First Baptist Church of El Paso

First Baptist Church of El Paso
Welcome! Come and share in the fellowship of all the hearts and souls of the people of El Paso as we worship together at FBCEP.

Let’s Sing: The Power of the Pause (July 26, 2020)
Jul 26 • 25 min
The best songs include strategic ‘rests.’ Psalm 4
Let’s Sing (July 19, 2020)
Jul 19 • 26 min
Whatever your situation in life, ‘There’s a song for that!’ Sing the right song for maximum effect. Psalm 1
Hold On! (July 12, 2020)
Jul 12 • 26 min
When your world is crashing and it seems God is gone, hold on to what you know! Habakkuk 2:4
Turning Point (July 5, 2020)
Jul 5 • 25 min
When we see decay in society, it should trigger definitive moves by Christians. II Chronicles 7:13-14
The Return: Road Trip (June 28, 2020)
Jun 28 • 28 min
The return from ‘exile’ requires more than physical relocation; it requires a fresh embrace of identity and purpose. Ezra 1:1-3
Our Father (June 21, 2020)
Jun 21 • 28 min
Understanding God’s character draws us into a vibrant relationship with Him as “Father.” Exodus 34:5-9
The Return: Make Yourself at Home (June 14, 2020)
Jun 14 • 24 min
When the ‘new normal’ feels like you’ve been left in a strange world, apply these principles.
The Return: Exiles! (June 7, 2020)
Jun 7 • 32 min
Life in exile forces ‘new’ where ‘familiar’ once ruled; ‘Exiles’ must adapt to a new environment. Daniel 1:1-7
Life Hacks (May 31, 2020)
May 31 • 20 min
Life skills built on biblical truth position us for fulfillment in life. II Kings 4:1-7
Moved by Sacrifice (May 24, 2020)
May 24 • 27 min
Live in light of the sacrifice made on your behalf. II Corinthians 5:14-15
Thrive: Thriving After the Change (May 17, 2020)
May 17 • 24 min
The lessons we learn in the crisis of change position us for handling future changes. Job 42
Thrive: Answers from the Storm (May 3, 2020)
May 3 • 28 min
Thriving through change requires working from a foundation of total confidence in God. Job 38:1
Thrive: I KNEW This Would Happen! (April 26, 2020)
Apr 26 • 34 min
“Thriving” through change requires honesty about one’s thoughts and emotions AND submitting them to God. Job 3
Thrive! (April 19, 2020)
Apr 19 • 34 min
Approaching “change” properly enables us to thrive despite the uncertainty that accompanies loss. “Change” is a powerful force; handle it well in order to thrive during anxious times. Job 1; 42:5
Easter Unplugged (April 12, 2020)
Apr 12 • 26 min
Pausing over the Easter story reveals great truth about the nature of life with Jesus. John 20:18
Palm Sunday Unplugged (April 5, 2020)
Apr 5 • 35 min
Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) and its impact on “normal” living, we have the opportunity to “unplug” our Easter traditions and focus on the truth and implications of the cross event. Palm Sunday reminds us to check our motives in following Jesus. …
Where Do You Live? (March 29, 2020)
Mar 29 • 34 min
The size of trouble/uncertainty one faces has no impact on the trustworthiness of God. If we abide in Him, faith flourishes. Psalm 91
The Mission: The Jesus Way (March 22, 2020)
Mar 22 • 42 min
Fulfilling “The Mission” requires following Jesus’ pattern for healthy relationships and cooperation. Galatians 3:28 & Matthew 9:37-38
The Mission: God’s Processing Plan (March 15, 2020)
Mar 15 • 29 min
Jesus’ disciples are grounded in scripture and grow as they live missional lives. Colossians 2:6-7
The Mission: Prayer: Path, Process, or Place? (March 8, 2020)
Mar 8 • 27 min
Prayer functions as path (way to communication with God), process (on-going guidance in our mission), and place (where the hearts of God’s people gather before Him). Isaiah 56:1-8
The Mission (March 1, 2020)
Mar 1 • 37 min
