Welcome!

Welcome to the First Baptist Church of Adrian!

We are a community of people dedicated to follow Jesus in all that we do. If you’re looking for a church committed to loving God, loving each other, teaching his word, and worshiping him, then we invite you to come join us at any of our worship gatherings and activities for adults, youth, and children (see our About page and Activities page). Also, if you’re looking to learn more about Jesus and what it means to be his follower, I would love the chance to talk with you (also, see our About page for contact information, or see our Follow Jesus page).

Check out our site, read the blog posts below for news updates and devotional posts, and check out one of our worship gatherings!

~ Pastor Mike

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Going Gray (a daily proverb)

This devotional series examines a verse or two from a chapter of Proverbs each day of January 2017.

Gray hair is a crown of glory; it is gained in a righteous life. ~Proverb 16:31

Health and beauty items are big sellers here in the United States. Always longing for some mystical fountain of youth, having yet to find it we seek to cover over the marks of growing old. Cream to hide wrinkles, concealer to cover dark eye circles, and dye to color hair.

Solomon gives us a different take on aging. Gray hair isn’t something to hide, but is rather the crown of a righteous life.

When dealing with proverbs, we must remember they are meant to cover general truths not every occasion truths. There have been unrighteous and even some exceedingly wicked people who have lived into old age with gray hair. Theirs is not a crown from a righteous life. And there have been righteous and very godly people who have died before gray hairs sprouted.

But in general, what we find through the proverbs is that wise and godly living helps us to avoid many behaviors that can result in a life cut short.

If a person is devoted to following after Jesus, and truly getting to know the One True God, then with age comes greater wisdom and greater righteousness. For these, by the grace of God, have devoted themselves to not be satisfied with simply skating by, spiritually speaking. These are the men and women that Solomon had in mind.

John had a similar thought in his letters:

I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake. I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. (1 John 2:12-13)

This is the progression of spiritual growth. The children have experienced the basics of forgiveness through Christ. The young men and women are like warriors, battling strong against sin and the ways of the old life. The fathers and mothers are those with a deep relationship with the Living God, those who have faithfully walked the path of Jesus and are passing on that legacy to a new generation.

These are the gray-haired of Solomon. Such is the crown that we should pursue.

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The All-Seeing God (a daily proverb)

This devotional series examines a verse or two from a chapter of Proverbs each day of January 2017.

The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. ~Proverbs 15:2

We call it omniscience, the fact that God knows everything with perfection. We call it omnipresence, the fact that God occupies every moment in time and every point in space without fail.

Solomon captured both of these truths in a few words. In Psalm 139, David more eloquently phrased it:

Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost part of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. ~139:7-10

We cannot escape from the eyes or presence of God. We might try. We might think we can hide. We might think that what we do in secret is only in secret.

But God is there.

He keeps watch on the evil and the godly, Solomon wrote. This is why God is the perfect and truly fair judge. He sees all actions and he knows all motives. In his time, he will bring reward and recompense. To the wicked, this should be a cause of trembling. All the evil they do will not go unnoticed or unpunished. To those made righteous by faith in Jesus, this should be a cause of joy. God will repay every wrong done to us, and he will reward every good deed, and especially those that are done without longing for the praise of men.

Live with the joy of Christ, knowing that God sees all.

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Sunday 01.15 Weather Update

Though ice is covering grass and trees, the roads seem mostly okay, but the parking lot is very slick. Therefore, we will go with the adage, “Better safe than sorry” and not having morning services today.

However, with the expected warm up and melting to come later this morning and into this afternoon, we will meet at 5pm for our soup/chili fellowship meal, followed by a song and scripture devotional service at 6pm.

Please help spread the word!

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Sunday 01.15.17 & Weather

Because of the uncertainty in the overnight forecast as to whether we will have ice that sticks around for the morning or above freezing temps and rain, we are not yet canceling church services. We will determine that by 8am Sunday morning.

If it does not ice, then we will follow our normal schedule: Sunday School @945, Worship @1045, and fellowship meal @Noon, then evening study @6pm.

If we have to cancel the morning service because of dangerous conditions, the forecast expectations are for it to warm up and melt the ice late morning into early afternoon. If so, then we will move the fellowship lunch to 5pm for a dinner and have a song and scripture devotional service at 6pm.

Check back by 8am Sunday morning for an update.

