This is the story of a collection of people who follow Jesus. We live in Littleton. We encounter people in the name of Jesus, we allow Jesus to turn us into disciples, we gather often, and we equip people to love and serve other people better.
Monday, May 31, 2010
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Thursday, May 27, 2010
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Monday, May 24, 2010
I am sure your schedule is as crazy as ours has been this month. It is often easy to grow very tired in the midst of non-stop activity.
It is also easy to loose sight of the most important stuff when the urgent stuff piles up on the desk.
Will you join me in a prayer for focus. I love this passage from Hebrews:
1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
1) Pray that the leadership of the EDGE would run the race, and not become tangled in sin.
2) Pray that we all might fix our eyes on Jesus, who endured to the end. Let us follow his example.
3) Pray that we find in our meditation of Jesus, the power to overcome weariness and downcast hearts.
4) There were lots of prayer requests from Sunday. I do not feel at liberty to share all of them, but as you might have guessed we have people wrestling with stress, and anxiety, and loss, and home foreclosure, and the end of the school year.
5) Please consider forwarding this to people in your prayer circles that might be willing to join us.
Again, thank you for praying, and may your day be filled with joy,
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Its not about the numbers, but...
Our attendance numbers are up
Our offering numbers were up
And most importantly, God spirit showed up
Today was a big at the EDGE.
Grant did a great job preaching Jonah 4.
Jerry helped us honor our grads today (Rachel, Joel, Ian, Carly, Bryan, Joel) - each with their with a great future laying ahead of them.
On behalf of our church, I would like to thank you for your prayers.
I have often wished that Sunday church would feel like a "missions trip," full of anticipation, and hope and joy. Today it did.
It almost felt like the day Peter and John went to the temple
Peter Heals the Crippled Beggar Acts 3
6Then Peter said, "Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk." 7Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man's feet and ankles became strong. 8He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 9When all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.
1) Let us work on developing a sense of wonder and amazement - God is working miracles around us every day.
2) Let us bring a sense of expectation to the many challenges and prayer requests.
3) Pray though this list of specific requests for the EDGE:
Grant's car is broke and needs $1,000
My mom will be getting a new hip next month.
Those without work, or without enough work to pay all the bills.
Those fighting cancer.
Those who are sick.
Those whose marriages are in crisis
Those who are fighting with our military around the world, and their families who wait at home for their return.
Saturday, May 22, 2010
The Holy Spirit Comes at Pentecost1When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues[a] as the Spirit enabled them.
Friday, May 21, 2010
From Matt Daniels As the 30 Days of Prayer continues, I was reminded today: "Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers. Remember when you're talkin' to the man upstairs that just because he may not answer doesn't mean he don't care. Some of God's greatest gifts are all too often unanswered prayers."
Mark, Thought you might appreciate this little article just now, what with the building situation....take care,Love you,Aunt JudyGod's Rosebud
==============A new minister
was walking with an older,
more seasoned minister
in the garden one day.Feeling a bit insecure
about what God
had for him to do,
he was asking the older preacher
for some advice.The older preacher
walked up to a rosebush
and handed the young preacher
a rosebud and told him
to open it
without tearing off any petals.The young preacher
looked in disbelief
at the older preacher
and was trying to figure out
what a rosebud
could possibly have to do
with his wanting to know
the will of God
for his life and ministry.But because of his great respect
for the older preacher,
he proceeded to try to unfold the rose,
while keeping every petal intact.It wasn't long
before he realized
this was to do.Noticing the younger preacher's
inability to unfold the rosebud
without tearing it,
the older preacher began
to recite the following poem...
"It is only a tiny rosebud,
A flower of God's design;
But I cannot unfold the petals
With these clumsy hands of mine.""The secret of unfolding flowers
Is not known to such as I.
GOD opens this flower so easily,
But in my hands they die.""If I cannot unfold a rosebud,
This flower of God's design,
Then how can I have the wisdom
To unfold this life of mine?""So I'll trust in God for leading
Each moment of my day.
I will look to God for guidance
In each step of the way.""The path that lies before me,
Only my Lord knows.
I'll trust God to unfold the moments,
Just as He unfolds the rose."
2 Kings 20
Hezekiah's Illness1 In those days Hezekiah became ill and was at the point of death. The prophet Isaiah son of Amoz went to him and said, "This is what the LORD says: Put your house in order, because you are going to die; you will not recover."
2 Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the LORD, 3 "Remember, O LORD, how I have walked before you faithfully and with wholehearted devotion and have done what is good in your eyes." And Hezekiah wept bitterly.
