Romans Road (An Evangelism Tool)


 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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A concise view of my theology


My entire theology can be summed up in three truths;

  1. There is a real God that is creator of all things. (Genesis 1:1)
  2. God loves us beyond measure. (John 3:16)
  3. God gave us human companions as friends as well as family to help us through the hard times. (Proverbs 17:17)

These are the foundation blocks my entire theology is built upon. I memorized all three of those verses before the age of eight. What we teach our children really matters.

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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A Heart for the Lost World


Friday was Valentine’s Day. A Hallmark holiday celebrated with heart shaped decorations. Heart shaped goodies, balloons, and cards with hearts on them. This holiday is celebrated every February 14. On February 15 the Valentine’s Day merchandise go on sale. Over the next several days the prices are reduced until everything is sold or disposed of.

In some regards, Hallmark holidays resemble the compartmentalized way modern Christians express their faith. With great preparation we eagerly anticipate certain calendar days of celebration. In the days and weeks following our excitement wanes. The decorations become fleeting memories. The reason for celebration is set aside for another year. We live our lives as if though there never was a reason to celebrate.

A question every sincere believer in Christ asks is “Do I have a heart for the lost?” “Am I burdened for the eternal destiny of all peoples, tribes, languages and nations?” Or do I only display a heart for the lost at certain times or events or when it is convenient?

 

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Children Become Adults


Children’s Evangelism Fellowship exists for the purpose of reaching children with the gospel message of Jesus Christ. Two primary ways this is accomplished is through an after school program called Good News Club and through summer time events called Five Day Club.

I had the privilege of speaking at an annual CEF fundraiser in Pella, Iowa recently. An audio copy of that presentation is included as well as a link to CEF.

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

 

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Church Attitude (Romans 15:1-13)


Sermon presented on February 9, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Sigourney.

 

Thank you for watching,

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Disputable Matters (Romans 14)


What do we do with disputable matters?

  1. Maintaining Unity Is Top Priority
  2. Mutually Accept One Another (Romans 14:1-12)
  3. Practice Mutual Edification (Romans 14:13-23)

 

Quoting one expositor:

“While Paul urges us to be sensitive to those whose faith may be harmed by our actions, we should not sacrifice our liberty in Christ just to satisfy the selfish motives of those who are trying to force their opinions on us. Strong believers need not judge their own liberty by the troubled conscience of the weak. Each believer is to follow Christ.”

 

BIG IDEA:

As Christ followers our overriding concern should be peace and edification with other believers.

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Well behaved… mostly…


This is Oceana. A 2 1/2 year old lab mix. One of our two dogs.IMG_2767 She is quite lovable and has the “total cuteness” factor. We live on approximately two acres, most of which is wide open. We also have an underground dog fence to keep them in an area just over a half acre unless we remove their collars and take them to the back acre. All that to say our dogs are well provided for with lots of free space. In addition they get lots of walks and car rides. Yes, they re spoiled!

On Monday this week Oceana woke me up at 4:20 A.M. due to natures call. My alarm was set for 4:30 so it was just a little earlier than planned. Anyway, in the morning it is rare to put the shock collar on either dog. Oceana’s routine is to spend roughly 20 minutes outside, (inspecting her domain), then back in for a treat, get some pets, and back to bed after I leave for work.

This day she did not come back to the door as expected. With that I put on snow boots and searched the yard for her. Fresh tracks in the snow showed she left the property where the chain link fence ends and was in the neighboring retirement village.

After frantically following the tracks in the snow, (dogs do not walk straight paths by any means), they stopped on pavement. I was not able to find where she headed after that. So at 5:15 A.M. I woke my wife and told her Oceana was missing and I had to go to work.

My poor wife got up and began the search herself. Unable to find her on foot, she drove the neighborhood in hopes of locating the AWOL pooch. Roughly 6 o’clock my wife returns home and as she is pulling in the driveway the dog comes running over crossing the neighbors yard.

IMG_2769 We were both relieved the dog came home safe. After her long stroll Oceana slept till nearly 11:00  being quite worn out. She has had her collar on every time she goes out since.

We put boundaries in place for our pets for their protection. In the same way God puts boundaries in our life, that is those of us who choose to believe in Him, to protect us from harm. Within those boundaries is everything we could possibly need plus extra. Yet for some reason or other we decide to leave the safe zone sometimes and go off on our own.

When we do return to God we are accepted back. When we sin we don’t lose God’s love but we do break trust. When that happens we need reminders of where the true limitations are.

Who says a young dog can’t teach an old guy a new lesson?

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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In View of Christ’s Return


A message based on Romans 13:11-14.

 

On a personal side note:

For some months now I have been using my phone to record sermons on Facebook Live. The church I serve at does not have internet and so a few problems continue to come up. Mostly poor video quality but sometimes the sound is not saved with the video. So as a backup I use my trusted digital voice recorder to preserve an audio of the messages. That is how this one was recorded. In an attempt to have a quality video I used my phone as a video camera. Turns out it is not easy to movie a large video from phone to computer. So far I have tried two different apps with the same result. 

All that to say, technology is great but it has its limits. With that a new digital video camera is on order. Maybe better results soon.

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Is Facebook free?


Are you ready for some juicy gossip about me?

Admit it, you’re curious. What kind of deep dark secrets hide in the head of a Christian Minister…

I have an addiction type personality. It’s true! While most people can do things in moderation it takes a lot of self-control for me to do anything part ways. A part of addiction is also a tendency toward paranoia. But that’s another issue in itself.

With technology readily at hand any addiction is easily fed. It’s easy to Google information that used to be obscure. Along with that it is a simple matter to find any type of images to indulge carnal lust. Find recipes for dangerous intoxicants. Even step by step instructions on a variety of illegal activities. But those are not of interest to me.

Entertainment is my main addiction. Yep. Funny videos, jokes, movies, good stories, various how to’s, games, news stories, these are the things that I spend time and money on. And “free” APPS are the best to steal my time!

Doesn’t sound so bad, right? Until you count the cost. Every week I get a report on phone usage. It even breaks it down to the specific APPS used. Month after month Facebook has been top of the list. Over time I managed to pair it down to a mere 1 hour 20 minutes a day on average. That means on every break, every wait in line, any chance to glance has been giving attention to a phone screen.

Did you know there are people all around us? Real flesh and blood humans! Fellow citizens of this celestial orb we call earth. You know what? Most all of them crave interaction with other bipeds known as the human race!

Anyway, all that to say I deleted Facebook from my phone. No, I did not delete my Facebook account because that would require an inner resolve beyond my current ability.

So before the withdrawals hit, as they undoubtedly will, I am publicly declaring Facebook will no longer be available on my phone. If you see me carrying around and looking at my tablet feel free to intervene…

 

Rev. Burt Schwab

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Commanded to Love


Message based on Exodus 20:1-17, Romans 13:8-10

Ten Commandments

  1. Put no other gods before God.
  1. Do not worship idols.
  1. Do not use God’s name in vain.
  1. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy.
  1. Honor your father and mother.
  1. Do not murder.
  1. Do not commit adultery.
  1. Do not steal.
  1. Do not bear false witness.
  1. Do not covet.

 

Six ways faith is activated in love:

  1. Invest your life in others.
  2. Discover ways to enrich others.
  3. Bring the best out of people through affection and encouragement.
  4. Practice the act of unilateral forgiveness – the willingness to forgive even when there is no repentance.
  5. Make the world a better place to live by acts of kindness and charity.
  6. Pray for all those you are acquainted with.

 

 

 

P.S. Please tell us if or how these sermons have been helpful to you.

Thanks,

Rev. Burt Schwab

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