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Grow April 30, 2013

11 leaders in the church from around the city shared what they saw as God’s vision for Greater Cincinnati. Hint: Unity was the theme. Watch it!

Grow April 24, 2013

Friends,

Last week I shared the wonderful arsenal of resources the Lord has given us to defeat the sin in our lives. I wanted to follow up on that devotional to amplify one important aspect of our sin:

It doesn’t all originate with us!

Yes, unfortunately, we live in a fallen world where people around us sin against us, where demons sin against us and where we carry generational baggage of sin passed on to us by our ancestors.

That said, we are responsible for dealing with all the effects of these things in our bodies, souls and spirits.

So if you experience a recurring sinful attitude, willfulness, heart or actions, step back and understand that the sin of others – not just your own sin – may be playing havoc with your life. You may need to understand generational sin in your family. You may be harboring unforgiveness towards someone who hurt you long ago. You may have opened your life to the influence of demonic assignments like anger, jealousy, bitterness, fear, worry, or addiction.

The good news is that God has made provision for all of this through the Cross and blood of Jesus. This Cross is the evidence of Father God’s love for you. Jesus himself prays for you and offers forgiveness. (We also must forgive to access that mercy – Matthew 6:14-15) The Holy Spirit is another gift of the Father, and the Spirit leads us into all truth and life. The Trinity is FOR us!

Through the Scriptures, the pathway to freedom has always been the same. The Restoring Lives leadership frame it with 9 “R”s: recognize my stuff, take responsibility for it, repent of my sin, renounce any evil spirits, remove the sources of sin, resist the enemy, rejoice in my freedom, receive full restoration from God, and refill every place in my life with Holy Spirit.

We want all of us to be set free from the effects of sin. It starts with an accepting fellowship where we recognize we are all in the same boat, and that our identity in Christ means that we are not our sin. There is no shame in confession and repentance. It is our path to freedom! We also offer resources where you can learn more and gain the wisdom of others God has brought near.

  • Skilled prayer partners to pray with you – Sundays, The Well Wednesdays at the Chapel at 7
  • Tower Healing private appointments – http://www.equippingministries.org/tower.html
  • Small groups – including Thursday night at Parish Center with Gladstone
  • Training courses to build your freedom skills – http://www.equippingministries.org/
  • Spiritual freedom conferences – www.restoringlivesinternational.com
  • There are also times when professional counseling is needed and we can refer you to a number of qualified counselors who operate in the faith and are guided by the Holy Spirit. These resources are available, but again, only we can take responsibility for our spiritual growth and healing!

Our greatest motive is that Jesus has commanded us to abide in him and to live and love like him (John 15). Out of love, we no longer want to offer him a passive, distracted or broken life! We want to trust him at his word (John 10:10) so that we can offer Him a life that is a worthy offering of worship (Romans 12:1-2).

With you in the battle as we learn to live and love in Jesus,

Denis Beausejour

Grow April 17, 2013

Friends,

This week three people told me they had given up on removing stubborn sin from their lives. It was because the Lord’s power or miraculous healing had not come about, leaving them saying, “oh well” as if some hidden microwave formula had not worked for them.

The faith in the power of God inherent in this theology is admirable, but practically had left these believers feeling helpless. They were also not using the many weapons God has given us to “cooperate” with the Spirit in our sanctification. There is no “oh well” with the God of Scripture!

Oh how I hate Satan’s deception that we are somehow unable to remove stubborn sin. Satan even lies that this is somehow “good enough” because of God’s grace! Jesus told us to be perfect! (Matthew 5:48)

There is really good news for those struggling with sin! The Lord has made many means of grace available to us. We must know and access them all:

  • Prayer (several kinds – do a word study on “cry out”, intercession, see Colossians 1:29-2:1, 4:2,4:12)
  • Fasting (several kinds Isaiah 58 etc)
  • Putting on the armor of God (Ephesians 6)
  • Scripture memory (Psalm 119:11)
  • Communion (Luke 22, 1 Corinthians 11)
  • Confession (1 John 1:9, Psalm 51:10)
  • Accountable community (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
  • Holy Spirit power (Acts 1:8)
  • Sharing the Gospel and Disciple making (Philemon 6, Galatians 4:19)
  • Divine power (2 Peter 1:3)
  • If you stand firm in these disciplines, you will add to your faith: goodness, knowledge, self control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, love – and if we do these things, Peter promises we will never fall or stumble. (2 Peter 1:3-11) When you defeat Satan in one area of sin you learn that Jesus really did defeat him (Colossians 2:14-15) and there is no limit to your spiritual growth!

Check that out! And then read Jude 24-25 about being presented without fault and with great joy to God. God has given great promises and means of grace to help us obey and lead a life worthy of the Lord (Colossians 1:9-14) Let’s use every weapon to help one another defeat every sin.

Learning to live and love in Jesus with you,

Denis Beausejour

Grow April 16, 2013

Community April 14, 2013

Join us on the corner of Plainville and Murray on SUNDAY, MAY 5TH as we encourage the runners and walkers in the Flying Pig Marathon. You can sing with the band, pass out breakfast burritos or give a shout out from our Shout Out Booth to encourage the runners. It’s fun for all ages! We’ll go to the Parish Center at 11am for a celebration service. See you there!

SERVE WITH US:
Sign up for one of the following teams:

1. Water give- away team.
2. Free breakfast burrito stand team.
3. PA Equipment set up/tear down team
4. Part of the “Call Out Booth” Team
5. Overall set up team.

Email Paul Raz at: outreach{@}mariemontchurch{dot}org

Community April 14, 2013


Winter is over! If you are like me spring fever has hit hard and you’re ready to be outside. What better way to get your blood pumping and testosterone flowing than joining us at Man Games. We’re going to have an afternoon of hanging out – guys only – and going head to head in some lighthearted competitions. We’ll flex some muscles and test our skills in the following events: fire starting, archery, stone put, hatchet throwing, towing pull, and caber toss (tossing a 10′ 60lb log end over end).

This is your official invitation to compete in Man Games II. The games will be held on Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Taylor’s property near Amelia (3103 OH-132, Amelia OH 45102) after the worship services. We will have a chili lunch from 1:15PM to 1:45PM and then begin the games, wrapping up around 4:00 PM. Feel free to invite other guys – the more the merrier! Please plan on $3 per man to cover food, drink and equipment.

RSVP by phone or email by Friday, April 19 if you and/or any guests are coming. We can also coordinate carpooling from the Parish Center to the Taylor’s if desired.

Contact the following with responses and/or questions:
Jeremy Smith, smithjw.7885@gmail.com (513-374-3201)
Dan Fensler, danfensler@gmail.com
Chris Taylor,israelisig@yahoo.com

DIRECTIONS: http://goo.gl/maps/04g1g

See you at the games!

Grow April 11, 2013

Zak Kijinski continues out year long series called “Story” with week one of “The Kingdom”, where he will help define the what the Kingdom of God is.

Grow April 02, 2013

Laura Snow shares a story of “Resurrection Power” revealed in her life.