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The Sounds of Christmas!

Posted by Pastor Jim Dewar on Sunday, December 2, 2018,

The Sounds of Christmas

 

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The sounds of Christmas are in the songs we sing at Christmas time! These are songs about Jesus Christ and His birth and songs that are filled with great Bible messages. I would encourage you to listen to the words that we sing in the Christmas songs that are sung. Sometimes we can sing a song and not really notice the words being sung. The sounds, or the songs, of Christma...


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In Everything Give Thanks!

Posted by Pastor Jim Dewar on Friday, November 16, 2018,

In Everything Give Thanks!

 

 

Thanksgiving 2018. It’s that time of the year in the United States when we celebrate Thanksgiving! From history we learn that the first official Thanksgiving Proclamation in the US was given by our first President, George Washington. It was declared Thursday November 26, 1789 as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer. The Bible, which is the  sole guide of our faith and practice, has much to say about the subject of thanksgiving, maybe even more than you may r...


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Who Are You Pleasing?

Posted by Pastor Jim Dewar on Tuesday, October 2, 2018,


 

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Today I want to talk to you about Setting Your Rudder to Please the Lord! When I was in the Navy, my first sea duty assignment was on the USS Inchon (LPH-12) based in Norfolk, VA. I was a Machinist Mate assigned to work in the Auxiliary Division of the ship’s Engineering Department. I actually worked in the Hydraulic Shop that was located in the After Steering room. The equipment in that room operated the ...


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Hall Of Faith

Posted by Pastor Jim Dewar on Tuesday, October 2, 2018,


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Hebrews 11:6a “But without faith it is impossible to please him...” Many know of the term The Hall of Fame, but what about The Hall of Faith?  In the sporting industry there are different Halls of Fame scattered around the country for different sports.  No doubt many know the location of a certain hall of fame and different individuals that have been inducted to their sport’s hall of fame ...


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Patriotism

Posted by Pastor Jim Dewar on Wednesday, June 20, 2018,

 

Here in the USA we recently celebrated Memorial Day.  What exactly is Memorial Day? It is remembering the men and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.  It is a day we pause and remember their sacrifice.

 

Here in the United States of America we have several different patriotic holidays and sometimes people get them confused.  Here are a few to take note of. Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th and commemorates the adoption of the US Flag on June 14...


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Hope As An Anchor

Posted by Pastor Jim Dewar on Saturday, May 26, 2018,

Hope as an Anchor

 

Pastor Jim Dewar - First Baptist Church Bancroft

 


 

Our family moved to Bancroft from Fairdale, WV on January 7, 2015.  We have served churches in pastoral ministry in Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia and now Iowa. We are also a Military Family.  I served in the US Navy for 8 years 8 months and also served and retired from the US Naval Reserve.  We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the Lord here at First Baptist Church, Bancroft and are also than...


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Christmas 2017

Posted by Pastor Jim Dewar on Friday, December 15, 2017,

Merry Christmas

 

O how we love to use and hear the phrase “Merry Christmas”!  The first part of the word Christmas tells exactly what Christmas is all about - Christ. Christmas is celebration and remembrance of the birth of God’s Son Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter one, we read about His miraculous birth! 

 

Matthew 1:18 “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with c...


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Jesus Is Our Propitiation

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, April 19, 2013,
Our house has become overwhelmed with boxes.  Some of you may have heard that we are in the process of moving.  When we first told the boys that we were moving they had some mixed reactions.  Our oldest had a lot of questions, but seemed to trust the decision.  Our four year old, however, was quite upset about it.  As his older brother asked questions, we began to understand why he was so upset.  One of the questions was, “will we get to bring our toys?”  After he found out that they coul...
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Science and Biblical History

