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The Gratitude of Champions

by: Bradley Berglund

02/02/2018

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It is hard to miss that the Super Bowl is being played this weekend in Minneapolis. The hometown was hoping for the honor that they would be the first Super Bowl to host the home team. It almost happened. Instead, they are going down in the record books as the coldest Super Bowl of all time. . . . . . . . . . .

Symbols of honor have always existed whether it be rings or medals. In Roman times, a leafy garland would be worn as a crown on the heads of champions. The Bible frequently alludes to these… read more

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It is hard to miss that the Super Bowl is being played this weekend in Minneapolis. The hometown was hoping for the honor that they would be the first Super Bowl to host the home team. It almost happened. Instead, they are going down in the record books as the coldest Super Bowl of all time. . . . . . . . . . .

Symbols of honor have always existed whether it be rings or medals. In Roman times, a leafy garland would be worn as a crown on the heads of champions. The Bible frequently alludes to these crowns and the victors that wear them.

One picture comes from the book of Revelation. Here we discover twenty-four champions who remove their crowns of honor and return them to the one who has honored them. This may not seem strange until you compare it to the present contest.

Revelation 4:9–11

And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Would and entire team of athletes at their ring ceremony approach the microphone and say, “You know, if it were not for the NFL, I would not be here today. I would not be receiving my multi-million dollar salary. Everything I am, I owe to the NFL, and for that reason I am returning this mark of my personal achievement.” I think not. They would say, “I won it; I deserve the honor. Now give it to me!” This being the case, why would these champions of God return their medals of honor?

Imagine that you are near death. Your entire hope rests upon a heart surgeon. However, you have no means to pay for the surgery. The doctor assures you that he will pay all the expenses. All you have to do is trust him. You consent, and he performs a difficult by-pass surgery.

As you recuperate, he instructs you to engage in a change of life-style. You are given instructions regarding your diet and exercise to restore you to health. In addition, he asks for a time of regular meeting to track your progress and hear of your concerns. You heed the doctor's advice.

You remain faithful to his instructions. At each weekly check-up, he asks if you have remained faithful. Often, but not always, you tell him that you have. He is pleased and encourages you to keep it up. When you do not, he encourages you to admit to the failures and turn from them, and then he encourages you to get back into the battle for your health.

One day, you receive and invitation in the mail that invites you to a dinner. The host is the same heart surgeon. You accept the invitation and attend on the appointed night. All costs and transportation have been provided. He has even secured the clothing you will wear to this fine occasion. No expense has been spared on his account.

As you reach the dinner you discover others in the crowd are former patients. They, too, have been restored to health by the heart surgery of this man and faithfulness to his prescribed routines. Like yourself, they also have nothing but praise and thanks for this surgeon.

After a great meal at his expense, he approaches the microphone. He then states that the reason for this banquet is to honor those who have been faithful to his orders over the past year. One by one, he calls off the names and invites each to come to the front to receive a special gift. You hear him call your name. As you open your gift, you discover a gold ring with a diamond mounted on it. The inscription inside reads, "Well done, thou good and faithful patient."

What would your feelings be? Would you for one minute think that the praise for what has been accomplished belongs to you? Would you forget his sacrifice? Would you forget that all of this was done to give life to you? He received nothing for his part. Would this not be similar to what the 24 elders will express when they return the crowns to Jesus

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Old Cemetery Road

by: Bradley Berglund

01/12/2018

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Many years ago, a young photographer showed me one of his favorite photos. ............... It was not exceptional for its beauty - it was quite humorous (ironic). ............. The photograph was set on a gray November day. The trees in the background were leafless. The object in the center was a street sign. It read, “Old Cemetery Road.” Beneath it, another sign was mounted on the pole. It said, “Dead End.” .............................

