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Fasting and Prayer Sunday

Don’t forget that we are starting out 2020 with fasting and prayer this Lord’s Day.  Would you work to come and pray with us?  Here are the details:

Purpose:  From the very first of this year, Coon Rapids Baptist Church expresses to God that we crave and depend upon Him to do the work needed in our church.

Plan:  Have your own devotions before you come.  If you are able, fast Sunday morning breakfast.  Be prepared to share any passionate requests you have for which you have already been praying.


Session 1:  8:30 AM – 9:15 AM in church auditorium

A guided time of prayer with juice available

Child care provided (please let Pastor know if you need it)


Regular Growth Groups & Morning Service


Session 2:  Noon – 1 PM in church auditorium

A guided time of prayer with juice available

Child care and children’s lunch provided (please let Pastor know if you need it)


No Evening Service

I’m Excited About Our Church!

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Often, when people find out that I am a pastor, one of their first questions is this:  “How is the church doing?”  One pastor noted that most people are looking for an answer regarding bodies (what’s your attendance running? how many have been saved?), budget (how’s the giving been?), and buildings (are you doing any building projects?)  As a pastor, one isn’t always sure how to answer that question – unless you use the typical answer, “Fine.”

So, after six years of pastoring here, how is the church doing?  How are things going?

Well, let me tell you, I am excited!  I am pumped at what God has in store for our church!!  Let me give you three reasons I am excited:

First, I’m excited because God is working in me!  God has been doing business in my life, teaching me things, growing me, and challenging me.  He has been giving me victories and helping me see change in my own life!  Leaders lead best when they lead by example, so it is awesome to be seeing growth in my own life that will be a good example to our people.  I love it when God grows me!

Second, I’m excited because God is leading me!  He taught me that I don’t have to copycat everyone else’s ideas and I don’t have to try to come up with my own ideas for ministry.  Instead, He has taught me and changed my heart so that all that I crave are HIS ideas.  It really is HIS church and He really does have a plan for what HE wants to do here.  All I have to do is discover His plan and obey it!  As God, He has infinite ideas and so He can give little old me – who rarely has a creative idea – some wonderful ideas!  And God has!  He is showing me specific steps that our church needs to take, and I am taking calculated steps to implement the changes so we can go forward and be the church God wants.  There is nothing better than knowing that God wants you to lead, and then seeing Him bless His own leading!

Third, I’m excited because God is working in our people!  One of the big things that many of us needed to work on (including me) was our evangelism, and now, people are developing a burden to witness – on their own – and praying for people to be saved.  I’m not berating them into it; they want to witness.  They want to learn how to do it better.  It’s awesome!!  And, they are craving revival too.  Our core people come to pray on Wednesdays and they like to pray!  They want God to do something in our church.  And they want to go forward, and are excited about the direction God has given me to lead!  It is so exciting!

So, how’s the church doing?  These are exciting times in our church because God is working in the pastor, leading the pastor, and working in the people!  And as we keep following Him, the bodies and budget and buildings will come!

Holy Spirit Prayer Meeting

Since the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of prayer (Romans 8:15,26), isn’t it proof that the Holy Spirit is no stranger in the church when prayer is important? Join us for prayer meeting tonight at 7 PM!

Christ’s Messages to our Church

I’m thankful that Christ has the keys, and He opens the doors that NO ONE can shut! Come discover this truth with us this Sunday, August 26 at 9:30 AM!

Valentine Campers

We had a wonderful time at our valentine banquet with the camping theme. The decorations were beautiful, the food was tasty, the message by Pastor Boyd was right on, the skit was hilarious, and the time with our valentine was refreshing.

Intercessory Prayer

iprayerWould your prayers spare an entire nation?  Do you pray for God’s glory, even if it costs you something?  How is it possible that such a wretchedly sinful nation as Israel (like us!) could still be in a relationship with God?  The story of Moses, a powerhouse intercessor answers these!

You know the story (Exodus 32).  Moses is up on the mountain with God for forty days, getting revelation from God.  And while he is doing that, Israel is down below getting impatient and making a golden calf.  God is hot – and rightfully so!  God notes that their sin is serious.  They have corrupted (destroyed) themselves (32:7).  They have so very quickly left the path that God commanded them (32:8a) – in such a short time turning from their God.  They have shown huge disrespect by claiming that this golden calf brought them out of Egypt (32:8b).  And, they were stubborn, obstinate, rebellious, and bullheaded (32:9).  God was hot and ready to destroy them.  Honestly, their actions reflect how we believers treat God so many times in corrupting our lives, turning from God, being unthankful, and stubbornly resisting Him.

At this point, the message of Exodus is telling Israel (and us!) how God took care of His people.  He provided for them (Exodus 16) and protected them (Exodus 17) and now we have to see what He did to enable them to continue on in a relationship with Himself – when they had sinned so absolutely terribly.  What could possibly deal with a sin like this?

