Sun, Jun 18, 2017
Unfair week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on June 18, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
The message that Habakkuk was hearing from God was something that he just couldn’t wrap his head around. What God was telling him was that the people were going to be punished for their disobedience.
He was looking around at life and just didn’t feel like God was doing what He should be doing, He wasn’t being fair.
Have you ever felt that way toward God? Have you ever looked around at all the things that are happening in your own life and in our world today and started to question how fair God is being?
My guess is some of these questions and thoughts are ones that you’ve had somewhere along the line in your story and experiences.
If you fast-forward from this Old Testament book to today, people ask these same questions all the time, “God, why is it that the evil people, they seem to prosper, but the good people, all these bad things happen to them? Why is it that I work hard at work and I’m honest, and then the jerk over there that’s being dishonest and manipulative gets promoted?
Because it sure seems like in all of these situations that God COULD do something, and that God SHOULD do something…but often He doesn’t. Why? Why doesn’t God seem fair?”
Habakkuk had the same kinds of questions. And Habakkuk loved God dearly.
Unfortunately, many of us grew up in environments that said it wasn’t ok to question God.
So when we get to those seasons of doubt, we have important decisions to make… because what do we do when what we see isn’t consistent with what we believe? We follow the example of Habakkuk who took his honest questions to God.
Now he’s doing something that so many of us are terrible at doing… he’s waiting on God.
Getting Beyond the Dip
1. Stop and Listen
2. Write and Remember
3. Wait and Trust
When we find ourselves in the waiting period in The Dip we need to draw strength from the first two steps of getting through The Dip… take our questions, take our doubts to God and then be intentional about stopping and listening for His response, and then we need to write and remember so that we are reminded on a regular basis of all the times that God has come through in our lives and how faithful He is and how much we can rely on Him to fulfill His promises in our lives, even if it’s not in the timing we desire.
2 Corinthians 5:7
For those of us who have made a decision for Jesus, we will live by faith.
You live by faith. You don’t walk by what you SEE; but instead, you live by faith in what you KNOW to be true about God.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017
The Ripple Effect week five message from Pastor Chris Russell on June 11, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Pastor Andy Stanley simplifies the gospel message by pointing out that when it comes to figuring out what we need to share with others in regard to our faith it ultimately comes down to two questions:
1. What does a person need to know?
2. What does a person need to do?
What makes this encouraging is that when it comes down to it, becoming a Christian is always the same process for everyone.
Our circumstances and reasons for coming to faith may be different but the process we go through tot step into that faith is the same.
Let's break this down...
For God so LOVED the world:
God's primary motivation in the relationship is not anger or indifference - it is LOVE!
He GAVE his one and only Son:
By God's giving of what was the most precious to him, it proves that He was in love - that he was motivated by His love!
So look back at the first question - what people need to know...
GOD LOVED and GOD GAVE
Whoever BELIEVES in him shall not perish:
It is about believing in what God sent Jesus to do on our behalf. We can have complete confidence in that knowledge.
Now look at the second question - what people need to do...
But John has not completed the entire thought yet...
But HAVE eternal life:
If God is on the giving side of the gift, then that means that we are on the receiving side of the gift!
Now, consider the whole idea - what to know and what to do...
GOD LOVED - GOD GAVE - WE BELIEVE - WE RECIEVE
A connection story with the Old Testament:
2 Kings 7:3-4
This is a rough point of decision making - but something had to be done.
2 Kings 7:5-8
God changed drastically the events before these men - but something else presented itself for a decision...
2 Kings 7:9
In the midst of the joy and happiness, they had forgotten of the others who were in desperate situations as well - but they realized that they needed to share the joy that they had discovered.
Look at this connection:
Life Before Jesus to what drew us to Jesus
The changes to fighting temptation to stay in the fun and glow
We get caught up in what God is doing in and for us and we forget to share that with the others around us
Like the Spider Man quote says:
"With great power comes great responsibility"
Maybe for us it should say:
"With great discovery comes great responsibility"
We have to to and take what we have discovered and what we have been given and share it with the world and community around us. That is what being a part of the Ripple Effect is all about.
