Recent Posts by Todd Baker

Trusting That God Will Finish What He Started

Sometimes we have trust issues.  We struggle to believe that God really does love us and is working in our lives.  Bob La Forge writes, in his book Contemplating the Almighty, "To say that God is faithful or consistent is not to imply, however, that He is predictable. Much bitterness toward God results from a…
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Serving God Where You Are, the Way You Are

Heroes often get celebrated, but the ordinary, can be forgotten.  The truth is though, that the world doesn't run on heroes. The world runs on ordinary people doing good. It runs on people doing the right thing, over and over every day, unnoticed.  While heroes are needed to stop super villains, what has helped us…
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Announcing Vacation Bible School 2021!

Friends entering Kindergarten – finishing 6th grade are invited to join us for an exciting adventure as we track down the One True God at Mystery Island Vacation Bible School! It is all happening here at First Baptist, June 14-18  6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. (notice the earth-shattering break from tradition - we are meeting…
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Responding Well to Correction

Can you remember the last time someone corrected you?  How did you feel about that?  Were you glad or sad or angry?  Correction is something we all need at times, some more than others, but we are often resistant.  To accept correction means we are admitting we were wrong.  Admitting we were wrong means admitting…
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Moved to Prayer

What impact does watching the news have on you? What impact does the Word of God have on you?  Sometimes, it should be the same - intense prayer.  The pain, suffering, and depravity we see on the news should drive us to call out to God.  The wonder, awe, and terror that come from getting…
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Help for Understanding God’s Ways

When things go bad in the world, we often start to wonder what God is doing. Why is He allowing so many problems, so much trouble? We are tempted to think, to worry, that maybe God has faded from the scene or stopped caring. Because He knows our humanness and our tendencies, God has taken…
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From Disillusionment to Joy

"He is Risen!" was not the first words some of the disciples said when they heard about the empty tomb.  Most were saying "He is Missing!".  Maybe that is how you feel sometimes.  Sometimes  we expect God to show up in a certain way: heal a friend, fix a problem, calm this chaotic world.  Sometimes…
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What is God doing in the Northeast?

Today we are excited to have with us Dan Nichols of the Northeast Collaborative.  Dan is going to share with us the vision and work of the Northeast Collaborative, telling us about the exciting things God is doing in and through churches in our region.  He will be making his main ministry presentation in the…
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Acknowledging the Conflict With Hope

It is easy to forget that God calls us to be salt and light in this world.  Christ followers can become jaded to the sin and depravity of  the culture and miss how far status quo is from the lifestyle  God calls us to.  Many have done this and find themselves a long way from…
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What’s in My Future?

Have you ever wondered what the future held?  Being able to answer that has been the plotline of many stories, TV shows, and movies.  Sometimes it would be very convenient to know what tomorrow holds, sometimes it would be horrible. Only one really knows the future, whether we are speaking of our personal future or…
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