Poetry Baptist Church Blogspot
May 17, 2016, 8:39 AM

What’s That Smell?

An all too familiar odor greeted me as I opened the door of the church. Having arrived early to rehearse that morning’s music—I had hoped to spend a few minutes preparing to offer up joyful and pleasing songs to the Lord. Instead I found my senses overwhelmed by a fragrance neither pleasant nor joyful.

Built in 1912, our church exudes an old time charm that beckons members and visitors inside to praise, worship and learn about the God who loves us so much He willingly sacrificed His only Son to rescue us from the penalty of sin. Unfortunately, the church’s pier and beam construction also provides a welcome haven for other members of God’s creation—namely skunks. Sometime during the overnight hours, the congregation of critters meeting under our building evidently experienced the animal equivalent of a church split. The offending members were long gone—but the aroma of their conflict lingered on.

As I opened up doors to air out the church, I thought how God must feel when we allow sin to creep into the dark recesses of our lives. While those sins remain hidden and unconfessed, they impact our usefulness for God, our worship of Him and the overall fragrance of our lives.

1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Do we have sin in our lives not fully dealt with? Open the doors and air out your life by confessing your sins to the One who is faithful and righteous in His forgiveness and cleansing! But don’t just stop there—board up the foundation to keep those critters out. Psalm 119:9 says, “How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word.” We need to live according to God’s word and not be content with the aroma of lingering sin.

May 6, 2016, 8:19 AM

Transitions, Transitions, Transitions...

“Go… to the land I will show you” [Gen 12:1] may not have been the words Abram wanted to hear. This command from God required that he move out of his comfort zone and embark on an uncertain journey. He could not stay where he was (and was not yet where he needed to be).

Abram’s situation pretty much sums up the Christian life—growing in relationship with God involves transitions. We cannot simply stay where we are. And, as we seek to follow God, we are often painfully aware that we are not yet where we need to be.

Thanks be to God that He has given us His word to guide us [Ps 119:105]! The Bible is clear that believers, those who have trusted Christ for their salvation, have been sealed and indwelled by the Holy Spirit—who helps us understand the Bible. God has not left us alone! He surrounds us with the community of God’s people to encourage us as we grow [Eph 4:15-16]. He promises that the Savior will be with us on the journey, “even to the end of the age.” [Mt 28:20].

Keep moving! The land we are headed to is our eternal home!

October 14, 2014, 12:00 AM

God Is At Work!

We consider it a great blessing to be called into the service of our King and for His Kingdom! Poetry Baptist Church has been around a long time, but that doesn't describe who we are... just where we've come from. We are on our way to heaven with a fellowship of followers of Christ who take serious the call to holiness and purity ... "to be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world." [Phil. 2:15] We desire to protect the unity of the church while inviting the hurting of the world to experience God's 'amazing grace'! Loving God is our primary concern, and loving others with the love of God in Christ is our fullest expression of the first. We are merely forgiven-messed-up folks on a journey with God in Christ.

December 4, 2012, 4:53 PM

Sanctuary built in 1912

We have an incredible history and even more powerful future! It's whats on the inside that counts. Join us on the journey.

September 6, 2012, 9:39 AM

View of Heaven from Poetry

We have some of the most incredible views of God's wodnrous landscape inside and out. The views of heaven can sparkle at night, while the sunrise and sunsets paint a glorious image of God's creative strokes. If you join us inside, we are transformed by the Word of God which gives us our greatest landscape. Families thriving in a struggling world. Look to the heavens; your Help is but a breath away.