James 11: Submit Your Treasure to God

August 30, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Series-The Book of James: Faith + Action

Message: Submit Your Treasure to God

 

In James 5:1-6, we learn about another area of life where we need to submit to God.

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August 30th News: James 5:1-6

August 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Series-The Book of James: Faith + Action

As we continue our study of the Book of James, we will see another area of life that James say we need to submit to God.

In James 5, James hits a topic that captures the hearts and minds of all of us– a topic that effects our relationship with God and with others. This is a topic that we all need to hear about, yet we all think we are handling just fine thank you. Both James and Jesus would disagree.

To prepare for this Sunday, read James 5:1-6 and realize that James is talking to you. He’s talking to me, too. We want to wiggle out of these words with rationalizations and justifications, but we cannot.

Looking forward to Sunday! (even though it is a challenging topic!)

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Grace2F Bible Study

Each Wednesday we meet in the Fellowship Hall of Faith Community Church. The study starts at 7:00pm and goes until around 8:30pm. We will be discussing the sermon topic from the previous Sunday.

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Russell House Ministry

Sunday, August 30th at 2:00pm

Join us at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

December 15th News

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This week we will conclude our series What It Means to be a Disciple of Jesus.

Over the last 9 weeks we have seen that a disciple displays several characteristics. We talked about how a disciple is:

1) A Student— Constantly reading and thinking about the Word of God

2) A Prayer— Regularly talking with and listening to God

3) A Worshipper–Continually acknowledging who God is, who I am and how He relates to me

4) A Friend— Consistently involved with fellow believers in the context of a church community

5) A Neighbor— Repeatedly reaching out to those outside the church community to meet physical, emotional, and spiritual needs

6) A Missionary— Intentionally going out to spread the gospel and “neighbor” with those far away

7) A Servant— Willingly giving of yourself to benefit and bless others

8) A Messenger— Habitually sharing the gospel– Good News– of Jesus with others

9) A Giver— Commonly sharing your money and possessions with those in need

As we finish this series, we will see that a disciple then pours into others by “teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20). In other words, a disciple then becomes a TEACHER– reproducing themselves and what they have learned in others.

This may seem a bit intimidating. Most of us feel that we are not really great disciples in the first place– how are we supposed to teach others how to be one?!? A key is found in the first word of each of the descriptions… Another key is at the end of The Great Commission.

To prepare read The Great Commission this week– Matthew 28:18-20.

And if you feel overwhelmed about being a teach in discipling,  remember a phrase we have used before:

God does not call the equipped, he equips the called.

Discipleship is not a mystery to be solved, a formula to be memorized, or a program to be implement… It is a life to be lived– and God’s design for using his people to restore the world.

Pretty cool stuff, huh? And just think, he chose you to be a part of it…

Looking forward to Sunday!!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Christmas Eve Service

We will have a Christmas Eve service at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, December 24th in the Fellowship Hall of Hilltop Community Church (where we normally meet). This will be a beautiful time to bring someone to church to hear the incredible story of Jesus!

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Grace2F Bible Study

Join us Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall.

The study is on the Book of Colossians.

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Russell House Ministry

December 15th at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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Discipleship Part 9– GIVER

December 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Series: What It Mean To Be a Disciple of Jesus

In the message, we see that a disciple is also a GIVER— giving generously with a heart of generosity.

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December 8th News

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This week we will continue our series What It Means to be a Disciple of Jesus.

Last week we talked about how a disciple is a MESSENGER– one who brings the good news about Jesus and what he has done to save us from our sins and give us a new life and purpose.

This Sunday we will see that a disciple is also a GIVER.

As we enter the Christmas season, this is an especially relevant topic. According to Paul in Act 20:35, Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than receive.” We say this; we teach our kids this; and I think we believe this to a degree… But do we live this?

If I am honest, I really like receiving... And you do too.

But it is clear from scripture that a true follower of Jesus– a disciple— is a passionate and generous giver.

To prepare read Luke 12:13-21. This passage is commonly is referred to as The Parable of the Rich Fool, and we will see that it descibes each of us in some way– regardless of the amount of money you have.

I want to encourage you to come a hear what God has to tell each of us this week because “giving” is an issue of the heart and has an eternal value that we may never realize and/or often forget.

Looking forward to Sunday!!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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GRACE2F HAPPENINGS

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Christmas Eve Service

We will have a Christmas Eve service at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, December 24th in the Fellowship Hall of Hilltop Community Church (where we normally meet). This will be a beautiful time to bring someone to church to hear the incredible story of Jesus!

________________________________

Grace2F Bible Study

Join us Wednesday nights from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall.

The study is on the Book of Colossians.

________________________________

Russell House Ministry

December 15th at 2:00pm.

