Sparta Baptist Church

My Father was Not an Oldsmobile Man

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"Some men are Baptists... others Catholic... my father was an Oldsmobile man." -Ralphie Parker My first car was an Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme with a 350 rocket V8 engine. It still stands as the largest piece of American made metal that I have ever owned. It was a sweet ride. My father was not...

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The Christian Story Explored Pt. 4

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“Faith means living without scheming.” (W. Weirsbe) A life of faith means living without plotting and planning. Living without constantly working to get the edge on someone. Living without self-interest. Abram and Sarai came up with a plan of their own to build a family. (Genesis...

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The Christian Story Explored Pt. 3

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"By faith Abraham…" (Hebrews 11:17) Faith is not easy. Abraham encounters three significant challenges to his faith. “Not yet.” God showed Abraham the promised land but then said that it would be given to his descendants. Abraham lived like a stranger in the land for his...

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The Christian Story Explored Pt. 2

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Ephesians 2:8 "by grace through faith" At the beginning of the Christian Story, it's important to have solid definitions of grace and faith. An all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God who is intimately involved with His creation has determined that grace and faith are two of the main ways...

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The Christian Story Explored Pt. 1

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Each week I will share the highlights from the conversation based on our series "The Christian Story Explored". Happening Wednesday nights at 6:30 in the Fireside Lounge at Sparta Baptist Church. "In the beginning, God created..." (Genesis 1:1)The best place to start a story is at the...

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Welcome Home

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“Welcome home." - Pastor Nate Wagner, September 13, 2020. First service back in the church building after six months of online and in the park services. "Home" means a lot of different things to different people. To some "home" can represent dysfunction, pain, and fear. To others "home"...

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So, that's what you turned into...

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Remember those Magic Grow foam capsules? You add water and the capsule "magically" grows 5 or 10 times larger and turns into a foamy T-rex or maybe, a unicorn. You never knew what shape would appear until you added the water. There would be that moment, after the water was added and the capsule...

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...But I won't do that

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I would do anything for God. I really would. I'd (mostly) quit a destructive habit. I would go to church when I wake up on time. I could even start giving. I could stop watching rated R movies. I could start reading my Bible. I would do anything for God! Just name it. The Pharisees were really...

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I Only Repeat Things That Are Important

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I worked with my youngest brother for a couple of years and it was my job to train him. He has also sat in a lot of my bible study classes. So, he’s spent a significant amount of time enduring my style of training and instruction.  One day at work while I was monologuing on the...

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I Just Want to be Mad About It for a While Longer

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Forgiveness is hard. Sometimes I can turn the page on a chapter and move on. Other times I can't. Often, forgiveness is the final obstacle in the way before I am able to. When Jesus forgives me, that's great. I like that. I need that. I appreciate that. It's easy. Free gift. I gladly accept it...

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