Petros Baptist Church

You who make mention of the LORD, do not keep silent (Isa. 62:6)

Tomorrow…

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Join us tomorrow at 10 for Sunday School and 11 for worship and then come back tomorrow night for our abbreviated evening service and stay for our fellowship meal. It will all start your week off right.
 
And if you aren’t in the habit of Sunday School or Evening worship, what’s holding you back?
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24 Feb 2018 at 11:19 am

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Scripture for the Day

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They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more;  but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the LORD of hosts has spoken. — (Mic. 4:3-4)

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24 Feb 2018 at 8:53 am

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Homecoming

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23 Feb 2018 at 8:35 pm

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Scripture for the Day

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“For me, Yahweh’s word has been the cause of insult and derision all day long. I would say to myself, ‘I will not think about him, I will not speak in his name any more,’ but then there seemed to be a fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones. The effort to restrain it wearied me, I could not do it. I heard so many disparaging me, ‘Terror on every side! Denounce him! Let us denounce him!’ All those who were on good terms with me watched for my downfall, ‘Perhaps he will be seduced into error. Then we shall get the better of him and take our revenge!’ But Yahweh is at my side like a mighty hero; my opponents will stumble, vanquished, confounded by their failure; everlasting, unforgettable disgrace will be theirs.” (Jer. 20:8-11)

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23 Feb 2018 at 9:40 am

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Sad News

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Billy Graham has died.  He was an authentic and genuine Christian.  May he rest in peace.

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21 Feb 2018 at 8:25 am

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Coming Soon: Christian Prayer

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When we wrap up our study of Hebrews (in the next few weeks) we will begin a new study on Wednesday nights titled ‘Christian Prayer’.  During the study we will talk about everything from the nature of prayer to the types of prayer to the value of prayer to hindrances to prayer and the things we ought to pray for and about.  Be sure to watch the bulletin and join us when we begin.  And invite a friend to come with you.

Prayer, after the gift of salvation, is the greatest gift God has given us.  Let’s learn all we can about it so that we do it more.

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21 Feb 2018 at 8:10 am

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Bible Study

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Join us at 7 tonight for Bible study!

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21 Feb 2018 at 7:59 am

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Scripture for the Day

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I seek Yahweh and he answers me, frees me from all my fears. Fix your gaze on Yahweh and your face will grow bright, you will never hang your head in shame.  (Ps. 34:4-5)

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21 Feb 2018 at 6:34 am

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When You’re The Shepherd of the Flock…

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20 Feb 2018 at 4:20 pm

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Scripture for the Day

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“On the twenty-fourth day of this month the Israelites, in sackcloth and with dust on their heads, assembled for a fast. Then those of Israelite stock who had severed relations with all foreigners stood up and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their ancestors. Standing, each man in his place, they read from the Book of the Law of Yahweh their God for one quarter of the day; for another quarter they confessed their sins and worshipped Yahweh their God”. (Neh. 9:1-3)

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20 Feb 2018 at 1:57 pm

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What If…

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What if…

What if everyone attended the way you attend?  Would Sunday School exist?  Would Sunday morning worship take place more than a couple of weeks a year or a couple of times a month?  Would Sunday evening worship take place at all?  Would Wednesday evening Bible study ever happen?

What if…

What if people gave what you give to the Church in terms of time, energy, and resources?  Would there be enough to keep the lights on?  Would there be enough to fund ministries in the community and around the world?  Would there be tithers or would there just be tippers if people gave what your give?

What if…

What if people prayed like you pray?  Would they pray just when they had a health problem or would they even think of people outside their family circle?  Would they pray for this Country and the other countries of the world or would they just pray for themselves?

What if…

What if people studied the Bible like you study the Bible?  Would they read it every day or would they read it not at all?  And beyond reading, would they really study it or would they really just ignore it and thus ignore a fuller understanding of the will of God for their lives?

What if…

What if every Christian were just like you?  What do you think the state of the Church would be?  What do you think the state of the Country would be?  What do you think the world would look like, if every Christian were just like you?

And what if…

And what if you decided, today, to be the most dedicated, devoted, committed Christian you could possibly be, and every Christian in the world were just like you?

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19 Feb 2018 at 7:44 am

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‘Blest Be the Tie That Binds’

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The Tie that Binds

“We just cannot break the ties of affection that bind us to you dear friends.” As Mary Fawcett assured the little congregation at Wainsgate, England, of the bond of love that she and her husband felt for their poor peasant parishioners, Pastor John decided to express his feelings in a poem about the value of Christian fellowship.  The following Sunday, John Fawcett preached from Luke 12:15: “A man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things he possesses.” He closed his sermon by reading his new poem, “Brotherly Love.”

