Join Us In Prayer for the Next 38 Days!

Last Sunday, Mars Hill Albuquerque distributed prayer booklets , “Living For A Legacy Through Prayer,” to our congregation. This booklet includes a daily scripture reference and intentional prayer subject for Mars Hill Church from December 1st - January 9th. The 40 days ends with an invitation to fast together for 5 days. You can find more information on the booklets here and follow along if you didn’t get a chance to pick one up.

By intentionally praying for specific things for the next 38 days (it’s already day 2 folks!),  we invite God to change our hearts to align with His will for the coming year. While praying, we also live out Jesus’ legacy by being in communion with our Father through Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit - how much more intimate can you get with the creator of the universe!? As we pray together as a church, the ties we have by the blood of Jesus become stronger, making us a force to be reckoned with.

So, join us. It’s not too late to start. You can backtrack through yesterday’s entry in the booklet and do today’s, or jump right in with today. If more of us literally get on the same page for this 40 day trek, then we’ll be able to operate more in sync and in whole than we could without any one person.

Pastor Donovan and Deacon Greg Mays sit down and talk about the holidays and being welcoming in our homes.

Albuquerque Voted, Now What?

It seems like Pastor Mark’s message, “Do Not Murder,” was a little timelier for us in Albuquerque as our city had the chance to vote on whether or not we agreed with a loving commandment that was handed down thousands of years ago. In a final tally, 55% of our city resonated with Micaela Cadena of the Respect ABQ Women campaign who said in a statement, “Dangerous, unconstitutional laws like the one we rejected today have no place in Albuquerque, no place in New Mexico, no place anywhere in our nation.”

Should this response really surprise us?  Let’s take a few steps back and ask, would it shock us if 55% of our city voted against any one of the commands of God? The answer is…no. However, regardless of the defining clarity we now see, the hurt, heartache, and haze of our community’s collective conscience is tough to stomach.

So, what does this all mean? How does the Christ believer move forward? Is there any hope? Just like many of you, I have spent over 24 hours thinking through this all. I have traveled through the full range of emotions while looking for something solid to hold onto.

I landed in Paul’s letter to the Philippians. I don’t feel the need to rescue anybody from what they are wrestling through, but perhaps some direction from Paul would be helpful in how we work through this.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God…

While in prison Paul reminds us of a few things:

  1. Rejoice in the Lord: In Christ we are victorious. Rejoice in the fact that Jesus has defeated Satan and overcome the world. We are more than conquerors. We must gather on Sunday and continue to sing the praise of our God as the communion of saints who direct our hearts toward the glory of God, believe in His word, and are filled with the Holy Spirit.

  2. Again, rejoice: Don’t pass over the action of rejoicing. REJOICE. REJOICE. REJOICE. My children taught me that the essence of joy is to dance in the moment.

  3. Be reasonable with people around you: I’m sure we have had our fair share of debates over the last few days. There is nothing wrong with having these conversations. However, don’t be stupid. If you have sinned against another person, I would suggest asking for forgiveness. Let your passion and energy be controlled with reason and seasoned with love.

  4. Jesus is at hand, don’t freak out. The Triune God has been watching humanities waywardness from the beginning. Before this vote ever took place, all things were decreed. Presently, Jesus is seated at the right hand of the father, on a throne, in eternal glory and light, interceding, mediating, surrounded by angels and saints of old, while in perfect peace and control. He is ready to help our city.

  5. Continue to humbly pray: Knowing the things mentioned above, we are able to acknowledge our dependence on God through prayer and supplication. Over the last few weeks, Molly and I have simply been praying – PLEASE HELP US: our marriage, our children, our family, our friends, our church, our city. HELP.

  6. Give thanks: When humanity rejected God in the beginning, they did not honor God as God or give thanks to him. Give thanks to God, today. You exist. You are alive. You are animate. You can see, touch, feel, hear, taste, and smell. You were created in the image and likeness of God. Give thanks to God for the opportunity of existence.

Now, Paul tells us, that when these things happen, that, “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

But the question still remains, what hope is there for our city? What hope is there for a city that rejects the loving commandments of our Father? The answer is ultimately Jesus.

