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Happy Monday, June 13, 2022, church!

Brothers and sisters,

Happy Monday to all! Yesterday it was wonderful to sing about the mercy of our Savior, which is greater than our sin. We saw from Romans 4, looking at Abraham, that righteousness is credited to all who will put their faith in Jesus, who paid in full our debt of sin. We learned that Abraham and David and persons who lived before Christ and every person who has lived since Jesus died and rose again is justified before God by faith in Jesus and Jesus alone. None of us merit God’s grace or work for God’s grace or work to complete God’s grace. God grace comes only by faith in Jesus! As the song says:

“He paid a debt He did not owe

I owed a debt I could not pay

I needed someone to wash my sins away.

And now I sing a brand-new song,

Amazing grace, all day long.

Christ Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.”

Emmanuel Church is having a block party on Wednesday, June 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. They will be able to use you if you might be able to help. If you can help, show up at 5:00-5:15 PM.

If you have not already, bring your baby bottles for CareNet next Sunday, June 19 so we can take these to CareNet.

Pray for Connie Boss’ sister-in-law, Alice, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She has begun receiving chemotherapy. Pray for God’s healing touch and for her to experience His comforting presence.

Remember to keep praying continually for each other. 

Love being your pastor,

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church

Happy Monday, June 6, 2022, church!

Sisters and brothers,

Happy Monday to all! Yesterday it was wonderful to have a potluck and fellowship around food. As we worshipped at our worship gathering, we learned from Romans 3 that right standing with God comes through faith in Jesus Christ alone. We learned no person stands right before God by their own works and merit. We learned that any person could stand right before God through faith in Jesus Christ. Your heritage and your nationality do not make you right with God. Being raised in a religious home by observant parents does not give you standing before God. Your country of origin and whatever religion was dominant in that country does not give you right standing with God. Your personal morality or merit will not give you right standing before God. And your lack of any of these things does not mean God will not give to you right standing before Him if you will believe in Jesus. There is One God and One way to have right standing before eternal God both now and in eternity and it is through faith in Jesus.There are not two or ten different roads that lead to eternal life. You cannot earn or deserve right standing with God. Right standing with God is a gift given to you if you will receive it. Or a better way to say that would be right standing with God is a gift God will give you if you receive Jesus today.Right standing with God comes through faith in Jesus Christ alone.

We are giving out baby bottles for each of us to collect offerings between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for the CareNet Pregnancy Center of Dane County. Your change, checks and cash make a difference. (If you do write checks, please make them out to CareNet Pregnancy Center.) When you fill a baby bottle you are helping to provide life-affirming resources to those facing unintended pregnancies through the ministry of CareNet Pregnancy Center.

Pray for Connie Boss’ sister-in-law, Alice, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She has begun receiving chemotherapy. Pray for God’s healing touch and for her to experience His comforting presence.

Remember to keep praying continually for each other. 

Love being your pastor,

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church

Happy Tuesday, May 31, 2022, church!

Brothers and sisters,

Happy Tuesday to all! Sunday, as we worship and celebrated the Lord’s Supper, we remembered Jesus and what He did to provide forgiveness, life, and communion with God. We also take the Supper to remember that we need communion with one another. We are one with all who believe in Jesus. We need each other and are a part of one another as we are together the visible body of Christ on this earth. We then learned from Romans 2 about the deadness of ritualistic religion. We learned that religious knowledge without holy living provides a false faith that dishonors God. We learned that true faith in Jesus works from the inside out to radically change lives. We saw from Romans 1 and 2 that the blatant sinner needs a Savior, the moral person needs a Savior, and the observantly religious person needs a Savior. We all need forgiveness and life found in Jesus and knowing Him. What kind of faith do you possess? Is it simply outward and external? Is it simply the keeping of religious rituals and ceremonies? Or is it true faith in Jesus that they Holy Spirit has produced within you that gives the power and desire to live a life that bring glory to God. Is it the kind of faith that causes you to want every area of your life to be under the rule and authority of the Lord Jesus Christ? God’s Spirit produces faith in Jesus Christ that results in the total transformation of lives from the inside out.

We will have a potluck luncheon next Sunday morning, June 5, after our morning worship. Bring enough food for your family and a little extra for any guest we might have.

We will have a short, called business meeting next Sunday, June 5, to vote on the bids for seal coating and repair of the parking lot.

We are giving out baby bottles for each of us to collect offerings between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for the CareNet Pregnancy Center of Dane County. Your change, checks and cash make a difference. (If you do write checks, please make them out to CareNet Pregnancy Center.) When you fill a baby bottle you are helping to provide life-affirming resources to those facing unintended pregnancies through the ministry of CareNet Pregnancy Center.

Pray for Connie Boss’ sister-in-law, Alice, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She has begun receiving chemotherapy. Pray for God’s healing touch and for her to experience His comforting presence.

Remember to keep praying continually for each other. 