Take advantage of every opportunity because God has already put us in a prime position to change the world because he changed us.
Will you join us and LIVE LIKE THAT??!!
Sun, Jun 04, 2017
The Ripple Effect week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on June 4, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Our church family honored Sue Juday on this Sunday as she begins her retirement after selflessly serving at CCW for 25 years! We wish her all the best and all our love!
There is a difference in how we understand and learn to understand when we are young and when we grow and mature.
Many of us want to share our faith, have that strong relationship with Jesus that makes it possible to share it with others - but we get nervous and we struggle...but we have to stop thinking about it like it is a solo mission. Reaching others was NEVER meant to be a solo expedition.
Jesus could ask this question because everybody back then, just like they do now, had an opinion about Jesus.
What the disciples were pointing out is that people tended to believe that Jesus was FROM God and had a message from God, but were fuzzy on who exactly he was.
Jesus was being more DIRECT...
What Peter says here is based upon his understanding - what he has learned from following Jesus around.
Jesus says he didn't come to this on his own, but it was given to him by revelation and eye opening experience by God.
Then he gives the name change from Simon to Peter...
The names changes in the history of scripture represent the important changes in the direction and purpose of their lives.
Now Jesus is going to take this understanding that Peter and the others have been blessed to know and basically says that he is going to create a movement - a RIPPLE EFFECT - that will be defined by their belief in who Jesus really is!
Now, today, our responsibility is to involve people as much as we can with a community of believers because that's where the resistance begins to break down.
The church is the most powerful, persuasive environment on the planet.
We have the ability and gift to partner with Jesus in this RIPPLE EFFECT - but to get people involved it only takes a simple two words...
COME AND SEE!
First, we answer the call of Jesus - FOLLOW ME
Then we bring others along by simple asking - COME AND SEE
Catch the vision of what God is doing in the world and join in on it with him and with the church that he has built.
Sun, May 28, 2017
The Ripple Effect week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on May 28, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Why do we hesitate, why do we shrink back, why do we come up short in sharing our faith?
Early on, the followers of Jesus may have seemed like cowards. But after his death and resurrection, we see a major change...
Remember Acts 4:20 -
They could not help but speak about what they had seen and heard
You wonder - did they think each run in with the religious leaders that it could be the last? Did that stop them?
What do you think they were praying for?
They understood the power of Almighty God. They knew exactly what had occurred with Jesus. They knew that the leaders had gone so far as to appeal to the Roman government to get Jesus crucified and then they realized that they had ALMOST missed it.
Imagine the "light bulb" moment! They started to understand that God was up to something and that He had invited them to be a part of it with Him.
They begin to shift thought seeing that God shows up even greater in the trials and uses them. Now they are starting to understand a deep desire to ACTUALLY BE A PART of what God was planning.
This is the new concept, the new realization...
Boldness is about you knowing that you have been perfectly positioned in someone's life and as God creates opportunities for you, you take advantage of those opportunities for the sake of seeing that person eventually place their faith in Jesus Christ.
If we know we serve a Sovereign God - what is there to fear?
Commit yourself to prayer and boldness and look for the opportunities that He will give for you to be a part of the Ripple Effect!
Sun, May 21, 2017
The Ripple Effect week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on May 21, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Message + Messenger + Unique set or circumstances in life
Why is it so important to be a part of the Ripple Effect in the Christian faith?
Acts Chapter 4 -
Peter and John are headed to the Temple to pray and they come upon a crippled beggar. The beggar is always seeking money as he has done for what must have been years. But Peter tells him he doesn't have money - however, he has something else to give him.
He heals him by the power of Jesus.
He saw the opportunity, while people were watching and observing and he saw the chance to grow the ripple effect...
