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)

 

 

 

 

 

May 13, 2018: Honoring Mom will Change the World

Presented by Evan Stewart (00:16)

The commandment to honor mom, command number five, is the first of the ten commandments which deals with relationships between people. When you honor someone, you regard them with great respect. Can you say that you respect your mom? If you don’t, you might have reasons to act that way. If you do honor your mom, the next question is, does your mom know it?

Show honor to moms and you show honor to God. To honor her is to recognize the dignity given her by God, thereby honoring God and setting yourself up for honor to God in other ways. If I honor my mom, I honor God. Practicing honor is a practice to love others more and harm them less. Jesus said all the Law is summed up in two commands, “Love God and love others”. Showing honor to mothers helps us fulfill that law and obey God.

Be encouraged as Evan reminds why honoring motherhood is so important.

Scripture references: Exodus 20:12; 1 Peter 1:15-16

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Additional Resources

The following video was shown at the beginning of the message on Sunday morning.

The following music video was shown at the end of the message on Sunday morning.

 

June 26, 2016 – Love as Jesus Loves

Preached by Rod Benner (00:42)

Jesus wants to love and transform people.  People are not transformed by attending a church or believing a certain fact about God.  Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, born of the Spirit, you cannot enter the Kingdom of God.”  Humans are born by other humans, but spiritual life is born by the Spirit of God.

The power of the Spirit meets an imperfect and broken person exactly where he or she is at.  The Spirit does not wait for a person the be transformed to better living before he meets them.  Rather, he meets a person in their sinfulness and starts a life long process of transformation.

The Christian life is all about relationship.  As long as you live, you will continue the transformation from sin to godly living.  The Spirit transforms certain sinful behaviors soon after a person is born again and other times that sin is released years later.  The spiritual effect of sin is taken care of and settled the moment the Spirt gives rebirth to a person, but the transformation from sinful to truly good living is a life long process.

As Christians, we must see others as Jesus sees us.  Sin abounds and problems exist and we must seek out relationship with others in prayer and with much wisdom.  Do we ignore our own sin?  No!  Do we celebrate and smile at the sin of others? No! Does that then mean you hate yourself and beat yourself up when you sin?  No!  Do you seek a way to reveal another person to their own sin?  No!  Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit will reveal my sin to me and their sin to them.  My job is to love unconditionally, accept without reservation, and be ready to offer forgiveness 24-7.

By doing this, we will begin to see as Jesus saw, feel as Jesus felt, and do as Jesus did.  As this begins, we will find ourselves living and acting like Jesus did.  He did not condone sin, but he did not make a point of specifically condemning everyone’s sin.  Rather, he was filled with compassion and he told the truth in living relationship with others.  When sin was identified and spoken about, he always did it in such a way to help a person better feel the love and better know the wisdom of God.  Even in the dramatic confrontations with the religious leaders, Jesus did not bluntly call out their own hypocrisy just to prove them wrong.  He was provided a relationship with these leaders and he boldly cut through the garbage to show them the love of God.  He offered loving insight to point a sinner to the awesome love and fullness God offers.

Scripture References: John 3:1-15

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