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July 14, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Fellowship: 1John 1:3 “That which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.” John in this passage shares his personal relationship to Jesus. Peter James and John are sometimes referred to as ‘the inner circle’ of Jesus. The things that John was about to share with his fellow believers were to be heeded in order to safeguard their fellowship. People need fellowship. People are looking for relationships that are honest, trustworthy, dependable and that are compatible with their interests. Unfortunately, many people search for fellowship hoping this time it will be different only to be brokenhearted once again. John is saying there is a fellowship that is truly out of this world. The brokenhearted can truly have a joy overflowing in the depths of their soul.
People join fine organizations and clubs of all kinds in the search of fellowship. Some join organizations because the founders of the organization are held in high esteem in their community and it’s good to know the people that are in the know. John is saying the founders of the Fellowship that he is a part of are unequaled in their credentials. The founding Fathers of this fellowship are God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. The good news is all are invited to join the Fellowship. However, you must come on their terms.
July 7, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Praying for boldness: Eph 6:19-20 “And for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains….” The apostle Paul is asking fellow believers to pray that he would have a heaven-sent boldness in sharing the gospel. The word gospel means good news. Good news because our sins can be forgiven, and heaven can be our eternal home. Unfortunately, just as in Paul’s day, most people still reject the Gospel. People did not agree with his message. Therefore, they used the tactic or strategy, if you can’t discredit the message discredit the messenger at any cost. If you can’t silence the message, silence the messenger. The table had turned on Paul. The Hunter became the hunted. He was determined to stamp out Christianity at any cost. However, God had a different plan for Paul’s life. God transformed his life through the gospel by a life changing encounter with Jesus. Paul would end up giving his life for the opportunity to share with others the; sinless life of Jesus, His sacrificial death on the cross and his resurrection from the dead. A repentant sinner may spend eternity in heaven with Jesus. I asked the congregation to pray that I would have boldness to share the gospel and the willingness to face the consequences for sharing the truth about sin in a loving way.
June 30, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Independence vs. Dependence: John 8:32 declares you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free. Verse 36 states; therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. Thursday we celebrate Independence Day with wonderful festivities and local traditions. It's also a day to remember the saying; ‘freedom isn't free’! Let’s thank God that there are men and women willing to defend freedom with their very lives, yet today. What greater sacrifice can one be willing to give than to lay down one’s life for his friends?
The Christians’ independence was declared before the foundation of the cosmos was spoken into existence according to the Bible. There was a battle to be fought, in order to redeem the sin sick souls of humanity. There would be a life that had to be given in order to gain the freedom from the grips of sin and death. It would not be an ordinary life. It would be God's only Son Himself and not just giving his life for his friends but, for all mankind because we all are sinners in need of the Savior. Unfortunately, too many people are not willing to give up their independence and become totally dependent upon Jesus. One must be willing to deny self, and take up your cross and follow Him. Jesus requires total dependence not half hearted allegiance. Please don’t let your independence keep you from your heavenly home. Acknowledge your need of the Savior.
June 2, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
God's armor: Eph 6:13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. In this Scripture, there is a description of God's armor using the illustration of what a first century Roman soldier would have worn. The apostle Paul had first-hand information on what a Roman soldier would wear. Many times, he would find himself in prison shackled to a Roman soldier for standing up for his Christian beliefs. He knew, all too well, that without God’s armor believers would be no match for God’s adversary. Just as an earthly government tries to send their soldiers into battle properly protected, so does God.
There are six things that God lists that will enable the believer to withstand any attack from our adversary. We must go into battle with truth fastened around our waste. We must go into battle with holiness or righteousness as a breastplate. We must go into battle knowing it may be difficult, but we are surefooted in the gospel of peace. We must go into battle believing the shield of faith can stop anything the adversary tries to send our way. We must go into battle with the victor’s helmet, knowing that victory is already won. We must go into battle with the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. When doing battle for the souls of man, God’s armor will protect you.
May 26, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Remember the Scars; John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, that to lay down one's life for his friends.” Memorial Day, being a time with great gratitude, when we remember those who have given their lives in the line of duty for our country. We give thanks to God that we live in the greatest country in the world. A time of giving thanks for the sacrifices of those who have gone before us and a time of thanking God that there are still those that are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms we have in this great country.
