Sunday 2018-12-09

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


God With Us: Jesus our Sustainer

John 6:29-40; Psalm 75:3; Hebrews 1:1-4

29Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 30So they asked him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 31Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. 33For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 34“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” 35Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. 36But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. 37All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. 38For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. 40For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”

3When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.

1In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

1) I am the bread of life

2) I hold the pillars firm

3) … sustaining all things by his powerful word.

He ordered the world.

He continues and continues and continues to order the world of the believer.

He sustains the world - with more than bread for one meal.

He saves us not for one moment, but for the whole of our lives and for all eternity.


Closing Prayer

Mighty God, by Your grace demonstrated to us through Jesus, we pray a covering of Your sustaining Presence in our hearts - in our minds - and in our souls. Forgive us when we are impatient or shorted sighted in the provision of life that You have given us. Grant us wisdom, grace, and strength to continually call on Your Name during the Advent Season of 2018. Thank you. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Next Week - God With Us: Jesus our Savior


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2018-12-2

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


God With Us: Jesus as Creator

Matthew 1:20-25; Genesis 1:1-3; John 1:1-14

20But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 23“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). 24When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife. 25But he did not consummate their marriage until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the name Jesus.

1In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. 6There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. 9The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

God with us:

  1. As Creator

  2. As Sustainer

  3. As Savior

  4. As Lamb of God


Out of nothingness - God created

God put order in the world when ________________ came into the world

Joseph and Mary had some chaos surrounding them

  • ______________________ conception

  • ______________________ to Bethlehem at 9 months

  • No place to stay - and a child on the way

  • God provided some ________________ to their ________________


A word from Elizabeth

An unusual place, but a place to have the baby

The affirmation from the shepherds


Ordering our Advent Christmas season -

  1. __________________ Jesus to order Advent/Christmas 2018 - pray over it

  2. Look for the _________________ - or become the __________________

  3. __________________ - please pause - if just for a minute or two each day, to breathe in the presence of Jesus - for He is the reason for the season.


Advent/Christmas will be what it will be - a time of celebration, a time of remembering, a time of pressure - give Jesus some time to create moments of peace on earth and good toward man for you.


Closing Prayer

Come Holy Spirit come - come into the Advent/Christmas season in my life - in my families life - in my neighbors life. Still my racing heart, quiet my ever churning mind, lead me beside the still waters - help me to breathe deeply - light and relight and relight the candle of hope in me this year. Help me to see the miracle and to be the miracle. In Your mighty name Jesus, in Your mighty name. Amen

Next week: Jesus - our Sustainer

John 6:29-40; Psalm 75:3; Hebrews 1:1-4


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Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC


Sunday 2018-11-25

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


For This Reason…

John 18:33-38

33Pilate then went back inside the palace, summoned Jesus and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 34 “Is that your own idea,” Jesus asked, “or did others talk to you about me?” 35“Am I a Jew?” Pilate replied. “Your own people and chief priests handed you over to me. What is it you have done?” 36Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” 37“You are a king, then!” said Pilate. Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.” 38“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. With this he went out again to the Jews gathered there and said, “I find no basis for a charge against him.

  1. The reason for Christmas

    • What is the testimony to the truth?

    • Does Jesus’ statement change how you think about Christmas?

  2. What truth is Jesus testifying to?

    • Why does Jesus jump from Pilot calling him King to testifying to the truth?

    • What is truth?

    • What does it mean for truth to be a person rather than an idea?

  3. Listening to the voice of truth.

    • What is implied when Jesus says, “those on the side of truth”?

    • What voices are speaking to your mind and heart?

  4. Being witnesses of the truth.

    • Acts 1:8 - “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Going Deeper: The Kingdom and the King!

Mark 1:15, Matthew 6:33, Matthew 4:17


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Michael Pitzer is Director of Senior High Ministries

Sunday 2018-11-18

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Calvary’s Future

Isaiah 6:6-8; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 2:1-4

6Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” 8Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”

8Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.


OUR MISSION:

To Make Disciples of Jesus Christ for the Transformation of the World.


What is a disciple?  


