One Month Later …

Well, it’s been a couple of months now since we started into out our church-wide initiative of Treasuring Scripture Together. Some of us have been reading for distance through the Storyline of the Bible. Others have been reading for depth through the New Testament. We’ve also committed to memorize Scripture together. Hopefully, we have all been working to commit these […]

Treasuring Scripture Together

We have stated that our key core value as a church is the Bible. The revelation from God to man and our only authority for belief and behavior. This has to be much more than a stated value; it has to be an actual reality in the life of our church. We want to be a group of people that […]

Hail the Incarnate Deity

Why do the events of Luke 2 evoke such a sense of joy, awe, and wonder in the hearts of humanity? Is it that society has over-dramatized the birth of a famous religious leader? Has culture so sentimentalized the nativity that we just respond that way? Is it that the human heart just wants something more meaningful to hold on to in the […]

Advent Reading Plan

It’s December 1st! Why not embark on a simple reading plan in preparation for Christmas? The following Advent Reading Plan includes readings from some major Old Testament passages expressing the expectations of Messiah and goes to the narratives of Matthew and Luke’ Gospels to John’s prologue introducing the deity of Jesus. This Advent Reading Plan starts on December 1 and ends on December 25. This reading plan for Advent is from The […]

Meet Our New Pastoral Intern

In keeping with our Core Value of Purposeful Multiplication, we are thrilled to launch a Pastoral Internship ministry. Starting this January, Lebanon Baptist Church will have the privilege of partnering with Ben Roland to equip, test, affirm, and send him out from our church. He is currently serving in Singapore and praying about long-term future ministry in one of our […]

The Priority of Preaching

In his book, Reverberation, Jonathan Leeman states: God’s Word, working through God’s Spirit, is God’s primary instrument for growing God’s church. Unfortunately there is a prominent thinking among Christianity today that discredits preaching as outdated, and that something different is needed. The problem is that we have faulty ideas of what we think we need. […]

Pray. Vote. Love. Remember.

Tuesday, November 8 will mark what may be one of the most controversial and divisive elections of our time. Sadly, the controversy is not limited to CNN and FOX News. It has hit the body of Christ with a wave of divisiveness that is ultimately harmful to the message of reconciliation foundational in the Gospel. So, what do we as members […]

Stop Reading the Bible in Isolation

Let’s face it – being consistent in reading the Bible has it’s challenges. In previous posts, we’ve discussed the problems of fragmenting the Bible and amputating the Bible. However, one of the greatest issues facing us in reading our Bible may come as a surprise to many. Too often, Christians read the Bible in isolation. What? Aren’t we supposed to get alone […]

Fall Fun Fest Is Not Over

In the wake of the festival, there has been a lot of excitement about the amount of people we served and much talk about how we can improve next year. We certainly have a lot to be thankful for: 2300 guests, safety, God’s provision, and the opportunity to show our community that we love them!  […]

Stop Amputating the Bible

One of the reasons we said that we struggle with remaining consistent in reading and understanding the Bible is because we often fragment the Bible. You can read about that here. But another obstacle for us when it comes to reading the Bible is amputation. As a surgical procedure, doctors use amputation to control pain, or prevent […]

What’s At the Top of Your “To-Do” List?

Yesterday, in our morning service, we were reminded that God has placed a specific command at the top of our “to do” list – We are to love others as Jesus loved us. This isn’t simply a suggestion; it’s a command from our Lord! The issue we saw was that all of us have problems with loving others for […]

Stop Fragmenting the Bible

In our day and age, we have more Bibles than ever, more ways to access Scripture than ever, and yet, it seems Christians have a decreasing knowledge of their Bibles more than ever. It is one of the [mysteries] of our day that in a world of great opportunities, many Christians have less knowledge of […]