Showing posts with label community. Show all posts
Showing posts with label community. Show all posts

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. 

Friday, November 30, 2018

Be the Hope You Seek

We have been through tough times, including a brutal election season. People could really use some hope out there in the midst of a deeply divided culture. We can be that hope, using five basic steps. That requires us to be bold, to stand up, and to keep our heads up as Jesus calls us to do in Luke 21:28. It's not that hard once we start. You will find those five basic steps in an article in the American Baptist magazine Christian Citizen. The article is by Richard C. Harwood. Take a look through this link: https://christiancitizen.us/post-nasty-midterms-5-steps-to-engendering-real-hope/

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Making a Difference in 2018 and Beyond

It feels as if it is impossible to make a difference today in a world so full of violence, hate, and division. Often we feel like we want to keep our heads down, our mouths shut, and pray we live another day, each of us and those we love. That is a hard way to live. There is an alternative. How do we make a difference? What actually represents a difference to be made in a world where so much is washed away so quickly? Take a look at the article from Christian Citizen by Rev. Dr. Debora Jackson and be inspired: https://christiancitizen.us/making-lasting-footprints/

And remember what Jesus said in Luke 21:28: ... stand up and raise your heads ...

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

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 15




Beyond Loaves and Fishes is back with our fifteenth week studying the book of Matthew. We are getting into the later chapters now, and tension is building between the leadership of the Temple and Jesus. The parables are getting thornier and the final confrontation ... and victory ... is approaching rapidly. Join us every Tuesday night at 8 p.m. on the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel for the next live stream and be part of the conversation. We look forward to seeing you there. 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: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

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. 

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: https://christiancitizen.us/the-election-is-over-now-what/?utm_campaign=coschedule&utm_source=facebook_page&utm_medium=The%20Christian%20Citizen&utm_content=The%20election%20is%20over.%20Now%20what%3F


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Vote Today, Let Your Voices Be Heard

Your pastor and his wife have voted at 7:30 a.m. We were the 88th and 89th to do so at our polling station with many in line when we left. Please ignore the rain, get out, and vote. Let your voices be heard. Your pastor will never tell you how to vote. But I'll always encourage you to get out there and vote. There are many dedicated people who gave up their lives to ensure we have this right today. 

Friday, November 2, 2018

Better Together When We Boldly Go

There is a strength in diversity that we just don't get if we are suspicious of others and stick to tight little communities of other people just like us. Paul told the church of Corinth that. Paul let the Romans know that Jewish and Gentile Christians working together were far stronger than if they splintered apart along Jewish and Gentile lines. And, of course, from 1966 onward, Star Trek has reinforced that ideal. Better to boldly go together than to huddle in little enclaves separated by race, by religion, or by whatever else we choose to divide ourselves by. 

For more on this topic, see the article in Patheos by Erin Wathen titled "Boldly Go: The Gospel of Star Trek." I think you'll be glad you did: https://www.patheos.com/blogs/irreverin/2018/09/boldly-go-the-gospel-of-star-trek/

Then join us Sunday morning at Lansdowne Baptist Church. We are an American Baptist church, member of one of the most diverse denominations there is. We are pretty diverse ourselves, as you'll soon see, and ready to welcome you so we can all boldly go together. See you in the sanctuary!  

The Value of the Immigrant, the Faithful Ruth

Ruth, a Moabite, daugther-in-law of Naomi, is an example of true faithfulness. In the age of the Judges, when Israel had drifted from God, from faith, into idolatry and civil war, Ruth show what true faithfulness is all about. She gives up her people, her country, her gods, to head to a land where her people are looked down upon with suspicion and thought to be idolatrous, licenteous, people of ill repute. She makes the God of Israel her God. She stands by Naomi even though her mother-in-law has nothing to offer her in the way of a secure future. She goes out to glean in the barley fields at harvest time to feed Naomi and herself, even though it was not safe for a woman to do so in those uncertain times in Israel. When she meets Naomi's relative Boaz, this is what Boaz says of her faithfulness (word gets around in a small community like Bethlehem): 

Ruth 2:10-12: 10Then she fell prostrate, with her face to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your sight, that you should take notice of me, when I am a foreigner?” 11But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. 12May the Lord reward you for your deeds, and may you have a full reward from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge!” 

In an age when we too look suspicously upon outsiders, it is worth taking the time to remember Ruth, the faithful Moabite. Ruth and Boaz would become the great grandparents (spoiler alert) of King David, Israel's greatest king. Ruth would be one of four women listed in the lineage of Jesus Christ. 