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, April 5, 2013,
My little brother recently purchased a payloader.  I am excited about his new “toy” because I am hoping he will let me “play” with it.  He also has a road grader that I would like to play with as well.  I have already played with his backhoe.  When we were kids, we played with Tonka toys like that, but his “toys” are real.
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It is amazing how much dirt you can move with heavy equipment, but then I think of God and his power.  How many payloaders and how many years would it take to d...
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Why Do We Have New Bible Translations?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Wednesday, March 20, 2013,
The other day I was driving down the road with my two oldest boys.  Suddenly, the four year old got all excited and pointed, “Look a Christmas goat.”  He was pointing at a lawn ornament of a deer with antlers. 
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I get a chuckle out of his attempts at mastering the English language.  A few weeks earlier he had told me that he wanted Mommy to make “grease juice.”   I said, “You mean gravy?”  “Yes, gravy, “ he replied. 
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Those of us who have been talking for more than three years...
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Do You Value God's Word?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Thursday, March 7, 2013,
Imagine if you built an expensive display case out of beautifully polished oak, padded the inside with the most expensive velvet fabric you could find, and enclosed in with a beveled glass door.  Then you placed your Bible in that case showing to all who entered your home how important God’s word was to you.
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If you really value God’s word, you would not keep it in such a case.  Instead, you would take it out and read it, but what if you read it, but never let it affect your life?  When it...
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Don't Wear Pajamas to Church

Posted by Jerry Miller on Thursday, February 21, 2013,
Among Christians there has been a valid concern over the decline in clothing standards.  Unfortunately, this concern leaves a large looming question over the discussion- what standard should we adapt?  Opinions range from allowing the risqué to imposing legalistic parameters. 
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Often the discussion centers around the clothing choices of the female- for obvious reasons- but I want to step back from that discussion to look at the broader issue.  Not only is there division among the brethren ov...
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Happiness In Following God

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, February 8, 2013,
Our second son recently turned 4, and on his birthday he got to request a favorite food.  I found joy in seeing him enjoy what he had requested.  It made me happy to give him what he wanted on that special day.  Shouldn’t giving God what He has asked us for make us even more happy?  This article will actually look at the first eight verses of Psalm 119 to answer that question.
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Psalms 119:1 says, “Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.”  As we think of the...
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Finding Real Joy in Prayer

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, January 25, 2013,
We know that prayer is important and Jesus taught us how to pray as He recited the Lord’s prayer.  Thus we know what to pray, but the challenge comes in knowing how to keep praying.  According to I Thessalonians 5:17, we are to pray without ceasing, but do you realize that the longest prayer in the Bible- found in Nehemiah 9- is only about 7 minutes long.
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I believe one of the keys to a consistent prayer life is thankfulness rather than the length of the prayer.  Paul said in Philippians 1:3...
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Give Others a Chance

Posted by Jerry Miller on Wednesday, January 9, 2013,
Have you ever met someone that you do not like?  Maybe there was someone at school who was really cliquey and was quite rude to you.  Each time you heard that person’s name, you would have negative thoughts about them.  You might go years without seeing them, but that old resentment still linged.  Then another classmate tells you that they ran into that person and that now years later that same person who used to be rude is really nice.  What would your attitude be at such news?  Would you ...
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Do Not Be Easily Offended

Posted by Jerry Miller on Sunday, December 30, 2012,
My grandpa Miller lost his left arm in a farming accident.  The earliest memories I have of him are of a man with one arm.  He was quite industrious with that one arm.  He would carry a vise grip in his pocket, clip it to the bottom of one side of his jacket and then use the weight of that tool to hold it down as he zipped it up.
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One day he was helping build an addition on my uncles barn when a neighbor stopped over.  The neighbor wasn’t as tactful as he probably should have been and asked ...
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Looking Forward to Christmas

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, December 14, 2012,
Around Thanksgiving time, our boys started to ask us how many days it was until Christmas.  With 3 of our 4 boys old enough to talk, we got tired of answering that question, so finally Crystal made a chain out of construction paper that we hung from the ceiling and we let the boys take turns taking a link off each day.  Now when they want to know how long it is before Christmas, they can just look at the chain.
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Today Christmas is looked upon with much anticipation- especially among children w...
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Do Christians Have to Observe the Old Testament Law?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, November 30, 2012,
As we travel to visit family during the holiday season, I am thankful for the interstate highway system.  We can pull onto the interstate, set the cruise control at 70mph and arrive at our destination much more quickly than if we had to drive 55 the whole way.  I do, however, remember the days when the speed limit was only 55 mph, even on the interstate.
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Times change and laws change but it is comforting to know that our Lord does not change.  “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, an...
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Trust God Not Politicians

