Saturday, March 30, 2019

A Prayer for a New Work

My Heavenly Father, I still remember the first sermon I heard at Emmanuel 'Come To Bethlehem', a sermon directing people where Jesus was - where salvation could be found.  The sermon was filled with scripture, and truth -  and was a blessing to my soul.   How wonderful it was to be surrounded by fellow believers, in the worshipping of God in spirit and truth.   Thank you for these wonderful memorizes.    

Father, we know that a church where there is faithful preaching is the most effective means of reaching people with the Gospel. Enable us this week to make progress on planting a church in the Whippany/Morristown area.  Please help us to remember it is only by thy power that your church is built - whereby we beseech thee that in this area they glory would shine.

Lord, what the enemy means for evil against this effort, we believe You can use for good. Remind our hearts of this. When we are being attacked and crushed from all sides, remind us of Your faithfulness to use everything for Your good and Your glory.

We pray all this in the name of the One who asks for the voiceless, who seeks out the lost, who stands at the door and knocks.  Lord Jesus. Amen.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Rev. Lawrence Blair Gilmore, Th. D (First Pastor)

One of Pastors which made a big impact at Emmanuel was the Rev. Lawrence Blair Gilmore, Th. D (1928 - 1950).  Pastor Gilmore was the very first Pastor of Emmanuel.    It was stated in an memorial service insert that "The absorbing interest in Dr. Gilmore's life was his study of the Word.... He was fearless in its defense .. To give out the Gospel he preached, labored, wrote tracts, drew pictures, gave street talks".    It also stated; "Emmanuel Church will remain unto this coming again of our Saviour, as a particular monument to our dear Brother Lawrence"  

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Evelyn Adair Busch

While I was in Emmanuel Presbyterian Church in Whippany I remember an elderly women named Evelyn Busch. Mrs. Busch was very warm and godly women  - and would often welcoming me and my wife with a smile and talk to me about her husband the former Pastor at Emmanuel (The Late Calvin A. Busch).   Here is an short article on her:

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Laying on hands, and praying over new Elders

I found this picture of me becoming a Ruling Elder at Emmanuel church, among my photos back in 1997.  This is me and my friend Eddy Rodrigues (we are still friends today) having the elders praying with their hands on us.  The men standing from left to right are  Pastor Kostas, Bill Stephens, Robert Freeman, and George Christian.

Monday, February 6, 2017

'The Grand Promise' preached from Isaiah 58

This is an audio sermon preached as part of the Westminster Standards Lecture Series at Emmanuel Presbyterian.

'The Grand Promise' preached from Isaiah 58 -  Guest Preacher:  Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr - Date:  Sunday, September 15, 2002

NOTE: Dr. Joseph Pipa, President of  Greenville Theological Seminary in Greenville, South  Carolina ( and is the author of The Root  and Branch (a study of the person and work of Christ)and the book, The Lord's Day.

I have other sermons - so come back for more.... Brian

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Emmanuel Presbyterian Church - Contending For The Faith

Emmanuel Presbyterian Church finds it's early history going back before the foundation of the United States.  Their early members were part of the Presbyterian Church in Morristown, which held to the Westminster Standards and began in 1733.  In 1738, the church received a charter issued by King George II of England; and in 1742, the congregation called Rev. Timothy Johnes as its first pastor.

Fast forward to the early 20th century, and we find that the Presbyterian Church in Morristown was rapidly becoming liberal.  There were some liberals and some conservatives church officers.  Therefore a scheme was developed to weaken the conservatives hold on the Presbyterian Church in Morristown.  In 1925 a union of the First Church and South Street Church was proposed to weaken/remove conservatives in the leadership.  The members that understood what this merger really was -  protested by withdrawing their membership and forming Emmanuel Presbyterian Church. 

Note:  In the early days Reverend Gresham Machen was a supporter and stated supply for the newly formed Emmanuel Congregation.  By the way, it was Machen that shepherded the congregation away from a modern loosely worded translation of the English Bible and back to a more literal version of the Bible.

"Many people think that we in this little church are fanatics because we oppose not only denial of doctrine but also indifference or wavering adherence to it.  They see no reason for getting excited.   In this they certainly do not follow Jude.  Jude got excited.  False teaching roused him to action.  False teaching should rouse us, too."
Rev. Lawrence B. Gilmore of Emmanuel Presbyterian Church
Sermon Title: Contending for the faith, 1931

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About Emmanuel In Whippany Current Status:  Please see my first post.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed...

About Emmanuel Church (A Brief History):

Emmanuel Church was formed on October 17, 1927 with the congregation meeting in a storefront building in Morristown, NJ. Two lighted signs were placed in the windows of the storefront which read: "Jesus, He Shall Save" and "Emmanuel God With Us." Church officials were elected by the congregation and the first pastor was installed. At that time, without the use of a horse or a car, the pastor would walk up and down the hills of Morris County in all types of weather conditions to visit and minister to members. 
Emmanuel (1927)

Later on the church bought a house at 33 Maple Avenue in Morristown and converted it to a church and manse.  In 1970 they moved to Whippany, at the corner of Park Avenue and Whippany Road until 2015.

About Emmanuel Church (Today):

Sorry to say - a little over a year ago, Emmanuel Presbyterian's congregation in Whippany NJ voted to disband.  When I heard the sad news,  I was heart broken. I felt like a good friend had died. Last weekend I was going to the Morris County Library and had to pass by the property.   No building is left - only a mound of dirt. :(

Why am I so sad?  You see I grew up in Whippany, my wife and I were married in this church in 1992, my children were baptized in this building, and I was a member and a ruling elder for many years.   Sadly there are condominiums presently being built where this wonderful church facility stood. 

My Purpose of Keeping this Website Alive:

I can not get my mind around the idea that Emmanuel Church no longer exists.  I can not accept that its history will be lost and it's pastors and people -  not remembered.  I feel as if this online presence is a small tribute and a place holder for a future church work. 

I do request your prayers.  I do not believe God is done with Whippany or the Morristown area.   I pray that God would once again display His glory and restore what has been lost.  I would like the testimony to be, we were  "Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed..."  

I would ask if anyone has a like desire, to contact me via email - that we can meet together and pray for the return of this once beloved church in Whippany. 

In future posts I would like to share pictures, sermons and memories about this church.  So stay tuned.....

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