Love being your pastor,

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church

Happy Monday, May 23, 2022, church!

Sisters and brothers,

Happy Monday to all! Yesterday as the people of the risen King, we learned from Romans 2 about God as perfect and righteous Judge. We learned that God judges the self-righteous hypocrisy of the supposed moral person. We also saw God renders perfect judgment to those who seek His glory and to those who are self-seeking. And we learned that God judges based on the light to which each individual has been exposed. God in Christ Jesus renders perfect and impartial judgment upon every human being. However, we learned that none of us by our own merit could pass the righteous judgment of Holy God without being condemned. That is why Christ Jesus took our condemnation in His own body and suffered the punishment for our sin. Those who believe in Jesus know Jesus is the Righteous Judge. Jesus, the One who gave His life for us is the One whom we will stand before in judgment. We remembered that “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us,” (Romans 8:32-34, ESV). Those believing in Jesus have nothing to fear because we will stand before the One who died in our place and took our judgment upon Himself.

Next Sunday, May 29, we will have our 10:45 AM worship service in parking lot, weather permitting. We will also observe the Lord’s Supper during next Sunday’s worship.

Pray for Connie Boss’ sister-in-law, Alice, who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She has received three doses of chemo. Pray for God’s healing touch and for her to experience His comforting presence.

We are giving out baby bottles for each of us to collect offerings between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for the CareNet Pregnancy Center of Dane County. Your change, checks and cash make a difference. (If you do write checks, please make them out to CareNet Pregnancy Center.) When you fill a baby bottle you are helping to provide life-affirming resources to those facing unintended pregnancies through the ministry of CareNet Pregnancy Center.

We will have a called business meeting on June 5 to vote on the bids for seal coating and repair of the parking lot.

Remember to keep praying continually for each other. 

Love being your pastor,

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church

Happy Monday, May 16, 2022, church!

Brothers and sisters,

Happy Monday to all! I pray your week has started well. Yesterday as we worshipped our greater Redeemer and Lord, we learned from Romans 1 about our great need for rescue and salvation. Often people wonder why they need to be saved. Romans 1 reminds us of the great danger every human being is in outside of Christ. God’s wrath, His holy hostility to all evil, all sin, has been revealed. We see sin as just some kind of mistake or error in judgment. However, God’s Word reveals that sin is destructive, deadly, and damning. Sin is a vile poison that destroys our relationship to God and our relationships with each other. Sin is war against a holy and good God. Because God is holy and God is love, God hates sin. God has a continual and holy hostility to this poison of sin! Sin was so horrific and evil that the only way it could be forgiven was for God’s Son to pay for it by dying in our place on the cross. Every person needs rescue from sin. We need a Savior, a Rescuer. Jesus is the only One who can rescue us. Jesus will rescue us as we trust Him and call on Him. We only need to acknowledge our great need. Holy God rescues us through faith in Jesus from the evil that has captured the hearts of every human being.

We are giving out baby bottles for each of us to collect offerings between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for the CareNet Pregnancy Center of Dane County. Your change, checks and cash make a difference. (If you do write checks, please make them out to CareNet Pregnancy Center.) When you fill a baby bottle you are helping to provide life-affirming resources to those facing unintended pregnancies through the ministry of CareNet Pregnancy Center.

Remember to keep praying continually for each other. 

Love being your pastor,

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church

Happy Monday, May 9, 2022, church!

Sisters and brothers,

Happy Monday to all! Yesterday we celebrated the wonderful grace of God who provided for us salvation and forgiveness in Jesus Christ. From Romans 1 we saw that God gives right standing and true hope to us if we will believe in the Lord Jesus. Right standing and hope does not come through behavior. It does not come through keeping religious rituals. Right standing with God and hope centers in the person of Jesus Christ. Right standing and hope extends to great and small of every nation. Right standing and hope comes through faith in Jesus alone. Quit trying to be good enough to be accepted by God. Quit thinking you must earn his love and favor. God loves you and provides you with salvation if you will believe. Trust Jesus to save you. God provides salvation through Jesus Christ to anyone who believes in Jesus.

The ladies are planning a get together on Thursday, May 12, at 6:00 PM at Monty’s Blue Plate Diner, 2089 Atwood Avenue, Madison, Wisconsin 53704. This is the first time for a long time for the ladies to have a fellowship time together. Ladies, we hope you can attend this time of fellowship.

We are giving out baby bottles for each of us to collect offerings between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day for the CareNet Pregnancy Center of Dane County. Your change, checks and cash make a difference. (If you do write checks, please make them out to CareNet Pregnancy Center.) When you fill a baby bottle you are helping to provide life-affirming resources to those facing unintended pregnancies through the ministry of CareNet Pregnancy Center. 

Thank you to all who were able to come Saturday for the workday. We were able to accomplish many needed tasks.

Remember to keep praying continually for each other. 