Posted by Jerry Miller on Wednesday, November 7, 2012,
Another election cycle has passed.  Some Americans are celebrating, others are disappointed, and some do not even care.  I must admit that I am relieved that the political calls have stopped.  I am also celebrating that a personal friend was actually elected to the Iowa Senate, but even as I celebrate his election, my ultimate trust is not in him.
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Elections like other actions definitely have consequences.  People on both sides of the political isle recognize that that there is reason for conc...
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Mooching vs. True Needs

Posted by Jerry Miller on Thursday, November 1, 2012,
Ephesians 4:28 says, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.”  I want to work hard and have a little extra so that I can give to those who really have true needs.  As a pastor we often get calls asking for gas or food.   It is often difficult to know if the needs are real or if we are just being taken advantage.  Because the calls come from strangers it is even more difficul...
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Responsibility and Self Defense

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, October 19, 2012,
This time of year reminds me of deer season.  I haven’t hunted in years but I still have the old shotgun.  I have never had to use that shotgun for self defense, but it is there if it is ever needed.
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The issue of self defense is a serious issue, especially as we consider that it may lead to a life being taken.  In Luke 22:35-38 Jesus tells his disciples to buy swords and then we find out that a couple of them were already carrying.  I believe this implies Christ’s consent for the defensiv...
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Do We Know What Love Is?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, October 5, 2012,
My wife and I will celebrate our 6th anniversary this fall.  I regularly tell her that I love her.  I talk to my little brother on the phone quite a bit as well.  I also regularly tell him that I love him.  Though I love both my brother an my wife, the love that I have for my wife involves a romantic component that the love I have for others does not have.  So what is love?
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The greatest command of all is to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind and then to love your neighbor as yo...
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Do I Really Have to Share?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, September 21, 2012,
We have been trying to teach our little boys to share.  This can be a difficult concept.  We want to teach them that they must share their toys with each other, but we also want to make sure that one of them does not use the idea of sharing as an excuse to demand that his brother give up the toy that he wants.
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Unfortunately even adults struggle with this concept.  As Christians we are to share with those who are less fortunate than we are, yet we must also point out that it is not right to de...
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Why do Bad Things Happen?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, September 7, 2012,
Why does God allow disease?  Why are people killed by hurricanes?  Why did so many people lose their homes to forest fires?  Why do bad things happen?  Why did God even allow sin into this world?
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The above questions have been asked by generations of people who have tried to figure out God and what He is doing.  Of course we look forward to a heaven utopia with no problems or trials at all, but if we had been born into such a utopia, it would be much more difficult to really appreciate God.  T...
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Don't Manipulate The Bible

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, August 24, 2012,
Imagine that you walk into a French hospital and you see a man dressed in white and he says he has the cockroach.  Your first thought may be that he is an exterminator, but then you are informed that when the French talk of having the cockroach, they mean they are depressed.  With this added information, you then understand that this person is likely a patient rather than an exterminator.
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It is amazing how a little additional information can change ones perspective.  Often as I talk about the...
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Talking About God’s Deeds

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, August 10, 2012,
Why am I here?  What is life all about?  For those who have trusted God and believe on Jesus Christ as their savior, there is a clear answer to that question.  Isaiah 43:7 says, “Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.”  Revelation 4:11 states, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
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All things are c...
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When to Be a Tattletale?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, July 27, 2012,
A few weeks ago I wrote a column about small towns and not gossiping.  This led to a conversation with my wife about children and tattling.  We do not want our children to be know as tattletales, but we do want them to report evil behavior.  Many of the “bad guys” also realize children do not want to be know as tattle tales and they use that to their advantage, thus they are often able to convince children to cover up evil deeds that are done to them.  Some of the most evil among them eve...
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Do Not Oppress the Poor

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, July 13, 2012,
There is an old saying that advises not to discuss religion or politics, yet here I am writing articles that always have some sort of religious message in them.  Often within a religious discussion, politics also come up.  “Social issues” are obviously part of politics, but even economic issues have a religious component to them.
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Though liberals and conservative Christians differ strongly on political issues, they share a common concern for the poor, or at least they say they do.  The dif...
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Loving Small Town Neighbors

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, June 29, 2012,
I love living in a small town.  Our boys just got a new sandbox and it seems like the whole town is celebrating with them.  Before we even got the lumber to build it, we had told the boys what we were planning and they started to tell nearly everyone they saw that they were getting a sandbox.

