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April 13, 2017

“Have you heard the news?” Most of us perk up and pay attention when asked this question. Many times it is of no consequence. Sometimes the phrase ‘no news is good news’ causes some to think anxiously ‘what now?’ There were three words uttered two millennia ago that changed, forever, the course of our lives. Have you heard? He is Risen!

Years ago, I witnessed to a friend who didn’t attend church regularly who said “Why should I attend church on Easter? I already know what happened.” He was being humorous. We all pretty much know what’s going to be said on Easter Sunday. He is Risen! But if you truly believe these words then the phrase evokes a sense of power, joy and purpose. If He is truly Risen then we are saved and have hope beyond the frailty of this body and this world; that even death cannot defeat those of us who believe in His resurrection!!

Here at DFC we are working and preparing for the crowds of people who can take part in this celebration based on the fact that we believe He is Risen! The Denver Passion play takes place at DFC Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 7 pm. We have the DFC Easter Family Fair on Saturday from 1-4 pm. Sunday we have our two Easter services at 9:00 am and 10:30 am. We will be serving free donuts and coffee on Sunday morning.

We celebrate not only on Easter Sunday but every Sunday because we truly believe He is Risen! On Sunday morning when you hear the phrase He is Risen your response should be He is Risen Indeed! I hope and trust you can be with us this Sunday morning and bring your friends and family to celebrate the resurrection of the Savior! If you can’t be here at DFC, I trust you will find a Christ-believing church and worship with them.

He is Risen!

Pastor Shawn

April 6, 2017

Is the glass half-full or half-empty? We all recognize this familiar saying describing the two types of people represented on this planet. This morning as I woke up I read an article one of my friends, a college leader, had posted on Facebook. It was an article I needed to read before I started my day. The author was Jane E. Brody entitled ‘Turning negative thinkers into positive ones’ and was published by the New York Times.

I have to admit for most of my life I tended to be a glass half-empty thinker; and I have only recently discovered the deep-seated reasons why I am wired this way. The bottom line is in some areas of my life, I can lean towards the negative. Some may think that any minister of the gospel should be positive. Let me say I know many of us ‘pastors’ and other surrendered followers of Jesus struggle to be positive all the time. Remember the disciple Thomas? He was a glass half-empty person and yet God used him in a mighty way! Today I am determined to see my world in a different way!

In light of the hope we have in our Savior, we do have reasons to be positive. This Sunday is Palm Sunday. I don’t believe you can truly worship the Lord without some sense of hope and positivity. There’s a phrase that came out of the Promise Keeper movement years ago. ‘When you can’t find the Lord begin to sing a song of praise and He will find you.’ How true it is when we begin to praise the Lord and truly believe in His goodness and power in our lives, our attitude begins to change. Our hearts soars and we find ourselves in a glass completely full of hope! Today let me encourage all of us to praise Him and believe Him for our lives!

We are hoping to see you and yours here this Palm Sunday in either the 9:00 or 10:30 am service. We have some wonderful traditions we will continue in both services! Let’s Praise the Lord together!

In His Power!

Pastor Shawn

March 24, 2017

A few weeks ago I heard a story about Winston Churchill. Churchill, who was Prime Minister of Britain during the terrible turmoil of World War II, was giving a speech to young men and he began with a simple phrase. He stepped out to them and said ‘Don’t give up! Don’t give up! Don’t give up!’ As a matter of fact, he said the same three words over and over again. This morning I need to hear those words, ‘Don’t give up!’ Maybe one of you reading this also needs to hear and be encouraged to not give up. I don’t want you to give up. Whatever you may be facing, the enemy wants us to give up but our Savior Jesus says ‘Don’t give up. I’m right here with you!’

Life can be incredibly stressful. Every week I encounter people living on the ragged edge. Some are barely hanging on. Let me encourage you with the words of Paul found in Galatians 6:9 ‘Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’ God’s promise to us is that He will be with us and there will be a blessing if we do not give up and continue to trust Him in all things. As God’s people, we need to join arms and walk together in faith and trust God will continue to guide us as we follow Him together. Its not a perfect walk but a consistent walk that God will honor and bless! Let us pray and support each other in His name!

DON’T FORGET SUNDAY WE HAVE ONE COMBINED SERVICE AT 10:00 AM followed by a catered lunch in the gym and a short all-church meeting. Sunday will be a great day of unity and inspiration. Please be present with your family and even bring a friend or two.

Hope to see you this Sunday at 10:00 am.

Pastor Shawn

March 24, 2017

A few weeks ago I heard a story about Winston Churchill. Churchill, who was Prime Minister of Britain during the terrible turmoil of World War II, was giving a speech to young men and he began with a simple phrase. He stepped out to them and said ‘Don’t give up! Don’t give up! Don’t give up!’ As a matter of fact, he said the same three words over and over again. This morning I need to hear those words, ‘Don’t give up!’ Maybe one of you reading this also needs to hear and be encouraged to not give up. I don’t want you to give up. Whatever you may be facing, the enemy wants us to give up but our Savior Jesus says ‘Don’t give up. I’m right here with you!’

Life can be incredibly stressful. Every week I encounter people living on the ragged edge. Some are barely hanging on. Let me encourage you with the words of Paul found in Galatians 6:9 ‘Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.’ God’s promise to us is that He will be with us and there will be a blessing if we do not give up and continue to trust Him in all things. As God’s people, we need to join arms and walk together in faith and trust God will continue to guide us as we follow Him together. Its not a perfect walk but a consistent walk that God will honor and bless! Let us pray and support each other in His name!

DON’T FORGET SUNDAY WE HAVE ONE COMBINED SERVICE AT 10:00 AM followed by a catered lunch in the gym and a short all-church meeting. Sunday will be a great day of unity and inspiration. Please be present with your family and even bring a friend or two.

Hope to see you this Sunday at 10:00 am.

Pastor Shawn

March 16, 2017

I once saw a sign in front of a church that said ‘No perfect people allowed.’ I thought the sign was catchy and brought attention to the frailty of mankind, including the followers of Jesus. Last Sunday we heard a great message from Jason Brest about the call of Peter to become a fisher of men. We all know that Peter wasn’t perfect. Once Jesus referred to Peter as Satan. Peter had obviously messed up once again and Jesus did not mince words. Yet we see Jesus continually going back to Peter and motivating him to lead His church.

If you are a person who has never failed you probably don’t need church. But if you are person like me who is now much more aware of his failures, you will be helped by our topic on Sunday. I’m beginning to believe that God uses our failures and frailty much more than our victories and strengths! We will see how God used Peter’s greatest weakness for His glory. I believe Jesus built the church through a man named Peter who was a broken but moldable vessel. May we enter DFC on Sunday with open and moldable hearts. God is going to set some people free this weekend!

We do hope we see you this Sunday at either our 9:00 am service or our 10:30 am service. Bring friends and family as well. It could be the best day of their lives!

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

February 9, 2017

In II Corinthians chapter 10, we read a portion of scripture where Paul was put in a position of defending his own ministry. There was a lot of discussion or debate about the validity of Paul, himself, as an apostle and even his style of ministry. Today in our culture and even in churches, we hear much debate and sides taken, in regards to politics and yes, even in the Kingdom of God. I believe we have to expect this in our world today. We’ve come to expect politics even in the church, though it is disappointing.

This morning as I read a portion of II Corinthians in Paul’s defense of his ministry, I focused on II Corinthians 10: 4-5 where Paul proclaims ‘The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’ I have found in my life there are a couple of core principles that help us whenever we need to defend ourselves. First of all I cannot control people; whether they trust me, or even whether they like me. All I can do is be as obedient to the Holy Spirit as I can. We all learn this the hard way. Ultimately we all disappoint each other and should be willing to forgive and continue to work together for the glory of the Kingdom.

Secondly in this scripture is the word ‘obedient’. Paul speaks of taking ‘every thought captive and making it obedient to Christ our Lord’. The last few weeks I have focused everyday on trying to be obedient; even in the way I think and act towards others. You know what I’ve found? Making all of my thoughts obedient to Christ takes the pressure off of me to control everything. I have the ability, through the Holy Spirit, to give away fearful thoughts and situations to the Lord. I ask myself “what would Jesus say?” We can even make people and their influences in our lives subject to the Holy Spirit. Certainly I still fail sometimes at this new way to live, but I have freedom when I give control to the Holy Spirit.

Let me say in closing, when we live in obedience, what a blessing that is! Last Sunday I gave the opportunity at the end of service for people to come forward and commit themselves to God and receive baptism. I had no set expectations. I was just trying to be obedient to what God had laid on my heart. The obedience of seventeen people to publicly profess their need of Christ was such a blessing. People are still talking about last Sunday. Obedience not only blesses us it blesses others! Let me encourage us today to be obedient to God’s direction and call and get ready for His blessing! What an awesome way to live!

This Sunday we go back to our regular two service schedule. First service begins at 9:00 am and second service at 10:30 am. God has been pouring out His Spirit at these services. You don’t want to miss what He will do this Sunday.

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

January 12, 2017

I’m a big fan this weekend! As some of you know, I’m a lifetime Kansas City Chiefs fan. This year is a strange year for me. Since our family has lived in Denver, the Broncos have made the playoffs most years. They have been in the playoffs nine times since the year 2000, and overall, they have been in eight Super Bowls, winning three of them. But this year is an exception. This year the Chiefs are in the playoffs, and I’m very excited for this weekend’s game in Kansas City. It’s fun to be a fan when your team is winning!

Fans are fickle though, and at times I, too, can be a fickle fan. But my questions today is, are we just a fan of Christ and His Church or are we followers? Followers are faithful; fans are fickle. Actually, I have always been a faithful football fan of the Chiefs. Even the years they were 2-14 I didn’t waiver, because they were my team. Sometimes my observation has been, when it comes to the Kingdom of God, there are a lot of fans but not always true followers.

Right now we are doing a series on Hope and Purpose for us and the church. It is based on Paul’s writing to the church in Ephesus. Paul truly encourages us to be more than just fans of the King and His church. We are called to be followers! Some might wonder what this looks like; being a fan versus a follower. It means we are faithful to Christ and His teaching, and it also means we remain faithful to His church. It doesn’t mean we never leave a church for another church, but I have observed over the years the many people who continually go from church to church trying to find the one that is just right for them. It’s the Goldilocks method. My advice to those who do this is that you will never find the “right” or “perfect” church for you. Everyone needs to find the church that teaches His word and His salvation, and get involved and stay faithful to the best of your ability. I thank God for all the DFCers who have stayed faithful through the rough and tough seasons here at DFC. I believe God is pleased with these faithful followers.

So you have to ask the question, “Am I a fan or a follower?” No matter what happens on Sunday, I will still follow and root for my team. I trust that no matter what church you are now attending, you will be faithful to Christ’s mission through that church and that pastor. We need fewer fans and more followers of the King and His Kingdom! Go Jesus!

We had two great services last Sunday as we were back on regular schedule. Hope to see you and yours at either the 9:00am or 10:30am service this weekend here at DFC.

Always Following Him!

Pastor Shawn

January 5, 2017

Well it happened. I was not sure it was going to happen. As a matter of fact I awoke in the middle of the night to see if it had happened. At the risk of sounding weird, I need to let you know I’m talking about a snow day! We still have one school-age kid living at home and we, along with others, were hoping that we would receive the good news. It didn’t happen for us until it was time to wake up that the decision had been made, and yes indeed, our hopes had come true! Sleep-in no-school today! (We even had a late start at church—10:00 am)

Hope is a powerful force. As a matter of fact, hope is absolutely essential to the life we live. I remember as a kid in Kansas back in the 70’s (yes I’m old) waking up in the dark of winter. Turning on my radio and listening on a snowy morning, I was hoping to hear unified district 232 was closed that day. Hope finally realized was an awesome feeling!

This Sunday, we are beginning a sermon series about hope for us and the church. I believe we need hope in these days at DFC as followers of Jesus in this post Christian world; the hope that comes from faith and the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s the hope I hear in the last words of the New Testament from the island of Patmos by the disciple John the beloved. Revelation 22:20 says ‘Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.’ You can hear the emotion of this soldier of The Way. Come Lord Jesus!

Hope is a powerful emotion. I believe having faith in Christ is hope. People who have hope also have purpose. Hope is faith! Hope does not allow us to give up. Hope gives us energy and most of all hope gives us purpose. Its gives us a reason to get up and go out and live everyday because we believe Jesus Christ the Lord lives! I would say people who live with the eternal hope of Christ live lives that are extraordinarily purpose-filled and yes joyful! This is why we see the enemy work so hard at trying to discourage those of us who have the hope of Christ.

This is why we, as people of His hope, should do all we can to encourage each other and also encourage those in the world who do not share the hope and faith we have. It feels wonderful to give someone without faith an encouraging word or a nugget of faith in a positive way. I saw on Facebook recently a man giving a sizeable tip to a young man who was waiting tables. What a great and powerful moment to encourage someone who may be at a point of dangerous discouragement. Believe me when I say in my time of ministry that discouragement can become dangerous eternally and even physically. It’s our ministry and purpose, in every situation, to give people hope in the name of Jesus! Snow day is awesome!

I’m really looking forward to joining many men, young and old, at our annual men’s breakfast this Saturday. The breakfast begins at 8:30 am. Any man can come and you are invited to come and bring other guys with you. It will be a great time of inspiration and encouragement! We are back on regular schedule this Sunday. Worship services are at 9:00 and 10:30 am. Sunday School and Children’s church will be meeting during those times. Let’s come back together this Sunday!

In His powerful Hope!

Pastor Shawn

December 8, 2016

Do you remember November 16, 2016? It was a day we had a high temperature of 80 degrees. Just a few weeks ago people were still playing golf and wearing short sleeves. This morning as I headed downstairs to ride my exercise bike, I turned on the TV, and they said it was -10 degrees. That’s a 90-degree difference. It is amazing how quickly things can change.

As we are in full throttle in the Christmas season, most of us understand change. This season is because our Father in Heaven sent His Son into the world to change everything! He has changed everything. He changes our past by forgiving us of all our sins! He changes our present by giving us peace and strength and, most of all, His Immanuel Presence every day to walk with us and bring His light to this world. He also changes our future while giving us hope and direction to know that someday we will be with Him and others in a place He has “prepared” for us, His forgiven and blessed children! I’m glad for the change that Jesus brings!

As we all revel in the first coming of the Savior, I as a shepherd of God’s people want to remind all who read this note of His second coming. Being a shepherd of people is very humbling for me. God will ask me someday if I spoke the whole truth of the gospel. We must all be ready for the second coming of the Christ. On that day there will be judgment, and those found in Christ and His received grace will be spared and blessed. Those on the outside of His grace and not prepared for His coming will be lost forever. (Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 25:1-3) If you are reading this today, prepare yourself, for He will come again! Glory to God!

This Sunday will be a banner day! We will be celebrating our children’s department and their Christmas musical “Knock Knock Christmas.” The musical will take place in our 10:30am service. We will have regular service at 9:00am. Please come and support our children and our new children’s pastor, Shannon Vasquez. She and her team are doing an incredible job! Hope to see you Sunday!

Advent Blessings!

Pastor Shawn

November 17, 2016

One of the most powerful stories I have ever experienced is the iconic “Les Misérables.” This famous story is set in France during the French revolutionary period. The story centers on the figure of Jean Valjean who is a criminal but is the recipient of an incredible act of grace by a Catholic priest. Jean Valjean is motivated by this act of grace to live the rest of his life as a now powerful and rich person doing good things because of the grace shown him. Jean Valjean lives out his life motivated by a thankful heart that was shown such incredible grace!

This story is my story; this story is our story. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” We all have had those times in our lives when we have fallen and sinned. We are convicted and guilty. It’s then we read Romans 6:23, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The greatest gifts we have ever received are the grace and salvation of our Lord Jesus Christ! Of all the blessings for which we are thankful, we are most thankful for the gift of grace through Jesus!

We now live with thankful hearts. We now love and live as thankful, pardoned men and women filled with the grace of Jesus. This grace causes us to live differently in how we respond to people, how we live faithfully for God and His Kingdom, even how we approach our church and our commitment to His church! Let me say today as I sit here at DFC, how God has filled me with so many things to be thankful for this year. It would take too long to list them, but let me say I am thankful for His grace, for my family, and the Body of Christ that allows me to serve Him in Denver. Let’s all commit to live as thankful and pardoned people set free by His grace! To quote the words of a song, “I was a dead man who was called to come out of my grave.”

Now we live with thankful hearts because of what Jesus has done. This Sunday we will celebrate Thanksgiving at DFC with one combined service at 10:00am, followed by a free lunch together in our Yes! Family Life Center. For those who can stay, there will be a time of “hanging the greens” as a congregation. We will end this great day with an all-church hymn sing at 6:00pm led by our own Jerry Nelson and the Rocky Mountain Praise Choir. This will be a Sunday for which to be thankful! Please do your best to be with us and bring friends and family!

With a Thankful Heart!

Pastor Shawn

ovember 10, 2016

In the gospels there is a story of a time when the Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus. With syrupy words they “complimented” Him on His integrity but then asked Him a question about a topic we often speak of today—taxes! Jesus, who was full of truth, very shrewdly said, “Bring me a coin.” He asked them whose portrait was on the coin, and of course, it was Caesar’s. Jesus’ famous quote was, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.” He then “dropped the mic and left the room!” (Or something to that effect!)

Today, as you and I sit in free America, we now know who the new President will be and how America may be governed for the next few years. Some of you are absolutely ecstatic! Some of you are absolutely downtrodden! Once again the vote was a virtual tie. We are a divided country. But I am encouraged how both sides, after the result was finalized, once again came together for the unity of our republic. These are the times when I stand and sing the national anthem and get a little emotional and thankful that God allows my family and me to live in a free country! Sorry to those who may find this emotional response offensive, but I still love and pray for my country!

There are so many thoughts running through my head that I could comment on today in light of the most divisive election ever. Even in our own faith community there have been those on either side of the “aisle” that have expressed their own opinions very strongly as to which side the church should stand in this election. So this is what God laid on my heart this morning--the scripture where Jesus speaks about taxes and Caesar.

First of all, Caesar will always be in our lives until Jesus comes. Jesus Himself knew that Caesar or the government would at times be evil or at least wrong. But in this instance he very clearly said to respect Caesar. The results are the results. I appreciated Senator Clinton’s comment about giving Mr. Trump a chance to lead. I liked what President Obama said about this being an “intramural scrimmage.” We are on the same team. We in the church have many privileges because we minister and worship in America. Give Caesar credit.

Second is what Jesus said after that. “Give to God what is God’s.” All of us can get very wrapped up in politics and yet give very little time or resources to God and His church. Taxes and laws will always be a part of our lives, yet there is a greater part we must never neglect, and that is living out our support and promotion of His Kingdom! We are Kingdom people. We will dually exist with other institutions and entities here in America. But make no mistake, our ultimate allegiance, and as many have said, our time, talents and treasure should go to the building of His Kingdom. We should be Kingdom-first folks!

We had incredible services last Sunday. All this week I have had people letting me know how much last week’s service meant to them. Our promise is the Promise Keeper wants to be with us again this Sunday! Join us for one of our two services this week at 9:00am or 10:30am. It may change your life!

In His Kingdom Power!

Pastor Shawn

November 3, 2016

A few weeks ago my mother-in-law gave Sherri a book by Max Lucado titled “You’ll Get Through This.” Last night before bed I began reading it. I already know after reading the first three chapters that it’s a book God wants me to read. It is written around the life of Joseph. I preached a few weeks ago on consecutive Sundays about Joseph’s life and his response to life’s unfairness. As many know, Joseph was betrayed by his brothers and sold off as a teenager, and then his jealous brothers told his father Jacob that he had perished. Joseph, after many trials and incredible unfairness, finds himself in a position of great power. When his brothers, years later, come to him in need of help, Joseph responds with great compassion. The key verse in his story is found in Genesis 50:20. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”

My observation is that we really need to know how we are going to make it through some of the situations we face. From my position as a pastor, I see firsthand terrible and heartbreaking events that take place in people’s lives. Though I haven’t faced what some of you have gone through, I myself, even in the last twelve months have said, “How are we going to get through this?” I know it’s a common theme in many of our lives.

I have two answers for how we get through what’s happening: God and God’s people! My personal problem is tunnel vision. Sometimes all I can see and feel is the problem. “Why” is a big theme. Why would God allow this to happen? In the story of Joseph we never really see this question, but if you ask me, somewhere along this almost 20-year journey, he had to ask in a moment of weakness, “Why, God?” It’s okay to ask why, just don’t stop talking to the One who does ultimately know why. He knows why and He knows how He is building into us strength, and a faith that stands the test of this life, and is also a light to others for the glory of Jesus Christ!

The second answer is the power of God’s people. When we are under it, whatever ‘it’ might be, we often think ‘it’ doesn’t happen to others. That’s a lie from Satan. Satan wants us to isolate ourselves and pull away from God’s people, which is the church. Where would you and I be without God’s people? What a fellowship we have together in Jesus’ name. In any given week or on any given Sunday, there are those of us going through it saying, “How am I going to get through this?” Our message and God’s message is, “YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS!” You will get through it with God’s power and our help! We at DFC care!

Just yesterday a dear member of DFC told me over the phone, “Faith not Fear.” This phrase is what we have shining on the wall in our sanctuary. When the enemy whispers in our ear, “You can’t get through it,” yell back at him, “Faith not Fear! I will get through it in the name of Jesus!”

My friend, today I want you to know I’m praying for all of you, not only to get through it, but through it all to glorify our Savior, Jesus Christ! YOU WILL GET THROUGH THIS! Hope to see you this Sunday!

In His Power!

Pastor Shawn

October 21, 2016

Yesterday at DFC, Christian radio station KRKS hosted a Pastor Appreciation Luncheon. The keynote speaker was Jim Daly from Focus on the Family. In his address he spoke of talking with Christian missionaries from an oppressed country. Daly asked them how they prayed for America. Their response was startling. These foreign Christians told Daly their prayer for the American church is for persecution. Yes, that’s right; they pray that the church in America will be under more persecution.

Well, it looks to me like that’s happening and will increase in the years ahead. Of course, it’s our belief that this will culminate in the coming of our Lord. Make no mistake--the church is being persecuted all over the world. We hear increasing reports of Christians being killed in awful ways. Jesus said in Matthew 10, “You will be hated because of me.” That is already happening around the world and here in America. We need to get ready!

I have never been the sky-is-falling type when it comes to this subject, but it is clear to me that the American church is being separated by those that believe in the Bible and the foundation of Jesus Christ as Lord of all. The other side is the church that is found in the third chapter of the book of Revelation, the church in Laodicea, about which Jesus says, “So, because you are lukewarm--neither hot nor cold--I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” In the Lord’s eyes there is real danger in being a lukewarm church and a lukewarm Christian.

Maybe the point of the prayer of those Christians from an oppressed country is that if we in the American church are oppressed, we will begin to have a greater urgency to reach our friends and neighbors and our world for Christ. Likewise, our church would sharpen and focus on what’s really important.

Many of us are deeply disturbed by this particular election cycle. But could it be that the church here in America is about to see a resurgence that is unprecedented in modern history? Could it be the true church that follows the words of the Savior is about to see the harvest that Jesus speaks of in the gospels? My prayer is, “God, let me be a part of this coming revival, and let DFC be a part of this coming tidal wave of the Holy Spirit that is promised in the last days!” It’s going to happen; the question is, “Are we going to be a part of it?”

I believe the best days of His church are ahead of us. If it takes persecution to force us to our knees with greater dependence on the Holy Spirit, let it be! Let’s all begin to pray for God’s power in our lives and in our church during these turbulent days. For the church and the followers of Jesus these can be the most exciting and fulfilling days we’ve ever known! I think of the song today, “He’s a good good Father!” Amen! We are not alone. He is with us!

Hope to see you this weekend for a “Come Together Sunday.” The combined service begins at 10:00am. Bring someone with you; it may change their life!

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn

October 14, 2016

Have you had a “Really God?” moment lately? I said that phrase on Sunday and was reminded about it by someone this morning. I’m certainly not wanting to be unfaithful or disrespectful to the Lord, but there are those times when we are going through several points of trial and tribulation and we see another one coming our way, and we say to our loving Father, “I’m not sure I can handle another one.”

For me we have had a week like that. Not one but two personal situations that have added to my family’s load. Both of these had to deal with physical difficulties for my son and me. It’s like, “God, we are really dealing with quite a bit,” and God says, “I’m going to allow you to deal with a few more things.” Have you been there? Are you there today? Well, I’m with you! Let me say before I go on, some of you in comparison with what we are dealing with are handling much more difficult situations, and you are handling them with faith not fear! Praise the Lord!

On the way in to work the other day I heard one of my favorite preachers of all time, Dr. Charles Stanley. To know Dr. Stanley is to know he has gone through many tribulations while being a megachurch pastor and nationally broadcasted preacher. I heard the last part of a broadcast sermon, and it was exactly what I needed to hear. Dr. Stanley spoke of a time in his life of real pain and suffering, and in the midst of it he felt the assurance of God that even though he was still going to have pain, God had not removed His call on Dr. Stanley’s life. Furthermore, the promise was that God was to “keep” him in the midst of the tribulation!! He quoted Isaiah 42:6, “I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people.” As I pondered that scripture I thought of another in Jude 1, “To those who have been called, who are loved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ.” What a promise!

If we will abide in Him, we are called, loved and kept in Christ Jesus! It doesn’t say He will remove us from the fire; it says He will be with us in the fire. That’s keeping power! As you and I are going through the fires of this life, let us remember that He is with us. And let us look around and see other children of God who are also going through the fire. We are in this together! We are kept in His love together! Let’s reach out to each other in His keeping love!

I sure do hope to see you Sunday! We are going to have two great services at 9:00am and 10:30am. Special things are planned.

In His Keeping Love!

Pastor Shawn

September 22, 2016

Where were you when you heard the big news? I mean, it was the big story of the week. I’m sure you know what I am talking about when I say the word “Brangelina.” This is the word given to the marriage of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. As the whole world found out this week, they are divorcing. The truly sad thing about it is they have six children. I believe most of them are adopted. Now some of you, I’m sure, are just hearing of this news today because you don’t have your ear to the news of Hollywood, but most of us did hear about it and probably most of us did not think much either way but just to realize when you are famous, everyone knows your business.

What struck me though is how we so often make newsworthy the bad things that happen to people. I mean, this is really sad. Their weaknesses and shortcomings are out there for the whole world to see and discuss. Let’s face it, most of us try cover up and even deny our weaknesses. Yet it seems bad news for others is entertainment to some, and let me say, it can happen in the church.

This week I will be speaking over the scripture in 2 Corinthians where Paul speaks of his own weakness; his thorn in the flesh. But Paul, as we know, talked openly about his weakness and how God used his weakness and not his strength in an incredible way. Its human nature to hide and cover up what is weak in us, but we see in scripture that God will take a weakness to reveal His greatness in us. This in turn causes others to be drawn to us and to Him because of what the world would see as weak.

My opinion is that people often feel so ashamed and guilty because of their failures, stains and the scars of life, that we spend big chunks of our time just trying to cover up what we see as weakness. Yet when someone has the guts to stand up and say, “I’ve got a weakness, I have a ‘thorn,’” then other people begin to say, “Me, too.” Let’s see if God can heal us together!

I’ve had that experience this week. When talking with a friend, we both spoke of a common weakness or trouble in our lives. It seemed to me, as we spoke, the Spirit of Christ was in the midst, and it was healing. It’s always good to know that we aren’t the only ones that have such “thorns.” What healing there could be if we the people of the church could put down our pride and be honest about whom we really are. I believe in healing and, yes, revival could break out. God wants to heal and deliver us, but we have to become weak for that to happen. May the Holy Spirit begin to direct us to be honest and even take risks with each other so God can break in and begin to do His work. May the Healing begin!!

This Sunday promises to be a great Sunday. Hope you can join us at 9:00am or 10:30am for worship. I believe God will bring healing to many!

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn

September 16, 2016

Last Thursday Sherri and I did something very secretive. We jetted out of Denver and flew to the beautiful city of San Diego to surprise our daughter Shayli who was playing for the Northwest Nazarene volleyball team. She didn’t know we were coming, and we wanted to surprise her. Well, we did surprise her. Her reaction even surprised us! We told one of her teammates to ask her to come out of the locker room but not to tell her it was us. When she came out, she saw us and ran to me and jumped up into my arms. I wish someone would have taken a picture for me to look at when I’m a very old man! Her actions told me she loves me. Actions almost always speak louder than words!

To love and to be loved is pretty much the goal of human beings. When asked what’s the greatest commandment, Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” In essence, Jesus was saying, “Love me.” Even the Lord wants or needs to have us love Him! If the Lord desires love from His children, how much more do we need to be loved?

Even though I knew Shayli loves me because I’m her dad, her actions were a moment I will never forget. How we all need to show others in our lives that we love them, by our actions not just our words. Show them! There will be many who read this who will identify with the fact that just because someone says they love you, you may find out in life that their actions were quite the opposite. When that happens, it can injure and scar us even to the point that we say, “I’m not going to trust people; I’m not going to put myself out there to get hurt anymore!”

Life is messy and we are all imperfect. Paul reminds us of this in Romans 3:23. “…for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God…” I have preached a sermon where Shayli sings a particular song at the end. The song is entitled, “I Hope You Dance.” The song lyrics speak of life with its ups and downs and hurts and heartaches. But the point of the song is that in life you will be hurt. Sometimes it’s our own fault and sometimes it’s someone else who hurts us, but don’t let life or anyone keep you from living and loving. The middle stanza of this song is the best. It might not fit everyone’s theology, but I believe the spirit of the lyrics is inspiring!

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance

Never settle for the path of least resistance

Living might mean taking chances but they’re worth taking

Lovin’ might be a mistake but it’s worth making

Don’t let some hell-bent heart leave you bitter

When you come close to selling out reconsider

Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance

I hope you won’t quit on life and on relationships. I especially hope you will love the Lord Jesus. He delights in our love! He treasures it just like I did when my now almost 20-year-old daughter jumped into my arms. Hug someone you love this weekend. Let them know by your actions that you love them!

Sunday promises to be a great day! We are back to our regular Sunday School and morning worship schedule with the 9:00am modern service and the 10:30am classic service. Please join us and bring someone with you!

You are loved!

Pastor Shawn

September 2, 2016

Elaine is her name. Last Sunday she told her counselor that she wanted to be baptized. Elaine comes to church in first service almost every week. She comes with her friend and her group home attendant Chad who is a very caring and wonderful person. So at the close of the second service, she came into the baptismal. We were all trying to help her since she was very scared. When she stepped into the first bit of water, she yelled out in fear. I said to Elaine, “You don’t have to do this,” but she kept coming down the steps, fearful but continuing to step down into the water. I baptized her, and it was a wonderful moment for all of us. I’m glad Elaine persevered and didn’t turn back.

As I read the tenth chapter of Hebrews this morning, I was reminded of Elaine and the 15 people who were baptized last Sunday. The writer of Hebrews exhorts us to live by faith. Hebrews 10:38 says, “…But my righteous one will live by faith...” We have been talking about the theme “Faith, not Fear.” I have had folks this week let me know they are living by “Faith, not Fear” as they are facing a serious crisis, and yet they press on with faith in Christ and the support of their church family! For me faith isn’t the absence of fear; it’s the ability to press on even when we are afraid! Keep coming; don’t turn back.

Hebrews 10:39 says, “…we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” That’s real faith! Just like Elaine could have said, “No, I’m too afraid to get in the water,” yet even in her fear, she kept coming. I believe she was glad she didn’t shrink back. You and I walk together in faith. I’m sure there are some who want to turn back and not press through what seems to be an insurmountable situation. Keep believing; keep moving forward in the power of Jesus. He believes in you! So do I!

Hope to see you Sunday at either the 9:00am or 10:30am service. We so appreciate your faithfulness!

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn

August 27, 2016

“Faith, not Fear.” Those were the words on the banners that hung from either side of the sanctuary at New Life Church in Pismo Beach, California. As many know, we lost one of the greatest pastors in the history of the Nazarene church when Ron Salsbury passed away a few weeks ago after a 12-year battle with cancer. He was a mentor to me and so many others, especially pastors of large churches in the Nazarene denomination. When he received the diagnosis of cancer 12 years ago, he put those banners up in the sanctuary of their great church to remind himself and everyone who came into that worship space that this would be their focus—Faith, not Fear!

Since returning home last Saturday night, I can’t stop thinking about those banners and my friend who so displayed a life that embodied that slogan, Faith, not Fear! As a matter of fact, I just looked at the pictures I took at Ron’s funeral and looked at that banner to remind myself I have two choices today. I can face it with fear or face it with faith!

Ron’s favorite Psalm was Psalm 34. This was his portion of scripture with which he faced his illness. Psalm 34:4 says, “I sought the Lord, and He answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Could we as fellow church members and followers of Christ agree together that we will face this life and its fears with Faith, not Fear? Could you lovingly hold me accountable to Psalm 34:4 and Ron’s battle cry of Faith, not Fear? I would like to live the rest of my life like my friend lived. He said many things about his battle, but not once did I hear him say he was afraid! As the song says, “I want to live like that.”

Tuesday night I asked the board members of DFC to write down a fear they have in their lives. You know what? Every one of them had at least one big fear in their life. A few weeks ago I was in a restaurant and in the bathroom of this restaurant was a quote from John Wayne. We all know that John Wayne wasn’t afraid of anything. (At least in his movies!) It said, “Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”

As pastor of DFC I see people facing many fearful situations and pushing through anyway with Faith, not Fear! Certainly honest people of Faith will say there are some things in our lives that are scary. But with Faith in Christ and the love and support of the Body of Christ, we can live a life of Faith, not Fear. I pray today that you will live with that kind of Faith. Would you pray for me that I will as well?

Ron’s illness caused him to be able to communicate the gospel to thousands upon thousands of people. What they saw was a real guy with a real disease but with a faith that was real. He would speak of his tough situation, but then he would tell of his Faith in the One who conquers all our fears! May you live like that! Tell Jesus your fear and let Him replace your fear with Faith. Faith, not Fear!

I hope you can be with us Sunday morning for either our 9:00am or 10:30am service. God was with us last week with power and strength. Whatever you are facing or whatever gets in the way, remember Faith, not Fear!

In His Faith!

Pastor Shawn

July 22, 2016

In the almost seven years of living in Denver we have seen a very large spike in traffic especially on weekdays. Because of this I have been riding in my vehicle more which gives me more time to listen to the radio. Often I will tune in and hear a sermon as I drive. The other day on FM 94.7 I heard a great sermon from a pastor I didn't know; neither his name or the location of his church, but the sermon touched my heart!

Do you ever doubt God? Now let’s be honest. Maybe doubt is too strong a word but maybe it’s not. What caught my attention was the quote of this pastor. “When it comes to doubt,” he said, “believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts.” The pastor was preaching on the well-known story of Thomas. Thomas, as we all know, was famous for doubting. Even though Thomas followed Jesus, he doubted at times. In the book of John there was a time when Thomas honestly questioned the Lord about the Lord’s iconic statement regarding where He was going. Thomas, in John 14:5, says, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Of course, Jesus’ answer is the scripture we often quote at funerals to give all of us assurance. John 14:6 says, “I am the way and the truth and the life.”

After the resurrection Thomas was not with the other disciples when Jesus first appeared to them. When they told Thomas, he said in John 20:25, “Unless I see…” Many people, including me at times, are troubled by people who won’t just take our word for it. But we see some things here in the lives of those of us who doubt that can be a real advantage and even provide a greater ministry.

First, doubters are honest. Forgive me for my tone, but I struggle with those who always have the answer. They are always right. They have never doubted in their whole life, and they have it all together. In almost every church I’ve pastored, there were folks like this. It has often led to conflict because of mine and others’ frustration with them, because they are not honest. Sometimes they have even said this phrase to justify their actions, “Well, God told me.” I definitely believe God speaks to us, but if that is our way to win an argument or to get our way in the church or in our life, well honestly, I doubt it. There I go again!

People who doubt are being honest. Thomas wasn’t saying, “I don’t believe in Jesus.” He was saying, “I just want to see for myself.” When we are honest about our doubts and continue to follow truth, we have the potential for great breakthrough! I trust you and I are honest with God and others. It’s never wrong to admit you’re struggling to believe.

Another attribute of doubting is that you open yourself up to greater ministry to others. Today there are many people struggling in our culture. There is so much dishonesty and immorality even in the church. People do not always listen to those who claim to have a corner on the truth. But when people hear us say, “There are times I struggle to believe,” or “I’m not sure of everything,” people will listen. It was Brother Paul who said in the book of Philippians, “I have not attained all this,” meaning he didn’t understand it all! I believe people today will listen to transparent people of faith. We must continue in faith.

We also see that Thomas had the breakthrough, because I believe Jesus honors those who truly want the truth and are willing to search for it. In John’s gospel we see the culmination when Jesus comes to Thomas and says, “Look, Thomas, come and touch my wounds.” Thomas’ reply was in John 20:28, “My Lord and my God.” That breakthrough is possible even if we doubt; we just keep searching for the truth through Jesus!

So in conclusion I’m reminded of the radio pastor’s statement: “Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts.” What do you believe? The Apostles’ Creed is a great outline of what we believe. With our doubts we live with them, but we can even doubt them in light of the overwhelming truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you ask me, there is no doubt Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Please be with us for one of our two services on Sunday at 9:00am or 10:30am. I have a true sense that God is going to pour out a blessing on those that will be here this Sunday. This is no doubt!

In His Truth!

Pastor Shawn

July 2, 2016

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” These are powerful words that are contained in our nation’s Declaration of Independence. We, this Sunday and of course Monday, as a church and as a nation, will celebrate and honor our freedom as a people here in the United States. It’s going to be a great weekend!

It’s appropriate that our forefathers wrote this infamous sentence about rights and pursuing happiness, and in that sentence there is a reference to our Creator. As most of us know, human beings are people who pursue purpose and true happiness. In America we believe that to be our right. We as a nation have defended that right with the blood of our own sons and daughters on foreign fields around the world. Defending that opportunity to pursue happiness is a very serious issue for our nation.

Happiness is an elusive and sometimes debatable issue. Pursuing happiness is an obsession here in our country. As a matter of fact, we often hear a phrase about having “first world problems,” meaning we often complain about things that people in other countries would not conceive of due to the luxuries we enjoy in a free country like the United States of America.

When we think of freedom and happiness as we do this time of year, I always think of what freedom really is and how true freedom and happiness really take place in a person’s life. Despite the freedom and happiness that we have here in America, true freedom only takes place in the power and redemption that comes through salvation through Jesus Christ! I guarantee there are people living in poverty conditions in a third world country who are more happy and free than some of the people living around our church. The reason for their happiness is they have found their freedom in a relationship with Christ while many in Denver are trying to find happiness through wealth and achievement. Without Christ there is no lasting peace and happiness. As the scripture says, “When the Son sets you free, you are free indeed!’ I pray today that our Independence Day is every day when we realize Jesus has set us free, and in Him and His will is true happiness! I think of the bumper sticker I asked my dad about when we were driving on a Kansas road decades ago. It simply said, “I have found it!” He explained to me it means I have found God through Christ! I pray that you have found it as well!

This Sunday, DFC will be a great place for you to worship God and celebrate our freedom. We have one combined service at 10:00am. Following the service will be a free lunch on the lawn (and also indoors if you desire). It’s one of great gatherings of the year. Don’t miss out. And bring friends and family with you!

In His Freedom!

Pastor Shawn

June 16, 2016

A Christian's Point of View

In 2-Corinthians 5:17 Paul says, “So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view.” When I first looked at my phone a little after 6:00 a.m. last Sunday, I saw the news brief from ABC that there was a shooting in Florida, and they feared twenty were dead. I knew then this story would dominate the headlines. As church progressed that morning, we found out 50 were feared dead, and we began to learn that the killer was motivated by ISIS and a radical Islamic “point of view.” We also learned about the same time that this tragedy had taken place at a nightclub called “Pulse,” a “gay” nightclub. So in and of itself, we have several points of view.

What should be our point of view as followers of Jesus? I’m sure along the way some will not agree, but here goes. First of all, we have enemies. The point of view of these enemies is that we as Americans and, yes, Christians, are infidels, and we should die. This killer made it clear by his actions that he was an enemy of America, might I say Christian America. It’s my point of view that this is a religious war. Because of their allegiance to their point of view, the most radical of them do not believe we should exist. Let me say though as a point of conscience that I believe there are many Muslims who do not believe the way this killer did. This is an extreme position inside the Islamic faith.

We soon discovered this took place at a “gay bar,” and, if we are honest, some probably paused for a moment to think about this development. If you are a follower of Jesus, we realize the deeper tragedy at hand. Let me say it doesn’t matter if it’s a gay or a heterosexual bar, at 2:30 in the morning; it's probably not where you want to be when facing eternity. Certainly God is the final judge, and His mercy is far reaching, and maybe in those chaotic, violent moments some people called out to Jesus and were saved. It’s my point of view that it’s possible. But it causes all of us to be ever ready to meet the God of the universe!

Let me hammer my point of view. It does not matter if it was a gay or straight bar. The people who died and were injured were not harming anyone. In America we do have freedoms that allow us to disagree with each other on certain lifestyles, however, we should have equal grief for all loss of life! We also realize that if these folks were not followers of Christ, the killer snatched that opportunity away with his point of view.

We see many in America and the church responding. We as the church grieve with those families that have lost friends, loved ones and, yes, even “partners.” We should move in and reach out without judgment bringing the love of Christ! The Bible says that love covers a multitude of sins! This should be the church’s response. Let the politicians wrangle for the votes with disingenuous statements. We as the church stand with Paul’s statement. We do not look at people from a worldly point of view! We look at people as God’s incredible creation. Every life is important regardless whether we agree with their lifestyle. It’s my point of view that the church must have a point of view. Our prayer is that it is the point of view of our Savior! I do believe in some mystical way His Spirit was present in the middle of the violence and chaos last Sunday morning. Let us make sure we represent Him in all our points of view!

We do hope to see you Sunday! Pastor Jonathan and Johnna Foster will be our very special guests on this Sunday, Father’s Day 2016. You will never forget Pastor Jonathan’s message of hope in the midst of tragedy! Bring your dad! Bring a friend!

In His Power!

Pastor Shawn

June 2, 2016

Gorilla vs. Child

I’ve seen the advertisement for the new Hollywood movie “Tarzan.” Man has been fascinated, and with good reason, with the incredible creatures created by God. Our interaction with God’s creation has been one of the blessings of this world. It seems like almost every week we see or hear of something that alarms us as followers of Christ at the direction our world is heading, or maybe has already arrived.

Most of us have seen video of the recent event that took place in the Cincinnati Zoo. It was a very tragic and dangerous event for the whole world to observe. Certainly the subject of parents watching their kids, and also the zoo’s responsibility of having proper barriers in place so something like this could not happen, is worth mentioning. But there is something frightening that I and many others are hearing in response to events like this.

It is becoming increasingly evident that the value of human life has reached a level that we did not think would be reached so quickly. For years we have heard the voices of those who warned us of the potential of this kind of thing happening--especially when it relates to the legalization of abortion. Nearly 50 million abortions have occurred since 1973. I have always been pro-life, but there were times I thought some of the warnings were outlandish. I just didn’t think people would actually value the life of an animal over the life of a child or adult. But we have heard it loud and clear! There are actually groups of people that have said the animal shouldn’t have been killed. They basically said the zoo officials should have rolled the dice with the little boy’s life.

It’s clear that if the zoo officials pulled the trigger, they knew this little boy’s life was in danger. Certainly the zookeepers loved the animal and did not want to have to take its life. But they knew the potential and strength of that gorilla. Experts like Jack Hanna said they did the right thing by killing the animal. Jerry Stones, the one who “raised” the gorilla, said that after “Harambe” was seven years old, he was unsafe to be with because of his incredible size and strength.

This is not about animal rights. Most of us would not support animals being abused. But to even have the discussion of which life was more important tells us we have reached the feared point as a nation that many predicted we would reach when we no longer value human life. It’s a form of paganism that tells us we are in the last days! As a matter of fact, it feels unsafe in a world that we even have a debate over the life of a child and the life of a gorilla.

In the last five years we have seen here in the U.S. changes and events and government edicts that I and many others would not have thought would have happened so quickly. The slippery slope is here, and we as a nation are going down the slope. When I saw that gorilla dragging around the little boy, and then heard that people said the gorilla should not have been killed, I had to admit we have arrived. We are now at the point as the church to realize we are in post-Christian America. For us to think any differently would be dangerous!

In 2 Timothy it says in the last days people will be “lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God--having a form of godliness but denying its power.” It’s evident we live in those days now. Our mission as the church is to warn others and to stay ready for His return. In doing this, I believe as we reach out in His love for all souls, people will be drawn to the church as those who would be sinking in a stormy sea and the church is that great lifeboat to rescue them. People are what Christ came to save! During these days let’s continue to be clear about our mission and focus on human lives. That is who Jesus died for!

Come and celebrate with us Sunday. We will be honoring our graduates and your presence will honor them.

In His Purpose!

Pastor Shawn

May 12, 2016

I’m planning on preaching this summer over the Lord’s Prayer. It is a prayer that Jesus taught in what we know as the Sermon on the Mount. When it came to prayer, this is how Jesus taught us. In that prayer there is a phrase that says, “Your Kingdom come.” When I think of the Kingdom, I, of course, cannot help but think of the church. The church is and always will be God’s instrument in the world to bring His message of hope and redemption.

There is an old song titled “The Anchor Holds.” There is a lyric in the song that says, “Though the ship’s been battered, the anchor holds.” I see the church as the ship that has been battered, and yet for over 2,000 years, the anchor holds. Jesus said this about His church, “…the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” Even though the church is battered and bruised and the enemy attacks the church, the anchor holds. The anchor is Jesus Christ. It’s His church; it’s not ours. And as long as we remember that it’s His and we have confidence in the One who is the anchor, we can know the peace of sailing on together for the glory of the Savior!

Let us pray for DFC and all churches that lift up Christ as Savior. We, as churches, are different but we have the same message, and we follow the same Savior. I have confidence in the collective power of the Spirit-filled people of DFC and other churches when our motives are to make disciples in the name of Jesus! Let us continue to pray for each other in the Body and also others who are going a different yet similar direction for the glory of God. May God bless us all with souls who need to know Jesus!

I do hope you will be with us on Sunday at either the 9:00am or 10:30am service as we celebrate our Savior and all He is doing through DFC!

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

April 22, 2016

It was a comment I saw that immediately hurt my feelings. I don’t believe it was intended to hurt my feelings but it did. I’m just being honest. Let me say it was not a family member nor was it someone who attends DFC. But it was something that was said that stung and in my opinion was not very nice. I’m doing much better now that a little time has gone by but in all honesty I wrestled with a comment that in my opinion was better left unsaid.

If we are honest people, most of us from time to time get our feelings hurt and we would be better off to admit it than to stuff away the hurt and anger. Now there are about 10% of people that do not get their feelings hurt. I’ve worked with and am friends with them. They are the ‘thick-skinned’ people. Many times, they are the same people that will say things that hurt other people. I know we are to ‘speak the truth in love.’ But in my opinion that phrase can be abused and used just to give someone a piece of our mind. I know because I’ve done it and regretted it later.

There are a couple of things I want so say ‘in love’ (of course). If you don’t need to say it, then don’t. If there’s a chance that it could hurt someone, don’t say it. Think about how the person you are saying it to or writing about (social media) and how they will feel when they hear it. Jesus said in Matthew 7:12 ‘In everything DO to others as you would have them DO to you.’ Easy to quote, hard to live out! I know that I have said things in anger and arrogance that later on I needed to circle back and apologize. This is an area I believe will not be fully perfect until we are on the other side. But we have to try! It is what our Lord puts forth as the greatest measure of our faith and walk in Him. Jesus says ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Let me also say we know that with your spouse, children, very close friends and brothers and sisters in Christ, we can enjoy an intimacy and freedom of communication. That doesn’t mean we can say whatever we want, it just means it’s a deeper level of communication. If you are person that struggles with saying ‘I’m sorry’, you may be a lonely person later in life. In these times people do not have time for cruel and careless people.

Let me close by saying, yesterday I found myself talking to the One in whom we should all find our ultimate value. Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Great Counselor, can speak to a hurting heart when we feel devalued and hurt and even abused in this life. I believe He does love and value us and at the end of the day that’s what really matters. The words ‘Jesus loves me this I know’ come to mind when we are hurting. That’s what really matters! May we spread that message to a hurting world! And just be nice! (A good thing to remember in a world that is not always nice).

I want to invite you to our Sunday services at 9:00 and 10:30 am. There is no snow forecasted this weekend! And families, remember the Crawling for Christ event following the 9:00 am service and lasting through the afternoon – the Bat Mobile will be here! Thanks for all you are doing for the King and His Kingdom!

In His Amazing Love!

Pastor Shawn

April 15, 2016

It happened again. No, Sherri didn’t get in another wreck, but it’s something that has happened over and over since I have been the senior pastor here at DFC. It’s a fairly simple comment, but it always leaves me thinking about a specific word. That word is “legacy.”

Because of last week’s car accident that Sherri was involved in, we have been working through various insurance/vehicle situations. Yesterday, as we were at a local establishment, a man came out to talk to us and introduced himself by saying, “My son used to attend your youth group at DFC. Randy Edwards led my son to Christ.” This conversation has happened time and again since I have been at DFC the last six-and-a-half years. So many times I have heard the phrase, “Randy led me to Christ!’ Many of those people are still here at DFC, but many people I have met in the community mention the name Randy Edwards and give our late brother credit for leading them into a saving relationship with Jesus!

