May 3, 2015
“Super Missions Sunday Presentation” – Speaker: Bob Rives
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  • May 3, 2015“Super Missions Sunday Presentation” – Speaker: Bob Rives
    May 3, 2015
    “Super Missions Sunday Presentation” – Speaker: Bob Rives
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  • Apr 26, 2015“Be Recognized” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Apr 26, 2015
    “Be Recognized” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    "Be Recognized"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Romans 12:9-13
    In the late-1930s in the German-occupied portions of Europe, Jews were made to publicly identify themselves by wearing a variety of insignia. The most famous was the yellow Star of David. The Nazis, however, were not the first to publicly identify those whom they hated. And they haven’t been the last.  Marking certain people as outsiders has been a part of many cultures and communities for centuries. There are a number of stories in the New Testament gospels that relate Jesus’ concern for outcasts and “marked” people. We know that he ate with prostitutes. He touched lepers. He socialized with Samaritans. The popular social and religious boundaries did not keep Jesus from going about his Father’s business. Boundaries shouldn’t keep us from working to advance God’s mission, either. In our case--as was true for first century Christians--we should live in ways that preempt societal or governmental attempts to label and mark us as distinctive. The things we say and do should make it crystal clear to the world around us that we are different. We should be more caring, more sacrificial, more involved, more peaceful, more benevolent, more gracious, and above all more loving. It is by marking ourselves in these ways that we show the world that we are God’s people.
  • Apr 19, 2015“New Life Begins” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Apr 19, 2015
    “New Life Begins” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    "New Life Begins"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture - Luke 24:36-53
    If you don't believe that Jesus was raised from the dead, then being here today worshipping with his people seems like a strange place for you to be.  You could be golfing, fishing, sleeping, or whatever it is you do to relax. But you're here. And this is a messy place to be. Because this is a place made up of diverse people who are unified in their belief in a God that turns darkness to light and who gives the dead new life. We worship a God who speaks of glory and sacrifice at the same time. He's a God who wants us to find peace, joy, and contentment but won't allow us to paper over our failures and sins. He's a God who pushes us into growth even though he knows that growth is painful and disruptive and scary. Because growth means change and change means uncertainty.
    Still, if you're uncertain about whether you fit here with us or even with God, you've come to the right place after all. This is a place filled with people who understand your fears, who've asked your questions, and who in spite of our limitations have chosen to trust in the God who raised Jesus from the dead. We're here today, together, and it's my prayer that this can be a place where your new life begins.
  • Apr 12, 2015“Untitled” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Apr 12, 2015
    “Untitled” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Joshua 1:1-9
    Do you know what Scripture's most repeated command is? Do you think it's love? Wrong. Maybe something about holiness? Nope. Well, then it's got to have something to do with worship, right? Not even close. It might be better to call it an exhortation rather than a command, but it has to do with fear. We find it in both the Old Testament and the New Testament in instructions given to people who lived in different places, cultures, and times--even separated by thousands of years. And it absolutely applies to us, too. Last week we talked about the resurrection of Jesus and how it changed everything. One exciting way it changed Jesus' disciples is seen in the way their lives moved from fear to growing faith. When we learn that Christ has overcome sin and death, we begin to realize that to be in Christ means we are already on the winning side. Death may claim us for a time, but Christ will ultimately have us for his own. As we learn the implications of that truth, we begin to become less encumbered by our fears and more faithful in the power of God in our lives. That's how we live resurrected lives--by faith in God's power. When the Apostles learned that lesson, it changed everything for them. When we learn that lesson, it will change everything for us, too.
  • Apr 5, 2015“Road to Resurrection” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Apr 5, 2015
    “Road to Resurrection” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    "Road To Resurrection"
    By: Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Mark 16:1-8
    Welcome. We are happy to have you with us today. Whether you’ve been here before or not, I believe that you are here at East Point for a reason. This is not a perfect place, but we are a people being formed by God into the image of Christ. If you are not a Christian, or if for some other reason this is one of those rare times when you find yourself with the church on Sunday, it’s good that you are here on this Easter Sunday. I’m here because I believe that nearly 2000 years ago, the man Jesus of Nazareth was crucified and buried but was subsequently raised from the dead by the power of God never to die again. That’s not a fairytale or a moralistic parable. Jesus actually rose from the dead and was exalted to the right hand of God according to the witness of Scripture and the testimony of those who were martyred for their belief in the risen Lord. That truth confronts us in ways we cannot ignore and challenges us to live in ways that most of the world cannot understand. Ways that lead to life. Ways that include sacrifice and loss. Ways that define us as not simply people who “go to church” but as people who have become the very body of Christ in a world that needs so desperately to know resurrection. If you need to know resurrection, it’s good that you chose to be here today.
  • Mar 29, 2015“Live to Die” – Speaker: Devin Schadegg
    Mar 29, 2015
    “Live to Die” – Speaker: Devin Schadegg
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    "Live to Die"
    By: Devin Schadegg
    Scripture: Mark 8:31-38
    The cross has become a symbol of nostalgia to many of us. It’s a place where we remember Jesus died for us. It’s the place where the gap between our sin and  God was bridged, a place where the relationship between humanity and God was restored. But there’s more to the cross than that amazing truth—the cross is an example of how we should die as well. We are called as Christians to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. Not to just simply believe in Him. Believing and following Jesus are two different things. Following isn’t easy. Following Jesus costs us something. The cross isn’t just where Jesus died. It is where we come to die with Him. In order to have life, we have to lose our lives.
  • Mar 22, 2015“When the Lepers Lost Their Spots” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Mar 22, 2015
    “When the Lepers Lost Their Spots” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    "When the Lepers Lost Their Spots"
    By" Patrick Barber
    Scripture: Psalm 123
    Have you ever heard the story about (no, this isn't a joke) the ten lepers who were cleansed by Jesus? You know the one in Luke 17. Jesus heals all ten of them but only one returns to say "thank you." You've probably heard that story before. I know I have. Lots of times. But it wasn't until reading it again this week that I realized I'd been reading it wrong for years and years. I used to think that this story was about thankfulness and gratitude. I'm pretty sure I remember hearing it taught that way by people emphasizing how important it is to thank God for the good he does in our lives. Jesus even seems to point to that application when he asks, "Weren't there ten who were healed?" Now, thankfulness is important, and it's certainly a part of this great story from the life of Jesus. But thankfulness isn't the biggest thing this story teaches. This story isn't simply praising a thankful attitude; likewise, it isn't shaming the nine who didn't return to Jesus. That's just not the point. The point is that, well, I guess it won't hurt to wait and tell you in the sermon.
  • Mar 15, 2015“Chiseled In Stone” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
    Mar 15, 2015
    “Chiseled In Stone” – Speaker: Patrick Barber
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    "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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    No Title
    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!”