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Grow March 26, 2015

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This Week’s Command: Do not judge!

Brothers and Sisters – Shalom!

I’m writing this email before I leave for Israel, so I won’t have the opportunity to reflect in detail on the message from Sunday. Please keep praying for us and for the Israeli people to receive their Messiah.

I do hope you are encouraged by the message and equipped to apply an often misunderstood command.

The way I internalize it is this: God wants me to wisely assess situations, but he gets the last judgment on each person!

I am amazed how often I find that one more thing about someone changed my understanding of them. Sometimes that next piece of information helps me reset the entire relationship!

May we be patient and grow as good listeners. May we be humble and wise in our assessments, generous in forgiveness, and always willing to be the instruments of the grace of Jesus.

Please note and save the important dates below – that these special opportunities grow us as we celebrate the awesome redemptive work of Jesus!

Living and Loving in Jesus with you, Denis

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

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

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Grow March 20, 2015

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This week’s Command: Do to others what you would have them do to you!

Beloved of God

We kicked off the Integrity portion of our journey last Sunday, starting with the “Golden Rule” of Matthew 7:12. You sounded great reciting together! But it’s easier to say than do, right?

This requires integrity. Zeke shared that of many possible defintions of integrity, he loves to think on the “soundness” of Jesus in his integrity.

In that engineering and building metaphor, Jesus is in perfect unity with God, never cracks under pressure, speaks a perfect word at all times, and calls us to be living stones in the perfect church he is engineering and building.

If you missed it, here’s the link to Sunday’s video with Zeke:

I loved Zeke’s application chart. I spent some time alone with the Lord on that chart and was led to pray, write a note and meet with someone. (Get one at the connect desk if you missed!)

I also realized that to obey this massive command by Jesus more regularly and unconsciously, I need more of God’s grace to heal me, fill me and guide me. Zeke was right on re: grace! :)

It is a gift, but God wants me to ask for it and apply it!

As I grow, the blows and hits of life don’t “crack” me as much, or produce discordant “notes”, but I reflect more and more of his soundness!

In my case I need to love more. I can pray and ask Jesus for a specific grace, a filling with his love. It’s a promise of God (See Romans 5:5) that involves the work of the Holy Spirit.

I’m praying now for us all to be filled! Ask for all you need. May God transform us and heal every inner crack – that we would be increasingly “sound” – people with the integrity of Jesus.

People who consistently do to others as we would have them do to us as we live and love in Jesus together.

Please pray for our trip to Israel March 20-31 – for safety, unity, and love that would reflect Yeshua’s soundness to all.

Grow March 11, 2015

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We concluded our Purity series last Sunday in Matthew 22:15-22, where Jesus teaches us to give all of ourselves to God.

If you missed, here’s the link to Sunday’s video where I describe the biblical process of exchanging our impurity for the purity of Jesus:

Here are three possible ways to apply the message:

1. Fast on Beans and Rice from Sunday March 15-22 and give the difference between your normal grocery bill (or more) to support city-wide poverty alleviation efforts.

2. Join a weekly discovery group for the BRAVE journey coming April 12-May 17. Contact paul@mariemontchurch.org

3. Engage with one of our missionaries through a trip or prayer. Contact zekeswift@fuse.net

Living and Loving in Jesus with you, Denis

Grow February 26, 2015

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Beware False Teachers & Prophets

Beloved Church!
I am on vacation this week, so I am writing this email ahead of time. Instead of the usual recap from Sunday, I just wanted to leave you with a thought about our wonderful Heavenly Father.

He always gives his very best – he gave us his beloved Son Jesus, he has given us his Word – his promises, his warnings, his wisdom.

He knew we would be bombarded with lies too! So he gave us Holy Spirit, God in us, so that we could have everything we need for a life in Jesus – and a life in truth. He is so good.

Being such a good Father, he pours out grace and mercy on us when we approach his throne of grace. We can go there boldly in our time of need and KNOW we will be met there! (Hebrews 4:16)

So remember – it’s not how you start that matters most – it’s how you finish. Another way to think about this is something a pastor friend mentioned to his flock last week: God is less concerned with your mis-step than he is with your next step.

So let’s step boldly into this moment and this week!

Living and Loving in Jesus with you, Denis

Grow February 19, 2015

Denis Beausejour continues our series on Purity with a message on embracing grace

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Grow February 19, 2015

Week Six of our series on Purity as Denis Beausejour takes a look at adultery

Grow February 19, 2015

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Friends,

I believe God really visited us Sunday. I felt it in the time we opened up the Word. I saw it in the community prayer time. I heard it in the worship response. We brought our needs and struggles to God!

It’s the nature of grace that when we seek Jesus with all our hearts, he makes himself known to us. He speaks. He tells us the great things we don’t know. He forgives. He empowers us to trust and obey.

We looked at the difference between “bounded set” and “centered set” thinking as it pertains to Grace. The parable of the prodigal God from Luke 15 is such a great illustration.

We need to beware focusing on our location and instead look at our trajectory. Are we moving toward God in surrender, or are we resisting God as he calls?

Here is the link to last Sunday’s message:

God can make us pure – if we will embrace grace!

Read and meditate on 2 Corinthians 12 for a deeper encounter with God and the sufficiency of his grace in your life.

It’s a joy to learn to live and love in Jesus with you, Denis

Weekend To Remember Getaway Details:
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati, March 13 to 15
Sign in 5pm Friday through 12:35 pm Sunday

To Register, go to:
http://www.familylife.com/events/featured-events/weekend-to-remember and click on ‘Find an Event Near You’ button.

Once in the ‘Cincinnati’ event page, March 13-15, type ‘mcchurch’ in the Group Name field, then click on ‘continue’ to issue payment and complete the registration. Price: $99.99 per person or $199.98 per couple.

Return to the Cincinnati page, scroll to bottom to find the link to make hotel reservations. Price: $116 per night + Tax/Fees. Parking is not included.

Please book your reservation soon to maximize our group discount. The getaway hotel is the Hyatt Regency 579-1234 – cost $116/night. You can also call directly to reserve a room. Options to reduce cost: get a cheaper hotel close by, or stay in hotel only one night!

Grow February 12, 2015

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Beloved Church!

In these past few weeks, we have been challenged with the revolutionary teaching of Jesus – it’s been at once refreshing and deeply challenging.

This week’s command – as Jesus unpacks it – turns out to have some very significant implications. Here’s the video link:

Jesus is unfolding a very exciting vision for relationships and purity in his church. How do we live as brothers and sisters, married and single, caring for and loving one another?

How do we build a community where each person has a clear Kingdom purpose and is effectively using their gifts?

How do we encourage relationships that are rich and emotionally intimate, but also fully obedient to the loving limits of our Creator and Savior?

How do we fully experience God’s grace as we repent, confess, and align our expectations to his vision and not that of the world?

The key is grace.

Grace is the unmerited favor of God, the power of God to obey! Grace is released to us by believing the Gospel message, and receiving the promised Holy Spirit. It all happens through faith.

Let’s pray for one another this week, lifting each one of our brothers and sisters. Ask for more faith – to trust and obey.

Love in Jesus, Denis

Grow February 11, 2015

Kevin Robinson continues our series on Purity with a message about life long marriage