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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 | Protecting the Image | PART 10

    UNCERTAIN | Protecting the Image | PART 10

    Christianity was birthed in an environment of racial tension that was even more complex than our own. If unity in Jesus was possible in the first century, there’s still hope for the Church today!

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

    Speaker: Pastor Don Dodge,

    Scripture: Acts 10:15, Acts 10:20, Acts 10:27-28, Psalm 139:23-24, Acts 10:34-35, Acts 10:28,

    Video: https://www.facebook.com/avalonchurch/videos/2664655110477146/,

    Sermon page: https://www.avalonchurch.org/sermons/uncertain-protecting-the-image-part-10/,

    Sermon Notes: 2020-05-31_10_uncertain-part-10_sermon-notes.pdf,

    Discussion Questions: 2020-05-31_10_uncertain-part-10_discussion-questions.pdf,

    Notes:

    INTRO

    Today we’re going to talk about the results of Pentecost.

    But before I jump in today,

    I need to give a little perspective.

    I grew up in a police officer’s family.

    My Dad was a cop in Miami for 9 years,

    and retired from the Lakeland Police Department.

    My grandfather was the police chief in Miramar Florida.

    I love police men and women.

    I’m grateful for all they do to protect us.

    I respect them.

    I don’t idolize them, their normal people.

    But my inclination is to trust them.

    I don’t worry about my daughter’s safety

    If she’s pulled over by a police officer.

    Any conversation about it would likely begin

    with advice about making sure

    you pull of the road so you don’t block traffic.

    Maybe, “Smile. Be nice.”

    The expectation is,

    No matter what happens, you’re safe.

    That’s the experience I grew up with.

    That is not everyone’s experience.

    We (tension) – perspective

    Earlier this week,

    I watched a young, black pastor share his story.

    In college, a group of his friends,

    white and black, went for a drive.

    The white friend was driving.

    They were pulled over.

    The driver respectfully challenged

    the officer’s reason for pulling them over.

    The exchange was brief… and cordial.

    He was given the ticket and they left.

    For the black pastor,

    This was eye-opening.

    He was shocked at the freedom white people felt

    to question a police officer.

    As a black man, he never felt that freedom.

    Never.

    In fact, he was taught never to reach for his wallet.

    …To always ask for permission first,

    …or invite the officer to get it.

    He was taught to look down,

    And never look a police officer in the eyes.

    Years later, he was pulled over  for speeding in a white neighborhood.

    He knew he was doing 27 in a 30,

    Because he knew he was in a white neighborhood,

    And that there was an officer behind him.

    He explained this,

    And was quickly told to get out of the car,

    …Because he looked drunk.

    He got out and quietly explained he was a pastor

    visiting a family in his church.

    A Bible was on the front seat.

    After a very long minute of looking him over,

    The pastor was allowed to leave.

    This pastor was scared.

    That’s not been my experience.

    And then, this week,

    There was a story of a black man who, while birdwatching,

    Asked a woman to leash her dog,

    …Which was the law.

    And she called 911 saying her life was threatened.

    And then, that picture of George Floyd

    With the officer’s knee on his neck

    …for 9 minutes.

    I first saw the picture next to Colin Kapernaek’s

    Where he was kneeling during the national anthem.

    It said that if Kapernaek’s non-violent protest gets you more upset than a cuffed man with another man’s knee on his neck.

    …There is a problem.

    I saw that picture before I knew Mr. Floyd had died.

    I was wrecked.

    This is not okay.

    This is not just a race issue.

    It’s an image of God issue.

    God

    When Jesus began his ministry,

    He invited very diverse people to follow him.

    There was Simon the Zealot

    who urged for violent rebellion against anything Roman.

    There was Matthew the tax-collecting traitor

    A Jew who sold out for Rome.

    Both invited to follow Jesus a

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    The Book of James | James 2:1-13 | PART 6

    The Book of James | James 2:1-13 | PART 6

    A Midweek Bible Study with the Staff of Avalon Church. In part 6 we look at James 2:1-13.

    Series: The Book of James,

    Speaker: Debbie Iannetti, Pastor Don Dodge, Pastor Jim Groves,

    Scripture: James 2:1-13,

    Video: https://www.facebook.com/avalonchurch/videos/577486693176014/,

    Sermon page: https://www.avalonchurch.org/sermons/the-book-of-james-part-6/

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    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

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    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

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