Category Archives: From the Pastor’s Desk

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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Why Does the Church Meet on Sunday?

I can remember in 1989, when I started working at a local grocery store, we were closed on Sundays.  In fact, apart from the mall, gas stations, and restaurants, most other businesses were closed on Sunday.  My manager at that time told me that when he was a kid, you couldn't even find gas stations…
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The Mission of the Church

This third installment of our series on the local church focuses on one of the most important questions we should be asking:  "What is the Mission of the Church?" We have talked about the origin of the church, the formation and activity of the early church, now we need to find out, what is the…
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Learning From the Early Church

In our first message in this series on the local church, we looked at the fact that the church was God's idea, it is not manmade.  While man has produced many forms of church that may be very different than what God intended, make no mistake, God is the one who created and established the…
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The Origin of the Local Church

How important is the church? I have been a pastor for over 25 years and I have been a follower of Jesus for 45.  If I have not learned anything else in all my experience, I have learned that the most important elements of the Christian life are time with God in prayer, time with…
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Services Cancelled Today (1/7/2024), but…

Due to the weather, we have decided it was best to cancel our Sunday Services. Let me encourage you, however, to do one or both of the following: If you were not able to be part of last week's service, take the time to watch that here.  Our guest speaker Trevor Route gave a great…
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Ministry Trip Presentation

Today Abigail is going to be sharing with us about a recent ministry trip she took to Ethiopia with her college professor and a classmate. They were part of the team helping out with an international children's ministry conference. She will be telling about her experiences, the people, and how God impacted her heart for…
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Ministry Trip Presentation

Today we have one of the young men who grew up in our church sharing about a ministry trip he was on.  He has had the desire for a long time to go on such a trip and God worked out the perfect timing so that desire could be fulfilled last month. Curtis has come…
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