I am pleased to have you visit the Canaan Baptist Church web site where you can learn a little about who we are and what we are about. Hopefully, your interest will be intensified enough to visit us or seek more information Canaan Baptist Church has been serving the Washington, D.C. religious community since 1947. It is dedicated to the edification of glorifying our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Canaan has made many contributions in the moral humane, and religious growth of the community through the struggles of faithful members, both past and present. Today's Canaan Baptist Church is a vibrant church family that has gotten its second wind. We are an inclusive church family, meaning that we recognize the importance of EVERYONE that is in our employ. We have an active youth ministry and an energetic senior population. We are a church striving to be more committed to God by MAKING MOVES IN MINISTRY. We encourage our members to develop better spiritual growth habits and we provide enabling infrastructure for that to take place. We are a people that stresses ministry and not maintenance, so that our members can discover their spiritual gifts and utilize them in the church and in the community. Our worship style is in the context of celebration and praise. Canaan is a hopeful, expectant congregation. We mandate a ministry that is reverent yet relevant. We are contemporary without compromising our faith or belief. We are called and committed to meaningful ministry. We invite you to come worship with because we are reaching for a real relationship. We realize that in order to receive my favor, I have to do my part.
MESSAGE OF HOPE - November 2015
It was a year ago, November 2014, when we wrote our Message of Hope that there was near hysteria about a disease that had reached the American shores called Ebola. The medical community acted swiftly to ensure that this potentially fatal disease did not spread in this country and in this Season of Thanksgiving, we have yet another reason to be grateful. None of the fears became reality. That potential health crisis vanished and by virtue of the fact that I have the privilege of writing another Message of Hope signifies that in spite of life’s ups and downs during the course of the next 12 months, the Savior kept us! The Word of God declares “In everything, give thanks” (I Thess.5:17) and it also say, “for everything” (Eph.5:20) – even challenges are working together for good. We hear people say that it is important to have an “attitude of gratitude”. The medical community has published information on the benefits of possessing a positive disposition. Paired with various religious communities to promote this concept, “the mind/body connection”, doctors are now reminding patients that they play an intrinsic part in the healing process. This concept is something the Body of Christ has known all along, “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine…”(Prov.17:22a). Most of us already know that poor emotional health can ultimately lead to poor physical health and that there is a correlation between the spiritual man (mind) and the physical man. I located the following information on a website that discusses this very topic and shows how prolonged negative emotions affect the human body: 1. Anger weakens your liver. 2. Grief weakens your lungs. 3. Worry weakens the stomach and digestive system. 4. Stress weakens the heart and brain. 5. Fear weakens the kidneys. (This information is not shared as diagnostic or prognostic information. Please consult your physician when you are ill.) The conclusions of this particular study were interesting. If any of the data they present is actually true, it simply confirms God’s Word: 1. do not being angry (Ecc.7:9; Eph.4:26), 2. do not grieve as the world does (I Thess.4:13), 3. be anxious for nothing (Phil.4:6), 4. cast all your care upon Him (Ps.55:22), and 5. fear not – it’s in the Bible 365 times, one for every day of the year! In this season of Thanksgiving, I hope you will focus on God’s Word and be thankful continually. You see, Proverbs 17:22b says, “…but a broken spirit drieth the bones”. Gratitude is good for your body. To our Veterans, we say thank you for serving our country and protecting our freedom! Lady LaWanda, ReNata and I wish for you and your family a blessed and peaceful Thanksgiving Season as we… Seek, Serve, Celebrate and Give Thanks to the Savior! Rev. Larry Owens, Jr., M.Div. Senior Pastor