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Sermons 2017

  JUNE

"A Father and His Dysfunctional Family"
June 18 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Luke 15: 11-32
(Streamed live in stereo on Livestream at 10:30am)

     “The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively”. - Bob Marley

"When Things Go Right"
June 11 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Ephesians 1: 3-14
(Archived on Livestream)

     For most of life, nothing wonderful happens. If you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your work and sitting down to a meal with  family or friends,

then the chances are that you're not going to be very happy. If someone bases his happiness or unhappiness on major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money, a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person isn't going to be happy much of the time. If, on the other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to live with quite a bit of happiness. –Andy Rooney
"Power, Authority and Comfort
from the Holy Spirit
"

June 4 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Numbers 11:4-20
(Archived on Livestream)

     James E. Hamill answers the question, “What does Pentecost mean?” this way: What does Pentecost mean? To the Jews, an annual festival. To the world, a new dispensation (of grace, and the Holy Spirit in fulfillment of prophecy). 

To the Church, an impartation of power. To the individual believer, a glorious new life in the Spirit.” “Have you received the Holy Spirit since you believed?” (Acts 19:2).
  MAY
"A Witness for Truth"
May 28 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Acts 1: 1 - 11
(Archived on Livestream)
   "As Emmanuel, Cardinal Suhard says, "To be a witness does not consist in engaging in propaganda, not even in stirring people up, but in being a living mystery. 
It means to live in such a way that one's life could not make sense if God did not exist." Madeleine L' Engle in Walking on Water: Refelections of Faith and Art
"One God Above All"
May 21 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Acts 17: 16-34
(Archived on Livestream)
      David AIkman holds a PH.D in Russian and Chinese history. He worked for over twenty years as a respected journalist for Time Magazine. 
A few years ago, he took some time off and wrote a book titled: Hope-A Hearts Great Quest. Through extensive study and interaction with people, he came to the conclusion that every human heart yearns for hope even if he or she doesn’t know what hope is. He wrote: “Hope is the distinguishing feature of Christianity compared to any other belief system. It is far more evident in Christianity than in any other religion or philosophy. In New Testament times, the two other prevailing philosophies did not offer hope. Stoics were educated, civilized, thoughtful, and kindly but were grieved at the condition of humankind and were unable to do anything else but live in quiet dignity. Meanwhile, the Epicureans simply sought pleasure. So people were cynics or hedonists. Christianity changed the prevailing attitude.
"Kingdom Movement"
May 14 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Matthew 16: 13-20
(Archived on Livestream)
     Confessions change things. Though they are mere words, consider the implications of a young man confessing his love for his beloved.
 Consider the accused confessing his guilt. Consider a student confessing she can’t read, or a doctor revealing her occupation when a man on an airplane is felled with a heart attack. So too believers in Jesus Christ are expected to make a confession. Mere words, but mere words open both possibilities and limit options.
Jesus said, “For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, of him will the Son of Man be ashamed when he comes in his glory and the glory of the Father and of the holy angels” (Luke 9:26). Do not be afraid to let the world know are a follower of Jesus Christ.
"More Than Meets the Eye"
May 7 
by Rev. Charles Hofmeister

Scripture: Mark 10: 32-52
(Archived on Livestream)
     You have heard it said, “your eyes are bigger than your stomach.” I say to you that when we act on our faith our spiritual appetite grows and we are 
enabled to receive more of what God wants for us. Consider praying: “Lord may the eyes of my understanding be enlightened that I will know more of the hope of your calling and may digest more of the goodness and love you give me.” Amen. - DF.
  APRIL
"God's Plan for the World"
April 30 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: 1 Peter 1: 13-25
(Archived on Livestream)

      The first thing to say here is that Peter does not say, “Become holy” but “be holy”…The truth is that you and I are already holy.   

 Theologically speaking, it is not something that we become: we are holy already, so “Be holy…” That being the case, what does holiness mean in this context? Clearly, it is not a definition of our behavior because otherwise, we would be able to ‘become holy’ by behaving better. No, holiness is our status, not a description of how we behave and so we are to be holy like the Holy One, like God.
"It's Better Over There"
April 23 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: 1 Peter 1: 3-9
(Archived on Livestream)

   Prayer by 19th century author Thomas Reade
     Blessed Saviour! Oh lover of my soul, give me the grace to love you. Never, oh never let me forget your bloody sweat, your cross and passion,

your known and unknown agonies, when you made your soul an offering for sin. Oh! that I had a heart to love you with a supreme affection. Come, blessed Spirit, shed abroad in my Saviours love, and that will kindle mine. ...continued in this weeks bulletin - don't forget your copy
"Easter Service"
April 16 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15: 1-28
(Archived on Livestream)

     Celebraste with us the resurrection of Jesus on the third day after his burial and crusifiction by the Romans. Also known as resurrection Sunday.

