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  • Doing Life Together-Forgiveness and Grace” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Doing Life Together –Forgiveness & Grace September 17th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 18:21-35 The title for the sermon today starts with the title from last week’s sermon, “Doing Life Together” and then adds the words Forgiveness and Grace. I did that because the parable that we […]

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  • “Doing Life Together” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Doing Life Together September 10th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 18:15-20, Romans 13:8-14, Proverbs 9:7-9 “Where two or three gather together in my name, there am I with them.” Here we are, gathered together, claiming Jesus’ name as Christians, as people of Christ, as God’s faith community. […]

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  • “Transforming Minds” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Transforming Minds September 3rd, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 16:21-28, Romans 12:2 There’s something I’ve always found confusing about the Labor Day holiday. It is a holiday to honor workers, to remember the efforts of the labor movement to bring greater justice for workers, greater recognition of […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapter 19

    GENESIS 19 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Sin of Sodom, Exposed and Destroyed The sin of Sodom is indeed as great as the outcry against it. Though Lot is saved out of God’s love and commitment to Abraham, he and his family were deeply affected by the evil that surrounded them. The Sin […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapter 18 part 2

    GENESIS 18:16–33 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Sin of Sodom With Abraham now a full, participating member of the Covenant with God, he is encouraged to exercise all the privileges and responsibilities of that role. God shares with Abraham the cry that has gone up from Sodom and Gomorrah, and invites him to […]

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  • “The Sign Of Fear” Sermon by Dave Stebnitz

    The Sign Of Fear Aug 20 2017 Scripture: John 6:15-21 I once read the story of a man who was hitch hiking on a very dark night in the middle of a storm. It was late at night and no cars were passing. The storm was fierce and the winds strong he could hardly see […]

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  • “Take Heart” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Take Heart! August 13th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 14:22-33 Take heart! We just heard the scripture reading from the NIV. On the back of your bulletin I have the same passage printed from the ESV. I included that because I wanted to bring to your attention […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 17, 18

    GENESIS 17 – 18:15 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Covenant Confirmed and Another Covenant! Another 13 years pass by. Ishmael is growing up and STILL no other children. It is unclear if Abram and Sarai are STILL waiting or if they have come to believe that God’s promise has been fulfilled through Ishmael. But […]

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  • “My Brother’s Keeper?” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: My Brother’s Keeper? August 6th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 14:13-21, Psalm 145:8-9,14-21 There is a question that has echoed down the length of history and across every page of scripture, through families and communities, over the continents and oceans of the whole earth. It is a […]

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  • Vacation Bible School! August 7-9

    VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL! August 7 – 9, 8:30 am to 11:30 am. The daily program will consist of opening worship, a craft and story activity, snack, followed by a field trip outing. The outings this year will be to the Baker Farm, the Inspiration Ministries’ swimming pool, and to the Darien Food Pantry. We will […]

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  • “Wheat and Weeds” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Wheat and Weeds July 30th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43, Psalm 105:1-4 Another scripture passage about seeds and planting, farming and gardening. I’ve already confessed to you all my great ignorance of this subject and last week I reached out to Fritz for help. This […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapter 16

    GENESIS 16 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Abram and Sarai are still waiting! God had made Abram promises and sealed them with a covenant agreement, yet 10 years later Abram is still waiting to see the promises fulfilled. It no longer is just his personal fulfillment and security that is at stake, it now […]

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  • “The Reckless Sower” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: The Reckless Sower July 23rd, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 The story Jesus tells in our reading this morning, is the first of a series of 7 parables in Matthew chapter 13 that Jesus tells to a crowd people along the shore of a lake. […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapter 15

    GENESIS 15 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins God’s Covenant with Abram God had made Abram promises in chapter 12 as He commanded Abram to travel to the land that God would show him. So far, Abram’s response to God has been obedience and building altars to call on the name of the LORD. But […]

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  • “Discipleship Basics” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Discipleship Basics July 2nd, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Matthew 10:5-42 Video – Jimmy Kimball and Kevin Hart on youtube, 1:28 start Roller coasters are wonderful and horrible at the same time, aren’t they? There is excitement and thrill, the anticipation of climbing, clicking slowly up and up […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapter 14

    GENESIS 14 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Costs and Benefits of War Lot gets caught up in the larger powers around him. Abram comes to his rescue. This involvement in the regional conflicts provides opportunities to demonstration and teach about Yahweh, the One True God. A Time for War (14:1-12): Four kings of […]

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  • “Troubled and Helpless” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Troubled and Helpless June 25th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Matthew 9:35 – 10:8 We are in Year A of the lectionary cycle, which means that it is the year of Matthew’s gospel, primarily. Beginning this week, the gospel readings for each Sunday will follow the story of […]

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  • “You Are Here” sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: You Are Here June 11th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Matthew 25:31-46, Psalm 70 It has been 12 years now since the Asian Tsunami was triggered by an earthquake in Indonesia on December 26th, 2004. David and I were living in India at the time and had the […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 12-13

    GENESIS 12 – 13 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Call of Abram So far in Genesis, God has struggled with the repeated rebellion, violence and disobedience of humanity. Genesis 12 marks a turning point as God’s plan and purposes will now be focused on one particular person, family and tribe. God does not […]

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  • “Babble Made Beautiful” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Babble Made Beautiful June 4th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Acts 2:1-21 Languages are a challenging thing! The choir really worked hard at learning the songs for this morning – Thank you to Lisa and the choir for accepting that challenge. It is a beautiful thing when we […]

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  • “Blessed to be a Blessing” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Blessed to be a Blessing May 28th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: 1 Peter 5:1-14 One Sunday the pastor of a congregation preached an unusually short sermon. As she came to the end, she offered this explanation for her brevity and abrupt conclusion. “We have a new dog […]

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