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Feb
02
2020
Sunday, February 02 2020
Following Jesus

A version of this article from our Pastor originally appeared on January 15, 2020 in The Beacon, our weekly newsletter. If you would like to see what is going on around the church this week, you can view the latest copy of The Beacon here. Or, if you would like to receive The Beacon in your email inbox each week, you can contact the church office at bmbcmail@gmail.com. 


My last year of trying to play Texas football, I was an undersized middle schooler. Unsurprisingly, tackling drills usually ended up with me planted firmly on the ground. As I lay there dazed, my coach would yell some variation of "Try harder!". I remember thinking I was trying really hard but that extra 8 inches of height and 50 pounds was a lot to overcome. 

This week on Sunday we are looking at the Beatitudes to start a series on The Sermon on the Mount. This teaching of Jesus found in Matthew is revolutionary and beautiful. 

It is also very challenging. 

The Sermon on the Mount sets a high bar, and if you are like me, reading it might bring up that voice in your head that shouts, "TRY HARDER!" We can feel like we just don't measure up. 

But I see this passage more as an invitation. Of course we should be challenged by the text, but we are not alone in following it. Jesus paints a picture of a way of living that comes through his help with the Holy Spirit. We do not just need to try harder, but instead with prayer ask for help. 

Following this text is something that is learned over a lifetime, and we have God's help to do it. So, I hope you join me in learning from Jesus as we read the Sermon on the Mount in the coming weeks. 

- Pastor Nick 

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Jan
17
2020
Friday, January 17 2020
Praying Together

A version of this article from our Pastor originally appeared on November 13, 2019 in The Beacon, our weekly newsletter. If you would like to see what is going on around the church this week, you can view the latest copy of The Beacon here. Or, if you would like to receive The Beacon in your email inbox each week, you can contact the church office at bmbcmail@gmail.com. 

 




In the fourth chapter of Philippians, Paul tells the church in Philippi that they are to be anxious of nothing instead they are to go to God in prayer. 

Growing up, this line always seemed like an unhelpful answer along the lines of 'don't worry, be happy.' Yet as I have gotten older, I have seen the wisdom in what Paul is suggesting. 

The problems the Philippians faced were large. They worried about persecution from the Roman government and what it meant to live out this new faith they had received. They had a lot to be anxious about, and Paul recognized that. But Paul also recognized the importance of prayer. 

Prayer involves many things including bringing our concerns before God. We pray for guidance when we don't know what to do. We pray for God to walk with us when we do take action. We pray for wisdom and God's presence when we are confused. 

Paul saw that instead of sitting in an anxious place, we can give what is worrying us up to God. 

Prayer does not mean things will be solved right away or become easier, but prayer is asking God to walk alongside us, which is a powerful thing. 

- Pastor Nick

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Dec
13
2019
Friday, December 13 2019
Preparing for Christmas

This article from our Pastor originally appeared in The Beacon, our weekly newsletter. If you would like to see what is going on around the church this week, you can view the latest copy of The Beacon here. Or, if you would like to receive The Beacon in your email inbox each week, you can contact the church office at bmbcmail@gmail.com. 


The month of December is an interesting time. On Sunday we celebrate Advent, looking forward to the coming of Jesus with hopeful longing. But during the week, we are putting up Christmas trees, making cookies, and listening to Christmas music on the radio. 

It can seem like a bit of a disconnect, but I don't think it has to be. 

I was talking about this contrast with a friend of mine, and he said, "Every expectant parent prepares the nursery." 

I really liked that insight. 

In Advent we remind ourselves of our wait for Jesus, but during the week we can remember that Christmas is slowly breaking in all around us. So, I hope this month is filled with tons of joy for you as you celebrate Advent and look forward to what is coming. 

- Pastor Nick


There are two more Sundays in Advent, and we would love for you to join us in worship at 11:00 a.m. as we wait expectantly together.

You are also invited to join us on Christmas Eve at 5:00 p.m. for our candlelight service. This is always a special evening of celebration full of singing, a reading of the Christmas story from the gospel of Luke, and plenty of excited children adding their voices to worship. We'd love for you to be there!

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Oct
25
2019
Friday, October 25 2019



The hymn The Church of Christ in Every Age has been stuck in my head this week. I listened to a recording of the hymn done by a worship pastor at a church I used to attend. In this recording he kept the words the same but changed the tune. I have to admit that I don't mind the original tune to the hymn, but I also don't love it. It is forgettable to me. But with new music, suddenly I have been singing the hymn in my head all week. 

Now, you might disagree with me. You might prefer the original tune, but I don't think putting new music to old words in a bad thing even if you prefer the old. As the hymn itself states, The church of Christ in every age beset by change but spirit led must claim and test its heritage and keep on rising from the dead. 

The wonderful thing about the church is that it seeks to live into the truth that is found in Jesus Christ in a constantly changing world. Jesus is still the same, but as the world changes sometimes it needs to adjust the music in which it sings the good news to the world. At its best the church can make space for both the old and new, and hopefully, each can learn from the other a little bit more about the words they sing. 

- Pastor Nick
 


This article from our Pastor originally appeared in The Beacon, our weekly newsletter. If you would like to see what is going on around the church this week, you can view the latest copy of The Beacon here. Or, if you would like to receive The Beacon in your email inbox each week, you can contact the church office using the information below. 

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At Broadus Memorial Baptist Church we believe we are called to love God and love our neighbors. The stories you read on this blog offer a witness to the ways we respond to God's love and seek to share that love with others. 

Scripture describes the church as a body, made up of many parts. Just as your tiniest toe isn't aware of the intricate work your heart or brain do, it can sometimes happen that people in the church body only see what is happening immediately around them. Our hope is that reading these stories will help forge connection and inspire greater love and understanding for one another.

At Broadus we are a community defined by warm-hearted fellowship and thoughtful inquiry. We hope you see evidence of that in the stories we share here. We hope you know, or come to know, that you are a part of God's grand story and that you are welcome to join us, on a Sunday, a Wednesday, or any gathering in between. 

The life of faith is a journey, and we are not meant to walk it alone. Our stories connect us and we are excited to share some of ours with you. 

If you have a story you'd like to share or would like to connect in some other way you can send an email to bmbcmail@gmail.com or call (434) 977-7381.