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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.
March 03, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Watch your conduct: Ephesians 5:3 “But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints.” It’s been said, conduct is the unspoken sermon. Have you ever heard someone say do what I say, not what I do? Unfortunately, parents that use this motto will be sending very confusing messages to their children. The Bible tells believers to train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. I often say, someone’s rules will rule. Maybe I should say it like this, someone’s conduct will rule. Our society is trying to determine what conduct is acceptable for us and what is not. We, in essence, are just writing a new rule book. However, the Bible is very clear as to what is fitting for believers. We are to live lives that will bring glory to God. We are to be imitators of God. God’s words match his doings and so should ours.
I encouraged the congregation to do four things this week. The first being to watch your reputation. Remember your sins will find you out. There is a day all of us will give an accounting to God. All sin can be forgiven. However, sin has consequences. Believers need to watch their talk. God hears all. Believers need to watch what they listen to and believers need to watch their relationships. Watch your conduct!
February 24, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Waiting: Isaiah 40:31 “But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength…” Waiting is not always our best virtue or at least not mine. Have you ever said something like: Lord aren’t You listening, I need some relief, I can't take this anymore, or if you really loved me you would do something about my circumstances.
Remember when you went on a long trip in the car with the children. You probably heard them say something like: Are we there yet, How much longer, I’m hungry, I’m crowded, I want to go home. Tell Junior to stay on his side. Waiting or being patient may have been easy for you, but not for a lot of us. It is quite a challenge, because “I want, what I want, when I want it”. This passage of scripture assures us if we wait on the Lord. He will, renew our strength. One of the joys of the Christian walk is to come to the point; we realize that the Creator of the cosmos knows exactly what we need and when to renew our strength. God is always on time. We Christian’s are not immune to challenges, heartache or pain.
Waiting on the Lord means not telling God to catch up with my plans but, that I am going to start following His. Jesus said, if anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
February 17, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
The Love chapter:1Corinthians 13:4 “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up.” This Scripture is one of those that believers should read on a regular basis. The Corinthian church was emphasizing spiritual gifts and at the same time neglecting the most important. God is not impressed by our accomplishments or our sacrifices. God is more concerned with how we get where we are, than where we are. You may have heard; the end does not justify the means. If we are not demonstrating the love of God to those around us then everything, we do profits us nothing. It’s like the gentleman that spent his whole life climbing the ladder of success, only to realize when he reached the top, it was leaning against the wrong wall. It’s been said, love is the greatest gift one person can give another.
This is not one of those passages that is hard to understand. I challenged our congregation, when reading this Scripture that every place it referred to love put Jesus’s name there. Then go back and put your name every place it referred to love. Hopefully it’ll help you realize that your love relationship with Jesus may be like a dead battery in your car. It needs jumped off. Admitting your need for Jesus’s help is the first step to a love relationship with Jesus that will transform your life for eternity
February 10, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Gideons: Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Our guest speaker this week was Sanford Johnson with Gideons International. Mr. Johnson is from Orange, VT. His personal, testimonies of giving the Bible to people and that of others was very inspiring and challenging.
The Gideon’s International started distributing the Word of God in 1908. Today, they have more than 269,500 members—and an untold number of supporters—in more than 200 countries across the globe. These dedicated individuals give their time and money to make it possible for others to learn about the love of God by giving them access to His Word. In fact, they have placed or distributed more than 2 billion Bibles. More than 81 million copies of God's Word were distributed last year. On average, more than two copies of God's Word are distributed per second. To learn more about this wonderful ministry go to their website.
Why is the Bible so important? Because most of us form our philosophy of life and the hereafter based upon something. If you are one of those that hopes there is an afterlife, it might be pertinent to know what the Creator of life has to say. That’s why God gave us the Bible. Portions of the Bible have been around about 3500 years. I would encourage you to read the Bible but with a word of caution. It’s a book that will read you
February 03, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Are you an imitator? Ephesians 5:1-2 “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” People make a living by being an impersonator of other people. Some people my age have seen an Elvis Presley impersonator that caused our heads to turn and say he looks just like Elvis. Knowing he’s not the real deal he’s a pretender. We like to think that we are all trail blazers but, most of us are copycats of someone or something that has influenced us deeply. I bet Sunday night as you watched the fans in the stands at the Super Bowl, you had no trouble identifying who they wanted to win.
Paul is telling us, in this passage of Scripture, that the watching world should be able to identify us as fans of God. Unfortunately, to many Christians have the right God talk but their walk does not match their talk. The Bible is quite clear followers of Christ walk in his love. I challenged the congregation to watch their walk, God is. Your life may be the only Bible some people will ever read. Do they see us as imitators of God or imposters? I shared some characteristics of God that ought to be evident to others. They should see love in action through kindness, forgiveness, serving and sacrificing all for others.
January 27, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Our spiritual journey: 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Life is full of journeys. No matter our age, we all are on a journey. When we were young, we probably were asked, what do you want to be when you grow up? They are hoping to help us plan our journey ahead so our dreams could come true. When you grow old you ask, what ever happened to my dreams? All the bumps, detours and obstacles of life have just left you with crushed dreams. Some are so hurt they never dream again.
If you happen to be one of those, there is good news. The Bible is full of people that had their dreams destroyed. Some because of the choices they made. Some are hurt by the cruelty of their fellow man or by situations that were totally out of their control. All of them found out they could dream again. The Bible is a book of new beginnings. The apostle Paul was reassuring the Corinthians that if an individual is in Christ, he is a new person. Repentant sinners are in Christ, they are on a spiritual journey that literally is out of this world. Jesus can take all our broken shattered dreams and put them as far as the east is from the west. This enables you to dream again, on your new spiritual journey.
January 20, 2019 ~ Pastor Doug Christy
Whiter than snow: Psalms 51:7 “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” What a weather event it was Sunday to watch as the snow cover everything with a layer of white. The beauty of God’s creation is all around us. However, do we have eyes to see it or is our 21st century mindset keeping us from seeing the obvious. One does not have to have a theological degree to understand the first verse of the Bible. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Vermont is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever lived, accept for the mud season!
Psalm 51 is a confession of David’s heart after he was confronted by the prophet about his sin. David knew that only God could create a clean heart in him once again. The apostle John tells us that Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross is what can wash away our mud. The Bible is a book of good news. There is no sin that Jesus will not forgive.
There is hope for the hopeless. There is help for the helpless. There is refreshing for the downtrodden. As one songwriter put it, “What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus,” What a true beauty to behold when a repentant sinner is made whiter than snow. Cleansing is just a prayer away.
~ 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