First Baptist Blowing Rock

First Baptist Blowing Rock
Weekly sermons from Pastor Rusty Guenther of First Baptist Blowing Rock.

“Wedding Crashers” The Parable of the Wedding Feast”
Aug 3 • 36 min
We examine Jesus’s “Parable of the Wedding Feast” from Mathews gospel found in Matthew 22:1-14.
“Are You Ready?” Parable of the 10 Bridesmaids
Jul 27 • 36 min
We examine how the Parable of the 10 Bridesmaids from Matthew 25:1-13 relates to many of the current issues facing our nation and churches.
“So Close yet So Far” A Story of Two Brothers
Jul 20 • 45 min
We continue examining the “Parable of the Lost Son” or “prodigal” son this week with the focus being on the two brothers/sons and their response and attitude towards their father. From Luke 15:25-31
“The Lost Son” Parable of the Prodigal Son
Jul 13 • 35 min
We take a look at the parable of the Prodigal Son or Lost Son from a different angle and instead of focusing on the son, we focus on the father. So many Christians have a corrupted, confused or even unbiblical view of God and it effects everything they…
“Be the Light” July 4th weekend Message
Jul 6 • 40 min
In the midst of riots, protest and a pandemic; how are we supposed to celebrate July 4th and what should the Christians response be to all we see happening around us? We look at Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:14-16 as a challenge…
“My Dad is Stronger than your Dad” Fathers Day 2020 Sermon
Jun 22 • 29 min
A look at Psalms 128 as an encouragement to Father’s and Families.
“Where is the Risk?” The Parable of the Talents
Jun 16 • 41 min
From Matthew 25:14-30
“Stepping Up and Stepping Out” The Struggle is Real Series Finale #55
Jun 8 • 33 min
We wrap up our sermon series from 1st Corinthians by examining Paul’s final challenge to the church and individual believers as they strive to live out the lessons and warnings he has discussed in this important letter. While very relevant in the 1st…
“Identifying the Open Door” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #54
Jun 1 • 33 min
How do we know when God is opening a door or providing us an opportunity to serve Him? How do we know when an opportunity is from God? What can we expect when we step out in obedience and go “through the open door”? In his closing words to the…
“Faithful in All Things” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #53
May 26 • 44 min
As the Apostle Paul draws his 1st Letter to the Church at Corinth to a close in 1st Corinthians 16, he gives them some clear and direct instructions for collecting an offering for the churches in Jerusalem. Through his instructions, we can gain some…
Learning to Worship when it is not Convenient
May 18 • 33 min
As we continue to worship together online during this age of social distancing and stay at home orders; one of the casualties has been our willingness and ability to sing in worship. Like us here at First Baptist, most churches are broadcasting their…
“What are we standing for?” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #52
May 11 • 35 min
The past two weeks we have examines 1st Corinthians 15:58 and the call for Christians to “Stand”. This morning we follow that up by discussing the importance of “where we stand” and “what we stand for” and how that relates to the current circumstances…
“Where do we go from Here” pt. 2 The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #51
May 4 • 42 min
We continue to examine 1st Corinthians 15:58 as we strive to answer the question “What now?” As it relates to the powerful truth of the physical resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of a resurrection from the dead for Christ followers; but also…
“Where do we go from Here? Pt. 1 The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #50
Apr 27 • 38 min
All of us have had “what now?” moments; those moments in our lives where we have planned or prepared for an event or activity for such a long time or with such intensity that once it is over, we have a sense of confusion. Graduations, new jobs,…
“What Happens when we Die?” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #49
Apr 20 • 39 min
If you were to ask the questions, “What happens to us when we Die” to a group of people, the variety of answers might surprise you. Even in the Christian community, the question seems to bring our some crazy beliefs. I have heard everything from…
“Hope for a New Normal” Easter Sunday 2020
Apr 15 • 34 min
Easter Service for 2020. We examine what we might have considered normal in light of the COVID 19 virus. From 1st Corinthians 15:19-20
“The End of the Begining” Palms Sunday 2020
Apr 7 • 35 min
A Palms Sunday Message on the relevance of the Cross of Jesus Christ on our everyday lives. We know the stories of Easter and Holy Week; we can describe what happened and how it happened - but how does that effect our everyday lives? We examine…
“Life Changing Friendships” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #48
Apr 1 • 40 min
Last week we examined 1st Corinthians 15:33-34 where the Apostle Paul uses a popular saying of his day, “Bad Company Corrupts Good Character” to warn the early Corinthians Christians about the danger of allowing the wrong people into our lives, He warns…
“Choose your Friends Wisely” The Struggle is Real Series #47
Mar 23 • 38 min
We examine the short little warning that the Apostle Paul gives in verses 33-34 from his great theological teaching on the resurrection of Jesus Christ from 1st Corinthians 15. He uses a popular quote from his day “Bad Company corrupts Good Character”…
“Sometimes Helpless but Never Hopeless” Sermon Response to Current Events
Mar 16 • 43 min
This message examines how Christians should respond to the recent Coronavirus Pandemic. What does the Bible say about times like the ones we are facing and what can we learn from it. John 16:33, Matthew 7:24-27,Mark 4:35-41.You can watch a video of this…
“Public Enemy # 1” The Struggle is Real Series #46
Mar 3 • 36 min
We constantly hear about all of the threats facing each one of us; global warming, overpopulation, coronavirus, terrorism - and we live in a world of fear. Our media, whose job was once to educate and inform, spends all of their time feeding the…
” A World Without Hope” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #45
Feb 24 • 30 min
We continue our study of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from 1st Corinthians 15 by looking at Paul’s theological argument from Chapter 15:12-20. The Apostle Paul paints a picture of what the life and faith of a Christian might look like had Jesus not…
“The Reality of the Resurrection” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #44
Feb 17 • 35 min
An introduction of 1st Corinthians 15 and the doctrinal teaching on the physical and bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. We discuss how the resurrection is central to almost all of the other teachings of Jesus and the New Testament and the role this…
“Sit Down Woman!” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series # 43
Feb 10 • 34 min
We examine the controversial passage from 1st Corinthians 14:34-35 that seems to instruct that women are to remain silent in the church and that it is disgraceful for women to speak in worship. Could this really be what Paul was teaching for the…
“Worship, Order and Edification” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #42
Jan 20 • 39 min
What does it mean when we talk about having “order” in our worship services? Who gets to decide what is “order” and what might be “out of order”? In Chapter 14 of 1st Corinthians as Paul is addressing the abuses of some spiritual gifts during the time…
“The Mystery of Speaking in Tongues” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #41
Jan 13 • 44 min
Is the gift of “speaking in tongues” still available for Christians today or did it cease during the second or third centuries? If it is still available; what is it? A gift with foreign languages? a private prayer language? something to be used in…
“An Unknown Prayer Language” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #40
Jan 6 • 43 min
As we begin to tackle the controversial 1st Corinthians 14 and the subject of “speaking in tongues” or a “private prayer language”; Pastor Rusty takes this message time to share his personal testimony and experiences with “tongues”. By using glimpses of…
“The Difference between Thriving and Surviving” New Years Message
Dec 30, 2019 • 37 min
A challenge for Christians to stand in the promises of God in 2020 and what that might look like. A message on how God takes those things that we feel like we “just survived” and uses them to mold and shape us into “overcomers”. From 1st Corinthians…
“The Greatest of These Is…” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #39
Dec 23, 2019 • 37 min
“The Power of Love” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #38
Dec 16, 2019 • 33 min
Discovering what it means to really Love someone
“In the Name of Love” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #37
Dec 2, 2019 • 38 min
We kick-off the first week of the Advent season by continuing our study from 1st Corinthians by looking at the “Love Chapter” of 1st Corinthians 13. In the English language the word “love” can be used to describe a number of things and through its…
“Some Assembly Required” The Struggle is Real Series #36
Nov 25, 2019 • 33 min
What do these three most dreaded words of the Christmas season (some assembly required) have in common with the local church? Join us as we examine the Apostle Paul’s instruction manual for how the local church should be organized and operate. From 1st…
“Wonder Working Power” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #35
Nov 18, 2019 • 43 min
What role does the Holy Spirit play in the life of a Christian? What does it mean to be “baptized in the Holy Spirit” or to be “Spirit-filled”? Are their certain Spiritual gifts that are “sign” that you have been “filled with the Holy Spirit”? Are all…
“The Gifts that Keep on Giving” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #34
Nov 11, 2019 • 38 min
The Apostle Paul tackles the confusion and misuse of Spiritual Gifts by the Corinthian church in 1st Corinthians 12. Sadly many of the same issues facing that early church concerning spiritual gifts are still found in the church today. Join us as we…
“Do this in Remembrance of Me” The Struggle is Real #33
Oct 21, 2019 • 35 min
We continue our examination of the Apostle Paul’s teaching about the Lord’s Supper or Communion to the Corinthian Church from 1st Corinthians 11:23-34. This passage can be somewhat controversial as it has led many Christians and Christ follower’s to…
“Too Much Feast and Not Enough Love” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #32
Oct 14, 2019 • 30 min
From the early church until today, the very simple act of worship and unity that Jesus exampled at his last meal with his disciples before his arrest, has become a point of disagreement and distraction. Whether you call it Communion, Eucharist or The…
“Should I Shave or Let it Grow?” The Struggle is Real Series #31
Oct 7, 2019 • 43 min
An examination of the somewhat confusing and controversial 1st Corinthians 11:2-16. What does it really say about Men’s authority over women? Should we cover our heads in worship? Should we cut our hair as a spiritual act? What in the world is Paul…
“Brick By Brick”
Sep 23, 2019 • 29 min
Our goal is to shape and develop First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock into a place where people can Belong, Believe and Become. This message is to help explain and define what those terms mean and how it effects our members and community. We also look…
“Follow Me” The Struggle is Real Series #30
Sep 16, 2019 • 34 min
The Apostle Paul makes a bold declaration in 1st Corinthians 11:1 when he tells the Corinthian Christians to “Follow me as I follow the example of Christ”. As Christians, we are all following the teachings and example of Jesus Christ, but what Paul was…
“Free to Be” The Struggle is Real Series #29
Sep 9, 2019 • 40 min
Join us as we discover the importance of maintaining balance in every area of our lives - especially our spiritual lives. We examine 1st Corinthians 10:23-24 and strive to discover just what it means to be spiritually free and how we can apply our…
“American Idols” The Struggle is Real Series #28
Sep 3, 2019 • 36 min
What do we think about when we hear the term “idol”, or idolatry, or “false idols”? Most of us think of bowing down to carved or created object, yet the most dangerous form of idolatry today has nothing to do with created objects but rather our…
“It Could Never Happen to Me” The Struggle is Real Series #27
Aug 27, 2019 • 44 min
A look at 1st Corinthians 10:1-13 and the issue of trials, temptations and test. Join us as we examine how it could not only happen to you - but probably will! What is “it” listen in to find out!
