Sparta Baptist Church

I Only Repeat Things That Are Important

Posted by Dan Mauric on

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

Posted by Dan Mauric on

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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Together

Posted by Larry Carter on

When we come out from under this health crisis, getting back to what we called normal might be a challenge. You might think of several reasons to guard your new-found spare time in this Covid-19 calendar-clearing season even after the crisis has lessened:  Casual or close...

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It Actually Works

Posted by Dan Mauric on

"I am a child of God and I have value. You just have to be ok with that. Ha ha!" (Lisa M.) If something is damaged it loses value. A house with a bad foundation. A sock with a hole in it. The value is lost. We know how it goes: as soon as you drive a new car off the lot it begins to depreciate...

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The Body

Posted by Larry Carter on

I sprained my ankle a few weeks back and thought it would never heal. Guess what, I’m 20 days out and it’s just about completely healed. And I didn’t do anything to promote that healing, actually prolonged it by not keeping my weight off it. We really are fearfully and...

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A Gentle Gospel

Posted by Dan Mauric on

What if my gospel resembled a garden rather than a sports arena? What if, instead of using words like convicting, challenge, "get right" and repent, we used words like heal, hope, comfort, and rest? Would a gentle gospel be more accessible to the grieving? How often do the hurting wither...

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Wait. But Don't Wait

Posted by Larry Carter on

   Nate & Ben have been pointing out in the Wait Here sermon series that waiting is something we should expect to do as Christians. Yes, we wait with grief as life tosses at us what it does to everyone, but at the same time, we can wait with joy because of the hope of the...

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The Gospel and Risk

Posted by Dan Mauric on

“No one ever told me grief felt so like fear.” CS Lewis Giving space for grief, becoming acquainted with grief is a risk. Grieving people are hurt people. Hurt people are afraid. Afraid to be hurt again. Afraid the pain will never end. Afraid they are alone. To become acquainted...

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The Gospel of Grief

Posted by Dan Mauric on

Listen, lament, and learn. Pastor Nate suggested it. I’ve been trying. Here’s what I came up with. When my family and I crash-landed at Sparta Baptist we were hurting. Grieving is what it really was, in hindsight. Grieving the damage done from painful circumstances. As we started...

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Please Stop

Posted by Larry Carter on

     It’s different this time. Maybe it’s the graphic image of seeing the life squeezed out of him. Or the three others standing by, giving tacit approval. Maybe it’s the fatigue of the pandemic boiling...

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