I recently read through the entire book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon authored this section of the Bible. It is one of the most disturbing books of the Bible. He was… read more

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Many years ago, a young photographer showed me one of his favorite photos. ............... It was not exceptional for its beauty - it was quite humorous (ironic). ............. The photograph was set on a gray November day. The trees in the background were leafless. The object in the center was a street sign. It read, “Old Cemetery Road.” Beneath it, another sign was mounted on the pole. It said, “Dead End.” .............................

I recently read through the entire book of Ecclesiastes. Solomon authored this section of the Bible. It is one of the most disturbing books of the Bible. He was the richest and wisest of men in his day. If anyone had enough money to make himself happy, it was Solomon. He was envied by his peers. If anyone was capable of rendering a just opinion on man’s recreational pursuits, Solomon was the man.

Thus with his money and his wit, he set out to prove that man can be happy without God. He explored the world of covetousness. He lacked nothing that appealed to his eye. He concluded that when a man had it all, he still had nothing. The destination of covetousness is the dead end in Old Cemetery Road.

He hired all forms of entertainers. He was amused by the comics of his day. He paid for the best musicians of his day. He was tired of listening to the hymns. He wanted music to laud the praises of folly. However, when the laughter died down and the music became harder and harder to hear, he discovered that the pursuit of entertainment led to one address: Marker 1, Old Cemetery Road.

He even tired to drink enough so that he might feel the effects of liquor and yet not lose his ability to analyze what was happening. Maybe there was some benefit to be found in intoxication. All he saw was a dead end sign.

He tried to discover justice and fairness without God. If a person is industrious and diligent, surely he will rise above his peers and find satisfaction. However, Solomon soon discovered that he will not. Nothing ever seems to make sense in life. The rich and poor, the wise and the simple, the noble and the beast all arrived at Old Cemetery Road in the same way: lifeless, empty, and forgotten.

As he wraps up his study, he looks to the young people of all ages. They are told that they can try to beat the system. To the youth of every age (including those in America in our day) he is says, “Go ahead; try to satisfy your every wish. Laugh with every comedian and dance to the music of every lyricist. Drink until you forget everything that troubles your soul. Make a name for yourself. But remember this, ‘that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment (Ecc. 11:9).’” You may think that the grave is far away. There is a good chance that you are right. However, if you choose to follow me on to Old Cemetery Road, you will find the same disappointment that I did. There are no other escapes because this is a Dead End.

The answer is found in the pursuit of God right now. “Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them (Ecc 12:1).” The time to make Jesus Christ your Savior is today.

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Wise Men Still Seek Him, BUT ...

by: Bradley Berglund

12/16/2017

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Here is a piece of Christmas trivia. ............

According to the Bible, how many wise men visited Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem? .............

The answer is NONE. ............,

Two false assumptions are often made. The first is that the wise men arrived on that first Christmas night. The fact is that Matthew 2:11 states that the wise men went to a “house” and not to a stable or a cave. Jesus was no longer a newborn. He was now a “young child” probably under two years of age (hence the reason behind Herod’s barbaric decree). ......................

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Here is a piece of Christmas trivia. ............

According to the Bible, how many wise men visited Jesus in the stable in Bethlehem? .............

The answer is NONE. ............,

Two false assumptions are often made. The first is that the wise men arrived on that first Christmas night. The fact is that Matthew 2:11 states that the wise men went to a “house” and not to a stable or a cave. Jesus was no longer a newborn. He was now a “young child” probably under two years of age (hence the reason behind Herod’s barbaric decree). ......................

The other traditional assumption made is that there were three wise men. Here the Scriptures are silent. The number is deduced from theology (Shem, Ham, Japheth) or uninspired traditional sources (one actually names them: Gasper, Melchior, and Balthazar). The closest indication in Scripture is that the gifts were three in number. The Bible does not tell us how many came because it is not important to know.

The Bible gives us little information about these wise men. We do not know exactly where they came from. Nor do we know how many miles they traveled, what hardships they endured, or even what revelation prompted them to follow the star. We could speculate, but this would miss the real message. The emphasis of the account is not about the quest of these magi; it is all about how they found the King of kings and Lord of lords.