At the age of 26, John Fawcett and his new bride, Mary, began their ministry at an impoverished Baptist church in Wainsgate. After seven years of devoted service in meager circumstances, they received a call to the large and influential Carter’s Lane Baptist Church in London. After the wagons were loaded for the move, the Fawcetts met their tearful parishioners for a final farewell. “John, I cannot bear to leave. I know not how to go!” “Nor can I either,” said the saddened pastor. “We shall remain here with our people.” The order was then given to unload the wagons.

John and Mary Fawcett carried on their faithful ministry in the little village of Wainsgate for a total of 54 years, despite Fawcett’s growing reputation as an outstanding evangelical preacher, scholar, and writer. Among his noted writings was an essay, “Anger,” which became a particular favorite of King George III. It is reported that the monarch promised Pastor Fawcett any benefit that could be conferred. But the offer was declined with this statement: “I have lived among my own people, enjoying their love; God has blessed my labors among them, and I need nothing which even a king could supply.” Such was the man who gave us these loving words:

Blest be the tie that binds our hearts in Christian love! The fellowship of kindred minds is like to that above.

From ‘Stories of the Hymns’.

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18 Feb 2018 at 5:58 pm

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Why Worship Matters

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An unfed Christian is a dead Christian. And a fed Christian is a growing Christian.

That’s why worship matters.

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18 Feb 2018 at 5:18 pm

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The Future of the Church

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We have a tendency to think that America has always been relatively Christian since its very founding and that only in recent decades has it been troubled by widespread unfaithfulness and lessened participation, but that simply isn’t true.  And it’s not just our day that has seen a drop in Church attendance.  Writing of the Civil War, Dan Reid observes

The war cost billions of dollars and more casualties than any other in U.S. history, ruined and impoverished many Southern states and left a lasting legacy of sectional and racial hatred. Despite a significant revival in the Confederate army during the war, Christianity in general did not fare well in the conflict. Besides killing and wounding tens of thousands of faithful church members, four years of carnage blunted the American moral and religious conscience. Both during and immediately after the war, church membership and attendance declined.*

America has seen Christianity ebb and flow.  Rise and fall.  Grow and waver.  Throughout its history, and it will continue to do so.  The present wavering and faltering of faithful Christians faithfully taking part in the life of the Church and thus the core of their faith will one day be halted and faithfulness will again return.  The only question is, will we be part of it, or will we depart before it happens?  The choice is ours because the choice to be faithful (or not) is always ours.

However, no matter what we decide, the Church will carry on, even if only a tiny fraction of its present numbers, because the Church belongs to Christ and he has no intention of letting it disappear.  Even the gates of hell cannot prevail against it, so modern indifference and Christian apathy can’t destroy it either.

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18 Feb 2018 at 3:02 pm

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Scripture for the Day

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Yahweh says this against the prophets who lead my people astray: So long as they have something to eat they cry ‘Peace’. But on anyone who puts nothing into their mouths they declare war.  And so, for you, night will be without vision and for you the darkness without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, the daylight will go black above them. Then the seers will be covered with shame, the diviners with confusion; they will all put their hands over their mouths because there is no answer from God.  (Mic. 3:5-7)

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16 Feb 2018 at 8:03 am

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Scripture for the Day

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People should think of us as Christ’s servants, stewards entrusted with the mysteries of God.  In such a matter, what is expected of stewards is that each one should be found trustworthy.  It is of no importance to me how you or any other human court may judge me: I will not even be the judge of my own self.  It is true that my conscience does not reproach me, but that is not enough to justify me: it is the Lord who is my judge. (1 Cor. 4:1-4)

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15 Feb 2018 at 5:30 pm

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The Good Old Days

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Who wants to go back to 3-4 hour sermons?   😉

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14 Feb 2018 at 5:17 pm

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Marilyn’s Great-Granddaughter

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Congrats, again!

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14 Feb 2018 at 9:32 am

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Congratulations Are in Order

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Marilyn C. is a great grandma today!  Her granddaughter Charity gave birth to a baby girl this afternoon.  Congratulations to mom, dad, grandma Penny, grandpa Ray, and great granny Marilyn!

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13 Feb 2018 at 2:44 pm

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Join us Wednesday Night for Bible Study

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We will continue our study of the book of Hebrews at 7.  Please note, however, that we will dismiss early (around 7:40) so that the Pastor can travel to Wartburg for the funeral.

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13 Feb 2018 at 11:25 am

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