The Vineyard Church | Syracuse Site http://vineyardny.org Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:10:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.5.3 Profiles: Abby Michlovitch http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/26/profiles-abby-michlovitch/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/26/profiles-abby-michlovitch/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:10:30 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7076 By Doug Dowty Abby Michlovitch suffered through the sudden deaths of her unborn child and a close loved one. She stopped going to church in 2005, drank and cried a lot, “anything to numb the pain,” she recalls. For years, the young mother in Liverpool wondered: “What’s my purpose in life?” Sitting in her garage […]]]>

Abby Michlovitch: From heartache, a joyful rebirth

By Doug DowtyAmanda Ward

Abby Michlovitch suffered through the sudden deaths of her unborn child and a close loved one. She stopped going to church in 2005, drank and cried a lot, “anything to numb the pain,” she recalls.

For years, the young mother in Liverpool wondered: “What’s my purpose in life?”

Sitting in her garage smoking a cigarette, Abby saw a Bible collecting dust. She’d never really felt close to God, but wondered: “Why not? What can it hurt?”

That 10-minute discovery in 2013 led her on a spiritual journey she never believed would happen. She doesn’t remember what verse she read, but it planted a seed for her going forward.

A couple months later, a childhood friend invited her to come to the Vineyard. Her husband and childhood sweetheart, Paul, was surprised. He’d always been more in touch with God, but the couple hadn’t gone to church.

Michlovitch immediately felt the presence of God. She didn’t feel alone.

“I had been putting all of it on [my] husband,” Abby recalls. “But God was always there for me. That rejuvenation made me feel alive.”

She was hooked, going back to the Vineyard each weekend.

“It has just been this whirlwind of adventure, this spiritual high,” she says.

In addition to home-schooling their four children, she has volunteered in the Vineyard’s office and food pantry. She’s also on the prayer team.

Within a year of going to church, her mother-in- law died. But instead of falling apart, Abby felt something else.

On the way to the funeral, she turned to her husband: “Why did you not tell me that Jesus was so awesome?” she asked him. She wasn’t crying. She was at peace.

In May 2015, she got baptized at the Vineyard. Abby joked how awful the part was where she had to speak on video. But she saw it as a way to continue growing into her new self.

“It was getting rid of my old self, being born again into God’s child,” she says. Six months later, her two youngest children were also baptized at the Vineyard.

When asked what her mission is now, Abby replies: “Being God’s disciple, showing and doing.”

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Impact – Week 4 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/22/impact-week-4/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/22/impact-week-4/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 19:15:32 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7055 “Impact” (Leading People to a Better Place) August 11th – 14th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor  Four Activities of Spiritual Impact   Help people connect with Jesus. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3 *p. 1083 Jesus answered, “I am […]]]>

“Impact”

(Leading People to a Better Place)

August 11th – 14th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor 

Four Activities of Spiritual Impact

 

  1. Help people connect with Jesus.

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

John 17:3 *p. 1083

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

John 14:6 p. 1081

 

  1.   Teach people God’s word.

“For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them.”

John 17:8a p. 1083

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 p. 1199

 

  1.   Pray for people.

I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours.

John 17:9 p. 1084

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

James 5:16b p. 1219

  1.   Move people into service.

As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.

John 17:18 p. 1084

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

1 Corinthians 12:7 p. 1151

 

Action Step:  I commit to pray for _____________, ______________.

 

Watch the full message here.

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Impact – Week 3 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/16/impact-week-3/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/16/impact-week-3/#respond Tue, 16 Aug 2016 19:50:52 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=7007 “Impact” (Leading People to a Better Place) August 11th – 14th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor  Disqualified? Leadership has high expectations. Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach . . . 1 Timothy 3:1-2a *p. 1193 Jesus replied, “Blessed […]]]>

“Impact”

(Leading People to a Better Place)

August 11th – 14th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

 Disqualified?

  1. Leadership has high expectations.

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach . . .

1 Timothy 3:1-2a *p. 1193

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church . . .

Matthew 16:17-18a p.  983

  1.   We often mess up.

So I find this law at work: Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me.

Romans 7:21 p. 1132

But he denied it. “Woman, I don’t know him,” he said.”

Luke 22:57 p. 1058

  1.   Jesus doesn’t quit on us.

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?” “Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.” Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”

John 21:15 p. 1089

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:28 p. 977

  1.   When you fall, learn and go for it again.

. . . for though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again,

Proverbs 24:16a p. 653

Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say.”

Acts 2:14 p. 1091

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

Acts 2:36 p. 1092

Action Step:  I commit to get back in the game.

 

Watch the full message here.

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Impact – Week 2 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/07/impact-week-2/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/08/07/impact-week-2/#respond Mon, 08 Aug 2016 02:34:51 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6964 “Impact” (Leading People to a Better Place) August 4th – 7th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor Having Proactive Impact   Ask questions. Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. They said to me, […]]]>

“Impact”

(Leading People to a Better Place)

August 4th – 7th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

Having Proactive Impact

 

  1. Ask questions.

Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem. They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”

Nehemiah 1:2-3 *p. 476

 

  1.   Pay attention to your emotional response.

When I heard these things, I sat down and wept.

Nehemiah 1:4a

 

  1.   Seek Jesus’ lead.

For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven.

Nehemiah 1:4b

 

  1.   Take action.

. . . and I answered the king, “If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my ancestors are buried so that I can rebuild it.”

Nehemiah 2:5

From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.

Matthew 11:12 (1984 NIV)

 

Action Step:  I commit to learn more about an area that stirs me this week.

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Impact – Week 1 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/07/31/impact-week-1/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/07/31/impact-week-1/#respond Mon, 01 Aug 2016 01:11:41 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6916 “Impact” (Leading People to a Better Place) July 28th – 31st, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor Impacting Kids Jesus wants kids to connect with him. People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him […]]]>

“Impact”

(Leading People to a Better Place)

July 28th – 31st, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

Impacting Kids

  1. Jesus wants kids to connect with him.

People were also bringing babies to Jesus for him to place his hands on them. When the disciples saw this, they rebuked them. But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”

Luke 18:15-17 p. 1051

 

  1.   Kids are key to the future of the Kingdom of God.

I will build my church, and the gates of [Hell] will not overcome it.

Matthew 16:18b p. 983

 

The 4/14 Window

  1.   As a “Tipping Point Church,” we are called to make room for kids.

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.

Proverbs 22:6 p. 650

 

Action Steps:

I am pledging $__________ to the “Building for the Kids” campaign.

 

I am pledging to the “Building for the Kids” campaign and will let you know the amount next week.

 

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Heroes & Villains – Week 5 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/07/27/heroes-villains-week-5/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/07/27/heroes-villains-week-5/#respond Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:55:32 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6883 “Heroes & Villains” July 23rd – 24th, 2016 Shelly Johnson, Executive Pastor “You Are My Hero” Definitions:        Hero: Someone who sacrifices him/herself for the benefit of another        Villain: Someone who sacrifices another for the benefit of him/herself   “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes […]]]>

“Heroes & Villains”

July 23rd – 24th, 2016

Shelly Johnson, Executive Pastor

“You Are My Hero”

Definitions:

  •        Hero: Someone who sacrifices him/herself for the benefit of another
  •        Villain: Someone who sacrifices another for the benefit of him/herself

 

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 p. 1065

 

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13:34-35 p. 1080

 

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”

John 15: 12-13 p. 1082

How Do I Become a Hero?

  1. First ask yourself “Am I willing to be a hero?”
  2. Pray and ask God “Who do you want me to be a hero to?
  3. Make the time; we’ll never find the time.
  4. Do it!

Action Step: I will pray this week and ask God, “Who do you want me to be a hero to?”

 

Watch the full message here.

