Messages by Pastor John Fairchild (Page 3)
We can know God because of his character. God is a creating God and since we are made in his image we carry the gift of creation with us.
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…
“I could not be interested in any man’s religion if his knowledge of God did not bring him more joy, did not brighten his life, did not make him want to carry this joy into every dark corner of the world. I have no understanding of a long-faced Christian. If God is anything, he must be Joy!” ~ Comedian, Joe E. Brown
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…
Are you truly passionate about your faith? Does the fruit of your faith show your passion?
When we finally realize just how small we are and how big God is, we can experience authentic worship.
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.
When God disrupts our lives, it’s always to our benefit if we cooperate even if it becomes difficult to celebrate in the midst of adversity.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone.
Good works are not our way into God’s favor or our way to salvation but they are our response to God’s gift to us.
The impossible has happened, but how do we make sense of it? Do we hope too small?