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Update 4: COVID-19/Coronavirus

by: Pastor Brooks

03/27/2020

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Dear Liberty Baptist Tabernacle Family,

As of this writing, Pennington County is now in the “minimal to moderate” classification level for COVID-19/Coronavirus “community spread”. In addition to this, our Rapid City Council passed ordinance #6412 tonight. This essentially requires the closure of all nonessential "on-site and on-sale patron" businesses and places of recreation through April 8th. The ordinance will remain in effect for 60 days, but there will be periodic reassessments made along the way to determine the need for continued enforcement. The ordinance will be automatically repealed at the end of 60 days unless the need to readopt is necessary.… read more

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Dear Liberty Baptist Tabernacle Family,

As of this writing, Pennington County is now in the “minimal to moderate” classification level for COVID-19/Coronavirus “community spread”. In addition to this, our Rapid City Council passed ordinance #6412 tonight. This essentially requires the closure of all nonessential "on-site and on-sale patron" businesses and places of recreation through April 8th. The ordinance will remain in effect for 60 days, but there will be periodic reassessments made along the way to determine the need for continued enforcement. The ordinance will be automatically repealed at the end of 60 days unless the need to readopt is necessary. Governor Noem has made it clear our state is not likely to hit peak infections until late May or early June, so we need to be prepared for this ordinance to be readopted.

I’ve maintained throughout all of this that we will continue to follow the CDC guidelines and do our best to honor our government in the process. By taking all recommendations into consideration and making decisions accordingly I believe we demonstrate our concern for our community. Due to community spread in Pennington County, the time for more stringent prevention practices has arrived.

The CDC guidelines for “community and faith-based organizations” once minimal to moderate community spread has occurred is to apply the following guidelines:

1) Implement social distancing measures:

a) Reduce activities (e.g., group congregation, religious services), especially for organizations with individuals at increased risk of severe illness.

b) Consider offering video/audio of events.

2) Determine ways to continue providing support services to individuals at increased risk of severe disease (services, meals, checking in) while limiting group settings and exposures.

3) Cancel large gatherings (e.g., >250 people, though threshold is at the discretion of the community) or move to smaller groupings.

4) For organizations that serve high-risk populations, cancel gatherings of more than 10 people.

I would like to address how we are handling all these recommendations:

1a) I have reduced activities by canceling our Sunday school hour and our bus ministry until further notice. I have consistently recommended to those at increased risk of severe illness to stay at home during this time.

In an effort to implement further social distancing measures, Pee-wee Club is canceled, our Patch Club will only meet for two more weeks and then cancel (assuming our county isn’t in “substantial” community spread by then). Also, our Wednesday night discipleship class and choir will be put on hold until further notice.

1b) We already offer audio recordings, and we are working at getting video recordings posted to our Facebook beginning this Sunday morning.

2) Certainly as a church body, our goal at all times is provide support to all we can, but we will make sure going forward that we do so within the confines of limited group settings and exposures.

3) Our local officials have not set a gathering threshold recommendation for faith-based organizations; however, it is clear from the ordinance that their intent is to severely limit gathering numbers across the city by closing business and recreational facilities.

The CDC recommendation is to cancel large gatherings and move to smaller groupings, both of which we have done. By virtue of much lower attendance, large gatherings have effectively been canceled, and by adding a second Sunday morning service we have further implemented smaller groupings.

4) Due to this fourth recommendation, it is clear to me the CDC’s intention is to have all who are high risk stay home until further notice. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • If you are 65 years or older, have a blood disorder, have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, have a serious heart condition, have a compromised immune system, are undergoing cancer treatment, have diabetes, have a kidney disease, have a liver disease, or are on medications which can weaken your immune system, and if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have recently been pregnant.
  • In addition, stay home and seek medical attention if you have any symptoms of being sick (cough, fever, or shortness of breath). Stay home if you have been around those who have exhibited these symptoms.

To summarize this point, per the CDC the only people who should consider attending church at this time are those who are below the age of 65, have no known preexisting health conditions, and are not experiencing any symptoms or been around those who have shown symptoms.

For those who are unable to attend it is imperative to maintain a church schedule as much as possible or when this calms down you will have a more difficult time getting back into the swing of things. We will try to live stream to make this possible, but at a minimum we will upload video recordings as soon as possible.

