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Sermon By Pastor Corky Calhoun

LIFE TOGETHER: VISIBLE AFFECTION
This has been one of the hardest sermons to write. Not because there is not enough Biblical evidence for tangible affection, nor because there isn't a need for this expression of love. No, its because we have so culturally distorted affection and sexualized it till no one feels safe. The abuse and objectification of mostly women and children through out the world has made touch complicated for the church. And to be clear, the "church" has also contributed to this mis-trust. The truth is we know we crave affection, people need the assurance of love that comes when some one reaches out and touches them. The early church was marked by greeting the saints
(each other) with a Holy Kiss. Can you imagine what that would do to Sunday attendance if we made that an expression of our faith in Christ? So, how can we reclaim affection as a sacred part of being the church and doing life together? I'm not sure if we can, but I am sure that affection is important for people to have assurance. As I heard from one of my third graders a year ago...some days you just need a hug. Join us Sunday as we continue to unpack what Life Together should look like.

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Sermon By Pastor Corky Calhoun

The longer I am in ministry the more I am keenly aware that the enemy really does want to come and kill and destroy. I think he would love nothing more than to separate us from our life together with petty quarreling and denominational skirmishes. Lastly he wants to wreck your life and steal your joy. In response I think there is a huge difference between "God with us" and "God in us". The latter is like fire retardant for our soul. When Jesus is "in us" through the Holy Spirit, then he goes everywhere we go. When he is "with us" it implies we can choose to acknowledge or ignore his presence. Jesus "in us" means that his joy in us is untouchable, it cannot be snatched away and it for sure is not circumstantial. I am an extrovert so doing Life-Together is a great source of replenishing joy in my life, the more the merrier. God creates the church and its united community as a vessel for sharing joy, for celebrating and for being reminded that our circumstances, no matter how difficult never have the last word. When I invite people to church, one of the first push backs is that they have been to church before and it is boring ( I am always thankful that Georgianna is not the church they have visited). Church should never be boring!!!!!!! The fact is that simply being rescued from death is plenty of reason to celebrate and to be filled with an expressive and abundant joy. Join us Sunday as we affirm what I think we do best...sharing joy.

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If you have been here long at all you know that I am a big believer that we are all in this church thing together. As it goes for you and your neighbor, it goes for me, and vice versa. I try very hard to not be an embarrassment to you as I move about our community ( which means I never go to Publix in my stretchy pants). We know that the church exists to give itself away, and so it makes sense that inside the church we would share everything. We see a need and we meet the need, simple stuff...right? I think by and large most Christians are happy to share, that is until it costs them something. Janice did a beautiful job last week of laying a strong foundation for our series "Life Together", and the hallmark of any healthy church doing life-together is in how they share. How they share their hearts, their gifts, their talents, their pain, their victories, and their resources. Scripture tells us when one part of the body hurts, the whole body hurts and when one part of the body is honored, the whole body rejoices. This is what church should look and feel like. The early church thrived because it placed others ahead of their own needs and agenda's. I think this is something we at Georgianna do very well, we are constantly looking for places to share our lives and the gospel. Join us Sunday as we remember why doing life-together is the best life possible.

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Sermon by Community Care Pastor Janice Shepard
This Sunday we begin a new series called "LIFE TOGETHER". We all have this innate longing to know and to be known. God created us for relationship. Relationship with Himself and with others.
It's the body of Christ doing "life together" that accomplishes God's purposes. When we look at the example of the early church in Acts 2, we see that as a result of these first believers "doing life together," God's mission spread.
God still desires to use the church to spread His good news to the ends of the earth. The church, it's not simply some club or program or gig. It's the body of Christ; home for ALL of humanity. In Christ, everybody is welcome! Not just to a physical building, but to an emotional place of refuge in him.
Everybody is Welcome. It's a "churchy" tag line for sure. Join us this Sunday, as we examine our own hearts to see if it indeed is really true.

