Friday, January 3, 2014

Dedicated to Devotion

A new year is now opening before us. Will it be a year of promise? Will it be a year of trials? What will unfold for our lives? There is no way of knowing for certain what will transpire in these coming days. One thing we do know for certain is that Jesus Christ is Lord and His Lordship will not change or be shaken. This is important for us.

We are invited by our Lord into deepening our relationship with Him. Over the past two years we have looked at the issues of preparing for revival, and the adventure of discipleship--this year we look to deepening our devotion to Christ. What does this entail?

Deepening one's devotion to Christ is both about the Inward Journey as well as the Outward Journey. Building our devotion to Christ is about building into our spiritual experience intentional spiritual disciplines. We will look to these in some detail. It will also involve facing and overcoming the inevitable obstacles that will come our way in this endeavor. Learning to overcome obstacles is so important because neither the carnal self nor our spiritual enemy will be all too pleased that we dare to get serious about this. We will follow up by looking to some biblical patterns for living this inward life. From here we will look to developing the inward graces that we need to become like Christ. Finally we will investigate how all of this makes a difference in developing outward fruit for the glory of God in our community.

Christ is calling us to make a difference in our world. This difference begins with the inner transformation which comes from an intentionally devoted life. Let us move forward with the united intention to become the people Christ calls us to be in this coming year.

Soli Deo Gloria!
Pastor Dave

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Victory In Jesus

While yet a college student I happened across a slim volume written by Calvin Miller and published by InterVarsity Press entitled, The Singer. In opening this book up I discovered the gospel presented in a fictional world and in verse. Here the unforgettable character of the Singer (Christ) was presented as the one who brought the Song of life (the Gospel). Each step of the way he was met with the opposition of the dread Hater (Satan).  I will never forget reading for the first time, the victory of Christ as written by Miller. Here in part is what I found:

He (the Hater) reached the threshold of eternity and found the doorway of the worlds not only open but clearly ripped away. He strained to hear the everlasting wail, the eternal dying which he loved. All was silent. Then he heard the Song.

“No,” he cried. “Give me back the door and key for this is my domain.” He felt again and found the great key at his waist had disappeared.

“Where is the key? Where is the key?” the Hater cried. But all the while the Hater knew. Each man on Terra had a key. And never could they come into the Canyon of the Damned unless they chose to do it. To live there, men would have to reject the Song. . .

This is the victory that Christ won. Death no longer has dominion. Life has been established as the stronger. Only those who reject life and embrace death will receive eternal separation from God. As Miller so aptly puts it in an imaginary conversation between a man and God,

“God, can you be merciful and send me off to hell and lock me in forever?”

“No, Pilgrim, I will not send you there, but if you chose to go there, I could never lock you out.”

This is the month of victory! Share the good news with someone you love this month.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Are You Experiencing God?

Our small groups have kicked off for this Spring and we are focused on Experiencing God. But just what does this imply? Experiencing God is much greater than simply learning more about Him. We can have all kinds of knowledge about God and how he operates in our world and remain aloof from Him and ineffective for His kingdom.

The key aspect in experiencing God, is in becoming aware that your Lord is active all around you. It is surprising how quickly you can see the activity of God in the lives of people once you tune into the fact that God is actively at work.

Awareness is the starting point. From there the question arises. . . what will I do when I see God at work? Just as in the days of the apostles, Jesus' call is the same today -- "follow me and you will become fishers of men." When you see God at work, are you willing to roll up your sleeves and become involved in the work God is already doing? If you are willing to act in this way, you will begin to see God use you and the gifts He has given to you. When you move in faith in this manner the glory will go to your Lord and His kingdom will increase.

Soli Deo Gloria!
Pastor Dave

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Annual Meeting Time

Once again our Annual Meeting is upon us. As we gather on Sunday following our worship service we will be reviewing what God has done among us this past year. More than simply looking past, we also look ahead. What will our future ministry look like and how will that be funded for 2011? How will our leadership change in the coming year?

For anyone interested, our Annual Report can no be found online.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Whom Do You Seek this Christmas Week?

There are just four more days until we celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ. As I was reading in the psalms this morning, Psalm 119:10 spoke to me about my attitude toward my Lord.
Psalm 119:10
With my whole heart I seek you;
let me not wander from your commandments!
"With my whole heart I seek you."

We remember that the shepherds left their flocks at night and sought out Jesus Christ. They put themselves as close to the newly born King of Kings as they could. In understanding who He was, they sought Him out. We are not told how many stables and mangers in Bethlehem they visited before they found the babe wrapped in swaddling cloths. Fact is they were diligent about seeking Him and they found Him because they sought Him with their whole heart. When they finally left His presence they were transformed -- Joy filled their lives and they could not help but tell everyone they met about Jesus.

As I reflected on this scripture, I was forced to ask myself, "Do I really seek the Lord with my whole heart or am I satisfied with simple knowledge about my Lord?" It is so easy to focus on trivial matters within the Bible. God's Word is there to call us into a life-changing encounter with the Spirit of God. In this encounter the Holy Spirit of God can utilize the scripture to bring complete transformation. Such genuine encounters have the power to transform who I am on the inside as well as to transform my habits of speech, actions and all of life.

Do I really seek Him with my whole heart? Right now I do and I commit myself to this approach of continually seeking my Lord and Savior each and every day. How about you?
O Holy Spirit may my heart be truly open to your guidance this very day! May I keep my feet upon the path of the great commandments of my God. May my life today glorify and honor you through my words and deeds. Amen

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Moving Forward with Membership

A Quick update on the progress of updating our membership bylaws.

Today we held a congregational meeting to discuss and vote on our proposed membership bylaws. By a nearly unanimous margin, the new membership bylaws were adopted.

You can click on the link for the MVCC Constitution and Bylaws and navigate to Article VIII to see our newly adopted bylaw change.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Devotionals for a Mobile World

One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to invest some time each day in spiritual growth. Toward that end we would like to help you find FREE resources that can aid and encourage you in the journey toward spiritual maturity.

Mobile Links

For those who are on the go, consider adding a mobile devotional resource:

RBC, the publishers of the devotional booklet "Our Daily Bread" offers a mobile application for the daily devotional of "Our Daily Bread."

RBC also offers access through your mobile device to various daily devotionals:

Our Daily Bread

My Utmost for His Highest

Strength for the Journey

Been Thinking About

Been Thinking About Blog

Our Daily Journey

All of this may be found by clicking: RBC Ministries.