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The Spiritual Discipline of Giving

What is your attitude on regular giving to a church?  Is it a habit that you have?  Do you think it is important?  Do you prioritize it or reject it? It may be thought that giving is purely a practical matter, that people give to a church to help it function, to help it exist.…
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Embracing Servanthood

What is the greatest position a person could hold? Is it President of the United States? Is is being a celebrated actor? Maybe you have in mind a position on your favorite pro ball team.When you look at Scripture, however, you see the people most celebrated are God's faithful servants. Men like Moses and John…
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Finding Hope in the Resurrection

Come find the hope that this truth brings - that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and is risen from the dead!  It is not just history; it has incredible implications for your life right now.  Jesus said in John 16:33 "In this world you will have suffering" Do you know the truth of…
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Rejoicing in the Kingship of Christ

What does it mean that Jesus is King? Two thousand years ago when Jesus rode into Jerusalem people honored Him as king, shouting Hosannah and throwing clothes and palm fronds on the ground in front of Him. A week later He was nailed to the cross with sign over His head that read "King of…
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Our Church Covenant

In the front of our church's constitution booklet, you will find a page entitled "Church Covenant".  If you do happen to take the time to start reading it, you might be tempted to quit after the first paragraph. It is written in an early 20th century style and starts out a little bit like a…
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What Makes Our Church Special Part 2

In the book of Revelation, Jesus dictates letters to seven different churches. It is clear that even back then churches were different, and some were clearly better than others. That is true as well today, and should make us wonder, what can we do to make sure we would get a good letter, if Jesus…
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What Makes Our Church Special?

In our part of America, there are a lot of churches to choose from.  Even when you narrow your choices down by denomination, you may still find two or more options driving distance.  What makes our church special?  What sets First Baptist Church of Elimsport apart? First, it is important to realize that we are…
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What Makes a Baptist Baptist?

As you well know there are hundreds of church varieties.  Not only are there different religions, but within the different religions, there are different sub-groups.  Under the broad heading of "Christian", there are Catholics and Protestants.  Under Protestants, there is an incredible diversity of denominations.  Some of the more well-known ones are Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran,…
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Why Join a Church?

We have looked at the question, "Why come to Church?", but it is important to go one step further and consider the question "Why Join a Church?". Coming to church is visiting, joining a church is becoming an active participant. This message will dig into the benefits and obligations and talk about why God would…
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How to Judge a Pastor

Today is a little awkward as I will be talking about myself and my role as pastor.  Sometime in the future, however, First Baptist of Elimsport will need to find a new pastor.  Whether it's because I retire, move, die, or get the boot, I’ll need to be replaced someday. You may not be part…
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