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, 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, 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