Sunday 2017-11-19

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


Enter His Gates with Thanksgiving

Psalm 100:1-5; Philippians 4:4-7 

1Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.praise: or, thanksgivingall…: Heb. all the earth 2Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. 3Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.and not…: or, and his we are. 4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. 5For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations
4Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
  • Romans 1:21-23 - unthankfulness is a trait of the ungodly

 

  • John 6:11 - Jesus, our Lord, Savior, the Incarnate Son of God gave us an example of thanking God for food.

 

  • Matthew 26:27 - Jesus, our Lord, our Savior in the face of His impending suffering and death gave thanks to God for the bread and the cup.  Thanksgiving is not a beauty that fades when sickness smites the body or which is lost in the withering touch of years, but it is the beauty which grows lovelier in pain and suffering. A thankful heart shows our likeness to Christ.

 

  • Acts 16:25-30 - Paul and Silas’ praise while in prison brought the guard to Christ.

 

  • Habakkuk 3:17-19 - regardless of circumstances - “yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior”

 

  • Isaiah 61:3 - God provides us with a garment of praise.

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Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2017-11-12

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


Releasing God's Best: Self-Control

Galatians 5:22-25; Proverbs 25:16, 26-28

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
16Hast thou found honey? eat so much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith, and vomit it.
26A righteous man falling down before the wicked is as a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring. 27It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.
28He that hath no rule over his own spirit is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

More from the Word:

  • I Corinthians 9:24-27 
  • Titus 2:11-12

The Greek word used here, “egkrateia” means temperance: the virtue of one who masters their desires and passions, especially their sensual appetites. I tie a self-controlled life in the same vein as a disciplined life - and then stretch a bit to talk about a disciple’s life. A part of being a disciple of Jesus Christ is being one who uses the Holy Spirit to empower self-control or discipline in their thoughts and desires, in their language and speech, and in their actions and commitments.

synonyms         self-discipline, restraint, self-possession, self-command, willpower,                                    composure, coolness; 

 

The “honey bear” - too much of a good thing can be bad.

 

The shooter at the Texas church last Sunday - anger un-checked - too much of an emotion, any emotion can be a bad thing. 

 

What can Spirit led, Spirit filled, Spirit empowered self-control do for you?

 

What’s the blessing of God here?

  • Maybe keep you from indulging in something too much?
  • Maybe keep your foot out of your mouth - how many times?

Have you responded to someone out of human anger and realized that you’ve hurt someone deeply - when that was not your real intention?

  • Maybe keep you from attacking someone - with thoughts or words or actions?

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Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

 

Sunday 2017-11-05

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


Releasing God's Best: Gentleness

Galatians 5:22-25; Colossians 3:15-17 

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 
15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

The ‘gentleness’ (epieikeia) of Christ

The ‘meekness’ (praÿtēs) of Christ 

Examples of Jesus’ gentleness:

  • Mark 1:40-42; 5:25-34; 10:13-16 
  • John 8:3-11

Gentleness as strength: 

  • Proverbs 15:1
  • James 3:17
  • Matthew 5:5
  • 1 Peter 3:1-4

Gentleness or meekness does not mean being a doormat on which people walk. It is a descriptor of strength, not weakness.

Hebrews 12:1-3:  Therefore, 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, fixing 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. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
 


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Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2017-10-29

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


Releasing God's Best: Faithfulness

Galatians 5:22-26; Hosea 4:1-3;Psalm 86:10-13; I Corinthians 1:4-9

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.

1Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lordhas a charge to bring against you who live in the land: “There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgment of God in the land. 2There is only cursing, 2 That is, to pronounce a curse on lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. 3Because of this the land dries up, and all who live in it waste away; the beasts of the field, the birds in the sky and the fish in the sea are swept away.

10For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. 11Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. 12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. 13For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.

4I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. 5For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge— 6God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you. 7Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. 8He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

God desires our lives to be defined and shaped by our relationship with Him.

 

Faithfulness/Faith

 

Randy’s premise:

  1. What we are known for is typically what we are faithful to:
    • Abe Lincoln
    • Michael Jordan
    • Dale Earnhardt Jr
  2. Faithfulness for a Christian is being defined by our relationship with God - both in being and in action.
  3. What are you known for?  What do you want to be known for?

Faithfulness is a God desired, God given grace for our lives. 

Closing prayer:  Lord, I pray for your help to release the fruit of faithfulness in me - as it relates to You and me, to my family, to my neighbor, to my enemy, to my world.  I bind in Jesus name anything that would or could hinder my witness and expression of being faithful to you.  I pray for help, for remembrance, for strength, and for grace to live in faithfulness so that others who do not yet believe will know of Your faithfulness.  Amen.