For those who still chose to attend while we are in the minimal to moderate level of community spread we will practice “social distancing” by maintaining distances of 6 feet or more while in service and no hand shaking. We will continue to clean high-touch areas frequently. Please cover all coughs and sneezes with a tissue or elbow, avoid touching your face as much as possible, and please wash your hands frequently. Perhaps we will add foot washing to our services as well, just to be safe (just kidding).

To be clear, our Biblical rights as a Church body, nor our Constitutional rights are being infringed upon by our city; therefore, the decisions I have laid forth is what me and our deacons have deemed appropriate at this juncture for this body of believers. These are not decisions I take lightly!

Looking ahead… We need to be mentally prepared for the long haul. Should our county enter “substantial” community spread, which seems likely given our population, then the CDC recommends canceling faith-based gatherings of any size, and at that point we would go to video services only.

It’s critical during these times that we grow spiritually and not get lazy. I hope all who experience extra “down time” will also take extra time to spend with the Lord through prayer and in His Word. Don’t let all the noise of the world crowd out His “still small voice”.

It is such a joy to know the Lord and to have peace which passes all understanding, especially during days like these! If that’s you then be sure to tell others of the peace and joy our Lord Jesus Christ offers to whosoever will call upon Him for salvation. Use this time of the world’s uncertainty to witness to others more fervently.

God has a purpose in all of this – trust Him in the valley like you do when you are on the mountain.

James 1:3-4 “Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

Stayed tune for more updates…

-Pastor Brooks

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Update 3: COVID-19/Coronavirus

by: Pastor Brooks

03/24/2020

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Dear Liberty Baptist Tabernacle Family,

As of this writing, “community spread” has arrived in four counties in South Dakota, and that number is expected to grow larger in the coming weeks and possibly months. In response to this, Governor Noem has signed an executive order which gives her expected baseline for how best to respond to the spread of COVID-19. Essentially, it is to follow the CDC recommendations for a pandemic, which we have been doing, and it ultimately means local authorities will have to decide which actions are best to take.

Before Governor Noem signed the executive order, our Rapid City… read more

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Dear Liberty Baptist Tabernacle Family,

As of this writing, “community spread” has arrived in four counties in South Dakota, and that number is expected to grow larger in the coming weeks and possibly months. In response to this, Governor Noem has signed an executive order which gives her expected baseline for how best to respond to the spread of COVID-19. Essentially, it is to follow the CDC recommendations for a pandemic, which we have been doing, and it ultimately means local authorities will have to decide which actions are best to take.

Before Governor Noem signed the executive order, our Rapid City Council met Sunday night and voted 7-2 to implement an ordinance which would require some businesses and places of recreation to close in order to fight the spread of COVID-19. Before the ordinance can take effect there needs to be a second reading, which will take place this Friday, March 27. It would seem it will pass easily since the first reading did so. The new rules would last until April 8, at which time the council will make a decision on whether or not to extend.

I contacted the Mayor’s office to get clarification for how this ordinance will affect church gatherings. I was informed religious organizations were not included in the closure section of the ordinance, and that it is not the intent of the City to regulate religious gatherings. I imagine they are rightly making the effort to not infringe upon our first amendment protections of the free exercise of religion – thank God for our Bill of Rights! It is their hope religious organizations will practice the recommendations of the CDC.

There are times when it can become difficult to balance our Biblical mandate to assemble as a church with what our government wishes. How do we maintain a good testimony within our community and still please our ultimate Authority? It is my opinion that so long as we can sensibly assemble then we must do so – God’s Word never changes! While it is true we would be well within our rights to continue assembling no matter what, I also believe we must be responsible citizens and love our neighbors.

Although community spread has reached South Dakota, Pennington County is still in the “none” category of community spread, which means we can continue assembling as we have been, and that is per the CDC guidelines. Given the population of our county, I would imagine community spread will eventually happen. Should that come to pass we will continue taking measures consistent with the CDC guidelines, as our local authorities are hoping. In some respects we have already implemented heightened measures. For example, having two Sunday morning services is allowing us to gather in smaller groups, I have been encouraging those at an increased risk to stay home, and we have been cleaning more frequently.

It is currently my intent to only limit gathering numbers if our county experiences community spread. The CDC’s guidance has changed in this area before, so we will have to wait and see what their recommendations are at that time, but it will likely mean going to live stream only. I understand some will say we should close our doors now before it gets to that point, but God has not given me peace to do so at this time.