First Baptist Church of El Paso is commissioned by God to build bridges to the lost and broken so that they might be transformed by Jesus. Matthew 28:19-20
Followers: Connect the Dots (February 23, 2020)
Feb 23 • 32 min
Past experiences with Jesus provide truth that informs present situations, turning them into growth opportunities. Mark 8:14-21
Followers: Wait! What?!? (February 16, 2020)
Feb 16 • 41 min
God positions us for faith-growing opportunities. Mark 6:7-13, 30-44 and 8:1-10
Looking for Love (February 9, 2020)
Feb 9 • 34 min
What does the Bible say about real, lasting love? 1 Corinthians 13
Followers: Storm Warning (February 2, 2020)
Feb 2 • 29 min
Storms are great tools for clarifying and growing our faith. Mark 4:35-41
Followers: Seriously?!?! (Lord’s Supper) (January 26, 2020)
Jan 26 • 20 min
Take seriously your participation in the Lord’s Supper. I Corinthians 11:27-32
Followers (January 19, 2020)
Jan 19 • 39 min
Following Jesus brings a new perspective to and a new purpose in life. Luke 5:1-11
What’s Next: Focus! (January 12, 2020)
Jan 12 • 38 min
Make sure that your focus is right in life! Hebrews 12:1-3
What’s Next?: Race Strategy (January 5, 2020)
Jan 5 • 35 min
It makes sense to be strategic in your “race running.” Hebrews 12:1-3
What’s Next? (December 29, 2020)
Dec 29, 2019 • 38 min
Plan to be spiritually healthy and growing in 2020. Hebrews 12:1-2, 12-13
Do You Believe?
Dec 22, 2019 • 34 min
The facts of Jesus’ identity bring us to the point of decision: “Do I believe?” Hebrews 11:1-2, 6
And Then…Something Happened!
Dec 15, 2019 • 30 min
Learn a lesson from the story of the wise men. Matthew 21:1-18
Tell the Story Backward
Dec 8, 2019 • 33 min
Understanding the incredible ending of the Jesus story informs us on how to approach its beginning. Hebrews 10:19-25
Don’t Let ‘Hectic’ Win This Christmas!
Dec 1, 2019 • 33 min
Don’t neglect Jesus’ ‘rest’ during the ‘Hectic Season.’ Hebrews 3:1-4:13
The Christmas Story’s Plot Twist
Nov 24, 2019 • 34 min
The Christmas story (the birth of Jesus) means nothing without His suffering and death. Hebrews 2:5-18
Christmas: Big Deal!
Nov 17, 2019 • 33 min
The involvement and message of the angels emphasizes that Christmas is, indeed, a “Big Deal!” Hebrews 1:4-14
Why Christmas? Why Jesus?
Nov 10, 2019 • 34 min
The significance of the Christmas child is found in God’s plan for redeeming creation and the superiority of Jesus over all things. Jesus is so much more than the baby in the manger! Hebrews 1:1-4
Disciple DNA: Life on the Line
Nov 3, 2019 • 29 min
podcast, fbcep, first baptist church, el paso, sermon, rotramel, bible, self help, how to live, church, worship, jesus, discipline, discipleship, disciple dna
Disciple DNA: El Paso Bridge Builders
Oct 27, 2019 • 40 min
Jesus’ followers share His life with people they meet along the path of their daily lives. John 4
Disciple DNA: What Did You Get?
Oct 20, 2019 • 39 min
Knowing the spiritual “gifts” God gives us positions us for fulfilled service and the church for maximum effectiveness. I Corinthians 12
Disciple DNA: Passing the Baton
Oct 13, 2019 • 34 min
Discipleship is hard work, and it requires these types of character qualities to make disciples who make disciples. 2 Timothy 2:1-7 (NIV)
Disciple DNA: Follow the Leader
Oct 6, 2019 • 37 min
Being a follower of Jesus involves loving people like He did. I John 4:7-12
Disciple DNA: Don’t Forget to Remember!
Sep 29, 2019 • 29 min
The Lord’s Supper reminds us of God’s work of salvation AND serves as a teaching prompt for use with others. Luke 22:14-20
Joshua: Battles!
Sep 22, 2019 • 37 min
Join us for a character study of Joshua. This Bible study takes place at 6pm each Sunday evening at FBC El Paso. Joshua 5:13-15
Disciple DNA: Let’s Get Real!
