First Baptist Church


Written Sermons

  • testing in a fire

    “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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  • new paths

    “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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  • discouragement

    “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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  • discouragement

    “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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  • jesus walking on water

    “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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  • facebook

    “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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  • refugee settlement

    “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 magi

    “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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  • peace

    “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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  • joy

    “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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  • Bring Light Into The World

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

    click here to download  “The Coming Savior Brings Hope”                Pastor Michael Ida                      11/30/14                    Scripture: Luke 1: 26-38   She was probably 12 or 13 years old when the angel Gabriel visited her. I’m sure at first the angel’s message shocked her, but as she continued to listen and as she started to process what she […]

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  • truth

    “Strange Stories: Relevant Truths: Part 6″ Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download   “Strange Stories; Relevant Truths Part 6”                 Pastor Michael Ida                 11/16/14               Scripture: Acts 28: 1-6   Paul was in a shipwreck. Fortunately all the crew and passengers survived and made it safely to shore. Once on shore the survivors were met by the islanders who quickly built a fire and welcomed […]

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  • truth

    “Strange Stories: Relevant Truths: Part 5″ Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download   “Strange Stories; Relevant Truths Part 5”                Pastor Michael Ida                   11/9/14                Scripture: Acts 5: 1-11   As we saw on the monitors those were some of the best known lies ever told in history, but we can certainly think of others. In Germany Hitler lied constantly to his countrymen and to […]

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  • truth

    “Strange Stories: Relevant Truths Part 4″ Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download   “Strange Stories; Relevant Truths Part 4”              Pastor Michael Ida               11/2/14                Scripture: Acts 16: 16-24   We all know people who love to talk and in every congregation I’ve served I’ve had to gently learn how to handle them because when they get a hold of you and start talking,  when […]

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  • truth

    “Strange Stories; Relevant Truths Part 3 ” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download   “Strange Scriptures; Relevant Truths Part 3”            Pastor Michael Ida                  10/26/14            Scripture: 2 Kings 6: 1-7   Two Sundays ago we looked at a really bizarre scripture and if you remember I told you that I was a bit hesitant to use that scripture because I didn’t want to offend anyone. […]

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  • truth

    “Strange Stories; Relevant Truths Part 2” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download   “Strange Stories; Relevant Truths Part 2”           Pastor Michael Ida             10/12/14                Scripture: 1 Samuel 18:20-27   Last week we began our sermon series on strange biblical stories and as I said last week there are a number of bizarre stories in the bible especially in the Old Testament. Now as we […]

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  • truth

    “Strange Texts; Relevant Truths Part 1” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download    “Strange Texts; Relevant Truths Part 1”                Pastor Michael Ida                 10/5/14              Scripture: Exodus 17:8-16   Six years ago I did a sermon series on strange biblical texts, some of you might remember that series because many of you told me that you enjoyed it. In fact at that time some of […]

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  • Hungry Child

    “So What Are You Doing?” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download     “So What Are You Doing?”                    Pastor Michael Ida                            9/28/14                     Scripture: Romans 7: 4-6   When I first heard Mathew West’s song that we played during the offering I knew that I would have to use it in worship, for its message is so timely. “I woke up this morning […]

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175 years of faithful service

    “The Challenge To Remember” Sermon by Pastor Michael Ida

    click here to download     “The Challenge To Remember”             Pastor Michael Ida                  9/21/14                   Scripture: Deuteronomy 8:11-18   Recently two men were arrested for stealing and ATM machine. Quietly the two men broke a glass window in the front of a small neighborhood grocery store. Entering the story they removed the screws holding the ATM […]

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