The news of the world gets more and more dire, but the Christian message has been called “Good News” ever since Jesus burst out of the tomb that Resurrection Sunday. Sometimes, though, in the media and even at church, even that news sounds anything but good. Maybe, at best, more like, “I guess God doesn’t hate me as much as I should probably expect.”

Guess what? God really does love you. Here at Central Baptist we are united in our vision to contemplate the glory of who God really is–which, by the way, is Love–to motivate our mission to love the world and each other in His name, through compassion and Spirit-fueled good works of blessing to those around us. It’s a process. We’re not perfect yet. But we’re committed to traveling this path together, with Jesus as both our Guide and the Way itself.

Our church podcast, with sermons and occasional other notable services, is linked to this media corner of our website. Sit back and take a listen, for even more good news.

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-ibcrn-cf3ba4

Matthew 14:13-33

Pastor Jennifer A G Layte

We like to make fun of Peter for being maybe a little bit headlong and stupid, but this is about his relationship with his Lord. He loves Jesus. The world will definitely tell us that’s stupid. The Bible calls it the “foolishness of God.” Because it’s really the smartest thing we could ever do with our lives. Maybe, really, Peter was the smartest disciple. Think about it.”

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-njuf2-ceef77

It has taken some time to decide whether to post this or not. It’s not a usual podcast of any description. It’s wonky and awkward and there is no real sermon/teaching and none of us are professional singers. 

But this is the church at worship, at the start of the year, simple and awkward and intent on continually dedicating ourselves and our year to the God who loves us, so, whether it’s worth listening to or not, it’s worth posting.

Pastor Jenn

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-7mmvx-cc14b4

Isaiah 35:1-10

“On our own, we can’t make a desert into a garden. We can try to put a positive spin on our personal desert. We can try to reframe our desert. We can try to run away from the desert…None of that will bring us joy–maybe some happiness for a few seconds; maybe a few moments of self-satisfaction. But the joy of God can turn the dryness and lack and suffering of our personal Sahara into the Garden of Eden.”

Rev Jennifer A G Layte

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-aknjv-c87869

James 5:7-11

James believed Jesus was coming back. He knew that people waited for centuries for Jesus to show up the first time. Jesus’ return is a certain thing, but what is also certain is that no one knew then, and no one knows now, exactly when it will be. And the other certain thing is that waiting for Jesus to return and finally set everything right and fulfill completely the Kingdom He set in motion through His people, the Church, requires patience. And the patience that’s required as we wait for our King to come and rule in person, is the same patience that we need to have with ourselves and each other as we wait for the King to have more complete rule over our own individual lives.

Rev Jennifer A G Layte