Sep 22, 2019 • 37 min
Transparency, properly handled, positions us for growth. Proverbs 28:13-14
Joshua: The Sequel
Sep 15, 2019 • 32 min
Join us for a character study of Joshua. This Bible study takes place at 6pm each Sunday evening at FBC El Paso. Joshua 3:7-17
Disciple DNA: Tethered
Sep 15, 2019 • 32 min
Attaching oneself to God impacts the entirety of one’s life. Proverbs 3:5-6
Disciple DNA: GPS for the Soul
Sep 8, 2019 • 36 min
Prayer is a positioning tool in one’s life of following Jesus. Matthew 6:9-13
Disciple DNA: Soul Food
Sep 1, 2019 • 36 min
Daily Bible study and prayer are transformation tools for us. II Timothy 3:16
Collision Course: Lines of Effort
Aug 25, 2019 • 30 min
Prioritizing according to calling is critical for the health of a church. Colossians 1:24-29
Collision Course: Every Day Is Thanksgiving Day
Aug 18, 2019 • 34 min
Jesus’ work in us moves us to be thankful! Colossians 1:12-14
Not in Vain
Aug 11, 2019 • 19 min
We love our El Paso schools. Please continue to pray for students, teachers, and staff as the school year begins. 1 Corinthians 15:55-58
Pain Management
Aug 4, 2019 • 30 min
Our church responds to the tragic shooting that occurred in El Paso on August 3. Psalm 46
Joshua: Faith’s Filter
Jul 28, 2019 • 47 min
Join us for a character study of Joshua. This Bible study takes place at 6pm each Sunday evening at FBC El Paso.
Collision Course: Strength for the Struggle
Jul 28, 2019 • 38 min
Christ provides strength for the struggles of life (but we must choose to accept it). Colossians 1:11
Joshua: Battle Ready
Jul 21, 2019 • 46 min
Join us for a character study of Joshua. This Bible study takes place at 6pm each Sunday evening at FBC El Paso.
Collision Course: Traits
Jul 21, 2019 • 33 min
Living in the will of God transforms us in tangible ways. Colossians 1:10
Collision Course: Standard of Living
Jul 14, 2019 • 39 min
God expects His children to meet His standard for living. Colossians 1:9-10
Collision Course: Praying for Maximum Effect
Jul 7, 2019 • 34 min
Praying for others should be grounded in helping them know God’s will. Colossians 1:9
Collision Course: More Than a Meal
Jun 30, 2019 • 19 min
We remember God’s sacrifice and fulfillment of His covenant with us with the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Colossians 1:19-20; Matthew 26:26-29
Colission Course: Reputation Consideration
Jun 23, 2019 • 37 min
Every church has a reputation; let’s make sure that ours fits Christ’s criteria. Colossians 1:4-8
Collision Course: Family Matters
Jun 16, 2019 • 35 min
‘Jesus is Lord’ impacts family relationships and provides a powerful witness in the community. Colossians 3:18-25
Collision Course: Identification Check
Jun 9, 2019 • 35 min
Jesus’ identity and work provide a means of identifying people spiritually. Colossians 1:1-2, 13-20
Collision Course
Jun 2, 2019 • 32 min
That which is true about Jesus shapes the manner in which His followers live. Colossians 1:28 & 2:4
Chasing Fire
May 26, 2019 • 31 min
God’s kingdom moves forward at His pace and in His way, so we must follow closely. Acts 1:1-8
The Main Thing
May 19, 2019 • 14 min
A personal relationship with Jesus Christ positions you for real life. John 3:16
Find Her/Keep Her
May 12, 2019 • 23 min
Find this “woman” and let her teach you how to live. Proverbs 31:10-31
Are You Full?
May 5, 2019 • 34 min
God fills His servants so that they might fulfill His calling on them. Acts 6:5-8
That Helps!
Apr 28, 2019 • 31 min
God “helps” the church by calling deacons to be spiritual leaders and peace agents. Acts 6:1-7
Tell Somebody!
Apr 21, 2019 • 28 min
Some information is too important to keep to yourself! Matthew 28:1-10
So Close (Yet So Far Away)
Apr 14, 2019 • 36 min
Improperly motivated praise and worship is insufficient to sustain our trust in Jesus Christ. Matthew 21:1-11
The Cure
Apr 7, 2019 • 35 min
We cannot fully appreciate Easter without fully grasping hopelessness. 2 Kings 5:1-14; Matthew 26:36-46
Why Worship?
Mar 31, 2019 • 12 min
God is capable and faithful to care for you in every situation. Psalm 121
Slanted: Don’t Be Dumb!
