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All Things New

by: Jeff Poppinga

12/29/2016

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Another Christmas has come and gone. The presents were opened with much anticipation and delight, but truth be told, some of the newness and excitement has already worn off. I think we all enjoy getting something new, but truth be told, new things become old things pretty quickly.

The new things of this world have an incredibly short shelf life. There are storage units full of things that used to be new. There are garages full of things that used to be new. There are houses full of things that us

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Habakkuk's Hallelujah

by: Jeff Poppinga

11/18/2016

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How thankful am I? How deep is my gratitude? As Thanksgiving rushes upon me, I ponder the depth of my gratitude and the sincerity of my thankfulness. How much could God take away without me grumbling and complaining? Is my gratitude based upon temporary or eternal possessions? Is my gratitude toward God deep enough to handle the losses and difficulties of life?

As I pondered these questions and others I was reminded of a passage in Habakkuk (of all places). Habakkuk was an Old Testament prophet

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Church Isn't Making Me Happy

by: Jeff Poppinga

05/10/2016

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Right now church is not making me happy! The programs aren't making me happy! The preaching (and I am the one preaching) isn't making me happy! The people of the church are not making me happy! The day to day operations are not making me happy! The events are not making me happy! The other staff are not making me happy!

At first reading you may get the impression that I am not a very happy person but I did not state that I am not happy but that the things I listed were not making me happy.

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Pastor's Report From 4-10-16

by: Jeff Poppinga

04/12/2016

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Faith Baptist has four congregational business meetings each year. At each one I give a report trying to highlight big picture ministry truths as well as some practical things going on. Here is the most recent report.

1.A Kingdom View

In Acts 13:1-3 we read, “Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit

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A New Logo

by: Jeff Poppinga

02/29/2016

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As a church, we recently developed a logo and I thought I would take a moment to explain the key concepts found in it.

The base of the logo represents an open Bible. The Bible is an essential part of our church. We need the Word of God. "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Matt 4:4 ESV). "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complet

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A Church For All People

by: Jeff Poppinga

02/29/2016

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When I arrived to pastor the people known as Faith Baptist Church back in 2004, one of the things I noticed was their sign which read, "A Church For All People." This is an interesting sentiment that can very easily be misunderstood in today's climate of tolerance but just because it can be misunderstood does mean that it has to be misunderstood.

A church can be for all people without compromising the truth of the gospel and a church must be for all people if it is to be true to the gospel.

First of all,

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The Greatest Gift ever!

by: Jeff Poppinga

12/05/2014

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How hard is it to find the perfect gift? Well, that often depends on who you are shopping for, right? Some people are easier to shop for than others! It is not uncommon to hear people talk about finding the perfect gift for someone or to hear someone lamenting the fact they can’t find the perfect gift. Since gifts and gift giving is something that is normal to our Christmas celebrations and since so many are looking for just the right gift, I thought I could tell you about The Greatest Gift eve

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Ground Breaking

by: Jeff Poppinga

04/30/2014

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This past Sunday Faith Baptist Church had a ground breaking ceremony to kick off the building of our addition. Here are the main points I shared before the ground was broken:

1. God does not dwell in temples made by human hands. Acts 17:24 says, "The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man..." As we get ready to add on to the church building let us be clear that God dwells in His people not in this particular place. It is the

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Book Review: The Poverty of Nations

by: Jeff Poppinga

02/19/2014

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THE POVERTY OF NATIONS: A Sustainable Solution is written by Wayne Grudem (a theologian) and Barry Asmus (an economist). I bought this book last year after I had seen it promoted in World Magazine. It was published by Crossway in 2013.

The title caught my attention because I personally struggle with the issues surrounding poverty and poverty alleviation. As a Christian I feel personally compelled to help the poor. As a pastor I feel compelled to equip the church to help the poor. So when I saw t

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The Most Troublesome Fellow

by: Jeff Poppinga

02/19/2014

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As a pastor I have learned the duty of discretion. I must know what to say, how to say it, when to say it and to whom. I don't always get it right but I know I have a this duty. As a pastor I understand the concept of confidentiality. When people share things with me I know I am to hold that information in confidence. As a pastor I know how devastating it can be to drop names when preaching and teaching. As a pastor I must be very careful to maintain my ministerial ethics. If I start dropping n

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Love Hates!

by: Jeff Poppinga

02/19/2014

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Love that does not hate is not true love. This statement may at first seem to be a contradiction but bear with me. Can love be true if it does not lead us to hate evil and hold on tightly to what is good? Can love be genuine if it does not teach us to abhor what is wrong and adore what is right? I know this is a difficult topic, but consider a couple of passages from the New Testament Scripture:

"Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good." Romans 12:9

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G.E.T. it RIGHT!

by: Jeff Poppinga

01/10/2014

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Several years ago when our church began a building project I felt compelled to offer some guidelines to help navigate the process. Although I have never been part of a building project and do not consider myself very knowledgeable in the particulars of the building process, I do understand the right attitudes which must be encouraged and maintained to keep the congregation in tact and on track through the process.

I have heard of building projects which divided congregations, drove off leaders

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