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Grow October 30, 2015

MID-WEEK

Last week: Give lavishly.

This week: Be a servant.

(Turn your clocks back Saturday night!)

Friends

I really enjoyed Rob Urbanski’s message on generous giving last Sunday, especially the picture of having liberal amounts of food poured into one’s robes!

Rob’s illustration of Chipotle employees piling goodies into a burrito seemed to have struck a chord – there were dozens of MCC’ers eating at the local Chipotle after the service! :)

The message had a very important point – if we think like we own stuff we may be tempted to be stingy – but if we think like stewards of God’s stuff – we are far more likely to be generous.

Our Father in heaven declares that everything belongs to him and that we are only temporarily entrusted with his possessions. God will evaluate us with the same measure we use to treat others.

So, let’s pile it on for the Master’s glory!

We can’t take our wealth with us, but we can use it here to send treasure ahead into eternity. That’s what faith-filled generosity looks like – converting today’s currency into our eternal L-1233 accounts!

In the lavish generosity of Jesus, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

November 8 – Global Orphan Sunday – Silas Khadka from Child Hope Nepal will visit MCC.

November 10 – The Well – Prayer & Healing Service @ Chapel 7pm

November 20-21 – Men’s overnight retreat (6 pm-3 pm)!

November 21 – 4 pm – Family Thanksgiving outreach

November 22 – Dave Heidenreich visit

December 5 – Tree Lighting outreach at Chapel 5-8 pm

December 6 – Ofer Amitai visit

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Grow October 30, 2015

MID-WEEK

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VOTE Tuesday, November 3!

Church:
We have election day next Tuesday November 3.

God can’t use the church to influence the world around us unless we actively participate in exercising our civic responsibilities like informed voting.

I urge you to study up on the issues, pray, and then vote in the power of the Holy Spirit. (In the same way Scripture tells us to handle all of life’s activities).

There are several web sites where you can get good basic research on various issues. (Search for smart voter) Please be informed and ready to dialogue!

At MCC we do not advocate that you vote a specific way, but rather that you seek God in the Word and by His Spirit, to use your vote to advance God’s Kingdom.

Recent statistics show that many in the evangelical church are not registered to vote and that among those registered, there are many who fail to exercise their right to vote.

May we not be silent!

Recently we have talked a lot about persecution of the church in our own country. I want to encourage you to be wise but also to confidently engage.

A friend recently shared a quote by author and lecturer Os Guinness – which I found helpful – here it is:

“I am less concerned about the persecution than about bad responses to the talk of it. We are at a solemn moment for humanity and for the church in the U.S. and the West. We are nearing the climax of the centuries-long attempted secularist takeover from the Jewish and Christian faiths as the defining faiths of the West.

But many of the problems in our culture are of our own making, so our primary concern should be for repentance and restoration. If we were what we are called to be, we would have nothing to fear—and any mounting anti-Christian discrimination would be bracing. We have the numbers, so if we engage the country with integrity we will not be silenced and our influence will be healthy.

But we must avoid the obvious extremes—responding to those who call us their enemies with antagonism or retreating with an inward turn that ends in accommodation to the spirit of the age. The present moment is a crisis, but a creative crisis, and we must respond with faith and courage.”

Let’s vote with faith and courage Tuesday, in the power of the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit,

Denis

Grow October 26, 2015

MID-WEEK

Last week: Be merciful.
This week: Give lavishly.

Messengers of Mercy

Do you remember that wonderful old Marvin Gaye song “Mercy Mercy Me”? In that was a deep biblical truth – mercy given by us comes back to us in mercy from God.

The command of Jesus to be merciful comes with the promise that we will receive mercy as we dispense it. James goes on to say that failure to give mercy will result in judgment.

May we be messengers of mercy:

In prayer
In giving
In sharing Christ
In forgiving
In blessing enemies
In serving.

Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Mercy melts hard hearts.
Mercy changes everything!

In the merciful Generosity of Jesus, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

October 24 – All day women’s retreat!

October 25 – 1:30-2:30 – We will partner with New Mission and Gladstone in an outreach consisting of a concert of prayer and Bible giveaway throughout the Madisonville community. Kids welcome!

November 8 – Global Orphan Sunday – Silas Khadka from Child Hope Nepal will visit MCC.

November 20-21 – Men’s overnight retreat (6 pm-3 pm)!

November 21 – 4 pm – Family Thanksgiving outreach

November 22 – Dave Heidenreich visit

December 6 – Ofer Amitai visit

Grow October 15, 2015

SHAPING – Needy (Week Ten)

Grow October 15, 2015

MID-WEEK

Last week: Don’t be greedy.
This week: Be merciful.

