Sunday, September 23, Pastor Temple taught on the Grace of a Challenged Faith. The teaching focused on Matthew 8:23-26. “A healthy Christian needs a growing faith.  A growing faith needs challenges that it might be strengthened, stretched, flaws seen, so it can be refocused on the foundation of Christ. The storm in this reading is a purposed storm.  Note that Christ is there too. Jesus challenged the quality of the disciples’ faith in His power.  He does this with words – ‘Why are you afraid?’ He says they have little faith. He’s there with them.  He said they would go across to the other side.  He challenges their faith with actions. He rebukes the storm and the sea is perfectly calm. When Jesus challenges us – our faith- He gives us more ground for a healthy faith.”  Next week, Pastor Temple will teach on the Grace of Faith in the Love of God.  Come worship with us and learn along side us.
A song for you today — “Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle       
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_aVFVveJNs
Sunday, September 16, Pastor Temple’s sermon was on the grade of assurance of salvation.  The teaching centered on John 10:27-30.  “What is the ground of our assurance of salvation?  It is the living Word of the living God.  It is on what God says, not on anything I did.  Three aspects of the gift of eternal life: 1. Giver–Jesus gave us eternal life when we accepted Him as our Lord and Savior.  Jesus is perfect – thus His gift is perfect. In the Greek, ‘I give’ is the present tense implying His giving is concrete/actual/factual/literal/real. I am not earning this gift.  He gives it. 2. Gift–eternal life — spiritual life — includes soul/mind/heart.   3. Guaranteed–secured against the strength of other forces.  Nothing can take me out of the Giver’s hands.  I am not the one holding onto the gift of eternal life. Jesus holds that.”
Next week Pastor Temple will teach on the Grace of a Challenged Faith.  Come join us!
Songs today:  “Blessed Assurance” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rDeiy9-t2GE
Sunday, September 9, Pastor Temple began a six week study on God’s grace. The teaching centered around Colossians 1:19 + 20 and what God did for us on the Cross.  “Through the Cross, we have peace. Because of the Cross, we are bound together with God. The Cross rescues us from the dominion of darkness.  The Cross restores us back to the kingdom of God – God’s presences. The Cross redeems us — purchases us from slavery to sin and death. The Cross relieves us through the forgiveness of our sins.  The Cross where Jesus shed His blood as a perfect sacrifice for our sins was for us.  When you come to the Cross, things change in your life.”
Come join us Sunday, September 16, 9:30 am at the Danbury Community Center as Pastor Temple teaches us about the Grace of Assurance of Salvation.
Here are a couple songs to listen to this week.  “Grace  Greater than Our Sin”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDdENxO6HVo
“My Chains are Gone” by Chris Tomlin  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbe7OruLk8I
Sunday, September 2, 2018, we were blessed to have Pastor Peter Temple (retired pastor– 42 years!) fill the pulpit.  The sermon centered around Psalm 103:19–The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. (NIV)
“Troubles are like the sparks from a fire.  They go up but they also come down.  The trouble with trouble is that it’s exhausting – body, soul, mind.  The problem for Christians is that exhaustion makes us vulnerable to temptation and sin.  What do we do about it?  Rest in the sovereignty of God.  How do we do this? We acknowledge the sovereignty of God, appreciate the sovereignty of God, and affirm the sovereignty of God.  God directs our steps and stops as we wait upon Him.  God is in control.  It is God who rules, not the problems, circumstances, fate, fortune, system, government, etc.  Remember that.”
If you are a Christian, remember this direction when troubles come your way.  Rest in God — truly rest in God.  He’s got this, even if you don’t agree with what you happen to see/feel/think; He’s still got this.  Remember that we don’t see the whole picture.  Read Psalm 23 and pay attention to the personal pronouns.
If you have never accepted Christ as your personal Savior, troubles can weigh you down and many times steal your hope.  They become burdens that you are focused on as you go about wondering Why? and What if?  It’s a heavy burden to bear.  Come to the Cross and let God lift those burdens.  It doesn’t mean you won’t have troubles in your life, because you will.  Jesus says in John 16:33  “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV).  It does mean that you have hope and knowledge that God has got this, and He is walking with you as you go through the challenges of life.  
Come join us on Sunday mornings.  We would be happy to see you.
Here’s a song for you.  May it brighten your day. “Praise You in This Storm” by Casting Crowns — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoqbKyeKOBI