Showing posts with label hope. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hope. Show all posts

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, 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.

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, March 19, 2019

Call for Flood Buckets From Omaha, Nebraska

Sunset Hills Baptist Church in Omaha, Nebraska, provides guidelines for creating "flood buckets." These are buckets filled with necessary relief products for those suffering from historic flooding in the US Midwest. You can help. See their article here;
https://www.facebook.com/SunsetHillsBaptistChurch/?__tn__=kC-R&eid=ARD65PAej_ezVRnEL6n5xjjsCE-majb1xbz-WPiShtYXJdox0iSiVs28R0-thT5Pc00yAOmKrY-wOV4q&hc_ref=ARScybsM-3wQSs6ofjO0nqjpd5hpoNSyZ86yEB9BJQuEEL0LNEdt7O0oUgSYNBEW7PQ&fref=nf&__xts__%5B0%5D=68.ARAPMa7RjbrPLB2vTlvMty4_NTJOr8Krl8ojaNMl0cJ4PVeyx37FqliS-xC0jcZFFEjpYTUqiuh3kNrQcrzoneUQCWbSx-R2MTilTMtpxF6mEN2egmJHv47P6a4s2Z7QJhoRHRIYjOQ6DrN6Y-J3-ZrA69NPa57KQCoPq0dqQRwQJawQoIadEUhj-IizaS3HGa80vpYwEAEWYrHxadIZxIuZAgYtv44K5Gq4nNB5vrePwFMtXdj42WZaVbzHQNlPuhjLpYyrowLb7P_0hDL_XDKqLanBoHVfnsg1uiPMMv1DwsclfFlP9nFENFYQ3ZwkxlEEIhkSdB5T_57uj4jL5pvzuA

Important Message From American Baptist Churches USA

Following the terror attack on Muslim mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, the General Secretary of our denomination, American Baptist Churches USA, made the following statement. It gives you strong insight on who we are as Baptists and who (and what) we stand for: http://www.abc-usa.org/2019/03/16/abcusa-general-secretary-affirms-american-baptist-solidarity-with-the-muslim-victims-of-the-mosque-attack-in-new-zealand/?fbclid=IwAR0sXcUAj6hfLfko49gDfJyTsFBjM9KwK9Opbd7E9nubilV11ITV-8PRS3k

Please read.

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 ...

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Guidance for Hard Times



Revelation, that letter of vision from John to the seven churches of Asia Minor, had a great deal to tell them about surviving and serving God in dangerous times. It works just as well for us today as it did for those early Christian churches. Come along and explore the meaning of the early verses of chapter 1 and see what they have for us.

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.

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 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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Bread of Life: Jesus' Gift



Sermon based on John 6:35, 41-51: Jesus offers humanity a beautiful gift, what he calls the bread of life. What is this gift? How does one get it? What strings are attached? Who can get it and who can't? Learn all this and more. All are welcome. Come 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

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Important Letter from ABC USA General Secretary 2018


AMERICAN BAPTIST CHURCHES USA
___________________________________



June 15, 2018

Mr. Jeff Sessions, Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530-0001

Dear Attorney General Sessions,

I am writing to you today on behalf of the 5,000 congregations and 1.3 million members of the American Baptist Churches USA (ABCUSA). As General Secretary, I serve as the national pastor of the denomination. ABCUSA has a long and distinguished record of service in welcoming immigrants and refugees to communities throughout the United States.

The American Baptist family would like to communicate our deep concern over the unjust immigration policies of the United States government, and in particular, the unconscionable separation of children from their parents on our southern border. As a fellowship of Christ-followers who recall the trials of the child Jesus and his parents, who fled from persecution in their homeland to another country (Matthew 2:13-18), we adamantly oppose separating children from their relatives. A just society can fulfill its fidelity to its own laws and border security without resorting to such unwise and harmful practices; instead, we urge that compassion, fairness and family-affirming policies characterize our response to the plight of families on our borders. We note that destructive practices such as the separation of children from parents place a serious burden on our law enforcement agents and officials, who in carrying out such policies find their own consciences ethically compromised and troubled.

Furthermore, we strongly disagree with your erroneous appropriation of the New Testament (in particular, Romans 13) to justify inhumane and unjust governmental actions. No responsible Christian theologian would assert that Romans 13, or any other passage in the Bible, supports the horrific separation of children from parents that we are witnessing at the present time. In fact, both the Old and New Testaments call those who believe in God to welcome refugees and immigrants with open arms and friendship, with loving care and concern, and with the willingness to assist others in enjoying the prospects of a future based on hope and opportunity.

Accordingly, American Baptists wish to express our sincere hope that the separation of children and parents will immediately cease. We urge Congress and the President to approve and implement without delay more compassionate and just immigration policies and procedures. As the leading law enforcement official of our government, it is your privilege and responsibility to lead such an effort. Thank you for considering our position.

Sincerely,

 Rev. Dr. Lee B. Spitzer, General Secretary
 American Baptist Churches USA

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Victory that Conquers the World



Sermon based on 1 John 5:1-6, in which the author is trying to quell the very real fears of Christians living through difficult times, where friends are hard to find, and truth seems uncertain, even fluid. Threats appeared everywhere and churches were starting to unravel. Sound familiar? The author takes a very simple, calming approach on how we might all respond ... and where to find the victory that conquers the world. It's uplifting and more than a little surprising. You are invited to watch.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

A Justice That Heals - 2000



Here is a powerful story of reconciliation and forgiveness that heals. This is key to creating healing communities and church stations of hope: working together to help families of those who have been incarcerated and those in prison themselves. It is well worth watching and wrestling with by all who seek to help or who have someone in the prison system.

God bless you all.

For more on the organization Healing Communities that works to create church Stations of Hope across the country, see: www.healingcommunitiesusa.com

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

I Have Seen the Lord



This Easter morning sermon for April 1, 2018, is based on John 20:1-18. This sermon focuses on the powerful experience Mary Magdalene has first thing in the morning, heading out to the tomb to honor Jesus at his grave. The stone sealing the tomb has been removed and human history will never be the same.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Plain Talk



This sermon from January 21, 2018, covers Jonah 3:1-5, 10, technically. In actuality, the sermon covers the entire book of Jonah, one of the most readable books of the Bible. Yes, it is done in roughly 20 minutes. You may be surprised who the plain talker actually is in this book full of surprises. This is an uplifting message for anyone.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Nothing Impossible: Christmas Eve 2017 Sermon



Sermon delivered on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017, based on Luke 1:26-38. The angel Gabriel assures Mary, when delivering the message that she will be Jesus' mother, that "For nothing will be impossible with God." Discover what that means for us today.