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It did not take long for word to spread about our boy’s excitement.  Then when we finally got the lumber, numerous residents were able to pass by and see that we were starting some sort of proj...


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Bugged by Those Annoying Bugs

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, June 15, 2012,
The last week in June, First Baptist Church in Bancroft will be hosting Vacation Bible School for grade school children.  The theme this year is “Bug Zone: Transformed By Our Big God!”  Just as a caterpillar is transformed into a butterfly, so are we transformed when we believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.  2 Corinthians says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
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Though I like the theme for our Bible Sch...
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Friendship Shouldn't Excuse Sin

Posted by Jerry Miller on Thursday, May 31, 2012,
When I was in High School I had a friend who was a perpetual liar.  He had such a reputation for going far beyond exaggeration that people who know him well knew that his word could not be trusted. 
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    After completing High School my lying friend went to work for a farmer who farmed right across the road from one of the fields I farmed.  During the fall of the year one of the farm radio shows would ask farmers to call in with yield reports.  Since this man had been a friend of mine for year...
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Memorial Day 2012

Posted by Jerry Miller on Monday, May 28, 2012,
If I have my history right, United States has not formally declared war since World War II.  It seems the last formal declaration of war took place nearly 70 years ago on June 5, 1942 when Bulgaria, Hungry, and Romania were added as opponents in our war with Japan, Germany, and Italy. 
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Numerous military engagements have been authorized by congress since that time however.  Whether or not you call those activities wars, police actions, skirmishes, or national security ventures people have di...
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Prayer, Rain, and Thankfulness

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, May 18, 2012,
Last fall was really dry.  I heard of farmers having extra wear and tear on their tractors and tillage equipment because the dry ground made pulling really hard.  Then several weeks ago, I heard about a farmer who was concerned about planting into dry dirt and having uneven emergence.  It is amazing how quickly things can changed once we got a 4“ rain.
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This reminds me of a dry spell we went through during my childhood.  My dad was a farmer and he was concerned that the crops get some rain. ...
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Will There Be Pets In Heaven?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, May 4, 2012,
We have a German Shepherd.  They are amazing dogs.  They were bred to be rugged working dogs.  Our dog loves to do her work of watching the neighborhood and letting us know what is happening with her well timed bark.  The only time that the church was ever broken into was when she was away on vacation at my in-law’s farm.
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She loves going to the farm because she loves being able to run outside at her leisure.  When Crystal and I were first married we tried having her in the house with us, bu...
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I Shouldn't Get Even

Posted by Jerry Miller on Wednesday, April 18, 2012,
Imagine if you came out of a store and saw a huge dent in your car.  Another driver is sheepishly waiting for you as he stands beside the police officer filling out the accident report.  What will be your response? 
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In such a situation the Christian response should be to act with meekness and understanding.  “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.” (Ephesians 4:32)
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Imagine however if after the police report is...
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Christ is Risen From the Dead

Posted by Jerry Miller on Wednesday, April 4, 2012,
Is it possible to like a Hershey’s candy bar and not like chocolate?  Is it possible to eat a cheeseburger without cheese?  Sure, you can order a cheeseburger without cheese, but then it is not really a cheeseburger, it is just a hamburger.  Christianity without the resurrection of Jesus Christ is worse than a cheeseburger without cheese, because without the resurrection of Christ it is not even Christianity. 
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The Apostle Paul actually gave us the definition of the gospel message (the good...
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God Will Keep His Promises

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, March 23, 2012,
Life is full of unexpected events.  Some are pleasant, and some are stressful.  Recently we had what could’ve been a stressful event turn into an opportunity to spend more time with family.  After visiting my mother, the alternator quit working on our vehicle.  Fortunately we were only about 15 miles from her house when we became stranded so she was able to come and pick us up and the boys got to spend another night at grandma’s until we could get the new part the next morning. 
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It reall...
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I Want You To Meet Someone