I received a Christmas card many years ago that said, “Wise men still seek Him.” While this is a true statement, it misses the point. Every now and then, when I invite someone to receive Jesus Christ as his personal Savior from sin, I hear the following: “I am not yet at that point in my spiritual journey where I am ready to receive what the Bible teaches about salvation.” This person believes that he is like the wise men; he is still seeking. He is confident if he never finds the truth, that God will be pleased that he tried.

Some elevate agnosticism to “seeker” status. While spiritual open-mindedness appeals to modern American thinking, it is discounted in the Scriptures. The Bible warns about such seekers who are “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth (2Tim 3:7).” The Bible applauds skepticism, but only when it seeks answers from God’s Holy Word (Acts 17:10-12). In the Bible, wise men ask, “Where is that found in Scriptures?” Agnostics merely scoff at the idea of Biblical absolute truth, believing that anyone who has found the answer is intellectually lazy.

When I was about ten years of age, I found the same Jesus that those wise men found. My quest ended not at the manger, but at the cross of Calvary. I admit, I did not possess the intellectual baggage that obstructs some from Biblical answers. I was never convinced that there must be a thread of truth that unites all spiritual exercises, making every spiritual experience godly. I never thought that Islam or Hinduism or Buddhism were other equally valid ways to God. I took Jesus at His word when He said, “I am THE way, THE truth and THE life: NO MAN cometh unto the Father BUT BY ME (John 14:6).” I was never spoiled by the “willful ignorance” of modern science which buries the evidence both of God’s supernatural creative work and of His judgment of sin by means of a world-wide flood (2Peter 3:3-9). Nor was I ever impressed with the pride of humanism which professes that I am the master of my soul. To the agnostic, my spiritual journey was naively simple. But that is just the way Jesus said it should be (Luke 18:15-17).

Let us imagine for one minute that one of today’s “seekers” could be transported back to that visit by the wise men. As all the others enter, bowed and worshiped, our agnostic would scoff. He wants an answer, but God’s answer is too simple and too exclusive. Should not the spiritual contributions of Zoroaster and Plato count for something. He decides it is wise to just keep on searching. After all, “Wise men still seek Him.” While this is true, the thrust of Matthew chapter 2 is WISE MEN STILL FIND HIM. My prayer for you, dear reader, is not that you will be content to seek Jesus this Christmas. I want you to find Him. Those wise men would never have been satisfied with just the quest. They rejoiced when they found the child. “Come and Worship, Worship Christ the Newborn King.”

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The Name of Jesus Is Special

by: Bradley Berglund

11/28/2017

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From Sunday's Sermon on the Third Commandment ..........

The Name of Jesus ought to be treated with reverence, ...................

It grieves me to the core to discover that a new ice cream shop is opening in the Mall of America. The name of the establishment is SWEET JESUS. ..................

While His name deserves better, the name of Jesus must be magnified in a world that wishes to suppress it. Prayers to the Almighty God must be made in Jesus' name. ...........................

I have posted a forgotten hymn by John Newton (author of Amazing Grace). Many tunes from the hymnal will support these words. The… read more

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From Sunday's Sermon on the Third Commandment ..........

The Name of Jesus ought to be treated with reverence, ...................

It grieves me to the core to discover that a new ice cream shop is opening in the Mall of America. The name of the establishment is SWEET JESUS. ..................

While His name deserves better, the name of Jesus must be magnified in a world that wishes to suppress it. Prayers to the Almighty God must be made in Jesus' name. ...........................

I have posted a forgotten hymn by John Newton (author of Amazing Grace). Many tunes from the hymnal will support these words. The tune from Amazing Grace is a good choice (other choices are listed at the bottom):

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
In a believer’s ear!
It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds,
And drives away his fear.

Jesus, my Shepherd, Brother, Friend,
My Prophet, Priest, and King,
My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,
Accept the praise I bring.