The Reason, the Command, the Promise


A Disciple: 5 thoughts about doers and observers


Our Vision for Accomplishing this at Calvary UMC:

Connect with God

Connect with One Another

Connect with Our World

John Wesley: “The world is our parish”


Our Plan:

Worship

Wisdom

Works


Closing Prayer

Mighty God,

We know that You have chosen and called us to be Your disciples. Help us to remain steady and faithful in Your call and work. Help us to control ourselves by our affections to honor God. Teach and help us to deny ourselves and to remain students of  Your Word. Grow in us that heart of obedience and the desire to honor You. In Jesus name, Amen.


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2018-11-11

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Living Generously

I Timothy 6:17-19; Proverbs 11:24-25, 22:9

17Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

24One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. 25A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

9The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.

Additional Scripture thoughts:

  • Psalms 24:1

  • Acts 20:35

  • Mal 3:10-12

What causes us to not have a generous heart?









Charles Spurgeon, “The sea feeds the clouds, the clouds empty out their treasures, the earth gives back the rain in fertility, and so it is and endless chain of giving generously.”

Dr. Charles Stanley - God created us to be givers, not reservoirs.  Jesus said, Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to yo in full - pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into you lap.

How do we grow a generous heart?















Closing Prayer

We thank You that You have given us life, that You sustain us by the power of Your Holy Spirit, and that You gave Jesus Christ as an offering for us and for our sins. We thank You for the abundance that we have in our lives. We pray that You would help us. Help us to honor You with our tithes and offerings. Help us to care for the poor and those who are in need. Help us to recognize that it is more blessed to give than to receive. We offer ourselves to You.  Help us to do Your will. Lead us we pray, in Your holy name. Amen.


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Sunday 2018-11-04

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


The Saints

Ephesians 4:9-16

9But he who denies Me before men will be denied before the angels of God. 10“And anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but to him who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven. 11“Now when they bring you to the synagogues and magistrates and authorities, do not worry about how or what you should answer, or what you should say. 12For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

13Then one from the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14But He said to him, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” 15And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.” 16Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully.

Who are saints?

  • Historically:

  • What we as United Methodists believe:

  • What is “All Saints Sunday” about?

Relfections:

  • Who were the “saints” that shaped and molded your life as a disciple?

  • What did they teach your or show you about faith, life, others?

  • What are three things you want to leave as a disciple legacy for others?


Next week: Living Generously

I Timothy 6:17-19; Proverbs 11:24-25; 22:9


A Prayer Meditation for All Saints Day

by Safiyah Fosua


We give you thanks, O God, for all the saints who ever worshiped you

Whether in brush arbors or cathedrals,

Weathered wooden churches or crumbling cement meeting houses

Where your name was lifted and adored.

We give you thanks, O God, for hands lifted in praise:

Manicured hands and hands stained with grease or soil,

Strong hands and those gnarled with age

Holy hands

Used as wave offerings across the land.

We thank you, God, for hardworking saints;

Whether hard-hatted or steel-booted,

Head ragged or aproned,

Blue-collared or three-piece-suited

They left their mark on the earth for you, for us, for our children to come.

Thank you, God, for the tremendous sacrifices made by those who have gone before us.

Bless the memories of your saints, God.

May we learn how to walk wisely from their examples of faith, dedication, worship, and love. Amen.


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2018-10-28

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Cultivating Contentment

Ecclesiastes 2:10-11; Luke12:13-23, 47-48

10I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure. My heart took delight in all my labor, and this was the reward for all my toil. 11Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.

13Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” 15Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” 16And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ 18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’ 20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ 21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”22Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.

Hebrews 13:5-6

5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

6 So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

Some questions to ponder:

  • What would I take with me?

  • What do I value the most?

  • What is contentment and how do I get it? Ecc. 2:10-11

What does the Word teach us:







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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2018-10-21

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


When Dreams Become Nightmares

Proverbs 29:18; Matthew 5:3-12; Matthew 16:26

18Where there is no revelation, people cast off restraint; but blessed is the one who heeds wisdom’s instruction.

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

26What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

Keys to understanding vision/revelation in regards to money (and a lot of other stuff):

Having a “David eye”



Dreams - “The American Dream”



Success



Do you have a life vision? Or a family vision?



Do you have a plan for your marriage - your children - your life - your retirement - how about your finances - some goals



What do you want for your life and the life of your family as a Disciple of Jesus Christ?