Posted by Jerry Miller on Thursday, March 8, 2012,
Imagine that you had a single sister and you  also had a friend who wanted to date her.  Your sister had never met this friend so you began to tell her about him.  You told her that he did not have a job because he was too lazy and that was the same reason that he was about 100 pounds overweight.  Further, he was rude and a real bully.  Besides, he was a liar who would cheat anyone he came in contact with.  Unless your sister was a total fool, she would not be interested in starting a relatio...
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How Does God Speak to Us?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, February 24, 2012,
Have you ever heard a voice from above that gave you a powerful message?  Let me share my experience.  When I just a kid, I was out in the hog house doing chores and as I walked out of the building I heard this voice from above that said, “Shake baby shake, I said shake baby shake!”  Since no one else was around, I was a bit inclined to tremble/shake a bit, but then I looked over to where Dad had parked the semi just a few feet away from the hog house.  I then realized that when he had sh...
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Should We Horde The TV?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Monday, February 13, 2012,
My wife has been decluttering- getting rid of things that we seldom use so that we do not become like the people on that hoarders show.  The only time we have seen Hoarders is when we have been away from home or watched it on the internet, because we do not have TV reception in our house.  Thus as my wife has been decluttering, she has suggested getting rid of the TV.  I have argued that without the TV, we could not watch anymore VCR tapes.  Of course if we got rid of the TV, we would not hav...
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Look Out for the Bad Guys!

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, January 27, 2012,
The other day one of our little boys came into my office and announced that he was going to the bank.  They often play make believe, but I realized that we do not live that far from the bank, and they might actually decide to walk over there some day.  We then had a long talk about the danger of getting run over by cars if you go near the street.
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Because we live in a sin cursed world, we also had to have another discussion.  I warned them about “bad guys.”  No doubt, it is a blessing to l...
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What Should I Wear Today?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Thursday, January 12, 2012,
My wife was all excited.  She is able to fit into her jeans again after having our big baby boy.  He weighed over 11 pound and at the end of her pregnancy she could not even fit into her maternity pants.  Fortunately she had a couple of skirts she was still able to wear. 
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I am glad that I do not have to deal with the fashion struggles that she recently had.  I still have shirts that I wore two decades ago, so I have to be careful not to continue to wear something that is totally out of style...
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Abounding as Needs are Met

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, December 30, 2011,
In Philippians chapter 4, the Apostle Paul showed that he understood what it meant to abound and to suffer need.  We are so blessed in this country that few people here really know what it means to “need” food.  Sure we might have times when we are hungry because we cannot find a drive thru restaurant, but few have to worry about starving to death.
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Still, most of us know what it means to live on a budget.  In other words, we do not have a limitless supply of money to buy whatever we want ...
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The Best Gift

Posted by Jerry Miller on Thursday, December 22, 2011,
When I was a child we would get a couple of huge toy catalogs.  We would go through and pick out our favorite items so that we could pass a list on to Mom, Dad, Grandma, and Grandpa with hopes that they might fulfill our desires.  Recently our little boys found one of the small toy catalogs that came in the mail.  They were enjoying looking at all the pictures but had not get grasped the idea of asking to have the items they saw.  For now the catalog itself is a satisfying gift for th...
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The Truth About Christmas

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, December 16, 2011,
A few weeks ago our little boys looked out the front window and saw the beautiful Christmas lights in and on our neighbor’s house across the street.  One of them got all excited and said, “they have Christmas!”
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Not long after that we went to the open house at our local bank and the boys got free coloring books.  One of them saw a picture of Rudolf the red nosed reindeer, and since he is young enough that he doesn’t know all his animals well, he asked if it was a horsey.  When I told h...

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Hypocrisy or True Morality?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, December 2, 2011,
Our family continues to grow.  We just had another baby boy.  He was welcomed home by three older brothers and a couple of aunties who helped care for him the first week of his life as mommy recovered.  He was also welcomed home by a daddy who not only lived with his mommy, but was married to her.

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I wrote a couple of weeks ago about how the moral values of our society have degraded farther than we could have imagined.  I recently read how few teenagers have both a mom and dad in the s...


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Penn State and Morality

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, November 18, 2011,
As I write this article, the country is reeling over the news of one of the worst scandals to have ever hit college football.  The scandal is so bad that a famous head football couch has stepped down from his position.  I do not want to go into all the disgusting details surrounding the terrible events that happened at Penn State.  For those who may not know about this incident, it involved a high ranking assistant couch raping young boys who were around 10-12 years of age.  What made it wors...
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Those Cold Blanket Wars

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, November 4, 2011,
The blanket wars have resumed in the Miller household.  There had been a cease fire in the battle for quite awhile.  Through the summer months blankets were not such a prized commodity, but now that fall has set in and the temperatures have gone down we had our first skirmish in a long time last night.
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Now before you feel sorry for our family and start donating bedding, realize that we have cedar chests full of blankets.  The problem occurs with the tug of war that can occur during the middle...

