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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