Someone Greater Than Jonah is Here

Someone Greater Than Jonah is Here

A special Message
Speaker:  Dr. Andy Messmer
Missionary to Spain
Dr. Messmer finds Jesus in every verse of Jonah 1.

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A Special Message

The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me

Speaker:  Mark Thompson
We cannot dictate to Jesus the terms of our salvation.
The more expectations we have of Jesus, the more He blows up those expectations.
In Luke 8 Jesus falls asleep in the boat.  They were headed across the lake to the other side – where Jesus never went.  Then a storm hit.
We assume God doesn’t want us to do something when bad things happen, but it’s just the opposite!
OPPOSITION lets us know we are following God’s will!
Jesus changed the demon-possessed man’s life.  The he tells the man to stay.  The people told Jesus to leave.  The next time Jesus came to this area, the people brought the sick to be healed.  What do you think the man was doing at home all this time?
We need to give each other permission to “go to the other side of the lake.”  Expect storms and show compassion.

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Seize the Moment – Day 692

God is a Promise Keeper!

Joshua 21


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, February 7.

Joshua 21:41-43 summarizes the fulfillment of an old promise:


All the cities of the Levites in the midst of the possession of the sons of Israel were forty-eight cities with their pasture lands. These cities each had its surrounding pasture lands; thus it was with all these cities. So the Lord gave Israel all the land which He had sworn to give to their fathers, and they possessed it and lived in it.


The Levites did not receive an allocation of the Promised Land, like the rest of the tribes of Israel, but these priests and temple workers still needed homes to live in, places to raise their children, and pastureland to feed their animals (Numbers 18:20). So, God spoke to Moses promising the Levites cities in Numbers 35:1-8.


It was up to Joshua to ensure that the promise was kept. Under his leadership, all the tribes had their land allocated to them, the six refuge cities have been declared, the forty-eight Levites cities have been selected, and the tabernacle was centralized at Shiloh. Joshua 21:44-45 captures this crowing moment’s significance to the nation of Israel:


And the Lord gave them rest on every side, according to all that He had sworn to their fathers, and no one of all their enemies stood before them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hand. Not one of the good promises which the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.


God is a promise keeper! While there was much work to do to settle the land, and, we know, there is much about their future that is not to be envied, God’s people stopped at this moment in time, and this place in their history, to celebrate God’s faithfulness to keep His promises!


Seize the moment and celebrate God’s faithfulness to keep His promises to you! God will never fail you!

God bless you!
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If you prefer a video, Pastor Jerry reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.


Seize the Moment – Day 650

Protecting Priorities!

Deuteronomy 24


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Monday, December 27.


Have you ever heard someone say, “Happy wife, happy life”?


While such a statement does not allow for an idolatrous view of marriage and family, it does call you to realize that right priorities make for a holy and healthy life. If you make the decision to get married, then you must protect and prioritize that relationship. If you and your spouse decide to have children, then you need to work together to figure out how to partner to prioritize the raising of those children. Neither marriage nor having children are required of you to live a holy life, but if you decide to follow either path, then you must accept the consequences of your decision by protecting and prioritizing the responsibilities those decisions require of you!


In Deuteronomy 24:5, Moses gave a command to protect and prioritize the importance of marriage and the family in God’s design for society:
“When a man takes a new wife, he shall not go out with the army nor be charged with any duty; he shall be free at home one year and shall give happiness to his wife whom he has taken.”


This is an amazing teaching that demonstrates the power of shared priorities. But it also reveals how difficult it can be to protect your priorities when you live in a culture that doesn’t share them, and even works against them!


What decisions do you need to make to protect your priorities in your daily life?  


Jesus taught us to not let our worries of the future drive us to unfaithfulness in our priorities today! Listen to Matthew 6:33-34:
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”


Seize the moment and prioritize time and energy to the priorities of your life today!


God bless you!
If you would like to receive a personal phone call today, all you have to do is dial the phone number below right now and one of us will call you soon.


If you prefer a video, Pastor Jerry reads his devotion on YouTube as well. Click HERE to visit the page.
Videos are posted about a week after the devotion appears in the blog.


Seize the Moment – Day 640

The Word of the Prophet!

Deuteronomy 18


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, December 17. Please join me in wishing a happy birthday to Vicki Thomson, Richard Kinnaird, and Pam Frazee.


How can we know God’s will for our lives?


This was a significant question for the nation of Israel, as it is for us today. Israel had been rescued from Egypt and were now surrounded by the Canaanites. The people of the ancient Near East used a variety of illegitimate sources, from which Yahweh strictly forbade His people, as in Deuteronomy 18:9-11:


When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead.


