I’m not sure anyone enjoys a pushy salesman. Here is a sure fire way to get out of the deal!

We can also be afraid of sounding pushy if we keep asking people to church. But if we believe what the Bible says and obey Jesus’ command, we can’t take NO for an answer! In this message I share four reasons why we can’t take No for an answer.

I Can’t Take “No” For an Answer from Liberty Baptist Church on Vimeo.

 

When life becomes too much, we either physically or mentally go to our “happy place.” What’s your happy place? My happy place is on a bicycle a 70 degree day headed down a semi-flat road. Any Royal Caribbean Cruise – THAT is a happy place!

Whatever your happy place is, I would like to suggest one more destination. It is a place you’ve never been and it is with someone you’ve never met – but it will bring you inexpressible joy! What is that happy place?

1 Peter 1:8-9 says, “Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”

By meditation on the Biblical truths of salvation (1 Peter 1:3-7), God’s people have a happy place that supersedes the circumstances. Find out more about adding this happy place to your list of destinations by watching the sermon, Help Me Find My Happy Place!

Help Me Find My Happy Place from Liberty Baptist Church on Vimeo.

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The Bible’s command to love one another seems out of touch and impractical when some people give you good reasons to hate them. Hate involves hurt, and there is a lot of hurt that brings about hate. Some people are abused. Some are hurt by words. Many have been hurt in church!

How can you love someone when you don’t even like them (and maybe even hate them)? I’ll give you some insight from 1 John 4 in this message I shared recently at Liberty (www.LibertyBaptistChurch.ws).

The Bible Says to Love You, But What If I Don’t Like You? from Liberty Baptist Church on Vimeo.

 

1 John 4:21 says, “And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

Hey God of the Holy Bible, can we negotiate that one a little?

No? OK

I’ve you’ve been hurt by people (and we all have) that command is HARD to do! But did you know that you can love people, even if you don’t like people? I John 4:7-21 gives us several reasons you can and SHOULD do this. I will discuss them this Sunday at Liberty’s HWY 76 campus at 10 AM. Please join us in person or via Facebook Live. For more information about Liberty, go to www.LibertyBaptistChurch.ws.

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The Christian Index published a great article about the growth of the church I serve as pastor and the completion of our recent Hwy. 76 campus. This article is a great testimony to a God who provides all of our needs and a great group of people who will not give up!

I love my church! Way to go crew!

Read the article here: https://christianindex.org/liberty-one-congregation-on-three-campuses/

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When you say, “I go to church with them”, how much of a difference is there between you and “them?” Unfortunately there is not a lot of difference between people within congregations in the church. We have the white church, the black church, the blue collar church, the white collar church, the millennial church, the baby-boomer church, the contemporary church, and the traditional church. There are lots of types of churches – some for us and others for them.

Why is it that we fail so miserably and creating a welcoming community of faith for both “US” and “THEM?”

The tension between US and THEM is not new in the church, in fact it arose as early as Acts 11. But Peter points to the glory of God in saving both US and THEM as the reason the church should be so welcoming.

I Go to Church with Them? from Liberty Baptist Church on Vimeo.

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You invite your friend to church. They say, “Yes.” They don’t show up.

You invite them again. They give you a good reason why they didn’t make it last week, but will be there this week. They don’t show up.

You invite them to your house for a cookout. There. You invite them to a Friday night football game. There. You invite them to the lake. Absolutely there! You invite them to church – never there!

Why is it that we have such a hard time getting our friends and family to accept our invitations to come to church? There is a simple explanation for it and knowing the reasons can help you become more effective in reaching your friends and family. I’ll explain in this recent message shared at Liberty Baptist Church: Far From Home.

Far From Home from Liberty Baptist Church on Vimeo.

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It is hard to believe, but after 4 summers, 153 episodes, and now over 107,000 views; the Back Porch Psalms broadcast comes to an end.

On this final episode I will talk about the one thing you can give the God who has everything – something you can give Him that He just can’t get enough of! What is it? Find out in Psalm 150.

What to Give the God Who Has Everything – Psalm 150 #BackPorchPsalms

Posted by Brian Branam on Wednesday, August 29, 2018

So what’s next? What’s next is the release of my new book Pulse.

Men are giving up on marriage, work, and even life. Pulse will help a man get life back in rhythm by examining the life of David, a man the Bible calls “a man after God’s own heart.” I hope to have this book released in just a few weeks. Be watching for the official announcement.

Until then I want to say “thanks” to everyone who has been a part of Back Porch Psalms. Your comments and encouragement have kept me going. The good news is that every episode is archived for you to enjoy anytime.

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Tomorrow is the final episode of Back Porch Psalms; 4 summers, 150+ episodes and it all comes to a close on Wednesday morning. I want to thank everyone who has been a part of Back Porch Psalms for watching and commenting – so please don’t miss tomorrow!

Let me give you a heads up as a preacher. Just because you may not be looking at me, doesn’t mean I can’t see you! You wouldn’t believe some of the things I’ve seen people do while I’m preaching! It’s amazing! I’ll share some of those things in this episode, but here is the important truth of it all. When it comes to worship; your coming effects what your doing and your doing will effect your going. How do you come, do, and go from worship?

Coming and Going – Psalm 149 #BackPorchPsalms

Posted by Brian Branam on Tuesday, August 28, 2018

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