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Jun 28th, 2014 by mcc_admin

Remove the Hindrances

“Let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance—every unnecessary weight—and that sin which so readily clings to and entangles us” (Hebrews 12:1, AMP)

Every year, in races such as the Boston marathon, thousands of people sign up for the race who have no intention of winning the race, or even finishing the race. They like the thrill of being in the race and the cheering of the crowd, but they never seriously trained to win the race. So they’ll jog 5-10 miles, and quit the race.

Then there are those who run the race to win—they take their training seriously. They know that if they’re going to win the race, it’ll take discipline, diligence, determination and sacrifice. They know that there are a lot of things they’re going to have to say NO to—things that are not bad in themselves, but they’ll keep you from running the race to your full potential. Any runner who is serious about winning the race knows how important it is to strip down to the barest essentials—to eliminate anything that would SLOW them down or TRIP them up!

Sin has a way of wrapping itself around our feet and tripping us up. All of us have a sin that consistently trips us up: gossip, anger, lying, sexual sins, rudeness, laziness, overspending, greed, pride, complaining, worry, jealousy, fear and so on. If you’re going to run the race of faith to win, you’ll need to strip off every “encumbrance” (lit., “bulk or excess fat”) that would hinder your progress and burden you down, and every “sin that entangles,” i.e., something that wraps itself around your feet and trips you up. »»

What’s New

Family Beach Day
at Ocean Grove
Saturday, July 19 | 10 a.m.

Relax in the sun or enjoy some beach activities! We’ll meet in Ocean Grove near the Main Street entrance. Each family is responsible for its own transportation, admission, food and recreation.

Admission is $8; children under 12 are free when accompanied by an adult. All students must be accompanied by at least 1 adult family member.

There are restrooms, stands with beach food, and umbrellas and chairs are available for rent at the beach. There is a very quaint downtown area with a Victorian feel, with shops and restaurants.
For more information, contact Ernie {973-746-0042 |

Oasis Young Adult Get-Together

Tuesday, July 22 | 6:30—8 p.m.

If you’re between the ages of 18 and 20something, you’re invited to Oasis. We'll be looking at the book of Ephesians, where the apostle Paul shows us our continual need for God's help and demonstrates that everything good we enjoy is an expression of His great love. We meet every other Tuesday at a home in Verona. Contact Ernie {973-746-0042 |}

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.

Men's Local 2:42

Our Men's Bible study is a place where we can talk honestly to one another as men and share our hearts. We seek to impart the truth of God's Word and the spiritual growth, healing, encouragement and strength that can be found uniquely in Jesus Christ. Currently, our study is in the book of Jude.

New members and visitors are always welcome. Join us for a time of teaching, followed by discussion, prayer and fellowship. Coffee, along with doughnuts or bagels, are also provided. We meet Saturday mornings from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at the church.
For more information, email Mark or call the church office.

Gather & Grow Women's Evening Bible Study
Wednesday evenings, 7:30 p.m.
The life of a Christian is meant to be lived alongside others, not alone. To truly flourish as followers of Jesus we need a community of trusted friends who encourage us, care deeply about us, and help us discover the unique ways God works in us and through us. All are welcome. Contact Lilla Langford at

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