Randy Edwards left a lasting legacy. As I looked up the word legacy, it was simply defined in the terms of what people leave behind when they are gone. When I think of Randy and his life and his passing, I think of how many people he touched, and I also think I would want people to say something similar about me. Randy was so intentional about bringing people to faith. He was so comfortable in everyday conversations of simply talking to people about where they are in their relationship with God. It was who he was and it’s what he left as a legacy. For me there could be no greater legacy!

What will they say? That’s an important question for all of us. We all know, that in the end, we want to have pleased God. That’s truth. But if we have pleased God, we will have been those people who in our own way and personality, pointed those closest to us and those we came in contact with toward the Savior and eternal life! A legacy is important for all of us and for the world.

We are so excited to honor men and women of courage this Sunday at DFC. Our first Peace Officer Day will be this Sunday. We will have a combined service at 10:00am with hopefully hundreds of guests that we will be honoring. In our service we will be honoring ten police officers who have been wounded or injured in the line of duty. It will be a day you won’t want to miss. Of course, we know there might be some “Colorado weather” taking place this weekend. If need be, we will move what we can indoors and enjoy our new YES! Center. A free lunch will be provided for all who attend!

Hope to see you Sunday--and bring a friend!

Pastor Shawn Siegfreid

April 3, 2016

I guess you could say it was our turn. It was our turn to experience a very scary moment in the life of our family. Last Tuesday as I arrived at church, our assistant Cara was walking toward me in the parking lot to tell me that Sherri had been involved in an accident on University on her way to church. As I drove quickly to the site of the crash, I called Sherri and I could tell that things weren’t ok even though she had refused medical attention. When I arrived I realized it was our turn. Her small car was torn apart, and as I crossed the road, I could see Sherri was still in the driver’s seat and was in great pain. She was bleeding from the face, and she looked at me and said, “I can’t breathe.” It was our turn!

Some of you who read this today will have experienced much worse than we experienced. You may have even lost someone in a vehicle accident. My heart and my prayers go out to you. I now know a little bit about what it feels like to see the love of your life hauled into an ambulance not knowing what’s going to happen. It was our turn!

As some of you know, Sherri is ok. (Our car isn’t!) She has a broken bone in her ankle and major bruising, but she is at home and on the mend. We want to thank everyone who is praying for us and even some who have contacted us and brought over delicious food. (Shaden and I especially thank you!) Please pray for the lady who ran into Sherri; as of yesterday she was still in the hospital.

It was our turn. Hardly anyone escapes these moments in life. So many of you have experienced the phone call or the notice of tragedy that forever changes your life. My heart and my emotions go out to you. My question for any of us is, “Were you ready when your turn came up?” Though I know Sherri was hurt, I also know she was ready for whatever happened. She is God’s child. She is ready. Are you? She told the officer that she barely saw the lady fly into traffic before she was blasted by her car. There was no time to prepare for it!

But there is time today if you are reading this. All of us should understand that someday it will be our turn. Stay prayed up and in contact with your Savior and your family of faith. As we can attest, it makes it easier during the times when we are in greatest need to have a faith family with you!

So I hope your week has not been as “exciting.” But let me encourage you to connect with your faith family this weekend by attending Sunday services. Our readiness is increased by our faithful attendance together as the Body of Christ. I hope you can join us for either the 9:00am or 10:30am service this weekend here at DFC!

Thanks again for your love and prayers! Sherri and I love you back!

Pastor Shawn

March 31, 2016

He is still Risen! Wow! What a wonderful Holy Week we had here at DFC. Even in the midst of an epic blizzard on Wednesday, literally thousands of people were in and out of our building as a part of Easter Holy Week. Our count for Easter this year once again was more than 2,000 precious souls. From tiny infants to blessed senior adults, it was our privilege and honor to have you and others worship with us. With the Denver Passion Play and Good Friday service, there were close to another 2,000 who were a part of those expressions in honor of the Risen Savior.

This was the first time we have used our new Yes! Family Life Center on Easter. It was a highlight on Sunday to see hundreds of people fellowshipping in this great space. The Yes! Center is being used in ways we have envisioned for decades here at DFC. I rejoice to think of what so many have dreamed and sacrificed to see this instrument of ministry used in such a powerful way. I do believe Curtis Clay, our beloved and late Yes! Project Chairman, is rejoicing with us in Heaven for this was his vision that the Yes! Center be used for ministry and fellowship. To God be the glory!

Friends, I have to tell you that I have never been more hopeful about the ministry and future of DFC. Last week reminded me again that in a post-Christian world, there are thousands and tens of thousands, even millions of people still searching and open to the gospel of the Risen Savior. From the comments of brand-new families last Sunday to the many phone calls I have made and the staff have made this week to those who visited on Easter, so many have said, “We want to come back. We need a place to bring our family to experience faith!”

I’m sure this Sunday will look a little different, but I’m hoping to see you and others come together to celebrate His gospel and the fellowship of being together. Easter is all about hope--the hope of the resurrection! Like I said last Sunday, this Sunday Jesus is still risen! May we commit ourselves again and anew to His purpose here on earth through the ministry of DFC! I hope to see you at one of our two Sunday morning services at either 9:00am or 10:30am.

In His Risen Power!

Pastor Shawn

March 24, 2016

“Epic.” That’s what I said as I looked out the window yesterday morning. We here in Denver have experienced one of the biggest and fiercest snowstorms of the last several years. What really made the storm fierce were the wind and the blowing snow. I trust wherever you were you made it to shelter unharmed. Our family was actually out in the storm. We had twelve family members venture out to see the movie, “Miracles from Heaven.” (By the way, it’s an excellent film that has a powerful Christian message.) But we found ourselves stranded and looking for a path home. At least one time we had to completely turn around. We finally did make it home safely.

That’s what most people really want. We just want to arrive home safely. Home is where family and friends gather in unity and love. The power of Christ’s resurrection is the cornerstone of our faith. It is the belief that we, as His followers, unify to live as one family! As millions in Colorado were trying to find a safe way home, Easter Sunday represents the power of His victory over death and thus our own victory of faith in Christ. We are home when we celebrate and believe that truly Christ has risen from the dead. I trust you can make it to DFC this weekend to celebrate the Risen Savior.

As I became aware that Easter was in March this year, I was concerned about experiencing one of Colorado’s big spring snowstorms during Holy Week. Well, it happened and the weather folks are talking about a Saturday snow. Our promise to you is that by Sunday, we will have the snow pushed and put away as much as possible so we can all attend one of DFC’s Sunday morning Easter services at either 9:00am or 10:30am. We also will have a Good Friday service at noon. I hope many can join us Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. God has spoken to our hearts to put together inspiring worship services that will help all of us arrive home safely!

Hope to see you soon! Be safe.

In His Risen Power!

Pastor Shawn

March 17, 2016

Every year at this time I have the opportunity to sit on a board that credentials potential pastors for the Colorado District Church of the Nazarene. Every year it lands at a very busy time for me, but as I sit for almost three days listening to the stories of God’s grace in people’s lives and how God has now called them into ministry, it has become a precious and inspiring time for me! This last week was no exception.

Tuesday night was a particularly powerful night. There were four pastors who are on the verge of being ordained in our denomination. They, with their spouse by their side, each told the story of their journey to being called into ministry. As they each told their story of God’s grace, a very powerful reality overwhelmed me. Our own pastor Tina Hayhurst and her story were most powerful. Many of you have heard her story of being a kid that DFC picked up on a bus and literally loved her into the Kingdom, and now she is ministering to hundreds of men and women and boys and girls each week. Her story and the others gave me a much-needed lift to continue to preach the gospel! We never know who we might be reaching at any moment!

One of the most powerful thoughts I had as I listened to Tina and the others was the impact of the church. First of all it made me thankful for the church! I am so thankful to the DFC congregation and its overwhelming love and support for our staff and my family and me as your pastor. It’s such a privilege to serve you and with you to reach this community for Christ! Also hearing Tina’s story made me realize how powerful grace is when it comes to reaching out in Christ’s name and not judging people. Years ago, DFC simply loved a young teenager named Tina and led her to Christ. Faithful ministers like Randy Smith and Roger Clay had no idea that one day the teen girl named Tina would be ministering and inspiring so many to trust Christ. They simply gave her hope through the unwavering message of Jesus Christ! Wow! I say do it again, Jesus! Who might it be this weekend that we encourage here at DFC with the hope that only Christ can give?

We are now in the high point of the Christian calendar. We will be celebrating Palm Sunday with special events during our two services this Sunday morning. The times are 9:00am and 10:30am. Be with us and bring a friend and family member. I promise God will be with us. I hope you will be as well!

In His Power and Praise!

Pastor Shawn

March 3, 2016

This week in Denver we experienced a brief but blustery morning shower. As I drove in to DFC, for just a short time the wind blew and it rained hard; then it was over. It’s also been very windy as we are experiencing an abnormal time of wind and warmth here in late winter. (Yes, I’m kind of a weather nerd.) This week the wind has blown and the rain did fall.

This reminds me of the story of the disciples and Jesus in the boat together during a howling storm. In Mark 4 as the boat is being rocked by the storm, the disciples wake Jesus up and He, with a word, calms the storm. He then asks, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” Then in Matthew 14 the disciples are out on the water having a tough time rowing the boat because the wind is blowing hard, and Jesus approaches them by walking on the water. Peter asks to come to Jesus on the water, and Jesus says, “Come,” and Peter also begins to walk on the water. But in verse 30 it says, “…when he (Peter) saw the wind, he was afraid and began to sink.” Well, Peter cries out and Jesus saves him. But then He says to Peter, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

The Lord brought these two stories to my mind in this windy week and I believe he asked me, Why are you afraid? Where is your faith? I am just going to admit that sometimes I see the wind and the waves, and I begin to sink. The obvious connection is that I have taken my eyes off the Savior! It’s easy to do in a world that seems to be rocking and rolling in a big-time storm these days. It’s also the issue of where we put our trust and faith--simple yet profound issues we, as His disciples, must deal. It’s also the devil’s sharpest and most effective tool to take our eyes off Jesus, and thus our faith, and begin to be overwhelmed by the storm.

I want to reach out today to our church and other souls that like me admit, Yeah, sometimes I lack faith and I take my eyes off Jesus. Now for anyone who has perfect faith, you can stop reading this, but I really doubt if there is anyone with perfect faith here on this side of heaven.

Many of us are really concerned with what we are seeing in the current election cycle. God is reminding us as His followers not to put our faith in a human leader, but to keep our faith and allegiance to the only true King, the King of Kings! No matter what happens in November, King Jesus is still on the throne! Any other perspective is taking our eyes off Him.

So let’s keep the faith and the vision on Jesus together! We are not alone. We are the Body of Christ called to be together as one. I encourage you to be with us for our 9:00 and 10:30am services this Sunday. Attending church keeps our eyes and our faith in the proper focus!

In His focus!

Pastor Shawn Siegfreid

February 11, 2016

I’m old enough to remember when you only had a few options of what to watch on TV. Growing up as a kid we just had four channels so there were very few choices. Now most of us at any time could watch literally hundreds of channels. Sometimes, I find it easier when we don’t have so many options.

Many times in life, I know I should pray first, yet in my confidence I rush into situations only to my regret thinking, I should have prayed about this. “The prophet” Jon Bon Jovi’s smash hit says, “Living on a prayer.” Actually, for a secular song it’s really good theology. We are called to live our life in prayer, speaking to God often every day!

If you and I have run out of options for help and we only have prayer left, I believe that is God’s doing. I am impressed during these days that God is forcing me and others to come to Him in prayer because, quite frankly, we’ve run out of options. It’s amazing as I speak with seasoned Spirit-filled Christians that we agree we need to all pray more and more often! If you and I and DFC want to be in the center of God’s will, then we have to talk to God to get His instruction and His power. I’m learning that more and more! So let’s all pray together as we move into the Lenten season.

Consider joining hundreds of us in praying and fasting the 40 days leading up to Easter. If you’d like to sign up to pray and fast for a day between February 17th through Easter, click on this link: http://www.denverfirstchurch.com/#/healing-support/prayer

We are “Living on a Prayer.” Bon Jovi said it right. Paul said it like this in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” It’s God’s will that we should pray. God wants us to communicate with Him for all things at all times! Let’s keep living on a prayer!

Join us Sunday for two Spirit-filled services at either 9:00 or 10:30am. Bring a friend! It may change their life forever.

In His Power!

Pastor Shawn

February 4, 2016

I remember seeing him play at Tennessee and thinking, This guy is going to be a great NFL football player. Peyton Manning has had a great career, but I believe Sunday may be his last football game. I understand that here in Denver all eyes and most hearts are with Peyton and an incredible Broncos team that, against many odds, has made it to the Super Bowl. As a longtime Kansas City Chiefs fan, I am rooting for Peyton on Sunday as a guy who is almost 40! What a story it would make if he hoisted the Lombardi trophy for the World Champion Broncos!

This year has been so interesting for football fans, especially Bronco fans. Honestly, without bias, for the Broncos to be in the Super Bowl is incredible. Most Bronco games this year were decided by just a few points. The Broncos are 3-0 in overtime games! Early on, the Broncos made it clear they had one purpose this year. That purpose was getting back to the Super Bowl. They played with persistence and with their eyes on the prize!

It makes me think of another courageous warrior who had one single purpose! He said in 2 Timothy 4:7-8, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have the kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness…” Paul made it clear that he had one purpose in his life–to know God and to make God known! When it comes down to it, a life that is lived with a real and powerful purpose is a life that is lived well.

On Wednesday nights we are studying the book The Purpose Driven Life. Millions have discovered through this book and, of course, through the Word of God, that a life lived on purpose in God’s will is a life of adventure, excitement and fulfillment.

So we don’t have to play in the Super Bowl to have real joy and fulfillment in this life. Maybe on Sunday Peyton will achieve his purpose and hold that trophy up high. I know how thrilled so many of you would be! But one day, my friends, God will give us a crown--for those who fight a good fight and finish well. Believe me, it will be far more exciting and fulfilling than the Broncos winning the Super Bowl!

So enjoy watching Super Bowl 50! Invite some friends over. Talk about your faith and have a great time! But remember, our goal is to receive the crown of righteousness. The game doesn’t begin until 4:30pm, so come and celebrate at either the 9:00am or 10:30am worship service. I have promised to wear something very interesting in honor of the game. We will have a good day together worshiping Jesus!

In His Victory!

Pastor Shawn

January 30, 2016

I once heard a story about a father and daughter. The dad was a very good dad and his young daughter completely trusted her dad. One day the little girl said, “Dad, I’m going to fall backward. Could you catch me?” He said, “Sure! That would be fun.” Well, she was actually standing on the edge of the minivan, and right when she started to fall backward, he looked away for a second and missed catching her as she went falling to the ground. She was more angry than hurt and, of course, her dad felt terrible. I know these people fairly well, and they have a great, loving relationship. However, I don’t think she ever asked her easily distracted dad to play the “catch me” game again.

It happens to all of us. Even those we trust the most will at some point disappoint us. They will fail us and we will get hurt. Even today as I write this note, I’m thinking of the millions of people that rely on the stock market for their retirement and very existence. The stock market continues to struggle mightily in 2016. All of us must come to the conclusion, and keep coming to the conclusion, that we trust God and God alone. Scripture says in Psalm 20:7, “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”

As we continue in our Sunday sermon series, The Choices We Make, I am reminded that I made a choice back in 1983 to trust Jesus with my life. But every day I make a choice to trust Jesus with every detail in my life, the details of my family’s life and even my church and ministry. This is exactly the way God would have us live. As I approach my 51st birthday and realize I probably trust many things less than I ever have, I also know that my trust in Christ and Christ alone must increase. I love the words of the old hymn, “On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.” It’s all about the choice we have to trust Jesus with everything!

I trust that you will be with us this weekend for some incredible times of inspiration. On Saturday we are having our annual men’s breakfast. Mark Johnson, the Voice of the Colorado Buffaloes, will be our speaker. Mark is known to have an awesome testimony. We will begin eating at 7:45. Cost is just $5 per person, so come and bring a friend(s)! I also hope you make the choice to be with us on Sunday at either 9:00 or 10:30am.

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn

January 15, 2016

“Wide left!” That was the call at the end of the playoff game between the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks last Sunday. The Seahawks advanced because the placekicker for the Vikings, Blair Walsh, missed a very short field goal to win the game. The Vikings team and their fans were absolutely defeated by the miss of the easy field goal the kicker should have made. I was interested in how kicker Blair Walsh would react when the press asked him about his historic miss. He said, “When my team needed me most, I didn’t come through.” He owned it! He took responsibility for his missed kick.

For me that was refreshing. We live in a world where people make excuses for their failures. If I was the coach or the person who makes decisions for the team, I would give Blair Walsh, the kicker, another chance. He would be on the Minnesota Vikings roster next year!

Years ago I heard a leader of ministry say that we as pastors and church leaders should be “responsible for results.” It resonated with me as a person who believes in personal and corporate responsibility. Many people blame what is happening in their lives on circumstances and others. I believe we have a lot of problems today in our world, because people don’t take personal responsibility for themselves; I believe this is one of the main reasons our society here in America is crumbling!

Now, as I say that, I also believe the church should be one of the most compassionate and grace-giving places for a person who has suffered or is suffering, whether they take personal responsibility or not for their life situations. Many people Jesus reached out to had self-inflicted consequences in their own lives, and He still helped them and saved them! Many times as He helped and delivered them, He spoke truth at those critical moments, so they could make a decision to begin to live a more personal, responsible life. And so should we!

The church was very grace-giving to me 30-plus years ago when I was facing the consequences of my own poor choices. I will never forget that, and I echo the words of one person this week while giving their testimony of bad choices and incredibly bad consequences: “I love the Church of the Nazarene!” Because, like me, this person found grace and biblical teaching that caused them to begin to live a life of “owning it,” a life that says, “My life is my responsibility. How I live it reflects the character and grace of Jesus Christ who pulled me out of the ditch that I was in.” That’s a life that owns it. It’s also a life that is grace-giving to others whether they own it or not. Let’s own it!

I trust and hope that you will be with us at either the 9:00 or 10:30 service this Sunday morning. God is ready to work mightily in our lives as we come and worship and obey Him. Hope to see you Sunday!

In His Power!

Pastor Shawn

January 7, 2016

We are officially back to a regular routine. The frenzied holiday season is now over. Probably most of us have settled back into a more normal schedule. I like it. I am the type of guy who enjoys a regular pace and routine. I think the word I resonated with this week was “pace.” A normal, consistent pace is much better than a sprint and stop-and-repeat kind of life!

This week I had the privilege to officiate a funeral for a great church member, Mike Benintendi. His wife Frieda and two daughters were wonderful in their tribute to this man. God brought to my mind a scripture that seemed to describe his journey. It’s often used in funerals in tribute to faithful members of God’s Kingdom. Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” To me this describes a strong and consistent walk of faith in this life!

I’ve seen so many individuals fly through the church “on fire” for God, and yet too many times they burn out. I’m not saying we shouldn’t be on fire, but we need to be consistent in our walk and how we live out our faith in front of others. Believe me, it’s the people who are that consistent, steady presence of faithfulness that really make the Kingdom thrive! It’s the people we can count on to do the work of “making disciples” that are the backbone and energy of the church. I would love for someone to say of me what Paul says in 2 Timothy 4. The most important part is finishing the race strong! A lot of people can start, but how many are running the race and, of course, finishing?

One personal privilege about this subject I’d like to share involves my son Shaden who is a sophomore in high school. He lifts weights and is one of the strongest sophomores in his school. He was talking to me about some of his goals this year in weight lifting. He really desires to get stronger as quickly as possible. I reminded him it will be the steady and consistent work in the weight room that will pay off by summer. As it is in the Kingdom walk, it will be the consistent work and discipleship that will show our impact as individuals and as a church for Christ’s sake! Keep running the race!

We had two great services last Sunday with seekers in both. Join us this Sunday at 9:00 or 10:30am. We will continue the series “The Choices We Make!”

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn

December 11, 2015

In my short 50 years here on this earth, I have been able to witness many advances in modern living. One of the biggest to me, and I believe to most of us, is the way we communicate. Especially in the last 15 years with modern technology, we have begun to practice a new way of communicating through emails and texts, not to mention the whole social media explosion of Facebook and Twitter and other means I’m not “hip” enough to even speak about! It certainly does help us communicate with many more people than ever before.

But the question is ‘what is the quality of this communication?’ I’ve been very good friends with a certain man for more than 30 years, and we often communicate through email but mostly texts. We are both ministers and often we will debate over certain doctrine and practices of the church. We have mutual respect for each other, but sometimes the tone of our communication can get unhealthy. A few weeks ago we both mutually agreed we should take the time to talk on the phone. So one Thursday night I called him, and we had a great visit about many things including our families and our ministries. There was a difference in the communication. It was the physical presence even over the phone.

This time of year we appropriately speak the word “Emmanuel,” which means “God with us.” Since the creation of man, God had communicated through different means, mostly inspired men. God spoke through them, but then that all changed. God changed the communication mode, because He began to speak directly to us as Jesus. That’s why we proclaim that God is with us! He is with us through Jesus Christ!

The mode of communication is now personal to you and me. God speaks directly to us through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The glory of Advent is that God is now with us! The glory of the Spirit-filled life is that God is now in us! That allows us to live courageous and purposeful lives for His glory, because He is with us! I’m glad 2,000 years ago the mode of communication changed so that God is with us!

I hope you will be with us Sunday! At 9:00 am we will have a regular service with worship and the proclaiming of the Word. In our 10:30 service we will feature our children’s department Christmas musical entitled “Miracle on Main Street.” Also during the 10:30 service we will see and hear our preschool little ones share a few songs. This has become a delightful DFC favorite every year. Come and be with us this Sunday!

In His Presence!

Pastor Shawn

December 4, 2015

The ministry of ‘presence’; this was a comment said to me about someone who has been very influential in my life and thousands of others. It was said about Dr. Paul Cunningham, the long-time pastor of College Church of the Nazarene and a General Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene that he had this ministry. He, as many know, was my pastor when I was a teenager and when I came to faith in Christ. He was influential! He used his influence for good and godly purposes!

This morning I had breakfast with two very influential people. One was Jeremy Pfaff, who is a DFC board member, finance committee member and successful business owner here in Denver. The other was the current head football coach at Mid-America Nazarene University, Brian Willmer. Jeremy and I both played football for MNU. As we both spoke to coach Willmer, we talked of how MNU and its football program helped shape and influence our lives and ministry.

Coach Willmer spoke of how every senior receives two items when they have completed playing football at MNU; one is a framed jersey; the other is a Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bible. He explains to his players that “this Bible will hopefully be an influence on you and others the rest of your life!” It caused me to rejoice that a football coach looks at his vocation much more than wins and losses. As Coach says, he wants his program to build godly men. To me this is influence of the greatest kind.

When we get to the point of looking back on our lives, I believe as Christ followers we will want to see we have had godly influence on others. This is what will mean so much to us personally and, of course, to our friends and loved ones. I trust you and I have the ministry of influence, that when we arrive at work, home, school or even the church, people will see and sense the influence of the Holy Spirit! It makes me ponder today on how my influence is on those I live with, go to church with and socialize. What do they really know of me? Do they know how much I love Christ and serve Him? Do they know how much I care and love them and want them to also know our Christ? In the end that’s what really matters.

A missionary named C.T. Studd said, “Two little lines I heard one day, Traveling along life’s busy way; Bringing conviction to my heart, And from my mind would not depart; Only one life, ’twill soon be past, Only what’s done for Christ will last.’” In the end what matters is our influence for Christ and His Kingdom. Thank you for your influence for Him in your life!

I hope you can be with us this Sunday. I have only done this a few times in my 25-plus years of preaching, but I have changed my sermon from what I was going to preach. God moved in my heart on Monday to preach a different sermon in the series. I’m trusting the Holy Spirit for the results He would desire. Do your best to be with us, and please bring someone with you. It may change your life and theirs forever! To God be the glory!

In His Influence!

Pastor Shawn

Novembere 13, 2015

“Is there any hope?” This is the question that was tapped out by Morse code from the inside of a sunken submarine during World War ll. A trapped sailor was asking the question, “Is there hope for our survival?” We live in a world that is looking for hope. Many times today we hear a lot of negative reports about what is happening in our world. Even in the church sometimes we can focus on the negative. Some of us can get very discouraged when it seems the enemy has the upper hand and looks like he might be winning. Let me say with assurance that there is much to be hopeful about! Here at DFC, though there are current daily trials, there are still many reasons to have hope! Let me share some great and inspiring stories about what God has been doing at DFC.

There are many wonderful things happening now that a Sunday morning attendee cannot always see. We are a full-service church that encourages growth, service and connection. Some of our adult Sunday School classes are exploding out of their rooms. We have several new families who have joined us in recent months. Four hundred households were reached by our Hands-Up team last Saturday with several families visiting DFC on Sunday. We’re reaching dozens of new teenagers who ride a van to youth group from the Aurora area, and our RENEW class (young adults) is growing, reaching and doing exciting things together and for others!

If you were here on Tuesday nights, you would see a gym full of DFC men and their friends playing basketball. Our Journey ministries served 65 at our Veterans luncheon on November 11 and continue to have groups of 30 each and every Thursday for various activities. One of the most significant signs that God is still working at DFC was seeing the altars filled in both services last week. The week before, we baptized 13 ranging in age from eight to 80.

There are so many reasons to have hope, and I am so thankful for the faithful fellow followers here at DFC who continue to be obedient to the Great Commission and even their commitment to DFC. We have great days of hope ahead! I look forward to seeing you Sunday morning!

In His hope!

Pastor Shawn

October 29,2015

As we end the month of October, I want to say thank you on behalf of myself and all of our staff for the way we were appreciated and loved during “Pastor Appreciation Month.” The notes of encouragement and the people who intentionally reached out to us mean more than most would even know. We all need encouragement!

If we’re honest, we all know people we avoid because they are people who discourage us or bring us down. I have a friend who referred to these people as “joy suckers.” That’s not the way I would want to refer to people, but it is accurate. These are the people that if you see them before they see you, you try to walk the other way. Even today I thought would there be people who want to walk the other way when they see me? It makes me want to be an encourager!

I read this morning in Acts 14:22 these words referring to Paul and Barnabas “strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith.” We all believe in the ministry of evangelism and discipleship, but what about the ministry of encouragement? The enemy works overtime to discourage the children of God. A ministry to each other should always be encouragement! There are so many of us who are walking around discouraged. We really do need to ask God every day to bring us someone to encourage that day! As a matter of fact, I have found when I’m discouraged, if I will try to find someone to encourage even though I’m discouraged, that act of reaching out with hope to someone else lifts my spirits!

Paul in his letter to the church in Thessalonica writes prophetically of the Lord’s coming in chapter 4 of 1Thessalonians. Then in verse 18 we read, “Therefore encourage one another with these words.” I took a short break while writing this note and met a lady named Eileen who was attending our “Journey” Thursday morning ministry here at DFC. She shook my hand and told me how much she likes my sermons. It was fuel for the day. She took time to give me hope and encouragement. It’s priceless to give people hope and encouragement. Now it’s my turn to pay it forward to find someone today to encourage!

I promise you, if you will come to one of our services on Sunday morning at either 9:00 or 10:30, we will do our best to encourage you with the hope of Jesus and His people, The Church! Don’t forget that we fall back in time Saturday night. We all get an extra hour of sleep! Amen!

In His Hope and Encouragement!

Pastor Shawn

October 22, 2015

I’m terrible at saying goodbye. Yesterday at DFC we said goodbye to a little one by the name of Ezra. Baby Ezra, as many of us have come to call him, was born into our 5280 ministry community on July 11th. He was literally cared for by many of the 5280 members and leaders. Ezra suddenly passed away on October 15th and we had his memorial service yesterday. We had to say goodbye.

Yesterday was also a day to be thankful. Even though it was a sad day, I saw the power of the Body of Christ. It was a picture of what it means to be “His Body” during a really tough time. As I looked around the room I saw DFC adults and 5280 sponsors reaching out to our 5280 community in remarkable ways; literally putting their arms around some of our most vulnerable young people in their time of great need. There was picture after picture of God’s people reaching out to young adults who have had very tough lives. It caused my heart to rejoice that we have a ministry like 5280 and people who have the heart of Matthew 25 serving the ‘least of these.’

Yesterday was an opportunity to remember that even though we may say goodbye to baby Ezra right now, we can all have the hope and reality of seeing Ezra and most importantly Jesus our Savior someday. If we put our trust in Christ, saying goodbye in this life is not really goodbye. For we believe in Heaven and we believe in a Savior that will be waiting for us when put our trust in Him! So if you have had to say some sad goodbyes lately, rejoice that there will be a reunion someday for those who believe and live for Jesus Christ!

To Him be all the Glory!

Pastor Shawn

October 1, 2015

I am so thankful for Christian music. I love the old traditional hymns, and I love the new music that continually comes out over the many different delivery systems we have today in modern society. There is a new song by a young artist named Colton Dixon. The name of the song is “Through All of It.” The lyrics of the song have spoken to my heart several times in the last few weeks. As a matter of fact, as I drove into the parking lot here at DFC this Thursday morning, just as I was turning the car off, that song came on. I sat in the car and listened to these God-inspired lyrics and worshipped the God of my journey. Here are a few lines of the song: “You were there when it all came down on me. When I was blinded by my fear, and I struggled to believe. But in those unclear moments, You were the one keeping me strong. This is how my story’s always gone. I have won and I have lost. I got it right sometimes, but sometimes I did not. Life’s been a journey. I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret. Oh and You have been my God through all of it!”

Wow! Life has been a journey. We do not know what’s coming around the corner. If we did, some of us would curl up in a ball. Just a few moments ago a person from DFC came around the corner and I talked to her about a sudden and discouraging development in her family. She said, “I just didn’t see this coming.” Me too! Even in the last few weeks there have been developments in my own life and family I just didn’t see coming! The bottom line as His children is through all of it we can see He is with us on the journey! When I think about it, I get blessed! How do people who are not followers of Christ get though this life? How do they cope?

I am so glad that we in the Body are not alone on the journey. We have the presence of Christ! We also have each other! Don’t go through the journey without God and His people! I can’t imagine not having the church and brothers and sisters in Christ in our life. We can lean on each other. We are supposed to. Through the support of the church and its people, we can make it through. We can have a testimony like the song says: He has been our God through all of it! What a powerful testimony to a world that needs His love and presence!

I hope you can be with us this Sunday. We have true momentum with our new facility and powerful presence of the Holy Spirit. Last Sunday our altars in both services were lined with seekers wanting God to be first in their lives! Hope to see you Sunday at 9:00am or 10:30am!

In His Presence!

Pastor Shawn

September 18, 2015

There are days in the journey of life that will never be forgotten. This Sunday at DFC will be one of those days. We have planned and waited, not just for one year, but for almost a generation for this day to occur. We, of course, will be dedicating our new Yes! Family Life Center and Atrium. The service begins at 10am followed by a free lunch and celebration. Many past and present friends and members of DFC are planning to attend. DFC has a wonderful, impacting, 107-year history, and this Sunday will be one of those days that will be remembered forever. You won’t want to miss this coming Sunday, September 20!

For me personally, Sunday signifies that God is not finished with us or with me! There are moments in our lives when we believe or are convinced that some things are not possible. There was a time in my life when I thought God did not have a plan for me. This is the enemy’s message. The message of Jesus is “with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Maybe there is something in your life that seems impossible and, very likely, on your own strength, it IS impossible. It’s time to let God have total control. We must surrender and let Him take over! Several years ago there was a country song sung by Carrie Underwood titled “Jesus Take the Wheel.” Maybe it’s time for Jesus to take the wheel in your situation. This is where miracles can happen!

In DFC’s journey to expand and build this recreation/fellowship space, there were many closed doors, but God had a plan for this addition to be built. A plan, I believe, that could only happen in His timing! A plan that we could not take credit for but only give credit and glory to Jesus, the One to whom all glory for this project belongs. So, yes, this YES! Project is a miracle, and we are recipients of a new instrument with which we can reach people for Christ! I believe in miracles. How about you? Do you need a miracle? Let Jesus take the wheel! Your miracle may be on the way.

See you Sunday. Try not to come alone! It’s going to be a day to remember!

In His Power!

Pastor Shawn

September 10, 2015

In my youth pastor days we played a game where there were two lines of teen-agers, and the first person in line was given a message verbally that no one else could hear to say to the next person. It was a race to send the message down the line as quickly as possible and see which group got the message correct. So often, by the time the message was repeated quickly down the line, when it reached the last person, the message had totally changed. Have you ever jumped to a conclusion before knowing the whole story? I know I have. In our fast-paced world with communication that is often texted or tweeted or heard secondhand, we can get the wrong opinion of something that was said, and then we respond only having half the truth. This, I have found, is a dangerous way to live.

I believe this is why, in the Bible, the sin of gossip is given equal time with other sins that would seem to us to be much worse. Here’s an idea before you and I jump to conclusions: Why don’t we sit down, face to face, and get the real truth? We could hopefully come away with a better understanding of the person we had thought had said something against us or someone else. The enemy so many times uses broken communication to divide us. When we in the body of Christ take time to really talk and listen to each other, we come away with the truth and the unity to continue walking together in the mission of Christ and His church. We also feel emotionally good about having a now healthier relationship because we took the TIME to talk and understand and pray for each other! I believe God honors this kind of communication!

We are just a little over a week away from our dedication of the “Yes! Project” gymnasium and atrium addition on Sunday, September 20, at 10:00am. I urge you to be with us and begin to invite friends and family and neighbors to join us for a great service and a great meal after the morning service. I have begun to invite friends who don’t attend our church, and so far most of them have said they will try to attend. It’s amazing if we just step out and ask, how much favor God gives us with people!

This Sunday will be a very special Sunday, because we are meeting together as the Body to worship and praise our Savior. God has laid a very special message on my heart for us. I hope you will join us at 9:00 or 10:30am and, yes, bring someone with you if possible!

See you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

September 4, 2015

I’ve been thinking about our two daughters all morning. Shayli is arriving with her NNU volleyball team today to play a weekend tournament here in Denver. Shawna and Dalton also arrive from Tennessee for a weekend visit. We are so excited! It’s going to be an awesome weekend.

I’m doing the devotional for the NNU women’s volleyball team tonight, and I was thinking about significant experiences I have had with Shayli. The one that I and many others may remember was the time I reluctantly went to a Father/Daughter dance when she was about 10 years old when we lived in Visalia, California. The point is that I almost missed one of the most meaningful nights in my life! It was a wonderful night for Shayli and me. I have a sermon where I talk about this night, and at the close Shayli sings the song by Lee Ann Womack, “I Hope You Dance.” Through the years many have responded to God in their life to live for Him and not miss God’s best.

You can Google the lyrics of the song if you like, but the lyrics, even though not overtly Christian, speak to wounded people who have been knocked down by life. There is one line that stuck out to me today--it goes like this: “Don’t let some Hell-bent heart leave you bitter.” Over my time as a pastor I have seen people and whole families limp into the church beaten down by people of the world and, yes, even other church people. These folks are so hurt and beat up they can’t get back up on their own. The devil has done his worst to destroy and devour!

This is where the real church says, “Get up and dance with us!” We even say we will help you! We will stay with you! We just want you to know we care and God cares! John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The enemy is “hell-bent” on ruining your life. He steals our joy and if we let him, he will steal our soul. He doesn’t like it when we are happy and joyful and, yes, dancing because we know the Savior!

Most of you know I don’t dance because I really don’t know how. But there was a night about eight or nine years ago that I danced with my little girl simply because she wanted me to. Dancing is dangerous especially for men over 200 lbs., but dancing, or better yet living life to its fullest, because of what Jesus has done for us all, is a life well lived! When we get to the end of this life, there will be no regrets if we lived for Him and His purpose! A wise man once said, “Only one life, will soon be past. Only what’s done for Christ will last.” The words of the song say this, “When you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance.”

I hope you will join us this Sunday for two incredible services here at DFC. In both services K-LOVE’s musical artist, Jason Gray will be sharing with us. I hope you will be with us and bring a friend.

See you Sunday.

In His Joy!

Pastor Shawn

August 27, 2015

What should we do about sin? I believe this should be a question we tackle even in the modern-day church. It's not always popular. Oh, the tragedies I have seen over my time of pastoring because good people did not address the issue of sin in their life! Remember in

1 Peter 5:8 it says, “…the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

I think back to the night I was saved, and something I’ve never forgotten was what my pastor Dr. Paul Cunningham said to me at the altar after he had led me to Christ. I will state it in a geographical way we in Colorado can understand. He said to me, “Shawn, imagine if you were traveling to Colorado Springs in your car and halfway there you had a flat tire. Would you come all the way back to Denver to fix your tire? No, you would put the spare tire on where you are and continue your journey. So in this Christian life, when you sin or fall down, repent of it right where you are, asking God to forgive you and continue on your Christian journey!’

So often we encounter folks who love God and are running the race well but then stumble. For some reason they think they have to start over or, even worse, drop out of the race altogether because of their sin and their stumble. 1 John 1:9 says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins…” God can deal with our sin right here and right now if we will let Him. Too many have quit and not allowed God to forgive them and love them back to purity so they can keep on track!

Sin must be dealt with as quickly as possible! If left undone it will grow and spread and we begin the cover-up, which is as bad as the sin itself! Most sins start small with a little compromise. That’s the time to confess and allow God to root out and forgive and cleanse! Even right now there may be someone reading this who has compromised. Right now is the time to confess to Christ and allow His Spirit to forgive, and for you to run the race again as the forgiven child of God! The devil doesn’t have to win! There is victory in Christ over sin. We praise His name for His grace!

We hope to see you Sunday! I believe God is moving in both our 9:00am and 10:30am services! Join us as we praise Jesus together.

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

August 13, 2015

You may have seen the bumper stickers that say “I believe.” At first glance you might even think it’s a Christian bumper sticker affirming our belief in the Savior. But if you look closer, you will see a drawing of what we know as Bigfoot. There are a seemingly growing number of people alleging to believe in this mythical animal that walks like a man but kind of looks like a tall, lanky bear.

As a matter of fact, there is a television show that is watched by many devoted to “Finding Bigfoot.” I know about this because for a while my son Shaden recorded and faithfully watched that show. The show’s theme every week is about this group of rugged, outdoor people who go around the nation in certain highly wooded areas where supposedly Bigfoot has been spotted. On the show they interview folks who live in these areas and testify to seeing and sometimes experiencing a real-life Bigfoot. The show’s crescendo is when the searchers are out in the woods in the middle of the night, and they believe they have spotted or heard Bigfoot. Then they go to commercial and never, not once, do they ever actually show what would be a real-life Bigfoot.

I know for many it’s just entertainment. But there are, I’m sure, many who really believe in a Bigfoot.

What we believe will make us or break us! I read this morning a scripture that I have not read or thought about for a long time. Jesus said in John 6:29, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one He has sent.” What we believe is the most important thing about us. It’s not about intelligence or status or wealth or social standing. Do you believe in Jesus—Jesus who God sent to the world to redeem and save and liberate? If we believe in Him as Savior, it changes everything about us and how we see and live in this world. Jesus said this is the work of God in our lives. How is that working in your life and mine?

Well, I believe and trust in Christ. I’m not perfect in this, but at the end of the day, I believe in Him. I believe He will go with my daughter Shayli on Friday morning as she and Sherri head out to Nampa, Idaho, to attend Northwest Nazarene University. I believe He is with all of us as we experience life’s big transitions.

I believe God will once again be with us this Sunday in both services. Last Sunday in both services our altars were filled with people believing that God could answer their prayers. Join us this Sunday and together we can declare and celebrate that we believe in Jesus as our Savior and Lord!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

August 7, 2015

Most people love a good story. I’ve seen it for years as I have preached. Many times speakers will schedule a story about every five minutes during their speaking time. Life stories are engaging. This has come to my attention lately as I've heard reports about the weekend services that our former Family Life Pastor Stephen Abbott held at Grand Haven Church of the Nazarene in Grand Haven, Michigan. The weekend services featured our own Pastor Shaun McClellan and Jason and Rebecca Brest. Shaun led the singing and Jason preached. On Sunday morning Jason and Rebecca told their story, the one they told here on Mother’s Day. It is an inspiring story of Rebecca and Jason’s journey and Rebecca’s reuniting with her daughter that she gave birth to as a teenager many years ago. Even today as I listen to their story, I am moved by the grace and power of God in this situation!

You also have a story. It may not be as dramatic as Jason and Rebecca’s, but it’s your story of God’s grace and rescue in your life. It’s a story people need to hear, because people love a story. It may be a story of coming to know God as a young child and walking with God today. (By the way, that’s the best story! That’s what we want for our children.) Or it could be a story of His grace bursting into your life in later years. Regardless, it’s the greatest story you can tell, because you are living it! People need to hear the story of your life. I pray your story contains the amazing grace of Jesus Christ. There is no greater story than your story, and God can use your story today!

But the story is not over. The greatest part of your story is that we can today, right now, be assured that God’s grace still covers, and His blood still cleanses! He is real today, maybe even more than ever. He’s still writing the story of your life. I encourage you to keep walking in His grace and tell someone your story. It will change the lives of others!

We had tremendous services last Sunday! God is up to something great at DFC! Hope you can be with us this Sunday and bring a friend with you!

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

July 30, 2015

“Cecil the Lion Has Been Killed” This headline has exploded all over the media. Just this morning I saw on a national news outlet, movie stars speaking out to condemn Walter Palmer, the dentist who hunted and killed Cecil the lion. The ABC headline this morning was “Global Outrage and Worldwide Outpouring Over Death of Cecil the Lion.” Any of us in just a few seconds can find the info about what Mr. Palmer thought was going to be a legal hunting expedition but resulted in the killing of the “famous” lion.

The headlines read an “outpouring” of anger and sorrow for this animal. There is also another debate rising here in America, and that is the debate over the comments by Planned Parenthood officials regarding the selling of body parts of aborted babies. There is outrage about this as well. However, the outrage over the lion seems to be more! That’s my opinion. There also seems to be more media coverage about Cecil the lion, but to be fair, the issue of the killing of the lion has also raised the issue of the Planned Parenthood comments.

Let me say all of you should know where I stand and where Christians should stand on this issue. Cecil the lion was a majestic creature—one of God’s creations! I’m not against hunting, but if you can, you should eat what you hunt. But once again in a day and time with social media, we can now see where our society’s values lie. There seems to be more grief and outrage over Cecil than the millions (55) of babies that have been torn apart in the womb. Where’s the outrage? Where’s the justice for these unborn human beings? What would God have us say and do? In our world we seem to care more about animals than human beings. Quite frankly, that should frighten all mankind!

I know there will be some who disagree, but for me to be quiet would be a sin. God will judge and punish a nation and a people who hurt and kill their most vulnerable. Yes, it’s sad that this lion was killed. But outrage? Where is our resolve to speak the truth in love in regard to the social injustice of abortion? We at DFC believe in helping girls and women who are in terrible situations by creating options for their child in the womb. I have dedicated children at DFC from our ministry at 5280 where mothers have said without DFC and Movement 5280, they were going to end their baby’s life. You see, as a follower of Christ, we must walk our talk in this area. If we are not willing to reach out and help, we should not be speaking up! It’s an issue of life and death. It’s also an issue of the realization of the last days. When a single animal, even a majestic lion, receives more media attention than the millions of human beings that have been aborted, I have to believe Jesus is coming soon. Let’s live ready for His return by proclaiming the good news of His love for everyone!

Please join us for services this Sunday at DFC at 9:00am and 10:30am. I believe God will pour out His Spirit on both services. You will want to be part of what He is going to do at DFC this Sunday.

In His Power!

Pastor Shawn

July 24, 2015

It’s good to be back! That’s something I have said and I’m sure I will continue to say quite a bit especially heading into the weekend and on Sunday here at DFC. My family and I took two Sundays off (something I rarely do), and we have been back in Denver since Sunday night. We are at the heart of vacation season! I found that out coming home on Sunday afternoon from the Beaver Creek area and literally averaged about 10 miles an hour for two hours on I-70. Summer time is vacation time.

We had a great time going to Nashville and then to Louisville to see our DFC youth and many others at Nazarene Youth Conference. Then we came home for a few days to celebrate the life of my dear friend Curtis Clay before heading up to spent a few more days in the high country. But can I say I’m really glad to be back! I have found routine is good for me. We all need time away, but doing and living out what God has called me to do is very satisfying.

To have purpose in our life is very satisfying. Rick Warren, several years ago wrote the book, The Purpose Driven Life. It was wildly popular even with non-believers because it captured that very human need to have meaning and purpose in one’s life. We as Christ-followers know all about purpose and life satisfaction. If you feel like you have a reason to exist, then your life will be more fulfilling. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy: I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” The enemy tells us life is useless and so are we. Jesus says that life in Him has meaning and purpose. Even in the hard days we realize God has a reason and can bring good for His glory even out of tough days!

As we head into the weekend I want to encourage you to attend one of our two worship services on Sunday at either 9:00am or 10:30am. Please continue to pray for the Clay family as we feel the loss of our friend and church leader Curtis. For the family, of course, it is a much deeper loss. The Clay family has been such a witness to so many of us. I Iistened to Pastor Roger Clay’s sermon and I am still moved and motivated by God’s anointing on him a few weeks ago.

Keep living on purpose with His purpose!

Pastor Shawn A. Siegfreid

June 25, 2015

Angry and heartbroken were the emotions I felt when I heard the terrible news of the nine people killed in a racially motivated shooting by a 21-year-old man in a church in South Carolina. The church is the AME Emmanuel Church in Charleston. The young man sat in a room while a Bible study was taking place for an hour and then stood up and said, “I have come to kill black people,” and started shooting. There seems to be no end to the ways the enemy continues to divide and hurt and destroy, and he always uses humans!

We have had in America a lot of racially charged events lately. They are always high profile, and many of us get dragged into the conversations. But when it takes place in the church, it becomes personal and we must speak.

First of all, this last weekend I saw the coverage of the church service that took place in that church; wall-to-wall people praising the Lord Jesus. I observed people of all races, and I even saw a Jewish worshipper. All of these people were trying to find healing in the name of Jesus. One pastor who spoke said, “Many expected us to riot, but they don’t really know us.” It was a day of worship and healing because this church and these people even spoke of forgiveness. At the arraignment of the young man who killed these nine people, one woman whose mother was killed during the Bible study spoke to the young man and said this, “You hurt me. You hurt a lot of people. But God forgives you, and I forgive you.” This is what I see: Because these people are truly God’s people, they forgive, and forgiveness more than anything promotes real healing. Let us continue to pray for Charleston and especially this great church!

Secondly, let me say there is no room for racism of any kind in the church and in the lives of the followers of Jesus Christ! I grew up in the Midwest. My two grandfathers who both served in World War II had a certain world view about African-Americans. It was said that’s just the way it is--whatever that means. I did not agree with them, and they would never agree with violence toward black people, but there was just a “world view.” Let me say with clarity, as I became an adult, I saw the evil of their way of thinking. It is out-and-out non-Christlike!

Jesus said the two most important commandments are “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind;” and, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27. To me that means love your neighbor no matter what color or background they come from. Racism does still exist in the church. I have even heard it in hushed tones in Denver. There is no place for it and I will call people on it. It’s not “loving your neighbor” to think of someone in a different manner because of the color of their skin. I am glad we have a church here at DFC that does have some diversity and is striving for more every week. Jesus does love all people, and so should we in His name! Keep praying for Charleston AME Emmanuel Church!

We hope to see you this Sunday at either the 9:00 or 10:30am services. Come check out the new family life center and atrium! It is open now for all of us to enjoy! Praise be to God!

In His Amazing Grace!

Pastor Shawn

June 18, 2015

Praise the Lord! That’s what we’ve been saying and feeling around here at DFC. On Monday we received a document signed by the City of Cherry Hills Village giving us permission to occupy our new building. As one long-time member said, “It’s been a 40-year journey!” We are so excited to begin a new era of ministry to reach more people for Christ in a new and exciting way!

Our thanks go out to so many people who have worked especially hard. Our church board and finance/expansion committees have been steadfast to seek God’s will over this project. Our church staff has been highly engaged on this task. Our CFO Rich Cantwell has been the tip of the spear for the very important details of this God-sized project; we thank God for Rich and his expertise during these last several months. We thank the congregation and especially the hundreds of donors and prayer warriors who have seen this dream become a reality! But most of all, we thank God for His promise and His faithfulness over several decades that this dream would finally be realized. We began our campaign with the scripture from 2-Corinthians 1:20, “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are ‘Yes’ in Christ.” God has honored the YES! Project with His faithfulness to us as His congregation.

So now we can use this Kingdom space for His ministry. We will use it this week for the Colorado Nazarene District Assembly! Pray for our Colorado Nazarene churches and people. Sunday is Father’s Day, and we invite everyone to come, see our new facility and walk through it. We can use almost every part of the space. We also will be able to use our restrooms again in the former breezeway, now atrium. I want you to bring as many people as possible to see and use our new atrium/family life center!

I am so excited to be a part of this new era of ministry here at DFC. Let us see all the people God will reach through us through this new ministry tool. Jesus said “the fields are ripe for harvest.” What an exciting time to be part of His Kingdom and part of DFC!

Hope to see you soon!

Pastor Shawn Siegfreid

June 12, 2015

Thanks! I want to say thanks for all the responses and notes I received regarding last week’s eBlast. All were supportive with one exception. I did not mind the one exception. The person made a valid point, and I plan to follow up with them on it. The reason I am following up is because people are important to God and to me! Thus I promised to talk about the white-nose bat syndrome. Stay with me…

I did investigate the white-nose syndrome affecting millions of bats in America. It’s a real disease that many bats are dying from here in the United States. A few weeks ago our junior high youth group was denied access to a cave, which they had planned to explore, because of the white-nose syndrome. As a matter of fact, someone said you could be fined $5,000 if you entered the cave and disrupted the bats. I am glad our group did not go into the cave. I’m also glad the experts know about the disease and are trying to deal with it.

