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Grow February 03, 2016

MID-WEEK

Brothers and Sisters

Revelation chapters 4 & 5 emanate with the glory and the worthiness of our God. He is so deserving to be praised as our awesome Creator and Redeemer.

As we responded to the Word Sunday, my heart was overflowing with praise, and I sensed the Father’s joy as we honored his entire family.

This week, let’s ask God to fan our love into flame and let’s look for new opportunities to worship and praise him in the details of life.

Let’s also consider what preparation God would have us make before we arrive for corporate worship on Sunday.

I believe intentional preparation and unhurried arrival on Sunday will allow each of us to enter more deeply into the blessing and privilege of worship.

Below is my weekly reminder of our four themes and four key questions for personal application. Let’s focus on the first two this week!

1. God is sovereign, holy and totally authoritative.
Do I fear and trust him?

2. God has a plan and wins thoroughly.
Is he my true hope, peace and joy?

3. We have great reason to share this news with others.
Am I willing to be a priest, an agent of grace?

4. Jesus is focused on his eternal Kingdom.
Am I really living in light of eternity?

May the spirit of worship fill us this week!

In Jesus, Denis

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Some Upcoming Dates:

February 7 – Last chance to submit a Vision response.

February 12-13 – Refresh Your Marriage!

February 20 – Men’s Breakfast 8-10 a.m.

March 8 – The Well – Healing Service @ Chapel from 7-9 PM

Our mailing address is:
3908 Plainville Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45227
Phone: (513) 271-4376

Website: www.mariemontchurch.org

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 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

Grow October 08, 2015

MID-WEEK

Last Week: Do not envy.
This Week: Don’t be greedy.

Brothers and Sisters

It was fun to look at Jesus’ parable of the workers in the vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16) with a fresh eye last Sunday.

I’m challenged by how Jesus always gets to the underlying attitudes and the real condition of my heart.

His teaching is challenging, but if I let him in – he always leaves me changed, healed, refreshed.

The enemy wants me to believe its better not to tread on sensitive subjects, but Jesus wants to redeem and heal every part of me.

I’m grateful he got into the motives for my service to him and his people. If I cultivate gratitude, I’m really eager to serve. If not, I’m always stingy and self-preservation wins.

Try this with me – ask Jesus every day this week: how do you want me to use my time, treasure and talent for your glory today?

I’m trying to walk in a mindset of serving, and praying for MCC to become even more a culture of serving – anchored in gratitude for the Gospel.

Anytime I grumble, it’s a sign that I really haven’t surrendered to Jesus and his Lordship in my life.

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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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 24Women’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 20-21Men’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 September 16, 2015

MID-WEEKLast Sunday: Be ready for my return!
This Sunday: Guest Moran Rosenblit

Brothers and Sisters

I have four quick updates today:

1. A reflection on a great message by Pastor Tracy Ventus
2. Welcoming our newest staff member, Mark Simes
3. A love offering Sunday for our special Israeli guest
4. Introducing you to our latest new members

1. Pastor Ventus’ message on being ready for the return of Jesus was titled “Ready or not Here Christ Comes”. He encouraged us to remember that this world is not our home but our assignment.

That brings ultimate focus on living for Jesus now, which turns out to be the central thought in his commands about Generosity: use everything for the Kingdom and for my glory!

2. Please welcome our new Director of Ministry, Mark Simes. Mark will start at MCC on October 19. He and his wife, Holly, currently attend Hope Church in Mason. They have two sons, one recently married. Please pray for their transition and ministry here.

Mark had a successful career in R&D at P&G and also served as executive leader of American Heritage Girls. He was the leader of Men’s Ministry at Hope Church for 15 years, and Holly served in the Women’s Ministry. Their experience and gifting will be a blessing to our congregation!

3. Moran Rosenblit will be speaking Sunday. He leads a ministry called Hope4Israel and will encourage us from the Word of God. We will take a love offering to support this ministry.

Hope4Israel is also the operator for our Israel tour. I will give a briefing Sunday for all those who may be interested in our discipleship trip to the Holy Land April 1-12 2016.

4. We welcomed 12 new members last Sunday:

Dan and Bethany Bauer
Tim and Stacey Bon
Chuck and Katie Dokmo
Ben and Lynn Huizenga
Tamala Russell
Donna “Naj” Stevens
Mark and Christine Wavle

If you want to learn more about membership, contact stacey@mariemontchurch.org – our next new members seminar is on Saturday October 10 from 8 am to noon – child care provided!

Following Jesus with you, Denis

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Key Upcoming Dates:

September 27– We begin the final leg in our SHAPING journey with the Generosity of Jesus.

October 4 – 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.

October 10 – Next New Members Seminar – 8 am -12 pm – pick up the packet and sign up Sunday.

October 24 – Women’s Retreat – all day.

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

November 21 – 4 pm – Family Thanksgiving outreach

December 6 – Ofer Amitai visit

Grow September 04, 2015

MID-WEEK

Last Sunday: Hold on to what you have.
Next Sunday: Listen to what the Spirit says to the churches.

Beloved

I hope you were encouraged with the amazing testimonies of God’s answers to our prayers that were shared last Sunday.

