I am praying that God uses Deep and Wide to help the church see how we may be causing unchurched people to stay away, or to be put off by us, when they should be attracted to Christ through us. Church is not just for me or for believers only, but for us and the ones that Jesus will draw to Himself through us.
When we face the tough things in life, we need hope to make it through. This summer my family faced the terminal illness and eventual death of my father. I love my parents, mom and dad. Dad was home with help from hospice for 8 weeks and then he died. I enjoyed two weeks with my family and my father when he knew he was dying. My dad was happy. He was able to smile and laugh. More importantly, he had the opportunity to communicate his love for friends and family before his passing. He became so much more loving during his last eight weeks on earth.
Then the funeral came and we laid his body in the grave. His spirit went to be with his Savior on the day he died, but his love remains in those he left behind. Those who believe in Jesus have hope that there will be a glad reunion either when we die, or Christ calls the church up to be with him.
This series of sermons on hope was preached during the time I knew dad’s earthly life would soon be over. He lived longer than we thought he would. The final sermon was preached after his funeral. Click the HOPE logo to be taken to the sermon download page.
Jessie shared a great sermon for Mother’s Day (she is my wife). Her 4 daughters surprised her by being present for church that Sunday. Then we shared a church brunch together. Jared and Rebecca came later on Sunday afternoon. Here is a photo we snapped of Jessie with all our children (and me).
People most likely to suffer alone are those who have severed their relational connections. I hope you are looking for a biblical perspective on establishing priorities and maintaining your relational connections. If you are, start listening.
You can believe or follow anyone. It makes sense to me to believe and follow the man who died and came back from the dead. No one ever spoke love like him, lived service like him, died voluntarily like him, or arose victoriously from the dead like him.
We are celebrating Easter this Sunday. We are sharing in an ecumenical service with other Hampton churches at 5;45am. Morning worship at the church building will be at the regular time of 10:30am.
The subject of suffering came up during Men’s Group recently. We need to understand the subject and how it fits into our belief system. My own theology of suffering grew out of my heavy exposure to southern gospel music. Some of the songs that came to mind seemed to be worthy of a sermon, and that is why I decided to share this series with my church. These songs have run through my mind during the week as I prepared each message. Click the Logo to go to the sermon downloads.
Happy new year is the traditional seasons greeting. Let’s move beyond the traditional greeting and let me really encourage you. Have a holy new year. Have a peaceful new year. Have a godly new year. Seek to become better acquainted with the God who loves you this year.
The best way I know to do that is by reading the Bible daily and spending time with other believers regularly. If you need a bible let me know. If you need to meet other believers, come to church on Sunday at 10:30. If you want to get to know other believers, join a small group for Bible study. There are many available at First Baptist Church.
2014 is a new year. It is time for a new start. Come to Jesus for a new heart.
Christmas is coming!
Join us for NOEL: A Christmas Program on Sunday December 15th at 10:30am.
The candlelight Christmas Eve Service will begin at 5:30 on (you guessed it) December 24.
Our Sunday worship includes Christmas carols this time of year, and if you need an infusion of CHRISTmas spirit, come sing and worship with us on Sunday morning at 10:30am.
Click the Nativity image (left) to access two Christmas messages. Average Joe is based on Joseph the earthly father of Jesus. I think of myself as an average joe, and I believe that God can use anyone who will obey and follow His leading. Anyone includes you. The Unopened Gift is about Jesus, the greatest gift ever given, that some have not yet received.
Our church family sent 37 shoe boxes out through Operation Christmas Child this year. Last year we sent 24, so we thank God for the increase in giving. Our food pantry prepared over 20 Thanksgiving baskets with turkeys included. We received a generous holiday donation from the local Waste Management. We are very grateful for the food our local Hannaford store in Hampton often provides. Our Annual Snowflake Fair raises funds used to purchase food from local grocers and the New Hampshire food bank.
We will host twenty four hours of continuous prayer on September 20 and 21. Prayer at the church begins at 6PM on Friday and concludes at 6PM on Saturday. The church will be open, and someone should be present each hour. People are signing up for blocks of time at the church. Feel free to stop in if you would like to pray or request that someone pray for you.
The focus on prayer also led into a series of sermons about prayer, which you can see by clicking on the PRAY icon below.
There were over 100 campers at the camp in Douglas this year. It was a challenging time for our young counselors. We are all so glad we went. We had Mission Sunday at First Baptist Church on August 18th. Our worship service was filled with praise, testimony, and burdens for the children that were loved, evangelized, prayed with, and continue to be prayed for. God touched our hearts this summer. It was a wonderful time of reflectiona and there was no need for a sermon. Imagine that!