No Services for the Month of January at GraceTown

2018 for Me and GraceTown

I made the announcement this past Sunday @gracetownchurch that I am taking a sabbatical from ministry for the month of January. 2017 has been an extremely difficult year for me personally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and our church. As Bilbo Baggins said in The Fellowship of the Ring,“I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.”

So to Dust Off 2017 and enter into 2018 and be stronger, better, and healthier. I need this. The rest will help reset, recharge, renew, and refill me. My heart is to be a better Husband, Dad, and Pastor. There will be no services for the month of January at GraceTown. GraceTown is also changing location and service times starting in February. More details will follow over the next few weeks. I would appreciate your prayers and support.

I asked the church to still be generous and support GraceTown financially during the month of January. You can give online at www.gracetown.church/give or mail in their offering at
GraceTown Church PO Box 1036New Albany, OH 43054

Dust Off 2017 and Get Ready for a Great 2018,

Pastor Rob Yanok

DUST OFF – 2017

DUST OFF 2017

The apostle Paul understood the principle of Dusting off Moving Forward & moving on when he said…

Phil 3:12-14 NLT “I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[a] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.”

•Paul had no other choice because his past wasn’t the best…

”Don’t allow the thing or person that gave you the most pain in 2017 to stop you from moving forward in 2018. The enemy would love for you to get permanently stuck in the pit of your greatest hurt, rejection, offense, betrayal, disappointment or failure.” Christine Cain

My goal this morning is to help you enter the New Year free of any residue that would hinder you from having your best year.

Q=Anybody want to have a greater year in 2018???

Tonight millions of party-goers will usher in 2018 singing that old traditional song, “Auld Lang Syne.” The text is from the Scots Presbyterian poet, Robert Burns, who lived between 1759 and 1796.

This is not a happy poem. It is touched with sorrow, sadness, and even grief.  Listen to the opening question – should auld, that is old acquaintances be forgot and never brought to mind?  Should we forget the people we’ve met?  Should anything or anyone be forgotten?  How much should be forgotten and how much should be remembered?  “Should auld acquaintance be forgot,/ And auld lang syne?”  That is, should we forget about old times, old friends, memories of the past?  That’s what auld lang syne means – old times, old friends, memories of the past, “for (the sake of) old times”.  Should we say good-bye to the past on New Year’s and never bring it to mind?

These are deep, philosophical questions that most of us don’t take the time to consider throughout the year as much as we should, let alone at twelve o’clock on New Year’s Eve.  And yet, that’s what we sing.

The reason why I’ve gone on about this famous poem is to highlight the all-embracing character of it.  Burns is not calling us to remember only the good times, but all the times, “the good and the bad.” But to also look towards the future with faith & excitement.

CS Lewis said, “Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”

In Matt 10 Jesus was sending his disciples out on a mission to take good news to households, communities, cities…There was a lot of excitement….might have been a bit giddy. But Jesus knew that within the context of all interaction….is the possibility for a negative experience….and he wants to make sure that when this happens it doesn’t hinder them from continuing forward into all that he has for them. So….he prepares them and then he says something I find really interesting….and with great significance to us in our own lives today….

Matt 10:14 NIV,  “If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.”

•Jesus was gathering his disciples and preparing them to weather the storm of disappointment, possible plans & ideas that may not work, people that wouldn’t buy in, high effort, lots of work, and little fruit. He was letting them know that they may not see the results that they wanted to see. Somethings don’t turn out as planned, plenty of prayers that goes unanswered, and efforts that don’t yield the harvest that we hoped for.

Dusting off what was behind them was merely a part of getting ready for the greater things ahead of them.

Jesus was basically saying to them it may not go well in one city, but don’t let that city discourage you. The last city is not the next city!

You can’t go where you’re meant to go, carrying the things of your past! Get ready for where God wants to take you! Take off the old mind set!

Pig Pen – From the Peanuts Cartoons. Where ever he goes there is dust.

