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God’s Will/My Will: Anxious vs Non-Anxious Presence: What, Why, How

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God’s Will/My Will: Anxious vs Non-Anxious Presence: What, Why, How
Romans 11:33-12:2

Crestview Family,

So glad to be ‘back in the saddle’!  This week, we begin a series on exploring together the holy/human weave of God’s will and our will.  How do these two truths come together?  We know we have been created by God and made in his image.  We also know that Jesus is the Lord of our lives.  We also know that God created us with a free will to act and be and choose as we exercise our will.  So how do these things come together? Not only in understanding, but in the everyday rhythms of daily living?  

On one hand, the answer is easy and simple to embrace, embody, and engage.  On the other hand, it’s extremely complex and far reaching.  Where do we begin to understand the convergence and concurrence of these two powerful truths – God’s will and our will?  And why does it matter anyway?


Where do we begin to understand the convergence and concurrence of these two powerful truths – God’s will and our will?  And why does it matter anyway?


Eugene Peterson says this is the ‘essential’ question of our lives to understand.  Not a religious question, it’s the ‘essential’ question of life as we know it.  I’d like to begin with focusing for two weeks on the need rather than the ‘theology’ of it all.  

Why is it so important for us to gain knowledge and understanding of who God is and who we are? It has something to do with Glory (of God), Fear (of the Lord), and Wisdom (of God).  We begin this week with need.  And then peel back the layers in going deeper.

Our text for the next 7 weeks will be from Romans 11:33-12:2 (a familiar text of the quarter from a few years ago).  Let’s solidify this text into our memory over the next 7 weeks.  So much to devour and take in with these few verses.  As you read it, memorize it, let it seep into your heart and mind, do you see any clues as to how God’s will and our will comes together in a beautiful ‘holy/human weave?’

See you Sunday,
  Mark 

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Sabbatical Review/ Thank you!

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Sabbatical Review/Thank You! The Gift you gave enriched my Relationship with God and with Deone
Communion 1021

Crestview Faith Family,

It’s been awhile since I’ve written a weekly email and I’m looking forward to seeing you!  Sunday will be our first worship service of the fall season and we will kick it off with a fellowship meal after worship (potluck sharing), a fellowship meal during the service (The Lord’s Supper), and we get to meet with God together.  So come ready to worship, feast and fellowship.  

My desire in the coming months is to explore together the intersection of God’s will and our will.  When it comes to God’s will and our will, Eugene Peterson says, “The intersection of God’s Will and my will is the center of everything.  How do they intersect?  It’s the central question of everything.  Not a special religious question, it’s the question.”  Our discovery of insights and answers to this question inform our lives in the most significant ways that life’s gift can embrace, embody, and engage.  When we understand better the intersection of God’s will and our will, we will begin to worship well, love well, care for others and the world well. Not to mention finding joy and peace while engaging in a life of deep meaning and purpose.   

This will take us to the heart of God’s Word, turning our gaze to creation and redemption, bringing us to purposeful response and engagement…  and many more places… looking forward to Sunday for feasting and fellowship.

Filled up!  
Pastor Mark

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Letting Scripture Take Root

Guest Speaker Pastor Paul Jorden: Letting Scripture Take Root

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Letting Scripture Take Root

Luke 8:4-14

As our summer series on Sabbatical Rest draws to a close, how can we resist the temptation to allow BUSYNESS to (once again?) consume us? How can we find spiritual replenishment even as our fall schedules again get filled with activities? What spiritual practices can we establish that will allow us to maintain a posture of calm even in a chaotic world?

Jesus answers that question by telling a story. A story about the importance of preparing the soil for the seed of God’s Word. What can this well-known parable tell us about keeping our hearts open and soft and receptive to his work in our lives?

Join us on Sunday to find out.

Blessing!

Paul

Pastor Mark's Reflections

Pastor Mark’s Final Summer Reflections

September 2022

Thank you Crestview Church! 

When the council graced me with a sabbatical some time ago, I was filled with anticipation of what this time could be.  To summarize in one sentence, this sabbatical time has enriched my relationship with God, Deone, my family, and some significant long term friendships

Since the last sent update of sabbatical, Deone and I have had extended time together on the open road, living out of a tent, sleeping under the stars, with a ‘front row ticket to God’s theatre’ (quote from Eugene Peterson) in places like the Tetons, Yellowstone, Glacier, the Sawtooth Mountains (Idaho), Bryce, Zion, the Grand Canyon, Canyon of the Ancients, and Ouray/Ridgway.

We watched the moon wax and wane for days, woke up to sunshine on our face each morning, making coffee and frying eggs and toast on a camping stove before heading out for a hike, a float, or a bike ride.  And all the while, sharing it together in tandem company with each other and God.  I trust you can ‘hear and see’ the goodness of God to us in the gift of sabbatical that you all, as a faith community, have given to us. 

We look forward to a return to the regular ministry rhythms and relationships with everyone that have been put on necessary pause during this sabbatical time.  See you soon.

On September 25th, my plan (Lord willing) is to give some further insight into the ways God has met me through his Word, Spirit, Creation, and people.

 Shalom,

Pastor Mark  

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Lead Something?

Guest Speaker Pastor Doug Kennedy: Lead Something?

Message

Lead Something?
Judges 9:7-15

Do you have a feeling in your gut that something needs change?  Do you often daydream about what God might be asking you to do?  If so, then Judges 9 is for you.  This great leadership parable will help us navigate those feelings of needing and wanting something more. Come and learn how you might be like a tree from this ancient text. 

Doug Kennedy

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Pursuing Justice

Guest Speaker Pastor Doug Kennedy: Pursuing Justice

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Pursuing Justice
Luke 18:1-8

How can we have justice on earth?   This parable of the persistent widow gives us some clues.  This is often seen as a passage about prayer and it is, but it has much to say about making the world around us just.  There is a power in a life of faith that plugs away at what is right.

Doug Kennedy

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Enjoying God

Guest Speaker Pastor Rick Ebbers: Enjoying God

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Enjoying God
Exodus 20:1-3, Psalm 16:8-11, & John 10:10

Rest is rooted in trust.  If you are in a place where risk is high and trust is low, you cannot rest.  So if you find that you can’t rest, it might be because you’re trusting the wrong god.  

For most of us, our primary counterfeit god is ourselves.  And we require things from ourselves that God simply does not.  In fact, what God desires for us is to enjoy him and the life he died and rose to grant us. God invites us to enjoy him, which creates an environment that allows us to rest well.

Rick 

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Trusting God’s Goodness Like Christ

Guest Speaker Pastor Jacci Busch: Trusting God’s Goodness Like Christ

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Trusting God’s Goodness Like Christ
HCLD 1, Romans 14:7-12

Discouragement and disillusionment come when we forget who we are and who’s we are. It’s easy as we live life and experience disappointments to wonder why we have to suffer if God is so good and so powerful. What are we missing?

In the sermon, I hope to encourage us to look to the truths of how we belong to Christ. How good it is to belong to the Lord. Our identity as his children means that we can risk anything and trust that no matter how we may fail, he will catch us. In fact, “not a hair can fall from my head without the will of my Father in heaven.” God is good and loving and his will prevails. 

If we can keep a kingdom perspective we can hope for our redemption in Christ. This perspective helps us overcome our discouragement because it enables us to trust in God and hope for what is unseen. “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Heb. 11.1). God does have a plan. He is Good and He is in control. So we have hope.

Finally, we can suffer with Christ while we live in this broken world. If we see our sufferings as a way to identify with Christ we can be kind to ourselves and to others. We can soothe our suffering and have compassion for ourselves and others if we name our feelings, see those feelings in the context of our community, and be kind to ourselves by asking for what we need.

See you all on Sunday!  Thanks again for the opportunity to bring a message!

Sincerely,
Jacci Busch