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SAT/SUN SNAPSHOT (The Story Of Grace 5)

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The Story Of Grace… (5) Rescued By Grace

CELEBRATORS… Pastor Mat will be bringing one of my FAVORITE STORIES in all of Scripture this weekend! A Story with ‘Remarkable Grace Implications’ ALL over it – you don’t wanna miss it! I can’t hardly wait to hear it myself – but I’ll have to wait till it’s up on Videocast - since I have the privilege to speak this coming weekend at our Daughter Church (COC Metro) in Texas! Please be in PRAYER for Mat and Myself as we share some GRACE with YOU and the incredible folks of Texas! Gonna be a GREAT weekend at both COC and COC Metro – you won’t wanna miss it!

Below is a sneak-peak into a few of the ideas for THE STORY OF GRACE

Psalm 145:8... The LORD is Gracious and Compassionate... Slow to Anger and Rich in Love!

Rescued by Grace… God is both Terrifying and Merciful -- He is both Just and Gracious! (TY Jesus!)

God doesn’t require those with embarrassing labels to shed them as a prerequisite… His GRACE empowers them to do so!

God doesn’t require sinners to stop sinning without first extending GRACE... which empowers them to do so!

God has invited us personally to Join Him in a Relationship initiated by FAITH... not adherence to a set of rules!

People labeled Rahab a “Harlot”... God changed the label to “The Mother of Kings!" (WOW! Only by God's Grace!)

God’s GRACE is Slow to Judge and Quick to Rescue! (Thank You Jesus!)

See You THIS WEEKEND… Celebrators!! 

(Sat) Sequoia Pathways – 5P

(Sun) MHS Performing Arts Center – 9A 

ONE MORE THING - Keep those 2013 COC “SUN STAND STILL PRAYERS” going…

1. COC NEW WORSHIP SERVICES! (Sundays / 9a and Saturdays / 5p)

2. 500+ SALVATIONS! – Over 75+ for the Year! And “23” people took that first step of OBEDIENCE last Saturday through BAPTISM – demonstrating their INWARD FAITH COMMITMENT to JESUS! (WOW!)

3. PowerPackCopa.com – God is BLOWING THIS MINISTRY UP COC! Starting in MAY – we will be PACKING and DELIVERING over 120+ Bags for THREE MUSD ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS – with ONE LAST DELIVERY for the School Year! We’ll be stocking up with both FOOD and CASH through the summer to be ready for the 2013-14 School Year! Thanks for your Generosity Celebrators and PLEASE KEEP “GIVING” and PLEASE KEEP ASKING GOD “WHERE” YOU CAN BE INVOLVED!

4. 25 DNA Small Groups! – Last year we ended with 11 Active Groups – we now have 20 ACTIVE GROUPS! Are you IN COMMUNITY somewhere? YOU NEED TO BE… Sign-Up for one this weekend!

5. Increased GENEROSITY! (Time/Talents/Treasures) – Thank You for your INCREASED GENEROSITY Celebrators! Remember the keys to “BALANCE” with your FINANCES… 1. Reference Point (KNOWING where your Money’s GOING!) 2. Keep it BALANCED! (Honoring God with EVERYTHING!) 3. Make Constant Corrections! (1. Debt (Get out of it!) / 2. What Do I Do with my EXTRA? (Be RICH towards GOD FIRST!) / 3. Financial Appetites (Dealing with Discontentment)) 4. Flip Your LIST! (SEEK FIRST… God’s Way in your FINANCES… 1. GIVE (God) 2. SAVE 3. LIVE on the rest!)

6. A Place To Call HOME! (LAND) – Keep Praying Celebrators! Let God know the ‘Desires Of Our Heart!’

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SUNDAY SNAPSHOT (Story of Grace 4)

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The Story Of Grace… (4) Ruled By Grace

CELEBRATORS… WOW!! Pastor Mat did AWESOME last Week #3 of ‘The Story Of Grace!’ I think one of my favorite thoughts – as he introduced to us where the OT Law entered into the Biblical picture – was… “God initiated a RELATIONSHIP with His people before He even told them what the RULES were!” That assures us one-thing folks – when it comes to Law and Grace‘The GRACE of God always precedes the LAW of God’s GRACE!’ This week (Ruled By Grace) we finish with the last Six Commandments – and explain WHY they were implemented and HOW they are to still be implemented today! You won’t wanna miss it!

Below is a sneak-peak into a few of the ideas for THE STORY OF GRACE

Never Forget… God's Laws/Commands are not meant to HARM YOU - but rather to PROTECT YOU! (That's GRACE in its purest form!)

Maximum Freedom in life - is ALWAYS found UNDER the AUTHORITY OF GOD! (That's where REAL GRACE comes from!)

God didn't give us HIS LAW/COMMANDS to "MAKE US GOOD"... He gave us HIS LAW/COMMANDS to show us just how "NOT GOOD" we really are!

God's Laws/Commands confront Humanity with BOTH... The SERIOUSNESS OF SIN (And...) The DEPTH OF GOD'S GRACE!

God's Laws/Commands don't stand in CONTRAST TO GRACE... they were given to us BECAUSE OF HIS GRACE!

WHAT IF...? In the messes of your life - you don't view God's Laws/Commands as Prohibitions - but rather... EXPRESSIONS OF HIS GRACE?

The purpose of God's Laws/Commands was not to MAKE US GOOD - but rather to KEEP US FREE! (BAM!!)

See You THIS WEEKEND… Celebrators!! 

(Sat) Sequoia Pathways – 5P

(Sun) MHS Performing Arts Center – 9A 

ONE MORE THING - Keep those 2013 COC “SUN STAND STILL PRAYERS” going…

1. COC NEW WORSHIP SERVICES! (Sundays / 9a and Saturdays / 5p)

2. 500+ SALVATIONS! – Over 75+ for the Year! And “23” people took that first step of OBEDIENCE last Saturday through BAPTISM – demonstrating their INWARD FAITH COMMITMENT to JESUS! (WOW!)

3. PowerPackCopa.com – God is BLOWING THIS MINISTRY UP COC! Starting in MAY – we will be PACKING and DELIVERING over 120+ Bags for THREE MUSD ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS – with ONE LAST DELIVERY for the School Year! We’ll be stocking up with both FOOD and CASH through the summer to be ready for the 2013-14 School Year! Thanks for your Generosity Celebrators and PLEASE KEEP “GIVING” and PLEASE KEEP ASKING GOD “WHERE” YOU CAN BE INVOLVED!

4. 25 DNA Small Groups! – Last year we ended with 11 Active Groups – we now have 20 ACTIVE GROUPS! Are you IN COMMUNITY somewhere? YOU NEED TO BE… Sign-Up for one this weekend!

5. Increased GENEROSITY! (Time/Talents/Treasures) – Thank You for your INCREASED GENEROSITY Celebrators! Remember the keys to “BALANCE” with your FINANCES… 1. Reference Point (KNOWING where your Money’s GOING!) 2. Keep it BALANCED! (Honoring God with EVERYTHING!) 3. Make Constant Corrections! (1. Debt (Get out of it!) / 2. What Do I Do with my EXTRA? (Be RICH towards GOD FIRST!) / 3. Financial Appetites (Dealing with Discontentment)) 4. Flip Your LIST! (SEEK FIRST… God’s Way in your FINANCES… 1. GIVE (God) 2. SAVE 3. LIVE on the rest!)

6. A Place To Call HOME! (LAND) – Keep Praying Celebrators! Let God know the ‘Desires Of Our Heart!’

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