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Live Risky Jan. 28, 2015

Posted: January 23, 2015 in Uncategorized

Welcome to the Gathering

Jan. 28, 2015

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Live Risky – Dan Leavitt

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The Denver Gathering Community Church

January 25, 2015

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Proverbs 3:5 (TLB)

4-5 If you want favor with both God and man, and a reputation for good judgment and common sense, then trust the Lord completely; don’t ever trust yourself.

Isaiah 48

3I foretold the former things long ago,
my mouth announced them and I made them known;
then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass.
For I knew how stubborn you were;
your neck muscles were iron,
your forehead was bronze.
Therefore I told you these things long ago;
before they happened I announced them to you
so that you could not say,
‘My images brought them about;
my wooden image and metal god ordained them.’
You have heard these things; look at them all.
Will you not admit them?

“From now on I will tell you of new things,
of hidden things unknown to you.
They are created now, and not long ago;
you have not heard of them before today.
So you cannot say,
‘Yes, I knew of them.’
You have neither heard nor understood;
from of old your ears have not been open.
Well do I know how treacherous you are;
you were called a rebel from birth.
For my own name’s sake I delay my wrath;
for the sake of my praise I hold it back from you,
so as not to destroy you completely.
10 See, I have refined you, though not as silver;
I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.
11 For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this.
How can I let myself be defamed?
I will not yield my glory to another.

  1. Small dreams
  2. Skeptical minds
  3. Stubborn hearts
  4. Selfish motivations
  5. Selective memories

What do I want to do with my life?

 

  1. My passions________________

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Psalm 37:4 (VOICE)

Take great joy in the Eternal!

His gifts are coming, and they are all your heart desires!

Hosea 6:6
I’m after love that lasts, not more religion. I want you to know God, not go to more prayer meetings.

  1. My gifts ___________________

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1 Peter 4:10New Living Translation (NLT)

10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

 

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Message 4-11 God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful:

wise counsel    – teaching words of wisdom

clear understanding – knowledge

simple trust  – faith

healing the sick  – healing

miraculous acts –  powerful signs and wonders

proclamation – prophecy

distinguishing between spirits – discernment

tongues – diverse languages

interpretation of tongues – interpretation

All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. He decides who gets what, and when.

  1. My experience _____________

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Hebrews 5:12-13New International Reader’s Version (NIRV)

12 By this time you should be teachers. But in fact, you need someone to teach you all over again. You need even the simple truths of God’s word. You need milk, not solid food. 13 Anyone who lives on milk is still a baby. That person does not want to learn about living a godly life.

Romans 5:3-4 (NLT)

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.

  1. My Vision for My Ministry

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  1. You passion
  2. Your gift
  3. Your experience
  4. Your ministry

Risk being the church to the world

 

 

Next Week: Bold Love

Shot 3 times in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater, Pierce says he forgives the shooter and wants to share the Good News of Jesus with him.

Shot 3 times in the Aurora, Colorado movie theater, Pierce says he forgives the shooter and wants to share the Good News of Jesus with him.

This was an amazing testimony of God’s grace.

The Bold Life Jan. 11, 2015

Posted: January 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

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 The Denver Gathering Community Church

January 11, 2015

Bold Life

“But David found strength in the Lord his God.”  NIV

but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.  KJV

1 Samuel 30:6b

Romans 16:17-18

17 I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. 18 For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

Hindrances to Life

  1. Selfishness

Luke 12:15The Message

15 Speaking to the people, he went on, “Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.”

Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

James 4:3

You ask and do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures.

Ezekiel 33:31

“They come to you as people come, and sit before you as My people and hear your words, but they do not do them, for they do the lustful desires expressed by their mouth, and their heart goes after their gain.

Philippians 2:1-4The Message (MSG)

If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.

James 3:14-16The Message (MSG)

Live Well, Live Wisely

13-16 Do you want to be counted wise, to build a reputation for wisdom? Here’s what you do: Live well, live wisely, live humbly. It’s the way you live, not the way you talk, that counts. Mean-spirited ambition isn’t wisdom. Boasting that you are wise isn’t wisdom. Twisting the truth to make yourselves sound wise isn’t wisdom. It’s the furthest thing from wisdom—it’s animal cunning, devilish conniving. Whenever you’re trying to look better than others or get the better of others, things fall apart and everyone ends up at the others’ throats.

  1. Bitterness

Story of Joe Moore: “I don’t deserve to be bitter”

After being let out of prison for a crime he did not commit, Joe Moore was asked if he we bitter. He said, "I don't deserve to be bitter. Jesus died on  a cross for me"

After being let out of prison for a crime he did not commit, Joe Moore was asked if he we bitter. He said, “I don’t deserve to be bitter. Jesus died on a cross for me”

Hebrews 12:15 (NIV)

15 See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Matthew 5:23-24

“Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.