Till then I would Thy love proclaim
With every fleeting breath;
And may the music of Thy name
Refresh my soul in death.

‘Tis the Season for Baby Jesus thoughts (vulnerable, weak, and so cute).
Baby Jesus is the LORD Jesus.
This season, do not forget that the Baby in Bethlehem…

  • Was worshiped. Jehovah God took on human flesh.
  • Was feared. King Herod was apoplectic.
  • Died on a cross.
  • Rose from the dead.
  • Ascended on high.
  • Promised to return.
  • Will be either your Savior or your Judge.

O for a Thousand Tongues / Lord Lay Some Soul / Amazing Grace / Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee / O God, Our Help in Ages Past / O, How I Love Jesus

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The Song of Thanksgiving

by: Bradley Berglund

11/21/2017

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I invite you to our special Thanksgiving Service on November 22. ..........

We invite you to give thanks to God for what He has done for you ...........

Along with the familiar Thanksgiving hymns, we will introduce the one below. We do not know who wrote it or when it was written, but its message is timeless. ..........

We will sing it to the same tune as "O Worship the King!" .............................

The Song of Thanksgiving ..........................

My soul, praise the Lord, speak good of his name; .

His mercies record, his bounties proclaim. .

To God, their Creator, let all… read more

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I invite you to our special Thanksgiving Service on November 22. ..........

We invite you to give thanks to God for what He has done for you ...........

Along with the familiar Thanksgiving hymns, we will introduce the one below. We do not know who wrote it or when it was written, but its message is timeless. ..........

We will sing it to the same tune as "O Worship the King!" .............................

The Song of Thanksgiving ..........................

My soul, praise the Lord, speak good of his name; .

His mercies record, his bounties proclaim. .

To God, their Creator, let all creatures raise .

The song of thanksgiving, the chorus of praise.


Though hidden from sight, God sits on his throne,

Yet here by his works Creator is known:

The world shines a mirror its Maker to show,

And heav’n views its image reflected below.


By knowledge supreme, by wisdom divine,

God governs the earth with gracious design.

O’er beast, bird, and insect his providence reigns,

Whose will first created, whose love still sustains.


And man, his last work, with reason endued,

Though fallen through sin, by grace is renewed:

To God, his Redeemer, let man ever raise

The song of thanksgiving, the chorus of praise.

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Faith to Hear the Silent Notes

by: Bradley Berglund

11/16/2017

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What exactly is “faith?" ..............

Is it merely believing in something that cannot be proven, or is there more to it? ..........................

February, 2009 - Submitted to the Beacon ...................

At a recent prayer meeting, I was told of a young pianist who is working on a doctor’s degree in performance. According to his professor, the young man has abilities that leave his peers far behind. To the casual listener, his mastery of the piano is both enjoyable and amazing, but to the informed listener, his mastery is nothing short of incredible. Personally, I believe his mastery of the piano… read more

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What exactly is “faith?" ..............

Is it merely believing in something that cannot be proven, or is there more to it? ..........................

February, 2009 - Submitted to the Beacon ...................

At a recent prayer meeting, I was told of a young pianist who is working on a doctor’s degree in performance. According to his professor, the young man has abilities that leave his peers far behind. To the casual listener, his mastery of the piano is both enjoyable and amazing, but to the informed listener, his mastery is nothing short of incredible. Personally, I believe his mastery of the piano is a beautiful illustration of what Biblical faith is all about.

You see, this pianist has limited hearing. He is able to hear and enjoy the notes in the lower register of the piano, but as the notes get higher, they become dimmer to his ear. There are sections of the keyboard which he never hears. Had this young pianist simply chosen to play those pieces which he can fully appreciate, he would still be outstanding. Yet this pianist has chosen to play notes that he will never hear. Those notes are validated to him by other sources: by the printed score, by the directives of his teacher and coach, by the touch of his fingertips and the sense of vibration from the instrument. By faith, he strikes each note per instruction. He does not personally sense the consequence of his actions, but his actions leave a hearing audience in awe.

