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November 4, 2018, 12:00 AM

Praise - 7 Reasons for Thankful Praise!


This week's word is PRAISE!  Why?  Let me give you 7 reasons to give Praise to the Lord!

  1. The Bible commands it. As the Psalmist says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:6).
  2. Praise facilitates access to God. Obviously, it’s the blood of Jesus that paves the way for our forgiveness from sin and relationship with God (Hebrews 10:19). That being said, our perpetual praise provides a clear and unhindered passage. Therefore, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (Psalm 100:4).
  3. Praise is where God lives. Wait a minute, isn’t God omnipresent – everywhere, all the time? Absolutely! Yet His presence is especially intense in an atmosphere of praise. The Bible says God is “Enthroned upon the praises of Israel” (Psalm 22:3).
  4. Praise promotes productivity. According to the Word, the Earth yields its produce in the presence of praise (Psalm 17:5-6). Does this mean crops are actually going to grow better where praise is present? Perhaps. Why not? Whatever your feeling on the matter, I like Jack Taylor’s commentary in his book The Hallelujah Factor. “When we praise, productivity is maximized, fulfillment is realized and frustration is neutralized” (p. 31).
  5. Praise chases away despair. There’s no better way to beat the blues than to change our focus from self to God. Such a shift produces “the oil of gladness instead of mourning” (Isaiah 61:3).
  6. Praise is an effective weapon against the devil and evil. I firmly believe Satan, once the good angel Lucifer and God’s praise leader (Isaiah 14), was kicked out of heaven and doomed to destruction due to his desire to be like God. He has hated praise ever since because of its reminder of what he gave up and can’t regain.
  7. God is worthy of it. “The Lord is great and worthy of our praise” (NCV). While it’s obviously good to praise and encourage those around us, God alone deserves our heartfelt worship and supreme allegiance.
My friends, PRAISE is powerful and life changing.  It starts on the inside and radiates out when things are good - and when things are hard it pushes itself from the outside verbage into the heart - warming and cheering all the way.  That's why this week - the word is PRAISE!



April 11, 2018, 9:00 AM

Prayer Ministry


This Week's Word is:  Prayer Ministry!!!

At our last Program Council among all the great things we talked about and planned for - one stood out to Brad and I at least as the single most important thing that FCC could further develop-and that brings us to this week's word:  PRAYER MINISTRY!

We know that the people of FCC are a praying people.  We see the results in our Sunday joys weekly.  But for us to really become the people that God is calling us to be we need to be becoming more intentional about our prayer lives - individually and collectively - together. 

Honestly we do not know what this looks like yet.  We are following our formula for creating a new ministry - finding our leaders first - some who are committed to this and will make it a priority for them and the church.  We have some ideas as to who will be helping lead this but we also want to ask you to be in prayer about this as well.  Ask God if this is something you should turn your time too.  Ask God what you would give up to be involved at a deeper level. 

You might be asking "what is a PRAYER MINISTRY?" and this is a great question.  It is a group of people committed to praying for the church.  For the vision.  The the ministries.  For the Pastor.  For the Leaders.  For the lost.  It is big picture praying.  It is praying with and for people's needs, it is praying with focus and accountability with others who are praying for the same things.  It will mean gathering together in a big group to pray at times and in small groups at other times. PRAYER MINISTRY like all others ministry here at FCC will be committed to FCC being a place to belong and changing lives in the name of Jesus. 

If you believe that God might be calling you to help lead this ministry - please contact our current point people - Brad Bower or me.  But even if you aren't feeling called to lead it,please be in prayer for this week's word: our PRAYER MINISTRY!

For Sunday's Sermon - NEW NAME, NEW HOPE, please read Jeremiah 31:31-35 and Acts 11:19-26  

See you Sunday!




April 4, 2018, 11:01 AM

This Week's Word: NEW!



This Week's Word is: NEW!!!

WOW - what an awesome Holy Week and Easter celebration we had here at FCC in Junction City!   And so many thank you's for all of you who stepped up and served in mighty ways!  Elders, Deacons, Greeters, Hosts, JUDI and all the volunteers with the breakfast - so very awesome in so many ways!  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

This week's word is what Easter brings us to: NEW LIFE!  HIs resurrection makes all things new.  Our belief in Him makes us a NEW creation, brings us a NEW hope and a NEW name, fills us with a NEW joy and gives a NEW view of life.  Easter brings all of this to us and more. 

We all understand what the word means.  NEW means a great smell in a car, a clean carpet, a freshly painted wall.  NEW means hope when it comes to chances and baby's.  NEW brings excitement to life.  Think about what the word NEW means to you.  It might mean scary, unknown, or be a threat.  It's a powerful word.   

This week read John 3:1-18 to get ready for worship.  It's about the NEW. 

That's this week's word:  NEW!!!




February 20, 2018, 5:49 PM

More.....


This Week's Word is: MORE!!!

One day as I was visiting my family in my home town I drove past a church that had a sign  and on that sign was one of those "cute" statements meant to catch your attention and to make you think.  I drove by it, slowed down to read it.  Turned around to drive by again and pulled into the parking lot to think about it.  I know that the church, the Pastor and the whoever put up the sign meant well but it was so wrong.  I almost couldn't believe it.  It was only four words long.  But it almost made me cry.  I knew what they were trying to say - but it showed me one of the biggest flaws in the way most church's and perhaps most Christians think.  The phrase?  So simple.  So understandable.  Are you ready?    Here it is in big bold letters:  THE SIN OF MORE!


I am sure that the sermon that week was focusing on the sin of greed.  But the sentence?  Well consider this from John 10:10: "I am come that they might have life, and that might have it MORE abundantly."  Or this one from Romans 8:37: No, in all these things we are MORE than conquerors."  And then there is this one from our scripture for Sunday:  Now to him who is able to do immeasurably MORE than all we ask or IMAGINE"  (Ephesians 3:20)


Now none of these sound like sin do they?  That word more - its been banging around in my head for years now.  We in the church need to be celebrating MORE.  

MORE LOVE, MORE GRACE, MORE POWER, MORE HOPE.  MORE JESUS. 

MORE.... now that's this week's word!




January 30, 2018, 11:48 AM

EXTRAVAGANCE



This Week's Word is:  EXTRAVAGANCE!!!

I love this week's word!  We don't use it much in church circles, at least not as a "good" thing.  Usually in church circles we hear this word and cringe - it usually means we have overspent the budget, or bought something unnecessary or the like.  We cringe because the church never seems to have enough (but somehow God always sees us through) and to think we have been "EXTRAVAGANT" seems sinful. 

But I want you to know that this word is not sinful.  It is not unnecessary.  It is not something we should avoid at all cost.  It is in fact something we are experiencing all the time in our midst, as we worship, as we study, as we sing and even as we serve in our world and community.  For every day, every hour, every minute in the grace of God we are experience his EXTRAVAGANT LOVE! 

This is so very important for us as we begin this month of Love and Compassion.  For love moves us to compassion.  EXTRAVAGANT LOVE moves us to EXTRAVAGANT ACTION!   We so often as a church live with an attitude of poverty, of poorness, of being without.  And it is easy to see why we do that.  But our God does not live in poverty - he lives in riches.  Poverty is a state of mind more than a state of being.  Some of the richest people I have ever known have been have been the "brokest people on the street."  And some of the richest (by the worlds standard" people have been absolutely bankrupt in every way but financially.  The difference?  I believe the difference is in WHO knows God's EXTRAVAGANT LOVE.  

What do you think? 

Looking forward to seeing you Sunday!  Experience God's EXTRAVAGANT love in our midst! 

See you Sunday!
Pastor David

 


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