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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Date: 6/11
Passage:   Genesis 6-8
Theme: Talking with God
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How can we walk with God?

 We know that God has created us with eternity set in our heart as stated in Ecclesiastes 3:11.  That means that we were designed to commune or walk with God.  Only how do you do that?  How do you worship and walk faithfully with God?  In tomorrow's sermon I hope to teach you just that.

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Tomorrow will be a great day!

 Tomorrow we celebrate a time of Communion.  Whether you attend the Orchard every Sunday or haven't been a while, Communion Sunday is a great time to be at Church with family and friends.  

For the past few weeks we have been studying "Life in God's Family".  Tomorrow we will talk about how we need God's Spirit to truly make "Life in God's Family" possible.  Please join us as we search the Scripture and open our hearts and minds to know and embrace God.

God Bless You!
Assad

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Date: 5/28
Passage:   Mark 10:32-45
Theme: Purpose
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Purpose in life, "the" game changer...

When we don't know what our divine purpose in life is, we end up living adrift and aimless.  This is a sad reality and, one many people face daily.  Life in God's family gives us profound purpose.  It's one of the major blessings of being a child of God.  That being said, it is important that we not forget to first worship Jesus... That is where things get tricky.  You see sometimes we can worship the gift over the Giver of gifts.  

Tomorrow we will take a look at what the bible says about purpose and how Jesus challenges the disciples to step into a Gospel driven life.

 

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Date: 5/21
Passage:   Ruth 1-4
Theme: Growing a Great Marriage by EFCC Pastor Scott Smith
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Do you know what you need to know about marriage?

When I got married I was 20 years old.... That's another story for a different day. Haha!  Let's just say that I didn't know what the Bible said about marriage. I know God love me because He blessed me with an amazing woman, however, I needed to learn what the Bible taught on this issue.

If you are single, interested in someone to court currently married this sermon is for you.  Tomorrow we will share what the Bible says on issues of marriage and how God thinks about it.

God Bless You,
Assad

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Mother's Day is an awesome day to celebrate!

There are many reasons to celebrate throughout the year.  Mother's day holds a special day in many of our hearts because of how selfless Mom's can be.  If there is one things I've learned it is that if a mom has many children or no children at all, she has given much to care for and love children.  The Gospel is relevant to this in that we see the loving hand of God displayed in the selfless work of Christ on the cross.  

Tomorrow we will take a look at what the bible says about parenting.  Our new series is titled Life in God's Family and we kick it off on Mother's Day.  My hope over the next few weeks is to take you on a journey of what it means to live in God's family.  I pray you will be both encouraged and challenged as we study Life in God's Family.  Start tomorrow by celebrating Mother's Day!

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Date: 5/7
Passage:   John 16:16-33
Theme: Peace
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Have you ever been stuck feeling sorrow and despair?

I have...
Life can be so hard at times.  We can walk around wounded and not being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Tomorrow we will talk about how to find hope when all seems lost.  Our God is faithful and His Gospel is good!  I can't wait to share.

Tomorrow we will also be taking communion for the first time as an independent church!  What an amazing time it will be for us.  I'll be introducing our new Elders and I'm asking you to join me in celebrating this time at one of our two services.

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