Sparta Baptist Church

The Tables have Turned

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"Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves." (Matthew 21:12) "Yeah, but Jesus flipped over tables in the temple..." - Me I've used this verse to justify a strong...

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Used Toy Christmas

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"Christmas is when you get stuff." - Buzz-saw Louie. Christmas is great because that's when you get lots of new stuff. Two of the Christmas gifts that stand out most in my mind are socks and oranges. For years those were staple stocking stuffers. A new package of socks split between four...

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Still Part of the Group

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"I'm still worthy." The Mighty Thor "They're still part of the small group." Kenny These two movie quotes are going to impact me for a long time. One is from a Hollywood blockbuster that everyone has heard of. It's arguably the greatest movie of all time. Avengers Endgame. I’ve seen it...

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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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