August 27, 2017 – Moses

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • Moses was not a remarkable person, on his own.
  • What makes him special, people and God blesses him throughout his life.  Lead him to be faithful to God and enables him to do God’s work.
  • Recall the end of Dirty Laundry series: Joseph forgives his brothers, brings them into Egypt where they are cared for. Generations later, the new pharaoh of Egypt did not know of Joseph and the favor placed on the Hebrews, instead seeing the Hebrews as a threat and placed them into slavery.
  • Fearing the growing number of Hebrews, Pharaoh ordered the Hebrew midwives to kill newborn males.
  • Midwives feared God and refused to adhere to Pharaoh’s orders.
  • After giving birth, Moses’ mother hid him until at 3 months it was impossible to keep him hidden.  Desperate, she but Moses in a basket, placed in the river and let him go, trusting God would protect him.
  • Pharaoh’s daughter pulled Moses out of the river.  The midwives intervened and saved Moses, by bringing him back to his mother to nurse, while being raised under safety of Pharaoh.  Like with Joseph, God demonstrates faithfulness, using the situation to bless Moses, his mother, and the midwives.
  • Takeaways:
    • Figuratively, parents put their children in the river, letting their children go.
    • In many ways, parents are putting themselves in the basket, trust that God will provide.
    • We as a Church need to be willing to go into the river.

August 20, 2017 – Dirty Laundry: Undeserved Forgiveness

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • Joseph is a forgiver.  Went from a hated child, stripped and sold, to becoming the second most powerful person in Egypt.
  • He had no reason to forgive.  From the world perspective, he had every right to imprison his brother. Instead, he forgives them.
  • God desires reconciliation, opposite of the world.
  • Joseph’s act of forgiveness is a precursor to the New Testament: Jesus forgives his enemies, those who opposed and persecuted him.
  • We all have an opportunity to forgive. Live a life of unforgiveness.
  • Who do you need to forgive?  You won’t be able to be free is you don’t forgive, instead being shackled to bitterness, anger.  Who do you need to ask forgiveness.
  • Video from Les Miserables: Valjean’s Soliloquy

August 20, 2017 – Worship

Songs:

  • Come, Now is the Time to Worship
  • How Great is Our God
  • Cornerstone
  • Communion: Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
  • Offering: Blessed Be Your Name
  • Benediction

August 13, 2017 – Worship

Songs:

  • Ancient of Days
  • He Is Faithful
  • What a Beautiful Name
  • Ministry Spotlight: Celebrate Recovery
  • Communion: We Will Feast
  • Offering: So Good to Me
  • Benediction

August 13, 2017 – Dirty Laundry: Sold

Pastor Rusty Brian

Commentary and Prayer of Charlottesville Violence

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • Many years have passed since Jacob’s struggle with God, becoming Israel. (Crippled but blessed)
  • Joseph is the youngest of Israel’s sons and is favored by his father.
  • Joseph’s brothers are jealous and conspire to be rid of him.
  • Joseph is sold into slavery for a bag of silver.
  • Into today’s world, slavery still exist (21 million people): servitude, sex trafficking and exploitation (women, children)
  • How is it this is still happening?  Where is God is in all this? Why do bad things happen?  God doesn’t want this.  Not because you deserve bad things to happen.  The reason: sin is in the world, spins out of control.  Who can defeat sin?
  • Bad things do happen and sin appears to win.  But that is not the end of the story.
  • With Joseph, God’s will takes over.  God will work.  God will win.
  • Take aways:
    • Human trafficking is a real problem and we need to take action.  It’s everywhere.
    • Bad things do happen to good people, to the best people, but not because God wants it to happen.
    • God will be bring good out of evil.  We need to be open to see that.

August 6, 2017 – Dirty Laundry: The Wrestler

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • Jacob and Esau are on a collision course to meet (Jacob has been on the run, trying to avoid Esau).
  • Prior to meeting, an angel comes before Jacob and they wrestle (in this case – is this Jacob wrestling with God?)
  • Is this God interceding?  God allowing Jacob to win so to give the blessing, leading to becoming the heir to God’s promise.  Though God allows Jacob to win, he gives Jacob a permanent wound as a reminder from that he wrestled God, struggled against God.
  • Wrestling with God leaves a mark.  If you ask a question, be prepared for God’s answer.  Three exchanges:
    1. At daybreak, the man tells Jacob to let him go.  Jacob refuses.
    2. The man asks Jacob his name.  The man changes Jacob’s name, to Israel.
    3. Jacob asks the man’s name.  Upon refusal, he blesses Jacob, then disappears.
  • Jacob, receiving the blessing, is now changed, and is now ready to meet Esau.
  • Three take aways:
    1. It is okay to question God. Know that God will answer.
    2. Your identity changes (name is symbolic)
    3. New crippling.
    4. Our God will allow himself to lose if the situation dictates in order to win.  Counter-intuitive: this shows God is not like other gods.

August 6, 2017 – Worship

Songs:

  • VBS Video
  • Open Up the Heavens
  • Holy is the Lord
  • I Stand in Awe
  • Great Are You Lord
  • Prayer
  • Communion: Nothing but the Blood
  • Offering: Holy Lord
  • Benediction