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Grow May 23, 2013

As you read this, I will be in Israel meeting with business and ministry leaders, exploring the possibility of a Kingdom business initiative to encourage local entrepreneurs, both Jew and Arab. Please pray for our team as the Lord prompts you!

Being in Jerusalem again will be wonderful – especially as I prepare to lead us into communion this coming Sunday. We will be starting the “Cross” mini-series portion of our journey through God’s Story. I will visit the site of the Crucifixion and experience the story afresh and I hope to bring something special back from the Lord for us.

But I know this already: The Cross represents the central moment in world history.

It was the moment when the Godhead defeated the enemy. How? By bringing into the Trinity all the sin and death and rebellion of the world. By making Jesus to be sin, even though he had not sinned. By separating Father and Son long enough for the Father’s wrath to be poured out on the Son. Long enough for Jesus to suffer a broken heart. Long enough for Jesus to give up his life, trusting his Father to rescue him. Just long enough for the Holy Spirit to raise Jesus from death.

I also know this already: The Cross represents the central moment for your life and mine.

The moment we discover this cosmic reality is the moment we know our separation from God has been addressed. The more we examine it, the more we realize our rebellion does deserve death. Then as we ponder, relief comes over us. The price was paid. For me. For you. Forever. What an amazing truth: “By his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53).

Live and love in Jesus today,

Denis

Community May 21, 2013

Baby dedications at MCC…

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Grow May 21, 2013

Elder Zeke Swift shares about the Kingdom of God and becoming a “Kingdom Athlete”.

Grow May 16, 2013

Wasn’t last week awesome? I have been asking for more of the Spirit. This coming Sunday (May 19) we will celebrate Pentecost. I hope you have been praying for a refreshment of the Pentecost miracle in your own lives and in the life of our church!

Reading Acts 1 and 2, it has often been assumed that Pentecost took place in the “Upper Room” which is clearly mentioned in Acts Chapter 1. It is where the group of 120 met for prayer. Notice the number 120 is highly meaningful – a quorum of 10 was required for synagogue worship – so think of Jesus planting a worship gathering in each Tribe. It is still a very important number in Israel – the Knesset has 120 seats!

However, looking at the text of Chapter 2 more closely opens up another possibility for the location of Pentecost that is very exciting. Pentecost was the Feast that marked the giving of the Law at Mount Sinai, fifty days after the Passover. On that first Pentecost, the people worshipped the golden calf and there were 3000 people killed that day.

This time, there were thousands of people in Jerusalem. It was one of the three feasts that required a pilgrimage to the Temple. The Temple and sometimes the Temple Mount complex were both known to Jews as “The House”. At the feast, since the daily sacrifices would be offered at 9 am and 3 pm, everyone would be at “the house”.

When Peter mentions that the miracle of the tongues was not due to alcohol, he says that it is only “nine o’clock in the morning”. Every devout Jew would be at the Temple at this time!! Also, there were hundreds of ceremonial baths (Mikveh) in the Temple area because everyone ascending into “The House” had to first be ritually clean.

So imagine the scene, on the Temple Mount, when God released the Holy Spirit. Thousands witnessed the event as the 120 are filled with the Spirit and tongues of fire come to rest on their heads. Think Burning Bush on your head! The gift of tongues reversed the curse of confusion at the Tower of Babel, and the Gospel was made clear instantly to the whole Roman world.

It was an amazing moment in the Story, when God changed his address – moving from the Holy of Holies inside the Temple into human “jars of clay” – the bodies of sinners like you and me! (See 2 Corinthians 3&4)

By doing this in broad daylight on the Temple’s huge outer courts, God would have a ready-made audience for Peter to stand up and give his first sermon. Much less likely from inside a crowded Upper Room in a residential area of the city.

Unlike the giving of the Law, which brought death to 3000, the giving of the Spirit brought eternal life for 3000. (See 2 Corinthians 3:6) And of course, with hundreds of Mikveh’s nearby, it would be easy to baptise 3000 people in a short period of time.

I share this not to give you lots of historical detail, but to help you see the beauty and awesome spectacle of this event, so that you would recognize that this was not just a limited outbreak for a chosen few (well the tongues of fire were pretty awesome – they do not seem to have been repeated for everyone…)

But the Holy Spirit will be given freely and lavishly to all who ask, seek and knock (Luke 11:1-13). Will you stop and ask now for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit in your life? Will you also join in prayer for the same outpouring over us when we meet Sunday?

Living and Loving in Jesus with you,

Denis

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Grow May 14, 2013

Paul Raz takes us through a worship and teaching experience on ascension Sunday

Grow May 11, 2013

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June 17th-21st, 9AM to 12AM
Vacation Bible School is a fun, five day summer camp with music, crafts, snacks, and story-time aimed to connect children to Jesus. Any child ages 4 to 4th grade can join the exciting learning activities with their peers and group leaders. Register today to reserve your spot early.

VBS Registration Form
You can drop your completed registration form off at the Connect Desk in the church lobby or scan and send it to jasmine@mariemontchurch.org.

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Grow May 10, 2013

Zak Kijinski speaks on the running the race with perseverance and having faith like a mustard seed.

Serve May 07, 2013

Volunteers are the lifeblood of what we do every day at Mariemont Church. Watch this appreciation video honoring just a few of those the serve our community and city. A special thank you to Briana Swann for creating this video!

Grow May 03, 2013