My point is once again in America and our world we are out of balance. As I said essentially a few weeks ago in the sermon, it’s sad in this country when protecting animals gets more attention than protecting people. I have always been unashamed to bring up the fact that in America it’s legal to take the life of children in the womb but illegal to disrupt the habitat of bats. Does anyone else find this confusing? I know there are many inequities in our country like poverty and other issues the church should address regarding abortion. Let me also say the instances of rape or incest and the legitimate issue of the life of the mother are real. But the percentages of these situations are miniscule versus people getting abortions for other reasons.

My biased point is that the priority of the Kingdom should be people! I’m not an animal hater. I will swerve for a rabbit or squirrel if I can. I have loved most of the pets my family has had in our home. I have loved our two black Labradors that my kids have grown up with. If Sassy and Sophie are in heaven, it will be because God knew it would bring us joy to have them there with us for all eternity. If some of the cats are there that my wife had in our home in years gone by, I’m going to check and see if I went to the right place. (I’m kidding, cat lovers!)

Jesus said, “‘I have come to seek and save the lost.” Animals aren’t lost and don’t need saved. In our world of upside-down priorities, the church must have the priorities of the King and His Kingdom! The King modeled the importance of people--hurting, lonely, sick, hungry, marginalized, sinful people! You and I can find ourselves somewhere in that list before we accepted and received His grace. The picture of Jesus standing literally in between the self-righteous, religious Pharisee and the woman half-naked who was caught in the act of adultery shows us God’s protective heart! Jesus stood up for her! She was important to Him despite her unrighteousness, because His focus is on people--and so should ours be here at DFC! The world has already gone in a different direction. People will embrace all kinds of unthinkable ways of morality in these last days and call them good or even Divine! Let’s not be deceived. Let’s reach out to all people in His love and always remember to pet our dogs!

Trust you will be with us this Sunday for our two worship services. Bring someone with you! Your invitation may change their life for all eternity!

In His Love!

Pastor Shawn

June 5, 2015

Do I dare? As I sit down to write this e-note I’m a little nervous. I feel led to comment about a couple of things that caused me to ponder deeply about the state of our world (This coming from a person who does not always ponder everything deeply). One of the topics the whole world knows about is the ‘coming out,’ if you will, of Bruce Jenner as Caitlyn Jenner. The other is the continuing tale of the white-nosed bat.

Let me start with the revealing of Bruce Jenner to what he now refers to himself as Caitlyn. As an eleven year old boy, I watched Bruce Jenner win the decathlon gold medal. I, like so many, was so proud and thrilled of this man’s athletic ability. We had no idea how troubled and hurting he was and is. So what should my attitude as a Christian leader be towards Bruce having a partial sex change and now coming out public to live in front of the world and his children?

First of all, being disgusted is too easy. Sure, there will be many that will make jokes and ridicule him. However, our response should be sorrow. I’m sure there will be many that don’t agree with me either way. Some would say to condemn. We, as fallen people, condemn ourselves in our unrepentant sinful behavior. Bruce will have to face God someday. God created him as a male and I don’t think we get to choose at what God created. Bruce obviously is struggling with who he is, and is exercising one of God’s greatest gifts: free will. By the way, in my time here at Denver First Church, we have had transgender people come and worship with us, and I was aware of it. We are called to welcome and love all people. We are also called to preach the truth of God and His love!

My problem is not with Bruce Jenner (I will not call him Caitlyn). It is the response of the world. Yes, in 1976 he could not have revealed this lifestyle choice because of the backlash he would have received from society. I’m not calling for the "good old days" because as the prophet Billy Joel says, "The good old days weren’t always good and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems." However, I will say we have seen a definite shift in modern culture over the last decade. Some call this current culture "Post Christian." I believe it to be true.

Earlier this week as I was driving to church, I heard some comments over a secular radio station as to what people were saying about the Jenner situation. Most people were saying "Good for her," and "She’s finally at peace with herself." This is the problem I have with current culture. The farther down the road of degradation we go, many think we are being enlightened. Even more dangerous, in some circles, we are being more loving by approving of Jenner’s "choice". (Another dangerous word!)

So what are we, in the church, to do or think? First of all, we do love and reach out in Christ’s name. Jesus does love Bruce Jenner despite his choices. If Bruce walked in our church, he would be welcomed to worship like everyone else. If he tried or attempted to influence others to his way of lifestyle, we would have to step in with the authority of Christ. The Bible is clear about sin and unrepentant sin, and all of us should understand and submit to the authority of Christ and His church.

I am also aware of maybe the most dangerous part of this new current culture which is the approval or acceptance of these new cultural situations in the church today. Once again, the Bible is our guide. When we, in the church, begin to change or disregard the Word of God we go down a dangerous road. It would mean good people in churches in America could attend for decades and never be convicted of their sinful life and lifestyles. They never come into that loving and obedient relationship with Christ and, therefore, miss heaven. They are, as the scriptures reference, like those who “God did not know” (Luke 13:27), because they never really knew Him! The Church must preach the truth in love! Lee Strobel said it best, “Love without truth is too soft and truth without love is too hard.”

I am concerned for those that will now judge me for not being convicting enough about this or others that will judge me as not being loving enough. I am, as well, an imperfect person. Yet, I am seeking God’s truth through His love! Bruce Jenner does not need to be transgendered. He needs to be transformed as do all of us! May God, through Christ, continue to change us into His likeness for His glory and His work in our world! I honestly want to see Bruce Jenner in heaven, and you as well. Give Christ your heart and your life! Then you will be in good hands forever!

Hope to see you Sunday in one of our two services at 9am or 10:30am. Everyone is welcomed! I do mean everyone!

In Christ’s changing love!

Pastor Shawn

P.S. I will have to get to the white-nosed bat next week!

May 22, 2015

“And the award goes to . . .” I have heard this phrase several times over the last few days. For three nights in a row, Sherri and I have attended our daughter Shayli’s graduation and award ceremonies. I was not aware of all the programs they have for the seniors, mostly because in some cases, you are only invited if you are an award recipient. When I graduated from high school they handed me my diploma and said “See ya!” There were no awards for me. They were just glad to get me out of there, as was I.

These award ceremonies are much like the Oscars because there is an envelope or a certificate and then an announcement and applause. Tuesday night Shayli’s name was announced as the ‘Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year’. It was an incredible honor at such a large high school. As her name was read there was a sense of pride and excitement to see our child given such an honor. Shayli deserved the award. She has worked hard and had much success these last three years.

This event made me think of another day when names will be read or at least acknowledged. In scripture we learn about the Book of Life and the names written in this book. Revelation 21:15 ‘If anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life he was thrown into the lake of fire.’ Even typing those last words were difficult. This is not a feel-good, everyone-makes-it scripture. But it is scripture. I am known for saying ‘the bottom line is’. The fact is the name written on the envelope these last few nights won the award. The fact is if our name is not written in the book of life, bottom line, we won’t make it to heaven. I know there are scholars and others in modern society who deny this fact but this is what scripture says.

I was so glad my daughter’s name was written on this award! But for my children, wife and family, I want more than anything for their name to be written in the Book of Life! I want that for you! Your name is written down on the day that you ask Christ into your heart as Savior and Lord. On that day you begin to live for Christ in imperfect surrender until the day of your death or His return! Bottom line, on that day you will be glad you have lived for Christ and your name is found in God’s book of life!

Beloved, this is simple. John 3:16 ‘For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.’ Believe in Him then relax and live for Him and His glory the rest of your life. On that day you will be glad your name is announced. The old song says ‘What a day that will be when my Jesus I shall see!’

I hope to see you at DFC on Sunday! God has laid a sermon on my heart that even this morning I have changed under the anointing of the Holy Spirit! God is going to move among us this Sunday!

In His Love!

Pastor Shawn

May 15, 2015

In the ever increasing realm of closing different chapters of life, this morning was another chapter closed for the Siegfreids. Shayli, our eighteen year old daughter who is a senior at Highlands Ranch High School, ran in her last high school track meet. Shayli had one specific goal this year in track and that was to qualify in the 100 meter dash at the Colorado State 5A level. This morning she achieved her three year dream and goal. It was a thrill to see my beautiful blond-haired daughter run down the track. I will miss seeing that pony tail flying in the wind in the spring. Oh Lord, please help me cope with the speed of this life.

The apostle Paul talks about running in the New Testament. I-Corinthians 9 says ‘Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize. Run in such a way that you may win.’ If you are going to run in a race you want to win. Shayli did not win the state 100 meter dash but she ran in a way to win. Life is a race and we are called to win. And how do we run to win? We must live in such a way as to bring glory to Jesus Christ! It doesn’t matter if we come in first. It matters if we are running a good race; doing the best we can. I heard a great definition of success the other day. Success is ‘doing the best you can, with what you have, where you are.’ Does this describe you and me?

The book of Hebrews says this about the race of life; Hebrews 12:1 ‘Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.’ At times, the race marked out seems to be all uphill. We need perseverance when the race is uphill and difficult. And how do we run the race when it’s uphill? One step at a time! Step by step, day by day, keep going and don’t quit. Remember Hebrews says there is a great cloud of witnesses cheering us on as we run the race! That cloud of witnesses can be the church here at DFC, praying and cheering and even helping you get up the hill which God has allowed you to run right now! You are our heroes. We see Christ in you! Don’t quit!

We are trusting this Sunday there will not be nine inches of spring snow to greet us. I do hope you can be with us so you can be encouraged and inspired as we run the race together as the Body of Christ! Hope to see you Sunday!

Running the race with you!

Pastor Shawn

May 8, 2015

“Then Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man.’” These are the words I read this morning in my Bible reading time. Most of us know the story of David and Bathsheba. It was during the spring when David should have been with his men in battle that he spied on the beautiful Bathsheba and you know the rest of the story. Bathsheba was pregnant and David essentially had Bathsheba’s good husband murdered in the line of battle. As I read the story, I was amazed at how the consequences of David’s sin kept going for decades.

First of all, David repented and was forgiven but even as he repented, the prophet Nathan told him, essentially, there would be consequences for what David had done! The good news of the gospel is that we can be forgiven. I pray all of us have asked the Lord to forgive and cleanse. I remember the day that I knew that God forgave me of my sin. The words of the famous song, ‘Amazing Grace how sweet the saved a wretch like me.’ Yet the reality is that you and I live with the consequences of past sin and even current situations that we still are in need of His grace!

As a pastor, let me encourage you and challenge you. Know this, there is nothing more wonderful than being forgiven through Christ Jesus! In Psalm 51 we see the response of David pleading with God to forgive him. Psalm 51:1, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love.” In v.2 he asks, “Cleanse me from my sin.” He knew that he needed God’s cleansing. We all need that cleansing. There are no excuses for continuing in our willful disobedience to sin! Some have said to me, “What’s wrong with me?” It what’s wrong with all of us; we need God’s grace and help to stay off the rooftops and those place where we know lead to sin and pain!

Secondly, what I see is what David told God in Psalm 51:12-13, “Grant me a willing spirit to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways and sinners will turn back to you.” David would live with the consequences. When you read the II Samuel account of David’s sin you almost immediately read of the terrible things that begin to happen to David and his family just like the prophet Nathan predicted. Bottom line: even though we are forgiven we can’t escape the consequences of past or present sin. The good news is we have been forgiven and don’t have to continue in sin but reality is that in a fallen world we pay for it. So if you read this today, don’t do it or stop doing whatever you know is sin and against God’s plan for your life! We hurt ourselves and others by our disobedience. Even I, as a pastor, understand the pain of sins I committed decades ago.

Finally, we read that David said, “I will teach transgressors your ways.” As we have seen so many times those that have gone through the battles of life and received God’s grace for their sin, they have a platform to warn and encourage the next generation. Basically saying, learn from our mistakes. David is saying don’t disobey God. Live Holy in this life and you will not suffer the consequences of sin like I have done! Once we have received God’s grace we have a new mission to tell and warn others of the power and consequences of sin!

If this note reaches one person to warn them and encourage them not to sin or to stop sinning, it’s worth writing! Know this: God’s love covers a multitude of sin!

We hope to see you Sunday! It’s Mothers Day 2015. We will hear one of the most powerful stories of a mother and daughter that you have ever heard! Please be here to hear it. All ladies will receive a special gift this Sunday!

In His Love!

Pastor Shawn

May 1, 2015

I’m sure many people today do not know what is happening in a certain genre of our world. Tonight is the annual NFL draft. I’m fairly certain I won’t be drafted. By the way, if I am drafted tonight I may not be at church on Sunday. There was a time in my life that I dreamed of being drafted into the NFL. There are a few hundred young men in America that, for some, their lifetime dreams will be fulfilled tonight. There are many more that will realize what it means to have their dream of being an NFL player shattered.

At some point in most of our lives, we have to deal with reality. We are not going to play a professional sport. We are not going to be a CEO of a large company. We are not going to be elected to political office. There are many other more painful realities that we have to deal with. That husband is not coming back to reconcile, or even worse, that loved one may not be seen again on this earth. Dealing with reality is hard! Very hard for many of us!

May I say that our Savior specializes in helping us deal with brokenness! A bookmark I will always have in my Bible has a scripture that reminds us of God’s provision for broken hearts! Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” This scripture has meant so much to me as of late as I deal with my own brokenness, and also try to help others with their crushed lives. This is what I love about Christ and His people. We should be the first to reach out to the hurting and those that have been crushed by broken dreams and promises!

Last week, our men’s retreat speaker, Rev. Kent Pedersen, gave us a definition of success. “Doing the best we can where we are with what we have.” I really like that because it takes in the current reality. Most of us find ourselves in life in places and circumstances we never saw coming. So are you and I doing the best we can in the circumstances we find ourselves in? That’s a challenge to me for today. Our prayer is, “God help me to do the best that I can with what I have and with where I am in right now in this life!” I guarantee you if you sincerely mean that prayer God will help you to do His will in this world!

I do hope to see you Sunday. If I am drafted in the NFL we can all celebrate together! (Ha Ha) May God bless you by giving you the strength and power to live out the dream He has for you to glorify His Son Jesus!

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn

April 24, 2015

Most of us are born with five basic senses: sight, hearing, taste, smell and touch. Every sense is important! One sense that I have been so aware of the last eleven months is the sense of hearing. As I write this on Thursday morning I have heard the almost constant sound of a hammer, saw or something that is pounding outside my office. I don’t mind this sound because it is the sound of progress; continued progress on the Yes! Project!

I actually have gotten used to the sounds. I am working right through them even though at this moment the sound is very loud! But when these sounds come to a final end in a few weeks, I will be glad because it says the building is finished and we begin a new era of ministry at DFC.

The sounds of construction tell a story of a group of people who dare to believe God in a grand vision of new ministry! It speaks to us all of the power of vision and faith; faith that God would have us step out and build an eight million dollar addition to reach more people for Christ! I see it, I hear it, I feel it, and soon we will all be able to touch it!

We as a staff have been meeting and talking about all the ideas that you have given us in regards to new ministries we can have with the new building! We do have a finish line and we see it. The finish line of construction is almost here. We still have another eighteen months of the Yes! Project fund raising. If you have not given or pledged to give, there is still time to give to this God-sized project. Let Rich Cantwell know or simply fill out a pledge card and I believe your obedience will bless you and others!

Paul said in 2-Timothy 4:7 “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith!” We will finish this race together! Let us keep being faithful in the Yes! Project and any other issues of faith and life! God will always honor our faith. Brothers and sisters know that I pray for you and the race you are running! Don’t run alone! Let us know how we can come alongside and encourage you to keep running!

In His Race Together

Pastor Shawn

April 12, 2015

Easter 2015 is now history. Let me say how thankful I am of the many DFC servants who made Easter 2015 weekend a wonderful time of inspiration to thousands of people. Good Friday we had two services. We had 125-150 here for the noon service. Then Friday night, we had right at 2,500 for the Good Friday concert. Jerry Challis, our longtime faithful head usher, said that we served more people communion on Friday at one time than ever before. The concert was a wonderful outreach with many at the end giving their lives to Christ. Then on Saturday afternoon, we enjoyed a great Eggstravaganza community event with many people just driving by and observing what was happening, then stopping in and enjoying the afternoon with their children. We had 497 at this event.

Then came Sunday morning. What a time of music and message, and most of all, all the people that came to worship together the Risen Savior. The highlight for me was at the closing in both services when I asked people to raise their hand to believe in the Lord Jesus for their life. I saw so many hands go up in both services. I saw hands of people that I have been praying for years for that they might believe in Christ as Savior. That hand took on a blessed meaning for me this last Sunday. Worship total for Easter was 2,153.

Some might say well that’s a lot of numbers. Let me say every number represents a living, breathing person. This is why we count people when we are together. The old line says, “We count people because people count!” Jesus said, “I have come to seek and save the lost.” People are what is most important here at DFC and the Kingdom!

I do hope all who are able will be back with us this Sunday. I begin a new series on Romans 12 entitled, Becoming a World Changer! I hope we can continue the momentum that we felt last week. Please do your best to bring someone with you as we, once again, assemble together to worship Jesus!

In His Risen Power!

Pastor Shawn

April 5, 2015

I received a phone call today from Texas. I don’t really know very many people from Texas but I answered it only to hear the familiar sound of a telemarketer. The recorded message when like this “If you would like to receive a message of hope with no strings attached press 1 now.” I was just a few minutes from leading the Good Friday noon service so I hung up. I actually told the congregation that gathered about the phone call and encouraged all of us to leave with hope that it’s Friday but Sunday is coming! Easter Sunday 2015 is this Sunday!

At about a little before 2pm I was in my office and the same number came up. I answered and heard the same message but this time I pressed 1. To my surprise this was not a call about some ‘financial opportunity.’ It was a man who in about 60 seconds told of the hope he has found in Jesus Christ as Savior and encouraged me and others who pressed 1 to do the same. As a matter of fact, he encouraged us to leave a message to him if we have trusted the Lord; hearing that always encouraged him. I did not leave a message but was pleasantly surprised at this man’s intentional approach of bringing people the hope of Christ!

As I write this on the Good Friday, I am filled with the hope a Risen Savior! As we say in sports, “This is a game changer!” When Jesus rose from that grave outside of Jerusalem HE changed everything! Bottom line, He gave the world, and you and I hope! Hope is a powerful motivation. In a world of broken dreams and broken bodies, this hope of the resurrection can be a game changer for all!

This Sunday, we bring the good news of the Risen Savior to all that are with us at the 9:00am or 10:30am worship services. I have no doubt there will be many that receive hope for this life and for all eternity this Sunday. I encourage you, with all my heart, to reach out and invite someone to be with you this Sunday at DFC. Can you imagine with me the hope you could bring someone’s life by inviting them to attend DFC this Sunday?

In His Risen Hope!

Pastor Shawn

March 27, 2015

I can remember as a kid listening and liking the song, Cats in the Cradle. It first came out in 1974 and I was nine years old. That was 41 years ago. Just the other day I heard it again on the radio. I still like it but I viewed it from a different perspective 41 years later. The song, as many know, is written from the perspective of a Father whose son is born, and then we follow the story of this father’s busy life until he retires and his son has is now living the same kind of busy life.

Listen to the closing lyrics of this iconic song:

"You see my new job's a hassle and the kids have the flu

But it's sure nice talking to you, Dad

It's been sure nice talking to you"

And as I hung up the phone it had occurred to me

He'd grown up just like me

My boy was just like me

And the cats in the cradle and the silver spoon

Little boy blue and the man in the moon

When you comin' home, son, I don't know when

But we'll get together then, Dad

We're gonna have a good time then

As I listened to this song the other day I realized I am becoming the Father on the other end of the song. Shawna and Dalton flew in to Denver for a few days. Our time this week is too short and precious. As many of us know as we grow older, time is a great commodity. Early in life we want it to hurry and almost overnight we are wishing it would slow down. This life is moving quickly!

We have this one life that God has given us. May we spend our time here on this earth carefully and purposefully! First of all, I want to say forgive yourself for time wasted. Many of us live with regret for time wasted here on this earth. Paul says in Philippians 3:13, “Forgetting what is behind.” It does us no good to dwell on the past failures. Even our victories, though we can smile at and celebrate, we must move into the future. Paul goes on to say in Philippians 3:13-14, “straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” The point is, we have this time right now and from now on to live purposefully for Christ. We can be the best we can in whatever God has for us in His name. Don’t waste the precious gift of time.

The Cats in the Cradle my friends. On Sunday, April 5, we will celebrate Easter. May we spend the next few days inviting our friends and families to join us here at DFC for Easter Sunday? It could change someone’s life forever. We will have a great Palm Sunday here this Sunday. It will be time well spent. Come and be with us.

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn

arch 13, 2015

“It is my judgement, therefore, that we should not make it difficult for the Gentiles who are turning to God.” Acts 15:19. This was a statement said by James in what essentially was a board meeting of elders 2,000 years ago. The leaders of the church were there debating ‘church issues’ just like many of us do now.

Last Sunday, this was one of the scriptures that formed my thinking and my action in opening up the baptismal service that turned out to be such a blessing to us. We had just a few that had planned to be baptized. I thought, “How could we make it easier to experience God’s grace in our services today?” If you were present, you saw what happened. People in both services began to come down front to ‘declare’ Christ as Savior and then allow me to baptize them by pouring. Most of these people would not have come up to our second story baptismal.

We have had so many write and tell us what a blessing last Sunday was because of the brave people who experienced baptism this way. Why did it happen? It happened because we made it easier to experience God’s mercy and grace. This causes me to think, are there ways we can make it easier for people to experience God’s grace? What would this look like? What would we, as leaders in the church, have to do to allow more people to truly experience God in a way that it is ‘not as difficult’ as it seems.

This is a conversation the church needs to have. This is a conversation that we, at DFC, must have. If we will do this we will see more miracles happen like what happened last week. We had people from the age of 13 to 87 experience God’s salvation and renewal through baptism last Sunday. I call that a good day!

Let us, as Kingdom people, find ways to make it easier for those on the outside to come in and experience the life transformation that Jesus brings! It’s going to be another great Sunday this week. Make your way our way at DFC this Sunday. Bring friends and family. We have church together! Be together with us this week.

God Bless you and yours!

Pastor Shawn

March 6, 2015

There is a famous line from a movie that first showed years ago that even those that did not see the movie know. Two people are arguing in a courtroom setting and one yells, “I want the truth!” The other yells even louder, “You can’t handle the truth!” The truth is so important in every area of life. I have heard leaders, even in the Kingdom, say that the Body of Christ (the people of the church) could not handle the truth. That means to me that we, who communicate and lead, at times must conceal and not be as honest and transparent.

Last Sunday, we heard from one of our pastors about a failure that happened in his life, several years ago, that caused him to leave the ministry. It was a God-anointed time in the service. Since then, I have had many people communicate to me how God used his testimony to clear up confusion that they had about the situation. We just wanted to be transparent. I have heard too many times in the church, “Well, I’m not sure the people can handle the truth”.

We must be able to handle the truth. There are some situations when people have asked questions and we know, as elders, that full disclosure would be damaging and hurtful to many. I believe leadership is gifted by God with discernment to know when not to give full transparency. Yet, I do believe that we, as the people of God, with His grace are able to handle the truth about all matters when it comes to God’s Kingdom and God’s people.

I have been so glad for the people of DFC, especially those who have been long time members, who now understand what happened. In every way people of God should understand; especially if the situation is one of repentance and humility. We should extend grace and forgiveness, and not judgment. As I said on Sunday, when these things happen in the Kingdom it is for the glory of God! When people extend grace for wounded members and even leaders we see the fulfillment of Christ’s work on the cross. The greatest of the sanctified attributes of a believer is extending grace and mercy to one another! I see that more and more at DFC! To God be all the glory!

It was great to see the church back together last Sunday. We expect warmer and dryer conditions for Denver this weekend. May that open the doors and the highways for you and those you might invite to experience Sunday services at DFC. It just might change your life and someone else’s life!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

February 26, 2015

It was 9:38am on Sunday morning and I was sitting on the couch in my house. For only the second time, in over a quarter of a century, I was at home instead of in church on a Sunday. The other time was two years ago when I had a toothache. As most of you know, we cancelled Sunday morning services at DFC for the first time in over a decade. It was a tough decision to cancel church with a membership of over 2,000 people but I believe we made the right decision. Most churches in Denver also cancelled.

I thought it would be a different day but to me it was a weird day. It just never felt right. I actually had another pastor in town express the same sentiment. He is the pastor of a church three times our size. My feeling was that I missed being at church and I missed my church family. There is a rhythm to Sundays for me. There was a vacuum in my heart all day long. I simply missed being with my church family. I missed you!

There is a scripture in Hebrews 10 that encourages us to keep coming to church. “Let us not give up meeting together as some of you are in habit of doing, but let us encourage one another and all the more as we see the Day approaching.” My hope is that when we meet together we are encouraged, and we always leave with hope. We really do need each other and we need to be together in church.

As I write this on Wednesday night, it is snowing like crazy. We have cancelled Wednesday night services. I’m still at church but no one is coming tonight because of the weather. We, as staff, expressed our discouragement of missing you; the congregation we love. Yes, they are expecting more snow this weekend but let me tell you I am not going to cancel services unless it’s really bad this Sunday. We are expecting to have Sunday morning service this weekend. What a time we will have worshipping our Savior together! I hope we can all be together!

Be careful and we look forward to seeing you Sunday!

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

February 20, 2015

This last Wednesday we had our first Ash Wednesday Family service here at DFC. We had several hundred people here and enjoyed a wonderfully moving and compelling time. The day after, I received many e-mails complimenting the service and the inspiration it provided those that attended. Ash Wednesday begins the Easter season on the Christian calendar. I had people comment to me that they are now very focused on this Easter season.

Several years ago the world was engaged both in a good way and a negative way in a movie entitled, The Passion of the Christ. Millions saw this movie that depicted in graphic fashion the Easter story of Jesus Christ. The movie focused on the cross but also depicted accurately the resurrection of Christ. I invited my whole church to showings at a local theater in the town where I was pastoring. As we exited the theaters, we were all moved by the power of the sacrifice of our Savior for all mankind. It simply made us more passionate to for what God did for us 2,000 years ago.

Do we have passion for Jesus Christ? This last Wednesday night people left our sanctuary with real passion for this season! In Denver there are people with passions for many things. The Broncos! The mountains! Politics! Environment! You name it, our town is passionate. Yet, how passionate are we for the Christ and His Kingdom? Many people say that in our world today, passion for Christ and His church is on the way down. What would we say?

Let me lovingly urge those who read this to have Jesus Christ as your number one passion! We have asked our people at DFC to have focused passion for Jesus and His Kingdom; especially over the next several weeks leading to Easter Sunday, April 5th. Let me end with four areas that we can have focus for Jesus:

1. Passion for Him as our personal Savior!

2. Passion for Him and His Word!

3. Passion for Him and His Church!

4. Passion for Him and the world of lost people that He died for!

Hope to see you at church this weekend!

In His Passion!

Pastor Shawn

February 13, 2015

Of all God’s creation the supreme creation was man. When God made men and women He intended for us to have dominion over all the earth. God means for us to live out our lives with purpose. As it says in the Word, we are made in His image! So, we experience life during our time here on earth. As it has been said at many a funeral, the most important part of a person’s headstone is not the date of birth or the date of death but it is the dash in the middle that represent the life that God give us! How is the dash going for you and me?

This Sunday, we begin our journey to Easter with a series entitled Beautiful Life. We will be taking snapshots of Jesus’ life as He heads toward the cross and ultimately triumphing over death on Easter Sunday, April 5th. Let me just say, there is not a more beautiful and effective life than the 33 years that Jesus lived here on earth.

My hope and prayer is that we all, by living in submission to Jesus the Savior, will have a life that will also take on the beauty and power and purpose of Jesus Christ. I want my life and your life to reflect the beauty of His life. I can tell you it is the most purposeful and peaceful way to live! Every day, if we could simply say to God in the early part of our day, “Let me bring glory to you, oh God, today in the name of Jesus!’ If we did that and lived that way, all of our lives would be beautiful and our world would be much more beautiful.

The trouble is the trouble. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble.” The enemy steals our joy and our lives with the trouble. Jesus also said “but take heart I have overcome the world.” I know several beautiful lives right now going through tough and troubled times. Life is beautiful for them because He is Lord of them! One who has cancer has said, “If it brings glory to God so be it!”

Jesus is that Beautiful Life for us here at DFC. I encourage you to let others know about His life and His impact on your life during this season. Your life is beautiful because of Him. I encourage you, during this Easter season, to invite someone who needs His life to DFC for one of our Sunday morning services. We need more beautiful lives so we can impact our world!

Hope to see you Sunday!

In His Beauty!

Pastor Shawn

February 6, 2015

Have you ever come up behind a car and there was a sticker that says 26.2? Or maybe the car has a sticker that says 13.1? That means those people have run a marathon or half marathon. I always think that is good for them; but it wouldn’t be good for me. I have never jogged more than three miles at one time. A long distance race was never my forte.

We, here at DFC, feels at times like we are in a marathon right now. I sense there are some construction and Yes! Project fatigue. I know for myself and our staff, we are feeling excited but a little tired of all the construction. I would understand if those that attend DFC felt the same way.

I want to encourage all of us to see the finish line. It is only weeks away now and we will be able to be in this new facility for all kinds of ministries and gatherings. I truly believe the new Yes! Family Life Center and Atrium will radically change and improve our ministry to our community, and also to all the members of DFC. So let’s not get too weary because we are almost there in completion of the construction.

Even now as I write this, I see more activity than ever to complete this project. On any given day now we can have 35-45 construction workers on-site. Please continue to pray for blessings and protection for all the construction workers. I believe Rich and our entire staff has been good hosts to all that have been involved in this new building that DFC has dreamed about.

Also, put on your calendar Sunday, September 20th for the dedication of the Yes! Building. It will be a day an incredible celebration with many present and even former DFCers will be present. You won’t want to miss it.

I leave you with these words from Hebrews 12:1-2, “Let us run the race with perseverance, the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.” I believe if we will keep our eyes on the prize we will endure and see the great harvest that God has planned for us, His church, here in Denver and all around the world. Please keep running the race with me. We so need each other; especially now!

Hope to see you here Sunday at DFC at 9am or 10:30am! Bring someone with you!

Running together!

Pastor Shawn

January 30, 2015

As I was driving back from a lunch appointment with a wonderful member of our church this week, I heard a DJ on the radio talking about failure and how many famous people started or had significant failures in the very things that they were famous for. Did you know Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team? Oprah Winfrey was let go from a television reporter job because they thought she wasn’t right for TV. Albert Einstein’s first teacher said he wouldn’t amount to anything. Yet, these people have literally changed the world. What’s the common theme about them and about most famous people?

They didn’t give up! In this life the biggest lie the enemy could say to any of us is to stop trying. Life is very difficult. DFC has over 2,000 members. I am sometimes amazed at how many tough situations the people of God are going through. Yet, in so many situations they are heroes of perseverance and faith and joy!

The temptation of giving up hits all of us at some time or another. Jesus said, “In this world you will have trouble but take heart I have overcome the world.” Even someone who is reading this right now, you are tempted to give up. It might be your job, your marriage, your education; it might even be your church. The worst thing you could do is walk away and give up, and give in to the plan of the enemy. Discouragement is a key tool of the enemy! Remember what Jesus said, “Take heart!”

Let me encourage you as I encourage myself. Some know that I, myself, have been going through tough seasons in my own life. It’s part of living in this world! One thing I want to remind you of is that you are not alone. Sometimes we think we are the only ones that feel the way we feel. However, when we open up and reach out for help we find most people have felt and gone through the same kinds of feeling of fear, discouragement and even depression. Reach out to the community of Christ. We have counsel, we offer community and we offer real relationship with each other and, most of all, with Christ! If you don’t reach out for help and inspiration it won’t get better.

Also, show up! One of my life’s phrases is ‘95% of life is showing up.’ Keep showing up and be present even when you don’t feel like it. I am not necessarily speaking of church but yet I am. Through the years, I have had many people relate to me that big problems began to happen when people became dissatisfied with their church and stopped going. I lovingly encourage you to keep showing up and keep believing that the best days are ahead of us!

I want to encourage all men to show up at DFC on Saturday at 8AM for our Annual Men’s Breakfast. Bring a friend or a son or nephew. Former NFL football player, Seth Olsen, will be our speaker. It’s going to be a great morning. Of course, show up for either our 9AM or 10:30AM Sunday morning worship service. Great things happen when you show up!

God bless you and don’t give up!

Pastor Shawn

January 15, 2015

I have asked Pastor Dane to write the blog and share the message this week. I hope you will be with us this Sunday at 9am and 10:30am. We also have some great new classes beginning this week: End Times, When Love Bends Down, Bondage Breakers and Family Matters.

I look forward to sharing the Embrace of Grace in our Promise of the Prodigal series next week.

Pastor Shawn A. Siegfreid

When you hear the word legacy what comes to mind? For me I am quick to think about people who have been or are currently in a position of leadership and have made a “mark” in his or her area of influence.

In the article titled National History Day 2015 Theme: Leadership and Legacy in History written by Adrienne Harkness & Lynn O’Hare we are reminded that leadership can be found almost anywhere—in the military, politics, government, communities, social movements, science, the arts, education, religion and economics.

What is leadership and what is legacy? In broad terms, leadership is the act of leading: providing motivation, guidance or direction, usually from a position of authority. Leadership also implies the ability to lead—possessing the skills necessary to articulate a shared vision and inspire others to embrace and achieve that vision. Leaders often personify other admirable values such as but not limited to; courage, selflessness, ingenuity and patriotism.

Legacy is what is handed down to us from our ancestors or predecessors. More broadly, legacy is what is left behind for future generations—such as ideas and accomplishments. Legacies sometimes cannot be understood until long after a leader has passed away. Sometimes a legacy depends on perspective and not all legacies are positive ones.

The impact of a leader does not have to be global. You can find examples of great leadership in one neighborhood, one school, or one city. Consider the history of your state, hometown, or family.

In considering the theme Leadership and Legacy in History, keep in mind that it is important to address both elements. Highlighting both the leadership and the legacy of your chosen subject will help you clearly explain the relation of your topic.

As followers of God, you and I have an incredible opportunity to know God as our leader; His impact and influence on us and the entire world, past, present, and future.

As a leader in your home, work, community, and church; how do you want to be remembered?

We look forward to worshipping together this Sunday morning January 18, 2015 at 9am & 10:30am. Bring someone with you! Come expecting to be challenged and encouraged as we focus our thoughts on how to live and leave a legacy.

Pastor Dane Mathews

January 8, 2015

On the evening of the New Year, a long-time college friend sent us a text we will never forget. It told of the horrific accident that involved our very close friend’s daughter, Quincy Foster. Quincy was killed on a two lane highway in icy conditions in southeast Kansas. The grief we felt was crushing. We had spent a day with the Fosters this past summer in Estes Park. These are some of the closest friends God has ever given us and now their beautiful, wonderful daughter had left this earth. Quincy had an unbelievable relationship with the Savior so we know she is safe with Him. Our thoughts immediately went to her dad, Jonathan, and her mom, Johnna and her two younger brothers Shay and Evan. If we were feeling this bad, how are they going to make it through?

As of this writing, it’s been a week. I still carry such a burden for our friends. I think about them and how they are doing. I wonder how my brother Jonathan, who is pastoring a church in the Kansas City area, will be able to keep his spirits up and encourage his congregation in the midst of the deepest and darkest pain!

I had a few observations at Quincy’s service. My mind first went to the story of Corrie Ten Boom and her sister Betsie and the deep ‘pit’ these sisters experienced in the Ravensbrook prison camp during the Holocaust. There is a feeling of brokenness while we are in ‘the pit’. We know Quincy’s family is crushed. At the funeral, the grief I felt was crushing. I was telling myself to hold it together but it was difficult as I kept looking at her family who was just a few rows ahead of us. About midway through, I noticed on my lap a business card that I believe had been in my sport jacket pocket. There was a scripture on the business card. Psalm 34:18, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” I didn’t know it was on my lap. I was able to give the card to Jonathan after the service. Was it a coincidence? Could I believe that God also wanted to help me during this time of crushing heartbreak?

Another observation was the family of God. The Fosters are people who know the church loves them. The number of people there to walk with and support them was incredible; another reason why we all need the Body of Christ. When we walk through the valley of darkness, God is with us through our brothers and sisters in Christ. Once again, I saw how we can be helped during the darkest of days because God speaks, comforts and heals through others!

Finally, I observed what I believe to be a powerful expression of the Holy Spirit. I wondered who would be giving the sermon at Quincy’s funeral. To my amazement, her dad, Jonathan, gave the sermon as his only daughter’s body lay in a casket a few feet from him. As a pastor myself, I could not imagine for one moment delivering the sermon at my child’s service. Jonathan gave one of the best proclamations of the gospel that I have ever seen or heard, all the while honoring his daughter’s life, and in the midst of the darkest moment of his life. It’s as if God, Himself, was speaking and Jonathan was the voice. It was one of the most incredible witnesses of the Holy Spirit I have ever seen! God poured through my friend in a way that the crowd of over a thousand people could not deny. I saw the Holy Spirit working in a man who was walking through the most violent and heart-wrenching storms I had ever seen! Even today, my heart screams “Hallelujah!” All the while, my prayer is that God would help my friends during this crushing time in their life!

My heart breaks for your heartbreak. Yet, I saw what happens to God’s children when we enter the valley of darkness. God, Himself, becomes almost visible. God, Himself, will not let us walk alone! “He saves those who are crushed in spirit!” Are you walking through the storm? Let us know. The people of DFC care! Be present with us during worship and other times of fellowship! We are called to be with one another!

Hope to see you Sunday at 9am or 10:30am.

In Christ loving compassion!

Pastor Shawn

December 11, 2014

I once read the following quote about joy. “Joy is the flag that is flown from the heart when the King is in residence there.” Joy is an elusive element of this life. Life is real and life is real hard sometimes! Finding joy is something most humans are almost always pursuing.

In my preaching text on Sunday, there is a statement about the joy that is brought through the birth and life of Jesus Christ. In the angel’s announcement to the shepherds they described Jesus and His coming to earth as “joy that will be for all the people.” In that famous Advent statement contains what the whole world is searching for. Joy that we can have in this life!

Yet, as you and I know, that joy is sometimes hard to find or even live out. The toughest part for me is that there are times in my own life and other honest brothers and sisters that even though we know Him we don’t have that joy that should go along with knowing Him!

Many have graciously commented on how I closed the service last Sunday. I, for the first time here in Denver, gave an explanation why I so often comment on the game of football. I know there are some who will say, “Wow, Pastor Shawn Siegfreid talks a lot about football.” Without going back through it, I simply explained that me playing football lead directly to me finding Christ as my Savior, and going to a Nazarene College to play football, and also Sherri finding me and recruiting me to be her husband for life. She still says that’s the best decision she ever made! (I’m attempting to be funny with the last sentence). People have said, “Thank you for letting us know why you love football.”

I closed with the question about our commitment to Christ. “Are you a fan of His or are you a follower?” I had one dear lady who is over ninety years old who watched the sermon online who emailed me this week and say, “I’m a follower!” In answering this question, I have pondered the subject of living in joy this week. I do believe being a sold out follower allows us to access the pure and real joy of being His! I believe the most joyous can and should be those of us who say, “I follow Him!” How about you? Fan or follower?

Hope to see you Sunday!! Our 9am Service will be our regular Advent worship service a message of Joy that I will share with you. Then at 10:30am, our DFC Kidz will be sharing a tremendous message in the musical, Isaiah Jones and the Seekers of the Lost Christmas Treasure. Be sure to bring someone with you!

Following Him!

Pastor Shawn A. Siegfreid

December 5, 2014

The reason for the season! It’s that wonderful time of year again when many of us in the family of God find ourselves rushing around to celebrate the coming of our Lord Jesus! Most everyone in this country would agree that the Christmas season is a very busy season. Over the last month my schedule has just filled up with wonderful opportunities and obligations to go celebrate Jesus’ coming to this earth to save us! Most of the celebrations are about eating and fellowship. Two things I really love. Guess which one I love the most?

The point is that in the rushing don’t forget the worship. In the scripture, we are reminded that when the message of His coming was heralded, even then, ordinary and extraordinary people hurried to see Him. When they finally got there they spent time worshiping and adoring this Hope of the world! Matthew 2:11, “On coming to the house they saw the child with His mother Mary and they bowed down and worshipped Him.” They worshipped Him. They didn’t just watch Him or observe Him, they worshipped this little baby boy. Wow! That blows me away today as I ponder that Holy scene some 2,000 years ago. Is it still relevant today?

You know, I believe it is. I have to remind myself to stop and take account of the season. Even pastors have to be reminded of the reason we worship Him, especially this time of year. Let’s all try to be intentional to find some time to stop and ponder, and worship and pray, and be thankful for Emmanuel! I will be trying to get my family together, over the next few weeks, to take some moments as a family to read and pray together to celebrate the gift of Jesus. I am finding the Illuminate devotional, that we have been using here at DFC, to be user friendly for individuals and especially families. Believe me, your kids will remember these Christmas moments!

Another way to stop and worship is to come and worship with us here at DFC during this Advent time. Some might say, “Well, Pastor Shawn that is self-serving.” I would say your right. However, I believe the message we have here at DFC all year long is a message of hope and life transformation, and ultimately world transformation. As Pastor Zack so wonderfully reminded us last Sunday, just as Jesus came in this first Advent, Jesus is coming again. Our job is to help us all to be ready. Are you ready? Every week at DFC we worship and proclaim the life-changing message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The best gift you could give anyone is to bring them to DFC to hear and accept this message of Jesus Christ and His full salvation. Here’s hoping to see you this Sunday at 9am or 10:30am.

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn

November 21, 2014

We live in such a modern world! I have lived long enough to remember a day that when we needed to make a phone call while traveling you had to pull off the road and use a pay phone. I have not even seen a pay phone in a long time. These days, we take so many things for granted!

The day that I am writing this note, most of us, as staff at DFC, could not be at church because we did not have power all day long. The new transformers were engaged at the church today. So something I and many others never think twice about is electricity. No worries, we will have full power and a beautifully striped new parking lot on Sunday. Trusting you will be with us!

Trusting also that you and I will not take for granted all the blessings we have this season. One of the greatest blessings we have in this world is the church; the community that we call our church home. So many visitors that I call say they are looking for a church home. I then do my best to tell them about my church home, Denver First church of the Nazarene. We are so blessed to have the fellowship of a loving and caring church family.

In the last several weeks I have seen this church family come together and support each through tragedy and triumph. I have seen people sacrifice for one another! I have seen people come together for common cause of the gospel. The best cause any person or group of people could come together for. Please don’t take the church for granted and during this next week of Thanksgiving make sure you tell someone you love them and are thankful for them.

I hope to see you this weekend at one of services at 9am or 10:30am. Come and worship our savior, Jesus Christ!

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

November 13, 2014

It changed everything! Where were you on Monday of this week when everything changed? We literally watched the cold air from the Arctic Blast come through Denver on Monday! The temperature dropped 30 degrees in 90 minutes. Now as you look outside, (I wrote this on Wednesday afternoon), everything has changed. It was just a few days ago we enjoyed warm fall weather and now everything is white and cold.

Life can change quickly! So many of us know and understand that! When I think of sudden change I think of the often quoted scripture in 2- Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone the new has come.” We see and observe the change, and sometimes sudden change, that take place in a person’s life once they give their heart to Jesus Christ. Everything changed in their life at that time of commitment.

In the Summer of 1983 in the church in Kansas the night I was saved, I remember as I walked out the door that evening into the July night thinking and realizing I had come into church as an unsaved, on-my-way-to-hell, 18 year old young man. Yet, by the grace of God and by my choice to follow Him, I left that church a saved, blood-bought child of God on my way to Heaven! What a change that took place! Also, I must say, it still continues to take place as we all walk in Christ becoming more like Him before we see Him someday in glory!

Change can happen quickly for the good and the bad. It’s just part of life. Our hope and prayer is that we see more Christ-like changes in people’s lives here at DFC. So many come here hoping to experience His grace and change in their life. My prayer is that it happens every week. That’s why DFC exists; to proclaim and even help facilitate this grace change in people’s lives. May Christ always have His way in our life, to change us to be more like Him, so the world may know “the old has gone the new has come.”

This Sunday you will see and experience a change. We will have access to our new parking lot in the East! You will be able to park closer this Sunday than you have been. I want to say thank you to all those at DFC that have endured the weekly changes to our property. I literally have not heard any complaints! We are so excited to see the new building taking shape. It won’t be long until we are using it for His ministry! Hope to see you Sunday at 9AM or 10:30AM.

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn A. Siegfreid

November 7, 2014

'The people have spoken.’ We, as Americans, have the right and some would say the duty to participate in electing those that will govern these United States. These elections were very exciting especially here in Colorado. What sticks with me is that millions of us came together as Americans to do one thing together. We did it peacefully and we have, for the most part, accepted the results. I believe we still live in a great country.

I also believe that the greatest institution in America is the Christian church. The church is and can still be in the very fabric of many people’s lives. Certainly, those that are in and represent the church here in America know we have made our mistakes and we are an imperfect church. Ye, when the church comes together we can accomplish things that have value for today and eternal value for tomorrow!

This week we are working with and alongside people who are grieving, and are planning services to honor their passed loved one. We also will meet with those who will be baptized on Sunday. Literally, these precious souls are passing from death to life by their acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior. Every week we help and feed those that are the ‘least of these’ here in Denver. Hungry and homeless people; that when they see and hear from us, literally, they see and hear from God. We are His instruments here on this side of Heaven.

What I am saying and what I am rejoicing for is that we do this together! We can’t do it by ourselves. It takes people who believe in Christ to come together and believe in His mission and act in His name and love! Several times in Acts 2:42-47 when the early church and its activities are being described, the ‘together’ is mentioned. Together and empowered by the Holy Spirit we do great things for His glory!

When is the last time you were together with us for a worship service here at DFC? Hebrews 10:25, “Let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another.” We would love to encourage you this Sunday at either 9:00am or 10:30am as we gather together to worship our Savior Jesus Christ! We are always better together!

Pastor Shawn

October 30. 2014

As we are near the end of this last week in October, I have to say, for many in the DFC body it has been a very tough and heart wrenching week! There are many families that are experiencing tragedy and heartache; none more so than the Garcia family. I just returned a little while ago from being at the hospital were my friend Darwin Garcia is in grave condition. We, as church family and his family and friends, gathered around his bedside to pray and ask God for His will to be done! It was a moment I will never forget as we prayed for this wonderful man who is so injured. Without a miracle he will be going home to the Lord.

As we prayed and sang around his bed this morning, it was one of those times that God moved in a way for only those that truly believe in Him and trust Him in the name of His Son Jesus! Though we are all incredibly sad, there was a sense of peace to know that God is present and our friend Darwin is in God’s strong and loving hands!

As I reflected on these events this morning, I thought of a well-known hymn and the story behind the hymn. The hymn “It is Well With My Soul” came into my mind as I thought about the crushing grief of this and other situations I have faced with others from DFC this week. As many know, Horatio Spafford was a wealthy Chicago lawyer in 1873. He sent his wife and four daughters over to England for a trip to help the family recover from the grief of losing their young son just a few months before. Spafford had to stay back to finish up some last minute business. There was a terrible collision and all four of his daughters drowned, with only his wife surviving. On his way over to be with his grieving wife, Spafford penned the now famous hymn. The words I thought of today, in the midst of this grief, were the words in this hymn. “When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll: Whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say, it is well, it is well with my soul.” It’s hard to believe to those that don’t know our Savior but there is peace in the midst of the worst grief possible in this world. I felt it and I saw it in the eyes and on the lips of many surrounding Darwin’s bed this morning.

Whatever you have been going through or are going to go through in this life, I have a promise. As Corrie ten Boom said, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.” Bottom line: when you hit the bottom and you’ve trusted Christ with your life at the bottom, He will be with you! What a promise and what a truth! I have seen it played out this week in the life of several in our church. Please pray with me for them!

Hope to see you this weekend for our worship services. Every week God shows up in a special way. Hope you will be here and bring someone with you!

In His Everlasting Peace!

Pastor Shawn

October 24, 2014

Since about early June, I have had a very good view of the progress of the Family Life Center/ Atrium that we know as the Yes! Project here at DFC. Being a person not acquainted with the processes of building a large structure it has been fascinating to watch how the building has taken shape. As you might have guessed, the first thing the builders built was a foundation and then set a cornerstone. From that cornerstone they have been building the rest of what will be a great ministry center! Today as I look out my office window, they are putting the last sections of large bricks in the Southwest corner of the Family Life Center. We, here as the DFC family, are excited to know that this ministry center is built on a solid foundation.

Today, as I think of how strong structures are built, I’m reminded of people I know that have strong lives no matter how hard the winds blow in their lives. Scripture reminds us of ‘Cornerstones.’ Zechariah 10:4 says, “From Judah will come the Cornerstone.” Ephesians 2:20, “with Jesus Christ Himself as the Chief Cornerstone.” 1-Peter 2:6, “See I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious Cornerstone, and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame.” Just as with a building in our lives we need a cornerstone; an anchor in life when the storms begin to blow in our lives. In my time here in Denver, I have seen people’s lives turned upside down through health crisis or relationships that have been destroyed, even those that after having long and successful careers lost that security in just one day. In many, I have recognized that there was that Cornerstone, that anchor in their life, that no matter what they would make it through with a powerful testimony of God’s grace and love. Oh how we love to see Cornerstone life portrayed to a world that needs God’s power and grace!