Love being your pastor,

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church

Happy Monday, May 2, 2022, church!

Brothers and sisters,

Happy Monday to all! Yesterday from Genesis 11 and 12 we saw Abram risked everything on the promises of God. Abram left family, country, success, and security at God’s Word. We saw that we can know God is moving and working when it seems He is silent. We learned that God uses weak and suffering people like us to show His great power. We understood God calls believers to join Him in His mission of blessing the world. We too, like Abram, can risk everything on God, knowing His promises will be fulfilled.

We need your help! We are having a workday at the church building this Saturday, May 7, at 9:00 AM. We have projects that need to be done to ensure the safety of anyone who is on our campus. Make plans to be here if you can. If you could let us know if you are planning to come, that would be helpful.

The ladies are planning a get together on Thursday, May 12. Details are coming!

Remember to keep praying continually for each other. 

Love being your pastor,

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church

Happy Monday, April 25, 2022, church!

Sisters and brothers,

Happy Monday to all! From Genesis 11 yesterday, we learned of the efforts of mankind as people sought unity based on human authority, human achievement, and human pride. We saw efforts at a unity without God and without submission to Jesus Christ as Ruler and Lord. Human beings were created to live in relationship and dependence on God. We were created to bring glory to God and live for Him and His glory and not ourselves. Our desire to make a name for ourselves and be independent of God is the root of all sin. It was the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden and the sin of the people building this city and tower. This is the sin of pride and the sin of the devil himself. Genesis 11 and the incident of the confusion of languages teaches us this timeless truth: Mankind united-apart from submission to Jesus Christ as Lord-results in confusion and destruction. Because of this, we earnestly pray this prayer written by Rob Smith:

Reign, King Jesus. Reign in mercy. Hear us now, we pray.
Reign in power for your glory, reign in us today

We are planning a workday at the church building Saturday, May 7 at 9:00 AM.

Remember to keep praying continually for each other. 

Love being your pastor,

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church

Happy Easter Monday, April 18, 2022, church!

Brothers and sisters,

Happy Easter Monday to all! What a fantastic day of worship we had yesterday. Worshipping with Emmanuel in two languages was so wonderful! We celebrated the resurrection of our Lord. As Pastor Jose said, all other religions have dead founders, but we have a living Savior, Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ conquered death and is Lord of all. Because Jesus rose from the dead, this changes everything! Jesus takes the mess we make of our lives and the waste laying all around us and make it a beautiful structure. Jesus takes broken and ruined lives, hopeless and helpless lives, and make them brand new. Jesus takes the ruins of our lives and bring beauty and poetry from them. Always remember His Word will not fail and His promises will be kept! Remember a tomb that is empty never to be occupied again!

This Sunday will be the last Sunday to give to the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering for North American Missions. Special offering envelopes are provided on the table in the back of the sanctuary to support the spreading of the gospel across our continent. Give as the Lord leads.

We are planning a workday at the church building Saturday, May 7 at 9:00 AM.

Remember to keep praying continually for each other. 

Love being your pastor,

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church

Happy Monday, April 11, 2022, church!

Sisters and brothers,

Happy Monday to all! This week, Holy Week, is the week we remember the events that remind us Jesus alone is the hope of all the world. We remember Christ Jesus entering Jerusalem on a donkey’s colt proclaiming He was Israel’s and the world’s Savior and King. We remember His confrontation with hypocritical religious leaders whose religion was nothing more than empty rituals. We remember His giving us His supper to remind us that He gave His body and shed His blood so our sins could be justly forgiven, and we could be right with God. We remember the cross and Jesus dying in our place, taking in Himself the punishment we deserved for our sins. We remember the borrowed tomb in which Jesus was buried. And we remember Jesus is stronger than death in that He rose from the dead physically and bodily. Jesus forever conquered death! Jesus conquered death for you if you will believe in and receive Him. Take time this week to think deeply about all these things and to adore and love the Savior of the world.

On April 15 at 7:00 PM, we will have a joint Good Friday service with Midvale Baptist Church, 821 S. Midvale Blvd., Madison, at their building. Join us in this time of worship with our brothers and sisters at Midvale on Good Friday.

Resurrection Sunday is coming next Sunday, April 17! This is the great day of celebration for believers as we rejoice in worshipping our Savior who conquered death. We will begin our celebration of Resurrection Sunday with an Easter Breakfast at 9:30 AM in our basement with our brothers and sisters of Emmanuel Church. Then at 10:45 AM, we will have a joint worship service in Spanish and English with Emmanuel Church. Plan to join us for this great celebration.

Pray for Donald Smith as doctors have had to change his treatment plan. The treatment Donald has been receiving is becoming less effective and they are looking at other options. Donald, Deanna, and family, we love you and will keep you continually before the Lord in prayer.

Remember to keep praying continually for each other. 

Love being your pastor,

Bob Ray, Pastor, East Madison Baptist Church