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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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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. 
This message examines the three short parables (groom, patches, wineskins) from Luke 5:29-39 in light of all that is going on in our culture concerning the Covid 19 Coronavirus. Using the popular buzzword "new normal" as a jumping off point we examine what Jesus had to say about dealing with change. 
We examine Jesus's "Parable of the Wedding Feast" from Mathews gospel found in Matthew 22:1-14. 
We examine how the Parable of the 10 Bridesmaids from Matthew 25:1-13 relates to many of the current issues facing our nation and churches. 
We continue examining the "Parable of the Lost Son" or "prodigal" son this week with the focus being on the two brothers/sons and their response and attitude towards their father. From Luke 15:25-31
We take a look at the parable of the Prodigal Son or Lost Son from a different angle and instead of focusing on the son, we focus on the father. So many Christians have a corrupted, confused or even unbiblical view of God and it effects everything they do - the way they pray, serve, respond, worship and live. This morning we take a look at some very important characteristics of the nature of God that Jesus demonstrated through this well known parable.  From Luke 15:11-24. (Next week we will compare and contrast the two brothers mentioned in this parable)If you would like to watch a video of the entire worship service - you can go to
In the midst of riots, protest and a pandemic; how are we supposed to celebrate July 4th and what should the Christians response be to all we see happening around us? We look at Jesus' words from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:14-16 as a challenge to followers of Jesus Christ and the Church in times such as these. We will also look at how fragile the freedoms we celebrate this Independence weekend actually are and the dangers we face for our Religious Freedoms. We also address some of the popular cultural and society movements like Socialism, Marxism, Social Justice and Black Lives Matter and how they line up according to Biblical principles. This message is a warning to the American Church to wake up before it is too late!
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