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A Keswick Chapel prayer for you today, June 2, 2020.


“Giver of every good gift, You never send your people off empty-handed but always fit them with good things—Your guiding presence in the fiery cloud, the manna that rained down from heaven on the wilderness trek. Thank you for pouring out Your Holy Spirit and all His gifts for the journeys you send us on. Make us freely generous with all Your gifts to bless the world, the very reason for which you sent us. Amen. (HC 51-Heidelberg Catechism)

Blessings, Pastor Robert

Rev. Norman Shaw – “Holiness”


This weeks’ message from Rev. Norman Shaw takes a look at “Holiness” as one of the “5 Characteristics of a Christian.” He points out that this series of messages are not a “how to” manual, rather an exploration of what characteristics should be found in us as Christians.

You will find this message to be a blessings, challenge, and an encouragement to you as you “Journey with Jesus.”

I invite you to like this post, leave a comment or prayer request (I would love the opportunity to pray with you).  Also, I invite you to like the video on YouTube and to subscribe to the Keswick Chapel channel.

Blessings to you,

Pastor Robert Wallace

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Pastor Bud Reedy – Rez Stories


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Keswick Chapel Announces the Message for May 17, 2020


I am the Lead Pastor for the Keswick Chapel ministry of Charlottesville First Church of the Nazarene (CFCN) in Keswick, VA. This is the announcement for the third message in a series called “5 Characteristics of a Christian,” preached by Rev. Norman Shaw for our ministry in the month of May.

His message this week is “Humility.” Rev. Shaw considers this message the cornerstone of the series. You will not want to miss this message! All of his messages for the Keswick Chapel are available on the Facebook page for CFCN at: https://www.facebook.com/cvillenaz/ or on our YouTube channel by searching for Keswick Chapel. Select “Keswick Chapel a Ministry of CFCN”

We release these messages every Saturday morning at 9 am.

 

 

“Rez Stories”


CFCN Church of the Nazarene – Charlottesville, VA

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Rev. Norman Shaw – “Faith”


The second message in the series on the “5 Characteristics of a Christian” by Rev. Norman Shaw. This week is titled “Faith!”

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Keswick Chapel announces May 9 Sermon


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Pastor Robert Wallace announces the message for Keswick Chapel on Saturday, May 9. The message is the second in a series by Rev. Norman Shaw. “Faith” the second of “5 Characteristics of a Christian.”

Rev. Norman Shaw “Servanthood”


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Keswick Chapel at CFCN Church of the Nazarene- Charlottesville, VA.

Message series for May, “5 Characteristics of a Christian”

The Great Contradiction


This post is a reprint, if you will, of an email devotional that I receive from a dear brother in our faith.  I invite you to set aside a few moments to read this and think on these things.  Father, bless all who read this and accept the challenge to allow the Holy Spirit to identify the areas in our lives, one at a time, where we have and do call You LORD and yet do not obey.  We thank You for Your Grace and humbly ask in the name above all names, Jesus Christ our LORD and SAVIOR. Amen.
“He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners. In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds. ‘Then a voice said to him, ‘Get up Peter; kill and eat them.’…’Never Lord,’ Peter declared. ‘I have never in my life eaten anything forbidden by our Jewish laws.’ The voice spoke again, ‘If God says something is acceptable, don’t say it isn’t.’  The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was pulled up again to heaven.” Acts 10:11-16
 
This account in Acts, which tells of Peter’s vision from God that sets the course for his going and ministering to and having fellowship with a non-Jew. Something strictly forbidden by Jewish law. It is much used by the Church as an illustration of our tendency to restrict just who we will love and reach out to. But in it is something more. Something usually missed by most of us who read the account.
 
I’ve a friend that calls this passage “the great contradiction.” Why? Because of two words spoken by Peter, and in the same address; “Never,” and “Lord.” Do you see it? In the same breath, Peter calls Him Lord, yet refuses to do what He commands. In his relationship with His God, what greater contradiction could there be?
Here’s a more penetrating question for each of us. To what degree are our lives and relationship with Him a great contradiction as well? In how many areas and ways do we call Him Lord, yet disregard, disobey, and even defy His will and direction for our lives? Where has He spoken His purpose to us, and we, for whatever reason or justification, told Him, “Never Lord?” Where are we doing so now?

I think we are most prone to this sin, and yes, it is sin, when Christ leads us to a place far outside our comfort zone. He requires of us something out of our ordinary experience. Something we were sure He never would. I have lost track of all the times I have heard believers say, “I don’t think the Lord would do that.” I’ve said it myself. Surely that mindset was upon Peter. The Jews had very strict dietary regulations and boundaries. He could not envision the Father ever taking him outside of them. Yet He did. Where are the self-made boundaries that we’ve set up in our lives that put a limit to just how deep our obedience to Him will go?
Where are we living “the great contradiction?”

 
Be assured of something. Jesus will call us on this contradiction. In His word He said, “Why do you call Me Lord, and yet do not do what I say?” It’s a piercing question against which none of our excuses, justifications, and rationalizations can stand. All the contradictions in our lives fall before that question. We may spend our lives running from it, but in the end, we will stand before Him and give account. There will be no lives of contradiction in heaven. That being the case, why do we insist on living them on earth?

Christ meets us where we are, and where we are is filled with contradictions. Growth in grace is a process of those contradictions being removed, one contradiction at a time. Do you welcome that? Or, do you go on living “the great contradiction?”

Blessings,
Pastor O

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