Showing posts with label Jesus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jesus. Show all posts

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, February 12, 2020

Discipline Series -- Solitude



This sermon is based on Luke 22:39-46. Prior to every major event in his ministry and often during his work, Jesus would head off for times of solitude. Jesus would go into the wilderness and pray to God. Learn the advantages of solitude in our lives as well. All are welcome and everyone is invited to watch.

Friday, January 24, 2020

From the East



Here is the sermon from the second week of January, catching up with those wise men from the East, determined to honor Jesus as the king they know him to be and all that gets stirred up because of their faith. See what that means for us.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

New Year's Vision



Sermon beginning 2020, based on John 1:10-18. Showing us a productive way of heading into the new year on a solid footing, understanding the role Jesus plays in our lives. Come and watch. All are welcome. Have a blessed 2020.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Birth of Jesus



The sermon on the Sunday before Christmas, December 22, 2019, exploring the significance of the Christmas story for us today. This is the story of the challenge Joseph has when discovers the circumstances of her pregnancy and how he intends to deal with that situation as a righteous man. There is a lot worth reviewing there, a great deal about God changing human expectations. Come and see.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

The One



Here is the sermon for Sunday, December 15, 2019, the third Sunday in Advent. The sermon is based on Matthew 11:2-11 and deals with our expectations ... and how disappointed we are when expectations remain unmet. Jesus wasn't interested in meeting human expectations for the Messiah, a kingdom bringer, a royal Messiah of might. Jesus had other ideas. Now we are challenged by the reality of Jesus versus our expectations. Do we accept Jesus as "the one" on his own terms?

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

No One Knows



Here is the sermon for Sunday, December 1, 2019, the first Sunday of Advent. Based on Matthew 24:36-44, we take a look forward to Jesus' Second Advent, Jesus' return to this world. When should we expect this? How should we prepare? What should we do? So many questions. Come and watch. See what Jesus has to tell us in answer to our questions.

Giving Thanks



This is the sermon for Sunday, November 24, 2019, the Sunday before Thanksgiving. It is based on Colossians 1:11-20. Paul reminds the church of his day and us today what we have to be thankful for and how that should impact our perspective. Come watch and see.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Joshua Week 6 & Mark Week 1



On Tuesday night, November 12, 2019, we wrapped up our study of Joshua with the Promised Land belonging to Israel and sanctuary cities established. Then we moved on to a study of the Gospel According to Mark, which was the first of the four gospels written. We had an introduction that night, and we'll plunge into Mark in detail in the next session. It was an interesting evening. Join us! And, should you be near Lansdowne Baptist in Lansdowne, PA, some fine Sunday morning, drop in and join us for worship. We'll be glad to have you. ~Rev. Jeff Snyder

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, November 5, 2019

Climb Down



Sermon for Sunday, November 3, 2019, based on Luke 19:1-10, the compelling tale of Jericho's despised chief tax collector and his encounter with Jesus, via a sycamore tree. It is a story filled with good news and life application lessons for each and every one of us today. If you find yourself in the neighborhood, come and worship with us at Lansdowne Baptist Church any Sunday. We will welcome you!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Attitude of Gratitude



The sermon for Sunday, October 20, 2019, based on Luke 17:11-19. Exploring the parable of the grateful leper, one of ten healed, who returned to Jesus with praises of thanksgiving, an overwhelming sense of gratitude for his healing. The life application for this parable explores how we too can live in a state of gratitude for what we have been given. Come and visit us in Lansdowne, PA, when you are close by. You will be most welcome.

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 24, 2019

Prayer: Sermon for September 22, 2019



Sermon based on 1 Timothy 2:1-7, in which Paul advises Timothy and us who to pray for and why. Everything he has to say is equally challenging for us as the Christian community today. There is a special challenge and invitation here for members and friends of Lansdowne Baptist Church. All are invited to watch, however, as there is plenty here to challenge everyone. Stop by and worship with us on Sunday morning if you find yourself near Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. The invitation and the door are open.

To the Lansdowne Baptist Church family, listen to this sermon and be ready to respond at our Congregational Meeting on Wednesday evening, October 23rd, 2019.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Saving Sinners



Sermon for Sunday, September 15, 2019, based on 1 Timothy 1:12-17. Paul encourages us to be grateful to Jesus for our salvation, humble in giving credit, and honest about ourselves and our dealings. Paul reminds us of his past as Saul and states if he, as an outrageous sinner, can be saved, so can we. Come and watch and see where this takes us. If you're near Lansdowne, PA, on Sunday morning, join us as well.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Being Mindful of What We Say: Fat Shaming Wounds Others and Defiles Us

In Matthew 15:11-20, Jesus instructs: "it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles.” Then the disciples approached and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees took offense when they heard what you said?” He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.” But Peter said to him, “Explain this parable to us.” Then he said, “Are you also still without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this is what defiles. For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander. These are what defile a person, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile.”

To love God and neighbor, fulfilling the two great commandments, we need to be mindful what we say to others. In society today, people are feeling far freer to say what is on their minds, regardless of how their words will impact those who receive them. Fat shaming is all the rage and society encourages this harmful behavior in a lot of different ways. To understand what fat shaming is and how it impacts others, take a look at the following article through this link: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/fat-shaming-makes-things-worse

Even with the best of intentions, telling someone something they already know full well will not encourage them to diet and live a healthier life. We need to ask ourselves why we feel compelled to tell someone they are fat in the hopes they will take a better life path. There's an assumption behind that "you're fat" shaming. That assumption, whether conscious or not, is that the person is lazy and if they just had a little more gumption, they'd lose weight. That's a dangerous assumption and an insulting one. None of us knows a stranger's story. We don't know the circumstances of their lives. We have no idea whether they are trying or have tried many times to lose weight. In following through with that impulse, we defile ourselves and harm the other person. Once the message has been delivered, the deliverer goes on with their day and probably forgets the encounter. The recipient of the message has been harmed, burdened with more unwanted emotional baggage, and perhaps heading down the road to depression or worse. It's more infuriating when that message is delivered by a skinny person who has never once in their lives struggled with weight issues. That person simply has no clue what the overweight person is struggling with. 

Much better to reign in our tongues, mind our words, and instead try to truly help our neighbors, taking the real time and effort to help those who truly need help and to be kind to everyone, making kindess a habit that improves lives (the other person's and our own), a habit that will never defile us. 

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.