So in your life, do you have the Cornerstone? That saving, ongoing relationship with Jesus Christ the Chief Cornerstone? If you do, you have hope and a reason to keep living and telling the world about His love! You also have the church, the Body of Christ. As I see the building going up I am reminded, beyond all the skeptics and doubters that come against His church, God is still using His church for the redemption and fellowship of people. Everyone needs the church, however imperfect we are. With His presence and our faith we make a relational connection with each other that is part of His Cornerstone-work in our life!

Well, as I have written this they are almost finished with the southern wall of the new building. God’s not finished with me and with you, but aren’t you glad He’s still building us into those new creations of Christ that He has promised? He is doing good work in you and me! Hope to see you here Sunday in either the 9AM or 10:30AM service. Invite someone to be with you so they might also know this Cornerstone of life the Savior Jesus Christ!

In His Strong Foundation!

Pastor Shawn

October 10, 2014

I love the story of two little brothers who were at each other all evening up until bedtime. Finally, as their mother was in their room getting ready to say bedtime prayers she said, “Now boys you need to forgive each other for your fighting and impatience with each other.” One little boy said, “Okay mom, but if I don’t die in the night he better look out in the morning!” Frustration and impatience in this life happens!

I want to say a big thank you to the entire congregation here at DFC. Especially if you have attended in the last several weeks as we have been experiencing the inconvenience of the Yes! Project. You have been patient with parking in different spots than normal and walking further than ever to come to church. The people of DFC have not complained one time, that I know of, and I am extremely thankful as we continue to see incredible progress on the new Atrium/Family Life Center.

Patience and perseverance are two things we truly need as followers of Christ. We live in a world that, for the most part, does not recognize or value the Kingdom. In some instances, more and more people are devaluing the church and Jesus Christ, and his teachings. Our challenge is to continue to reach out in His love to a world that does not value Him or His church while continuing to uphold the standard of Holiness that God has called our church to for 107 years. It will take more Godly patience for those in the Body of Christ. We are seeing our values and even our rights as believers taken away and laughed at. During these last days our prayer is for patience and perseverance!

The writer of the book of Revelation speaks to this concerning the last days in Revelation 14:12, “This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.” I believe in these last days many will come to faith in Jesus! My prayer for you and I is that we are part of the last harvest; no matter how hard it is to live in a world that rejects us because of Jesus! For the sake of His gospel, may we be patient and persevere until He comes. I echo the words that John wrote in the last few words of the New Testament, “Amen, come Lord Jesus!”

Hope to see you here this Sunday!

God Bless you and yours!

Pastor Shawn

October 4, 2014

Well, it finally happened! Despite my best attempts of having it not happen, it happened. I got a cold. I am fairly disciplined at hand washing (I shake a lot of hands) and trying to avoid getting sick but I now I have cold. My throat and my chest have told me. So what do you do when you have a busy life and a schedule? Most of us keep going the best we can.

I am sure my wife would say of me that maybe I overdramatize my illness. I probably do to some degree because I am hardly ever sick. So while I am feeling this way the people who know me most will probably hear about my symptoms. I think this may be a ‘man thing,’ but anyway, I’m sure I will get through!

What this ‘cold’ does do for me is remind me of so many people and friends who are ‘getting through’ this life with much more that a mild cold. I think someone said it best, “living with a limp.” There are so many who are ‘living with a limp’ in such a way that it bring glory to Jesus! Because the only way they make it without being bitter and broken is because their faith if fixed on the author and perfecter of our faith, Jesus Christ! It’s the only way they could live such a faith filled and joyful life!

My mind goes to our friend, Pat Eckhardt, who just lost her mother Anna Thompson who was 99 years old. A few years ago, she lost her grandson to a brain tumor. Through all her loss Pat remains faithful to God and faithful to her church, DFC. Yes, she lives with the limp of loss. Yet because of her faith, people see that her faith and hope is not of this world.

Brother Paul in the 2-Corinthians 12 talks about his weakness. He called it a ‘thorn in the flesh.’ In his discussion with the Lord about this weakness, the Lord said this to Paul: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness!” So we discern sometimes in this life that we reach more people for Christ when we ‘live with our limp,’ instead of being delivered from it.

So I will get through this cold. I will take sympathy from any who might give it. For many of us, people might take notice by hearing or even seeing a ‘limp’ in our life that God allows. May He turn our limps and our weaknesses into a powerful witness so that through it all God is faithful and He can give us His joy on this side of Heaven. I commend so many of you at DFC for your faith and witness in this life to so many!

We have two great services planned this Sunday. I trust we see you and whoever else you may bring with you! Let’s join together at 9am and 10:30am to worship our King!

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

September 19, 2014

The second chapter of Acts may be the most exciting and descriptive portion of God’s Word! In this one chapter, you can see why and how the church of Jesus Christ began and became established: from the infilling of the Holy Spirit, to the anointed proclamation of the gospel from Peter, to the final portion describing what the early church as all about. Acts 2:42-47 has always been a favorite of mine because it describes what the church should look like and how it should function. As you may know, I’m very interested in the church functioning the way it should in this world!

Sadly, we know that most churches fall short of the way the church functioned in Acts 2. I am way too aware today when people say, “Well the church isn’t for me.” Thousands of people are leaving churches for various reasons. Some have a right to but I would suggest and proclaim the church has a place and a purpose in this world. My hope is that people would give the church a second chance!

This morning, I met a younger pastor from our community for breakfast. He began his church a few years ago and it is really growing. As I sat and listened to him, I admit I was jealous of his passion and clear mandate as an evangelistic pastor, to shepherd a group of people who are also soul-winners and disciplers. I will also say, I told him I was so supportive of his church and how God was using them. I told him I was a competitive person by nature (we both played college football) but that when it came to other churches and their growth, I was not. We both agreed there were enough unchurched and unsaved people in Denver to go around. When he described his church I thought of Acts 2.

In Acts 2:42 it says, “The church devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to fellowship to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” Because of their focus it says in the last part of verse 7, “the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” The church grew because the church was focused on being the church. I rejoice with every church in Denver that is growing and reaching the lost in the name of Jesus! We support this new church and its on-fire pastor!

Last night in the Grace Walk Going Deeper study, we saw about 150 people praying and engaging in fellowship and listening to teaching about God’s grace. We also saw a few new believers that were there. One of which I prayed with on Sunday after the service. Don’t give up on the church! Even a church of 107 years of age can have new life and focus. Be with us on Sunday at 9am or 10:30am as we continue with the series Grace Walk. You know someone who needs to be here with you on Sunday. Do the right thing and invite them to be here! Hope to see you Sunday!

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

September 11, 2014

Do you remember where you were on this date 13 years ago? I do! Of all places, I was playing racquetball with a friend early in the morning in California. When we saw the people gathering around the television sets in the lobby of the recreational facility, my friend and I decided the best place to be was at home with our wives and our children. I will never forget that morning. Still, we pray for the 3,000 families that lost their loved ones to one of the most violent and senseless acts on innocent people.

As I heard this morning on the news shows across America, the phrase, “We will never forget,” there are also some important truths that in the Christian community that we should always remember.

Proverbs 24:22 says, “For their calamity will rise suddenly.” We, of all people, should know that in this life there is nothing we should take for granted. Tens of thousands of people went to work in downtown Manhattan, like they had for many years, not realizing the ‘calamity’ that was headed literally their way. I am not a person always worrying about when the Lord will return; and this world, as we know it, will be over. But as the Lord reminds us in Matthew 24:42, “Keep watch because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” As His people, we should know that ‘someday’ this will be gone! Bottom line: “Live Ready!’ Don’t live in fear, but live ready!”

Another observation is the fickleness of people. The attack took place on a Tuesday. So we had a week of nonstop coverage of the carnage and destruction from ground zero. The church I pastored then in California was open for people to just stop by and pray during the week. We could all sense it was going to be a different Sunday following the Tuesday attack. Our church was barely averaging 700 in attendance at that time. That Sunday, we had well over 900. We saw people we hadn’t seen in a long while and dozens we did not even know. It was an opportunity to proclaim Christ and encourage people to put their trust in our Savior. It was an exciting day! What was discouraging, was that three weeks later when it looked like the ‘danger’ level was down we didn’t see those people. Believe me, I was happy for the opportunity to preach the Savior to those that came for a few weeks. But why, when everything is back to normal, do people simply stop seeking God? Let us continue to follow God in the good and the bad times!

Finally (I know this is longer than usual), I observed a groundswell of unity and pride as Americans. We were afraid and we were united. The support for President Bush skyrocketed into 90% area for a short time. We came together ever so briefly. As a follower of Jesus, who is also a patriotic American, I was encouraged that we united under tough circumstances. Not to be partisan or silly but the moment that most caught my attention was when President Bush threw out the first pitch of the World Series game held in New York. Bush threw a perfect strike from the pitcher’s mound to the roar of the crowd. Then the crowd began the USA chant, and even as I remember it, I get emotional. Yes, my first allegiance is always to Jesus Christ and His Kingdom; but I do believe we can love our Savior first and also be proud and love our homeland. This nation still sends Christ’s love and message of true freedom all around the world!

So today on 9/11/14, say a prayer for this country! Say a pray to our Lord on how we can better love and evangelize this country and our world in which we have the privilege to live! I thank God I live in America!

Be with us on Sunday for Kick-off Sunday at 10am as Chip Simmons, the Chaplain of the Denver Broncos will be sharing his testimony and as we continue to the Grace Walk series. There will be a free lunch following the service. Be sure to bring someone with you who needs to hear the message of grace!

In His Freedom!

Pastor Shawn

September 4, 2014

When it comes to Christian hymns, the hymn ‘Amazing Grace’ is probably one of the most popular. We know it’s popular when a hymn crosses over into the secular world. Many times I have heard ‘Amazing Grace’ sung or referred to in movies or other secular or non-Christian events. There is something about the song that even the pagan world identifies with!

John Newton, as many know was the writer of ‘Amazing Grace.’ Before his conversion to Christianity he was a captain of a slave ship. He transported people who were caught and sold as slaves from Africa. Newton confessed about himself that as a younger man caught in this terrible world of the slave trade, and sin in general, “I sinned with a high hand and I made it my study to tempt and seduce others.” In truth, Newton was the chief of sinners as the apostle Paul describes himself in 1-Timothy 1:15.

I love the song because I have identified with it every since I first was overwhelmed with God’s amazing grace in my life! There is a lyric that every time I have ever sung the hymn, my hand seemingly almost involuntarily goes up. You know it, “Amazing grace how sweet the sound the saved a ‘wretch’ like me.” When Newton penned the word ‘wretch,’ of course, saw the faces of thousands of people torn from their homes and families that he was now transporting to a terrible existence as someone else’s property. When I sing the words, I remember a lost, angry, sinful young man who was hurting not only himself but many others. I was a wretch! How thankful I am and will always be that God could reach down and save a wretch like me!

Sunday, we begin the series entitled ‘Grace Walk’. God deeply convicted me last January as I was on a airplane with my wife and rereading Brennan Manning’s classic, ‘The Ragamuffin Gospel’. Grace is the very heart of Jehovah God! He sent grace in the form of His only Son. We, as a congregation, are going on a journey to experience His radical and unconditional grace. We are even going to go deeper on Wednesday nights as a large group, here at DFC, studying what we proclaimed on Sunday. There has never been a more important time for you and your friends and loved ones to come join us here at DFC. Please join us as we celebrate and contemplate and experience the message of God’s amazing grace!

In His Grace! (The former ‘wretch’)

Pastor Shawn

August 27, 2014

For those who might believe that this world is evolving might want to take a look at the headlines of this week’s news. The beheading of a U.S. news journalist by the name of James Foley reminds us that evil that is unchecked and unredeemed can lead to terrible consequences. Evil controlled by the dark forces of Satan will always come spilling out in a world or a nation struggling to find its ‘moral center.’ Even here in the U.S. we hear and see events that are caused by the power of the enemy. We are reminded what the scripture says 1-Peter 5:8 (NLT), “Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

Many Christians debate via Facebook or other social media to give advice or comment on what should be done. We, Christians, have so many opinions on these subjects. I do believe in prayer! I believe more now than ever we should be assembling together and praying more together about everything. That includes unchecked evil around our world. But when we pray, we should be moved to action. I hope we never pray and then say we have done all we can. Prayer should inspire us to have faith and faith moves us out into our world with a message of hope! James says this about faith in James 2:17, “Show me your faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

So we ask, “What is that action?” Without sounding like cliché, the answer is, “This world needs Jesus!” Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, “Go and make disciples of all nations.” That is a call to action. We must ever be diligent to stay on mission here at DFC! Yes, we will respond to evil as best we can through prayer and sacrifice, and even going where we can go. The best that we can do is to continue to reach out in the saving grace of Jesus Christ! Jesus said in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and save the lost.” A few weeks ago, I baptized a man who was converting to the Christian faith from the Muslim faith. I certainly do not want to get into a debate on world religions, but let’s be clear. A person who puts their faith in Jesus Christ and begins to walk as a Christian will be a person of faith and hope, and will live the kind of life that brings peace to this world in the name of Jesus! To be His saved disciple is to be on the winning side.

We live in hope in the name of Jesus. We also celebrate the church, the Body of Christ. We come together, we pray, we give, we praise and then we scatter into our neighborhoods and communities, realizing that what this world needs is Jesus Christ and His church! We do not have to fear evil! We serve Jesus the Victor! We go into this world with His message of hope!

I trust you can be with us this Sunday at 9AM or 10:30AM! Bring someone with you that, like us, needs the hope and inspiration of being together in the name of the Savior, Jesus Christ!

God Bless you and yours!

Pastor Shawn

August 15, 2014

As I was listening to a talk radio show this morning I heard the phrase, “We are just rolling along.” As I heard that sitting at my desk, here at DFC, I looked out my office windows to see many big bulldozers and other large machines carving out the new addition that in several months will complete the Yes! Project. Praise the Lord! I then looked out to Hampden to see the hundreds of cars that pass by every 10 minutes on a busy week day here in central Denver. They are ‘rolling along.’ I then thought about my week and how we have been talking to our oldest daughter, Shawna, about how she has started her first year of teaching 1st grade in Nashville. Wow, we are ‘rolling along.’ This is the first week of school for our other two children in Highlands Ranch. This will be Shayli’s senior year of high school before she heads out to college. Man my life is rolling along! Then a moment that caused a lump in my throat was to take our ‘baby,’ our youngest, to high school as a freshman. Yes, I can’t believe it! Shaden is in high school! Oh dear Lord, help us as our life is rolling along at an incredible clip!

There is an old rock and roll song with the lyrics, “You can’t stop time.” In so many ways we, here in Denver, seem to be on a treadmill. Life is moving at a very fast pace. Time will not stop; we are forced to adjust to the pace. It’s a journey that every human must make. I am so glad that we do not have to journey alone! We can have the presence of Jesus Christ who promises us in Deuteronomy 31, “To never leave you nor forsake you.” We all have a choice to invite God to journey with us in this life. We all need to daily invite Him to walk with us. It makes these days much more comforting to know He is with us!

We also have the opportunity to journey with others in the community of faith. The Church is that community. I hear a lot of negative today from our world and even some ‘inside’ the church about the Body of Christ. No, it’s not perfect but it is still God’s vehicle for reaching the world and for creating a ‘family’ structure to ‘roll along’ the journey of life together!

Acts 2:42-47 gives us this picture of what God intended after the outpouring of His Spirit two thousand years ago. That picture would be His church, that we are called to be a part of! I have counted the word ‘together’ and it is used three times in that passage to illustrate that we are called to be together in community. Why don’t you come together with us this weekend to church at DFC? Let me encourage you to bring a friend for their sake and Heaven’s sake. We will proclaim this Jesus who loves the church and who loves us! He shows up when we show up! Hope to see you this week! Keep rolling along together!

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

August 7, 2014

One of the first stories I ever used in a sermon was a wartime story of a submarine that was disabled and lying on the bottom of the ocean. Rescue divers found their way to the sunken submarine to see if there were any survivors to be saved. Finally, they heard the tapping of a Morse code message from those alive on the inside of the doomed submarine. The message from the inside was tapped out, “Is there any hope?” Hope is a powerful thing!

This summer, I have been reading a book entitled, The Hope Quotient. It is written by Ray Johnston who is a mega church pastor in Sacramento, California. Ray is a friend of the Nazarene church and personal friend of my brother-in-law Kent Pedersen, who pastors Bakersfield Olive Knolls Nazarene Church. Let me tell you, this book has really helped the pastor of DFC. I have, for as long as I can remember, been a person who has a tendency to see glass half empty. I am beginning to see where something as simple as hope being a powerful and even healing element in this life! I am hoping we could bring Pastor Ray in for a Sunday to speak to our DFC community.

When I think of Jesus and the Kingdom that He leads, I believe one of the main and powerful realities He brings to individual lives, families, churches and nations is hope! What He did 2,000 years ago to the people that He encountered was to bring them Hope! What He did for me 31 years ago at an altar of prayer was to give me hope of a better and fulfilling life! What I need, and many of us need, is His hope renewed in us again! My prayer is God could you give us a renewed hope in these last and evil days! That hope starts and ends with the person of Jesus! That’s what He does for us and for our church.

My prayer for you today is that you don’t give up hope. As I write this I can look to my left and see the dozens of workers toiling away on our new Family Life Center and Atrium expansion. There are many who gave up hope that this building would ever happen. It is happening because we have put our hope in the Savior who will keep His promises! If you have a prayer today to pray for His hope! He will help you like He has helped me to pull us out of doubt and despair to stomp on the serpents head and say to the enemy, “My hope is built on Jesus Christ alone!” Brother Paul said it this way, “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

I hope you will be here Sunday for one of our two services. Dozens found new hope in Christ at our altars last Sunday. God will be faithful to be with us again. I hope you will!

In His Blessed Hope!

Pastor Shawn

July 31, 2014

As I drove into DFC this morning it was fifty-seven degrees and raining on one of the last days of July. What a change we have had in just a few days here in Denver! It always reminds us that before we know it, the season will change and the snow will fall again. ‘Before we know it’ is a phrase that I can use with some degree of clarity and experience.

On Monday I took the day off to spend with my family and specifically, my oldest daughter, Shawna, before she returned to Nashville and Dalton, her husband. As in times past, we were reminded of the change of seasons; saying goodbye to Shawna. There are always adjustments to be made when we enter a new season of life.

‘Before you know it’ is something we all experience. New seasons bring showers of blessing and also burdens of loneliness. I am a person that resists changes. I want life and people to remain the same but as we all know, that is impossible.

There is one thing that does not change. That is the powerful and furious love of God for us! In the fall, I will be preaching on Sundays and teaching on Wednesday nights a series about God’s incredible love and grace for us! One of those Sundays, I will preach on Romans 8:31-39. Most of you know this powerful passage! You’ve heard it at funerals and in church to remind us that ‘nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’ In a world of changes and heartaches, there is this one lasting truth; Jesus Christ loves us and that never changes!

My prayer for all of us today is to live and rejoice in this truth so when we face the ‘before you know it’ moments, we can know that His love is always there for us! Embrace His love right now and begin to live for Him!

Once again I want to invite you to be with us this Sunday at 9:00 am or 10:30 am for our morning worship! We rejoice with those who were baptized new in Christ last Sunday. Let’s continue to pray for our new friends in Christ!

You are loved!

Pastor Shawn

July 6, 2014

Hero! What does it mean to call someone a hero? Here is the definition of a hero according to the dictionary: “A man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.” Many people are called heroes. On Sunday, here at DFC, we will all meet a true American hero. Dave Roever, a decorated Vietnam War hero, will be with us in our 10AM Combined Service. As I stated last Sunday morning, we had to book Dave over two years ago because of his national speaking schedule. God uses him and his story in such a powerful way that for over forty years he has spoken around the world about God taking a tragedy and using it for His glory!

We will also be honoring all current and retired military men and women that will attend Sunday morning. They also are heroes to us because of the freedom we all share here in these United States. If you know of friend, neighbor or loved one who has served or is serving in the armed forces please invite them to DFC this Sunday. They will be honored and thanked for their service to God and their country.

On a personal note Sherri and I have invited the Verbeek family to be with us here on Sunday morning. Travis and Rosie were our next door neighbors the entire time we lived and pastored in Visalia, California. On June 21, 2011, their son Jared was killed in Afghanistan while serving on duty as a military policeman. He left behind a wife and an infant son. We watched Jared grow up to be a very responsible and a courageous citizen and man. On Sunday, I will be giving Travis and Rosie the Freedom Award in honor of Jared. It will be a moment to say “Thank you,” and be inspired because of a brave young man and family.

As always, here at DFC, we will worship and proclaim the One who truly sets men and women free! Jesus Christ is the true liberator of us all. Invite someone to this special service on Sunday at 10AM. There will be a free lunch on the lawn following the service. Hope to see you Sunday!

In His Liberty!

Pastor Shawn

June 26, 2014

World Cup fever has spread across the country and the world. Last Sunday, after a two wonderful services here at DFC, I went home to relax and found myself involved in watching a soccer game for the first time. The U.S. team was battling Portugal. As we know, Portugal tied the U.S. in the final seconds of the match. As Shaden and I watched the game, I was caught up in the fever of the game. I have never really watched soccer or wanted to watch it but I now see why so many are excited about the World Cup.

The World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world. The statistics say that 715 million people watch this event that takes place every four years. That number astounded me. All over the world people are watching this game in homes and bars and stadiums and downtown city squares. Watching men kick a ball around for a couple hours. It’s amazing what captivates the hearts and minds of human beings!

Someday the Bible says, “Every eye will see Him” in Revelation 1:7; Philippians 2:10-11,”‘At the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of the Father.” We, here at DFC, claim with one voice and body that Jesus Christ is Lord; especially on Sundays. It is called worship. But someday everyone, here on earth, will bow in worship and proclaim that Jesus is King! On that day, we will have no choice because His full glory will be revealed to the whole world as conqueror and King! Some, the Bible indicates, will profess Him because they have too. Like one friend told me years ago about this passage, “I want to make sure I willingly profess Him as Lord today!”

I pray that you have already professed Jesus Christ as your Lord. If you have, you are part of the blessed blood-bought Body of Christ! What a joy to be part of the Body. If you have not, my hope and prayer and urging is that you profess Him today as your Lord. Ask Him into your heart and profess Him as Savior and you will be saved! Romans 10:9 says, “That if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved.” There is no greater life than the saved life!

Join us Sunday at 9:00am or 10:30am for worship. We, once again, will profess Him as our Lord and joyfully worship together our King Jesus! I hope to see you then!

In His Blessed Hope!

Pastor Shawn

June 19, 2014

“Showing up is 95% of life!” That was a statement that a friend of mine used to say all the time. My friend was a successful business owner and church leader. It was a statement I have thought about and even quoted many times in my own life. There are all kinds of discouragement and trials in this life but as a follower of Christ we care called to persevere. We are called to keep going and not quit!

Paul says in Galatians 5:7, “You were running a good race. Who cut in on you?” The writer of Hebrews says in 12:1, “Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.” This life is a test. It’s not a sprint. It’s a long distance race. I know and understand that so many of you might read this today and are discouraged. The enemy has thrown everything at you. Yet, you keep going and you don’t give up. You keep showing up because God has called us to run the race that He has marked out for us!

Today, an event occurred that caused some news that was personally disappointing for me and my family. It’s not a big deal in the whole scheme of life but it’s something we didn’t plan on. But I know God is good even when good things don’t happen to us. We all have a choice! We could quit showing up and say, “I give up! I’m not going to serve God anymore.” Yet, I know that God, through Christ, has blessed you and I in abundance. These trials come to strengthen our faith. We have been given so much through Jesus Christ! I want to show up and serve Him! Don’t give up my friends. Some of you are walking through major trials and yet I hear the praise of Jesus in your life! Wow! You show up and show us what it means to serve the Savior!

I read just this morning in the book of Hebrews 13:1, “Keep on loving each other.” We are in this together! Let’s pray for one another! Let’s show up at DFC this Sunday. Veritas, the singing group, will be in both services at 9AM and 10:30AM. Invite someone to DFC this Sunday. It may change their life!

In His Perseverance!

Pastor Shawn

June 10, 2014

Let me say it’s great to be home here in Denver! Our family so enjoyed our week away celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sherri’s parents. Roy and Helen Pedersen have been great sources of strength and inspiration to so many through their years of full time ministry. I believe their family has been the biggest recipient of help and encouragement.

Speaking of family, we will be welcoming a new family in the next several weeks to DFC. Dane and Teresa Mathews and their four children, Emma 15yr, Dalen 14yr, Ben 12yr, Ethan 9yr, have accepted our pastoral position of Family Life Pastor here at DFC. (This was the position that Stephen and Stephanie Abbott served in so effectively for several years before serving as senior pastors in Grand Haven, Michigan). Dane is a tremendous Shepherd-leader with over twenty years of pastoral ministry in larger churches in the Nazarene denomination. They come highly recommended by Nazarene leaders that are influential in our denomination. To say the least, we are excited to welcome this new pastoral family to DFC.

Before I close, I want to share a quote I read today in an article someone sent me recently. Tim Kellar says this in response to God’s Holiness and grace, “We are far worse than we’ve ever imagined and far more loved than we could of ever dreamed.” That struck me today as a born again believer for over thirty years now. Not to ever say that God has not cleaned us up or we are unable to walk in victory and Holiness; but the fact of the matter is, that on our best day here on earth we still fall short of God’s power and purity! It is by His grace and furious love for us that we find our hope! Don’t despair! You are loved far more than you think. Accepting and walking in His love changes and transforms us to be a proclaimer of His love for the rest of our days! Be encouraged, my friend, you are loved by me and most of all by Him!

Hope to see you Sunday for Father’s Day in either the 9AM or 10:30AM service. Bring someone with you! Every man will receive a special gift and certificate for a delicious food item!

In His Love,

Pastor Shawn

May 23, 2014

What wild weather we have in Colorado! After having several inches of snow on Mother's Day, this week we have had three consecutive days of tornado warnings! Wednesday we had a tornado warning as we were having a funeral for our longest living church member, Marvin Powell. Marvin was 103 and half when he went to Heaven on May 12th. It is somewhat an alarming feeling when you hear the sirens and understand your situation could get life threatening at any second!

As many of you know I grew up in northeast Kansas; the very heart of Tornado Alley. Almost every spring and summer the tornado sirens would blow and we would head to the basement. The siren sound these days reminds me of another warning; the warning that Jesus gives us all about His return! In Matthew 24, Jesus says a couple statements about His return. In verse 42 He says, "Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come." In verse 44 He says, "So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect." What does this all mean? It's good and bad news. It's good news for all of us who are ready for His return! It's bad news for those who are not ready. Just like these tornado warnings, it’s a life and death situation.

May I say, as a Shepherd of a wonderful congregation, live ready! We will not have a siren that goes off minutes before the Lord’s return. His word reminds us His return will be "like a thief in the night." We should live everyday as if it were the day of His return. That means we live today loving Him and loving others! If we will live in His love and love others when He does come we will be ready. We also help others be ready when we love and care for them as Christ loves and cares for us!

I do believe we live in the last days! Jesus could return at any time. Let’s be ready! One of the best ways to live ready is to continue to attend worship here at DFC. Please be with us to celebrate His love and power among us at one our two services at 9am or 10:30 am this Sunday! See you then! Keep an eye to the sky! He is coming again!

In His Power!

Pastor Shawn

May 15, 2014

God gives all of us a number of days on this earth. It’s up to us on how we spend those days. Every day is a gift! Just this last week, we here at DFC, lost a man whom God had given many days. Marvin Powell lived to be 103 and a half. He was a great man and a great Christian who lived all the days God gave him for God’s glory! Marvin lived almost 38,000 days. No matter how many days God gives us individually we are called to live them to fullest for the glory of God!

Every Sunday is special here at DFC but this Sunday we will experience a very special and important day in our history. This Sunday we are celebrating our Yes! Project Groundbreaking! We will have one combined service at 10AM. There will be many guests from our city and our architect and construction team. There will be some from our community here in Denver as they celebrate with us what has been a forty year journey to complete what God has laid on our heart as to ministry and a tool for outreach and evangelism.

What makes a special day for the community of God? I see three elements as we look to Acts 2:42-47 which give us a picture of what makes a special day for the Body of Christ! First of all, we are together. God calls us, as His people, together to celebrate. Secondly, God is at the center of our worship and focus. We give God glory for what He is doing through DFC. Finally, people are redeemed and captured for Christ and His Kingdom! It says in v.47 of Act 2, “and the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” My hope is that, even on this momentous Sunday in the history of DFC, people will surrender their hearts and lives to Jesus Christ who is our source of all that takes place at DFC.

Please be with us Sunday for our 10AM Combined Worship Service. There will be an outside ground breaking service at the conclusion of the service. It would be a great day to bring our family and friends!

To God be the glory!

Pastor Shawn

May 8, 2014

I like the simple. I sometimes like bumper stickers. I sometimes see a bumper sticker and I want to write it down but I am driving and would like not having a wreck more than I want to record the cool bumper sticker. This week I saw a very simple bumper sticker that said something like this ‘breathe in, breathe out: repeat.’ Good words for driving on a crowded highway on Monday morning. In trying to do so much sometimes it’s the simple things that are most important!

Just this morning as I was reading Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia, Paul was instructing them not to go back to their old ways of the Jewish law after they had come to freedom by trusting Christ. The people there were making things too complicated. In chapter 5:14 Paul says, ‘The entire law is summed up in a single command: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Most of the time when we get stressed out in life, it is because of somebody else. Some of you are saying, “But you don’t know my neighbor!”

I saw another bumper sticker that said ‘Love God: Love Others!’ As my District Superintendent told me, “if we, as Christians, lived out this commandment of Jesus it would change the world!” You see, I believe you and I make it too complicated. If we would really concentrate of loving God first and then loving others our lives would be much more powerful and effective and simple! If that would be our agenda every day our days would be well spent!

Well here at DFC, ‘operation loving others’ is underway as we have begun construction of the Family Life Center/Atrium. I thank you for your patience and flexibility last week and we are positively inconvenienced as we experience the Yes! Project expansion. We are doing this to reach others in our community for Christ. Sharing the good news of the gospel is the ultimate way of loving our neighbor! Thanks for being on the journey with us for proclamation of Christ’s gospel!

This Sunday is Mothers Day. All ladies present will receive a special gift from DFC. Bring and invite those special ladies in your life as we celebrate their lives! We will be back on our regular schedule of 9AM am and 10:30AM services.

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

May 1, 2014

2 Corinthians 4:8-10, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body”. Paul, the author of these sacred words, was a man who was familiar with suffering. In 2 Corinthians he details many of the hardships he had endured for the cause of Christ. Many of you are enduring hardships today and in these scriptures I believe we can see a purpose in your suffering!

I see them among us every week, the walking wounded, those of you who are going through illness or pain. Some of you have been through abuse and or emotional trauma. Others have felt the crushing blows of the loss of those closest to you. Many have endured the disappointment of career or finances. Some have walked through the tragedy of divorce or relationship disasters. Dreams shattered, bodies altered, families broken. I see you and I see Christ in you! Because as Paul said it best, “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed.” As the devil has done his worst, and then in dismay he sees you still standing and giving praise to Jesus Christ! When we are able, in the midst of all the pain, to still proclaim “to God be the glory” it defeats the enemy every time and gives hope to those of us who witness you revealing Christ in and through your suffering!

I see you every week. As I see you, I am reminded of this scripture and I will thank God for your courage and your faith that gives us all hope. So many in our congregation are going through the tough stuff of life but in Christ we see a glorious truth. We may be struck down but never destroyed! Thank you for your awesome witness of Jesus the Victor!

Here at DFC we have a great weekend planned with one service with national Christian artist Mark Schulz. Service begins at 10am. As you are aware, we are in construction mode so please be ready for new parking and entry arrangements. There will be many attendants in the parking lot to help you find a place to park and even shuttle you into the building. It’s so exciting to see what God is doing here at DFC. To God be the glory!

In His Power!

Pastor Shawn

April 17, 2014

This week I experienced something I have observed many times in my life; a family going through the sudden loss of a loved one. He was a father, a husband, and grandfather; the patriarch of his family. He was loved and will be missed. The family was grieving! But where there might have been panic, there was the joy of realizing he was home with the Lord. To the unbelieving world this an absurd hope! To us who believe it is the hope of the Living Savior!

Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 4 “We do not grieve as those who have no hope.” I saw a family grieve but in their grief they have hope and so do we. Why? It is because of what we celebrate this Sunday. We celebrate a risen and living Savior! Just this morning in my Bible study, I read Paul’s proclamation in 1 Corinthians 15:14 “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is our faith.” We do not have a futile faith. We have a faith that believes in His resurrection and our eternal life in Him. This is the reason why this Sunday is so important to us here at DFC.

I hope you are planning on joining us here at DFC this weekend. Beginning with a family friendly ‘Good Friday’ service at 6:30 pm, we will share communion together in a significant and meaningful way. On Saturday, our families will enjoy our annual Eggstravaganza here at DFC from 1:00-2:30 for children ages birth through sixth grade. Sunday morning Easter services will be our regular times; 9:00 and 10:30 am. We have a very special service planned for you and your friends and family (every first time visitor will receive tickets to the movie Heaven Is For Real). I am praying you are reaching out now and this weekend to bring someone with you to DFC. This may be the weekend for your friend(s) to find the hope we have in the Risen Christ! I hope you will be here with us!

In His Risen Power!

Pastor Shawn

April 11, 2014

As I look out on this Thursday morning from my office here at DFC, I see a whole lot of activity. The parking lot is full of people coming and going. We have a group from Denver Public School District here on site. Our own DFC senior choir is gathering to go out and minister in our community. There are the usual number of staff and members coming and going at this very busy place. Not to mention thousands of cars that continue to rumble up and down Hampden. As I observe this familiar scene I realize things are about to look a whole lot different and even busier around Denver First Church!

As we know, we have been blessed to receive the go-ahead for our Yes! Building Project. Hundreds of DFC members and others have pledged over 5 million dollars over the next three years for the Yes! Project. We have received over a million to date! What some of you may not know or some of you may have heard is that we are going to begin our building of the Family Life Center and Atrium very shortly. As a matter of fact, by the first of May we will see and feel the changes! Some parts of our structure will be changing forever!

This Sunday, in both services, we will be letting you know how these changes will affect all of us during the Yes! Project building phase. My encouragement to all of us is that we don’t get deterred or discouraged from attending church while the building is under construction but continue to stay faithful and invite friends and family to come and participate in what God is doing here at DFC. As some who have heard about some of the changes have remarked, “This is so exciting.” I want to encourage all of us to keep a positive attitude as we experience what God is doing to grow His Kingdom with us here in Denver! We get to be a part of it!!

As with any expansion there will be challenges but the challenges result in a whole new ministry that will reach our families and other families here in Denver. We are looking forward to telling you on Sunday about the things that are up ahead for the glory of God!

Hope to see you this Palm Sunday in one of our two morning services at either 9:00 or 10:30.

The best is yet to come!

Pastor Shawn

April 11, 2014

This week I experienced something I have observed many times in my life; a family going through the sudden loss of a loved one. He was a father, a husband and grandfather; the patriarch of his family. He was loved and will be missed. The family was grieving! But where there might have been panic, there was the joy of realizing he was home with the Lord. To the unbelieving world this an absurd hope! To us who believe, it is the hope of the Living Savior!

Paul says in 1 Thessalonians 4, “We do not grieve as those who have no hope.” I saw a family grieve but in their grief they have hope and so do we. Why? It is because of what we celebrate this Sunday. We celebrate a risen and living Savior! Just this morning in my Bible study, I read Paul’s proclamation in 1 Corinthians 15:14, “If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is our faith.” We do not have a futile faith. We have a faith that believes in His resurrection and our eternal life in Him. This is the reason why this Sunday is so important to us here at DFC.

I hope you are planning on joining us here at DFC this weekend. Beginning with a family friendly Good Friday Service at 6:30pm as we will share communion together in a significant and meaningful way. On Saturday, our families will enjoy our annual Eggstravaganza here at DFC from 1:00-2:30pm for children ages birth through fourth grade. Sunday Easter services will be at our regular times: 9:00am Modern and 10:30am with Blended with Choir & Orchestra. We have a very special service planned for you and your friends and family (Every first time visitor will receive tickets to the new movie Heaven Is For Real). I am praying that you are reaching out now and this weekend to bring someone with you to DFC. This may be the weekend for your friend(s) to find the hope we have in the Risen Christ! I hope you will be here with us!

In His Risen Power!

Pastor Shawn

April 5, 2014

What does success look like? I’m sure that we all have different pictures of what success may look like. We sometimes see our world differently which may paint a picture for us personally of what success may be. This week I had the opportunity to share a meal with someone who has experienced a high level of success in this life. I enjoyed learning what made him be the successful person he is today.

As I sat and listened to this person and his life story, I heard three key foundations that made this person successful.

1) Hard work! There is no substitute for sweat equity. Even though this person could easily sit back and retire, he still shows up for work every day. I had another successful friend years ago who said ‘90% of life showing up.’ When we practice a strong work ethic it usually yields good results. Those that work hard know that nothing comes easy. A persistent pattern of working hard and smart means producing bottom line results, which in turn produces a harvest of what other’s need and desire. In a world where we see many people who do not want to work but instead receive benevolent breaks, those that dare to have an old fashioned work ethic will experience success.

2)We give away as we receive! In this successful person’s life, he understands how God has blessed and therefore gives back to God and his fellow man! Most of us understand the blessing of God. We are thankful and a thankful hearts gives back to spread the blessing! There is no greater way to live! Here at DFC we have hundreds of families that for years have given back a portion what God has given them. They would never think of keeping all for themselves! Jesus said this in Luke 6:38 “There is so much blessing and joy in giving to God and others!” I could tell in this person’s life that his greatest joy has come in the form of helping others. The generosity of his life has reached so many. That is a successful life!

3)The glory goes to God! At the end of it all, there is an awareness of God’s power and gifting in this person’s life. God doesn’t shower down success on us by His sheer power and will. We must step up and do things in this life to be successful while always acknowledging that it is in His strength and the glory goes to Jesus Christ. It is folly to believe we did it all by ourselves. At the end of our life we say “thanks be to God”. He receives the glory.

I carry in my sermon folder an obituary I found in the paper many years ago while living in Visalia, California. It is the story of Richard B. Seymour, M.D.Ph.D., a very successful doctor; a man I never knew. The obituary told of all the success he had in his life and all the good things he did for his community and for others. In the final paragraph of the lengthy obituary it says that on his 84th birthday he was asked what wisdom he would share with others based on his many years of experience and success. He responded ‘for not by works, but by grace are ye saved.’ That is true success!

We hope to see you in one of our two services on Sunday morning at DFC! We have been experiencing God’s grace and anointing in a powerful way!

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn

March 28, 2014

There is an old gospel song that says, “I have decided to follow Jesus!” This song speaks to one of man’s greatest gifts from God; that is God has given all of us free choice. When God created us He gave us the ability to choose whether to believe in Him, and to serve Him or not. It really is a wonderful gift. It is the gift of freedom.

In most of our lives God presses us into a decision of choosing to follow Him or not to follow Him. In most every life, this decision is precipitated by crisis. Things happen in our life that causes us to feel that we need help and guidance; even those we trust most in this world, cannot give it.

As many know my story, my crisis came on a late Saturday night in the summer of 1983. I was 18 years old and was with my best friend Chip Millhuff, whose father is a well know evangelist. As the old sitcom theme song says, “We was up to no good” that night. We were prodigals experiencing ‘wild living.’ At about 2am, a feeling of despair hit me that was overwhelming. In my young life, I had moments of despair with my mom and dad’s break up about three years before this, but this feeling was a mixture of powerful grief, loneliness and fear. I had been around people of God over the last couple of years and I recognized this as conviction from God. I mean, this feeling hit me like a laser beam from Heaven. I told Chip that I was tired of living like this and that I was leaving. Since he was driving he knew he had to drive us home. My best friend and I spent the rest of the night talking about life and about a decision that we were going to have to make. As many know the story, it was about 30 hours after this that he and I made the choice to follow Jesus Christ!

This decision was the best decision I have ever made! My friend, Chip, is now an adolescent psychiatrist and a strong man of God who helps so many people. A choice to follow Christ is a choice that, not only affects you, but it can affect so many others! We all have a choice to make.

THIS SUNDAY AT DFC I will be delivering a message that will call all of us to evaluate have we made this decision of choosing to follow Christ or not! This would be a great Sunday to invite and encourage your family and friends to join you at DFC for either our 9:00am or 10:30am service. Of all the opportunities of our community of faith offers, I feel that times like these are of the most important. Won’t you prayerfully consider inviting someone to join you Sunday? It may be the best day of their life! Let’s choose to follow Jesus!

In His Amazing Grace!

Pastor Shawn

March 21, 2014

Annually I have the opportunity to serve on a credentials board for the Colorado Nazarene District. Our role on this board is to interview, encourage and direct potential ministers in the church of Jesus Christ. This gives me the opportunity to sit and observe how God is calling men and women of all ages and backgrounds to preaching and leading ministry. Every year I come away amazed and excited at how God continues to call people to serve Him in this dark world!

The week of these meetings always sets me back because of our busy schedule. Yet I left Wednesday afternoon reminded of the calling in all of our lives! The men and women who sit on this board with me are seasoned ministers with decades of experience in the local church. As we listened to how God has called some of these people, many of them out of lucrative and safe careers, to a full time commitment to preach and lead churches (small and large), we often find ourselves passing the Kleenexes around. It excites me even as I think about today!

As many of you know, one of my favorite scriptures is Matthew 11:12 ‘the Kingdom of God has been forcefully advancing and forceful men lay hold of it’. Jesus was referencing John the Baptist; a man that probably many denominations would not have ordained as one of their pastors, yet we still talk about him today. He took hold of the Kingdom with the zeal and the gifts that God had instilled in Him. He paved the way for the Lord’s work!

I lovingly challenge you to take hold of the Kingdom in the way that God is leading you. Most of you are not called to full time ministry but all of us are called to lay hold of the Kingdom right where we live and work. What’s your story of God’s grace and deliverance in your life? Does anyone around you know it? Does your family, co-workers and neighbors? People love to hear a story!

In my Wednesday night Bible study this week, eighty-seven year old Paul Noe who is a patriarch in our church, gave his testimony of God’s sanctifying work in his life. In Paul’s marvelous Oklahoma drawl, he told the group of nearly forty in that room how God, almost sixty years ago, touched and filled him with the Holy Ghost! In that room there were young men and women who needed to hear how God fills and cleanses us with His powerful Spirit! Paul laid hold of the Kingdom for many in that room. I was encouraged in my own life to believe once again that God can set apart and fill us with His power so we can lay hold of His Kingdom here on earth until Jesus comes! How are you laying hold of the Kingdom for Christ sake?

Please be with us this Sunday as I continue in our pre- Easter series “Intersections”. Bring somebody with you. It might be the best day of their life!

In His Power!

Pastor Shawn

March 7, 2014

I was asked the question this week, that in my opinion, may have been one of the most important questions I have ever been asked. The person who asked it was a person I trust and count on for Spiritual and life direction. The question was something like this, “What would you want the hallmark of your ministry to be?” I interpreted the question to be, “What’s most important to you as a pastor and as a person who has been called into the preaching ministry? What would you like to be remembered for when your time in ministry here on earth is over?” Yes, this was a big question. It was a question that shapes my life and the way I lead DFC.

What should I or we as a church, or as a group of people who have been transformed by the grace of Jesus Christ, be all about? My answer is Kingdom! We should be people who are focused on promoting the Kingdom by promoting the King whose name is Jesus Christ! We promote in many different ways but mainly by living a life that is different than others here on earth by loving the King and loving and truly caring for others as we come in contact with them in this dark world!

Jesus said in Matthew 11:12, “The Kingdom of God has been forcefully advancing and forceful men (women) lay hold of it.” Jesus was all about His Kingdom having impact on the world in which He loved! How are you and I laying hold of His Kingdom while we are here on earth? If asked, this is what I would like all of us as the church (ekklesia) to be about. The ekklesia is the word that is used in the New Testament for what we know today as the ‘church’. Translated, the word ‘ekklesia’ literally means a purposeful gathering of people. We are the purposeful gathering of people called by His name to have impact. How are we having impact for His Kingdom in our life and in our church?

May I respectfully ask you, “What you are laying hold of in your life?” If it’s not His Kingdom you are not living a life of purpose. The Kingdom of God is here within us. So in our everyday life may we lay hold of the Kingdom by loving the King and loving and caring for others in the King’s name and for His purpose!

So if someone asks you, “How do you want to be remembered?” Remember the King and His Kingdom! How are we laying hold of it in our lives? Let’s continue to be part of the Kingdom-movement in this world. It’s the most exciting and fulfilling life we could ever live!

Please join us on Sunday as we together lay hold of what God has for us together as people called together on purpose!

In His purpose!

Pastor Shawn

February 20, 2014

I really look forward to Sundays; that time of the week we gather with other followers of Jesus for inspiration and encouragement. I find that seven days is a long time in between these moments of connection or inspiration. So I have decided to take notice of those times in my week when I see God working; to see that He is ‘on duty’ in my life and loves me.

This week I had a moment when I thought “God you sent that for me!” I was listening to Pastor Greg Lurie on 89.7 FM; a mega church pastor known for his ‘harvest crusades’ where thousands have been saved and helped through his dynamic preaching. Pastor Greg was teaching on the passage in Number 6:24-26; called the ‘priestly blessing’. In verse 25 in NLT it says ‘may the Lord smile on you.’ Pastor Greg shared how we may have people in our lives, that if we’re honest, when we see them coming our way we may say “Oh no, not them.” We may love them but they could be challenging, and possibly, as Pastor Greg stated ‘a pain in our life’ (or another translation would be our ‘back-side’). Pastor Greg points out through this scripture that when God sees us He doesn’t think ‘oh brother here comes Shawn again!’ No, the God of the universe, when He thinks about us and sees us, He smiles! Wow! As I drove along I-25 and the truth of God’s word sunk in, I realized God not only loves us but He likes us! I’m sure that not everyone who sees me coming thinks ‘Oh I want to talk to him!’ But God does!!

To me it’s much like when I see my son or daughters coming into a room, or I see them at an event, my heart smiles. Remember, beloved, we are His children and He smiles and turns His face towards us when we come into His presence! Much like the prodigal story, we may even be soiled from the sins of this world; He’s still going to embrace us with His mercy and grace; simply because He doesn’t want to spend one more moment without us!

As I drove along with a lump in my throat, I thought about the fact that sometimes I think God must be tired of me. I know He loves me, but at times doesn’t He tire of me; my attitude, my selfishness, and my lack of faith? The truth is that He delights in our seeking Him. He delights in our presence. Oh my friend, can you sense His smile today? Go to Him realizing you need to spend time with Him. Realize that He is smiling on you today! As David Crowder sings ‘Oh how He loves you and me!’

Sunday appears to be a day of God’s power and presence here at DFC. Be with us if you can and bring a friend! Let’s sense the smile of God as His children worship Him together!

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

February 14, 2014

I just witnessed true freedom. One of our great children’s workers, Lauren Steitle, often spends time here at church planning and working with our children’s staff. This morning as I came up the ramp from the breezeway I encountered Lauren and her daughter Aria. Aria is two years old but talks like she is five. I stopped to wait on them as well as to observe my friend Aria, because she always has something to do or say that brings joy to my heart. She did not disappoint. As they rounded the corner, Aria saw me and then realized she was standing at the top of the ramp. Without hesitation she said, “Ready, set go!” She proceeded to fly down the incline with all the joy and freedom of a two year old. I told her mom that someday I am going to do that!

As I thought about Aria, I reflected on the concept of true freedom; to be free to enjoy life the way God intended. Let’s face it, some of us need more joy and freedom. As one seasoned Christian admitted to me last Sunday, they had been missing the true joy of living for Christ! Where does that joy come from? In regards to salvation and His Kingdom, Jesus said to us in Matthew 18:3, “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” So how can you and I experience the freedom and joy of running down a hill (at our advanced age!)?

Freedom is the key to Aria’s joy as well as to all children that possess the joy of this life. Aria’s mom was at the top of the hill cheering her on. As a matter of fact, Aria could have fallen but her mother knew that if she fell, she would be there in a second to pick her up and tell her, “I am always here for you!” You know what that is called? It’s called knowing you are loved! Love sets us free or at least it should!

Children, if raised in a loving environment, have true joy. Jesus is saying because you are loved as my children, you can enjoy life and have incredible freedom! How I long to experience the true sense of His joy because He loves me! His love should set us free. Why do you and I live in cages of doubt and fear? Because at the center of it we have forgotten or doubted His love for us! Never forget how much He loves you and me! John Chapter 3 says, “For God so loved _____!” (your name inserted here)

Jesus said in John 10, “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.” I don’t believe Jesus just meant Heaven. His perfect love in our lives is to be set free by the power of His Spirit in us! This is incredible power! It is power to love and live in a dark world as victorious instrument of His grace! Let us live in true freedom and joy today!

We have been experiencing the power of His presence in both of our services at 9:00 and 10:30 on Sunday mornings. Won’t you join us this week?

In His Joy!

Pastor Shawn

February 7, 2014

Wow! That’s what we have all been saying as we go outside. We, in Denver and all around the country, have been going through an incredible cold snap. It’s extremely cold. This is the extreme part of the winter. As I drove to the church I noticed the temperature on the dash was 8 degrees. Yet, as I just looked at the long range forecast, tomorrow is suppose to be a high of 44 degrees. Proof to me the extremes don’t stay around forever.

The last few weeks we, at DFC, have been walking with people through some extreme times of heartache and pain. These are times when the unknown and the known cause people to live in great sorrow and sometimes anxiety. There are times in my soul I say, “God how much can these people take?” Every week I get a note or have conversation with someone going through an extreme time. Most of the time what I see, what I sense, and what I hear is a testimony from a faithful child of God that even though it’s really tough they know God and the church is with them!