Next Sunday: “Cultivating Contentment”

Ecclesiastes 2:10-11; Luke 12:13-23, 47-48


Put your hands in your lap - extending your palm upright - and pray with me:

Change my heart, O God. Clean me out inside. Make me new. Heal my desires. Help me to hold my possessions loosely. Help me to love You. Teach me simplicity. Teach me generosity and help me have joy. I offer my life to You. In Jesus' name. Amen

My goal for my family is:

My goal in being a disciple of Jesus is:

My goals to honor God:


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC


Sunday 2018-10-14

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Building on the Past, Looking to the Future - Continuing the Conversation - Part 2

Hebrews 12:1-3, 12-16; Ephesians 4:1-6

1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, 2fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

12Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. 13“Make level paths for your feet,” so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

14Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord. 15See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. 16See that no one is sexually immoral, or is godless like Esau, who for a single meal sold his inheritance rights as the oldest son.

1As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

  • Run with perseverance

    • Perseverance doesn’t just happen - there’s work involved - determination - grit - Christian faith has active participation in it

  • Fixing our eyes on Jesus 

  • Do not grow weary and lose heart

    • Ways to overcome weariness:

a)________________________

b)________________________

c)________________________

  • Worthy of the calling:

    • Humble and gentle

    • Patient

    • Bearing with one another in love

    • Making every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit Through the bond of peace

    • One body, One Spirit, One hope, One Lord, One faith, One baptism, One God and Father of all - over all and through all and in all.



Next Week:  “When Dreams Become Nightmares”  

Matthew 16:26; Proverbs 29:18;  Matthew 5:3-12  


Closing Prayer - take these notes and this prayer home with you and pray it throughout the week.  Blessings and Peace in Christ Jesus.


Mighty God,

If I’m entangled in any nature or notion or act of sin - make me aware of it - forgive me for it - deliver me from it.

Teach me Holy Spirit how to be a faithful disciple - humble, gentle, patient, bearing with my brothers and sister in love.

Give me clear vision and help me to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 

Remind me to use the grace You gave in Christ Jesus to live and breather your Lordship every single day of my life.

In Jesus name. Amen.


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is the Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2018-10-07

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Building on the Past, Looking to the Future - Continuing the Conversation - Part 1

Hebrews 12:1-3, Ephesians 4:1-3

Remembering the context:

Hebrews

  • Throw off everything - everything?

    • hindrances - what hinders your relationship with God

    • sin that entangles

  • Run with perseverance

    • Perseverance doesn’t just happen - there’s work involved - determination - grit - Christian faith has active participation in it

  • Fixing our eyes on Jesus

    • The Qumran bunch lost sight

  • He’s at the right hand of God

    • Do not grow weary and lose heart - ways to overcome weariness:

a)__________________

b)__________________

c)__________________

    

Next week: “Continuing the Conversation - Part 2” Ephesians

Closing Prayer - take these notes and this prayer home with you and pray it throughout the week.  Blessings and Peace in Christ Jesus.

Mighty God,

If I’m entangled in any nature or notion or act of sin - make me aware of it - forgive me for it - deliver me from it.

Teach me Holy Spirit how to be a faithful disciple - trustworthy - honest - sincere - grace giving

Give me clear vision of my Lord and Savior and help me to remember and cherish His words

Strengthen me for the race of life that I am in

Thank you ………., In Jesus name.


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2018-09-23

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Aging, Illness, Dying, and Fear of the Lord

I Peter 5:1-11

1To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed: 2Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; 3not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. 4And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.

5In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,

“God opposes the proud

but shows favor to the humble.”

6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

8Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

10And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.

Key verses to dealing with our fears:

  • V. 4 “When the Good Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”

  • V.6 “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.

  • V. 10-11  “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To Him be the power for ever and ever, Amen”

Checklist:  Have you ….

  • Humbled yourself before Him?

  • Cast all your cares and anxieties on Him”

  • Been self controlled and alert?

  • Resisted evil today?

  • Stood firm?

And are you willing to receive a restoration from God that will make you

strong and steadfast?

Faith Declaration Statement: God is my power for ever and ever.

Amen.


