Wade Allen on January 21

I would like to thank Caleb Rolling for preaching this past weekend. Caleb is a student at Taylor University and is studying to become a pastor. Thank you Caleb for bringing God’s Word to us on Sunday. As we continue through the gospel of Matthew this week, we come to a story where Jesus catches fishermen off guard (no pun intended). He interrupts their work and invites them to follow him. I would encourage you to read this week’s text as you prepare for worship on Sunday. (Matthew 4:12-23 NIV) When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, he returned to Galilee. Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum, which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali– to fulfill what was said through the prophet Isaiah: “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, the way to the sea, along the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles– the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching... read more

Wade Allen on January 06

As we continue to move through the season of Epiphany, we come to one of first stories recorded in Jesus’ adult life. It certainly marks the beginning of Jesus’ earthly ministry. Both John and Luke, in their gospel accounts, begin the story with John the Baptist. Because Matthew and Luke cover the birth of Jesus, their accounts of Jesus’ baptism do not come until the third chapter. We will stick with Matthew’s account this year. Let me encourage you to read the passages as you prepare for worship on Sunday. (Matthew 3:13-17 NIV) Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented. As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.” read more

Wade Allen on January 01

I hope that you all had a wonderful new year. It is difficult to realize that 2020 is the present date. Yet here we are in a new decade. 2019 was filled with ambitious initiatives, including a chapter by chapter study of the book of Revelation. You can review this series on Vimeo if you ever want to review or revisit this subject matter. It was a learning experience for me, but I am glad to move on as we begin 2020. This Sunday, we remain in the season of Christmas as Epiphany begins on January 6. Through Easter, we will be in the Gospel of Matthew. Each week, we will walk through the story of Jesus. This week, we come to Matthew 2:1-12. This is the rather familiar story of the Magi. I hope you will read it as you prepare for worship. See you on Sunday. (Matthew 2:1-12 NIV) After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time... read more

Wade Allen on December 17

We come this Sunday to the final Sunday of Advent. We will be in the last chapter of the bible, Revelation 22. We will finish up chapter 21 and cover the first few verses in chapter 22. The final reflection on Revelation will at the Christmas Eve service at 7 PM. I hope you will be able to join us for this special service. I have included both passages for you to read below. These are wonderful verses of hope and blessing for those who are followers of the Lamb. Final Sunday of Advent (Revelation 21:22-27 NTE) I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God the Almighty is its temple, together with the lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the lamb. The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. Its gates will never be shut by day, for there will be no night there. They will bring the glory and the honour of the nations into it. Nothing that has not been made holy will ever come into it, nor will anyone who practises abomination or who tells lies, but only those who are written in the lamb’s book of life. (Revelation 22:1-7 NTE) Then he showed me the river of the water of life. It was sparkling like crystal, and flowing from the throne of God and of the lamb through the middle of the street of the city. On either bank of the river was growing the tree of life. It produces twelve kinds of fruit, bearing this fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the... read more

Wade Allen on December 09

The final chapters of Revelation are extraordinary passages. As we come to the third Sunday of Advent, we step together into Revelation 21. Suffering, pain, death, and dysfunction overwhelm our world today. Can you imagine a time and place where these realities are no more. Join us on Sunday as we explore the beautiful picture that John describes of a new heaven and earth. During the season of Advent, we anticipate the coming of Jesus. As we encounter this passage, we get a glimpse of what new life will look like when God’s Kingdom is firmly established. I will include this week’s passage in the NTE version. I hope you will read it as you prepare for worship on Sunday. (Revelation 21:1-21 NTE) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven, from God, prepared like a bride dressed up for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne, and this is what it said: “Look! God has come to dwell with humans! He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or mourning or weeping or pain any more, since the first things have passed away.” The one who sat on the throne said, “Look, I am making all things new.” And he said, “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” Then he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will freely give... read more

Wade Allen on December 02

We talked about the dynamic of Advent this past week in worship. This is a season of anticipation and waiting. We are considering how God’s people were looking forward to the coming Messiah prior to Jesus’ birth. But we are also living in expectation of Jesus’ second coming. It is a great time to wrap up our study in the book of Revelation. This week, we come to chapter 20. This chapter raises several questions. I hope you will read the chapter and bring your questions to worship with you on Sunday. I will not promise to give you direct answers to all of them. But my hope is that we will engage them together as we gather on Sunday. I have included the NTE version of Revelation 20 below. (Revelation 20 NTE) Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven. In his hand he held the key to the Abyss, and a large chain. He grabbed hold of the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and the satan. He tied him up for a thousand years, threw him into the Abyss, and locked and sealed it over him, so that he wouldn’t be able to deceive the nations any more, until the thousand years were complete. After that he must be let out for a short time. Then I saw thrones, with people sitting on them, who were given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had had their heads cut off because they had borne witness to Jesus, and because of the word of God; and also those who had not worshipped the monster or its image, and had not received the mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life, and reigned with the Messiah for a thousand... read more