God’s remedy for this situation is intercessory prayer.  God threatened to destroy Israel, but what He wanted was for Moses to pray and the nation to be spared.  God had made promises to the twelve tribes (Genesis 49), so the nation could not be destroyed.  But the nation deserved to be destroyed.  God’s solution was to set Moses to praying.  Someone has said that when God sets out to do a work, He sets someone to praying. 

God led Moses to pray in a couple of ways.  He told Moses to leave Him alone (Ex. 32:10) and He would destroy Israel.  When Moses heard that, he clearly connected Israel’s destruction to leaving God alone.  In other words, if Moses did not pray, God would destroy Israel.  Also, God stirred up Moses by offering to Moses the same promise that God had made to Abraham (Gen. 12:2) – becoming head of a great nation.  Though Moses could have personally benefitted from this, this statement immediately prompted in Moses’ mind exactly what God wanted Moses to think – Moses could not be the head of this great nation because God had already promised that to Abraham!  Such praying for Israel would cost Moses personally.

So Moses besought God (Ex. 32:11) in prayer.  God’s face was hot, hardened, harsh, and ready to execute judgment, but Moses besought God – literally meaning he “softened God’s face.”  He appeased God and changed God’s face from anger to favor.  What a beautiful picture of intercession this is! 

The prayer itself was simple.  First, Moses reminded God of His property (32:11).  Although God was ready to disinherit Israel (32:7), they were actually God’s people (32:11 – “thy” and “thou”).  Second, Moses was concerned about God’s glory based on what the Egyptians would say (32:12).  Finally, Moses claimed God’s promises (32:13).  And with this sound practice of intercessory prayer, God repented of the evil which He thought to do.  God spared Israel like He wanted to do in the first place!

Moses was a prayer warrior for Israel.  It cost him something personally in order to pray like this.  It followed the leading of God to pray like this.  It took a primary concern for God’s property, glory, and promises to pray like this.  All true intercessors must accept these things.

But maybe a bigger Intercessor is in view here.  As noted earlier, God was teaching Israel that He was providing everything that they needed for their new life with Him – including on-going cleansing for their sin!  And even though they were God’s people, they sinned horribly.  And what God “needed” in order to bring cleansing was this – an Intercessor, a Mediator, an Advocate.  He needed Someone who would set aside His own privileges (Phil 2:5-10) and give of Himself to intercede for God’s people.  The people absolutely did not deserve it; even though they were God’s people, they were still totally unworthy.  But this Intercessor would pray on their behalf and God would pardon.  If any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous (1 John 2:1).  He is even at the right hand of God, making intercession for us (Romans 8:34).  He appears in the presence of God for us (Hebrews 9:24).  Glory to God, what a privilege we have – for every honest Christian knows what it is like to sin just as wretchedly as Israel had sinned.  Hallelujah, we have been given a wonderful Intercessor – an Advocate, Jesus Christ the Righteous! 

And with the model of Moses to follow – and even better, that of Jesus Christ – let us be motivated to set aside our personal desires so we can intercede for undeserving people to the glory of God!

School Updates

We are grateful for the hours of labor that have been put into our educational building that not only serves our church, but also our school’s educational needs.  The building is looking so much better!  Lord willing, we will soon have a new school sign as well!






Victory Gospel Crusade

VictoryFB3The Victory Gospel Crusade is coming up and we are excited to be one of the hosting churches for this outreach.  Here are some of the ways that our church will be involved:

  • Hosting Evangelist Dwight Smith on Sunday Morning, May 15th
  • Receiving a love offering on May 15th to help with the
  • Providing RV parking for one of the four evangelists who are coming
  • Helping with outreach during the first week on Monday night, May 16th
  • Participating in at least one tent meeting service, Tuesday night, May 24th

Here is how you can help:

  • Pray earnestly for the Crusade
  • Invite someone to hear the Gospel on May 15th, and for any night of the tent meeting (May 22 – June 3).
  • Help us go canvassing and soul-winning on May 16th and any other time you are available.
  • Join us for the tent meeting on any night from May 22-June 3.
  • Like the Crusade facebook page and invite friends to attend using the events on facebook.

For more information, click on the links above!

Endure Hardness in God’s Will

EndureHardnessHave you ever gone through hardness, and you know the reason why?  It was your own stupidity or sinfulness that brought on the difficulty you are facing.  Enduring hardships in life is much easier when you know you are in the will of God.  As Paul wrote a “dying letter” to his dear friend Timothy, he encouraged Timothy to endure the hardships of life.  At this time when Paul was imprisoned and awaiting execution and therefore enduring hardness himself, Paul carefully identified himself to Timothy at the beginning of the letter as “an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God (2 Timothy 1:1).”  At other times, Paul used this title as a means of commanding obedience to his message, but in this letter to his weary friend Timothy, it was a teaching tool to show Timothy that he knew he was in this hardship because of his God-given role as an apostle.  You, too, my friend, must know that you are in the center of God’s will.  Then, if hardship comes – and it will come – you can endure that hardness because you know you are exactly where God wants you!

If you want to know more about enduring hardness, why not join us on Wednesday nights at 7pm for our study?