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Grow April 23, 2015

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Fellow Stormers,

Last Sunday we looked at the wonderful story of Jesus and Peter walking on the water together. If you missed, here is the video: https://youtu.be/s5jjcUI5XNU

The storm got the best of Peter that day, but only Peter had the courage to get out of the boat. And he also knew Jesus would save him. I admire Peter’s willingness.

Three things stood out in the story:

1. The Identity of Jesus: Jesus is God, bringing to life the vision Job received in Job 9:8-11. This changes everything for us! He has all authority to do what we ask of him.

2. Courage instead of fear: Jesus invites us to “take courage” from him and to not be afraid. Trade your fears for his courage!

3. Faith instead of doubt: Jesus sees doubt as sin. It’s an awful way to live in view of all Jesus has done for us. As James says in 1:6-8, doubt makes us “tossed in the waves” and hampers our prayers. Doubt is part of being a fallen human, but Jesus wants to remove it and replace it with faith. Will we trust him to make that exch?

Let’s share our storms this week and fight for one another in prayer and encouragement. Trusting in the identity of Jesus, let us exchange our fear for his courage and our doubt for his faith.

Let’s go for it together with Jesus! Denis

UPCOMING KEY EVENTS:

Ascension Celebration with Gladstone – Parish Center – Thursday May 14 – 7-9 PM

Outpouring 2015 – City-Wide Praise and Worship – Cincinnati Gardens
Sunday May 31 – 3:00-4:30 PM

Grow April 15, 2015

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Fellow Adventurers,

Last Sunday we launched the Brave Journey. You can stream the message here: https://youtu.be/PUjXMIWpp2M

We’re in for 6 weeks of intentional spiritual living:

– Weekly Sunday message on the life of Peter
– Personal study and reflection during the week
– Meeting in weekly discovery groups
– Weekly fasting for our nation until Outpouring on May 31
– Intentional prayer for all the above!

We’re inviting God’s fresh direction in our lives, and calling this our “heading” for the journey.

Share your “heading” with your group this week and begin the process of praying for and encouraging one another.

Let’s go for it together with Jesus! Denis

BRAVE

UPCOMING KEY EVENTS:

Ascension Celebration with Gladstone – Parish Center – Thursday May 14 – 7-9 PM

Outpouring 2015 – City Wide Praise and Worship – Cincinnati Gardens Sunday May 31 – 3:00-4:30 PM

Grow April 14, 2015

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Beloved!

I’m looking forward to our City-Wide Spiritual Journey with over 70 churches and 70,000 brothers and sisters studying the life of Peter together.

Starting Sunday: 6 weeks of intentional spiritual living:

– Weekly Sunday message on the transformed life of Peter
– Personal Bible study and reflection during the week
– Meeting in homes (or MCC) in weekly discovery groups

If you are not yet in a small group, please see Paul Sunday or email him at paul@mariemontchurch.org

We’re asking God to grow us through intentional rhythms to invite God’s fresh direction in our lives.

Ready to get out of the boat?

Ready to take a bold new step of faith?

Let’s go for it together with Jesus! Denis

UPCOMING KEY EVENTS:

City Wide Healing Service – April 14 – Chapel – 7-9 PM – if you or anyone you know needs healing from physical, emotional or spiritual ills, come and bring them along to experience Jesus’ gift of healing.

Ascension Celebration with Gladstone – PC – Thursday May 14 – 7-9 PM

Outpouring 2015 – City Wide Praise and Worship – Cincinnati Gardens
Sunday May 31 – 3:00-4:30 PM

Grow April 14, 2015

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Brothers and Sisters,

As I mentioned yesterday, we are inviting congregation applications for a new MCC staff position called Director of Ministry. The job description is provided below. We will open this position to non MCC people in a few weeks. Please send your resume and cover letter to Denis Beausejour by April 30, 2015.

