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Avalon Church is a non-denominational church with a traditional, Bible oriented focus. Our service includes a contemporary worship at the beginning of the service filled with an assortment of music, ranging from full choir to band worship. After a time of singing, there will be a Biblical message followed by a time of reflection and commitment. All sermons can be found and listened to at https://www.avalonchurch.org/sermons/

Avalon Church Pastor Don Dodge

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Avalon Church is a non-denominational church with a traditional, Bible oriented focus. Our service includes a contemporary worship at the beginning of the service filled with an assortment of music, ranging from full choir to band worship. After a time of singing, there will be a Biblical message followed by a time of reflection and commitment. All sermons can be found and listened to at https://www.avalonchurch.org/sermons/

    UNCERTAIN | A Better Job! (Ambassador at work) | PART 9

    UNCERTAIN | A Better Job! (Ambassador at work) | PART 9

    One of God’s primary ministries in our life is our vocation. This message in 2 Corinthians 5:15-21 demonstrates how to live our everyday lives for Jesus and his kingdom.

    Series: UNCERTAIN: Discovering Who We are Through Difficult Times,

    Speaker: Pastor Don Dodge,

    Scripture: 2 Corinthians 5:15-21,

    Video: https://www.facebook.com/avalonchurch/videos/612142276313239/,

    Sermon page: https://www.avalonchurch.org/sermons/uncertain-a-better-job-ambassador-at-work-part-9/,

    Sermon Notes: 2020-05-24_uncertain_part-9_sermon-notes.pdf,

    Discussion Questions: 2020-05-24_uncertain_part-9_discussion-questions.pdf,

    Notes:

    INTRO

    Good morning, everyone!

    I’m so excited!

    I hope you’ve heard.

    On Sunday, June 14,

    We’re meeting back together in person!

    I also want to invite you

    to our interactive “Discovering Avalon” class.

    …It will be a Zoom meeting

    On Sunday, May 31 right after the service.

    It’s a free class.

    You can register at

    AvalonChurch.org/DiscoverAvalon

    So we only have a few weeks left in our Uncertain series:

    Discovering who we are, In Christ, through difficult times.

    And thank you, Pastor John,

    …For last week’s powerful message

    about transformation as we wrestle with God.

    Me

    Before coming to Avalon Church

    It felt like we were wrestling with God.

    We had moved to Wisconsin a couple of years earlier

    to help a struggling young church

    while I worked on my doctorate.

    Within quickly realized we moved there

    to close the church well,

    and care for the few remaining people.

    So, I suddenly found myself a doctoral student out of a job.

    I needed income with flexibility.

    So, I became a substitute teacher.

    After a while I was paired with a Spanish intern, Seniora Hernandez, who had permanently been hired while she finished her certification.

    She was a really good teacher,

    And I didn’t know much Spanish,

    but the law required a certified teacher, or substitute,

    be in the room as she taught.

    And for a whole semester, I was

    Señior Dode’ hay.

    And that semester,

    spending all that time with Sra Hernandez,

    who had grown up with atheist parents,

    We had some of the best conversations about life and God

    that I’ve ever had… even as a pastor.

    It completely changed my view

    of how God uses our daily lives for his kingdom.

    We

    Here’s a question to think about…

    Where do you spend most of your Christian life?

    The church?

    Maybe if you’re a staff member.

    Is there any difference between your Christian life

    and your regular life?

    There shouldn’t be.

    As followers of Jesus,

    he is involved in every aspect of our lives.

    Right?

    And where do we spend most of our lives?

    Where are most of us called to minister?

    I believe that the primary ministry of Jesus’ followers

    happens nowhere near the walls of a church building,

    …but happens where you live and work.

    See, I believe that

    What you do for a living,

    …if it’s not illegal or immoral,

    is extremely valuable to God

    I believe that your job,

    …Whether you love or hate it,

    …Whether it’s exciting or boring,

    Is the opportunity to use your abilities

    To contribute to the greater good of the community.

    That’s part of God’s original plan for us.

    …To be stewards of his Creation

    …working under his authority

    …to bring his kingdom to the world

    like it is in heaven.

    Obviously, this is easy to forget.

    But I think God has imparted to each of us

    …talents and skills and jobs and relationships

    …through which we demonstrate

    the life of Christ in each of us!

    Let me show you what I mean…

    God

    The Apostle Paul spent a year and a half

    in the city of Corinth

    …Investing in the community,

    …Sharing about what Jesus had done.

    As a result, many chose to follow Jesus

    And a church was born.

    When Paul finally left

    to continue starting churches elsewhere,

    the church in Corinth kept growing.

    And like so many

    • 35 min
    UNCERTAIN: What’s in a name? | PART 8

    UNCERTAIN: What’s in a name? | PART 8

    Pastor John shares how the story of Jacob is a story of God transforming Jacob from a jealous deceiver to the man God had designed him to be. Jesus wants to do the same thing in your life.

