Faith Baptist Church of Sterling

The Ripple Effect

It was just a tiny creature, breaking the glassy stillness of the pond on a cool autumn morning. But his foray to the surface sent a ripple effect across the once-calm water. On Friday, September 26, a despondent contract worker at the Aurora, Illinois, air traffic control center sought to take his life by dousing…

Summer’s Ended…

In many respects, autumn is my favorite season of the year. The crisp, cool air is a welcome relief to the warm and humid days of August. Most years, the dark green of our Midwestern trees gives way to vibrant red and gold and orange, along with muted burgundy, an occasional pink, and pale yellows and…

A Rewarding Search!

A few years ago for Christmas I received a hand-held GPS, and shortly thereafter discovered the hobby of “geocaching.” Have you heard of it? Basically, it’s a sort of high-tech scavenger hunt, usually in search of a hidden “treasure”—the cache. Now a cache can be anything as large as an ammo box, well hidden in…

The Morning Fog

The morning fog this time of year can be a beautiful thing. While shrouding the landscape in mist, the hovering cloud can either dull the colors to various shades of gray, or it can be awash with the golden hues cast by the soft light of a rising sun. But fog can be a dangerous…

‘Til the Storm Passes…

The other day, a very powerful storm arose suddenly from the west and hit the Sauk Valley with strong, damaging winds and a deluge of rain. The impact of that storm is still evident in the area. Half a tree had fallen on a house in our neighborhood; the roof is tarped, and the fallen…

The Day Dawns…

6:22 a.m. Head down, eyes fixed on the gray concrete path before me, I turned the corner of 6th Ave. and 21st St, heading east again on my 2-mile morning walk. Lifting my head for a moment, just long enough to get my bearings and be sure of a clear road ahead, I was smitten…

Why a Bible Conference???

For four days, September 7-10, Faith Baptist will be hosting the Eternal Issues Bible Conference, with Pastor Tom Robbins from Faith Baptist Church in Camp Point, Illinois, who will deliver five messages from the one-chapter books of the Bible. Why are we doing this? Aren’t schedules busy enough? Don’t we have enough to do? Why…

Oh the Joys!

Have you ever noticed that no matter how “new & improved” a so-called upgrade is that it never comes without some kind of aggravation? So we’ve just updated the website, and for novices like this pastor, the process is never simple, smooth, and carefree. I have a history of this, going all the way back to the mid-90s when we upgraded from…