We are also announcing that our custodian, Jeff Lawton, has taken a new assignment within the Gladstone Community and that over the next few weeks Sean Wikoff will begin training to replace Jeff. Sean is also a member of the Gladstone Community. I expect the transition to be completed by the first or second week of May.

Would you please take a few minutes to send Jeff a note of thanks and encouragement? And when you see Sean, please welcome him!

In Jesus, Denis

Director of Ministry
Role Description
Role (position/job/title) – Director of Ministry
Reporting Relationships
Reports to the Senior Pastor
Administrator, Custodian, and Preschool Director will report to Director of Ministry
Other staff responsible to Director of Ministry for ministry goals, budgets, policies, building use, reviews
Key communication volunteers report to Director of Ministry: Program, First Impression Team, Web site
Links with (internal and external)
Elder Council Members
Ministry leaders for goals, budgets, policies, building use
Community organizations using our facilities
Property maintenance suppliers
Responsible for (duties, processes)
Leading and mobilizing excellence in administration and execution throughout MCC
Leading successful teamwork and implementation of the Elders’ approved organization plan
Leading and overseeing financial and administrative work and functions (budgets, reporting, systems, giving, compliance)
Leading property and operations work and functions (schedule, security, maintenance)
Leading organization development work and functions (job descriptions, reviews,hiring process, policy)
Leading communication (programs, web site, emails, volunteers, small groups)
Accountable for (outcomes, results, measures)
Care and growth of MCC resources to match ministry needs as determined by Elders
Lead process with Elders and staff to establish growth goals and budgeting and giving processes
Set goals and lead changes for reduced operating costs so more can be directed to ministry and missions
Determine how to measure and then increase volunteer and leader satisfaction
Improve communication systems so ministry connection processes can be improved
Capabilities needed
Mature Spirit-Filled believer who meets biblical leadership qualifications, demonstrates strong relational skills
Spiritual gifts of administration, serving, leadership, and exceptional oral and written communication skills
A high personal capacity individual who thinks systemically and is exceptionally well organized, a self-starter
Proven church ministry experience, ideally supplemented by marketplace experience
Skilled in communication, social media, hiring, finance, and ideally church operations
Other factors/considerations
Can build excellent chemistry with Senior Pastor and staff
Proven success in team environments and managing differences proactively

Grow April 10, 2015

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Brothers and Sisters,

I’m writing with conviction on my heart, and it’s not a short sound-bite. Please take five minutes to read this when you can reflect and pray.

Let me start with our Resurrection Sunday declaration – Jesus is our risen Messiah and he is the supreme authority over the universe!

We are in times prophesied long ago, when those opposed to the Lordship of Jesus will seek to limit our freedom of conscience.

Our Supreme Court will soon rule on same-sex marriage. Of course, human redefinition of marriage won’t alter God’s definition.

However, such action may start a stream of consequences including: 1) making it a crime to speak Scriptural truth; 2) preventing business owners acting on their beliefs; and 3) making it illegal to function as an obedient church.

An example: I say that God declares that same-sex marriage is sinful, and that any sex outside the marriage of one man and one woman is sinful. Those opposed want such statements to be prosecuted as “hate speech” crimes.

Far from being hateful, I believe humbly sharing the truth of the Word of God is the most loving thing we can do for anyone we care about.

So what are we to do?

I believe we must pray and fast. God is our refuge, not the court or the government. Pray at home. Take a shift in our prayer room. Fast one day a week or more as led. Let’s seek God’s grace for our community, and courage for one another from now until Outpouring 2015 on May 31.

Three Scriptures guide me as I write this:

If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

“If you love me, keep my commands.” (John 14:15)

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)

What we really need is an awakening to Jesus as Lord, repenting and believing his Gospel, and the coming of his Kingdom.

Lest we feel smug, God says judgment starts with his people. Can we be honest and repent of the ways we miss the mark?

