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Blog Archives: January 2014

Overlapping Systems of Care

January 29, 2014
Tag Tuck
In Mark 12:33, Jesus summarizes the entire Old Testament in one great commandment. Basically, love God and love your neighbor. The rest of the New Testament takes time to expand those old covenant themes into a new covenant reality. So we already know that we are to look out for what's best for others, not just ourselves. But what is the big picture view of that here at GCC? I call it Overlapping Systems of Congregational Care, which sounds pretty fancy, don't you think? But really, when you get down to it, a system of care is something in ...

What is Presbytery?

January 22, 2014
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Have you heard the word "Presbytery" used at GCC and wondered what it means? Friday night at 7:00pm is your chance to get a glimpse of its meaning! Is it Biblical? In the Bible, we see all the established local churches relate to one another. One famous example is in 1 Corinthians 16:1-4 when the Apostle Paul gathered a large collection from Philippi, Thessalonica, Corinth, and Galatia to relieve poverty in the local church in Jerusalem. In Revelation 1:19, Jesus instructed John to record His words of warning and encouragement for the ...

Two Great Issues Converge

January 16, 2014
Don Ward
It is that time of year where two great moral crises of modern life converge at one time. On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court of the United States voted to overturn state laws that made the termination of unborn children criminal acts.  There were a few states at the time where abortion was legal.  In most states, there were restrictions against elective abortion, the taking of unborn human life where there was no threat to the mother’s life, and where the pregnancy had not been caused by a rape.  In Texas, where Norma McCorvey lived, ...

Deep Pockets in Christ

January 09, 2014
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So often we feel as though we are the victim. It’s as if I am the bum on the street lying there cold and lonely near death. I have a single dime in my pocket and now someone comes up to dig through my pockets while I sleep. They’re trying to steal my last dime. Instead we must realize that we are rich. We have deep pockets in Christ. I am a rich man with oversize pants that have deep pockets weighed down with the weight of so many dimes. When I know that then I am free. When we know that, then we are all free. We are free to bless and to give ...