Petros Baptist Church

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

Funeral Arrangements

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The family of Sadie Harris will receive friends Wednesday, February 14, from 6-8 PM with the funeral at 8 at Schubert’s in Wartburg.

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13 Feb 2018 at 10:05 am

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Prayer Request

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Please remember the family of Sadie Harris.  She passed away a few minutes ago.

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12 Feb 2018 at 6:28 pm

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Scripture for the Day

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Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?”  Jesus answered him, “The first of all the commandments is:`Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one. `And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment.  (Mk. 12:28-30)

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11 Feb 2018 at 7:56 am

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Scripture for the Day

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Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! (Isa. 5:20)

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10 Feb 2018 at 5:03 pm

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Prayer Request

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We have a number of folk with the flu. Please remember one another.

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10 Feb 2018 at 10:16 am

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Scripture for the Day

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A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident. (Prov. 14:16)

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9 Feb 2018 at 6:41 am

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Join us Tonight For Bible Study

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7 Feb 2018 at 10:38 am

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Scripture for the Day

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The sinners in Zion are afraid; Fearfulness has seized the hypocrites: “Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? Who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?”  He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, He who despises the gain of oppression, Who gestures with his hands, refusing bribes, Who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed, And shuts his eyes from seeing evil:  He will dwell on high; His place of defense will be the fortress of rocks; Bread will be given him, His water will be sure.  (Isa. 33:14-16)

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7 Feb 2018 at 10:07 am

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One Of Those Hard Passages to Understand, Isn’t That Hard to Understand at All

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There’s a passage in 2 Kings that makes one look twice:

Then Elisha went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him, and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!”  So he turned around and looked at them, and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the LORD.  And two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.  Then he went from there to Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria.  (2 Ki. 2:23-25)

What is this about and why does the Bible contain such a passage?  The answer to that question is really quite simple: in a period of Israel’s history when the prophets, the spokesmen of God, were regularly ignored, mocked, and denigrated, it’s God’s way of showing that doing so is a very, very bad idea.  It is, simply stated, a cautionary tale whose meaning is ‘if you don’t want terrible things to happen to you, you need to have respect for those who speak God’s word.’

Does such a text have meaning today?  Indeed it does, for it reminds us to that when God sends his word to us through his Preachers, we should, and are wise to, take it seriously and despise neither it nor its messenger.    God holds us accountable not only for how we treat his message, but how we treat his messenger.

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6 Feb 2018 at 3:34 pm

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Scripture for the Day

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Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, “Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?” He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:`This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.  (Mk. 7:5-6)

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6 Feb 2018 at 6:57 am

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Scripture for the Day

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“Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say to them:`You shall be holy, for I the LORD your God am holy.” (Lev. 19:2)

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5 Feb 2018 at 8:24 am

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Something to Think About

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Lord Jesus, do in me what you need to do so that you can do through me what you want to do. ~ F.B. Meyer

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4 Feb 2018 at 7:31 am

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As the sparrow escapes, and the swallow flies away, so the undeserved curse will never hit its mark. (Prov. 26:2)

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3 Feb 2018 at 8:42 am

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When You Love People, and They Don’t Love You Back…

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The only proper course of action is prayer and the unhindered application of love.  We aren’t called to love people because they love us.  We are called to love people because Christ loves us.  And his love is unfailing.

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2 Feb 2018 at 1:40 pm

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Scripture for the Day

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Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

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2 Feb 2018 at 7:47 am

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Prayer Request

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Please do take a few moments and remember Sadie H.

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1 Feb 2018 at 10:32 am

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Love

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Where love is absent, Christian faith is absent. That rather simple assertion is based on numerous texts of Scripture. For instance, Jesus declares “”By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Jn. 13:35)”

Jesus simply could not have been more clear: the marker, the indicator, the demonstrative proof of authentic Christian faith is love for the brethren. It only stands to reason, then, to understand that where love is absent, so is Christian faith.

Given that that is true, it seems that many Christian folk are in serious need of examining their standing with Christ. If they really were his disciples, his followers, they would love. But the absence of love in their lives, the absence of compassion, the absence of concern, the absence of outreach, prayer, and concrete demonstrations of love show them, and all those around them, that they really don’t know Christ at all.

Isn’t the topic of one’s personal relationship with Christ the most important in one’s life and isn’t it true that it’s a subject worthy of serious self-reflection? If so, isn’t it worth asking ourselves (because we can’t ask for anyone else) if we don’t love like we should, do we even know him? Do we really want to hear, on judgment day, ‘depart from me, workers of iniquity, into the lake of fire prepared for the Devil and his angels, because I never knew you!’

If love isn’t a real part of your life, maybe it’s time to look yourself in the mirror and take a good look at who you really are. I suspect a lot of ‘church goers’ will be very surprised on judgment day when they are excluded from the Kingdom of Heaven. Don’t let yourself be one of them. Love. It’s the only true proof of faith.

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1 Feb 2018 at 10:25 am

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Join us Tonight…

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As we resume our study of the Book of Hebrews.  And if you haven’t been with us yet for it, don’t worry, we’ll catch up before we move on.

The study starts at 7.

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the oldest copy of Hebrews

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31 Jan 2018 at 9:30 am

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Scripture for the Day

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“You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. (Exod. 20:3-6)

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31 Jan 2018 at 6:49 am

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Prayer Request

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Please remember Sadie H.

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30 Jan 2018 at 9:51 am

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