Faith Baptist Church of Sterling

This Is Only a Test…

Daniel Burnham, the chief architect of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago sought an incredible attraction to be the answer to the feature attraction at the previous world exposition in Paris—the Eiffel Tower. An engineer by the name of George Ferris submitted an idea—but it was so preposterous, Burnham immediately dismissed it. Nearly 4…

All-Out War

Surely our sensibilities are shocked, our hearts grieved, with the images, video footage, and expressions of outrage we see on the news and various social media outlets. One gets the sense that this isn’t a protest; it’s war. This reality struck me seeing the image of an armed “occupier” at the so-called “autonomous zone” in…

“Read Psalm 91!!!”

The national mood the last couple of weeks has involved a mixture of fear, anger, and not a little bit of anxiety. Pretty somber days. I saw it quite evident recently when I turned on Fox News a little before 9. Sean Hannity was in the closing moments of his hour covering the rioting and…

He Knows What We Don’t

As I’ve been reading some of the passages related to Holy Week, one of the themes that struck me is that Jesus knew very well what was coming. As Jesus and the disciples were leaving Jericho, headed toward Jerusalem, he said: “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be…

Meditations for Resurrection Sunday 2020

Easter Sing, soul of mine, this day of days, The Lord is risen. Toward the sun-rising set thy face, The Lord is risen. Behold He giveth strength and grace; For darkness, light; for mourning, praise; For sin, His holiness; for conflict, peace. Arise, O soul, this Easter Day! Forget the tomb of yesterday, For thou…

Witness, Waste, & Wisdom

One of the last things Jesus told his closest disciples before the Ascension was “You will be my witnesses….” Earlier, he told them “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to all creation.” Ever since, followers of Jesus have sought meaningful ways to accomplish that charge. Witness In an effort to be an…

Man Stripped of Glory

It may seem like a lousy time of the year for this devotional. Near the end of my driveway, off to the side by the fence, is a patch of daylilies. They were quite beautiful last summer, a smaller variety with burgundy and yellow in the petals. They opened up in May, and we enjoyed…

UPDATE: Church Services & COVID-19

MARCH 17, 2020 Dear Faith Baptist family: I’m sure you are in just as much turmoil as I am over the COVID-19 crisis. Some of us have lived through other national emergencies, and they were quite traumatic. But I don’t think even the 9/11 terrorist attacks created as much widespread upheaval for average Americans. No…

Sunday Services & the Virus

As we’re all very well aware, the whole world is in an upheaval over the Covid-19 pandemic. Gratefully, we live in an area that has yet to be directly affected by the virus. Nevertheless, because of the ease of contagion and the potentially rapid spread of this disease, we must be prudent and vigilant. At…