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  • “Salty and Bright” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Salty and Bright February 5th, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Matthew 5:13-20, 1 Corinthians 2:1-12 Last week’s homework: to read the Beatitudes each day. Any insights about who you are as a student of Jesus, or as a fisher of people, or about God’s priorities. Did you get […]

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  • “Blessed” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Blessed. January 29, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Matthew 5:1-12, Psalm 15 The psalm this morning starts out with a great question! “Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary? Who may live on your holy mountain?” Eugene Peterson paraphrases those questions this way in The Message Bible, “God, […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 14-15

    REVELATION 14 – 15 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Harvest Is Coming! John continues to make the contrast between the view from heaven and the view from earth. The Lamb and the 144,000 (14:1-5): “They follow the Lamb wherever he goes.” 144,000 = literal or symbolic? 3 (#for God) X 4 (#for Creation) […]

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  • February/March Mission Opportunities

    Strike Out for the Homeless Shelter: Saturday, February 4 from 5:00-8:00 pm our congregation will be involved in the annual bowling event to strike out homelessness in our community. Event is held at the Delavan Lanes and also includes a raffle, bake sale and Super Bowl snacks. Cost to bowl is $10 and includes two […]

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

    REVELATION 12 – 13 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Woman, The Dragon, and Two Beasts John again surprises his readers. We might have anticipated the “third woe”, announced in 11:14, but instead the next 3 chapters relate visions of the conflict between the church and the powers of evil – a war in […]

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  • “The Empowering Spirit of God- Making the Ordinary, Exraordinary” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: The Empowering Spirit of God – Making the Ordinary, Extraordinary January 22, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Matthew 4:12-23, Ephesians 3:14-21 In 1940, a baby boy was born to sharecroppers Eddie and Willa Mae who lived on a farm outside Troy, Alabama. John grew up in a large […]

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  • “The Equipping Spirit of God” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: The Equipping Spirit of God January 15, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Psalm 40:1-11, John 1:29-34, 1 Corinthians 12:4-14 In our worship service last week we thought about God as Three – God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. We remembered the moment of […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 10-11

    REVELATION 10 – 11 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Seventh Trumpet Another pause, as between the sixth/seventh seal, to hear from God about prophets and witnesses, and to get another heavenly perspective. The Angel with the Little Scroll (10:1-11): Messianic Angel Daniel 10:4-12:13 Revelation 10:1-11 Angel appears to Daniel, 10:5-6 Angel appears to […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 8-9

    REVELATION 8 – 9 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Six Trumpets Imagery: Trumpets were used in bible times to issue a warning to people or to summon them to battle. Trumpets were also used for celebrations and festivals, or to call the people together for special times of worship. Lastly, trumpets are associated with […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 6-7

    REVELATION 6:1-8:5 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Seven Seals First Seal (6:1-2): White horse Bow & Crown Conquest Second Seal (6:3-4): Red horse Sword Bloodshed/War Third Seal (6:5-6): Black horse Weighing Scales Famine Fourth Seal (6:7-8): Pale horse Death & Hades Kill w/sword, famine, plague, beasts Imagery – Four Horsemen, associated with war; […]

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  • “God: the Three-In-One” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: God: the Three-In-One January 8, 2017 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Psalm 29, Acts 10:34-43, Matthew 3:13-17 January 6th, Friday, was Epiphany – the day that the church calendar remembers and celebrates the visit of the Magi, the three kings from the Eastern lands, to Jesus. That trio had […]

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  • “Let’s Open Our Christmas Gifts!” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Let’s Open our Christmas Gifts! December 25, 2016 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Psalm 98, John 1:1-14 Have you gotten any good gifts yet this morning, or last night if you are from a family that opens gifts on Christmas Eve? I read an article this week that advised […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 4-5

    REVELATION 4-5 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Throne Room A heavenly perspective for our earthly encouragement. Glory, worship, and worth. The One who sits on the throne (4:1-11): Throne – mentioned 45 times in this book. What is the significance of a throne? Jasper and carnelian – translucent jasper, red carnelian; brilliance of […]

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  • “Dangerous Discipleship” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    Sermon: Dangerous Discipleship December 11, 2016 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25 Today is the third Sunday of Advent – we have been doing things to prepare for Christmas, reading scriptures and talking about our anticipation of Jesus’ coming, about making room in our […]

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  • “Signs and Signals” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    click here to download Sermon: Signs and Signals December 4, 2016 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Isaiah 11:1-10, Romans 15:4-13, Matthew 11:2-11 This past week I read a story about one of the weirdest auctions in history, told by Wallace Hamilton. It was an auction held in Washington, D.C., in […]

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  • A Study on the book of Revelation Chapters 2-3

    click here to download  REVELATION 2-3 Bible Study Notes                                                                                            Rev. Betsy Perkins   Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia – 7 specific churches, or 7 ages of church history, or 7 messages for all church and believers? Address Titles of Jesus (often from 1:13-18) Commendation/Strength Criticism/Weakness Correction/Consequences “He who has ears…” Promise to overcomers […]

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  • A study on the book of Revelation Chapter 1

    click here to download    REVELATION 1 Bible Study Notes                                                                                            Rev. Betsy Perkins   Overview Genre (kind of literature): Apocalypse (1:1): a disclosure, unveiling or revelation, often involves revealing visions of an intermediary who is to communicate for God. This kind of writing used a great deal of symbolism, particularly in representing cosmic struggle of […]

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  • “Ready or Not……” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    click here to download Sermon: Ready or Not … November 27, 2016 Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages: Isaiah 2:1-5, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44 On Thanksgiving Day, David and I joined the feasting at David’s brother’s home in Neenah, WI. There were 12 adults and 12 kids –great-nieces and nephews ranging […]

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  • “Christ Rulz” Sermon by Pastor Betsy Perkins

    click here to download    Sermon:  Christ Rulz   November 20, 2016                                                                           Rev. Betsy Perkins First Baptist Church, Delavan WI Scripture passages:  Psalm 46, Luke 23:33-43   We have been following the church calendar, using the common lectionary to guide our scripture readings and to shape the sermon message each Sunday.  Today is the last […]

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  • A Study on the book of Psalms Chapters 63,65,67

    click here to download   PSALM 63, 65, 67 Bible Study Notes                                                                                            Rev. Betsy Perkins   Psalm 63 A psalm of David.  An expression of longing for God.   Recall a time when you really longed for something/someone When David was in the desert of Judah (1 Samuel 23:14 or 2 Samuel 15:23) Used for […]

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  • Advent Chapel and Lunch

    All are invited to join us for a time of spiritual preparation for Christmas! Wednesdays at Noon during Advent: November 30th, December 7th, 14th and 21st. We will share a brief chapel time that will include singing a Christmas carol, reading a passage of scripture, a devotional thought drawn from Max Lucado’s book Because of […]

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