Mar 24, 2019 • 35 min
True discipleship results in a transformed life. Matthew 21:28-32
May I Take Your Order?
Mar 17, 2019 • 33 min
Let your prayer requests be in keeping with the character of God. Luke 11:1-13
Slanted: The End
Mar 10, 2019 • 30 min
If you knew Jesus was returning today, would anything in your lifestyle, or your prayer life, or your focus change? Matthew 24:43–25:30
Slanted: Rock Solid
Mar 3, 2019 • 27 min
The Lord’s Supper serves as a reminder of the benefit that comes as we build our lives on the truth of Jesus Christ. Matthew 7:24-27; 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Testimony—China to El Paso
Feb 24, 2019 • 13 min
Pastor Patrick Shing of Grace Chinese Baptist Church speaks about the glory of God all over the world.
Slanted [in depth]: The Good Terrorist?!?!
Feb 17, 2019 • 36 min
Pastor Mark Rotramel goes deeper into the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Sunday Evening Bible Study Luke 10:25-37
Slanted: The Good Terrorist?!?!
Feb 17, 2019 • 31 min
It isn’t enough to “see” people; divine compassion insists that we invest in people. Luke 10:25-37
Slanted [in depth]: Imposters!
Feb 10, 2019 • 38 min
Pastor Mark Rotramel goes deeper into the Parable of the Weeds. Sunday Evening Bible Study Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Slanted: Imposters!
Feb 10, 2019 • 34 min
In a world full of imposters, our job is to hold tight to the Master. Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43
Slanted: Church League All Stars
Feb 3, 2019 • 30 min
How one views oneself clarifies their understanding of the nature of the Kingdom of God. Luke 18:9-14
Slanted [in depth]: Stretch Marks
Jan 27, 2019 • 39 min
Pastor Mark Rotramel goes deeper into the Parable of the Growing Seed and the Parable of the Mustard Seed. Sunday Evening Bible Study Mark 4:26-32
Slanted: Stretch Marks
Jan 27, 2019 • 34 min
The nature of the kingdom of God requires growth toward maturity. Mark 4:26-32
Slanted [in depth]: All In!
Jan 20, 2019 • 36 min
Pastor Mark Rotramel goes deeper into the Parable of the Hidden Treasure. Sunday Evening Bible Study Matthew 13:44-46
Slanted: All In!
Jan 20, 2019 • 29 min
How would you like to increase your net worth by 1,000% and what would you do to accomplish that? Matthew 13:44-46
Slanted [in depth]: Kid Stuff
Jan 13, 2019 • 40 min
Pastor Mark Rotramel goes deeper into the Parable of the Prodigal Sons. Sunday Evening Bible Study Luke 15:11-32
Bridges Task Force: Update #1
Jan 13, 2019 • 4 min
Richie Mesa, chairman of the Bridges Task Force, brings us our first update on the work the task force is doing to discern God’s vision for the future of FBC.
Slanted: Kid Stuff
Jan 13, 2019 • 30 min
Dealing appropriately with prodigals requires a divine approach. Luke 15:11-32
Jan 7, 2019 • 36 min
Jesus taught the whole truth, but at a slant to ensure that all would hear his teaching. Matthew 13:1-23
What Now?
Dec 30, 2018 • 35 min
After all the commotion of the holidays, what is the effect of Christmas on us? Luke 2:22-34
What’s Right with Christmas: The Gift
Dec 23, 2018 • 17 min
The nature of the Christmas Gift moves us to act appropriately. Luke 2:1-20
What’s in a Name?
Dec 16, 2018 • 29 min
A name can bring to mind specific qualities or characteristics and, in the case of the Most High, these names instill hope and worship. Isaiah 9:6
What’s Right with Christmas: Christmas Songs
Dec 9, 2018 • 31 min
Let the music of Christmas remind you of Christmas truth and respond in worship! Luke 1:46-55
What’s Right with Christmas: Christmas Gift Giving
Dec 2, 2018 • 38 min
Let the commercialization of Christmas serve as a trigger for giving the best gifts. John 1:44-51
What’s Right with Christmas: Christmas Crowds
Nov 25, 2018 • 35 min
Look past the “pressing crowd” and find reasons and opportunities to invest in those people. Mark 6:30-42
Original Thanksgiving!
Nov 18, 2018 • 35 min
Avoid the typical Thanksgiving script and opt for worship-driven thanksgiving! Psalm 95:1-7
Did You Hear Something?
