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Sun, Jun 09, 2019
by Dave Bunyan
Series: Love Is ...
Duration: 40 mins
Love is week five message from Pastor Dave Bunyan on June 9, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford in Goshen, Indiana.
Sun, Jun 02, 2019
by Dave Bunyan
Series: Love Is ...
Duration: 47 mins
Love is week four message from Pastor Dave Bunyan on June 2, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford in Goshen, Indiana. Love is not irritable and does not delight in its own way.
Sun, May 26, 2019
by Dave Bunyan
Series: Love Is ...
Duration: 44 mins
Love is week three message from Pastor Dave Bunyan on May 26, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford in Goshen, Indiana. Love is not proud or rude!
Sun, May 19, 2019
by Dave Bunyan
Series: Love Is ...
Duration: 35 mins
Love is week two message from Pastor Dave Bunyan on May 19, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford in Goshen, Indiana. Love does not envy or boast.
Sun, May 12, 2019
by Dave Bunyan
Series: Love Is ...
Duration: 39 mins
Mother's Day message from Pastor Dave Bunyan on May 12, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford in Goshen, Indiana.
Sun, May 05, 2019
by Dave Bunyan
Series: Love Is ...
Duration: 40 mins
Love is... week one message from Pastor Dave Bunyan on May 5, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford in Goshen, Indiana.
Sun, Apr 28, 2019
by Dave Bunyan
Series: Love Is ...
Duration: 33 mins
Love is intro message from Pastor Dave Bunyan on April 28, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford in Goshen, Indiana.
Sun, Apr 21, 2019
by Dave Bunyan
Series: Easter
Duration: 38 mins
Easter Sunday message from Pastor Dave Bunyan on April 21, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Why do people keep their old couches? I mean even when people buy a new house or move to a different location – they move their old couches with them. It’s because they get comfortable with them. You see, our sin is like that old nasty couch that everyone else can see except us. We get so comfortable with our sin . But Jesus came so that we don’t have to drag our past . . . Jesus came so that we don’t have to drag our baggage . . . Jesus came so that we don’t have to drag our sin around with us. John 19:1-6 John 19:16-18 Matthew 28:1-7 The cross is a tower of peace and the promise of forgiveness and hope. It is where real and true life is OFFERED. But then . . . but then - The empty tomb is where peace, forgiveness, hope, and real and true life is DELIVERED! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NLT) Jesus Christ who conquered SIN and DEATH is the HOPE of the entire human race!
Sun, Apr 14, 2019
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Route 66
Duration: 52 mins
Route 66 week ten message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on April 14, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Outline: 1. King David – 2 Samuel 2-8 2. David & Absolom – 2 Samuel 9-20 3. The Greatness of David – 2 Samuel 21-24 Chapter Outline: 2 Samuel 6 – David and the Ark 2 Samuel 7 – Davidic Covenant 2 Samuel 11 – David and Bathsheba Theme: God has a heart for those who have a heart for God Key Word: King 2 Samuel 5:1-5 David’s Remarkable Gifts: Politically, Militarily & Spiritually Gift One: Political Strategy 2 Samuel 5:6-10 Gift Two: Military Leadership 2 Samuel 5:17-25 Gift Three: Spiritual Awareness A Heart of Gold 2 Samuel 6:1-17 Psalm 132: 3-5 Feet of Clay 2 Samuel 11:1 2 Samuel 11:2-5 2 Samuel 11:26-27 2 Samuel 12:7 2 Samuel 12:13 2 Samuel 12:13 Hall of Fame 2 Samuel 22:20; 23:3-5 Question: What is that one thing which if you have it you don’t need much else but if you don’t have it not much else matters? Answer: A Heart for God So we finish where we started this one book with two volumes: Where is your heart?
