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June 2017
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I remember the first time I brought home my own puppy. He was a Great Pyrenees, which means that even as a tiny pup he still had big feet and an even bigger head. I named him Atlas, anticipating the hundred-and-fifty-pound fur ball that he would grow up to be. If you’ve ever had a puppy, you know that training them is a slow process. I was thrilled the first time he ever responded to “Sit” …but he didn’t sit still for more than a second. Thankfully he got better and better as time went on, ...


June 2017
June 2017
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Word of the Week: Update

Tom, Tag and I were all at the PCA General Assembly last week. We enjoyed some vibrant worship (and yes, we are stealing a song or two to use at Grace) and good preaching for the three nights. There were business meetings all day Wednesday and Thursday through about 10:30 AM. History was made as the assembly elected its first Moderator from another ethnic group. Alexander Jun, a local church elder from a Korean Language church (in fact, a Korean language presbytery!) ...


June 2017
June 2017
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This week our freshly minted Assistant Pastor, Tom Breeden and I will drive to Greensboro, North Carolina for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America. What is General Assembly and what goes on there?

First, this is a great time to remind ourselves that we are not an independent church. We are not only connected to one another, but we are connected and accountable to other believers in the wider church. The first level of that is called “Presbytery”- the church in our ...


June 2017
June 2017
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Word of the week: WOW!

As promised, last Sunday was a “Wow” day at Grace Community Church, with the welcoming of our new GCC Youth Director Sean Smith and his wife Gabby, and the ordination of Tom Breeden. Many of Tom’s friends joined in our celebration together. Can’t wait to see the things God will be doing in the months ahead

If you want to touch base with Tom or Sean, here is how to reach them via email.

Tom:  tom@cvillegrace.org

Sean:  sean.smith@cvillegrace.org

Pray for Tom, Tag, ...


June 2017
June 2017
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Confession time: summer is my least favorite season. I don’t have much use for the heat. Working up a sweat just sitting down is unappealing to say the least. I have even less use for the beach. Sand is just nature’s glitter, getting everywhere and never washing out.

But there’s one thing I love about summer. The slower pace and traveling that often comes with summer is a great time for reading and I love recommending books. You haven’t asked me for book recommendations but, if you did, here ...


June 2017
June 2017
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Word of the week: HUGE

The word of the week is HUGE. That’s because the next two Sundays in June are HUGE! This Sunday is two big things all in one. Sean and Gabby Smith will be with us this Sunday as he begins his work as youth director. And, also very huge, Tom Breeden is ordained as a minister of the gospel this Sunday and formally becomes our Assistant Pastor. This is so big that there will be the appropriate dessert celebration afterwards. So, cancel all plans for everything else and ...


June 2017
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To kick off the summer, we picked summer reading recommendations as a blog topic. I’ve been given freedom to recommend some of the fun beach books I read during summers that have no great spiritual message, as well as a few serious ones.

I’ll tell you a few of the authors I enjoy.

- Michael Connelly has the police/crime genre down. His Bosch character has been put into a program on Amazon Prime and has two seasons. Go to your local library and start with an early one.

- A good nonfiction ...


May 2017
May 2017
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Word of the week: After

I want to talk about “after.”  What happens AFTER church each Sunday is key to who we are at Grace. I really enjoyed the time after church this week, and want to take the opportunity to talk about it a little bit.

Something beautiful happens after church. Grace has always been a church where people love to gather and connect after church. Conversations sometimes go long after the benediction. Some weeks the deacon of the day leaves and comes back later because people ...


May 2017
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Often there is a need to get back to the basics.

In sports there are basic skills that comprise almost every game – throwing and catching, endurance, stretching and running.

In business there are basic ideas that contribute to growth and success – supply and demand, customer service, research and development.

In the church there are basic doctrines that are at the heart of what it means to be a Christian – creation ex nihilo, salvation by grace through faith – but especially the doctrine ...


May 2017
May 2017
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Word of the Week: Goodbyes

Goodbyes are always hard, right? Recently, Grace elder Chris Kidd, who was on sabbatical this year, came to check in with his fellow elders. He told us that during this season of his sabbatical and Cara’s recent time coming off of GCC staff, they had been staying closer to their home (off of Highway 20). They came to realize that the long drive to Grace made life challenging for their young family. Chris and Cara have decided to seek fellowship closer to home where ...


May 2017
May 2017
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It’s funny to me that we are writing about the Trinity, since I’ve had a number of discussions with Grace people about this concept recently. We are all mystified by the Trinity, which shouldn’t surprise us. We are finite people with a birthday (a beginning), and another day that will be mentioned in our obituary (the end point). How could we begin to fully grasp the God who is infinite and eternal - three persons and one God?  The Bible reveals God as one God not in three parts or three ...


May 2017
May 2017
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Word of the week: Moving day(s).

There are a lot of moving days happening soon at Grace. Assistant Pastor Tag Tuck moves 100% into the Pantops Church plant on June 1. We will see him around some this summer as he has two preaching chances at GCC, but he won’t be function in his adult ministry role any longer. On September 1, he will transfer completely over to being an employee of the Presbytery of the Blue Ridge. Great adventures ahead for sure! He will be assessing the progress of things ...


May 2017
May 2017
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Jesus loves you.

If we boiled the gospel down to three words, how many of us would choose these three? The gospel is the message of Christ’s love for us. But if we only focus on Christ’s love for us, we can end up with a lopsided view of God. Does the Father love us too? What about the Holy Spirit? The result is that sometimes we think Jesus is the one who loves us and thankfully he’s persuasive enough to convince the other two persons to come along.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth ...


May 2017
May 2017
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Word of the Week: Prayer

Hey Church,

We are having our day of prayer for our church and members from 6:00 PM Friday, May 12 to 6:00 PM Saturday, May 13. Two corporate times for prayer are offered at the church building at 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Saturday. There are still plenty of times for prayer available. If you forgot to grab a prayer card, let us know what time you would like to pray and we will send you some prayer requests for that 15-minute time block.

Can’t wait to see how the Lord ...


May 2017
May 2017
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The word “Trinity” is found nowhere in the Bible.

Does that make it useless? Does that make it an optional doctrine?

There are many people who say they don’t believe in God these days. A very good follow up question would be to ask, “Which god is it that you don’t believe in?”

At that point they might say, a god who sits in the sky aloof from my problems while still expecting me to do good, a god who doesn’t understand me because he’s an ego maniac always concerned with his own glory, a god ...