September 17th News: Follow Me– The Temptation of Jesus

September 21, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Series: Follow Me

Message: The Temptation of Jesus

This Sunday, we will continue to look at the life that Jesus modeled for us. As we see how he lived, we see how we can live as well.

Two weeks ago we looked at the Baptism of Jesus as he heard God say,

“This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”

God is pleased with Jesus before any recorded miracles, or healings, or preaching. Why? Because Jesus is God’s son. He’s pleased with us too. Why? Because we are his!

But there is opposition to this truth. Satan does not want us to know the truth about God and what he thinks about us. He wants us to doubt God (and he does a pretty good job at this). God knows about Satan’s strategy, however, and he works things out so that we can not only stand firm against Satan’s lies, but actually grow in faith when we encounter them.

That’s what we will see this week when Jesus is tempted by Satan in the desert.

 

To prepare, read Luke 4:1-14.

I also want thank Dallas for preaching last Sunday– and everyone who made the service possible in my absence. We had a wonderful time at my niece’s wedding in Philadelphia.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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G2F Bible Study

The Bible study is currently on a summer break. Stay tuned for monthly potluck get togethers!

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Prayer Ministry

Do you need prayer? Our prayer ministry wants to pray for you! Look for Prayer Request cards by the offering basket. Fill one out and put it in the offering basket– or find the prayer table after the service and pray with someone.

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The Lord’s Prayer 11: Lead Us Not Into Temptation

March 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Series: The Lord’s Prayer

Message: Lead Us Not Into Temptation

In Matthew 4, Jesus faces temptation in the desert at the beginning of his ministry. In this early battle with the evil one, Jesus displays how to deal with 3 temptations we all face in our lives.

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March 20th News: “Lead Us Not Into Temptation…”

March 18, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Series: The Lord’s Prayer.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

We all are faced with temptation. And, really, temptation isn’t the problem– it is giving into to temptation.

Where does temptation come from? Why does Jesus tells us to pray that God won’t lead us into it? How can we be sure that he can deliver us when we do fall prey to temptation?

These are all good questions that we will be pondering this Sunday. We we look at how Jesus responded to temptation and there find the answers we are looking for.

To prepare, read Matthew 4:1-11; Hebrews 4:14-16; James 1:13-15; and 1 Corinthians 10:13.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Family Meeting

On Sunday April 3rd (the week after Easter), we will have a potluck breakfast and a church meeting all wrapped up in a worship service. Pretty exciting, huh? If you call Grace2F your church home, make sure to be there for a look at the future!

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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, March 20th at 2:00pm

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

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Prayer Ministry

Do you need prayer? Our prayer ministry wants to pray for you! Look for Prayer Request cards by the offering basket. Fill one out and put it in the offering basket– or find the prayer table after the service and pray with someone.

June 28th News- The Book of James: Trials& Temptations

June 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Series-The Book of James: Faith + Action

Last week we learned from Hebrews 12 that God, as a loving Father, disciplines his children. In fact, we learned:

Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father? (Hebrews 12:7)

This is pretty significant considering we all face hardships in different areas of our lives.

This week, James begins his letter by address the reality of hardships or trials in our lives. He explains how they are important for us to grow and then he  reveals two temptations we usually encounter when faced with trials.

So let me ask you… Are you facing any trials right now? If so, how are you responding to them? James will impart some timeless wisdom to each of us this week!

To prepare read James 1:1-18.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

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 8:15pm. We will be discussing the sermon topic from the previous Sunday.

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Russell House Ministry

Sunday, July 19 at 2:00pm

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

Kingdom of God vs. The Kingdoms of The World

May 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This past Sunday, I read an excerpt from a sermon by one of my favorite preachers. His name is John Lynch and he is a pastor at Open Door Fellowship in Phoenix AZ. You can listen to his messages at www.odfchurch.org . He is a gifted communicator and teacher.

This excerpt is about Jesus’ temptation by Satan in the Wilderness. I really like what John says here and I think it provides a great foundation as we began to look at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry (Mark 1:14-15) when Jesus says, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

I wanted to post John’s words here because I feel that they are rather profound thoughts that require some attention (in other words, just hearing them once is not enough… it helps to read them carefully and consider them).

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The temptation in the desert reveals a profound difference between God’s power and Satan’s power

Satan has the power to coerce, to dazzle, to force obedience, to destroy… and human governments have learned much from that power

Satan’s power is external and coercive.

God’s power is, intentionally, mostly internal and non-coercive.

And this drives us nuts… Do you see the cost of that?

The master of the universe will become its victim.

Powerless before soldiers in the garden.

God made himself weak for one purpose… To let human beings choose freely for themselves what to do with him.

