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Grow November 25, 2015

MID-WEEK

Seek first his Kingdom!

Beloved:

I’m grateful for Dave Heidenreich’s message last Sunday as we concluded our SHAPING series. I’m encouraged that as I focus on the King and his agenda, I will have all I need! That’s a promise eh?

Here are 6 key concepts we learned about generosity:

1. It’s a heart issue – where your treasure is there will your heart be also. Giving is a way to grow closer to God.

2. God gave first – God so loved the world that he gave his only son. God filled our cup, now we can run over for others and his glory.

3. God owns it all – The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it. As stewards (not owners) – our money is God’s to spend as he directs.

4. Seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you. God is trustworthy and good – make him #1!

5. Heaven, not earth, is my home. My citizenship is in heaven. Let me store treasure there with the resources I have here.

6. Giving brings joy – it is more blessed to give! As we grow in generosity, we become more like Jesus and more filled with his joy.

May we have a generous and joyful Thanksgiving, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

November 29 – Start new series “Adventus”

December 5 – Chapel: Village Tree Lighting outreach 5-8 pm

December 6 – Ofer Amitai visit

December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 4-5-6 in the Chapel

January 3 – New Year — Vision Sunday

January 10 – Start new series in Revelation

Grow November 18, 2015

MID-WEEK

Last week: Store up treasure in heaven.
This week: Seek first his Kingdom!

Beloved:

Jordan Stone gave a fantastic message on storing up treasure in heaven last Sunday. Listen on line later this week or get a CD if you missed it!

The most powerful thing for me was the way Jordan outlined the benefits of storing up treasure in heaven compared to the sure loss of all our treasure on earth.

He also beautifully illustrated with a personal example how generosity had helped him overcome the sin of envy. Generosity removes sin and breeds joy.

This is such a bog idea to God that he added a Psalm that is basically an Ode to the Generous:

Psalm 112

Hallelujah!
Blessed man, blessed woman, who fear God,
Who cherish and relish his commandments,
Their children robust on the earth,
And the homes of the upright — how blessed!
Their houses brim with wealth
And a generosity that never runs dry.
Sunrise breaks through the darkness for good people —
God’s grace and mercy and justice!
The good person is generous and lends lavishly;
No shuffling or stumbling around for this one,
But a sterling and solid and lasting reputation.
Unfazed by rumor and gossip,
Heart ready, trusting in God,
Spirit firm, unperturbed,
Ever blessed, relaxed among enemies,
They lavish gifts on the poor —
A generosity that goes on, and on, and on.
An honored life! A beautiful life!
Someone wicked takes one look and rages,
Blusters away but ends up speechless.
There’s nothing to the dreams of the wicked.
Nothing. (MSG)

Look it up in your own version. Be encouraged, a life of generosity and righteousness are inseparable!

May Jesus make us more generous, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

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

November 21 – 4 pm – Thanksgiving Love Outreach

November 22 – Dave Heidenreich visit

November 29 – Start new series “Adventus”

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

December 6 – Ofer Amitai visit

December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 4, 5, & 6pm in the Chapel

January 3 – New Year Vision Sunday

January 10 – Start new series in Revelation

Grow November 11, 2015

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This week: Store up treasure in heaven.

Love on a Veteran today!

Miss A Sunday? Stream it online

Brothers and Sisters,

It was wonderful to hear and share more about our ministry investments in Nepal and Mexico on Sunday. I hope you can give me 9 minutes today: to read this, pray for the world’s 163,000,000 orphans, and look at the video below.

It is a high privilege to share in the ministry of Jesus in the care of these orphans, and to see God weave all these stories together even before we realized it was Global Orphan Sunday was a further reminder of his great care.

If you were there Sunday, you know we could only show part of the video below – please take a look now to see some amazing children in action in a beautiful story of care:

https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=D82506F398574AB5!2431&authkey=!AIqTZjlEX4viwAQ&ithint=video%2cwmv

Let’s pray for the people of Jesus globally to love on each orphan child – and that we would have his caring heart, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

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

November 21 – 4 pm – Thanksgiving Love Outreach

November 22 – Dave Heidenreich visit

November 29 – Start new series “Adventus”

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

December 6 – Ofer Amitai visit

December 24 – Christmas Eve Candlelight at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., and 6 p.m. in the Chapel

January 3 – New Year Vision Sunday

January 10 – Start new series in Revelation

Grow November 04, 2015

MID-WEEK

  • Last week: Be a servant.
  • This week: Care for those in need.

Fellow Servants in Training:

News flash: Jesus wants us to be great.

It’s not our desire for greatness that bothers him. It’s how we think about greatness that he wants to transform.

In John 13:12-17 Jesus shows the way with action and words:

1. After washing his disciples’ feet Jesus says: “Do you understand what I have done to you?” Jesus is checking their grasp of what it means to be a servant – and it’s not limited to foot- washing! Think toilets, garbage, serving the homeless, doing the dishes, etc.

2. Then Jesus checks motives. “For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.” Jesus asks that we truly welcome tasks that are “below” us.

3. Finally Jesus encourages us. “If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.” Jesus is telling us that action with correct motives is the path to blessing.

This is the greatness that Jesus wants for us.

May we have his servant heart, 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 @ The Chapel at 7 pm: A city-wide healing service – come for worship and prayer, and bring friends in need of healing.

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

November 21 – 4 pm – Thanksgiving Love Outreach

November 22 – Dave Heidenreich visit

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

December 6 – Ofer Amitai visit

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 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