Jul 16, 2015
“Sharpen Your Saw” – By: Patrick Barber
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"Sharpen Your Saw"
Scripture: Luke 10:38-42
By: Patrick Barber
When in Africa back in May, I made the mistake of only taking one shaving razor with me, and I was there for three weeks. Ouch. If it had been a straight razor, I could have sharpened it, but it wasn't. It was just the cheap disposable kind. My mistake was just not thinking about taking extra razors. I wasn't trying to be cheap or save packing space; I just didn't think about it. And that's how we usually put ourselves in rough spots, we just don't think about it. I doubt that any generation before us could claim a busier, more frenetic lifestyle than the one we live. I don't mean that we work harder or accomplish more than previous generations--in fact I think that we don't do either of those things. But we are busy all the time. We're running here and there with a phone in one hand and an energy drink in the other looking like the man in the circus trying to keep a dozen plates spinning atop their poles all at the same time. Eventually, the plates will fall and we will crash. When that happens, shaving with a dull razor is the least of our concerns. But it happens for the same reason that I spent two weeks with a dull razor--we just get so busy with today that we don't prepare for tomorrow. We try to run so far and so fast that we don't slow down to refuel, and then we end up empty. But it doesn't have to be like that. Jesus teaches us that there's a better way, if we'll slow down long enough to listen. We'll talk about that in today's sermon.
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  • Jul 16, 2015“Sharpen Your Saw” – By: Patrick Barber
    Jul 16, 2015
    “Sharpen Your Saw” – By: Patrick Barber
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    Series: (All)
    "Sharpen Your Saw"
    Scripture: Luke 10:38-42
    By: Patrick Barber
    When in Africa back in May, I made the mistake of only taking one shaving razor with me, and I was there for three weeks. Ouch. If it had been a straight razor, I could have sharpened it, but it wasn't. It was just the cheap disposable kind. My mistake was just not thinking about taking extra razors. I wasn't trying to be cheap or save packing space; I just didn't think about it. And that's how we usually put ourselves in rough spots, we just don't think about it. I doubt that any generation before us could claim a busier, more frenetic lifestyle than the one we live. I don't mean that we work harder or accomplish more than previous generations--in fact I think that we don't do either of those things. But we are busy all the time. We're running here and there with a phone in one hand and an energy drink in the other looking like the man in the circus trying to keep a dozen plates spinning atop their poles all at the same time. Eventually, the plates will fall and we will crash. When that happens, shaving with a dull razor is the least of our concerns. But it happens for the same reason that I spent two weeks with a dull razor--we just get so busy with today that we don't prepare for tomorrow. We try to run so far and so fast that we don't slow down to refuel, and then we end up empty. But it doesn't have to be like that. Jesus teaches us that there's a better way, if we'll slow down long enough to listen. We'll talk about that in today's sermon.
  • Jul 5, 2015“Freedom in Christ” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Jul 5, 2015
    “Freedom in Christ” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    7.5.20152
    "Freedom In Christ"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Galatians 5: 13-14
    I hope you've had a great Fourth of July weekend. Whether you spent time at the lake or at home, whether you shared the holiday with friends or alone, I imagine you saved some time to thank God for the blessings we have. Our political and religious freedom is a tremendous blessing.  Living in a free society isn't essential for our faith--because we obey God rather than man and would worship God even if the state forbade it--but it makes life much more comfortable. Freedom, though, is a double-edged sword. As we talked about last week, freedom from all constraints can lead to people simply following their own desires, and that is dangerous (see for yourself what Scripture says about that: Proverbs 12:15; 14:12; 30:12). If we think we're as wise as God and don't need his counsel, then we're fools--free fools, but fools nonetheless. And that's why freedom can be treacherous. The Apostle Paul taught the early church that Christ had set them free for freedom (Galatians 5:1), and that's great news, but it was a teaching that was often misunderstood and misapplied to daily living. Paul knew that could happen, so he tried to help the church understand that their freedom was not absolute. When Christ rescued us from sin and death, he freed us, but that doesn't mean we have no master. It means that our master now is God rather than sin. It doesn't mean that we live according to our own rules. It means that we now live according to the Spirit.  And this is freedom in Christ.
  • Jun 28, 2015“When We Become Gods” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Jun 28, 2015
    “When We Become Gods” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    "When We Become Gods"
    By: Patrick Berber
    Scripture: 2 Timothy 3: 1-17
    Have you ever spent any time thinking about the changes you would make to this world if you were God? Maybe you’d end poverty or fix the environment or help the Chiefs win a Super Bowl--things that seem impossible without divine intervention. Or maybe you’d be less altruistic and simply make things better for yourself. There are all sorts of things we’d do for ourselves if we were completely in charge. But we aren’t God, and we will never be completely in charge. We do know that, right?
    I’m not sure that we do. I think that we as a society have become wealthy enough that we believe we’ve earned the right to worship ourselves. Some in our culture do that and are completely unapologetic about it. They flaunt their wealth or privilege and don’t even pretend to mask their over-indulgence and condescension. Others, however, are less aware of their idolatry. But if we looked at their schedules, their checkbooks, and their general lifestyle, we’d find plenty of evidence of self-worship. It’s rampant. We ourselves might even be infected with the disease and not even know it. But here’s something we’d better get straight: we are not God. There’s only one, and the position is occupied.
