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Grow August 10, 2016

MID-WEEK

We are wired for friendship with Jesus and with one another! The Gospel good news is that we can be God’s friend, by faith!

(Share your stories on Mariemont Church Families FB page.)

Brothers and Sisters,

I was challenged last week as I contemplated my friendship patterns and how well I observe the wisdom of Proverbs in my role as a friend.

I hope you were encouraged to seek out “Corner Four” friendships in this coming season!

Men, I especially want us to be aware of this opportunity, as our women tend to understand it much more vividly.

Speaking of opportunities, men, please email Rob Seetin about participating in this Saturday’s men’s event, come and start some new friendships!

(Rob’s email is rjseetin @ gmail.com)

May we continue to seek true friendship with Jesus, Denis

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Upcoming Dates:

August 14 – Doing Life Well – Week 10 – The Finale of our series!

August 13 – 8 am to 12:30 pm – Men serving in the Family Shop and giving our moms a half day off, while learning about intentional parenting! Sign up Sunday!

August 19 – 7-9 pm – Sexuality: “Men only” and “Women only” panel discussions on marital sexuality through the wisdom of the Scriptures.

August 20 – 8am – noonNew Members’ Class. Please sign up and get the bible study packet in advance (By August 14) from the connect desk.

August 21 – Back to School – Junior High and Senior High vision casting and family pool party after second service.

August 27 – Denis Special Teaching on Israel – Parish Center 9-11 a.m. Denis will lead this interactive time, ideal for those wanting to learn more about Israel and possibly join our Israel Discipleship trip March 24-April 4, 2017.

Grow August 04, 2016

MID-WEEK

There is much to learn from the ant. God says the ant’s life of diligence will help us “see” and escape the fate of the sluggard.

Brothers and Sisters,

It was great to worship with you last Sunday – I loved singing and contemplating what a good father our great and gracious God really is!

Steve Cesler’s message on the sluggard – and his encouragement to be diligent like the ant instead – was challenging and motivating.

I loved Steve’s illustration about the journey of parenting from a ministry called JH Ranch and wanted to give you easy access to the resources he mentioned if you want to learn more:

https://www.journeyoftransition.com

May we continue to seek and speak wisdom together, to live and love in the wisdom of Jesus, Denis

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Upcoming Dates:

August 7 – Doing Life Well – Week 9 – The Friend – We will learn how to find and be a wise friend.

August 13 – 8 am to 12:30 pm – Men serving in the Family Shop and giving our moms a half day off, while learning about intentional parenting! Sign up Sunday!

August 19 – 7-9 pm – Sexuality: “Men only” and “Women only” panel discussions on marital sexuality through the wisdom of the Scriptures.

August 21 – Back to School – Junior High and Senior High vision casting and family pool party after second service.

August 27 – Denis Special Teaching on Israel – Parish Center 9-11 a.m. Denis will lead this interactive time, ideal for those wanting to learn more about Israel and possibly join our Israel discipleship trip March 24-April 4 2017.

Grow July 28, 2016

MID-WEEK

The tongue can bless or curse. It seems to have a life of its own. But wisdom says it can be tamed by the Spirit of Jesus!

Beloved,

I hope Paul Rasmussen’s message on the tongue was convicting and motivating for you. It is such a challenge to us individually, our families, and our fellowship!

The good news is that by the Spirit, Jesus can tame the tongue and empower us to speak words of life and encouragement to one another!

This week, would you please meditate on James 3:6 and then by the Spirit’s power, speak a blessing to one person every day?

“And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.”

May we seek and speak wisdom together, to live and love in the wisdom of Jesus, Denis

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Some Upcoming Dates:

July 31 – Doing Life Well – Week 8 – The Sluggard – we will explore this challenging character lurking in the Proverbs and learn how to avoid his ways!

August 2-9-16-23-30 – Undivided – from 7-9 pm – please contact mark@mariemontchurch.org if you want to join in the Undivided group experience.

August 13 – 8 am to 12:30 pm – Men serving in the Family Shop and giving our moms a half day off, while learning about intentional parenting!

August 19 – 7-9 pm – “Men only” and “Women only” panel discussions on marital sexuality through the wisdom of the Scriptures.

August 21 – Back to school junior high and senior high vision casting and family pool party after second service.

August 27 – Denis Teaching on Israel – Parish center 9-11 a.m. Denis will lead this interactive time, ideal for those wanting to learn more about Israel and possibly join our Israel discipleship trip March 24-April 4 2017.

Grow June 29, 2016

MID-WEEK

Wisdom vs. Folly
Light vs. Darkness
Spirit vs. Flesh
Life vs. Death

Brothers and Sisters,

Proverbs chapters 8 and 9 give a powerful picture of wisdom and folly personified.