“Not Everyone Wins” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #26
Aug 19, 2019 • 40 min
Most Christians would say that they have a desire to grow spiritually; to learn the word of God and how to apply it to their lives, to grow deeper in their personal relationship with God - yet their seems to be a huge gap between wanting something…
“Sam, I AM!” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #25
Aug 12, 2019 • 36 min
We continue our close examination of 1st Corinthians 9:15-23 and the Apotle Paul’s motivation and determination to preach the gospel to anyone, anywhere at anytime. We once again look at what it means to be “compelled” and what exactly might it be that…
“Do You Take the Call?” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series # 24
Aug 5, 2019 • 36 min
Discovering God’s Purpose for Your Life
“The Ultimate Expression of Freedom” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #23
Jul 29, 2019 • 39 min
After introducing the concept of a Christ follower’s willingness to restrict their own freedoms and rights for the sake of a weaker or more immature fellow Christian in 1st Corinthians 8 in last week’s message; the Apostle Paul continues to illustrate…
“Coloring Outside the Lines” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #22
Jul 22, 2019 • 40 min
The Apostle Paul has already warned the Corinthian church about using their personal convictions as a spiritual club to guilt, manipulate and control other Christians. These convictions are not always spiritual admonitions but rather guidelines and…
“Serenity Now” The Struggle is Real Sermon Series #21
Jul 15, 2019 • 35 min
Learning to Be Content with who you are, right where you are.
Let Freedom Ring; July 4th Weekend Message
Jul 8, 2019 • 40 min
A message looking at the Freedoms that we have as Americans compared to the Freedoms we have in Jesus Christ. From Galatians 5:1-6,13
“Should I Stay or Should I Go?” The Struggle is Real Series #20
Jul 1, 2019 • 44 min
What does the Bible really teach about divorce? about remarriage? While most are quick to point to the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 5 and 19, the Apostle Paul takes a deeper dive in answering questions from the Corinthian Church about specific instances…
“Single and Blessed” The Struggle is Real Series #19
Jun 24, 2019 • 32 min
Many people consider 1st Corinthians 7 to be the Apostle Paul’s manifesto on marriage and if that is true, then it is also his masterpiece on Singleness. All throughout the Chapter, Paul continues to confront the culture and the church’s wrong thinking…
A Message from Pastor Rusty Guenther
Jun 18, 2019 • 1 min
Just a short message from Pastor Rusty about our lack of recent podcast due to some sound upgrades and his recent vacation. We will be back with a new podcast on Monday, June 24th from the Sunday, June 23rd worship service. We also would like to…
“It’s Just Sex” The Struggle is Real Series #16
May 20, 2019 • 40 min
The Church at Corinth was surrounded by one of the most immoral cultures in the Roman world and the city of Corinth and it’s Temple to Aphrodite was ground zero. With over 2,000 temple priestess who supported the temple through prostitution, the…
“The Christian and the Courthouse”; The Struggle is Real Series #15
May 13, 2019 • 35 min
As the Apostle Paul continues to challenge the Church at Corinth about what it means for the church to love one another and operate as a “family”; he confronts the issue of Christians suing each other and church members taking other members to court. As…
The Tolerant Indifference of Accommodation; The Struggle is Real Series #14
May 6, 2019 • 41 min
One of the struggle for the Christian Church today is how do you create a welcoming, loving and gracious attmosphere where anyone and everyone is welcome yet still be a Holy place that stands for God’s righteousness. The simple answer is balance, but…
Authentic Spiritual Leadership; The Struggle is Real Series #13
Apr 29, 2019 • 38 min
In the setting of the local church, it seems like everyone has an opinion on what a Pastor does or even should be doing. Some think the Pastor only works on Sunday’s and Wednesday’s, others think the Pastor should do everything that is needed done…
The Glorious Easter Conjunction - Easter 2019
Apr 23, 2019 • 30 min
Join us as we celebrate Easter and the impact and power of the Death, Burial and Resurrection of Jesus Christ by examining one of the most memorized and quoted verses in the Bible; Romans 6:23. In this short and concise verse, the Apostle Paul captures…
“Gaining a Proper Perspective” The Struggle is Real #12
Apr 8, 2019 • 40 min
“Where Why is Just as Important as What” The Struggle is Real Series #11
Apr 1, 2019 • 38 min
We continue to examine the Apostle Paul’s warning to the Corinthians church in 1st Corinthians 3 as he introduces the idea of Christians standing in judgement before Christ to give an account of their lives. Sadly, for a majority of people, most of what…
“The Corruption of Carnal Christianity” The Struggle is Real Series #9
Mar 18, 2019 • 43 min
Can a Christian be “worldly”? or “Carnal”? And if so, what does that really mean and look like in a practical sense for today’s church? How would you define an “immature” Christian versus a “mature” Christian and does the maturity level of a Christian…
“I Can See Clearly Now” The Struggle is Real #8
Mar 11, 2019 • 36 min
In our passage from 1st Corinthians 2; the Apostle Paul continues to explain God’s wisdom versus the wisdom of men and now he introduces the role that the Holy Spirit plays in illuminating God’s wisdom for Christ follower. In this message, we give an…
“Releasing God’s Wisdom and Power” The Struggle is Real Series #7
Mar 4, 2019 • 38 min
What makes an effctive witness? What makes an effective Sermon? Why was the Apostle Paul’s message so powerful that we continue to study and follow his example today? In this passage from 1 Corinthians we can gain some insight into how Paul was able to…
“The Paradoxical Nature of God’s Wisdom” The Struggle is Real Series #6
Feb 25, 2019 • 35 min
As the Apostle Paul continues to explain the differences between the wisdom of the world and God’s wisdom in his 1st Letter to the Corinthian Church; today’s message finds him listing several examples that prove that divide. Using paradoxical language,…
“Wise In Our Own Eyes” The Struggle is Real Series #5
Feb 18, 2019 • 42 min
Paul continues his discussion on the divisive nature of the Cross and all that the Cross represents by taking his assertion from last weeks message that “there are only two true responses when we are confronted by what Christ accomplished on the Cross”…
“When the Cross of Christ Divides” The Struggle is Real Series #4
Feb 11, 2019 • 33 min
As the Apostle Paul continues to confront the divisions in the Church at Corinth over personalities and preferences, he moves into the issue of philosophical differences. Just as last week we examined how the Cross is the foundation for unity within the…
“The Power of Unity in a Divided Nation” The Struggle is Real Series #3
Feb 4, 2019 • 33 min
When the Apostle Paul begins to confront the problems and issues plaguing the Corinthian church, he starts with addressing the power struggles and division that is tearing the church apart. As many churches today continue to be torn apart over issues of…
“The Letter to an Ancient Church with Modern Problems” The Struggle is Real Series Intro
Jan 21, 2019 • 39 min
We begin a new series examining the Apostle Paul’s first letter to the Church at Corinth that we are calling “The Struggle is Real”. In this series we hope to address many of the struggles that Christians face trying to live out and apply Biblical…
“You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” The Real Christmas Story # 3
Jan 21, 2019 • 29 min
There were over 80 prophecies in the Old Testament concerning the birth of the Messiah; very specific prophecies, and yet many of the very people who had spent their lives studying those prophecies missed his arrival. The odds of one person fulfilling…
“Fra-gee-lay” The Real Christmas Story # 2
Jan 8, 2019 • 35 min
Part 2 of our Real Christmas Story series that examines the Biblical Christmas story through the lens of the popular movie and television show “A Christmas Story”. This week we discuss Ralphie’s dad and all the trials and tribulations he faces in the…
“The Dreaded Triple Dog Dare” The Real Christmas Story Series #1
Dec 4, 2018 • 35 min
We kick off our new series that uses the popular Christmas Movie “A Christmas Story” as a jumping off place to discover some important elements of the Real Christmas Story that tend to get overlocked. As we discuss Ralphie and his Christmas experience…
Starting the Holidays Off Right
Nov 27, 2018 • 38 min
Every year it seems like the Christmas Season starts earlier and earlier and as Thanksgiving bleeds into Christmas, it might be beneficial for each of us to take a moment, hit the pause button, and examine our hearts. While we like to bemoan the…
“The Ones That Return” Season of Thanksgiving #3
Nov 19, 2018 • 36 min
We finish up our study on developing a Thankful heart and grateful spirit by looking at the benefits and blessings that are unlocked when we express gratitude. We look at an encounter that Jesus had with 10 men struck with leprosy to unpack the…
“The Foundation of a Grateful Heart” Season of Thanksgiving #2
Nov 12, 2018 • 39 min
As we continue our series on developing a grateful and thankful spirit during this season of Thanksgiving, this message examines what is at the core or foundation of true gratitude. Why do we sometimes struggle with being thankful for what we have been…
“Blessed and Highly Favored?” Season of Thanksgiving Series
Nov 4, 2018 • 33 min
For those who have grown up in the church or around the church, you might be unaware of how strange some of the most commonly used phrases sound to those outside of the church. We have a tendency to speak “Christianeze” and cling to our own terminology…
“Who is Going to Fill Their Shoes?” Harvest Day 2018
Oct 14, 2018 • 31 min
As the average age of a majority of church congregations in the United States continues to rise, it is understandable that the same is true for church leadership. The average age of Senior Pastors in the US is in the mid 50’s, our foreign missionaries…
“Why We Gather” This is Us Sermon Series #26
Sep 30, 2018 • 38 min
Have you ever thought about why we gather together on Sunday mornings for church, or corporate worship? Not the theological reasons; it is pretty clear in the Bible that the local faith community is the main avenue for individual Christians to grow and…
“Why we Sing” This is Us Sermon Series #25
Sep 23, 2018 • 39 min
Have you ever wondered why churches spend between half of even a third of their worship services in song? If you look back over the last 30 years in the history of the American church, the greatest place of contention, disruption, disunity and spiritual…
“Unknown but not Forgotten” This is Us Sermon Series # 24
Sep 9, 2018 • 31 min
Have you ever considered your legacy? What will people think about you when you are gone, or will they even think about you? What about 50 years from now, or 75? When you think of the great examples of those who were faithful to God in the Bible it is…
“When You Least Expect It” This is Us sermon series #23
Sep 2, 2018 • 34 min
When you mention Satan in Christian circles you will find that many Christ followers fall into one of two extreme positions; they are either obsessed with spiritual warfare and see the devil in everything, or they downplay or ignore that he is even…
“Discovering Your Worth” This is Us Sermon Series #22
Aug 26, 2018 • 28 min
How do we determine our worth? Is it our income? our talent? our abilities? For the Christ follower our value or worth should not be defined by who we are, or what we can do, or have done but rather “whose” we are. From our story in Nehemiah we discover…
“Operation 99” This is Us sermon series #21
Aug 19, 2018 • 37 min
“What are you Hungry For?” This is Us Sermon Series #19
Aug 5, 2018 • 39 min
In Nehemiah chapter 6 we discover that Nehemiah has seen his dream/vision become a reality. The walls of Jerusalem are complete and in record time. In Chapter 7 we learn that after completing the task, the people go back to their villages, jobs and…