  • Jun 21, 2015“Gratitude” – Speaker: John Langley
    Jun 21, 2015
    “Gratitude” – Speaker: John Langley
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    "Gratitude"
    By: John Langley
    Scripture: Philippians 4:4-9
    “Let us reflect gratitude for our fathers. Father is ever willing to sacrifice his own comfort for that of his children. Daily he toils to provide necessities of life, never complaining, ever concerned for the well-being of his family. This love for children, this desire to see them well and happy, is a constant in time of change.” - Thomas S. Monson It is time to give honor to whom honor is due. Today we honor you if you are a father or if you will be someday. God has chosen to work with you in specific ways to bring about His purpose. Making you a man gives you both, Special Privilege, and Awesome Responsibility. My Prayer is that you embrace the challenges that come your way to fulfill God’s purpose. Search Scripture. Search your heart. Search the archives of time. What you will find is that Dads make a difference. Go and make a difference that will last for eternity. Be a Dad!
  • Jun 14, 2015“Home of Hope” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Jun 14, 2015
    “Home of Hope” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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     6.14.2015
    "Home of Hope"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Philippians 2:5 teaches us that our attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.  We are created to have the same love, selflessness, unity, spirit and purpose that Jesus shares with God the father. The specific details of what that looks like will change from person to person.  No two lives are exactly alike.  But we know the shape all of our lives should take if they are modeled after Jesus.  The shape is the cross.  Jesus humbled himself and so God exalted him.  God works the same way with us.  When we humble ourselves, God exalts us.  We just have to stop thinking like the world.  We need to raise our own expectations and standards, because that’s what God does.  Wealth, fame, privilege, and power will all fade away in time.  The only way we’ll live forever is with God, and the only way we can look forward to that is if we live this life in the image of Christ.  So God would have us do today what he has always called us to do--indeed what he created us to do; God wants us to sacrifice and serve in ways that bring more people to  him.  At home, at work, at school, with our friends and neighbors, in the church, wherever we are and in whatever we do we live in ways that show the world what God is like. If we fail in this one thing, we have failed completely.  But if we are faithful in this one thing, then God himself will raise us up.
  • Jun 7, 2015“Untitled” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Jun 7, 2015
    “Untitled” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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  • May 31, 2015“Listen!” – Speaker: John Langley
    May 31, 2015
    “Listen!” – Speaker: John Langley
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     5.31.2015
    "Listen!"
    By: John Langley
    Scripture: Hebrews 10:19-25
    Want your children, grandchildren and even those beyond to continue faithful to Jesus? If you have wondered what you can possibly do to help your children to become faithful followers of Jesus: Today’s lesson is about laying that foundation where your children can stand and stay faithful to God Almighty. Certainly, every page of the Bible has the capacity of helping us help our children’s faith. But, there are some things we can do beyond the pages of the Bible that will give a tremendous boost to that end. Come and see why Genesis chapter 23 is one of the top ten chapters in scripture. Also listen and find out how it shares the secret of multigenerational faith.
  • May 24, 2015“Drop the Anchor” – Speaker: Devin Schadegg
    May 24, 2015
    “Drop the Anchor” – Speaker: Devin Schadegg
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     5.24.2015
    "Drop the Anchor"
    By: Devin Schadegg
    Scripture: Romans 8:31-39
    So where is God when tragedy strikes? It's a question you can't help asking. Facing a tragedy, big or small, can shake anyone's faith. Suddenly, nothing is certain. Nothing feels safe. And we wonder where God is and whether He has abandoned us in the middle of a tragedy. As the confusion of tragedy swirls around us, we all need something to hold on to an anchor. In the words of the Apostle Paul, written from a place of fear and pain, we learn a truth that can steady us in times of tragedy. And if we hold on tight, we may find that it's just what we need to help us move forward. Why would Paul want us to hold on to an anchor? If you’re on a boat in the middle of a storm, an anchor can do everything from keeping your boat from rolling, to helping it steer in the right direction against wind, to reducing the distance that it can drift. Similarly, in the middle of tragedy, you need something to hold on to. Something solid, a phrase or an idea, that can provide a dose of hope when you’re feeling hopeless, peace when you are afraid, security when anxious. Always remember, nothing can pull you from the God who loves you.
  • May 17, 2015“Make a Difference” – Speaker: John Langley
    May 17, 2015
    “Make a Difference” – Speaker: John Langley
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    5.17.2015
    "Make a Difference"
    By: John Langley
    Scripture: Matthew 6:5-13
    With the last few weeks with loved ones going on to meet Jesus. With Policeman being shot during routine checks. Yes, and even when racial bias creates racial tension… What is a person to do? Where is a person to turn? How do we change things? How do we bare up under the loss of our loved ones? How do we curb the violence in our streets? How do we make sure that everyone no matter what their background or where they come from has a chance to know Jesus and the salvation he offers each one? Even Wednesday we witnessed the derailment of a train and the loss of life. It just doesn’t seem to stop. How do we do something positive that will make a difference? Our most powerful tool in all these situations is prayer! Prayer is specifically given to us to communicate with God almighty. If we knock on the door the Bible says it will open. If we seek we can find. If we ask it will be given, Luke 11:9-10. Our necessity is to believe and to act. May you change our world and yours as well, through prayer.
  • May 10, 2015Mother’s Day – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    May 10, 2015
    Mother’s Day – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    5.10.2015
    Mother's Day
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Proverbs 6:20-22
    There are a few special days each year when we honor specific groups of people. When we do this, we run the risk of communicating that those groups are more important or more loved than those who don’t get special recognition. I hope, however, that all of us realize that we are significant and important parts of the body here at East Point. If Mother’s Day is difficult for you, please understand that we are not trying to be insensitive. But we don’t want to miss a great opportunity to thank not only our moms but all the ladies without whom we could not function as a church. Ladies, whether you are a mom or not, we want to honor you and thank you for the blessing you are to us.