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The Lord’s Guiding Light

MP3: 5minute-m.brown-Nov28-2010

Rev. Marion and I agree that the Christmas season starts way too early. Listen to the five minute excerpt linked above to hear her reaction.

Sermon: People of Advent: Isaiah the Prophet (Marion Brown)

Isaiah 2:1-5 (NET)

2:1 Here is the message about Judah and Jerusalem that was revealed to Isaiah son of Amoz.

2:2 In the future

the mountain of the Lord’s temple will endure

as the most important of mountains,

and will be the most prominent of hills.

All the nations will stream to it,

2:3 many peoples will come and say,

“Come, let us go up to the Lord’s mountain,

to the temple of the God of Jacob,

so he can teach us his requirements,

and we can follow his standards.”

For Zion will be the center for moral instruction;

the Lord will issue edicts from Jerusalem.

2:4 He will judge disputes between nations;

he will settle cases for many peoples.

They will beat their swords into plowshares,

and their spears into pruning hooks.

Nations will not take up the sword against other nations,

and they will no longer train for war.

2:5 O descendants of Jacob,

come, let us walk in the Lord’s guiding light.

Prayers

Added Leanna Mitchell (appendix)
Added Mrs. Threatt (teacher at CCMS, very sick)

Expectation
lighting the first advent candle
Photo from Lou
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Delivered From the Power of Darkness

MP3: 5-minute-m.brown-Nov21-2010

Sermon: Superheroes and Kings (Marion Brown)

Colossians 1:11-20 (NET)

1:11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might for the display of all patience and steadfastness, joyfully 1:12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. 1:13 He delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of the Son he loves, 1:14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

The Supremacy of Christ

1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation, 1:16 for all things in heaven and on earth were created by him – all things, whether visible or invisible, whether thrones or dominions, whether principalities or powers – all things were created through him and for him. 1:17 He himself is before all things and all things are held together in him. 1:18 He is the head of the body, the church, as well as the beginning, the firstborn from among the dead, so that he himself may become first in all things. 1:19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in the Son 1:20 and through him to reconcile all things to himself by making peace through the blood of his cross – through him, whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Prayers

Added Jeff Hilton (motorcycle accident)
Added Jack Scott (cancer)
Added Angela Stewart
Added Michelle Anderson’s Uncle Mark (cancer, hospitalized)

The first Sunday of Advent will be next week. In honor of this, Rev. Marion celebrated New Year’s a little early. Advent is the first season of the liturgical year.

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A Good Soldier of Christ

MP3: sermon-t.cheney-Nov14-2010

Chaplain Todd Cheney visited us yesterday. He is stationed at Fort Campbell, KY and scheduled for deployment soon.

Sermon: Growing Strong in Grace (Todd Cheney)

2 Timothy 2:1-7 (NET)

2:1 So you, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2:2 And entrust what you heard me say in the presence of many others as witnesses to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well. 2:3 Take your share of suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 2:4 No one in military service gets entangled in matters of everyday life; otherwise he will not please the one who recruited him. 2:5 Also, if anyone competes as an athlete, he will not be crowned as the winner unless he competes according to the rules. 2:6 The farmer who works hard ought to have the first share of the crops. 2:7 Think about what I am saying and the Lord will give you understanding of all this.

Prayers

Added Lucretia Ricks
Added Evan Butler’s grandpa (stroke)
Added Ramona Harris (surgery)

We didn’t conclude Charge conference until 9:00 PM on Sunday. That’s why this blog post is late. The youth seen in the photo below came from the Corona de Vida church.

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Love For All The Saints

MP3: all-saints-ceremony

We observed All Saints Day today. Rev. Marion and Tim read the names of deceased members. Click on the player above to listen.

Sermon: Connections (Marion Brown)

Ephesians 1:15-23 (NET)

1:15 For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, 1:16 I do not cease to give thanks for you when I remember you in my prayers. 1:17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you spiritual wisdom and revelation in your growing knowledge of him, 1:18 – since the eyes of your heart have been enlightened – so that you may know what is the hope of his calling, what is the wealth of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 1:19 and what is the incomparable greatness of his power toward us who believe, as displayed in the exercise of his immense strength. 1:20 This power he exercised in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms 1:21 far above every rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 1:22 And God put all things under Christ’s feet, and he gave him to the church as head over all things. 1:23 Now the church is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.

Prayers

Added Bobby Rogers (broken arm)

Two people passed away during the previous year Margie Glass and Wallace “Smitty” Smith.

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God be Merciful to me a Sinner

MP3: 5minute-m.brown.Oct31-2010

Sermon: To Seek Out and to Save (Marion Brown)

Luke 18:9-14

18:9 Jesus also told this parable to some who were confident that they were righteous and looked down on everyone else. 18:10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed about himself like this: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people: extortionists, unrighteous people, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. 18:12 I fast twice a week; I give a tenth of everything I get.’ 18:13 The tax collector, however, stood far off and would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, be merciful to me, sinner that I am!’ 18:14 I tell you that this man went down to his home justified rather than the Pharisee. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

Luke 19:10 (NET)

19:1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through it. 19:2 Now a man named Zacchaeus was there; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 19:3 He was trying to get a look at Jesus, but being a short man he could not see over the crowd. 19:4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was going to pass that way. 19:5 And when Jesus came to that place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, because I must stay at your house today.” 19:6 So he came down quickly and welcomed Jesus joyfully. 19:7 And when the people saw it, they all complained, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 19:8 But Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, half of my possessions I now give to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I am paying back four times as much!” 19:9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this household, because he too is a son of Abraham! 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Prayers

Added Larry Stewart (illness)
Added Joe and Judy Crisp
Added Ryhan Beverly (infant with heart disease)
Added Lena Sturgill