I grew up in Iowa. I met Cathy in 1969, we started dating, fell in love, and began planning marriage. I left to go to school in Colorado in September 1970, and Cathy broke the relationship in December. I prayed fervently God would change her heart, but He said NO. In June 1971 I met Julie, and we fell in love and went steady. That fall I left permanently for Colorado, and in December Julie broke up with me. Again I prayed, and again God said NO. Then I met Judith. We ministered together, eventually dated, slowly fell in love, and were married in 1975. I later learned both Cathy and Julie had married, been divorced, and remarried. Last May Judith and I celebrated our 46th wedding anniversary. Judith has been a perfect wife, mother, business partner, and ministry support. We have served together in Campus Crusade for Christ (now CRU), First Baptist Church Golden Colorado, Mountain Christian Church, Gideons International and other ministries. Although I didn’t know this at the time I was praying for Cathy and Julie, God knew all of this when he told me NO. He gave me the perfect wife for me, and kept me from making a big mistake for my life. Often, God’s NO is not rejection but redirection into a much better path.
Romans 8:26-27 says we don’t really know how to pray, so the Holy Spirit intercedes for us, and sometimes God says no to us but is saying yes to the Holy Spirit. God knows what we need and what we really want, even though we don’t always pray specifically to that end.
There is a saying, “be careful what you ask for – you might get it”. The Bible gives examples of when God relented and said YES when He wanted to say NO. The consequences were always severe. In Numbers 11:18-20 the people were tired of God’s provision of manna and prayed for meat. God said YES and the people suffered a terrible plague as a result. In I Samuel 8 the people rejected God as their King and prayed for a human king. God warned them of the consequences of that in I Samuel 8:11-19, but they persisted. So God said YES in I Samuel 8:22, and the eventual result was destruction of their country, captivity, and enslavement. So God’s NO can be a great blessing in disguise.
We often forget God even said NO to His own Son’s prayer in Matthew 26:39. But Jesus left the door open for the Father’s more perfect plan. And because the answer to Jesus prayer was NO, we can all be saved. Jesus gave us the example of allowing for God’s NO and redirection to a better path, and we would be wise to do the same.
On Sundays, we have three options for Worship & Praise! Please join us:
- Outdoors at 8:30 & Indoors 10:30am
- Via live-stream at 10:30am on Facebook
Please read the Guidelines for Gathering to Worship Together at MCC in its entirety so that you know what to expect when you come to our outdoor service. This will help you and those around you navigate a very new situation, hopefully in a way that is as seamless as possible. We believe that our unity will be expressed and strengthened as we serve one another in Christ this week so join us in extending grace to each other, amid our differing perspectives, and different views about how to live in this time.
“... submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.”
“Outdo one another in showing honor.”
“By this all men will know that you are My disciples,
if you have love for one another.”
Please know that we are making every effort for this gathering to be in full compliance with the protocols given by authorities. No single plan for our meeting will ever be the perfect solution in any one person’s eyes. We will all be making compromises. But as we defer to these guidelines set up by our elders and leadership, we will be serving our fellow believers, honoring Christ as best we can, and providing for a beautiful expression of worship to happen together.
Please stay home if any of the following apply to you:
- You are immunocompromised.
- You are feeling ill (running a fever, coughing, or showing other signs of sickness)
Please don’t put yourself or others at risk. Thank you for staying home and staying safe, because we love you!