There were amazing testimonies of new jobs, the love of our community during a time of sickness and need, a refreshed marriage, favor, a medically documented healing, just to name a few.

God is faithful. He responds to our prayers. Perhaps not as fast as we would like. Perhaps not exactly how we would like. But Jesus says hold on! When we hold on to Jesus, we will not be disappointed!

This Sunday we will look at Jesus’ command to the seven Asian churches in Revelation 2-3, charging those churches then – and charging us now – to Listen to what the Spirit is saying.

This will be a special Sunday of worship, communion, of considering the days we are in, and of a timely message on what the Spirit of God is saying to the church.

Also, we will have our second monthly “Concert of Prayer” walk in Madisonville Sunday from 130-230 PM, as we partner with New Mission Church to pray the Kingdom into our community.

I encourage everyone to read Revelation 2-3 in preparation for Sunday. May we be ready to Hold On in worship and hungry to hear his voice as the Spirit speaks to the church.

Needy before Jesus with you, Denis

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Key Upcoming Dates:

September 13 – Pastor Tracy Ventus from New Mission Church in Madisonville.

September 20 – Israeli partner Moran Rosenblit visits and Israel trip briefing (April 1-12, 2016)

October 10 – Next New Members Seminar – 8 am -12 pm

October 24 – Women’s retreat – all day – details to follow!

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

November 21 – 4 pm – Family Thanksgiving outreach

December 6 – Ofer Amitai visit

Grow August 27, 2015

MID-WEEK

Last Sunday: Hear my voice.
Next Sunday: Hold on to what you have.

Friends

Last Sunday, Terri Cofskey did a beautiful job helping us look at the crucial subject of hearing God’s voice!

In John 10, Jesus makes an amazing promise and command that true followers will hear his voice – all while claiming that he is the Messiah, the famous shepherd of Psalm 23, and one with the Father!

Terri gave us five critical truths connected to hearing God’s voice, sharing her story and the insight from 1 Kings 19:12 that God’s voice is a “gentle whisper”. Here they are:

1. We must receive salvation (become one of his sheep)
2. We must know and obey God’s Word (his revealed language)
3. We must be sensitive to the Spirit (his counselor)
4. We must have a desire for God (the heart quest)
5. We must be humble (hungry, not comparing to others)

Let’s keep seeking after God and eagerly ask to hear his voice and obey what we hear!

I’m looking forward to exploring your testimonies next Sunday. Also, please note key upcoming dates below.

Needy before Jesus with you, Denis

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Key Upcoming Dates:

This Sunday – Prayer experiment: please email me if you want to share your results.

August 30 – Back to School Sunday for Children and special Youth meeting at 12:30 in Powerhouse

September 20 – Israeli partner Moran Rosenblit visits and there will be an Israel trip briefing (Next Trip: April 1-12, 2016)

October 24 – Women’s Retreat – all day – details to follow!

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

November 21 – 4 pm – Family Thanksgiving Outreach

December 6 – Ofer Amitai visit

Grow August 20, 2015

MID-WEEK

Last Sunday: Abide in me.
Next Sunday: Hear my voice.

Friends,

The words of Jesus in John 15 invite us to abide in the presence of our amazing Messiah.

This word translated “abide” is so rich – it has a wide range of meaning including to live, dwell, stay, commune, gaze on, live with, and walk with.

It means letting Jesus live in and through us.

Last Sunday Mike Cambron gave us a passionate reflection of his life long quest to abide in Jesus.

Mike also shared from the experience of well known Christians like Oswald Chambers, Dallas Willard, Watchman Nee, and Hudson Taylor – all of whom sought Jesus with all their hearts.

What is the key to a life of abiding in Jesus?

It seems the key is to believe and trust in his presence, believing that Jesus is true to his Word.

Mike encouraged us that time in God’s Word is one of the most profitable means of abiding. So as we pray, lets make “hearing his voice” in his Word part of our daily diet!

All of this is a great set up for next Sunday, when we will look at hearing God’s voice!

Needy before Jesus with you, Denis

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Upcoming Key Dates:

Through September 13 – Prayer experiment: let me know of any results or testimonies.

August 23 – 5-8 PM – Back to school youth BBQ at the Cambron’s from 5-8pm.

August 30 – Back to School Sunday for Children and Youth

September 20 – Israeli partner Moran Rosenblit visits MCC – we will also have a briefing for our next trip to Israel

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Grow August 12, 2015

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Last week: Do not lose heart!
Next Week: Abide in me!

Brothers and Sisters:

This will be very brief: I just want to encourage you today to keep presenting your requests to God.

Jesus commands us not to lose heart. Share your prayer burdens with a prayer partner or your small group.

I’m asking right now for us to have that spiritual “stick-to-itty” that we need to trust and wait.

Remember, we are not dealing with a heartless judge, but a good and generous Father!

Needy before Jesus with you, Denis

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Upcoming Key Dates:

August 9 to September 13 – Prayer experiment let me know of any results or testimonies.

August 23 – 5-8 PM – Back to school youth BBQ

August 30 – Back to School Sunday for Children and Youth

September 20 – Israeli partner Moran Rosenblit visits MCC