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Sermon by Pastor Corky Calhoun

We live in a world where the word "submission" has become a posture to be avoided at all costs. It's seen more as Mission Impossible. The truth is we all submit to things everyday despite our abhorrence of being considered submissive to anything. But the journey of a discipleship begins with the 2 words...follow me. Jesus said them, and because these 12 followed faithfully, well its allowed us to sit in our church each Sunday a living testimony of the legacy of submission. I think Christians who struggle with submitting to Christ reflect the fact that at least in the North American Church we are looking for a Savior and not so much a Lord. I don't meet anyone who doesn't want to be rescued from something, their sin, the consequences of bad choices, the overflow of brokenness in our world, but so few want to submit their lives permanently to the rescuer. They just want to be rescued and released. Some people treat their spiritual lives like buying Holy Life Insurance, the problem is that you never end up making an Impact on your way to heaven. There is nothing Biblical about this approach. The fact is one can not exist without the other, I'm not sure Jesus can be your savior, if Jesus is not also your Lord. Join us Sunday as we close out our "Impact" series

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Sermon by Youth Pastor Nathan Walter

As we continue through our IMPACT series, we will focus on the times in our lives when it seems impossible to focus on helping others. Sometimes we have so much going on in our own lives that we don't feel like we are in a good place to IMPACT others. Maybe the reason we are in such a bad place is because of the IMPACT someone else's actions have had on us. This week we will look at one such instance in the life of Paul. We will join the apostle on an ill-fated journey. A journey he warned the captain and crew against taking. We will find that Paul has to suffer through yet another storm that was the consequence of another's actions. Yet Paul is able to use this bad situation for the glory of God. We will look at this passage in depth to discover how Paul was able to make a positive IMPACT on those around him, even as he suffered.

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Sermon by Pastor Corky Calhoun
So in full disclosure I think this weeks sermon is going to get personal for most of us. I mean we will be talking about how we talk and who among us hasn't said something that we regretted? I won't retell the story that cost me 50 roses the day before Kyle's 1st birthday that then I had to explain to 80 people at the party...God has a funny sense of humor, and I haven't made that mistake again. I grew up with a Texas colloquialism that said, "never let your mouth overload your backside" (church version). I never understood what it meant, but when I committed this verbal faux pas it affected my backside. The truth is my mouth has, and still does, although less frequently, get me into trouble. I believe there is so much that you can tell about a person simply by the speech they use. Jesus himself said "it wasn't what went into our mouth that made us unclean but what came out of it". Now we live in the twitter age were you can drop a 140 character hand grenade and not have to be there to live in the overflow of the pain it caused. The truth is we all have been hurt by words and hurt others with them. So what if our mouths affect our impact for Jesus? What happens when how we live doesn't line up with what we SAY we believe? Lets face it the mouth is a hornets nest of sin, waiting to be opened and unleashed. Maybe this is why Paul tells us that we need to take captive every thought, before we speak and can't take it back. You do know you can't take it back, once its out there its out there. Groveling and Repentance are our only options then. Join us Sunday as we look at Taming the Tongue

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This Sunday we begin a new series called "Impact". As you recall we dedicated this year to making an Impact, not just corporately as a body but also individually. It was specifically an impact for Jesus in the lives of others. It was a commitment to be intentional about impacting those in our closest circles of influence. I felt like it was good for us to close out the year with this in mind, and see how we have done with our impact. I believe that there is an influence that only you can make. I believe it is specific and has a specific target designated by God with the recipient in mind. The question is; are we making these impacts or missing these opportunities? I also believe that we have to strategically position ourselves to make the greatest difference. I do not believe anyone stumbles into difference making. Making an impact is about leveraging the entirety of our life to create a ripple effect of love and Grace as we move through this world. The question we must answer is are we more concerned with making an impression (It's about me) or making an impact (it's about others), because they for sure are not the same things. Join us Sunday as we unpack the impact we should have, the impact we can have and the impact we are having, whether we realize it or not.

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Sermon by Pastor Corky Calhoun

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Sermon by Pastor Corky Calhoun

So this Sunday we continue to look at the upside-down, inside-out way that the Jesus Gospel is paradoxical in its approach. I believe the national anthem of Western Christian Narcissism is "O'Lord its hard to be humble when you're perfect in every way". Some of you will be singing this song all day...you're welcome! Be at peace, we are not singing it Sunday. I believe we live in a world grasping for attention, our 15 minutes of fame, we want all the credit and none of the responsibility. We live in a culture where everybody is perfect (cue theme song) and everything is the fault of somebody else. The advent of Twitter has accelerated this prideful, self-grandizing mentality to new lows as people reach to be exalted. The truth is I do not care what you are doing right now, or what you are having for breakfast...life's not all about you! Listen the reason we are like this is because God made us this way. SHUT UP...really? Yep, God made us to be exalted...but not for our personal fame, but for His Glory. God wants to lift you up and leverage your life for him, but it all starts with humility. Join us Sunday as we discover together what true humility looks like and why it is so fleeting.

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