Join me at the church service at Russell House to minister to the men and woman who attend.

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October 9th News

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This week we will finish up our study on money, giving, and generosity.

I want to thank my dad for sharing last week while he was visiting– and your graciousness in making him and his wife feel so at home.

I hope that you have been thinking about the scripture passages we have been studying. This topic of money and possessions is extremely important– that’s why God addresses it in his Word so often.

One of the results of a vibrant Christian community is what one commentator calls “eye-popping generosity”. Does that describe our church? Does that describe me? What about you?

This Sunday we’re going to listen to Jesus talk about this topic. I think that’s a pretty good place to conclude our study. To prepare, read Matthew 6:19-34. This is an incredible passage that helps us to understand why money and materialism and giving and generosity can be so hard for us and create so many challenges in our lives. It also gives us some great truths to cling to and a promise to live for.

I hope to see you there…

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug

September 25th News

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This week will will continue a mini-study on MONEY…

Last week we saw in the Book of Acts that new Christians in Antioch gave generously to a “famine relief fund” for Christian brothers and sisters in Jerusalem. This led us to our mini-study about giving, generosity, and money.

I want to tell you how much I appreciated all of you and how you received the message last week. These passages we are looking at show us God’s view of money and how we can change the way we think about it. I know that money is an emotional issue for all of us. But it can also be a powerful addiction that robs us of  our joy and a vibrant life with Jesus.

That’s why we need to talk about it. We need to look at God’s Word and see where he may want us to adjust our thinking.

Thanks for your willingness to allow me to lead us into the scripture in this. God is teaching me in this area and I believe he will teach you as well.

To prepare, you may want to review Malachi 3:8-10 (we looked at that last week). Then read 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19; 2 Corinthians 9:6-15; and Matthew 6:19-34. We’ll probably cover 1 Timothy and 2 Corinthians tomorrow and look at Matthew 6 next week.

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug

June 20th News

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This week we continue in a series that asks the question:

How Is the Church Going?

We addressed three of the main ways people evaluate a church/ministry over the last two weeks by looking at “How many People Are Coming?” , “Is A lot of Stuff Happening?”, and “Are the People Happy?” (If you haven’t heard the messages, I encourage you to listen to them in the “Messages” section of this site).

This week, we’ll talk about a fourth way to evaluate a church: “Is It Financially Stable?”

rouble coin macroNow I know that you know what that means. It means we will be talking about MONEY. That can be a touchy subject, huh? Well, I did say last week that each of these topics would get more personal, didn’t I?

The truth of the matter is that Jesus (and the Bible) talks a lot about money– and for good reason. He knows that it is a huge topic for human beings. Pastor Tim Keller once said, “If I talked about money as much as Jesus did, I wouldn’t have a church.”

I understand what he’s saying, but I also understand that we can’t ignore something that is also important to our everyday lives– something that occupies so much of our attention and time.

To prepare, read Philippiand 4:10-20 and 2 Corinthians 9:5-15. These passages provide a wonderful glimpse at the joy of giving– and the role of giving in the church.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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What’s Happening at Grace2F…

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Hilltop Community church has invited anyone interested to join them for a day at the beach for a church picnic. Bring games, sunscreen, any food you want, a towel and a smile. There may even be a surf board or two to try out.

When: June 27, 2:00pm–6:00pm

Where: 78th Steet beach access.

June 13th News

June 11, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Last week we took a break from the Book of Mark to look at a pretty important question together: How is the church going?grace2flogo-300x150

I hear that question a lot because I’m a pastor– so that’s a natural thing to ask. But I wanted to ask you that question… because how you answer it is very important.

I hope you’ve had some time to think about it. Last week I presented 4 of the top things that most people would use to arrive at the answer…

1) How many people are coming?

2) Is a lot of stuff happenening? (Ministries, programs, activities)

3) Are the people happy?

4) Is it financially stable?

Although these seem like logical criteria to use, we discovered that they are not really Biblical. In fact, it appears that the Bible often rejects these for evaluating the effectiveness or success of a church/ministry.

This week we will continue the discussion by looking more deeply at “Are people happy?” and “Is it financially stable?”.

As I mentioned, you can engage in this conversation by e-mailing me, commenting below, or writing a question and putting it in the offering basket. My goal is to communicate what God is telling me about these issues and then to process what he may be telling you.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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What’s Happening at Grace2F…

Beach Bashmyrtle-beach-big

Hilltop Community church has invited anyone interested to join them for a day at the beach for a church picnic. Bring games, sunscreen, any food you want, a towel and a smile. There may even be a surf board or two to try out.

When: June 27, 2:00pm–6:00pm

Where: 78th Steet beach access.