The uproar caused the leaders of the temple to not desire dealing with Peter and John at that moment so they threw them in prison for the night with plans to take care of them the following day. Or so they thought...
They tell Peter and John it's fine if THEY believe it but to quit talking about it.
But Peter and John propose who they are to follow, God or man
Peter and John could NOT keep silent because they had SEEN and HEARD with their own eyes and ears the truth
It wasn't about explaining everything to everyone - it was simply about sharing what they had seen and heard - thus the importance of this lesson for us today...
Being a part of the ripple effect isn't about having so much knowledge that you can answer all the skeptics you will encounter - the purpose is to simply SHARE what we know - what we believe based on scripture and the history that is keeps!
The reason we must join in on the ripple effect is because our faith is grounded in history and you don't know history unless somebody talks about it and tells you.
We share this information, this story, this belief, this ripple effect because it is in our job description as followers of Christ - people desperately need to know about the forgiveness and joy that comes through relationship with Jesus!
Sun, May 14, 2017
The Ripple Effect week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on May 14, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Imagine the stories the followers of Jesus would tell you about how they got from where they were to where they ended up in their faith journeys. Certainly things changed along the way!
Jesus told them and tells us that he wants us to follow him and in doing so he will turn us into something that we are NOT already!
If he asked you, "Follow me and I will make you _______________."
What would you fill in the blank with??
The actual answer was probably a little confusing to those he actually spoke it to and is most likely a little hard to understand at first by us even now.
Repent - turning away from your own desires\path
It's what we do in order to prepare for God to do something...
Like looking for Morell Mushrooms...
*people looking for them don't make them happen, but those looking for them are the ones most likely to see them when they show up.
*same with God: because we are earnestly looking for his activity in our life doesn't make it happen, but it helps to ensure that when He shows up we see it, because we are actively looking for it
Sometimes we are so focused on our own thing that we miss it...
Jesus says they will become "fishers of men."
They start sharing Jesus
They do so because they understand that to follow is to FISH
It continued from generation to generation
Thus why 2000 years later we are still here doing it
It started with Four and spread like wild fire
This is the RIPPLE EFFECT
There is no excuse you can make not to be a part of it.
It is a three-part dynamic:
Message + Messenger = Unique set of circumstances in our life =
RIPPLE EFFECT MOMENT
God wants to use each of us to draw others closer to him.
God wants to use each of us in the most important Ripple Effect of all time!
Sun, May 07, 2017
Show Up (Hope) message from Linda Evans on May 7, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
How do you measure success?
We all have various days in our lives:
Do you know the difference between signing up and showing up?
Signing up means you have good intentions, but showing up means you have good follow through. Surprisingly, that is what most people in our lives desire - the follow through, or more simply put...
TO SHOW UP!
We are called to be a place that is open to all those in need. And guess what -we are all broken and need to show up for each other.
Kay Warren's Blueprint:
C - Care: Support people who are ill or struggling (Luke 6:36)
H - Help: Provide basic needs in times of struggle and difficulty
U - YOU!: We are all ministers to others (John 12:6, 1 Peter 4:10)
R - Remove the Stigma: It's not us and them - it is WE!
C - Communicate Honestly: Speak truth and ask for truth
H - Hope: Offered through genuine action (Hosea 2:15)
Never forget the Hope we are given through Jesus for eternity!
I have this Hope - Let's show up!
Sun, Apr 30, 2017
The Time is Now week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on April 30, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
With God's help, I will choose the difficult right over the easy wrong.
God wants to make sure that the people understand that they are never alone when they are seeking to serve him...
But the people - who started out with a vision and drive became discouraged. So God sent Haggai to ask them some very specific questions...
The people being caught up in their discouragement found themselves there because of two causes that can still affect us as well today:
2 Causes of Discouragement:
2. Lack of Progress
Remember - we need to focus on steps 1-3 before we move on to step 4, 5, 6, and so on...God is our great encourager in this...
