Tag: First Baptist Church Sun Lakes

Dry dates, broody camels and perfect calm

Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes The 19th century English missionary to China, Hudson Taylor, said, “Quiet waiting before God would save from many a mistake and from many a sorrow.” Sadly, in our society’s hectic pace, this great truth is tragically neglected. Even Christians can become anxious and overwhelmed with needs,…

Creationist living like evolutionists

  Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes It seems that many people readily acknowledge God as Creator but live as though life is about the survival of the fittest rather than living in daily dependence on their Maker and following his instructions. In other words, they live like evolutionists. But those…

The Church and Crazy Horse

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes Near the top of my “bucket list” for travel within the U.S. is a visit to the Black Hills of South Dakota to see Mount Rushmore. But I would also like to see another mountainside that features not four faces, but one – that of…

The Miracle of Israel

  Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes “What proof exists that the Bible is true?” King Frederick II of Prussia reportedly once asked his chaplain. The chaplain responded by simply pointing to one of the king’s advisors across the room, a man who was a Jew. The chaplain was making an excellent…

Boll Weevil theology

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes Years ago, my wife and I drove through the small town of Enterprise, Alabama – not exactly a vacation destination for most people. But there is an attraction there you won’t see anywhere else in the world. In the town square there is a 13-foot-high…

At just the right time

  Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes A remarkable missionary by the name of Gladys Aylward served in China for more than 50 years. Forced to flee when the Japanese army invaded northern China, she took with her only one assistant and more than 100 orphans. It was a dangerous journey out…

More grace…yet to come

  Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes We all know of places we’ve yet to visit. There are books we’ve yet to read. People we’ve yet to meet. In the same way, there are aspects of the grace of God that believers have yet to experience. The word “grace” comprises all the…

An ever-present help

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes It’s a great joy for Christians to know that God never loses sight of them. He never misplaces their file or allows them to slide off his radar for a single moment. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help…

What will you remember?

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes Psalm 77:11 says, “I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your wonders of old.” In the midst of a crisis or time of uncertainty, it’s easy to forget the past provisions and protection of God. Worry crowds out trust and…

Mixed reviews

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes A few years ago, it was my wonderful privilege to visit Mars Hill in Athens, Greece, where the apostle Paul had preached on the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us in Acts 17 that there were actually three different responses to his message.…