There is a song on the radio with lyrics of a husband telling his wife, “God gave me you for the ups and downs.” There is a purpose to having a church family and, of course, having a faith in Christ. They help us get through the extremes of life. As a matter of fact, I have seen those with no faith or no connection to the Body and how they deal with the extremes. It’s not pretty. They turn to other ways of coping with life’s natural extremes. Often these ways of coping are dangerous and can be fatal emotionally, spiritually and even physically!

Paul writes about this in II Corinthians 4:17-18. I do confess that sometimes what is taking place in the extreme doesn’t seem ‘light or momentary.’ But when we have an eternal perspective things do seem to take on a different perspective. The old saying is true “this too shall pass.” Extremes don’t last forever. Someone commented on the scripture from last week’s message, “Why worry about tomorrow?” Not easy to live out but when we do, God can make today a blessing! My heart goes out to those going through an extreme time. Stay close to the Savior and to the church. Many have been where you are right now. They will tell you this will pass. It’s going to warm up and get better!

Let me encourage you to be with us for some very exciting times to connect with God and others. This Saturday is the Men’s Breakfast at 8am in the Fellowship Hall, Sunday Morning Services at 9am & 10:30am and Yes! Project Reveal on Sunday Night at 6pm. Then next Wednesday night at 7pm, I begin a new bible study on the “Forgotten God” series and all men and women are invited. God is with us when are together! Bring a friend with you so they also can connect with God and us!

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn

January 31, 2014

It seems that many times, when I am at the high point of Hampden heading west to come to church and I see the DFC cross with the background of the snow covered Rockies, I am inspired. Well, today was such a day. I was thinking about the season of loss that we have walked through here at DFC. Over this last year, and especially the last few months, many of our faith community have graduated onto glory. This past week was no exception. We lost David Kelley, Eugene Beyers, Sr. and most recently Ruth Martin. I was thinking about Ruth and how much we are going to miss her in the choir and in our church. As I was thinking about her, a song came on the radio from Jeremy Camp entitled ‘There will be a day.’ That’s when things got misty for me in the car. I actually wondered what the car next to me thought as I was wiping tears from my eyes.

Before I talk to you about the song let me talk to you about Ruth. She is a lady that is almost eighty but acts like she’s maybe 60. Ruth is a worshiper of Jesus! Many times during 2nd service Sherri and I would turn to each other and say, “Look at Ruth in the choir”. Her hands raised in praise, often moving to the flow of the song and always a huge smile of praise on her face. You could just tell this lady loves Jesus and she wants us to join her in praising Him!

As a pastor we need the Ruth’s of this world. Let me be blunt. (I guess you have no choice) so many times, we in the church (myself included), are so opinionated about the church. We are so vocal about the way things should go and how we should do things in the church; especially when it comes to the music and the choir. It’s one of the challenges of leading a diverse church. Ruth was a senior adult and a leader by way of example to so many of us here at DFC. She could weather the changes in the worship through the years. We have had changes in leadership and music styles and all the things that go together in this subject of worship and music. Ruth, through it all by example, let it be known she was just going to keep praising the Lord! When she saw Jesus face to face I’m sure she didn't ask Him, “Do you sing hymns and choruses here?” Oh how I will miss her in the choir this Sunday. Already we hear the stories of people saying how they will miss Ruth. Please pray for her family as they feel the loss most deeply!

Well, this song comes on the radio. I've heard it before but the words come alive. Here are some of the lyrics:

There will be a day with no more tears, no more pain, and no more fears

There will be a day when the burdens of this place, will be no more, we'll see Jesus face to face

I can't wait until that day where the very one I've lived for always will wipe away the sorrow that I've faced

To touch the scars that rescued me from a life of shame and misery this is why, this is why I sing.

These are words of reality not fantasy. Someday we will see Jesus face to face. There will be Ruth in the Heavenly choir with raised hands and a face full of the joy of Jesus. There are days, like today, that I can’t wait to see Him who saved me by His grace. Oh my friends, make sure you are ready for that day!

This Sunday looks like a day that God is going to overwhelm us with His Presence. Do your best to be with us to honor our Lord and join with others on the same journey to give Him praise!

Hope to see you!

Pastor Shawn

January 23, 2014

Reflecting back on last Sunday, I’m sure we would all agree that one of the main things that stood out was the sea of Bronco colors! It is such an exciting time to live in Denver! But I want to point out something else I noticed; the great time of worship and the number of people at our altar in both services; so many seeking personal Holiness. Yet of course the day was definitely influenced by the fervor of Bronco nation.

I have never lived in a city where their pro-football team was headed to the Super Bowl. As one Nazarene pastor texted me on Sunday, ‘Welcome to the madness of a Super Bowl city!’ It’s going to be fun to see and experience all the hype and excitement surrounding the most-watched sporting event in the world. Even though as some know, the Broncos have been a rival and on the winning side of my native land the KC Chiefs, I am still going to enjoy and observe these days leading up to Super Sunday.

It is way too easy for any pastor to rail on his congregation for putting too much emphasis on a ‘game’, especially when that pastor’s team did not make ‘The Game’. But I do want to take advantage of this time to encourage us to be reminded of the real ‘Game’! Jesus said ‘Go and make disciples’. Denver needs more zeal for His Kingdom and His message than it needs for the Broncos to be successful.

On Saturday morning at 8:30, I am encouraging you and yours to join us at DFC. We are going to ‘go’ into our neighborhood and Denver and be His witnesses! I just read this morning in Acts 1:8 ‘you will be my witnesses’. This will be our second mission Saturday where we will spend just a few hours being His witness in hopes of reaching out to our community. Perhaps through our acts of kindness, they may know our Savior. I believe it will not only help our community, it will help us as well! Hope to see you on Saturday at 8:30. Several mission/serving opportunities are planned for you to choose.

I also want to express my zeal and concern to see you and your family and friends (known as Oikos)at DFC at one of the two services on Sunday morning 9:00 or 10:30. The Bible reminds us in Hebrews 10:25 ‘do not forsake the assemblying of ourselves together.’ We are called to be together. In the last few weeks I have been with other pastors of churches of similar sizes, and almost all of them expressed the trend that Christians are attending worship services less frequently. As a parent of two busy teenagers, I understand all the areas that compete with this slot. I get it - we are all busy! But we all need to be together as much as possible. As your pastor and friend, do your best to be with us! I believe you and yours will be better equipped and inspired for the real ‘game’! Hope to see you soon!

In His Amazing Hope!

Pastor Shawn

January 3, 2014

I remember where I was and what I was doing on January 28, 1986. I was on campus at Mid America Nazarene College. It was my junior year and I was going into the campus gym when I heard over the radio the breaking news report that the Space Shuttle Challenger had just exploded 71 seconds after lift-off in Florida. It was a moment that most Americans would have remembered. I remember thinking, as many were thinking, we need and want to hear what President Reagan will say in response to this tragedy. Later that day, President Ronald Reagan gave one of the most eloquent and moving speeches in regards to the brave seven astronauts that lost their life in service to their country. It was a time in history that we hung on every word that our leader spoke!

Words are powerful when they are spoken by people who have influence and credibility. It would be an understatement to say that Jesus has influence and credibility to us. He has that and so much more. So in 2014, we should listen, learn and follow His words given to us through His Word! Sunday, I begin a series entitled ‘Words to Live By!’ These are taken from the greatest sermon every spoken by the greatest person who ever walked this earth! If we will live by and honor these words, I promise you will have a year of purpose and power in 2014 like you have never experienced. I believe Jesus meant for us to literally follow and obey these words spoken from the mountainside to ordinary people like you and me.

Many this week are making New Year commitments to improve their life. The best commitment we could make is to unequivocally follow Jesus and His words like never before. We, here at DFC, have seen incredible obedience in 2013 towards the King and His Kingdom. To every one of you I say thank you! You will not regret your sacrifice and commitment to the King and His Kingdom! What a way to live! What great words to follow! Let’s keep following Him together!

This Sunday, we are back on regular schedule with our 9:00am and 10:30am service times. God is going to be there! Won’t you join Him and us?

In His Power!

Pastor Shawn

December 20, 2013

“He is coming in today! His plane lands at 9:35.” This was the conversation I had this morning with Shawna, my oldest daughter, about her husband Dalton. We have been anticipating his arrival. This is the season of anticipation. Whether it’s the arrival of friends and family or the special concert or drama at church we are anticipating. Maybe it’s a special party that you have been looking forward to. For many, especially the kids, the anticipation of Christmas morning or whenever we might gather to open gifts in celebration of Jesus; we are in anticipation!

One of the most emotional texts in all of God’s word is in the very last chapter of the book of Revelation; the incredible writing and prophecy that was given to John. These are the very last words of the Holy book. Revelation 22:20 says, “He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes I am coming soon.’ Amen come Lord Jesus!’” This was more than a good way to end the book it was a dialogue between two friends! One is the King of Kings the other is a man who knew this King as an earthly friend and His closest follower! Can you hear the yearning the cry of the heart for Jesus to come again?

We have tried through this advent season to proclaim Jesus’ first coming while also proclaiming and anticipating His second coming. The older I get the more I am with John in saying “Come Lord Jesus.” John was sent to live his last days on the island of Patmos. This was a penal colony the Romans had set up for those who, of course, broke the law of preaching this message of hope about Jesus Christ. I am sure they needed to get John tucked away on the island to make sure the message dies there with him on Patmos. Two thousand years later I am writing a message about John and His Savior and our Savior. This Savior who we anticipate could come again at any time! You cannot hide or smother or kill the message of Jesus. Why? Because it’s true! Jesus says in Matthew 24, “My words will never pass away.”

So, to my friends and fellow journey men and women, we move forward. We look forward to this Christmas Sunday and our two services at 9:00am or 10:30am. We look forward to the DFC evening drama performances this weekend. We look forward to Christmas Eve service at 5:00pm on Tuesday. We look forward to Christmas Day and celebrating His first coming. However, let’s peek forward to that day when Jesus makes all things right again! Anticipating that day when we will see Him face to face. Max Lucado, in his writing, says he believes the shout of God on that day will be ‘no more’. In Revelation 21:4, “There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.” I say, “Amen! Come Lord Jesus!”

We hope to see you and yours this weekend and Christmas Eve!

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn

December 13, 2013

At DFC today, we are hosting a funeral for a young EMS officer who died while on duty. His name is Brian Schimpf. He was only 33 years of age. As I sit and watch the sad arrival of all kinds of ambulances and other emergency medical vehicles and personnel I am reflecting on how important these people are to our society. Would you please say a prayer for Brian’s family and a prayer for all these important people who are so vital to our city?

This event has me, once again, reflecting on how vital our church is to our community. I am a person who has always searched for a good reason for anything I am doing. Several years ago Senior Pastor Rick Warren, of the mega church Saddleback in Southern California, wrote a book entitled The Purpose Driven Life. People, especially in the church, were amazed at the broad appeal this book had on many. What was so amazing was how the secular world read the book. I remember watching Pastor Rick on Larry King’s show on CNN being interviewed on how popular the book had become in the mainstream of America.

My conclusion is that almost everyone wants to have their life matter. Most everyone wants to live a fulfilling life and wants and needs to have purpose in their life. As I look at these mostly young men and women filing into DFC to honor Brian’s courageous and purposeful life, I wonder if you feel like you have purpose. I wonder if the people driving by on Hampden see this church and say that church serves a vital purpose to our community.

Jesus said in Matthew 16, “For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.” I believe Jesus is speaking directly to living a life of purpose and meaning. Until we find our meaning in Christ we will keep searching for this purpose and coming up empty. You and I find our purpose in living a full life in Christ! Our church finds its full purpose by being a life-giving church that brings God’s hope to so many.

Lately there have been many who have just driven by our church and decided to give us a try. Our church still attracts the lonely and the lost by just being here! People are still searching and finding that saying yes to Christ gives us real purpose and meaning! I am glad God has given us such a mission to Denver and beyond. How about you my friend? Have you found your life in Christ by ‘losing’ to Him? Losing to Jesus is the ultimate victory!

Join us Saturday night for the Lincoln Brewster concert and then of course on Sunday for two dynamic services at 9:00am and 10:30am.

Hope to see you soon!

In His Purpose!

Pastor Shawn

December 6, 2013

Have you gone outside since Tuesday? Wow, it’s cold! I just dropped my son off at school and I’ve never seen my car thermometer ever register such a cold outside temperature. It has a negative in front of the temperature. One side note that I shouldn’t say but I will… Who is the guy that decides whether or not the schools are going to be open? Is he an Eskimo? I actually saw children running along the side of the road trying to get someplace warm on the way to school this morning. As a parent, I just wanted to say that our kids safety should come first. Since Monday our temperature had dropped 75 degrees in some portions of Denver. What a dramatic change!

I will be honest, I don’t like dramatic change! Maybe it’s my age or time of life but when things change in my life I’m upset. I couldn’t find my leather gloves yesterday and yelled at my kids about it until I realized I had already put them in my car. (I will help pay for their counseling someday). Anyway, is there anyone that is going through some unseen incredible changes in your life? Could we not say, “God, did you see this coming?” “God, how I am going to deal with this change?” “God, are you still with me?” “God, do you care about me?”

The older I get, the simpler the questions are and yet the questions are much deeper. I also believe the answers are much simpler but require a much deeper faith. I remember a question asked of a well-known Christian singer of days gone by. The question was about faith in this life. The answer that was given by this well-known, older, Christian singer was profound. He answered their question like this: “This is what I know, Jesus loves me, and the Bible tells me so!” Someone might say, is that it? Is that all we can say about life’s dramatic and painful changes?

Jesus in John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him.” Can you find yourself in that scripture? I believe we are ‘whoever.’ We believe that He does love us! That He did send His Son to die for us! That He does not condemn us! That He is with us through the presence of His Holy Spirit! Drop the mic, done, end of story!

So the temperature plummets! Life dramatically changes. But God does not! He is with us. We walk with Him and each other. We are not alone! We, here at DFC, love you and walk with you through cold and dark days! Be with us, as you can, during these short and cold days of the winter. Spring will be here soon and so will our Savior! Until He comes, let’s keep living and learning together about the One thing we can count on. He loves you and me!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

November 29, 2013

We can officially say it now, “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!” I’m sure many of us are recovering from the Thanksgiving meal. If you are like me, a good walk would help me feel better about the indulgence of yesterday. In the spirit of Thanksgiving let me express to you how thankful we are, as pastor and staff, for a congregation that has indeed stepped up to the challenge of the harvest and continued disciples for Christ through the Yes! Project. There has never been a Christmas season that we, as the DFC body, have ever had more to be thankful for and also more to look forward to as we plan to break ground on our building in the coming months!

Late last winter, I remember our family had driven to Kansas City to watch Shayli participate in a large volleyball tournament. We were driving home on I-70 and we were about 50 miles out of town. We had crossed over into the metro area where you could almost see the lights of Denver. I began to see the skiffs of snow that in about 15 miles turned into a fairly large and treacherous journey. It took us a four times the amount of time to creep home in the snowstorm.

In so many, here at DFC, we have crossed over to the land of promise. We all need to be reminded that even though we are closer than ever to where we have dreamed and envisioned, there is still more land to be taken. In the book of Numbers in Chapter 13, Moses sends out some scouts to view the land that God had promised the Israelites. They reported back that there were big obstacles that would stand in their way. Numbers 13:32 says, “All the people we saw there are of great size.” Essentially, they were saying there were giants in the land.

Sometimes in life, when you seem to be getting to the goal or the place you so longed for, you see an obstacle. My wife, Sherri, will often say to me when we experience an obstacle up ahead, “that’s just life.” If you are experiencing an enemy-planned-giant in your life, know this: the giant slayer, Jesus Christ, is with you! His promise is to walk with you and help us through the days ahead. God’s promise is still true whether it be our church and the promise of an expanded ministry space or maybe a trial of giant proportions in your life or the life of your family. The God who promised us the promise land will also help us go and conquer the giants that stand in the way. Paul shouts in Romans 8:37, “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”

I invite you to be with us this Sunday as we launch into our Advent season. Our service times are 9:00am and 10:30am. Hope to see you at DFC.

In His Power!

Pastor Shawn

November 22, 2013

Have you gone outside since Tuesday? Wow, it’s cold! I just dropped my son off at school and I’ve never seen my car thermometer ever register such a cold outside temperature. It has a negative in front of the temperature. One side note that I shouldn’t say but I will… Who is the guy that decides whether or not the schools are going to be open? Is he an Eskimo? I actually saw children running along the side of the road trying to get someplace warm on the way to school this morning. As a parent, I just wanted to say that our kids safety should come first. Since Monday our temperature had dropped 75 degrees in some portions of Denver. What a dramatic change!

I will be honest, I don’t like dramatic change! Maybe it’s my age or time of life but when things change in my life I’m upset. I couldn’t find my leather gloves yesterday and yelled at my kids about it until I realized I had already put them in my car. (I will help pay for their counseling someday). Anyway, is there anyone that is going through some unseen incredible changes in your life? Could we not say, “God, did you see this coming?” “God, how I am going to deal with this change?” “God, are you still with me?” “God, do you care about me?”

The older I get, the simpler the questions are and yet the questions are much deeper. I also believe the answers are much simpler but require a much deeper faith. I remember a question asked of a well-known Christian singer of days gone by. The question was about faith in this life. The answer that was given by this well-known, older, Christian singer was profound. He answered their question like this: “This is what I know, Jesus loves me, and the Bible tells me so!” Someone might say, is that it? Is that all we can say about life’s dramatic and painful changes?

Jesus in John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world but to save the world through Him.” Can you find yourself in that scripture? I believe we are ‘whoever.’ We believe that He does love us! That He did send His Son to die for us! That He does not condemn us! That He is with us through the presence of His Holy Spirit! Drop the mic, done, end of story!

So the temperature plummets! Life dramatically changes. But God does not! He is with us. We walk with Him and each other. We are not alone! We, here at DFC, love you and walk with you through cold and dark days! Be with us, as you can, during these short and cold days of the winter. Spring will be here soon and so will our Savior! Until He comes, let’s keep living and learning together about the One thing we can count on. He loves you and me!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

November 15, 2013

There is a popular country western song that was written a few years ago entitled ‘Don’t Blink’. The song describes an old man at his 100 year old Birthday day party. He is asked if there is any advice about life he could impart to others on his 100th birthday. His advice was “don’t blink.” Life speeds by!

For Sherri and I, this last week was a “don’t blink” week. Please indulge me for a moment of personal reflection. My experience may give us perspective on how we can live this ‘don’t blink’ life with purpose!

Last night we attended my 16 year old daughter Shayli’s high school volleyball banquet. For the second year, the 5A Continental conference selected Shayli to be on the All-league team; this year it was First Team. She was also voted MVP by her team. To say the least, we are overwhelmed with joy for her. The “don’t blink” moment happened when the seniors took their last picture together. As tearful parents took pictures, I realized next year this would be us! I am not ready! We have had so much fun watching her and her teammates play together. The problem is I can’t do anything about it! Time marches on!

The other “don’t blink’ moment was last Saturday. It happened to be Shaden’s last football game of the season. When he was in third grade he came to me and asked if he could play tackle football. Always being a rough and tumble boy, we were not surprised he was headed this direction. However, after playing tackle football all the way through four years of college, I wanted him to wait until 5th or 6th grade. But he was ready to go. So I asked the coach if I could assist him and thus began a six year journey of football in the fall. I spent four days a week in practice but especially enjoyed Saturdays; watching and coaching my only son play the game that got me through college. Being part of his life as he played football has become a spiritual experience. It has been one of our greatest outreaches into our community for Christ. Right now over a dozen of his teammates and some of their families are attending DFC services! It’s our mission field!

Well Shaden had a good year. He received the most votes for captain by his teammates. We lost last week’s game by one point. We needed to win to continue in the playoffs. The boys were very upset. I had anticipated this moment for a couple years now. I would never be his coach again. This was the last time I would be on the field with him in the game we both love. I thought I would fall apart. I maintained control until we arrived home. Shaden headed inside to get cleaned up and I told him I would put his gear up. I hung his shoulder pads up in the garage, his jersey with his last name and his number #63 was still on the pads. I lost it there in the garage for a few moments. I wondered later what the neighbors might be thinking. I blinked and life has again moved too quickly.

Thanks for letting me write about this. As most of you know and can fully relate to me, my kids are my life in many ways. Don’t blink! Life is speeding by! Make sure that we make the most of everyday that God gives us! God has given us a certain amount of time and we need to live it with Kingdom purpose and enjoy our time with each other. Here at DFC we are not wasting time! We have some exciting news this Sunday that you won’t want to miss!

Let me ask you a very important question. Are you wasting time in your life? Jesus said ‘I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.’ Let’s live life from now on with no regrets. God wants us out of the stands and onto the field. There is a harvest being reaped as we speak. Let’s be part of it. In the end of it all, what we have done in the name of Christ is what will matter. Don’t blink!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

Novembe 8, 2013

Back in August, if you would have told me to circle the Bronco/Chiefs game on November 17th, I would have wondered why. As most of us know, the Chiefs/Broncos game will be one of the most closely watched and anticipated games in NFL history. If you had asked me in August what date I was circling in November, I would have said Sunday, November 10th. This Sunday is our ‘Celebration Sunday’ of the YES! Project! Believe it or not for me, this Sunday is the most important Sunday of November, even though I am an avid football fan.

Sunday is not the end of the YES! Project but it is a very big day of decision for the DFC congregation. We have prayed, met, strategized and planned for this day. To say, “A lot is riding on what happens Sunday” would be an under-statement. Yet, we already know that God has prepared us, as a church and as individuals, for this day.

I am hoping and praying that you and many others will make the decision to be with us at 10am for this historic combined service. We have many elements planned for this day that we will remember for decades. Please plan to be here, enjoy the day and stay after for a free lunch. We want you to be part of our commemorative photo at 12:45pm as well. Your friends and family will want to be with you!

II Corinthians 1:18 says, ‘For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ.’ God’s “Yes” to us, here at DFC for this project, has motivated us in a way that has brought new life and purpose to our 107 year old congregation. God has brought us to believe in an expansion and vision larger than we could have imagined. We are already seeing a wave of sacrifice and faith that says, “Yes we can build and expand in such a way that God would be glorified, the body of Christ would be energized, and most of all, the lost would be found!” When God says “Yes,” He means it!

Will you say “Yes” by being with us on Sunday and being a part of something that is larger than any of us could have thought or imagined? I believe God is doing something for us and through us, that for generations, people will remember the divine “Yes!”

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn A Siegfreid

October 26, 2013

Does it not seem like everywhere we go in Denver there is road construction? I am all for progress but right now our progress is impeded by progress, if you know what I mean. Getting around town is a problem. When I come into church during the week I listen to the radio stations that give a traffic report and more often than not, I hear of a report of trouble up ahead. I do this so I can anticipate slowing down or if I can reroute to avoid the trouble! Jesus said something about trouble. “In this world you will have trouble, but take heart I have overcome the world.”

Most of us reading this today know about ‘trouble.’ As a matter of fact, probably most of us are dealing with some kind of trouble right now. In most cases we didn’t get a report of it being up ahead or we would have avoided it. It must be that God wanted us to go through this trouble to increase our faith and also be a witness to this world!

I believe Jesus, by saying it the way He does here, is communicating some real life truths. First of all, we will all go through troubled times. Isn’t it great to know that other people experience the same stuff of life? Isn’t it comforting to know that our Savior knows and acknowledges that we will have hardships? Another observation is that He doesn’t say that we will avoid trouble by following Him. That’s a truth that many of us have had to deal with, especially early in our walk with Christ. Just because we follow Him we are not exempt of life’s problems. Bottom line is, we follow Him through this world and He overcomes the world. This is the way we overcome and become victorious. When we faithfully follow Him, we will overcome because of Him!

Sorry to preach, but I need to be reminded, it is not me that overcomes; it is Christ our Lord! Our task is to faithfully follow Him each and every day, and by doing that we will overcome! How are you following Him? Do you feel like troubles are overwhelming? 1Peter 5:7 says, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because he cares for you.” The key to overcoming is Him and placing our trust in Him, because He does care for you and me! Praise be the name of Jesus!

Please don’t miss Sunday services at 9:00 am or 10:30 am. God is moving and helping us to be overcomers! See you then!

Pastor Shawn

October 18, 2013

Norman Vincent Peale wrote a book in 1952 entitled, The Power of Positive Thinking. This book has inspired and changed the lives of millions of people. Dr. Peale was a pastor of one church for over 50 years. The church’s membership grew from 600 to 5,000 over his tenure. I am blessed to know that the message of Jesus Christ is a positive life changing message. In John 10:10 Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life and have it to the full.”

Most of the time the word ‘Yes’ is a positive word. Over 26 years ago it was a very positive word for me personally when my then girlfriend, Sherri Pedersen, said ‘Yes’ to marrying me. Right now the word ‘Yes’ means that DFC is taking the most positive and significant step forward in the expansion of our building and our ministry.

Over the next four Sundays we will be focusing on the ‘Yes! Project.’

I want to emphasize that the next four weeks will not be all about money and funding this project. It will definitely be about God growing our faith as well as the footprint of our church’s ministry and outreach. For all of us personally it will mean that we will be challenged to step out and grow in our trust and faith in the One who has said ‘Yes’ to us and our church body.

There has never been a more exciting and hopeful time for our church in over 35 years. I am asking you, as our friends and attenders of DFC, to pray for us over the next several weeks. Also, I am asking you to be with us on Sunday mornings as God soaks us with His presence and His challenge for our lives. The last several weeks, many have commented on the presence of the Holy Spirit in our services and especially at the altars as God is blessing and healing! These will be services that, I believe, people will speak of decades from now about how God moved and challenged a group of believers gathered at DFC. Come along with us! God is going to do something that we could not have dreamed of! He wants to bless and call more people to Himself through Denver First Church. Don’t forget the promise of God! 1Corinthians 1:20, “For no matter how many promises God has made they are Yes in Christ.” He has said yes. Will we say yes?

Hope to see you Sunday in either the 9:00 am or 10:30 am services!

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn

October 4, 2013

In Isaiah 11:6 it says, “And a little child shall lead them.” In our church there are many diverse groups and ages of people. One of the most dynamic and effective groups of people are our youth and children’s ministries. I have been so impressed with our children’s pastor, Ken Wheeler and our youth pastor, Zack Harris. Both of these men have directed their ministries to focus on the Yes! Project in fantastic way. It was never more apparent than last night when I was observing Pastor Zack Harris in the Wednesday night youth service. In front of over 80 youth and adults, Pastor Zack lead a challenge to the youth of our church that I will never forget. Pastor Zack has challenged our teens to collect $5,000.00 toward the Yes project by November 10th!

So that we all understand, we are talking about 12 year olds to 17 year olds for the most part. As I stood in the back of the youth sanctuary I was overwhelmed to think that some of the first people to be challenged were our kids. I was also incredibly pleased that the teens were so attentive and moved by their leader’s challenge. The inspiration to the young people was, “Could you envision your friends or someday your own children coming to Christ because we had a facility that people young and old could come to and play basketball or watch a concert; and wouldn’t you want to be a part of something like that?” I was challenged and knew that the adults of DFC need to know that our children are leading us in this grand challenge called the Yes! Project.

I want everyone who reads this note to know that I thank you for your support and prayers. May I ask you something? More than anything, would you pray for DFC over these next eight weeks? These next two months may be some of the most important two months for our church in a generation. Certainly, we need all of us to pray as to how we might be involved in the Yes! Project. I can think of three ways:

1. Please try to be faithful to church over the next several weeks. God has been moving in our services in a dynamic way. People have been seeking miracles from God at our altars in a wonderful way.

2. Please consider supporting this Yes! Project with a pledge that can be paid over the next three years. Bottom line, we need to raise the funds to move forward on this project.

3. Please pray for us. Some who read this do not attend DFC. We need prayers from the Christian community. We need a miracle if this is going to happen. Miracles happen when God’s people pray. Please pray for DFC. As we have all said, this is much more than brick and mortar, this is about God’s people obeying God’s leading! I am so thankful for your prayers!

Our children and our youth are already out front in the

Yes! Project. We are blessed to have such an awesome group of young people and leaders in DFC. Now it is our time, as adults, to let God speak to our hearts as we move boldly into the future! As one dear friend wrote to me this morning, “This is not about brick and mortar, it’s about obedience.” God will bless our obedience! I hope to see you Sunday in one of our Sunday morning services. Great things are happening! The best is yet come!

In His Blessed Presence!

Pastor Shawn

September 26, 2013

They stood in front of me trembling arm in arm and weeping. I’m describing the young couple who were one of the dozens of people who made their way to the altar in both of our services last Sunday. They simply asked “would you pray for us?” I was thrilled to pray with them after learning of their need. It was a Sunday that many are still talking about, including me! I am thankful for the presence of God and the obedience of you, our congregation.

Some would question why this outpouring doesn’t happen every Sunday? There were two things that came together. 1) His presence! As I said in the sermon there is no substitute for His presence and anointing. 2) Our obedience! I know God can and sometimes does work independently of us but He really desires to work with us. We saw last Sunday what happens when we respond in obedience! I am reminded of the scripture that says ‘I desire obedience over sacrifice.’ I am trusting many people came away from last Sunday with a true blessing. I am praying for myself and for all of us that we will begin to walk in His blessing by being obedient!

As we, as a congregation, are moving to the most critical time in the history of our church, I am praying for obedience among all of us. God has called on us through this open door of opportunity to build and expand our facility. We will be able to do ministry we have never been able to do! As I told our finance board a few weeks ago we cannot miss this moment in time. If we, as a congregation, will show true obedience, the blessings cannot be calculated! Jesus said in John 4 ‘I tell you open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.’

What we saw with our eyes last Sunday were people being obedient. It was a true harvest. It happened because of our response to His presence! Where else do you and I need to be obedient? I promise you a blessing if we walk in obedience!

I am praying for another outpouring this Sunday! Please be with us and bring a friend or family member. God wants to bless us!

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

September 20, 2013

I was leaving the church in a hurry as I needed to get home but as I saw a car driving into the drop off circle at DFC, I knew the person behind the wheel was in need of help. It was a young woman, who with tears running down her face, looked up at me and said I really just need to talk with someone. I immediately knew who to go get to talk with this young woman. My assistant, Tami, has many gifts but one of her gifts is talking people through tough times. I have heard her countless times talking and counseling people over the phone as they have called into our office looking for someone to encourage and help them. Tami was quickly on the scene and as I drove away I saw Tami talking with this discouraged young woman who had just driven by, saw the church building and turned into our property in desperate need of help!

Many would be surprised at the amount of people driving by on Hampden that turn into DFC with hopes of receiving some kind of help. Often they are in need of food and resources. When this happens, many times our great staff will offer spiritual hope along with some needed resource. There are so many people who need help and hope in the metropolitan Denver area. Even the sight of our church building makes people think, “Maybe I can find hope there?” I am so blessed to be a part of a place that people every year, by the thousands, still find hope. That hope is still the hope of Jesus Christ!

We, as a church, will always be in the soul saving and

helping business. It is still about souls for whom Christ died. Souls are still important to God and to us! Souls are even important to some in the world. In a book I’m reading by a Christian author there is a story about the famous sitcom actor, Ray Romano, from the show ‘Everybody Loves Raymond.’ At the conclusion of his last days of filming the show, Romano spoke to the studio audience, reflecting on his past and his future. He read to them a note his brother had stuck in his luggage the day he moved from New York to Hollywood, nine years earlier. “My older brother, Richard, wrote, ‘What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?’ Said a tearful Romano, “Now I am going to work on my soul.”

We will always be privileged when tearful and sometimes terrified souls seek out our church in need of God’s help. Our prayer will always be, “God send souls our way so we can point them to you!”

I hope you will be with us this Sunday in either the 9:00AM or 10:30 AM service. Bring a friend or family member with you. It may just be that soul, that God will help and save, and He will use you to do it. There is nothing better!

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn

September 13, 2013

“Alert! Move to higher ground in order to protect your life.” This is what I heard several times as I drove into church this morning. These alerts were playing regularly on all the radio stations as we, in the Denver area, are experiencing unusually heavy rain for this time of year. The announcements are always preceded with a high pitch alarm sound. It’s a little disconcerting when you first hear it. It’s a real life warning of possible dangerous conditions. We are praying for anyone who may be in harm’s way because of this flooding!

Of course this makes me, as a preacher, think of some of the warnings in the Word of God. We in our modern times like to focus on the positive. There is so much positive in the Word of God. That’s why we call the gospel the story of Jesus, the Good News. But the bad news about the good news is that there is bad news if we don’t obey the gospel. Jesus said it best in Matthew 7:24-27…. During flooding times like these the structures that are not on solid ground will and have crashed. Like many of us in our personal lives there have been times when our foundation was not built on the solid ground of Christ; therefore we have suffered loss. May I say with great compassion to those who are suffering because of this flood, we are praying for whatever loss you have incurred. When our foundations are ripped from us there is a deeper loss to our souls and others.

The good news is that we have a Savior who will come in and clean up the mess of our lives. Let’s face it, lives are messy. When the ‘streams rise’ and the flood comes it leaves behind a mess. I am so glad for a Savior who comes in not only to clean but to restore! Joel 2:25, “I will restore to you the years the swarming locust have eaten.” The enemy does his work but God, through Jesus Christ, can restore your life to be even better than it ever was! That’s His grace and His power! So when the stream rises and the wind blows we can know we are on the solid rock, Jesus Christ! Now that’s good news!

This Sunday is our annual Kick-off Sunday with Dr. David Busic. I truly hope you will be with us for the 10:00 am combined service. It’s also a great day to bring friends and family and to stay after for our all church dinner on the lawn. The weatherman says it should be drier and warmer on Sunday! Hope to see you Sunday!

In His hope!

Pastor Shawn

September 7, 2013

He said to me, “Dad, I’m not as afraid of the rapture;” a subject, to be honest, Shaden and I do not often discuss. He proceeded to tell me why. He has been listening to one of his favorite Christian rap singers La Crae. La Crae has a song about the rapture in which he and I have listened to often. As I have mentioned, Shaden and I have been having a conversation about his music. I’m sure many parents have had conversations about their kid’s music. I have admitted the rap genre is my least favorite. I tell him to turn it down when we are stopping at stop lights, entering drive thru windows, and any other area where we are slowing down. As you have probably experienced, you can see windows shaking and feel the beat in your chest, when approaching cars listening to rap music.

I can now say with clear conviction and honesty, I’m so glad that my son listens to Christian rap music! It’s not my preferred style, but this music has caused Shaden and I to have some very deep conversations about Jesus, end times and yes, even Holiness. Christian rappers often address these types of subjects in their songs, and yes, you can hear the lyrics! If I ever get the chance to meet this ‘La Crae’ I might give the guy a hug. He has brought the subject of Jesus into my car and into my son’s life in a real and deep way, and for that I am so thankful!

Some may say, “Pastor, are we going to start having rap in our worship services?” Well probably not right now. But if I believed it would help young people and others come to a real relationship with Jesus Christ, you bet I would! You see there are many things in this world that I am still trying to figure out - like why this red button on my keyboard keeps flashing! I have no idea why, but it’s been flashing like this for a week. I’m not smart enough to figure it out. But there is one thing I have figured out! Jesus said in John 10:10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save what was lost.” Without Christ in His life my boy is lost! I’m so glad for a rap group that raps songs that my son likes and listens to and now he is growing in his understanding of Jesus and the Christian life!

As I bring this to a close, let me ask you if you would tolerate or even listen to a style of music that you didn’t like, if it was for the sake of others? All around the world, people leave churches to go to other churches where their preferred style of music is played; having no regard that the former church was trying to reach a new group of people for whom Christ died! As we grow older, we need to tolerate much for the sake of others. This notion really comes home when it hits your own family! The Bible is very clear that we are to love and have regard for our neighbor; and that implies their salvation.

We have no real plans, at this time, to change the style and focus of our two worship services in the area of music. I believe God spoke to me the other day as Shaden turned the music down and discussed one of the deep areas of faith that sprung out of what he had been listening to. So if you see Shaden and me in our SUV and the windows are shaking, you will know we are worshipping and learning about the Savior!

I hope you are here on Sunday. I am beginning a new series entitled ‘I need a miracle.’ We all need a miracle and I believe in the One who brings the miracle! Let’s honor God on Sunday by making time for Him!

In His Power!

Pastor Shawn

August 30, 2013

We are entering the last weekend of the summer season. The Labor Day weekend is traditionally the weekend when many take in that last summer barbeque or summer activity as we head into Fall. Labor Day began in the late 1800’s as a tribute to workers. As I looked into the Bible, I was surprised at how many times that Jesus and Paul mentioned the value of work and workers. In Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus said, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest fields.”

It is still true today that we need workers for the Kingdom of God! Let me take this moment to say thank you to all those hard workers that make up the ministry of DFC. We, as staff, have the opportunity to work alongside you in this great harvest of souls for the Kingdom of God. So many of you do ministry with little or no recognition; you are simply obeying the Lord’s call on your life. You are faithful to step up and out to make known the gospel of Jesus Christ. May I say, what makes a great church is the workers that give their time and talent to the glory and ministry of Jesus Christ.

I remember, almost 20 years ago in our small church in the desert town of Blythe, California, on a Friday evening as Sherri and I drove past our church we saw some lights on in the little fellowship hall. I drove into the parking lot to discover Evie, one of our board members and committed Sunday school workers, mopping and cleaning the bathrooms. It was summer and Blythe, California was broiling hot. Evie was drenched in perspiration. I said, “Evie, why are you here on a Friday night?” Her reply was, “This is for the Lord.” I will never forget the picture of this Godly, sold-out, servant of God. Heaven will be populated with people because servants like Evie and yourself gave their life to serve Him and others! Once again I praise God for all of you that serve Him and work for Him and for the salvation of precious souls for whom Christ died!

In His hope!

Pastor Shawn

August 22, 2013

Sometimes you just have to go for it! You have to step out and obey God! While eating lunch with my good friend Ray today, we stepped out and did something I have always wanted to do. Our waiter was a very outgoing guy. As he took our order Ray beat me to the punch and said ‘In a moment my friend and I are going to pray for our meal. Is there anything we could pray for you?’ First there was a hesitation, where the secular meets the spiritual, but then the man said ‘Yes, pray for my marriage and its longevity.’ It was clearly a God moment. May I say it was a delight to pray for the man, his marriage and our meal.

It feels great when we step out and obey the Lord! I want to encourage you to be with us Sunday in either the 9:00 am or 10:30 am services. We have a very exciting announcement concerning the vote on the Yes! Project. At this moment, I am overwhelmed by the support and unity at DFC. I will give you all the details this Sunday morning. I hope you can be with us during this historic time!

God is blessing an obedient group of believers right here at DFC. I can’t wait to see what He has in store for us over the next two or three years as we follow Him. I believe many lives are going to be impacted; such as the young lady who came to the altar on Sunday. With her mother-in-law praying beside her, I had the privilege of leading her to a first time commitment to Jesus! To God be all the glory! Won’t you pray for her this week?

See you Sunday!

In His powerful name!

Pastor Shawn

August 16, 2013

We are bombarded constantly with the allure of a great deal! Sherri and I have been communicating this morning on a ‘great deal’ for maintenance on one of our vehicles. It seems like it’s a good deal and yet we have to make a decision on whether to move forward and accept this deal. I think life is made up of decisions that we have to make about ‘opportunities’ that come our way. Most of these opportunities are time restricted. We have a limited amount of time to take this opportunity.

Last Sunday morning at the close of both services I opened the altars. People came forward to take the opportunity to pray and commit their lives to Jesus. In both services, I felt impressed to call, one more time, for ‘someone’ whom God was speaking to at that moment to come forward and shake my hand and pray. It was a public confession of committing their life to the Savior. During the second service, one gentleman came forward and it was a great moment of courage and commitment for him, and celebration for the congregation. What I didn’t see, was the lady in the balcony making her way to the front. We closed the service before she could make it down. One of our great encouragers saw this and went over to her and said, “Let’s go down together and pray with Pastor Shawn”. So what most people didn’t see was another obedient soul who took the opportunity to put their faith in Christ in an obedient manner!

Opportunities come and go. On almost every opportunity there is a time limit. God has given us, here at DFC, an opportunity that we have never had before in the area of expanding our ministry space. Last Sunday, we had a near record number of votes cast about the Yes! Project. Please be praying as we will continue voting this Sunday. We are looking forward to announcing the results soon and moving forward with this incredible opportunity!

Hope to see you here Sunday at 9am or 10:30am!

In His Hope!

Pastor Shawn A. Siegfreid

August 9, 2013

What a good morning! I woke up and knew that I needed a little exercise so she and I hit the trail for about forty minutes. “She” is Sophie, my five year old black lab. Usually Sherri is the “she” that walks with me but this morning was just my dog. Sophie is not a great conversationalist and she often wanders from the trail as we walk, so I hooked in my Pandora on my phone to listen to music. As I was about half way through the walk, the song by Casting Crown’s entitled, “Who Am I?” came on. (We had Casting Crowns a few years ago here at DFC) I did not know how God would use the lyrics to that song to make my morning! Excuse me for a moment but I want you to see some of the lyrics that have assured my heart that God is in control!

“ Who am I, that the Lord of all the earth would care to know my name, would care to feel my hurt? Who am I, that the Bright and Morning Star would choose to light the way for my ever wandering heart? Who am I, that the eyes that see my sin would look on me with love and watch me rise again? Who am I, that the voice that calmed the sea would call out through the rain and calm the storm in me? Not because of who I am but because of what You’ve done. Not because of what I’ve done but because of who You are.”

This wonderful Christian group nails the reason why you and I can walk forward today in confidence. God is on our side! Not because of what we have done but simply because He is our God of love and compassion and grace! Remember He first loved us! Remember our salvation is not based on what we have; it is based on His pursuing love for His children in whom He can’t stand to be separated from. That’s why we have Christmas! God couldn’t stand to be separated from us so He sent His Son, Jesus!

I think of the community of faith called DFC. We, as a church, should also say “Who are we?” God has so favored a community! God has so blessed even despite our failures and our division. God has caused a church to grow and have influence over the last 100 years that is truly remarkable. The only thing that we have done as a people is to move forward in faith as God opens doors of opportunity. We are on the door step of another incredible opportunity.

The next two Sundays, we as a church, will be voting on the next step in our ‘Yes’ project. This will allow us, as a Body, to move forward in our 38,000 square feet addition of a Family Life Center and Atrium space. In some ways I can’t believe we are here. It’s only because of Him! As we come together Sunday morning in our two services, would you begin to pray and ask God to speak to all of our community as we move forward in faith? This project is about God using a people of faith. We desire more than anything that Jesus Christ is glorified and lifted even higher on this high hill in central Denver. I believe God will use this new addition in ways to help us and the community that will amaze us!

So who are we? We are His blood bought children of God! The church that is His tool of evangelism and discipleship and fellowship to a world that so needs to hear that Jesus loves them and cares for them! Please be in prayer for these next two Sundays!

I hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn A. Siegfreid

August 2, 2013

As I walked into the church last night a wonderful couple from DFC was sitting in their vehicle in the parking lot waiting to pick up their son from church. They said hello and directed my attention to a rainbow that was over our beautiful church. I noticed at that moment with the sun setting in the west and clouds and rain in the east, the rainbow made our church look almost magical! As I reflect on the history and future of DFC I have to say we have so much to thank God for. How, through the years of ministry, He has directed and ordered our steps. Through it all He has been faithful to use our church for His purpose in an incredible way. That’s all we want! We want His blessing on what we do in His name!

Anyone driving by could see the rainbow and the church mingling together. The rainbow, of course, represents God’s promise to mankind. It also represents His promise to us here at DFC. Jesus said in John 12:32, “But when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.’ When the community drives by our church they see the cross lifted into the air at one of the highest points in many miles. I believe with all my heart that His promise has come true a thousand times over here at DFC! When we have lifted Jesus through prayer, preaching and praise people by the hundreds of thousands, probably well over a million people in our history, have been lifted to faith in Him. It’s not magic it ministry!

In the next few weeks we are acting upon God’s promise of expanding our ministries here at DFC. On Sunday, August 11th and 18th , we will be voting on the Yes! Project to build an additional 38,000 square feet on our property to include a large family life center and adjacent atrium space. It will be an incredible ministry space for all ages for decades to come. After nearly forty years of wanting to build, God has opened the door for us to be able to move forward. We are so excited to walk through with His blessing and the blessing of our DFC membership.

What I would like to ask of you is to commit to praying for and about this everyday through August 18th. As the word says in Jeremiah 29:12, “Come and pray to me and I will listen to you.” God has heard our pray and will continue to direct us as we move into this expansion time here at DFC! The promise is still true: if we will lift Him up He will bless us by drawing people to Him and His church!

Please remember we have one special service on Sunday at 10am! We are calling it Summer Celebration Service. We will be featuring some of the great things that have taken place this summer through various ministries. Don’t forget, as always, to bring a friend or family member (Oikos) with you. We all will be blessed as we gather together to lift up our Savior! To Him be the glory!

In His Risen Presence!

Pastor Shawn

July 28, 2013

It was a welcomed sight to see the bus roll in Tuesday night containing the 52 participants of our teen mission trip. It was heartwarming to see parents and grandparents waiting as the bus door opened and out spilled our kids. They had a great trip as they ministered in Texas to young children with Vacation Bible School in local neighborhoods. The teens individually grew spiritually by giving of themselves for the sake of others. It was a great trip and we are thankful for our youth leaders and sponsors who led and cared for our kids.

For Sherri and I it was little glimpse of the future. Our house was empty and our schedules we not as busy. I give it mixed reviews. I have to say I’m not quite ready to step out of the role that I have played now for over two decades; the role of busy dad. Every once in a while we get a glimpse of what the future may look like. It can be exciting and yet challenging.

This Sunday night we are having an all church meeting at 6:30pm to show you, the congregation, what the future may look like by previewing the Yes! Project. We want our congregation to have as many questions answered as possible. We want to inspire all of us to move ahead with the assurance that God is blessing our initiative to build useable and flexible ministry and fellowship space that will result in evangelism, spiritual growth and warm Christian fellowship!

Paul said in Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize that God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” We believe God has called us for such a time as this to move forward through the doors that He has opened. It’s exciting to know that God is going ahead of us and will be going with us into the future. That’s what brings us all comfort and courage when we think of what’s next for us as a church and as individuals. Please join us as we move forward in God’s glorious will!

We are anticipating two wonderful services this Sunday at 9am and 10:30am. Please join us and bring a friend with you as walk together with Him into the future! We are not alone and neither are you! You are loved!

In His Love!

Pastor Shawn

July 14, 2013

It’s good to be home! As most of us know, in the summer many of us take time to be away. I have been away from Denver for almost three weeks. On June 21-27 I attended our denomination’s General Assembly in Indianapolis and had the opportunity to be a delegate. I came away from that time encouraged about our Nazarene denomination. I hope to find a time and a venue to report on some of the resolutions and events from Assembly. I was back for our annual Freedom Sunday where we saw a great crowd in our combined service and honored our veterans. We celebrated as one Body with a lunch and activities on the lawn. Then from July 1-8 I was in California with some family and friends. I preached at Bakersfield last Sunday morning where Sherri’s brother, Kent, is the pastor. Bakersfield Olive Knolls is one of our larger Nazarene churches in California. They have a great multi-use facility and a responsive, growing congregation.

While we were in California we spent almost four days at the Central California District family camp. We stayed with Kent and his family in a cabin. The conditions were ‘camp-like’. I was once again reminded, while sharing a cabin with 10 people, I am not a camper. I am more of a hotel guy! However, we did it because we were with family and friends. Again I am reminded of what’s most important. If I had the choice of staying a week by myself on a beautiful tropical island or spending a week with close friends and family I would choose the latter. These are the most important things in life.

I began writing this by saying it is good to be home. One main reason is that I missed you, the Body of Christ, the folks who call DFC their church home. We aren’t really sure how many there are of us but there are many. We are one because of the One who died and rose again! Yes I am glad to be home to see you and speak to you this Sunday. As I grow older and maybe a little wiser I understand why Jesus’ simple command to love Him and to love others is so powerful. It is in relationship with Him and fellow believers that we find an incredible move of the Holy Spirit! We find comfort and conviction and courage by being together and living out our lives together to the glory of Jesus Christ. It is a dynamic that the world tries to know but cannot without the Holy Spirit!

So I’m home and I am not leaving for the rest of the summer. I would love to greet you this Sunday along with your family and friends (your oikos)! I believe the days ahead at DFC are as powerful and promising as they have ever been in our 105 year history. Be a part of what God is doing here at DFC! Looking forward to Sunday!

In His Powerful Love!

Pastor Shawn

June 28, 2013

I remember decades ago sitting at the feet of my two grandfathers who had both served in World War II. Many times when I would visit each one of their homes I would ask them questions of what it was like in the war. Both had served with the rank of Sergeant. My grandfather Jacobs (who was my mother’s step dad) was more expressive about his service than my grandfather Siegfreid but both were proud of the fact they had served and defended the freedoms of the USA. I am still proud that I had two veteran grandfathers who did not shrink back from the call to defend and to serve the country that has brought all of us so much!

This Sunday we will be celebrating our annual Freedom Sunday with one service at 10AM. We will honor our veterans current and retired. We will enjoy special music from the traveling group Veritas. After church we are inviting everyone to join us for an all church meal provided by DFC. Bring your lawn chairs! Most of all we will celebrate the love and freedom given to us by the true liberator, Jesus Christ. This patriotic season allows me to drive home the even more powerful message of freedom that only comes through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. “When the Son sets you free you will be free indeed!”

I encourage all of us to reach out to our friends and neighbors and family to join us for a real outreach Sunday. This is the message that someone you love and care about needs to hear. We will promise to bring this message with passion and purpose and without judgment. It will be a Sunday that we will all remember for a long time! To God be the glory! I hope to see you Sunday!