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Heroes & Villains – Week 4 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/07/10/heroes-villains-week-4/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/07/10/heroes-villains-week-4/#respond Mon, 11 Jul 2016 02:17:48 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6798 “Heroes & Villains” July 7th – 10th, 2016 Ted Kim, Worship Pastor “Making all Things New”        We all have the impulse to make all things new.      This impulse started from the beginning of time.   Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea […]]]>

“Heroes & Villains”

July 7th – 10th, 2016

Ted Kim, Worship Pastor

“Making all Things New”

  •        We all have the impulse to make all things new.

 

  1.    This impulse started from the beginning of time.

 

Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.

Genesis 1:28 p. 3

 

To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life.”

Genesis 3:17 p. 4

 

For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed. For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God.

Romans 8:19-21. p.. 1133

  1. This impulse lasts until the end of time.

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

Revelation 21:1-5a p. 1252

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:58 p. 1155

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God

1 Corinthians 10:31 p. 1150

 

. . . seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.

Jeremiah 29:7 p. 785

ACTION STEP: I commit to do one thing to renew my neighborhood this week.  


 

Watch the full message here.

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Heroes & Villains – Week 3 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/07/05/heroes-villains-week-3/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/07/05/heroes-villains-week-3/#respond Tue, 05 Jul 2016 20:17:51 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6732 “Heroes & Villains” June 30th – July 3rd, 2016 Gary Dawkins, Discipleship Pastor “Doing Good”    We were all villains. . . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God . . . Romans 3:23 *p. 1129 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still […]]]>

“Heroes & Villains

June 30th – July 3rd, 2016

Gary Dawkins, Discipleship Pastor

“Doing Good”

  1.    We were all villains.

. . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God . . .

Romans 3:23 *p. 1129

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 5:8 p. 1130

 

  1.   We can change.   

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Ephesians 2:8-10 p. 1174

 

  1.   We are changed to do good.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Romans 12:21 p. 1138

But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you . . .

Luke 6:27 p. 1033

 

Action Step:  I will do good this week by _________

 

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Heroes & Villains – Week 2 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/06/30/heroes-villains-week-2/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/06/30/heroes-villains-week-2/#respond Thu, 30 Jun 2016 14:02:21 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6690 “Heroes & Villains” June 23rd – 26th, 2016 Jessica McCray, Pastoral Intern “Actions of Anger” 1. Rule anger. Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from […]]]>

“Heroes & Villains”

June 23rd – 26th, 2016
Jessica McCray, Pastoral Intern

“Actions of Anger”

1. Rule anger.

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.”
Genesis 4: 2-7

2. Recognize it.

a. Internal anger.

Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.
Ecclesiastes 7:9 (ESV)

b. External anger.

Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.
Proverbs 25:28

c. God’s design.

Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent.
Psalm 4:4

3. Practice Realize and Release.

Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life.
Ephesians 4:26-27 (MSG)

Action Step: When I am angry I will ask: What am I trying to defend?

Watch the full message here.

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Heroes & Villains – Week 1 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/06/20/heroes-villains/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/06/20/heroes-villains/#respond Mon, 20 Jun 2016 19:07:48 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6638 “Heroes & Villains” June 16th – 19th, 2016 Chris Honess, Westcott Site Pastor “The Messiah – The One Who is to Come” Jesus is the Hero. The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  . . . I have […]]]>

“Heroes & Villains

June 16th – 19th, 2016

Chris Honess, Westcott Site Pastor

The Messiah – The One

Who is to Come

  1. Jesus is the Hero.

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!  . . . I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.

John 1:29, 34 p. 1063

  1.   Sometimes it is difficult to believe.

When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

Matthew 11:2-3 p. 976

  1.   We are blessed when we believe.

Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.

Matthew 11:6 p. 976

 

Helpful Steps to Believe . . . Even when it’s Tough

  1. Look back and remember.
  2.  Look outside your circumstances and reflect on God’s activities.

 

Action Step:   I will look back and remember this week.

