Oct 20, 2019
Come as You Are

Come to the Water                                 Come As You Are

John 4:4-9

       4 And He had to pass through Samaria.  5 So He came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; 6 and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

The Woman of Samaria

       7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
 
He is thirsty. He stops by the village well to get a drink. A woman comes to draw water. She comes by herself. She comes at the time of day expecting to be by herself. She encounters Jesus. She is stunned by Jesus’ simple request for a drink of water. (see v 9)
She had her preconceived notions about being accepted by others. With one small request, Jesus shatters those mistaken notions. We have our thoughts about who Jesus should accept. Like the woman at the well, with our failings and brokenness we find it hard to believe Jesus will accept us. Like the disciples (see John 4:27), we are shocked at who Jesus accepts.

Jesus invites all to come as they are.

Reflect On: 1) How does the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman help you overcome your story of UNACCEPTANCE.
2) How will you be a living testimony of God’s grace this week to help someone experience ACCEPTANCE?
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  • Oct 20, 2019Come as You Are
    Oct 20, 2019
    Come as You Are

    Come to the Water                                 Come As You Are

    John 4:4-9

           4 And He had to pass through Samaria.  5 So He came to a city of Samaria called Sychar, near the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph; 6 and Jacob’s well was there. So Jesus, being wearied from His journey, was sitting thus by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

    The Woman of Samaria

           7 There came a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give Me a drink.” 8 For His disciples had gone away into the city to buy food. 9 Therefore the Samaritan woman said to Him, “How is it that You, being a Jew, ask me for a drink since I am a Samaritan woman?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.)
     
    He is thirsty. He stops by the village well to get a drink. A woman comes to draw water. She comes by herself. She comes at the time of day expecting to be by herself. She encounters Jesus. She is stunned by Jesus’ simple request for a drink of water. (see v 9)
    She had her preconceived notions about being accepted by others. With one small request, Jesus shatters those mistaken notions. We have our thoughts about who Jesus should accept. Like the woman at the well, with our failings and brokenness we find it hard to believe Jesus will accept us. Like the disciples (see John 4:27), we are shocked at who Jesus accepts.

    Jesus invites all to come as they are.

    Reflect On: 1) How does the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman help you overcome your story of UNACCEPTANCE.
    2) How will you be a living testimony of God’s grace this week to help someone experience ACCEPTANCE?
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  • Oct 6, 2019Reflect the Image
    Oct 6, 2019
    Reflect the Image

    And it was Good                      Reflect the Image

    Genesis 1:24-31

            24 Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures after their kind: cattle and creeping things and beasts of the earth after their kind”; and it was so God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creeps on the ground after its kind; and God saw that it was good.  Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the 1sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.  29 Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you;  30 and to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the sky and to every thing that moves on the earth which has life, I have given every green plant for food”; and it was so.  31 God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
    Reflect On: What would it mean to act as an image of God to all those I meet in my daily routine?
  • Sep 15, 2019Designed for Change
    Sep 15, 2019
    Designed for Change

    And it was Good                            Designed for Change

    Genesis 1:14-19

    Designed for Change
    God creates the lights in the sky, and they will mark events and sacred seasons.  There is a separation of day and night, summer and winter.  There are three way seasons have an impact in our lives.  We want to only stay n good seasons (never want the rain to fall or the ice to come).  We try to rush through seasons that are difficult.  Or we get stuck in seasons that are difficult, thinking they will never end.
     

    Season for Everything

    Ecclesiastes says there's a season for everything.  God created in a way that gave us seasons.  So why do we think seasons won't change (or don't have to change).
     
    The Hebrew word translated seasons - moadim, plural of mo'ed - comes from the root word ya'ad, to appoint.  This noun is used 223 times in Hebrew scriptures.  It designates a determined time and place - an appointed time or place.  Time such as the birth of a child, the coming of a plague, migration of a bird, etc.  In Hebrew it is used to describe sacred seasons.  For us, it would be like Easter, Pentecost, etc.  The priests again are affirming that God is still acting.   It may feel to them like they're stuck in this season, but seasons, change, because that's the way God designed his creation.  And that is good.
     
    The language used to describe the sun and moon is very intentional - greater light, lesser light.  Sun  and moon represented gods in other cultures.  The priests declare they are not gods, but creations of the One True God.  God appointed the times of seasons, not these other, false gods.
     
    To the people in Babylon, Jeremiah prophesied that the people had 70 more years in Babylon.  That sounds horrible, and yet it clearly declares that eve this season will end.
     
    Life point:  In and through all our season, God's creative power is at work.
     
    Memory verse:  Jeremiah 29:11
     
    Reflect On:
    1) Which sacred season (Advent, Christmas, etc.) gives your life shape and form in this season of your life?
     
    2)How do I want to live so I can be who I want to be?

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  • Sep 8, 2019Life Happens
    Sep 8, 2019
    Life Happens

    And it was Good                                Life Happens

    Genesis 1:9-13

    9 Then God said, “Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let the dry land appear”; and it was so.

    10 God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good.

    11 Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so.

    12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.

    13 There was evening and there was morning, a third day.
     
    Life HappensOn day three in the week of life of God he separates the waters on the earth for land to appear.  DAY THREE completes a triad of separations begun on day one.  These separations are what make it possible to inhabit the earth.  These separations are what make life possible.   The first separations is the separation of day and night, it gives organization to our time, space to our days.  In day two, God separates the waters so there is vertical space.  On DAY THREE God completes the triad.  He reaches his hand down to earth and separates the waters so land can appear - now life is able to happen  - small green sprouts of vegetation begin pushing their  way up through the ground - LIFE HAPPENS
     
    Life Point:  When you look clearly at the hand of God you see that it is covered with scratches because - LIFE HAPPENS.
     
