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04.14.2011 / mackivey58


This past Tuesday our team met, as we do every week. We shared a meal and spent some sweet time in worship. This week, however, we took a detour from our usual “Church Planting Logistics” talk. It was a night of remembering, worship and sweet community…a night of obedience and honoring Jesus through baptism. My baptism. Our little church’s first!

We gathered in the upstairs bathroom and filled the tub. As I was standing there, I was overwhelmed by this sweet community that I was surrounded by. I was overwhelmed by all that has led me to this point…overwhelmed by the sweet, relentless grace of Jesus. He has truly called me from death to life, out of the darkness and into the light. It is something that I often have a hard time wrapping my mind around, but oh on the sweet days when I catch a glimpse….it’s humbling and beautiful.

“And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked,
following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all
once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body
and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—
by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us
with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might
show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing;
it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:1-10



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  1. wackywalkers / Apr 15 2011 9:47 am

    Mac! Yay for Jesus and Yay for the way that He has so worked out His grace in your life. I actually had a dream about you the other day and woke up trying to remember what your maiden name was. It was driving me so crazy that in the middle of the night (after an Elise feeding), and check my old e-mails to figure it out! I love you guys and have been praying for y’all! Keep in touch!

  2. D.O. / Apr 15 2011 10:20 am

    Yes, yes, yes! Loved everything about that night.

  3. Jayme / Apr 15 2011 12:11 pm

    would love details about what brought you to that. what a special time. loved seeing your face “raised to walk in newness of life”. mwah.

  4. Tiesha / Apr 16 2011 3:40 pm

    Love this and love you Mack! I agree with Jayme, more deets 🙂

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