Mark 2: 23-27

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Mark 2:23-27

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Salt & Light

July 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

A couple of weeks ago, I preachsalted on Matthew 5: 13-16. In this passage, Jesus tells his followers that they are “the salt of the earth” and :”the light of the world”. He doesn’t say you need to learn to be saltier or brighter– he says “you are”.

I think this is a huge thing that Christians need to begin to understand more completely. We are salt and light– not because of what we do, but because of who we are. We are salt and light– not because of our actions, but because of our identity. We are salt and light because Jesus lives in us and he is now our life.

I would say that many Christians (and me for the first 14 years of my Christian walk) think that they need to gain knowledge to be salt and light in the world. So, they go to the church and study, and worship, and take classes, and join groups, and go to retreats… This is all good stuff– but there is a danger that we will live our Christian life separated from the earth and world (instead of being salt and light in the world).candle-flame-1-ajhd

To illustrate the point, I read a portion of an ancient document. It is called the Epistle to Diognetus and was written around 20-30 years after John the Apostle died (around 120AD). It answers a question that was raised during the time as to why Christianity was spreading so fast– why was Christianity impacting the Roman world so strongly.

Here is the explanation the author gives (and with it, a great illustration of what it means to be salt and light in the world):

Christians busy themselves on earth, but their citizenship is in heaven. They live in their own native lands but they live as aliens for every foreign country is to them as their native lands and every native land is a s their foreign country.

 They marry and have children but they do not kill unwanted babies.

 They share their table with everyone, but they don’t share their bed with everyone.

 They love everyone but are persecuted by all. They are poor and make many rich; they are short of everything and yet have plenty of everything.

 They are treated outrageously but behave respectfully. They are mocked and blessed in return. When they do good, they are attacked. When they are attacked, they rejoice as if being given new life.

 

Do you think God still wants his people to be salt and light?

Do you think the world needs some salt (that which preserves and adds flavor) and light these days?

You probably answered “yes” to both of these questions. If so, then I’ll ask another…

Are you willing to leave the safety and comfort of the church to be salt and light to the world?

People are waiting for us. They need the Jesus we need and love.

July 25th News

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First of all, I want to thank those who helped serve at the PIN Ministry grace2flogo-300x150breakfast last Saturday. I love that ministry and how we can serve those in need in such a tangible way… It’s also a lot of fun to cook and work together. If you have never served at a PIN breakfast or Sunday dinner, I would encourage you to give it a try. The dates we are signed up for are listed below. Check them out and maybe schedule your time so you can attend one of there events. Even if you don’t do it again, you will appreciate experiencing the ministry first hand and seeing how it is impacting VA Beach.

This Sunday, we will continue our study of the Gospel of Mark by looking at two stories that focus on the same topic: the Sabbath. To prepare, you can read Mark 2:23-28 and Mark 3:1-6.

You will discover that we see Jesus interacting with the religious leaders again– as they continue to try to figure out who he is and what he is doing. What they find out is that Jesus is different than anyone they had ever encountered– and they are challenged by his words.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Grace2F Happenings…PINMinistrylogo

Here are the up-coming opportunities to serve with the PIN Ministry…

Saturday July 17th – Pancake Breakfast (7:00am-9:30am)
Sunday August 29th – Dinner/Worship Service (3:00pm-5:30pm)
Saturday September 18th – Pancakes (7:00am-9:30am)
Saturday October 30th – Pancake Breakfast (7:00am-9:30am)
Sunday October 31st – Dinner/Worship Service (3:00pm-5:30pm)

Mark 2 18-22

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Mark 2:18-22

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July 17th News

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This week we will continue our study of the Gospel of Mark.grace2flogo-300x150

Last week we saw Jesus heal a leper and a paralytic– and call Levi (Matthew) to follow him. It is amazing how Jesus impacted those around him.

But we also saw something else that I didn’t realize until this week. We saw the introduction of another group of people– the scribes and Pharisees (religious leaders/elite). These people were impacted in a different way.

