Istrouma Baptist Church Podcast

Baton Rouge is a city known for its joy and exuberance.  There’s not much that’s better than a crawfish boil, a tailgating party, or Saturday night in Death Valley. 


But is recent days that joy has been turned into sorrow.  Death has stalked our streets.  Laughter and camaraderie has become tears and division.  Instead of parties there have been funerals.  Is there a place for sorrow?  How ought we to deal with sorrow?


Sunday’s message will seek to answer those questions.  Jesus will be our example as he shows us how to live emotionally healthy lives even when sorrow comes knocking.


Thankful to know that “weeping may endure for the night, but joy comes in the morning,”



Isaiah 53:3-6


  1. Jesus carried our sorrows




  1. Jesus confronted our sorrows




  1. Jesus conquered our sorrows
Direct download: IBC_20170724.mp3
Category:Emotions -- posted at: 12:00pm EST



Isaías 53.3-6




  1. Jesús experimento la tristeza


  1. Jesús enfrento la tristeza


  1. Jesús conquisto la tristeza
Direct download: IBC_Espanol_20160724.mp3
Category:Emociones -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

If you were asked to give one word that describes God, what would it be? 


Loving?  Holy?  Awesome?


Or maybe,


Distant?  Angry?  Mysterious?


Did you choose “joyful”?  Probably not many would choose that adjective.  But the Bible makes it clear that God, among the traits and emotions that mark him, is joyful.  Here are a handful of texts that affirm this:


  1. Nehemiah 8:10 concludes, “. . . the joyof the LORD is your strength.”
  2. Psalm 16:11, You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
  3. Isaiah 62:5, “For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoiceover you.”
  4. Zephaniah 3:17, “The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoiceover you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
  5. Matthew 25:21, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things, enter into the joyof your master.’“
  6. Luke 15:10, “In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”


As we will see on Sunday, “like father, like son.”  Jesus also lived a life marked by joy.   Yes, he was “a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief” but the river of joy never ceased to flow.


And the best news is that his joy is our inheritance!  We will learn how to live in the joy that Jesus gives.



“The Joy of Jesus”

John 15:1-11


  1. A person of joy


  1. In spite of his difficulties


  1. In light of his destiny


  1. A path to joy


  1. Abide in Jesus


  1. Ask of Jesus


  1. A promise of joy


  1. It is fruit


  1. It is full
Direct download: IBC_20160717.mp3
Category:Emotions -- posted at: 12:00pm EST


"El gozo de Jesús"

Juan 15:1-11



  1. Una persona gozosa


  1. A pesar de sus dificultades


  1. A la luz de su futuro


  1. Un camino hacia el gozo


Si ustedes permanecen en mí y mis palabras permanecen en ustedes, pueden pedir lo que quieran, ¡y les será concedido! (Juan 15.7)


  1. Permaneciendo en Jesús


  1. Pidiendo de Jesús


  1. Una promesa de gozo


Les he dicho estas cosas para que se llenen de mi gozo; así es, desbordarán de gozo. (Juan 15.11)


  1. El gozo es el fruto


  1. El gozo es completo


Direct download: IBC_Espanol_20160717.mp3
Category:Emociones -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

People handle emotions differently.  Some people are like Mr. Spock from Star Trek fame.  He relied on logic and downplayed his emotions. 


Some people are like the Hulk.  At times his anger transforms him into a raging, uncontrollable beast. 


Which is right?  Are we to deny our emotions and stuff them down?  Or are we to let our emotions have free reign and allow them to dominate us? 




There is a better way.  Jesus did not deny his emotions.  He felt a wide range of emotions.  The gospels record him experiencing many different emotions such as joy, sorrow, anger, peace, loneliness, and compassion.  But never did these emotions dominate him.  Instead, he directed or controlled his emotions.  He channeled them in a way that glorified God and helped others. 



“Mr. Spock, the Hulk, and Jesus”


Key Verses: “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another” (Romans 12:15-6a).


  1. A command to be embraced




  1. A control to be exercised




  1. A community to be experienced


In our series we will take these emotions one by one and see how we can live emotionally as Jesus did.


Our key passage for Sunday is Romans 12:15-16a, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another.”


Direct download: IBC_20160710.mp3
Category:Emotions -- posted at: 12:00pm EST

Sr. Spock, Hulk y Jesús


“Alégrense con los que están alegres y lloren con los que lloran.

Vivan en armonía unos con otros

Romanos 12.15-16ª



  1. Debemos aceptar nuestras emociones


“Alégrense con los que están alegres y lloren con los que lloran

Romanos 12.15


  1. Debemos controlar nuestras emociones


“Alégrense con los que están alegres y lloren con los que lloran

Romanos 12.15



  1. Debemos expresar nuestras emociones


“Vivan en armonía unos con otros Romanos 12.16ª


Direct download: IBC_Espanol_20160710.mp3
Category:Emociones -- posted at: 12:00pm EST