Sun, Apr 07, 2019
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Route 66
Duration: 47 mins
Route 66 week nine message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on April 7, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Where is your heart? Theme: God may pick you, but He’ll bench you if you run your own plays. 1 Samuel 13:14 Key Word: HEART Point One: There is no one like the Lord. He is king, and chooses whom He will. 1 Samuel 2:2 1 Samuel 2:28 1 Samuel 9:15-17 1 Samuel 10:1, 24 1 Samuel 16:1-12 Point Two: (Theme) God benches His starters if they run their own plays. 1 Samuel 2:29-34 1 Samuel 28:16-19 Morning Phrase: I choose God’s choice for me! Point Three: He replaces them with the humble who share His heart. 1 Samuel 2:7-8 1 Samuel 2:35 1 Samuel 3:10, 19 1 Samuel 13:14 1 Samuel 16:7 1 Samuel 17:45-47 2 Corinthians 4:7 1 Samuel 24:10; 26:11 Rejected King: 1. Chooses to make their own path 2. Gifted by their own merits and ego 3. Godly only in their own mind but not actions Ideal King: 1. Chosen by the hand of God 2. Gifted because of the acceptance of God’s spirit 3. Godly by nature of the heart 1 Samuel 13:14 Psalm 42:1; 63:1 Psalm 139:23-24 Remember what it is like know that you are chosen by God But don’t let it become all about you, me I CHOOSE GOD’S CHOICE FOR ME
Sun, Mar 31, 2019
by Linda Evans
Series: Route 66
Duration: 24 mins
Route 66 week eight message from Linda Evans on March 31, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Sun, Mar 24, 2019
by Sheena Tallman
Series: Route 66
Duration: 28 mins
Route 66 week seven message from Sheena Tallman on March 24, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. YOUTH SUNDAY! The short book of Ruth is a story of loyalty, of kindness, of integrity, of protective love. But more than anything… this is a story about how God is always working to redeem the lives of those who love him. Ruth 1 Moabites worshipped pagan gods, and because of their sour history with Israel, they were NOT ALLOWED to worship in God’s Tabernacle, even if they WANTED to. So for Elimelek to choose to move his family there, shows us how desperate he must have been. Now, Naomi, ( an israelite ) Elimiech’s wife, is left without her husband, and without her sons. All she has now are her daughters in law (moabites) Orpah and Ruth. Feeling completely hopeless, empty and bitter, she decides there is nothing left for her in Moab and she wants to go back to her people and to her home in Bethlehem. Her daughters in law get ready to go with her but Naomi stops them. She explains that while there is nothing left for her, the girls have a chance for a good life in Moab. They should stay with their families, remarry and go on about their life. With sadness, Orpah said goodbye to her mother in law and stayed in Moab. But Ruth’s response changes everything. God is ALWAYS working in our circumstances, even when we can’t see it. Ruth 2 There was a law that served as a type of welfare program in Israel. This israelite law demanded that the comers of the wheat and barley fields not be harvested and also that any dropped grain was to be left on the ground. Then the poor, the widows and anyone traveling through could come by and pick it up and use it for food (this is called gleaning). Because of the law, Boaz was required to allow Ruth to glean in his field. But that’s all. He wasn’t required to talk to her or even look her way. A kinsman-redeemer was a relative who volunteered to take responsibility for the extended family. When a woman’s husband died, the law provided that she could marry a brother of her dead husband. Ruth 3 Ruth wanted to be obedient to whatever was asked of her and trust that God would work it out. So she did as she was advised, and went and lay at his feet. Boaz tells her that there is a relative closer than him that would be next in line to marry her. He promises to go and talk with him and get things worked out for her. Ruth 4 The women were pointing out to Naomi that even though she went through this tough time, God was there through it all… and he had a plan to redeem her. He planned good for her all along. They named the baby Obed. He became the father of Jesse, who was the father of King David. Who we know later became an ancestor of Jesus. Isn’t this a sweet little story of how God is always working to redeem the lives of those who love him? Who are you in this story? Are you Naomi? Are you broken, empty, bitter, lost in the pain of your circumstances? If so, remember God is always working in our circumstances, even when we can’t see it. Are you Boaz? All the men in here are like “yeah”.. :) As a follower of Christ, we are called to be an extension of God to EVERYONE we come across. Who in your life is God asking you to extend God’s love, grace and mercy to? Are you Ruth? Do you feel like you are undeserving of God’s grace and mercy? Is there brokenness in your past? Do you feel like you have nothing to offer, how could God want you? God wants to use you to bring glory to his name. He wants to REDEEM you. And if you’ve accepted that redemption he’s offering, then take off your sandals because you’ve been purchased by the blood of Christ and adopted into the family of God. Just like Ruth, you are now blood relatives of Jesus, and NOTHING can undo that. God is always working to redeem the lives of those who love him. The question isn’t, “am I worth it”… the question is “Am I willing?”
