Pray for the Malta Ministry Team

Paul DreillingChurch Blog

We have some exciting news! Immanuel will be sending a ministry team to Malta, an island off the coast of North Africa, from January 31-February 7. They will be providing a Kid’s Club for the missionary children during an annual missionary conference of one of Immanuel’s missionary families working in the Mediterranean region (since this article will be on the IBC website we can’t mention their … Read More

Five Reasons to Preach the Book of Ezra

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

Sunday, January 12, we launch a new sermon series at Immanuel Baptist Church on the book of Ezra called Rebuilding Ruins. I don’t know precisely how many sermons it will include, somewhere between 14-16, but Ezra will be worth all the attention we give it for at least five reasons. We need eyes to see God’s providence and man’s opportunity. … Read More

Remembrance Service – January 5th

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

Immanuel Family, On Sunday, January 5th in the 5:00 pm service gathering we will share a special time reflecting on church members who entered the Lord’s presence in 2019. We said goodbye to these faithful brothers and sisters, we miss them still, and we look forward to seeing them again at Christ’s return for his Bride, the Church. Let me … Read More

10 Reasons to Read the Bible

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

You need more Scripture. You need more time reading, listening, praying, applying, and sharing God’s Word. What better day to begin than January 1, 2020? Let me challenge you (and me) to invest more time in the Bible this year. You can achieve this by: Completely reading the Bible in a year;   Reading Immanuel’s weekly Scripture reading and sermon text ahead of Sunday morning, … Read More

Merry Christmas, Immanuel!

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

Immanuel Family, The year 2019 will soon end. A new decade full of opportunities and beginnings will capture our attention. Before we flip the calendar, let me encourage you to reminisce over God’s amazing grace to you and your family and remind yourself that God’s here-and-now grace leads to a never-ending future grace. As Ephesians 2:7 speaks, “so that in the … Read More

The Christmas Story

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

Luke 2:1-20 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, … Read More

I Could Have Been One of Them: An Adoption Story

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

  Paul Rohs, a first-time guest at Immanuel, shared this story with us on Sunday, December 1st. Sharing it here is intended to encourage your support for the sanctity of life, adoption, and foster care.   This is a very difficult story for me to think about, much less talk about. I deserve no attention for it. The story itself … Read More

Live Life Forward

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

This Sunday Evening, we will hear from Dr. David Nelson with his sermon, Live Life Forward (2 Peter 3:14-18). Let’s learn a little more about Dr. Nelson and his history with Immanuel: Tell us your background and history with Immanuel. I have been a part of IBC since the late ‘50s even before the church moved from Pine Street (read more … Read More

Thanksgiving Day Proclamation (1789)

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

  Washington issued a proclamation on October 3, 1789, designating Thursday, November 26 as a national day of thanks. In his proclamation, Washington declared that the necessity for such a day sprung from the Almighty’s care of Americans prior to the Revolution, assistance to them in achieving independence, and help in establishing the constitutional government.   By the President of … Read More

Ears to Hear Podcasts

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

Whenever I see a person with earbuds I ask myself, “What are they listening to?” because what we hear shapes who we are in the long run. Often, podcasts fill that airspace. Podcasts offer free downloadable audio content to anyone with a computer, smartphone, or digital device. Some of the popular “podcatchers” are iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. In fact, … Read More