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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 


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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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 or call (434) 977-7381.