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enigma - Message 9 - No Longer Slaves

enigma - Message 9 - No Longer Slaves


September 23, 2018 - Senior Pastor Barry Clair concludes the series "enigma" with the message "No Longer Slaves"

Let me take you back to the beginning.  According to the dicationary, and enigma is something that is mysterious, puzzling, or difficult to understand.  There are many passages in the Bible that fit this definition.  I call them the enigmatic statements of Scripture.

Over the last several weeks, we have taken a look at some of these verses in an attempt to explain and understand them.

Today, we conclude this series with another puzzler...



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enigma - Message 8 - The God Who is Far and Near

enigma - Message 8 - The God Who is Far and Near


September 16, 2018 - Senior Pastor Barry Clair explains the hard-to-grasp concept "The God Who is Far and Near" in message 8 of the "enigma" series

Today in our series enigma, we're going to ponder another mystery.  Since we are human beings and understand things from a human perspective, it's hard to sometimes comprehend a God who at times seems to contradict Himself.  Now some of us have more trouble with this than others.

We know that God declares in the Bible that He is One, and yet the Bible clearly teaches that God is three persons.  Scripture teaches that God is Spirit, that means He's immaterial, and yet Jesus was human (material, flesh and blood).  And while we are talking about Jesus, how can He be completely God and completely man both at the same time?

Doesn't it seem a little inconsistent?  Doesn't it seem a little bit contradictory?



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enigma - Message 7 - Can God Change His Mind?

enigma - Message 7 - Can God Change His Mind?


September 9, 2018 - Senior Pastor Barry Clair asks (and answers) the question "Can God Change His Mind?" in message 7 of the "enigma" series

This last week in our staff meeting, Pastors Matt and Dave were talking to me about prayer and healing. nbsp;Somehow we got onto the subject of Abraham's negotiation with God over the city of Sodom (Gen. 18).  Pastor Dave said something to the effect of, "It seemed like Abraham was able to get God to change His mind about destroying Sodom."  And, of course, that... led to about a 30-minute discussion about whether God can change His mind.  And then the inevitable question, "If God cannot change His mind, what use is prayer?"

To which Pastor Matt replied, "Sounds like an enigma to me."



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enigma - Message 6 - Offended At Jesus

enigma - Message 6 - Offended At Jesus


September 2, 2018 - Senior Pastor Barry Clair shares the message "Offended At Jesus" - message 6 in the seres called "enigma"

Let me ask you a question; Have you ever been offended at Jesus?  I know that's an odd question, and at face value, that's a tough one to answer.  Has He ever failed to live up to your expectations?  I know the knee-jerk reaction is to say, "God is good all the time, and all the time, God is good!"  But if we're honest, if we are brutally honest, I think many of us - if not every single person in this room today - would say that there are occasions when God/Jesus doesn't live up to our expectations.

Have you ever been just a little bit angry with God?  And more importantly, do you even dare to admit it?



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