In His liberating love!

Pastor Shawn

May 31, 2013

Well, we can finally say that summer is here! After a very snowy winter it seems we have officially moved into a different season. The snow of a few weeks ago is a distant memory and pretty soon we will be wishing for cooler weather. Summer will fly by and we will be heading into another season. That’s the thing about life there is always a different season on the horizon. Some of the seasons in life we did not anticipate or see coming. I am sure some of you are experiencing that unseen season of grief or despair. You may be asking the question how did I get here and why did this happen? I believe that is a very valid question.

By the time you receive this note we will have had the funeral for Eddie Taylor at DFC. Eddie, as many know, is the twenty six year old son of Ed Taylor the senior pastor of Calvary Chapel of Aurora. Calvary Chapel of Aurora is one of our largest and fastest growing churches in Denver. Pastor Ed has become a personal friend of mine over the last year. Our prayers and thoughts go out to Ed and Marie Taylor during this unseen season of their life. We have no answer as to why this happened. What we do have is the promise of God’s presence during this storm. Isaiah 43:1b-3a says, “Fear not for I have redeemed you: I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters I will be with you: and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God!” Please, right now, say a prayer for this Godly couple as they pass through the deep waters of grief!

As I end this note, I think of you my church family. How especially in seasons like this we so need each other. I am thankful to be part of such a loving and caring congregation! Let’s keep caring about one another as we keep proclaiming this wonderful Savior who never leaves us nor forsakes us! Hope to see you Sunday!

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

May 24, 2013

I have watched the video a second time and it still effects me the same way. The video shows the aftermath of the F-5 tornado that ripped through Moore, Oklahoma. Specifically, this video shows the reunions of teachers and children, and their parents after the Tornado had destroyed the school. You see parents and children desperately looking for one another in the destruction of their school. What was overwhelming to me was hearing the guttural screams and cries of parents and children yelling the names of their loved ones. All of us parents have had those moments when we can’t find our kid and maybe for an instant or a few moments we think will never see them again! I don’t think I will ever get over seeing the scene of desperate parents searching for their children in the midst of the rubble and tragedy.

It immediately made me think of another scene found in Luke chapter 15. The scene is where Jesus is describing The Father seeing His lost son coming home! Jesus says in verse 20, “he ran to his son and threw his arms around him and kissed him.” I saw a similar scene just like that in the video: the scene of a mother hugging and kissing her son after she found him. This love for our children comes from the love of God! I believe God has the same emotion when one of His lost children comes back to Him! The Father says in verse 23, “he was lost and is found.” God loves us so much that He Himself is overjoyed when we are found!

We are all praying for the folks in Oklahoma! There are always questions of why this happened that I will admit to have no answer. What I do know is that God is in the very center of these searches for survivors. These are incredible reunions. The countless volunteers of people are literally waiting at the edges of Moore, ready to sweep in, to help these victims as soon as the authorities say it is safe to come in. He is especially present with those who are dealing with the unthinkable loss of a loved one! I do know that God is present in Moore, Oklahoma today.

I encourage you to pray first of all for those involved. We also encourage any kind of giving through reputable sources to help the victims. We sent out an email on Wednesday with information as to how to be of service to those affected! It is in times like these, here in the USA, we see the Godly side of human beings. People want to help! We want to help as well. Let’s stand and pray with our neighbors in Oklahoma!

If you are able to bring the following to church on Sunday, we will be delivering them to ThornCreek Church who will be delivering them to Moore, Oklahoma on thursday: Appliances, Furniture, Water, Gatorade, Rakes/Shovels/Saws, Gloves, Diapers, Trash Bags (NO CLOTHES).

Join us Sunday for services at 9am and 10:30am.

God Bless!

Pastor Shawn

May 17, 2013

“It was just like old times.” This was the comment given to me this week in response to Mother’s Day service last Sunday. We experienced nearly 2,000 people at our church during one service. I actually liked what the person said. I love the history of DFC. As a church body we have experienced many monumental days. Last Sunday, we experienced another memorable day. Our church was full of worshipping people with hundreds of people visiting and enjoying the presence of God!

It’s ok to reminisce about the past. The problem is you can’t live in the past or worship the past. Paul said in Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Too many of us think of days gone by and even lament the fact that we can’t ever recover what was. That is why God calls us into His glorious future. No matter our age or past, God has called all of us forward into His plan of being a part of His redemption of mankind.

For us at DFC, we fondly look back at days gone by including last Sunday with a sense of thanksgiving for what God has done through this church. Yet, He is calling us forward into a dynamic plan to reach our city for Christ. Over the next few months we will lay out our plan to build 38,000 feet of expansion that will be a tool of outreach and discipleship. It will enable us to reach so many more people in a more diverse way than ever. We have no doubt that this is God’s plan being revealed to us for today and tomorrow! We move forward in faith, not fear. It is unmistakable that this God’s timing for our future. I am asking you to pray and participate as we make plans to move forward into His glorious future. Make no mistake, if God is with us moving ahead whether in our personal lives or in the life of the church, we can have assurance that God will accomplish what He wants to do through us!

Please make plans to be with us this Sunday as we highlight the incredible missional ministries that God has accomplished and wants to accomplish through us this year!

In His wonderful hope!

Pastor Shawn

May 10, 2013

This Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day. As we think of Mothers we think of family. As I think of family I think of the family of God and who and what that family looks like here in this world. Certainly we think of the DFC family, the local group of believers that so often assembles here at 3800 E. Hampden in Englewood. We also think of the denominational family of Nazarenes assembled around the world. But how often do we go beyond and think of others who believe in Jesus as Savior and yet look, think and practice somewhat differently than we here at DFC?

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to be with other members of God’s family for a few hours. It was quite a privilege to be with Catholic brothers who have given their life to the service of our Savior. I sat at the same table of a Monsignor who pastors the large Catholic church in downtown Denver. This man has given his life literally to serve God. He has no wife and of course no children or grandchildren. His family is the church! As I listened to him I realized, we, as Evangelical Protestants have much more in common with the Catholic church than we have differences. They are unashamed to call Jesus Savior. Of course I do not endorse the worship of Mary or some of the other differences but what I heard was a common theology of Jesus as Lord. We also agree on many of the social issues of our day. In some areas our Catholic friends do better, in my opinion, in balancing a strong Biblical view on serving the poor and underprivileged, and supporting a Biblical view on life and marriage issues. All in all, I was impressed and comfortable belonging to this very significant part of Christ Body!

As I end this message let me encourage you to pray for a good friend of mine and one of Denver’s most powerful leaders of the Body of Christ. Ed Taylor, senior pastor of Aurora Calvary Church needs our prayers. His adult son, Eddie, is in a local hospital in very serious condition. Please simply pray for the Aurora Calvary congregation and the Taylors. Please respect their privacy and just pray for them. Pastor Ed has reached out to me in friendship and has been an incredible source of personal encouragement! Let’s pray for the Taylors!

Sunday will be a great day! We have Natalie Grant who is a nationally celebrated Christian artist with us at 10:00 am for a combined service. Bring that special lady in your life! Also invite your family and friends for a day of inspiration and hope for all of us!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

May 3, 2013

I am looking forward to this Sunday, May 5, for many reasons. I always enjoy being with the family of God. This Sunday, God has prompted me to speak on a text that has been powerfully used and proclaimed before. The topic is failure. Something I am familiar with. Failure is an issue that many of us have faced maybe even this week. What I want to drive home this Sunday is that “Failure does not have to be fatal!”

The enemy will often use our failure to drive a wedge between us and our faith. The enemy knows that for most of us we will not lose faith to the point of completely walking away from God. But if the enemy can damage our faith enough we will become timid and ineffective for the Kingdom cause! I believe God can take our failure and use it for His glory. I believe those who will keep having faith despite their failure will be used by God in a big way! I like this scripture 2 Corinthians 4:8, “We are hard pressed on every side but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned, struck down but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death, so that the life of Jesus may be revealed in our body.” Many at the cross believed Jesus had failed. Yet we are reminded of the Michael Card quote, “His greatest work was done through the frailty of His Son.”

I encourage you to be with us in either the 9:00am or the 10:30am service this Sunday. Also think of someone who needs to hear that their failures are not fatal and invite them to be with us! God has a plan for your failure and mine!

In His Unfailing Love!

Pastor Shawn

April 26, 2013

Today as I was traveling into church today on the always busy I-25, I heard a song that took me back to ‘the good old days’. Music has the ability to take us to another time and another place. A song may remind us of a time when things weren’t so confusing and in the rearview mirror, life was simpler. As I often quote another song from music icon Billy Joel, “the good old days weren’t always good and tomorrow is not as bad it seems.” Yet it’s ok to look back and reminisce and remember those days with fondness. Yet we as followers of Jesus need to look to tomorrow with hope!

I am reminded today of the powerful scripture in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” DFC has received some very good news about our future in this location. We have been given the permission to begin an expansion on our property that we have desired for almost forty years. I believe this is part of God’s prosperous plan for our future. I believe when God prospers the community of faith it always means more souls saved and filled with the Holy Spirit! God’s timing was His perfect plan to have the greatest impact on His kingdom!

So we are seeing and experiencing the future God has planned for us all along. At times, many of us face the future with fear and not faith. For some of us the anxiety of what may be up ahead can cause us to not move ahead when God opens the door. May I say that if God ‘knows the plans’ He will also give you and me the strength to move ahead with faith and not fear! Will those of you who are reading this join me in a prayer of courage for all who may be trembling at the future? God already knows the answers and the path to the plan of prosperity He has for all of us!

Don’t miss out this Sunday as we close out our series ‘Faith that Grows!’ Just as He did last week, God will bless our faithfulness to be among the Body of Christ in worship and the Word! See you Sunday!

Blessings!

Pastor Shawn

April 19, 2013

James 1:2-4, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Perseverance to me simply means not giving up. Keep showing up pushing through even when it doesn’t look like our goals and objectives will not be met. There are many incredible examples of perseverance. The one I remember is Derrick Redmond, the 1992 British sprinter, who after tearing his hamstring half-way through the race picked himself up off the track and hobbled through the finish line with the help of his father who pushed his way from the stands onto the track. We would have never remembered Derrick if he had simply ran that race and medaled. We remember him because he persevered; he did not give up!

When I think of DFC as a community of faith and think of many of you that will read this note today, with knowing some of the things you are going through, I’m reminded of the ministry of perseverance that you have among us. Most of us in this life will not finish the race first but the key is to keep running the race to finish well! For many of us the enemy is constantly attacking. The enemy believes he has us defeated. Then we get up the next morning, we take another step of faith for the day that God has given us, and in that we defeat the enemy! Paul says it in Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ!” Some days that is just persevering; just showing up and not letting the enemy win!

DFC has persevered for so many years. There have been all kinds of setbacks and disappointments. Yet, as the church of Jesus Christ, we have not given in or given up! This Sunday I will have SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT that you will want to hear. I pray you will be with us in either the 9:00am or 10:30am services. God is faithful to the cause of the gospel. We will see and experience this in its fullness this Sunday!

In His Perseverance!

Pastor Shawn

March 28, 2013

On November 9, 1989, a series of dramatic events took place that caused the Berlin wall separating East and West Germany since August of 196, to literally come down. People from these countries could now travel freely back and forth. There was great celebration all around the world. On one portion of the now broken wall someone hung a sign that says “The Lamb Wins!” This Sunday is the day the church all around the world declares “Jesus Christ the Lamb wins!” His resurrection is the pinnacle of the Christian calendar. I’m as excited as I’ve ever been to celebrate Resurrection Day with so many wonderful people this Sunday!

As I drove into DFC today I was listening to the radio and two references caused me to wonder God’s motivation for the resurrection? One reference was a song and the other an invitation from a church to join them for Easter services. Both references focused on the Love of God. Of all the motivations for God to raise Jesus from the dead; the greatest was and still is Love. As I have been reading the gospel of John this week, several times the Lord Jesus mentions that the Father loves Him. Isn’t it assuring to know that God loves us? The resurrection of Jesus leaves no doubt about this one thing! Amen!

I wanted to give you a reminder to invite your ‘oikos’ to church this weekend. Your ‘oikos’ is the eight to fifteen people you live and conncect with in your life. God will open up opportunities if you are open to this commitment to reach out. God opened a door for me this week to invite someone that I only see about once a month, but someone who was very open to coming to church Sunday.

Here is a quick reminder of our schedule this weekend: Good Friday service is this Friday at 6:00 pm, Eggstravaganza Egg hunt is Saturday from 1:00-2:30 pm, and our Sunday services are regular times, 9:00 and 10:30 am.

I so appreciate your intentionality to this weekend and the opportunity to not only worship with a great group of folks celebrating our Risen Savior, but also the opportunity to reach out and invite someone who’s very life could be changed for all eternity! Think of what an impact we could have this weekend! Hope to see you soon!

In His Resurrection Power!

Pastor Shawn

March 21, 2013

Last week I had the opportunity to participate on a credentials board for the Colorado District Church of the Nazarene. We, as a committee, are charged with evaluating pastoral candidates. It’s always thrilling to hear the journey of these men and women and how God has called them to be ministers in His church. We have several pastoral candidates from DFC. God has certainly done some incredible miracles to call people from the darkness in their life to a life calling and leading others to His throne of grace. If you could hear the miracles of how God is called and calling these people to ministry, you would certainly be impacted by God’s amazing power and grace!

The Calling is an incredible journey in which to respond. Certainly in my life I understand what John was speaking of in John 1:4 ‘In Him was life and that life was the light of men.’ To see the light that has invaded their lives and their desire to let others know about the hope of this light of Jesus Christ is awesome!

As I ponder the experiences of this week, I think of how God has called each of us. Certainly there is ‘pastoral’ calling where God does call individuals specifically to areas of ministry in His Body to be full time workers and shepherds. However, He also calls everyone to ministry. 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” We have had this wonderful experience of God’s salvation, cleansing and freedom. We are called to share this light to those in darkness! Who do we share it with? Many of you know where I am going. We share it with our Oikos! The eight to fifteen people we share life with most closely and have the most influence. I can say without a doubt we are called to minister to our ‘Oikos’.

The next two Sundays will be dynamic. This Sunday is Palm Sunday. We have a special guest who will bring an element into our worship that you will never forget. Of course all of next week and Sunday is Holy week. We will have regular services on Wednesday night. On Friday we have a special Good Friday service at 7:00 pm for the whole family including our children. Saturday will be our annual and exciting Eggstravaganza from 1:00 – 2:30 pm. Finally, Easter Sunday will be a day of outreach when we proclaim the story of the Risen Savior! I can hardly wait! Please begin right now to invite your friends and family; your Oikos!

May God bless you and keep you and keep calling all of us to His service!

Pastor Shawn A. Siegfreid

March 17, 2013

Are you ever guilty of procrastinating? There are lots of tasks that I am guilty of putting off until another day. These are sometimes things that make us nervous or tasks that will take a long time or maybe situations where we don’t have a lot of confidence. I just read a letter this morning sent to me personally by a man from DFC who has a passion for ministry; specifically ‘men’s ministry.’ It was an inspired and powerful testimony about his life and how he, through tough circumstances in his personal life, has come to some very powerful convictions. The last line of the testimony is what grabbed me. ‘THE ROAD TO COMPROMISE IS PAVED WITH GOOD INTENTIONS.’

Good intentions is something most of us have. “I am going to complete this task -- just not today.” In the Kingdom of God, many of us have some real good intentions, myself included. Most of these good intentions would make a positive difference in our own life and someone else’s. A few weeks ago I was confiding to a friend about an area in my life in which I was dealing and he said ‘Shawn you must own this’. Wow! That has stuck with me. You and I have some things in our life we must own. We must say I am going to do this! I am going to address this situation!

Many of us around here have asked the question “what does the future look like for DFC?” I believe the future of our church literally hinges on our attention to our ‘oikos’ in our lives. ‘Oikos’ is that eight to fifteen people with whom we live, work and play and where we have the greatest influence and involvement. God has called us to be salt and light. I want us to be intentional with this group of people. You don’t have to look for them. You encounter them or most of them every week. Let us begin to pray for them and ask God to open doors for us to talk about spiritual issues. We need to feel a sense of urgency to invite them to our church, bible study or any other Kingdom-directed event. ‘Oikos’ is from God’s Word; it’s right, it’s relavant and it works! It’s the way the Kingdom truly grows. We are called to be salt and light. Lets start being intentional with our group of ‘oikos’ people. Lets not compromise.

Easter is only two and half weeks away. Let’s begin now to pray that God will help us invite at least one person from our ‘oikos’ to be with us Easter Sunday morning to celebrate together.

God willing, there will be not be a snowstorm this weekend! I promise God intends to be with us this weekend. Please make it your intention to come and worship with us at DFC. God is up to something among us! I want to be up to what He is doing!

Blessings!

Pastor Shawn

March 10, 2013

Paul said in Philippians 3:13 ‘I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.’ Tim Tebow, the famous NFL quarterback, wore this verse on his face while playing for Florida. He was and still is a young man who believes that through Jesus Christ he can do great things. Shaden and I saw Tim back up this verse while playing the New York Jets a couple of years ago. He drove the broncos from his own goal line to the Jets’ thirty yard line. We saw Tim run around tacklers, run through tacklers, and run into the end zone with thirty seconds left in the game. Shaden and I were sitting in the end zone area and I have never witnessed a more incredible sports moment in all my life. I have never heard louder cheering at a sporting event. Of course my cheers were more for this Christian young man that people still say today is not a very good quarterback. I say results are wins and Tim is a winner.

I believe we can do great things through Christ. By living a Christ-honoring life I believe we can accomplish things for Him and through Him that we could not do on our own strength. Last Sunday I confessed to our congregation about a life-long weakness I’ve had. I used the passage from Paul that spoke of a ‘thorn in the flesh.’ I have had more comments and encouragements from the DFC congregation than ever before about a Sunday sermon. I say thank you! Some have wondered what the weakness was. I listened today to the last fifteen minutes of my sermon from Sunday and want to restate it is not a carnal sin. I have experienced specific anxiety in certain situations in my life that I would describe as overwhelming. But with God’s help I always get through it to His glory! As I said it rarely involves church activities or ministries. I want to be clear, I was acting in obedience last Sunday and will continue to be obedient in every area. I encourage anyone who is reading this to also to respond to God in obedience in your life in every area. He wants it all!

My point about Tim Tebow and the Philippians passage is that God will rarely allow great things to happen until we are weak to Him! We must understand that we can’t really do anything of significance for Him until we are surrendered and submitted to Him in everything. This is where I find myself. God is humbling me and hopefully you so we can be fully productive and used for His glory! When Tim scores a touchdown he kneels and thanks Jesus for it. Tim knows and we know all glory goes to Jesus Christ. So be weak! Be humble! So God can fully use you and me to the greatest extent to change our world for Christ’s sake!

Sunday looks to be a great day. They are calling for a Saturday snow. Be careful driving in. We will be here and so will God ready to equip us to keep changing our world through Him! Don’t forget to spring ahead one hour Saturday night.

In His power alone!

Pastor Shawn

March 1, 2013

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As most of us know, Easter is only about four and half weeks away on March 31st. We, here at DFC, are already in full swing of March to be a month of Kingdom priority as we lead up to Easter Sunday. Many people have been asking me about the future of DFC and what I think that looks like. This week I have been evaluating what it is that makes a great church. What it looks like for people to have Kingdom priority in their lives and what kind of church they would want to be a part of.

Today, I had a person in my office who has been successful in their life. They also have a burden for his world and for DFC, a church that he has been committed to for quite a while. He asked me, “Pastor could we fill this church in three years? What would have to happen?” As he and I talked, we both came to the same conclusion. It starts and ends with the people of DFC. You and I must have a Kingdom-sized burden for others. It starts and ends with our ‘oikos’!

‘Oikos’ defined is as a group of eight to fifteen people of whom you share your life most closely, your sphere of greatest influence. I believe this is our area of greatest impact for Christ. ‘Oikos’ was the word used biblically and by Jesus when He referred to a household being saved. I can’t get away from this. It is the key to our church’s future. Certainly there are other factors that will go into our church’s future but if we embrace this one concept, we have a bright future as an organization!

Jesus’ priority is found in what may be His most famous quote in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes shall not perish but have eternal life.” Do you hear the concern? Jesus wants no one to perish. That’s Kingdom priority! Can I challenge us for this Easter, starting right now, for the month of March to think about your ‘oikos’. Start with your family, maybe those who you work or go to school with, or a neighbor. Think about inviting one or several for Easter Sunday or even this Sunday. We don’t have to necessarily canvas the neighborhood or invite strangers to church. If we get that opportunity great, then go for it! However, we are most effective with our ‘oikos’, our family and our sphere of influence. Someone in that group is ready and open to accept your invitation. This is what will give DFC and those in our world a hope and a future!

I want to let you know that this Sunday is going to be a day of God’s moving here at DFC. I ask for your prayers as God is prompting me on a level of communication that I have never gone before. I am not sure what that means but I invite you to be with us on Sunday as we see God move among us!

God Bless you and yours!

Pastor Shawn

February 22, 2013

As I write this on Thursday, February 21, it is my 48th birthday. I cannot see as well because my glasses are fogged up as I have been outside on this snowy morning. The reason I have been outside is because I discovered around 7:00 am, as I was getting ready to take my son Shaden to school, that I had a flat tire on my SUV. Of all days, on my birthday, I had to have a flat tire. Is it selfish to ask why I would have a flat tire on my birthday? Is it wrong to ask why there are so many tough days the farther we go along in this temporary life?

Paul said in 1 Corinthians 13:12, “For now we see through a glass darkly.” My wife, Sherri, reminds me that these things are just life issues. To put it simply “life happens.” So many of you understand that life doesn’t stop, even on our birthday. As much as we would like to see clearly, God does not allow us to see what’s up ahead or even know why things happen to us, even as Christians. I know why He doesn’t. One reason He doesn’t let us see clearly is that it might scare us into a paralyzed state. God calls us to be salt and light in the midst of flat tires, severed relationships, bad reports from the doctor and anything else ‘life’ can throw at us! Secondly, if we saw everything clearly we wouldn’t need faith. I hope I can state this with theological clarity; God needs us to have faith in Him! Jesus always honored great faith in the gospel stories. He was impressed with those who simply trusted Him without see everything clearly.

Well my glasses are cleared and also my faith is a little stronger. Despite unseen events that mess up our birthday or maybe much worse events that mess up our life, we always have a Savior! At the end of a great day or a bad day, one thing remains! Jesus Christ, our Savior, loves us and has a plan in all of this. My glasses are even clearer now! Please know that I, as your imperfect brother and pastor, understand the foggy days. I come along side of you as you come along side of me and we look ahead! Hebrews 12:2 says, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.” Then it says in Hebrews 12:3, “so you will not grow weary and lose heart!” Don’t lose heart today! Fix your eyes on Jesus who has always had perfect vision!

Please be with us Sunday in either the 9:00 am or 10:30 am service as we worship together. Also, bring someone with you that needs encouragement and hope!

You are loved!

Pastor Shawn

February 15, 2013

Isn’t our modern world incredible? I just received a text from my daughter Shawna in Nashville telling our family here in Denver how much she loved us on this Valentine’s Day. I am amazed at how so many of us are in touch with all kinds of information and people. The ability to keep in touch with thousands of people at one time is mind boggling. We are sending millions of messages about really important things, and about some things that are not important at all, around the clock. As I write this note, it is Valentine’s Day and even here in the office I see people sending messages to others. As I came in today I saw a beautiful vase of flowers on an assistant's desk. It was an obvious message from her husband.

With all this communication going around I feel like we need to make sure we are communicating the right things! Sherri and I have noticed that our youngest, Shaden, is very good at telling us he loves us. The other day when Sherri was dropping off something to him at school, as she was leaving Shaden said (with friends around him) , “Love you mom.” Almost every night before he goes to bed he tells us all that he loves us. This is very different than the home in which I grew up. This sentiment was hardly ever spoken. I believe Shaden, in his youth, has captured the importance of communication in this certain area. Are you and I communicating what is most important to our loved ones and our world?

As we celebrate Valentines Day I think of Jesus and how He communicated not just with words but with action. John 3:16 tells us of God’s motivation, “For God so loved!” The most important thing to know about God is that He does love us. As we have been proclaiming on Sunday mornings, “His love for us changes everything!” His love for us transforms us. Of all the proclamations I can say about God, the proclamation of His love for us and a fallen world is the one that I believe the most! He loves us at our worst. In Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrated His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Let me say it again! His love changes everything!

In a week when we try to make sure that those who are closet to us know that we love them, let’s also check in with the One who loves us most. The One who has proven His love by dying a terrible death on a cruel cross. Let’s make sure to live for Him in obedience. Jesus said in John 14:23, “If anyone loves me he will obey my teachings.” It’s wonderful to be so loved! Let us, as the Body of Christ, love one another as we also love the Savior who loves us all!

I hope to see you this Sunday as we are seeing God move among us. He does love us and desires us to be the church on the hill that spreads His transforming love to all of Denver!

In His Transforming Love!

Pastor Shawn

February 8, 2013

It is hard to believe we are already approaching Easter; the last Sunday in March. I will begin my pre-Easter sermon series on Sunday called #WordsFromTheCross. All morning I have been thinking about this Sunday’s topic and it has captured my heart. There is a statement that Jesus said to His Father as He was literally being tortured and murdered, and many of you know it. He prayed, “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing.” What hits me this morning in my own life, and in the lives of many that I know and serve with here at DFC and in the Kingdom, is that it may seem easy to forgive but it is harder to live this forgiveness out.

I’ll be honest, there have been times in my life where I’ve said I have forgiven a person for what he/she has done but there is still a scar on my heart and often an oozing wound in my life! Just the other day a very faithful person of God stood in front of me trembling as he shared of something that happened to his loved one that not only affected this person but so many people. Let’s face it! It’s really hard to let go of hurt and abuse from the past. We all know we are to forgive; but many live with deep hurt and dysfunction from what someone may have done years ago. The old cliché says, “Pull yourself up by your bootstraps” but that doesn’t really work with deep and lasting wounds. Let me just say I am one who knows and has experienced some deep wounds in my life. I do know how people feel and how hard it is to live with the effects of the hurt.

When I see this event, as Jesus is on the cross, it serves as a reminder of how we are to respond to all of this hurt. I will also admit that Jesus was God and He was man. He has the perfect Divine nature and we can know the capacity to forgive is what He has always been about. Praise God! Yet, He in the human was hurting and probably amazed at His creation in their cruelty. To hear His words, calls me and my fellow wounded warriors to keep working towards forgiveness. I have seen what it looks like to live all of one’s life in bitterness. Bitterness is the result of the enemy’s deadly concoction of dysfunction! Bitterness and unforgiveness takes the joy from our life. Satan wants to take away our joy! You and I cannot let that happen! We have a Savior who leads the way in forgiving. Let’s work together and call on the Spirit of He who lives within us to forgive and live in freedom. It was Jesus who said, “When the Son sets you free you will be free indeed.” I want and claim that freedom today for you and me! Jesus reigns!

I hope you will be with us Sunday and bring someone with you! Know this, you are loved!

Pastor Shawn A. Siegfreid

January 31, 2013

As I write this, it’s the middle of the week but I am lingering on last Sunday. I know we should move ahead but I can’t help reflecting on what powerful two services we experienced here at DFC. In both services God moved through the music, I believe God moved through the message and more than anything God moved through the obedience of folks that were baptized. As I confessed on Sunday, the worship time truly moved my heart personally. If I can testify, I have not worshipped personally like that in some time. There are always things that can come against our worship on Sundays. For me being pastor of DFC I am often thinking of a whole bunch of different issues that are taking place in both services. Many pastors, if honest, would confess this. But on Sunday, God broke through for me and I was caught up in the kind of worship that Jesus talks about in John 4:24, “His worshippers must worship in spirit and in truth.” The worship I was experiencing was very spiritual. It was from another place. It was also a worship of truth. It was worship that all I could think about was Jesus. He said, “I am the truth” in John 14.

The obedience of those that were baptized is also a lingering highlight. All thirteen were very special. My mind continues to think of two that came up from the audience as they were moved by the Spirit of God. Troy a young man who was has come to DFC just a few times joined me in the water. I have learned of Troy’s life and I believe this is a miracle that this young man gave his heart to Christ and submitted to be baptized. Please pray for Troy.

The other obedient person was Kate. Kate has really been reached out to from a faithful family in our church as of late. Kate’s story in her life is very moving and her obedience shows God’s action in her life. I believe the obedience of this family and of Kate tells us that God has a plan for Kate’s life that will affect many. I know you will join me in praying for Kate as she walks in the Holiness and purity of being saved and baptized in Christ.

One precious DFC member stopped me in the hallway and as this person wept told me, “God is moving in our church.” That is not an exact quote they actually said more but the sentiment is heard. God is doing something very significant in our midst. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on what God is up to at DFC. Why don’t you join us this week in one of our two worship services on Sunday at either 9:00 am or 10:30 am. Also you might want to bring a friend or family member. I truly believe God is doing something very significant among us. It’s not about me or my agenda it’s about allowing God to do what He wants in us and through us. Don’t miss out this Sunday as we end our series on our new mission statement: ‘Love God, Grow in Faith and Go in Christ Name!’

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I hope to see you this Sunday. Lets anticipate God’s moving among us again!

Pastor Shawn

January 25, 2013

It was so wonderful to be back at DFC last Sunday. I so missed being with the family of God. I did enjoy my time away with my wife and being with other pastors and wives. Yet I missed my kids and I missed my church family. There is something so important and wonderful about being connected with a group of people who are followers of Christ. We do follow Christ together. We are part of a dynamic Kingdom-minded community.

Last night we began our Culture Shock study with about 60 people. It really is a study of two cultures. The culture of the Kingdom and the culture of the world. We do admit there are two Kingdoms in conflict. On my time away I was able to see and observe a completely different Kingdom. I want to say, we are not at war with the world. As a matter of fact we are called to be “salt and light” to this world in which we live. Jesus said in Matthew 5, “You are the light of the world—let your light shine before me”. It is clear that we are called to work with, live with and socialize with the people of this world. We are called to be a light within a Kingdom that is very different and even opposes the Kingdom that we are aligned with. So, how are we doing in this Kingdom conflict? We ask God, the Holy Spirit, to guide us to be salt and light. We must stay relevant in this world without being of the world.

We do love the Body of Christ. Especially this week we have had so many of our brothers and sisters in Christ going through tough physical trials. Let us pray for one another as so many of us experience the fraility of this life. Let us be there for one another. I am looking forward to this Sunday as we continue to articulate our new mission statement: Love God, Grow in Faith and Go in Christ’s Name! God is continuing to bless DFC as we walk in obedience!

I hope to see you Sunday!

May God richly bless you!

Pastor Shawn

December 28, 2012

For many years, I have set goals for my life. It all began my junior year in high school when my head football coach, Bud Wheeler, challenged me to write down my goals for the upcoming football season. He challenged me to set some high goals for myself and our football team. I did not meet every goal but I achieved much more than I, or many others, thought I would. So every year I set goals for myself personally and also I set goals for the church I pastor. As I look back on this year, we did not meet every goal as a church Body or even my personal goals. Yet, we did meet some of them! I believe in setting goals that stretch us and yet are reachable.

This will be the last note I will send out before the 2013. We look back on a victorious and yet challenging year. We have lost and we have won. Like every year especially in the Kingdom there are the challenges that lie ahead. We have moved through a transitional late summer and fall. Yet as we look on this month of December we have had some incredible services and we have seen many new and searching people finding our church. Our attendance numbers have been as strong as or even stronger than last year. God is challenging DFC to continue to be light and hope to many in Denver!

I want to encourage you to set reachable goals that will stretch you personally and prayerfully. Be sure to make them personal and Kingdom-minded. Here at Denver First Church, we will set goals that are reachable; goals that will cause us to have faith in God to reach them. I believe that 2013 will be a tremendous year of harvest and growth at DFC. I want us to continue to reach out and also grow deeper in God’s Word and plan for our church and our lives personally. For many, maybe this is the year you will work on your neighborhood and invite them to church or your Bible study. For some it will be the year you join a Sunday school class, get involved in a small group Bible study or one-to-one discipleship. For some this will be the year that you begin to serve others or give a tithe to the church. I assure you will be blessed as you begin to live obediently towards God.

I believe God blesses us as we move forward in faith. Let’s start the year out right by putting Him first in every way. Moving forward in faith is the theme for our sermon this Sunday. We have one combined service at 10:00am. There will children’s church and childcare. We always love it when both services are together. This would be a great day to invite friends and family. We know God will be with us! I hope you will be as well!

In His Everlasting Love!

Pastor Shawn

December 21, 2012

Today is the darkest day of the year. December 21st is the day that we receive the least amount of sunlight. It’s a dark day. There have certainly been some dark days in our nation and our community of faith. I just got off the phone with a wife who was having to make some incredibly tough decisions about her very sick husband. As in every season, especially the Advent season, there is never a good time for dark times! Yet as we know as followers of the Son that He can shine the brightest when it seems it’s the darkest.

In the prophecies and writings about Jesus, He is often referred to as light. In the gospel of John Chapter 1:4-5 it says, “In Him was life and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness but the darkness has not understood it.” We cannot overstate the darkness of man these last few weeks here in America. Complete depravity has manifested itself in ways that are absolutely vile and hideous. Yet we have seen even in the darkness God’s light shining so powerfully. Most people are good even if they are not Godly. We are all made in His image. It is sin and willful disobedience that leads to this darkness! Then in verse 9 it says, “The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.” He has come into our world and we need His presence like never before! We need His light. No substitute will do!

On Monday morning, one of the major networks led their newscast that day referring to the Newtown shooting as ‘Searching for solutions.’ We, in the church, do not have to search! Jesus Christ, the light of the world, is the solution. That is why all that we do here at DFC reflects our core value of proclaiming Jesus Christ as the ultimate solution.

We will have an opportunity this weekend and Christmas Eve to invite friends and family to hear and experience the solution of the Light. This Sunday will be a very special Sunday in both services. We will continue to experience the Anticipate Series. During 2nd service our very own Jerry Nelson will be sharing with us some of his nationally known talent. On Monday at 5:00pm, we have our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight Service. It will be an meaningful one hour service as we experience the manger together on this very blessed night. There will be something to remember and inspire for all ages! There are many great reasons to bring our friends and family to DFC over the next few weeks. May His light shine!

In His Advent Love!

Pastor Shawn

December 13, 2012

Greetings in the everlasting name of Immanuel!

A few years ago there was a song by Matt Redman entitled, ‘Blessed be your name.’ There is a lyric in the song that says, “You give and take away. You give and take away. My heart will choose to say, Lord, blessed be your name.” I think of that song in light of recent days here at DFC and the departure of some very wonderful and effective pastors that have served our church so faithfully.

Pastor Stephen Abbott has accepted the call to be the Lead Pastor of the Grand Haven, Michigan Church of the Nazarene. We, here at DFC, have been so blessed by Pastor Stephen and Stephanie and their ministry to our college-aged group and young families. About a year ago, Pastor Stephen and I began a series of training meetings to prepare him for this moment. Pastor Stephen has been receiving a number of calls from Nazarene churches in the U.S. over the last twelve months. He has prayerfully considered each of these opportunities, and now has felt God’s calling to the Grand Haven church specifically. Many in our denomination have recognized what we have already known, that Pastor Stephen is a gifted young leader. We have been so blessed by his leadership and his family.

The Abbott’s last Sunday with us will be January 6th. We will be having a reception following both services that day to celebrate with them. DFC has always been a training ground for pastors in our denomination and I knew at some point Stephen would be stepping out to lead his own church. Stephen and I have had many conversations concerning this decision. Even though I do not enjoy losing such a great leader, I believe he is ready and the Grand Haven Church is receiving a great gift from DFC.

We, of course, will be looking immediately into some new leadership for this ministry and vacancy. Please be assured that those who have been under Pastor Stephen’s ministry can call or visit me or Pastor Don Diehl for input or pastoral care at anytime.

Let’s keep praying for the Abbott’s as we spend our last few weeks together. We are so proud of what they have done in the name of Christ, and of course what they will be doing for the Kingdom!

Blessings!

Pastor Shawn A. Siegfreid

November 25, 2012

Friends and members of DFC,

We all say the same thing this time of year. I can’t believe Christmas is already upon us. As you are reading this note we are now on the other side of Thanksgiving. Even today you may feel like you need to go take a big walk or exercise. This is part of the rhythm of what we experience during these holiday seasons. I hope you have been able to be with some good friends or family. I hope you have hope this season. I hope we are all truly thankful for Whom we have put our hope in!

Yesterday we gave thanks for all that God has done for us! There are so many of us that have gone through or are going through tough times. We like to say God is good. We believe that God will help us get to the other side of whatever crisis we may be experiencing. But to me the true message of Christmas is that He is present with us! What could be better?

I love to tell the story of the young army private on the night before he was to march into battle for the first time was incredibly afraid. So afraid that sometime that evening he burst into the Army chaplain’s office and said ‘chaplain I am so afraid about tomorrow. Chaplain please pray for me!’ The good army chaplain prayed a prayer of protection for the young private and then looked up and said ‘I have prayed for but I want you to know I am also going with you tomorrow. I will be out there in the battle with you tomorrow.’ The Immanuel message is this ‘God is with us!’ Every year I get older and every Christmas season the Immanuel message means so much more! That God Himself would be among us! That God would become one of us to redeem us! Our hope is that He walk with us through this life’s journey!

We cannot promise all sunshine in this life. There will be storms and tragedies. Sometimes there is no explanation of why some things happen. But one promise I can give to all of us today is that Jesus Christ the Immanuel will be with us! There is no better hope! So let’s usher in Christmas with a prayer and a shout of thanksgiving! He is here! He is with us! Amen!

We sure hope you will be with us Sunday in either the 9:00 or 10:30 service. In the 10:30 service we will be enjoying the ministry of the Legacy quartet. Bring a friend with you as we begin to enjoy Advent.

You are loved!

Pastor Shawn

November 15, 2012

Friends and members of DFC,

Today (Thursday) at DFC there is a funeral for Officer James Davies from the Lakewood Police Department. In our church right now there are thousands of police officers. Governor Hickenlooper and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock are also here. Also the grieving family is present; he was a father of two small children. Helicopters are flying overhead and many T.V. and newspapers reporters are present. The officiating pastor shared the gospel message of Jesus to a packed sanctuary. We all mourn the loss of this good man! DFC is honored to host these events when our city calls upon us. It is the right thing to do.

When I think of right and wrong, my mind is brought to a scripture that speaks to us about honoring those in authority. In Romans 13, Paul is speaking to the church proclaiming to us that we should honor those that have authority over us. Romans 13:3 says, “For rulers hold no terror for those who do right. But for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from the fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right.” There are many things that are happening in America that many of us do not understand. Even in this last election I know that many are confused and wonder what the ‘church’ should do next.

Our answer is found in Romans 13:1 where it says, “Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities.” We do what is right! We pray for the President and we honor the leadership that has been established by doing what is right. What happens if the government establishes a law or precedent that we cannot support? Then we pray and we speak respectfully against those situations. But the bottom line is that we pray!

When I see the thousands of people honoring Officer Davies today it makes me proud to be an American Christian. We I see the American flag draped over his casket it reminds me of the ‘good’ people in this city and country that set out every day to do what is right! We know that doing right is transformed when we give our hearts to Jesus. It is His righteousness in us that causes us to live and proclaim that He is the right way!

My prayer for you and I, despite what may happen or not happen in these changing times is that we will be people who pray and proclaim the way of Christ. I believe followers of Jesus should be good citizen honoring those who protect us.

I pray you will be with us Sunday. I will be bringing our annual Thanksgiving message! You will be inspired by all that God is doing through the ministries of DFC. Bring someone with you if at all possible. It will be a life changing service!

In His Power!

Pastor Shawn

November 6, 2012

If I may for a moment, talk to you about football; specifically my son Shaden’s football team. He plays for a Division 1, 7th grade team here in Denver. We had a pretty good season in this highly competitive league. One of our most successful offensive plays was called the ‘40 wedge’. This was a play where Shaden, who plays fullback, takes the ball from the quarterback while the offensive line literally blocks in a wedge fashion up the middle. This season Shaden scored nine touchdowns! The key to this play is Shaden and the offensive line working together as a unit. When they worked together they had great results!

Last Sunday night almost two-hundred people gathered together to listen and discuss the future decisions of DFC. So many great things took place but the overall atmosphere was one of incredible unity. This time of honest and open discussion was one of the best experiences I’ve had since coming to Denver. I believe we are wedging down the field together! If we, as the Body of Christ, will be unified and work together, even in this uncertain time within our church and country, we will win! In 1-Corinthians 1:10 Paul says this ‘I appeal to you brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you.’

I realize we all have good and valid opinions. We can and did voice those opinions. Once we make our decisions, we will move together, with unity, to win our world for Christ! We understand what a win is! A win for us is a group of committed followers of Christ, who love Him, love each other and witness and proclaim this love to our world so that they may be one of us! The blood bought children of God! 1-John 3:1 ‘that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are!’ How wonderful it is to work together to be unified in His love!

I hope you will be with us this Sunday. We are going to have two great services! Please be here at 9:00 or 10:30 am and bring a friend with you. God is so faithful to be with us each time we meet! To Him be the glory!

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

November 1, 2012

Prayer and pumpkins - what a crazy week! Sunday was a wonderful day of focus on prayer for our nation as Rev. Tom Demaree was with us in both services. Then about seventy-five of us went down to the state capital to pray for our nation and the upcoming elections. It was truly a move of God for those of us that experienced this time of prayer. This past Wednesday we had our annual ‘Trunk or Treat’ in our east parking lot from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Families from our immediate community and the surrounding Denver area poured into our parking lot to receive candy and hopefully some fellowship sponsored by our children’s department. Real credit goes to our children’s pastor Ken Wheeler and his department as we reached out to hundreds of people in just a few short hours.

It was surreal to go from the purity of praying at our state capital with other Christians to handing candy to children, dressed in all different forms of evil, and then saying ‘God bless’. I am not sure how many times I blessed a devil and a witch. But this is how we minister at DFC. In all ways we reach out so others may know that there is One who loves them. I often go the proclamation of Paul in 1- Corinthians 9:22 ‘I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.’ We should be doing whatever it takes to let others know that Christ can save them. Some may not agree, but this seems to be the heart of Paul. I believe this is also our heart at DFC: it is worth reaching out in His name!

As we head into an incredibly important week with the national elections let us all be reminded that our ultimate allegiance is not to a party or a platform but to the ministry of the carpenter from Nazareth. He is our leader and we receive our orders and inspiration from Him. I hope you will be here Sunday morning as I speak about how we pick real leaders and recognize real authority. Also don’t forget to set your clocks back Saturday night as we adjust for daylight savings.

Lets keep proclaiming and praying.

On His Grip!

Pastor Shawn

October 19, 2012

What a blessing it was to meet with those who will be baptized on Sunday morning at DFC. The joy of stepping out publically for Jesus permeated the room when we were together. At the end of class, a very sharp young lady said to me “Pastor, I would like to tell you something that touched my life last Easter.” She was in attendance as I told one of my stories about my son Shaden; a story many of you have heard before. In a nutshell, it was the time Shaden and I were in a large gift shop at Disneyland. I told my young son, who was 7-8 years old, that I was going to step around the corner and look at something and that he was not to touch anything! It wasn’t ten seconds before I heard the crash and literally began to see items spilling out all over the store from a display that of course Shaden had tackled. My first response was to stay where I was and not claim the guilty boy as my own. But as I peered around the corner, I saw my little boy scared and looking for me. I only hesitated a little before I stepped out and said “He’s mine. He belongs to me!” As my new friend reminded me of this story, she shared that last Easter she didn’t feel worthy of being God’s child and yet she sensed and realized that no matter what, God still claims us! We are still His!

Well she and I teared up together. She will be baptized Sunday along with several others that have realized He still claims us! No matter what we have become or what we have done, we are still His in His amazing love!

I came away with a couple of realizations from that experience. One is that we must keep proclaiming Jesus’s love and grace. As I said in last week’s sermon, the Bible tells us that ‘love covers a multitude of sins.’ His love covers it all! His love brings us back to Him constantly. We, the church, may not be to patient but He is!

The second realization was that I needed to stay focused on the real reason we stay in the game. There will always be negativity in the Kingdom; whether it’s in our personal lives or in the church. God used my new friend’s story to encourage me and hopefully all of us as we endeavor to meet the challenges in our own lives as well as the challenges here at DFC. God keeps pointing to His priority: people first! People and their lives should motivate you and me!

Bottom line! I am grateful to Jesus for using this church for all the souls that are encouraged and have been given hope each and every week. Remember today you are His! He claims you! Hallejiah and Praise be His name!

Hope you will be with us Sunday. Come hear the stories of His Redeeming Love!

Thanks for being a blessing!

Pastor Shawn

October 14, 2012

Friends and members of DFC,

Last Sunday we saw a dramatic display of the power of kindness. God used Dr. Billy Kim and the Korean children’s choir mightily! People are still commenting on what a powerful day it was. Dr. Kim told his story of how, as young houseboy, during the Korean War a US soldier had compassion on him and financed his way to America and paid for his education. It was in America that, a teenage Billy Kim was lead to Christ. Billy Kim has preached to millions around the world, and this whole series of events began because one American soldier had compassion and acted in kindness.

A retired district superintendent came to a church that I had just started leading; he did a weekend seminar emphasizing being a ‘nice church.’ To many of us that would seem shallow and not theologically powerful. I want you to know, that church double in size in about three years. I give a lot of credit for the growth of the congregation to the emphasis of being nice and reaching out in kindness to others in the name of Jesus. We never know when are kind to someone what God may do through the people we reach out to. The man who reached out to Billy Kim had no idea that Billy Kim would speak to millions of people for the cause of Christ!

So, let us be nice for Christ sake! People will be drawn to us if we show kindness. I believe Christ followers have every reason to be kind to others every day. Titus 3:4-5 says, “But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior appeared He saved us not because of the righteous things we have done but because of His mercy!” It was His kindness that saved us! It will be our kindness that will reach others and draw them to our kind and saving Savior. Let’s find someone to be nice to today!

We are going to have two fantastic services this Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30. I hope you will be there. Until then may we all live and breathe in His kindness and love!

Blessings to you and yours!

Pastor Shawn

10/7/12

Millions of people watched Wednesday night as right here in Denver the debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney took place. It was not only a great debate but it also affected so many people here in Denver. We even at DFC had to rearrange and cancel some of our events and programs because of the presence of these two men being here in Denver. It is amazing how the presence of the most powerful person in the world will affect a city. In a little over a month we will go to the polls and choose one of these two men to be the President of this great country. Please be in prayer as you vote!

Now let me say this was a good debate and there are many opinions about how we should be governed and lead here in our country. I believe, even as Christians, there would be a long and useful discussion and debate about these issues. There is even good and useful debate we could have about ministry and how a church should be reaching our world. But let me say, there is no doubt or even debate about who Jesus Christ is! Jesus said, “I am the way the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me.” There is also no debate about why and what Jesus Christ does for our world. In the book of Acts 4:12, Peter the empowered disciple said this, “Salvation is found in no one else for there is no other name under Heaven given to men by which we must be saved.” That name is Jesus. We have a clear mandate here at DFC and it all starts with proclaiming this man named Jesus!

We will proclaim His name this Sunday in a very unique and entertaining way. We are hosting the Korean Children’s Choir. This choir has ministered all over the world and we at DFC are blessed to have them in both our 9:00am and 10:30am services this Sunday! Along with the choir, Dr. Billy Kim from Korea will be speaking in both services. Dr. Kim’s story of salvation and call to ministry will inspire us as it has inspired thousands of people all around the world. You will want to be with us this Sunday and don’t forget to bring a friend!

Blessings to you and yours!

Pastor Shawn

9/30/12

I am constantly reminded and guided by the words that my Dad said to me as a young adult. I was facing a life decision that would have impact on not only me, but let me humbly say, thousands of people. I was telling my Dad that I was going to quit the part time ministry that I was doing at that time. I can still hear his words of advice today. My Dad essentially said, “You can do what you want, but make sure you do the right thing!” I stayed in the ministry. Soon after that, God called me to preach, and I believe and hope others would agree that was the right thing!

As we deal with ebbs and flows of the Kingdom of God here at DFC, we are confronted with what is right and what is wrong. We all make judgment calls based on life experience, emotions, or hopefully the Spirit of God and His Word. As I have dealt with certain issues the last few weeks, there is a scripture that many of us know and, as is the case in our home, is the scripture that hangs on our wall as we enter our house. Micah 6:8 says, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

I believe this scripture, if lived out, can guide our everyday life experiences and impact here on earth. “To act justly.” There is a right and wrong. What is frustrating to me is that in the Body of Christ we often argue and divide over our opinion of what is right and what is wrong. I believe some of our decisions that we make are based not on God’s word, but on our emotions and life experience. There are so many things that divide us. But believe me, God does not have a gray area in His Kingdom. There are things that should never happen in the church. What we need to do is to seek His mind and His heart and then we will be lead to do His will in the church and in this life!

“To love mercy” is at the very heart of God. In the world of right and wrong, wrong is often punished. We even as Christians would say silently, or even out loud, “Well, they we get what they deserve.” I know, because I have thought that thought. Yet God calls us to be merciful and to forgive. To forgive is the very heart of the cross, which is the very heart of God. My prayer for all of us is to be merciful and to forgive. Forgiveness is the very need we have for right fellowship in the church. Non-forgiveness is why so many churches these days are divided and divisive.

