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Fathers Man Up!


June 16, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair shares the message "Fathers Man Up!"
I feel lead of the Spirit today to honor our Fathers.  Today, I am going to bring a message simply titled "Fathers Man Up!"  Now when you use that term Man Up, quite often it indicates previous to manning up, we're not maned up.  So when you tell someone to man up, sometimes the implication is you are calling that person a sissy.

That's not what I am doing today.



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Storing Up Treasure In Heaven


June 9, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair shares the message "Storing Up Treasure In Heaven"

I can think of no better way to frame this message this morning than with a quote from John Piper's study of [Matthew 6:19-21].  He said,

"Evidently, there are two ways to live; you can live with a view to accumulating valuable things on earth, or you can live with a view to accumulating valuable things in heaven.  Jesus says: the mark of a Christian is that his eyes are on heaven and he measures all his behavior by what effect it will have on heaven."



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Friending God - Yearning For Closeness


June 2, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair concludes the series "Friending God" with the message "Yearning For Closeness"

Over the last several weeks, we've looked at several people in Scripture who had an authentic friend-style relationship with God.  In week 1 we looked at Abraham, the only individual in the Bible that God called His friend.  In week 2 we took a look at Jesus who called all of His
disciples His friends.  Then in weeks 3 & 4, we examined how earthly relationships can function like spiritual friendships with God, and we took our text from the words of Solomon who says more in the Bible about friendship than any other book in the Bible.  And last week, we looked at Moses, who the Scripture says had a face-to-face relationship with God.

Today, we are going to look at one more person who had a very, very artistic, poetic, visceral and experiential friendship with God.  His name is David.



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Friending God - Face-To-Face


May 26, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair shares the message "Face-To-face" in the Series "Friending God"

Almost nothing makes m more uncomfortable and downright angry than when someone stares at me.  Ever had that happen?  Why does that make us so uncomfortable?  Is it because we think they are judging our appearance?  Is it that we think they are objectifying us?  Is it too forward?  Challenging?  Even aggressive?  Do we think they might be staring into our soul?  Or is it just too intimate; too intrusive?

There is one man who in at least three places in Scripture the Bible tells us God talks to face-to-face as one talks to a friend.  Face-to-face with God.  He really does stare into your soul.  Could you handle it?



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Friending God - The Proverbial Friend, Pt. 2


May 19, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair shares the second half of the message "The Proverbial Friend" in the Series "Friending God"

During my preparation time this week, I read an academic article called, "When God Is Your Only Friend" that was published in the Journal of Personality, the June edition, so it's hot-off-the-presses, 2019.  The article talked about the importance of Social Connectedness, which is a synonym for Friendship, with regards to feeling purpose in life.  The bottom line of the article is this, Studies show that people derive purpose in life primarily through Social Connectedness - staggeringly, even more than religious beliefs.



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