Date: 11/5
Passage: Psalm 23
Title: Less Stress (New Series)
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Do you get stressed during the Thanksgiving and Christmas season?

I do...  There is so much going and so many family meetings that life just seems... unmanageable.  Luckily we have an amazing God.  The Psalms speak to our heart on theses issues.  We will be going through four different Psalms in order to combat stress in our lives.  We will begin with Psalm 23 tomorrow.  I can't wait to share with you!

 

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AuthorAlan Palmer

Date: 10/15
Passage:   Acts 17:24-28
Title: Creation & Evolution
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The "Creation or Evolution" argument has been part of the "ugly things" that have marked the church toward the world.  I say that because of the way the Christians have been aggressive in their efforts to push back against the aggressive assertions of the science community.

So how am I supposed to preach on this?  With your prayer. 
I plan on addressing the arguments made by Evolutionists AND sharing the biblical conviction of the Christ follower.  I'll need your prayer.

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Do all roads lead to Heaven?

 A friend of mine and I were talking about this and I mentioned I thought that this particular question deserved a few more questions.  For instance, I'd ask someone asking me this "Why do you want to go to Heaven?" and "Which religion's Heaven do you like best?"

To many times Heaven becomes the carrot dangling on the end of the stick and we chase that instead of chasing a relationship with God.  My hope for us tomorrow as we study this question is to develop a heart that desires to know the living God... if we truly want Heaven.

I can't wait to talk about this with you!


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AuthorAlan Palmer

Date: 9/3
Passage:   Deuteronomy 29:29
Title: Truth
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What is truth?

Today we here things like "your truth is not my truth"...  People have seemed able to get along until you're working  with a boss that doesn't get "your truth" or a two year old that needs to know "your truth".  Haha!  These can be funny scenarios to consider but truly it's a challenge to reconcile two different "truths".  Jesus faced this with Pontius Pilate when he asked about truth and in John 18:38 Pilate retorts "Quid est veritas?" in the latin... you and I have read it as "What is truth?".

We are going to go over this tomorrow and let me just warn you know.  It's going to be a wild ride so buckle up.  I think truth is easy to find... It's just not always easy to face.  I love you Church and for that reason I am committed to bringing you the best the Bible has to say about truth.  I pray you will join me tomorrow as we search the scriptures for truth and freedom.  Bring a bible or be ready to use your phone app!

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Date: 8/20
Passage:   James 5:7-12
Title: Patience
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Are you a patient person?

I am... Well it depends... You may have to ask my wife?!  Haha.  Patience is something we learn over time and as we live our lives chasing after Jesus.  It is overlooked and has been given a bad wrap.  I hope to encourage you to see things differently tomorrow. I look forward to sharing with you these things as we continue our study in the book of James.  Bring a bible or be ready to use your phone app!

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Date: 8/13
Passage:   James 5:1-6
Title: Earthly Riches Without Christ
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Have you ever heard the words...?

I feel like my life is filled with story after story of people telling me not to do this or not to pick up that... I should've listened.  Have you ever felt like that?

I have.  When someone warns us they are trying to prevent us from harm or keep us from making a major mistake.  As we near the end of this series, we will be focused on James chapter five and the warnings and encouragements associated with it.

We also have "Water Day" tomorrow!  So bring your friends and family members kiddos and have them join our children's ministry as they play in the water during church.  We want to keep making OCC a fun place for kids, families, and young adults who want to be on God's mission!

This September we have a new series starting called the God Questions.  I will be preaching on the 6 major questions skeptics have about God and end our series with a panel discussion taking questions from people in the crowd.  It's going to be great!  In addition to that we will have life groups meeting going through the topics and podcasts highlighting key issues.  This will all take place in September.

If you need prayer always feel free to send me and email.

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Date: 7/30
Passage:   James 3:13-18
Title: Wisdom
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Would you consider yourself wise?

So many times I've made the mistake of trusting in my own wisdom to get me through life.  Boy have those times gotten me in trouble.  Over the years I've learned how to depend on a different kind of wisdom, one the Bible teaches.  I look forward to sharing with you these things as we continue our study in the book of James.  Bring a bible or be ready to use your phone app!

Last week I announced that Josh Boyd will be leaving Orchard Community Church.  We are sad and grateful for Josh's next step into teaching at The Cambridge School.  Tomorrow is his last Sunday so please be there to celebrate this time with Josh and his wife Natalie.

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Have you ever hurt someone with your words?

Words can hurt.  We all know that.  Something happens and someone says something or maybe you say something and emotions rise and then.... Feelings trigger something inside of us and if we don't have the restraint God offers our words come out like fire and can burn others. The Bible has something to say about it and how we can function as a healthy church.  I look forward to sharing this with you tomorrow.

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Date: 7/16
Passage:   James 2:14-26
Theme: Real Faith
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Can you have faith without deeds?

This is a loaded question that take some time and discussion to really understand.  You see the easy answer would be another question like "What do you mean?". At the heart of the question there is a motive and an assumption.  That is what I want to deal with this Sunday.  God is always looking at our heart and when it comes to faith and deeds or faith and works, He looks even closer.  Salvation is a gift from God to those that worship Him.  When someone has been giving something so great it makes sense that the watching world would be able to see the marks of God on that person.  I look forward to diving deeply into the bible and this topic with you Sunday!


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Date: 7/9
Passage:   James 2:1-13
Theme: Favoritism
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Have you ever dealt with favoritism in your life?

I have, in several different ways.  I can recount stories where I was or was not the favorite in my family situations or in some of the places I've worked in.  Favoritism is an ugly thing.  It is especially bad when experienced in the church.  This week we will take a look at James chapter two at what God says about favoritism.  I'll see you there!

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Date: 7/2
Passage:   James 1:19-27
Theme: Do
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Can you practice what you preach?

Boy is this the question in our house...  As a Preacher it is important to me to make sure I practice what I preach.  Somethings are harder than other.  Regardless of how hard it may be to practice the things I preach I want my kids to know that I am doing my best.  I'm doing my best to strive toward worshipping God and live out what the Bible teaches.  This attitude reflects the posture of my heart toward God.  I'm not perfect... I fail at times... And in those moments of failure, I recognize how big the grace of God is.  Isn't that encouraging?

This weekend we will talk about what the Bible says about "faith" and "works" and how the two come together.  We will also be taking communion so I invite you to join us as we celebrate our Lord.

Don't forget to use the teacher's parking lot in the back of the school as there is a major track meet happening this week.

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Date: 6/25
Passage:   James 1:1-16
Theme: Overcoming Trials
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Faith really works!

There is a lot happening in our world right now.  When we turn on the television things can seem upside down and inside out.  Let me encourage you, it's not new to God or to the Community of believes.  Trials and difficult times have been a way of life for thousands of years to those who call themselves followers of Christ.  This Summer we will study the book of James and learn how one of the first churches dealt with these issues and learn to, not just overcome but thrive.  I look forward to seeing you Sunday as we launch this new series.

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Happy Father's Day!

I've been thinking about tomorrow's message for some time.  As a dad Father's day is an important day in the year for me.  It's a time for evaluation and, of course, celebration!

I don't know how you celebrate but I do know there are lots of different family systems among us. Having grown up with my parents divorced, Father's day meant spending the day with my dad at his work.  I absolutely loved being around him and to this day still do.

Tomorrow we'll take a look at a Father in the bible and learn from some of the ways he followed God.

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