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  • Rich Vanarsdalen

    Contributing sermons since May 13, 2007
Rich's church

First Baptist Church of New Philadelphia, Ohio
New Philadelphia Ohio , 43663
330/339-1141 xt 326

About Rich
  • Education: I have a B.S. degree from the University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio; and have completed three years of training through the Shepherd School of Ministry at First Baptist Church of New Philadelphia, Ohio.
  • Experience: I have been in vocational ministry since 2005. Before that, I served for over ten years as an operations, plant, and corporate manager.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: I would sincerely enjoy any input that I can get.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: A Biblical Church History and Twelve Factors for Focused Bible Study by Jeff Adams of Kansas City Baptist Church.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: The two tick and no dog illustration. How couples will feed off each other and seek to meet each others needs, without realizing that God is our supply and the one who is able to fulfill.
  • Family: I have had a wonderful wife since 1996. God has blessed us with four incredible children: two amazing boys and two lovely girls.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They actually enjoy them.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: She is incredibly encouraging.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Be yourself - don’t try to copy other people’s styles or personalities.
  • Books that have had an impact: I enjoyed The Book on Leadership by John McArther; in addition, the Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren was also very eye-opening.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy volleyball, coaching, and outdoor activities.
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Probably too much and take too long doing it.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: When asking the congregation how we are to develop more Faith, Hope, and Love - I asked them if we should go over here and make a little faith, and then go over there and make a little "love" - somewhat embarrassing, but it got quite a laugh.
  • What I want on my tombstone: He wasn’t perfect, but he loved God and tried to love people.
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  • Detainment, Delivery, And Denial

    Contributed on Jan 27, 2008
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    Watch how the power of God moves in such a way that the early church can barely believe their eyes!

    Detainment, Delivery, and Denial Acts Chapter 12:1-16 We are continuing in the Book of Acts today – looking at chapter 12 where we are going to see a roller-coaster ride in the life of one Apostle Peter. Really God is doing some amazing things in the life of His followers – the gospel is now ...read more

  • Soldier Or Servant

    Contributed on Jan 22, 2008
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    Take a look as God turns a corner on His plan to include the Gentiles in His church.

    Soldier or Servant? Acts Chapter 10 We will continue our study today in the Book of Acts looking at the early church and what God was seeking to do – toady we are looking at a passage where God is really seeking to turn a corner with His followers. Acts 9 – Saul becomes Paul – we saw this ...read more

  • When Things Seem Wrong

    Contributed on Jan 22, 2008
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    What is a Christian to do when God seems to be breaking all the rules? Do we have a real enough relationship with Him to follow Him through every circumstance?

    When Things Seem Wrong Acts Chapter 8 We will continue our study today in the Book of Acts looking at the early church and the lives of some incredible followers of Christ, even WHEN THINGS SEEM WRONG! Over the last two weeks we have been looking at the ordaining of deacons and the ...read more

  • God's Threefold Objective

    Contributed on Dec 2, 2007
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    Look into the Book of Acts and see the threefold objective that God had for His church.

    God’s Threefold Objective (GTO) Acts Chapter 6:1-7 Today we will continue our study in the book of Acts – we have been looking at the early church over the last few weeks – really just to see what made them tick! We have been looking at what God was doing in those believers, how He was ...read more

  • All Things Common

    Contributed on Nov 11, 2007
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    Take a look at the early church and some of the amazing, and not so amazing, believers that God worked through.

    All Things Common Acts Chapter 4:32-5:11 We are continuing on in our study of the early church as it is revealed to us in the Book of Acts, and I have really enjoyed just spending some time with these incredible examples and fantastic followers of Christ! The early church was not perfect, ...read more

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