•”Pig-Pen” is known for his perpetually filthy overalls and the cloud of dirt and dust that follows him wherever he goes. When he takes a deep breath (to sing, for example), the dust rises briefly around him. He sometimes refers to the cloud that surrounds him with pride as the dust of ancient civilizations.[2] He cannot seem to rid himself of the dust for more than the briefest of periods—indeed, in spite of his best efforts, it appears that he cannot stay clean. He is referred to in an early strip as the only person who can get dirty while walking in a snowstorm. Once, after bathing and dressing in clean clothes, “Pig-Pen” stepped outside his house, and instantaneously became dirty and disheveled, whereupon he declared to Charlie Brown, “You know what I am? I’m a dust magnet!”

•We are all like Pig Pen – he wears and holds on to it instead of washing it.

There is only one way to get ready for what’s ahead of you…DUST OFF what’s on you that came from behind you!

1) IN THE CONTEXT OF ALL HUMAN INTERACTION IS THE POSSIBILITY OF A NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE

It’s easy to put unrealistic expectations on other people.

EX: Some people have the attitude of “I’ll be a friend to you as long as you don’t hurt me or as long as you don’t make a mistake….I’ll be a friend as long as you treat me just right.

But that’s unfair and places too much pressure on the other person.

EX: this is the approach some people take towards church….and other people at church.

The reality is that anywhere people mingle long enough…there’s a 100% chance that someone is going to say something they shouldn’t say….or did not mean the way it sounded….humans do that…we say and do stupid things! Scripture teaches that love makes allowances for peoples weaknesses….love remains committed to people when they make mistakes…In other words you have to overlook some things…not expect people to be perfect. (your wife, husband, kids)

Show mercy and grace to the people you’re in relationship with!!

Prov. 12:16- Fools show their annoyance at once, but the prudent overlook an insult.

Prov. 19:11- A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.

Don’t let anything that people do or say cause you to change your course….or take you away from God’s house…where he has planted you.

2) NOT EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS TO YOU IS SUPPOSE TO GO FORWARD WITH YOU

(Isaiah 43:18 NIV) “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.”

Some stuff is supposed to stay behind….In Matt 10 I think Jesus was probably giving them a literal instruction…”Dust off” ”shake it off” It’s reasonable to believe that Jesus wanted them to literally stop outside the city where they experienced rejection and “dust off”…NOT just for the purpose of removing the sand and dirt…BUT FOR THE PURPOSE OF GETTING THE RESIDUE OF REJECTION and THE DUST OF DISAPPOINTMENT OFF OF THEM!

*As we celebrate the passing of one year and the beginning of a new year I want you to consider what might God be telling you to shake off the end of this year?

Think about it…..

• Years from now some of you will look at happy

moments that happened this past year…and it will

bring a smile to your face

• But not every photo deserves to be saved….some were bad

shots…bad angles…taken at the wrong moments…should not be saved or hung on the wall…should not stay in your phone or on your computer=need to be deleted!

  • The same is true with some of your experiences. Some incidents, some comments, some conversations….don’t belong in your memory!!….

We get in trouble when we linger too long in places we should leave mentally and emotionally

You are not going to Move Forward with that dust on you! With that look on your face, with that heaviness on your shoulders, with that offense in your heart! Dust off!! Shake it off!!

3)”DUSTING OFF” WHAT’S BEHIND YOU IS PART OF GETTING READY FOR WHATS AHEAD OF YOU.

Jesus was saying “It may not go well in one City…But don’t let what happens in that city discourage you…..the last City is not the next City!”

  • There’s people in this room….who have been too focused on what hasn’t happened.….God is wanting you to know yesterday is not tomorrow! Your future is not determined by your past!
  • Nothing good is going to come out of more analysis or naval gazing.
  • What God has for you begins the minute you shake off the dust of disappointment….the dust of discouragement….the dust of despair…AND MAKE A DECISION TO MOVE ON!!

•You are not going to Move Forward with that dust on you! With that look on your face, with that heaviness on your shoulders, with that offense in your heart! Dust off!

The Dust of 2017 isn’t compatible with your Destiny in 2018

Jeremiah 29:11 NIV – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

It’s about facing forward. It’s about being ready for what God has ready for you!

Genesis 26:12-13 KJV Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him.13 And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great:

God spoke to Moses to tell the people to move forward…

Exodus 14:15 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:”

In this passage, God had already given Israel deliverance from the Egyptians. And now they are headed toward the promise land after leaving Egypt.

