Pastor Mark's Weekly Email

Advent: Waiting!

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We’ve been in waiting mode… Advent. A time of waiting. Look at these onlookers (sled dogs) just waiting to pull somebody on a sled. They are waiting for you at the YMCA of the Rockies, near Fraser/Winter Park. They need the exercise.

Our Advent 2016 Message Series: The Genealogy of Matthew: A Bloodline of Grace is filled with grace. Story after story highlighting God’s grace in spite of human sin. Grace is not easy to understand, define, or come to know. It is best experienced.

The root of ‘grace’ is charis in Greek, “I rejoice, I am glad.” Grace is over and above. Grace is undeserved receiving, forgiveness, lavish love. Grace is my daughters and my wife Deone. Grace is my cousin giving us a car after we totaled the family vehicle. Grace is food on the table, a roof over my head, clothes on my body. It’s ripe peaches on top of vanilla ice cream. Its a sunbeam piercing through an overcast sky. A brilliant autumn aspen tree standing against dark pines. Its a lightning bolt that emblazons the stormy night sky. Its the smell in the air after a fresh spring rain. Grace is almost impossible to describe. It is the power behind life, the sustainer of everyday life, and the continual giver of new life. Grace is an infinite gift.

Grace is God’s love in and through Jesus Christ, who lavished grace on us who had in no way earned it and who barely have the ability to receive it. What makes God’s grace so amazing? “That while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

“For to us a child is born, unto us a Savior is given.” May you receive the wonderful gift of Jesus.

See you Sunday – AMAZING GRACE!

Pastor Mark ouzel-falls

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