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SATURDAY/SUNDAY SNAPSHOT (The Story Of Grace 7)

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The Story Of Grace… (7) Puzzled By Grace

CELEBRATORS… Happy Birthday COC! Can’t hardly believe that it’s been SEVEN YEARS since COC launched in Maricopa! And now… here we are with over 1000+ people that call COC their ‘Home’ and the most AMAZING NUMBER… close to 600+ people who have CROSSED from DEATH to LIFE! Only by God’s GRACE can we CELEBRATE what HE’S DONE here in this small town! And speaking of GRACE… you DO NOT want to miss the second half of this Series! It’s been AWESOME and we continue this week looking at how PUZZLING God’s Grace is!

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

GRACE IS… PREDICTABLY… UNPREDICTABLE!

JONAH found out the hard way... YOU CAN RUN FROM GODBUT YOU CAN’T OUTRUN HIM!

JONAH… The PURPOSE of GOD’S DISCIPLINE was not to PAY HIM BACK … but rather to BRING HIM BACK! (WOW!)

Ck-out Jonah 2:3... DISCIPLINING GRACE is certainly not PLEASANT at the time… but it’s APPRECIATED LATER! To RUN from GOD is to RUN from GRACE!

JONAH found himself caught in a CONFLICT OF GRACE… He was QUICK to ASK FOR IT… but not QUICK to DISPENSE IT!

JONAH wanted JUSTICEGOD insisted on MERCY! (WOW!)

JONAH wanted JUDGMENTGOD opted for COMPASSION! (WOW!)

Ask yourself today... WHO ARE THE NINEVITES IN YOUR LIFE?

Are you going to continually be consumed with YOU or THEM?

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 80+ for the Year!

3. PowerPackCopa.com – God is BLOWING THIS MINISTRY UP COC! 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! –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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The Story Of Grace 6

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The Story Of Grace… (6) Sustained By Grace

CELEBRATORS… Can’t hardly wait for this coming weekend at COC! Huge CELEBRATION as we honor our Mom’s (Mother’s Day) and we honor Generosity with Baby Dedication (Giving BACK to God what He has given to us!)! We also continue our walk in ‘The Story of Grace’ with a ‘timeless classic’ story from the OT… DAVID! ‘Of whom MUCH is GIVEN… MUCH is REQUIRED’ – soooooo thankful for GRACE for those of us who’ve been GIVEN MUCH but haven’t GIVEN MUCH back! God’s GRACE SUSTAINS us - even when we FAIL!

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

Fortunately… For those of us who “HAVE BEEN GIVEN MUCH” and are thus RESPONSIBLE FOR MUCH… there is “MUCH”… GRACE!

2 Samuel 7:11-16… God made David a PROMISE... A PROMISE that was rooted in GRACE – not in PERFORMANCE! (WOW!)

DAVID SINNED and GOD RESPONDED!

-Sometimes the DISCIPLINE ITSELF - IS AN EXPRESSION HIS GRACE! (Let that one sink in!)

Psalm 51:1… David UNDERSTOOD that the grounds for REDEMPTION and FORGIVENESS are found EXCLUSIVELY in GOD’S UNFAILING LOVE!

In the end... GOD NEVER WITHDREW HIS PROMISE TO DAVID! After all... it was never really about DAVID... it was always about GOD'S UNFAILING LOVE!

Because of GOD’S GRACE… He can always take your MESS and RE-WRITE YOUR STORY – if you are truly REPENTANT and accept GOD’S DISCIPLINE as a FORM OF HIS GRACE!

REGARDLESS of WHAT YOU’VE DONE

REGARDLESS of HOW FAR YOU’VE STRAYED

REGARDLESS of HOW YOU FEEL

GRACE… IS ALWAYS WAITING TO “SUSTAIN” YOU!

 

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 80+ for the Year!

3. PowerPackCopa.com – God is BLOWING THIS MINISTRY UP COC! 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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