Nov 12, 2018 • 32 min
The Life of faith requires direct input from God, and that means that we must posture ourselves to hear Him. Genesis 12:1
Wait! What?
Nov 11, 2018 • 37 min
Psalm 34 and 1 Samuel 21. Sunday Evening Bible Study
Border Life
Nov 4, 2018 • 32 min
The Life of faith is marked by a division (border) between security/identity and the unknown of God’s “promised land.” Genesis 12:1
New Ground
Nov 4, 2018 • 39 min
Psalm 40. Sunday Evening Bible Study
Praying in the Fog
Oct 28, 2018 • 45 min
Psalm 13. Sunday Evening Bible Study
Who’s There?
Oct 28, 2018 • 19 min
It is the focus of our faith that colors our responses to life situations, especially when you’re fighting uphill. Genesis 12:1
Wise Guys!
Oct 21, 2018 • 39 min
Psalm 14. Sunday Evening Bible Study
The Life
Oct 21, 2018 • 32 min
They don’t need us to argue them into the kingdom of God. They need us to show how life is meant to be lived! Let’s model THE LIFE and offer it. Hebrews 11:1, 6; Genesis 12:1
Who Discovered Whom?
Oct 14, 2018 • 27 min
John 1:35-42
Bridges: Connection Points
Oct 7, 2018 • 36 min
Jesus calls us to connect with those on the outskirts of society. Mark 1:21-45
Strategies for Building Bridges
Sep 30, 2018 • 32 min
Strategic bridge building requires a diverse team. Mark 1:14-20; 2:13-17
Songs for the Journey
Sep 23, 2018 • 46 min
Sunday Evening Bible Study - Psalms
Bridge Builders
Sep 23, 2018 • 33 min
In John the Baptist we find essential characteristics of “bridge builders” that provide insights into the tasks we are given as Christians and as a church. Mark 1:1-8
A Different Approach to Prayer
Sep 16, 2018 • 42 min
Sunday Evening Bible Study Stand-Alone Message
Sep 16, 2018 • 38 min
It is our mission to build bridges from people in our community to the love and life of Jesus Christ. Matthew 9:35–10:8
Texas Baptists
Sep 9, 2018 • 28 min
Join us in being part of the movement of God in the state of Texas. Guest speaker: Dr. David Hardage, Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT).
Don’t Forget to Rest
Sep 2, 2018 • 31 min
What we find in our society today is that we are running at breakneck speed, going nowhere in particular, and wearing ourselves out in the process. In the midst of busy lives, it is crucial that we don’t forget to rest. Exodus 20:8-11
A New Normal
Aug 26, 2018 • 28 min
Through the Lord’s Supper, we are invited to remember and partake in the amazing gift of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.
Footprints: Moving Forward
Aug 19, 2018 • 29 min
The time is now to listen to the call of God and learn His mission for our church. Listen to a message from special guest and beloved former FBC pastor, Levi Price.
Footprints Day 4
Aug 16, 2018 • 1 min
Listen to a message from our pastor in the days leading up to FBC El Paso’s 136th Anniversary Celebration
Footprints Day 3
Aug 15, 2018 • 2 min
Listen to a message from our pastor in the days leading up to FBC El Paso’s 136th Anniversary Celebration.
Footprints Day 2
Aug 14, 2018 • 3 min
Listen to a message from our pastor in the days leading up to FBC El Paso’s 136th Anniversary Celebration.
Footprints Day 1
Aug 13, 2018 • 3 min
Listen to a message from our pastor in the days leading up to FBC El Paso’s 136th Anniversary Celebration.
