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

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. 

Friday, August 9, 2019

We American Baptists Stand Against Terror and Hate

The American Baptist Home Mission Societies shared a powerful article by Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson, speaking out against terrorism in our country, standing up for the victims of this weekend's massacres, and speaking out against race hatred and violence. 

In part Rev. Dr. Jackson states: ... we denounce practices of privilege that declare white male gunmen as mentally ill while naming gunmen of color as terrorists. Domestic terrorism, regardless of the perpetrator, is an issue and we cannot abide by tactics that diminish the offense for some. Declaring our faith in the God of love, we condemn the hate speech that is dividing our country. Instead, we commit ourselves to teach the love of God through Jesus Christ, rebuking those who would spread hate.

Read the article at: https://christiancitizen.us/a-call-to-american-baptists/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=The%20Christian%20Citizen&utm_content=A%20call%20to%20American%20Baptists&fbclid=IwAR2uoLKbL_qH-YUaI-7RpIW6fMxDjmT1D4GDWCfSfdf2aIR2yUMJztmplLQ

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!

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 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!

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

We Are a Diverse Congregation: Come and See


We at Lansdowne Baptist Church are very proud of our congregation. The way we relate to one another and function as one people comes almost second nature, because that's who we are. We recognize our differences but are always willing to learn more from each other. Only then can we get a closer understanding and appreciation. Our diversity lends credibility to what we stand for as it closely follows the teachings of Jesus. Our arms are open as we welcome all into his house.


Revelation 7:9-10: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”


~Will Thompson


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.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Easter Egg Hunt 2019!

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Lansdowne Baptist Church held a community Easter Egg Hunt. It was a small affair this year that we hope will grow over time. 180 eggs were hidden, most containing small religious items ... and some with candy of course, and our entrepid crew of egg hunters found every last one of them. 

It was wonderful to introduce our family from Cameroon to the ways of the egg hunt and have the parents help prepare and hide the eggs and their children to find them. Our youngest hunter, a toddler, wasn't so sure what was going on but was delighted to discover the eggs made a satisfying rattle when shaken. 


It was a blessed day, a wonderful time of fellowship, and a terrific reminder we need to rejoice all that Jesus did for us out of love. We can and should share that love in as many ways as we can imagine. And, yes, that includes the venerable Easter Egg Hunt. Join us next year. We'll have plenty of eggs and a whole new way to hunt for them. 

The community is invited to share our joy with us. All are welcome. 

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 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.

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

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

What Price?



Our sermon today was based on John 12:1-8. We explore how generous Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus, was in her anointing of Jesus. We explore how we may be equally generous with others, and why we should do so. Come and watch.