Sun, Mar 17, 2019
by Linda Evans
Series: Route 66
Duration: 39 mins
Route 66 week six message from Linda Evans on March 17, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. In a nutshell, Joshua took his people into the promised land. There were wars, most of which the Israelites won and they finally took possession of the land. Joshua divided things up and the Israelites began living the dream in the Promised Land. Joshua 1:1-3 5-9 Just like that, Joshua is put in charge and given his instructions. Three times God tells Joshua to be strong and courageous and Joshua starts doing what God asked him to do immediately. He feels a sense of urgency to do what God is commanding of him. Joshua 1:10-11 Joshua 1:16-18 They trusted God and they trusted their leader who was well prepared and they were ready to go! How often do we feel a sense of urgency as Christians? That feeling of something that needs our attention NOW! He wants us to be strong and courageous and get going! John 15:12 Matthew 22:37-39 Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus tells Peter to Feed his lambs meaning to take care of people… feed, teach, support, nourish and encourage people new to the faith. Take care of his sheep… grow them into strong Christ followers. Equip them to raise up the next generation and the next and the next… God gave Joshua a mission and his mission was clear. Take the people into the promised land. Fight for this land. Settle this land. The Bible makes our mission clear and the Bible tells us that Jesus is coming back some day. Our mission is not only clear but it is also urgent and the mission field is right here Reaching People for Jesus Christ and helping them live out their God given potential. If our mission is truly reaching people for Jesus Christ, we have to be bold and courageous and start inviting them. We have to be intentional about our own relationship and we have to be intentional about our mission as Christians. We have all been saved FROM something FOR something. Joshua led well because he was brought up to do just that. Moses invested in Joshua and consequently Joshua knew God. He loved God. He was obedient to God. His children knew God. If we all step up to serve and lead and also set up other people behind us to serve and lead that’s when we’re really going to start making a huge impact for God’s Kingdom right here, right now AND in the future. What will your legacy be here? Making more and better disciples is a mission that happens through service and love. Joshua 24:15 You can’t say that without also living out the commands that Jesus gave to us. What would it be like if more people got to know God and proclaimed that same thing? As for me and my house… we will serve the Lord.
Sun, Mar 10, 2019
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Route 66
Duration: 47 mins
Route 66 week four message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on March 10, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Theme: SECOND CHANCES Key Word: LOVE Breakdown of Deuteronomy: This was Israel’s final stop in the long awaited journey to the promised land. As we know, they had been at this point before only to listen to the pessimists among the spies and turn away in unbelief. They were now completing a forty year stent in the wilderness paying the price for their foolish choice. Now, a second chance lays before them. However, they must be fully prepared and educated, ready for what lies ahead. So Moses, now ready to turn things over to Joshua takes the opportunity in full to speak to their hearts and put the focus on their God and King who led them here. Moses will lay down the challenge that their forefathers denied – make the choice now, in your second chance to love the Lord your God that you may find peace and prosperity in this promised land that He has given to you. Outline: 1. Introduction – 1:1-5 2. Sermon #1 of Moses: History – Chapters 1-4 3. Sermon #2 of Moses: Covenant – Chapters 5-28 A. Relationship: 5-11 B. Rules: 12-26 C. Blessings & Curses: 27-28 4. Sermon #3 of Moses: Appeal – Chapters 29-30 5. Conclusion: Moses to Joshua – Chapters 31-34 Four Lessons: LISTEN RECALL LOVE & OBEY A PROMISE & A WARNING Lesson One: This time around, LISTEN! Deuteronomy 1:3 It’s not about the try and fail. It’s about the never tried. Lesson Two: RECALL all the Lord has done for you. Deuteronomy 1:8, 26, 32, 34-36 Deuteronomy 1:41-42 Deuteronomy 2:7; 4:7-8, 20 Deuteronomy 4:32-39 Lesson Three: LOVE Him and OBEY Him. A. You’re in a Covenant Relationship (Ch. 5-11) Deuteronomy 5:2-4 Key Verse: Deuteronomy 6:4-5 Deuteronomy 7:9; 10:12-13 B. You’ve got Covenant Rules (Ch. 12-26) Deuteronomy 12:1 John 14:15, 21, 23 LOVE = OBEDIENCE Lesson Four: THE PROMISE AND THE WARNING Deuteronomy 28:1, 15 You always have a choice. It always makes a difference. What second chance do you need? Will you take it – utilize the 4 lessons: 1. Listen 2. Recall & Remember 3. Love & Obey Him 4. Make correct choices What are you going to do with it? Remember – it’s not about the try and fail, it’s about the never tried!
