Novemeber 27, 2012 - Men’s Meeting - The Boys of ‘67

November 27th, 2012

Novemeber 27, 2012 - Men's Meeting - The Boys of '67

Speaker: Steve Hopper

November 25, 2012 - Where Faith and Actions Collide

November 25th, 2012

November 25, 2012

Where Faith and Actions Collide
Scripture: Matthew 1:18-25
Sermon by: Pastor John Pattison
This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.  Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.     But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”     All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet:  “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”–which means, “God with us.”     When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.  But he had no union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus. (Matthew 1:18-25 NIV84)
Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling,  for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. (Philippians 2:12, 13 NIV84)
Through thick and through thin. Come rain or shine. For better or for worse. - Faithfulness.
the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— the Lord, who remains faithful forever. (Psalm 146:6 NIV84)
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14 NIV84)
God is faithful to His promises.
“Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven.  But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven. (Matthew 10:32, 33 NIV84)
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king.  But even if he does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.” (Daniel 3:16-18 NIV84)
Life is not always fair, but God is always faithful!

November 18, 2012 - How Do You Repay the Lord’s Goodness?

November 18th, 2012

November 18, 2012

How Do You Repay the Lord's Goodness?
Scripture: Psalm 116:12-19
Sermon by: Pastor John Pattison
How can I repay the Lord for all his goodness to me?     I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord.     I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people.     Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.     O Lord, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains.     I will sacrifice a thank offering to you and call on the name of the Lord.     I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all his people,     in the courts of the house of the Lord— in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord. (Psalm 116:12-19 NIV84
•Salvation through Jesus
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light  (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)  and find out what pleases the Lord. (Ephesians 5:8-10 NIV84)
And God spoke all these words:     “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.     “You shall have no other gods before me.     “You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below.  You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me,  but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.     “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.     “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.     “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.     “You shall not murder.     “You shall not commit adultery.     “You shall not steal.     “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.     “You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” (Exodus 20:1-8, 10-17 NIV84)
•Praise God in front of everyone
Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. (2 Peter 1:4 NIV84)
I myself am convinced, my brothers, that you yourselves are full
of goodness, complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another. (Romans 15:14 NIV84)
•Remember those who are suffering
Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering. (Hebrews 13:3 NIV84)
•God has freed us through Jesus
Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:35, 36 NIV84)
“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. (John 10:11 NIV84)
•Give thanks to God
Take a moment and try to count all of your blessings.
Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul.  Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. (1 Peter 2:11, 12 NIV84)

November 11, 2012 - We Don’t Know What We are Asking!

November 11th, 2012
November 11, 2012
We Don't Know What We are Asking!
Sermon by: Pastor John Pattison
Scripture: Mark 10:35-45
Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.”     “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked.     They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.”     “You don't know what you are asking,” Jesus said. “Can you drink the cup I drink or be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with?”     “We can,” they answered. Jesus said to them, “You will drink the cup I drink and be baptized with the baptism I am baptized with,  but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared.”     When the ten heard about this, they became indignant with James and John.  Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them.  Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant,  and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all.  For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:35-45 NIV84)

1. Servants are unselfish

2. Servants are anywhere and everywhere
3. Servants go without
4. Servants sacrifice
5. Servants follow orders
1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11 NIV84)
Are you willing to make yourself lower in order to lift someone else up?
Romans 12:3
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. (Romans 12:3 NIV84)
2 Corinthians 8:9
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9 NIV84)
Treat others as we would our own families.
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45
We are all called to be a servant.
Servants serve others.

November 4, 2012 - Whom Do I Pay?

November 4th, 2012

November 4, 2012 - Whom Do I Pay?

Sermon by: Pastor John Pattison

Scripture: Mark 12:13-17