    Series: UNCERTAIN: Discovering Who We are Through Difficult Times,

    Speaker: Pastor John Molloy,

    Scripture: Genesis 25:19-26, Genesis 27:41, Genesis 32:22-30, Genesis 35:16-21,

    Video: https://www.facebook.com/avalonchurch/videos/615680209293295/,

    Sermon page: https://www.avalonchurch.org/sermons/uncertain-whats-in-a-name-part-8/,

    Sermon Notes: Jacobs-Transformation-Identity-2020-05-17-r-00.pdf,

    Discussion Questions: 2020-05-17_uncertain-part-8_discussion-questions.pdf,

    Notes:

    Subtitle: Transformation and Identity

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    The Book of James | James 1:22-27 | PART 5

    The Book of James | James 1:22-27 | PART 5

    A Midweek Bible Study with the Staff of Avalon Church. In part 4 we look at James 1:22-27.

    Series: The Book of James,

    Speaker: Liz Dickson, Pastor Jim Groves, Pastor John Molloy,

    Scripture: James 1:22-27,

    Video: https://www.facebook.com/avalonchurch/videos/1110767365957766/,

    Sermon page: https://www.avalonchurch.org/sermons/the-book-of-james-part-5/

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    UNCERTAIN: Mother’s Day | PART 7

    UNCERTAIN: Mother’s Day | PART 7

    The perfect mom does not exist. But living a noble life of virtue and valor can happen as we move beyond comparison into the freedom and liberation that Jesus offers.

    Series: UNCERTAIN: Discovering Who We are Through Difficult Times,

    Speaker: Pastor Don Dodge,

    Scripture: Proverbs 31:29, Ruth 3:11, John 8:36, Exodus 15, Judges 4-5, 2 Kings 22, Romans 16:7, Acts 18:26, Romans 16:1-2,

    Video: https://www.facebook.com/avalonchurch/videos/2592412387664931/,

    Sermon page: https://www.avalonchurch.org/sermons/uncertain-mothers-day-part-7/,

    Sermon Notes: 2020-05-10_uncertain-part-7_sermon-notes.pdf,

    Discussion Questions: 2020-05-10_uncertain-part-7_discussion-questions.pdf,

    Notes:

    INTRO

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Today’s message is for moms,

    but not just for moms.

    It’s for all of us.

    Some want to be a mom,

    but have been unable.

    Some this year,

    …are grieving the loss of their mom,

    …or a child.

    It’s in times of Uncertainty,

    In times of Difficulty,

    …We often discover who we are,

    …And are open to God showing us

    who we are made to be.

    My hope is that today will be part of your journey

    To discover liberation… and freedom in Christ

    …to be exactly who YOU

    were made to be.

    Eshet Chayil

    The video we just saw ended with a verse:

    There are many virtuous and capable women in all the world, but you surpass them all. --Proverbs 31:29 (NLT)

    What a beautiful ode to a wife and mother.

    Virtuous and capable.

    May that be said of all of us!

    Those 2 words come from a single Hebrew word

    chayil = valor

    It literally means a person of valor.

    Say that with me.

    It’s not Chy-Eel.

    Use the back of the throat.

    Chayil. (One syllable, CHayl)

    Chayil.

    Woman of valor = eshet chayil (E’shet CHayl)

    Man of valor = gibor chayil

    The whole chapter of Proverbs 31,

    describing the… the perfect woman.

    She’s trustworthy.

    Good follows her everywhere.

    She has her own business.

    Yet, she wakes up early to take care of her family.

    Then she stays up late

    …investing wisely and working hard.

    She cooks.

    She helps the poor.

    She makes clothes for her family,

    …And extras to sell.

    She doesn’t worry.

    She is wise, yet kind with her advice.

    She never seems to get tired.

    Her husband is honored and successful.

    And her kids have nothing but good things to say about her.

    this picture of the perfect woman,

    Looks very different from some tweets I saw this week.

    One woman stated,

    I never thought the hardest part of battling a global pandemic would be 4th grade math.

    Another,

    Quarantine - School Day #2: At what point can I request a transfer for my 2nd grader?

    Quarantine School Day #3: I moved a table into the living room. Now the kids have a great workspace to sit… and throw fruit snacks at each other.

    And the last,

    Sure. Paint the dog’s toenails. Cut your brother’s hair. Whatever. #My House Is A Zoo

    Which one sounds more like your life?

    Proverbs 31 or these tweets?

    Trying to measure up to Proverbs 31

    I’ve heard several messages aboutthe Proverbs 31 woman.

    I’m sure these messages… all by men,

    intended to inspire and encourage women,

    Unfortunately, they usually didn’t.

    Being compared to perfection

    Can easily leave women feeling guilty and inadequate

    For men, our bible heroes are wonderfully imperfect.

    Moses sinned and wasn’t allowed into the Promised Land.

    David committed adultery and murder.

     

    Peter and the disciples,

    …They betrayed Jesus.

    These were deeply flawed men,

    Yet, God used them mightily.

    We can all relate to that.

    So, when we come to this list describing the perfect woman,

    It’s hard,

    No, it’s impossible,

    …to measure up.

