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Grow November 04, 2016

MID-WEEK

Paul was simply astonished by the selfishness of the Corinthians.

How would Paul experience the lifestyle of our church if he visited MCC?

Friends of Jesus,

The church in Corinth amazed Paul with their selfishness. They were in disarray!

They had gender role confusion, factions, and unworthy communion celebrations.

It was so bad that some people were getting sick and even put to death by God’s judgment.

May we have the attitude of Jesus, who did not count equality with God as something to be used to his own advantage.

Rather he made himself nothing. A servant.

May we have the humility of Jesus and walk together in good order and care for one another.

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

November 6 – Messy Church – Week 11 – Please read the Scripture ahead of time: 1 Corinthians 12:1-31

November 12 – Women’s Retreat – Contact Beth Swift for questions: swiftclan @ fuse.net

November 13 – Child Dedications – Contact leslie @ mariemontchurch.org

November 6, 20 – Sharing God Stories & GiftsOn 11/6 we will look at chapter 12 and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. If you have a story of how God’s gift has blessed you or others, let Denis know! On 11/20, we will apply 14:26, so let Denis know if you want to share and we will put together an orderly morning of services!

November 19 – 830-noon – New Members’ Class – Sign up at connect desk and pick up your pre-work packet.

Grow October 06, 2016

MID-WEEK

Paul wants us to be content in our present circumstances so we can focus on Jesus and his Kingdom.

Is this a reality in your life? Where is God leading you so that this will be true of you and your family?

Brothers and Sisters,

Paul spends time on important marital teaching in Chapter 7 but his focus is in helping the church live for Jesus and his Kingdom.

The wonderful thing is that as we focus on Jesus, our marriages improve dramatically. We are more oriented to serving and yielding to our spouse, and as we mature, our hearts are purified and healed of our past sin and hurts.

The same is true for the singles who focus on Jesus. An intimate life with Jesus brings us into greater awareness of the Kingdom and the opportunities to bring God glory.

And as Paul elaborates in verses 29-31, keeping a perspective on the fact that this world is passing away helps us all live with greater freedom and joy! That is a game-changer!

So we can do what is best for all of us: “live in a right way with undivided devotion to the Lord”.

By the way, I quoted John Piper twice yesterday, you may be encouraged by looking at his entire article:

http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/let-christians-vote-as-though-they-were-not-voting

In The Way of Jesus with you, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

October Fast – Let’s select 7 meals to skip over the next month and focus extra prayer asking God for an awakening of the church – here and in our nation.

October 9 – Brother Yun – Dinner at 5 pm. and meeting starts at 6 pm. Child care available.

October 9 – Messy Church – Week 8 – Please read the Scripture for next Sunday ahead of time: 1 Corinthians 8:1 -9:18

October 14-15 – Men’s Retreat – See connect desk to sign up, cost $75, scholarships available.

October 21-23 – Feast of Tabernacles – weekend of teaching by Ofer Amitai on grasping the beauty of this Jewish feast for Gentile disciples of Yeshua. Information details at the Connect Desk, in your weekly program and online.