Sun, Mar 03, 2019
by Dave Bunyan
Duration: 44 mins
Message from guest speaker Dave Bunyan at Community Church of Waterford on March 3, 2019 in Goshen, Indiana.
Sun, Feb 24, 2019
by Linda Evans
Series: Route 66
Duration: 35 mins
Route 66 week four message from Linda Evans on February 24, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. The Israelites have arrived on the southern border of the land that God has promised to give to them and the book of Numbers starts off by telling us that there is going to be a war. Numbers 1: 1-5 In chapter 10, The Israelites are on the move getting nearer to the promised land and the grumbling begins… They are tired of eating Manna all the time and want meat. In chapter 11 there is more grumbling… Aaron and a woman named Miriam were complaining about Moses and his leadership. God was providing their food and water. God was providing great leadership through Moses. God was providing reassurance of His presence through that pillar of fire at night and a pillar of cloud during the day… And yet there was grumbling. Sometimes grumbling leads to more grumbling. Discontent leads to more discontent. Crabbiness leads to more crabbiness. Numbers 13:17-20 These 12 men took off and were gone for 40 days. When the 12 spies returned, everyone was eager for their report. There I am in the crowd pressing in and practically Numbers 13:26-27 Numbers 14 Why do we trust in God when things are going well and we feel blessed but then refuse to be obedient to God when he asks us to do something that is out of our comfort zone? When you shift from asking, “God, what do you want me to do?” to the “Hmmm, what is manageable?” mentality, opportunities are missed! Complaining people become ineffective and complacent people. God did not create us to be ineffective or complacent. What is God calling us to do? I think Jesus was very clear about that! Matthew 22: 37-39 Matthew 28:18-20 Jesus is the head of the church and the church isn’t just this building. The church is the body of Christ. As Christ followers, we are the church. And as that body, we are called to be His hands and His feet and His voice to the world. Some of us are called to do that in our corner of the world. Our family, our neighborhoods, our workplace. Some of us have been called to be the hands, feet and voice of Jesus to far away places. All of us have been called to serve somewhere. The question we should ask is are we being obedient to that call? What are you doing? Matthew 19:16-22 Hebrews 12:2 Here’s the truth… This doesn’t come naturally. I’m having to pray for that attitude of obedience because I can sure be a grumbler!! I have to intentionally say these words each day. Call me. Use me. Help people see you through me. Help me be bold for you! Isn’t it interesting that the 2 spies, Joshua and Caleb, saw the same land as the other 10 and they said, “GO!” while the others screamed, “NO!” Why do different people have different reactions to the same reality? It’s partly because we don’t always see things as they are, but as we are! We look through our own lens. What is it that God calling you to do right now? How will you respond? Will you be obedient? Deal or No Deal? I pray your answer will be DEAL! Here am I. Send me!
