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Sunday School 9:30 AM
Morning Worship 10:45 AM
Evening Worship 6:30 PM
Wednesday
Bible Studies 7:00 PM
Kids Clubs 7:00 PM

Welcome!

We are so glad that you have taken time out from your busy schedule to visit the Immanuel Baptist website.   We trust you will get a glimpse of what a church should really be like - a place where real people join together to find answers to life's issues and struggles.   As we study God's word and worship together we join in the process of understanding the depth of the unconditional love of God as revealed through his Son Jesus Christ.

Whether you are single, have a young family, are guiding teenagers, just became empty nesters, or are in your golden years, there is a place for you.   In all that we do at Immanuel we strive to be:

Building a Caring Community of Christ-Like Disciples for the Glory of God by Knowing, Growing, Serving, and Sharing Christ

Jesus said, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." ( John 14:6)   In a world where there appears to be no absolutes, we want to be a church that calls people to a fervent relationship with Jesus Christ.   He is our rock and salvation.   As we get to know Him better and obey his teachings we will be able to glorify God and live victorious lives.   Please come join us.

Breathing Room-Choosing to Cheat-Apr 23

Greetings Men – This week, we will be finishing up our 4 part series called “Breathing Room”. In our last session on finances, we ended with some very interesting discussion – which is great. It means that we are being challenged to think about how God wants us to have breathing room in every area of our lives. This final session will also challenge us as we think about this: When our lives become too full and there is no breathing room, we will be strongly tempted to “cheat”. The question then becomes “who or what will we cheat?” Andy will get into this tomorrow night, but I can assure you that you will find it very interesting.

As I listened to our session this week, I was reminded of one of my favorite songs of all time from 40 years ago – 1974. The song was called “Cat’s In The Cradle” by Harry Chaphin. It was his only number 1 hit song. It was based on a poem by a man who had a strained relationship with his father. The song is told in the first-person by a father who is too busy with work to spend time with his son. Though the son asks him to join in childhood activities, the father always responds with little more than vague promises of spending time together in the 'future'. While wishing to spend time with his father, the son starts to model himself on his father's behavior, hence the verse wishing to be "just like him."

The final two verses reverse the roles, where the father asks his grown-up son to spend time with him after his college graduation, and then later come to visit, but the son responds that he is now too busy to find the time for his father. The father then reflects that they are both alike, saying "my boy was just like me." This song always made me think as my girls were growing up. I’ve included the words below. I think you will find it interesting.

 

Theo – Teaching Children God’s Word - God’s Love

Theo
This DVD is a well-done animation of a very high caliber created by Mike Joen. It was designed to reach children around the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, to “bring them into the Kingdom of God, raise them up, and train them up.”
The first DVD in this series has four episodes including Saving Faith, Loving Obedience, Forgiveness, and Good News. Each theological term is introduced by the main character, Theo, then reinforced two more times with a Bible story, and then finally through the animal characters. The animal characters Belfry and Luthor (mice) are entertaining for small children, and reinforce the Bible lesson in an entertaining way. The music is very well orchestrated and enjoyable.
I would recommend these DVD’s for small children (and parents, too).
   

News - April 18th

Dear Immanuel family,

While we lived in South America, we noticed that while celebrating Easter Week the people would give much more emphasis on Christ’s suffering than on his resurrection.   After watching the movie, “The Passion of Christ,” I remember feeling that same focus from those who wrote this film that graphically portrayed the agony of Christ’s death on the cross.  I think it would be fair to say that most evangelical churches put more weight on the resurrection of Jesus than on his death. And of course, Corinthians tells us, “If Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.” (15:17)

Theologically the Apostle Paul makes it very clear that “the cross” should be the focal point of our lives as Christians.  As he wraps up his treatise in the book of Galatians to correct the Judaizers who wanted new Christians to be circumcised, he says, “But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”  (6:14).   Christian carpenters would say all of history “hinges” on this one event - the death of Jesus Christ.  Christians scientists would say at the “nucleus” of what we believe is -  the death of Jesus Christ.

“For this reason: for redeemed sinners, every good thing – indeed every bad thing that God turns for good – was obtained for us by the cross of Christ…..Apart from the cross of Christ, there is only condemnation.” (John Piper).  Jesus willingly gave his life for you and for me.  He carried the sin guilt of all humanity to the cross and made a payment of his blood that was stamped “Paid in Full.”  “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”  (John 15;13)

So what does this “cross-centered” life look like?  The Apostle Paul answers that in the second part of Galatians 6:14 when he says “by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”  I think he is telling us that we should be dead to this world.  “Paul looked at the world as if it were on a cross and the world looked at Paul as if he was on the cross.” BK Commentary.  Let’s live each moment boasting only in the “cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

PSD

 

April 2014 Calendar

The April 2014 Calendar of opportunities to know, grow, serve and share is available at http://www.immanuelbaptist.org/images/documents/IBCApr2014.pdf.

   

Special Events Calendar

Richard Acquaye Morning Service
Sun 04/27 (10:45 am)
Benoit Report
Sun 04/27 (6:30 pm)
Bob Crane Communion Service
Sun 06/01 (10:45 am)
Bob Crane Evening Service
Sun 06/01 (6:30 pm)
Church Wide Picnic
Sat 06/14 (All Day)
VBS 2014
Mon 06/23 (5:00 pm)
VBS 2014
Tue 06/24 (5:00 pm)
VBS 2014
Wed 06/25 (5:00 pm)
VBS 2014
Thu 06/26 (5:00 pm)
VBS 2014
Fri 06/27 (5:00 pm)
Sunday Morning Communion Service
Sun 07/06 (10:45 am)
Sunday Morning Communion Service
Sun 09/07 (10:45 am)
Worldview Sunday Session 1
Sun 09/21 (9:30 am)
Worldview Sunday Session 2
Sun 09/21 (10:45 am)
Worldview Sunday Session 3
Sun 09/21 (6:30 pm)
Sunday Morning Communion Service
Sun 10/05 (10:45 am)
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