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Grow October 26, 2015


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
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 February 12, 2014

Remain in the Rabbi

One of the most important moments of my life was when I realized that the substitution of death made for me on the cross by Jesus was not the whole Gospel. He also substitutes His life for mine every day. He promises to live in me, along with the Father and the Spirit. They in me and I in them. Eternal life now as I remain in Him.

This is why we say “Living and Loving in Jesus” around here.
Not like Jesus. Not for Jesus. Not with Jesus.

The mercy and grace of God is available every time I find myself in sin. Whether it’s a new sin I’ve just realized by understanding His Word or an old foe. As we repent, confess, and forsake that sin, Jesus applies His death again. In place of our sin is cleansing righteousness. He also fills our life anew with His life, His Spirit. Wow! At that moment we abide in him. He simply asks us to stay there. This is simple, but not easy. It takes discipline!

So the Gospel is the death of Jesus for us and it is the resurrection life of Jesus for us. Every day. All day. Repentance brings mercy and grace which fuels more dependency and more repentance. Gradually we become like Him, little by little. Like in Exodus 23:30, we take possession of our promise, growing in our character and our ability to carry Father, Son, and Spirit in our “clay jar temples”. See 2 Corinthians 4:7-11.

Remaining in the Rabbi with you, by His grace,

Media January 15, 2014

Zak shares on the grace of the Rabbi and the difference between grace and mercy.