Category Archives: This Week with Pastor Jon

April 16, 2017

Behold, this is our God
for Whom we have waited
that He might save us
.

~Isaiah 25:9~Capture

 

Happy Easter and welcome to Dayton Avenue this morning.  God is worthy of all our praise and we are glad that you have come to worship Him with us.  He is risen!

If you are a first-time guest, I hope you received a little loaf of homemade bread and gift bag as you were greeted on the way in (if not, be sure to get one on the way out!).  We are glad you are here.

Every spring we receive a special offering to give an extra gift toward ministries here in North America.  The Annie Armstrong Easter Missions Offering helps fund new church plants, community centers, ESL classes, ministries to those with special needs, and manaay other great Christian endeavors.  Today is the last Sunday for this offering, and we still have a way to reach our goal.  Can you give an extra gift today?  Special envelopes are included in this bulletin.

Welcome to our new missionaries-in-residence in our mission home  the Coules family – they will be arriving this week.  Invite them over for dinner or take them out to eat and learn what God is doing in France.  May God bless you greatly as you live for Him this week
Declare Xenia
is coming on Sunday evening, April 30th.  Check out an important video announcement on our church’s Facebook page.  The Living Well Clinic is hosting a fundraiser banquet on April 29th – more info is on the bulletin board across from the mailboxes.  The Miami Valley Women’s Center Walk 4 Life Event is happening May 13th – and our church coordinators have a table set up in the café area to help you be involved.

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April 9, 2017

“But to this one I will look,
to him who is humble and contrite of spirit,
and who trembles at My word.”

~Isaiah 66:2b ~dfg

Welcome to Palm Sunday Worship at Dayton Avenue Baptist Church today.  As we gather to worship today, we pray that the Lord will look upon us.  He has promised to do so if we are humble and if we tremble at His word.

A few years ago I got caught in a slow-moving knot of traffic on Route 70.  When I finally made my way to the front, there was a State Trooper K-9 vehicle.  The road was empty ahead of him as far as you could see.  Obviously, no one wanted to be the one to pass a State Trooper and risk a ticket.  So I did!  (I admit being a little proud of myself for being adventurous.)
If you are a first-time guest today, you may have had to risk a little something to come; you may have wondered if the preacher would try to light you up!  Thank you for coming anyway.  I pray that God will have ministered to you in such a way that you’ll want to come back.
As I kept a sharp eye on the rear view mirror (!), I wondered if anyone else would follow my lead.  Nope.  They must have been waiting for him to light me up, which he didn’t.  Several minutes later that knot of traffic was barely visible in the distance behind me, still lined up behind the trooper’s vehicle.  Human nature favors conformity.

We continue to highlight the Annie Armstrong Easter Missions Offering this week and next, and we still have a way to go in reaching our goal of $7,000 for this special offering.  Looking ahead, you’ll want to be a part of Declare Xenia on Sunday evening, April 30th and the Miami Valley Women’s Center Walk 4 Life event here in Xenia on May 13th.  You will find more information on all of these and other opportunities inside this bulletin.

We love you and are praying for each of you.  Have a blessed week.

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April 2, 2017

“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.”

~1st Corinthians 15:58~kadfj

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue today.  I’ve been praying this week that the Lord would fill this place with His Spirit, His abounding grace, and His joy.  Thank you for being here and being a partner in what God wants to do in our lives by being an encouragement to one another.

You’ll find a prayer bookmark insert in the bulletin again today.  Please use this tool to help us pray together for friends and family that don’t know Jesus yet.  Easter Sunday is in two weeks; let’s all try to BRING someone to church with us on that day.  Keeping a prayer focus on this may make the difference between intending to invite someone and actually seeing God answer the prayer and open the door for us to invite them.  It has for me personally!
We are highlighting the Annie Armstrong Easter Missions Offering, which we are receiving from now till Easter.  Southern Baptist Churches join together in this concentrated effort to raise funds for missionary efforts in North America.  Our church invests heavily in missions including the operation of our mission home and funding for the Living Well Clinic ministry here in Xenia.  Please pray how the Lord might enable you to give to this special offering (100% of the funds raised in this offering go to the missionaries and church planters – no administrative fees or overhead costs).

May 13th is the Miami Valley Women’s Center Walk 4 Life event here in Xenia and we are recruiting walkers!  More information is coming in weeks ahead.  Don’t forget to check your church mailbox regularly.  If you do not have a mailbox yet, please call the church office this week and we will give you one.  Thank you for praying for us… we are praying for you.  We love you and love serving with you.

