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September 1, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Who do you trust? Psalms 31:14 But as for me, I trust in You, O LORD; I say, "You are my God." It doesn’t take long in this journey of life for your trust factor to be stretched to the limit. If you happen to be one of those lucky ones that have never had your confidence in someone shattered, you truly are an exception. When our trust is violated we feel like the weight of the world just landed on our heart. It’s been said, to be trusted is a greater compliment than to be loved. Too many times, we hear how someone has found the love of their life only to learn sometime later of marital unfaithfulness. This leaves the individual devastated to the core and wondering how will I ever trust someone again?
The good news of the Bible is God does not love you and then leave you, he can be trusted. God is in the restoring business. He first forgives us of our sin, making us a child of God. Then God takes our devastated hurting heart and turns it into a trusting loving heart once again. This can happen through the divine grace of God. The new believer begins to see the faithfulness and promises of God, coming alive in the depths of their heart. One of the greatest joys of the Christian walk is to be delivered from fear. The Bible says, whenever I am afraid, I will trust in you.
August 25, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Saved by Grace: Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Many times, the terminology that our houses of worship use can be very confusing to the listening world. Words like grace, saved, faith, gift of God, works and boast may leave the believer comforted only to leave a nonbeliever asking questions. The one question that most evangelicals would love to hear someone ask is, how can I be saved? Many are saying we are now living in a post-Christian period and if that is the case we probably would hear someone say; saved from what? We Christians need to be busy today sharing a simple clear gospel message and this passage is just that.
There is a deep humbling that this passage should bring to the heart of the believer. The first step for someone to become a believer (saved) is to come to realize they are a sinner and they deserve to be eternally separated from God because of their sin. No one can save themselves it is the gift of God. The gift of God was giving us his son to die on the cross for our sin. Grace is totally undeserved. Faith is putting a wholehearted trust in Christ. It is impossible for us to work our way into heaven. There is no room for boasting. It’s all by his grace.
August 18, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
When testing comes: John 6:6 “But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.” The miraculous feeding of the 5000 appears in all four Gospels. This was a major faith builder for those early disciples. The disciples were about to witness Jesus feed nearly 15,000 people using five loaves of bread and two fish if you counted the women and children that were there. Jesus was about to present a crisis to his disciples when he asked them where can we buy bread to feed these people. His request was impossible to complete, humanly speaking.
Philip and the rest the disciples were about to witness their anxiety over their circumstances change before their very eyes. The multiplication of the bread and the fish, with12 baskets of bread left over, truly was a game changer for those disciples.
All Christians go through times of testing. When God brings times of testing or trails into our lives it is not to hurt us but to make us more like him. Here are a few things that we believers need to keep in mind when challenging situations interrupt our day. Our circumstances never catch God off guard. He is an all knowing, ever present and compassionate God. We need to keep our focus on the one who can multiply the bread. God is using this situation to strengthen your trust in him. Finally, dear child of God, you never face a situation alone.
August 11, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
No smorgasbord Christians:1John 2:5 “But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.” Once again, the apostle is driving home the point, if you claim to be a Christian your deepest desire is to live by the word of God. If you’ve ever eaten at a smorgasbord you had the luxury of picking and choosing what you want to eat. If you’re anything like me, you probably have overeaten, and may need to confess the sin of gluttony upon leaving the restaurant. It’s satisfying being able to pick what you want and the quantity you want for as long as you want. Unfortunately, many Christians today are of the opinion that their opinion is what matters. We think we can pick and choose what parts of the Bible we will adhere to and disregard the rest. We come to God’s table telling him we know what is best for us spiritually. The proof that an individual is truly a Christian is how willing are we to deny self and follow Christ.
There is a direct correlation between feasting on the word of God and the love of God being perfected in your life. If we love Jesus, we will keep his commandments. Believers have a deep heartfelt desire to live by the word of God and the love of God is changing them from the inside out. No picking and choosing allowed!
August 4, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Our advocate: 1John 2:1 “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Most of us, if not all of us, look for companionship. Even the most independent of us find those times in life where we wish we had a friend we could share our intimate feelings with. Or perhaps it’s when tragedy knocks at our door, we are thankful that we have a neighbor who cares. All of us need to know that someone cares. This verse starts off letting the believer know someone cares. Believers are a part of the family of God. We are his dear children and he loves us with an everlasting love. Nothing we can ever do will separate us from the love of God. God has provided us an advocate to go on our behalf before him. We may have been able to hide our sin from our earthly parents, but it is impossible to hide sin from the all-knowing God. How can sinful mankind come before a holy just God? The answer is we cannot be justified before God based on our goodness. The only way we can come before God is through the righteousness of his son Jesus. We can come before God because of the atoning sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. We have a friend in Jesus who truly is our advocate.
July 28, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Sin:1John 1:8 ‘If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” John is addressing a deception that was creeping into the early church. Unfortunately, it is a deception that has many fooled today. Do you believe that man is basically good and just needs to tweak a thing or two? Or do you believe that all mankind is tainted by the curse of the fall of Adam and Eve making all of us sinners? It’s been said that if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck it’s a duck. We Christians need to quit fooling ourselves. What the Bible called sin in the first century is still sin in the 21st century.
Christianity’s message is hope for the hopeless, help for the helpless and forgiveness for the repentant heart. Someone said, the way some people act now days they must think that hell has been air-conditioned. If the pulpits of America continue to take what the Bible clearly calls sin out of their preaching, the truth is not in us. The Bible states that Jesus is truth. The sinless Savior took our sin upon himself on the cross. Jesus, the only sinless God man to walk the face of the earth, paid our sin debt on the cross. If Jesus says it looks like sin, it walks like sin and it talks like sin it’s still sin.
July 21, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Watch your walk: 1John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. The apostle, in the previous verse, declares that God is light and in him there is no darkness. Some people in John’s day were debating what it meant to have fellowship with God. Just as there are those today redefining what it means to walk in the light. Light dispels the darkness. It exposes what darkness hides. If we’re honest with ourselves when we were younger, we did a lot of our mischief at night hoping our parents would never find out. With our changing times, many things that we wanted to keep in the dark we now parade them in the light of day. That saying ‘there’s nothing new under the sun’ certainly applies here. From the first century to the 21st century, mankind has been trying to redefine what it means to have fellowship with God. We find his rules to restrictive, so we find ourselves listening to our desires rather than God’s. It started in the garden of Eden when Satan convinced Adam and Eve that God’s ways are too restrictive. Satan convinced them that God’s plan for fellowship was unfair. John is saying you better be careful who you are following. True fellowship with God reveals itself through our walk. We are to be holy as God is holy. Watch your walk. God is!
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.
~ 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