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Pray - Part 2 - "The Prayer Discipline"

January 14, 2018 - Pastor Barry Clair continues the series "PRAY" with the second installment entitled "The Prayer Discipline"
Last week, I started this series simply called "Pray".  And for the first twenty-one days of 2018, I am calling our church to a heightened attention and stronger commitment to prayer.
Motivation for this series comes from one of my favorite theologians, R. C. Sproul, who says in his book "Does Prayer Change Things?" He says,

"One may not be a Christian and pray, but one cannot be a Christian and not pray."
Prayer then is crucial to the authentic follower of Christ.  We all need to push ourselves in the area of prayer.  Why?  Because prayer is hard!
Prayer requires more physical, mental, and emotional energy investment than most of the other spiritual disciplines.

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Pray - Part 1 - "Why We Pray"

January 7, 2018 - Pastor Barry Clair starts a new series simply called "PRAY" with the powerful inaugural message "Why We Pray"
Over the next few weeks, we are going to learn the importance and practical spiritual discipline of prayer.
The late Oswald Chambers in his best selling devotional "My Utmost for His Highest" says,

"Prayer does not fit us for the greater works, prayer IS the greater work."
There is nothing more important that you can do than to pray and read your bible.  But it's not easy.  I can tell you the reason why most Christians don't pray is because prayer is work - the greater work.  And we should not run from prayer because it's hard work.   It's one of the hardest things we as Christians are called to do, and yet it reaps a reward we cannot even calculate.

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It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year Part 3 - Joy to the World

It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year Part 3 - Joy to the World

December 17, 2017 - Pastor Barry Clair continues the Series "It's The Most Wonderful Time of Year" with the message "Joy to the World".
Today we're going to take a look at Joy.   What makes Christmas the Most Wonderful Time of the Year is the joy that that season brings.
Today I want to take a look at a couple of texts in the Biblical birth narrative of Jesus, but before I do, I want you to consider something.   Have you ever seen "A Charlie Brown Christmas"?  It is an animated television special that was produced back in 1965... and it has become a Christmas classic.  The story is of an unfortunate and misunderstood, socially marginalized protagonist, Charlie Brown, who cannot seem to get with the Christmas spirit.  Charlie Brown is just a bit out of step with the season.
Let me ask you a question, have you ever felt like that; of all the Charlie Browns in the world, have you felt the Charlie Browniest?

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