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Mystery in the Lake Bottom

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, October 21, 2011,
My brother and I recently went out to the family farm and dug up some field tile.  These were lines that had been in the ground for many years.  We were amazed to find that the cement tile looked like they had just been installed.  We found something even more amazing as we were digging on the other end of the field.  There was a hole in the ground that looked like it had been caused by a tile washout (often when there is a large break in the tile it will wash away the dirt above it causing a...
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Are You Known as a Hater?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, October 14, 2011,
I recently watched multiple interviews with members of the Westboro Baptist Church.  This is the group that goes around to protest military funerals.  I was struck with the hatred that those being interviewed had for others.  Since we both share the title “Baptist”, I felt it was important to respond.
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Though First Baptist in Bancroft, and Westboro Baptist, both have “Baptist” in our names we have no common affiliations.  In order to call itself a Baptist church, an organization does n...
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A New Outlook on Revival

Posted by Jerry Miller on Sunday, October 2, 2011,
I decided to write this article because I have some concerns about revival.  Now before I go farther, please let me state that I am not opposed to revival.  In fact, I am praying that this country would have a revival.  When I say that, I mean a REAL revival, not just worldly sorrow over the consequences of sin.
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My thoughts about revival have changed somewhat since preaching through the Old Testament books of Exodus, Numbers, Joshua, and then Judges.  As the children of Israel were led out of...
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God's Glory in the Gospel

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, September 23, 2011,
I grew up in a Christian home.  As far as I know, none of my forefathers called themselves anything other than Christian.  Other than a few agnostics here and there, most of the people I know would call themselves Christians. Still I have met people from other religions.
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There are about 20 different major religions in the world.  Even the religions at the bottom of that list have over ½ million followers.  This does not count many smaller religions that do not fit into the other 20 categorie...
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Godly Pleasures All Around

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, September 9, 2011,
Our little boys are at an age when the simplest of pleasures are still exciting for them.  I didn’t realize how easy it was to entertain them until a recent trip to a Pizza Ranch.  We happened to be seated in a place where the boys were able to see the arcade games.  There was a hunting game with deer, elk, and moose.  The boys did not know it was a game but instead thought they were getting to watch a movie while they ate dinner. 
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The best part came after we were done eating.  We went bac...
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Converting That Ugly Rust

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, August 26, 2011,
The other day I had to fix some rust on the minivan.  It actually surprised me, because I had not noticed a rust problem until I took a closer look.  The metal on the bottom insides of the doors was starting to deteriorate and the culprit- rust.
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Rust is a lot like sin in our own lives.  We might not recognize it at first, but it is still there.  I am reminded of Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” 
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Because of the deceitfulnes...
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It's Good to Save Ahead

Posted by Jerry Miller on Wednesday, August 10, 2011,
We recently updated one of our vehicles.  The pickup had a lot of miles and with our growing family, we needed more room, so we ended up trading for the behemoth of SUV’s, a GM Suburban.  With the higher gas prices, the seller was motivated, and we were able to trade off the pickup.
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We had been looking for a while and were not overly anxious to buy unless we found the right deal.  We were actually at an advantage, because we had the finances set aside for the purchase.  By doing much of the...
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Windows and True Holiness

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, July 29, 2011,
I have been installing new windows in the parsonage.  We replaced the windows in the living room, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom with plans to replace the bedroom and office windows next year.  Of course our little boys were all excited about the project.  They got to watch daddy work and they even got to crawl up and down the ladder outside.
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They definitely noticed the change as our house was renewed by having the old windows taken out and the new ones put in.  It reminds me of Ephesians...
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God Became Man for Sinners

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, July 15, 2011,
Have you ever wished you could be in two places at once.  We had that challenge a few weeks ago.  A wedding and a graduation were scheduled on the same day, so my wife and I had to split up.  She and the boys went to the graduation, and I went to the wedding.  It would’ve been nice if I could’ve just duplicated myself and sent one of me to each place. 
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It is impossible for me to do such a thing, but it is not impossible for God.  He can be in more places than one.  Further, although He i...
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Don't Pull up New Believers