Friends

The parable Jesus teaches in Luke 12:13-21 is a wake up call for any of us shaped by the American Dream. (Part of the problem is that the American Dream has shifted quite a bit in the past 239 years.)

Watching part of a baseball game yesterday, I saw several commercials for products and services. The overarching message was “get set so you can relax and do what you want.”

This approach promotes hoarding and lust for comfort. These are manifestations of greed – which is an ever-present danger in our culture – a danger for each of us.

Like the rich fool filling his new barns, the rich fool forgets the fact that he has no idea how long he will live. The fool trusts in his hoarded wealth more than he trusts the God who created him.

If you missed, get the CD or listen to Michael Beausejour’s message on-line. It will challenge and encourage you from greed to Kingdom generosity.

We are invited by God to trust and rest in him alone. This takes active effort to listen, trust, surrender, and make decisions for his Kingdom and his glory.

As Michael testified, the true antidote for greed is to discover the joy of generosity and trusting our futures to him alone.

Said another way, generosity gobbles greed. That’s a good focus for each one of us as we enter the Thanksgiving season!

In the Generosity of Jesus with you, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

October 24 – Women’s Retreat – all day.

October 25 – 1:30-2:30 – We will partner with New Mission and Gladstone in an outreach consisting of a concert of prayer and Bible giveaway throughout the Madisonville community. Kids welcome!

November 8 – Global Orphan Sunday – Silas Khadka from Child Hope Nepal will visit MCC.

November 20-21 – Men’s Overnight Retreat (6 pm-3 pm) details to follow!

November 21 – 4 pm – Family Thanksgiving outreach

November 22 – Dave Heidenreich visit

December 6 – Ofer Amitai visit

Grow October 08, 2015

MID-WEEK

Last Sunday: Return to me fully.
This Sunday: It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Brothers and Sisters

I was so encouraged by your amazing generosity toward Moran and the Hope for Israel ministry! Our love offering was $12,600 – what a great investment for our L-1233 accounts!

This is a fantastic segue into the final section of our journey in the commands of Jesus, where we will explore the outrageous generosity of our Messiah.

My key personal objective and prayer for the next several weeks is for each of us to grasp the extreme giving nature of our God.

I want us to experience deep in our hearts that God so loved the world he GAVE. God kept nothing in reserve, held nothing back. He did not grab onto his position and privilege!

Jesus left the adoration and perfection of heaven to become one of us. The King jumped into the sewer to rescue the ones who rejected, ignored and killed him!

This is the nature of God – a generous Father, a giving Messiah (down to the last drop of blood) and a gift-endowing Holy Spirit.

Let’s get ready for the thrill of a lifetime – to embrace the generosity of God and then release ourselves fully into his trust, vision and purposes!

My prayer for this series: a Church totally consecrated to give 100% for the God who only gives 100%.

In the Generosity of Jesus with you, Denis
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Key Upcoming Dates:

October 10Next New Members Seminar – 8 am -12 pm – pick up the packet and sign up Sunday. And at 515 pm, the Warrior Run.

October 24 Women’s Retreat – all day.

November 8Global Orphan SundaySilas Khadka from Child Hope Nepal will visit MCC.

November 20-21Men’s overnight Retreat (6 pm-3 pm) details to follow!

November 21 – 4 pm – Family Thanksgiving Outreach

December 6 – Ofer Amitai visit

Grow October 08, 2015

MID-WEEK

Last Sunday: It is more blessed to give!
This Sunday: Don’t be envious or compare!

Beloved Church

When I consider the cost of what Jesus did for me on the Cross, I am brought to tears. The sheer passion of his love sets my heart on fire.

I realized many years ago on a hillside in China that the Love of Jesus for me – in the face of my sin and wickedness – was a Love that deserves my all.

I want to spend the rest of my life helping others to see this truth – so that Jesus might receive the full reward for his suffering.

Like Abraham, who was blessed in order to be a blessing to others, we who know Jesus have been blessed to give – to walk out the same love by living and sharing the Good News of Jesus with others.

We have literally been blessed to give. May we see the many facets of Love and generosity as we finish our study in the commands of Jesus. May we be transformed by the perfect Love of Jesus.

My prayer for this series continues: that we’d be a Church totally consecrated to give 100% for the God who only gives 100%.

In the Generosity of Jesus with you, Denis
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Key Upcoming Dates:

October 10 – Next New Members Seminar – 8 am -12 pm – pick up the packet and sign up Sunday. And at 515 pm, the Warrior Run.

October 24 Women’s Retreat – all day.

November 8Global Orphan Sunday Silas Khadka from Child Hope Nepal will visit MCC.

November 20-21Men’s Overnight Retreat (6 pm-3 pm) details to follow!

November 21 – 4 pm – Family Thanksgiving Outreach

December 6 Ofer Amitai visit