Tag: First Baptist Church Sun Lakes

The Secret of Contentment

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes How often do we think in terms of needing various things to be happy or content? However, God is what we need, and things are simply what we use. Many people think retirement will bring contentment. But far too many become lonely and depressed, and…

The Big Questions

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes Every person has a worldview of some kind. What is a worldview? Simply put, it is how one views reality. And it proposes to answer the big questions of life such as: Where did everything come from? What is the meaning of life? Who or…

The Satisfied Soul

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes We live in unusual and troubling days. I’m reminded of Thomas Paine’s comment in 1776: “These are the times that try men’s souls.” Granted, our culture today is quite different from that of the 18th century, but Paine’s statement certainly resonates with people who are…

The Gratitude Attitude

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes The story is told of a man who lived on the border between Wisconsin and Minnesota. For years he had assumed that he lived in Minnesota, but a new survey revealed that he actually lived in Wisconsin. His response? “Thank goodness, I never could bear…

Wisdom for a New Day

Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes Now that the year 2020 is in the record books, I’m sure we all have hopes that 2021 will be quite different! But will it? Only God knows for sure. He has His purposes that he is carrying out, and we can rejoice that He is…

Will This Christmas Be Different?

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes Having been in a pandemic for most of this year, our lives have changed in many ways. And because of this, we may think that Christmas this year will be quite different from previous years; perhaps less enjoyable or meaningful. But will it? It doesn’t…

We’ve Been Here Before

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes Do you recall the widespread anarchy and mayhem of the late 1960s, especially 1968? It was an election year, the country was rife with violence and racial and political turmoil, and many marches and demonstrations were taking place to protest the unpopular Vietnam War. Furthermore,…

When Life Is Turbulent

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes Have you ever experienced severe turbulence while flying? It can be a jarring and unnerving experience to say the least. Furthermore, life itself can be quite turbulent at times (as we have clearly seen in recent months). What do we do in such times? Our…

Piles of Stones

Dr. Marc Drake

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes As I write these words, restrictions due to the global pandemic are being gradually lifted in some places but, of course, we do not know what to expect in the months and even years to come. But Christians do not have to go into panic…

No “Ifs” in God’s World

Dr. Marc Drake, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church Sun Lakes A remarkable story is told in The Hiding Place about Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsie. It was during WWII and one night, during an air raid, Corrie went downstairs to the kitchen to drink tea with Betsie. When Corrie returned to her room, she…