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Grow October 13, 2016

MID-WEEK

Idols crop up in subtle and sneaky ways in our lives. Paul wants us to eschew and put away every idol!

On top of that, he wants us to be careful that our freedom does not result in choices that cause others to stumble!
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Beloved,

Last Sunday, Louis Arnold helped us explore how idols can creep into our lives through many common daily activities in our culture.

We were made to worship. It’s amazing how often we take even good things like marriage, family, and ministry and begin to worship them!

I recall realizing that statues of Buddha acquired in Asia needed to be thrown out. I also realized that some items like native masks were likely associated with witch doctors!

It felt wasteful to throw them away. Also, getting rid of televisions was at first hard, but how freeing to only have one and use it sparingly!

Additionally, our choices, even choices in good conscience, can affect others negatively, causing them to stumble.

For example, there is nothing wrong with a believer having a glass of wine. But in the presence of an alcoholic, it may bring their failure.

How do our choices affect others? How do our lifestyles affect the unbelievers around us?

May we apply Paul’s challenging teaching with wisdom and grace!

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

October Fast – Select 7 meals to skip over the next month and focus extra prayer on asking God for an awakening of the church.

October 16 – Messy Church – Week 9 – Please read the Scripture for next Sunday ahead of time: 1 Corinthians 9:19-11:1

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.

November 12Women’s Retreat – please contact Beth Swift for questions: swiftclan @f use.net

November 13Child Dedications – contact leslie @ mariemontchurch.org

November 6, 20 – Sharing God Stories & Gifts – On 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 and make the service open to all. Since this is probably Paul’s teaching for smaller house church gatherings, we won’t be able to hear from everyone, but let Denis know you want to share and we will put together an orderly morning of services!

Grow October 16, 2013

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Our Work in the Midst of Idols

Last Sunday we looked at the Church being anchored in a specific location and how winning our city and neighborhoods becomes “our job from and with Jesus”. It was a great kick off to the Kingdom Come Journey where we, along with 60,000 believers across the city, will learn to bring the Kingdom to our part of the world.

In my message last Sunday in Mark 8 & 9, I showed how Jesus demonstrated this with his disciples at Caesarea-Philippi. It was a tough environment, thoroughly pagan, and filled with idolatry. The picture above describes what the experts think it looked like (with a few present-day idols edited in). In it’s day, Caesarea-Philippi hosted shrines, prostitutes, and thousands of people milling about, spending countless hours there. Even Alexander the Great visited for a summer! Perhaps we need to examine some of the shrines we visit daily. NFL Fantasy League web sites and shows, Pinterest, Facebook, Nascar, kids sports, even iTunes and iPhones!

Now that we get a feel for the idols that consume us let us ask God to cleanse you of your idols. Reject them. Leave them.  Ask how to bring the Kingdom to your community!

Love in Jesus, Denis