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  • “A Strong Tower” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: A STRONG TOWER November 12th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Proverbs 18:10-11; Philippians 4:4-7, John 14:1 Today, as we continue in our series on Living Generously, we focus on how our ability to live a life of generosity, a life fully committed to the discipleship of Jesus, is […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 32-33

    GENESIS 32 – 33 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Jacob’s Journey Home Despite the family problems that Jacob faced when living in Laban’s household and despite his strong desire to return home, Jacob makes the journey with a growing sense of dread. How does he deal with these fears and how does God help […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapter 31

    GENESIS 31 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Jacob’s Journey Home The divisiveness of stuff becomes increasingly apparent in the family at Paddan Aram. Can trust ever be restored? Is reconciliation possible? Jacob Flees from Laban (31:1-21) o What were the signs that pushed Jacob to finally leave Paddan Aram? o What does Jacob acknowledge […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 29-30

    GENESIS 29 – 30 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Jacob Builds a Community of Peoples Jacob has the birthright and blessing of his father, Isaac, and has also received the promises that God first gave to his grandfather, Abraham. Yet he is fleeing, alone and empty-handed, in order to save his life and to […]

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  • “The Poor” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: THE POOR November 5th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Luke 6:20-21, 2 Corinthians 8:7-9 Today, as we continue in the series on Living Generously, we focus on how our generosity and our giving expresses itself in caring for the poor. As I’ve been thinking about that this past […]

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  • “Money Talks” Sermon by Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: MONEY TALKS October 29th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 6:19-24, 1 Timothy 6:6-11 “Money talks” Money talks. What does that expression mean? There’s a story of an older woman walking down the sidewalk trying to find a particular address. She saw a young boy riding his bike […]

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  • Helpers in Harmony Concert

    On Sunday, November 5th at 6:30 pm, First Baptist Delavan will host the Helpers in Harmony Concert to benefit the community through donations to the Delavan and Darien Food Pantries and a free-will offering to the 14th Apostle organization which provides for the needy. The program will feature several local church choirs and musicians. The […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 27-28

    GENESIS 27 – 28 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Grasping The Blessing, Too! Jacob continues to live up to his name as one who grasps and one who deceives. He grasped the birthright (bekorah) from his elder brother; he now grasps for the blessing (barakah), too. Yet acquiring the blessing is not without painful […]

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  • “First and Best” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: FIRST & BEST October 22nd, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 22:34-40, 2 Corinthians 9:6-14 Introduction For those of you who are members of this church or attend this church regularly, you received a letter from me in your church mailbox this week. There will be another letter […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapters 25-26

    GENESIS 25 – 26 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Next Generations The story of Abraham is brought its conclusion and with only a brief account of Abraham’s son Isaac, Abraham’s grandson Jacob is introduced. It is his story that will dominate the next 13 chapters of Genesis. It is from Jacob, later renamed […]

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  • “St. Francis – Imitating Christ” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: St. Francis – Imitating Christ October 8th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: St. Francis Sunday; John 1:1-4, Genesis 1:20-25, Job 12:7-10 It was the year 1202. A time in history that we now call the Middle Ages or the Medieval time. It was an era that saw a […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapters 23-24

    GENESIS 23 – 24 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins A Funeral and a Wedding Abraham prepares for the passing of one generation and the promise of the next. He grieves the loss of his wife, Sarah, negotiates a burial place for them in the land of Canaan, and then makes arrangements for his son, […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapter 22

    GENESIS 22 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Abraham is Tested Abraham’s relationship with God began with his being told to “go” (literally, ‘get yourself’) to the land that God would show him. It comes to a climax here in chapter 22 with his being told to “go” (‘get yourself’) to the region of Moriah […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapters 20-21

    GENESIS 20 – 21 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Repeating the Sins of the Past! Both Abraham and Sarah struggle to escape patterns of sin that affect the people around them. Despite their struggles to trust God’s promises, God is faithful. The LORD is gracious and at long last, Isaac is born!! Abraham and […]

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  • “Doing Life Together-Generosity and Love” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Doing Life Together – Generosity & Love September 24th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passage: Matthew 20:1-16 We have been following the Gospel of Matthew as assigned in the lectionary readings for each Sunday. This week we will again hear Jesus telling a story, a parable. If you recall, […]

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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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