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Nov 5, 2017
Generous Living: The Theology of Invitation
This Sunday we were blessed to have Mike Mercer for Compassion First as our speaker. Mike is with Compassion First an organization in Indonesia that is an outreach to the girls and women who are victims of the sex trafficking trade. Their approach to giving aid and the success they have had with assisting these women have earned them the respect from the police forces in cities of Indonesia. The importance of "Invitation" is important in Christian life in our dealings with the people around us. It is no less important than our relationship with Jesus, who will "show up when invited and states where He is wanted." 
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  • Nov 5, 2017Generous Living: The Theology of Invitation
    Nov 5, 2017
    Generous Living: The Theology of Invitation
    This Sunday we were blessed to have Mike Mercer for Compassion First as our speaker. Mike is with Compassion First an organization in Indonesia that is an outreach to the girls and women who are victims of the sex trafficking trade. Their approach to giving aid and the success they have had with assisting these women have earned them the respect from the police forces in cities of Indonesia. The importance of "Invitation" is important in Christian life in our dealings with the people around us. It is no less important than our relationship with Jesus, who will "show up when invited and states where He is wanted." 
  • Oct 29, 2017Generous Living: How Do We Respond to God?
    Oct 29, 2017
    Generous Living: How Do We Respond to God?
    How do you respond to God and all His wondrous acts of power?  Mark 14:3-9 gives the account of how one woman responded to Jesus. Pastor Sam outlines her solution to this question and the significance of her acts of love toward Jesus. The Woman with the Alabaster Jar was enthusiastic about her gift to our Lord, but not in any outward show of excitement; her excitement was demonstrated in what the gift cost her and this was not lost on Jesus. Sam begins the service with testimonies from the congregation about God's wondrous acts of power in their lives and then brings us into the life of the woman who anoints Jesus at the home of Simon the Leper. You are sure to gain some revelations about the significance of her, maybe not-so-simple, act of love.  Enjoy.
  • Oct 22, 2017Psalms: Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul! (Psalm 103)
    Oct 22, 2017
    Psalms: Bless the Lord, Oh My Soul! (Psalm 103)

    This week’s recording diverges from the norm in that today, we begin with a sampling of the congregation’s declarations of what Pastor Sam has named God’s Wondrous Deeds; His Acts of Power. If you recall, Sam has urged us to take note of and give testimony to the ways God has blessed us during the week and to  voice them during the church service. Well, today we have included two in the recording so you can see how that works. Also, Shannon and Morey are moving from the area and they each give a short testimony of God’s work as well as expressing their appreciation to the congregation. Finally, Ethan Wright delivers his thoughts and reflections on Psalm 103, finishing the service. Enjoy.

  • Oct 15, 2017Psalms: Praise Him! (Psalm 150)
    Oct 15, 2017
    Psalms: Praise Him! (Psalm 150)

    This Sunday, Pastor Sam reveals what Psalm 150 tells us about praise and worship: the why, the when and the how.  What we discover is that we are to praise and worship God wherever we go and in whatever we do.  Jacob Flaherty joins the service as worship leader and leads a spontaneous worship using the scripture of Psalm 150 toward the end of the recording. Sorry to say, are unable to include that part of the service, however, because our sound system isn't configured to record music faithfully.  As a result there is a break in the flow of the service that you will notice. But that should not prevent you from gaining insight and knowledge from the message that Pastor Sam has for us. Please enjoy!

  • Oct 8, 2017Psalms: How Magnificent is Your Name(Psalm 8)
    Oct 8, 2017
    Psalms: How Magnificent is Your Name(Psalm 8)
    This week's message teaches us about the importance of a stronghold, or place of strength, in the Lord through praise and prophesy. Pastor Lennae brings us this message, showing us that Jesus created His place of strength and security through knowing prophesy as set forth by the prophets before Him and  by knowing His purpose here, on the Earth. Ultimately, His place of strength was so strong that nothing and no one could shake it or steal it from Him - not even Satan. Through Lennae's message, we better understand what prophesy looks like and what we can do with it.
  • Oct 2, 2017Psalms: God’s Unfailing Love (Psalm 32)
    Oct 2, 2017
    Psalms: God’s Unfailing Love (Psalm 32)
          Psalm 32 is closely related to Psalm 51, also by David, in which we see David's confession of all the sins that resulted from his adultery with Bathsheba. In this psalm, thirty-two, David tells us that God hears our confessions of sin and forgives us; and as if that wasn't enough of a blessing, God becomes our shelter when trouble is all around.
          Today, Sam explains and reveals what a blessing it is that God covers our sin.
  • Sep 24, 2017Psalms: Give Glory to God (Psalm 115}
    Sep 24, 2017
    Psalms: Give Glory to God (Psalm 115}
    This week, Pastor Sam's message is on Psalm 115 which tells us to give all the glory to God; that we are dependent upon Him.  As Christians our whole life - what we do and who we are - is all about our creator and provider. 
  • Sep 17, 2017Psalms: Waiting on God (Psalm 27)
    Sep 17, 2017
    Psalms: Waiting on God (Psalm 27)
    No matter what situation befell David, he never turned his back on God or lost sight of the goodness of God. Psalm 27 is a perfect reflection of David's attitude. It is full of declarations of the Lord's goodness and deliverance. It asks for guidance and instruction and that God would be attentive to his prayers and cries for help.   
         It is thought that this psalm was sung on the eve of a battle, but one source speculates it was sung by David after the years of exile and border warfare under Saul when he realized his time had come to take his rightful place as King over Israel. For David, this proved "the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living".
        Sam's wife, Lovena delivers a great word at the end of the service and Tim Moore reads Psalm 27 at the outset. 
  • Sep 10, 2017Psalms: I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds (Psalm 9)
    Sep 10, 2017
    Psalms: I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds (Psalm 9)
    In this week's message, Pastor Sam presents Psalm 9, which he considers to be a complement to Psalm 13 that he taught on last Sunday. In this psalm, the author affirms his trust and faith in God with four "I will ... " phrases that just seem to answer the "How long, O Lord?" phrases found in the Psalm 13. Bruce Kupersmith reads the whole psalm at the beginning and members of the congregation witness to our Lord's wonderful deeds in their lives during the service. 
  • Sep 3, 2017Psalms: How Long O, Lord? (Psalm 13)
    Sep 3, 2017
    Psalms: How Long O, Lord? (Psalm 13)
    Psalm 13 is a psalm that echoes everyone's feelings of insecurity; of being alone and loneliness; of the condemnation that all those self-deprecating thoughts we all have from time-to-time; perhaps, even of feelings that God really isn't very close, sometimes. Pastor Sam addresses these issues through this psalm, which is one of those that shows the raw emotions to which we are all subject.