I have decided to cancel our bus ministry and Sunday school hour until further notice. Instead of moving from the first service into the Sunday school hour, we will take that time to clean all high-touch surfaces of our facility before the second service. The other reason for this is because of how small our Sunday school rooms are. We will also have an usher to open the front door to help keep multiple people from having to touch the same surface. Likewise, the doors separating the foyer from the sanctuary will remain open at all times.

In addition, I need to reiterate if you have any symptoms of being sick (cough, fever, or shortness of breath), then stay home. If you have been around those who have exhibited these symptoms, then stay home. I think of the Old Testament laws surrounding those infected with leprosy. Due to their uncleanness they had to isolate themselves until they were pronounced clean. I am not comparing the two illnesses, but I am saying the principle to withdraw makes sense for any who have knowingly become infected with any contagious illness.

If you have preexisting health conditions which place you at a higher risk, then you should consider staying home. According to the CDC you are at a higher risk for severe illness if you are 65 years or older, have chronic lung disease or moderate to severe asthma, have a serious heart condition, have a compromised immune system, are undergoing cancer treatment, have diabetes, have a kidney disease, have a liver disease, or on medications which can weaken your immune system. Also, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, then you should take extra precautions as well.

I WILL NOT THINK DIFFERENTLY OF ANY WHO DECIDE TO STAY HOME.

This ordinance which will most likely pass on Friday will cause financial stress. Hours will be cut, and in some cases people will be laid off, which has already been taking place. Therefore, I expect giving will go down. But we still have missionaries depending on us, ministries to fund, recurring bills to pay, and a staff to pay. Please trust God and stay faithful in your giving. You can give securely online through our website, or you can send in a check through the mail.

We will continue to post audio recordings of our sermons on our website and podcast, and we will likely begin posting video recordings as well to Facebook. For those who cannot attend, please take the time to keep up with the messages.

In closing, I hope you hear my heart in what follows:

I understand that my decisions are causing a wide range of emotions. It angers some and pleases others, but I also know it is impossible to please all of the people all of the time – it is one of the “joys” of leadership. I do not take this situation lightly! I do think it is a boondoggle out there and that there is an overreaction taking place, but that does not mean I am not doing my due diligence. Please understand that I will give an account to God for how I led this church body – a body which Christ bled and died for – and I must do all I can to keep the doors of our assembling place open for as long as possible regardless of man’s opinion.

I take Hebrews 13:7 very seriously, which states, “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.” I have asked myself through all of this – “Is my faith worth following?” I have tried to lead by example.

Hebrews 13:17 says, “Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.” I hope when all is said is done you will look back and realize every decision I have made has been with the day of account in view.

I listened to a message today where Pastor Gaddis said years ago, “Don’t take counsel from your fear. Because if you take counsel from your fear you will never do what God wants you to do!” Fear is banished when we live by faith. We can do that by knowing the Word of God and doing what God says. Remember that many of the great hymns of our faith were written in very difficult seasons. Times of greatest difficulty can lead to greatest growth.

Church, we will get through COVID-19! It is my prayer we will come through the other side with greater faith than we entered into it. Jesus only marveled twice – once because of great faith, and once because of unbelief. What kind of church do we want to be?

Finally, aren’t you glad Christ does not have to practice social distancing? He welcomes the diseased into His midst. We were all born with the disease of sin, but thank God, Christ’s blood can cleanse us every whit! This is another reason to stay open as long as possible – to welcome the sin-sick who are seeking for the cure.

I’m praying for you, and I love you. No matter your decision through this, I will “let brotherly love continue”. Being your Pastor has been one of the greatest joys of my life. Thank you for holding my arms up! Let’s keep edifying and exhorting one another.

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 “For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many.”

We have been very blessed to live where we do during this outbreak. Keep praying for God to intervene and keep praying for those who are infected and those who are being greatly affected. God is still on the throne and in complete control…

Let’s keep striving together for the faith of the Gospel,

-Pastor Brooks

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Update 2: COVID-19/Coronavirus

by: Pastor Brooks

03/19/2020

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Dear Liberty Baptist Tabernacle Family,

Because some are having a difficult time understanding what is authorized and what is not, I feel it is prudent to post the following in an attempt to clear up any confusion…

The South Dakota Department of Health issued a COVID-19 Briefing for Municipalities and Counties on March 18, 2020, which contains guidelines for “community and faith-based organizations”. You can view the briefing from the following link:

https://doh.sd.gov/documents/news/COVID_Briefing_Municipalities_&_Counties_03-18-2020.pdf

First, one must understand the term “community spread”. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the term community spread means the spread of an illness… read more