In direct contrast to these practices, God speaks through His chosen people, called prophets, such as He did with Moses. Moses prophesied of the coming Messiah, and His office of Prophet, in Deuteronomy 18:15: “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him.” The early church quoted this promise twice, in Acts 3:22 and Acts 7:37.


Jesus is the new Moses and the fulfillment of the office of prophet. The first disciples of Jesus Christ declared it so in the Gospel of John 1:45: “We have found Him of whom Moses in the Law and also the Prophets wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” More than a prophet, Jesus is the Living Word: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).


Seize the moment and know God’s will for your life through Jesus Christ and His Word!

God bless you!
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Advent 2021 Special Presentation – Week 3

First Baptist Church presents:

From the Streets of Bethlehem


A Special Report from the Bethlehem Evening News, featuring Walter Concrete, and man-on-the-scene, Harold O’Riviera. Hear eye witnesses recountings, their encounters with the Roman census, Angels, and a very special baby in a manger.  You won’t want to miss this wonderful event…

From the Streets of Bethlehem


Production team:

Penny Stevens, Sean Slagle
Costuming:            Cyndi Johansen, Debbie Thorpe, Amy Kinnaird
Set & props:          Mike Johannsen, Ken Durham, Lyle Stevens
Tech:                       David Maddy, Michael Dabrowski, Max Harter, Elijah Abrams
Music:                     Cindy Kurz, Ken Durham, Kevin Stonerock

Cast for the Play

Walter Concrete:    Everett Cole
Harold O’Riviera:     Shawn Harter 
Bethlehem crowd: Cheryl Hannum , Jill Stonerock, Kimberly Ingalls, Alana & Willow,                       
Centurion:  Tim Martin
Innkeeper & wife:  Scott & Tiffany Lee
Joseph, Mary, & Jesus:  Caleb, Staisha & Raven West
Shepherds: Kevin Stonerock, Larry Abrams, David Ulloa
Angels:  Cindy Kurz, Leah Durham, Emily Hurst, Brook Evans,Bree King
Wise Men:  Ken Durham, Kolby Durham, Kyler Durham
Simeon:  Jack Hannum
Author:  Penny Stevens  


Production Team:  Dick Kinnaird, Michael Dabrowski
Cast for the Commercials
Joshua’s Trumpets:   Matthew Giddings
Jonah’s Deep Sea Fishing:   Jonah Kinnaird
The Miracle Diet:   Trevor Morgan
Abel’s Canes:  Michael Dabrowski
Holy Land Insurance:  Bree King, Norah Hamilton
1-800-Dan-Yell:   Kaitlyn Giddings, Jonah Kinnaird
Zaccheus for Tax Collector: Max Sparks
P.H.I.L.I.P:  Sarah Waymire, Matthew Giddings
Author:  Sean Slagle

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Advent 2021 Hope – Week 1

A Message of Hope

John 14:12-14


Missionary Jim White


Hope is not thinking that something might happen, it is the assurance that something will happen!  As I look around me, it seems that people are living in “survival mode.”  Many of us seem to be just barely making it.  I suggest that sometimes it is because we get distracted from what God wants us to be doing.


It’s unhealthy to live like this for an extended period of time.  It causes fatigue, ulcers, headaches – a general feeling of being overwhelmed.


I am convinced that God can set us free from bondage to drinking, drugs, etc.  You don’t have to just get by.


When surviving becomes your daily focus, you forget about your goals, about your dreams for the future.  You only think about how you will get through today.


There are three questions we ask ourselves:

  1. How did I get here?
  2. Did I cause at least some of it?
  3. How do I get out of this place I find myself?


We must first be able to discern whether God has put these “things” into my life or whether it is from Satan.  That makes a big difference on how we approach it.


Many times we bring it on ourselves, because we turn from the Lord:


1 Kings 11:3-6    Solomon turned from the Lord and went after other gods.


Numbers 12        Miriam complained against Moses’ leadership.


But God wants us to experience the Abundant Life!


John 10:10  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.


Ephesians 3:19  …and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.


He wants us to overcome all obstacles through faith in Him!  We have authority over all evil forces in this world.  When people lose hope, they act out of desperation & that leads to chaos.  We believers are to live with hope as an example to those in the world without hope!


John 14:12-14   12 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I yam going to the Father. 13 Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.


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Live Like a Champion – Week 33

The Promise of Leadership!