“A Strongholds Slippery Slope” Part 2 This is Us Sermon Series #18
Jul 29, 2018 • 40 min
We continue our examination of Strongholds that exist in the lives of Christ followers and that have been institutionalized in the church. Strongholds are “beliefs, ideas, pretext or principles” that are contrary to the Word of God. These are ideas we…
“A Strongholds Slippery Slope” This is Us sermon series #17
Jul 22, 2018 • 38 min
In 2nd Corinthians 10:3-5, the Apostle Paul uses the term “Stronghold” to describe thoughts, pretext, reasonings and even beliefs that can take root in our hearts and minds that are contrary to scripture. These “strongholds” can be both conscious or…
“Escaping the Pit of Despair” This is Us Sermon Series # 16
Jul 15, 2018 • 39 min
Everyone of us has faced discouragement; things don’t turn out the way we had planned, not moving as fast as we had hoped, everyone is not supportive - we have all been there. But if we are not careful, simple discouragement can lead us into a pit of…
“Some Things Are Still Worth Fighting For”
Jul 8, 2018 • 35 min
As we celebrate our nations independence, this week we examine some of the reasons that drove the 13 colonies to choose independence and whether or not we have achieved those goals. We examine how that relates to the church in the areas of religious…
“The Impossible Becomes Reality” This is Us Sermon Series # 15
Jul 1, 2018 • 37 min
Nehemiah gathered forty four diverse groups of people and put them to work rebuilding a mile and a half wall that used to encircle the city of Jerusalem. People from all types of backgrounds and walks of life, people with no real training in…
“Can Dreams Become Nightmares” This is Us Sermon Series #14
Jun 24, 2018 • 36 min
It is all to common to find Christians and Churches pursue a God given dream or vision, only to find it turn into a nightmare along the journey. From losing sight of our true purpose to allowing opposition or distractions to get us sidetracked; History…
“Getting from Here to There” # 3 This is Us Sermon Series #13
Jun 3, 2018 • 44 min
As we continue our discussion on following our God given dreams and visions, this morning we discuss how we can recognize when God is opening a door, or providing a means for our dreams to become reality. So many churches and Christians become focused…
“Getting from Here to There” #2 This is Us Sermon Series # 12
May 27, 2018 • 42 min
When God gives us a vision or dream for anything; our families, our future, a career, a ministry opportunity; there is always a tension between the way things are and the way things can be, or should be. It is in this tension between the two where most…
“Getting From Here to There” This is Us Sermon Series #11
May 20, 2018 • 35 min
How do we know what God’s dream or vision for our life is? Does everyone have one? What about the church, how can we know? Where do we start? Join us we continue our series “This is Us” by talking about the tension between “where we are” and “where God…
“The Faith of a Determined Mother” Mothers Day 2018
May 13, 2018 • 28 min
A celebration and encouragement to all of our Mothers. From Matthew 15:21-28
“Turning Cant’s Into Cans” This is Us Sermon Series #10
May 6, 2018 • 42 min
How many of us have allowed the “cant’s” of the world and the people around us to stifle and kill our hopes, dreams and visions? The Bible is clear that God has a purpose for each one of us and he reveals and plants that purpose in our hearts through…
“The Inconsistent Idea of an Inactive Church Member” This is Us Sermon Series #9
Apr 29, 2018 • 40 min
One of the rare phenomenon found in many churches is the idea of an “inactive member”. Many churches claim to have one number as “church members” that is usually much greater than the number of people who are in worship on a regular basis. Some have…
“Membership Has Its Privileges” This is Us Sermon Series #8
Apr 22, 2018 • 37 min
We continue our “This is Us” sermon series by examining the “how” and “why” of the various things we do in the church by discussing how we evaluate church health or church success. How do we measure success and by what standards? It is difficult to…
“The Right Stuff”; This is Us Sermon Series #7
Apr 15, 2018 • 38 min
We continue our examination of who we are as “the church” by looking at the first church and what where their guiding motives and methods. As we plan for the future and who we want to be as a church and a Christian community in ten, twenty or even fifty…
Wednesday Night Study; “History and the Bible” Session 6
Apr 11, 2018 • 47 min
In this session we examine the world setting and context for the end of Genesis (Joseph’s death) and the beginning of Exodus (Moses birth and calling). We also answer some questions related to our Sunday sermon series on Baptist beliefs that cover;…
“The Keeper of the Bones” This is Us Sermon Series #6
Apr 8, 2018 • 38 min
We continue the sermon series “This is Us” calling us to examine who we are as a church, what we believe, what is our vision for the future and how are we going to accomplish it; this morning we examine “Where we came from”, our heritage. Using the…
The Terminus of Time; Easter Message 2018
Apr 1, 2018 • 33 min
Join us as we rediscover the power and purpose of the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. What does the empty tomb mean to me and do for me? From Psalms 22, Philippians 3:7-11
“The Road to Calvary” Easter 2018 #1
Mar 18, 2018 • 37 min
This week we begin our journey to Easter by examining the journey Jesus took to the Cross. By asking the question, “When did Jesus start on his journey to Calvary”? or even “When did Jesus make the choice to start on the road that led to the Cross”?; we…
“A Free Church in a Free State; Religious Freedom” This is Us Sermon Series #5
Mar 11, 2018 • 38 min
We continue our Sermon Series examining “who we are” as a church and “what we believe” by looking at what has become the most recognizable Baptist distinctive; Religious Freedom! Since soon after the reformation, Baptist have fought and died for the…
Wednesday Night Study; “History and the Bible” Session 4
Mar 7, 2018 • 40 min
This week we examine Genesis 15-25 while stopping to examine the meaning and purpose of the Covenant that God makes with Abram. We explain the significance and similarities between the Old Covenant and the New Covenant. We also examine the identity of…
Wednesday Night Study; “History and the Bible” Session 3
Mar 6, 2018 • 56 min
This sessions looks at the setting and background for Abram’s journey to the “promise land” in Canaan. It would be helpful if you have a Map to follow the early part of the discussion. In most Bibles, you will find a Map in the back that shows the…
“Competent to Stand Trial” This is Us Sermon Series #4
Mar 4, 2018 • 38 min
We continue our study of what makes us a Baptist church and what we believe by looking at the Baptist distinctive of “Soul Competency” or “Soul Liberty”. While those terms may not be familiar to many Christians, they are rooted in the idea that every…
“The Priesthood of all Believers” This is Us sermon series #3
Feb 25, 2018 • 33 min
We continue our examination of “who we are and what we believe” as Christians and the Church by examining what it means to be “Baptist”. This message looks at the Baptist principle of “The priesthood of believers” and examines how it evolved from the…
“Yes, That’s the Book for Me” This is Us sermon series #2
Feb 18, 2018 • 39 min
As we continue our new series “This is Us” by examining what we believe and why we believe it; we take a look at some of the key principles of what it means to be a “Baptist church”. This week we examine the principle of Biblical Authority or what…
Wednesday Night Study; History and the Bible Session 2
Feb 14, 2018 • 34 min
We examine Abram’s spiritual and physical journeys as he encounters God and moves his family to Canaan. A look at the original Covenant that God made with Abram and Abram’s religious background. We also examine Abram’s encounters in Canaan and Egypt.
“What’s in a Name” This is Us sermon series #1
Feb 11, 2018 • 41 min
An introduction to our series “This is Us” by examining the name “Baptist” and where it came from and what it means. We examine the issue of baptism by immersion, its history and why it is so important in a Baptist church. This new series will be…
“A Field Focused Vision” Evangelism and the Church
Jan 28, 2018 • 33 min
Jesus tells the disciples in John 4 to “Open their eyes to the fields ripe for Harvest” after they seemingly missed an opportunity to share with the Samaritan women at the well. Has the church today fallen into the same trap of missed opportunities?…
Wednesday Night Study; History and the Bible Session 1
Jan 24, 2018 • 49 min
In our new Wednesday night study we are looking at the Bible and its setting and context as it impacts all of History. This introduction looks at Genesis and the Creation story.
The Fierce Urgency of Now
Jan 21, 2018 • 30 min
Is the Church more concerned with it’s own survival over advancing the Kingdom of God? Have we lost our passion for sharing our faith? Have we emphasized spiritual growth at the expense of evangelism? Have we lost our sense of urgency? Join us as we…
Be Still and Know
Jan 14, 2018 • 34 min
Psalms 46 has been used as a great source of strength and encouragement to those facing trials and struggles, but what if it was more than a source of comfort but rather a place to find confidence? The Psalmist encourages us to “Know” or “experience”…
“Don’t Turn out the Lights; The Parties Not Over”
Jan 7, 2018 • 36 min
When does Christmas end? Is it on December 26th? Or maybe it is on January 7th, the end of the 12 days of Christmas and the celebration of the arrival of the Magi in many churches? While we debate and discuss how the beginning of the season keeps…
When did Christians stop being Dangerous? New Years Eve 2017
Dec 31, 2017 • 33 min
When you read in 2nd Corinthians 11:21-29 as Paul describes some of the things he endured and overcame while sharing the gospel, you can’t help but thinking “dangerous”. But why would this simple, old theologian be in danger or even dangerous to those…
Do the Wise still seek Him? Christmas Eve 2017
Dec 24, 2017 • 39 min
In spite of what we see in our traditional nativity scenes, we don’t know how many Magi/Wise Men there actually were, we don’t even know when they arrived on the scene or where they really came from; so what role do they play in the story? Join us as we…
“How Hope Overcomes The World” Living Sacrifices Series #16
Dec 3, 2017 • 36 min
It seems like you can’t watch the news or get online without being overwhelmed with acts of “Evil” happening all around the world; church shootings, hunger and homelessness, marriages and homes dissolving and hate filled protest. We have a tendency to…
“Its Always Been a Matter of Trust” Living Sacrifices Series #15
Nov 26, 2017 • 36 min
The Apostle Paul warns us that if we claim to be followers of Christ, people will be watching us and for many people, the only definition of Christianity they will see is what they observe from your life. He tells us to be careful and strive to always…
“Slip Sliding Away” Living Sacrifices Series #14
Nov 19, 2017 • 37 min
As the Apostle Paul continues to paint a picture of how the followers of Christ are supposed to live from Romans 12, he moves from our relationship with a specific group of people in verses 14-16, to a more general audience in verse 17. While at first…
“Pride and Prejudice” Living Sacrifice Series #13
Nov 12, 2017 • 36 min
Pride and Prejudice are huge barriers for Christ followers in their obedience to follow Christ command that we “Bless those who Persecute Us”
Operation Christmas Child Testimony from Pastor Mark Brumbelow
Nov 6, 2017 • 15 min
Incredible Operation Christmas Child Shoebox testimony
“Blessing when you feel like Cursing” Living Sacrifice Series #12
Nov 5, 2017 • 34 min
Romans 12:14 tells us that as Christians we are called to bless those who persecute us and then he follows up in verses 15-16 with some examples for how we might do it.
“A Radical Response to Mean People” Living Sacrifices Series #11
Oct 29, 2017 • 38 min
How do we deal with the “mean people” in our lives?
“The Building Blocks of Authentic Community” Living Sacrifices Series #9
Sep 24, 2017 • 38 min
Do people really find community in their churches?
