This Week's Events

Fri. Apr. 18 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Good Friday Service at Faith Baptist Church

Sat. Apr. 19 9:00am - 10:00am
Roadside Cleanup

Sun. Apr. 20
Easter Sunday

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Sunday Schedule

Worship & Sunday School 9:30 & 11:00 AM
Evening Education 6:00 PM
Welcome to the Easter Bowl

There are big days for virtually every sport and interest. Bike-riders have Le Tour De France, College Basketball has March Madness, Hockey and Baseball have their “big events”, the NFL season ends with the Super Bowl. People are interested in the “big days” that have paid little attention to any of those sports the rest of the year. Easter is like that. Church attendance swells on Easter Sunday as people make worship a part of their Holiday weekend. Sometimes it is merely tradition that brings them out. Sometimes there is a genuine interest. Sometimes people are coming to honor a family obligation but they don’t really want to be there. There are a lot of different reasons behind attendance to the “big day” and pastors have been known to be sarcastic about those who have been dubbed “C&E Attendees”, (they only attend at Christmas and Easter). Maybe there is something deeper going on here. Easter observance is more than a cultural fad, folks have been doing this longer than any of us have been alive. Easter celebrations are never commanded in the NT and may even have roots in pagan traditions. After all, we worship the Resurrected Lord every week right?! I wonder if there is a Conspiracy here, a Divine Conspiracy. I wonder if on this weekend with bunnies and chocolate and eggs and new dresses and fancy hats; if behind it all God is still calling out to people. I wonder if the merciful, seeking, initiative taking Creator is quietly speaking to the hearts of people and reminding them again and again of His loving provision. Spring is speaking to us of resurrection, of new life, of new starts and new opportunities. Those of us who endured this last Michigan winter are delighted to have the snow melted, the birds singing and the smell of fresh earth. What if all these things are the pictures God has given to wake us up? Will we miss them or see that He is speaking in a plethora of ways? So, we’re going to have a “big day” here on Sunday (Lord willing smile) and talk about why the resurrection matters. I am praying that even the recreational user of religion will come, be blessed, get a taste of the Lord and see that He is good. I am praying they’ll come back and follow Jesus all the way to heaven and that all of us will live in resurrection power! Let’s have a “big DAY!”

Oh Lord, Save Us Now!
This Sunday is the traditional remembrance of Palm Sunday. One of the main words that we associate with this day is “Hosanna.” The word means, “Lord, save us now.” There is urgency to the word that we often overlook but it is important to remember what was actually being said that day when Jesus entered Jerusalem. It will also help you understand why some of the same people that cheered Him later booed Him. As it is today, so it was then, people regularly look over their root problems and focus on the symptoms. The Jewish people thought their main problem was Roman oppression and they wanted to be delivered. In reality, their main problem was their own hearts and their main need was repentance. It is easier to think about our living conditions than our heart condition. Being fully alive as a human being has a lot less to do with our circumstances and lot more to do with our ability to receive life from God. Looking for satisfaction and fulfillment in our work, our home, our car etc will always leave us “short.” Having a good job, a nice home and decent transportation is not wrong it just isn’t the purpose of life and living. It is very easy to have some contempt for the people along the parade route that day 2,000 years ago but if we’re honest with ourselves…we’re on the parade route too---at least we are every time we are looking for someone or something less than Him to “save us.” Of course, Jesus didn’t deliver what the crowd wanted. The people were disappointed and some were angry. And so begins the “passion week”, what have we learned?

We believe God has placed us here to glorify Him by “making disciples”of Jesus Christ.  In other words, we invite you to join us in becoming His apprentices. Our process is summarized in four descriptive words.

  • Worship:  A lifestyle of love and devotion to God.
  • Connect:  A lifestyle of love and commitment to others.
  • Grow:       A lifestyle that is producing the likeness of Jesus Christ.
  • Serve:      A lifestyle of service for Christ within the body and in our community.