 


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Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2017-10-22

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


Releasing God's Best: Kindness & Goodness

Galatians 5:22-25; Colossians 3:12-13

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 
12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 

Chrēstotēs=Kindness

  1. Uprightness in one’s relations with others 
  2. Uprightness
  3. The quality of being helpful or beneficial, goodness, kindness, generosity ‘readily generous in disposition’; 

Agathōsynē=Goodness

  1. “Goodness” is a rare word found only four times in the New Testament (and only in Paul)
  2. It conveys the idea of benevolence and generosity toward someone else 
  3. Going the second mile when such generosity isn’t required

How are they connected?

  1. One is an attitude:  kindness
  2. One is an action:  goodness
  3. They’re both risky

How are the fruits of the spirit released?

  1. Prayer
  2. Building our relationship with Christ
  3. Recognizing and remembering that these fruits are within us….always…..even when we don’t want to release them

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Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2017-10-15

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


Releasing God's Best: Patience

Galatians 5:22-25; I Timothy 1:15-17; James 5:7-11

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. 25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

15This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 16Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 17Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

7Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. 9Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. 10Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.

 

Forbearance, longsuffering, patience

 

Why is it so hard to wait?  

 

Patience relative to our relationship with God

  • God’s practice with us
  • God’s presence in us
  • God’s promise to us

Patience relative to our relationships with other

  • God’s display of patience
  • Be patient until the Lord’s coming
  • Be patient, stand firm, don’t grumble
  • As an example

 

Ask God this morning to renew the gift and the fruit of patience in your thinking, in your speaking, and in your actions.  In Jesus name.

 


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Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2017-10-08

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


Releasing God's Best: Peace

Galatians 5:22-25

22God's Spirit makes us loving, happy, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, 23gentle, and self-controlled. There is no law against behaving in any of these ways. 24And because we belong to Christ Jesus, we have killed our selfish feelings and desires. 25God's Spirit has given us life, and so we should follow the Spirit. 

 

Hebrew: Shalom: Multiple levels of meaning including:  wholeness of life or body; right relationship between two or more parties, often bound by a covenant; victory over an enemy or absence of war

Greek used in this text:  Eirene: from eirō, "to join, tie together into a whole" 


English: a passive picture depicting the absence of conflict


Passing of the peace in worship: what does this mean?


Peace in the midst of chaos


Mark 4:35-41:  Jesus calming the storm


John 16:13: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Inner peace and external peace: can there be one without the other?
 


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Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

Sunday 2017-10-01

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


Releasing God's Best: Joy

Galatians 5:1-3, 16-18, 22-25

1Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
2Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
3For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
18But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
24And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

The Context -  Paul’s hope and prayers for his brothers and sisters in the church at Galatia

 

Gathered Together - Nehemiah8:1-18  

  • Joy when the group gathered and read the Word together
  • Joy when I pick up His book
  • Joy when I read, alone or together His word

 

A Miktam of David - Psalm 16:7-11

  • A Psalm of concern and a psalm of confidence

 

In A Tight Place for a Purpose - Acts 16: 16-34

  • Joy in prison
  • Joy for opportunities
  • Joy in the results

 

Joy from the Eyes of Jesus - Hebrews 12:1-3

 

Invitation to join in this prayer at the end of the service:

Holy Spirit, I release Your joy in me right now.  Give me wisdom to make room in my attitude, in my mouth, in my heart and soul so I can love those I love, love my neighbors, and love my enemies with Your joy.  Amen


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Sunday 2017-09-24

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


We Are Overcomers

Romans 12:14-21

14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. 15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. 17Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. 18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. 19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. 20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. 21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Key Verse: Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

  • Overcoming evil with good does not mean to accept evil.

 

  • How does accountability happen when we repay evil with good?

 

  • How are we held accountable in our reaction toward others?

 

  • Are we being told to respond to evil with good in order to ‘heap burning coals upon their heads’?

 

  • In what ways do you or have you tried to overcome evil?

* Ignoring it?
* Brute force?
* Trying to outsmart it?
* Verbal attacks?
* Giving in?
* Reacting as opposed to being proactive?
* Other……..

Going further into God’s Word:

  • Matthew 5:38-48
  • Ephesians 6:12
  • Job 28:28; Galatians 6:9-10
  • I Thessalonians 5:15-16
  • I Peter 3:9
  • I Corinthians 8:21

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    Sunday 2017-09-17

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


    Stirring the Fire of Love

    Romans 12:10-16

    10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
    11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
    12Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
    13Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
    14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
    15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
    16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

    Be devoted to one another in love.