"Good Friday Service"
April 14 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: various
(Archived on Livestream)

       Jesus said: “Do not let your hearts be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me ... I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”

"The Prophecies of Palm Sunday"
April 9 
by Rev. David MacKenzie

Scripture: Zechariah 9: 9-17;
                     Romans 11:25-32,
                                      John 12: 12-32 
(Archived on Livestream)

    Palm Sunday represents the pinnacle of Christ's earthly ministry. Yet, how brief was the pinnacle! In the midst of His passion, however, Jesus is not just fulfilling His ministry, He is also signalling changes that are still to come.

"Life Like or Life Lived"
April 2 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-14   Romans 8:1-11
(Archived on Livestream)
God Said NO!
I asked God to take away my habit.
God said, No. it is not for me to take away, but for you give it up.
I asked God to make my handicapped child whole.
God said, No. his spirit is whole, his body is only temporary.
I asked God to grant me patience.
God said, No. patience is a byproduct of tribulations; it isn’t granted, it is learned.
I asked God to give me happiness.
God said, No. I give you blessings; Happiness is up to you.
I asked God to spare me pain.
God said, No. suffering draws you apart from worldly cares and brings you closer to me.
I asked God to make my spirit grow.
God said, No. you must grow on your own, but I will prune you to make fruitful.
I asked God for all things that I might enjoy life.
God said, No. I will give you life, so that you may enjoy all things.
I asked God to help me LOVE others, as much as He loves me.
God said… Ahhh, finally you have the idea.
THIS DAY IS YOURS DON’T THROW IT AWAY…. May God Bless You.
  MARCH
"Divine Directives"
March 26 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Ephesians 4:17 - 5:14
     Are there rules of conduct for Christians? Well yes. But they are not like the laws of the land which demand our obedience to prevent incarceration. 
They are more like points on a roadmap to guide us to where God wants us to go, to find fulfillment and purpose in him, and harmony with others. This sermon will address practical points for the journey.
"Free to Live by Faith"
March 19 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Exodus 17: 1-7
     The ancient Israelite community under the leadership of Moses journeyed through a desert toward the land that God promised to them. 
This picture is, in one sense, a metaphor for the journey of life that each of us walk. In today’s scripture, we read how God led them to a place where it appeared they could die of thirst. Their reaction, along with that of Moses and God’s response is both telling and profound. How those lessons can be applied to our lives is the subject of this sermon.
"The Humility of Christ"
March 12 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Phillipians 2: 1-13
     Always remember that true submission consists in a spirit of universal obedience to the whole will of God because it is His will. 
A truly submissive person will regard the will of God on all subjects as the highest good. He has no goal in view other than in everything to be directed by the will of God. For him, nothing is so dear, so desirable, so preferred as to have the whole will of God done on earth as it is in heaven. Consequently, a submissive person does no picking and choosing among the commandments of God, being pleased with some more than others, and preferring obedience to one rather than another. The revealed will of God (however it may be made known, whether by His Word, providence or Spirit) is the principal and universal law to which he yields a universal and joyful obedience. Charles G. Finney in Principles of Consecration, p.13
"Temptation as Preparation"
March 5 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Matthew 4: 1-11
     If you live here you know the seasons: winter, spring, summer and fall. Every year Christian churches throughout the world remember the 
birth of Jesus and most significantly celebrate  his resurrection from the dead. The calendar of the "Christian year" is used by many churches world-wide to live out our spiritual story - the story of Jesus Christ and his message of God's love for us.
  FEBRUARY 
"Behold the Glory"
Feb 26 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: ! Corinthians 3
     People change in all sorts of ways. Some become more or less physically fit. Some become more or less emotionally stable. 
Some become more or less kind and loving. The apostle Paul makes the case that we become more, that is better, when the Spirit of the living God changes us. It is then that we reflect God’s glory. Today’s sermon will reflect on this process. 
"A Matter of the Mind"
Feb 19 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Colossians 1: 9-23
     “You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind.” “Don't reason in the mind just obey in the spirit.” “If you only do what is easy, 
you will always remain weak.” “Your life will not get straightened out until your mind does.”
― Joyce Meyer, Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind
"Experiencing God Through Kingdom Principles"
Feb 12 
by Brian Glazier