However, the horrifying consequences of war leaves scars that run deep into the human psyche. Whether you were on the winning side or the losing side the scars remain. If you happened to be on the winning side, there is some solace in knowing that the scars were not in vain. Life is full of scars. There are times that the crushing blows of life seem too heavy to carry. We cry out why and we get empty answers.
Christians need to remember the scars of Jesus. 1Peter 2:24 says, who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed. Jesus gave his life so a repentant sinner can have eternal life in Heaven. His scars paid our debt.
May 19, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Spiritual warfare: Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. In this chapter of Ephesians, God is reassuring the believer that all of us have been issued armor that has been designed by the creator himself. However, this armor will do you no good unless you put it on. Law enforcement officers are issued a bullet proof vest. It will do them no good if they leave it at the station, thinking it’s not needed in Mayberry. Unfortunately, too many believers make light of spiritual warfare. They fail to put on the full armor of God leaving themselves vulnerable to the attacks of the devil. We need to put on all the armor so when the adversary strikes, and the dust settles you will still be standing.
It seems that our society is fascinated with good versus evil. We will flock to the movie house wondering will our superhero once again save the day or will his adversary triumph. All throughout the Bible we see this spiritual warfare taking place. Satan rebelled against God. God cast him out of heaven with one third of the angels. From that moment on, the devil has been trying to destroy God’s prized possession mankind. God’s adversary is a defeated foe. Satan’s days are numbered. In the meantime, God has given us the protection we need to stand against the wiles of the devil.
May 12, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Godly Mothers Proverbs 31:30 “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” In this passage of Scripture, a beautiful picture is painted of a godly wife and mother. We are living in a time when society is redefining what it means to be a mother and father. The Bible tells us that we are to honor our father and our mother. There is one thing that all mankind have in common and that is we all have a mother and a father. Whether one believes in a creator or that we just evolved, we all had a mother.
Motherhood is one of the most important occupations on planet Earth. It’s been said, “no gift to your mother can ever equal her gift to you----life.” We still need the old-fashioned Bible way to reproduce. We still need mothers and fathers. For most Bible believing Christians, God’s biblical definition of the family still stands. We are commanded to honor our father and mother and the best way to do that, is to live a Christ centered life.
Here are four good ways to do just that. In everything put Jesus first. Secondly, everything you do, do as unto the Lord. Thirdly, in everything give thanks. Fourthly, in everything magnify the cross because the sinless Savior paid our sin debt in full and gave us a home in heaven. Godly mothers still worship the creator.
May 5, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Workplace behavior: Ephesians 6:5 “Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ.” We have been looking at the Christian’s behavior in society, in the family and today in the workplace. Christians are to have an attitude of gratitude all the time. We are to willingly submit ourselves to others. Jesus told his disciples if a soldier asks you to carry his backpack a mile, willingly carry it two. This type of thinking is much easier to talk about than to demonstrate. For most of us and myself included it is much easier to have a submissive spirit around people I agree with, than those I don’t. It seems that we’re all too willing to point out unacceptable behavior in others while overlooking our own. It’s good to remember when you point your finger at someone there are three pointing at you. Jesus said, he who is without sin cast the first stone.
Unfortunately, too many Christians have lost their witness at the workplace because of their behavior. Believers should be one of the best employees at the workplace. If you find yourself always talking about the bad qualities of your boss, do yourself a favor and your boss, quit or better yet change your behavior. Your Christian witness demands it. Believer, God has you there as his ambassador to the workplace. You are to work as unto the Lord
April 28, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Submitting: Ephesians 5:21 “Submitting to one another in the fear of God.” Christians are to have a submitting spirit to each other and to those outside of the household of faith. A society that loses its ability to freely submit to others for the common good of all, will soon reap the whirlwind of anarchy. The same goes for the Christian community. However, the Christian community willingly places themselves under others out of reverence for Christ. Jesus set the example when he humbly laid aside all his glory coming to earth as the God-man. The following verses in chapter 5 can seem very out of date and even archaic to today’s mindset. Telling wives to submit, husbands to love and children to obey is for many to invading of a person’s personhood.
Jesus never forces his way upon an individual and neither should we born-again Christians. In love, we must continue to proclaim the word of God. We don’t have the right to change the word of God. We need to let the word of God change us. We need to submit to the authority of Scripture. It’s been said someone’s rules will rule. As society seems to be racing down a track at full throttle toward ‘out with the old in with the new,’ we will find ourselves right back where we started. We’ll be again looking within for the answers to life’s questions, rather than submitting to the author of the Bible.