This week we will see Jesus interact with these religious folks again. We’ll look at Mark 2:18-22 and hear some extrordinary things from Jesus– things that he just might say to us today.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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PIN MinisPINMinistrylogotry Breakfast

This Saturday (July 17th) Grace Family Fellowship is making breakfast with the PIN Ministry. If you are interested in serving contact Tim Adams– cel: 753-5351; e-mail: tim.adams@verbodevelopment.org.

Details below.

WHAT: Prepare breakfast and serve to those in need

WHEN: Sat. July 17th, 7:00am

WHERE: Beach Pentecostal Church (15th and Baltic, VA Beach)

WHO: Anyone interested!

Mark 1:17-Mark 2:17

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Mark 1:17-Mark 2:17

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July 11th News

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Hey everyone… Sorry for a late week entry about this Sunday, but sometimes life gets busy and you don’t get to everything in a timely fashion.

This Sunday (okay… tomorrow) we will get back to our study of the Book of Mark. And, believe it or not, I plan on covering three different stories. We will see Jesus interact with three different men in three different ways– each with a similar result.

To prepare, I encourage you to read Mark 1:40-46 (Jesus Cleanses a Leper; Mark 2:1-12 (Jesus Heal a Paralytic); and Mark 2:13-17 (Jesus Calls Levi).

Looking forward to Sunday (tomorrow)!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Russell House Ministry Opportunity

Dale Browning and I met with some of the residents of Russell House last Wednesday and I am excited about the opportunity to reach out and help these folks pack up their kitchens and prepare for their renovations.

We are still working out the details, but anything we can do will be greatly appreciated. The staff of Russell House has been great to meet and plan with and they, too, are encouraged about our possible involvement.

I’ll give more detailed information as it becomes available, but you can pray about your involvement in this outreach opportunity.

Below is the info I’ve posted before…

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Right across the street from our church is a HUD housing project for Senior Citizens in the Virginia Beach area. It is called Russell House and they are in need of some loving, caring helping hands.

Russell House has received some government stimulus money and are renovating the 112 (ish) apartments in their facility. This will include re-doing all the kitchens.elderly20ladies

As you might guess, as nice as this is, it is a bit of a challenge to prepare the residents for the renovation. Each kitchen must be emptied for the demolition and then items returned after the renovation. The folks there need some help to make this happen.

If you are interested in joining the team from Grace family Fellowship, let me know (doug.haupt@grace2f.org)  Here is the basic information… We will be learning how this will work best as we go.

WHEN:The renovation begins the week of July 12th and will continue through February. Volunteers could help during days or evenings.

WHAT: Packing up the kitchen for a resident. Boxes will be provided. The items will need to be placed in another space in the resident’s apartment. You may need to work with the resident to keep necessary items available (the construction will be a 2 day process). After the renovation is complete, you will return and “set-up” the new kitchen.

WHAT DO YOU NEED:Basically a heart to love and serve. I do not believe that this will be physically demanding. A big part of what we are doing is walking with someone through a process that could be a bit confusing or disruptive. You will probably need patience.

WHO: You; your friends; your kids. Any one. Any students will need to have an adult supervising– but I think this is a great opportunity for our kids to brighten a senior’sday/week/month/year.

I don’t know how much we can help– but I do know that this is a way we can impact our community in a very tangible way.

Dependence Day 2010

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Sunday we celebrated Independence Day here in the United States. This is an exciting and moving holiday, filled with gratitude and passion for the values of our country.freedomwall

It was interesting talking about Independence Day on a Sunday because– as I thought about it– we gather every week in church to proclaim our dependence on God… Our dependence on the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross… our dependence on the continuing work of the Holy Spirit to guide and direct us each moment of each day.

There is a part of the American experience that can be confusing as we consider God’s word: we cherish independence and yet we live in total dependence.

Last Sunday we talked about freedom— and we looked at what Jesus said about it (you can hear the message by going to the “Messages” section of our website and clicking on the message for July 4, 2010).

