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January 6, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
The Lord’s table: 1st Corinthians 11:26,28 “For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of the bread and drink of the cup.” When we come to the Lord's table, it’s not a time to point out someone else's sin but a time to ask Jesus to reveal to you those areas in your life that are not pleasing to Him. When coming to the table there is no room for pride. I heard an elderly gentleman once pray, “Lord, take your finger and stir around in my heart.”
When God stirs around in someone's heart their life will never be the same. Jesus didn't come just to stir our emotions but to change our lives. Jesus died on the cross, shedding his blood, paying the sin debt of mankind. Today too many are telling the creator, if you really love us, you will let us determine what sin is. Mankind has a sin problem. This Scripture gives us a command to proclaim the meaning of the cross until Jesus returns. Proclaiming the Lord's death means that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. The loving Savior brings hope to the hopeless, brings help to the helpless and brings forgiveness to the repentant. The message of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection needs to be proclaimed. Jesus came to seek and to save sinners.
December 23, 2018 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Is the virgin birth important? Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” For those evangelicals that believe there are fundamentals of the faith that must be believed, the virgin birth would be one of them. It's been said, Christmas is when God came down the stairs of heaven with a baby in his arms.
Here are two reasons why I believe in the virgin birth. First, the Bible clearly teaches the virgin birth. Some say the word virgin should be translated young woman. However there was a day, not in our promiscuous society, that a young woman would be a virgin until her wedding night. Unfortunately, far too many young men have robbed that special night from young ladies, not giving it a thought until it's time for them to settle down and find Ms. Right.
Secondly, there had to be a sinless sacrifice to take away the sin of the world. Sin came into the world through the disobedience of Adam, and that sin nature is passed on to every individual through the seed of man. Therefore God gave his Holy seed, which knew no sin, but took on the penalty for sin in his sinless body. Without the sinless sacrifice there is no salvation. That first Christmas morning we beheld the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world. Merry Christmas!
December 16, 2018 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
A new person Ephesians 4:24 “that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.” Verses 17 through 24 could be entitled, the new person. The Bible is a book of good news. God can take all the hurt and pain of your past and put it as far as the east is from the west, if you let him. None of us can turn the clock back. However, with Christ there is always a new beginning. Many times, we let our past control our future. People spend too much of their time looking in the rearview mirror rather than looking forward. In doing so they endanger their life and the lives of others. Remember what you focus on you become.
The apostle Paul here is not offering some quick fix remedies. God will not force himself on any of us. We must be willing to make a break with the past. We must be willing to let Jesus be in the driver seat of our lives. Unfortunately, most people are not willing to give him control. It’s like going to a medical doctor who knows how to treat our sickness, but we refuse to follow his orders and then we wonder why we’re not getting better. The creator of the human body has written the prescription we need to be a new person. We must be willing to follow his orders; pursue righteousness and holy living.
December 9, 2018 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
The body Ephesians 4:16 “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” In this passage of Scripture, God is using the comparison of the human body to the spiritual body of believers. The Bible is meant to be understood not to be confusing. The analogy of the physical body is something all of us can understand. The older I get the more I understand we are fearfully and wonderfully made by our Creator. What an awesome God we have.
We need to take care of our physical bodies, so they function properly. The same is true for the body of Christ. I shared with the congregation some things we need to remember if we are going to have a properly functioning body of Christ. We must remember, Jesus will not share his Lordship with any one. He is the head of the body. The body of Christ must remember without him we can do nothing of eternal value. It’s been said, two heads are better than one. However, when it comes to the Godhead no instruction is needed. Just report for duty. We need to remember that we’re related. We are brothers and sisters in Christ for an eternity. We need to remember a growing church is a loving church. We need to remember God has a place of work for all of us. So, do your part.
December 2, 2018 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Growing up: Ephesians 4:15 “But, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ.” Growing up is a natural part of life. Sometimes, we parents might wonder will my children ever grow up? It seems like they can’t find a runway to land on or they’re bouncing around like a ball in a pinball machine. Whatever the case may be, before we become too judgmental, it might help us to remember the saying, apples don’t fall too far from the tree.
Verse 14 of this passage is encouraging us not to remain as children but to grow up spiritually. God does not want his children being bounced around with the latest thought of the day. God has a runway where it is safe to land. It’s called the Bible. We seem to be living with the attitude, out with the old and in with the new. However, is there really anything new under the sun. The word of God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Verse 14 is telling the believer to beware of those who change the word of God. Even well-meaning people can be very convincing. Sometimes, we Bible believing thumper’s drive away the very people we are trying to reach by our delivery. We believers are to speak the truth in love. The proof that you’re a growing Christian is that you speak the truth in love standing firm in the Scriptures.