“When Have We Loved Enough?” Living Sacrifices Series #8
Sep 17, 2017 • 33 min
How do we define love? How do we define how we are supposed to love others? Sure we can describe what love looks like, or it’s attributes or characteristics but can we define it? What about God’s love? If Christ followers are supposed to “love others…
“Keeping the Body in SHAPE” Living Sacrifices Series #7
Sep 10, 2017 • 32 min
How do we determine if we are a healthy and growing Christian? How do we determine if our church is “healthy”? Some would point to external factors; size, attendance, programs, growth - others might look at the past and determine progress made - but do…
“Use it or Lose it” Living Sacrifice Series #6
Sep 3, 2017 • 33 min
It had been well quoted that in the average church 10% of the people do 90% of the work and while that may not be the case in many churches, a Gallup Poll found it close to reality. Even more disturbing is that the same poll revealed that of the…
“Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall” Living Sacrifice Series #5
Aug 27, 2017 • 33 min
We live in a very self absorbed culture. Our social media sites are filled with “selfies” and other pictures from our day to day adventures. Our self worth seems to hinge upon how many views or likes we get from our media post on the various apps we…
“God’s Will Revealed” Living Sacrifice Series #4
Aug 20, 2017 • 39 min
In a recent USA Today survey people were asked what would be the one question they could ask God. Over 80% responded that they wanted to ask God, “What is your will for my life? What is my purpose?” Even in the church, many long time Christians still…
“Living Transformed in a World of Conformity” Living Sacrifice series #3
Aug 13, 2017 • 41 min
We live in a rapidly changing culture and it is having a profound effect on Christians and the Church. Behavior and lifestyles that only a few years ago seemed abnormal or out of the mainstream are now not only accepted but even celebrated. The lines…
“When Sacrifice becomes a Lifestyle; Worship becomes a Privilege” Living Sacrifices #2
Aug 6, 2017 • 39 min
As we continue looking at Romans 12:1, we examine the ideas behind individual worship and what that might look like in the church. The reason many people today struggle with worship is related more to what they are willing to give than any various…
“Too Many Empty Altars” Living Sacrifices Series #1
Jul 30, 2017 • 34 min
If you pay attention to the media, it would be hard to miss all of the articles, books and reports declaring the decline of the Christian church in America. From falling attendance numbers, shrinking membership roles to declining conversions, it seems…
“Too Many Chargers and Not Enough Plugs” Message on the Sabbath
Jul 9, 2017 • 38 min
A recent survey found that people had greater success naming the kids on the Brady Bunch than trying to name the 10 Commandments. The second most recognized Commandment was the fourth; “Honor the Sabbath and keep it Holy” yet most people could not…
“Why Celebrating Freedom is Not Enough” July 4th weekend
Jul 2, 2017 • 38 min
While Americans gather this weekend to celebrate our Independence and Freedoms; churches on Sunday will be full of people singing and celebrating their spiritual freedoms, yet many remain in bondage. In Galatians 5, Paul reminds us that until we…
“The Future is Now” No Filters Series #3
Jun 25, 2017 • 39 min
If you want to make people uncomfortable in church just mention the word “change”! While we are willing to strive for some personal change, when it comes to changing how we do church, or what we do at church, or even a line on the order of service; we…
“Standing in the Gap” No Filter Series #2
Jun 18, 2017 • 37 min
In 1st Samuel 16:1, the nation of Israel and its future was at a crossroads. God has just taken His anointing away from King Saul and was moving towards the future by sending the Prophet Samuel to find and anoint the new king at the home of Jesse. But…
“Gaining God’s Perspective” NO FILTERS mini Series
Jun 11, 2017 • 38 min
People today love to take pictures, we have whole social media platforms like Snapchat and Instagram built around sharing our pictures with the world. In a recent survey, high school and college students use their phones more for taking pictures than…
“Daring to Deal with Depression”
Jun 4, 2017 • 37 min
Depression is one of those topics you don’t hear discussed much in church, yet it is said 20% of all Americans (1 in 5) will suffer from serious depression in their lifetime. Currently almost 19 million Americans suffer from some sort of clinical…
“More than Some Good Advice” Following Jesus Sermon Series #35
May 28, 2017 • 34 min
As we wrap up our study on the Sermon on the Mount, we ask the question, “Why does it matter?”. Why is the sermon so important? Why do many consider it to be one of Jesus’s greatest teachings? To help find some answers, we look at how the original…
“A Mother’s Passion” Mother’s Day 2017
May 14, 2017 • 33 min
Join us as we learn some important lessons about the influence of a Mother’s Passion. We hope to redeem a Mother who has received a bad rap in the New Testament as well as gaining a few examples for all parents to follow when it comes to our children’s…
“The Dangerous Dilemma of Deceived Sheep” Following Jesus Sermon Series #33
May 7, 2017 • 38 min
In every letter that the Apostle Paul writes to the various churches he warns them about false teachers. Numerous times throughout the Gospels, Jesus warns about false teachers but none clearer and more direct than what is found at the end of his…
“Empty Words and Kept Promises” Following Jesus Sermon Series #32
Apr 30, 2017 • 33 min
While many consider Jesus words in Matthew 7:21-23 to be the most shocking or heartbreaking of the entire New Testament, others would love to bypass, overlook or rationalize them away. After warning about false teachers or “wolves in sheep’s clothing”,…
“What Big Teeth You Have” Following Jesus Sermon Series #31
Apr 23, 2017 • 38 min
People have been using and blaming God for their own profit and gain, to build their own kingdoms and to justify their sinful actions and behavior since the garden of Eden. False prophets and false teachers claiming to speak for God are scattered all…
“There is” Following Jesus Sermon Series #30 Easter 2017
Apr 16, 2017 • 30 min
The Apostle Paul encourages the Church at Philippi to “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling” in Philippians 2:12 as an encouragement for them to never stop examining their own hearts and motives. Jesus spends the better part of the end of…
“The Pulse of a Christ Follower” Following Jesus Sermon Series #29
Apr 2, 2017 • 33 min
Many love to quote Matthew 7:1, “judge not least you be judged” yet that passage is found in a section of Jesus’ teaching from the Sermon on the Mount that puts a spotlight on what could be defined as “judging”. We are told not to be self-righteous or…
“Don’t Find Fault, Find a Remedy” Following Jesus Sermons Series #28
Mar 26, 2017 • 38 min
In our current culture, it doesn’t take long for anyone who states a conviction or belief that might runs counter to modern PC group think to receive the admonition, “Judge Not least You Be Judged”. It seems that is the “go-to” response on Facebook,…
“Paying Interest on Borrowed Trouble” Following Jesus Sermon Series #27
Mar 19, 2017 • 35 min
Worry is not only something that can affect your health, your sleep patterns and stress levels but according to Jesus IT IS A SIN. We don’t like to think of it in those terms, but God does. Worry and Anxiety rob your joy, diminish your worship, corrupt…
“In God we Trust” Following Jesus Sermon Series #26
Mar 12, 2017 • 30 min
In Luke 18 when Jesus is asked by the “rich young ruler” what it takes to “inherit eternal life” Jesus responds by calling him to “sell all you have and give the proceeds to those in need”. Was this a specific command for this one person or is it…
“Finding Focus in a Blurry World” Following Jesus Sermon Series #25
Mar 5, 2017 • 35 min
Is it possible for God to be moving in our midst and we not know it? Could He be opening doors and providing opportunities and yet we are unaware? What did Jesus mean when he warned “He who has eyes to see, let him see”? As Jesus continues to encourage…
“Insider Trading on Eternal Markets” Following Jesus Sermon Series #24
Feb 26, 2017 • 31 min
We make investments every day; we invest our time, we invest our talents and we invest our treasure on those things that we think are important. As Jesus continues his teaching from the Sermon on the Mount aimed at calling his followers to a higher…
“A Pattern for Passionate Prayer” Following Jesus Sermon Series #23
Feb 19, 2017 • 43 min
In James 5:16, The King James Version translates James’ promises that “the effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”. In a more modern translation it is given as “The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective”, another says…
“All the World is a Stage” Following Jesus Sermon Series # 21
Jan 29, 2017 • 37 min
As Matthew 6 transitions from Jesus encouragement for his followers to develop and pursue spiritual maturity (perfection) from Matthew 5; Jesus follows up with a warning. He warns his followers here in Matthew 6 to be on their guard not to fall into the…
“For Show or to Grow?” Following Jesus Sermon Series #20
Jan 22, 2017 • 35 min
At the end of Matthew 5, Jesus encourages his followers to strive to “grow up” spiritually; to grow into mature believers. This growth starts with a changed heart that is totally submitted to the control and leadership of the Holy Spirit and leads to…
“A Perfect Resolution for a Perfect New Year” Following Jesus Sermon Series # 19
Jan 15, 2017 • 34 min
Can a Christ follower ever be “perfect”? Is that even a possibility? Not sinless - that is impossible as long as we live in these fleshly bodies; we will always struggle with sin - but perfect? Paul tells the church at Philippi in Philippians 3:12 that…
“Expect the Unexpected” Christmas 2016
Dec 11, 2016 • 33 min
The very first Christmas had its share of interruptions and disruptions so why should we be surprised when our Christmas plans don’t go as we had hoped or planned. So many of us dream of creating the perfect Christmas memories; usually along the lines…
“Learning to Live in the Second Mile” Following Jesus Series # 18
Dec 4, 2016 • 36 min
When confronted with how we are to respond to someone who has hurt us, or is taking advantage of us, or even suing us; Jesus gives a curious answer that speaks directly to the heart of a his followers. In Matthew 5:41 Jesus directs his follower that if…
“Take My Word for It” Following Jesus Sermon Series #17
Nov 27, 2016 • 33 min
With the recent Presidential elections over and after a nasty and ugly campaign, one thing is pretty obvious; regardless of which candidate you supported - the character and integrity of a candidate no longer matters to a majority of Americans. Both…
“Till Death do Us Part” Following Jesus Series #16
Nov 20, 2016 • 37 min
Jesus continues his Sermon on the Mount by dealing with the controversial topic of Divorce and how it relates to his followers and the new righteousness that He has introduced. We examine the Old Testament precedent and the context for Jesus’ words…
“An Affair of the Heart” Following Jesus Sermon Series #15
Nov 13, 2016 • 32 min
In Matthew 5 as Jesus continues to give examples of the new standard he requires for those who would follow Him; he looks to the 7th Commandment for guidance. “Thou Shall not commit Adultery” sounds like an antiquated rule from a long ago past; when is…
The Consuming Danger of Anger; Following Jesus Series #14
Nov 6, 2016 • 36 min
In Matthew 5:17-20, Jesus warns his follower that while they may no longer be subject to the spiritual punishment of the moral law from the Old Testament that does not mean it is no longer important and valid for their lives. Just the opposite; whereas…
What Kind of Light Are You? “Following Jesus” Sermon Series #12
Oct 16, 2016 • 32 min
“The Fatal Flowering of Flavorless Followers” Following Jesus #11
Oct 9, 2016 • 29 min
If you had to use a metaphor to describe the value of someone or their character; what would you use? We say things like, “they are gold” or a “treasure” or worth a “million bucks” “priceless”, a few years ago it was a great compliment to be called…
“The Blessing We Openly Avoid” Following Jesus Sermon Series #10
Oct 2, 2016 • 35 min
Around the world, thousands of the men, women and children face persecution and even death simply because they identify themselves as followers of Jesus Christ. Yet here in America we tend to think of religious persecution as a rarity instead of…
“A Family Resemblance” Following Jesus Sermon Series #9
Sep 25, 2016 • 34 min
Most of us have been told from time to time that we might look like one of our parents, or maybe even sound like them. We can’t help it; our genes play a role in the inherited traits and spending the first eighteen to twenty years of our lives around…
“Developing a Heart with a View” Following Jesus Sermon Series #8
Sep 18, 2016 • 36 min
Have you ever looked back on your life at times when you faced difficulties, struggles or life changing events and could clearly see the hand of God at work? Like the poem “Footprints in the Sand”; you could see where God carried you, where He opened…
“Earthly Investments with Heavenly Returns” Following Jesus Sermon Series # 7
Sep 11, 2016 • 32 min
Jesus begins his most famous of Sermons by painting a picture of the character of a Christ Follower in what we call the Beatitudes. It is a great description of who a Christian should be when they submit themselves completely to the control of the Holy…
“Stay Thirsty My Friends”; Following Jesus Sermon Series #6
Sep 4, 2016 • 33 min
In this study of the fourth Beatitude, Jesus promises that those who hunger and thirst for the presence and power of God will be filled, but what does that look like in a practical sense. How can we hunger and thirst for something like God’s presence….