Posted by Jerry Miller on Thursday, June 30, 2011,
Early this spring, my oldest son helped us plant the garden.  As he saw us hoeing the ground, he wanted to do the same, but we warned him not to hoe the ground we had already planted.  Once the plants started to grow, we had a whole new problem- weeds.  As I started to pull weeds, my young helper saw what I was doing and like so many little boys, he copied his father.  Unfortunately, instead of pulling a weed, he pulled a newly sprouted zucchini.  
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Sometimes we as Christians are like little ...
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An Object Lesson to Remember

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, June 17, 2011,
When we lived in Albert Lea, my friend Steve would open the Sunday School with intriguing object lessons.  He might brings some kitchen utensils or other items to drive home important Biblical truth.  I do not have Steve’s talent for such things.  I once did an object lesson with a flashlight for a group, but more often my object lessons are impromptu.  For example, my boys might come up to me with their toys and I will use the toys to teach them some lesson, or I might be on a job site and...
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A True Love Relationship

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, June 3, 2011,
Through the years, I have watched other couples.  It seemed like so many relationships were forced.  It was like the two people didn’t even like each other, but they stayed together because they figured the other person could advance their popularity.  Then I saw other couples where it was as if God had placed them together (I believe He did) and no one could pull them apart.  That is what I found when I met my wife. 
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As I reflect on relationships, it seems that so many of them are based o...
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Memorial Day 2011

Posted by Jerry Miller on Monday, May 30, 2011,
    Memorial Day 2011

    As we consider the lost lives of our soldiers today, I cannot help but think of a great milestone in our recent military conflicts.  Less than a month ago, the major target of our soldiers, Osama Bin Laden, was killed
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Though few like to contemplate the eternal destiny of a US soldier who rejects Christ, there is little argument about Osama‘s fate in Hell.
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Since Bin Laden was also a warrior, the question must be asked, “Why do we consider our own soldiers heroes an...
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When Will Jesus Return?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Thursday, May 19, 2011,
By the time many of you read this, May 21st will have come and gone.  For some of you that date has little significance.  For the Millers, it is quite important, for it is the first birthday of our youngest son. 
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The date also has some significance for those who have been listening to Family Radio.  I personally am not a listener, for they have promoted many unbiblical doctrines.  Among them is the idea that we can know the date of the Lord’s return.  Harold Camping, the president of Famil...
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Who Is In Charge Anyway?

Posted by Jerry Miller on Thursday, May 5, 2011,
I once helped with some carpentry work for a family who had a little boy who was about six years old. He was quite a talker and would come out and watch us work and try to “help.” Our job was to build a small landing with steps leading up to that landing. A fairly simple job, except they wanted the steps to come up from three sides with a diagonal. What made the task even more challenging was that the ground was not level leading up to the steps. Thus I was measuring and remeasuring befor...
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Wow, Our New Baby Pictures

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, April 22, 2011,
Medical technology is amazing. Today, surgery that used to be done with a scalpel is now done with a laser. My little brother recently had laser eye surgery and is very satisfied with the results. All the technology has actually created a few ethical dilemmas for end of life care as families and doctors try to determine how much to intervene to keep a terminal patient alive.

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Although ethical dilemmas at the end of life have increased, the new technology has helped to answer many question...


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Grace For The Mess of Sin

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, April 8, 2011,
We have three little boys who all share one room. That means that not only do all three sleep there, but there are also three dressers and clothes for three boys all in one room. The two oldest ones are just learning how to dress themselves, so as they search for clothes, they can often create a lot of disarray. Further they often drag things into their room that don’t belong there. Lets face it, the nursery becomes a mess.

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Well, my wife decided to tackle that mess. She put everything ...


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How to Finance God's Work

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, March 25, 2011,
Palm Sunday is just a few weeks away. As Jesus came to Jerusalem that first Palm Sunday, many believed that He was riding into the capital city to set up His Kingdom and to reign as a king. They likely expected Him to drive the Romans out, but instead He went to the Temple and drove out those who bought and sold. As He did so, He quoted part of Isaiah 56:7, “Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices sha...
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Making Decisions in Marriage

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, March 11, 2011,
Ephesians 5:21 teaches mutual submission, yet the verses following teach that a wife is to submit to her husband. How can both be obeyed?
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I love to drive down roads I’ve never been on before. Often if we are not pressed for time, I will turn down a road that takes me in the direction I want to go, even though I have no idea where it goes.
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Often my wife is with me and if I ask her if she thinks it’s a good idea, she will say that she would have stayed on the main road. Even though she woul...