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Dear Liberty Baptist Tabernacle Family,

Because some are having a difficult time understanding what is authorized and what is not, I feel it is prudent to post the following in an attempt to clear up any confusion…

The South Dakota Department of Health issued a COVID-19 Briefing for Municipalities and Counties on March 18, 2020, which contains guidelines for “community and faith-based organizations”. You can view the briefing from the following link:

https://doh.sd.gov/documents/news/COVID_Briefing_Municipalities_&_Counties_03-18-2020.pdf

First, one must understand the term “community spread”. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the term community spread means the spread of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. It’s when someone becomes infected, but health officials aren’t sure how or where they became infected. There are three levels of community spread:

1) None: COVID-19 cases may occur in the community, but there is NO community transmission.

2) Minimal to Moderate: There is a single case of community-acquired COVID-19 in a county.

3) Substantial: There are five or more cases of community-acquired COVID-19 in a county.

In other words, there can be confirmed cases within a community, but they can still remain at the “none” level if the infection can be traced to a source outside of the community.

Community spread is a serious concern because it means a contagious disease is being spread by those who have had no known contact with other infected individuals or have not traveled to an area where the disease has any documented cases. Once community spread has been confirmed, then communities become much more restrictive with how they enforce “social distancing”.

The good news for South Dakota is according to the South Dakota Department of Health, “there remains no community spread of COVID-19 in South Dakota so we remain in the “None” category.”

(If you view the briefing then you will notice that the CDC is advising that “mass gatherings” which consist of 50 or more people be postponed for the next eight weeks, and in areas where community spread has occurred with five more or cases then that number drops to 10. But it’s also important to understand the term “mass gatherings”. According to the CDC “a mass gathering is a planned or spontaneous event with a large number of people in attendance that could strain the planning and response resources of the community hosting the event, such as a concert, festival, conference, or sporting event”. Mass gatherings are not the same category as faith-based organizations.)

I want our church family to know that because South Dakota is still within the “none” category of community spread we are still safe to conduct church services as scheduled. We are not disobeying any orders or being purposefully defiant. Trust me, I would love to have the time off! (Hahaha)

We are going to press on with the precautions recommended by health officials, which we have been doing, unless we are instructed otherwise. (Please see previous posts.) As a reminder, stay home if you are sick, and seek medical attention if you have a fever, cough, or shortness of breath.

Should this information change, we will post another update…

2 Chronicles 7:13-14 “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

Though I am thankful for our government, the answer to all of this is not from any governmental agency. The answer is for God’s people to get right with God by turning from their wicked ways! Let’s humble ourselves, and pray, and seek God’s face, then God will hear from heaven, and forgive our sins, and heal our land…

-Pastor Brooks

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Update: COVID-19/Coronavirus

by: Pastor Brooks

03/17/2020

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Dear Liberty Baptist Tabernacle Family,

President Trump held a press conference on Monday where he gave his “Coronavirus Guidelines for America”. Within these guidelines it was recommended to avoid social gatherings of ten or more people to help slow the spread of the coronavirus over the next 15 days. I would like to emphasize that these are guidelines and not directives, and the very first thing mentioned in the President’s guidelines was to “listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities”.

As of the time of this writing I had not seen or heard any official word from… read more

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Dear Liberty Baptist Tabernacle Family,

President Trump held a press conference on Monday where he gave his “Coronavirus Guidelines for America”. Within these guidelines it was recommended to avoid social gatherings of ten or more people to help slow the spread of the coronavirus over the next 15 days. I would like to emphasize that these are guidelines and not directives, and the very first thing mentioned in the President’s guidelines was to “listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities”.

As of the time of this writing I had not seen or heard any official word from our local and state authorities concerning gathering limitations, so I contacted Congressman Dusty Johnson’s office today and sought for a clear answer as to what the expectation is concerning church’s congregating amid coronavirus measures and concerns. I was informed it is still permissible to conduct church services and be within the law.

Therefore, our plan is to continue with our church services and ministries as scheduled, but with some precautions. If you have any flu-like symptoms – stay home! (Especially if you are experiencing a fever, coughing, or shortness of breath.) If you have preexisting health conditions which make you more susceptible to this virus, then there’s no shame in staying home for the time being, and in fact, it is recommended you do so. This is not a time to be prideful and prove your spirituality. When in doubt, stay home.

