Summertime! And the living is easy, but ….

But that doesn’t mean that it is time to skip out on Church attendance!

Summertimes are busy times. Church attendance has to compete with a wide array of other activities. It is sometimes too easy to neglect or find reasons to “skip out”.

This summer at Emmanuel Baptist Church we will be hearing from Michael Black of East Wenatchee. He has agreed to come and supply instruction and encouragement for all of us on Sunday mornings. We hope that you will consider joining us.

We have started on our new SUMMER HOURS where Church begins at 10:00 AM.

There will be a Children’s Church and a Nursery provided during the Sunday morning worship time. We will normally be finished by 11:30 AM.

Hope to see you there.

Sunday Morning – April 22nd

Dr. Steven Brewer

Dr. Steven Brewer

 

We have been very fortunate to have Dr. Steven Brewer as one of our guest speakers over the past eight months. He will continue to be with us until the first part of June this summer. He has done an excellent job of presenting the Christian faith in simple, clear, easy to understand terms that anyone can understand.

If you haven’t heard him you have missed out.

As a skilled Christian teacher and educator, Dr. Brewer is someone who can answer questions. His Sunday morning presentations are building sessions.

 

 

 

 

Each Sunday morning, he brings a the next step in the series that he is teaching. Logically and carefully building upon what he has laid before, he takes people to a place of good understanding and answers. He is no pushover and he doesn’t dodge the hard questions. When he doesn’t know the answer, he simply says so and is comfortable in doing so. I have really enjoy his time with us.

Are you at a place in life where you are out of the Church?

Maybe because of choices that you made, maybe because of circumstances beyond your choice or your control?

We all have our days and moments in life where things go sideways.

Well, if you are outside and know that you are not where you should be and you want to do something about it, then I would invite you to come to Emmanuel Baptist Church and listen to Dr. Brewer.

He is not going to judge you.

Instead, if you wish, you can simply come and talk to him and ask for help.

He is a gentle person and is not a scalp hunter.

He is simply interested in teaching and leading people into being the best that they can be and introducing people to the Lord, Jesus Christ when they are ready.

Please consider coming and joining us on Sunday mornings.

Clint Bridges

 

 

Baptism: Sunday – April 15,2018

Pastor Steve Brewer is sharing his thoughts on water baptism this morning.

As I sit and listen, here are thoughts on what he is saying.

As a Baptist church, we teach and believe that baptism by immersion is the New Testament form of baptism. We see it as a step of obedience in following Jesus as a Christian. There is symbolism in the act of baptism. It represents, in a public way, the cleansing from sin which comes from God once a person repents, confesses and turns away from sin and turns towards God through Jesus Christ. It also represents a public identification with Jesus Christ and his death, burial and resurrection from the dead. Into the grave and back up again. The same as Jesus being killed and buried and raised up again from the grave.

It is, and is supposed to be a great, happy event in the life of a Christian believer (one who has decided to live for and follow Jesus).

And every believer in Christ should be baptized.

The norm, in the early days of the Church, was for a believer to be baptized soon after conversion. Oddly, today, in the modern American church, being baptized does not seem to be a priority in the lives of many believers. I am not sure why this is so.

It is interesting, hearing Steve’s take on baptism. He has a lot of knowledge on the subject. I am enjoying listening to him. He explains things very well.

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Sunday April 15th

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Sunday, Dr. Stephen Brewer will be speaking again. I hope that you will be able to attend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remember that there is a Sunday School class for adults starting at 9:45 and that we also have nursery attendants to watch and care for the little ones. At the moment we are limited in our ability to provide Sunday School classes for young people. We do have a class for children between four and  seven but we lack elsewhere.

If you are a responsible Christian person and are looking for an opportunity to get involved with a small local church we would like to hear from you, We have several opportunities open and available for teachers and support people to help teach Sunday School classes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coming to Church on Sunday morning is not necessarily a requirement to “go to heaven” or anything like that. Rather instead, it is an investment into the local community to help and encourage others and to help yourself stay “strong in the Lord.”

In the early pioneer days of the American West, when settlers traveled across the plains to discover or reach new lands, they usually banded together in wagon trains and caravans. They did this because the journey was long and hard and there were many life-threatening perils and difficulties along the way. It was safer to travel together and to help each other with the difficulties.

Well, it is no different today with life.

There are many difficult things in life that are better faced with friends and a community of people who know you and care about you. Trying to make it alone and on your own is a tough way to go. I personally find that staying connected with my Church family is very helpful. You have people to talk to and who care about you and who will come alongside to share your problems.

It’s nothing to be ashamed of, asking for help, instead it is something to rejoice in, because it helps you realize that you are not alone and that there are good people in the world who genuinely care about others.

So we hope to see you in Church this Sunday. Come and rejoice with us. Sing, think, pray, get to know others and change your life.

Jesus never turned anyone away. It’s His church and you are welcomed to attend.

So finally, here is a cartoon to think about. I find it challenging and a little bit stinging in a few places in my life…how about you?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clint Bridges

Sunday Morning April 6th

The Sunday after Easter. 🙂

So where was everyone?

You were there on Easter, but missing today.

Today, we had David Sawyer, of Moses Lake, as our guest speaker. He took us to the seventh chapter of the Book of Acts, where Stephen gives his testimony and then is stoned to death by the leadership of the Jerusalem religious community, the Sanhedrin leaders.