4 Before Isaiah had left the middle court, the word of the LORD came to him: 5 "Go back and tell Hezekiah, the leader of my people, 'This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. On the third day from now you will go up to the temple of the LORD. 6 I will add fifteen years to your life. And I will deliver you and this city from the hand of the king of Assyria. I will defend this city for my sake and for the sake of my servant David.' "
7 Then Isaiah said, "Prepare a poultice of figs." They did so and applied it to the boil, and he recovered.
8 Hezekiah had asked Isaiah, "What will be the sign that the LORD will heal me and that I will go up to the temple of the LORD on the third day from now?"
9 Isaiah answered, "This is the LORD's sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?"
10 "It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps," said Hezekiah. "Rather, have it go back ten steps."
11 Then the prophet Isaiah called upon the LORD, and the LORD made the shadow go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.
Lessons from this passage:
We can learn something from the intensity with which Hezekiah prayed.
Hezekiah did not need to ask for the sign, and he should have just trusted God to be true to his word.
Nevertheless, God did the miraculous, and made the Sundial go backwards - that is the God we are praying to. One who can change the rotation of the earth!!
Let us pray bold prayers.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Yesterday I was reminded that worry is not only irrelevant and a waste of time, it is also disobedience to God.
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Day ThreeCouple of God moments from this week:a) Last night Tara Borman shared with the youth group all that happened in Africa, during her 6 month missions trip.In particular she made a big deal out of the idea that prayer is not the last thing you do, its the first.Don't wait until times are desperate, turn to Him in all situations.b) On Monday, Jerry Ogden and I got to spend time hanging out with drug dealers outside the state capital on Colfax.We were there with Bex, a woman who has made the homeless kids of Denver her personal mission field.Jerry and I were inspired by the concern she has for them, and we agreed we would be back.c) Amy Merwin stopped by church and talked about how meaningful it has been for her to have a leather prayer bracelet on her arm this week.She said it has been her spiritual umbilical cord, and she thanked us for offering them on Sunday as a reminder to pray.Please forward any stories you may have.Our prayer team is strong, and there is a real sense of excitement among the members.One final note: Britta woke up with nightmares last night, and said when she trying to pray, her words got all mixed up. It sound remarkably like spiritual warfare in Brazil.Just one more reminder that we fight not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers.__________________________________The church executive board is meeting in 10 minutes. We will be discussing among other things, what our plans for July will be. Currently we will be developing two plans - one for if we stay and one for if we leave our current building. Would you join us in praying for wisdom.Today, lets pray that as a church, we wouldfind satisfaction in the goodness of God rather than the things of man.Pray that we would hold the things we have been given lightly, as we trust God to provide.Throughout the rest of this day would you consciously choose to take refuge in Him and draw on His strength.Actions steps:1) Continue to pray for Nina Sloan's cousin is in ICU with a very serious case of pneumonia and for Kim Kopp as she battles her cancer.2) Pray that the EDGE would become even more dependent on God.3) Pray that our plans would be clear and complete.4) Consider forwarding this email to someone you think might be interested in praying for us.Peace,Mark
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
From: Mark Kraakevik
Subject: 30 Days of Prayer, Day two
Sent: May 18, 2010 3:52 PM Day Two Thank you to all of you who have joined our team. We currently have 30 people praying. Today, lets pray that God would open doors to the community. Our current location places us right in the heart of a busy neighborhood. (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=7870+south+garrison.+littleton+co) The road outside my office window has cars passing all day long. I often wonder what those car think of this church building, or if they even see it? When people ask, I tell them our church is... "one block east of Kipling on Ken Caryl, turn south at the Conoco gas station, at the top of the hill is a car wash, come down the hill, over two speed bumps and we are on the left." Two speed bumps. Is that all people know about us? Oh, the church by the speed bumps. Let us pray that our reputation in the neighborhood would be really strong. Listen to Luke describe the church in Jerusalem Acts 2:46Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Listen to what Paul says about the Roman church. Romans 1:8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. Lets pray that the EDGE would enjoy the favor of all the people around us and that the world would know us as a church famous for it's faith. Imagine this. When we say we go to The EDGE Colorado, that people would say, "Oh, you are that church that really trusts God." Actions steps: 1) Would you say a special prayer today for Nina Sloan, her cousin is in ICU with a very serious case of pneumonia. And for Kim Kopp, who begins chemo and radiation today for her cancer. 2) Pray that the reputation of the EDGE in the neighborhood would be strengthened. 3) Pray that we make the most of every opportunity to live out our faith in the neighborhood. Sent from my Verizon Wireless BlackBerry
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