First Baptist Church


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    “The Seasons of Life” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download   “The Seasons Of Life”                       Pastor Michael Ida                               5/10/15                    Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3: 1-14   Scholars are not sure who wrote the book of Ecclesiastes but there are some who think that the author was King Solomon. We’ll never really know for sure who wrote this book but one thing we do […]

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    “Walk By The Spirit” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download      “Walk By The Spirit”                          Pastor Michael Ida                              5/3/15                        Scripture: Galatians 6:13-18   Like many of you I watched the TV scenes of the destruction that took place recently in Baltimore. I don’t know how you felt as you watched those scenes but I was disgusted with what I saw […]

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    “The Cross That You Wear” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download  “That Cross That You Wear?”                    Pastor Michael Ida                      4/26/15                    Scripture: Acts 13:1-12   I don’t know about you, but there are times when I tend to be a little superstitious. Usually those times are sports related. For example when I was playing ball, if I had a good game, I’d make […]

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    “Whatever Became of Him?” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download    “What Ever Became Of Him?”                    Pastor Michael Ida                         4/12/15                    Scripture: Mark 15: 6-15   Last Sunday we celebrated Jesus resurrection from the dead and if you were here last week you might remember that we talked about how Jesus resurrection meant that God has the final word on life and […]

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    “God Has the Final Word on Life” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download    “God Has The Final Word On Life”                    Pastor Michael Ida                     4/5/15                            Scripture Mark 16:1-8   His face has mysteriously appeared on an ancient vale and an even more ancient shroud. It has appeared in clouds in the sky, and backgrounds in photographs. His face has appeared on rock formations, and […]

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    “Riding With Courage” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download      “Riding With Courage”                            Pastor Michael Ida                           3/29/15                          Scripture: Mark 11: 1-11   Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and the events that immediately followed give us a very interesting contrast between courageous behavior and cowardly behavior.   We see courageous behavior in Jesus who bravely enters the city of Jerusalem knowing […]

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    “The Fate of Radical Extremism” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download “The Fate Of Radical Extremism”                      Pastor Michael Ida                      3/22/15                      Scripture: Acts 5: 27-42   Shortly after King Herod died in the year 4 BCE a young man by the name of Judas who lived in the town of Gamala which was in Galilee, decided to seize the moment of instability and […]

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    “The Letter” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download   “The Letter”                               Pastor Michael Ida                            3/15/15                          Scripture: Daniel 4: 1-3 & 34-37   What do you think the odds would be that one day each of us would get a letter from the President of the United States extolling the virtues of God? The odds would be astronomical wouldn’t they? […]

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    “The Trickster” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download       “The Trickster”                            Pastor Michael Ida                           3/08/15                            Scripture: Luke 16:1-8   The parable of the dishonest financial manager or steward does not make the preachers task an easy one. It’s not like the parable of the good Samaritan who saved a man’s life or the owner of the vineyard who […]

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    “To Stand Strong” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download     “To Stand Strong”                             Pastor Michael Ida                                     3/1/15                       Scripture: Daniel 3: 16-30   The book of Daniel is an interesting book and if you have never read it you might want to dig into it for it has a lot of unique stories in it, like the one that we […]

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    “The Cost Of Following” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download“The Cost Of Following”              Pastor Mike               Ash Wednesday 2/9/05                     Scripture: Mark 1:14-20   One Sunday while I was serving my first parish in Bloomer, WI  I was walking by the front door of the church when I saw this elderly woman slowly start up the outdoor steps of the church. Now the […]

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    “Do I Matter?” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida 2/15/15

    Click Here To Download Scriptures: Isaiah 43:1-5 & Matthew 10:26-30   There is a question that I encounter over and over again as I visit with people, and that question is; “Do I really matter?” Sometimes that question is asked by those who are elderly. Their kids are grown and spread out between many towns […]

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    “Are You Stumbling Over Things?” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download  “Are You Stumbling Over Things?”                    Pastor Michael Ida                       2/8/15                  Scripture: Luke 12: 13-21   Family disputes were often brought before Rabbi’s or teachers to settle. And so it was not strange to see a man in the crowd suddenly bring up a family matter and ask Jesus to get involved by […]

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    “Dealing With Discouragement” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download  “Dealing With Discouragement”              Pastor Michael Ida                     2/1/15                  Scripture: Daniel 1: 1-16   As we all know today is Super Bowl Sunday, and the Packers should be playing in this game. They were the better team but for a variety of reasons, which we won’t go into, their season is now over […]

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    “Keep Your Eyes On Christ When You Are In a Storm” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

     click here to download  “Keep Your Eyes On Christ When You’re In A Storm”     Pastor Michael Ida    1/25/15        Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33   The story of Jesus walking on water has been the source of a number of bad jokes over the years. Usually the jokes are about a Baptist, a Presbyterian, and a Catholic priest […]

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    “Acknowledge + Engager = Connect” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download   “Acknowledge + Engage = Connect”                Pastor Michael Ida                1/18/15               Scripture: Galatians 6: 1-10   I love that facebook song. That song appeared in the first video session in my youth Sunday school class entitled “Friends” It’s an interesting song, isn’t it?   I love its catchy tune, but even more […]

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    “A Place Of Refuge” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download  “A Place Of Refuge”                          Pastor Michael Ida                         1/11/15                          Scripture: Matthew 2: 13-15   Last Sunday we talked about how a family in Bethlehem temporarily housed the holy family until Mary and the baby Jesus were ready to travel. Now we don’t know how long the holy family stayed with their host […]

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    “The House Call” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download  “The House Call”                 Pastor Michael Ida                                  1/4/15                               Scripture: Matthew 2: 9-12      When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, Matthew tells us that there came to him wise men from the East. The name usually given to these wise men is Magi, and that’s important for it helps us locate the origin […]

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    “The Coming Savior Brings Peace” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download   “The Coming Savior Brings Peace”                   Pastor Michael Ida                         12/21/14                 Scripture: Luke 2: 13-14   Can Jesus really bring peace into our lives? Can he bring peace into the world? Those are intriguing questions? And if we are honest we’d have to admit that there are days when we doubt it. […]

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    “The Coming Savior Brings Us Joy” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download    “The Coming Savior Brings Joy”                   Pastor Michael Ida                      12/14/14                       Scripture: Luke 2:15-20   Joy it triumphed that night so long ago. It triumphed in Joseph’s life because he said yes to God by taking Mary as his wife even though the child that she carried was not his. It triumphed […]

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    “The Coming Savior Brings Love” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download   “The Coming Savior Brings Love”                        Pastor Michael Ida                    12/7/14                    Scripture: Luke 2: 8-15   As we saw in the video clip, there is much that can be admired about the shepherds. Their ruggedness, their courage to take on predators, their compassion for those animals that were weak, or frail, or […]

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