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 EDT


"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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

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 EDT

Dark Horse


Acts 13: 36-39


1. A life of service

a.  Time of his service

b. Target of his service

2.  A life of sacrifice

a.  Jesus died for sin

b.  Jesus defeated sin

3.  A life of salvation

a.  The requirement for it

b.  The results of it

Direct download: IBC_20160626.mp3
Category:Dark Horse -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT


Hombres valientes

2 Samuel 23

Estos son los nombres de los valientes que tuvo David…” 2 Samuel 23.8ª



  1. 1. Los hombres valientes forman un equipo
  2. Diferentes Orígenes
  3. Diferentes pasados
  4. Los hombres valientes tienen una causa
  5. El Reino del Rey
  6. El deseo del Rey
  7. Hombres valientes tienen un comandante
  8. El los Ama
  9. Ellos lo aman



Direct download: IBC_Espanol_20160619.mp3
Category:El Elegido -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

I remember a time in school when something that I attempted completely backfired.  A group of us students were at a park goofing off.  There were some large swings there and I jumped in one.  I swung as high as I could.  I decided I would back flip out of the swing to impress the girls. 


Well, I did it but I miscalculated!  Instead of flipping out and gracefully landing on my feet in triumph, I over-rotated and landed right on my rear.  Ouch!  No permanent damage—just a mud-stained bottom and wounded pride.  


I wanted to impress everyone but it backfired.  I just embarrassed myself. 


A lot of times in life things backfire.  It happened in David’s life.  He decides to count his men in a nation-wide census.  I believe it may have been an attempt on his part to show the world his might and power.  But it completely backfired.  In fact, after the census he had fewer men than when he began. 


What can we do when our foolish decisions backfire?  This Sunday’s message will be a caution against foolhardy schemes and an encouragement that, even when life backfires, there is hope in Jesus.


Dark Horse

“A Senseless Census”

2 Samuel 24


  1. The choice to sin


  1. A harmless deed


  1. A harmful desire


  1. The consequence of sin


  1. Personal conviction


  1. Public crisis


  1. The cure for sin


  1. Plea to be pardoned


  1. Price to be paid
Direct download: IBC_20160612.mp3
Category:Dark Horse -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Dark Horse


2 Samuel 11-12


  1. The committing of sin


  1. The concealing of sin


  1. The conviction of sin


  1. The confession of sin


  1. The cleansing of sin


  1. The consequences of sin
Direct download: IBC_20160605.mp3
Category:Dark Horse -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Direct download: IBC_Espanol_20160605.mp3
Category:El Elegido -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT