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Grow January 23, 2015

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Brothers and Sisters,

Would you please let me know if you have any feedback on these weekly emails – what would make them most helpful to you? Send a message here: denis @ mariemontchurch.org

I really appreciated the challenge and the hopefulness of the message yesterday from Matthew 23:25-26.

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” NIV

Jesus is direct and full of truth, really clear that the leaders had missed the point, and clear about their sin.

Yet, Jesus also makes a promise: that if they will look to him for cleansing inside, the outside will follow!

Jesus offers correction but also as we repent, he offers grace to change and power to be pure. We just need to ask and trust.

It’s a joy to follow Jesus with you, Denis

Grow January 14, 2015

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Beloved Church:

I trust it’s been a good week of prayer. Let me know your stories!

When we are growing in purity, the light of Jesus shining from us grows brighter and more compelling to those around us.

That can change the forever future of someone.

The pursuit of purity is not for us, although it is wonderful. It is for Jesus, for his glory.

The more we shine, the more worshipers for our wonderful Abba. Our part in maximizing the reward for the suffering of Jesus.

Incredible that we get to share in this awesome adventure, eh?

Let’s shine for Jesus this week!

Grow January 08, 2015

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Friends

I hope your break was relaxing and that you had some extra time to spend quietly with Jesus preparing for this new year, and integrating the things the Holy Spirit has placed on your hearts.

Last Sunday, we started into the Purity part of our SHAPING study, looking at Matthew 7:21-27. These are words that make me pray with all my heart!

I want us all to know Christ more intimately!

Will you pray for one another this week to that end? Perhaps you could jot this down to pray daily this week?

Jesus, draw us into deeper intimacy – help us repent and believe for the “perfect purity” you alone can give!

Would you also pray for Zeke Swift and I as we travel to Nigeria? There are tremendous opportunities for the Gospel there, but the work is opposed!

Finally, keep praying for the safety of our police officers, and for wisdom and racial reconciliation in the church and our country!

Living and Loving in Jesus with you, Denis

Grow January 05, 2015

Jesus modeled a lifestyle of purity while deeply engaging the world. Jesus was deeply involved in our sinful and broken world, all the while living His life in total purity. Both His actions and intentions were and totally without mixture. Jesus alone lived a life without even a hint of compromise, ambiguity, or mixture. He calls us to join Him, not to leave the world, but to overcome it.

Community January 05, 2015

We will be at the Chapel (on the corner of Oak & Chestnut) reading through the Bible daily from 5 to 10pm, beginning Sunday, January 18th. We will begin in Genesis and should finish Revelation around January 30th. We’d love for you to stop by to hear and experience God’s Word.

Grow January 02, 2015

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Beloved Church of Jesus:

May you and your families be filled with the love of Father, Son and Holy Spirit this New Year! I’m expectant for all that we will share together in 2015 as we follow Jesus together.

I look forward to hearing about your Christmas and New Year celebrations and also testimonies of how God is shaping your family and your priorities for his glory in this new year.

We will resume our S.H.A.P.I.N.G. series this Sunday, with the Purity of Jesus guiding us as we are formed by the Commands of Christ. The theme of this section is Matthew 5:48.

“Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

This is a daunting command to say the least, but when we look at it carefully, we’ll see it is in the future tense, which also makes it a promise and a statement of hope.

A good preparation for this week’s message would be to read the first third of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:1-48.

Let’s be prayed up and ready for worship at 9 and 11 sharp Sunday. Looking forward to seeing you then. You are in my prayers!

Happy New Year – Love in Jesus, Denis