November 25, 2018 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Spiritual gifts Ephesians 4:12 “For the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.” It seems like today in our hustle and bustle world we briefly pause for Thanksgiving before we’re back on the Internet or on our way to the shopping mall to make that fantastic deal on a gift. Most of us can remember those times when we hoped we’d get that special gift on Christmas morning. It’s been said, it’s more blessed to give then to receive. Even though I personally try to live by this rule, I still find myself hoping to find my name on that special gift under the tree.
God loves to give gifts. His salvation is a gift to the repentant heart. It is truly a gift that is out of this world and lasts for an eternity. Spiritual gifts are different from talents. Sometimes, in the church, we look at others using their spiritual gift and we begin to desire that gift. Talents are given at your natural birth; spiritual gifts follow your salvation. Spiritual gifts are temporary, they are needed and used to build up and edify the body of Christ while on earth. Sometimes we get so infatuated with the gifts that we rarely take time to thank the giver of the gifts. We get lost in our importance and we forget why the gifts were given. To build up others; not ourselves.
November 18, 2018 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Give Thanks Psalm 100:4,5 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generations.
Thanksgiving traditions vary but for the most part, it is a time when family gets together to enjoy some of the best cooking known to man, in a relaxing atmosphere called home. It's a safe place from the hustle and bustle that is all too often associated with life.
Psalm 100 paints a picture of a place that is a joyful place filled with singing as we come together to eat in His pasture. It is a place that truly is the only safe place, from the heartache and pain this life is all too eager to give. Only true peace can be found in The presence of God.
If your view of God is a loving, caring, compassionate, forgiving, patient, merciful Father then when you face the challenges of this life, you know that your Heavenly Father loves you unconditionally. You don't see Him with a backhand but with an open hand. You don't see Him ready to pounce and renounce but one ready to rejoice and announce my son was lost but now is found.
It's been said, “If you come to Church to Praise rather than Appraise you will leave Church strengthened.” Which one were you last Sunday at your place of worship?
November 11, 2018 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
The uniqueness of oneness: Ephesians 4:4 “There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling.” Last week I proposed that our lives are open books to others. It’s been said, you can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all the people all the time. If you call yourself a Christian, there should be some overriding characteristics that are obvious to others. Unquestionably, the greatest characteristic that the Christian should be displaying is a genuine love for saints and sinners alike. People will know we are Christians by our love.
Today we’re looking at the uniqueness of being at one with God. There truly are benefits to being at one with God here on earth and eternally in heaven. Christians are part of a much larger body of believers than their local church. We are a part of the universal church. We American Christians do not have the corner on the market on Christianity. We are just a small part of a much larger picture. Which truly is out of this world. If you are at one with God through his Spirit, heaven will be your eternal home. We Christians live so far below our true potential it is sad. We forget our hope does not rest in our abilities but in the accessibility of the spirit of God. If the God of the universe calls today, I hope you’ll answer that call.
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November 4, 2018 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Love on Display Ephesians 4:1-2 “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love.” Last week we considered the unconditional love of God. When an individual willingly receives this unconditional love, through the drawing of the Holy Spirit of God, their walk of life has just changed for an eternity. There is a transformation process that begins when an individual confesses Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior of his life. This passage of Scripture tells us our earthly walk now takes on a heavenly stride. When one becomes a Christian that individual will begin to display the love of God to others, by their changed life.
Unfortunately, sometimes us well-meaning Christians don’t display a godly love. We forget it’s not our job to change people. It’s our job to love people. Only God can transform an individual into his image. Sad to say, but too much of my personal ministry may have been trying to change people. Rather than loving people and allowing God, through his word, to do the changing. It’s been said, faults are thick where love is thin. It seems, we’re living in a time when most of us are finding fault with each other rather than owing no man anything but love. In closing I asked the congregation; Are you displaying a Christlike love to others?
~ Pastor Doug Christy
Stewardship 1Corinthians 4:2 “Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. Matthew 6:21 "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” A steward is someone that has been entrusted with another’s property or possessions to manage. Christians are obligated to serve Jesus as his managers here on this earth. Every aspect of the Christian’s life is to bring glory and honor to God, as we have been entrusted with the holy trusteeship of the gospel.
The Christian steward must first understand, God is the creator of everything and everything belongs to him. There is nothing the Christian has that he can truly claim is his. In our humanistic society we tend to place man at the center of the universe and God as being a figment of our imagination. Therefore, to some; Christian stewardship seems cultic. However, for the Christian he has willingly put himself under the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Everything the believer has is to be used to bring glory to God.
Here are the three T’s of stewardship. The first T is treasure. Some people have the idea that all we do is ask for money. God is not interested in what is his already. He wants your heart. The Scripture says find your treasure and you’ll find your heart. The second T is talent. The believer should be using his talents for the Lord. The third T is time. Christians should use our time wisely