Grace overcomes bitterness!

Matthew 6:14-15New International Version (NIV)

14 For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

The Ultimate Life

Romans

5 1-2 By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that’s not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.

3-5 There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers

to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

6-8 Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him.

9-11 Now that we are set right with God by means of this sacrificial death, the consummate blood sacrifice, there is no longer a question of being at odds with God in any way. If, when we were at our worst, we were put on friendly terms with God by the sacrificial death of his Son, now that we’re at our best, just think of how our lives will expand and deepen by means of his resurrection life! Now that we have actually received this amazing friendship with God, we are no longer content to simply say it in plodding prose. We sing and shout our praises to God through Jesus, the Messiah!

“I got to thank God for everything”   – Shon Mondragon

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Jan. 4, 2015

Boldly to the Throne

Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.

                                                                             Hebrews 4:14 Holman Christian Standard Bible

Esther

Esther 4:16  (NIV)

16 “Go, gather together all the Jews who are in Susa, and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my attendants will fast as you do. When this is done, I will go to the king, even though it is against the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

Shadrach, Meshach and Abendigo

Daniel 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered, “Your Majesty, we will not try to defend ourselves. 17 If the God whom we serve is able to save us from the blazing furnace and from your power, then he will. 18 But even if he doesn’t, Your Majesty may be sure that we will not worship your god, and we will not bow down to the gold statue that you have set up.”

Abraham

Genesis 22 (NIV)

22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.

9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”

“Here I am,” he replied.

12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”

13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”

Jesus

Luke 22:42  (NIV)

42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

Three Hindrances

2 Timothy 1:7-8

God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love, and of self-discipline.

  1. Lack of self-discipline

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

  1. Weak faith

Hebrews 11:6

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

  1. Lack of love

1 Corinthians 13 The Message (MSG)

13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

2 If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.

Love cares more for others than for self.

Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.

Love doesn’t strut,

Doesn’t have a swelled head,

Doesn’t force itself on others,

Isn’t always “me first,”

Doesn’t fly off the handle,

Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,

Doesn’t revel when others grovel,

Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,

Puts up with anything,

Trusts God always,

Always looks for the best,

Never looks back,

But keeps going to the end.

8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

12 But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

Psalm 18:20-24

God made my life complete
when I placed all the pieces before him.
When I got my act together,
he gave me a fresh start.
Now I’m alert to God’s ways;
I don’t take God for granted.
Every day I review the ways he works;
I try not to miss a trick.
I feel put back together,
and I’m watching my step.
God rewrote the text of my life
when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.

Go Bold – Dec. 28, 2014

Posted: January 22, 2015 in Uncategorized

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Dec. 28, 2014

Next Year

Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rage at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

  • Dylan Thomas, 1951

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.   Philippians 4:8-9

Do you want the God of Peace to be with you?

Meditate on these things:

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  1. ____________________________________
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Prediction #1

The more you share the “Good Report” the more peace you will have.

Isaiah 52:7

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!”

Luke 2:10  NIV

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.Dec. 28, NEXT YEAR. GO BOLDDec. 28, NEXT YEAR. GO BOLD

Psalm 112:6-7  NIV

6 Surely the righteous will never be shaken;

they will be remembered forever.

7 They will have no fear of bad news;

their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

8 Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;

in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.

Prediction #2

The more you trust God the less you will fear.

Go Boldly Into the Promised Land

Numbers 13:17

When Moses sent them to explore Canaan, he said, “Go up through the Negev and on into the hill country. 18 See what the land is like and whether the people who live there are strong or weak, few or many. 19 What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they unwalled or fortified? 20 How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees in it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.” (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)

21 So they went up and explored the land from the Desert of Zin as far as Rehob, toward Lebo Hamath. 22 They went up through the Negev and came to Hebron, where Ahiman, Sheshai and Talmai, the descendants of Anak, lived. (Hebron had been built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 23 When they reached the Valley of Eshkol they cut off a branch bearing a single cluster of grapes. Two of them carried it on a pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs. 24 That place was called the Valley of Eshkol because of the cluster of grapes the Israelites cut off there. 25 At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land.

26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”

30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

Don’t size up yourself but magnify the Lord:

Psalm 34:3 KJV

3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

Prediction #3

The more you measure God more than yourself the more you will realize that be able to do all things through Christ who gives you strength

The Service of Christians, Michael MondragonDeep Roots 2014

She works part time at a diner, waiting tables. When her lunch shift is over, she picks up the kids at school. Today, her 10-year-old daughter has soccer practice. She and her 12-year-old son sit in the bleachers and talk while the girls practice.

