Rev. Paul Gibson is the Executive Minister of the Great Rivers Region of American Baptist churches. Rev. Gibson received his graduate degree, Master of Divinity, from the American Baptist Seminary of the West. He has served as pastor of churches in Arizona, Nevada, Missouri and North Dakota.
Rev. McNiff is the President and CEO of Peoria Friendship House of Christian Service. She has a Master’s in Ministry, focusing on Church Leadership, Evangelism and Church Planting. Her professional ministry began with Crossroads Christian Church, a mega-church of 7500 members in Corona, California, where she served as the Pastor of “Beyond Limits,” their ministry […]
II Corinthians 5:16-21 “Grow old along with me. The best is yet to be.” Why should aging be hard for some to accept? Maybe it’s because we tend to look back instead of looking forward, and that often leads to rebellion and regret. The words of Jesus guide us: “If anyone is in Christ, he […]
Ezekiel 37:1-14 This is a message about how God wants to breathe new life into a mighty army called the church of Jesus Christ.
This message is for people who have ever hit rock bottom in life. Most of us have, but we don’t have to stay there. God is ready, willing and able to lift us out of that dark abyss. ———————————————– In the pulpit this week and next, Rev. Jim Harper from Jacksonville, Illinois. Jim grew up […]
Gen. 11:1-9, Acts 2:1-21 May 15th was Pentecost Sunday, celebrating the gift of the Holy Spirit to believers who were empowered and transformed to share God’s love to the ends of the earth in a time often referred to as the “Last Days.” This same spirit of God is within all of us to also […]
We enjoyed a special service of Psalm and scripture readings, with music by soloists, ensembles, and choirs. Here is a video clip of the youth choir leading a portion of the singing.
Exodus 13:17-22 Most of us would probably agree that a straight line is the shortest distance between two points. This truth was pretty much universally accepted until a man name Albert Einstein came along. Then suddenly, because of his genius, everything became curved. The heart of Einstein’s theory is the same as the heart of […]
Luke 19:1-10 Zaccheus was a wee little man…a wee little man was he. And when he climbed up into that sycamore tree, an amazing change began in his life. Did he think such a change was possible? Perhaps not. But within a short period of time, he would learn that what he thought was impossible […]
Isaiah 6:1-8 The people of Israel had just experienced a loss. A beloved king had died, and the Israelites were concerned for their future. In this uncertain time, Isaiah worships at the temple and realizes that God had never died and that He was still at work in their midst. And then God surprises Isaiah […]