Messages by Pastor John Fairchild (Page 3)
“Two thousand years, and still we wait.” Hope. Hope, this mysterious, often difficult to describe ‘thing’ is what gives us a reason to continue in life, whether just working through a difficult time, or seeking meaning in life. Christmas brings hope in the form of a baby, but it is really in the resurrection, the rebirth, and in our salvation, because of Christ, that we have tangible hope.
Join us this Christmas season in a spiritual discipline by reading one chapter of the book of Luke daily. There are 24 chapters in Luke and if you start on December 1st that will take you right up to Christmas Eve. “Charity begins at home but should not end there.” Thomas Fuller Let us gather our gifts together and offer them to God in gratitude and praise. Give Here
We try to dig our own salvation, earning it by doing good deeds and living a “good” life. Isaiah and Jesus both teach us that is impossible. Only God can provide lasting salvation, freedom, and a guilt-free life.
The church is called to be 3 dimensional; a high view of God and the Trinity, deep in love with Jesus and broad in reach to the world.
Not only are you always worthy of God’s grace, but he is faithful and anxious to heal you.
If we have a soft heart open to God we need not fear our mistakes, errors, and failures in life because God is willing and ready to give us a new start each and every time.
Through the simple act of sharing bread and juice, we connect – commune with Christians around the world and across time. Often through the time of sharing we experience God’s presence because of the holiness, the quiet, the fellowship, or simply because God is there.
Hearing the experience of those on short-term or long-term missions whose lives have been dramatically changes and shaped in new ways can help us grow closer to God and in turn, we become more missional.
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…
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.
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…