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November 12, 2014, 2:00 PM

Preparing for Christmas

Pastor Baird’s December Preaching Plans


A Mary Christmas: Lessons in Discipleship from Jesus’ Earthly Family


December 7


Luke 1: 26-38

Mary’s dangerous prayer: “…let it be to me according to your word.”


December 14


Luke 1: 39-56 Mary prophesies the Kingdom of God: “He has put down the mighty from their thrones.”


December 21


Matthew 1: 18-25 The angels intercede with angelic divorce protection: “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife….”


December 24 (Christmas Eve)

“THIS IS A SIGN FOR YOU” Christmas itself is a sign of God’s presence.

Luke 2: 1-20


December 28


Mary and Joseph bring Jesus to the temple, and the elders Simeon and Anna respond

. Luke 2: 22-40

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September 21, 2014, 8:35 PM

The Direction of Stewardship

  • If you were with us for worship, use this simple outline to remember the key points of the message.  If you were not present, you can hear the sermon in its entirety by going to the main page, and clicking on "sermons."

  • This month we are looking at “large” concepts underlying a Christian way of life.


  • Today we look at “stewardship” as a way of life.


  • Matthew 20: 1-16

    • The landowner represents God.

    • This parable tells us the nature of God is to graciously offer life, talents, and opportunity to all who will receive them at any point in their life.

    • Biblical Concept:Whatever we have is God’s, not ours because we “earned it.”

    • Some grumbled becausethey thought they deserved more, but the key verse here is 15:

      •  “Don’t I have the right to do what I want with what belongs to me?”


  • We usually think our life is ours, our body is ours, what we have earned is ours.


  • The point of today’s story is that God owns everything, and God has a gracious intent for it all when we recognize that and seek to live life accordingly.


  • To put it simply, “what we’ve got is God’s stuff.”


  • The Christian perspective:Our life belongs to God.Our bodies belong to God. Our talent is a gift from God.The resources of this world belong to God.


  • WE ARE STEWARDS OF IT! Our job is to invest life for God.


  • The big takeaway this week is the excitement of partnering with God to use what God has given you!Effective living is partnering with God to achieve what God designed you to be and do.When we do that we find true fulfillment, contentment, and even happiness.


  • Next week we look at “The Direction of Servanthood” which is how we can act out of, and live out the direction of servanthood.



Fred Claus on 09-22-2014 at 12:01 AM
Being a good steward to me is more that just giving money to the church. As I heard the sermon today, I kept going back to past sermons. The verse talks about how the land owner was generous with the men who worked in the fields and gave each of them a full days pay no matter how long they worked. Naturally when it comes to church and this time of year we think of the stewardship campaign as the start of our fiscal fundraising efforts. The word stewardship only means that you are the "caretaker" of something. In the context of the sermon today everthing is owned by God, and we are all stewards. We need to think before we act, no matter what it is. How would God like me to deal with this situation. What would God want me to do with this item he has entrusted me with. God has entrusted us with health, wealth, gifts and tallents. We are to use them for his glory. Things that are pleasing in his eyes. That's what I got from today's lesson. How about you?
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September 14, 2014, 11:44 AM

The Direction of Peaceful Relationships

Part 1:  The Direction of Peaceful Relationships

Romans 14: 1-23

  1. A real story without the names and places.

    1. Church fight over how the church should be run, who likes what, what wants what.

    2. The congregation is literally divided down the middle.

    3. One group wants the pastor moved or they will leave.The other will leave if the pastor does leave.


  2. The Scripture

    1. Issues of what foods are proper to eat.

    2. The religious observance of special holy days.What day is the Sabbath?


  1. What Paul is dealing with here are controversies over peripheral issues and not core issues.

    1. John Wesley:“But as to all opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think. So that whatsoever they are, whether right or wrong, they are no distinguishing marks of a Methodist

    2. “The root of Christianity” would be those things that Scripture indicate are built into creation and are consistently reinforced through the whole of the Bible, reinforced by the Church throughout its history, and consistent with the teachings of Christ.  These are not up for discussion.