For those who will continue to attend, please practice commonsense measures to help combat the spread of viruses. Wash your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, avoid touching your face as much as possible, maintain greater distances, and don’t shake hands. We will continue to clean all surfaces in our facility but will clean "high-touch" surfaces with greater frequency.

I want to be clear that our continuing to conduct church services is not an act of defiance, but it is simply a means to keep ministering and try to be a help during a time when more people are likely to be seeking for direction. God’s house is to be a house of prayer, and so long as we can lawfully do so, we will have our doors open. Should our state and local authorities issue a directive to no longer assemble, then we will respectfully submit to such an order.

If you cannot attend, or if we eventually have to cancel services in the future, I want to encourage you to please remain faithful in your giving. We have missionaries around the world who are still depending on us to do our part, we still have operating costs, and we still have ministry expenses. You can give securely online through our website, or you can mail a check to the church.

One might see this as bad timing to move forward with launching a second Sunday morning service, but we could also recognize it as perfect timing from our Lord because it enables us to have two smaller gatherings for the time being during coronavirus concerns. God knows the end from the beginning!

2 Timothy 1:7 tells us, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” We’ll continue to trust God through all of life’s circumstances. These times do not have to be setbacks, but they can enhance our opportunities to bring more glory to God and improve our prayer life… God is still on the throne!

Grateful to be your Pastor,

-Pastor Brooks

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COVID-19/Coronavirus

by: Pastor Brooks

03/13/2020

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Dear Liberty Baptist Tabernacle Family,

As I am sure all are aware by now, COVID-19 (known commonly as the Coronavirus) has arrived in South Dakota. Sadly, one in our county who had become infected with the virus has passed. It is still unknown if this was the cause of death, as he had other preexisting health conditions (as reported by the Rapid City Journal).

Governor Noem has issued a state of emergency for the state of South Dakota and is asking all schools to close statewide next week, and all tournaments have been postponed. Therefore, Liberty Baptist Academy will not hold classes… read more

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Dear Liberty Baptist Tabernacle Family,

As I am sure all are aware by now, COVID-19 (known commonly as the Coronavirus) has arrived in South Dakota. Sadly, one in our county who had become infected with the virus has passed. It is still unknown if this was the cause of death, as he had other preexisting health conditions (as reported by the Rapid City Journal).

Governor Noem has issued a state of emergency for the state of South Dakota and is asking all schools to close statewide next week, and all tournaments have been postponed. Therefore, Liberty Baptist Academy will not hold classes March 16-20th. Stay tuned for further information…

As of now, there has been no governmental requests to cancel other gatherings; therefore, we will continue to conduct all services as scheduled. This includes launching two Sunday morning services beginning March 22nd and hosting our 9th annual Ladies Retreat from March 26-28th. Should government officials suggest we suspend services we will reconsider at that time, but our intent is to keep gathering as long as it is sensible to do so.

With that being said, if you have any flu-like symptoms please stay home and seek medical attention as necessary. If you have underlying health conditions or a weakened immune system which make you more susceptible to this virus do not feel guilty if you decide to stay home for the time being.

We understand attendance will be affected over the next few weeks, but we are still responsible for the cost of operating our ministries, supporting world-wide missions, and paying our recurring bills. As a reminder, you can give online if you are unable to attend services. Let’s stay faithful in our giving.

Though we do not currently have the ability to live stream, we are considering posting recordings of our messages to our Facebook page until attendance stabilizes, and we will continue posting all audio sermons to our website and Podcast as normal.

For those who will continue attend, please practice commonsense measures to help combat the spread of viruses. Wash your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue, avoid touching your face as much as possible, and it’s okay if someone doesn’t want to shake hands. Feel free to wear a face mask if that will put your mind at ease. We will continue to clean all surfaces in the church but will clean "high-touch" surfaces with greater frequency.

Please know that we are taking this outbreak seriously, but as God’s people we are to trust Him wholly. In trusting God we will not add to any panic – nothing takes God by surprise. We must be active in prayer, and “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear”. Use this opportunity to minister to others and address their need for Christ.

God is in complete control – let’s act like it.

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Peace on Earth

by: Pastor Brooks

12/25/2019

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Peace on Earth

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“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And… read more

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Peace on Earth

After Christ’s birth we read in Luke 2:8-14 -

“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”

Have you ever wondered why the angel of the Lord proclaimed peace on earth when Christ’s birth was announced? There has been no lasting peace on the earth. In fact, around two years after Christ’s birth Herod issued the order to have all the children in Bethlehem and in all the coasts thereof from two years old and under killed. And there has been no lasting upon the earth over the nearly 2,000 years since. So why say, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace”?