My prayer is that Mars Hill Albuquerque would know the peace of God. My prayer is that the peace of God would guard and protect our hearts and minds in the midst of wild emotions and uncertain anxieties. My prayer is that our city would see the beauty and majesty of Jesus. My prayer is that we would be a light in this city for generations to come.

We have a lot of work to do. We have been sent out. The gospel is not a joke, yet it’s foolish. Our city needs to hear the foolish gospel of Jesus Christ. Our city needs to know that forgiveness is offered through Jesus. Our city needs to see men and women who are not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus. Our city needs to know surpassing peace comes through the finished work of Christ.

Love You All

By: Pastor Donovan Medina

Victory’s Psalm

Victory’s Psalm:

Oh God, why are you silent? If you love me as the Bible says, then why do I seek and not find? When I pray, if you hear me, why do you just allow me to weep in the stillness?

You say you want me to come to you, so I do. You say you want to be in conversation with me, your daughter, but this is no conversation Father. My mic must not be on. Even a whisper on your end would do…I’m just asking you to reach for me as I reach for you. My arms outstretched…waiting, waiting, waiting…my broken heart says you’ve left me, bound in my chains. My mic is definitely not on.

I know healing needs to take place in me, maybe that’s why my cries are muffled…but I am NOT being resistant, Lord! …So long as you make me skinny in the process…because why wouldn’t you?! What harm could possibly come from removing all the fat that shouldn’t be there in the first place?

You created physics, so please explain why I am the exception to all the rules, when I work harder than most people do. I should at least be able to count on physics in this world! You apply it to everyone but me. You have to know how unfair that is!

What did I do? What did I do to be in my own backwards, nonsensical reality, population one?! Why am I stuck in a fat suit with no zipper? My choice to remove it has been confiscated. But I am doing everything right, I should be thin!

Why won’t you just let me be thin?! Believe me, the healing would happen quickly then. I could be free of bulimia if you’d just allow me to be thin. But you don’t.

People ask me—what if this is the weight God wants you to be??—Well, is it?! Because that feels unkind, and I know you are not an unkind God.

I’ve been confused for so long. I have been left to my own devices when you choose to stifle my efforts. What a harmless request it is to be thin after working so hard. And yet, I continue to halfway kill myself because I have a different set of rules than the rest of mankind.

I am exhausted, Lord! There is nothing so tiresome as working harder than feels possible and producing no fruit from the effort. But I don’t know how NOT to be on a diet. I don’t know what a normal amount of exercise is, I don’t know what a normal relationship with food looks like. I cannot conceive of a life free of the obligation to lose weight.

The sense of urgency is the hottest part of the fire. How do I not get burned when that is my constant state?! Talk to me, please! Speak up! I don’t want to be confused anymore! I feel beat down, and chewed up,and stuck in a miserable cycle I can’t escape and you don’t say a word. You don’t make a move. Do something, I beg you!!

I need to see you at work in my story. My days begin with pleading and end with deafening silence, and then start all over again. I am losing this battle. I can hear the enemy laughing, feeling victorious. But it is MY name, Nicole, that means victory. How can I be losing with a name like victory??

I’m listening, Father. What am I missing…acceptance? How can I accept myself when I look like this?! I cannot accept being fat. But…as I circle the scale every morning, step on, step off, step on again, squeezingmy eyes shut until I get the courage to look at my failure…I think it may be Satan in the form of a metal square, showing numbers that are always too high and always telling me I take up too much space. The scale doesn’t lie, but Satan does, this much I know.

Forgive me Father, for believing him more than I believe you. He preys on my weakness and I don’t even fight back. I’ve laid out for you my expectations, the blueprints for my redemption. How rebellious and self-righteous I am to think we’re playing follow the leader and I’m in front.

Lord, I have come undone. I’ve spent so many years trying to pick up my pieces, but I just keep getting more broken. I don’t want to live a stagnant life. I don’t want to live with my head in the toilet anymore. I’ve wanted you in my heart, but I’ve made this part off limits. And I wonder why there’s been no change.

