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

Listen to Your Conscience

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

What is the conscience? “The conscience is your consciousness of what you believe is right and wrong” Conscience produces different results for people based on different moral standards. Conscience can change. Conscience functions as a guide, monitor, witness, and judge. Twenty Scripture Texts on the Conscience Acts 23:1 Acts 24:16 Romans 2:15 Romans 9:1 Romans 13:5 1 Corinthians 8:7, 20, … Read More

Chinese Ministry – A Celebration of God’s Blessings

Geoffrey ChanChinese Ministry, Church Blog

1890, the Chinese population in Richmond numbered less than 100 and Immanuel Baptist Church was a thriving congregation at Fifth and Leigh Streets.  That year, the church invited a group of Chinese people living in Richmond to attend a weekly Sunday School class and occasional worship services conducted by retired missionaries to China. This began Immanuel’s first official outreach to … Read More

Are You Ready?

Matt LavenderChurch Blog

Are You Ready? Oh how I enjoy old, acoustic guitar blues music particularly gospel blues and I would like to introduce you to one I have enjoyed learning recently. Gospel blues is a form of music that has been around since before World War II. It’s earliest influences were “spirituals.” Spirituals were religious songs created by enslaved African Americans that … Read More

Pray for our Government Leaders

David AndersenChurch Blog

Click to view full flyer. Nero had just burned the capital of the empire, Rome, and had just blamed the Christians, igniting the greatest worldwide persecution the Church had ever known. Evidence shows that this was likely the background for Paul, the former foremost persecutor but now the greatest missionary, writing God’s will and solution for the Church for all … Read More

World Day of Prayer Event: Baptist Mid-Missions Celebrating 100 Years of Ministry!

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

This Tuesday, October 15th Baptist Mid-Missions will launch its 100th anniversary year with an international prayer event broadcast on Facebook Live. From the home office in Cleveland, Ohio, this event will be hosted by BMM President Vernon Rosenau and President Emeritus Gary Anderson. You can mark yourself as interested or going to this event HERE. The online event begins at … Read More

What To Think About Kanye West

Michael WilburnChurch Blog

The news media recently reported Kanye West’s conversion to Christianity. West is a 42-year old rapper “who has long melded black gospel sounds with secular hip-hop” according to the New York Times. West has won 21 Grammy Awards, sold over 140 million albums, and has 29.2 million people following his Instagram account. He is perhaps best known for a controversial … Read More