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A Note from Pastor Jim

by judy

A day after the San Bernadino shootings a front-page headline trumpeted “God Isn’t Fixing This”. The article was critical of leaders who, in the wake of earlier shootings (and there have been way too many), did not enact gun control measures. Instead, there was a steady stream of leaders expressing their condolences and offering prayer […]

New Hope: Bring Them In or Send Them Out?

by judy

Matthew 2:1-12 One of the funnest things people do around Christmas time, in addition to going to parties and shopping, etc., is take a little time off to do some touristy kinds of things. In this part of the country many people love to travel to Chicago to see the windows on State Street. People […]

In this Advent season, amid the shadows, comes the light

by judy

When I heard the news bulletin about the shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., my hand sprinted to the off button on my car radio. Enough already. Turning off the radio, though, doesn’t tune out the unspeakable pain of senseless and merciless taking of human life, even when it’s a continent away from me. The horror […]

From the Pastor

by judy

Dear Friends, The season of Advent is supposed to be a wonderful, carefree time when we focus on loved ones and the things in life that give it meaning for us. But it is also a time of stress, especially for those who have extra jobs at church during the Christmas season. Between the pageant, […]

A Note from Pastor Jim

by judy

Dear Friends, Back in September, I attended the annual meeting for the ABC of the Great Rivers Region. One of the workshops I attended was led by Dr. Jeffrey Jones, entitled “Facing Decline, Finding Hope.” In this workshop he helped us pastors see that the church is in the middle of a change in paradigm […]

A Note from Pastor Jim

by judy

Dear Friends,  As I write this article I am in a hotel room in Costa Rica, having spent the last week getting to know all about the work that the Baptist Federation of Costa Rica is doing among its Church. We spent the first couple of days visiting a number of Church and seeing the […]

From Costa Rica

by judy

Pastor Jim’s Travel Blog from Costa Rica Pastor Jim’s Travel Blog – Day 1: My day started early with a flight to Houston, where I met with some other members of our group. There are a total of eleven people in our group. We were blessed with a smooth flight and met up with the […]

“Free to Take Hold of the Life that is Real Life” 1 Timothy 6:17-19

by judy

 Last summer, as most of you know, my family took a vacation to Colorado. It was the first time Emma had visited the state, and Michelle and I hadn’t been there in years. We stayed mostly around Colorado Springs, which is a great area for tourism. Some of you saw the pictures I posted on […]

A Note from Pastor Jim

by judy

“to do good, to be rich in good works, generous and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they can take hold of the life that really is life.”           1 Timothy 6:18-19 Dear Friends, This coming Sunday is what we call “Consecration Sunday.” We […]

“I Will Worship With Others” – Acts 2:44-46

by judy

Sermon script from Pastor Jim from Sunday worship at Zion Baptist Church: How many of you have seen the movie Shrek? Actually, there’s a series of Shrek movies, along with a musical, which Peoria Players put on about a year and a half ago. It’s a story about a giant green ogre who falls in […]