Sowing & Reaping

Hello again! Pastor Alan continued our journey through the Gospel of John today with John 4:27-42. To listen to this message about sowing and reaping, simply click play on the audio player below. Also included is an outline of the message with some of the quotes Pastor Alan shares and links to the verses. Enjoy!

Principles for Sowing & Reaping John 4:27-42

  • “Woe to those who are silent about you. However garrulous they are in general, they are mute about what counts.” -St. Augustine
  • v. 27: The Good News is for everyone to hear and for us to share
    • Women were often the first to share the Good News about Jesus
    • Phoebe: Romans 16:1diakonos (deacon/teacher/preacher)
  • v. 28: Do we get so caught up in Jesus that we “leave our water behind”?
  • v. 29a: Invite others to come and see Jesus
  • v. 29b: Be excited about who Jesus is
    • When you’re talking about heaven, at least put a smile on your face. When you’re talking about hell, your normal face will do. -Charles Spurgeon
  • vv. 31-34: Is doing God’s will what feeds you?
  • v. 34b: Complete the work God has sent you to do.
  • v. 35a: Don’t procrastinate!
    • “Get action. Do things. Be sane. Don’t fritter away your time. Create. Act. Take a place wherever you and be somebody. Get action!” -Teddy Roosevelt
  • v. 35b: Opportunities are all around to sow (share) & reap (see results)
  • vv. 36-38: Appreciate everyone’s efforts to share the Good News
  • v. 36: Rejoice in sharing the efforts of sowing & reaping
  • v. 36: Realize the eternal significance of sowing & reaping
  • vv. 39-40: You may be the spark that the Spirit will use to bring many to salvation
  • v. 41: You are telling people about a universal Savior that everyone needs
  • v. 42: Jesus is the Savior of the world.
  • vv. 43-45: Be wise with your sharing — some will believe and some will not.
  • “You are ever active yet always at rest. You gather all things to yourself, though you suffer no need…you welcome those who come to you, though you never lost them. You release us from our debts, but you lose nothing thereby. You are my God, my Life, my holy delight, but is that enough to say of you? Can anyone say enough what they speak of you? Yet woe betide those who are silent about you!” -St. Augustine

Living Water & Worship

Good afternoon! Pastor Alan continued his series on the Gospel of John this morning by taking us through the first part of John 4, where Jesus meets the Samaritan woman. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included his outline with links to the verses he references in his message and the quotes he shared with us. Enjoy!

Living Water & Worship

I. Everyone has a need to feel as if they belong: John 4:1-7, 16, 27

  • Nicodemus: morally upright — came at night for fear of rejection
  • Samaritan woman: not morally upright — came at noon because she was already rejected
  • Jesus was available to both
  • How open are we to everyone?

II. Everyone has a need to feel satisfied in life: John 4:9-18

  • Ecclesiastes 2
  • Everyone is thirsty and hungry for something that satisfies them.
  • Jesus is more than temporary satisfaction.
  • John 7:37-39
  • “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.” -C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

III. Everyone has a need to worship: John 4:19-26

  • It’s not important where, but to whom and how.
  • In Spirit — emphasis on being born again
  • In Truth — the object
  • Examine your heart: why are you coming to church?

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.” -John Piper

“Till sin be bitter, Christ will not be sweet.” -Thomas Watson

“My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: that I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.” -John Newton

Praying you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

God So Loved

Good Afternoon! Pastor Alan continued his series on the Gospel of John this morning by finishing up John chapter 3. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included links to Scriptures that Pastor Alan references in his message (the links will take you to the verses on biblegateway.com). Enjoy!

Scripture References

The Gospel of John

Thanks be to God, He brought us a pastor to guide our little flock here at Colona. Dr. Alan Brock has joined us and has begun to lead us through the Gospel of John. I apologize for not posting these in a more timely fashion, but here are three of Pastor Alan’s messages on the first few chapters of the Gospel of John.

October 3, 2021
October 17, 2021
October 31, 2021

Trust God’s Promise

Last Sunday, Pastor Steve gave his final message to Colona Community Church. He and his wife Carol have retired and moved to northwest Colorado. We were blessed to have him as our pastor for over five years and will miss him. But he left us with a beautiful lesson on Psalm 23:6. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included links to the verses he references in his message and the Call to Worship. Enjoy!

Call to Worship
 Psalm 103:11-22
11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
    you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
    everywhere in his dominion.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

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Feasting at the Table

Good afternoon! Pastor Steve picked up his series on Psalm 23 today by teaching on Psalm 23:5. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included the Call to Worship and links to verses Steve references in his message.

Call to Worship
1 John 3:1-3, 16-22; Psalm 139:23-34

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
 19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

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Real Love

On Mother’s Day, Steve spoke about how the Bible defines real love. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included our Call to Worship and links to verses Steve references in the message.

Call to Worship
Psalm 91
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
    my God, in whom I trust.”

3 Surely he will save you
    from the fowler’s snare
    and from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with his feathers,
    and under his wings you will find refuge;
    his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.
5 You will not fear the terror of night,
    nor the arrow that flies by day,
6 nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
    nor the plague that destroys at midday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you.
8 You will only observe with your eyes
    and see the punishment of the wicked.

9 If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
    and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm will overtake you,
    no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels concerning you
    to guard you in all your ways;
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
    you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
    I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
    I will be with him in trouble,
    I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him
    and show him my salvation.”

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The Shadow

Pastor Steve continued his series on Psalm 23 this past Sunday, teaching about Psalm 23:4. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included the Call to Worship and verses he references in his message.

Call to Worship
Isaiah 55:8-13
8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 As the rain and the snow
    come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
    without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
    so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
    It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
    and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
12 You will go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
    will clap their hands.
13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
    and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.
This will be for the Lord’s renown,
    for an everlasting sign,
    that will endure forever.”

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Restored Souls

Hello! Pastor Steve continued his teaching on Psalm 23 on Sunday with a message of restoration. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. You’ll also find the Call to Worship, as well as links to the verses he references in his message.

Call to Worship
Psalm 139:13-18, 23-24
13 For you created my inmost being;
    you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
    when I was made in the secret place,
    when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
    all the days ordained for me were written in your book
    before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
    they would outnumber the grains of sand—
    when I awake, I am still with you.

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;
    test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting.

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Green Pastures

Happy Sunday! Pastor Steve continued his series on Psalm 23 this morning by teaching on the second verse in this beloved Psalm. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included the Call to Worship and links to verses Pastor Steve references in the message. Enjoy!

Call to Worship
Psalm 121
A song of ascents.
1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

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