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It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year Part 2 - Generous vs. Avarice

It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year Part 2 - Generous vs. Avarice

December 10, 2017 - Pastor Barry Clair continues the Series "It's The Most Wonderful Time of Year" with the message "Generous vs. Avarice".
There are many things that make Christmas the most wonderful time of the year. There are Christmas trees and cards and brag letters and music! Oh man the music. Wonderful!
One of my personal favorite stories of Christmas was written in 1843 by Charles Dickens and is called "A Christmas Carol." The main character, Ebenezer Scrooge, is a rich yet greedy and miserly bachelor who encounters three ghosts of Christmas plus the ghost of his business partner, Jacob Marley.
Scrooge then has become the iconic arch villain who represents the worst and the best of Christmas. He is turned from a greedy man into a generous man. That is what we are going to talk about today.

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It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year Part 1 - Is Jesus the Reason For the Season?

It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year Part 1 - Is Jesus the Reason For the Season?

December 3, 2017 - Pastor Barry Clair starts a new Series messages based on this years theme for the Christmas holiday called "It's the Most Wonderful Time of Year" with the message "Is Jesus the Reason For the Season?".
Every year about this time the culture wars heat up and both sides of the issue begins their holiday offensive.
A blog writer for the Huffington Post calls it, and I quote, "A ridiculous rhetorical ritual that recycles righteous arguments about whether people should say to one another 'Happy Holidays' or 'Merry Christmas'. This question is one skirmish in the broader cultural and political battle that comes under the heavily laden frame of the 'War on Christmas'."

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Stand Firm Part 4

Stand Firm Part 4 "...In Belief and Behavior"

November 26, 2017 - Pastor Barry Clair continues with Part 4 of the Series "Stand Firm" with the message "... In Belief And Behavior".
Let me start out with a rhetorical question today, Is it possible to believe something completely and yet act totally opposite of that belief?  Now I believe the answer to that question is Yes.
You can believe completely, for instance, that walking on very thin ice will result in breaking through, sinking to the bottom and result in your drowning, and do it anyway.  It's possible.
You can believe that rejecting Jesus your whole life will result in spending eternity in hell after you die, and do it anyway.  It is possible.
So, let me ask you a little bit of a different question, let's tune this up a little bit.  What do we call someone who believes something completely and yet acts totally opposite of that belief?  Isn't there something fundamentally wrong with that person?  I certainly think so.  And that's what we're going to talk about a little bit today.

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Stand Firm Part 3

Stand Firm Part 3 "...In the Truth of the Resurrection"

November 19, 2017 - Pastor Barry Clair continues with Part 3 of the Series "Stand Firm" with the message "... In the Truth of the Resurrection".
So far, we have talked about the Scriptural imperative to stand firm in the faith of the Gospel.  We talked about the fact that John tells us to stand firm in the deity of Jesus Christ.  Today, we learn from the Apostle Paul.
Let me start out with a quick question today, How much faith does it take to be saved?  I mean, what do you have to believe in before that belief results in Salvation?  How much faith is the minimum faith?  What can we get away with NOT believing?   Have you ever wondered that?  What if we get it a little bit wrong but on most things we get it right?
Well, today, in an indirect way, we will try to answer that question.  We will try to get down to just the essentials of faith.

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Stand Firm Part 2

Stand Firm Part 2 "...In the Deity of Jesus Christ"

November 12, 2017 - Pastor Barry Clair continues the Series "Stand Firm" with the message "... In the Deity of Jesus Christ".
I told you last week we are over the next few weeks looking at several biblical passages in which God instructs His people in stubbornness.  God is inaugurating a resistance movement.  He's growing a people of His own that know what they believe and why they believe it and stand firm in their beliefs.

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