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Schmidt and Griffith Wedding Photos

My pastoral blog is designed for the purpose of “Putting the ‘Local’ back into Church.” When we fail to connect the real life of real people to the Real Jesus we fail in the essence of love. Speaking of love………

I finally have received wedding photos from Blaine and Robin and also from Keith and Linda. Celebrate with both couples.

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Posted on 10th December 2007 in Weddings  •  Comments are off for this post
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Jesus: Understanding your experience

For all of you blog readers who are unable to get to MCA for the Jesus Birthday Celebrations I am including a photo or three of the decorations in Live. Brenda led the deco crew to a fantastic presentation of Christmas ambiance.

In addition to the Live decorations, Dale has accomplished great work in Video Cafe’ (you need to swing in and check it out), Traditions, and EdGE. Fay’s team turned our relationship center into a gorgeous representation of the world. Don’t miss the opportunity to thank the artistic designers and praise God for them and their creations.

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Posted on 5th December 2007 in Christmas, Creativity, MCA Family  •  Comments are off for this post
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Senior Christmas Visitation

Your teen ministry is preparing for their 2007 Senior Christmas Visitation ministry. What a highlight for both the senior adults and the teens. The Christmas baskets the teens provide are filled with fantastic gifts. Yet the power of the event is the fantastic love of Jesus that is experienced.

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God is love.

Posted on 5th December 2007 in Christmas, MCA Family, Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post
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Psalm 151

Jessica, now attending a YWAM Discipleship Training School in Australia, was instructed to write a Psalm and title the work Psalm 151. The general notion of the Psalm was to be that the Lord is not finished inspiring worship and praise and ongoing growth in and through our lives. Worship the Lord with Jessica’s Psalm 151. (Jessica, left and Dara right)

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Of Jessica. A psalm of praise and remembrance.

 

“For me gentle Savior,” I whisper at loss,

“This gracious redemption complete at the cross?

To my incredulous question your answer is clear,

“It was worth it my love, every nail, every jeer.”

May your voice forever find me on my knees.

Your servant is willing, your choice should you please.

For none is more worthy of my all than you,

My Master, dear Maker, see my heart is true.

You alone hold the stars, give the nations your best.

In your arms I know Comfort, Forgiveness, Rest.

 

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Posted on 5th December 2007 in Glocal, MCA Family, Message Response, Ministry Development, Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post
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Local Evangelist and MCA Brother Creates New Web Site

He asked me to wait until the site is a bit more developed, but I have a problem my brother……… it is too good to wait any longer. The awesome, incredible, soul redeeming, spirit healing , God pleasing web site WWW.JESUS907.org is now online and ministering 24/7/365.

I don’t know if I am supposed to give the name of the global evangelist who has created this master piece. So, I’ll just make a few slight hints. He was a missionary in Japan, has ministered in a large number of countries, loves to do street evangelism, has two marvelous daughters, one genius of a dog, preaches at MCA as often as he is able, leads one of our venue services, loves God more today than he did yesterday, walked from Barrow to Anchorage in order to raise awareness of the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Sudan, brought back the cross we honor in our Live venue, visits door to door in one of our areas of intentionality, and the list goes on and on.

Can you believe it? Equip the saints and look at all the cool stuff that flows out to the world God loves.

Just click the link and check out all the good stuff at www.jesus907.org

Posted on 4th December 2007 in Glocal, MCA Family, Message Response, Ministry Development, Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post
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Spreading Christmas Cheer

Your MCA ministry team provides evangelism opportunities galore during the Christmas season. Today, Brenda told me how she is inviting many of her co-workers to our Family Christmas Celebration. The entire culture gives us this season as an opportunity to present our loving Lord. Wouldn’t it be a bummer if Wal-Mart understood the opportunities of Christmas better than the Church does?

Each member seems to have a very favorite service. For some, it is the Christmas Eve Communion, for another it is the Christmas Day service, yet others find the Family Christmas Celebration to be their favorite. Bring your friends, relatives, associates, and neighbors to one or more of the services and events. Let’s see what the Holy Spirit may do in their lives.

Posted on 4th December 2007 in Christmas, Creativity, MCA Family, Message Response, Ministry Development, Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post
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Holding Jesus

One of our young worshipers was mesmerized by the Fontanini Nativity figures. His eyes were wide in appreciation for the beauty of the pieces and for the power of Christ. “Would you like to hold Jesus?” I asked. He shook his head in the affirmative.

Think about it. The God who holds infinity in His grasp, the One who is in matter yet far beyond matter, the One who knows truth and is Truth, resting quietly in Joseph and Mary’s arms.

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Posted on 4th December 2007 in Christmas, MCA Family, Uncategorized  •  Comments are off for this post