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Author: Rusty Guenther

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Weekly sermons from Pastor Rusty Guenther of First Baptist Blowing Rock.
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We start our sermon series on the Old Testament, Book of Esther by examining the historical context of the book as well as its relevance to our current culture and society. Join us for an overview of Esther and a discussion on how the seemingly absence of the mention of God in the story , reveals some important Biblical truth and promises for The Church and any individual Christian trying to maintain Biblical principles and beliefs in a godless culture. From Esther 1:1-8
A message for those who are going through struggles, grieving or facing difficult decisions. A reminder for a follower of Christ, that we will face difficulties in this life - but we will never face them alone. From Mark 4:35-41.
This message takes a look at the current culture and spiritual atmosphere in the United States and looks forward to what Christians and the church might expect moving ahead. Will the current compartmentalized, compromised, cultural and comfortable  Christianity that is so prevalent in America today flourish or flounder when faced with opposition or even persecution? Was Christianity ever meant to be "comfortable" in the first place? We examine the Apostle Paul and the early churches example as well as the words of Jesus concerning what it might actually look like to live out his call to "Love the Lord your God with all you heart, soul, mind and strength and to love your neighbor as yourself". In a day where so many want to redefine Christianity into some type of self-help religious parachute - Jesus' words  warn that we had better count the cost because to truly follow him will cost everything.  When we look around our nation today, it is easy for Christ followers to  be discouraged, but have no fear, the church is right where God wants her to be - the real question is will Christians repent and submit to the power of the Holy Spirit and get out of the way to allow Him to Shine? From Luke 14:25-35.
A look at how the church has dealt with mental health issues like depression and anxiety in the past and how we must do better and find a Biblical approach that also will encourage medical and spiritual solutions. The numbers on those who are currently struggling with Mental health issues, especially depression as a result of the isolation and quarantine from the Coronavirus, are staggering and will only get worse. The church and Christians must come up with a better answer than "just pray more" or "have more faith" to a very complicated and debilitating struggle. This message from January 10th, 2021 tries to find a common ground and offer Biblical hope to anyone who struggles with everything from "being depressed" to "clinical depression". 
This message from January 3rd 2021 examines the difference between "self-help" and spirit led as we look at the New Year and how we can rediscover the power and passion of our faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. We discuss how we have allowed the "incredible to become ordinary" when it comes to our faith journey and everyday relationship with God and by doing so; how it effects every area of our lives. From Matthew 18:1-5
This message from December 27th, 2020 is the final message in our Christmas Series examining popular Christmas Carols and what we can learn from comparing them to the actual Biblical birth accounts of Jesus Christ. This messages examines the popular carol, "O Holy Night" and the visit by the Magi or what is called "The Epiphany". 
This message examines the Christmas Carol "What Child Is This?" by William Chatterton Dix. The title of the Hymn holds one of the most important questions of the Bible as well as a significant questions for our culture and society at large.  This message strives to suggest a Biblical answer to that question by looking at the experience of the "Magi from the East" who visited Jesus after his birth. From Matthew 2:1-12
We start this new Christmas series by examining some of the most popular Christmas songs and Carols. We are not only looking at the history and stories behind the songs; we will also examine the scriptural significance of the words that we sing every year and what they mean to our personal relationship with God. This week we look at "Come thou Long Expectant Jesus" by Charles Wesley. From Galatians 4:4-7
This final message in our Revival series picks up where last week's message from Isaiah 6 leaves off. Throughout the Bible, God's children, are called to seek him with the promise that when we do - we will find. But what happens when we seek Him, or even call out to him and we can't find Him or we don't get a response? Most Christians have faced seasons in their lives where God seemed distant even though they continued to search and seek. This mornings message strives to discover some answers to that question and situation by examining Job's experience from the Book of Job in the Old Testament. Join us to discover the incredible promise that silence can bring. From Job 23. 
This message looks at what it means to "seek after God". We examine Isaiah's experience from Isaiah 6 and how it might relate to our desire to "experience God's presence in our own lives" and what the results of that experience might be. From our Revive Us Again series.
This message examines the strange vision given to the Prophet Ezekiel in the valley of Dry Bones and how it might relate to Revival and hope for the American Church. From Ezekiel 37:1-14
A look at the Revival and Reformation that took place under King Josiah from 2nd Chronicles 34-35. Drawing parallels between what was happening in Judah before Josiah arrived and where we are today as the church in America. 
This message examines the concept of Reformation by looking at some historical and biblical examples. We explore how Revival and Reformation work hand in hand to bring about a life changing "awakening". From Jeremiah 18:1-6.
We start a new series focused on the need for Revival in our own hearts, in our churches and communities and in our nation. This introduction looks at the History of Revivals and Awakenings as well as some Biblical examples of Revival. From Jonah 3
We wrap up this sermon series by looking at some practical steps we can take to help build bridges in our personal lives and personal relationships. From Romans 14:13-21.
This message deal with applying the truth we have been discussing throughout this series to our everyday lives in a practical manner.
Conflict is not a good or bad thing - it is a reality of life that all of us face. It is how we respond and react to conflict and division that determines if it is constructive or destructive. Sadly we have been taught and conditioned to avoid conflict for the sake of "peace" which in reality is not true peace and has led us to the incredible division we are facing in our nation today. Join us as we discover how we can use conflict to build bridges in our relationships instead of barriers. From James 1:29-20
When building a bridge one of the first and most important factors is determining the condition of the ground in which you are to build. Without a firm foundation, the strength and positioning of the bridge will always be compromised and the same is true with building spiritual bridges. In the introduction to this series we were reminded that one of our main responsibilities as followers of Jesus Christ is to strive to be peacemakers - in the reconciliation business. This week we begin to unpack what it means to be a "peacemaker" by examining the first principle for learning to build  bridge that allows the good news and gospel to flow to a hurting and troubled world. We examine James 1:19-20 in context, to discover that one way to keep us from unintentionally building barriers is to "invite the Holy Spirit" into the planning and conversation before we say or do anything. Join us to find out what James is getting at by encouraging us to be "quick to listen and slow to speak". 
We start a new mini-sermon series entitled "Building Bridges Not Barriers" that will examine our responsibilities as followers of Christ in light of all the division and conflict going on in our Nation right now. From riots in our streets, division in our politics and even conflicts in our local churches regarding dealing with the Coronavirus - how are Christians to respond? Join us for this 4 weeks series that begins by asking the question, "Where are the Peacemakers?". The New Testament is very clear that Jesus Christ came to reconcile or make peace between God and Man that sin corrupted but it is also just as clear that those of us who have been "reconciled" with God are to be agents of peace ourselves. What does that mean and what might it look like in light of all that is going on around us? Join us to discuss and discover the Bible's counter cultural response. From Matthew 5:9. 
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