    • We choose to love
    • In what ways am I subtly racist?

    Honor one another above yourselves.

    • Develop relationships 
    • It’s not being ‘politically correct:  it’s about being Christlike.
    • In what ways do we subconsciously view ourselves as better than someone else?

    Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

    • Let the love of Christ direct your actions.

    Be joyful in hope, 

    Patient in affliction, 

    Faithful in prayer.

    “God, let me be devoted to others in love.  Let me
    honor (insert person’s name) above my prejudices or
    pain. Lord help me to never be lacking in zeal, but
    faithful over the long haul.”

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    Sunday 2017-09-10

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


    Hate What Is Evil, Cling To What Is Good

    Ephesians 6:11-12

    11Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

    What does it mean to hate?

    What/who defines ‘evil’?

    What does it mean to cling to something?

    What/who defines ‘good’?

    What is the role of faith in hating what is evil and clinging to what is good?

     

    Please e-mail or call us with your answers to these questions:
    What is good?
    What is evil?

    Debbie Reese or Randy Reese


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    Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

    Sunday 2017-09-03

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


    Let Love Be Sincere

    Romans 12:9-21

    9Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
    14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position.16 Or willing to do menial work Do not be conceited.
    17Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. 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,”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.”20 Prov. 25:21,22
    21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

    Love (“Agape”):

    • sincere/without dissimulation/without hypocrisy
    • clinging to what is good
    • devoted
    • honorable
    • having spiritual fervor
    • serving the Lord
    • joyful in hope
    • patient in affliction
    • faithful in prayer
    • shared with those in need
    • practicing hospitality

    What can I do?  How can I help?


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    Sunday 2017-08-27

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


    I John 4:7-21

    7Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.
    13This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
    God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
    19We love because he first loved us. 20Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.

     

    Why do we question God’s love for us?

    1. We don’t love ourselves.
    2. We’ve been told (by word or actions) that we’re unloveable.
    3. We’ve come to believe that sin separates us from the LOVE of God and since we've sinned (and are sinners who continue to sin), we can’t possibly be loved.
    4. We haven’t lived up to someone’s expectations…..or our own. 
    5. We have a hard time loving people who are ‘like us’......who have committed the sins that we’ve committed; who have caused the damage that we’ve caused; who've disappointed others as we have, etc., etc.

    Here are just a few of the Scriptures that prove God's unconditional love for us.

    • Today's Scripture.....all of it.
    •  Romans 5:8
    •  Jeremiah 31:3
    •  Galatians 2:20
    •  Romans 8:35-39
    •  Ephesians 2:4-5

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    Sunday 2017-08-20

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


    Going to Extremes

    Luke 5:17-26

    17One day Jesus was teaching, and Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there. They had come from every village of Galilee and from Judea and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with Jesus to heal the sick. 18Some men came carrying a paralyzed man on a mat and tried to take him into the house to lay him before Jesus. 19When they could not find a way to do this because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus. 20When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” 21The Pharisees and the teachers of the law began thinking to themselves, “Who is this fellow who speaks blasphemy? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22Jesus knew what they were thinking and asked, “Why are you thinking these things in your hearts?23Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’?24But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”25Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. 26Everyone was amazed and gave praise to God. They were filled with awe and said, “We have seen remarkable things today.”

    For whom are you a stretcher bearer?

    Are you willing to allow someone to bring you to Jesus, to bring you to a place of healing, to ask the tough questions, to sit with you in tough times? Why or why not?


    The paralyzed man's friends didn't give up when the crowds were too large to get near Jesus. How quickly do we give up when we're in need? When others are in need? How far are we willing to go to bring a friend to Jesus for the help they need?


    What do you think the paralyzed man expected from Jesus that day? What do you think his friends expected from Jesus?


    No matter how alone you may feel, you are not alone. So many times in the life of a church, this phrase is repeated, "If we'd only known he/she needed something, we would have been happy to help." Reach up and reach out. The time will also come when you will reach up and reach out to serve others.  


    TODAY'S PREACHER

    Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

    Sunday 2017-08-13

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


    Words of Assurance

    I John 5:6b-21

    6This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7For there are three that testify: 8the7,8 Late manuscripts of the Vulgate testify in heaven: the Father, the Word and the Holy Spirit, and these three are one. 8 And there are three that testify on earth: the (not found in any Greek manuscript before the fourteenth century) Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.
     
