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October 2017
October 2017
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Faith and repentance are intermingled at the core. Have you ever wondered if it’s either faith or repentance? We are called to have faith and to repent. It is actually not possible to have faith in Jesus without repentance and the Bible makes that clear in Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” We can’t separate our faith from the repenting of our sins.

In our repentance we are saying that we can’t fix ourselves no matter how ...


October 2017
October 2017
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Word of the week: Wonder

I wonder what’s going on? Why has so and so left the church? Why did we change ___ in the worship service? When did we decide to do a church plant?

Is that you? Do you have questions that bug you but you haven’t asked? If you are a member here, you should know you always have the right to ask questions. If you want to talk to a pastor about a question, we invite you to do so. If you want to talk to one of the elders, we can help you get in touch with them. Our staff ...


October 2017
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I remember the first time I took my friend rock climbing with me. He was climbing up the side of this cliff and got about half way up before he reached the tricky spot. He had ascended to a nice solid ledge, but he couldn’t stay there. If he wanted to make it to the top, he would have to lean his weight off the ledge and reach blindly around the jagged corner that was sticking out of the cliff. On the far side of that edge was a nice big hold for him to grab with his hand. He wouldn’t be able ...


October 2017
October 2017
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Word of the Week: Joy-zaustion

Ok, there is no word called joy-zaustion. But there should be! It’s when you feel great joy and exhaustion at the same time. We had a busy week this past week, culminating with our “One Life”/20th anniversary Sunday. I felt great joy in seeing the committed core of Grace, along with many guests that we all brought. Three people came to the early service “uninvited”- they were just visiting and looking for a new church. A friend of mine who I invited at the last ...


October 2017
October 2017
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This Sunday, October 8th is the 20th anniversary of Grace Community Church, and as you know, we are inviting friends and hoping to include them in our time together. I want to take this chance to reflect on these twenty years.

Twenty years ago, I still had hair, I hadn’t reached forty, and had two children at home. When we moved to Charlottesville in the fall of 1997 Emily was just moving from elementary to sixth grade, and Anna was starting second grade.

In May of that year a momentous day ...


October 2017
October 2017
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Word of the Week: Thankful

Most of you know I’m leading the 9-person team to Japan later this month. The team has worked hard in many ways but our funding was coming in slowly.... until this weekend. When the sun rose on Friday morning September 29th, we had still bout $8,000 to raise. After the silent auction and the response to some previous efforts, we now have under $2,000 to raise. There has been some amazing generosity to these efforts.

Praise the Lord for your kindness and generosity ...


September 2017
September 2017
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Five of us from Grace were at a worship conference called Sing 17 last week in Nashville, Tennessee. Karen Sawyer, Bruns Varaksa, Sean Smith, Caron Ward and Don Ward attended for our church. If you have sung the modern hymn, In Christ Alone, you have encountered the Getty Music ministry. Over 4,000 pastors, worship leaders, musicians and church leaders from around the globe gathered at the massive Brentwood Baptist Church for several days of worship and seminars. The highlight of the ...


September 2017
September 2017
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Word of the Week: Astounding

Each week members have been adding to our church prayer list the names of friends they are inviting for our October 8 celebration. I had missed Tuesday prayer the last few weeks for travel. This week we had about 35 different names, and that didn’t include a few others. We prayed together for all of them by name. I also learned that a number of people are coming to Christianity Explored to learn more about Jesus, and get their questions answered. I felt a sense of ...


September 2017
September 2017
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As the topic of justice has become so pressing in our culture today, we as Christians must look at each situation through a biblical viewpoint. The meaning of justice is found all throughout the Bible and it is important that we get back to striving for justice in this way.

The Bible makes it clear that the Lord has a huge heart for justice. This is not something that is just a side part of Him, but is a central part of the character of God. The Lord calls us to love the people who are ...


September 2017
September 2017
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Word of the Week: Overlooked

Fall is a time for kickoffs (and no, I’m not talking about football). School kicks off again. With vacations over, new seasons of productivity kick off at work. Sports teams and evening commitments all seem to kick off at the same time too.

Church is no different. Fall is a time for kickoffs. Small groups, Foundations, and Crossroads all kick off again in the fall. With this flurry of revived activity, I realize how many small things I overlook. Announcements I ...


September 2017
September 2017
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I have a friend who works for a construction company that builds custom homes. Specifically, his job is to oversee all the various contractors and vendors involved, each of which is responsible for a different piece of the project. It’s his job to keep track of all the different steps involved until the house is complete. He makes sure the plan on paper becomes reality.

I remember once he took me to one of his worksites and showed me around the “house.” I put house in quotation marks because ...


September 2017
September 2017
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Word of the Week: Deluge

I wonder how Noah felt? What an unusual season in our country’s history! Two incredible storms hit within a few weeks of one another! A 1000-year flood hits large portions of Texas, and a massive hurricane swamps many parts of Florida after leveling parts of the Caribbean.  What are we to do? Can you help in some way? With so many needs financially, pray and consider how to help. A personal connection may be wise. If you’ve been to an island that has been hurt, donate ...


September 2017
September 2017
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Grace has a goal regarding men’s ministry:

Develop a comprehensive strategy and provide leadership to produce a men's ministry that forges bonds of brotherhood and trains men to be effective leaders in the home, church and community

It’s safe to say that this particular goal reflects something with which our leaders were not satisfied. We were happy with the direction of women’s ministry, but weren’t happy with the effectiveness of our ministry uniquely designed for men.

Many churches share ...


September 2017
September 2017
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Word of the Week: Anticipation

It’s been so very busy lately as our whole church staff gets ready for the restart of the 2-service format and our weekly Foundations time. Add into the mix a middle school retreat (MODGNIK) and a men’s retreat, and we will all need another Labor Day to recover. Can’t wait to be back at it again though!

This fall, we will be focusing on inviting a friend to worship with us on October 8th - a Sunday where we treasure the value of one life to God. Do you have ...


August 2017
August 2017
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When I was in middle school, I spent my summers at a high-adventure camp for boys in the mountains of North Carolina. It was a young boy’s paradise. I was first exposed to things like rock climbing and whitewater rafting there. But this camp was also my first real exposure to the wider world. Most of the counselors came from overseas, particularly Australia and New Zealand. They could escape the winter back home to spend the summer in the United States. And get paid for it!

I’d spend anywhere ...