 

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Six Sayings of a Healthy Family – Week 6 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/06/13/six-sayings-of-a-healthy-family-week-6/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/06/13/six-sayings-of-a-healthy-family-week-6/#respond Mon, 13 Jun 2016 19:06:23 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6584 “Six Sayings of a Healthy Family” June 9th – 12th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor “I’m Sorry” Families are made up of broken people. . . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God . . . Romans 3:23 p. 1129   When we say “I’m sorry,” we bring healing. […]]]>

“Six Sayings of a Healthy Family

June 9th – 12th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

I’m Sorry

  • Families are made up of broken people.

. . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God . . .

Romans 3:23 p. 1129

 

  • When we say “I’m sorry,” we bring healing.

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.

James 5:16a p. 1219

 

How to say “I’m Sorry”

  1. Recognize your responsibility in the situation.

Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment . . .

Romans 12:3 p. 1137

  1.   Be humble enough to admit it to the other party.

All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because,” God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

1 Peter 5:5 p. 1223

  1.     Do not minimize.

All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

Matthew 5:37 p. 970 

  1.   Change behavior.

Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.

Matthew 3:8 p. 967

 

Action Step:   I commit to follow Jesus for the first time.

 

Watch the full message here.

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Profiles: Amanda Ward http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/06/08/profiles-amanda-ward/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/06/08/profiles-amanda-ward/#comments Wed, 08 Jun 2016 16:40:05 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6551 By Doug Dowty Can heavy metal, tattoos and administrative work bring you to Jesus? Amanda Ward knows for sure. The 23-year-old dynamo says she’s always seeking Jesus. But that doesn’t mean losing your soul. Now the administrative assistant and youth intern at the Vineyard in Syracuse, Amanda spent her later teen years in the church’s […]]]>

Heavy metal, tattoos and Jesus

By Doug DowtyAmanda Ward

Can heavy metal, tattoos and administrative work bring you to Jesus?

Amanda Ward knows for sure. The 23-year-old dynamo says she’s always seeking Jesus. But that doesn’t mean losing your soul.

Now the administrative assistant and youth intern at the Vineyard in Syracuse, Amanda spent her later teen years in the church’s youth group. She met her longtime ex-boyfriend there.

But she’s also run the fan group for Christian heavy metal group Manic Drive. She took lots of photos – another of her loves – and started the fan group before the band even knew she existed. They later allowed her to continue.

“I like having people’s backs,” she says. “I like watching people succeed and being in the background.”

After a difficult breakup, she reconnected with herself and Jesus by getting an ever-growing number of tattoos: the Holy Spirit and God are referred to as ocean or water on her right arm. And there’s also Batman. She quotes Batman Begins: “Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves back up.”

Even as a young teen in Solvay – when her family was between churches – Amanda never let go of Jesus. She hung out with the pot-smokers and counterculture crowd, but never felt pressured into it herself.

People knew what Amanda believed: “I like Jesus, and that’s it,” she recalls of being a teen. “I prayed every day.”

Those loves – of helping others, breaking the norm and loving Jesus – haven’t left her. “I’m still that kid, but I’m a grown up now,” she says.

But she learned a valuable lesson a few years ago. After meeting her boyfriend at Vineyard youth group, the couple continued being involved in everything from weeknight youth groups to retreats. Eventually, the couple grew further apart, but kept trying to make it work.

Despite finding a boyfriend at church — in the “perfect” way — Amanda knew she was starting to lose touch with God.

When the relationship ended, she reconnected to God by returning to her counterculture roots. And she realized just how easy it was to get wrapped up in something else. She learned it’s OK to break the norm.

Amanda knew that the next step she was supposed to take was a college degree. She’d always loved photography, and so she planned to attend Cazenovia College.

But she was conflicted. So she sought out her longtime mentors, Vineyard pastor Evan Brownell and his wife, Michela. They had another option: Amanda could intern at the church.

Amanda ultimately decided to stay at the Vineyard, a decision she doesn’t regret.  “I love administrative work!” she says with an excited smile.

Her internship ends in November. And whatever happens next, she’s confident Jesus will lead her in the right direction.

