First Baptist Church of La Crosse, Wisconsin
First Baptist Church of
La Crosse, Wisconsin
1209 Main Street
La Crosse, WI
(608) 782-6553

Monthly Archives: March 2019

Faithful Living in Hope (Genesis 15:1-12,17-18; Philippians 3:17-4:1; Luke 13:31-35)

In Isaiah, chapter 40, just before those famous lines we sang as a call to worship: “Those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength,” we read why their strength needed to be renewed:  “Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young shall fall exhausted.”  In short, life’s exhausting, so people, even strong people, who would make it through need to wait upon the Lord.  That word “to wait,” comes from a word for a line or cord, stretched tight.  Those who wait are “stretched tight, or taut” waiting to see what happens next.  It is an… Continue reading

Choosing with Care (Deuteronomy 26:1-11; Luke 4:1-13)

It seems to me but a moment ago that we lit the first Advent candle to prepare for Jesus’ coming in a physical sense long ago, and again today in a spiritual sense. Then, it was Christmas and, after that, Epiphany with its stories about Jesus the Messiah in whom God was, and is, carrying out the divine mission set forth in the ancient words of Isaiah 61:  “to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners…”

I can hardly believe that now we are… Continue reading

Building Monuments on the Mountain (Exodus 34:29-35; 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:2; Luke 9:28-36)

Today is the Last Sunday in Epiphany.  Epiphany, as we have said throughout, is the season of the church year when we follow the story of how Jesus was shown to be the Messiah, the Son of God, and the Saviour of the World.  The Last Sunday of Epiphany is traditionally called Transfiguration Sunday.  Next week we begin the Lenten Season, when we trace the steps of Jesus to the cross.

In my own mind, the Lessons for today present some obvious difficulties.  Both the Old Testament and the Gospel passages contain written accounts of clearly supernatural events:  the so-called… Continue reading