Sun, Feb 17, 2019
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Route 66
Duration: 41 mins
Route 66 week three message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on February 17, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. • The book of Leviticus contains a theme that is one of the fundamental principles of Christianity • That Theme: Holiness Leviticus 19:2 • Outline: 1. The Rules for Sacrifice (Ch. 1-7) 2. The Rules for the Priesthood (Ch. 8-10) 3. The Rules for Purity (Ch. 11-16) 4. The Rules for Holiness (Ch. 17-27) The rules that were then are different than now, but our God still requires holiness in the lives of those in whom he dwells. That can be said this way: God Lives with Holy People. • God is ____________ Point One: God is HOLY • Seeing God as: 1. Separate 2. Set Apart 3. Different\Distinct 4. Pure Leviticus 11:44-45 Leviticus 19:2 Leviticus 20:26 Point Two: God insists that you and I be HOLY • The Why’s: 1. Because God saved us out of unholiness 2. Because God will not live with unholy people 3. Because God insists on holy worship 4. Because God insists on holy living Leviticus 18:1-5 Leviticus 10:1-2 Point Three: God himself will make you HOLY • Three Steps: Step One: Come to Him through the BLOOD Leviticus 17:11 1 John 1:7 Step Two: CONFESS your unholiness Psalm 139:23-24 1 John 1:9a Step Three: God CLEANSES us • Leviticus 21:15, 23; 22:9, 16 1. “For I am the Lord, who sanctifies them.” 1 John 1:9b • God does the dirty work • He picks us up, brushes us off, cleans us up • The process still begins with God – only he can make us holy • This is how Jesus came and FULFILLED the law – not abolished • We have a part to play – but what I don’t want you to think is that we really have anything to do with this • God just says come – come to me • I will forgive, I will cleanse, I will give you rest • Build your life on me – lean on me • It’s not complicated – just come, confess your need, and let me handle the heavy lifting – because I am holy, I will make you holy
Sun, Feb 10, 2019
by Linda Evans
Series: Route 66
Duration: 36 mins
Sun, Feb 03, 2019
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Route 66
Duration: 35 mins
Route 66 week one message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on February 3, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Genesis Facts: • 20,500 words • 50 chapters (4th Longest Book in the Bible) • Author – Moses • Written after the Exodus from Egypt (circa 1445 B.C.) Key Word: BEGINNING Key Verses: 12:3, 15:6, 18:14, 50::20 Primary Key Verse: Genesis 1:1 Genesis Structure: 1. Creation and history of said creation (Ch. 1-4) 2. History of Adam (Ch. 5-6): 1 of 5 3. History of Noah (Ch. 6-9): 2 of 5 4. History of Shem, Ham & Japheth (Ch. 10-11): Noah’s Sons 5. History of Abraham (Ch. 11-25): 3 of 5 6. History of Ishmael (Ch. 25): Abraham’s oldest son 7. History of Isaac (Ch. 25-36): 4 of 5 8. History of Esau (Ch. 36-37) 9. History of Jacob (Ch. 37-50): 5 of 5 10. Joseph: Big Number 6 a) Ch. 37-50 b) Most documented person in the Bible • Easy Structure of Genesis: 1. Genesis 1-11: Beginning of the World (Adam & Noah) 2. Genesis 12-50: Beginning of Israel (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph) The Four Acts of Genesis: 1. Creation 2. The Nation 3. Blessing 4. Salvation Act One: Creation • The omnipotent God creates all things • C.S. Lewis quote from Mere Christianity “When you argue against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all: it is like cutting off the branch you are sitting on.” Act Two: The Natio • The sovereign God selects a people for His own • God selects a specific nation 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 Act Three: Blessing • The righteous God blesses the good and curses the evil Genesis 12:1-3 Act Four: Salvation • The gracious God saves His desperate people • Two people come to mind here: Andrew Murray and A.W. Tozer “Be assured that if God waits longer than you could wish, it is only to make the blessing doubly precious.” “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply." Genesis 50:20 • Everything begins with God • Are you ready to get on the boat?
