Mar 15, 2015
“Chiseled In Stone” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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3.15.2015
"Chiseled In Stone"
By: Patrick Barber
Scripture: Psalm 147:1-6
Have you ever walked alone through a quite cemetery and read the inscriptions on the headstones? We all know the kinds of things we see there: names, when people were born, when people died. And often, there's another inscription on the marker. Epitaphs is what they're officially called. Some are funny. Some are sweet. Others are special thoughts that only those closest would understand. The ones I like reading are the ones that try to sum up the person being memorialized. What words would sum you up if today was your last day in this life? … Worked sixty-hour weeks. … Spent every last dime on myself. … Measured my faithfulness in church attendance. I can't imagine that anyone would be happy with a life summed up in epitaphs like those. But I can imagine that those might apply, because most of us don't think much about dying.  We're too busy or too scared or even too naive. But we should think about not only death but about the life that is to come when Jesus returns so that we can prepare and be found faithful at his appearing. What would your stone say about you?
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  • Mar 15, 2015“Chiseled In Stone” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Mar 15, 2015
    “Chiseled In Stone” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Series: (All)
    3.15.2015
    "Chiseled In Stone"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Psalm 147:1-6
    Have you ever walked alone through a quite cemetery and read the inscriptions on the headstones? We all know the kinds of things we see there: names, when people were born, when people died. And often, there's another inscription on the marker. Epitaphs is what they're officially called. Some are funny. Some are sweet. Others are special thoughts that only those closest would understand. The ones I like reading are the ones that try to sum up the person being memorialized. What words would sum you up if today was your last day in this life? … Worked sixty-hour weeks. … Spent every last dime on myself. … Measured my faithfulness in church attendance. I can't imagine that anyone would be happy with a life summed up in epitaphs like those. But I can imagine that those might apply, because most of us don't think much about dying.  We're too busy or too scared or even too naive. But we should think about not only death but about the life that is to come when Jesus returns so that we can prepare and be found faithful at his appearing. What would your stone say about you?
  • Mar 9, 2015“God Will Lead You” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Mar 9, 2015
    “God Will Lead You” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    "God Will Lead You"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Psalm 23
    The second Sunday of every month is Missions Sunday at East Point. It serves as a monthly reminder of some of the great works that we're a part of both domestically and internationally in our effort to heal people and spread the good news of the kingdom of God, like Jesus did. You can be part of these works in a number of ways. You can go on short-term mission trips. You can pray for the success of those trips and for those who are working every day on our behalf. You can donate money and, in some cases, goods that benefit those in need. And there are other ways to be involved, I'm sure. In fact, it seems to me that there's something that every one of us can do to help. And if there is an opportunity to do good, we are expected to do it. Even though we're a fairly big congregation, we cannot heal all the people in the world. We, on our own, cannot proclaim the gospel to the whole world. But we don't have to--not everywhere on our own. Not even Jesus healed everyone or even preached to everyone when he walked the earth. But notice how many people he did help who God placed in his path. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart. And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him, and he will make straight your paths." If you have faith in God and follow him even when you'd rather please yourself, God will lead you in the way you need to go. And if, along your way, you encounter someone in need, you should help that one. Maybe God brought you together for a purpose. There is incredible power in one person helping one person. We'll talk more about these things this morning. God bless you. I'm glad he led you here today.
  • Mar 1, 2015No Title – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Mar 1, 2015
    No Title – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Psalm 33
    As a kid in school, I think my two favorite words were “snow day.”  I like school and all, but there was something fun about waking up to a blanket of snow and realizing that you didn’t have to go to school.  It was almost like Christmas--at least for those of us who liked the snow.