Dorothy Sayers writes in her book Man Born to Be King,

“Herod tells the magi, ‘You can’t rule men by love. When you find your king, tell him that. Only three things will govern a people: fear, greed, and promise of security.”

Herod understands the same leadership principles that Satan operates by—the same ones Jesus is declining for you and for me in the wilderness.

At the cost of everything.

See, sometimes, I wish God used a heavier touch. My faith battles come from too much freedom—too many temptations to disbelieve. I want God to overwhelm me—to overcome my doubts with certainty. To get final proofs of his existence.

I want God to take a more active role in my personal life too! I want quick spectacular answers to all my prayers. I want healings for all diseases; I want full protection and safety for all my loved ones; I want a God I can point to for the sake of my doubting friends and say, “He always does things the way I want him to!”

But it is amazing his refusal to perform and overwhelm.

God’s terrible insistence on human freedom is so absolute that he grants us power to live as though he did not exist; he grants us power to spit in his face and to crucify him.

Jesus knew this as he faced down the tempter in the desert—focusing his power on the energy of restraint.

See, God insists on such restraint because no pyrotechnic display of omnipotence will achieve the result he desires.

Although power can force obedience, only love can summon a response of love.

Which is the one thing God wants for us and from us… and is the reason he created us.

Jesus said, “ I, when lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself.”

Love has its own power. It is the only power ultimately capable of conquering the human heart.

Jesus’ steadfast refusal to play by Satan’s rules does something else: It means that Satan, himself, could continue playing by those rules. He still had world kingdoms at his disposal—and, after all, had learned the lesson about God’s restraint. And so the restrained God offers opportunity for those who are opposed to God.

And you hear those opposed say it… “Well, if your God did this, why doesn’t he do this?!? Why can’t he just come down here right now and do this?!?”

And God says, “By living in the restraint of non-coercive love, I’ll have to wait a while—and keep hearing those slanders against me.

Satan gets to say that the kids, from his perspective, get to roam the island a little longer—apparently free of adult authority.

God could be blamed for what went wrong—if God insisted on not doing anything while the devilment like the crusades and the holocaust went on, why not blame the parent and not the kids.

See what Jesus is doing by refusing to give in to Satan’s temptations in the desert? He’s putting God’s own reputation at risk. And God had asked him to.

Whether you and I like it or not, Jesus is choosing to show his power in love.

And the cost is immense. For chapters and chapters and chapters, he looks weak and anemic. But he will be shown beyond powerful and beyond our definition of good.

And this is why I trust him.

May 9th News

May 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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This Sunday is Mother’s Day! A time to remember all the wonderful things about our moms– and to show her appreciation. So get ready to honor mom this Sunday (hey, why not start right now!).

Also this Sunday, we will finish up talking about The Temptation of Jesus in the Wilderness (Mark 1:12-13; Matthew 4:1-11). Last week we covered the first temptation and Sunday we will look at the other two. I believe that all our temptations are contained in the three Jesus faced– so it’s important for us to understand how he resisted them.

I want to remind you of a passage that we looked at last week– a passage that should provide comfort to us as we face temptations…

Hebrews 4:14-16

    Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. [15] For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin. [16] Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

It is so important to realize that Jesus– in his humanity– is able to sympathize (or “suffer with us”) with our weaknesses. When you feel like you are alone… You’re not; Jesus is there. When you feel like no one knows what you are going through… You’re wrong; Jesus does. That’s why he can provide mercy and grace “in our time of need”.

That’s good news. That’s what we’ll be talking about on Sunday.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

 

 

 

 

May 2nd News

April 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

temptation-of-jesusThis week we are continuing our study of the Gospel of Mark and looking at Mark 1:12-13. This is the Mark’s account of Satan tempting Jesus in the wilderness.

When you read it, you’ll see that it is brief– very brief! We will have to visit Matthew 4:1-11 to fill in some of the details. But this is an important experience in Jesus’ life– and it’s important for us too.

A couple other passages I plan to mention are Romans 5:3-5 and Hebrews 4:14-16. Each of these are relevant to what we’ll be talking about this Sunday. Read these scriptures and see what you think– you may be surprised what God tells you!

Also, if you would like to help with some service opportunities in our new meeting place (Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall), please e-mail me (doug.haupt@cox.net) and we can talk. A couple of things that you can help with are:

1) Coming early on Sunday morning (8:45am) to brew the coffee for everyone.

2) Cleaning up the room after the service (vacuum, wipe down counters, etc.)

In the days and weeks ahead, I can meet with Hilltop folks and see other ways we can help keep the facility neat and ready.

Have a great Saturday…

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug