Update March 18, 2020

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

This is a great promise from our great God! As we live in the midst of fearful and uncertain times, we are not to live in fear. God reminds us clearly that He is with us. With the ongoing spread of the coronavirus and the speed in which decisions are being made on a daily basis, we are continually evaluating how we as a Church can fulfill our purpose in a time such as this.

After much prayer and consultation we have decided to take the following actions:

-Services: All on-campus ministries are CLOSED effective immediately until further notice (we prayerfully anticipate reopening after the 30-day mandated closure). We anticipate starting online worship services next week.

-Food Pantry: We are working to continue Food Pantry services (every Tue & last Wed of the month)

-Updates will be posted on First Baptist Church Las Vegas Facebook, Instagram and www.fbclv.org. Or you can call 702-821-1234 (Church Office) for a recorded message.

These decisions were based on the following announcements: 

-Nevada Gov. Sisolak declared a “state of emergency” and issued a mandate that all schools be closed, and he requested all “faith leaders” to cancel group gatherings.

-The CDC issued a statement “strongly recommending” canceling any gatherings or events in excess of 50 people.

-President Trump issued a statement on Monday saying that there should be no more than 10 people at a single gathering.

-Yesterday evening Nevada Governor Sisolak directed all non-essential businesses to close at noon on Wed, March 18th. 

Please know we are a family. We are the body of Christ. When one part suffers, we all suffer. When one part rejoices, we all rejoice. Our desire is to be here for you and walk with you in these uncertain times. We may not know what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future. We serve a great and mighty God who is sovereign and in complete control of all things. May God bless you richly as you continue to trust Him in these uncertain times.

With Blessed Assurance,

Pastor Bruce

Read more

As For Me and My House

“As for me and my house” November 10, 2019 Joshua 24:15 The American poet Robert Frost wrote simple yet powerful poems about life and nature.  “The Road Not Taken” is about the different choices we make.  “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I – I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.”  Frost’s road “less traveled by” reminds us of Jesus’ “narrow” gate and “difficult” way (Matt. 7:14).  Many are called to discover that less-traveled-by way, but few ultimately find it (Matt. 22:14).   Joshua was one who did find the way.  We sometimes want to excuse those who don’t find Christ or who make destructive choices in life.  Given the times, we say, it’s almost inevitable that we cannot escape corruption. But some do; and because some do, it means that all may.  The difference is in choice: whom do we choose, this day, to serve?  Joshua is an excellent role model for us. His relationship with his people was based on his relationship with God.  He wasn’t shy about being in charge. God had placed him in that position, so he worked at it with all his strength.  Joshua led a focused life. He chose to serve the living God, while others chose to serve the Gods of this life. When faced with choices, he didn’t have to think about whether he would obey God.  He’d already decided that long ago, and he didn’t change his mind when challenges came. God wants us to be that focused today. He wants us to be able to say, “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15). This morning we celebrate our military veterans (0.5% of the U.S. population) who chose the narrow military gate to serve their country.  As you contemplate life’s choices today, make the ones that lead to life, now and forever.  A wise choice delayed is a wise choice not made. Choose everlasting life through salvation in Jesus Christ!   Your brother and friend, Pastor Bruce 

Read more

One Step at a Time

One Step At A Time November 3, 2019 Micah 6:8

As Christians, or even just as mortal men, what does our Creator expect of us? That very question came up in a conversation in the Old Testament. God had once again confronted Israel over their sin. The Lord’s message was an attempt to make them ponder their life and relationship with Him.  He was their Judge and indeed, He is the only true God. They are going to stand before Him and give an account someday. As a holy and just God, He should punish evil and evildoers. But He is also a loving God. God takes no pleasure in the death of any man, even a very sinful one. He is the God of life … the very Creator of life.  His desire is to forgive and restore all men to the life He intended for them. So basically He told Israel to stop sinning, love God and do good. Of course, He said much better than my paraphrase, but basically that was it. Part of the commandment had to do with their actions, and part had to do with their emotions or heart. It deals with what we do and why we do it. The same applies to us today. Perhaps you have heard it said before that Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship.  It is a daily walk with a living God “Who is there and He is not silent”. And as we walk step by step with Him, He gently shows us the way to life everlasting that’s full and abundant. That process is our study for today. What’s the next step God has in mind for you?
Pastor Jon 

Read more

The Time is Now

The Time is Now! October 27, 2019 John 1:40-42 In 1990, following a televised Monday-night game, eight players from the San Francisco 49er’s and eight from the New York Giants knelt together at midfield to pray.  The practice was criticized by Sports Illustrated magazine and NFL officials indicated they might stop it – which they didn’t.  The practice continues today. We don’t know if this was a spontaneous prayer, or if they did a cost-benefit analysis before deciding to pray.  Regardless, these men made a conscious decision to publically demonstrate their faith. Praise the Lord that we live in a country where we remain free to express our faith in public!  This morning we’ll turn to the gospel of John and learn about Jesus’ “first disciple.”  Before he began to follow Jesus he was a disciple of John the Baptist.  He and his more famous brother, Peter, made a living as fishermen. When his mentor, John, pointed to Jesus as the “Lamb of God, “ he believed him and immediately followed Jesus and spent the better part of the afternoon listening to him (John 4:18-19).  Afterwards, he went home and told his brother, “We have found the Messiah!”  Have you figured out who “he” is?  You’re right… it’s Andrew! We don’t have any record of Andrew preaching a sermon (though he certainly might have).  We don’t have any report of him leading crowds of people to make decisions for Christ.  But wherever Andrew went, he brought other people to Jesus. He may not have said a lot, but he knew how to point.  Whom in your sphere of influence are you pointing to Christ? People may or may not believe your words, but they will respond to the person of Jesus.  If you truly believe you have found the Messiah, as Andrew did, then whom do you know who could benefit from a personal encounter with Jesus Christ?  Who’s the one you’re going to introduce to Jesus? Your brother and friend, Pastor Bruce 

Read more

He Does All Things Well

October 20, 2019

Colossians 1: 9-14 Scripture: II Peter 1: 5-8 People that had the privilege of knowing Jesus personally made the observation that He did all things well. That’s an amazingly complimentary thing to say! Seems no matter what the situation or circumstance, Jesus responded in just the right way. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house” as a twelve year old facing an “anxious” Mom over His whereabouts when she wanted to know, “Why ….”  He went missing from the caravan home after the Passover. He handled pressure from unbelievers, threats from Pharisees, pain from the sick, betrayal from Judas, sarcasm from His brothers, disciples slow to learn and even worship from some. He commanded demons, held little ones in His arms, raised the dead, heard the very voice of His Father and yet freely offered His life on the cross where “no man takes it from me.” He got so tired He slept though storms at sea. He never lost His temper. He never fell for temptation. He never gave up even when the disciples slept through His last hours of freedom in the garden before His arrest. And He never failed to witness to lost folk around Him. And He’s our example!!! It’s His desire we become well rounded and thoroughly prepared for the same challenges. We are called to be His disciples.  We are known by the term, “Christians.” And we are to live a life “worthy of our calling.” Let us strive to “overcome” the sinful nature and live a vibrant balanced life for Jesus!  Your brother and friend,  Pastor Jon

Read more

The Story of Hell

October 13, 2019                                                                                                                                      Luke 16:19-31

There’s a strange little insect called the velvet ant – attractive, as ants go – garbed in a thick coat of tiny hairs that feel smooth and velvety.  But it’s all a disguise. This tiny creature isn’t an ant at all, but a wingless wasp with a nasty sting. After injecting its victim with venom, it lays its eggs in their incapacitated bodies.   How like Satan!  He’s a venomous imposter who wants to implant his warped ideas into the dulled hearts of his victims.  One of his cleverest strategies is to make evil seem desirable. Just consider today’s movies. Sexual sin of every type is glamorized and glorified.  Profanity “appears” as righteous indignation.  Fame captivates. Fortune beguiles. Violence titillates.    It’s not popular today to talk about Satan, the devil… the “evil one.”   A personal being who personifies evil just seems, well, so medieval, and not so 21st century.  But this being is the adversary in God’s great story and is found in Scripture from Genesis to Revelation.  Jesus in the parable of the sower (Matt 13:1-23), blames the devil for thwarting the message of the gospel.      This morning’s Scripture tells of a rich man who went to hell, not because of his wealth, but because he was selfish, refusing to feed Lazarus, take him in, or care for him.  The rich man was hardhearted in spite of his great blessings. Sounds like the “velvet ant” got him.   There are no second chances in hell.  Abraham replied to the rich man, “between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there [hell] to us” (Luke 16:26).  Satan doesn’t mind if we become religious, just so long as it remains politically incorrect to proclaim Jesus Christ as the ONLY name under heaven whereby we must be saved.  Will you dare to be politically incorrect and tell one person about Jesus today?!

Your brother and friend,
Pastor Bruce

Read more

Does “One” Really Matter?

 John 1:45-46
Jesus called Philip personally and Philip trusted Him and followed Him.  We do not know what kind of heart preparation Philip experienced, because God usually prepares a person before He calls him/her.  We do know that Philip proved his faith by seeking to share it with his friend Nathanael.    John 21:2 suggests that at least seven of our Lord’s disciples were fishermen, including Nathanael. 
Fishermen are courageous and stick to the job, no matter how difficult it may be. But Nathanael started out a doubter: he did not believe that anything worthwhile could come out of Nazareth.  Our Lord was born in Bethlehem, but He grew up in Nazareth and bore that stigma. To be called a “Nazarene” meant to be looked down on and rejected.
When Nathanael hesitated and argued, Philip adopted our Lord’s own words: “Come and see” (John 1:39).   Later on, Jesus would invite “Come… and drink” (John 7:37) and, “Come and dine” (John 21:12).  “Come” is the great invitation of God’s grace.  When Jesus revealed His knowledge of Nathanael, where he had been and what he had been doing, this was enough to convince the man that Jesus indeed was “the Son of God, the King of Israel.”
After World War II, a group of German students volunteered to rebuild a severely damaged cathedral.  A large statue of Jesus, with outstretched arms and the words “Come unto Me” inscribed on it, was missing both hands.  Since it proved impossible to reattach the hands, they decided to leave them off. And they changed the inscription to read, “Christ has no hands but ours.
The person being touched by Christ’s follower is being touched by Jesus Himself. Through you, the hands of Jesus are ministering daily to others.  Has Jesus called you to be His disciple? Do you trust Him? Are you following Him? Does “One” matter?  “Go and tellOne and see what God will do. 
Your brother and friend,
Pastor Bruce

Read more