Category Archives: Gary Albritton

Waiting

Date: December 22, 2013


Series: Emmanuel

Message: Waiting

Luke 1


Synopsis:

Says let’s spend some time talking about how the world really is.  And for many Christmas is a time of great joy but for others it is a time of pain and hurt.  It seems like at times the kingdoms of Caesar and Herod will always prevail.  Ultimately, the question we all want to ask is “why.”  God where are you?  God if you are so good, the why?  Why suffering?  Why Famine?  Why?  There is a sense of despair.  The Christmas story centers around a time of waiting.  For thousands of years people had waited for the Messiah, they had waited for a Savior.

When Kingdoms Collide - Pt 2

Date: December 15, 2013


Series: Emmanuel

Message: When Kingdoms Collide - Pt. 2

Matthew 2:1-12


Synopsis:

Last week Luke asked the question, who’s your Lord?  This week Matthew asks who’s your king?  King Herod’s life was remarkable.  Some historians believe he may have been the richest person ever to live.  Everything built was amazing, from his cities, to his stadiums, to palaces and even the 2nd Temple.  Everything Herod did was extravagant and he would stop at nothing to get what he wanted.  Herod killed 2 of his sons because he thought they were trying to steal his throne.  He killed one of his wives, a mother in law and several relatives. For those who were a part of Herod’s world, they had wealth and power and security, they had it all.  However, for Jews living in Judea life was not so great.  Many believe that during the 1st century Jews were taxed somewhere between 75% and 90% of their total income.  They paid taxes to support the Roman Empire and to support Herods lavish lifestyle.  There were the haves and the have nots.  And the haves lived in complete indifference to those the Empire squashed.  So it is no wonder when Magi show up with an announcement there is a new king, that all of Jerusalem was disturbed.  The two kingdoms stood in opposition.  

When Kingdoms Collide

Date: December 8, 2013


Series: Emmanuel

Message: When Kingdoms Collide

Luke 2:1-20


Synopsis:

At the time of Jesus birth the world was ruled by the Roman Empire.  An empire built on power, control and wealth.  An empire that sought to bring peace by killing lots of people.  If you would bow your knee to Caesar, things were fine, but to stand in opposition threatened the very way of life for the rich and powerful.  This refrain would echo throughout the empire, “Caesar is Lord.”  So it should come as no surprise, this “good news of great joy,” was not great news for everyone.  It was an announcement of a new Lord, whose kingdom and reign would stand in direct opposition to the Empire Caesar had built.  One kingdom built on oppressing people, the other on setting them free.  One kingdom built on crushing people, the other built on loving them.  One kingdom built on killing people the other built on dying for them.

Leaving the Table

December 1, 2013


Series: The Table

Message: Leaving the Table

Exodus 17


Synopsis:

We live in a culture where eating is king.  We all like to eat the food but what about serve the food, prepare the food, clean up after the meal.  If we're honest most of us would rather move to the couch and wait until the next meal.  The same thing is true in so many churches, we love to be fed, but really don't want to be challenged to move. We opt for the safety and security of what we know rather than the unknown that comes when we truly follow Jesus.

Greener Pastures

November 24, 2013


Series: The Table

Message: Greener Pastures

Exodus 15 & 16


Synopsis:

In the flow of the narrative of the Exodus, Moses by God’s hand leads the people out of captivity through the Red Sea and into the desert.  God has provided and celebration ensues.  The celebration is short lived and the doubts and complaints begin again.  For most of us we don’t question whether or not God will provide, we simply question the way he does provide.  We receive approximately 3,000 negative messages a day.  Messages telling us we are not good enough and what we have is not good enough.  Sooner or later it is pretty easy to start believing those messages.  The truth of the matter, God will provide, the question is whether or not we will be grateful for the way He provides.

A Seat At The Table

November 17, 2013


Series: The Table

Message: A Seat at the Table

Key Text: Exodus 12-14


Synopsis:

The table, it has been a part of the community of God’s people for centuries.  People would and still do sit around the table to eat, to drink, to share in one another's company, to remember, to reflect, to celebrate.  The first feast we see in scripture is the Passover.  As God was leading His people out of 400 years of bondage in Egypt they ate a meal together the Passover.  It was a meal that was to be eaten every year as a reminder of the goodness of the Lord.  During that night God would pass through the city killing every first born unless the blood of the lamb was on the doorframe of the house.  It the blood covered the frame then the angel would passover the house, sparing the life of the first born.  Think about it, all they had to sustain them through the night was the hope that the blood of the lamb would spare their life.  It is the same hope we celebrate each week.  Each week we gather around the table and we share the wine and the bread. Still do sit around the table to eat, to drink, to share in one anothers company, to remember, to reflect, to celebrate.  We have been invited to have a seat at the table.


Kingdom Living

Date: October 27, 2013


Series: Life, Light, Love Message: Kingdom Living 1 John 3:19-4:6


Over the course of these 15 verses John uses some form of the word agape, the greek word for love 27 times.  Maybe we should take note.  It is not enough to simply say we love God because our love for one another is evidence of our love for God.  The two are inseparable.  The fundamental message of the gospel is not that Christ saves from Hell but that he embodies the Father’s love.  It is out of that understanding our love for each other flows.

Chasing Everything, Catching Nothing

September 22, 2013

Series: Life, Light, Love
Message: Chasing Everything, Catching Nothing
1 John 2:15-17

In week two of this series we briefly talked about 4 wells we typically drink from and for this message we will revisit and focus on these wells.  A better me, pleasure, relationships, religion.  We are continually drinking and constantly longing; longing for more.  For most of us we know the answer we are looking for is not found in those four wells, but yet we keep returning.  Why is that?  Why are we so easily seduced?  It is like a constant game of tug-o-war with no end, ever.  Our whole life we will be consumed with this pull from both directions.

No Strings Attached

September 15, 2013

Series: Life, Light, Love
Message: No Strings Attached
1 John 2:1-14

Have you ever met someone who always said one thing and did another.  After a while of that pattern most people pick up on the fact their words and actions don’t always match up.  Jimmy Johnson said it this way if you are going to talk the talk you have got to walk the walk.  John says it like this, if you say you love God and do not love your brother or sister then you still walk around in darkness, apart from God.  As we God's children walk in the light our love for God is reflected in the way we love our brothers and sisters.

Focused on Jesus

Series: Life, Light, Love
Message: Focused on Jesus
1 John 1:5-2:2


God is light, He is a Holy & righteous God.  We are called to walk in the light.  In our mind that means we behave properly.  When we stand full in the light we are exposed for who we really are.  The light exposes our greed, jealousy, selfishness, lust, desires, motives, doubts, fears, thoughts.  Walking in the light means we fix our eyes on Jesus and focus on walking with him.   But it is because of our sin we are separated from him yet through the blood of Jesus we are purified and presented to God as righteous.

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