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Messages by Pastor John Fairchild

Jan 24, 2021 – Live Worship Service

Today’s scripture: Mark 1:14-20 A willingness to abandon comfort and familiarity can have a powerful and positive impact. Disciples follow Jesus best when they leave the workplace, the comfortable, and the familiar. We need good “walking shoes.” Missionary Jackie Pullinger noted, “God wants us to have soft hearts and hard feet. The trouble with so many of us is that we have hard hearts and soft feet.” As Christians – followers of Jesus, we are people of action, people who…

Jan. 10, 2021 – Vox Dei – “Voice of God”

Today’s scripture: Psalm 29 When God speaks, things happen. Psalm 29 reflects on the power of God’s words and reflect back to creation when God spoke the words of creation. Where have you heard God speaking to you? How has it changed you? Psalm 29 not only reflects on the power of God’s words, but it also helps us place ourselves in right perspective with God. We hear his voice and it causes us to drop in worship. We see…

Jan. 3, 2021 – The Party of Life

Today’s scripture: John 1:1-18 “You only live once.” We’ve all heard this phrase but is it true for a follower of Jesus? True, we only go through this world once, but as Christians, we are Easter People – we believe in the resurrection and a life after this short time here. Christmas is over, but now it’s time for Epiphany – the reveling of Jesus as Lord and Savior. This also marks that change from infant Jesus to his life…

Dec 27, 2020 Worship Service – Live Online

Today’s scripture: Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3 Christmas is over. Or is it? The birth of this baby was more than a miracle for it heralded a new reality for all humanity. The birth of Jesus set in motion the reality of God’s kingdom on earth and secured our salvation through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. For once, and for all-time, we could now embrace true freedom and “right-living” – righteousness. Protection from God’s wrath, from our own sin,…

Dec 24, 2020 Christmas Eve Service – The Great Reveal

Today’s scripture: Luke 2:1-14 The Old Testament leads us in a specific direction that God is headed. Today, we touch on some of the scriptures announcing the future arrival of a Messiah, one who would lead God’s people and bring salvation – freedom. The touching story of the nativity we have heard year after year, but it’s worth repeating again. This baby reveal is the greatest of all time, announced by angels but heralded by shepherds. Luke 1 announces that…

Dec 20, 2020 – God and The Granny Pod

Today’s scripture: 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16 In 2 Samuel 7, David sets about to build a house for God. But, what is David’s motive? Is he truly just creating spacefor God, appeasing God, or trying to use his power as king to keep God in “safe” space so David can do what he wants? God denies David this opportunity but then turns the table to uild David a home. this i the love of God,he wants to build you and…

Dec 13, 2020 – Joy on Display

Joy on Display Today’s scripture: Psalm 126 This third week of Advent we light the pink candle, the candle of Joy. Psalm 126 guides us into the notion of joy, “The Lord has done great things for them. The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.” Christmas brings the coming of the Messiah, our savior so even with pandemics, we have much to be joyful about. Pastors and theologians have long argued a difference…

Dec 6, 2020 – Even in the Wilderness of Babylon

Even in the Wilderness of Babylon Today’s scripture: Isaiah 40:1-11 The second Sunday in Advent focuses on faith and this account of Isaiah’s coming from the wilderness – captivity in Babylon, comes to remind us and encourage us to hold onto our faith. It was many years before the people would see Christ but God is faithful to us even in the wilderness of our disobedience and neglect toward God. Isaiah must have been quite the dreamer. He dreamed of…

Nov. 29, 2020 – Please Come for a Visit

Nov 29, 2020 Online Worship – Please Come for a Visit Today’s scripture: Isaiah 64:1-9 The first Sunday in Advent is centered on Hope. We hope for an encounter with God and the good news is that God comes to us and wants to come. We ask for a visit, but are we ready for him? The Israelites were in captivity in Babylon, the temple was destroyed, and after nearly 70 years people were forgetting their history, their faith, and…

Are you Invested?

Are you Invested? Today’s scripture: Matthew 25:14-18, 28-29 Living as a disciple is a lot like investing, there is risk involved. Unlike investing, we have a guaranteed return when we invest with God. Walking with Jesus can be uncomfortable at times, dangerous at others. We are always outside the norm when we serve others and when we share the gospel because our faith can only be proven in our soul and from the labor of our hands. This passage is…

Nov 8, 2020 – The Cooperative Imperative

Today’s scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:9-13 We see the results when people fail to cooperate at the political level; stagnation, battles, hard feelings, and anger abound. But as disciples of Jesus, we are called to cooperate in ministry and life and this goes beyond denominations, beyond our own prideful desires to place the kingdom in front of all we do. If it’s good for the kingdom of God, it’s good for us. To put it another way, when we cooperate and…