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We wrapped up the Money series last week (still blown away by the response and can’t wait to see what God creates in us and through us over the next few weeks, months, years, decades…) and we don’t start the Love and Marriage series until next Sunday.

So…

I’m going to teach on a fairly well-known text that I’ve never taught before.

And you won’t ever read this text the same way again.

Which means that your mind is going to be blown, your heart is going to melt and your life is going to change.

Matthew 28:16-20.

Read it. Journal about it. Pray over it. Invite friends to come with you on Sunday as we experience it together.

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Last Sunday, we talked about why Advent Conspiracy is so critical to the life of our church:

  • The longing and anticipation of Advent is a universal experience;
  • The opportunity to recover Christmas as a season of compassion is about people – real faces, real names, real lives, real needs.
  • The tangible step of trusting God – not money and stuff – for our security and satisfaction.

In 1 Chronicles 29:9, King David calls on the people to volunteer to give to the work of building the temple. They give with radical generosity – this is the summary of their response and what I’m asking God to do in our midst this Sunday:

Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord.

So as you’re praying and planning for Sunday, remember two things:

  • Give willingly…freely…with your whole heart. You don’t have to give…our hope is that you’ll want to give.
  • Joy. Giving entails loss but this kind of giving produces joy and not grief because the gains outweigh the costs.

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John Owen teaches us what it looks like to delight in God when we gather for worship.

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So I’m working on what I’m going to say on Sunday and I need to tell you something, but…

Well, what I need to say is the kind of thing I don’t like to say for two reasons:
1. Some of you won’t be at the gathering on Sunday; and
2. I am around churches that hype every week as the BIGGEST AND BEST SUNDAY IN THE HISTORY OF SUNDAYS!!!!!! Truth is, life simply doesn’t work that way. Sometimes today was better than yesterday, sometimes yesterday was better than today – and most of the time there’s not a whole lot of difference in our life from day to day.

So having said all of that, I’m looking at what’s coming together from Acts 1:8 and am stunned by what’s waiting for us on Sunday. In God’s timing and grace, we’re coming eyeball-to-page with Jesus’ promise to give us his Spirit who empowers us for his work in this world.

Without preaching to you here and now, I’ll just say this – I’m asking you to pray on your own and to show up on Sunday at 9:30 to pray that God would do Acts 1:8 in our midst: to melt us with his love and to mobilize us to convince the world around us that there’s a God who loves them deeply.

Biblically and historically, this is the language of revival. And because that word is both misunderstood and abused by students and Christians of a different theological flavor, we ignore and sometimes roll our eyes at talk of God doing such a thing.

But here’s the thing – to ignore or blow off what God has providentially set before us would be foolish – I believe he plans to pour out his Spirit on us in a way that convinces us in a new and powerful way that our God is great and good and glorious and gracious.

So if you have people around you who need to see Jesus, invite them to come with you. I know there are reasons to not invite them – you’re risking your relationship, they’re not interested, etc. – I’m giving you permission to roll the dice. Everything they need is something that only Jesus can provide – so bring them to meet Jesus on Sunday morning.

I love y’all and can’t wait to see what God is up to…

Matt

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I regularly get asked where folks can get the songs we play on Sunday mornings, so i figured I would periodically  throw them up them for everyone to get if you would like. (all of these are itunes links)

Gathering Song-You Have Always Been Faithful

Satisfied

O For A Thousand Tongues

In The Shadow of the Glorious Cross  not nationally released yet

Communion-Calmer of My Troubled Heart

The Power of the Cross(O to See the Dawn)

How Great Thou Art

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Guest Blogger: Frank McKinley

Imagine you’ve been gone on vacation for the week and you come home to find your home is ransacked.

First, you feel angry. And why wouldn’t you? You’ve been violated. Your security has been smashed to bits by some stranger scrounging around for something to sell for a fix.

Your reaction to a home invasion like a burglary reveals what you love most.

Consider this. You’ll fight to maintain your way of life. You’ll work harder; maybe, you’ll even take a job that seems beneath you. You’ll spend less, eating at home instead of your favorite restaurant. You’ll give up hobbies that might have enthralled you once but now seem like luxuries.

If you want to know why you have trouble reaching out to others, look into your heart. You can’t love too many things at once. In fact, you can only deeply love one thing with all your energy. It doesn’t matter how it looks on the outside. It may be scattered among different faces. The underlying attachment, though, is to just one thing.

What’s yours?

Any addiction is a killer of the love we have for others and for God. The idol we build in the suburbs is security. When that captures our attention and creates worry and tension, we rob ourselves of the opportunity to give our love away. After all, you can’t share something you’ve already sold.

Do you want to engage the world around you? Run to the cross. Consider Jesus who took on all the guilt of your slavery and its life-choking power.  He laid aside His glory and took on your poverty. Now you can be freed from what controls you.
Read the words of the hymn which says:

“My chains are gone, I’ve been set free.
My God, my savior has ransomed me.
And like a flood His mercy reigns,
Unending love, amazing grace.”

Christian, the prison door is open. Walk away from that which steals your heart. Don’t look back. Give your heart fully to Jesus. You’ll have His unending love to give to the hurting people in your life who need it most.

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Music and Worship

This is a great discussion on Music and Worship. This is the 7th installment of this series check out all of them. This is put on by some of our Acts 29 friends. Check it out here. This is a good resource.

Here is what our church is about when it comes to music and worship. check it out here.

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