Aug 12, 2018 • 48 min
“Danger Zone: The Church Under Pressure” The church of the 21st century must be intentional in handling the societal and cultural pressures to compromise our identity. Sunday Evening Bible Study
Overcoming the Connection Killer
Aug 12, 2018 • 35 min
Trust applied liberally in the body of Christ produces a healthy environment. Living a trustworthy life makes that much easier. So, when it comes to connecting with other Christians, if in doubt trust! Acts 9:10-31
Under Construction
Aug 5, 2018 • 30 min
We are a continual work in process as we seek to ‘Make It Better’ as a church. I Corinthians 10:31
Jigsaw Puzzle Church
Jul 29, 2018 • 29 min
We celebrate the diversity of our church family members. But, we demand solidarity around the person of Jesus Christ and the guidelines that clarify who we are as a body. 1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Jul 22, 2018 • 48 min
“Danger Zone: The Church Under Pressure” The church of the 21st century must be intentional in handling the societal and cultural pressures to compromise our identity. Sunday Evening Bible Study
Make Space
Jul 22, 2018 • 36 min
We do life together and we make space for others in doing so! Acts 2:42-47
You Are Here
Jul 15, 2018 • 33 min
Individually and corporately, we must grow toward maturity, but we must start where we are if that is to work. (Guideline #2) “Go somewhere, but start where you are.” Ephesians 4:11-16
Ephesus (Part 2)
Jul 8, 2018 • 49 min
“Danger Zone: The Church Under Pressure” The church of the 21st century must be intentional in handling the societal and cultural pressures to compromise our identity. Sunday Evening Bible Study
People Matter: Handle with Care
Jul 8, 2018 • 38 min
A foundational guideline for community life is that we view others as God does. Leviticus 19:18
Guidelines: Values That Shape Us as a Community
Jul 1, 2018 • 39 min
The conditions for growth must be cultivated. Guidelines will help us create and maintain a conducive culture. Onward!
Ephesus (Part 1)
Jul 1, 2018 • 47 min
“Danger Zone: The Church Under Pressure” The church of the 21st century must be intentional in handling the societal and cultural pressures to compromise our identity. Sunday Evening Bible Study
Love Works to Lighten the Load
Jun 24, 2018 • 33 min
Love doesn’t hold on to past offenses. 1 Corinthians 13:5
Love Works… on Father’s Day
Jun 17, 2018 • 31 min
People matter, and we must handle them accordingly. That means that we fight our love battles at the intersection of our selfishness and their need. 1 Corinthians 13:5
Love Works in the Background
Jun 10, 2018 • 28 min
Love refuses to let selfishness be a controlling motive. 1 Corinthians 13:5
Jun 3, 2018 • 22 min
How will you respond when you are surrounded and in the middle of the fight of your life? Key Scripture: 2 Kings 6:15-17
Meet Me at the Well
May 27, 2018 • 32 min
Love refuses to allow itself to be in a competition that separates people. Love is the answer for divisive posturing. Key Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 13:4; John 4
Love Works with Care
May 20, 2018 • 31 min
You never know how much eternal damage your words and actions can inflict. By the same token, you never know how much a kind word or deed does to draw people to Jesus. And, it helps them be kind, in turn. Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4
Love Works Overtime
May 13, 2018 • 30 min
When it comes to life in the Christian community, we should be prepared to work overtime and to exert effort “over time,” making investments in the long haul. Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4a
Love Works
May 6, 2018 • 31 min
Love works to enhance relationships, but it must be invested (worked) for that to occur. Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:31-13:3
May 6, 2018 • 42 min
Sunday Evening Bible Study—Psalms of Ascent. Key Scripture: Psalm 132
The Properly Focused Chase
Apr 29, 2018 • 32 min
The final word on chasing meaning in life is to focus on an ever-deepening fellowship with God. Key Scripture: Ecclesiastes 12:9-14
Separation Anxiety
Apr 22, 2018 • 47 min
Sunday Evening Bible Study. Key Scripture: Psalm 130
Look Both Ways
Apr 22, 2018 • 19 min
We need to take a backward look and remember gratefulness, and a forward look towards hope. Join us as we prepare to celebrate the Lords’ Supper together. Key Scripture: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Balancing Act
Apr 15, 2018 • 33 min
We should not be paralyzed by the uncertainties of the future; instead, we build on faith in God’s involvements for our development. Key Scripture: Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
Sad Worship Song
Apr 15, 2018 • 46 min
Sunday Evening Bible Study. Key Scripture: Psalm 129
The Up Side of Fear
Apr 8, 2018 • 50 min
Sunday Evening Bible Study. Key Scripture: Psalm 128
Be Sharp!
Apr 8, 2018 • 36 min
How sharp are you? In Ecclesiastes, the Preacher’s message plays off of dullness of thought and encourages us to “Be Sharp!” Furthermore, he provides the mechanism for “sharpness” in our lives by promoting wisdom and its effect of fulfillment in life….
