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Dec 29th, 2014 by mcc_admin

A Call to Whole-Hearted Devotion

“You have refused to obey the commands of the Lord and have worshiped the images of Baal instead.” Thus says the prophet Elijah to the infamously wicked King of Israel, Ahab in 1 Kings 18:18. We like to think we are better than King Ahab, but sometimes we too worship false gods. How can we tell?

~ False gods promise to meet your need to be valued if you give your devotion, time, money and service to them.
~ False gods take the good gifts that God gives and twists, distorts, and perverts them into something that God never intended.

In fact, false gods can only offer poor imitations of what they promise:

  • God offers an an unselfish and unconditional love — False gods offer the brief gratification of lust and short-lived romantic feelings.
  • God offers true freedom that liberates — False gods offer the enslavement of desire and call it freedom.
  • God offers genuine, lasting peace — False gods offer sedatives to numb us and call it peace.
  • God offers a deep and everlasting joy — False gods offer the pleasure of sin for a momentary season
  • God offers meaning and eternal significance — False gods offer the frenzied pursuit of fleeting success
  • God offers security and contentment — False gods offer the “deceitfulness of riches”
  • God offers His life, power, and presence — False gods offer the futility of living a life independent from God

Is there a false god that you have been trying to find your sense of value in? That has been keeping you from wholehearted devotion to Jesus Christ? Are you ready to take a stand and surrender yourself in total devotion to God? What specific steps of obedience are you going to take today?

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. ~ 1 John 2:15-17 NLT

Small is BIG at MCC

God uses community–those relationships in our lives–to open our hearts, break unhealthy patterns and transform our lives. And God uses small groups to help us develop those vital connections with other believers.

Called Aside Women's Group begins a study on the book of Nehemiah, starting on February 25. Called Aside meets Wednesday mornings, 9:45 am, in MCC’s conference room.

Click here to find out about our small groups and Bible studys.

Marriage Small Group

The Story of Marriage
Video Series

"Once Upon A Time...marriage was forever. It was a covenant that knit one man and one woman together. This weaving made both people stronger, nobler and more vibrant expressions, of why they were created to be. They were better together than either had been on their own.

How did we lose touch with this profound love story?

We invite you to rediscover God's original plan. Whether you're married, single, or engaged, your story is a part of His."
You are invited to join in a 6 week DVD study with John and Lisa Bevere called, The Story of Marriage. Interactive books will be needed and cost $10 a person. For more information or to RSVP, contact Dean and Kathleen, temple647@gmail.com.

It's not too late to join us! Meeting dates are on Fridays: March 6, March 20, April 17, May 1 and May 15. We will meet from 7:15 - 9 pm at MCC.

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For Men Only

Men’s Breakfast
All men and teenage boys are invited to join us for a delicious breakfast at IHOP on Saturday, March 28th at 7:15 am. Afterwards, we’ll go to the church for the men’s bible study led by Mark DiQuattro. Come for the breakfast, the bible study or both. The expected cost is $10 – 12 per person. IHOP is located at 1129 Broad St in Bloomfield. Contact Joe jsox26@aol.com for more details or to sign up.

Men’s Book Group
The men will be reading the book, AHA by Kyle Idelman and discussing it on Friday, April 10th. We've all had aha moments in our lives when a sudden revelation surprises us with insights. The book explains how we can have these aha moments in our spiritual lives and uses the story of the prodigal son to illustrate it. We'll start the night with pizza and wings at 7:00 pm and then discuss the book. Contact Joe jsox26@aol.com for more details or to sign up.

NY Yankees Tickets
Everyone is invited to come watch the NY Yankees play the Seattle Mariners and Robinson Cano on Friday, July 17th at 7:05 pm. This year we are sitting on the Main Level (Section 205 in Left Field). These tickets are usually $60 each, but we were able to get them for half price so the cost is $30. There are only 50 tickets available so sign up soon before they are all gone. Contact Joe jsox26@aol.com for more details or to sign up.

Mothers of Preschoolers

Are you a mother of preschool children looking to connect with other moms?
You are not alone! Join us for our next MOPS meeting to meet other moms, relax and be encouraged. Our next meeting is Thursday, March 26. For more information, click here.

Join Us for Prayer

Every Sunday from 9:45-10:15 a.m., a group gathers to pray for our church and community in Pastor Ernie’s office. To get there, take the elevator to the top floor and turn right. Pastor Ernie’s office is the second door. Please join us!

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