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The Decline of a Biblical Worldview in the Pulpit and Pew

by: Jeff Poppinga

06/03/2022

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Recently, I read a disturbing statistic about pastors of Christian churches in America. Dr. George Barna writes, "A new nationwide survey among a representative sample of America's Christian pastors shows that a large majority of those pastors do not possess a biblical worldview. In fact, just slightly more than a third (37%) have a biblical worldview and the majority (62%) possess a hybrid worldview known as Syncretism." Syncretism is the mixing of ideas from two or more

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Heal us, Emmanuel, hear our prayer!

by: Jeff Poppinga

05/24/2022

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For our prayer of repentance of faith this past Sunday (May 22), I read the lyrics from a William Cowper hymn, Heal Us, Emmanuel. I want to share it with you for your edification:

1. Heal us, Emmanuel, hear our prayer;

we wait to feel Thy touch;

deep-wounded souls to Thee repair,

and Savior, we are such.

2. Our faith is feeble, we confess

we faintly trust Thy Word;

but wilt Thou pity us the less?

Be that far from Thee, Lord!

3-Remember him who once applied

with trembling for relief;

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Easter: A Day in our life or the Life in all our days?

by: Jeff Poppinga

04/29/2022

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Last Sunday was Easter Sunday so now we are back to just another ordinary Sunday, or are we? Although we celebrated the resurrection of Christ last Sunday in a special way, the resurrection of Christ isn't something we should only think about on Easter Sunday. The death and resurrection of Christ is the basis of the New Testament Church and thus the Christian life. Consider Paul's rehearsal of the gospel he preached to the Corinthians, "For I delivered to you as of first i

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COVID and Vaccines

by: Jeff Poppinga

10/01/2021

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As we prepare for Sunday, I would like to say a few things about COVID. First, there is an uptick in cases around our area so if you have some symptoms please join us online for a Sunday. Second, I want to say something about the vaccines. I have heard some extreme statements regarding the vaccines. One pastor I heard declared that if you get vaccinated then you have denied the faith. Yet another pastor I read declared that if you do not get vaccinated then you have no lov

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Many Members, One Body

by: Jeff Poppinga

04/16/2021

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Dear Faith Baptist Family, 

Good afternoon! I pray that the Lord has given you straight paths as you acknowledge him in all your ways. Let us continue to trust in the Lord with all our heart rather than leaning on our own understanding and feelings (see Proverbs 3:5-6).

It is so important for us to think rightly about church but it is so easy to think incorrectly. Let us be careful not to lean on our own understanding when it comes to the church. Paul identifies two faulty w

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He Lives, He Lives!

by: Jeff Poppinga

04/16/2021

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Dear Faith Baptist Family, 

Good afternoon! The Lord is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!

Easter is behind us if we think of it only as a day but it is not behind us if we understand it as a new reality ushered in by Jesus Christ who is the resurrection and the life (see John 11:25-26). Jesus says, "Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades" (Rev 1:17b-18). Paul writes, "We know

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Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

by: Jeff Poppinga

03/25/2021

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Good afternoon! I pray that that the God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Rom 15:13).

As we approach Palm Sunday and Holy Week what should we think about? What was Jesus thinking about as he approached Jerusalem? Most of us think of Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday as days of joy and celebration. Was Jesus celebrating as he approached Jerusalem? Jesus wept over Jerusalem as he drew near (

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Face to Face

by: Jeff Poppinga

03/18/2021

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Dear Faith Baptist Family, Good afternoon! I pray that that the God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Rom 15:13).A year ago we were preparing for our first of what would be six online only Sunday services. Although I am appreciative of the technology we have to live stream our services and the technology to hold zoom meetings, it is still a poor substitute for face to face fellowship.

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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 h

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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 w

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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 wer

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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

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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, tha

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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 t

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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

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