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Grow November 16, 2016

MID-WEEK

Love is the most excellent way.

The greatest of all virtues is love.

Follow the way of love.
Miss a service? Listen to the Podcast on the homepage. Come back in 1-2 days if last Sunday’s is not up yet.

Beloved,

I’m so thankful for Mike Cambron’s message on the supremacy of love from 1 Corinthians Chapter 13.

What a vivid and compelling reminder at a time of growing unrest and hatred around us.

I’m so glad we don’t have to muster this love ourselves, but that in Jesus, we have the very love for him that the Father has! (John 17:26)

May this love flow from us to all those around us.

In the life and love of Jesus with you, Denis
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Upcoming Dates:

November 20 – Messy Church – Week 13 – Please read the Scripture ahead of time: 1 Corinthians 14. We will apply verse 26, so don’t come empty handed!

Thanksgiving – Reach out to a neighbor or friend and bring them a meal, or invite them to join your family!

December 10 – Tree Lighting Outreach at the Chapel from 6-8. Invite a friend. Anna and Raz will lead a wonderful time of worship!

December 11 – Children join us for Family Worship!

December 18 – Children sharing Christmas worship.

December 24 – Christmas Eve – Family worship by candlelight – Services at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 in the Chapel

No services Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

Grow October 20, 2016

MID-WEEK

Freedom is a beautiful gift that is never free. Having been ransomed by Jesus at great cost, he wants us to use our freedom the way he did.

So let’s not hang onto our freedom for ourselves but use it for the benefit of others!

Miss a service? Listen to the Podcast. Come back in 1-2 days if last Sunday’s is not up yet.

Brothers and Sisters,

I’m so grateful for the grace and truth that comes with Jesus Messiah. Even when he brings conviction, it is never to condemn but always to grow and bless us.

It is so important to remain open and hungry for more, and I find what is most crucial is to always remind ourselves that God is Good.

The lesson of the superiority of love over freedom is a major theme of Paul’s letter, and he will hit it hard again in Chapter 13. We need to always ask – what is the loving thing to do?

One increasingly common situation that I’m being asked about is when we are invited to a same-sex wedding. How do we love well?

This will be different for each of us and each situation. How well do we know the person? Do they know us?

Do we know their spiritual story? Have we shared our story and the gospel with them? What is the tone of our response?

The Lord will direct us by his Spirit, and it’s good to know that he wants us to love well. There is no “one size fits all” answer.

Putting our freedom and our rights aside for the benefit of others is often hard, but it is the way to a harvest of righteousness!

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 21-23 – Feast of Tabernacles – weekend of teaching by Ofer Amitai. Gladstone will worship with us at 9 and 11.

October 30 – Messy Church – Week 10 – Please read the Scripture ahead of time: 1 Corinthians 11:2-34

November 12 – Women’s retreat – please contact Beth Swift for questions: swiftclan @ fuse.net

November 13 – Child 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 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 May 15, 2014

Josh Johnson teaches on Jesus’ command to “love one another”

Grow March 12, 2014

Jesus says the most important command is to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength.

This raises at least two questions.

The first is: Why do I love God? What is the proper motive?
The second is: How do I love God? What does He want it to look like?

These questions deserve quality reflection and discussion time with people near you. Let’s reflect together in the Spirit as we consider the greatest command!

In Jesus,
Denis

Grow March 06, 2014

Zak concludes our look into John 15 and shows us the beauty of Jesus’ selfless obedience to His Father.