     

    Yet, I don’t think that is the intent of the Proverb,

    …To be a “checklist” for women?

    …Because this is not how the Jews read it

    for the thousand or so years before Jesus was born?

    And 2000 years since.

    God

    Proverbs 31 i

    • 31 min
    The Book of James | James 1:19-21 | PART 4

    The Book of James | James 1:19-21 | PART 4

    A Midweek Bible Study with the Staff of Avalon Church. In part 4 we look at James 1:19-21.

    Series: The Book of James,

    Speaker: Liz Dickson, Pastor Jim Groves, Pastor John Molloy,

    Scripture: James 1:19-21,

    Video: https://www.facebook.com/avalonchurch/videos/239943467211685/,

    Sermon page: https://www.avalonchurch.org/sermons/the-book-of-james-part-4/

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    UNCERTAIN: I am a Friend WITH God | PART 6

    UNCERTAIN: I am a Friend WITH God | PART 6

    Friendship God means that God is not just for us… he is with us. But what does “God with us” look like in our daily lives?

    Series: UNCERTAIN: Discovering Who We are Through Difficult Times,

    Speaker: Pastor Don Dodge,

    Scripture: Ephesians 1:6-8, John 15:12-16, Joshua 1:5, Psalm 34:17-18, Isaiah 41:8-10, Matthew 1:23, John 1:14, Matthew 18:12, Mark 4:34, Matthew 28:19-20, Revelation 3:20, Revelation 21:3-4, Psalm 23, John 15:12-14, John 15:15-16, Isaiah 7:14,

    Video: https://www.facebook.com/avalonchurch/live,

    Sermon page: https://www.avalonchurch.org/sermons/uncertain-i-am-a-friend-with-god-part-6/,

    Sermon Notes: 2020-05-03_uncertain-part-6_sermon-notes.pdf,

    Discussion Questions: 2020-05-04_uncertain-part-6_discussion-questions.pdf,

    Notes:

    Good morning, Avalon Church.

    Make sure you grab your communion elements for later.

    So, our series called “Uncertain.”

    But it’s the subtitle that is most important,

    …Discovering Who We Are THROUGH Difficult Times.

    You see,

    …It’s IN the difficult times that we are moldable.

    …when we’re most open to change.

    I hope these have been helpful messages.

    Our identity is found “in Christ,”

    It’s in him that we truly find abundant life

    And experience hope no matter what we go through.

    And we are going through it, right now,

    Aren’t we?

    Which is what we’re talking about today.

    Today’s message it titled,

    “I am a friend WITH God.”

    …Not just a friend ‘OF’ God.”

    We’re going to focus on a specific aspect of that friendship,

    …That God is with us.

    And to begin,

    I want to share my best experience of friendship.

    I want to share a story about a friend named Ronnie.

    Ronnie

    I was in 10th grade when I finally heard,

    …Really heard the invitation to follow Jesus,

    I was all in.

    There was an 11th grader in the youth group.

    His name was Ronnie.

    We quickly became best friends.

    2 years later, we went to PBAU together

     

    …Lived in the same dorm.

    …Had the same major.

    We became known as the “Ronnie and Donnie Show!”

    We were inseparable.

    He truly was one of the greatest gifts God ever gave me.

    My relationship with Jesus,

    Me being a pastor,

    All of it was shaped with Ronnie.

    I got married in college and Ronnie was my best man.

    He graduated from college a year before I did

    And moved back to Lakeland about 4 hours away.

    It was toward the end of my final year in college

    that my wife unexpectedly died.

    It was after midnight on March 3.

    I have no idea how the word got out so late at night,

    …But at 10am that morning,

    …Ronnie and my youth pastor were there

    to pick me up and take me home.

    4 hours each way,

    Just so I wouldn’t have to be alone.

    That’s true friendship,

    He was WITH me.

    A couple nights later, Ronnie brought 4 or 5 other friends over.

    We grieved together and wept for a bit.

    Then we started sharing stories.

    And for the next hour we laughed like I have rarely laughed since.

    It was such an incredible time of healing.

    Being with my friends during the worst moment of my life.

    “Being With.”

    We

    I was told once,

    “Jesus is not our friend; he’s our King.”

    Half of that is true.

    The other… so wrong.

    Jesus is our king.

    And he is our truest friend.

    Being a friend doesn’t minimize his glory,

    It magnifies it.

    …It shows his immeasurable love and

    …grace, which he has freely given us. That he has lavished upon us. –Ephesians 1:6-8 (NIV)

     

    Lavish

    That’s a word of adoration.

    It’s a word of love.

    It’s a “friend-kind-of-word.”

    Devotional

    Let’s do something a bit different today.

    Rather than a sermon,

    …Let’s make today more like a devotional.

    There are so many amazing Scriptures

    about God being with us.

    Let’s listen to how God speaks to us through his Word.

    Maybe you’ll want to grab a notebook

    to write down the verse numbers

    and read them later.

    Beca

    • 39 min

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