So what was God's instruction for them and also for us?
BE STRONG, DO THE WORK
And what is the promise of God if we are faithful in doing this?
REAP THE HARVEST
But we will do so at the proper time when we have done the work!
God has the upper story perspective and we have the lower story perspective. But if we trust his perspective then our choices will reflect it.
BE STRONG, DO THE WORK!
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
The Time is Now week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on April 23, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
At the time in history of Haggai, God's people were divided into two nations - Israel and Judah. King Solomon was the last to rule before King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon invaded and took captive control. But around 538 B.C. we see around 50,000 people return to Jerusalem. They began the rebuilding, the foundation and the altar. Then the Samaritans show up to cause trouble...
The people began focusing not on him and his plan, but on their own...thus, the Lord send Haggai...
We do what they did - "it's getting to difficult..."
Opposition does not mean that God is against you.
WITH GOD'S HELP, I WILL CHOOSE THE DIFFICULT RIGHT OVER THE EASY WRONG!
When you look back at your life, how many of you have an unfinished assignment waiting to be completed?
How many of us battle with the right focus?
David was always good at describing how God works.
A lot of times, you have to do what God show you first before He reveals more to you. You can't get to the goal without following the steps and it is always one step at a time. You can't just jump there...it has to go in order...
You don't have to have all the answers right at this moment. This is what it means when scripture says to walk by the Spirit of God.
Are you going to choose the difficult right or the easy wrong?
Choose to have a God sized story and not a human sized story.
The TIME IS NOW! Not tomorrow, not next week, not next year...
Start now and take a step at a time - start with steps 1 to 3 and watch God show up and see what He does when you put him first in every area of your life.
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
A Believable Easter - message from Pastor Chris Russell on April 16, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
In life sometimes when we look at things more closely they are Unbelievable...for many people the Easter story is one of these events.
But consider the details and why they strengthen the reasons for truly believing it...
The gospels - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - Eyewitness accounts
James - the brother of Jesus who may have thought he was crazy till after he had risen from the dead and then writes one of the most powerful of the New Testament books.
Paul - he hated Christians...but because of the events of Easter becomes an extravagant follower of Jesus and writes the majority of the New Testament.
Jesus' ENEMIES had more confidence in the Jesus movement than Jesus' FOLLOWERS!
See, the religious leaders were worried that Jesus' followers were going to steal the body from the tomb and so had it guarded by the Romans. - but where were his followers? Scattered, hiding, running scared.
Just like everyone, we deal with this problem of sin, this problem of not being able to get back to God - but there is a solution:
Don't miss out any longer on your opportunity to truly experience the resurrection power!
Sun, Apr 09, 2017
Beyond the Rear View Mirror week three message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on April 9, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Getting Past Your Past...
We should not grade ourselves, but live by a pass\fail system
We have to be willing to move past our failures and not let them burden us and weigh us down
3 Truth Steps to forgiving yourself:
1. Your sins are NEVER too big for God's grace
1 John 1:9
By continuing to punish yourself for your past, you are letting your pride get in the way
You are claiming that you can do God's job better than he can
God forgives and chooses not to remember - NO MORE
2 Corinthians 12:9
His grace is sufficient - perfected in our weakness
2. You are defined by your Creator, NOT your past
2 Corinthians 5:17
We tend to live our future by letting the sins of our past loom behind us
Our new name is Child of the One True King
We are no longer slaves to the things of this world
We are new, loved, courageous, conquerors, forgiven, free
3. You can't change your past but Jesus can change your future
We are broken and beautiful
This is how God loves to see us come - broken
This is how God's love then covers us - beautiful
What do you need to let go of and nail to the cross forever?
"To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you." - L. Swedes
Get past the past and live your life for what is yet to come...
Broken and Beautiful - You are a CHILD OF GOD!
Sun, Apr 02, 2017
Beyond the Rear View Mirror week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on April 2, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Getting Past your past...
