Posted by Chad Harvey

29/3/2013

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Good Friday

Praying you experience the reality of God’s unashamed and undeterred love for you today. We talk a lot about mission and the fact that we have been purchased for a purpose. Today, simply remember this:

… he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. – Isaiah 53:5, 6

Your hope is secure and your future is sure. You are loved. Thank you Jesus.


Posted by Chad Harvey

4/3/2013

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Mark 8:1-33

Our time in Mark takes us to Peter accurately calling Jesus the Christ (Approximately 30 minutes).

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Posted by Chad Harvey

25/2/2013

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Mark 7

Continuing through Mark with Jesus clarifying human nature and the source of brokenness.

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Posted by Randy Mooney

17/2/2013

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Mark 6

Hi Pax. Listen in as we continue on in the series from Mark’s story of Jesus. Chapter 6 is discussed today.

Time: less than 35 minutes.

 

 

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Posted by Chad Harvey

14/2/2013

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Mark 5

Jesus continues to demonstrate his compassion and authority, while giving us a picture of a proper response to His grace in our life.

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Posted by Chad Harvey

11/2/2013

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Mark 4

Jesus uses the power of parable to reveal components of the Kingdom. Additionally, He leaves the disciples in awe.

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Posted by Chad Harvey

29/1/2013

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PAX in 2013

Hey PAX!

I can’t believe we are already wrapping up January, 2013! Before we know it the incredible days of summer will be upon us. I am beyond excited to be hanging with all of you at BBQ’s, baptizing people in the back of pickups and trying to avoid injury during heated volleyball matches. I miss those days. In fact, I just really miss all of you! I know this sounds a little less manly than most of you think I am (don’t laugh), but I desperately desire to be together soon.

I wanted to share our hopes for PAX during 2013. I know that this is typically the time when we should be holding an annual business meeting. We would go over the budget in detail*, vote on specific decisions, have at least four awkward questions from the “audience”, and then cast a vision of quadrupling in size in the next eleven months. Unfortunately, that isn’t my plan. Sorry.

Here it is, this is what our elders are praying for regarding you, your family, and your MC: Depth.

We aren’t concerned about facilities expansion or increased attendance, we are begging God to help you experience Him in fresh, deep ways. We want you to slow down and invest in the people God has already brought into your sphere of influence. Rather than always having your gaze slightly above the people right in front of you looking for the next project, take time to truly invite people into your life. So, we are committed to doing the same thing with you. We want your MC to truly embrace what it means to do life together. Sacrificially, authentically, and radically.

In John 20, we find the following words from Jesus:

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit…”

As I have been studying Mark for our current teaching series, these words have taken on new meaning. It wasn’t just with the same purpose that Jesus was sending us. I mean, we know that Jesus stepped into our world in order to bring reconciliation, restoration, and hope. We do have that same purpose. However, Jesus calls us to carry out this purpose in the same way that He did. Jesus was a carpenter by day, and God by… well, always. Yet he lived with unbelievable intentionality. He would regularly carve out time to beg the Holy Spirit to allow him to carry out His purpose. He opened up his life completely to his closest friends, as well as the crowds of people that were desperate for Him. He loved with an almost reckless passion.

Imagine if he would have just shown up, said a few profound things, healed a couple peeps from a distance, and then delegated some poor sap to be crucified in our place. Would you and I really choose to believe in him as our savior and dedicate our life to a pursuit of Him and His kingdom? Of course, not!

But that’s not how he did it! He dove deep into the mess of life and, by doing so, gave people an opportunity to experience the richness of His kingdom, both now and to come! We can’t fake it, PAX. If we are serious about loving people, we must choose to partner with the Spirit in a similar fashion as Jesus.

In 2013 our hope is that our missional communities will mature as we join the Holy Spirit deep in the heart of the Missio Dei (Mission of God). 

May you, your family, and missional community experience Jesus in a deeper way than ever before over the next several months. May he break your heart more often, leave you in awe regularly, comfort you when life is demanding beyond reason, cause you to create space in your life that you never knew existed for others, and may he redeem people along the way.

… and for those of you who have yet to join us on mission, maybe it is time.

Praying for you all!

*An email was sent to everyone actively participating in an MC. In that email, we included a brief video discussing the finances. If you did not receive that email, but would like to view the video, just leave a comment.


Posted by Chad Harvey

28/1/2013

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Mark 3:7-3:35

Continuing in Mark with Jesus revealing his response to us.

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Posted by Randy Mooney

20/1/2013

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Mark 2:1-3:6

Hi PAX,

Listen in as we move through how Mark describes the life of Jesus and his Good News.

This podcast focuses on the reaction of those that view Jesus … particularly his opposition.

Also to note … Randy and Chad have swapped places with respect to use of time. ;)

PEACE!

 

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Posted by Chad Harvey

14/1/2013

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Mark 1:21-45

Mark’s account of Christ continues with Jesus’ authority on full display.

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