“To walk humbly with your God” is the Lord’s motivation and may I say, even emotion. When we read the scripture we see a God who laments His broken relationship with His people. We also see His “Emmanuel” activity to restore that relationship between Him and us! He wants us to walk with Him for so many reasons. One reason is the same reason we hold our kids hands when crossing a busy street. To keep us safe! How many of us have walked away from the umbrella protection of the Lord and have suffered the consequences? I am raising my hand right now. Walk with Him! It makes Him happy and ultimately it will be for our benefit to walk humbly with our God through this life! Claim Micah 6:8 for your walk today!

We are going to have two great services this Sunday. I hope you will be with us and bring a friend!

In His love and hope!

Pastor Shawn Siegfreid

9/23/12

Today I was in a dilemma. I needed to get back to DFC, but I was up north attending a district meeting and I-25 was closed because of an accident. I quickly called my full time navigator…my wife, Sherri. Sherri, who is a whiz at her iPhone, called me back in two minutes and was able reroute me around the city on I-70, and then 2-25, back to DFC in about the time it would of have taken on I-25 on a clear day. What is the point? Call my wife if you need navigation? No! The point is, the destination is the same, but sometimes you have different routes or ways to get there.

We are experiencing a cultural shift here in America and in the church. People are more suspect about the church and about God than they have ever been. Our mission remains, “Go and make disciples.” Somehow, someway, we must present and bring people to Jesus so they will trust and believe in Him! The way we get there today is going to be different sometimes. That’s where the trouble begins. So many of us do not like different ways we have to use to get there. That includes me. We are comfortable with the methods or the highway we took to find Him. In Philippians 1, Paul says it doesn’t matter how or why Christ is being preached but what is important is that “Christ is preached.”

I want to continue to ask for unity among us as we move forward to present Christ to our community. It shouldn’t always matter what method or way is used to present or proclaim His gospel. The bottom line is that we see people putting their trust in Him because “He is the way, the truth and the life!” We all can agree on that!

I hope you can be with us this Sunday. God is blessing our services with His outpouring as we follow Him!

May God bless you!

Pastor Shawn

9/16/12

About three years ago, at this time of year, my family and I began to experience the biggest change of our lives. We were uprooting our family from our comfortable, fairly predictable, life to a new life here in Denver. Though we were excited for the change and God’s call to lead this great church, change is never easy. The worn out line goes like this, “The only ones who like change is a baby” (get it?). But as we have found out, there are two words that must go together for us “change and trust.” Personally, for our family, we have come to understand that in a big way. As we go through uncomfortable change, we must trust God!

Bottom line - change is certain in all our lives and in our church. Change is unavoidable! We in the church, including myself, don’t like it when the church changes. As a matter of fact, the church body is one of the worst when it comes to change. After pastoring five churches, I can attest that many times those of us in the church can deal with the new changes in our culture and communities, but when it comes to church we often resist. I can understand this feeling. When it comes to our faith, we do not enjoy the change.

Does God change? Of course not. When it comes to who He is, His sovereignty, His ultimate plan for our lives and this world, He does not change. God does adapt to His creation, His intervening love for people and His church. Remember what Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.” I do not want to take this scripture out of context, and I do believe this scripture has been used to force unneeded change on churches. Paul was in a diverse society and his motivation was to reach people with this transforming gospel. It meant he had to be flexible and go about ministry in a new and changing way to reach people. Bottom line!

I believe this is the heart of God! His love never changes and His desire to reach “one” will cause Him and us to take different routes to recapture that “lost or straying sheep.” The constant theme is His love. I am thankful that love never changes for you and me. That love also overflows into our lives for each other. Let us be sensitive to one another during this period of change here at DFC. The older I get, the less I like change. Let us continue to talk and be supportive of each other and of our history; let us also look to our future together as God leads us to another change so that we can reach our community as we equip and build each other up in the faith!

I hope to see you Sunday as we begin our series on the Ten Commandments! This Sunday, we look at our God who loves us so much He even becomes jealous of our attention.

In His never changing love!

Pastor Shawn

9/9/12

We are on the precipice of change here in Colorado and DFC. Very soon we will see and feel the first cool signs of the fall; the season I looked forward to every year growing up. I love the cooler weather and after this brutal summer, most of us are ready for the change. As many of us know, October in Colorado can experience an abrupt change going from hot one day to waking up to a blanket of snow the next. Get ready for a change!

Here at DFC, we are going through a season of change! Last Sunday, was our first Sunday without Pastor Scott and his leadership. May I say how thankful I am to Ron Williams and so many who led our worship last Sunday with anointing and power! Pray for us as we select the next person to lead our Worship and Arts ministry here at DFC. I have heard some good people say we do not want things to change at DFC. Denying change is impossible. Life is about change, whether we like it or not. My commitment to you is that we will prayerfully select a new leader that reflects the values of worship here at DFC. There will be differences just like there was with all pastoral changes that have occurred through DFC’s 100 years of existence.

Be with us this Sunday as we celebrate Kick-off Sunday in one combined service at 10:00 am. We will have dynamic worship with a full choir and orchestra followed by lunch on the grounds and fun activities for all ages. We will also have former All-Pro Denver Bronco linebacker Randy Gradishar as our special speaker. I have spoken to Randy in the last few days and I am so impressed with his testimony and his love for Jesus. It will be a great opportunity for you to invite friends and family. This Sunday during our vocational prayer time, we will be praying for those in the military, government, police, fire and first responders. If you have a family member or friend in this line of work, please invite them to join us as we pray for them on Sunday. Who knows? You may very well play a role in changing someone’s life forever. The greatest change of all is the change that comes into a person’s life as they choose to walk with the Savior! We will continue to strive for this type of change every day at DFC.

Hope to see you and your friends and family this Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

9/2/12

We all need to be encouraged! There are certain things that will encourage certain people. Some things that would be encouraging to others might surprise you. A good thunderstorm almost always encourages me. But for the most part, encouragement for me will usually come from people. I am encouraged when someone is courteous enough to let me in their lane on the hectic highways of Denver on a busy day.

In Colossians 2:2 Paul says to the people of Colossae, “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love.” On Wednesday night here at DFC, I met with the Worship and Arts Department, with well over a 100 people in attendance. In my almost three years as Pastor of DFC, I cannot recall a time when I was more encouraged by a group of people. Together we were “encouraged in heart and united in love!” The tribe of Levites, as we call them, is out front each and every Sunday preparing the way for the ministry of the Lord. In a time of losing our wonderful worship leader, Scott Nauman, this group of believers encouraged my heart with their willingness to step up and continue to be such a vital part of the ministry here at DFC. Thank you Worship and Arts members for your continued support of proclaiming Jesus to our congregation and the city of Denver!

As I think of it, people are the source of encouragement. Who can we encourage today in the name and ministry of Christ? There is nothing more encouraging than to let someone know that God loves them! I want to be an encouragement to you! So many of you encourage me! All encouragement will come through knowing Him and knowing who you are in Him. Let’s be encouraged and be encouraging today!

I promise you that if you will show up at one of two services on Sunday at 9:00 am or 10:30 am, you will be encouraged. Come and see what God is up to!

Be Blessed!

Pastor Shawn

8/26/12

Depending on what season of life you’re in, you may be on the very busy side or maybe life is a little quieter. No matter what, life can be complicated. Stress and busyness seems to complicate things even more. In my life, things couldn’t be busier with DFC ministry, two teenagers - both playing sports, getting up early and often arriving home late from practice. Can I get an “amen” from someone who has teenagers?!

Early this morning, and I mean early, we were once again heading out the door and I was feeling the load of another busy day for my kids and myself and looking for something to inspire me! By our front door, there it was. No, it wasn’t my black lab, Sophie (though I am sometimes jealous of her simple life of eating and finding a place to nap, while her only prayer in life is that someone would take her for a walk - that always seems to thrill her!). Right in front of me was a plaque that we have hung by our door of Micah 6:8. Many of you know it, ‘’He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” That was it for me. I like simple. This is a simple message that can lead you and me through every day!

So, my drive to work was less stressful. I was reminded again of the simple motivation of why we do what we do as His followers - coming down Hampden I saw the cross that is at the very top of our steeple here at DFC. As a matter of fact, that cross is probably the highest point for miles around as it should be! That cross is a simple reminder of who I am and who Christ is! He is simply the King! We are called to follow Him by doing what is right, loving grace and walking with the Lord! You and I can do that every day and by doing that every day we will have purpose!

Please join us this Sunday as we celebrate the five plus years of our beloved worship leaders Pastor Scott and Lynn Nauman. It will be a day of celebration of how God has used this couple! Hope to see you Sunday!

In His Simple Hope!

Pastor Shawn

8/19/12

There are times in God’s word that the author would refer to the reader or hearer as “beloved.” I believe that is referring to the Body of Christ; those that are loved by God and loved by the author of the letter. Today I bring you news of one of our beloved staff members. Scott Nauman, our Worship Leader, has given me his resignation after five plus years of leading DFC to God’s throne through his awesome ministry.

Scott’s resignation has come as a surprise to many of us here at DFC. As Scott has always been known to do, he is absolutely following the leading of God’s will in his life. Scott and Lynn have come to a decision to step down as our Worship Leader and pursue a “deeper” ministry in the weeks to come. As of right now, Pastor Scott does not have a ministry assignment but is following the Lord in obedience. For me personally, this does not surprise me as I have worked with my friend for nearly three years and have seen how prayerful and Spirit-led he is in almost every situation personally and ministerally.

Of course, this will cause some changes in the near future regarding our worship here at DFC. I want to assure everyone we will still have inspiring worship in both services and will also continue our wonderful orchestra and choir. This Sunday we will be praying and outlining some of the steps we will be taking to fill this vital position in our church. We will also be hearing from Pastor Scott and encouraging he and Lynn for what is ahead. On Sunday, August 26, we will be celebrating Scott and Lynn’s fruitful ministry in both services with a reception following the 10:30 am service in the Diehl Commons.

These changes are never easy. As in everything, it causes us to fall on our knees and trust the Lord in a deeper way. I believe this is what God wants to have happen daily in our lives. Press on towards Him today for whatever need you have. He is listening! Let us all keep praying for our friends, Pastor Scott and Lynn!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn A. Siegfreid

7/29/12

Seven days ago, none of us in Denver, or in the US, had any idea of the terror that would hit our city. We moved along as if most things were well in the world. Of course, we all know now that evil once again had its day a week ago in our own back yard. Here at DFC, we have been engaged in whatever way possible to remember to pray for and support those families that lost loved ones and continued support for those still recovering from that vicious and senseless attack. DFC hosted prayer vigil along with the national radio station, K-love, last Friday night, and we will continue to do what we should to help and heal the brokenness that began seven days ago.

I guess today, as I write this, I already sense that we are moving on. Already there is a sense of this tragedy not being first and foremost just a week later. I have two observations about this!

#1: What happened last week, regardless of what many say, was a manifestation of evil out of a disturbed young man’s heart. There will always be evil in our world. Unless we can understand this, we will always be overwhelmed when evil destroys lives. Not everyone who doesn’t walk with our Lord is overtly evil. Most people, Christian or not, are appalled at such behavior. But a man or woman left to their own free will, who entertain evil and allow the enemy, the devil himself (yes I said it), control their life will often be swayed in ways that they and others never thought possible. Remember this, “Sin will always take you farther than you want to go!” This is the nature of evil. Yes, the young man was and is troubled! But that does not excuse him from receiving the justice and penalty that is deserved this horrific situation.

#2: As I look outside and see the thousands of car passing by DFC, I encourage us, as the Body, not to forget to bring comfort and compassion to the hurting. Tragedies are always open doors of God’s love and salvation in people’s lives. Events like this always open up humans to the reality that we really don’t have control of very much. So they often look to the One who does. He is our Savior, Jesus Christ. There are still questions we all have of why. But I do not question the One you and I serve! Despite the question, He is still Lord! We still believe in His Lordship! He is moving and healing and helping and saving. We will keep following Him!

We are going to have a great Sunday! Hope to see you there and bring a friend!

You are loved!

Pastor Shawn

7/22/12

What a great Sunday we experienced last week. Here at DFC we saw 20 people baptized. Only one was over 24 years of age, and he was only 39. That is an age that looks young to me these days! We heard and saw some real miracles of young people experiencing, for the first time, new life in Christ. We heard stories of some tough times that these precious teenagers have gone through. We also heard of how our DFC young people, along with Pastor Mike and Kristin Hull, are reaching out and proclaiming the hope that is in salvation through Jesus Christ. It was a mile high day here at DFC!

Yet, as I saw and experienced these miracles, I also knew that all of us who love to be on the mountain-top must come down and walk and live in the valley. We must all continue to walk in the everyday aspects of our ordinary life. We can’t experience the mountain-top on a daily basis. Paul, who we so often refer to, wrote this over 2,000 years ago. 2 Timothy 4:7 says, “I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” That is a statement of someone who continued to victoriously served God long after the initial mountain top moments.

After two decades of watching people burst into the Kingdom with real excitement, and often much fanfare and delight from those of us watching these new Christians, I so value those who know how to run the long distance race. It has been the most discouraging to me to see people come into the Kingdom with such hope and excitement to see them slip out a few weeks or months or even years later without that hope. They are confused because they thought this life was going to be one mountain-top experience. Of course we who have run the race for decades know this is a long race.

Paul says three words in which we can all take to heart: 1) Fight; 2) Finish; 3) Faith. However that works out for you know this, the victorious Christian life is a long distance race. We must keep going! Don’t quit! We may need to pace ourselves. You may be in a stretch of the race where you have left the stadium and you no longer hear or see the crowd that was cheering you on. Even so, keep going! Know this my friend, there is a God who is with you! His presence is with you in the long dry stretches of this race. He will never leave you! There is also a pastor and an imperfect, but committed, body of believers that are cheering and, most importantly, praying for you! We are in this together and we don’t quit! Keep the faith! Keep running the race! We are pulling for you here at DFC!

Hope to see you this Sunday! We can experience the extraordinary grace of God together!

Be Blessed!

Pastor Shawn

7/15/12

The last several days I’ve had a look at the future for Sherri and me. Our two younger children Shayli, age 15, and Shaden, age 12, have both been on a nine day trip with the youth group. As many know, Shawna now lives with her husband in Nashville after their June 9th wedding. Sherri and I, for the first time in twenty years, found ourselves without the immediate care or involvement of our children in some respects. We did travel to Nashville to see Shawna and Dalton, but in so many ways it reflected a look at what is ahead for us. I can’t really tell you how I felt about it because, in some ways there was great freedom and less responsibility, but there was also a deep awareness of time flying by and the realization that there nothing I can do to alter these events from happening.

As I reflect on my changing life, I am sure you do as well. The future can be exciting and scary at the same time! We can’t stop time. We all know that some people do very well with the passing of time; others of us seem to count the passing of time in a very deliberate way. I have prayed with and spoken to many during this last twelve months who are struggling with what’s ahead and with regret regarding what’s behind them.

Even though I experience this “time” element in my own life, I have a couple of observations. First of all, you can’t stop it so there is no sense worrying about it. Jesus said in Matthew 6:27, “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” This is such practical and yet, hard to apply, advice for our life. It’s hard not to worry, and yet Jesus says it doesn’t help us! The theologian Billy Joel (ha) reminds us, “The good old days weren’t all that good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.” Too many of us say, “Well, I remember the way it used to be” in a romantic nostalgic kind of way. Sometimes, we forget the hard days the tough days of yesterday. We also fear the future and forget that God is going to be present and active with us in our future! The future doesn’t have to scare us if we believe in His promise, “He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

So I don’t know how to feel about the new future that faces you and me, but I believe, as always, it is a faith issue; that we must choose to believe that God Himself would have us move ahead into His glorious will and future as we continue to walk with Him and proclaim to this world, “Jesus saves!” As Dr. Bill Burch, pastor and former District Superintendent, would say, “The best is yet ahead!” If we believe in Jesus, we can claim that proclamation!

We are going to have a great Sunday this weekend! Hope to see you here at DFC!

In His glorious grace!

Pastor Shawn

7/1/12

As I sit in my office on this Thursday afternoon, for the third day in a row I see storm clouds building in the west. Once again, today we pray there will be enough rain in those clouds to put out the fires that are raging in our area and even our state. The fires have caused me to think of the apocalypse. On Saturday, as I was leaving our District Assembly in Colorado Springs, we were warned of a new fire that had started just west of the city. As I drove north on

I-25, it was bumper to bumper traffic and the highway was clogged with people trying to flee from the flames. There were wrecks on the side of the road. The temperature was at or above 100 degrees. Cars were overheating including my own. It was chaos. I called Sherri and said this is reminding me of a rapture-like end of the world scenario.

There are unseen things that happen in this life that scare us and cause us to panic. There are life events that we cannot control. The fire from the hills, the health issue that suddenly overwhelms, the broken relationship that leaves us empty and angry, or the sudden financial crisis you never saw coming. What are we to do when tragic life events take over? There is only one thing to do. Cry to Jesus! The Psalmist said it best in Psalm 121:1-2, “I lift my eyes to the hills where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Where does our help come from? There are a lot of resources in this world. But the only true resource for the people of God is God Himself through Jesus Christ! Please, call out to Jesus, as I have done today about a specific tough situation! Isaiah 58:9 says, “Then you will call and the Lord will answer!”

Please be with us Sunday for one service at 10:00 am! It will be a great time to bring a friend as we honor our service men and women!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

What a great time we will experience this weekend. We have one combined service as we celebrate our annual “Freedom Celebration” and we honor those who are serving and have served our country. The service will begin at 10:00 am and will be followed by a free lunch on the grounds of our church. We will be eating inside and outside because of the summer heat. We will be assisting those who need help with food to air-conditioned places. Come and bring a friend!

6/24/12

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” Hebrews 13:8. I am glad that our Savior never changes! I am glad in a life where things can change so quickly, we have a faith and foundation in Jesus Christ. How have things changed for you? I am constantly hearing from folks who are concerned about sudden and dramatic changes in their lives, their health, their bank account, their relationships, even seemingly their faith. Life is about change and transition. We can rejoice that our Savior never changes!

The last time I wrote a message like this my family was on the brink of our oldest daughter Shawna being married to Dalton Diehl. The ceremony and the time we spent, especially on Saturday night here at DFC, was anointed indeed. I felt the Presence of the Holy Spirit in a special way. I am not just saying that because it was our daughter; many of the 600-700 who were here with us commented on the overwhelming Presence of the Holy Spirit! The Siegfreids and the Diehls want to thank those who were there and the entire DFC family for your support and generosity shown to our kids on their special day. The marriage was what we wanted it to be, a showcase of Jesus Christ’s love, power and outpouring to us, His beloved bride and community. Thanks for all the support and prayers!

So my life changed. Shawna is now a married woman. Being the dad, I had anticipated with much concern about how I would feel or even emotionally react to this big change in my life. Can I say to all of those like me who often dread such things, that God is still the same in my life and I am encouraged by the way Sherri and I feel towards the future. When life changes, we can have faith that God is right there walking with us through whatever change life brings! God has a plan for all of us. Let’s keep walking with Him.

We are going to have a great Sunday. We will have special guest, Dr. Jerry Porter, the General Superintendent of our region in here in the US. I will be looking forward to seeing and greeting you this Sunday. Don’t miss it, and bring a friend!

God is good all the time!

Pastor Shawn

5/27/12

Kingdom impact is what it’s all about! Jesus spoke frequently about a new Kingdom, His Kingdom. This weekend, we will begin a two-week look at Jesus establishing His Kingdom here on earth and our role in this Kingdom. When I think of Kingdom impact, I think of the Clay family from here at DFC. Curtis and Andy Clay and their leadership here at DFC are second to none. Of course, this started with their parents, Roger and Marilyn Clay. Roger was our Executive Pastor for decades here in Denver and continues to be involved in Kingdom ministry. Roger was key in “Saturday Nights in Denver” that saw hundreds of thousands of people inspired for the Kingdom.

This all started with a committed mother by the name of Ferne Clay. Ferne brought her family up loving and serving the Kingdom of Christ. Today we say goodbye to Ferne at our church at 1:00 pm. She went to be with her Lord a few days ago at the age of 100. She has no doubt seen Jesus. He has said to her, “Well done, my good and faithful servant!” Her reward is countless. There are thousands and thousands of people that have been inspired and saved because of Ferne’s ministry as a God-fearing, Kingdom-minded, mother. She instilled in Roger, her family and grandkids the Kingdom principles. When Jesus said “My Kingdom come,” she knew what that meant! The King and the Kingdom were her priorities!

My hope is that we will all be like Ferne in the Kingdom way, that we will live our lives in such a way that there is no doubt where our priorities are. This Sunday, I will begin to proclaim what it means to be Kingdom-minded. At DFC, if we will be Kingdom-minded in our church, neighborhood and world, the gates of hell may be against us, but not even hell can stop us! Keep living for the King!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

5/20/12

In 1st Timothy 6:12 it says, “Fight the good fight of the faith.” I‘ve had the opportunity to walk with people this week that are going through tough days, days of loss and days of sin and temptation. Days of fear of what may be ahead. Days that we will all go through, or are going through. This scripture has been on my mind all week!

I have talked with and sat with families this week that have lost a beloved family member. Even though the death was expected, when it came, it hit them hard. The beloved family member is gone to eternity. They are safe with Jesus! Yet it’s hard to walk along without them.

I was with about thirty men Wednesday in the next to last session of “Every Man’s Battle.” We have walked together for the last 2 months. We have had men be real about their addiction. We came to the conclusion that we can be free and we can be pure. We also know that this is a difficult area of men’s lives, but we know we don’t walk alone!

On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to visit a family where the young father is in the last stages of cancer. The future is uncertain! In this man I sensed a real faith, a real desire to be strong for whatever lies ahead. His only point of weakness or concern was his family. Especially his 17 year old son who was in the room with us! Pray for a miracle please! Pray for strength. Pray for his family. As I left, I was thinking about this word from Paul and I said to him, “Don’t give up!”

Maybe you are going through some tough days. Maybe there is something life threatening, or maybe it’s just concerns about children and money and life itself. All morning I have been thinking about three words. Faith, Focus and Fight! We all need to put our faith in Jesus Christ. He is the One who knows the future and walks with us through it! We need to focus! Sometimes our focus is not on what’s really important. My friend with cancer had perfect focus and clarity. What’s really important in your life? Focus on those things! Then finally, fight. Don’t give up or give in! We as Christians can fight the good fight of faith. The enemy loves it when you give up, especially on your faith. This may apply to your job, your marriage, or your kids -- maybe even your church. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:39, “We are not those who shrink back.” God is on our side. He loves us and He will make a way through all we are going through today!

Please know this: We here at DFC are also on your side. We are in this together. We are praying for each other!

Sunday will be one of the most exciting days of the year. Come hear of several miracles God has done this year.

In His Strength!

Pastor Shawn

5/13/12

I have so enjoyed my time with the 45-50 guys who have committed themselves to the sexual purity series entitled “Every Man’s Battle.” We have been a group of guys that are willing to be honest and transparent about this thing called purity. I believe God honors honesty and confession. 1-John 1:9 tells us that, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and will forgive us of our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” We must be honest in the family of God. We must be confessional towards the Father and even towards one another.

I made a blunder the other day publically. I did something I know I shouldn’t have done. It wasn’t a moral sin, but it was stupid, and I knew before I did it that I shouldn’t have done it. (Sounds like Romans 7!) I actually have had some folks let me know of the dumb thing I did. My reaction to what I did was to be completely honest and say, “You are right, and I am sorry.” When I have confessed up to my mistake people have said, “Thank you,” and have quickly accepted my apology. I believe that honest confession and apology can create good will within the Body of Christ. We should practice this more often.

Please don’t forget, though, the last part of 1-John 1:9. It says, “He cleanses us.” I believe part of the plan of confession leaves a lasting feeling of, “I don’t want to be always apologizing and asking for forgiveness, especially from other humans.” So, when we repent, we don’t want to repeat the same stupid mistake or sin! It says God will cleanse us. God will help us to be Holy and make right and righteous decisions. This is all part of God’s cleansing and sanctifying plan. To simply be more like Jesus in every way is our goal every day. I am so glad He is on our side! Aren’t you?

Please join us this Sunday for a very special Mother’s Day at DFC! We will bless all the ladies with a gift, and I will bring a very special message from God’s Word!

You are loved!

Pastor Shawn

5/6/12

2 Chronicles 7:14 proclaims, “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” This is the focus scripture we used this Thursday morning as we, as a church, opened up early to call people to pray for our nation, our church and each other. May 3rd is the National Day of Prayer in America. Prayer is exactly what we need here at DFC, and around our world. The several of us that came to pray today agreed we should do this more often together and also agreed that we are glad we made the effort to come out early and spend a season of prayer together. Let me say it again, prayer is what we need!

I want to encourage all of us to pray, especially at this time in history. Our nation needs prayer! In a day and time that we debate the legitimacy of having the phrase “one nation under God” on our money and our public institutions, this speaks to the need of prayer. Our nation has fallen away from Him, and He is the reason we are blessed! To not honor Him will take His covering of protection from us! Pray for our nation!

Pray for our church and our churches. We rejoice in a time that we are hearing of a global revival. We hear reports of evangelization all around the world. Our own denomination reports of tens of thousands of new converts from many different foreign fields. In our own church we need to pray for Tamrat and Mulu Layne. Tamrat is the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia who was incredibly saved in prison several years ago. Next, Mulu is going back to Ethiopia to try to establish an orphanage to care for the many starving and parentless children. God is moving around the world!

Pray for DFC and the American evangelical church. Here in America we are not seeing the moving of God like we are seeing in other places in our world. Here in America, and even in our churches, we lack moral clarity and have quickly become irrelevant to the people. We lack the “saltiness” the Lord spoke of in His Word. Pray for evangelical fire again in our churches. Of course, here at DFC we are moving down the road of a God-sized project and outreach. Our prayer continues to be not about a building, but an evangelical outreach to our community and to the natural “Oikos,” or family and friend structure, that all of us live with. This building will allow us to have an even greater outreach and ministry to so many. Please pray we will never lose our focus here at DFC! We want God’s hand and purpose at our back all the time.

One of the several that were here this morning was our own General Superintendent, Dr. Jim Diehl. I first heard this phrase from him years ago, “Keep the main thing the main thing!” That’s our prayer, despite what others may do and how lost some get in our nation and our world; God will bless those who keep reaching and loving the “lost!” That’s His heart, and that’s our prayer! Let keep praying together, and let’s keep moving forward together!

Hope to see you Sunday! God will be there, and I hope you will be there too!

Blessings!

Pastor Shawn

4/29/12

As a pastor for over twenty years, I am constantly thinking about mission. What is my mission? What is the mission of the church? How do we accomplish our mission? I believe most people want to have a purpose or a mission here on earth. Even those that aren’t believers seem to want to have a reason for existing.

As I was reading this morning in Paul’s letter to Timothy, Paul says this in 1 Timothy 1:15, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst.” Paul, in one sentence, gets to the heart of what I believe our mission is and how we accomplish that mission here on earth.

I had the opportunity to be with Tamrat Layne, a member of DFC, this week. Tamrat has a miraculous testimony. At one time, Tamrat lead an army of 150,000 men, then became the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, and then he was put in prison for thirteen years. It was during that time that Lord Jesus came to Tamrat and saved him. Now Tamrat is speaking and telling his story to many. In our conversation, I asked Tamrat about leadership. I asked him what makes a good leader. He told me this: to be a leader you need three things 1) a cause; 2) relationship; and 3) influence. He said he had all those qualities in Ethiopia. He said what he did not have, which is crucial in leading a mission and being a leader, is service.

I equate service with humility. It’s the example of our Lord when He said in Matthew 20:28, “The Son of Man has not come to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Service is humility! After Jesus said this, He washed the disciples’ feet as a servant. I believe it is Paul’s humility here when he says, “I am the worst of sinners,” in 1 Timothy 1:15. When we serve and have humility, we lead as Christ led, laying His life down for others. I say we won’t have full effect with our message if we don’t have humility and service. If we want to have purpose and mission, we must serve with humility! May God help all to spread His message of hope with passion and purpose, but also with true humility! God is good all the time!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

4/22/12

I hate to wait. If you know me, you know that patience is not my middle name! When they measure my personality (a difficult task in itself), they find that I am an “activator,” which means that I will jump out and act, sometimes prematurely. Maybe you identify with me and are a person that can get ahead of others in the belief we must do something, and do it right now. I say all that to say that we must act, and I believe God wants us to act now!

This week, I had the opportunity to listen to one of my favorite pastors in America, Tony Evans, from Dallas. Pastor Tony spoke at our church last summer during the Promise Keepers convention. In the DVD on which he spoke, he mentioned that God was actually waiting on us! I have heard so many people say we are waiting on God. What does that mean? In Matthew 16, Jesus told Peter, “I will give you the keys to the Kingdom!” To me, that means God has already given us the tools, or the access to keys, to change the world! So what are we waiting on? Isn’t it interesting that Peter writes in 2-Peter 3:9, “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” God is waiting on us!

So, how do we apply that to our personal lives and to the future of DFC? We move ahead with the boldness and the resources that God has given us! We have His message of freedom and salvation! We also have the knowledge that God wants His Kingdom to advance! He said, “My Kingdom come!” How are we advancing the Kingdom? How are we moving ahead to take the ground that God has provided for us? I believe God has given us a mission and a mandate to move ahead now with this building and expansion advancement! This expansion will provide us with a tool that will allow us to maximize our gifts here at DFC, that will result in so many coming to the saving relationship with Jesus Christ! That’s all I need to know! That’s the bottom line! So let’s get started by praying and fasting and moving ahead to take the ground that God has given us! Let’s believe God for thousands of souls won to His Kingdom!

Come with us! Pray with us! Let’s be about Kingdom Advancement!

Hope to see you Sunday!

In the King’s service!

Pastor Shawn

4/15/12

What a wonderful Easter we experienced at DFC! We are still experiencing the effects of the services last Sunday. The cardboard testimonies from members and those who attend DFC have made huge impacts for close to 2,000 people who watched and witnessed the miracles of God’s power. I commend those courageous people that were not ashamed to show the world how God has delivered them from dark to light.

Easter 2012 is now over. For pastors, we love Easter, but we must also move on. Jesus is just as much alive as He was last week. It is my hope and prayer that all of us will continue to experience the power of Christ’s resurrection every day, every week and every month of the year. The apostle Paul mentions the power of resurrection in Philippians 3:10. It says, “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection.” It doesn’t have to be Easter Sunday for us to experience His resurrection power. We can and should experience and celebrate His resurrection every day. “We serve a risen Savior” shouldn’t be just a cliché. It should be a resounding reality reflected in everything we do and say, every day!

So, this weekend I encourage us to come and be a part of what God is doing in our lives in light of His resurrection power. This Sunday we begin our new series, “A Great Life.” I hope you will make Sunday worship a priority for you and your family. It’s a great habit that will change your life and the lives of many others. Don’t forget your “Oikos,” that group of 10-15 people that you have most contact and influence with in this life. Pray for them and invite them to church so we can continue to encourage them and invite them to the “Great Life” that God has for all of us! I will pray for you as you reach out in the name of Jesus!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

3/25/12

On my wall, there is a frame that contains my first district license that was granted by the Kansas City District. I remember, in 1991, when I received my first preaching license. I remember how nervous I was as these men sat behind a table, and I tried to articulate to them my call to ministry. I had the opportunity to sit on the other side of the table and listened to many individuals tell me their story of how God was calling them into full time ministry. I rejoiced as I listened to stories of God’s transforming love and how God was calling them to leave their secular careers and enter into pastoral ministry. How exciting to hear real miracles of God’s power!

One man named David told of how he was an alcoholic coming off 30 days in rehab. He was angry and being tempted to drink again. His wife asked him to attend the new church she was attending. He reluctantly went on Sunday morning and confessed he believed his wife and pastor had consulted, because everything the pastor preached pierced his heart. That afternoon, under deep conviction, he went to his bedroom and said, “If you are really God, take this craving for alcohol from me.” He prayed that prayer in 1997 and said that day God took the craving completely away. It is glorious to see how God calls people to this wonderful life of ministry.

Jude 1 says that God calls us, he loves us and keeps us. I have heard so many stories of God’s call in people’s lives this week. How His love keeps that call intact through the storms and trials of this life. All of us have been called to proclaim His love to our world. No matter what the enemy and life throws at us, God’s call continues. Don’t give up! God is calling you today to proclaim His life to somebody. He has equipped you with His love and Spirit! Go and shine His light and make a difference in someone’s life!

I hope to see you Sunday as we baptize people new and renewed in Christ! God is good all the time!

In His Keeping Power!

Pastor Shawn

3/18/12

Monday morning was a tough morning for me. I was driving my daughter, Shawna, to the airport so she could fly back to Nashville to get back to school and, once again, I was reminded of how I don’t like goodbyes. The drive to the airport was one of joy and great conversation, but when I dropped her off, all of the sudden I felt like life was, once again, moving too fast. We rejoice that we will see Shawna and Dalton married here at DFC, on June 9. Some would rightly say, “It’s all good,” but even the “good” things in this life can cause us to reflect with some concern on how life moves quickly. As I said goodbye to my little girl, who’s now an adult and soon to be married, I felt the tug of sadness in my heart. Life is changing, and goodbye brings with it a sense of sorrow of how some things will never again be the same.

As I reflect on all the goodbyes that we have experienced here at DFC over the last 30 months, I understand the sorrow of many. I remember just a few weeks ago as we prayed for young man by the name of Cody Finley as he was being deployed to Afghanistan. I imagine those parents and grandparents sense of sorrow saying goodbye to their brave boy. I remember just a little over a year ago sitting with Pastor Randy Edwards and his brave wife, Lynette, as I was saying good bye to our heroic pastor and friend and hearing Lynette say, through her tears, how much she was going to miss him. It still tears at my heart today. Goodbyes are tough!

Just this week I was reading where Jesus was telling his disciples about His death and departure. They were, of course, anxious about this news. Jesus, in John 16 says, “It is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away the Counselor will not come to you.” Jesus knows that we don’t like goodbyes. So He tells us we now have the Comforter; that is His Spirit that is now with us. When I was driving away from the airport, in the middle of sorrow, I was not alone! He, the Holy Spirit, was with me! Why? Because He loves us and draws near when we feel sorrow, especially the kind of sorrow associated with goodbyes!

My shepherd heart goes out to anyone who feels the sting of a sad goodbye. Draw on the available power of the Holy Spirit. Try to quiet your trembling heart just enough to sense His Presence and realize He feels your pain and understands your sorrow. He has been there Himself! The scriptures tell us He was attempting to comfort His distraught disciples. As I quoted last week in the sermon, from a Nazi prison camp, Betsie ten Boom said this to her frightened sister Corrie, “There is no pit so deep that God is not deeper still!” Draw close to Him today; He is near!

We hope to see you this Sunday. God, as always, brought several people to Him in saving and reconciling faith last weekend. All we can say is, “Do it again God!” He is good all the time!

God loves you!

Pastor Shawn

3/4/12

As I watch the many cars on Hampden drive by our church, I am reminded of a special place and a special time. The special place is this church. For almost 105 years there has been a Denver First Church. For over thirty years we have been here at 3800 E. Hampden. I wonder about the people driving by; do they realize how special this place is? Do they realize that, within the walls of this hallowed building, the Word of Life is proclaimed and lived out, and if they would embrace the faith that is taught here it would change their lives and their world forever? Do we realize this? DFC is a special place where people come to a faith that is life transforming. Just like the two families that I prayed with at our altar last Sunday. It was their first Sunday and God changed their lives!

This is also a special time. We will begin our Journey with Jesus by teaching and preaching the passion of our Lord to save the world. The “Born to Die – Jesus’ Journey to the Cross” series begins this Sunday. I personally am always very excited to proclaim this message at this time of year. For us in the faith community it is the pinnacle of the story. This the time that God acted in incredible redemptive power to save us, His fallen creation. We could do nothing! He did everything by sending His Son to the cross for the final covenant, the final sacrifice of His own to save the world!

Please join us, and pray for us, these next several weeks as we celebrate and worship this best act of God on our behalf! I am already looking forward to April 8, Easter Sunday when we will have an Easter service that you will never forget! Begin to pray now for 8-15 friends and family that you can invite to that very special day. Even this Sunday, don’t forget to invite folks to hear the passion message of Jesus our Redeemer! Remember, our Redeemer lives!

In His Resurrection Power!

Pastor Shawn

2/26/12

The words “unexpected” or, “we didn’t see it coming,” are words that are relevant right now. I woke up about 2:45 in the morning to the roar of the wind. Growing up in Kansas, I have always been conditioned to get up and see what is happening, especially if you hear the sound of a storm approaching. The wind was fierce, and yet, I knew we would be ok; this is not tornado season. About twenty minutes later, I heard a pecking sound at our north window. I got up again to see a virtual blizzard of sleet and snow blanketing our neighborhood. Before bed, we were assured of maybe a half-inch of snow overnight. Well, some of us, especially those who live in the south of town, got more like 6-8 inches of “flurries.” We didn’t expect it, we didn’t see it coming.

Most of the time, those are words we don’t want to hear. Living with the unexpected is not easy and, for some, is frightening. Right now some of you are going through something that you did not see coming your way. It has altered everything you do! It might be changing your relationship, your finances, your health, even your faith in God. I can assure you that even though you didn’t expect it, God knew it was coming, and God has provided provision for this time of storm!

As we read in Luke chapter 8, there is a sudden unexpected storm in which the disciples are caught, and they are afraid. The good news is that Jesus is in the boat with them and, with a simple command, He calms the storm immediately. Now, that may not be our experience specifically, but there is one similarity for all of us. The Presence of Jesus! His promise is to never leave nor forsake. Whether He calms the storm or He calms us in the midst of the storm, He knew about the storm! The storm doesn’t scare Him! Most of all, He wants us to call on Him and learn to trust Him. Unexpected storms will come, but the Lord Jesus is there with us through it all!

We are looking forward to a great Sunday with our guest speaker, Rev. Dave Ralph. I will be there as well to greet you and pray for you, and most of all, to worship our Savior. I hope to see you Sunday!

You are loved!

Pastor Shawn

2/19/12

We are six weeks into 2012, and this is the time that most of us realize the difficulty of our New Year’s resolutions becoming a reality. I know, as I study my goals for this year, how difficult some of them are to becoming reality. They sound and look good on paper, but anything that is really worth striving for is not going to be easy. So how are you doing on your goals? What do you need to start or stop doing immediately to see those goals or dreams become a reality? Always let God in on your efforts. I believe He delights in our efforts in our lives, as any good Father does. Maybe we should evaluate if our goals enhance His Kingdom and bring Him glory. Those are goals worth striving for!

As I think of the ministry of DFC, I definitely have some goals for us. I believe they are harvest “great commission” kind of goals. As you know, we are moving ahead on our expansion project. We have met twice for open forums and they could not have gone better. The questions and dialogue have been positive and informative. I salute our church body for the positive outlook to this project. I believe God is leading us down the expansion road.

More than ever, my goal for our church is to be an “Acts 2” church. The “Acts 2” church is the kind of church that has the dynamics of fellowship and discipleship and evangelism based on Biblical principles proclaimed by the leaders of the church. More than anything, I see a group of believers headed in the same direction. I believe we are that church! I want us to be aware of opportunities to strengthen our unity and inspire us to be what God calls us to be. An opportunity to grow together and be inspired will be Sunday, February 26. We will have a special speaker, Pastor Ron Salsbury, from Pismo Beach New Life church. He will be speaking in both services in the morning, and also that evening at 6:00 pm. Pismo Beach New Life has been our most consistently growing and cutting edge church, ministering to its community and the entire Nazarene denomination. I believe God is going to bring us renewal and inspiration through Pastor Ron’s story of ministry and miraculous journey through cancer these last seven years. Please make plans to be with us that Sunday.

I do hope to see you all this Sunday at DFC. Last Sunday God brought us a harvest of people committing their lives to Him. One special couple found God’s saving grace together at our altars. It was their first Sunday at DFC. I say Amen!

In His Saving Grace!

Pastor Shawn

1/29/12

“I have a dream…” were, of course, the words of Dr. Martin Luther King in a most memorable speech on August 28, 1963 in Washington DC. Many of us have dreams and hopes for the future. Last night (Wednesday) we, as church leaders and church body, spoke of a dream that we have for our future here at DFC. We have taken the first steps in what we hope and dream will be a reality of adding 35,000 to 40,000 feet of multi-use space to our church. We are praying that, as we begin to go down this road of expansion here at 3800 E Hampden, we will have the favor of the Body of Christ and the city of Cherry Hills Village. We would ask that our church body and friends of DFC will begin to pray as we walk down this road together.

Our dream and hope is that, as we add a Family Life center and a large atrium, we will have useable space for worship, recreation and education. For many years our church has been blessed with a state-of-the-art worship center and education space that most churches would love to have. The missing component has been this multi-use space with a gym and scalable areas that we can use for a variety of activities. We can do so many ministries that will draw individuals and families from our community into our church to experience the saving grace of Christ. I believe, with the strengths, ministries and people of DFC who have a burden for lost and hurting people in Denver, this facility holds incredible potential for the cause of Christ!

So, what’s next pertaining to this dream? We keep moving ahead! Our next expansion forum is Sunday night, February 12, at 5:00 pm. We would invite members and friends of DFC to come and hear about the dream that we believe God has placed on our hearts. I believe our motivations for this project are from God. Remember our purpose here at DFC, our reason for being here in Denver for 103 years, is what the Lord said in Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and save the lost.” This addition will help us reach people and families who need Him! Pray with us as we dream and move forward.

Thanks for your support and prayer! To God be the glory!

Pastor Shawn

1/22/12

As I write this note, I am sitting in the Orlando airport on Wednesday morning getting ready to fly back to Denver. I have been part of the “Synergize” conference, where I spoke yesterday to an audience of thousands. I have to say, it has been one of the highlights of my ministry to be asked to be a part of this conference. It wasn’t until I got here that I realized the scope and magnitude of the opportunity. The men who have spoken, or are going to speak, have impact on the world that is incredible. I spoke along with men who lead ministries here in the US and overseas that are extremely impactful for the cause of Christ.

The man that spoke right after me has planted some 3,000 churches. Pastor David Mohan, a pastor from India, spoke the same afternoon as me; he told of his ministry and church in India. He told of the 40,000 people that attend his church. He spoke of how they were building a church sanctuary that will seat 54,000 people. That would be three times the size of the Pepsi center where the Nuggets and Avalanche play. What spoke to me, as I sat among these mighty men of God and listened to their passion for lost souls, was that people around the world are hungry for a message of hope through Christ! We are experiencing a worldwide revival of biblical proportions.

I have two observations about my time at the Synergize Conference. First, even in our Nazarene denomination, we are seeing incredible growth overseas. One speaker spoke of Africa becoming the biggest center for Christianity in the next fifty years. Christendom is numbering the converts in the 100,000s overseas every year - maybe more! What about America? We are seeing pockets of revival and growth, but overall we see stagnant growth. As I had dinner with one of our denominational leaders on Tuesday night, he told me that last year the Church of the Nazarene, as a denomination, grew by 750 people in America. Out of nearly 6,000 churches in America, we saw only a 750 gain in membership! At DFC, we grew over a hundred folks in our report. Just do the math. In my book, that is not acceptable. We have a message that gives hope and freedom, and yet people are just not accepting the message like they are overseas. It tells me that, here in America, we have a problem. I am not sure exactly what the problem is, and we could give many excuses. Let me say this, we put our hope in Christ! Many today put their hope in prosperity, people or power. We must continue to preach the relevant gospel of the Savior that saves and brings real power to our lives!

The second point that I want to talk about is personal. As I began to realize what an opportunity it was to speak at this conference, God’s promises in my life were overwhelming to me. The conference was being simulcast nationally and, I found out, even overseas. Dr. James Davis, the man who is leader of this organization of churches that has 130,000 churches involved, told us that this was being viewed in Russia. I began to be overwhelmed in a good way! I know my limitations, and yet God has chosen me to speak among these great ministries. I was humbled and thankful. I was texting a few friends to ask for prayer. One of my accountability brothers said this to me a few moments before I took the stage, “God gave you something to say.” The Lord did help me deliver a message to a very receptive audience. When I was first called to preach in January of 1989, I was struggling with whether or not this was the kind of career that would fulfill me. That Sunday, when I was called, I told God that I would preach His message to ten or ten thousand. Realizing and submitting to the fact that, most often, I would preach to ten rather than ten thousand, and yet I felt compelled to make that my foundational prayer. Last Tuesday, God helped me to speak to thousands from that platform and through the miracle of simulcast and modern technology. His promise for me had been fulfilled this week. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 9, “Woe to me if I don’t preach the gospel.” When God promises us something, we can count on it!

What has God promised you that you are waiting on? You felt that you heard His promise, and yet you wait. It has been 23 years since I prayed that prayer, and that prayer came true this week. Don’t ever give up the God who promises! I am looking forward to seeing you this Sunday. God moved last week and know that He wants to do the same this Sunday. I am talking about trust this week as I continue the “Cycle of Victorious Living” series. I hope you will come and worship with us at 9:00 or 10:30 am and bring a friend!

God bless you, and trust His promises!

Pastor Shawn

1/15/12

I have an opportunity on Tuesday of this coming week to present some thoughts in a conference setting in Orlando, Florida, regarding church and Kingdom life. I have been asked to speak on the basic subject of church growth and health. The audience will be quite diverse and there will be people viewing the conference from different parts of the world. Needless to say, I need your prayers! I want to communicate Christ and the hope that we, as churches, can have life giving, people serving, and soul saving ministries in the local church. It is a one day event, and I will be back on Wednesday. Please pray for me as I want to glorify God in my presentation.

The title of the presentation in a nutshell is, “Having a Church That Doesn’t Just Survive, but a Church That Thrives.” In the context of our conversation today, I wonder how many of us who claim the Savior would say we are thriving, or are we just surviving? Believe me, I am thankful for survival! Every day I wake up and have another day to live here in Colorado, pastor a great church and live and love a great wife and family is awesome. But let’s face it, some days, some weeks, some months and even some years, we just survive! We make it through! I want to say to someone who shares that thought, my heart and prayers are with you! I understand those days. But let me also say to myself and to fellow survivors, God wants us to thrive!

How do we thrive? Is there a formula? What I can say is that the centerpiece of thriving in this world, as a follower of Jesus, is resting and living in the knowledge that God Himself loves us and knows our name. It is His love and the knowledge and acceptance of the fact that He loves and likes us unconditionally. Brennen Manning, after encountering a 81 year old nun who confessed a terrible abuse in her life as a child by her own father, encouraged the old nun to once a day for 30 days sit down and recite the saying, “Abba, I belong to you” over and over. The change in this lady’s life was absolutely amazing. She went from surviving to finally thriving. Don’t wait to realize that God loves us through Christ in a way that is life transforming. Let us thrive through His love.

This Sunday, I will continue the “Cycle of Victorious Living” series. For you that are reading the book, chapter 3 would be great to read, if you can. Please remember to reach out and bring someone with you this Sunday, if at all possible. I believe this subject can be the hope that your friend or loved one really needs. God Bless you and thanks for the encouragement and the prayers!

In His Thriving Love!

Pastor Shawn

1/8/12

Well, this week many of us have to go back to work again after a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s break. Getting back to a normal routine feels good and productive. Sherri and I felt that normalcy as we hit the highway together on Tuesday morning, only to find it jammed with other folks going back to work too. We all need a break, but we also need to get back to doing what God has called us to do for our families and spreading the Message of Jesus with our lives, where we work and live. I hope you feel good about getting back to a normal schedule.

Back at DFC we are back to that normal schedule. This Sunday we will have our 9:00 am service and our 10:30 am service. We have celebrated an incredible 2011, but it is time to look and move forward to a glorious 2012. This will be a year of miracles, if we believe that God has called us to be part of an incredible movement of His Spirit here in Denver. It’s not like God is waiting on us at DFC to move. He is moving on our city! There are pockets of His outpouring at times. We have seen His move among us as well. We must find out where and how He is moving and join Him in His redeeming and healing ministry. I am extremely excited for 2012 to see how God will use DFC to redeem and make disciples in our community! Join us in this “great adventure” this year!

This Sunday, I am so thrilled to begin the “Cycle of Victorious Living” series. I believe many of us will begin to approach every day in a way that will result in more peace and purpose for us personally. Also, it will result in more people observing Christ-empowered disciples living life in a way that will be attractive to weary travelers trying to make sense of their own existence here on earth. There is still time to get the book here at church for $5.00. If you haven’t yet, you can read chapters 1 and 2 in preparation for this Sunday. It is going to be fun to be on this journey together in January and February!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

1/1/12

Well, this is the last blog of 2011 for me. When I look back on last year, I must say I am impressed with the way God has helped us! There have been so many things that have happened that we could not have predicted! Such is life. The good and the bad have come and we look back and I believe we see that God was with us through it all. Some of you have lost loved ones, some very suddenly. For others it was drawn out. My hope is that you sensed the Presence of God and the presence of His people. I want you to know we are with you!

Some have experienced the loss of health and independence. I trust your dependence is in the Great Comforter, Jesus Christ! Seek healing and strength from the One who heals and gives us the strength to keep on keeping on!

Most of us have experienced the loss of financial confidence. Many from our congregation are without jobs for the first time. Many have continued to give and be generous despite the loss of vocation. We are believing for you and your family that 2012 will be a better and more prosperous year!

I hope all of us have felt the touch of God in our many regular services and special services. Dozens were baptized in 2011. Dozens gave their heart to Christ at our altars in moments of commitment and recommitment! We have seen God’s hand in so many ways. I am a grateful pastor to the 2,000 or so faithful followers who call DFC their church. You are the greatest church a pastor could ever lead! Thank you for letting me be part of your life. I know I am thankful that you are a part of our lives! I can already see God’s hand in 2012!

