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The Nativity Set: Mary; “Let it Be… Just as You Say”
Pastor Joel Fairley | December 4th, 2011

In Mary the mother of Jesus we see that out of the ordinary God does extraordinary things. We like Mary
become “favored” ones when God chooses to do glorify Himself through us.
The Nativity Set; Joseph:
“Not Your Average Step-Dad”
Pastor Joel Fairley | December 11th, 2011

Joseph very easily could have slipped away from God’s story upon hearing about Mary and the baby she
was carrying, which was conceived by the Holy Spirit.  Even in his supporting role Joseph teaches us
that having a small part in God’s Story, is better than not being in the story at all.
The Nativity Set: “The Shepherds of All People”
Pastor Joel | December 18th, 2011

It wouldn’t be Christmas without the Joy and Wonder of the Shepherds. The great lesson of this part of
the Christmas Story is the reminder that the Good News of the Gospel is not for a select few, or a
privileged minority, but for everyone regardless of who we are and where we come from. The Gift of
Jesus is for all of us.
The Nativity Set:
“The Wise Men and the Four Fabulous Gifts”
Pastor Joel Fairley | December 25th, 2011

Giving the perfect gift is something we all strive for at Christmas. There is nothing better when we see
that we hit the mark with our gifts from the one we have presented it too. When the Wise Men came, four
gifts were given, and they were perfect, especially one of them.
Vision Priority 1: Preparing for the Next Generation;
Passing the Baton
Pastor Joel Fairley | November 6, 2011

Vision Priority 1: Preparing for the Next Generation- Hebrews 12:1 reminds us that we are
“…surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses” the witnesses being those people of God who were before
us. They passed the Baton of Faith on to us. As we anticipate our church’s ministry in the future, the
question remains, ‘Who are we going to pass our Baton to?’ That is the challenge that the Lord will help
us answer.
Vision Priority 2: Bringing Them Home
Pastor Joel Fairley | November 13, 2011

Quite often we are mindful of the people who used to go to our church. They may have left for a variety of
reasons, but if they left because of a falling out of relationships, God is calling us to do what we can to
reconcile with those individuals. The reunion of Jacob and Esau as recorded in Genesis 33:1-11,
demonstrates to us that reconciling with another can be “Like Seeing the Face of God”.
Vision Priority 3: God Directed Worship
Pastor Joel Fairley | November 20, 2011

Worship is one of the most important aspects about being a part of the Family of God. In Isaiah 6:1-8 we
see a model of what happens when we worship the Lord as He directs us.
A Gospel Home Companion
Pastor Joel Fairley | November 27, 2011

News from Lake Galilee
“I am the Good Shepherd”
Pastor Joel Fairley | October 2, 2011

As Followers of Christ we put our Trust in Jesus. When Jesus says “I am the Good Shepherd” in John
Chapter 10, He is presenting to us a resume’ if you will, as to why the Lord Jesus is completely worthy of
our trust..
“Psalm 23 part 1; Wanting”
Pastor Joel Fairley | October 9, 2011

The first verse of the 23 Psalm declares ‘The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.’ This verse teaches
that when the Lord is indeed our shepherd, we will be wanting for nothing. We make Jesus our
Shepherd, when we accept Him, and when we listen for His voice and follow where He leads.
“Psalm 23 part 2; Good for the Body,
Good for the Soul”
Pastor Joel | October 16, 2011

For his sheep the Shepherd is responsible for providing food, drink, and rest; All of these things we find
in the person of Jesus the Good Shepherd…including right paths to walk in.
“Psalm 23, part 3; Now it’s Personal”
Pastor Joel | October 23, 2011

When a part of our journey feels like we are walking through the valley of the shadow of death, God puts
Himself closer to us, for our protection and comfort.  This is when it becomes personal for us.
“Psalm 23, part 4; Two Good Dogs,and a Good Home”
Pastor Joel | October 30, 2011

When we are led by the Good Shepherd, from behind we are pursued by His Goodness and Mercy. This
Journey will eventually lead us to place where we will enjoy the eternal hospitality of our Heavenly Father,
the Creator of the Universe.
“Apart from Jesus…”
Pastor Joel Fairley | September 4, 2011

Knowing the lord begins with knowing Christ as our Savior. To grow in our knowledge and intimacy with
the Lord depends on our willingness to abide with Him, as a branch abides with the vine in order that it
may produce fruit.
“What do you Want?”
Pastor Joel Fairley | September 18, 2011

It can be said that prayer is about Asking, Seeking, and Knocking. In prayer we get to be with a Father
who loves us and wants to give to us whatever we ask for in His name…So…what do you want?
“Beating the Path”
Pastor Joel Fairley | September 11, 2011

It is God’s desire for us to come to Him continuously in prayer. To “beat a path” with our deepest desires,
and heartfelt cries…because at the end of that path, He is there waiting for us.
“Wait For It”
Pastor Joel Fairley | September 25, 2011

The scripture says “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him.” Waiting is an act of submission to the
Lord’s will. In this condition when the Spirit comes we find ourselves saying to our God with a willing
heart “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
“Hannah” - 1 Samuel 1:1-19
Pastor Joel Fairley | August 21, 2011

In the First Book of Samuel, chapter 1 we are introduced to Hannah, the woman who would be the
mother of Samuel. Through Hannah’s story we are given insight into how God works to give us the
desires of our heart for the good and glory of His Kingdom.
“Why Not Plan A” - Mark 1: 40-45
Pastor Joel Fairley | August 14, 2011

It is God’s desire for us to live and serve in His “Plan A” which is demonstrated through obedience to
what He asks us to do. Too many times because of sinful disobedience our life is lived in “Plan B.”  But
through our repentance and His forgiveness, God redeems “Plan B” for His Glory…  But what would
happen if we accepted “Plan A” by simply doing, in simple obedience, what He asks us to do?
“Do You Know the Lord”
Pastor Joel Fairley | August 28, 2011

When God first called for the young man Samuel, he did not recognize God’s voice. The scripture says
that Samuel did not yet know the Lord. The challenge for us is, would we know the Lord when He calls
our name, and would we be able to say like Samuel “Speak Lord for your servant hears”?