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March 26, 2017

“My soul waits in silence for God only; from Him is my salvation.  He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.”

~Psalm 62:1-2~aa

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue today.  It is no accident that we are here today.  God, Who is sovereign over all things, has a purpose in our being here.  Take a moment at the beginning of our service to invite Him to speak to you and to do whatever He desires to do in your life.

Sarah and I are home after 10 days of travel in Italy, surrounded by many beautiful signs of faith in majestic church buildings and countless works of art.  But we were reminded that outward signs and actions are empty unless a person has a personal relationship with Jesus through faith alone in His life, death, and resurrection.  And that makes us so grateful that He knows us and has saved us!

One of the inserts in the bulletin today is a prayer bookmark.  I’ll explain more about it this morning, but it is intended to help us pray for friends and family that don’t know Jesus yet.  There are many opportunities this spring to invite them, like the Women’s Mental Health Seminar this coming weekend (there is still time to sign up).  Easter Sunday is in three weeks; let’s all try to BRING someone to church with us on that day.  If you bring a friend to the Sunrise service, breakfast will be included!  Praying about this together may make the difference between intending to invite someone and actually seeing God answer the prayer and open the door for us to invite them.

Speaking of Easter, every year at this time we join with thousands of churches to receive the Annie Armstrong Easter Missions Offering. Our goal this year is $7,000, and you’ll get a glimpse via video of what God is doing through this offering for the next 4 weeks.   We will also worship together at the Lord’s Table this morning.  My prayer is that the Lord will unite our hearts together and strengthen each of us in our faith today as we worship our Rock and our Salvation.

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March 19, 2017

“…walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience….”

~Ephesians 4:1-2~fgh

Welcome to Dayton Avenue.  Today is a celebration day.  It’s not an anniversary or holiday, or a day marking a special event.  But it is Sunday, and we want to celebrate the life we have in Jesus Christ.  He is the Focus of our day together.

Our job this morning is to praise God.  The Bible says that God seeks those who worship Him in spirit and truth.  We worship God with our spirits through songs and through studying His Word the Bible.  And in the process of God seeking us out, we will discover that He is what our hearts are truly searching for, too.

Sarah and I are still on our educational trip with students from Legacy Christian Academy, but will be returning this week.  Dr. Dan DeWitt will be teaching from God’s Word again this morning.  If you did not get to hear his message last week, you need to listen to it on the Media tab on our church website (daytonave.org).

Ladies, help us get the word out about the Women’s Mental Health Seminar on April 1st (see inside for details).  Easter is coming soon; let’s all try to BRING someone to church with us on that day.  There will be another Baptism Celebration next Sunday; if you want to take this important step of obedience and identification as a follower of Jesus, please let us know so we can include you.

Sarah and I are thinking of you even though we are far away with students from Legacy Christian Academy this week.  We can’t wait to be back home and share what we’ve learned with you.  Our deacons and pastoral staff are here for you – don’t hesitate to call in to the office.  May God greatly bless you this week as you live for Him.

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March 12, 2017

You love Him even though you have never seen Him. Though you do not see Him now, you trust Him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy.

~ 1st Peter 1:8 ~SAD

Welcome fellow-worshipers!  What we are doing together this morning may seem foolish to some – an irony that the apostle Peter expressed well in the verse above.  But when we place our faith in Him and entrust our lives to Him, we have inexpressible, unexplainable joy!  I hope each of you are infected with that joy today.

A special welcome to Dr. Dan DeWitt, our preacher this morning and next Sunday morning.  Dr. DeWitt is Director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity at Cedarville University, and along with April and their children, Isaiah, Micah, Josiah, and Addilynn, serves here too, as part of our church family.  I know you will be encouraged and strengthened in your faith.

Ladies, help us get the word out about the Women’s Mental Health Seminar on April 1st (see inside for details).  Easter is coming soon; let’s all try to BRING someone to church with us on that day.  There will be another Baptism Celebration at the end March; if you want to take this important step of obedience and identification as a follower of Jesus, please let us know so you can be included.

Are you aware of our Prayer Team ministry?  Send your prayer requests to prayer@daytonave.org and our prayer warriors will receive an email alert to pray for you.  If you’d like to join our team of pray-ers, send an email to the same address and ask to be put on the distribution list.

Sarah and I are thinking of you even though we are far away with students from Legacy Christian Academy this week.  Our deacons and pastoral staff are here for you – don’t hesitate to call.  We love you and are praying for you; God bless you.

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March 5, 2017

“Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God
been able to deliver you from the lions?”

