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Kingdom Principle: Provision

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Our series of Kingdom Principles continues this Sunday with a look at Matthew 19:16-30.  A young man, who is financially blessed, comes to Jesus and says, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?”  The young man, being happy with Jesus answer, satisfied that he’s done what’s needed, says, “Anything else?” (“What do I still lack?”)  So Jesus gives an additional challenge, “If you want to be perfect, sell everything you have and give it to the poor, and come follow me.”  And the young man goes away sad.

The disciples are a bit alarmed at Jesus answer to this eager rich young man.  Peter says, “Who then can be saved?”

Jesus answer says it all, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

I love this story.  We tend to get lost in the fact that the young man was rich and Jesus told him to sell everything and follow him.  I don’t think any of us have sold everything to follow Jesus.  We react very much like Peter does, “Who then can be saved?”  Exactly.

There is much more going on in this story than Jesus telling a young rich man to sell everything he has.  What do you think it is?  What is it that Jesus is after in this interaction and teaching?  This story fits well into our series on Kingdom Principles.  This Sunday’s principle is Provision.  We have touched on the principles of Humility, Forgiveness, and Grace.  We continue this Sunday with Provision and move on to Desire, Suffering, and Mercy.

See you Sunday,
Pastor Mark

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Kingdom Principles: Grace

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Kingdom Principles!  That’s what we are about in the next few weeks.  We kicked off the year with Humility.  Sunday past we focused on Forgiveness.  And this Sunday future we take a good look at Grace. We will also focus on Desire, Suffering, and Mercy in the coming weeks.

The Kingdom of Heaven is like…”  Jesus is a master story teller revealing the things of God.  This Sunday we welcome Pastor John Terpstra to Crestview, recently retired pastor from Immanuel Church in Fort Collins, CO, and former Pastor of Crestview Church.  He is bringing a message on Grace from the Parable of the Vineyard and the Workers in Matthew 20:1-16.  There will be some time for reflection on the message in the Gathering Room following the worship service in Download.  God’s grace and forgiveness is the ‘great reversal’ of the Gospel.

The better we understand God’s grace the better we will understand God’s will for our lives.  The more we experience God’s grace the freer we will be.  The more we live in and live out God’s grace the happier we will be.

In Him (that is Christ),

Pastor Mark

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Kingdom Principle of Forgiveness

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Time to kick off the holiday malaise and put on the running shoes (so to speak.)  It’s time to ‘shred’ it!  Whether its navigating a powdered slope, or working through a Jillian exercise video or cleaning out the closet – lets ‘shred it.’  We are into a new year and into a new Text of the Quarter (TQ!) and a new preaching series.

Our new TQ is from Philippians 4:4-9, “Rejoice in the Lord always!  And will say it, Rejoice!  Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.  Whatever you have learned or received from me – put it into practice.  And the God of peace will be with you.”

Our new series will focus on Kingdom of God Principles: Forgiveness, Grace, Provision, Desire, Suffering, and Mercy.  This week we will be bringing the shredder into the worship space.  Shredding will become a spiritual experience – come to find out more.  As we look at forgiveness through the Parable of the Unmerciful Servant, we will take a deep look at the Kingdom Principle of Forgiveness.  Read Matthew 18:21-34.  Jesus tells a powerful story about forgiveness in the Kingdom of God.  Forgiveness is a core cognitive and experiential truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Here it is: The outcome of unforgiveness is unbearable.  Unforgiveness leads to death and pain.  The outcome of forgiveness is amazingly beautiful.  Forgiveness leads to joy and freedom.  Let’s unpack that together on Sunday.

Sunday is a comin’, come out for worship and join in the shredding.

Be free,

Pastor Mark

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The Key To Our Unity

Here we are, at the end of year 2017.  What are you thankful for?  How has God brought you and led you through another year of life?  And what are you looking forward too (hoping for) in 2018?

Sunday, we will have the chance to share these answers with one another in worship and reflect on the past, present, and future.  Everyday God gives us is a gift.  My prayer is for God’s continued leading of us, through Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit, to be a light for Him in our communities.  Jesus, lead on!

We step away from the Gospel of Matthew for one week to focus on a message from Philippians 2:1-11, one of my favorite passages in all of Scripture.  Its one of those passages that has sunk deep into my heart and I often rehearse in my spirit.  One of my hopes for 2018 is that there would be continued and deepening unity in the body of Christ, his church.  I pray this specifically for Crestview, but also in a grand way for the church throughout America and the World.  Philippians 2:1-11 gives us The Key to our Unity.  As you read the text for Sunday’s coming message, how does Unity come into being?  What and how does it look like?

It has much to do with Jesus and our response to others in the name of Jesus. See you Sunday, get ready – 2018 is coming soon!

Pastor Mark 

 

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Lessons and Carols with Names of Jesus in Isaiah 9

Christmas for the Christian is all about the coming of ChristChrist means ‘Anointed one’ and referred to the promised Messiah in Hebrew Scripture.  I capitalized it because Jesus, referred to as the Christ in scripture deserves it.  As we have seen in our walk through Matthew, Jesus is the anointed one in many, many, many ways – as King, as Lord, as Prophet, as Priest.

With this term comes separation.  What do I mean by that?  Well, a couple of ways.  First, if you google the term Christ you get an interesting definition.  Two explanations of Christ are given: 1st, ‘a title, treated as a name given to Jesus of Nazareth.  2nd, ‘an oath used to express irritation, dismay, or surprise.’  Notice there is no affirmation of Jesus as the Christ and the opposite of Jesus as the Christ as defined by google is to use the term as a curse.  One definition labels Jesus Lord of heaven and earth and all that is in them while the other one is very much derogatory and treats Christ as a curse word, no more worthy than dirt.  This title for Jesus of Nazareth causes separation because it presents us with choice – will it be ‘the Anointed One’ (capital A), or simply a curse word.

Just to be fair, Jesus as the Christ, also unites.  For everyone who believes in his heart and professes with their lips and seeks to follow him with their life, unites us in reconciliation with our Creator Redeemer God and unites us to his created purposes for our life.  So its not all about separation.
  
On Sunday at 4:30pm, we will gather for our Christmas Eve service and worship our anointed Savior Jesus Christ.  And for the Christian, this makes all the difference in living.  We will celebrate with some readings from Scripture and sing many of the carols of Christmas.

Our Scripture focus for the worship service will be from Isaiah 9:6, “Unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”  If these things describe who Jesus the Christ is, in what ways do you understand these to be true of him?  We can unpack that further together on Christmas Eve.

Come and Worship, Come and Worship, Worship Christ the newborn (anointed) King.”  Come and join the throngs from around the globe in worshipping Jesus, the Christ!

Announcements for the holiday weekend:

  • CHRISTMAS EVE WORSHIP, DEC 24th, 4:30pm!  Don’t miss it.
  • CHRISTMAS DAY EXHALE DEC 25th, at the Quist Home, 5:30-8:00pm.  Mark, Deone, Morgan and Anna invite you to the Quist home for a time of hangout and fellowship after the holiday craziness.  Come one, come all and bring any food you have hanging around the house you’d like to pass on to another.

Peace Out!

Pastor Mark

Pastor Mark Quist and family at Cub Lake in RMNP in winter.