August 04, 2019: The Well of Jacob or The Well of Grace

Presented by Pastor Casey Kluver (0:43)

Pastor Casey begins by briefly reviewing last week’s message on wells and trees.  He really focuses in on the wells. He points out that you have to work to connect with water/have a well.  When we connect with God our family tree can change.  If we can’t seem to break free, perhaps we need to stop drinking from our familiar well.  Maybe it’s time to go dig and drink from a new well that produces life.

So too, the woman that went to the well in our scripture passage this morning, could not seem to break free.  She needed a new well from which to drink. Symbolically, Jacob’s well could only take one as far as the Law.  It  could never meet the deep need of the heart; a thirst for a new life, forgiveness, grace.  Pastor Casey suggests we consider seven dispensations.

The Dispensation of:

1) Innocence- in the Garden of Eden,  no knowledge of evil, only goodness
2) Conscience- after the fall, man was aware of evil, right and wrong
3) Government- managing man’s propensity to evil
4 )Promise- starts with the Abrahamic Covenant, promises of blessing
5) Law- the following of God’s rules- not personal, just follow the rules
6) Grace-Jesus fulfilled the Law; judgement served at the cross; we receive grace
7) Millennial Kingdom- the return of Christ to the Earth

A deeper look at our story shows that Jesus died under the dispensation of the Law, #5. He meets the woman at the well who has had five(5) husbands. She is looking for that which will transform her heart and mind, wash away her shame. The Law will never meet this need.  Jesus offers a new source of water- Living Water, Himself. She is desperate, “give me this water”.  We all are this woman-greatly in need of healing, newness, cleanness.  We will never have this thirst quenched by Law.  There are no works we can do to quench the deep need of our hearts.  It doesn’t matter what you’ve been through, it matters what you do from now forward. Consider there is only one well that can satisfy the longing and thirst of the human heart- Listen as Pastor Casey encourages us to trust in the Lord Jesus.

 

Scripture reference:  John 4:1-14

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These are a couple of short encouraging words that followed the worship service.  Dog lovers will especially appreciate one of the stories. (0:06)

 

 

 

 

 

June 2, 2019: Have You Received Your New Identity?

Presented by Courthey Kluver (0:56)

In Romans 8:14, we read,”For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”  This morning, Youth Leader Courtney directs us to consider our identity.  Do we act like orphans or sons? He goes on to compare the mindset and attitudes of children/sons of the house vs. orphans.  While children have a relationship with God, freedom in Christ; needs met; and know God’s joy in them, orphans have none of these.  As sons/children of God, we need to know that we have access to the resources of the Father.  Orphans steal from someone else in order to have enough.  Let’s begin to live our lives as God’s children.

Scripture references: Romans 8:12-18

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April 21, 2019: The Greatest Comeback

Presented by Casey Kluver (01:00)

The Easter holiday remembers the greatest event in human history; the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Everything Jesus taught about God, sin and man was proven true when he rose from the dead.  The resurrection is the foundational truth of the Christian faith and if the resurrection didn’t happen, then the Christian faith is a joke (1 Corinthians 15:12-19).

The fact is that Jesus rose from the dead and there is power in the name of Jesus.  The gospel of Jesus is no fairy-tale story.  It is the story of every person.  The challenge of the gospel is to bring it out of the book and let it change your life.

Jesus died and came back for you.

Listen as Casey gives reminds us why there is power in the name of Jesus.

Scripture references: Matthew 28:1-8

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