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We are more connected than we think

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 9:36:20 AM by Rob Ferry in Diversity, in connection, in humanity

 

 

This VIDEO was sent to me by a brother in the SE region earlier this week.  Turns out there is an entire series of videos just like this one.  As part of an effort to celebrate diversity, 67 people from all over the world took a DNA test. It turns out that they have much more in common with other nationalities than they would ever have imagined.

In the spirit of our diversity weekend, I thought you would be inspired and encouraged by these stories of learning how connected we all really are.

Grace and Peace,

Rob

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Why You Should Take Back The Family Calendar

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 8:46:52 AM by Rob Ferry in Peace, in Still, in Reclaim, in busyness

 

At the end of a typically crazy busy week, we look in the mirror on Sunday morning and wonder, Why are we doing this?

Though divorce, addiction, and depression may win the most headlines for defeating families, often there is an “undercover” predator luring us into these and other family struggles: busyness. We and our kids seem overtired, baggy-eyed, and irritable.

I was reading one article where the writer described how “ a life bulging with activity nearly became a trap for our daughter…” Most of us know well this “bulging activity” that threatens to consume our families, our sanity, and our health.

God’s best for us is not being crazy busy, but being peacefully still.

Schedule saturation and the resulting family calendar chaos has us zooming in all directions at break-neck speed, and we know we are headed for an inevitable crash. Life has become a NASCAR race with 500 laps but too few pit stops, so quickly we run out of gas and blow off our wheels from sheer exhaustion.

How Did We Get So Busy?

In the last 40 years, the pace and busyness of the average person’s life seems to have doubled. We now have more access to things to do, as worldwide communication delivers new recreation ideas multiple times a day. We see every activity being done by every people group on the planet, and we feel driven to be that versatile, that trendy, that competitive, and so on.

If we see 7-year-olds in Sweden playing rugby four times a week, we think, Oh! My kids don’t know rugby! Let’s start that with the recreation department, along with soccer, football, volleyball, baseball, Zumba, line dancing, yoga, pottery and canvas painting!

Our intentions are good, but we soon overload ourselves and our families with a frantic pace and major pile-up of places to be and people to see. This leaves us little quality time to just be with each other, rest, play outside, and have meaningful conversations. Though we don’t always see the connection, busyness corners us into traps which sabotage our relationships and our health.

How Do We Escape From Busyness?

1. Recognize and acknowledge — we are trapped!

When we are enslaved to anything other than Jesus, we are trapped (John 8:34-36). The first step to breaking free from busyness is acknowledging the ways it enslaves us.

2. Be still and listen for God’s guidance.

God will use the Bible, good counsel from wise friends, sermons, songs, and more to show us a way of escape, but we must be still and quiet enough to hear Him. God offers us stillness and rest, and He promises to give us what we need:

  • “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth’” (Psalm 46:10).
  • “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14).
  • “Show me Your ways, LORD, Teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, For You are God my Savior, And my hope is in You all day long” (Psalm 24:4-5).

3. Resist and reject the lure of the trap.  

We may be viewed as “backward” or “old-fashioned,” but when God says we need to trim back our activities, we should accept His pruning shears and start cutting away the bindings of the trap. GotQuestions.org explains the dangers of busyness this way:

“Our culture promotes “bigger and better” and subtly challenges us to keep up. Whew! Who made these rules anyway? Satan loves to keep us running in circles trying to beat the clock. If he can distract us, he can minimize our usefulness to the Kingdom of God. Satan may be the Prince of Darkness, but he is also the Duke of Distraction.

As Christians, we cannot allow ourselves to be swept away in the undercurrent of the cultural stopwatch. Romans 12:2 says, ‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.’”

Move Forward in Freedom

Taking steps toward a less busy lifestyle may indeed draw some criticism and/or misunderstanding from our friends and neighbors who are still in the busyness trap. Our best response is to invite them to join us in the freedom of escape, into the life with time for rest, meaningful conversations, and undisturbed thinking and prayer. Others may not understand our choices at first, but when they see us enjoying our freed-up lives, they may just ask us, “So, what’s your secret?”

God’s best for us is not being crazy busy, but being peacefully still.

Why stay in the trap any longer...what step can you take this week to escape the busyness trap?

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Diversity Weekend in Honor of Black History Month

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 9:44:15 AM by DCC Elders in Unity, in Diversity

The leadership of the Denver Church of Christ is pleased to announce exciting plans to celebrate and explore our diversity in honor of Black History Month the evening of Saturday  February 18th and Sunday morning February 19th.  We’re thrilled to have Scott and Thereasa Kirkpatrick of Columbia, South Carolina back again this year to lead our hearts toward a greater understanding of Jesus’ teaching on this timeless topic.  This past year has seen some of the greatest tension among the many races, cultures and religions in our nation’s history.  As Christians, all of us want to be “ready to give an answer” as to how to treat others unlike ourselves both in and outside the church.  Scott heads up an initiative for the International churches of Christ to promote unity among the diverse membership in our U.S. churches.

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Our Journey Toward Racial Unity

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 9:40:45 AM by DCC Elders in Unity, in Diversity

Below are articles Part I and II, III,   IV, and V describing the journey to focus  on African-Americans in the  Denver Church of Christ.  Chris Jacobs is an elder in Denver, and lived in Tokyo for many years, serving as an administrator for many of the Asian churches in our fellowship. These articles can be   found on his blog.
 

Our Journey Toward Racial Unity: Part I and II

by   Thursday, 28 July 2016 12:46

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me." John 17:20-23 

Jesus' prayer for unity recorded in John 17 compels Christians to “make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.” Jesus’ dream is for complete unity, a calling and standard against which our enemy, the devil, constantly prowls, seeking to destroy. As disciples we strive for this perfect unity in the church, yet understand that because of our sins, weaknesses or lack of awareness, we often fall short of the goal. Praise God for his unfailing grace and limitless patience which teach us to love one another deeply, understanding that love covers over a multitude of sins.

America has been called a melting pot due its multiplicity of racial and ethnic groups, which to some degree blend into the fabric of our great, yet flawed nation. There are tremendous strengths and synergistic opportunities which proceed from variant views, perspectives and convictions. And as anyone who has experienced America can attest, there are also great challenges and tensions, which accompany the attempt to blend these sometimes conflicting cultural values into a unified whole. The church is not immune to these same challenges and as we strive for unity, it is important to be aware that different groups within the church view and experience American life differently than others.

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Our Journey Toward Racial Unity: Part III

by   Friday, 05 August 2016 08:52

Later that year (2015) in June, there was a tragic shooting at a church in Charleston, South Carolina where nine black members of a church were murdered by a white assailant. With the support of our leadership, I prepared and read the below statement to our congregation the following Sunday:

"I’m sure most of us are very aware of the tragic shooting deaths that took place in the historic AME church in Charleston, South Carolina, just 11 days ago. We’d like to take a moment to reflect and pray for those involved and for our nation.

Twelve people, in a setting not unlike ours today, gathered together seeking God through Bible study and prayer. The 12 were black Americans. With Christian love and warmth, these 12 welcomed a troubled young white man into their fellowship. As you know, this young man with unspeakable hatred in his heart and with a misguided desire to inspire others to join in his depravity, shot and killed nine of the 12 precious souls.

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Report on the Denver Church of Christ Diversity Exploration Team

Posted on Feb 8, 2017 9:37:18 AM by DCC Elders in Diversity

In March 2016, the Elders and staff of the DCC (feeling moved by expressions of concern and need from our black brothers and sisters) decided to act in response to not only those voices, but in concern for all of our diverse members. After much prayer and dialogue, leadership asked the following respected members to serve on the DIVERSITY EXPLORATION TEAM: Tony & Terrye Chukes, Carlos & Dimitri Clarke, Alex & Gwen Haley, Lisa Mason, Mykl Gormley, Kalah Haley, Wade Cook, Michael Lovett, and Chris Jacobs. 

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Lusk's Sabbatical

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 9:46:41 AM by DCC Elders in Update

We are all grateful to God for giving us John and Barri Lusk as our senior evangelist and women’s ministry leader. Since their return to Denver in 2009 (?), our church has seen continuous growth and many miracles. We are blessed with one of the most dynamic campus ministries in the US, a healthy and fruitful youth and family ministry, generous missions and HOPE worldwide support, vibrant sister churches in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain region, the baptisms of many new brothers and sisters in Christ, and much, much more.

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MLK 2017 Day of Service

Posted on Jan 7, 2017 10:11:33 AM by Andre & Anita Pearson in HOPE

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Seeking photos for the Christmas Eve slideshow!

Posted on Dec 8, 2016 3:08:42 PM by Hans Rasmussen in Christmas

We are collecting photos now for our Christmas slideshow.  You may submit up to 3 photos but due to space, they may not all be included.  Please upload your pictures here.   You may upload your photos to social media using the hashtag #OurDenverChurch or email them to Hans Rasmussen.  Please include your name when you send your photo(s).

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HOPE Season of Service

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 7:35:15 AM by Andre & Anita Pearson in HOPE, in Poor, in serving

Mark your calendars for the following events.  There are some great ways to serve and support HOPE.

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What is the Soul?

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 8:50:02 AM by Hans Rasmussen in Soul Keeping

While reading today, I had to ask myself, "Are you focused more on soul improvement or self-improvement?"  Self-improvement seems so urgent, while soul improvement lasts for eternity. 

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