How important is the idea of seeking out forgiveness?
What is the difference between a peacemaker and a peacekeeper?
PeaceKEEPERS - Avoid confrontation to keep peace
Peace MAKERS - Embrace confrontation to make peace
The biggest enemy to peace is PRIDE!
The best friend to peace is HUMILITY!
Apologizing with humility:
1. Admit to specific actions and attitudes
2. Don't make excuses
3. Accept the consequences
4. Commit to changing our behavior
5. Ask for forgiveness
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Beyond the Rear View Mirror week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 26, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Learning how to get past your past...
To really move beyond the rear view mirror we need to do more than just take off the labels that others have put on us. We need to learn to forgive those people.
Why should we forgive?
1. Because unforgiveness hurts us
2. Because we constantly need forgiveness
How do we forgive?
1. Start with prayer
2. Forgive as we have been forgiven
You can choose to have a human-sized story or a God-sized story
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Beyond the Rear View Mirror week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 19, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Learning how to get past your past...
One of the ways that our past holds on to us is from the labels that have been attached to us through the years. Sometimes, we even put labels on ourselves.
Can you think of any negative labels that you have put on yourself through the years? What one or two words come to mind?
What labels should you actually choose?
2 Corinthians 5:17
God will give you:
1. A new name
2. A new purpose
3. A new future
Don't let your past dictate your future. Don't let the enemy get any victories by keeping you stuck in your failures. Don't let others have the power to decide who you are.
God is the one who made you...
God is the one who saved you...
God is the one who determines who you are and your purpose...
God is the one who can swap the labels...
Sun, Mar 12, 2017
How to Hug a Vampire week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 12, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
The Hypocritical Vampire:
When it comes to the topic of hypocrites, we all get lumped together!
Matthew 15:7-8, 23:23-24
Jesus & Hypocrisy:
1. He confronted it
2. He majored on the majors
How do we confront?
1. Confront with the goal of restoration
2. Confront with caution
3. Confront with commitment
2 Samuel 12:5-7
Let's start with making sure that we ourselves are right with God. Then we can move from there into loving those people in our lives that are tougher to love and who suck the life out of us.
Sun, Mar 05, 2017
How to Hug a Vampire week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on March 5, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
The Manipulative Vampire...
Manipulators Weapons of Choice:
Breaking Free from Manipulators:
1. Recognize when somebody is trying to control you
2. Respond with words and actions
3. Redefine the relationship
1. You can't say no to a certain person
2. You always feel guilty around a certain person
3. You compromise your values to please others
Sun, Feb 26, 2017
How to Hug a Vampire week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on February 26, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
How many of us know overly needy people? How many of us have been that overly needy person?
1. Constantly Insecure
2. Drama Queens\Kings
4. Financial Leeches
Helping without Enabling:
1. Offer what they NEED, not what they WANT
2. Identify the real need
3. Pay attention to Actions, not Words
4. Set healthy boundaries
We must allow them to face their consequences if we expect them to learn and grow...
Rescuing is not always helping them...
Jesus is the Savior, NOT you...
Sun, Feb 19, 2017
How to Hug a Vampire week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on February 19, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Our natural tendency is to respond to criticism in one of two ways:
*when their motive is to help and not hurt
*when the person can truly help
*when the person is missing information that would change their mind
*when the person is really open to change
*when the person is characterized by being overly critical
*when the person is emotionally unhealthy or wounded
We can't please everybody, but we can please God!