The answer is only Christ can bring peace with God to mankind upon this earth. Religions require people to work their way to an eternal reward; whether it be through sacrifice, good works, baptism, or church membership. There’s no everlasting peace in that because one cannot know for sure of their eternal destiny until after death. They can only hope they were good enough in this life and that in the afterlife they will have earned a better place.

True Christianity, on the other hand, is God coming down to mankind. God knew that no amount of our good works could ever attain to His holiness and righteousness. So, in His mercy and grace He robed Himself in flesh and became a man in order to live a sinless life and fulfill the law and become our perfect sacrifice. He did what we could not do, and He took our place on the cross. And now, whosoever will call upon the Lord alone for salvation can be saved, and His precious blood can wash away every sin!

That’s where peace upon earth is found. Peace is having a relationship with God Himself through the Lord Jesus Christ. When one trusts in Christ alone there is no longer any doubt about what will happen after this physical body dies – we will be with the Lord!

What a comfort to know that my eternal destination is not up to me, but my ransom was paid in full in Christ. All I have to do is trust in Him alone. Therein lies the peace that passes all understanding.

Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

Merry Christmas Liberty Baptist Tabernacle family! It is a privilege to be your Pastor. May God bless you this Christmas season as you remember the peace we have with God in Christ.

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When the Pastor’s message is desired

by: Gary Brooks

12/01/2019

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It’s interesting when people are the hungriest to hear from their Pastor… The preacher can encourage the congregation to be faithful to read their Bibles – “Oh, but preacher you don’t understand, I don’t really like to read”, but you’ve got no problem reading text messages throughout the day… Be faithful to pray – “Oh, but preacher you don’t understand, I don’t really have time to spend in prayer every day”, but you’ll have time to talk to other people throughout the day… Be faithful to church when the doors are open – “Oh, but preacher you don’t understand, I… read more

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It’s interesting when people are the hungriest to hear from their Pastor… The preacher can encourage the congregation to be faithful to read their Bibles – “Oh, but preacher you don’t understand, I don’t really like to read”, but you’ve got no problem reading text messages throughout the day… Be faithful to pray – “Oh, but preacher you don’t understand, I don’t really have time to spend in prayer every day”, but you’ll have time to talk to other people throughout the day… Be faithful to church when the doors are open – “Oh, but preacher you don’t understand, I have other things which demand my time and attention”, but you’ll make time for a child’s sporting event… Be faithful with your tithes and offerings – “Oh, but preacher you don’t understand, I can’t afford to give”, but your cable television, internet, and smartphone are all paid up… Be faithful to witness to others, “Oh, but preacher you don’t understand, I get nervous and I don’t know what to say”, but you will talk about the game this weekend, or the the latest in the news, or some other trivial thing which took place… Live holy and clean lives – “Oh, but preacher you don’t have the right to tell me how I should live”, but if your job requires a uniform or adherence to a dress code, you'll comply… Come to church every service you can during our special meetings – “Oh, but preacher you don’t understand, I’m just so tired”, but you’ll show up when you are scheduled for work…

Isn’t it interesting how many don’t want to hear from the preacher who preaches God’s Word, but when the roads are bad, even though it’s the day before any church service will start, everyone is desirous to know what the Pastor will say? If only we had that kind of hunger to hear from the preacher every Saturday night and every church service…just a thought.

God bless, stay safe, dig out, and we’ll try to meet together for our Sunday night service.

-Pastor Brooks

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Sermons now available on Apple Podcasts and Google Play!

by: Michael Petrocco

09/03/2019

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Exciting news...our weekly sermons are now available on Apple Podcasts and Google Play! Click on the Sermons link from our web site, then click the Apple Podcast or the Google Play button to subscribe.

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Exciting news...our weekly sermons are now available on Apple Podcasts and Google Play! Click on the Sermons link from our web site, then click the Apple Podcast or the Google Play button to subscribe.

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New Chairs

by: Michael Petrocco

08/15/2019

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New chairs look great...thanks to all who helped!

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New chairs look great...thanks to all who helped!

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Welcome To The New Liberty Baptist Tabernacle Website

by: Michael Petrocco

08/11/2019

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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!

Liberty Baptist Tabernacle'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!

Liberty Baptist Tabernacle'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.

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 605-342-6930 or send us an email.

From all of us at Liberty Baptist Tabernacle, welcome to our new church website.



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