Showing posts with label discipleship. Show all posts
Showing posts with label discipleship. Show all posts

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.

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

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 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 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. 

Friday, March 29, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream Week 3





We continued our study from N.T. Wright's book The Day the Revolution Began. Thursday we explored new goals for a new humanity, which proved to be quite interesting. Come and watch. We're glad you're here.

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Thursday, March 28, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Insights: Kindness



Pause with me for a moment and consider kindness as a way to draw closer to God's plan for our lives this Lenten season.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth Week 4



On Tuesday, March 26, 2019, we completed chapter three and moved into chapter four of Ruth. You need to know that we covered a lot of mature material of a serious nature concerning the treatment of women and foreigners, back in Ruth's day and today.. You might want to make sure young children are not in the room as you listen. I had to sort out some technical difficulties to get the live stream back on track (which is why last week there were no episodes of the Bible study or the Lenten Live Stream (Thursday evenings in Lent until Maundy Thursday at 8 p.m. Come and watch.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Jerusalem Jerusalem



The sermon for Sunday, March 17, 2019, is based on Luke 13:31-35. In this scripture Jesus must leave Jerusalem to its own devices as its people by in large will not accept the word of God Jesus offers. They will not allow themselves to be enveloped by Jesus' protective care. Decisions have consequences. We too must decide for ourselves if we will follow Jesus or be left to our own devices. During the course of the sermon, we explored a response to terrorism Christians should take. Come and watch.

See what our denomination, American Baptist Churches USA has to say in response to the terror attack on the Christchurch Muslim mosques in New Zealand here: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2019/03/important-message-from-american-baptist.html

Monday, March 11, 2019

God Reigns




Sermon for Sunday, 3/10/19, the first Sunday of Lent, based on Daniel 6:16-22, Daniel in the Lions' Den. While the story is best known for the dramatic scene in the lions' den, it is really about something else. About what is possible under God's reign for those of faith ... and how we entrap ourselves in our pride, our ego, our belief some things can never be changed. Come and watch to see how to be freed of such foolish notions.

Also, this is the first week using a brand new video camera, straight out of the box. We had not had time to download the PDF instruction manual yet, so further improvements are expected down the road. Stay tuned and see what happens.

Friday, March 8, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Lenten Live Stream: Week 1



For the next six weeks during Lent, on Thursday evenings from 8 to 8:30 p.m., we will be considering N.T. Wright's book The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus' Crucifixion. For Lent we'll be giving up some time to learn some new and challenging perspectives that may well change the way we do things as Christ followers.. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Living Differently



Sermon based on Luke 6:27-31, in which we are called to love our enemies, among other things. Jesus calls us to live very differently from how instinct and culture has long called us to live. Following Jesus' message here, we can work to break the cycle of violence and revenge in our communities. Watch and learn how

Blessed Are You



Sermon based on Luke 6:20-23, Jesus' Sermon on the Plain. It is a Black History Month inspired sermon calling for all of us to join together in our wondrous diversity, to knit together a strong community of faith that supports everyone, at every phase of life. Come and watch.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 22




Tuesday, February 19, 2019, we began with Matthew 27:57-61, in which Joseph of Arimathea recovers the crucified body of Jesus. We move on from there to the utter transformation of human history and the first evangelists of the resurrection. Concluding the book of Matthew with a call to all Christ followers in every age, we moved on to introduce the book of Ruth from the Old Testament. There will be many pressing questions to explore in this evocative short book. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 21




On Tuesday night, February 12, 2019, we begin with Matthew 27, beginning with Simon the man from Cyrene, carrying Jesus' cross to the hill. It was an exciting evening ... also one with challenges as I had a sinus infection, medication, and Sherry was not at home. Our 16-year-old somewhat demented beagle could get up to tremendous mischief it she had decided to. Join us now and see how it all worked out. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 20



Tuesday night, February 5, 2019, we began with Matthew 26, Jesus' arrest and Peter's denial. It is a very intense time with a lot to tell us about life lived in crisis. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

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