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Dealing with Evil: Article: The Tree of Life

In wake of the mass murders at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, it is hard to know how to handle a world that seems to be steeped in evil. Here are some words of encouragement and a direction to look in the Christian Citizen article "The Tree of Life" by Curtis Ramsey-Lucas. See: https://christiancitizen.us/the-tree-of-life/

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Prayers for Victims of Violence Everywhere

Let me begin by saying Lansdowne Baptist prays for and stands with all our grieving Jewish brothers and sisters today, following the awful murders at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

We stand with all the victims of domestic violence, today and always. You have our prayers as well.

We stand by and pray for all those who have been victims of terrorism worldwide, their families, and their friends.

We prayer for and stand by all who have suffered from domestic abuse, today and always.

We pray and work toward the day when violence will no longer have any place in our society. We work to temper our speech and actions, so that we might not provoke or encourage those with weak minds and spirits who can be goaded into violence.

We ask everyone to join us today and always in this attempt to make the world a better and safer place. We can each do our part to curb violence in our homes and our communities. We can encouraged all of our leaders to do likewise.

Peace.

~Rev. Jeff Snyder

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: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

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:
https://christiancitizen.us/shine-a-light-in-the-corner-a-sermon-for-a-faithful-citizen/

To understand why every Christian should vote, please read: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/10/christians-should-always-vote-every.html

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 VotesPa.com 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

For more, please read: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/10/powerful-message-to-leaders-and-those.html


Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Fair Wages



The sermon for Sunday, September 30, 2018, covers Matthew 20:1-16, the parable of the Workers in the Vineyard. It explores the issue of fairness from God's perspective rather than humanity's. God's expansive love leads to a surprising level of inclusion. We also explore what "the evil eye" meant back in the day and why we should avoid it today. Have a listen. Peace. Feel free to join us in Sunday worship if you are in the vicinity of Lansdowne, Pennsylvania, and do not have a church of your own to attend. 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: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Standing With All Who Suffer


The congregation of Lansdowne Baptist Church stands with and prays for all who struggle today with disasters, natural and human-made. We pray that God will bless and keep you, that you will see the hand of God in action in all who seek to serve and rescue you from whatever has befallen you. We stand by you and grieve with you. We will do our best to offer help as prayer completed is prayer in action.

Peace be with you all. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

God's Gracious Gifts



Sunday, September 9, 2018, sermon based on Matthew 25:14-27. Jesus' disciples were anxious to know when he would return in glory. That Jesus was not going to tell them. Instead he told them a parable (story) on how to behave until he returned. The instruction offered in this story remains as valuable to Christ followers and all who are interested in following Christ as it ever was. Take a listen.

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: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Lost and Found



Sunday, September 2, 2018, sermon based on Luke 15:1-7, beginning a September parable sermon series. In today's sermon, Jesus answers the grumbling of the Pharisees and scribes about who Jesus chooses to dine and associate with by providing the parable of the lost sheep. God is represented as a loving shepherd who seeks out one lost sheep of 100. We are the sheep in this story. Listen in and discover just how much God wants to find every single lost human being and what happens when a single lost person is recovered. It is good news.

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: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/05/beyond-loaves-fishes-livestream-bible.html

Friday, August 31, 2018

End of Summer Bash 2018

Water balloon toss

Setting up for the fun
Saturday, August 25, Lansdowne Baptist congregants put on our party hats and celebrated the end of the summer with our children, their parents, grandparents, and our neighborhood kids. It was a great time. There were lots of games, food, giant bubbles to pop, and a bounce house that drew kids in from far and wide. It was a terrific event planned and operated by Lansdowne Baptist volunteers. Volunteers are vital to an active church, using all their God-given talents to create lively events we all enjoy. Thanks to everybody who made the day special. Thanks also for being so welcoming to the pastor & his wife's 15-year-old beagle Daisy, who enjoyed sniffing around the buildings and grounds, recieving lots of love from the kids, giving it back ... and getting a dropped crumb or two here and there. School supplies were provided for all the school age kids, while goodie bags with treats were given to the younger set.
Ring toss...several of us grown up kids had to try our luck! 

Jacks!

We thank God for a wonderful day and were glad to share our joy with our community. We look forward to seeing you all again next year. Have a safe, happy, and enlightening school year, kids.
Giant bubbles!

Daisy gets to know our youngest family member

Daisy apparently has personal space
issues
Gotcha bubble!
We had school supplies left over to give away
on Sunday.