I trust you will be with us this weekend. Don’t forget the Wii Got Game Night on Friday. The fun begins at 8:00 pm. We will ring in the New Year together! Also, Sunday will be a great day to start the New Year! We will have one service together at 10:00 am. The children will have a special guest illusionist during the 10:00 am service. Kids are encouraged to bring friends! Finally, I will be beginning my new series entitled “The Cycle of Victorious Living” on January 8. If you would like to buy the book that we will read together through the month of January and February, they are available in the East & West Foyers for $5.00. I would encourage you to get the book; it will enhance your experience of worship!

God bless you and yours!

Pastor Shawn

12/25/11

Well, are you done shopping for Christmas yet? If you have received this note and you answered, “No,” you are really in trouble. Christmas is literally just hours away. I admit, we are not done shopping yet. I am writing this a few days before you receive it, and yet, we feel stressed about all we need to do before the big day. Stress during this time of year is common, yet stress is stressful especially during a holiday stressing peace. (I said stress four times during that sentence.) I believe Christmas was never supposed to be this way!

One excuse my family does have is walking though the illness of my son, Shaden. He was diagnosed with pneumonia on Thursday night last week. He seems to get a little better every day, and yet, we wish he would get better faster. It is amazing how the importance of some things will halt the production of the less important. Shaden has been the priority in our house!

2,000 years ago, things came to a standstill in a little village called Bethlehem. A little boy was born to a teenage girl named Mary and her husband Joseph, a very common event, and yet, a very uncommon baby. What became most important to some in the little village was this little boy. They stopped and took notice of the event, and they worshipped Christ, the King!

I know we are just a few hours away. You are busy getting ready for the event. But would we all stop right now to recognize the event, the birth of the King of Kings. As we stop, we worship Him now as Lord of all! Find a moment to be still and worship Him as your Lord!

We hope to see you at DFC for Christmas Eve service at 5:00 pm. Join us Christmas Sunday morning at 10:00 am for a very special combined DFC Christmas morning. Bring your family and friends!

God is with us!

Pastor Shawn

12/18/11

“Amazing!” “Incredible!” “Unbelievable!” These were some of the words used to express the feelings of everyone I was with last Sunday. We were watching the Denver Broncos come back to win in overtime. I am a football guy and the way they won the game last Sunday was the most improbable yet. The Chicago Bears had to make some specific and horrific mistakes for the Broncos to even have a chance to win. Yet another late game comeback led by their wonderfully overt, Christ-loving, quarterback, Tim Tebow. It has been said by the secular media that the Tim Tebow story transcends even sports. His story was on most major non-sports telecasts this week. Good morning America did a story on Tim and his leadership style. They told how his leadership style of encouragement and humility is a style proven to produce the most positive results in our culture today, even in the business world.

Tim Tebow, and what is happening with the Broncos, borders on the miraculous. I agree with Tim, God doesn’t care who wins the game. I would know personally after four years of playing college football for Mid-America Nazarene, an evangelical holiness college. There were many times that we were the most righteous team on the field, and yet were getting beat by dozens of points by a group of unruly, unrighteous, swearing football players from a secular school.

I do believe God wants to spread the message of His Son, Jesus. He will use whatever means to tell people that He loves them. I heard this week that at times, when Tim gets tackled, there is a certain type of conversation at the bottom of the pile. Many times Tim is ridiculed and taunted, but he often responds with, “Jesus loves you.” To be honest, I believe there is no better competitor than Tim in the NFL. As you can tell, I get carried away talking football, especially when it comes to Tim Tebow! The whole nation is captivated by his story.

I say “Yay, God!” I have been a KC Chiefs fan all of my 46 years of life. I have stuck with them through many bad years. They have had more bad than good. But they are my team! Yet, when the Broncos began to play Tim, I began to root for him and the Broncos. It does feel strange at times rooting for the team that has been the KC Chiefs biggest thorn in the last 20 years, and yet this story is bigger than my team and sports. This story is about a young man who seems to be too good to be true. Yet, the love of God is all over him. He is pleasantly passionate about his Savior. He gives credit to Jesus after every game. (Something that bothers even Christians—Why??) The reason I support Tim and the Broncos is that he has the same goal as we do as a church and individuals. That goal is to promote and lift up Jesus Christ as the hope of the world! Everybody is watching Tim. We as a church must pray for him. He is a young man who is not married and he has many enemies because of his faith. Jesus said it would be that way! So pray for him and pray for his success. After every game, millions are watching and hearing him say, “I want thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” I get choked up thinking how many people hear that. (Last week even his coach, John Fox, at the beginning of his press conference, thanked the “good Lord!”) Tim is effecting so many!

Well, leave it to football for me to write my longest blog ever. Yes, I am as excited about Tim Tebow as you are. I have never purchased any type of Bronco paraphernalia, ever. I am actually considering it for a certain young man in my life who has asked me, “Can I root for the Bronco’s?” Miracles do happen! A KC fan now rooting for the Denver Broncos. I didn’t see this coming when I moved to Denver!

We hope to see you Sunday. I am closing my message with a Tim Tebow story that will certainly make you cry as this young man continues to be obedient to Jesus!

God Bless you and yours!

Pastor Shawn

12/11/11

Do you ever think about what is up ahead? I mean, sometimes if we are honest, the future can be kind of frightening. As pastor of this great church, I have seen folks walk through some frightening moments. Some events that, if they could have seen coming, I’m sure they would have run the other way. Maybe that’s why we don’t see into the future. God knows if we could see it, the fear alone of the event would rob us of the joy of today! I am trying to live in joy. It’s not easy, but it is what keeps us close to Him who knows what is up ahead!

As I write this, I am thinking of two great men in our church whose lives have impacted me and many more. First is Thaine Sanford. We had Thaine’s funeral here on Monday. His life spoke for itself. His family and friends told of his faith and his powerful commitment to his God and his family and his church. I have not met many who had such a commitment to the Kingdom as Thaine. I believe the highlight for me was his grandson, Jeremy, who has just recently come back to the Lord after a tough season out in the world. Jeremy testified that, even though as he said that he was the “worst” of the family, Thaine, his very godly grandfather, was so proud of him, especially that day Jeremy was baptized. It spoke of Thaine’s Spirit-filled life that does not condemn, but celebrates the prodigal when he comes home. Thanks Thaine for a life well lived for His glory!

The other man is our friend Lee Zaker. Lee had major surgery last week for esophageal cancer. As I saw Lee this week on Tuesday morning, once again I did not see a man asking why, but I saw a disciple of Jesus saying how can I bring glory to my Savior through this experience. While I was there, a young, sharp doctor came in to attend to Lee. Lee was ministering to the doctor by just being nice and appreciative of the doctor. Once again, I see Jesus in a man that has surrendered his life to the King. So when his life is pressed and shaken up, what flows out is ministry in the name of Jesus. Keep praying for Lee; we received good news about the pathological report late in the week! God is able!

Well last weekend was incredible! At the close of the weekend, we estimated close to 4,000 people had come through our doors here at DFC through the Taste of Christmas, the two Michael Card concerts and, of course, the two Sunday morning services. God is using us this time of year as we celebrate the coming of our Savior to this world. We hope to see you this weekend!

In closing, let me encourage all of us to be aware that, in December, we hope to receive about 30% of our total ministry budget. I understand in these tough financial times that giving to others can be difficult. Let me encourage all of us to put the Kingdom of God first! By doing this we put the King first. There is a blessing in living in financial stewardship obedience. Let us continue to keep ministries running at full strength here at DFC. As you bless the church, the church blesses and reaches so many here and around the world! I am glad we are on the same team together!

You are loved!

Pastor Shawn

12/4/11

The last several weeks we have been saddened and sickened by the sexual scandals of abuse in our nation and, as of late, in our city. When we see this level of sinfulness, we understand why we need a Savior and why He went to the cross. Paul said about sin, “…the wages of sin is death…” Romans 6:23. James articulates a process of sin and yet ends with the same conclusion as Paul. James 1:14-15, “but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.” What we have observed on the national and local scene is sin at its absolute worst!

It is interesting, in the case of the Sheriff of Arapahoe county, who was arrested this week for exchanging drugs for sexual relations with a young man, that he now sits in the jail that was named in his honor. Isn’t that profound? We always are responsible for our decision to entertain and give sway to our own desires until we are condemned to prison with our own name on it! We have no one else to blame but ourselves! The power of the curse of Adam continues to plague the human race and there is not one of us that is immune to its effect and consequences in this life.

As I write this, once again, Denver is being blanketed with a beautiful snowfall. This reminds me of the promise of the prophet found in Isaiah 1:18, “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…” The promise of forgiveness and cleansing was achieved on the Cross of Calvary. Even today, those men, who are so guilty, can be forgiven and cleansed of their sin, as terrible as their sins may be!

Let me say to you, my brothers and sisters in Christ, flee from sin! Let it have no room in your life. When it approaches, don’t linger around trying to decide if you should or shouldn’t entertain the temptation from the enemy. Run now! Call on God to give you strength! God will rescue you, if you turn to Him!

Just last night a couple stumbled into our church and were looking for hope for their lives. They had a beautiful baby girl. The young man is on a work release program. That means that during the day he gets out of jail and at night has to check back in for the crime he committed. He began to tell me the story, but I interrupted him and said, “Your past doesn’t matter when you come to our church. God forgives and so do we.” But I was interested in their future. I encouraged him, for the sake of his fiancée and baby, to begin to make right decisions. I told him that it just takes one off night, one night of giving into temptation, for him to be back down the road of death again! He agreed and I encouraged them to come back on Sunday, if possible. I believe they are going to try. Pray for them today! God is in the redeeming business! Let us live for His glory and walk in Holiness and righteousness!

I hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

11/27/11

Well, once again, the old phrase, “life moves fast,” is relevant. We are on the doorstep of another Advent season. As I am writing this, it is the day before Thanksgiving and I will admit I am excited for tomorrow. In the morning my family and I will be down at Movement 5280 helping to prepare an outreach dinner for the folks downtown. Then, we will head to a friend’s home for a time of food and fellowship. Hopefully, there will be a TV in the corner so we can watch some Thanksgiving Day football. Sounds like a great day to me!

As I think of Thanksgiving, there are three things for which I am especially thankful. First of all is faith. John 1:12 says, “Yet to all who received Him, to those who believe in His name, He gave the right to become the children of God.” We have a living hope and faith, and that faith is in Jesus. Our faith in Jesus Christ carries us through this life. Be thankful for your faith! I know of so many right now who are shining bright because their faith is being tested. They are winning because they believe in the hope of Jesus. Secondly, I am thankful for family. The Advent season is a time of family. I am certainly thankful for Shawna being home from college and the great times we will have as a family. But, I am also thankful for the family of God expressed through DFC. When we experience the love of God through the blood-bought family of God, we experience true love. Be thankful for your family. Finally, I am thankful for the future! Yes, the future. I do know that there are so many things to fear in the future. Paul proclaims, in the majestic chapter 8 of Romans, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” If we are walking in faith with God, as a young pastor from Africa said, “…my past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.” Walking with God into tomorrow is exciting! We have much to look forward to!

We hope you will be with us this Sunday. Please bring your friends and family as we begin the Advent season!

You are loved!

Pastor Shawn

11/20/11

The other night I heard on a local television station that some sections of I-25 were some of the busiest in the nation. I believe it! Even today, as I drove, there were thousands of cars crowding for position. Then, as I turned down Hampden, I saw the line of cars backing up, many stopping right in front of our church. The other day I heard the figure of 80,000 cars driving by our church on any given day. Many times, when those people drive by our church, I am sure they are frustrated trying to get to their destination and yet are hindered by traffic. I wonder, do they ever look over and see our church. Maybe they notice the cross or the word “Nazarene.” Do they put together the thought that this a place of hope? That DFC is a place that helps people get to the ultimate destination?

This morning the words of an old hymn have been running through my mind, “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus name.” When we, as church, put forth the hope that is in Jesus Christ, we are on the right track. This morning my heart is breaking for all those people that drive by our church and are hopeless without Christ in their lives. Those of us who have His hope should want to do all we can to promote Jesus in our lives and from this sacred hill of 3800 E. Hampden! May every ministry, every song sung, every prayer prayed, every sermon preached, every mission outreach, every dollar given, and everything we do point people to the only Hope, Jesus Christ!

What is your hope built on today? Jesus is that Hope! Trust Him right now for whatever is happening in your life! He will give you a song and life that will lift Him up!

We hope to see you Sunday! I promise something on Sunday will lift your heart and give you hope!

In His hope!

Pastor Shawn

11/13/11

Tivo Tebow! Yes, I said it and I am having fun with this subject, but this Sunday, my beloved KC Chiefs will be taking on the surging Tebow-led Broncos. Awesome! Great! The only problem is that the game starts at 11:00 am, right in the middle of our second service. There is no one who loves football more than yours truly. That is why years ago I devised a plan to record the game, and I celebrate the day when Tivo came into my life! I believe we should be able to serve the Lord and also enjoy the good things in this life!

On that subject, nearly ninety men gathered last Sunday afternoon to watch the Broncos defeat the Raiders. It was a great time to be together! I am always impressed with the man that the whole nation is watching: Tim Tebow. I am not always impressed with his football skills, but any quarterback that can run for over a hundred yards in one game has my attention. I am impressed with how he handles himself on and off the field. His one goal in life is to bring glory to Jesus, His Savior! He has been the object of scorn in so many ways; even other players have made fun of the way he prays after a touchdown or on the sidelines. Why? I have seen dozens of other players pray during a game and they didn’t receive the ridicule Tebow has been receiving. I think it is because Tebow means it and lives it. Not that the other players aren’t sincere, but many times their prayer is not backed up with a life that speaks of a life well-lived for Jesus! I say, “Go Tebow!” (Just not this Sunday - ha!)

We are going to have great services this weekend! I hope to see you at either the 9:00 am or 10:30 service. Until then, I will be praying that all of us will be salt and light in a dark world! Speak and live Jesus!

God bless you and yours!

Pastor Shawn

11/6/11

As we awoke on Wednesday morning, many of us experienced a beautiful sight, a generous layer of freshly fallen snow. To my family and me it was beautiful. It was especially beautiful to my kids because they got to miss school. We have been here two years now and we still get excited about the snow. We do understand it is a nuisance to many, but it does seem like most in Colorado take the snow in stride and even know how to enjoy it!

One of my children said to me as we were walking into church, “Dad the snow makes everything look clean.” At least it was something like that. It made me think of the scripture found in Isaiah 1:18, “Though your sins are like scarlet they shall be as white as snow.” We are reminded of the wonderful work of atonement in the life of a believer. I believe it is one of the greatest benefits of being saved. The sins that we have committed are forgiven and we are washed clean of them. We have, in essence, been cleansed and we now are clean through the shed blood of Christ.

What a perfect word picture of being “white as snow.” I wonder today if there is someone that doesn’t feel like they are cleansed. Maybe you even feel soiled and dirty in the light of God’s Holiness. Our God will cleanse us and forgive us! That is what is so wonderful about being a born-again believer. We accept the gift of grace and God does the work in us and through us!

So enjoy the snow! Let it remind you of Jesus Christ’s wonderful work of cleansing and forgiving! We hope to see you Sunday here at DFC!

You are loved!

Pastor Shawn

10/30/11

It’s amazing how quickly things can happen in our lives! I woke up yesterday morning to the first beautiful snow of the year in Denver. I also woke up to the same nagging, but not serious, pain in my jaw. I thought I would just drop by the dentist real quick and see about an exam, if they could even fit me in. One thing lead to another, and by yesterday afternoon, the dentist and her assistant were cranking on my mouth to extract a wisdom tooth. The highlight of the event is when the dentist said to the assistant, “We need the laser.” After well over an hour of different implements and lasers and drilling (I think my dentist is a proponent of “drill here, drill no. My wonderful dentist says I will be better off for it. Praise God, I think!

It does seem that life can move quickly into these moments without warning. I had no idea the amount of pain and anxiety I would be feeling when I woke up to beautiful snow white morning. Last night, when I woke up to take some more ibuprofen (something I have come to appreciate), I thought of the scripture found in Hebrews 12, “The Lord disciplines those He loves.” Even though I know a tooth extraction is not God disciplining me, it wasn’t fun. I do believe, as my dentist said, that I will be better off in the long run. Sometimes, what we are going through is tough and rough, but in the long run, we will be blessed by what God is allowing or what God is doing!

Are you going through a rough patch? Maybe you don’t understand why you are going through pain and trial. Maybe, because God loves us so much, and God can see what lies ahead, He is allowing some “extraction” to take place in your life. It is because He loves you! Be patient! Endure this time as a child who is loved by his Savior! He is near! I know that in these painful times He will never leave nor forsake!

I hope you will join us on Sunday! God will be with us!

You are loved!

Pastor Shawn

10/23/11

I read a book in high school entitled Of Mice and Men, written by John Steinbeck. In this famous book there is the popular quote that says, “The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.” How true that is in many of our lives. We have dreams and plans that we as men and women lay out and so many of those plans never work out. In some instances, the dreams became a nightmare! Many times these situations were not the fault of those who made the plans. Life happened and things didn’t work out. In some cases, including my own, sin and rebellion cause these dreams to “go astray.”

The Bible says in Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” What we think is right, without God’s leading in our life, can lead to destruction! Proverbs 19:21 says, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” So many times in scripture we are reminded to be about the purpose of God and God will give us a purpose for this life! I have had so many of my own personal purposes fail that I now only want to be about doing God’s purpose and will for my life.

Maybe today this note finds you wondering why so many plans in your life fail. You may be experiencing what Steinbeck wrote about. Our plans will fail! God’s plans and purposes will not. Let’s partner with Jesus Christ to do His plan and we will begin to experience what Jesus spoke of in the book of John: the “full life.” God is a God of grace. If your plans have crumbled, we serve the God of the second chance and the God of the restoration of dreams! Live out His dream for your life! You will discover plans that will not go astray! You will live with His plan and purpose for this life! What a life it is! Praise be His name!

I hope to see you this Sunday at DFC!

Pastor Shawn

10/9/11

“Doing life together!” This is a statement I have heard from some of our young leaders at our church. This is a goal of some in our Body of Christ! Sounds like some folks we have read about in the book of Acts 2:42, “All the believers were together.” As a matter of fact, it says the word “together” three times in that last paragraph of Acts chapter 2. God means for us to do life together! What does that mean to us here in 2011? I believe it means taking a chance on an imperfect group of people called the church. I encourage you to share a prayer request, come to a Bible study, or even just a worship service. This takes a risk in an unsafe world. But I believe the benefit of doing life together with other sojourners in this life is worth it. Being a part of the Body of Christ is a wonderful thing!

Last Sunday night, nearly 600 of us came together to experience the Christian movie “Courageous.” We had an incredible night together. Hundreds of us experienced an inspirational drama that made us laugh and cry at the same time. Many of us have signed up to further this experience, and we will have information about that event real soon. One of the best stories of the evening was that one committed DFC lady offered a free ticket to a man she did not know who was going to attend another movie. At the close of the Courageous movie, a DFC man led this “stranger” to a saving relationship with Christ! You see, when we team up “together,” we can accomplish great things for Jesus!

We invite you to join us this Sunday at 9:00 am or 10:30 am at DFC!

Be Blessed!

Pastor Shawn

10/2/11

If you live long enough, you will find this is an unsteady world. This is a life of ups and downs. Jesus referenced this when He spoke of the life that is built on the rock or the life that is built on sand in Matthew 7. Jesus never promises a storm-free life! I am sure there are some of you who are reading this that have experienced the wind and the waves this week. My hope is that you have built, and are building, your life on the Rock, Jesus Christ!

Last week I came in contact with a life building tool that I had experienced in the past. Dr. Earl Lee, the great former pastor of our Pasadena, California First Church, wrote a book entitled The Cycle of Victorious Living. The book is based on Psalm 37. There are four or five major takeaways from Psalm 37 that are helping me weather some storms in my life!

First, it says in the NIV version, “fret not.” Basically, don’t worry. There are then four major themes right out of this Psalm: verse 3 says “Trust!”, verse 4 begins with the word “Delight!”, verse 5 says “Commit!”, and finally verse 7 says “Be Still” or rest! When we begin to fret or worry, meditate on one these four principles. God has a plan to calm the storm and give you a sense of peace, no matter how hard the wind blows in our lives!

If the wind is howling through your life today, I want you to know I am praying for you! We as a family understand that there are many of us experiencing gales in our life we did not expect. God is faithful to hold us through this time! He is the Rock. Cling to Him and you will find perfect peace!

I love Him and you in the name of Jesus!

Hope to see you this Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

9/25/11

Last Sunday night, as I was watching the evening news, I heard a report that someone was shot and killed outside of the Denver Rescue Mission. I thought to myself, “What a terrible event.” Little did I know how terrible and personal that event would be for me, our Movement 5280 ministry and DFC. Katrishay “Shay” Quarels, age 18, a young lady who was a member of our Movement 5280 ministry, a recent convert and person I baptized just a few months ago, was murdered in what seems to be a random event. On a Sunday morning last summer I brought Shay onto the platform with me and told of her new walk in Christ and her vibrant testimony of a changed life. I remember thinking of what an awesome story of God’s grace and also how thankful we were to have a ministry like 5280 that reaches out and into the lives of these young people who are on the streets of Denver.

I am still thankful! First, for a young lady who was willing to let God change her life and let her testimony be heard so others could also know the Savior that saved her! Secondly, I am thankful for Pastor Tina Hayhurst, Jon Tinniswood and other friends of 5280 that spend countless hours ministering to sometimes over a 100 people just off the streets of Denver. I am thankful for all those that give through our Mission Faith Promise program and Denver Missions to insure we will always have a presence in the downtown area of Denver. As one person texted me right after learning of Shay’s death, “She (Shay) died knowing Jesus because of DFC and 5280.”

Tonight (Thursday), we will be going down to 5280 to remember and celebrate Shay’s life. On Sunday, we will also take time to remember Shay during our services. Yes, I am so glad we took time several months ago to dream and plan and start a center that reaches into the hearts of the poor and the outcast of downtown Denver. Thank you if you have been a part of DFC or 5280 in any way! There is one in the arms of Jesus today because you cared enough to give and serve and pray.

1Thessalonians 4 says, “We do not grieve like those who have no hope.” We know that Shay is with Jesus. She is no longer homeless! She is home with Him! To Him be all the glory! Amen!

We hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

August 25, 2011

There is an old Michael W. Smith song entitled “Friends.” It was a youth camp tradition that was usually sung by some tearful teenagers on the last night of church camp. They had made new friends and now they were saying goodbye. Saying goodbye is usually one of my least favorite things. It takes on a whole new dimension when it’s about family. About 24 hours ago, I stood on the driveway and hugged my first born, Shawna, and said goodbye as she and Sherri headed down the road to Tennessee. You know me; I became tearful. I tried to hold back because I knew Shawna was also tearful, but tears flowed because of the goodbye. I even made sure to watch the little red car disappear down the road and that accelerated the tears.

The old song that says, “Friends are friends forever, when the Lord’s the Lord of them.” I have been thinking about family. Not just my family, but the family of God. What a fellowship we have when the Lord is the Lord of the family. We have a large family with many diverse opinions and lifestyles, but there is one common bond that is the Lord is the Lord of us! That makes us family! In the last several months we have said goodbye to some that have graduated on to glory. It’s harder for the family that is left behind. We also know that we will see them again someday. Yet the longing and the loneliness of the vacancy that they’ve left is real. Do you know what else is real? God’s presence during these tough moments! It’s as if this emotion opens a pathway for the Lord to put His arm around us and say, “I’m right here! I will never leave you; I will never forsake you!”

As I write this note I wonder about you today. My friend or fellow DFC member, or maybe just a fellow member of the blood-bought family of God, you are loved! God loves and the family cares. Go be with the family. Go to church or Bible study. You will find other family members there just like you. We need each other!

I hope to see you Sunday! I will finish the “Armor of God” series!

In His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

August 21, 2011

Last Sunday we definitely saw and sensed a moving of the Holy Spirit as dozens of people moved to the altars for healing, physically and spiritually! This Sunday I believe God wants to touch us again! I will speak about the “shield of faith.” We will also be calling folks into the experience of baptism. This would be a great Sunday to bring a friend or family member to DFC. It just may be the beginning of a new life for someone who is searching for hope! Hope is found in Christ!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

August 7, 2011

On Monday, I was driving north on I-25 when all of a sudden the semi truck that was in front of me blew a back tire. It was a loud explosion! Then pieces of the large tire began to fly back towards my car. I found myself swerving to avoid these “missiles” that were rocketing at my car. This event happened without warning. It quickened my pulse and challenged my ability to drive on a road that I drive without much tension every day. I was amazed at how quickly this all happened.

That is how life is. We are relaxed and comfortable and then all of a sudden we are fighting to stay on the road. It just so happened that on that very day I was dealing with my life insurance policy. When it was all over I pondered the fact that I need to be ready every day for what comes my way. During the ordeal I really wasn’t praying. I didn’t have time; I was trying to stay on the road.

Are you prayed up? Are we ready when we head out the door for whatever life brings our way? When the event happens you may not have time to prepare for eternity. Every day live ready! Every day let us prepare through prayer and surrender to Him who knows what is coming! Then live your life knowing you’re ready for this life and the life to come!

John 10:10 says, “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

Be sure to join us for “Spokes and Gears” this Sunday before our 9:00 am service to look at the cars and motorcycles and meet some new friends! It so good to be together!

Pastor Shawn

July 10, 2011

I just read an article entitled “The New Normal.” It spoke of the many changes in our world, and especially the church. It spoke of the way people attend and support the local church today and of the fact that there are so many competing factors on the weekends for people coming to church services. The article was written by a veteran pastor who was struggling with all of these changes in the church and culture today.

Let me say to you today, my friends and fellow attenders of DFC, I agree with this pastor. It may come as a surprise to some, but I don’t always like the changes in the church and culture. There are often times I wish we could go back and let things be the way they used to be. I say that even in my own life! I sometime wish things were different, or the way they used to be, in my personal life. But you know what - we can’t go back. We live in a different world than even just 10 years ago. We even live in different bodies than 10 years ago. Things are changing, and if we don’t change with them, we will miss the opportunity to join in what God is doing today! I am reminded of Brother Paul’s statement in 1Corinthians 9, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some.” Even though I don’t always like the change in my life or even my church, we must trust that God is already ahead of us trying to save somebody! Something that will never change is His passion to save! He is mighty to save!

I hope to see you Sunday. We will be talking about the Armor of God. God has given me a message entitled “The Dress Code for Christians!” You may be surprised in the way God may speak through His word! Don’t forget we are back to two services at 9:00 and 10:30 am this Sunday!

You are loved!

Pastor Shawn

July 3, 2011

Many thoughts and themes went through my mind as I scanned nearly 70 pictures of my last “hometown” as hundreds stood on the street corners to comfort and applaud the family of my next door neighbors who lost their 22 year old son, Jared Verbeek. Jared was killed last week in Afghanistan. Thoughts come to mind like “a life cut short,” a “real American Hero” or “Why God?” These are honest thoughts about real people that we knew and loved and lived so close to. Jared is a real American hero and I was honored to officiate his wedding about three years ago. When I married Jared and Vanessa, our relationship with our neighbors strengthened. I watched and participated as this family made their way to our church and was able to be a part of several spiritual commitments. These are the events that mean so much to me personally as I remember getting to know them as neighbors and also witnessing to them about the importance of faith in all of our lives. I am so glad we took the time to reach out to them!

As the community of Visalia, CA stands with this family, the community of faith walks with them during these tough days. I was told that last Sunday the entire family and others attended the 11:15 am service and the senior pastor, Michael DeBoef, was seen praying and comforting the family at the close of the service! This makes my heart glad! To see the community of faith gathering and caring and loving each other during the tough days is an awesome thing. Where would we all be without our church and our brothers and sisters in Christ? Please say a prayer for Pastor Michael DeBoef as he officiates the funeral for Jared tomorrow. I personally have great confidence in Pastor Michael. I hired him from the Kansas City area several years ago to be the youth pastor in Visalia. And now he is the senior pastor of Visalia Nazarene Church which has nearly 1,400 attenders each and every week. Michael is, by far, the youngest pastor of a church that size in our denomination. I believe in Michael, and I believe in the power of the church of Jesus Christ!

Above all, pray for parents, Travis and Rosie, and Jared’s two sisters tomorrow. This is a terrible loss to them. On this July 4th weekend we have another hero to honor and to be thankful to for our freedom as Americans!

Join us Sunday for one service at 10:00 am. It will be a wonderful and worshipful time together!

Pastor Shawn A. Siegfreid

June 19, 2011

What a busy week! I am sure there are many of you who feel the same. It feels like sometimes we meet ourselves coming and going. Even though my week has been busy, it has been good busy, because the bulk of my busyness has been being with people. I got to be with some people that really needed to hear that God loved them. They needed to hear that God still has a plan for them! I pray they left me with a new hope! I have also been with people who have given me hope. We had two separate opportunities to be with couples for a meal and both of these couples left Sherri and I feeling like God is in control. These two couples simply love God and want to serve Him! I thank God for the fellowship. I met a person this week that was really confused, living a life that is out of control. I wasn’t sure what I was going to say to him, but when we met, God seemed to tell me to tell him that he is loved unconditionally by Jesus Christ! I just met a person who is going through an unexpected tough time in her life. Yet her hope has always been in Christ. As we prayed, and as she left, she may have felt encouraged by our fellowship, but it was her that encouraged us! I think of the great hymn that says, “My hope is built on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand!”

We have a purpose here at DFC! That purpose is always to bring the hope of Christ to people! People matter to Him and so they matter to us! This Sunday will be a great day to bring your dad, husband, brother, uncle or boyfriend to DFC. We will honor all the guys! I am singing in the men’s choir! I hope that doesn’t keep you away. I hope you will come. I believe you will leave the services with the hope of Jesus! Let us be hopeful today!

I hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

June 12, 2011

As I sat down to write this note today, a man asked to see me. This man does not go to this congregation, but is a man that is known in this community to be a man of God. He is a successful business man and just wanted to come and encourage me. Indeed he did encourage me! He prayed for me and the wonderful DFC church. The point is that he came to encourage and give hope!

This week, I told some very important people in my life that my desire was to bring hope and encouragement to them. I believe with all my heart that’s what we should be doing for each other. There are too many people, even in the Body of Christ, that try to discourage others. This often comes in the form of a spiritual rebuke. There is nothing spiritual about someone who leaves another brother or sister in the Lord discouraged. God calls us to lift up one another with the hope and love of Christ!

Jesus reminds us in John 13:34-35, “Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know you are my disciples, if you love one another.” What happens when we care about each other and encourage each other is that the world takes notice and realizes that they want to be part of our community! Let me say I love you and want to be a source of encouragement and hope in Christ! I want to be like the man who just left my office. He left me encouraged in the Lord! Be encouraged today!

Hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn A. Siegfreid

June 5, 2011

“How are you doing?” That’s something I say to many people in a given week. That is also something I am asked frequently. What do you say when someone asks you that? Honestly, if I know the person asking fairly well, and they have ministered to me before, I am probably a little more up front with them about how I am doing. We often meet people and ask them that question and they tell us their whole life story. So, if you asked me today how I was doing, I wouldn’t give you my life story, but I would honestly say there are some things I am concerned about in my life and in the life of DFC. I am just being honest, our Savior knows about all of these issues, and I believe He has an answer for each and every one. But, none the less, if you’re asking, I do have some things on my mind this June morning.

How are you doing? Whoever may be reading this, let me tell you what gave me hope just a few minutes ago. I read in Jeremiah 17:7-8 a promise tucked away in the Old Testament. In verse 7 it says that the man who trusts in the Lord and has confidence in Him will be like a tree planted by the water. We have the greatest resource of all in God. You and I should put our trust for our problems in God! In verse 8 it says we should not fear or worry in times of drought. May I be candid for a moment? Our church has never gone through such a tough time financially. I know that many of you are saying right now that there are many of us that are struggling in the financial department. There are times, as the senior leader of this great church, that I don’t know what else to do to encourage people to give to this work of God! God spoke to me today that if we put our confidence in God we do not have to fear or worry. That’s not always easy for us, but, as it should, God’s living word penetrates all worries with His truth. Finally, the verse says that, even in times of drought, the people who trust God will never fail to bear fruit! Wow! That’s good news - despite all the tough days, God will still work through us! That’s a message for someone today. I know it is for me! I hope it is for you!

We are going to have a great Sunday! Last night, in our Wednesday service, I felt a special touch from God as we continued in our sermon series about the coming of the Holy Spirit. Please be with us this Sunday! God just may shake things up for His glory! Bring a friend!

Be blessed!

Pastor Shawn

May 29, 2011

I know that when we grow older it’s peculiar the things we can remember and the things we can’t remember. I can remember some events from my childhood with incredible clarity. Yet, today, I can forget a person’s name or something someone just told me if I don’t listen or concentrate at that moment. We are entering a holiday weekend that calls us to remember those who have gone on before us. It may be a time you visit a graveside, salute a flag or just sit back and take stock of those that have meant so much to us who are now taken from this world.

As I think of the things and people that I do want to remember, I think of a time when Jesus said something about remembering. It’s when Jesus was sharing the Passover that night before His death on the cross. He says in Luke 22:19b, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” Whenever I say these words as we are receiving communion, it always strikes me that the Lord would say to us that He wants us to remember Him. How could we forget all He did for our salvation? How could we forget the King of Kings? Yet, sadly, we do forget. We become unmindful and we live our lives like He is not present. At times, the best of us can go through a day not remembering all that Jesus is and does for us all.

This Memorial weekend there are a few things that I don’t want you or me to forget. First of all, the relationship we have with the Savior. Take time this weekend savoring the fact that He knows your name and you are His! Also, don’t forget those who are the closest to you! Tell them you love and care for them. Please don’t forget the Body of Christ and the community of faith to which God calls all of us to be faithful! We here at DFC have a great service planned on Sunday at 9:00 and 10:30 am. There will be a special singer and I am talking about the Promise of the Holy Spirit! If you are in town, spend an hour and a half here at DFC and bring someone with you please!

We had a good start on Faith Promise with about $160,000 promised the first weekend. We are asking everyone to consider a promise to reach our goal of $397,000.

Hope to see you Sunday!

Peace and grace,

Pastor Shawn

May 22, 2011

“The end is near!” That is what many are saying in our country. As a matter of fact, there is a group of people who are predicting that the end of the world is going to happen this Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 6:00 pm. They are Christians that are begging people to prepare for the judgment day. How do we react to this? There have been many through the years who have predicted a date for the return of Jesus and the end of the world as we know it. This is a direct contradiction to what Jesus says in Matthew 24:36, “No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.” So why do people spend so much time and money trying to predict this day? I guess that it does draw attention to the fact that someday this will happen. I guess we could even say that it could happen Saturday. It could also happen today! I don’t think we should be spending our time predicting this day!

Some day it will happen. What are you doing Saturday? I have a dinner with my D48 group. Shaden has a basketball game in the afternoon. I am sure there will be other issues to attend to on Saturday. I am going to go ahead and live that day like it was an ordinary day in my life! My point is this - keep on living your life even if it is the day. Jesus says quite a bit about this day in Matthew 24. He says in Matthew 24:42, “Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come.” I must ask why this group claims that they have been given some special knowledge about this day. But the point is, are you ready? What if it is Saturday? Driving down I-25 and all the sudden it happens, are you ready? Are we ready as a family, as a church, as a city? (By the way if it does happen Saturday, I will give the guy who is the leader of this movement a big high five in Heaven.) But I don’t think it will happen Saturday. What Jesus wants us to do is live everyday like He was coming that day! That’s not easy to do, but that’s the way I want to live. That’s the way I urge us to live every day.

I want to see you Sunday. Whether in Heaven or at DFC, I want to see you. Make sure your relationship is up to date. Like Jesus says in Matthew 24, “…be ready….” Sunday is our Faith Promise Sunday where we will be highlighting our missions programs here and around the world. You will be pleased to see all that God is doing through us here at DFC!

Peace and Grace!

Pastor Shawn

May 15, 2011

If I’ve heard it one time, I’ve heard it several, “We really need the moisture!” That is in response to the nearly 2 inches of precipitation we have received in less than two days. We have had almost a year of below average precipitation. Even as I write this note, it’s still raining! For some, it’s a nuisance, but for most of us, it’s a need. The experts tell us this will help with the wildfires and other issues that come with a prolonged drought. Some are even saying it came in just the nick of time.

We realize that in life there are some prolonged periods of drought and dryness. If you have walked with God for a time, we know this is part of the journey. There are certainly seasons of joy and abundance. But there are also the seasons of dryness. Times when it doesn’t seem God is answering prayers or even listening. Many of the Biblical characters experienced times when they lamented to the Lord for Him to send showers of blessing or at least acknowledgement of His Presence.

Maybe that describes us today. Maybe you have sensed a lack of joy or purpose in your journey. Some may even say God has abandoned them! That their spiritual life is drying up. I once heard a profound statement by a Nazarene author named Reuben Welch. Reuben said, “When it seems that God is doing nothing, He is doing something.” It seems like a simple, almost silly, statement. That quote has stayed in my heart nearly two decades. God is up to something! Even when it seems He isn’t. Another time I heard this statement, “When you can’t find God, begin to sing a song of praise and He will find you!” I have found that to be true. God is faithful to refresh us when we seek Him! He is faithful!

We have another great weekend ahead of us. The Wii game night here tonight will be a fun time of fellowship. The Jerry Nelson concert, “Symphony of Joy,” will be a time of entertainment and inspiration that you won’t want to miss. It begins Saturday at 6:00 pm. Sunday morning at 9:00 and 10:30 am will be a great time of worship and the Word. God has laid a special message on my heart and I hope you will be there and, if possible, bring a friend! Hope to see you Sunday!

May God bless you deeply today!

Pastor Shawn

May 8, 2011

Mother’s Day is always a special day in the church. It is a day that we always circle on the calendar. Sunday will be a wonderful day to bring the special ladies in your life to DFC. We are having one of the top Christian women’s speakers in America today. Lisa Whelchel, former television star, will be with us for our 9:00 am and 10:30 am services. I believe God is especially anointing Lisa for her time with us this weekend. We are also giving a gift to every lady in attendance that morning.

As I think of mothers and other special ladies, I am thinking of my sister Kristen who lives in the KC area. As many of you know, her husband Don passed away about three years ago from leukemia. It was incredibly hard for my sister, but her new-found faith in Christ shone through it all. About a year ago, her oldest daughter, Cassandra, was married. I saw my sister carry herself through this event with grace and peace even though she and the whole family missed Don so much.

Just after Thanksgiving, my sister’s youngest daughter Katrena was diagnosed with leukemia. It was a devastating diagnosis. It has been a winter of almost continual hospitalization. Katrena has come through a brutal bone marrow transplant in the last few months. As I am writing this the week of Mother’s Day, I have received great news on Katrena’s health. We are guardedly optimistic. It seems that Katrena is recovering and there is no longer cancer in her body. Through it all, my sister has remained faithful to her faith in Christ while she was continually at Katrena’s bedside. I salute my sister for doing what many of us believe would be almost impossible. Her faith in Christ carries her! I give honor to the spirit of a mother who puts her trust in Christ and Christ alone! Thanks for all your prayers and support for my family.

I hope to see you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn A. Siegfreid

May 1, 2011

Greetings on this beautiful spring day! As I write this note to you, it’s Thursday April 28, the sun is shining and I am reminded of what a blessing it is to live here in Colorado. I am reflecting on all that took place these last few weeks leading up to Easter Sunday. We have had some incredible services and gatherings that have produced some wonderful spiritual fruit. Easter Sunday we saw 2,400 people involved in our Easter services. Many of these folks made spiritual commitments and filled out response cards telling us of their commitment. For many of us, the most dynamic time of the weekend was the funeral for Pastor Randy. Nearly 1,200 people gathered to celebrate his life. Randy pre-recorded his own funeral sermon and, towards the end of his remarks, people began spontaneously coming down to the altar. There were many reports of spiritual breakthroughs and dynamic commitments to the Lord! What a week God has given us. Praise His name!

The question is, “Now what?” What I mean is, it seems we build up to Easter and then there is a natural let down the next week. I want to stress to all of us, the message is still the same the week after Easter. Jesus is alive! Because of this fact we are anticipating a continual movement of God among us! We will have an exciting time in our two services on Sunday morning. I will be preaching a message on “Faith!” We are also having our “Discover DFC” class immediately following the 10:30 am service. We would like to invite anyone who wants to know more about DFC and possibly would want to join the church. Also, Sunday evening we will be having a “Concert of Prayer” in honor of the National Day of Prayer that will take place this next week. This will be a weekend just like last weekend and God will move and strengthen and change the lives of many. Just like last weekend, let’s do our best to be here and bring someone with us!

God is on the move among us! To Him be all the glory!

Pastor Shawn

April 24, 2011

I remember decades ago when my Dad told me that we were going to attend my first pro-football game (yes, it was the KC Chiefs). I was so excited I couldn’t wait to get to the stadium and watch my favorite team play. Every year, during this week, I get a similar feeling. Holy Week, the week leading to Easter Sunday, is the most exciting week for many of us. I have been anticipating the events of this week, especially Sunday morning, when we will see a couple thousand people stream into DFC focusing on the resurrection of our Savior. It is going to be a wonderful day!

This whole week has been a week of extra focus on the passion of our Savior. Let me remind you of some more opportunities. Friday night will be a special service called “Service of Darkness” at 7:00 pm. This will be a contemplative service reminding us of the sacrifice of Jesus. Saturday we will enjoy our “Eggstravaganza” egg hunt for children from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm. Though not an Easter event, at 2:30 pm we will be celebrating the life of Rev. Randy Edwards, our beloved pastor who went to be with Jesus just last week. At 5:00 pm Movement 5280 will have their Easter dinner and Easter Service. Then, of course, Sunday morning at 9:00 am and 10:30 am, we will have our two Resurrection Sunday services. We are featuring special music from Leah Shafer, a nationally known musical guest. I will be bringing my second Easter sermon here at DFC in both services. The children are also having a very special service at 9:00 am and 10:30 am in the Children’s Department.

As we are focused on this weekend and all God has done for us through His Son Jesus, let me encourage you to bring extra friends and family this weekend. This may be the weekend that their lives could be changed by the resurrection story of Jesus. I am looking forward to seeing you this weekend!

In His Resurrection Power!

Pastor Shawn A. Siegfreid

April 17, 2011

A life well lived! That is what I was thinking as I drove away from the hospice center after seeing Rev. Randy Edwards for the last time. At about 10:30 am yesterday, friend, pastor and evangelist Randy went home to be with our Lord Jesus Christ. After a brave battle with cancer, Randy went to his reward. You know my thoughts are many about this man. As I met him last October, I was amazed how outwardly evangelistic and on fire Randy was for Jesus. After a few minutes, you could tell it was for real! His life was a continuous and daily mission to glorify Jesus with every minute of his day. It didn’t matter if he was eating lunch with a friend or preaching, his goal was to witness to the saving grace of Christ. He was known to ask waiters and waitresses of how he could pray for them. Many times perfect strangers responded to Randy’s bold, yet kind way by pouring out their heart to him of their needs. I could go on but the bottom line is that Randy’s legacy will continue here on earth through all those that he inspired, and one of those people is me!

Paul says in 1- Corinthians, “For now we see through a glass darkly.” We simply do not understand why God would take such an incredible instrument for the gospel. God knows we do not understand. What I understand though is that neither cancer nor death ever really threatened Randy. It only provided Randy an even higher platform to proclaim Jesus Christ as Savior. It enabled him to share, with even greater clarity, the way to live for Christ! In 1-Corinthians 15 it says, “Where O death is your victory? Where O death is your sting?” As I watched with the family yesterday as Randy was physically struggling between this world and eternity, I did not feel the sting of death. I felt and saw Randy emerging into his reward with Jesus. I believe with certainty that around 10:30 am our time, Randy encountered the embrace of our Lord and stepped into Heaven to hear the most glorious words by the Lord he adored, “Well done Randy, my good and faithful servant!” Oh, if we could see and hear what Randy sees, we would all jump out of our seats and go tell someone about this Savior who sets the captive free!

A life well lived! Randy’s funeral will be Saturday, April 23, at 2:30 pm at Denver First Church of the Nazarene. By the way, the sermon that day will be preached by Randy himself. He prepared his own funeral sermon several weeks ago; I believe it will be a time of great blessing and challenge from this incredible man! Please continue to pray for his family who misses him, as we all do! God is good all the time!

I hope to see you this Sunday! It promises to be a wonderful day for all!

In His Resurrection power!

Pastor Shawn

April 3, 2011

As I sit here and think about what I want to say, I am in a hurry. It seems like I am always in a hurry these days. I have many things I would want to say to people that I love and care for, people I pastor and lead, and people I don’t even know! People are important to me and they are important to Jesus. So let me say some random and yet very important things I think you might like to know.

First of all, I spent about an hour and half with Pastor Randy Edwards and his wonderful wife, Lynette. I have to say it was about the most anointed hour I have ever spent in my life. Pastor Randy has terminal cancer. The “experts” say that he may have two weeks. But as I sat there with a constant flow of tears, listening to Randy and Lynette, my heart was stirred by their faith and their love of Jesus. It was a crystal clear testimony of how to die and how to live. Also, after talking with Randy, it is crystal clear to me now how we should be leading this great church. We both agreed that God can heal and we prayed for that to be done! I am aware of how many people look to Randy for the salvation of their life. The saving of marriages and so many other miracles have taken place because of Randy and Lynette’s clear and simple ministry of Jesus. Pray for Randy and Lynette because Randy is praying for us! I thank God for this morning because God’s will and purpose has never been more clear to me! Praise Jesus!

I also want you to know that this Sunday we have an opportunity to listen to one of the most effective voices for the gospel in the last twenty years. Lee Strobel will be speaking in both the 9:00 am and 10:30 am services. We are already hearing of people making preparations for being here to hear this national voice for Jesus. If you need to have your faith renewed or if you have a friend who needs faith in their life, this will be an opportunity you won’t want to miss. As I spoke with Lee this week, I got even more excited about what God is going to do this Sunday. If at all possible, please be here at DFC and get ready for God’s message to each of us through Lee!

Finally, I want to invite you back at 6:00 pm this Sunday night for our evening service. God has laid a short message on my heart for those who will attend. I will also be talking about our present and our future at DFC. Many have said they are waiting to hear what God has been saying to me about the vision and future of this great church. Please come if possible. I believe God wants us to move forward in faith with a clear vision of what’s ahead. I will do my best to articulate what I believe God wants us to do in the next several years, while also dealing with some present situations! Let’s all get ready for a wonderful weekend of ministry.

To God be the glory, great things He has done!

See you Sunday!

Pastor Shawn

March 27, 2011

I had an opportunity this week to sit and listen to some inspiring stories of people who are called to be pastors. I was involved in the credentialing process of men and women who feel a call to full-time ministry. It is up to the committee, of which I am a part, to grant these folks a minister’s license in our denomination. Often we hear their stories of God’s grace and transformation in their lives. One young man was very impressive. He began his story speaking of how he grew up in the church and his father was a pastor and he had high hopes for his life. But at the age of 18, just finishing high school, his girlfriend became pregnant. Of course, because his father was a pastor and the situation became public, it was very difficult. The church rallied behind these two young people. They confessed their sins and were married fairly quickly. As he spoke to us we realized how easy it could have been for this young man and his dreams to be crushed. But that did not happen. Despite the misstep, he and his wife committed themselves to God and His Kingdom. It wasn’t too long after that God began working on him, calling him to full time ministry. Now, at the age of 26, this young couple has been in full time ministry for almost four years. They have four wonderful children and God is using them in an incredible way!

I say all this to say that our mistakes are hardly ever fatal. God has a way of taking our mistakes and using them for His glory! Who knows, if this hadn’t happened in this young man’s life, if he would have listened to God’s call on his life. Maybe God has allowed trouble and trial to enter our lives to wake us up to what He wants to do in our life! In Genesis 50:20, as Joseph was revealing who he was to his brothers, who had sold him into slavery years ago, he said this, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good, to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” This young couple are leading many to God’s throne of grace!

Today, you may be someone that is filled with shame for what has happened in your life. You realize you are to blame. You also need to realize that God has a plan even in this situation. If you will repent and come back to God and ask Him to take control of your life, this may be the very situation that brings you back into God’s will. This will eventually lead you to tell others of His grace and the saving of many lives will take place. As I sat there and listened to this young man, my heart was warmed to realize our mistakes can be stepping stones into God’s grace and will for our lives! May God’s grace and restoration be completely yours today as you fall on His grace!

We are going to have a fantastic day of worship this Sunday. Don’t miss it. And bring a friend!

Amazed by His Grace!

Pastor Shawn

March 20, 2011

When I saw the images of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that hit Japan, I was overwhelmed. To see how suddenly and quickly lives and property can be devastated by the power of nature! We, as humans, with all of our technology and intelligence are no match for the power of nature. Thousands of people began their day with absolute confidence that their day would be normal and ordinary. Yet, is any day really normal?

Many of us, at times, can begin our days and live our lives with the fear of what may happen. Yet, it is possible, on any ordinary day, that our lives could be turned upside down. The fact of the matter is, we don’t know what trouble each day holds. Jesus reminds us of this in Matthew 6:34, “Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” We will, at times, experience trouble and maybe tragedy. Jesus again admits there will be trouble in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus has made for us this provision of His promise.

For all of us the bottom line is that God does not deliver us out of trouble every time. What He does give us is His promise of His Presence in the midst of the trials and tribulations. The greatest stories I have ever heard in nearly 25 years of ministry are not the stories of deliverance and healing, but the stories of God’s powerful presence in the midst of the storm and the waves! I trust that no matter what is happening in your life right now, you know that our God is near and ready to help you though whatever storm that may be raging! Our God is able!!

We have an exciting Sunday planned this weekend. I hope to see you here at DFC. May God richly bless you!

Pastor Shawn

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