We are constantly being invited by both of these voices and by God’s grace we can choose and apply wisdom.

I am so thankful for the continuous process of repentance and faith and transformation in the power of the Holy Spirit!

May we rest well this summer and learn together what it means to live and love in the wisdom of Jesus, Denis

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Some Upcoming Dates:

July 3 – Doing Life Well – Week 4 – Denis will teach on parenting and discipline – and we will welcome home Martha Lawry and the Heidenreich family this coming Sunday.

August 2-9-16-23-30 – Undivided – from 7-9 pm – please contact Mark@mariemontchurch.org if you want to join in the Undivided group experience.

August 19 7-9 pm – “Men only” and “Women only” panel discussions on sex through the wisdom of the Scriptures.

August 21 – Back to school youth family vision pool party

August 27Special Teaching on Israel – Parish Center 9-11 a.m. Denis will lead this interactive time, ideal for those wanting to learn more about Israel and possibly join our Israel discipleship trip March 24-April 4 2017.

Grow June 22, 2016

MID-WEEK

There is a blueprint for wisdom in the Word of God. Last Sunday we looked at the blueprint for fathers and mothers.

Share ideas on the Mariemont Church Families FB page. Miss a service? Listen to the Podcast.

Friends,

It was a special Father’s Day celebration Sunday. We received so much from our Father as we prayed for wisdom in the name of Jesus.

Dads asked for the heart of a father and Moms asked for the heart of a mother as described in Proverbs 2:1-10 and 31:1-9, respectively.

The heart of a father:
– To point the way to God as a humble priest
– To lead into destiny as a trustworthy king
– To teach and discipline as a wise mentor
– To warn and protect as a brave warrior
– To seek others’ best in love as a good friend

The heart of a mother:
– To point the way to God by embodying wisdom
– To help her husband complete his mission
– To manage her home with excellence and grace
– To train, nurture and protect as she gives life
– To bring glory to God as she embraces her role

We know we have received because we have asked in Jesus’ name. May we learn more together about what it means to live and love in the wisdom of Jesus, Denis

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Some Upcoming Dates:

June 26 – Baptisms – Doing Life Well – Week 3 – please contact denis@mariemontchurch.org if you want to be baptized.

August 2-9-16-23-30Undivided – from 7-9 pm – please contact Mark@mariemontchurch.org if you want to join in the Undivided group experience.

August 19 7-9 pm – “Men only” and “Women only” panel discussions on sex through the wisdom of the Scriptures.

August 21 – Back to school youth family vision pool party

Grow May 25, 2016

MID-WEEK

God’s Word is filled with principles of structure, roles, and attitudes for each role in a family.

Psalm 128 pictures a family centered in the Way of the Lord, filled with blessing.

Friends:

We are rounding third and heading for home in our journey through the Psalms. What a treat to hear Louis Arnold speaking from conviction on the family blessing principles of Psalm 128.

Walking in God’s ways means leaving behind human wisdom and the prevailing view of the culture to embrace the ways of the Lord.

Blessing is given when we honor the roles of father and husband, mother and wife, and children, all centered in the ways of God.

God desires to bless, for us to see and taste that he is good. It all begins with the fear of the Lord – and results in blessing and prosperity, favor from above.

This is a great encouragement as we get ready for the last section of the Psalms – a crescendo of worship our great God truly deserves!

And what a great segue into our annual congregation meeting and our summer series in the Proverbs we are calling Doing Life Well.

Living and loving in Jesus with you, Denis

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Some Upcoming Dates:

May 29 – Kairos Week 7 – Book 5 – Psalm 148

May 29 – Honoring our Graduates

June 5 – Congregation Meeting at 9 & 11. Family worship, start of summer Sunday school, child dedications, vision update

June 12 – Doing Life Well – Wisdom Secrets in the Proverbs

Grow May 20, 2016

MID-WEEK

How can we make the most of the limited number of days we have been given?

I don’t have the entire answer – but I can say this with confidence: Start with worship!

Beloved Brothers and Sisters:

As the fourth book of the Psalms opens, the people of Israel turn back to their beloved leader Moses.

He has things in perspective. As Zeke said Sunday, Moses has “The Balanced View”- an understanding of the big picture.

This same big picture is available to each of us, every day. In the daily rhythms of worship, confession and petition, we can start every day perfectly, as we commune with The Perfect One.

Surely this is the right order for every day, perhaps the best way to number our days?

Imagine this: no matter how bad any given day becomes, starting with worship and adoration of the One who made us makes it perfect.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – you are our dwelling place throughout all generations. May your favor rest on us, and establish the work of our hands, each and every day.