    Memory Verse: Psalm 104:30
     
    Reflect On:
    When are sometimes God has made "LIFE HAPPEN" for you?
     

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  • Sep 1, 2019God Cannot Give Up
    Sep 1, 2019
    God Cannot Give Up

     And It Was Good                                God Cannot Give Up

    Genesis 1:6-8

    God Cannot Give Up
     
           6 Then God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 God made the expanse, and separated the waters which were below the expanse from the waters which were above the expanse; and it was so.  8 God called the expanse heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, a second day.
     
     
    Day Two continues a triad of separations begun on day one and completed on day three.  These separations are what make it possible to inhabit the earth.  The first separation is the separation of day and night, it gives organization to our time, space to our days.  On day three God separates the water on earth so land can appear and life can happen.  On Day two God separates the waters, the waters above from the waters below so there is vertical space.
     
    The structure of the day continues; "There is evening , there is morning..."  HUMAN BEINGS CANNOT CHANGE THE ORDER OF TIME AND SPACE.  There is evening and there is morning - a day, it is repetitious.  This sequence of order is a guarantee - a promise that God's covenant with the people will never be broken by God.
     
    The surety of God's promise is in the words "And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day."
     
    In a world in which we believe promises are made to be broken, there is evening, there is morning, a day.  A surety that God's promises will never be broken.  "If you can break my covenant I made with the day and with the night so that one does not follow the other, only then will my covenant ...be broken."  Jeremiah 33:20-21 NLT
     
    Because God's promises are as solid and permanent as creation, we need not give up.  Because God cannot give up.
     
    Life Point:  God's promises are as certain as evening and morning.
     
    Memory verse:  Jeremiah 33:20-21

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  • Aug 25, 2019God Speaks – Good Happens
    Aug 25, 2019
    God Speaks – Good Happens

    And It Was Good           Day One: God Speaks - Good Happens

    Genesis 1:1-5

    The Creation

    God Speaks - Good Happens1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.  3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light.  4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness.  5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
     
     
    The people find themselves exiled to a foreign land.  It is hard to imagine such a thing in the midst of their despair, anger, confusion and chaos.  A word of hope is offered; God's creative word.  In the midst of this unproductive emptiness, a life void of meaning, the people are given assurance through an affirmation of faith of God's creative power.  It is a structured affirmation for time of chaos; God speaks - It comes into being - God declares it good - And gives it a name.
     
    Life point:  In the midst of a mess - God speaks a creative life giving word and something good happens.
     
    Memory Verse:  Isaiah 9:2
    The people who walk in darkness
    Will see a great light;
    Those who live in a dark land,
    The light will shine on them.

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  • Aug 18, 2019Brown Bag
    Aug 18, 2019
    Brown Bag
    Series: (All)
    Typically, someone is given a brown paper lunch bag to fill with any item. The bag is then given to Pastor Jeff the next Sunday. The pastor then uses the object in the bag for the sermon that day. Adults and children alike get a pretty good kick out of this. Everyone appreciates a good visual; the more random, the better. 
    Psst-I think Pastor Jeff gets a kick out of it too!
     
    Listen in to see what he does/says about a frisbee!
     
  • Aug 18, 2019Vending Machine
    Aug 18, 2019
    Vending Machine
    Series: Rest Stop
  • Aug 4, 2019Picnic
    Aug 4, 2019
    Picnic
    Series: Rest Stop

    Rest Stop - Picnic

    Exodus 16:1-4, 11:15

     

    Manna and Quail from Heaven

    Then the whole community of Israel set out from Elim and journeyed into the wilderness of Sin, between Elim and Mount Sinai. They arrived there on the fifteenth day of the second month, one month after leaving the land of Egypt. There, too, the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron.  “If only the Lord had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.”  Then the Lord said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions.

    11 Then the Lord said to Moses, 12 “I have heard the Israelites’ complaints. Now tell them, ‘In the evening you will have meat to eat, and in the morning you will have all the bread you want. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’ ”  13 That evening vast numbers of quail flew in and covered the camp. And the next morning the area around the camp was wet with dew. 14 When the dew evaporated, a flaky substance as fine as frost blanketed the ground. 15 The Israelites were puzzled when they saw it. “What is it?” they asked each other. They had no idea what it was.

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  • Jul 28, 2019With Hope
    Jul 28, 2019
    With Hope
    Series: Go Beyond

    Go Beyond                                                     With Hope

    Matthew 14:22-32

    Jesus Walks on the Water

    22   Immediately He made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He sent the crowds away.

    23   After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone.

    24   But the boat was already a long distance from the land, battered by the waves; for the wind was contrary.

    25   And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea.

    26 When the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were terrified, and said, “It is a ghost!” And they cried out in fear.

    27 But immediately Jesus spoke to them, saying, Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”

    28 Peter said to Him, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.”

    29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.

    30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!”

    31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and * said to him, You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

    32 When they got into the boat, the wind stopped.

     
    Focus:
    Peter accomplishes a great feat - actually walking on the water.  To my knowledge, Peter achieves something no other human being has accomplished.
     
    To achieve the great feat, he must first get out of the boat.
     
    I can't even imagine what was going through his head as he puts his foot over the side of the boat.  And then actually walks on the water toward Jesus. 
     
    But then fear overtakes him.
     
    It is fear that causes Peter to sink.
     
    Fear stopped him from getting all the way to Jesus, to getting to where Jesus called him.
     
    How often does fear stop us from getting to where Jesus calls us?
     
    We need to hear the words of Jesus, Take courage, I am here."
     
    Life Point:
    "May the Force be with you." - Star Wars
     
    Reflect On:
    1.  What "boat" in your life is Jesus calling you to go beyond?

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