I hear you now…You’re waiting for me to cooperate, and all this time I thought I was. I’m sorry I’ve attached my terms to your plans. I have limited you, blinded by my frantic desperation, and all the while you’ve been patient. I have tried to cage you, my King, just as I have felt caged. I’ve allowed the enemy to convince me that he had the key, that if only I were thin, I could squeeze through the bars.

Oh, how wrong I’ve been! Give me eyes like yours, Lord. I am ready to see myself for the very first time. I do hear you now. And I will live up to my name. For how could I possibly lose with a name like Victory and You as my King!

Romans 12:15 says we should rejoice with those rejoice, the Redemption Group Celebration is an opportunity to do just that. It’s an event to celebrate and reflect on the redemptive work of Jesus in the lives of those who have participated in Redemption Groups. Participants share stories of how Jesus used the intense time in Redemption Groups to redeem both their sins and suffering. Mars Hill uses this time to worship God through music, prayer, and reflecting on how Jesus changes lives.

Join us,

This Friday, November 22nd at 7pm.

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My Psalm: What Was, What Is, and What Will Be

Dear God,

Conversations like these are few and far between.

What’s the love of a Father?

I only understand what I’ve been shown.

This self-inflicted demand to earn it,

To prove it.

This unwavering love.

Yet the blessings heaped upon their heads seem otherwise unwarranted.

But that’s the point isn’t it?

Unmerited favor.

But why can’t I receive it?

Instead I watch the carefree smiles of

others, those who feel the Father’s love,

who feel their father’s love.

But I can’t feel it.

You say you care about the number of hairs on my head,

But they keep falling out and

I keep falling down, like my spirit keeps falling down

As each moment that’s formed me is

laced with abandonment.

My highest joy turns to my lowest grief as love found is love lost.

Break these chains.

For I am shackled by loyalty to my personal and family history.

Romanticizing sadness just to feel alive.

But God, once you remove the chains,

Who am I to adorn them again?

I will yell at the top of my lungs with a sound like the sobs that escaped from my dad’s belly when I blamed him for his pain.

I just fell apart.

And all I could do was pick up all my own pieces and try to shove them back where they belonged.

And what was left was a haphazardly self-reconstructed little girl with sharp edges.

She cut whoever came close enough to touch her.

These ghosts of Christmases past threaten to come back and haunt me.

And at the Bow and Arrow Lodge there will

Always be a vacancy.

God, release me!

Recognition of the “issues” but I can’t let go entirely.

Steps One, Two, and Three.

“Give all control to me.

and I will guide you to where you ought to be.”

If only it were that easy.

Take away the allusion of all I am for others to see.

Because Jesus, you told me I am PRECIOUS

Adored, Cherished

Valuable and costly.

I no longer have to prove it.

Let it be

That yours is the only opinion that matters to me.

And when I start to wander down the path of obscurity

Remind me of what you once told me


Let it be a sweet, sweet sound in my ear.

Play Your song.

Draw me near.

By: Bree

Bree wrote this Psalm during her time in Redemption Groups. Trials and suffering are common to the human condition; Christians are not exempt. There are times in our lives when trials and suffering seem to dominate our existence. Through these trials, God wants to transform our lives to see Him and to worship Him to a greater extent. The purpose of Redemption Groups is to refocus our worship of God as we invite the truth of the gospel into our past, present, and future and learn to walk faithfully with our identity founded in Jesus alone.

Romans 12:15 says we should rejoice with those rejoice, the Redemption Group Celebration is an opportunity to do just that. It’s an event to celebrate and reflect on the redemptive work of Jesus in the lives of those who have participated in Redemption Groups. Participants share stories of how Jesus used the intense time in Redemption Groups to redeem both their sins and suffering. Mars Hill uses this time to worship God through music, prayer, and reflecting on how Jesus changes lives.

Join us,

Friday, November 22nd at 7pm.

The Celebration is held at Mars Hill Church and is an event open to anyone desiring to celebrate with those who have participated in Redemption Groups. Mars Hill encourages participants to invite friends, family, and those in their Community Group.

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