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Messages by Pastor John Fairchild

Messages by Pastor John Fairchild

Making the Most of Our Regrets

Psalm 139:1-6, 13-18 Regrets can be an instrument of God’s grace and learning that God’s presence never leaves us can bring us strength to empathize with others, forgive sooner, and live more fully. We all have regrets, both for the things we missed doing but should have done and those things we know we shouldn’t have done and now we have regrets for doing. Sometimes our actions have hurt others. “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing…

What Do You Labor For?

Our labor isn’t just the work we do to make a living when we dedicate everything we do to God’s glory. Brother Lawrence, a lay brother serving in the Discalced Carmelite Priory in Paris where he served in the kitchen and he said, “I forgot myself and was willing to lose himself for God.” Consider what motivates you in work, in service, in washing dishes.

What the Spirit Reveals

1 Corinthians 2:9-10, 12, 16 God is speaking to you through music and word, are you hearing him? Through sharing some of our favorite hymns and the background on some of them, we can gain insight, refocus our hearing on the words, and in the process, open ourselves to hearing from God. Sometimes it is simply a tune which brings peace or presence and sometimes it is a word or phrase that touches a sensitive spot in our soul. God…
Bible Stories For Grown-Ups

Bible Stories For Grown-Ups

Luke 24:13-16, 25-27, 30-32 Luke 24 recounts the two disciples walking back to the village of Emmaus when they are joined by the resurrected Jesus whom they do not recognize. In their discouragement, they were not thinking about their history and didn’t yet understand. By recounting the stories, Jesus encouraged them and they realized the true message; “their eyes were opened.” We need to hear over and over about God’s great love for us. Story is powerful. Story draws on…
The Music of Our Lips and Bodies

The Music of Our Lips and Bodies – a Gift to God

Hymn Sing Sunday – Psalm 96 1-4a, 11-13 Worship, including worship through music pleases God. The closer we get to the truth of God’s grace and salvation, the beauty of God is revealed and more worship will well up within you. It begins with a conscious act of will and sacrifice to serve God and in this sense, worship is a verb. Word, music, service, humility – all lead us closer to God and into more worship. Throughout the Bible…
God Talk

God Talk

Don’t lose your voice for Jesus. Pentecost isn’t just about a dramatic movement of the Holy Spirit, it’s the moment that every believer was given authority and power and enabled to become ministers to the world and priests to one another.