Life’s Mountain Trails

God’s truths, found in scripture, often have more than one possible life application. This is the case for Romans 5:1-5.

This message takes a look at life struggles as compared to mountain trails.


Rev. Burt Schwab

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Devoted Christians



The service on Sept 8, 2019 was in honor of Dorothy Jacobs. A long time member of First Baptist Church in Sigourney, Iowa. Dorothy passed away at the age of 97.

This message is about four attributes of devoted Christians found in Acts 2:42-47.

I. Devoted to Prayer.

II. Devoted to the Word of God.

III. Devoted to Corporate Worship.

IV. Devoted to Fellowship

Let’s be a church devoted to the leading of the Holy Spirit!



A. As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. – Joshua 24:15
B. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. – Acts 16:31
C. Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.
Ephesians 6:1
D. Do everything without complaining or arguing. Philippians 2:14
E. Encourage one another and build each other up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11
F. Fear not for I am with you. – Isaiah 43:5
G. Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever. Chronicles 20:21
H. Hate evil, love good, maintain justice. – Amos 5:15
I. I am the way, the truth, and the life. – John 14:6
J. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever Hebrews 13:8
K. Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Psalms 34:13
L. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:16
M. Make a joyful noise unto the Lord. – Psalms 98:4
N. Nothing is impossible with God. – Luke 1:37
O. O give thanks unto the Lord; for He is good. – Psalm 118:1
P. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. – John 14:27
Q. Quench not the spirit. – 1 Thess. 5:19
R. Rejoice in the Lord always again I say rejoice. – Philippians 4:4
S. Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. – Matthew 6:33
T. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. – Prov. 3:5
U. Understanding is a fountain of life to one who has it. Proverbs 16:22 (NASB)
V. Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life. John 6:47
W. We love because he first loved us. – 1 John 4:19
X. eXamine yourselves to see whether you are in faith. 2 Corinthians 13:5
Y. You are the light of the world. – Matthew 5:14
Z. Zeal for your house will consume me. – John 2:17


Rev. Burt Schwab

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When a defendant is charged in a case they are given the definition of the charges and the law(s) pertaining to them.

The literal meanings of the Hebrew and Greek words variously translated as “sin”, “sinner”, etc. disclose the true nature of sin in its manifestations.

Sin is

  • Transgression, an overstepping of the law, the divine boundary between good and evil. (Ps. 51:1; Romans 2:23);
  • Iniquity, an act inherently wrong, whether expressly forbidden or not. (Rom. 1:21-23);
  • Error, a departure from right (Rom. 1:18; 1John 3:4);
  • Missing the mark, a failure to meet the divine standard (Romans 3:23);
  • Trespass, the intrusion of self-will into the sphere of divine authority (Eph. 2:1);
  • Lawlessness, or spiritual anarchy (1 Tim. 1:9); and
  • Unbelief, or an insult to the divine veracity (John 16:9).


  • Originated with Satan (Is. 14:12-14);
  • Entered the world through Adam (Rom.5:12);
  • Was, and is, universal, Christ alone excepted (Rom. 3:23; 1 Peter 2:22)
  • Incurs the penalties of spiritual and physical death (Gen 2:17; 3:19; Ezek. 18:4,20; Rom. 6:23); and
  • Has no remedy but in the sacrificial death of Christ (Acts 4:12; Heb. 9:26) made available by faith (Acts 13:38-39)

Sin may be summarized as threefold:

(1) an act, the violation of, or lack of obedience to, the revealed will of God;

(2) a state, absence of righteousness; and

(3) a nature, enmity toward God.



A question to ponder;

Why is the modern church characterized by being lukewarm and showing indifference to sin?


Rev. Burt Schwab

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Seasons of Life

A message from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8.

1 To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:

2 A time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted;

3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; A time to break down, and a time to build up;

4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance;

5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

6 A time to gain, and a time to lose; A time to keep, and a time to throw away;

7 A time to tear, and a time to sew; A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

8 A time to love, and a time to hate; A time of war, and a time of peace.

Four truths about seasons;

  1. Seasons bring changes.
  2. It is not possible to remain in the same season (indefinitely).
  3. When to let go is as important as when to hold on.
  4. All seasons begin when another season ends.


Rev. Burt Schwab

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Don’t be a hypocrite

First Baptist Church of Sigourney, Iowa. Sermon on August 11, 2019.


Rev. Burt Schwab

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Don’t Judge!

Continuing the journey through the book of Romans. This sermon is based in Romans 2:1-16. It was preached on August 4, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Sigourney, Iowa.


Rev. Burt Schwab

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What is wrong with people today?

Sermon preached at First Baptist Church of Sigourney, Iowa on July 28, 2019. A continuation of a series through Romans.


Rev. Burt Schwab

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Not Ashamed

Sermon based on Romans 1:14-17. Preached at First Baptist Church of Sigourney, Iowa on July 21, 2019.


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The Best News Ever!

Sermon from Romans 1:1-13. Preached on July 14, 2019 at Sigourney First Baptist Church.

Rev. Burt Schwab

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2019 Ecumenical Service- Sigourney, Iowa

This is the audio from the 2019 Independence Sunday Worship  Service from Sigourney, Iowa.

Rev. Burt Schwab

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