Jul 15, 2018
Pursue Peace
Just as summer is a growing season for farmers in Chautauqua County, so we are spending our summer cultivating some fruit of our own - the fruit of God's Spirit.  And living in step with God's Spirit means that we will experience an increase peace.  This week we consider: am I pursuing peace?
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  • Jul 15, 2018Pursue Peace
    Jul 15, 2018
    Pursue Peace
    Just as summer is a growing season for farmers in Chautauqua County, so we are spending our summer cultivating some fruit of our own - the fruit of God's Spirit.  And living in step with God's Spirit means that we will experience an increase peace.  This week we consider: am I pursuing peace?
  • Jul 8, 2018Nevertheless Joy
    Jul 8, 2018
    Nevertheless Joy
    We continue in "Fruit of the Spirit" looking more closely at joy. The Bible is filled with illustrations of joy. In fact, the Apostle Paul wrote about joy in many of his letters to the churches even though he himself was in prison. He understood, joy was always in spite of something. That his joy was not found in his circumstances but was found in his Savior. So for us, we too, should nevertheless choose joy!
  • Jul 1, 2018All You Need Is Love…
    Jul 1, 2018
    All You Need Is Love…
    As we start a new sermon series on "The Fruit of the Spirit," we start first with -- laws. Afterall, Galatians 5:23 says "Against such things there is no law." To put into context, Paul, the author of Galatians, talks about immoral behavior a few verses above. Then he gives his list of acceptable or better stated, "good christlike character" list for the Church to achieve. First on the list -- love.
  • Jun 24, 2018Buried by Faith
    Jun 24, 2018
    Buried by Faith
    As we wrap up our sermon series on the life of Joseph, we recognize that endings matter. By the end of the story, we come to the death and burial of Joseph -- but Joseph knew his death was not the end of the story. Instead, he wanted to make sure his bones were taken with the Israelites to the Promised Land. That God would remember his people and keep his promises. We, too, whether in life or death, should have the confidence that our end is really not the end!
  • Jun 17, 2018Family Reunion
    Jun 17, 2018
    Family Reunion
    Nothing is better than a good story of sibling rivalry...like Adidas and Puma? Yep, both companies were born out of tension between two brothers that led to a split in the companies. Joseph, too, had some tension with his brothers (remember when they sold him into slavery and told their dad he had died?) Now, Joseph was the second most powerful man in Egypt and his brothers were on their way to Egypt to collect food during the famine. Joseph could have employed his power on his brothers, instead Joseph knew forgiveness was more about God than about him. We, too, can learn the freedom of forgiveness.
  • Jun 10, 2018A Dream Job
    Jun 10, 2018
    A Dream Job
    For the past few weeks we have been walking through the story of Joseph and his hopeless places -- but where God remained faithful to him. Last time we left Joseph he was stuck in prison (for two more years), until Pharaoh had a dream... In this dream, Joseph was able to interrupt and find a solution to the problem. Joseph then landed the second-in-command in all of Egypt. A dream job! Yet, Joseph was shaped by God in prison, even on top of the world, Joseph continued to be shape by God. 
  • Jun 3, 2018Living the Dream
    Jun 3, 2018
    Living the Dream
    Are you living the dream? What does it look like to live the dream? As we continue to look at Joseph's story -- Joseph, too, was a dreamer. No, not dreaming in his head; Joseph could really interrupt dreams that God inspired in him. God's version of the dream might not look like our version of the dream as Joseph found out when he was sitting in jail. Maybe the real question we need to ask: Does our dream lead us closer to Jesus?
  • May 27, 2018From Penthouse to Prison
    May 27, 2018
    From Penthouse to Prison
    As we continue in the story of Joseph, Pastor Nate explains that very decision we make is apart of the story we are telling. Joseph had several decisons to make (some he didn't event want to make) and he wanted his story to be consistent with the choices he has already made.
     
  • May 20, 2018Interlude
    May 20, 2018
    Interlude
    In the story we find ourselves today, we pause from Jospeh's story and focus on Judah and his daughter-in-law, Tamar. It's a tough story to read but when we realize that Joseph was not part of Jesus' linage rather its Judah and Tamar...we realize that in the midst of brokenness God can break through and restore. God delights in redeeming broken people and factured families.
  • May 13, 2018A Dream Derailed
    May 13, 2018
    A Dream Derailed
    On this Mother's Day we begin with a truth that many mom's will attest to: siblings will bicker. In the case of Joseph, his siblings saw Joseph's flash coat and it stirred animosity among his brothers that they were willing to kill him. But Jospeh doesn't die thanks to Rueben and the dreamers still has hope. It is with us, that if a dream is from God, it will not die.