Pride often prevents us from accepting and acting upon truth that we do not personally or immediately experience. There are many in positions of authority who would like to rid science and higher learning of the reality of faith. If something cannot be demonstrated in a laboratory, it must be dismissed as harmful superstition. Anything that cannot be validated by taste, touch, smell, hearing, or sight, must not be real. Such reasoning assumes that skepticism, not faith, is the true companion of true science. This is wrong.

What exactly is faith? When one compares the contemporary Webster’s dictionary with the original, it is clear that contemporary American thinking has gutted faith of its vital organs. In Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (11th edition, 2003), faith is the “firm belief in something for which there is no proof,” or “something that is believed especially with strong conviction. ”Thus faith is both anti-scientific and unreasonable.

In contrast, Noah Webster’s original dictionary (1828) declares faith to be: “Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting on his authority and veracity, without other evidence; the judgment that what another states or testifies is the truth. ”Faith is not a baseless belief that you are right and everyone else is wrong; it is the ability to take someone at his word and act upon it in confidence. Faith rests in the character of the one who says, “Trust me. ”If the one trusted is faithful and true, the listener can respond in confidence, like sheep following the good shepherd.

The modern concept of faith contradicts the Biblical statement: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. - Hebrews 11:1.”Make no mistake, the reason faith is treated in a patronizing manner today is not because science makes it irrelevant. The reason contemporary faith is weak is because we have educated ourselves away from the Person of Faith, believing that only what we immediately sense or prove is real. Some call it “societal evolution” or “progressive thinking”; the Bible calls it foolishness and reprobation (Romans 1:22-23, 28).

As with the remarkable pianist, the disciple who places his faith in the God of the Bible discovers the evidences which transcend the five senses. We have the written word of our Master, which the Apostle Peter called it a “more sure word of prophecy” that surpasses what we sense naturally. His written word says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. ”People who responded in belief to His word serve as examples of faith in Scriptures, American history, and even today. These modern disciples instruct us in the way of practical, contemporary faith.

According to the Bible, one of the greatest evidences of our faith today is answered prayer. It is easy for those who have been disappointed with their prayer life to reject prayer. But when God repeatedly answers in inexplicable ways, it is like the pianist sensing the sound through the vibrations from the piano.

Those who have no concept of Biblical faith reject it as nonsense and reap the consequence of their unbelief. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. - 1 Corinthians 1:18-19.”

Biblical faith believes both in God’s existence and in His charity. He rewards those who diligently seek Him. However, few today want to accept God at His word. What about you? Do you have faith to believe in the notes which God says exist, but you cannot hear? If you do, reach out by faith today, and play the Master’s Etude of Life. It is written plainly in His Book (John 3:16).

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Welcome To The New First Baptist Church of Cannon Falls Website

by: Bradley Berglund

10/30/2017

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We are so excited to present our newly designed website. As you can see, it has a fresh new look and easy navigation to help you get the information you need quickly and efficiently. Many thanks to the ChurchSpring team for helping us launch such a beautiful new church website. To God be the glory!

First Baptist Church of Cannon Falls's mission is to meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the journey of spiritual growth. Please let us know how we can help you.

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We are so excited to present our newly designed website. As you can see, it has a fresh new look and easy navigation to help you get the information you need quickly and efficiently. Many thanks to the ChurchSpring team for helping us launch such a beautiful new church website. To God be the glory!

First Baptist Church of Cannon Falls's mission is to meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the journey of spiritual growth. Please let us know how we can help you.

There's still a lot of information to be added, and we hope to keep the site fresh and up to date. If you have any ideas about how we can improve the site or use it better, please leave a comment below.

If you're a first time visitor to our website, we would love to have you visit our church this Sunday. You'll get a warm welcome and a wonderful Gospel message. Feel free to browse our new website and get to know us. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give us a call at 5072633493 or send us an email.

From all of us at First Baptist Church of Cannon Falls, welcome to our new church website.



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