Sun, Jan 27, 2019
by Luke Aadalen
Series: Segue Sunday
Duration: 44 mins
Segue Sunday message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on January 27, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 The threefold cord 1. God 2. Leadership 3. YOU The Struggle: Fear (is a liar) The Peace: Faith – the ASSURANCE OF HOPE – Hebrews 11 “It’s not your ability, but your availability that determines how God will use you.” We’ve just got to believe, the story is so far from over GET ON THE BOAT! Watch his continued Glorious Unfolding for us
Sun, Jan 13, 2019
by Chris Russell
Series: Final Words
Duration: 45 mins
Final Words week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on January 13, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Many of us have learned the wrong things about forgiveness from a young age. For example, many of us were taught that forgiveness requires some form of repayment. Many of us were taught as kids that if we did something wrong we needed to say or do something to make it right. Now there is certainly merit to this idea but it can also develop an unbiblical approach to forgiveness because it can lead to a mindset of “forgiveness comes when the person who hurts me makes it right.” And when we follow that line of thinking we end up saying “If you have wronged me in some way, IF you say something or do something to make it right, THEN I will forgive you.” The problem is… that’s not forgiveness. That’s justice. We want repayment. And the truth is if you’ve been hurt very badly there is nothing that can be said or nothing that can be done to make up for it. That’s where forgiveness comes in… Forgiveness is more powerful than Repayment Revenge Resentment Forgiveness is... - NOT minimizing the seriousness of the offense - NOT reconciliation - NOT forgetting what happened Matthew 6:14-15 For those of us who have made a decision to follow Jesus, we must realize that we have a higher calling than the worldly response to being hurt. We serve a God who sets an example for us on the big picture of life, a God who did everything to restore our relationship with Him, a relationship we don’t deserve. And at times offering that forgiveness is going to be extremely difficult because there is nothing inside of us that wants to offer it, we’ve been hurt that bad. But we serve a God who commands us to take the same amazing forgiveness He extends to us and in turn offer it to others.
Sun, Jan 06, 2019
by Chris Russell
Series: Final Words
Duration: 36 mins
Final Words week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on January 6, 2019 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Matthew 2:1-11 We as the church are the hope of the world. God has no backup plan. He desires to use us to reach those who are without hope and without a relationship with Him. Philippians 2:15 2 Kings 7:3-4 2 Kings 7:5-8 2 Kings 7:9 Luke 19:10 Matthew 28:19-20 Mark 1:16-20 Don’t compare your start with somebody else’s finish Your mission, my mission, in life is to mirror the mission of Jesus Himself who came to seek out the lost and point them to their heavenly Father who could change their forever. Let’s make sure we never lose sight of that mission.
Sun, Dec 30, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: HopeFULL
Duration: 27 mins
HopeFULL week five message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 30, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Every day brings challenges and decisions that need to be made and we have to live with the consequences of those decisions, whether they are good or bad ones, whether they were made by us or whether they were made by others. And sometimes we need a refill on our hope meter. The Christmas season is a perfect time of the year to do just that because the Christmas season reminds us of one of the most vivid displays of bringing hope into the world by God in the history of humanity. Jesus’ very arrival was a great sign of hope for the people of His day and for all of us ever since. It redefined hope from being something that we simply WISH for to understanding it as something we can actually HAVE. Hebrews 6:19 So let’s turn our attention from these symptoms of hopeLESSness to those things that are the source of hopeFULLness. Sources of hopeFULLness 1. God’s presence Psalm 62:5 Isaiah 40:31 2. God’s promise Psalm 119:105 3. God’s process Romans 5:2b-4 Romans 8:28 (NIV) 4. God’s purpose Jeremiah 29:11 So here’s my question for you.....if you are lacking hope right now in your life, which of these four sources are you neglecting, and there’s a good chance there’s probably more than one that you are neglecting. If there is one thing we have learned through this journey our family has been on it is that our God is a God of hope. He is a God that can take the darkest moments and flood them with light. He is a God who can take the most broken of situations and turn them in to something beautiful. He is a God who can take us from a place of HopeLESSness to a place of HopeFULLness.
Sun, Dec 23, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: HopeFULL
Duration: 27 mins
HopeFULL week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 23, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. As a kid I just couldn’t get enough of all of the Christmas time activities. We had the countdown calendars we opened every morning as soon as we popped out of bed. We put out the nativity set, hung the stockings, set up the Christmas tree and put our newest yearly ornaments on it, drove around to look at Christmas lights and wrapped all of the presents. I just don’t remember any stressers when it came to Christmas as a kid. As an adult it’s a little different isn’t it? Some of us are thinking “Is it here again already?” Some are thinking “Did we budget for it this year… we just got done paying for last year!” Let’s face it, it’s usually easy for kids to have a sense of celebration about Christmas. The adults typically do all the work and the kids get to benefit from it. Somewhere along the line, as adults, we find that we go from thinking about Christmas as a time of celebration to seeing it as something to survive. That’s why I have to be careful of moving into survival mode during the Christmas season….it’s because I can often so easily overlook or forget about Jesus. You Really, that’s the message of today. That the purpose of Christmas is to celebrate Jesus. So let’s dig in. Luke 2:8-20 Now let’s talk about what kind of gifts you are giving others this Christmas. All of us have probably been participants or observers of re-gifting at some point or another. Re-gifting is popular for several reasons. First, because of various families economic situations, it helps to cut down on holiday expenses. Some people also see it as a form of recycling, helping to reduce the unwanted stuff that would otherwise be thrown out. But when we stop to think about it, re-gifting the Baby Jesus is EXACTLY what we should be doing at Christmas time and throughout the year. God wants us, not just in December, but all year round, to celebrate and share the greatest gift of all, when He sent His only son to earth for the ultimate purpose of saving us and restoring our relationship with God the Father. God’s Christmas Gift To You has three qualities that make it unique. First, it’s the most expensive gift you’ll ever receive. It’s priceless. Jesus paid for it with his life. Second, it’s the only gift you’ll ever receive that will last forever. Finally, it’s an extremely practical gift – one you’ll use every day for the rest of your life. John 3:16 Luke 2:10 Message of the Re-Gifted Jesus 1. God loves you 2. God is With You Psalms 139:7 Hebrews 13:5b 3. God is for you Romans 8:31b Jeremiah 29:11 Our world is filled with frustrated people who don’t know what they are looking for and wouldn’t know where to find it if they did. They just know that something is missing, something is incomplete in their lives. But the answer is not in a place, a program, or a pill. The answer is a person. It’s Jesus. What you’re missing is a relationship with the One who created you so he could love you.
Wed, Dec 19, 2018
by Linda Evans
Series: HopeFULL
Duration: 20 mins
"Love Like This" Christmas service message from Linda Evans on the evening of December 19, 2018.
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
by Linda Evans
Series: HopeFULL
Duration: 27 mins
HopeFULL week three message from Linda Evans on December 16, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Matthew was written by a former tax collector, one of the 12 Apostles. It was written primarily for a Jewish audience and because of that, understandably, it has more Old Testament quotations and references than the other three gospels. Matthew emphasized Jesus as the King of the Jews. Matthew starts off with a genealogy lesson which I had read before but it always seemed a little dry to me. Matthew 1: 1-6 And this genealogy lesson goes on through verse 17. Remember that I said that Matthew was writing mainly to a Jewish audience? To a Jewish person, their lineage was tremendously important. Their ancestery gave them status and credibility and power and prestige. The thing that would have been shocking to the Jewish audience was Matthew didn’t try to cover over anything offensive or controversial. Matthew lists not only the important guys but also some gals (which would have been unheard of at this time in history). Women had no status, no power, no real significance. Matthew not only included women, he also included foreigners and some notorious sinners, too. Genesis 26:7 Matthew 1:6 Luke tells us WHAT happened. He gives us the detailed story and it is beautiful and amazing and leaves us breathless with wonder. Matthew tells us HOW it happened and it was messy! God used flawed, imperfect sinners time and time and time again and these were Jesus’ ancestors. Matthew 18:11 Jesus came from imperfect people, for imperfect people and in his ministry Jesus constantly associated with imperfect people and he continues to work in and through imperfect people today. GOD IS STILL IN THE BUSINESS OF RESTORATION AND HE IS DOING IT TODAY! RIGHT NOW! RIGHT HERE! Because he loved us enough to send the best gift imaginable…. His son, Jesus. This is the message of Christmas. Deuteronomy 32:4 Matthew 11:28-30 This first chapter of Matthew is so much more than a dull and boring list of names. It’s God saying… I loved these imperfect people with messy lives. I used them to further my kingdom. I love you. I can still use you. God says… 1. Bring me your mess. 2. Bring me your brokenness. 3. Bring me your discouragement. 4. Bring me your anxious heart. 5. Bring me your hopelessness. Love and peace and hope are waiting for you today and it began in the manger.