~ Daniel 6:20b~gh

Good morning and welcome to Dayton Avenue.  Jesus rose again on the first day of the week, which is why we come together on Sundays to celebrate and worship our “living God” (see the verse above).  Thank you for worshiping with us today.

Last week I encouraged us all to Pick the LONGEST Line in the checkout at the store, say a quick prayer, and then use the opportunity to spread some joy to the people you’re “stuck” in line with.  Ladies, perhaps you can invite someone to the Women’s Mental Health Seminar on April 1st (see inside for details).  Easter is coming in a month and a half, and let’s all try to invite someone to church with us on that day.  Personally inviting and then meeting a guest at the door will make a huge difference to someone who might feel uncomfortable coming alone.

There will be another Baptism Celebration at the end March; if you want to take this important step of obedience and identification as a follower of Jesus, please let me know so you can be included.  Last Sunday, Rebecca Musselman joined our church.  If you didn’t get a chance last week, look for her today and welcome her.

Sarah and I have a wonderful opportunity to go on an educational trip with students from Legacy Christian Academy here in Xenia to Italy this next week.  We’ll be serving as chaperones and I will be doing some Biblical Integration lessons as it relates to the Church History we see while there.  I’m so excited to announce that Dr. Dan DeWitt will be preaching for us the next two Sundays while we are away.  You will be encouraged and strengthened in your faith.

We love you and are praying for you.  Don’t forget to set your clocks forward next Sunday!  God bless you.

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February 26, 2017

the Most High God is ruler over
the realm of mankind, and He sets over it
whomever He wishes.

~Daniel 5:21~Picture1

Welcome and thank you for coming to Dayton Avenue.  There are many good churches in our area and we are thankful that you have joined us for worship today.  Our prayer is that the Lord strengthens each of us in our faith in Him today.

We have a special business meeting this evening at 6:00pm to discuss the need to repair and maintain our parking lot, replace the sanctuary carpet, and upgrade our sound system.  We would appreciate our church members participating in the decision process.  We also need your help to expand our Deacon Committee.  Per our church bylaws, any church member is able to nominate a deacon candidate.  There are some other guidelines to follow in the process (our constitution is on our church website under the About Us tab in the What We Believe section).  Please take care of this by this evening.  Thank you.

Earlier this year I encouraged all of us to Pick the LONGEST Line.  When we go shopping and checkout, we instinctively look for the shortest line because we don’t want to get stuck waiting and wasting time.  We may develop similar routines in every aspect of life to maximize speed and minimize our contact with people… and we wonder why we never seem to get opportunities to share Jesus’ love with others!  Will you take the challenge this year too?  Pick the longest checkout line, say a quick prayer, and then speak to the people you’re “stuck” in line with and spread some joy. God might redeem that extra little wait time with an opportunity to give a word of encouragement or even invite someone to church for Easter Sunday.

There will be another Baptism Celebration at the end March; if you want to take this important step of obedience and identification as a follower of Jesus, please let me know so you can be included.  We are praying for you and thank the Lord for you.  Have a wonderful week.

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February 19, 2017

[God Most High] does according to His will
in the host of heaven and among
the inhabitants of the earth.

~ Daniel 4:35b ~Untitled

Welcome to worship at Dayton Avenue.  If you are a first-time guest, I hope you received a little loaf of homemade bread and gift bag as you were greeted on the way in (if not, be sure to get one on the way out!).  We have been praying for the Joy of the Lord to fill this place today.  Each of us has a part in that happening: by our singing, our thoughts, our words, and our smiles.  Thank you for coming and actively worshiping today.

We’ve scheduled a special business meeting on Sunday evening, February 26th at 6:00pm to discuss the need to address several facility maintenance and replacement projects needed this spring and summer (parking lot, sanctuary carpet, and sound system).  Since this will involve spending non-budget funds, we would appreciate our church members participating in the decision process.  Please plan on attending that evening.

We need your help to expand our Deacon Committee.  Per our church bylaws, any church member is able to nominate a deacon candidate.  In addition to asking the person before you make the nomination (!), there are some other guidelines specified in our constitution, which is on our church website, www.daytonave.org (under the About Us tab in the What We Believe section).  Please take care of this by the next Sunday, February 26th.  Thank you.

Welcome to our new church family members who joined at the end of the second worship service last week: Phil Kauffmann, and Mike and Rene Panosian.  If you didn’t get a chance to personally welcome them last week, look for them and welcome them today.  We love you and thank the Lord for you.  Have a great week and don’t hesitate to call on us.

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