Clear Eyes - Full Heart - Can’t Lose! Following Jesus Sermon Series #5
Aug 28, 2016 • 31 min
Jesus promises joy, happiness and blessings to those who are meek and gentle, yet the world seems to offer just the opposite. Those who chose the path of following Jesus will always exhibit meekness, but just what does that really mean and if Jesus…
“The Profound Joy of Sadness”; Following Jesus sermon series #4
Aug 21, 2016 • 34 min
How can someone who is sad actually be happy or blessed? Once again Jesus offers the ultimate paradox as he challenges his followers to find internal joy, happiness and blessings in the midst of mourning. As we look at the 2nd Beatitude Jesus introduces…
“How to Be Dirt Poor Broke Happy” Part One; Following Jesus Sermon Series #3a
Aug 14, 2016 • 23 min
(This is the first half of the sermon from August 14th, the conclusion of the message can be heard in Part Two.) What does it mean to be happy? How can we attain happiness? A recent pew research poll found that only 1-3 American describe themselves as…
“How to Be Dirt Poor Broke Happy” Part Two; Following Jesus Sermon Series #3b
Aug 14, 2016 • 22 min
(This is the second half of the sermon from August 14th, the beginning of the message can be heard in Part One found below.) What does it mean to be happy? How can we attain happiness? A recent pew research poll found that only 1-3 American describe…
“Hard to Hit a Moving Target” Following Jesus Sermon Series #2
Aug 7, 2016 • 33 min
An introduction to the Sermon on the Mount discussing the importance of slowing down and unplugging to be able to hear the voice of God. We also discuss the various applications for the Sermon on the Mount and why it is considered the Greatest Sermon…
“Freed Up to Follow”; Following Jesus sermon Series Introduction
Jul 31, 2016 • 31 min
This is an introduction to our new Sermon series on the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew 5-7. This introduction looks at the call for every Christian to be a follower of Jesus Christ and what that really means. We look at the true meaning of Spiritual…
I Still Haven’t Found What I Am Looking For
Jul 17, 2016 • 31 min
This message examines the Call and Vision of FBC Blowing Rock - We discuss what our purpose statement means for each church member and follower of Christ. We explain what is means to be a “place to Belong, a place to Believe and a place to Become”. It…
The Blessings of a Father; Father’s Day message 2016
Jun 19, 2016 • 30 min
In the Old Testament, fathers would gather their children around them, lay hands on them and pass along a blessing. Can Father’s still pass along a blessing to their children in our modern culture? If so, what would those blessings be? Join us as we…
The Heartbeat of a Dreamer; The Path of a Dreamer Series #16
Jun 12, 2016 • 27 min
When you examine the life of Joseph, one has to wonder how he was able to overcome all he was faced with - all of the betrayals, the struggles, the loneliness. What was their about him that allowed him to place his faith completely in God regardless of…
Great Faith Starts with Small Steps; The Path of a Dreamer Series #15
May 29, 2016 • 35 min
Many Christians can be heard saying, “It would be much easier to follow God if He would just show me where we are going” and one can understand the frustration and even fear from that statement. But if God showed us where He was leading us it would not…
Total Forgiveness Experienced and Expressed; The Path of a Dreamer Series #14
May 22, 2016 • 35 min
Most Christians will not question that we are called to forgive those who have hurt or disappointed us; the words even come easily off of our lips, “I forgive you” but have we really forgiven them? The standard for forgiveness according to scripture…
Restoring Broken Trust; The Path of a Dreamer series #13
May 15, 2016 • 35 min
At one time or another most of us have disappointed others and lost their trust or lost our trust in someone. Trust is one of those things we take for granted until it is lost and once it is gone; it can be very difficult to restore. For most of us, it…
Jacob’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; The Path of a Dreamer Series # 12
May 8, 2016 • 32 min
Even the most optimistic person can allow the struggles and difficulties of life to turn them into a pessimist. We are surrounded with sensational and negative news everyday and it seems like once things turn against us they pile on. A bad day turns…
The Forgotten Mission Field; The Path of a Dreamer Series # 11
May 1, 2016 • 30 min
Joseph’s wild journey has seen him go from slavery to prison to the palace of the Egyptian Pharaoh and now it comes full circle as he is confronted with where it all began - his family. Many people fail to realize that their most important mission…
When the path of a Dream leads Home; The Life of a Dreamer series #10
Apr 24, 2016 • 36 min
As Joseph lived out the success of a new job, new wife and kids, new place of power and influence he was surprised to find that this new path led to a familiar place - home. As he comes face to face with his brothers, the very ones who began his now 20…
Living the Dream; The Life of a Dreamer Series #9
Apr 17, 2016 • 31 min
Joseph’s life had plenty of struggle and disappointment - dysfunctional blended family, beaten and sold into slavery by his brothers, falsely accused of sexual harassment and sent to prison for doing the right thing, 10 long years languishing in prison…
Will You Be Ready When the Door Opens? The Life of a Dreamer Joseph Series # 8
Apr 10, 2016 • 32 min
How can you know if God is opening a new door for your life or ministry? How can you know if you will be ready when the opportunity comes? Are you ready today? What if the answer to achieving all of your dreams presented itself today - would you…
Daring to Deal with Disapointment; The Life of a Dreamer Series #7
Apr 3, 2016 • 37 min
Ever been disappointed or let down by someone close to you? Ever felt betrayed by someone you trusted or even a family member? Join us as we discover how our response to these disappointments can sidetrack or even destroy our God given dreams. From the…
Dealing with Delayed Dreams; The Path of a Dreamer Series #6
Mar 13, 2016 • 38 min
While patience may be a virtue, it is a rarity in society today. We are a generation of instant gratification - we want it now; and that has crossed over into our walk of faith. We expect instant results but the Bible teaches us that some of God’s…
Dreamers get lonely but are Never Alone; The Path of e Dreamer Series #5
Mar 6, 2016 • 32 min
As you pursue your dreams, you will encounter trials and difficulties; their will be times when you will feel all alone and even abandoned. It is in those moments that God is preparing you for what is to come. How do you respond when things don’t go…
The Dream Sabotaging Seduction of Sin; Path of a Dreamer Series #4
Feb 28, 2016 • 36 min
All of us struggle with temptation; it is a part of life. We are tempted materially, personally and even sexually. It is not a sin to be tempted; even Jesus was tempted in the wilderness and overcame it. The sin comes from how we respond and nothing can…
A Smooth Path is Never Promised; The Path of a Dreamer Series #3
Feb 21, 2016 • 34 min
It is easy to look at people who have achieved great success in their various fields and admire them or even be envious. If one was to look at the end of the book of Genesis and read about Joseph’s success, we might admire him. A former prisoner from a…
Beware the Dream Killers; The Path of a Dreamer Series #2
Feb 14, 2016 • 38 min
All of us face dream killers in our lives. They can either distract and discourage us from following our God given dreams or make us stronger and more determined. Join us as we identify some dream killers that Joseph faced and how he overcame them and…
Breaking Generational Strongholds; The Path of a Dreamer Series #1
Feb 7, 2016 • 36 min
At least nine times in the Old Testament it is implied that the sins of the father will be passed along to future generations (his children and grandchildren). Since both the Old and New Testaments are clear that each of us is only accountable to God…
A Few Sacred Cows that Need Tipping
Jan 10, 2016 • 34 min
Join us as we examine a few things that we have allowed to become sacred cows in our personal lives and in the life of the church that have the potential to become idols. Many of these are good, if not great things, that were created or given to us as a…
A New You for a New Year
Jan 3, 2016 • 31 min
Is God interested in our New Years Resolutions? to lose weight? to be a better parent or spouse? What about our spiritual resolutions? to pray more? to read the Bible? to go to church? Do they ever really make a difference in the long run? Join us as we…
When Does Christmas End?
Dec 27, 2015 • 31 min
As many take down the decorations and move on to the celebration of the New Year, one has to wonder; when does Christmas actually end? Is it after the presents are opened? when the decorations are down? when the kids go back to school? Who says it has…
The Real War on Christmas; 200 Proof Series, Biblical Answers to Cultural Questions #10
Dec 20, 2015 • 31 min
Is there a real War on Christmas? Are people trying to remove Christ from Christmas? If so, when did it start and why? Does it really matter? How are Christians and the church to respond? Join us as we conclude our series on cultural topics by looking…
The Rise of Cultural Christianity; 200 Proof Series, Biblical Answers to Cultural Questions #9
Dec 6, 2015 • 30 min
The recent Pew research religious survey and study found that 72% of American’s identify themselves as Christians and yet 64% of them say that “many religions and paths can lead to God and salvation”. So less than 35 % of identified Christians believe…
The Beauty of Biblical Marriage; 200 Proof Series, Biblical Answers to Cultural Questions #8
Nov 29, 2015 • 41 min
With the recent Supreme Court ruling that strived to redefined the definition and description of marriage in the United States - the church’s response has been varied. The argument seemed to settle around “rights” - the individuals right, a couple’s…
Who is my Neighbor? The Immigration and Refugee Crisis; 200 Proof Series, Biblical Answers to Cultural Questions #7
Nov 22, 2015 • 29 min
In the last several weeks it seems everyone has had an opinion about the growing Refugee Crisis in Europe and how the United States should respond. Social Media has blown up on the topic, Political candidates all offer their opinions and solutions,…
Brew Unto Others- The Christian and Alcohol; 200 Proof Series, Biblical Answers to Cultural Questions # 6
Nov 15, 2015 • 34 min
Should a Christian drink alcohol? Did Jesus drink wine? Was it real wine or more like grape juice? What does the bible say about alcohol? Is it wrong for Christians to drink socially? Even if it is not against scripture - is it beneficial? We examine…
Your Life Matters - Depression and Suicide; 200 Proof Series #5 Biblical Answers to Cultural Questions
Nov 8, 2015 • 38 min
The churches historical answers for depression and suicide have always been things like “You just need to have more faith”, “If you loved God/Jesus more you wouldn’t be depressed” and the like. While they may be great “Sunday School answers” they don’t…
All Lives Matter! pt.2 ; 200 Proof Series - Biblical Answers to Cultural Questions
Nov 1, 2015 • 37 min
A follow up to last week’s message on “All Lives Matter”. This message looks at the issues of Euthanasia; including doctor assisted suicide and even “passive euthanasia” where life giving measures are withheld. We also address the problems with claiming…
All Lives Matter! pt. 1; 200 Proof Series - Biblical Answers to Cultural Questions
Oct 25, 2015 • 31 min
Since 1973 in the United States of America over 50 million preborn Babies have been murdered for the sake of convenience and we shrug our shoulders and remain shamefully silent and indifferently passive. Most in the church would proudly proclaim their…
Are We There Yet? Harvest Day 2015
Oct 18, 2015 • 35 min
The “State of the Church” message on where we have been and where we are going. God’s vision and purpose for First Baptist Church of Blowing Rock. From our annual Harvest Day joint worship service.