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
Love Big week two message from Linda Evans on February 12, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
2 Corinthians 13:5
go to church
tend to choose popular over right
don't want to be seen as radical and rarely share their faith
turn over pieces of their lives to God
think about life on earth more than life in heaven
they love God but not with all their heart, soul and mind
How do we escape lukewarm and become on fire with a Love as Big as Jesus? -
1. We deny ourselves
3. Give our whole selves over to God
Sun, Feb 05, 2017
Love Big week one message from Linda Evans on February 5, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Jesus loved others with an Unconditional Love
Jesus loved others with a Serving Love
Jesus loved others by seeing the Possibility in them
Jesus loved with a Forgiving Love
Jesus loved with an Everlasting Love
Questions to be asked:
1. Do you have any weapons?
2. What would it look like if you set those weapons down?
3. Who do you need to love?
4. Who needs to experience the love of Jesus through you?
Jesus is counting on you to LOVE BIG!
Sun, Jan 22, 2017
iChoose week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on January 22, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
iChoose: Discipline over Regret
Discipline is choosing between what you want NOW and what you want MOST.
1 Corinthians 9:24-25
1 Corinthians 9:26-27
What do you want MOST?
What do you need to choose NOW to achieve what you want most?
Sun, Jan 15, 2017
iChoose week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on January 15, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
iChoose: Surrender over Control
Control stems from fear...
Surrender stems from faith...
Sun, Jan 08, 2017
iChoose week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on January 8, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
iChoose: Purpose over Popularity
The Power of Purpose - Moses & Nehemiah
Purpose Diminishes Distractions
Purpose Helps You Push Through the Pain
Purpose Empowers You to Please God
Will you choose to serve the purpose that you have been given?
Will you live your life by faith, empowering the Spirit within you to lead?
Will you choose to be a snarfblat or dinglehopper? (See point in the movie "The Little Mermaid")
Sun, Jan 01, 2017
Make it Count message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on January 1, 2017 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
MAKE IT COUNT!
To be salt and light we must effectively use our time, talent and treasure.
Two Concepts and Five Words:
Concept One: (2 Words)
Salt & Light
Concept Two: (3 Words)
Time, Talent & Treasure
1 Peter 4:10
Whose Game are you going to play?
How many loaves do you have?
Sun, Dec 25, 2016
Socks & Underwear week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 25, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
The things that you want may not be the things that you need!
This Christmas, make sure you open the most important gift and share it with all those around you!
Sun, Dec 18, 2016
Socks & Underwear week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 18, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
The things that you want may not be the things that you need!
What happens when you choose to truly receive the gift of the season?!
Video Includes Update from missionary Karen Green with Kids Alive International!
Sun, Dec 11, 2016
Socks & Underwear week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 11, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
The things that you want may not be the things that you need!
Have you every considered the unique aspects of the Christmas story? Take a look at a new perspective!
Sun, Dec 04, 2016
Socks & Underwear week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on December 4, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
The things that you want may not be the things that you need!
Sun, Nov 27, 2016
It's Just a Phase week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on November 27, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Mentoring the Nex Generation:
1. You can't pass on what you don't have
2. Lead Intentionally
3. Less talk, more Action
4. Show Passion
Sun, Nov 20, 2016
It's Just a Phase week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on November 20, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Everyone Can be a Mentor!
Being a Mentor means:
1. Being an exsmple in the way you live
2. Telling Stories
3. Share Your Life
Sun, Nov 13, 2016
X-Factor week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on November 13, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Nehemiah and the building of the wall...
1. Lead by Example
2. Unified in Purpose
3. Have Everyone Participating
4. Draw in Others
Sun, Nov 06, 2016
X-Factor week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on November 6, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
What is the X-Factor in your life?
When and where can you BE the X-Factor?
Sun, Oct 30, 2016
Resonate week five message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on October 30, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
“Count it pure joy my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
Bible’s great example – David and the Psalms
David has a recurring theme – Reliance and Release to the Father
Psalm 1 – A life of worship makes a person prosper in all he does – reliance on God
Psalm 2 – A life of worship is blessed when we take refuge in the Father – release to God
Constant continuous reliance and release
1. 3 – the lifter of my head
2. 4 – you alone make me dwell in safety
3. 9 – you have not forsaken those who seek you
4. 17 – hide me in the shadow of your wings
5. 18 – he is a shield for those who take refuge in him
6. 28 – in him my heart trusts and I am helped
7. 46 – he is a very present help in trouble
8. 62 – pour out your heart before him
9. 86 – teach me your way that I may walk in your truth
10. 94 – the Lord has become my stronghold
And the greatest point to David’s theme comes in what is considered the central verse of the Bible
“It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.”
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
•No matter what circumstances or what we are dealing with in life
•No matter how our attitude, heart and mind are positioned
•We must lift ourselves in those moments – lift ourselves through the power of the throne
•This is why we lift a broken hallelujah
•Because we are not truly worthy of the opportunity we have been given to be in the presence of the throne we are lifting ourselves toward
•But despite that YOU ARE ENOUGH!
•That is all He truly wants – YOU!
It is at this time and in these moments that we release ourselves -
that we release ourselves to that freedom that we have been given in Jesus when we worship. It is in these moments that we become captivated by the love that we cannot explain or understand. It is in these moment that we are completely enfolded in the arms of the Spirit. And he speaks deeply to our heart. And we raise our open, empty hands with reckless abandon, and we cry out from the depths of our heart and our soul and say, Here’s my broken hallelujah. It’s all that I have and with everything that I am I will give it to you. No matter the cost, the life, the pain, the sorrow, the joy, the loss, the gain, the difficulty or the blessing - Blessed be the name of the Lord! I choose a life of worship, and I will ALWAYS SING HALLELUJAH!
Sun, Oct 23, 2016
Resonate week four message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on October 23, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
The Life of John Newton unfolds in a story found within the song Amazing Grace - his greatest and most well known written hymn.
Our Story is meant to be lived to the full.
A life of worship, created by Jesus and his sacrifice allows us a choice to make our story great; a chance to make our story intersect with the greatest story of all time.
We can "relate harmoniously" as we resonate in worship.
Choose to live in a beggars kingdom and not a proud man's delusion.
Make "His"story part of your history.
"Story is a way of language in which everything and everyone is organically related." - Eugene Peterson
Sun, Oct 16, 2016
Resonate week three message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on October 16, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Freedom in Worship:
One day we will worship before the Lord with no restriction or comfort zone on us. Our spirit will freely worship in ways that make us alive before God. But we have the freedom NOW in Christ. Being alive in Christ means being free. Free to worship.
Freedom in worship comes through two paths:
•All our obedience falls under this idea which Jesus himself gave us – the greatest commandment
And he said to them, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”
Being obedient in this commandment is to be obedient in everything
If we love the Father with all that we are then it should reflect in all that we do
GOD TAKES DELIGHT IN ME BECAUSE I DELIGHT IN HIM!
1. Our worship is to be ALL FOR GOD
Ephesians 4:20-21 – “to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
2. Our worship is to be ONLY FOR GOD
Luke 4:8 – “You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.”
3. Our worship is to be EVERTHING FOR GOD
1 Corinthians 10:31 – “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
Surrender comes in two forms:
1. The Heart – Relational Surrender
2. The Mind – Intellectual Surrender
We must disconnect the mind in order to connect the heart
2 Samuel 6:16-22
“As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart. They brought the ark of the Lord and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the Lord. After he had
finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord Almighty. Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in
the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes. When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!” David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me
ruler over the Lords people Israel—I will celebrate before the Lord. I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I
will be held in honor.”
David says a key phrase – “I will become even MORE undignified than this…”
THAT is Surrender – that is Obedience – that is freedom in worship
To be so free that for the sake of the relationship with Jesus and for his glory – we would become completely undignified to make it all about Him
2 Corinthians 3:17
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
One day, when I return and heaven has arrived, heaven will shout that the future has begun and you will all come alive in a way that you have never experienced before. We will dance, we will sing and I will receive your praise as I open my arms with the utmost joy and love to bring you into my presence for eternity. But remember this – until that day arrives, each and every time you come to worship at my throne through a time of music – remember first that I have orchestrated that time the way I designed it to be and second that you have the joy of my presence and the love that I have for you even while you are still here on this earth and you can rejoice with all that you are, holding nothing back as if heaven has already come to earth. Because truly, heaven already has come to earth and you are simply patiently waiting for it to return. Until that time – dance upon the canvas that I painting around you and be undignified in your freedom to praise and worship in my presence! Be not afraid! It is for me you dance! I love you!