Learning to Live and Love in Jesus each day as a community of worshipers, Denis

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Some Upcoming Dates:

May 21 – New Members Class – 8-noon

May 22 – Kairos Week 6 – Book 5 Psalm 128

May 29 – Kairos Week 7 – Book 5 – Psalm 148

June 5 – Congregation meeting, Family Worship, Start Summer Sunday School, Baby Dedications

Grow May 13, 2016

MID-WEEK

What a privilege we have to connect daily with God in his Word. The truth and grace we find there gives us life. Our prayer life connects us to the only source of life.

Friends

I was so encouraged by Kent and Jill’s message yesterday in Psalm 86. How can you go wrong looking at the prayer life of King David?

He was a man after God’s own heart. He reminds me to earnestly seek after God every day, and to experience the intimacy he had with God.

It was also a perfect Mother’s Day message – considering the many ways that his mother and the women in his family had given him life.

I can’t count how many times I have heard stories of godly mothers and grandmothers having profound generational influence in their families through a life of worship and prayer.

I’m so thankful for the strength of the women in my life, and the women in our congregation. You give life as you mother in the many ways Jill shared yesterday. Keep pressing on!

I’m praying today for our journey through Book IV of the Psalms!

Love in Jesus, Denis

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Some Upcoming Dates:

May 14 – Haiti Mission Trip fundraising breakfast 730-1030 am.

May 15 – Pentecost Sunday and Global Day of Prayer

May 15 – Kairos Week 5 – Book 4 – Psalm 90

May 21 – New Members Class – 8-noon

May 22 – Kairos Week 6 – Book 5 Psalm 128

May 29 – Kairos Week 7 – Book 5 – Psalm 148

June 5 – Congregation Meeting, Family Worship, Start of Summer Sunday School

Grow May 04, 2016

MID-WEEK

Our loving Father wants the people of every nation to know his love, expressed in the gift of his son. He wants to win the maximum reward for the suffering of Jesus. He’s blessed us so that we can bless others!

Beloved,

We are blessed by an awesome loving Father. He calls us out of darkness so we can bless others.

We were a blessing last Sunday at the Flying Pig. I’m so encouraged by the growing creativity and passion in our body to serve, invite and be a blessing.

Remember, Abba is the One who wants to reach every nation. This is the “Missio Dei” – the mission of God. He is the great evangelist.

Jesus loves to be on display in our lives. We are his mobile sanctuaries…

I thought you would enjoy this 21 minute discussion about the Psalms between Bono and Eugene Peterson (author of The Message). Click on this link and scroll down a bit:

http://www.crosswalk.com/blogs/christian-movie-reviews/bono-and-eugene-peterson-deliver-amazing-video-on-the-psalms.html

I’m praying today for our journey through Book III of the Psalms!

Love in Jesus, Denis

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Some Upcoming Dates:

May 8 – Mother’s Day

May 8 – Kairos Week 4 – Psalm 86 – 9 & 11 A.M.

May 15 – Pentecost Sunday – Psalm 90

May 21 – New Members’ Class

June 5 – Congregation Meeting at 9 & 11am

Grow April 20, 2016

MID-WEEK

Father God loves those that seek him with all their hearts. His eyes search the earth for these kind of worshipers. He is amazed by vibrant faith, it makes his heart jump. There is always more of God for those who seek!

Miss a service? Listen to the Podcast on our website.

Brothers and Sisters

Last Sunday, we began a new series in the Psalms. We’re calling the series “Kairos” – a word meaning time, usually used to describe “God’s time”. (“Chronos” usually means ordinary time.)

Our prayer is that God will encounter us as we read and meditate through the Psalms. We are suggesting reading 3 or 4 Psalms a day for the next 40 days.

Ask God to meet you as you “chew on” his Word — and expect him to bless you!

If you missed Sunday, please take 9 minutes to watch this video overview of the book of Psalms. It will bless you!

You will notice this video ends up being a poster – copies are available on the Connect Desk to aid and encourage your study!

Love in Jesus, Denis

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Some Upcoming Dates:

Men: Bible Study Sundays 11-12 in the Baker Room – discussion and application of last week’s message.

April 24 – Kairos Week 2 – Psalm 25 – We will continue to seek refreshing intimacy with God.

April 30 – Prayer Training – Learn how to pray with others for healing! RSVP Marianne at mebeau@gmail.com.

May 1 – Flying Pig Marathon/MCC Bacon Station & Outreach – We will encourage the runners with our Bacon Station then return the PC for ONE SERVICE at 11am.