April 21, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Fact or Fiction: Matthew 28:6 "He is not here; for He is risen,” Seven things one should consider before discounting the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
1. The obvious: The empty tomb. However, some might say the body was stolen. But having a sealed tomb with armed guards makes this highly unlikely.
2. Hush money: The guards were paid off to keep their mouths shut to the truth and instead tell the world that they were derelict in their responsibilities as soldiers.
3. Prophecy fulfilled: Jesus foretold of His suffering, humiliation, death and His resurrection on the third day. A true prophet’s prophecy must come true or he is not a prophet.
4. First to see Him were women: This also proves the inspiration of Scripture. First century men would not have said the first witnesses of the resurrection of Jesus were women. It truly was a boys club then.
5. Eyewitnesses: Jesus was seen by over 500 people during a 40 day period.
6. Changed disciples: During the crucifixion, His disciples were heading for cover in fear of their own lives. Surprisingly, something changed their minds completely. It was the resurrection! The Disciples would end up giving their lives for the sake of the gospel. It seems rather absurd to think these men would die to keep a lie alive.
7. Changed worship: To the first day of the week. This by itself was a monumental change. Fact or fiction you decide.
March 24, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Walk in wisdom Ephesians 5:18 “And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” This passage of Scripture is not a suggestion it is a command. Believers are not to drink past the point of moderation. Personally, I think it is wise to be abstinent. Engaging in mind altering substances can compromise your Christian witness. I’ve never known of these substances making someone wiser. In fact, it leads to just the opposite. Unfortunately, many people feel that they can handle it, but it handles them. Christians need to guard against losing their witness before the watching world. We cannot walk through this life holding the things of this world in one hand and holding the things of heaven in the other. The Bible says we cannot serve two masters.
Believers cannot walk in godly wisdom apart from the Holy Spirit of God. This passage of Scripture implies that it is a continuing filling of the Holy Spirit in an individual’s life that enables him to walk in wisdom. It’s been said, the Holy Spirit cannot be located as a guest in a house because he invades everything. When anyone comes to Christ it is a total surrender of his life to God. We must give God free access to every area in our life. When the Holy Spirit reveals an area in our lives that needs changing, we must be willing to change. That’s a walk of wisdom.
March 17, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Wise Believers Ephesians 5:17 “Therefore do not be unwise but understand what the will of the Lord is.” It’s been said, when God measures a man, he puts the tape around the heart – not the head. Unfortunately, some believers could be classified as a “know it all” or a “big head”. God doesn’t need our advice. God requires obedient hearts surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Jesus’s earthly ministry demonstrated he came to serve not to be served. During Jesus’s darkest hour he cried out not my will but yours Father be accomplished. Wise believers will follow Jesus’s example.
Jesus stayed true to the word of God. Ephesians chapter 5 is full of how-to’s for the believer. That old saying you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink applies also to those that hear the word of God but reject it. God does not force himself on anyone. The Bible says that faith cometh by hearing and hearing the word of God. I shared with the congregation God wants us to walk circumspectly. It’s difficult to be watchful if you’re just sleepwalking through life. Believers are to be aware of their surroundings. 50 years ago, when I took driver’s ed we were told to drive defensively. Watch out for the other guy. Wise believers will do the same. Always being mindful of our surroundings not letting anything distract us from being wise servants understanding and doing the will of God.
March 10, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Children of light- Ephesians 5:8 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” Have you ever heard the old saying being hoodwinked or they pulled the wool over my eyes? I'm afraid far too many Christians have learned the religious talk without the Christlike walk. We know all too well how to whitewash the outside. Then our inter-being is a stench in the nostrils of God. Since the spirit of God lives in the believer, it would stand to reason that, some serious changes would take place. This passage of Scripture teaches us that children of light want to do what is acceptable to the Lord, not because we have to, but because we want to.
Christians are to be the light of the world. Christians should be the most loving, caring and forgiving people on planet Earth. Remember the saying, what would Jesus do? The best place to find an answer to that question is to spend time walking through the Scriptures. I encouraged the congregation to remember we all once walked in darkness. Let’s walk like Jesus. Let’s live our lives in front of our neighbors and friends in a way that attracts people to the Savior. We need to do all we can to bring people to Jesus. Remember it’s not our job to change people. Only Jesus can do that. Jesus is the light of the world. Jesus dispels darkness.
~ 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