Showing posts with label love. Show all posts
Showing posts with label love. Show all posts

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!

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!

Friday, May 31, 2019

Hate and Violence Cannot Defeat Love and Faith

Rev. Lee Spitzer, the General Secretary of our denomination (American Baptist Churches USA) has some thoughts about what all Christians may do to help thwart the rise of hatred around the world and right here at home. 

He begins: we “mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15). As American Baptists, we stand in sincere sympathy with all people who suffer violence, injury and harm, regardless of religion, race, gender, culture or ethnicity. We oppose terrorism, violence and hateful ideologies. The Gospel of love surely shall triumph over evil.

He goes on to say, he wishes to do more and has suggestions on what that "more" should be. Give it a read: https://www.abc-usa.org/2019/05/a-pastoral-letter-from-abcusa-general-secretary-lee-b-spitzer/

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

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

We Are a Diverse Congregation: Come and See


We at Lansdowne Baptist Church are very proud of our congregation. The way we relate to one another and function as one people comes almost second nature, because that's who we are. We recognize our differences but are always willing to learn more from each other. Only then can we get a closer understanding and appreciation. Our diversity lends credibility to what we stand for as it closely follows the teachings of Jesus. Our arms are open as we welcome all into his house.


Revelation 7:9-10: “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!”


~Will Thompson


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.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Easter Egg Hunt 2019!

On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Lansdowne Baptist Church held a community Easter Egg Hunt. It was a small affair this year that we hope will grow over time. 180 eggs were hidden, most containing small religious items ... and some with candy of course, and our entrepid crew of egg hunters found every last one of them. 

It was wonderful to introduce our family from Cameroon to the ways of the egg hunt and have the parents help prepare and hide the eggs and their children to find them. Our youngest hunter, a toddler, wasn't so sure what was going on but was delighted to discover the eggs made a satisfying rattle when shaken. 


It was a blessed day, a wonderful time of fellowship, and a terrific reminder we need to rejoice all that Jesus did for us out of love. We can and should share that love in as many ways as we can imagine. And, yes, that includes the venerable Easter Egg Hunt. Join us next year. We'll have plenty of eggs and a whole new way to hunt for them. 

The community is invited to share our joy with us. All are welcome. 

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 30, 2019

Stewardship with Dirt Under Our Nails



Sunday sermon following Earth Day, based on Genesis 2:15 & Leviticus 19:9-10. We look at the creation story to see what is intended in our relationship between God and humanity. Leviticus helps us with our relations between each other. The menorah was lit in solidarity with the synagogue congregants in San Diego who were attacked, and with all who have suffered violence in their sacred spaces. Watch and see what is to be discovered through this riveting tale.

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.

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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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth Week 6 & Judges Week 1




Tuesday night, April 9, 2019, we wrapped up our study of the book of Ruth and moved on to the book of Judges. This is a real challenge as Judges deals with a time of turmoil for Israel, when the nation is edging toward monarchy. It is written for Israelites in exile to offer them hope as well, looking back at where they had been for explanation of how they arrived at where they are. It challenges a lot of comfy assumptions with challenging questions. Come and watch!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

What Price?



Our sermon today was based on John 12:1-8. We explore how generous Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus, was in her anointing of Jesus. We explore how we may be equally generous with others, and why we should do so. Come and watch.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Beyond Loaves and Fishes: Ruth Week 5



Tuesday night we came close to wrapping up our study on Ruth. Afterwards we will be turning to the book of Judges. Ruth is a balm on the life described in Judges. Judges will be a challenging book, a rigorous study, but it will have something significant to say to us in our time. Look forward to seeing you soon. Be blessed! Come and watch!

We welcome two new subscribers to the live stream this week! We are glad you're here.

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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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