The Search for Truth and Authority; 200 Proof Series; Biblical Answers to Cultural Questions #2
Oct 11, 2015 • 35 min
How can a Christian explain what they believe and why they believe it if they are not comfortable with the Bible. A recent survey found that 88% of American have a Bible in their home with the average home having 4.7 Bibles, yet only 52% of Christians…
The Christians Response to a Changing Culture; 200 Proof Series - Bibilcal Answers to Cultural Questions Introduction
Oct 4, 2015 • 36 min
Many sociologist believe that America is headed toward becoming a post-Christian nation, much like what Europe experienced in the past 50 years. As the culture and morals of our nation change, how is the church to respond? How can we carry out the great…
The Ultimate Prayer Request; To Be or Not to Be, series from Ephesians final message
Sep 27, 2015 • 35 min
Have you ever wondered how to pray for someone? From last weeks message we discovered we are to pray specifically and continually for other believers but what do we pray for? In Romans 15:30, Paul asked the church “I urge you brothers, by our Lord…
The Prayer that Wins Battles; To Be or Not to Be, series from Ephesians # 43
Sep 20, 2015 • 36 min
Prayer is one of the most under utilized elements in many Christ followers lives, yet it is the most powerful tool available for releasing the power of God. As the Apostle Paul wraps up his teaching on Spiritual Warfare and the armor of God, he…
The Wardrobe of a Warrior; To Be or Not to Be, series from Ephesians #42
Sep 6, 2015 • 41 min
What does it mean to “put on the full armor of God”? We have armor? What is it for and where do I get mine? What does Paul mean about this “day of evil” that is coming stuff? Join us as we examine Paul’s teaching on Spiritual Warfare and the Armor of…
The Believers Role in Spiritual Warfare; To Be or Not to Be, Series from Ephesians #41
Aug 16, 2015 • 37 min
Explore the role and responsibilities of a Christian when it comes to Spiritual Warfare. From Ephesians 6:10-17. Part two of our look at Spiritual Warfare from our Study in Ephesians.
“Where are the Boots on the Ground?” To Be or Not to Be; Series from Ephesians #40
Aug 2, 2015 • 38 min
First in a mini series on Spiritual Warfare - This message serves as the introduction to what Spiritual Warfare entails and the nature of the battle and the nature of the enemy we are fighting. From Ephesians 6:10-13
What Makes a Succesful Parent? To Be or Not to Be, Series from Ephesians # 38
Jul 19, 2015 • 37 min
How do you measure the mark of a successful parent? Good grades? athletic involvement? well rounded? get into a good college? popularity? Many parents consider themselves a success if they can keep their students from the dangers in our culture like…
New Beginings John 3:5-17
Jun 28, 2015 • 30 min
Message from our Student Pastor, Matt Wallace
The Passion of a Spirit Filled Husband; To Be or Not To Be Series from Ephesians #36
Jun 21, 2015 • 37 min
The Heart of a Spirit Filled Wife; To Be or Not To Be Series from Ephesians #35
Jun 14, 2015 • 33 min
The Foundations of a Biblical Marriage; To Be or Not to Be Series from Ephesians #34
Jun 7, 2015 • 37 min
Wives Submit? Husbands do what? That sounds so archaic and out of touch. The reason we struggle with Paul’s encouragement to Husbands and Wives in Ephesians 5:21-33 is because we have forgotten what Marriage was intended to look like. We have settled…
Searching for Spirit Led Gratitude; To Be or Not to Be, Series from Ephesians #32
May 24, 2015 • 35 min
We have always been taught to thank God in the midst of our trials and struggles and even during the storms of life; but what about after they are over? Paul teaches that the Christian that is under the influence and control of the Holy Spirit will not…
Releasing the Song in your Heart; To Be or Not To Be, series from Ephesians #31
May 19, 2015 • 37 min
“I just don’t like to sing, it is nothing against the hymns or choruses”. This statement is becoming more commonplace in worship every Sunday as more and more believers mumble through the song portion of worship. The problem with that is you have the…
Under the Influence; To Be or Not to Be series from Ephesians # 30
May 10, 2015 • 30 min
Should Christians drink alcohol? Should Christians drink wine? Is wine evil? This passage from Ephesians 5 answers none of those questions and it is time we stop trying to make it say something it does not. It also does not imply that when a Christian…
Moving from Living Accidentally to Living Intentionally; To Be or Not to Be Ephesians Series #29
May 3, 2015 • 31 min
Are you seizing the day or is the day seizing you? Do you look back and wonder, where did the time go? You might be living accidentally. Paul warns the Ephesian Christians to “make the most of every opportunity”, to live with a purpose and be…
The Long Life of a Little Light; To Be or Not to Be Series from Ephesians #28
Apr 19, 2015 • 34 min
Many today think that the way we need to reach our nation and world for Christ is to be louder. We need to make a more vocal stand in the political arena or be more vocal about our morals and values. Paul would suggest from Ephesians 5 that their is a…
Forgetting to Close the Window; To Be or Not to Be, Series from Ephesians #27
Apr 12, 2015 • 37 min
Many believers do a great job trying to protect themselves from immorality but forget a rather simple way for it to seep into our lives. Join us as we explore Paul’s warning; not only about sexual immorality and all that includes, but also about our…
The Sweet Aroma of Easter; To Be or Not to Be Series from Ephesians #26
Apr 5, 2015 • 25 min
Easter Message from Ephesians 5:1-2. We know about the smells of Christmas and Thanksgiving but does Easter have a smell and if so, what does it smell like? Join us as we discover how the sweet aroma of Easter surrounds us daily!
Principles for an Abundant Life; To Be or Not to Be Series from Ephesians #25
Mar 22, 2015 • 34 min
Jesus promises a full and abundant life; but what does that mean or even look like in our culture today? Is it a life without pain or suffering? a life of wealth and prosperity? And if it is something we can experience or even a promise from scripture…
Can We Handle the Truth? To Be or Not to Be , Series from Ephesians #24
Mar 15, 2015 • 28 min
One Step Forward, Two Steps Back; To Be or Not to Be series from Ephesians #23
Mar 1, 2015 • 37 min
Can a Christian lose their salvation? Can they lose their relationship with God? Why do so many Christ followers lives seem no different than those that don’t follow Christ? Find the answers to these questions as well as learning how most spiritual…
The First Church of Neverland; To Be or Not to Be, Series from Ephesians #22
Feb 22, 2015 • 31 min
Is Spiritual growth a requirement, an expectation, or an option for the Christian and why is it so important? The Apostle Paul warns that if we are not growing up spiritually we are growing apart in our relationship to God. There is no status quo for…
The Diversity of a United Church; To Be or Not To Be; series from Ephesians #20
Feb 1, 2015 • 37 min
A Continuation from the message on January 18th, “Moving Forward Together as One”. From Ephesians 4:7-10
Moving Forward Together as One; To Be or Not to Be Ephesians series #19
Jan 18, 2015 • 38 min
How important is unity in a church? Without it, a church cannot function, grow, serve or be effective. It is so important that as we move into the more practical aspects of Ephesians, Paul prefaces the promises and power of the church on whether or not…
The Power of Claiming Your Calling; To Be or Not to Be study from Ephesians #18
Jan 11, 2015 • 36 min
Everyone loves to claim Philippians 4:13, “I can do All things”. We see it quoted on Facebook, Twitter feeds, we sing about it, memorize it, even claim it as a Biblical promise. The only problem is that before you can attempt the “I can” you must claim…
God’s Will for Your Life in 2015; To Be or Not to Be Series from Ephesians #17
Jan 4, 2015 • 36 min
Do New Years resolutions ever really work? We all start with the best of intentions and yet so many people never achieve their New year’s goals. Why not this year, instead of making new resolutions, we strive to discover what God might want for lives?…
God Can; But Will You? “To Be or Not to Be” Series from Ephesians #16
Dec 28, 2014 • 33 min
“God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine” These words from the end of Paul’s prayer in Ephesians chapter three get passed around, misquoted and posted as a promise on Facebook on a weekly basis. It is used to encourage people that…
From Park to Power; To Be or Not to Be Sermon series from Ephesians # 15
Dec 7, 2014 • 35 min
If God has given us everything we need to live and experience an “abundant life” while here on earth; what do I need to do to start experiencing it? In what many call the “heart” of the book of Ephesians, the Apostle Paul lays out some key principles…
Making a House a Home; “To Be or Not to Be; Ephesians Series #14”
Nov 30, 2014 • 34 min
Many of you visited relatives over the thanksgiving holidays; some of you even spent the night with them in their home. Did you feel welcomed and at home or did you feel like you were crashing their party or cramping their style? Most of us have…
Too Good at Keeping a Secret; “To Be or Not to Be; Ephesians Series #13”
Nov 23, 2014 • 32 min
Finding the Freedom of Forgetting
Nov 16, 2014 • 32 min
Sometimes the hardest part of forgiving is forgetting. Even after we have moved on from something or someone, the memories still hold us captive and can rob us of our joy and intimacy with God. How can you stop allowing memories from your past from…
Making the Most of the Mystery; To Be or Not to Be Ephesians Series #12
Nov 9, 2014 • 31 min
Have you ever wished that God would give you some insight into what lies ahead in life? Maybe just a clue about our relationships, or our job future, or even our health? Wouldn’t it be awesome to know what was going to happen tomorrow or the next day?…
Why Finding a Family Fits; To Be or no To Be Ephesians series #11
Nov 2, 2014 • 33 min