One thing I appreciated Sunday was an observation by our worship leader, Tim. He said that the freedom we celebrate as Americans came at a cost– people have given their lives so that we can be free as Americans. That “fight” for freedom continues today… It is an on-going battle. Freedom comes with a cost and must be defended constantly.

But the freedom Jesus brings– the freedom he brought through the cross– is cross-10eternal. The battle is over. The victory is won. It doesn’t need to be defended or fought for anymore– it needs to be accepted and enjoyed.

I think that is pretty cool.

I forgot to include something in my message on Sunday that I wanted to pass on here. It comes from Max Lucado, a great pastor, teacher, preacher, and writer. Here is something that Max wrote about freedom that helps me put Independence Day into perspective:

FREEDOM

Freedom is an elusive thing– it’s the carrot on the end of the stick that causes us mules to do the things we do. Jesus spoke of freedom, but he spoke of a different kind of freedom: the type of freedom that comes not through power but through submission. Not through control but through surrender. Not through possessions but through open hands.

God wants to emancipate his people; he wants to set them free. He wants his people to be not slaves but sons. He wants them governed not by law but by love.

We have been liberated from our own guilt and our own legalism. We have the freedom to pray and the freedom to love the God of our heart. And we have been forgiven by the only one who could condemn us. We are truly free!

(from The Inspirational Study Bible, Word Publishing, 1995)

I like that… We are free– maybe it’s time we started living that way.

How Is The Church Going Part 5

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How Is The Church Going part5?

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July 4th News

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Wow! This Sunday is the 4th of July… Independence Day in America.

This Sunday we will finish up our series that has been reflecting on the question:

How Is the Church Going?

Personally, I have found this to be a healthy and encouraging process (I hope you have too!). It is always good to think about where you have been and where you are going. But, more importantly, I think it is good to realize and remember that we are following Jesus– and he is the one leading us on this journey together.

Sometimes I can forget that… And maybe I forget it because of… well… my desire for and love of  “independence” and “freedom”.

chains_brokenThe Bible says a lot about freedom and that’s what we’re going to talk about this Sunday. What does “freedom” mean? How does it work? How do we get it and how do we keep it?

To answer these questions, we’re going to hit a few different passages. You may want to read ahead (in fact, I highly recommend it!)… Here’s some scripture to consider:

John 8:31-36; Romans 8:1-4; Galatians 5:1

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Russell House Ministry Opportunity

Right across the street from our church is a HUD housing project for Senior Citizens in the Virginia Beach area. It is called Russell House and they are in need of some loving, caring helping hands.

Russell House has received some government stimulus money and are renovating the 112 (ish) apartments in their facility. This will include re-doing all the kitchens.elderly20ladies

As you might guess, as nice as this is, it is a bit of a challenge to prepare the residents for the renovation. Each kitchen must be emptied for the demolition and then items returned after the renovation. The folks there need some help to make this happen.

If you are interested in joining the team from Grace family Fellowship, let me know (doug.haupt@grace2f.org)  Here is the basic information… We will be learning how this will work best as we go.

WHEN:The renovation begins the week of July 12th and will continue through February. Volunteers could help during days or evenings. We have a meeting time scheduled for Wednesday July 7th at  10:00am at Russell House to introduce ourselves and our services (how we can help them) to the first group of residents to get “renovated”.

WHAT: Packing up the kitchen for a resident. Boxes will be provided. The items will need to be placed in another space in the resident’s apartment. You may need to work with the resident to keep necessary items available (the construction will be a 2 day process). After the renovation is complete, you will return and “set-up” the new kitchen.

WHAT DO YOU NEED:Basically a heart to love and serve. I do not believe that this will be physically demanding. A big part of what we are doing is walking with someone through a process that could be a bit confusing or disruptive. You will probably need patience.

WHO: You; your friends; your kids. Any one. Any students will need to have an adult supervising– but I think this is a great opportunity for our kids to brighten a senior’s day/week/month/year.

I don’t know how much we can help– but I do know that this is a way we can impact our community in a very tangible way.