– Are we more interested in material comfort than following Jesus?
– Do we judge others instead of loving them as we love ourselves?
– Do we withhold the generosity or reconciliation Jesus requires?
– Do we tolerate pornography or fantasy, diluting Jesus’ call to purity?
– Have we distorted the marriage covenant Jesus says is central?
– Do we divorce and remarry in contrast to the teaching of Jesus?
– Do we fail to lift the father’s role of godly sacrificial leadership?
– Do we allow the world to define a woman’s value?
– Do we abdicate the training of our children to popular media?
– Do we gossip, complain or avoid conflict?

As we truly repent, God will hear our prayers:

1. Pray fervently for God’s grace on our executive, legislative and judicial leaders. Ask God to grant them revelation and wisdom.

2. Pray for God’s kindness that leads to repentance. Pray for God to reverse the slide of our nation into entitlement, weakness and death.

3. Pray for Jesus followers to keep uniting in a spirit of love. Pray for humility and prophetic boldness in the Church.

4. Pray that we would do everything in love, faith, hope and joy, trusting in the power of God. Even in the worst of times, Jesus says we are salt and light, and Jesus is Lord even in persecution!

5. Pray against the powers of darkness in the spiritual realms, not people. May we love those who differ – let’s affirm their freedom to live and make choices while we affirm our right to conscience and our freedom to proclaim God’s revelation of sin and righteousness.

May Jesus live loudly through us by the power of the Holy Spirit, for the glory of our Father in heaven. Love, Denis

Grow April 09, 2015

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Beloved!

I’m looking forward to our City-Wide Spiritual Journey with over 70 churches and 70,000 brothers and sisters studying the life of Peter together.

Starting Sunday: 6 weeks of intentional spiritual living:

– Weekly Sunday message on the transformed life of Peter
– Personal Bible study and reflection during the week
– Meeting in homes (or MCC) in weekly discovery groups

If you are not yet in a small group, please see Paul Sunday or email him at paul@mariemontchurch.org

We’re asking God to grow us through intentional rhythms to invite God’s fresh direction in our lives.

Ready to get out of the boat?

Ready to take a bold new step of faith?

Let’s go for it together with Jesus! Denis

Grow April 08, 2015

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Brothers and Sisters – Shalom!

Thank you for your prayers during our time in Israel. It was a wonderful time of training and discipleship as we walked in the dusty pathways of our awesome Rabbi Yeshua.

An important aspect of following Jesus is that we have a heart for unity between one another, being aware that our love and unity is a condition for the world to believe God really sent Jesus.

When we were in Jerusalem, we learned that there are 8 churches sharing the property of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Due to disunity, the keys to open the gates of the property have been given to a Muslim family for centuries. How heart-breaking!

Our preparation for Resurrection Sunday has included a fast with dozens of churches in our City. It will include a prayer meeting this Friday night at the Chapel from 7-9 PM. (other key dates below)

We will worship with Gladstone Community Church on Sunday as a witness of unity. I’m looking forward to celebrating the reality that His Tomb is Empty! (Picture above: Garden Tomb in Jerusalem)

Living and Loving in the Jesus Who is Risen!
Celebrating the Jesus Who was and is and is to come!

Denis

tomb

Good Friday prayer and worship – Chapel – April 3, 7-9 PM

Easter services – April 5 – 9 and 11 AM – invite your friends

Brave Journey – April 12 – May 17 – get in a discovery group and invite others!

City Wide Healing Service – April 14 – Chapel – 7-9 PM – if you or anyone you know needs healing from physical, emotional or spiritual ills, come and bring them along to experience Jesus’ gift of healing.

Ascension Celebration with Gladstone – PC – Thursday May 14 – 7-9 PM

Outpouring 2015 – City Wide Praise and Worship – Cincinnati Gardens
Sunday May 31 – 3:00-4:30 PM

Grow March 27, 2015

Denis Beausejour concludes our series on Purity

Grow March 27, 2015

Zeke Swift continues our sermon series on Purity with a message about false prophets