Afterward, they rush home. She fixes dinner, with the kids helping out. Her husband comes home from his long commute. He’s worn out, and he’s worried about layoffs. He needs a break, she thinks, and so do I.

On Saturday, she stuffs envelopes for a pro-life rally, drops the kids off at her mother’s, and finally she and her husband have an afternoon to themselves. When they pick up the kids that evening, her mother mentions her appointment with a specialist the next week. Her mom looks worried. I’d better take off work and go with her, she thinks.

Sunday morning she has coffee duty, so she leaves early for church. During the sermon about the love of Christ, she is filled with a desire to serve the Lord. But we are already so busy. Besides, how does God want me to serve Him?

She does not realize she has been serving Him. What she does for her kids, her husband, her mother, her church, her community and even her customers at the diner is serving her neighbor. And God has placed her in each of these roles.

Called by God

One of the most profound and yet strangely neglected teachings of Christianity is the doctrine of vocation. The term is simply the Latin word for calling, and it has to do with God calling us into many different tasks and relationships, all of which become specific avenues for service.

Ephesians 4:16, says, “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work,” and Colossians 3:23-24 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”

Together these Scriptures say much about God’s thoughts on work.

Serving where you are called

Martin Luther unpacked what the Bible says about how we are to live our Christian faith in our different callings.

He said, for example, that when we pray the Lord’s Prayer and ask God to give us our daily bread, He does give us our daily bread. And He does it through the vocation of the farmer, who grew the grain; the miller, who ground it into flour; and the baker, who cooked the loaf.

We would add the factory workers who built the farmer’s tractor, the bankers who lent him the money to buy the field, the truck drivers, the warehouse workers, the stock boy, the lady at the checkout counter and the person who prepared our meal.

When we sit down at the table, we return thanks to God, and, indeed, He is the one who provides for all of our needs. But God uses human beings to distribute His blessings.

To use another of Luther’s examples, when God resolved to populate the earth, He could have just created as many people as He wanted from the dust, just as He created Adam. But instead, God chose to create new life — one of His most stupendous miracles — by means of mothers and fathers. God established the family, calling specific men and women into the vocation of marriage and then giving some of them the additional vocation of parent.

It is still God who creates and cares for children, but He does so through ordinary men and women.

Directed by God

We have callings in the family, the workplace, the church and the community. Even within these areas, our vocations are many — in the family, the same person may have a calling as a wife, mother and daughter.

In the workplace, a person exercises particular God-given talents. We have callings in our churches, whether we are pastors, choir members, committee members or have coffee duty. And since God has placed us in a particular society, our citizenship is also a vocation.

Luther rightly said that God does not need our good works but our neighbor does. Christ calls us to live our faith by loving and serving the people He brings into our lives, our neighbors (Matthew 22:34-40).

Not only that, but Christ also says He is present in our neighbor in need.

What it looks like

Jesus said, “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me” (Matthew 25:40).

So, when you feed the hungry, clothe the naked, care for the sick, visit prisoners and welcome strangers, you are serving Christ.

This can happen on the road to Jericho, as with the good Samaritan, or it can happen when we serve people at a homeless shelter or the local pregnancy resource center. It also happens every day in our various offices and businesses.

The purpose of every vocation, from God’s perspective, is to love and serve others. No company could stay in business unless it turned out a product or a service that helped people in some way.

  • In our jobs, we love and serve our customers and fellow employees.
  • In the vocation of marriage, we love and serve our spouse. Parents love and serve their children.
  • In the church, we love and serve our fellow believers.
  • In our citizenship, we love and serve our fellow citizens in the way we vote and in the policies we support.

The Christian life is one of service — be it serving in an organized fashion or in quieter, day-to-day tasks and relationships, which God has called us to.

As we look for ways to serve the people in our community, we intend to turn our gratitude into action and pass the hope we have been given in Christ to others.As the Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit work together in perfect harmony to show us that loving, serving and caring for each other is how a relationship works best. The Son is submitted to the Father, coming to earth and serving humankind by modeling a godly life and dying for our sins — the ultimate, unselfish act of love.

“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:1-2).

The Holy Spirit is likewise submitted to the Father and the Son, making intercession for us, teaching us and guiding us.

  • Showing love to the unlovely
  • Passing on God’s joy to the brokenhearted
  • Imparting peace to those in turmoil
  • Modeling patience in frustrating situations
  • Demonstrating kindness to everyone you meet
  • Revealing God’s goodness in thought and deed
  • Walking in faithfulness every day
  • Living with gentleness and self-control in every situation, even when we have to confront wrongdoing or hurt.

First John 3:18 says, “Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

As we look for ways to serve the people in our community, we intend to turn our gratitude into action and pass the hope we have been given in Christ to others. As we look for ways to serve the people in our community, we intend to turn our gratitude into action and pass the hope we have been given in Christ to others.