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6 Sayings of a Healthy Family – Week 5 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/06/05/6-sayings-of-a-healthy-family-week-5/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/06/05/6-sayings-of-a-healthy-family-week-5/#respond Sun, 05 Jun 2016 20:06:57 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6498 June 2nd – 5th, 2016 John Elmer, Lead Pastor “Let’s Talk” The quality of our communication determines the quality of our relationships. The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. Proverbs 10:11 p. 637   Keys to Healthy Communication      Be positive. Therefore encourage one […]]]>

June 2nd – 5th, 2016

John Elmer, Lead Pastor

“Let’s Talk”

The quality of our communication determines the quality of our relationships.

The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Proverbs 10:11 p. 637

 

Keys to Healthy Communication

 

  1.    Be positive.

Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11 p. 1188

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

Proverbs 16:24 p. 644

 

  1.   Ask questions and really listen.

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry . . .

James 1:19 p. 1216

 

  1.   Speak the truth in love.

Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.

Ephesians 4:15 p. 1175

 

  1.   Have spiritual conversations.

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect . . .

1 Peter 3:15 p. 1222

 

Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Deuteronomy 6:7 p. 182

 

Action Step:   I will have a 10 minute conversation with the person in my family who I talk to the least.

 

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6 Sayings of a Healthy Family – Week 4 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/05/30/6-sayings-of-a-healthy-family-week-4/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/05/30/6-sayings-of-a-healthy-family-week-4/#respond Mon, 30 May 2016 16:53:31 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6479 “Six Sayings of a Healthy Family” May 26th-29th, 2016 Jess McCray, Pastoral Intern “NO” When our NO says YES to God’s plan for our family   Say NO to busy and say YES to rest. The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside […]]]>

“Six Sayings of a Healthy Family

May 26th-29th, 2016

Jess McCray, Pastoral Intern

NO

When our NO says YES

to God’s plan for our family

 

  1. Say NO to busy and say YES to rest.

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul.

Psalm 23: 1-3 *pg. 548

                                                                                                                        

  1.   Say NO to frenzy and YES to focus.  

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.  She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Luke 10:38-42 pg. 1041

 

  1.   Saying NO is an act of love.  

Now Jesus LOVED Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazurus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

                                                                                                               John 11:5-7 pg. 1076

 

Action Step:  I will say NO to _________________ so my family can say YES to rest, focus and love.

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6 Saying of a Healthy Family – Week 3 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/05/27/six-saying-of-a-healthy-family-week-3/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/05/27/six-saying-of-a-healthy-family-week-3/#respond Fri, 27 May 2016 13:28:18 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6436 May 22, 2016 How Can I Help? By Gary Dawkins 1. Identify a need.  . . . so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the […]]]>

May 22, 2016
How Can I Help?
By Gary Dawkins

1. Identify a need.

 . . . so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him
John 13:4-5 p. 1079

2. Take action.

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet.
John 13:14 p. 1080

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Galatians 5:13 p. 1171

3. Acknowledge your blessings.

Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
John 13:17 p. 1080

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Luke 6:38 p. 1033

Action Step: I commit to dedicate at least one hour of my time this week to helping someone else.

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6 Saying of a Healthy Family – Week 2 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/05/16/six-saying-of-a-healthy-family-week-2/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/05/16/six-saying-of-a-healthy-family-week-2/#comments Mon, 16 May 2016 10:50:33 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6354 May 15, 2016 Let’s Go To Church By John Elmer Families do best when part of a church. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 *p. 1082 Though one may be […]]]>

May 15, 2016
Let’s Go To Church
By John Elmer

Families do best when part of a church.

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
John 15:5 *p. 1082

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 p. 665

How to Grow Healthy Roots in Church

1. Make being part of church life a high priority.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25 p. 1211

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
Proverbs 14:8 p. 641

2. Talk about spiritual life together.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.
Deuteronomy 6:5-7 p. 182

3. Do ministry together.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Ephesians 2:10 p. 1174

Action Step: I commit to have a conversation with my family about our role at church.
*page numbers for sanctuary Bibles.

