Showing posts with label discipline. Show all posts
Showing posts with label discipline. Show all posts

Friday, September 18, 2020

Importance of Voting


Useful, down right vital information on voting in 2020. As a pastor, I will never tell you WHO to vote for, but I will encourage you to get out there and vote safely. Make sure your voice is heard and you participate in performing a civic duty many gave their lives for. It is up to each and every one of us. 

Be a Living Memorial to the Life of Congressman John Lewis

Ways to honor the memory and legacy of Congressman John Lewis in 2020:

         Simply put, everyone vote!

         • Contact your elected officials and urge them to vote for the John Lewis Act (Voting Rights Renewal Act).

         • Register to Vote in 2020 (deadline October 19, 2020 - PA).

         • Vote by mail, asap, deadlines for the November 3 General Election: 5pm October 27 - Applications must be Received by your county election office. 8pm November 3 - VOTED BALLOTS must be RECEIVED by your county election office - postmarks are not enough.

         • Go to the polls with a friend and vote (being mindful of your safety - COVID-19).

         • Host intergenerational conversations among your relatives about the right to vote (include children).

         • Help Seniors to vote by mail, know the process, know the deadlines, and help them navigate the process.

         • Send out information on social media platforms encouraging the younger generations to vote. • Complete the 2020 Census.

         • Encourage peaceful non-violent protest in open spaces (Not Federal Government Property) and be mindful of COVID-19.

         • Encourage the News Media to cover non-violent protests and not escalate existing tensions.

         • Speak with the younger generations and tell them of the life and passion of John Lewis.

         • Talk to one another about the civil rights struggles of the past and the current civil rights struggle. Discuss the similarities and the differences.

         • Host a family virtual gathering the day of the election and pray for the nation.

“The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.” John Lewis

Please read and/or listen to a few of the last words of John Lewis: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/john-lewiscivil-rights-america.html

 

Compiled for circulation by the Philadelphia Baptist Association


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Do Not Worry



Sermon for February 16, 2020, based on Matthew 6:25-27. Jesus teaches his followers not to worry. Here we explore what kind of worry Jesus' is talking about and how we might actually be able to pull ourselves away from the most destructive forms of anxiety we face. These words of Jesus' put the keys to freeing ourselves from the cage worry forms in our minds directly into our hands. The question is, will we use that key? Come and watch. All are welcome.

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.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Discipline Series--Prayer



Sermon based on Philippians 4:4-7. Here we explore the power of prayer in our lives. We explore a bit of how to pray and why we should. Come along and watch, listen, and learn. All are welcome

Friday, June 28, 2019

Walking Prayer: July 7 After Church

 Providing the weather cooperates, anyone interested in learning/practicing the spiritual discipline of the walking prayer is invited to join us at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge. We will gather in the Lansdowne Baptist parking lot at 12:30 p.m. and then head on over to the refuge. There is no admission or parking fee involved at the wildlife refuge, so all you need is an hour of time and an open mind.


The walking prayer is an opportunity to open oneself to God through God's creation, using every sense to observe the natural world and allow God to speak to us through God's handiwork. A word of warning: prayer done well can be a transformative experience. Walk with us and with God on Sunday afternoon, and you may leave a changed person. 

Come and see. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Cleaning Up Our Acts



Sermon from June 9, 2019, on Children's Sunday, based on Isaiah 1:15-20. We involve Dr. Seuss's less-than-reliable character of the Cat in the Hat to help illustrate how we can clean up our acts when we create big messes in our lives if we trust in God. Come and see how that all works out together. Join us on Sunday morning for worship if you are in our area!

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Walking Prayer, Sunday, May 26, 2019

At 1 p.m., we will gather in the Lansdowne Baptist Church parking lot. At 1:30 p.m., we will take the 15 minute trip to the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge to practice the spiritual discipline of the walking prayer, opening our senses up to God's creation in a beautiful location. Join us for a one hour walk through the refuge, taking a closer walk with God.

The John Heinz Wildlife Refuge is located at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19153.

Of course, this trip will be dependant on the weather. If it rains, we will reschedule.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Judges: Week 2





Tonight we plunged into the book of Judges seriously. The book is designed to challenge safe assumptions and present us with alternative ideas. Come and watch!

Personal note: It is always tricky to make off the cuff remarks at the start. I know full well it was Notre Dame Cathedral that burned ... but I said the Louvre ... based on something I'd read earlier and was rattling around in my head. I will confess my first inclination was not to share this live stream or to edit that embarrassing slip away ... but, being an admittedly fallible human being as well as a pastor, you might as well see the mistakes and know I'm going to make more as we go along. Let's hear it for transparency.


We'll all need to give each other grace instead of judgment, especially in challenging times like these. Honestly, I'm still in emotional turmoil over the Notre Dame Cathedral fire and the arson committed against three African-American churches. I'm also entirely sure I mispronounced the names of some of the many tribes resident in the land. The first two chapters were some pretty interesting reads. Just wait until we get to chapter 3!


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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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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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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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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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

How Do We Hear?



The sermon for Sunday, September 23, 2018, was based on Luke 8:4-8. The parable of the sower has much to tell us, if, as Jesus says, we have ears to hear. There is much to be discovered about being disciples of "enduring patience." It is well worth a listen. If you like what you hear, you are invited to join us for worship any Sunday you happen to be in or near Lansdowne, PA. You will be most 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

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Walking Prayer at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge

On Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 2 p.m., members and friends of Lansdowne Baptist Church went on a walking prayer at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia. It was wonderful to get out on a startlingly beautiful day and be quiet in God's creation. As usual, once we became still, all the wildlife around became apparent to us. It is amazing what we overlook in our hurried lives.

Our next walking prayer will be on Sunday, October 14, 2018. We meet in the church parking lot at 1:30 p.m. and travel over together. It takes roughly fifteen minutes to get to our beautiful destination. All who wish to encounter God through the natural world are welcome to join us.