  1. Key Principles of Peaceful Relationships

    1. Do everything “to the Lord.”Each of us will be accountable to the Lord.“I am not the judge.”God alone knows the hearts of people.Refrain from playing God.

    2. Be gracious and accepting of other’s opinions on everything except the core of the faith.(14: 1,3)

    3. Seek to honor the Lord in everything, including the conduct of disagreements. (14: 6-8)

    4. Do nothing, if even you think it is right, if it causes others to sin or go astray.(14: 15, 21)

    5. Whatever others do, stay true to your own conscience.(14:23)


  1. Which one is key in all relationships?

    1. I think “seeking to honor the Lord in everything.”If that were our guiding principle we would often conduct ourselves well.


  1. Where possible conduct yourself in the direction of peaceful relationships.



Laura mason on 09-21-2014 at 11:13 PM
Missed this sermon last week and grateful to listen on audio. I too need to ask myself "is what I am doing honoring God?" All too often I find myself getting frustrated with the demands of my job/children and the day to day...I find myself very impatient and caught up in the drama of things. I need to remember who I am and that I need to honor God in ALL that I do. Thank you Larry
Fred Claus on 09-21-2014 at 2:46 PM
What Would Jesus Do (WWJD) comes to mind here. I agree with Mary, in asking "will this honor God"? We need to be thinking along these lines in everything we do. I'd also add to that by saying "Is this what God wants me to do"? One thought I had recently was how we get upset and are prone to road rage because someone cut you off in traffic. Now that's not really what God expects from his people. Here's a thought; What if God put that driver in your path for a reason? Maybe you are driving a little too fast and there is a police officer ahead ready to give you a ticket. This driver who cut you off, just slowed you down in time for not getting a ticket. Or maybe if you had kept up the speed you were going, you could have been a victim of an accident a little ways ahead. Instead of cursing the rude driver, I like to say "Thank you Lord of loving me enough to put this driver in my path."
Rob Tyrrell on 09-21-2014 at 8:01 AM
We will be out of town for 3 Weeks, it will be nice to have this sermon outline available
Larry Baird on 09-17-2014 at 5:02 PM
I think you application is "right on" Mary Jane. Some of the key principles can be so critical in not only our personal Christian development, but the ability of our church to meet its mission.
Mary Jane on 09-17-2014 at 1:11 PM
I am going to ask myself constantly throughout the day: Does this honor the Lord? If not, then it is not worth the time, energy, paper, etc. Also, I admit that I used to be a part of the problem of a divided church. Now I realize that I was not focusing on our Lord; I was putting my needs, past habits & heritage first. Until we keep Him as our focus, we will not be able to be an undivided church. It's not about the structure, music, location, etc., it's about our relationship with our Lord.
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September 8, 2014, 9:10 AM

Waking Up to a New Direction in Life

Waking Up to a New Direction in Life

To participate in this blog discussion listen to the audio of this message available on this web site and/or refer to this outline.

Romans 13: 8-14


  • This month’s series: Direction in Life

  • The hour has come to “wake up!”

  • “Sleep” implies unawareness of the demands of the time.

  • General reference to the second coming of Christ.

  • Christians are to live in constant readiness for the return of Christ.

  • Every day is one day closer.

  • If Christ were to return today what condition would your total witness be in?

  • Though Christians are exempt from condemnation we are still to behave in an exemplary fashion.

  • Is your life “Christ-honoring” is there evidence of you having a personal relationship with Christ?

  • This month we will look at the direction in life that honors God.

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August 27, 2014, 10:38 AM

New Sermon Discussion Blog

Beginning in September of this year we are changing the nature of this blog space to a sermon discussion format.  Each week I will be posting a brief summary of the Sunday message.  You may also listen to the message by clicking the "sermon" button on our main page.  Join in the conversation!  Anyone is invited to participated who has listened the the sermon.

Pastor Baird

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