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Stuck on Repeat


August 4, 2019 - Tammy Herzig shares the message "Stuck on Repeat"

How many of you have ever said any of these words to yourself?

  • "I will never do that again!"
  • "I will never procrastinate on a project ever again."
  • "Never again will I buy generic toilet paper!"
  • "Never will I ever again engage in a political fight on social media."
  • "I will never eat at WhiteCastle again."
  • And never will I ever again buy another pair of pants that don't have at least a little bit of Spandex in them."

Years ago I heard this quote, and I don't remember who said it or where I heard it, but the quote was, "Wise people learn from their mistakes.  Really wise people learn from other people's mistakes."  
I'd like to say I have always been a really wise person, but the reality is I have had to learn a lot of lessons the really hard way.  So many times in my life, I have gotten stuck on repeat...



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Don't get it Twisted - All Things Work Together For Good


July 28, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair concludes the series "Don't get it Twisted" with the message "All Things Work Together For Good"

In this series, we've been examining verses from the Bible that are often abbreviated, misinterpreted, misunderstood, and then misapplied.  Sadly, the verse we are examining today is one of those whose misunderstanding has made believers into doubters, and disciples into agnostics.  Many believers use this verse as a sort of shield against bad things.  "If you're a Christian," they say, "things ought to go right.  It's normal for things to go right.  God has promised you that everything will go right."  "Come to God," they say, "and all your problems will melt away."  And then when things don't go right, bad thing do happen to them, they become disillusioned and it can shipwreck their faith.



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Don't get it Twisted - Ask Anything In My Name


July 21, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair continues the series "Don't get it Twisted" with the message "Ask Anything In My Name"

In the series that we're in, called "Don't get it Twisted" we've been looking at how often we misinterpret and misapply sacred Bible passages.  In an attempt to find Biblical permission for our beliefs and behavior, sometimes we pluck certain verses or statements from Scripture out of their original context and assign a meaning to them that the writer, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, never intended for them to mean.



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Don't get it Twisted - Not More Than I Can Bear


July 14, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair continues the series "Don't get it Twisted" with the message "Not More Than I Can Bear"

We are in the middle of a series called 'Don't get it Twisted.'  We're looking at certain passages of the Bible that we twist to make them fit with our preconceived theories, or our misinformed opinions.  Sometimes we, especially in our culture today because we are so filled with pride, even preachers, we think we are smarter than the Bible.  That we can pick-and-choose the verses to apply to our lives, and other verses we can say, "Well, that's not relevant anymore."  And certainly, we need to interpret the Scriptures in reliable, trustworthy ways.

One of the ways that Scripture gets twisted is by the use of the term called "Proof-texting."



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Don't get it Twisted! - I Can Do All Things


July 7, 2019 - Pastor Barry Clair continues the series "Don't get it Twisted" with the message "I Can Do All Things"

Most of you, I would wager, have Philippians 4:13 memorized.  You've seen it on tee-shirts, you've seen it on tattoos, you've seen it on coffee mugs, you've seen it on picture frames.  In this series, we are taking a look at what happens when people take a verse from the sacred text and misinterpret, misunderstand, misapply, and misuse it.  Some practice this form of what I call exegetical malpractice for honorable reasons such as citing a scripture to back up their belief about a moral issue.  That practice is called proof-texting, and sometimes that can get us into trouble because we think on face-value, the scripture applies to what we are talking about and oftentimes it doesn't.

Some practice exegetical malpractice for malevolent reasons such as attempting to intentionally mislead people for personal gain or to obfuscate the Word of God.  Whatever the reason, text-jacking is a phenomenon that is all too common in Christianity today.



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