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2018-09-16

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Apocalypse, Change, Missing Out, & Finances

John 5:1-15

1Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 4 5One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

7“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

8Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

11But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”

12So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

13The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Focus: Do you want to be healed? Do we really want transformation and change?

1) Change: What did healing mean for the man at the pool?

Jesus: “Do you want to be healed?”

Feeling of grieving related to change:

Kubler-Ross

  • Denial

  • Anger

  • Bargaining

  • Depression

  • Acceptance

2) Missing Out

  • FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)

  • FOBO  (Fear of a Better Offer)

  • Ecc. 2:10-11; 13-14

II Corinthians 5:17 - “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”


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TODAY’S PREACHER

Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2018-09-09

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


When I'm Not Good Enough

Psalm 139:1-18

1You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand—
when I awake, I am still with you.
 

#1 fear of Calvary’s youth a few years ago was fear of failure which leads to fear of rejection and loneliness.

“A culture that makes success or at least the appearance of it the only option for everyone, starting in childhood, exacts a steep cost: if you don’t succeed, you’re often left feeling that you are a loser--a nobody.”  Adam Hamilton, Unafraid:  Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times

Psalm 139:14: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

To whom do you listen to rate your worth?

  • A relationship?
  • Your job?
  • Your role as a son/daughter or father/mother?
  • Your financial stability?
  • Other……

How is God ‘rating’ you right this moment?
       What goes through your heart as God’s criteria for ‘rating’ you?


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Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2018-09-02

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


The Fear of Crime, Racism, Terrorism, & Politics

Psalm 46:1-2, 6-7; Jeremiah 22:3; Romans 12:18-21

1God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
6Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
3This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place. 
18If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”12:19 Deut. 32:35 says the Lord. 20On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”12:20 Prov. 25:21,22
21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

A Word of Declaration:

God is:

  • Our refuge
  • Our strength
  • Ever present help
  • God is the One who makes things right

The Application: 

  • Do what is just and right
  • Rescue the one robbed, harmed, etc. 
  • Do no wrong or violence - who are foreigners
  • Live at peace with everyone
  • Do not take revenge
  • Give them water

The Goal:  
     Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


Based on Adam Hamilton’s “Unafraid: Living with Courage and Hope in Uncertain Times” 
    


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Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2018-08-26

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Dealing with Fear

Numbers 13:26-28a; 30-14:4

26They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. 27They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 
30Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”
31But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
1That night all the members of the community raised their voices and wept aloud. 2All the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, and the whole assembly said to them, “If only we had died in Egypt! Or in this wilderness! 3Why is the Lordbringing us to this land only to let us fall by the sword? Our wives and children will be taken as plunder. Wouldn’t it be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4And they said to each other, “We should choose a leader and go back to Egypt.”
 

What is your greatest fear?

How do you unconsciously feed that fear?

The amygdala: an almond-shaped mass of gray matter inside each cerebral hemisphere, involved with the experiencing of emotions

Combatting fear:

  • Pray with others who are NOT afraid.

  • Start a book of ‘God things’ in which we write down those times when God seems so obviously in control…..and then look at those when we’re scared.

  • Take a deep breath and let the Holy Spirit replace fear with peace.

  • Don’t be afraid to laugh at any ridiculous fears.

  • Go through the fear quadrangle:  

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Remember the old acronym:  

False

Events

Appearing

Real

 

Deuteronomy 31:6; Joshua 1:3-9; I Chronicles 28:20; Psalm 27:1; Psalm 56:3-4; Isaiah 41:13; Romans 8:15; 2 Corinthians 4:8-11….and so many more!


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Sunday 2018-08-19

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Growing in Wisdom

Ephesians 5:15-20

15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

"Being filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms, hymns, and songs from the spirit, and giving thanks to God for everything."

God’s words of wisdom to us:

    1. Make the most of everyday
    2. Beware of evil
    3. Do not get drunk on wine
    4. Be filled with the Spirit - Galatians 5:22-23
      • Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit
      •  Giving thanks to God for everything (neither life nor death

 

Galatians 5:22-23:

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.

 

Choose this morning for today what shall fill you - that He shall fill you.   

