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 By John Clapp    Local    April 12, 2019

Do I need God?

After pastoring for 26 years, I have gained an interesting perspective on humanity. I have seen good and bad. I have seen prosperity and poverty. I have seen joy and sorrow. I have seen gracious and selfish. Ask anyone who works in customer service...

 

Please make the pain stop

Human suffering. In our world of internet and television, we are exposed to scenes of human suffering daily. We look around and see so many struggling with sorrow and pain. It is overwhelming at times. Pastors have a front row to human suffering. So...

 

We all suffer, but hope for Heaven is powerful

The oldest book of the Bible addresses the singular aspect that all humanity faces, that of suffering. The ancient poem of Job addresses human suffering on a level that few would ever experience. The Book of Job opens with, “There was a man in the...

 

Interruptions

Life has many interruptions. The phone rings as we are trying to eat. Coworkers interrupt your work to talk. Our children have a sudden emergency. Some are unwelcomed, some are just a nuisance, and some are cherished. Remember the last telemarketer,...

 

Scary words

Fall has arrived. The cold is coming and the leaves are starting to turn. Soon we will all be raking the yards. Fall brings a lot of different experiences, football, hayrides and, of course, pumpkin spice on everything. Soon Thanksgiving will be...

 

Please make the pain stop

Human suffering. In our world of internet and television, we are exposed to scenes of human suffering daily. We look around and see so many struggling with sorrow and pain. It is overwhelming at times. Pastors have a front row seat to human...

 

It's about the children

My mind is on children right now. Our summers at Bible Baptist Church start with youth camp in June and ends with our Youth Week (vacation Bible school) in August. Tonight is our closing night, which consists of a carnival and parents enjoying what...

 

Bible Baptist Church hosts VBS Youth Week 2018

Summer is quickly disappearing. We are sure you have had a busy summer. Looking for something for your child to do this next week? Don’t miss out on the last VBS of the year. Bring your children to our church next week for two hours of learning...

 

Fake news

I am really getting tired of fake news. It is getting increasingly harder to discern the truth and make intelligent decisions. Whether it is trying to decide about Question 788, who to vote for on Tuesday, all the immigration problems at the border,...

 
 By John Clapp    Local    May 11, 2018

The importance of mothers (and fathers)

We are grateful for all the mothers and for all you do for our families. May your day be blessed. I trust that your children will honor you and show you the love on your special day. Thank you for all your love. A story is told of a father and a son...

 

Why do the scars remain?

Imagine Thomas’ condition. A week earlier he had watched Christ die. He had placed all of his hope and all of his life on Jesus. Jesus was everything to him and now he was dead. Three days after the cross found him still unable to join the other...

 

Show your love

Valentine’s Day has passed. I hope you all received something from someone who loves you. It is fun to make our loved ones smile as we demonstrate our love to them on Valentine’s Day. True love is like that. True love demands action. Love is not...

 

An empty calendar

Sitting on my office desk is a new calendar. Its pages are blank. No appointments, deadlines or meeting are written within. It is blank, but not because there are no plans for 2018, for there are plenty of items to start filling it up. I just haven...

 

The Christmas interruption

Thanksgiving is over. I trust that you had a wonderful time with your family, rejoicing and thanking God for all he has done for you. Now suddenly Christmas is here. If you are like me, it gets busy in the month of December. Nothing is quiet as...

 
 By John Clapp    Local    October 27, 2017

Scary words

Fall has arrived in full force. The cold is now here and the leaves are starting to turn. Soon we will all be raking the yards. Fall brings a lot of different experiences: football, hayrides and, of course, pumpkin spice on everything. Soon...

 

One common event

Humanity is truly a diverse lot. We come in different shapes, sizes and colors. We come from different backgrounds, we have various degrees of beliefs and values, each of us has a different set of circumstances that determines everything from our per...

 

The rope of good parenting

I trust that you and your family are adjusting well as we all get back to the routines of another school year. New shoes, clothes and school supplies are in for a long year. There is nothing better than opening a new box of crayons or the smell of a...

 
 By John Clapp    Local    July 7, 2017

Thank you!

I trust that each of you had a great Fourth of July celebration. I wanted to express my appreciation for all who worked so hard to make the festivities at the park successful. Events like Tuesday’s do not just happen. There were many hours of...

 
 By John Clapp    Local    May 26, 2017

Crumbling memorials

John M. Davis was a wealthy man. His wife had just died and he did not like any of her family. He himself was an orphan and he had no children. To prevent his in-laws from getting his wealth when he died, he spent his entire fortune on an elaborate...

 
 By Rev. John Clapp    Local    April 7, 2017

Moving out of a comfort zone

In many of our churches throughout our community, this Sunday we will be turning our attention back to the Passion Week and the Resurrection of our Lord. I really enjoy this week. I need to be drawn back into the source of my salvation and eternal ho...

 
 By John Clapp    Local    March 24, 2017

Suffering

The oldest book of the Bible addresses the singular aspect that all humanity faces: that of suffering. The ancient poem of Job addresses human suffering on a level that few would ever experience. The Book of Job opens with, “There was a man in the...

 
 By John Clapp    Local    March 3, 2017

From ugly to beautiful

The other morning I came across this verse while I was reading my Bible. Psalm 27:4: “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the...

 
 By John Clapp    Local    January 20, 2017

Celebrate Recovery offers hope to those with hurts, habits, hang-ups

The Bible clearly states “all have sinned.” It is my nature to sin, and it is yours too. None of us is unaffected by sin. And because of sin, we’ve all hurt ourselves, we’ve all hurt other people, and others have hurt us. This means each of...

 
 By John Clapp    Local    September 16, 2016

One common event

Humanity is truly a diverse lot. We come in different shapes, sizes and colors. We come from different backgrounds, we have various degrees of beliefs and values, each of us have a different set of circumstances that determines everything from our...

 

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