Ephesians 4:15

Presented by Reverend Mark Thompson (ABC Regional Pastor)


(The following are notes taken during the message, there may be some misinterpretations of what Rev. Thompson actually said.  Listen to his message to hear for yourself.)


Ephesians 4:15:

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.


Serving the Lord demolishes all of our preferences.

God exists in community (the Trinity) and He creates us to live in community.

The worst punishment in prison is solitary confinement. 
We are not an organization.  We are an organism.  We are the body of Christ!


Ephesians 4:11-16:

11 So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up 13 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.

14 Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.


Isaiah 43:18-19:


18 “Forget the former things;
    do not dwell on the past.
19 See, I am doing a new thing!
    Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
    and streams in the wasteland.


God may be calling you into leadership.


We have all been changed in Christ:

Justified – It is “just-as-if-I’d never sinned.  All the labels come off!  (Good & Bad)

Sanctification – We are set apart for God’s purposes.


We think we need time to think about what God wants us to do, to make careful consideration before moving.  We say something like,  “I don’t know all of the things I need to know in order to do all of the things I need to do.  I need to think about it.”


“God calls us to act our way to NEW THINKING, no to THINK our way to NEW ACTING!”

– Mike Mather, a pastor


Ministry takes all of us – and more!

Stop making this about you or about the expectations of others. 
We don’t have to meet anybody’s expectations except God’s.
We are a body of believers called as a community of believers to do what God wills.

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The Promises of Christmas (Week 3)

Glimpses of the Nativity

Based on the four Gospels
A Reader’s Theater written and directed by Penny Stevens
This is a different story of the birth of Jesus.  We are directed by a Narrator to different characters who played a role in the nativity, or birth of Jesus, and his life shortly after…
Narrator:  “…for God so loved the world…that was His plan from the beginning! 
(Narrator:  Jack Hannum)
Of course there are Mary and Joseph.  They give us a glimpse into the feelings and struggles the young Jewish couple faced. 
Mary:  “Behold, I am a servant of the Lord!  Let it be to me according to your Word…”
Joseph:  “Messiah is coming…and He’s going to live in my house!”
(Joseph:  Kevin King;  Mary: Bree King)
Then there are the Innkeeper and his wife.  It was a busy time with irritating customers and crowded conditions.  It isn’t easy to find a place for the young couple who are desperate in their time of need. 
Innkeeper: “Sure I remember that night! What a week… people coming in from all over! We had them stacked on top of each other. Everyone was tired and cranky… I turned away so many people that night I lost count. I turned a young couple away too…”
Innkeeper’s wife: “…we were full. There was no room anywhere… I saw the young couple…Her child would be coming very soon! Samuel, we have to find them a place!”
(Innkeeper:  Mike Johansen,  Innkeeper’s wife:  Cyndi Johansen)
Then we meet a lowly surprised shepherd who tells it like it is… 
…Suddenly we were surrounded by light. 
I could see the shock on my brothers’ faces that I was sure was mirrored in my own.
Then an angel appeared and said,
“Fear Not!”
Huh!?  For some reason when an angel declares “Fear Not!” — FEAR IS OUR FIRST REACTION!
Well!  We feared all right!  We were terrified!
We fell on our faces – praying for ABBA’s protection like we never prayed before…!
(Shepherd:  Shawn Harter)
Last of all we hear from one of the wise men who arrived a little later on the scene.  These men had been studying and searching for years and now, at last, their dreams are literally coming true…
A wise man:  “My brothers and I followed the star.  We received word that Herod wanted to meet with us…we privately questioned his intentions.  He sent us to Bethlehem…we were in agreement that Herod had no plans to worship the child king…  We continued to follow the star…
(Wise Man:  Daniel Kinnaird)
Allow your heart to be stirred once again by these “Glimpses of the Nativity” 

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You can watch to the Reader’s Theater HERE. (Week #3, Dec. 13th)



COVID-19 Update

A short leadership update:




The Governor of Indiana has extended us in Stage 4.5 until the end of August, the same timeline as the requirement to wear face masks. FBC continues to be in our modified Stage 4 with doors open at 9 am for an adult SS class from 9:15-10 am, as well as our normal public gathering at 10:30 am with even more space being created for you by streaming the service into the Youth Chapel.
We ask that you please read through the guidelines provided by our local and state health partners and follow them, regarding both social distancing and face masks. Thank you for helping us create a safe place for all people.
If you are not able to do this, for whatever reason, please know that we respect your personal decisions and continue to make the service available online.
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