 

Pray with me if you will - 

“Lord, this morning of August 19, 2018, I choose You to be the Lord of my thoughts, my mouth, my feelings, my desires - everything in me and about me.  Fill me with Your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Help me to live and breathe Jesus.  Amen”


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Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2018-08-12

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30

Living Bread

John 6:35-51

35Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.36But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.37All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.38For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.39And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.40For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.” 41At this the Jews there began to grumble about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven.”42They said, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I came down from heaven’?” 43 “Stop grumbling among yourselves,”Jesus answered. 44“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, and I will raise them up at the last day.45It is written in the Prophets: ‘They will all be taught by God.’6:45Isaiah 54:13Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from him comes to me.46No one has seen the Father except the one who is from God; only he has seen the Father.47Very truly I tell you, the one who believes has eternal life.48I am the bread of life.49Your ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, yet they died.50But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which anyone may eat and not die.51I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.”

When carbs are good: the bread of life

 

Bread: a very ordinary food that was a staple at every meal 

 

Head knowledge

Heart knowledge

Which directs our actions?

 

Who does Jesus think he is, telling us that He is all we need?

 

“Stop grumbling among yourselves.” John 6:43

 

When have you been so swallowed up in ‘grumbling’ that you missed the blessing of Jesus right in front of you? Why do we get caught up in the ‘grumbling’ cycle?

 

“Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert yet they died.”  John 6:49

 

How are you sustained, nourished, & strengthened by the Bread of Life that is Jesus?

 

“Granddad used to say we go to church on communion Sunday to feast on the bread and juice — on those and other Sundays we feast on the Word of God as well. He would say that “anyone who goes away hungry — it’s their own dang fault.” The feast is laid out, the invitation is given and the table is before us. So if we go away hungry, why did that happen? What is stopping us from joining in the feast?”  (Dr. Karyn Wiseman)


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Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2018-08-05

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Murmurings Against the Lord

Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15

2In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. 3The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.” 4Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions. 
9Then Moses told Aaron, “Say to the entire Israelite community, ‘Come before the Lord, for he has heard your grumbling.’ ” 10While Aaron was speaking to the whole Israelite community, they looked toward the desert, and there was the glory of the Lord appearing in the cloud. 11The Lord said to Moses, 12“I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, ‘At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God.’ ” 13That evening quail came and covered the camp, and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. 14When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. 15When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. 

We are:

  • Afflicted by the enemy
  • Engulfed by a spirit of discontent
  • Mad about our circumstances
  • Consumed with worry
  • Afraid of the unknown or change
  • We forget God’s faithfulness in the past - spiritual amnesia

 

List some times when God was faithful to you or yours:

 

Thank God for those times of His faithfulness.

 

Ask the Holy Spirit to fill you with a spirit of Thanksgiving and Praise.

 

Our attitude is a reflection of the spirit that dwells in us. Have you “put on” a spirit of gratitude this morning or do you just have an “attitude” that does not speak of the presence of Christ Jesus?


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Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

 

 

Sunday 2018-07-29

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


Synergy for the Win

Ephesians 3:14-21

14For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. 20Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
 

Synergy: when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts

 

Doing ministry as individuals: excellent! However, this is a linear model of 1 person plus 1 person plus 1 person = 3 persons accomplishing 3 things.

 

Which is more efficient?

Doing it as individuals whenever we have time.

Doing it together at a specified time.

 

Which brings a greater result?

Doing it as individuals whenever we have time.

Doing it together at a specified time.

 

A Few Biblical Examples of synergy:

Joshua 6:2-21

Acts 2:1-12

Acts 2:42-47

Acts 4:29-35

I Corinthians 12:4-11

Ephesians 4:1-32


TODAY'S PREACHER

Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

 

 

Sunday 2018-07-22

Order of Worship 7:45, 9:00, & 10:30


How Much More Can You Carry?

Psalm 23; Luke 15:3-7

1The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

3Then Jesus told them this parable: 4“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?5And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders6and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’7I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

 

Remember Shrek - the lost sheep

  1. Our role is to recognize the relationship - God is my shepherd.
  2. Our greatest need is to recognize we have a need.
  3. We are smarter than sheep.
  4. Jesus is my shepherd.
  5. Let Him lead you beside His choice of still waters.
  6. Let Him lead you through the tough times.
  7. He is with you even when there are enemies at the table.
  8. The pinnacle - I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

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Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC