and completely non-partisan, reasons why Christians should vote; she knew how to reach a bunch of pastors. I want to pass that information along for your prayerful consideration.

In any democracy, Christians have a responsibility to God to vote in each and every election, whether voting for a President, for Congress, or for local offices. There are no small or boring votes. The two greatest commandments, as Jesus says, are to love God with all of our heart, soul, strength, and mind and to love our neighbors as ourselves (Matthew 22:35-40; Luke 10:25-37). Jesus also clearly states that we must pay our taxes to government authorities (Matthew 22:21), no matter how we feel about that personally. Back in Jesus' day, most people had little influence on how those taxes collected would be spent. In today's democracy, we have more power to influence how our money collected will be used ... if we choose to vote wisely. Will it be used for godly purposes--such as helping the poor, the outcast, the sick, widows, orphans, prisoners, the strangers among us, proper stewardship of our planet and all living things--or not. Do we care? If we intend to be Christ-followers, we must.

When we are in need, we hope to receive assistance from the government tasked with doing the things we cannot do ourselves, because our money supports that government. If a hurricane strikes, we hope for FEMA relief. We expect all people in need to be cared for, as is commanded in Scripture, and as Jesus demonstrated so well for us all. Examples of these commands in both the Old and New Testaments may be found in Leviticus 25:25, 35, 39; Deuteronomy 10:18; 14:28-29; 15:11; 24:14; Psalm 82:3-4; Matthew 25:35; Luke 14:13; Galatians 2:10; James 2:2-6; and 1 John 3:17-18.

Voting to have governmental monies--our money originally--be used to help vulnerable people is one way of fulfilling the Bible's commandments to help our needy and less fortunate brothers and sisters, neighbors all, much as we would hope to be cared for ourselves in times of crisis. If we want the governement to help us when we are in dire need, then we must vote to have government officials who care enough for others, even the "least of these," to help in times of need.

Voting is also good stewardship. We are called to be good stewards of this beautiful, precious, and so far singular world and all life upon it. We need to vote for officials who will honor that call to good stewardship as well.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus calls all of us to be "salt" and "light" to the world (Matthew 5:14-14), improving the world in all the ways we can. We can do this in a variety of ways, including voting in our democracy for government officials who will do the same. We are called not to be "of" this world, yet definitely to be "in" it--in it to make it a safer, better, healthier, freer place for all. If we do not vote, we are reducing our positive impact on the world. We are giving up our country to the wicked: "When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan" (Proverbs 29:2). We fail to offer love to our neighbors at the ballot box when we choose not to vote, and the people groan.

Why am I, the pastor of Lansdowne Baptist Church, providing this material for your consideration? Because the congregation of Lansdowne Baptist Church loves our community, we love humanity, we love creation, and we seek as best we can to follow the two greatest of all commandments as we humbly seek to follow Jesus. Happy voting, in this election, and every election. It's good discipleship.

~Rev. Jeff Snyder
Pastor, Lansdowne Baptist Church

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 12

On Tuesday, October 16, 2018, we continue our exploration of Matthew, beginning with a continuation of Matthew 14:34-36: when Jesus and the disciples encounter the people Gennesaret, who are much more inclined to accept Jesus' help than were the people of his own hometown. The Pharisees will increase their resistance yet again, and much more, all with applications for life in today's complicated world. More to come. Subscribe and join us.

In my opening remarks, there's one thing I'd like to clarify. You are going to pick and choose among some of the interpretations presented. Christians don't get the choice of picking and choosing among scriptures they like and don't. Those they have to grapple with in their entirety and in context. It is a challenge. Peace, Pastor Jeff Snyder

Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. (with exceptions for the pastor's vacation and power failures), we have a live stream Bible study. You are invited to subscribe on YouTube (it's free) and join: If you'd like a little more information on becoming a subscriber, see the following. To learn how to join us on the Beyond Loaves and Fishes live stream event each Tuesday night, take a look at the following blog post and follow the simple steps:

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Throne of Grace

Sermon for Sunday, October 14, 2018, based on Hebrew 4:12-16. Life is scary, and always has been. The first half of today's scripture reading is scary, and always has been. However, the second half of the reading tells us where to turn to leave fear behind. To whom can we turn to be courageous? Who is in our corner, ready to help us, and to be at our side when our judgment finally comes? Listen and find out.