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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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  • “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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