Messages by Pastor John Fairchild
A new year and a new beginning, we have a God that is a God of new beginnings and is always ready to hear from you.
When we go “through the waters” of real life it’s good to know the wonder water of baptism binds us to the family of God.
God’s Glory is on you now; it’s time to rise and shine
The baby Jesus is typically not seen in the manger until Christmas Eve, unless you’re talking about public Nativities. The past few years there seem to have been many stolen out of various nativities around the country. Why are people drawn to steal them? But more important, where is baby Jesus in your home, in your life, in your work? Do you keep him hidden away? Do you let him out to be seen in your life?
Surrender to the commercialism and secularism of Christmas or remain focused on the promise; “A son is given.” How will you remain focused on Him? Mary’s song helped her to remain focused on the promise fulfilled even though the timing wasn’t right for her, even though she didn’t fully understand. Blessed are you with eyes wide open to the signs of God’s presence all around you.
Fear is a reality for us but it need not control us. In Christ our fears can be replaced with his joy.
Christ is relevant in all ages to all ages. This consistency and timelessness is the piece we need in a world in constant change full of unpredictability.
Sacrifice and Grace Hebrews 9:24-28 Jesus made a sacrifice once and for all to enable all who follow him to receive eternal life. We sacrifice for peace and freedom around the world, yet we often fail to take hold of the freedom Christ offers. On the 11th day at the eleventh hour in the 11th month we celebrate Armistice day; the day hostilities ended in the first World War. Today, 100 years have passed. The “War to End Wars” hasn’t…
Ruth, out of love, committed to Naomi not knowing what the future might hold. Even through hardship, loss, and despair, God used her commitment, here stewardship of her life, to fulfill God’s plan years in the future. God uses our sacrifice, commitment, and work of love even if we don’t see the results.
Even today we still need a priest – someone to intercede on our behalf. Jesus has done that and no longer do we need a human intercessor and we can rely on Christ alone for redemption.
Essentials of Faith and Stewardship Romans 6:1-8 Remain focused on the essentials of faith keeps us from becoming distracted by non-essentials. Stewardship of all we have is part of our essential response. In Romans, Paul draws attention to the essentials of our faith; everything we need to be faithful disciples. This teaching is important for us because we are so easily distracted and we are easily led to believe other, lesser things, are also essential leading to dissension and disunity…
We read that God so love the world that he sent his son, Jesus. Jesus radiates God’s glory and in communion we are direct recipients of God’s Glory and his love.