    13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.
    16If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.
    18We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.
    21Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.

     

    • 3 Keys to Assurance (Bill Bright)

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    • 3 Testimonies for Biblical Assurance

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    Our goal is to ask according to His will. Here’s how we can better know Him and His will and stay strong in our relationship with Him…


    TODAY'S PREACHER

    Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

    Sunday 2017-08-06

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


    A Limited Vision of Hope

    Romans 9:1-5

    1I speak the truth in Christ—I am not lying, my conscience confirms it through the Holy Spirit— 2I have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in my heart. 3For I could wish that I myself were cursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my people, those of my own race, 4the people of Israel. Theirs is the adoption to sonship; theirs the divine glory, the covenants, the receiving of the law, the temple worship and the promises. 5Theirs are the patriarchs, and from them is traced the human ancestry of the Messiah, who is God over all, forever praised!5 Or Messiah, who is over all. God be forever praised! Or Messiah. God who is over all be forever praised! Amen.
    • What are the sources of your discouragement?
       

     

    • If you can see the goal ahead of you, how does that influence how you deal with the disappointments along the way?

     

    • Is it possible that the goal you’re moving toward isn’t the goal God has in mind for you? Could it be that your struggles seem futile because there’s no real substance to the goal?
       

     

    • How might you begin to appreciate the journey…..even if it feels more like treading water than moving?

    TODAY'S PREACHER

    Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

    Sunday 2017-07-30

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


    A Heart for God

    Psalm 86:1-13

    1Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
    2Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
    You are my God; 3have mercy on me, Lord,
    for I call to you all day long.
    4Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
    for I put my trust in you.
    5You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
    abounding in love to all who call to you.
    6Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry for mercy.
    7When I am in distress, I call to you,
    because you answer me.
    8Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
    no deeds can compare with yours.
    9All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.
    10For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
    you alone are God.
    11Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
    give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.
    12I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.
    13For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.

    Our goal/ prize:

    • Deuteronomy 6:4-9 - … love your God with all your heart and soul and strength … impress them on your children
    • Matthew 22:37-39 - Love the Lord your God with all of your heart … Your neighbors as yourself
    • Acts 13:22-23 - a man after God’s own heart
    • Psalm 51:10 - create in me a pure heart, O God
    • Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    • I Kings 3:6 - walk in uprightness of heart
    • Isaiah 65:14 - my servants will sing out of the joy of their heart

    What to watch for:

    • A fool’s heart - Proverbs 12:23
    • Heaviness in the heart - Proverbs 12:25 -  anxiety weighs the heart down
    • Fearful hearts - Leviticus 26:36
    • Lusts of the heart - Numbers 15: 39
    • Stubborn, obstinate hearts - Deuteronomy 2:30
    • Heart will become proud - Deuteronomy 8:14

    How to keep our heart pure/clean:

    • Jeremiah 12:3 - … you see me, and test my heart
    • Philemon 1:7 - … you have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s people
    • Psalm 4:7 - fill my heart with joy
    • Confession - I John 1:9 - confess our sin
    • Seek God - Psalm 119:10
    • Hide God’s word in your heart  Ps 119:11
    • Just read all of Psalm 119

    TODAY'S PREACHER

    Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

    Sunday 2017-07-23

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


    A Heart for God

    Psalm 86:1-13

    1Hear me, Lord, and answer me,
    for I am poor and needy.
    2Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
    save your servant who trusts in you.
    You are my God; 3have mercy on me, Lord,
    for I call to you all day long.
    4Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
    for I put my trust in you.
    5You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
    abounding in love to all who call to you.
    6Hear my prayer, Lord;
    listen to my cry for mercy.
    7When I am in distress, I call to you,
    because you answer me.
    8Among the gods there is none like you, Lord;
    no deeds can compare with yours.
    9All the nations you have made
    will come and worship before you, Lord;
    they will bring glory to your name.
    10For you are great and do marvelous deeds;
    you alone are God.
    11Teach me your way, Lord,
    that I may rely on your faithfulness;
    give me an undivided heart,
    that I may fear your name.
    12I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;
    I will glorify your name forever.
    13For great is your love toward me;
    you have delivered me from the depths,
    from the realm of the dead.
    • Hardened Heart - Exodus 7:13, 22; 8:15,19
    • Their hearts fearful - Leviticus 26:36
    • Lusts of the heart - Numbers 15:39
    • Stubborn, obstinate hearts - Deuteronomy 2:30
    • Heart will become proud - Deuteronomy 8:14
    • Love Him with all your heart - Deuteronomy 13:3
    • Heart can be led astray - Deuteronomy 17:17
    • Terror will fill your heart - Deuteronomy 10:16
    • Searching of the heart - Judges 5:15,16
    • Praying in one’s heart - 1 Samuel 1:13
    • Whose hearts God had touched - 1 Samuel 10:26
    • Heart desires - 2 Samuel 3:21
    • Righteous and upright in heart - 2 Samuel 14:1
    • Discerning heart - 1 Kings 3:12
    • Afflictions of the heart - 1 Kings 8:38
    • Joyful and glad in heart - 1 Kings 8:66
    • His heart had turned away from God - 1 Kings 11:4
    • Searches every heart - 1 Chronicles 28:9
    • Pride in his heart - 2 Chronicles 32:26
    • Pure in heart - Matthew 5:8
    • Treasure and heart- Matthew 6:21/Pondered them in her heart - Luke 2:19
    • Heart calloused - Matthew 13:15
    • Hearts burning - Luke 24:32

