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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

July 30, 2017 – Worship

Songs:

  • Your Grace is Enough
  • (Psalm 40) Everlasting God
  • Take My Life and Let it Be
  • Be Thou My Vision
  • Communion: Come Thou Fount
  • Special: Farewell to Hannah and Pastor Trevor Smith
  • Offering:
  • Benediction

July 30, 2017 – Dirty Laundry: True Love Waits?

Pastor Trevor Smith

Scripture:

Genesis 29:15-28

Key Points:

  • With God valuing marriage, why is the passage included in scripture.
  • Here there is distinct difference between what God wants and what happens.
  • Three points in this passage:
    1. God is absent. God is not calling for the actions of Jacob (e.g. – Jacob must work seven years before he is able to marry Rebecca)
    2. The relationship of marriage here is akin to a business deal, rather than as a Godly covenant.  As the church, we operate relationship with Grace.
    3. Deceit is applied here.  Laban uses Jacobs desire against him and coerces Jacob to be with Leah.
  • The live out a holy relationship with God, we cannot be deceitful.  We must be a people who are honest, transparent to one another.

July 23, 2017 – Worship

Songs:

  • Better Is One Day
  • Famous One
  • Great Is Thy Faithfulness
  • Come Thou Fount
  • Communion: We Will Feast
  • Offering: Better Is One Day
  • Benediction

July 16, 2017 – Worship

Songs:

  • Psalm 119:89-96
  • Desert Song
  • Romans 8:1-2
  • King of My Heart
  • More Than Amazing
  • Psalm 119:105-112
  • Sovereign
  • Communion: Remembrance
  • Offering: Desert Song
  • Benediction

July 16, 2017 – Dirty Laundry: Sons of Enmitty

Pastor Rusty Brian

Scripture:

Key Points:

  • From hopelessness, scarcity, with prayer and obedience come abundance from God.
  • Rebekah gives birth to twins – Esau and Jacob; two nations. Two personalities foretold to be in strife.
  • Esau gives up his birthright (inheritance of Isaac) to Jacob for food (manipulation by Jacob).
  • Additional strife: Rebekah favored Jacob. At Isaac’s death, Rebekah directs Jacob to disguise himself as Esau and receives the blessings from Isaac. Jacob then flees, having angered Esau and feared retribution.
  • Jacob was an ambitious trickster.  His actions resulted in long conflict, separation.  Esau was a fool, not taking hold of his inheritance, the blessings promised to him.
  • Esau would hold bitterness.
  • Reconciliation would be long coming.
  • Neither realized they were both to be recipients of God’s blessing.
  • After time, God orchestrates a transformation – Jacob becoming the heir to God’s abundant blessing, His blessing.
  • Take-away:
    • A little ambition is good (Jacob)
    • Don’t underestimate God’s abundance, His ability to bless.
    • Because of Jesus, we are all heirs to God’s promise to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, God’s people of Israel. Jesus fulfills the promise.
    • The conflicts in all the stories, when giving our lives to God, we receive redemption and the blessings of God.
  • In Jesus, we become heirs to the promise and are reconciled to God and each other

July 2, 2017 – Worship

Songs:

  • One Thing Remains
  • Your Love Never Fails
  • Desert Song
  • Great is They Faithfulness
  • Communion: Behold the Lamb
  • Offering: Your Love Never Fails (Reprise)
  • Benediction