Love Wins! Unless…
Apr 1, 2018 • 28 min
Easter is the definitive evidence that God’s love triumphs over sin. Key Scripture: John 3:16
Jesus Brings Us Together
Mar 25, 2018 • 21 min
Key Scripture: Matthew 21:1-12
Chasing in the Shadow
Mar 18, 2018 • 31 min
Living in the shadow of mortality carries positive implications for our lives. Key Scripture: Ecclesiastes 9:1-12
Chase Scene
Mar 11, 2018 • 37 min
Putting life on “pause” moves us to acknowledge that God and His ways are beyond our ability to comprehend fully. Key Scripture: Ecclesiastes 8:16-17
Dealing with Bad, Bossy Chasers
Mar 4, 2018 • 31 min
Have you ever served under the supervision of a bad character? Christians are called to serve as representatives of Jesus Christ in a secular environment. How do we get to the right place? Key Scripture: Ecclesiastes 8:1-13
Identity Hacks
Feb 25, 2018 • 30 min
The voices to whom we ascribe value and weight regarding our identity definitively impact us and our spiritual health. Key Scripture: Ecclesiastes 7:21-22
Angry Chasers
Feb 18, 2018 • 35 min
A by-product of a wrongly-focused chase is frustration; frustration can lead to anger; anger can become deeply embedded in one’s life. The cure for that foolish behavior is an inner transformation carried out by the Holy Spirit. Key Scripture:…
Praying in Circles
Feb 14, 2018 • 34 min
Wednesday Evening Bible Study. Key Scripture: John 17:6
Funding the Chase
Feb 11, 2018 • 31 min
Keeping material resources in proper perspective is a key to fulfilled living. Key Scripture: Ecclesiastes 5:10-20
Better a Rope Than a String
Feb 4, 2018 • 28 min
Life works better when we don’t try to go it alone. Key Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:7-12
Are You Ready for Church?
Jan 28, 2018 • 20 min
Just because your “chase” leads you to church doesn’t ensure that you have reached the end of the pursuit. Key Scripture: Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
Thinning Out Church
Jan 28, 2018 • 42 min
Sunday Evening Bible Study, Psalms of Ascent. Key Scripture: Psalm 122
What Time Is It?
Jan 21, 2018 • 36 min
Key Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
Chasing the American Dream
Jan 14, 2018 • 30 min
What does it mean to chase pleasure? Key Scripture: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Aligning Prayer with Purpose
Jan 10, 2018 • 33 min
Key Scripture: John 17:1b-5
The Chase
Jan 7, 2018 • 32 min
podcast, fbcep, first baptist church, el paso, sermon, rotramel, bible, self help, how to live, church, spiritual formation, the chase, ecclesiastes, meaning, meaning of life
Praying with Jesus Part 2
Jan 3, 2018 • 34 min
podcast, fbcep, first baptist church, el paso, sermon, rotramel, bible, self help, how to live, church, prayer, how to pray, praying with jesus, model prayer
Look Both Ways
Dec 31, 2017 • 32 min
As we head into a brand new year, we want to make sure we consider future opportunities carefully, in light of who God is in our lives and in the world. Key Scripture: Joshua 1:1-7
Christmas Hope
Dec 24, 2017 • 33 min
Key Scripture: Isaiah 9:1-7
Baby Bonding
Dec 17, 2017 • 28 min
Key Scripture: Luke 2
Such a Powerful Baby
Dec 10, 2017 • 32 min
Such a Busy Baby
Dec 3, 2017 • 32 min
Long before Jesus came to earth as a baby in a manger, he was deep in the work of the creation of the universe. Key Scripture: Colossians 1:15-17
Problem Solving
Nov 29, 2017 • 21 min
Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting
Christmas Characters: What Did You Expect?
Nov 26, 2017 • 42 min
Luke 1:5-25. Sunday Evening Bible Study
Baby Talk
Nov 26, 2017 • 32 min
podcast, fbcep, first baptist church, el paso, sermon, rotramel, bible, self help, how to live, church, spiritual formation, christmas, jesus, baby jesus, baby talk
Do What?!
Nov 19, 2017 • 35 min
podcast, fbcep, first baptist church, el paso, sermon, rotramel, bible, self help, how to live, church, spiritual formation, brilliant, reflect, salt and light, sermon on the mount, salt, light, religion, character, division, prejudice
You’re Going to Get It!
Nov 12, 2017 • 33 min
How do we respond when we are wronged? Key Scripture: Matthew 5:42-47
Two Wrongs and a Right
Nov 8, 2017 • 23 min
Key Scripture: Matthew 6:5-8
Cross My Heart (and Hope to Die)
Nov 5, 2017 • 34 min
Jesus emphasizes the need for integrity as a way to be “brilliant” reflectors of His glory. We should ask, “How do we pull this off?” In a world of deteriorating integrity, it is critical that we remember that People Matter and we must treat them…
Beatitude #8
Nov 5, 2017 • 45 min
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Sunday Evening Bible Study
Beatitude #7
Oct 29, 2017 • 44 min
Matthew 5:9 - Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Sunday Evening Bible Study
Family Business
Oct 29, 2017 • 20 min
We need to take time to unite as a family and celebrate the business of the Lord. Key Scripture: Matthew 26: 17-33
How to Pray #8
Oct 25, 2017 • 35 min
What is the significance of praying in isolation? Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
Divorce Recovery
Oct 22, 2017 • 31 min
The church is in place to rally with those struggling with the pain of divorce. Key Scripture: Matthew 5:31-32
Perseverance through Prayer
Oct 18, 2017 • 19 min
The Lord invites us to persist in prayer. Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
Appettite Suppressant
Oct 15, 2017 • 34 min
Each of us is capable of doing great damage if our sexual appetites are out of control and we disconnect from God. Key Scripture: Matthew 5:27-30
How to Pray #7
Oct 11, 2017 • 29 min
Our understanding of what is good—even when we’re at our spiritual best—is limited by our perspective. Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
Beatitude #4
Oct 8, 2017 • 47 min
Matthew 5:6 - Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Sunday Evening Bible Study
When Worship and Anger Collide
Oct 8, 2017 • 30 min
Worship is hindered when interpersonal conflict exists. Key Scripture: Matthew 5:23-27
How to Pray #6
Oct 4, 2017 • 33 min
There is a way to step away from pain, extend forgiveness and rest in God’s grace. Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
The Madness of Anger
Oct 1, 2017 • 34 min
Jesus’ character in us addresses our emotional health and reactions. Key Scripture: Matthew 5:21-22
Beatitude #3
Oct 1, 2017 • 41 min
Matthew 5:5 - Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Sunday Evening Bible Study
How to Pray #5
Sep 27, 2017 • 18 min
Sin is a refusal or a failure to be in personal relation with the living, personal God. Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
Cutting Edge Christianity!
Sep 24, 2017 • 29 min
Engaging Christianity moves beyond dead religious practice. Key Scripture: Matthew 5:17-20
How to Pray #4
Sep 20, 2017 • 29 min
How to be needy. Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
Beatitude #1
Sep 17, 2017 • 40 min
Matthew 5:3 - Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Sunday Evening Bible Study
Living the Charmed Life
Sep 17, 2017 • 32 min
The Beatitudes provide a snapshot of the “blessed” life. Key Scripture: Matthew 5:3-12
How to Pray #3
Sep 13, 2017 • 22 min
The “model prayer” is the central point of the Sermon on the Mount. Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
Sep 10, 2017 • 29 min
Kingdom results require reflective living. Key Scripture: Matthew 5:13-20
First Things: Work in Progress
Sep 3, 2017 • 28 min
In this last part of the series entitled “First Things,” we consider the ongoing commitment to spiritual formation – and the process that it requires – that we must embrace if we are going to be all that God has called us to be.
How to Pray #2
Aug 30, 2017 • 25 min
How to let God be holy. Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
First Things: Battle Ready
Aug 27, 2017 • 29 min
Worship prepares us for the battles we face. Key Scripture: Joshua 5:13-15
First Things: What Can We Expect?
Aug 20, 2017 • 32 min
We can expect God to move us into strategic positions (even if it is uncomfortable) in His kingdom’s work. Key Scripture: Genesis 12:1-3
How to Pray #1
Aug 16, 2017 • 18 min
There is a one-word prayer. Wednesday Evening Prayer Meeting and Bible Study
First Things: Deployed
Aug 13, 2017 • 27 min
As Christians and as members of FBCEP, we are positioned strategically to “share life” with others. Key Scripture: Matthew 28:16-20
First Things: I Hope This Works!
Aug 6, 2017 • 31 min
Wishful thinking is not a sound strategy for life; getting God’s clear input is a top priority for faithful living. Key Scripture: Proverbs 23:18