Wade Allen on November 25

Thanksgiving is a season of reflection. We consider all that God has done among us and continues to do in our midst. This past Sunday, we were able to do this as a congregation. Thank you to everyone who helped lead this service. Also, thank you for all who worked to make sure that our Harvest Meal was fantastic. It was a great Sunday. This week, we turn begin the season of Advent. Our beautiful building will be decorated, and we will be reminded that Christmas is right around the corner. Advent is a season of anticipation. While we are looking forward to Christmas (Jesus’ first coming), we are also longing for Jesus’ second coming. The timing is perfect for the final chapters of Revelation. Join us on Sunday as we continue our study in Revelation 19. I have included it below in the NTE version so that you might read it in preparation for worship on Sunday. (Revelation 19 NTE) After this I heard something like a loud voice coming from a huge crowd in heaven. “Alleluia!” they were saying. “Salvation and glory and power belong to our God! His judgments are true and just! He has judged the great whore who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and he has avenged the blood of his servants for which she was responsible.” Once more they said, “Alleluia! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.” Then the twenty-four elders and the four creatures fell down and worshipped God who is seated on the throne. “Amen!” they said. “Alleluia!” And a voice came from the throne: “Give praise to our God, all you his servants, and you who fear him, both small and great.” Then I heard something like the sound of a great crowd, like the sound... read more

Wade Allen on November 18

I walk down the main hallway in our church several times each week. I often find myself pausing to inspect the historical pictures on the wall. These pictures remind us that we are not the first ones to sit in the pews of First Baptist Church in Muncie. Many have come before us. With God’s help, many will follow us. As we consider those who have left a legacy for us, we also consider the ways we are leaving a legacy for future generations. Join us on Sunday in a combined service for a special service focusing on legacy. We will gather at 10:45 AM in the sanctuary and then make our way downstairs following the service for our annual Harvest Meal. See you on Sunday. read more

Wade Allen on November 11

This coming Sunday, we will come together to Revelation 18. This passage is a bit different from the other chapters we have studied. It is poetry. John’s recording is an echo of prophetic literature about the fall of evil empires (symbolized in Babylon). While we might consider these words for a distant time and place, they are incredibly applicable to our world in 2019. Join us on Sunday as we explore them together. Let me invite you to read the chapter as you prepare for worship. I will include it below in the NTE version. (Revelation 18 NTE) After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven with great authority; the earth was flooded with the light of his glory. He shouted out in a strong voice, and this is what he said: “Babylon the great has fallen! She has fallen! She has become a place for demons to live, a refuge for every unclean spirit, a refuge for every unclean bird, a refuge for every unclean, hateful monster. All the nations drank from the wine of the wrath of her fornication; the kings of the earth committed fornication with her, and the traders of the earth became rich from the power of her luxury.” Then I heard another voice from heaven, and this is what it said: “Come out of her, my people, so that you don’t become embroiled in her sins, and so that you don’t receive any of her plagues. Her sins are piled up to the sky, and God has remembered her wickedness. Pay her back as she has paid others; give her double again for all her deeds. Mix her a double dose in her own cup – the cup in which she mixed her poisons. She made herself glorious and lived in luxury; balance... read more

Wade Allen on November 04

This week’s imagery will be anything but boring. As we continue to work our way through Revelation, we encounter new imagery once again. This week, John is taken by an angel into the wilderness. The wilderness is a place where God is encountered over and over through the biblical story. It is also a place where evil lives. In John’s vision, he witnesses a prostitute sitting on a scarlet beast. John marvels at this scene. Join us on Sunday as we explore Revelation 17 together. I have included it below in the NTE version. I hope you will read it as you prepare for worship on Sunday. (Revelation 17 NTE) Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came over and spoke to me. “Come with me,” he said, “and I will show you the judgment of the great whore who sits on many waters. She is the one with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication; she is the one whose fornication has been the wine that has made all the earth-dwellers drunk.” So he took me away, in the spirit, to the desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet monster. It was full of blasphemous names, and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was wearing purple and scarlet, and was decked out with gold, precious stones and pearls. In her hand she was holding a golden goblet, full of abominations and the impurities of her fornications. On her forehead was written a name: “Mystery! Babylon the Great, Mother of Whores and of Earth’s Abominations!” I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of God’s holy people, and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus. When I saw her, I was very greatly astonished. “Why are you... read more

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