Suddenly, they come to the Red Sea. The enemy is behind. They can’t go left or right. They can’t go back.THERE WAS ONLY ONE DIRECTION FOR THEM TO GO…FORWARD!

And when they did, God did something He had never done before, and Israel escaped on dry land. The unexpected happened when they MOVED ON and shook the DUST OFF! 

The New Year is not about changing the dates but direction; it’s not about changing the calendar but commitment; it’s not about changing the actions but attitude. May each and every day of yours be renewed with lots of happiness, peace, prosperity, wisdom, and joy!

The Power of Team Partnerships

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The Power of Team Partnership

Exodus 17:8-13 NIV The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9 Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

Everybody needs Somebody. Ministry is never meant to be done alone.

All Good Things Flow From Relationship
•When God found you…he found you alone
* When He saved you…he saved you alone
* But He called you into the family of God
* 2 are better than 1

Andrew Carnegie said, “It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you can do alone.”

Helen Keller said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”

As an organization and leader we should encourage Flexibility, Change, and Innovation

One of the things that separates winning and losing teams is how the team’s good players are placed. Take a look at what I mean:

The wrong person in the wrong place = regression
The wrong person in the right place = frustration
The right person in the wrong place = confusion
The right person in the right place = progression
The right PEOPLE in the Right Place = MULTIPLICATION

The Power of Partnership

“God is look for people through whom He can do the impossible – what a pity that we plan only the things we can do by ourselves.” AW Tozer

Partnerships at GraceTown will not be a preference but a Requirement!

1. Partnership UNIFIES for Strength

•Partnership works together to support God’s leadership and win the battle – Aaron & Hur

2. Partnership IDENTIFIES opportunities

•Partnership ignores the nay sayers and claim God’s promises – Joshua & Caleb

3. Partnership INTENSIFIES commitment to one another

•Partnership commit to journey together and be spiritually linked – Ruth & Naomi

4. Partnership PURIFIES motives

•Partners trust unconditionally and take risks unreservedly – David & Jonathan

5. Partnership SOLIDIFIES new alliances

•Partnerships take on daunting tasks and refuse to stop until the work is done – Nehemiah and the wall builders

“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team” John Wooden

One person can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one person cannot make a team. The team player is the one who makes things go – the one who is willing to do and sacrifice whatever it takes to make the team successful.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV – Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:10  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls
and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
But how can one keep warm alone?12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Romans 12:4-5 NIV –  For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others

“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together, we can do great things.” Mother Teresa

It’s the End of the World and we know it

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“It’s the End of the World and we know it”

(Matthew 24:3) “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the
disciples came to him privately. ʻTell us,ʼ they said, ʻwhen will this
happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the
age?ʼ ”

(2 Peter 3:3-10) First of all, you must understand that in the last days
scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They
will say, “Where is this ʻcomingʼ he promised? Ever since our fathers
died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But
they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed
and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters
also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same
word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for
the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not forget
this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years,
and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his
promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not
wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. But the
day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a
roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and
everything in it will be laid bare.”

Writing this letter near the end of his life, Peter wanted to remind Christians that
the final day is real. He calls it “the day of the Lord” and reminds his Christian
readers that it is unquestionably coming.

To scoff means to speak in a scornful or mocking way. What do scoffers think
about the end? In verse 4, Peter says that the false teachers mock the promise of
Christ’s return and a final judgment. “Where is it?” they ask. “Ever since the days
of the ancient patriarchs the world has gone on without interruption.” The scoffers
claim that God has not and will not intervene in world history.

How do we know?
√ People will do their own thing.

(Matthew 24:37-39) “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at
the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood,
people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage,
up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about
what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.”

√ People will forget God.

(Matthew 24:12) “Because of the increase of wickedness, the love
of most will grow cold.”

Many will turn away from the Faith, against the Faith, Twist the Faith, & Tune out
the Faith. Then there will be those that Trust the Faith & Tell the Faith!

√ People will think Heʼs not coming.