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6 Sayings of a Healthy Family – Week 1 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/05/10/6-sayings-of-a-healthy-family-week-1/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/05/10/6-sayings-of-a-healthy-family-week-1/#respond Tue, 10 May 2016 14:36:36 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6280 May 8, 2016 I Got Your Back By John Elmer 1. We are called to carry one another’s burdens. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2 p. 1171 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their […]]]>

May 8, 2016
I Got Your Back
By John Elmer

1. We are called to carry one another’s burdens.

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
Galatians 6:2 p. 1171

But if a widow has children or grandchildren, these should learn first of all to put their religion into practice by caring for their own family and so repaying their parents and grandparents, for this is pleasing to God.
1 Timothy 5:4 p. 1194

2. Healthy families stick with each other.

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
Proverbs 17:17 p. 645

Love never stops being patient, never stops believing, never stops hoping, never gives up.
1 Corinthians 13:7 p. 1152

3. Healthy families bring the Kingdom of God into each other’s lives.

Since they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof over the place where Jesus was. Then they lowered the cot on which the paralyzed man was lying.
Mark 2:4 p. 10

Action Step:

I commit to “I Got Your Back” for a family member this week.

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The Jesus Experiment – Week 6 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/05/04/the-jesus-experiment-week-6/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/05/04/the-jesus-experiment-week-6/#respond Wed, 04 May 2016 15:24:40 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6219 May 1, 2016 You will be my Witness John Elmer, Lead Pastor You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart – Jeremiah 29:13 We are to invite people to connect with Jesus. “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. […]]]>

May 1, 2016
You will be my Witness
John Elmer, Lead Pastor

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart – Jeremiah 29:13

We are to invite people to connect with Jesus.

“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come.”
Matthew 22:2-3a

Telling our story is a priority.

The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ).
John 1:41

  1. Where I was.
  2. What Jesus did.
  3. How that changed me.
Invite them to take a step.

“Come and see,” said Philip.
John 1:46

 

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Action Step:

Share your story with someone else.

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April 24, 2016
Give
by John Elmer, Lead Pastor

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart – Jeremiah 29:13

Jesus calls us to be radically generous.

“Freely you have received; freely give.”
Matthew 10:8

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Luke 6:38

“Jesus answered, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Matthew 19:21

Generosity goes against the grain.

(It is killed by debt, greed, and fear.)

Generosity is released when we buy into a greater purpose.

“They begged us to take the money so they could share in the joy of helping the Christians in Jerusalem.”
2 Corinthians 8:4 (TLB)

“Calling his disciples to him, Jesus said, ‘Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything–all she had to live on.’”
Mark 12:43-44

How to start:
  1. Start tithing.
    “I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty
    Malachi 3:11
  2. Give something to someone.
Action Step:

I will take the ‘Tithing Challenge’

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The Jesus Experiment – Week 4 http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/04/18/the-jesus-experiment-week-4/ http://vineyardny.org/blog/2016/04/18/the-jesus-experiment-week-4/#respond Mon, 18 Apr 2016 13:25:28 +0000 http://vineyardny.org/?p=6148 April 17, 2016 Heal the Sick by John Elmer, Lead Pastor You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13 Health is a big issue. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie–the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. John 5:3 Jesus often brought incredible […]]]>

April 17, 2016
Heal the Sick
by John Elmer, Lead Pastor

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:13

Health is a big issue.

Here a great number of disabled people used to lie–the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.
John 5:3

Jesus often brought incredible moments of healing.

When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them and healed their sick.
Matthew 14:14

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick you your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
Matthew 28:19-20a

Jesus’ followers are to continue to bring healing.

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
Matthew 10:8

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20

We can use the Five Step Prayer Model:

1) Ask and listen.
2) Invite the Holy Spirit.
3) Pray.
4) Check in.
5) Bless what God is doing.

Action Step:

Pray for a person who is sick.

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