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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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SUNDAY SNAPSHOT (Story of Grace 2)

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The Story Of Grace… (2) Surprised By Grace

CELEBRATORS… Last week we started a BRAND NEW SERIES – that is going to be UNFORGETTABLE… The Story Of Grace! This particular week we are talking about an idea that I just can’t wrap my brain around – which can only mean it’s GRACE! Have you ever been SURPRISED BY GOD’S GRACE? You simply were the recipient of something that you didn't deserve from God! I’m telling you CELEBRATORS… You simply can't miss this weekend! And Don’t Forget… BRING somebody who needs to hear about GOD’S GRACE with you!

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

GRACE is the vehicle God uses on occasion to ensure that WE get precisely what WE DON'T DESERVE! (Andy Stanley) – WOW!!

The story of JUDAH and TAMAR... He burned with "Righteous Indignation" against the sin of another while conveniently forgetting his own wrongdoing! (Never been there before – have ya?)

Joseph meets his brothers... They were consumed with GUILT for years - Joseph had been consumed with something entirely different... GRACE!

As it turned out - JUDAH never really got what he DESERVED! As is always the case with GRACE - he got what he DESERVED LEAST!

After a lifetime of SIN and HYPOCRISY - Judah was brought to a place of HUMILITY and GRATITUDE! Not by PUNISHMENT but rather by GRACE!

GRACE is not reserved for Good People... GRACE underscores the GOODNESS OF GOD! (Andy Stanley) – Can somebody say WOW!!

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!

3. PowerPackCopa.com – Our “First Friday” was a little over a week ago and it was AMAZING! Starting in MAY – we will be PACKING and DELIVERING over 120+ Bags for TWO MUSD ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS! Thanks for your Generosity Celebrators and KEEP GIVING and 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! Sign-Up for one this weekend!

5. Increased GENEROSITY! (Time/Talents/Treasures) – Thank You for your INCREASED GENEROSITY Celebrators! Keep HONORING GOD with EVERYTHING!!

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

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