(1 Thessalonians 5:2) “For you know very well that the day of the
Lord will come like a thief in the night.”

√ People will not be ready.

(Matthew 24:40-42) “Two men will be in the field; one will be taken
and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one
will be taken and the other left. Therefore keep watch, because you
do not know on what day your Lord will come.”

If the end is near…

(1 Peter 4:7) “The end of all things is near…”

1. I should pray.

(1 Peter 4:7) “…therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so
that you can pray.”

Real prayer is driven by relationship not need or crisis.

a. Make it personal not formal.

(Matthew 6:7-8) And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like
pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many
words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need
before you ask him.

b. Pray with confidence.

(Hebrews 4:15-16) For we do not have a high priest who is unable
to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been
tempted in every way, just as we are —yet he did not sin. Let us
then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we
may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

(James 5:16 NLT) “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has
great power and produces wonderful results.”

2. I should focus on my relationships.

(1 Peter 4:8-9) “Above all, love each other deeply, because love
covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another
without grumbling.”

a. What relationship needs to be initiated?

(Luke 6:13) “When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose
twelve of them…”

b. What relationship needs to be nurtured?

(Galatians 5:13-15) “Serve one another in love. The entire law is summed
up in a single command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ If you keep on
biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each
other.”

c. What relationship needs to be restored?

(Ephesians 4:3) “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through
the bond of peace.”

d.What relationship needs to be severed?

(1 Corinthians 15:33) “Do not be misled: Bad company corrupts good
character.”

(Proverbs 13:20) “He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion
of fools suffers harm.”

3. I should get my life right with God.

(2 Peter 3:11) “Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what
kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly
lives.”

(Matthew 24:42) Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your
Lord will come.

(Romans 10:9-10) “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is
Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are
justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are
saved.”

4. Share Christ with urgency.

(Luke 12:16-21 NCV) “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop.
He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ Then
he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and
there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have
plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be
merry.’ But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded
from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it
will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”

Conclusion
Just as there was a beginning, there will be an end. We will not be reincarnated. We
will not be given another chance. We live once, we will die once and then we will
stand before God. For unbelievers, today is the day to believe in him and turn from
sin. For believers, today is the day to live lives of godliness and holiness so that we
are ready for that final day.
Do you anticipate the coming of the Lord? Do you think much about eternity and
the day you will meet Jesus?

FaithPointe Church Transition

Below is a letter that was sent out to our FaithPointe Church family the first of February concerning our transition out of FaithPointe Church Adamsville.

Dear FaithPointe Church Family,

In June of 2004, My family and I left the Church we started in Mansfield Ohio and came to Adamsville to become the pastor of this great Church. Since then, we have learned, journeyed and grown together as a church family. Recently our journey has come to a fork in the road. With much prayer and confirmation we informed you on January 2 that we made the difficult decision our intent to resign, and that in 2011 we would begin the transition out as Lead Pastor of FaithPointe Church to relocate to Columbus, Ohio to plant a brand new Church. I wanted to write this letter today to let you know that Sunday, March 27 will be our last service as Lead Pastor of FaithPointe Church. It is my request and prayer that at that time, you will release us as your pastors and allow us to be your friend. Your prayers, words of encouragement, and support over the past 7 years have been a source of great strength and forever we will be indebted to you. We ask you to continue to do that for us as we step into the next journey of our lives, as we will do for you.

What I want to say to you concerning the future:

1.Let’s make our last weeks together special. Let’s thank God for our journey together and hug each other as often as possible.
2.I am committed to the leadership and direction of this Church and I am asking you to commit also.
3.Show your loyalty to FaithPointe Church. Please continue to support the church with your attendance, ministry, and finances.
4.Make this time to grow closer to God and one another. Great churches during a time of transition must unite. Give visible love and support to each other and the Leadership of this church.
5.Release us with your blessing and support As we begin this journey to relocate to Columbus, Ohio to begin the difficult task of planting a new life giving church.
6.Be excited about the future of FaithPointe Church. Work together to see the kingdom of God advance in southwest Tennessee.

We love you and you will always have a special place in our hearts.

To Inspire Hope and Build Faith,
Pastor Rob & Tricia Yanok