    TODAY'S PREACHER
    Randy Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC

    Sunday 2017-07-16

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


    Smoke on the Water

    Ecclesiastes 1:1-11; 12:11-14

    These are the words of the Teacher, David’s son and king in Jerusalem
    Smoke, nothing but smoke. [That’s what the Teacher says.]
    There’s nothing to anything—it’s all smoke.
    What’s there to show for a lifetime of work, a lifetime of working your fingers to the bone?
    One generation goes its way, the next one arrives, but nothing changes—it’s business as usual for old planet earth.
    The sun comes up and the sun goes down, then does it again, and again—the same old round.
    The wind blows south, the wind blows north. Around and around and around it blows, blowing this way, then that—the whirling, erratic wind.
    All the rivers flow into the sea, but the sea never fills up. The rivers keep flowing to the same old place, and then start all over and do it again.
    Everything’s boring, utterly boring— no one can find any meaning in it. Boring to the eye, boring to the ear.
    What was will be again, what happened will happen again. There’s nothing new on this earth.
    Year after year it’s the same old thing. Does someone call out, “Hey, this is new”? Don’t get excited—it’s the same old story.
    Nobody remembers what happened yesterday. And the things that will happen tomorrow?
    Nobody’ll remember them either. Don’t count on being remembered. 

    The words of the wise prod us to live well. They’re like nails hammered home, holding life together. They are given by God, the one Shepherd. But regarding anything beyond this, dear friend, go easy. There’s no end to the publishing of books, and constant study wears you out so you’re no good for anything else. The last and final word is this: Fear God. Do what he tells you. And that’s it. Eventually God will bring everything that we do out into the open and judge it according to its hidden intent, whether it’s good or evil.


    “Ecclesiastes is a John-the-Baptist kind of book. It functions not as a meal but as a bath. It is not nourishment; it is cleansing. It is repentance. It is purging. We read Ecclesiastes to get scrubbed clean from illusion and sentiment, from ideas that are idolatrous and feelings that cloy. It is an exposé and rejection of every arrogant and ignorant expectation that we can live our lives by ourselves on our own terms.” - Eugene Peterson

    The Teacher
         Koheleth  קֹהֶ֫לֶת 

    The Tone
         Hevel  הֶ֫בֶל 

    The Teachings
         The Prods and Nails
         The Big Questions
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    The Telos
         Realize
         Receive  
         Rejoice
            
    For further reading: Encountering Ecclesiastes: A Book for Our Time by James Limburg
            


    TODAY'S PREACHER

    Isaac Gaff is Managing Director of Worship & Creative Arts at Calvary UMC

    Sunday 2017-07-09

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


    Squeeze Me

    Psalm 22:24; Romans 8:14-19

    24For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help.
    14For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.#15 The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture; also in verse 23. And by him we cry, “Abba,#15 Aramaic for fatherFather.” 16The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
    18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. 19For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. 
     
    • So, what comes out of you when you are under pressure?

     

     

    • How have you experienced the blending of sinfulness and woundedness?

     

     

    • How can you pray for the one(s) in your life that seem to hurt you the most?

     

     

    • Are you asking for something (i.e. respect, love, approval, forgiveness) from someone who does not have it to give? How will you let that go?

     

     

    • Carrying pain, unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment etc. is exhausting. What is holding you back from taking it all to the cross?

     

     

    • What makes your heart ache? Who do you suffer with? What will you do about that?

    TODAY'S PREACHER

    Lori Bultemeier