Sun, Oct 09, 2016
Resonate week two message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on October 9, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Relationship in Worship:
A connection should be made in worship – a connection that further validates our relationship to the Father. That connection is his Holy Spirit who is our intercessor, our go between, our helpful communicator – it is our relationship in worship to the Father.
Four Messages found in "Holy Spirit"
Verse 1 -
There’s nothing worth more, that will ever come close
No thing can compare, You’re our living hope – Your presence
1 Peter 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…”
Verse 2 -
I’ve tasted and seen of the sweetest of loves
Where my heart becomes free and my shame is undone – in Your presence Lord
2 Corinthians 3:17
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
Holy Spirit You are welcome here
Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere
Your glory God is what our hearts long for
To be overcome by Your presence Lord
“Then he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” And they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.””
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart."
Let us become more aware of Your presence
Let us experience the glory of Your goodness
James 4 says that if we draw near to God then He will draw near to us - That is a relationship that is investing
In John 15, Jesus says that He is the vine and we are the branches and that apart from Him we can do NOTHING - That is a relationship that is growing
In Philippians 2 Paul states that it is God who works in us and it is for his will and his pleasure - That is relationship that is serving
The Holy Spirit – our communicator to the Father
The Holy Spirit – our connection in relationship to our great God
Like the picture of the two trees in my story…
We can recognize the difference
We can see the freedom that can be obtained
We can accept the invitation for something better
We can live in a relationship of worship with our King
Sun, Oct 02, 2016
Resonate week one message from Pastor Luke Aadalen on October 2, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
A Life of Worship from the mind of Rich Mullins and his song, "If I Stand."
Definition of Worship:
the feeling or expression of reverence, adoreation and devotion; giving honor to one who earns it
Worship is more than music - it is life itself!
Definition of Resonate:
Music: to continue to produce a loud, clear, deep sound for a long time
Life: to have a particular meaning or importance for someone; to affect or appeal to someone in a personal or emotional way
Worship: to relate harmoniously
in order to live the 4 More's...
More to discover
More to learn
More to Life
More to Come
1 Corinthians 10:31
Wed, Sep 28, 2016
Tony Kirwan is the founder of Destiny Rescue. In his talk, he shares some of his personal stories about helping to rescue children from the sex trade.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016
Win Win Outreach week four message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 25, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Includes highlight of partnership in serving with Kids Alive International.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016
Win Win Outreach week three message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 18, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Includes Testimony from SPA Women's Ministry
Sun, Sep 11, 2016
Win Win Outreach week two message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 11, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
What is Poverty? Ask yourself that question...
Poverty is the lack of ________________
We tend to say - material possessions
People in true poverty tend to say -
Shame, Powerlessness, Fear, Depression, Inferiority, Humilitation
God: Poverty of Spiritual Intimacy
Self: Poverty of Being
Others: Poverty of Community
Creation: Poverty of Stewardship
The truth is - in some way - we are ALL in poverty!
Sun, Sep 04, 2016
Win Win Outreach week one message from Pastor Chris Russell on September 4, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.
Seeking the heart of God and learning His will and passion for serving the community and world around us.
How do we win on both sides of the equation when it comes to outreach?
Four Commitments to Compassion and Justice:
1. I Will See
2. I Will Feel
3. I Will Act
4. I Will Advocate
Sun, Aug 28, 2016
Enough! message from guest speaker Linda Evans on August 28, 2016 at Community Church of Waterford, Goshen, Indiana.