Have you ever felt like you did not belong? Like you did not fit in? Ever walked into a room and everyone stopped talking? All of us have been on the outside looking in at one time or another but the Apostle Paul explains that for God’s children that is…
The Unity of Peace and the Peace of Unity; “To Be or not To Be” Ephesians Series #10
Oct 26, 2014 • 38 min
We all have walls in our lives; barriers that we create to either keep people out, or to help keep parts of us in. We build them in our marriages and our relationship, we build them at work and in our community; we even build them at church! The Bible…
When Your Best is not Good Enough “To Be or Not to Be” series from Ephesians #9
Oct 19, 2014 • 36 min
Have you ever tried your best at something and it was still not good enough? Maybe at a job or in a relationship or trying to make a life change? You give it everything you have and yet you still feel inadequate? The good news is that the first step in…
From Mess to Masterpiece; To Be or Not to Be Ephesians Series # 8
Oct 12, 2014 • 39 min
What is the best “before and after” picture that you have ever seen? Was it a weight loss miracle? A makeup makeover? What about a house that someone flipped or a car that was completely overhauled? We love to hear and see “before and after” pictures…
Harvest Day Worship Choir Special
Oct 5, 2014 • 5 min
Our new Worship Choir’s version of “In Christ Alone” . Led by Sid Greene
A Power Providing Prayer for the Church; To Be or Not to Be Series #7
Oct 5, 2014 • 37 min
This message from our Harvest Day service tackles the issue of what happened to the Church at Ephesus from the time of Paul’s prayer in Chapter one to the conclusions we hear about in Revelation 2. How did they go from redeemed Saints, exploring their…
The Ultimate Down Payment; To Be or Not to Be, series from Ephesians #6
Sep 28, 2014 • 39 min
What does it really mean to be a “child of God”? Should it make a difference in how I live? worship? interact with others? As a child of God, a “joint -heir” with Jesus, and a part of the family; does that mean I get an inheritance? We have heard hymns…
The Never Ending Power of Redemption; To Be or Not to Be, Series from Ephesians #5
Sep 7, 2014 • 34 min
We sing songs and hymns about being “redeemed”, we read about it in scripture, and sometimes a Pastor or teacher may throw it out there; but what does it really mean? It is not a common word we use today so for many Christians the real meaning is never…
How to Be to the Glory of His Grace; To Be or Not to Be series from Ephesians #4
Aug 31, 2014 • 31 min
There are video clips flooding the internet of a prominent Pastor’s wife proclaiming to the church, “We don’t come to worship for God - we do it for ourselves - we do it to make us happy and God’s greatest desire is for our happiness”. Through all the…
To Be to the Glory of His Grace; “To Be or Not to Be” Ephesians series #3
Aug 24, 2014 • 38 min
When did God decide to send Jesus as a sacrifice for the sins of man and a means for man’s salvation? Why did he do it? Was it so we could go to heaven? be forgiven? have a relationship with Him? The answers to these questions take us into the deeper…
“Every Blessing” To Be or Not to Be series on Ephesians # 2
Aug 17, 2014 • 41 min
The Apostle Paul starts this wonderful letter by reminding Christ followers that not only are they a “totally new creation” but also that they have been given the most incredible blessings available. You don’t have to wait for them, your don’t have to…
“Saints” Introduction to new series from Ephesians “To Be or Not To Be”
Aug 3, 2014 • 35 min
What do you call those that identify themselves as a follower of Jesus Christ? What do you call yourself? “Christian” “Christ Follower” “Sinner saved by Grace” ? Does it really matter? The Apostle Paul thought so and rightly identified the faithful…
The Unfaithful Bride
Jul 27, 2014 • 39 min
What does a healthy looking church look like? What makes it effective? Jesus gives us some hints when he visits the temple and has a run-in with the religious leaders and over turns some tables. Is he still in the table turning business? Join us as we…
Put Me In, Coach; How the church is like a championship sports team
Jul 20, 2014 • 37 min
Church bashing is all the rage - everyone wants to “follow Jesus” just not be a part of the “church”. The only problem with that is, following Jesus MAKES you a part of the church - you don’t have a choice. The church is the means by which Jesus chose…
We Surrender Some - Commitment vs. Surrender
Jul 13, 2014 • 31 min
Many church leaders would say that one of the greatest problems they face in the church today is the lack of commitment from the members and those involved. Everyone likes to sign up to help, or shows up for the planning rally or even come to the first…
The Reports of its death are Greatly Exaggerated; Matthew 16:13-20
Jun 22, 2014 • 32 min
All you seem to hear about today is how much trouble the church is in. Denominations are shrinking, baptisms down, church attendance slacking off, losing a generation; everyone has an opinion. Online blogs, magazine articles, even whole sermons…
Dissecting the Heart of a Servant; 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Jun 8, 2014 • 33 min
What makes a true servant serve? If it is not for the recognition or the fame, if it is not because they feel guilty or convicted or that they are somehow trying to pay God back; then what is it? Jesus tells us in Matthew 20 that the greatest in his…
Does the Body need Exercise?
Jun 1, 2014 • 34 min
What does a “healthy church” look like? How do you know it is healthy, and how did it get that way? Doctors will encourage us that the quickest way to better health is through exercise - but what about the church? How does it “exercise”? Join us as we…
When Awesome becomes Ordinary ; Matthew 18:1-4
May 25, 2014 • 33 min
Can a Christian have a “spiritual” mid-life crisis? Is it possible for our faith, walk and worship to become routine? Have you ever found yourself going through the motions spiritually or felt like you were in a rut? All of us from time to time,…
Let it Go; Sermon based on lessons from the movie Frozen
May 18, 2014 • 34 min
It has become a worldwide blockbuster, making over a billion dollars before ever being released on video. It has spawned countless number one musical hits; earned an Academy Award for it’s signature song “Let it Go” and has been the “go to” soundtrack…
Mamma Tried - Mother’s Day Message from 2014
May 11, 2014 • 27 min
Everday Advice from the Found Faithful; Final sermon in the Found Faithful series #16
May 4, 2014 • 37 min
Wouldn’t it be great if the heroes of faith from the Bible could speak to us and give us some practical advice for living a faith filled life. What do you think they would say? How did they do it? While we don’t have actual words of advice from many of…
Faith Building on Faith; Found Faithful Series #15
Apr 27, 2014 • 40 min
Most of us can think of someone from our past whose influence on our lives has been significant. A coach, a teacher, an older teenager, a relative, someone from church, a co-worker. Someone who took the time to encourage, believe and speak into your…
Faith Comes out of the Shadows; Easter 2014 Found Faithful #14
Apr 20, 2014 • 40 min
Who were the two men that took Jesus off the cross and buried him? Why them? Where were the disciples? What motivated these two Pharisees, members of the Sanhedrin, the very council that condemned him to death, to risk everything to make sure Jesus was…
A Life Defined by Faith; Found Faithful Series #13
Apr 13, 2014 • 33 min
Are deathbed coversions real? If so; why are we so bothered by it? Could it be we misunderstand grace? Could it be we misunderstand what really saves us? Find the answers in Jesus’ last conversation on the Cross. Palm Sunday from Luke 23:38-43
The Faith of Sacrificial Worship; Found Faithful Series # 12
Apr 6, 2014 • 42 min
If you had to describe what real, genuine, worship looked like; what words would you use? kneeling? standing? hands raised? crying? reverent? shouting? singing? It is a trick question. Worship is not about the expressions we use but rather a matter of…
The Faith to Seek the Truth; Found Faithful series #11
Mar 30, 2014 • 37 min
Many Christians are great at sharing “what” they believe, but not so great at “why” they believe it. When it comes to the “why’s” and the difficult questions of our faith, we often fall back on our Christian cliché’s and catch phrases and end up…
Enough Faith to Stretch; Found Faithful Series #10
Mar 23, 2014 • 36 min
How much faith is enough? Is this a simple question with a complex answer? Enough to do what? To see someone healed? To see a life changed? To move a mountain? Join us this week as we discover the story of a women who “had issues” and yet had enough…
A Passionate and Compelling Faith ; Found Faithful #9 John the Baptist
Mar 16, 2014 • 38 min
The Bible tells us quite a bit about John the Baptist; we know about his prophetic birth to Zechariah and Elizabeth, his very active public ministry, his baptizing Jesus in the Jordan river, his flashy fashion sense, his strange diet and even his death…
A Faith that will not let you Quit; Ruth “Found Faithful Series # 8”
Mar 9, 2014 • 41 min
What is your favorite love story? Maybe from literature like Romeo and Juliet or maybe from the movies or even some TV characters? What about the Bible? We don’t always think of the Bible when we think of love stories but it contains the greatest love…
How Faith Leads You Through The Fire ; Found Faithful #7
Mar 2, 2014 • 39 min
The three Hebrew boys hanging out in the fire with Jesus; rescued and called out, clothes not touched, the evil king repents, happy ending! But what happens when there’s no happy ending in sight? What about the first deacon, young Stephen, whose…
When Your Faith Leads You to The Fire; Found Faithful Series # 6
Feb 23, 2014 • 36 min
All over the world; from the middle east of Egypt and Syria to the Far East of Indonesia and China. From the Sudan to Central America; whole families and individuals are facing job loss, poverty, hunger and persecution and some are even facing death….
