Monthly Archives: March 2013

March 31, 2013 – John 20 – The Empty Tomb and You

Today’s passage: John 20:1-9

Easter! It is a great time of celebration and active acknowledgment that Jesus reigns! But do we actually understand what we are celebrating, or why? In this sermon, the facts surrounding the events of Easter are laid bare for each and every one of us to draw our own conclusions or insist on ignorance. What we choose will show in how we live our lives, whether in acceptance and loving reaction to the Lord’s claims or worldly indifference.

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March 24, 2013 – Announcements

We’ve got some heavy events coming through this coming week. Hope you’re taking this week to do some serious reflection!

March 28, 2013 – 7 PM – Maundy Thursday Service – to be held at the First Baptist Building.

March 31, 2013 – 6:30 AM – Sunday Sunrise Service – to be held at the Marlborough Country Club followed by breakfast with the congregation over at the First Church.

March 31, 2013 – 10 AM – Easter Sunday Service with a celebratory cantata in remembrance of Christ’s ressurrection.

April 1, 2013 – 5 PM – First Baptist Church will be providing hands and food for Our Father’s Table at the First Baptist Building. Come early to help out or just come and enjoy a fresh hot meal with friendly faces.

March 24, 2013 – John 12 – Entrance to Death

Today’s passage: John 12:12-26

Expectations. The expectations of the crowd as Jesus came into Jerusalem were not the same as the acts of scriptural fulfillment that Jesus had for the people. Similarly, what kind of expectations do we have of the Lord that are also inaccurate? What about the expectations of the Lord? What are the expectations surrounding Christians?

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March 17, 2013 – Numbers 13 – In Vision

Today’s passage: Numbers 13:25-33

“As we continue our study in excellence and rising above the mediocre and not just doing our best, but doing God’s best through us, we look at vision and seeing beyond the majority and seeing beyond what is obvious…We know sometimes living as a Christian is not easy. Indeed, I would daresay it is very difficult.” Yet, Christians continue to live and exude joy in their Christian identity. Today, we emphasize on the vision that God has in store for us and has shown us through Christ, the same perspective that drives Christians to live courageously.

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March 17, 2013 – Announcements

Easter is almost here! This week’s announcements are as follows:

March 23, 2013 – 9 AM – Work day! – There’s plenty of work for men and women, and plenty of people to get to know better through working together.

March 24, 2013 – Noon – Easter Cantata practice – for the choir right after service.

March 28, 2013 – 7-8 PM – Maundy Thursday Service – A somber yet celebrative service in anticipation of Easter to be held at the First Baptist Church

March 31, 2013 – 6:30 AM – Easter Sunrise Service – will be held at the Marlborough Country Club, followed by breakfast at the First Church

Last Sunday of April – Church dinner at Wright’s Chicken Farm –  Sign-ups will be available the first Sunday of April.

March 10, 2013 – Mark 14 – In Excessive Love

Today’s passage: Mark 14:1-9

“Show me the love.” In our lives, we can be and should be searching for excellence. One of these aspects of excellence is extravagant love. As God loves us extravagantly, so we naturally respond by loving those around us and especially back to God. Here, we find Jesus walking around Jerusalem speaking the truth in love when he encounters a woman with the jar of pure nard and her extravagant love for her Lord and Savior. How does her example of extravagant love apply to our modern lives? In a similar situation, what will we do when have such excess as she had of her precious perfume?

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March 10, 2013 – Announcements

Hard to believe Easter is only three weeks away! In the meantime:

March 10, 2013 – 8 PM – TONIGHT! The next showing from the Bible on the History Channel

March 11, 2013 – 6 PM – Choir Practice – will be held at First Baptist Church

March 11, 2013 – 7 PM – Council Meeting – a council for the counsel of counselors in their respective councils (in regards to church positions)

March 28, 2013 – 7 PM – Maundy Thursday Service – will be held at the First Baptist Church

March 31, 2013 – 6:30 AM – Easter Sunrise Service – will be held at the Marlborough Country Club, followed by breakfast at the First Church

Since we could not have our last workday 😦 we will be rescheduling for a later time, so start working out those muscles and get prepared for some work!

March 3, 2013 – Luke 14 – In Commitment

Today’s passage: Luke 14:25-35

What is the cost of following Christ? What does it mean to redeem our statement of faith and making it turn into something concrete in our lives? Faith in the salvation of the cross comes freely, but commitment to that same faith does not. The number one thing in our lives has to be the Lord, and that means we sacrifice everything else, including time, family, spouse, friends, jobs, etc. from that number one spot. Don’t be one to stand on the sidelines, but remember the personal call to carry our own cross, to act on our own personal commitment to Christ.

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