Here is the passage from the New Testament portion of the Bible:

“Acts 7 English Standard Version (ESV)

Stephen’s Speech

7 And the high priest said, “Are these things so?” 2 And Stephen said:

“Brothers and fathers, hear me. The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran, 3 and said to him, ‘Go out from your land and from your kindred and go into the land that I will show you.’ 4 Then he went out from the land of the Chaldeans and lived in Haran. And after his father died, God removed him from there into this land in which you are now living. 5 Yet he gave him no inheritance in it, not even a foot’s length, but promised to give it to him as a possession and to his offspring after him, though he had no child. 6 And God spoke to this effect—that his offspring would be sojourners in a land belonging to others, who would enslave them and afflict them four hundred years. 7 ‘But I will judge the nation that they serve,’ said God, ‘and after that they shall come out and worship me in this place.’ 8 And he gave him the covenant of circumcision. And so Abraham became the father of Isaac, and circumcised him on the eighth day, and Isaac became the father of Jacob, and Jacob of the twelve patriarchs.

9 “And the patriarchs, jealous of Joseph, sold him into Egypt; but God was with him 10 and rescued him out of all his afflictions and gave him favor and wisdom before Pharaoh, king of Egypt, who made him ruler over Egypt and over all his household. 11 Now there came a famine throughout all Egypt and Canaan, and great affliction, and our fathers could find no food. 12 But when Jacob heard that there was grain in Egypt, he sent out our fathers on their first visit. 13 And on the second visit Joseph made himself known to his brothers, and Joseph’s family became known to Pharaoh. 14 And Joseph sent and summoned Jacob his father and all his kindred, seventy-five persons in all. 15 And Jacob went down into Egypt, and he died, he and our fathers, 16 and they were carried back to Shechem and laid in the tomb that Abraham had bought for a sum of silver from the sons of Hamor in Shechem.

17 “But as the time of the promise drew near, which God had granted to Abraham, the people increased and multiplied in Egypt 18 until there arose over Egypt another king who did not know Joseph. 19 He dealt shrewdly with our race and forced our fathers to expose their infants, so that they would not be kept alive. 20 At this time Moses was born; and he was beautiful in God’s sight. And he was brought up for three months in his father’s house, 21 and when he was exposed, Pharaoh’s daughter adopted him and brought him up as her own son. 22 And Moses was instructed in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he was mighty in his words and deeds.

23 “When he was forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brothers, the children of Israel. 24 And seeing one of them being wronged, he defended the oppressed man and avenged him by striking down the Egyptian. 25 He supposed that his brothers would understand that God was giving them salvation by his hand, but they did not understand. 26 And on the following day he appeared to them as they were quarreling and tried to reconcile them, saying, ‘Men, you are brothers. Why do you wrong each other?’ 27 But the man who was wronging his neighbor thrust him aside, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge over us? 28 Do you want to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday?’ 29 At this retort Moses fled and became an exile in the land of Midian, where he became the father of two sons.

30 “Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. 31 When Moses saw it, he was amazed at the sight, and as he drew near to look, there came the voice of the Lord: 32 ‘I am the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and did not dare to look. 33 Then the Lord said to him, ‘Take off the sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy ground. 34 I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt, and have heard their groaning, and I have come down to deliver them. And now come, I will send you to Egypt.’

35 “This Moses, whom they rejected, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and a judge?’—this man God sent as both ruler and redeemer by the hand of the angel who appeared to him in the bush. 36 This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in Egypt and at the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. 37 This is the Moses who said to the Israelites, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers.’ 38 This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to him at Mount Sinai, and with our fathers. He received living oracles to give to us. 39 Our fathers refused to obey him, but thrust him aside, and in their hearts they turned to Egypt, 40 saying to Aaron, ‘Make for us gods who will go before us. As for this Moses who led us out from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.’ 41 And they made a calf in those days, and offered a sacrifice to the idol and were rejoicing in the works of their hands. 42 But God turned away and gave them over to worship the host of heaven, as it is written in the book of the prophets:

“‘Did you bring to me slain beasts and sacrifices,
during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
43 You took up the tent of Moloch
and the star of your god Rephan,
the images that you made to worship;
and I will send you into exile beyond Babylon.’

44 “Our fathers had the tent of witness in the wilderness, just as he who spoke to Moses directed him to make it, according to the pattern that he had seen. 45 Our fathers in turn brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations that God drove out before our fathers. So it was until the days of David, 46 who found favor in the sight of God and asked to find a dwelling place for the God of Jacob.[a] 47 But it was Solomon who built a house for him. 48 Yet the Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands, as the prophet says,

49 “‘Heaven is my throne,
and the earth is my footstool.
What kind of house will you build for me, says the Lord,
or what is the place of my rest?
50 Did not my hand make all these things?’

51 “You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit. As your fathers did, so do you. 52 Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who announced beforehand the coming of the Righteous One, whom you have now betrayed and murdered, 53 you who received the law as delivered by angels and did not keep it.”

The Stoning of Stephen
54 Now when they heard these things they were enraged, and they ground their teeth at him. 55 But he, full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 And he said, “Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” 57 But they cried out with a loud voice and stopped their ears and rushed together[b] at him. 58 Then they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their garments at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 And as they were stoning Stephen, he called out, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 And falling to his knees he cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” And when he had said this, he fell asleep.”

At the end of having this read aloud by Lon Chaffee, David drew out attention to verse 56, where Stephen looks upward and says,

“Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

David Sawyer asked, “Have you ever done anything in your life worthy enough to have Jesus stand up for you?”