Scripture: Matthew 6: 19 - 34
           THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
“The kingdom of God does not consist in talk, but in power, that is, in works and practice. 
God loves the doers of the word in faith and love,  and not the mere hearers, who, like parrots, have learned to utter certain expressions with readiness. “Martin Luther. “Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” - Corrie ten Boom, (Clippings from My Notebook)
"Whispering Sin"
Feb 5 
by Frank Traviss

Scripture: Proverbs 18: 1-10
     Proverbs 18:   1. An unfriendly person pursues selfish ends and against all sound judgment starts quarrels. 
2. fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. 3. When wickedness comes, so does contempt, and with shame comes reproach. 4. The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream. 5. It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice. 6. The lips of fools bring them strife, and their mouths invite a beating. 7. 
The mouths of fools are their undoing, and their lips are a snare to their very lives. 8. The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts. 9. One who is slack in his work is brother to one who destroys. 10. The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.
  JANUARY 
"The Greatness of our God"
Jan 29 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Colossians 1: 9-23
     If we are to be disciples of Jesus, we must be made disciples supernaturally; as long as we have the dead set purpose of being disciples 
we may be sure we are not. “I have chosen you.”  That is the way the grace of God begins. It is a constraint we cannot get away from; we can disobey it, but we cannot generate it. The drawing is done by the supernatural grace of God, and we never can trace where His work begins. Out Lord’s making of a disciple is supernatural. He does not build on any natural capacity at all. God does not ask us to do the things that are easy to us naturally; He only asks us to do the things we are perfectly fitted to do by His grace, and the cross will come along that line always. - Oswald Chamber in My Utmost for His Highest
"It Comes From the Lord"
Jan 22 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Colossians 1: 9-23
     It is a wonderful thing to see God use natural talents and resources to accomplish His purposes. Surrendering these areas of our lives to 
His use is both vital and refreshing. But it is tragic when the high point of the believer’s life is accomplishing something humanly possible. We must be known for practical service, plus. It is the plus that often gets forgotten. The plus in the impossible. 
- Bill Johnson in Experience the Impossible, p. 76
   Here is a prayer from Bill Johnson you may want to consider praying: Father, “I often reduce Your will to what I can do with or without You. Forgive me for that. Help me to see the surrounding situations the same way Jesus would see them. I want to illustrate Your heart for people with my money and time, but also with what You have given me from Your world — the power of heaven. I will embrace Your heart until Your heart becomes mine.”
"Is Your God too Small"
Jan 15 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Colossians 1: 9-23
     Have you ever felt a sense of awe when you’ve thought of God? If you have do you still have that sense of awe? The apostle Paul knew God was 
awesome and prayed for the “holy people in the city of Colossae” that they would know it too. May this message encourage you to grow spiritually and come to a fuller knowledge of the greatness of God.
"Christian Living for today and Eternity"
Jan 8 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Isaiah 60: 1-6,  Matthew 2: 1-2; 9-12
Most of you have heard of the 12 days of Christmas but did you know that Christians used to celebrate from Christmas to January the 6th  -
twelve days straight?  January 6th marks the twelfth and is known as Epiphany. It is celebrated in many countries throughout the world as a Christian Feast day.
     The ancient celebration marks the baptism of Jesus by John the Baptist, as well as the visit from the three Wise Men – which is why it’s also known as “Three Kings Day”.
     The word Epiphany comes from Greek and means “manifestation”. It has been celebrated in Europe since the 4th century and is associated with the Magi or three Wise Men.
     The Gospel of Matthew says the three kings followed a star across the desert to Bethlehem, bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Gold represents his royal standing, frankincense his divine birth and myrrh his mortality which had been used in the preparation of bodies for burial. 
Please consider praying: Lord manifest your Presence to me as we worship
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"Christian Living for today and Eternity"
Jan 1 
by Rev. David Fisher

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3: 1-13, Matthew 25: 31-46
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Solomon, reputed to be the wisest man of antiquity, wrote this:
“I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.”
Jesus, on the other hand, told a parable which, when properly understood, states that the righteous and the unrighteous shall be judged according to how they have lived. How both are true and how we are to live in light of the truths they teach is the subject of today’s message.
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