Showing posts with label faith. Show all posts
Showing posts with label faith. Show all posts

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Article 2019: The Collective Conscience of Our Country

The link here is to the Pastoral Letter of the American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Lee Spitzer. The article deals with the violence currently ripping our nation to pieces. Please read: https://www.abc-usa.org/2019/08/the-collective-conscience-of-our-country-a-pastoral-letter-from-abcusa-general-secretary-lee-spitzer/?fbclid=IwAR3WkzbpwnIYqfanksb1L0IN7vHfSUkJt5V5ZU-dZZ9mZDGugvk1zy193ak

One paragraph worthy of note for anyone wondering who we American Baptists are is: “American Baptists, as a denominational family, have consistently been advocates for religious and civil liberty for all and for the concept of “a Free Church in a Free State” (1986 ABCUSA Policy Statement on Church and State). Key tenets of the divisive ideology of Christian nationalism are incompatible with Baptist theological and social convictions. American Baptists historically have advocated for respect, tolerance, justice and freedom for everyone in our country (and world), while resolutely opposing all manifestations of racism, prejudice, fear and injustice. May we continue this witness in 2019, and into the future.”

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

God Remembers



Sermon based on Hosea 11:1-11 speaks to God unwavering love of God, even when we stray. God was determined to love the wandering people of Israel and does the same for us. Remember that when society tries to tell you are not loved. Watch and see. Join us on Sunday at Lansdowne Baptist Church, Lansdowne, PA, for worship.

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 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.

Friday, June 14, 2019

God Grants a Double Portion: Sunday Sermon 6-14-19


Enjoy your weekend. 

Join us Sunday morning when we celebrate God's generosity in the sermon, God Grants a Double Portion ... and Father's Day too. Come worship with us and discover what that double portion business means for us today. 

All are welcome here! This Sunday, worship begins at 10 a.m. as we switch to summer hours! 

Here's the sermon: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2019/06/gods-double-portion.html

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!

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.

Subscribe to the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel, click on the bell, and you'll receive updates as to the next live stream experience. Go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJBSnyder

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth Week 2



Last week we finished the book of Matthew and provided some short introductory material into the book of Ruth. Tonight we really get to know this woman of faith from the Old Testament and her powerful story. Join us. Peace, Rev. Jeff Snyder

Subscribe to the J.S. Brooks YouTube channel, click on the bell, and you'll receive updates as to the next live stream experience. Go to: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJBSnyder

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Rejoice: the Lord Is Your Strength



Sermon for January 27, 2019, based on Nehemiah 8:1-3, 8-10. Exploring what may be done against the odds when we work together, placing our faith in God and working with each other. There is a direct application presented for our church, and the same may be applied to all churches and communities everywhere. Come and watch!

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Making Connections: Sermon for Sunday, January 20, 2019



Sermon based on 1 Corinthians 12:1-6: in which Paul advises the congregation not to divide over issues of status based on God-given gifts. He reminds them that these are gifts from the Creator and not rewards bestowed for merit, therefore, no smugness and judging of others should ensue. Such gifts are given to strengthen the whole community. An excellent message for the church today. Come and watch.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 18



We move on in Matthew Chapter 25 and the parable of the talents, for starters. We are coming close to Jerusalem now with Jesus and the story intensifies greatly. Join us.. 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

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Sermon for Sunday, January 13, 2019


Grappling with how to handle fear, according to Isaiah. It's ancient wisdom that remains valid today. Come and join us this Sunday for worship. All are welcome!

Here's a little teaser about our Sunday sermon: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2019/01/sermon-for-sunday-january-13-2019.html

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Increasing in Wisdom



This sermon, based on Luke 2:41-52, is the only story of Jesus' youth. We can learn a great deal from Jesus and Mary as they interact. We too can grow in wisdom as we learn from what we have done, just as Jesus does. As Christ followers we should not fear making mistakes, but use them to grow in wisdom and in years, in favor with God and humanity. Come and watch.

Mary Rejoices



Sermon for December 23, 2018, based on Luke 1:39-45. Mary receives a message from an angel of God that she will be the mother of the Messiah, Jesus. Mary embraces the responsibility with great faith and action. She visits her older relative Elizabeth, who as proof that what Mary has been told, is also pregnant as nothing is impossible with God. There is a great deal for us to learn from Mary and her faithful response. Take a look.


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


Sunday, November 11, 2018, Sermon: Out of Her Poverty


Join us this Sunday when we will explore the meaning of the widow giving her two coins in the Temple in Jerusalem. It was all she had. Why was this significant to Jesus? Why is it significant to us? What does it have to tell us about living generous lives? Come and see. Sunday, November 11, 2018, at 11 a.m. in the Lansdowne Baptist Church sanctuary. You will be welcome!

To see the sermon: https://lansdownebaptistchurch.blogspot.com/2018/11/out-of-her-poverty.html

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Faithfulness: Sermon for November 4, 2018



Sermon for Sunday, November 4, 2018, based on Ruth 1:1-18. Focusing on the faithfulness of Ruth the Moabite, a foreigner who proves more faithful in Israel than God's chosen people during the years of the Judges. Ruth will protect Naomi, her mother-in-law, even when facing an uncertain future, turning away from the comforts and familiarity of home to follow Naomi from Moab to Israel. In the exploration of Ruth's exemplary faith, we discover a secret to a happy life. Come and listen. If you enjoy what you find here, are near Lansdowne, PA, and don't have a church of your own, join us Sunday morning for worship in the sanctuary. You will be welcome.

Friday, November 2, 2018

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. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Matthew Week 13



On Tuesday, October 30, 2018, we continued our exploration of Matthew, finishing with the transfiguration of Jesus, returning from that mountaintop experience to grapple with life in the valley. Much life application material explored. We also spent some time praying for all our Jewish brothers and sisters grieving over their losses at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, PA. Watch when you have a chance.

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, 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/