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Proclaiming Christian Bias

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, February 25, 2011,
 I love science. It was in my high school science class that I learned to use pulleys to lift heavy objects. When I farmed I used the scientific research of others to determine the proper amounts of fertilizer to apply to the crops.

Science is quite helpful, but I realize it has limits as well. Often a new product will come out that promotes higher yields, but I have my doubts. If I’m going to try it, I want independent data from someone other than the guy who is trying to sell it. The oil ...

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Faith for God’s Glory Not Mine

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, February 11, 2011,

It is amazing how much courage we can come up with when we want to show off. I recall the time I was knee boarding behind a boat many years ago. I was much younger, more reckless, and more interested in preserving my pride than my health. One of my best friends was driving the boat when one of my other best friends said, “lets drown Jerry.”
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I could tell by the look on their faces that something was up. Soon the boat turned and headed for the wake it had just created. It was fun to jump...


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Submission’s Humble Virtue

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, January 28, 2011,
Our two oldest boys like candy. They really love the suckers that they are given at the bank. In fact, when I went online to check my account, once the picture of our local bank came on the computer screen, our toddler pointed and said “sucker.” He has already connected the bank with candy and really likes going there.

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As I am writing, my wife was getting ready to go to the new yarn shop open house and was talking about the coffee and cookies. That same little guy piped up, “coffee ...


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Lessons From a Baby’s Joy

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, January 14, 2011,
Our little baby is starting to grow up.  We got so excited when he rolled over for the first time and now he is able to scoot around and get wherever he wants to go.  Since my office is right in the parsonage, he often ends up crawling under my desk and playing at my feet.
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As the rest of us were eating breakfast this morning, he was laying on the floor, happily exploring his surroundings.  Suddenly our three year old exclaimed, “oh, oh, baby!” as he pointed at the little guy playing with ...
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Mary Was Blessed With Christ

Posted by Pastor Jerry Miller on Friday, December 31, 2010,

As I was preparing to write this article, I looked over at my wife who was holding our youngest son who is now seven months old. As I watched them I began to think of Mary holding Baby Jesus so long ago. What a joy she must have had as she realized she was not holding just any baby, but the promised Messiah Himself.
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She had been told about Him before He was even born. “And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and ...


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The Miracle of the Virgin Birth

Posted by Jerry Miller on Friday, December 17, 2010,
Christmas has become a time to celebrate the eternally existing God coming to earth as a little baby born in Bethlehem. “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.” (Micah 5:2)
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We know that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, but how was the everlasting God conceived into a human mother? One of the miracles of Christ’s bir...

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Learning Through Instruction

Posted by Jerry Miller on Tuesday, December 7, 2010,

My favorite class in high school was industrial arts. I quickly decided that I had the confidence to put in studs and hang sheetrock, but I did not have the confidence to finish the sheetrock or to put up the fancy wooden trim at the end. Any mistakes made at that late step in the process would be very difficult if not impossible to hide without much skill.

Several years later I was putting my basic carpentry skills to use helping on a church addition. The man who was planning to do much of t...

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Giving Thanksgiving to God

Posted by Jerry Miller on Tuesday, December 7, 2010,

Friday, November 19, 2010

I think back to some of the Thanksgiving meals that I have had through the years and the word feast does not do them justice. Just think of some of the things you have eaten on that special day. Turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, green bean casserole, candied carrots, cranberries, fresh baked dinner rolls, lefsa, and your choice of pecan, apple, cherry, lemon meringue, or pumpkin pie. Oh and did I mention that you could have ice...

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Some Past Posts From bancroftbaptist.blogspot.com

Posted by Jerry Miller on Sunday, November 28, 2010,

Hating, Hateful Hypocrisy

I hate it when I hit my thumb with a hammer. My wife hates bugs in the house. My little boy hates it when his big brother takes a toy away from him. I think most of us could come up with some things we hate.
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Even God has a list of things that He hates. “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swi...

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(The blog posts from
November 2010- April 2013
were entered by Former Pastor Jerry Miller
.)  

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