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.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Press On - Sermon for tomorrow Phil 3:7-14

Press on!!

Passage for Sunday -

Phil 3:7-14

 7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in[a] Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

 12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


1.  Singular focus: Know Christ

"You are Yahweh. Your existence is absolute, eternal. Your sheer being wakes me, shocks me, sobers me, intensifies everything." John Piper

2.  Strain towards what is ahead

"Though many are drawn to fire to experience heat, few are drawn to church to experience God" Lawrence Bray

We pray and work towards a church that will draw men towards God. 


We do not bring anything to the table.  We are not the point.  Our lives mean nothing.  Our possessions are pointless.  Our accomplishment are empty.  It is all about Jesus, and what he has done, what he continues to do through us, what he will ultimately do the day He returns.  We strain towards a more Jesus centered world, not a more me centered world. 

If it is our work.  Then we have reason to boast.  And by the way, its easier to just make a list and do it, than to wait on the LORD.

"We would far rather work for God than believe in Him" - Oswald Chambers 

This is a great paradox. 

Its the difference between Mary and Martha.  One worked in the kitchen, and worked hard, the other sat at the feet of Jesus.  And when Martha complained, Jesus explained that he had more of an issue with what she was doing than with what Mary was doing.

3.  Winning!

I would rather fail in a cause that will ultimately triumph than to triumph in a cause that will ultimately fail.~Woodrow Wilson

Better to lose by worldly standards, while pursuing God's callings, than to succeed by the world's standards and fail to do what God has called us to do.

We have had some really, really good meetings behind the scenes lately here at the EDGE.  God has been gently reminding us of our purpose, and our mission, and urging us to engage in meaningful ways the calling he has given to us.  What is that mission?  We had better be clear on that:

God wants you and your family to live a life of joy and purpose.

Micah 6:8 - he has shown you, oh man, what is good and what the LORD requires of you.  But to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Matt 28:18-20    18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

These passages show us what we must do, now the question is how?

A) We PROCLAIM the year of the LORD's favor.

Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,

   because he has anointed me

   to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners

   and recovery of sight for the blind,

to set the oppressed free,

   19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”


 Acts 2:42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Go Cubs - Go Rockies!


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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sermon for Sunday April 17 - the darkest hours

Sermon for Sunday April 17, 2011

it was dark for three hours.

I believe there might be benefit to us considered just one fact among the large collection of facts about the day that Jesus died. We know that Jesus entered on a Donkey. We know that he spent the last supper with his disciples. We know that he was put on trial first before the Sanhedrin and then before Pilate. We know that he was beaten with sticks and whipped. We know he had a crown of thorns placed on his head and that he was given a purple robe. We know that He was marched through the streets of Jerusalem, and hung upon a cross. And we even know the words he spoke while he was on the cross. What I want us to think about today is the THREE HOURS of darkness. Too long to be a lunar eclipse. It was not even the right time of year for an eclipse. We are talking about a supernatural absence of light for three hours. Some have suggested that perhaps it was a solar flare, or a dense cloud of space matter traveling between the Earth and the Sun. We know it is not beyond God's ability. In the old testament God twice messed with the state of astronomical realities. Once he made the shadow on the steps of the Temple reverse their direction. And before that he had the Sun stand still in the sky until Joshua could finish the battle he had begun. However it happened, it was dark. Dark enough to see stars. I can only imagine the confusion that must have ensued as people went stumbling through the streets looking for their candles, lamps, or torches. In our world, that kind of dark only comes when the power goes out. We go wandering through our houses looking for a flash light that actually has working batteries. This is a very rare thing in my house. What could be the reason for this darkness? This much we know. It marked forever that time as being unique. Never before or since, from the beginning of time till this day, there are only three hours that the entire earth has been completely dark. Those three hours happened to be the last three hours Jesus hung on the cross. When that time was finished several things happen in a very short period of time.

51 At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook, the rocks split 52 and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53 They came out of the tombs after Jesus’ resurrection and[e] went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

54 When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, “Surely he was the Son of God!”

In a matter of moments, the lights come back on, Jesus cries out, "My God, why have you forsaken me?" He gets offered a sponge of liquid. He cries out and gives up his spirit. The curtain in the temple rips from top to bottom. The earth shakes. And saints who were dead come out of the ground and run into the city. And a Roman guard declares his belief in God. That moment. That moment we are reminded that a mystery so much bigger than us has occurred. We are left wondering what it can all mean. Wouldn't it have been amazing to see this from the perspective of Heaven. God watches as his son hangs on a cross. He envelopes the world in darkness. Perhaps others in Heaven remembered the Plague of Darkness. In Exodus chpt 10 we read...
21 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand toward the sky so that darkness spreads over Egypt—darkness that can be felt.” 22 So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and total darkness covered all Egypt for three days. 23 No one could see anyone else or move about for three days. Yet all the Israelites had light in the places where they lived.
That darkness was a curse, and it would seem so was this darkness. It was creation revealing the truth of those hours. They were the darkest hours. We read this in the beginning of the gospel of John. 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.
Jesus was the light. And he brought light to this dark world. But on this day, for these three hours, he carried upon himself the sins of the world. Romans 5

18 Consequently, just as one trespass resulted in condemnation for all people, so also one righteous act resulted in justification and life for all people. 19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.
At the end of those three hours - the curtain was torn in two, signifying that mankind was no long condemned to be separated from God. At the end of those three hours Jesus died for our sins.

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Thursday, April 14, 2011