When Your Faith Falters; Elijah “Found Faithful” series #5
Feb 16, 2014 • 39 min
Have you ever faced a season of despair, burnout or depression? Can you relate to what it means to be emotionally, physically or spiritually exhuasted? For every mountaintop their comes a valley, for every high there comes a low and at one time or…
When Grace and Faith Collide - Rahab ; Found Faithful Series #4
Feb 9, 2014 • 40 min
From a house of shame to the Hall of Fame. From an unknown prostitute to a princess in the tribe of Judah. Never underestimate what God is weaving together and the transformation that takes place when His grace collides with our faith. Join us as we…
The Foundation of Courageous Faith; Found Faithful Series # 3
Feb 2, 2014 • 38 min
How does someone go from fearfully cowering in the woods to leading an small army of 300 against overwheming odds and 135,000 enemies soldiers? By allowing his faith to overpower his fear. Many followers of Christ allow fear to keep them in bondage…
Who’ll Stop the Rain; Found Faithful Series # 2 Noah
Jan 26, 2014 • 44 min
Waiting on God can require a lot of patience. Have you ever held on to a promise from God but had to wait longer than you expected? Have you wanted to give up, quit praying, gotten angry or even discouraged and depressed? Have you felt like you were all…
To See the Impossible Scene; Introduction to the Found Faithful Series
Jan 19, 2014 • 27 min
When you read through the Bible it is easy to be intimidated and overwhelmed by the faith and actions of those you read about. How did David have the strength to face Golaith? Noah the perseverance to build an Ark? Esther the patience to follow God’s…
Why Small Victories Matter; Overcoming Our Sercret Sins pt 2. Life Changing Apps #17
Jan 12, 2014 • 39 min
This is part two of the Message from January 5th, “Overcoming Your Secret Sins” looking at 1st John 5:15-21 and how we can have victory this year over all of our struggles with sin. Following up on last weeks encouragement to pray for one another in the…
Overcoming Your Secret Sin; Life Changing Apps Series #16
Jan 5, 2014 • 38 min
All of us have certain sins we struggle with more than others; sins we think no one else will notice or find out about. Some that we have excused or rationalized for so long that they have become a part of our character. In this message from 1st John 5,…
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask; Life Changing Apps Series from 1st John #15
Dec 29, 2013 • 36 min
James tells us, “We have not because we ask not” and in our study of 1st John we are reminded that as followers of Christ we can approach God for anything. God desires an intimate relationship with each one of us and prayer is the main avenue to that…
Still No Room in the Inn; Christmas 2013
Dec 22, 2013 • 38 min
We spend a lot of time, effort and energy preparing to celebrate the 1st arrival of Jesus Christ, but how much time and effort do we spend preparing for his 2nd coming? Even with all the signs and prophecies most of the people in Bethlehem had no idea…
Claiming the Promise of Victory; Life Changing Apps Series #14
Dec 15, 2013 • 38 min
Part 2 of the message from 1st John 5:1-5. Followers of Jesus Christ have a promise of victory over every circumstance or situation we may face, the problem is many are not claiming or walking in that promise. What does it mean to be an “overcomer” and…
To Survive or Thrive - It is up to You; Life Changing Apps Series from 1st John #13
Dec 1, 2013 • 38 min
Which of these two terms would describe your Christian walk; Survive or Thrive? Too many Christ followers live their lives just trying to survive. When faced with trials or difficutlies we hunker down and hope to wait it out or just surivive until the…
An Extra Serving of Lettuce at Thanksgiving; Life Changing Apps Series from 1st John #12
Nov 24, 2013 • 31 min
Do the Thanksgiving holidays stress you out? Blended families, extended families, dysfunctional families all gathering in one place. Black Friday? The perfect meal? Can’t we all just get along? The Apostle John has an App for that and it is a lot easier…
Nigerian Millionaires and Beta Testing; Life Changing Apps Series #11
Nov 10, 2013 • 39 min
Can you tell the difference between truth and error, clairty over deception? In a day when confusion and deception reign, how can a follower of Jesus know what is true? Are their false teachers and leaders that seek to control and build their own…
Is your Assurance Blessed? Life Changing Apps Series #10
Nov 3, 2013 • 34 min
Doubts? Guilt? Not Good enough? Bound to your past? Do these sound familar? These are the struggles that can become chains of bondage for the followers of Jesus Christ. Chains of our own making. While many freely accept the incredible forgiveness we…
Have you Checked the Defaults? Life Changing Apps series # 9
Oct 27, 2013 • 36 min
Did you realize that it was a religious dispute that instigated the first recorded murder in the Bible? What happened and how does it affect us today? Listen as the Apostle John explains how the “Spirit of Cain” continues to dissrupt and divide the…
Upgrade Available; Life Changing Apps series #8
Oct 20, 2013 • 38 min
We live in a culture that continues to rename, redefine and rationalize sin to make it more palatable and easier to justify. Even in the church, it is popular to downplay the destructive nature of sin for the sake of comfort. In this warning, the…
What’s in a Name? Life Changing Apps series from 1st John #7
Oct 13, 2013 • 31 min
The names we use to identify ourselves carry history, heritage and meaning. Sometimes we even allow those name to become our identitiy. For those that have an initmate relationship with God; you have a new name. A name that carries a promise, a new…
Virus Protection; Life Changing App series from 1st John #6
Sep 22, 2013 • 43 min
Does it really matter where you go to church? Does it matter what you believe as long as you are sincere? John warns us that one of the greatest dangers for the Christ follower and for the church are false teachers, or as he calls them “anti-christ”….
The Love God Hates - Life Changing Apps Series from 1st John #5
Sep 15, 2013 • 35 min
As Christ followers we were redeemed to have an intimate relationship with God; John calls this “Walking in the Light”. In theological terms it is called “sanctification” or the fellowship we have with God as we are led and guided by the Holy Spirit to…
The Road Less Travelled; “Life Changing Apps” Series message 4
Sep 8, 2013 • 35 min
What does it really mean to “Walk as Jesus Walked”? Jesus states that anyone who wants to be his disciple must follow him but how can we do that? John has an APP for that and it starts in the community of faith, the body of Christ, the church! You might…
The Power of Sin is Broken - Life Changing Apps series from 1st John #3
Sep 1, 2013 • 37 min
The Christian life is about the journey not the destination and we were created to share that journey in community with others. Since sin has been defeated, we can not only have an intimate relationship with God but with other believers. What robs us of…
Walk in the Light ; Life Changing Apps Study from 1st John #2
Aug 25, 2013 • 35 min
Is their a difference between having a relationship with God and being “in fellowship” or intimate with Him? John thinks so, and in his clear and concise manner he describes how that fellowship can be lost and the personal consequences that affect…
There is an APP for that; sermon #1 in series “Life Changing Apps”
Aug 18, 2013 • 32 min
This is the introduction to our new series from the book of 1st John entitled “Life Changing Apps”. We will be walking through this wonderful letter discovering truths and principles to apply to our everyday lives. In this introduction we examine the…
Alex Nsengimana Testimony
Aug 11, 2013 • 38 min
We were honored to have Alex share his testimony in both services on Sunday, August 11th. As a child Alex lived through and witnessed some horrible attrocities during the Rwandan genocide of the 1990’s. With family members and guardians being killed in…
“A Legacy of Righteousness” Repair, Rebuild and Restore Nehemiah Series # 20
Jul 28, 2013 • 34 min
The final message in our study of Nehemiah looks at the legacy that Nehemiah leaves behind. In Nehemiah 13, we see Nehemiah reveal his motivation for all he has done; and we also get a glimspe of his passion. All of us leave a legacy; when we leave…
“The Slow Drift Towards Compromise and Complacency” Repair, Rebuild and Restore Nehemiah Series #19
Jul 21, 2013 • 42 min
The last chapter of Nehemiah (Chapter 13) describes how the people in Jerusalem went from a great revival and mountain top experience to falling back into sin and disobedience. Listen as we discover how each of us can slowly slide into the same pattern…
All Over But The Shouting “Repair, Rebuild and Restore” Nehemiah Series #18
Jul 14, 2013 • 40 min
As Nehemiah leads in the dedication of the walls of Jerusalem an incredible time of corporate worship breaks out. Listen to discover a few simple reminders about our personal and corporate worship that we can all learn from Nehemiah.
This Little Light of Mine; Matthew 5:14-16
Jul 8, 2013 • 34 min
This was our July 4th weekend service. Message discusses how a Christian and the church is to respond as our nation moves away from the values and principles it was founded on.
Our 11:00 Worship and Patriotic Service from July 4th Weekend
Jul 7, 2013 • 56 min
This is our entire patriotic service recorded in our 11:00 traditional service from the July 4th weekend. Featuring several numbers by our choir and the sermon, “This Little Light of Mine” from Matthew 5.
The Difference between Making and Keeping; Repair, Rebuild and Restore #17
Jun 30, 2013 • 35 min
Do you know the difference between “making” a promise or commitment and “keeping” that promise or commitment? Many in the church today seem to have a “keeping” problem. We easily and readily “make” promises, even to God; but when it comes to “keeping”…
A Prayer for Community Restoration Repair, Rebuild and Restore Nehemiah series # 16
Jun 9, 2013 • 37 min
A call and challenge to the church to experience the power of corporate prayer
Talking More and Saying Less
Jun 2, 2013 • 40 min
Repair Rebuild and Restore #15
Overflowing Obedience
May 26, 2013 • 34 min
Repair, Rebuild and Restore Series #14
Spiritual Reformation
May 19, 2013 • 40 min
Nehemiah Repair Rebuild and Restore Series # 13
Women of Valor Mother’s Day 2013
May 12, 2013 • 30 min
Mother’s Day 2013
When Burned and Broken Become Beautiful
May 5, 2013 • 31 min
Nehemiah Series #12
Strategies for Standing Strong
Apr 28, 2013 • 31 min
Repair, Rebuild and Restore Series #11
When Our Actions Are Louder Than Our Words
Apr 21, 2013 • 27 min
Fresh Oil New Wine: The State of the Church
Apr 15, 2013 • 43 min
The Power of His Resurrection Easter 2013
Apr 1, 2013 • 33 min
Easter Service 2013
Living He Loved Me Dying He Saved Me
Mar 24, 2013 • 37 min
Palm Sunday Service
When The Call Comes From Inside The House Nehemiah - 5
Mar 17, 2013 • 41 min
Nehemiah Repair, Rebuild & Restore Series
Dealing with Discouragement Nehemiah 4
Mar 10, 2013 • 43 min
Nehemiah Repair, Rebuild & Restore Series
More than Just a Brick in the Wall Building Blocks of Unity
Mar 3, 2013 • 36 min
Nehemiah Repair, Rebuild & Restore Series
More Than Just a Brick in the Wall pt 1 Barriers to Unity Nehemiah 3
Feb 24, 2013 • 42 min
Nehemiah Repair, Rebuild & Restore Series
The Place where Ridicule, Mocking and Scorn are the Norm - Nehemiah 4
Feb 17, 2013 • 44 min
Nehemiah Repair, Rebuild & Restore Series
Turning Your Vision Into Others Dreams - Nehemiah 2:9-18
Feb 10, 2013 • 40 min
Nehemiah Repair, Rebuild & Restore Series
When Vision Becomes Reality
Jan 27, 2013 • 43 min
Nehemiah Repair, Rebuild & Restore Series
How Vision Matures
Jan 20, 2013 • 41 min
Nehemiah Repair, Rebuild & Restore Series
Where Vision is Birthed - Nehemiah 1: 1-4
Jan 13, 2013 • 50 min
Nehemiah Repair, Rebuild & Restore Series
Soil Samples from 2012
Jan 6, 2013 • 78 min
Luke 8: 4-15
Forgetting What is Behind
Dec 30, 2012 • 38 min
Philippians 3:12-14
Do You Pinky Promise?
Sep 2, 2012 • 76 min
Living An Unleashed Life Series - Do You Pinky Promise?
Counting WIth Anticipation - James 5: 7-11
Aug 26, 2012 • 61 min
Living An Unleashed Life Series - Counting With Anticipation
What’s In Your Wallet?
Aug 19, 2012 • 54 min
Living An Unleashed Life Series - What’s In Your Wallet?
Did You Even Ask?
Aug 12, 2012 • 61 min
Living An Unleashed Life Series - Did You Even Ask?
What Did I Forget?
Aug 5, 2012 • 73 min
Living An Unleashed Life Series - What DId I Forget?
The Lord Willing
Jul 29, 2012 • 68 min
Living An Unleashed Life Series - The Lord WIlling
Breaking The Power of Pride - James 4: 5-10
Jul 15, 2012 • 61 min
Living An Unleashed Life Series - Breaking The Power of Pride
The Link That Keeps Us Leashed - James 4:1-6
Jul 8, 2012 • 62 min
Living An Unleashed Life Series - The Link That Keeps Us Leashed
Worldly Wisdom or the Wisdom of the Word - James 3: 13-18
Jun 17, 2012 • 67 min
Living An Unleashed Life Series - Worldly Wisdom or the Wisdom of the Word
Can A Tongue Be Tamed - James 3: 1-13
Jun 3, 2012 • 60 min
Living An Unleashed Life Series - Can A Tongue Be Tamed
I Will Walk By Faith - James 2: 14-26
May 20, 2012 • 64 min
Living An Unleashed Life Series - I Will Walk By Faith
Motivated By Mercy - James 2: 8 - 13
May 6, 2012 • 59 min
Living An Unleashed Life Series - Motivated By Mercy
“The Dawn of the Dead”
Oct 30, 2011 • 33 min
From the Series “Reform, Revive and Renew” preached on October 30, 2011. Passage from Ezekiel 37:1-4