-Pastor Mike

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A Messy Manger (a daily proverb)

This devotional series examines a verse or two from a chapter of Proverbs each day of January 2017.

Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of an ox. ~Proverbs 14:4

Life isn’t always clean and pretty. A fact that Solomon illustrates with the messiness of work. If you build a barn but have no animals, then the barn might stay clean, but there is a lot of wasted effort in work. Animals are messy and they smell. If you’ve ever worked on a farm, then you know that keeping things clean is a daily chore.

But if you work an agriculture related job, then having those messy animals benefits a lot.

Solomon’s wisdom does not give us the license to be slobs, but it does remind us that life comes with its messes. A hardworking mechanic will come home with grease on his shirt and pants. A dutiful teacher may end up with a stack of papers on a corner of her dining room table. A good nurse will hardly ever escape without some bodily fluid on his scrubs. An office manager may have sticky notes across her desk.

If the shirt and scrubs are never washed or if the piles of papers keep growing, that might be a sign of a lazy attitude, but these messes themselves are marks of dutiful work.

Solomon encourages us to embrace the mess that leads to something better. And in such messiness, God himself worked. Jesus came into the world, born into a messy manger, to do the work of cleaning up the spiritual messes of our lives. He hungered, he thirsted, he grew weak and tired, he climbed into boats with fishermen, and he walked long distances collecting dust on his feet and shoes. He also worked next to Joseph as the carpenter’s son, with shades of dust and mortar on his hands.

But Jesus embraced the biggest mess, going to the cross, bloodied and beaten for our sins. Giving of himself to clean up our spiritual mess that we might have something much better.

So, embrace the messes of life as you work hard, but also remember how God braved the mess to free us from our sin.

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Guard Your Mouth (a daily proverb)

This devotional series examines a verse or two from a chapter of Proverbs each day of January 2017.

Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. ~Proverbs 13:3

The Proverbs say much about the words we speak. One piece of advice that gets repeated in the New Testament is: Be slow to speak. Some call the letter of James “the proverbs of the New Testament” because of the practical wisdom that it shares about life. One of the things that James focuses on is the fact that the tongue is hard to control.

Sometimes in a moment of anger, we say words that we instantly regret. Sometimes when we’re just talking about a wide and random assortment of things, we let slip a secret we were meant to keep. Sometimes when we hear mention of a person or situation, we are quick to add gossip we shouldn’t.

And in our age of technology, the problem is not merely associated with our mouths but also with our keyboards and phones.

That is why we must discipline ourselves to watch what we say. We need to think if the words we use will be beneficial or harmful. We also need to ask if our words will hinder or harm our witness to Jesus. Yes, this is far easier said than done, and that is part of the reason why God gave us so much scripture about controlling our tongues. But as we learn to watch what we say, it goes better for us and for those around us.

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A Great Crown (a daily proverb)

This devotional series examines a verse or two from a chapter of Proverbs each day of January 2017.

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones. ~Proverbs 12:4

Many of the proverbs focus on family and relationships. We’ve already seen from the opening chapters how Solomon launches several volleys against adultery and prostitution as well as the men who pursue them. Here, Solomon extols the virtue of a good wife.

Though Solomon did not write Proverbs 31, this verse stands as a foretaste of what is to come. There, a woman of excellence is one who loves God and loves others, especially her husband and children. Such a wife is a precious thing who receives great praise from those she holds dear.

In a few brief words, Solomon urges wives to be such a woman. Married or unmarried, any woman who desires to an excellent wife should seek to work on the virtues of her character. These would include such things as Paul describes as “the fruit of the Spirit” for those who belong to Jesus: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, and self-control. Any woman who strives for such traits will be a beautiful adornment for her husband.

But though Solomon directs this proverb at women, there is also a direction for men. This is true not only in the type of wife a man is to look for but also in the type of husband a man should be. An “excellent husband” likewise will be a shining adornment for his wife.

No, Solomon does not use those words, but when we look at the rest of the proverbs—all of his sayings that are either directed at men or directed at the reader regardless of gender—we find similar, repeated calls for good character. So a man, married or unmarried, should seek to be one who loves God and others, and who exhibits the fruit of the Spirit. Such character should be on display daily, especially to those who see him with his guard let down.

Ladies, seek to be a woman of excellence and therefore a wife of excellence. Men, seek to be a man of excellence and therefore a husband of excellence. By doing so, you will be a source of happiness for your spouse.

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