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October 2018
October 2018
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Adult life can be a lonely place. In high school we had our group of friends. For me, college was amazing. I was growing in my faith. My Christian brothers and sisters were always close by, and after a while every meal was shared with someone from our group. For two of the years I lived with other Christian men. It was nearly constant friendship and fellowship. I grew as a Christian because of my connection with other growing Christians - day and night.

Adult life is very different than that....


October 2018
October 2018
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Word of the week: Team

Wouldn’t it be great if we could send a team to NC or SC to help with Hurricane Recovery? Well guess what? Several of you have expressed interest. I think we should form a team to send down there from our church. Do you agree with me? Do you have some construction experience or disaster relief experience? Do you think you could organize the effort? We want the team...we need the team leader. I think it would be beautiful if we pulled it together. If you would consider ...


October 2018
October 2018
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It’s another activity to add to your already over-crowded schedule. It’s another night of the week that you’ll be out of the house. Isn’t this why you cringe at the mention of “small groups?” Many of us have the same reaction whether it’s a men’s group, a women’s group, or a small group. It’s another thing I have to do and (while we might not say this part out loud) we’re just not sure it’s worth it.

We all have reasons not to join a group and those hurdles stop us from ever showing up for ...


October 2018
October 2018
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Word of the Week: Wonders

If I tell you the Lord is working wonders, what comes to mind? For me, sometimes it’s quieter than the big miracles of the bible, but sometimes just as important for the individuals in whose lives the wonders are worked! Just this day (Tuesday), I’ve heard a number of answers to prayer and evidences of God’s grace. Recently I received an email from a man who openly repented to me of sin in his life, and thanked me for helping him see it. Wonders! Rich Brown talked to ...


September 2018
September 2018
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It’s very hard for me to pick one hymn as my favorite, as there are so many hymns and modern songs that have encouraged me in my life. In fact, as I struggled with depression as a young college student, one musical change helped foster a new attitude towards life. I moved from playing the depressing folk songs of my musical heroes (mostly about broken relationships), to spending time praising God with my guitar and voice. I sang the life of Christ into my downcast soul. Over time, as my ...


September 2018
September 2018
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Word of the Week: Bind

I’m coming off the joys of a great 25 hours or so with the brothers at Grace Community Church. Mike Sharrett did a great job showing us the power and beauty of humility, and left us all wondering how we missed it so badly! We learned a new song together called Bind Us Together by Paul Zach of Portico Church. It is a great song for a church whose motto is “discipleship through relationship.” We can’t make it alone. We can’t let someone stand alone. The love of Christ ...


September 2018
September 2018
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“Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness, the nourishment of mind by His truth, the purifying of imagination by His beauty, the opening of the heart to His love, and the submission of the will to His purpose.” (William Temple)

When asked to write about a favorite worship song, it is hard for me to pick just one song. There are many songs that stir my emotions and make me feel close to God, but that is not the actual point of ...


September 2018
September 2018
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Word of the week: Help

Sunday we prayed for the victims of Hurricane Florence at our church. It appears that our area is graciously spared major flooding and damage. One of our deacons asked how we could donate to help with Flo clean up. May I recommend a contribution to Mission to North America Disaster Response’s Hurricane Florence fund? This money will go to help teams that come in to help people just like us. Staging from PCA congregations in the area, our teams will help church members ...


September 2018
September 2018
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Sing, Church, Sing - Jimmy’s Favorite

Picking a favorite song or hymn is daunting task. As I prayerfully reflected through seasons of my life attempting to recall songs that have special meaning I found myself continually coming back to a hymn written by a friend of a friend in the late 18th century.

William Cowper (pronounced COO-per) was born into an upper-class English family. Given his status and family connections Cowper was educated with the intent of continuing in the family business ...


September 2018
September 2018
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Word of the week: Together

As I write this word of the week it seems that the powerful hurricane Florence is going to hit SC and turn into Charleston. Earlier this week we were seeing a forecast of 20 inches of rain in Central VA. Given the sogginess we have now, I can only imagine the damage.

We did some things on Facebook to connect us together. We started a GCC storm group. Because if this happens our mission is to be the body of Christ to one another. Chain saw teams to members with ...


September 2018
September 2018
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For the next four weeks, we’re doing a sermon series on congregational worship that we’re calling, “Sing Church, Sing!” There’s more to congregational worship than singing – but singing is a huge part of it. Why do we sing when we gather together for worship? You’ll have to come on Sunday to hear the answer to that. The point of this post and the ones that follow will be to highlight a few songs that are special to some of the leaders in our church.

My favorite song that we sing in worship is ...


September 2018
September 2018
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Word of the Week: Thanks

After a sermon encouraging us to serve and love one another, I have to admit I failed to do something important on Sunday. I failed to say thank you again to all of you who serve faithfully to make Grace a church that is all about discipleship through relationship. I’ve been blessed so much by the many of you who are ready to serve, whether its guys who are glad to rearrange chairs after a men’s event, or the elders and deacons who will drop what they are doing in a ...


August 2018
August 2018
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Do you ever ask yourself, “Is it too late to get started?” You are perhaps thinking about starting something new and vigorous - a new sport or workout activity. Should I start at this point in life?  Maybe its too late? Consider this great biblical story about Caleb the man of God:

I am still as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me; my strength now is as my strength was then, for war and for going and coming. So now give me this hill country of which the LORD spoke on that ...


August 2018
August 2018
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Word of the Week: Retreat

Retreat is a negative word in some context. An army that is forced to retreat is often in a poor frame of mind. In another context, retreat is a most wonderful thing. We retreat from our overly busy lives for respite and refreshment.

The men and women of our church are both having retreats in September and October. Men have their retreat September 21-22, while the women have their retreat October 19-21. It will require an investment on your part to come. Aside from ...


August 2018
August 2018
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My Soul Thirsts for You (Psalm 63:1–4)

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;

my soul thirsts for you;

my flesh faints for you,

as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.

Many of us here at Grace are familiar with Psalm 63. The psalm’s poetic language vividly paints a portrait of a man who has reached the point of desperation. All of the world’s goods—its treasures and its novelties—have run their course and have left the poet’s soul in want.

What are the things ...