Sun, Dec 09, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: HopeFULL
Duration: 28 mins
HopeFULL week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 9, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. For many of us, no time of the year stirs up more hope than the Christmas season. But the reality is, for many, the Christmas season is one of the most hopeless times of the year. For many, it brings a lot of stuff to the surface. In my years serving as a pastor, the amount of people who struggle with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, and hopelessness skyrockets around this time of the year. It amazes me how at a time of the year that should be so merry, so exciting, so hopeful, that there is often so much hopelessness. Proverbs 13:12 So how do you know if you are struggling with some hopelessness in your life? I want to quickly give you three symptoms that hopelessness produces in our lives when we are struggling with it. We may experience one of them or possibly even all three of them. 3 Symptoms of Hopelessness 1) Disoriented Job 17:15 3 Symptoms of Hopelessness 1) Disoriented 2) Drifting Isaiah 53:6 3 Symptoms of Hopelessness 1) Disoriented 2) Drifting 3) Despair 2 Corinthians 1:8 (NIV) The Bible doesn’t promise that when we give our lives to Jesus everything gets better. In fact, many people who make a decision to follow Jesus often find that life gets tougher for a bit after they make that decision. God never said He would keep us from trouble, He told us that we would be able to rise above that trouble. So what I want to do in the remaining time this morning is define hope from the Bible’s standpoint. So what is hope? Hope is a confident expectation based on something real. Hebrews 11:1 For most people, hope is something they do. Biblical hope is something that we have. So what makes an anchor work? Here’s three things... the first thing is… Anchor of Hope 1. Hope requires trust. 2. Hope is anchored to something unseen 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 Anchor of Hope 1. Hope requires trust. 2. Hope is anchored to something unseen 3. Hope is found in a relationship with God Isaiah 40:31 It’s the hope that gives us the wisdom to realize that when life gets tough the dumbest thing we can do is say “forget you God” ....the wisest thing we can do is hold on to that anchor even tighter. When we talk about Christmas we can’t help but talk about hope, not the wishful thinking definition we have tended to make it, but the hope that the Bible talks about, solid, secure, unwavering, and immovable.
Sun, Dec 02, 2018
by Chris Russell
Series: HopeFULL
Duration: 26 mins
HopeFULL week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 3, 2018 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana. Our Deepest Fears 1. Failure 5. Losing a loved one 2. Death 6. Physical Pain 3. Rejection 7. The Unknown 4. Loneliness 8. Losing Control 2 Timothy 1:7 Fear is not from God… fear is from our spiritual enemy. God, the source of all, the all-knowing, ever-present, all-powerful God has not given us fear! And yet, so many of us are consumed with it. We are always worried, always anxious, always overwhelmed, living paralyzed by something that God did not give us. For God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Here’s a key thought for us when we focus on the topic of fear… Fear is being consumed with the “what if” questions Exodus 4:1 Your “What if’s” reveal… 1. What you value the most 2. Where you trust God the least Psalm 56:2-4 Psalm 34:4 Psalm 46:1-3 Mark 4:39 Psalm 46:10 But we have these words of “Be still and know that I am God” as a reminder that in the midst of the storm we have one with us who is greater than the storm. In the midst of our fears we have one who is greater than those fears. In the midst of temporary circumstances, we have one who reminds us to focus on Him and his eternal plan for our lives, which is full of joy, full of love, full of promise, and full of hope. He is with us and He will never forsake us. Romans 8:28,35,37-39

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65154 County Road 21
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