    But here we are again (it’s Friday when I write this) with snow beginning to fall and the forecast calling for more winter weather this weekend.  Have you noticed that nearly every snow we’ve had the last two winters has come on a Saturday or Sunday?  That, I don’t like. Because I don’t like missing out on our gathering together on Sundays for worship, communion, and encouragement.  So if it snows and we don’t come together on March 1, then nobody will read this anyway.  But if we DO come together to worship our God and encourage each other, then let’s not take those blessings for granted.  Instead, let’s sing and pray and study and do all the things we do at these weekly reunions of God’s family.  And let’s do it with joy and excitement--kind of like we used to feel when we heard the words “Snow Day!”
  • Feb 22, 2015“Go and Declare It” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Feb 22, 2015
    “Go and Declare It” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    "Go and Declare It"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Psalm 143
    Maybe you don't feel the same way I do, but I love church.  I love being here together on Sundays.  I love the singing, the fellowship, the study--all of it.  For me, this is comfortable and safe.  I feel like I'm with people who in most ways look at life the same way I do.  I'm with people who care about me and can help me when things are tough.  For me, the church is a living, breathing representation of Jesus in my life.  And I need that. When I think about what it must have been like to have lived when Jesus lived, to have heard him talk about the kingdom of God, to have seen him heal people and still storms and cast out demons, I wish I could have been there.  The church is great and all, but to have been right there with Jesus would have been even better.  If I'd have been there, I would have wanted more than anything to follow him around and be one of his disciples.  Can you imagine how amazing that would have been?  Just to be part of that? But there's more to discipleship than that.  There's more to following Jesus than coming here to worship and fellowship and encourage one another.  Jesus also wants us to go. There were times when people wanted to follow Jesus around and he said, "No."  That isn't because they were unworthy.  It wasn't because he didn't love them.  It wasn't because he was part of a closed club.  It was because he needed them to go and witness and declare how much God had done for them.
  • Feb 15, 2015“Love What?” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Feb 15, 2015
    “Love What?” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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     2.15.2015
    "Love What?"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: 1 John 3:11-18
    "Love" is probably one of the most misunderstood words in the English language.  And that's a problem for those of us who read the Bible for insight into God and His desire for us.  As you've probably noticed, "love" gets a lot of attention in Scripture.  It also gets a lot of attention in our culture, but the way culture understands love and the way God describes and demonstrates love are often two very different things....
    ... But if we can get "love" right, if we can figure out what it is and how it looks in practice, if we can remember why "love" is the key to a life of active faith and discipleship, then our lives change for good.  Not only for our good, but for the good of our neighbors.  And not just our neighbors, but even our enemies.  That's right, we're not talking about Hollywood's selfish, over-indulgent kind of "love."  We're talking about God's love.
  • Feb 8, 2015“Old and New” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Feb 8, 2015
    “Old and New” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    2.8.2015
    "Old and New"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Psalm 15
    17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” Matthew 9:17
  • Feb 1, 2015“What If…” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Feb 1, 2015
    “What If…” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    "What If..."
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Psalm 145:1-13a
    Have you ever played the "What if?" game? When I was a history teacher, my classes would sometimes talk about what might have happened if, say, the Japanese would not have attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Would the U.S. still have entered the war? Or, what if the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba in 1961 had been successful? Or, what if President Carter would have won re-election in 1980? You get the idea. It can be a fun game that makes you think about how the world might have been different--for better or worse. I've heard preachers play the same game with their churches: What if Jesus chose not to die for us? What if God wasn't merciful? What if.... So I'll play along with this scenario:  What if Jesus was a mute?  Think how different his ministry and impact would have been if everything else was the same but he never spoke a word. He still healed people.  He still spent time with outcasts. He still performed all his miracles and still died, was raised, all of that--but he never said a thing. Would it have made a difference? How, then, does that affect the way we view our own ministries?  We are called to serve, and I'm all for the idea of "being the hands and feet of Jesus," but is that enough? Or should we also learn to speak his words and share his proclamation in ways that point people to God and his emerging kingdom?
  • Dec 28, 2014Seasoned – Speaker: John Langley
    Dec 28, 2014
    Seasoned – Speaker: John Langley
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    12.28.2014
    "Seasoned"
    By: John Langley
    Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13