Living Stones To Build God’s Temple

Sermon: The Goodness of God (EJ Hatton)

MP3: sermon-e.hatton-Jan19-2014

1 Peter 2:4-10 (NET)

2:4 So as you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but chosen and priceless in God’s sight, 2:5 you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 2:6 For it says in scripture, “Look,I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless cornerstone, and whoever believes in him will never be put to shame.” 2:7 So you who believe see his value, but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone, 2:8 and a stumbling-stone and a rock to trip over. They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 2:10 You once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, but now you have received mercy.


Added Don Brake (going on Dialysis)
Added Tammy Laffoon
Added Family of Larry Higgins
Added Family of Justin Johnson
Added Carole Goode (hip replacement)
Added Jerry Storie (stroke)


Playing Church

Sermon: Be Careful What You Wish For (EJ Hatton)

MP3: sermon-e.hatton-Jan12-2014

Amos 5: 16-19 (NET)

5:16 Because of Israel’s sins this is what the Lord, the God who commands armies, the sovereign One, says: “In all the squares there will be wailing, in all the streets they will mourn the dead. They will tell the field workers to lament and the professional mourners to wail. 5:17 In all the vineyards there will be wailing, for I will pass through your midst,” says the Lord. 5:18 Woe to those who wish for the day of the Lord Why do you want the Lord’s day of judgment to come? It will bring darkness, not light. 5:19 Disaster will be inescapable, as if a man ran from a lion only to meet a bear, then escaped into a house, leaned his hand against the wall, and was bitten by a poisonous snake.


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The Faith Of Four Friends

Sermon: Four Men of Great Faith (EJ Hatton)

MP3: sermon-e.hatton-Jan5-2014

Luke 5:17-26 (NET)

5:18 Just then some men showed up, carrying a paralyzed man on a stretcher. They were trying to bring him in and place him before Jesus. 5:19 But since they found no way to carry him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down on the stretcher through the roof tiles right in front of Jesus. 5:20 When Jesus saw their faith he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” 5:21 Then the experts in the law and the Pharisees began to think to themselves, “Who is this man who is uttering blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 5:22 When Jesus perceived their hostile thoughts, he said to them, “Why are you raising objections within yourselves? 5:23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? 5:24 But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – he said to the paralyzed man – “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher and go home.” 5:25 Immediately he stood up before them, picked up the stretcher he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God.


Added Calvin Butler (loss of mother)
Added Kurtis Kaylor (surgery)
Added Adam and Kachy Glover
Added Barbara Long (recovery from fall)
Added Michelle Turley
Added Jerry Cornelius (emergency surgery)
Added Bonnie Wade (knee surgery)
Added Richard Douthitt (lung infection)
Added A.V. Birdsong


Compelled To Reveal The Mystery

Sermon: Compelled to Reveal the Mystery (EJ Hatton)

MP3: sermon-e.hatton-Dec29-2013

Ephesians 3:1-7 (NET)

3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles – 3:2 if indeed you have heard of the stewardship of God’s grace that was given to me for you, 3:3 that by revelation the divine secret was made known to me, as I wrote before briefly. 3:4 When reading this, you will be able to understand my insight into this secret of Christ. 3:5 Now this secret was not disclosed to people in former generations as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit, 3:6 namely, that through the gospel the Gentiles are fellow heirs, fellow members of the body, and fellow partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus. 3:7 I became a servant of this gospel according to the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the exercise of his power.


The Baby Born To You Will Be Holy

Christmas Eve Service: Sunday, December 22nd at 6 PM

Sermon: The True Message of Christmas (EJ Hatton)

MP3: sermon-e.hatton-Dec15-2013

Luke 1:26-38 (NET)

1:26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, 1:27 to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, a descendant of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. 1:28 The angel came to her and said, “Greetings, favored one, the Lord is with you!” 1:29 But she was greatly troubled by his words and began to wonder about the meaning of this greeting. 1:30 So the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God! 1:31 Listen: You will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 1:32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David. 1:33 He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and his kingdom will never end.” 1:34 Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?” 1:35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore the child to be born will be holy; he will be called the Son of God.


Added Don Brake (kidney biopsy test results)

Be Thankful For All Of God’s Blessings

Advent: We will be decorating the sanctuary on November 30th. We will have a hanging of the greens service the following week.

Sermon: Being Truly Thankful (EJ Hatton)

MP3: sermon-e.hatton-Nov24-2013

John 6:25-33 (NET)

6:28 So then they said to him, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds God requires?” 6:29 Jesus replied, “This is the deed God requires – to believe in the one whom he sent.” 6:30 So they said to him, “Then what miraculous sign will you perform, so that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 6:31 Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

6:32 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the solemn truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but my Father is giving you the true bread from heaven. 6:33 For the bread of God is the one who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”


Added Happy Pritchett (fell, age 86)
Added Robert Willis (hernia surgery)


Yet Not My Will But Yours Be Done

Decorating for Advent: The tree and decorations for Advent will be put up on November 30th at 8:00AM.

Poinsettias: Poinsettias are being received in the library. Leave your name and the person being honored on the sign-up sheet.

Sermon: Great Drops of Blood (EJ Hatton)


MP3: sermon-e.hatton-Nov17-2013

Luke 22:39-46 (NET)

22:41 He went away from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 22:42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me. Yet not my will but yours be done.” 22:43 [Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. 22:44 And in his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.] 22:45 When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping, exhausted from grief. 22:46 So he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you will not fall into temptation!”


Added Bobby Morris Jr. (leg amputation)


Sin Never Delivers What It Promises

Advent: The church will be decorated on November 30th.

Sermon: The One Who Decides To Betray Jesus (EJ Hatton)

MP3: sermon-e.hatton-Nov10-2013

Luke 22:1-6 (NET)

22:1 Now the Feast of Unleavened Bread, which is called the Passover, was approaching. 22:2 The chief priests and the experts in the law were trying to find some way to execute Jesus, for they were afraid of the people. 22:3 Then Satan entered Judas, the one called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve. 22:4 He went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers of the temple guard how he might betray Jesus, handing him over to them. 22:5 They were delighted and arranged to give him money. 22:6 So Judas agreed and began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus when no crowd was present.


Added Mary Hilton’s grandson (concussion)
Added Family of Jean Thomas’s son
Added Alan and Tina Dixon (son’s suicide)
Added Family of Tracy King Wood

House of Prayer

Sermon: House of Prayer (EJ Hatton)

MP3: sermon-e.hatton-Nov3-2013

John 2:13-19 (NET)

2:13 Now the Jewish feast of Passover was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2:14 He found in the temple courts those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting at tables. 2:15 So he made a whip of cords and drove them all out of the temple courts, with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 2:16 To those who sold the doves he said, “Take these things away from here! Do not make my Father’s house a marketplace!” 2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will devour me.”

2:18 So then the Jewish leaders responded, “What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things?” 2:19 Jesus replied, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.”


Added Ashley Oliver (brain tumor)
Added Family of Joyce Carpenter
Added Dane Vinson
Added Brenda’s Brother
Added Dale Taylor (back surgery)
Added Family of Rob Thomas
Added Don Creamer (cancer)
Updated Dennis Monroe (cancer, broken foot)