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Blog Archives: January 2015

Word of the Week

January 28, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Preach As we go through Galatians, one of the skills of spiritual health we have learned is rehearsing the truths of the gospel to ourselves and to others.  Did you pick up on that?  We’ve been reminding you of the things that are true of you in Christ.  A good summary of it was here (Heidelberg Catechism #60): 60 Q. How are you righteous before God? A. Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. Even though my conscience accuses me of having grievously sinned against all God’s commandments, of never having kept any of ...

Disputable Matters and Worship

January 28, 2015
Don Ward
13 Therefore let us not pass judgment on one another any longer, but rather decide never to put a stumbling block or hindrance in the way of a brother. (Rom 14:13 ESV) Many Christians have favorite verses in Romans.  One part of Romans we forget about is the significant chunk of verses spent on “disputable matters.” Perhaps because many members of the Roman church came from Jewish backgrounds, the use and abuse of Christian freedom was an issue worth addressing. One of the areas of intense conflict in the church has been worship.  ...

A Stephen Ministry Story: Barnabas and Mark

January 26, 2015
Barnabas boldly proclaimed God's Word throughout the Roman Empire at the same time that Paul did. Though he appears in the New Testament a number of times, we know much less about Barnabas than we do Paul, perhaps be­cause he wasn't the prolific writer Paul was. What we do know is that he was an encourager. In fact, his name means "the son of encouragement." And while we might call Stephen the first Stephen Minister (Acts 6), Barnabas could appropriately be considered the second. He had all the characteristics of a Stephen Minister: full of ...

Word of the Week

January 22, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the week: Life Two issues that surround the dignity of human life came together this week.  Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday is a time to remember that we are made in the image of God, and our worth and value is determined by that.  Dr. King obviously is a giant figure in modern American history who reminded us of that reality, and peacefully struggled to see that skin color didn’t dictate the rights citizens have in our country. A second issue marks this week - the loss of the rights of unborn humans in 1973.  In January of ...

Resolve to Rest in 2015

January 22, 2015
Tag Tuck
Many of us go through periods of making, breaking, not making, or re-making resolutions. When I was a little boy for five years in a row I resolved to stop biting my fingernails. You could find statistics about the great number of people who have resolved to quit smoking. Usually we make these resolutions on January 1st, but not always. There are three basic types of resolution makers. First, there are the emotionally driven resolvers. The hype of a New Year’s Eve celebration and the promise of a new year ahead of them incite these ...

A Word from Our Pastor

January 14, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the Week:  King We received some wonderful publicity for our Greene County Clergy King Celebration this Sunday night (click here to watch the video).  Jay James is a wonderful Christian brother who is a local media personality.  A few minutes with Jay will light up your world.  We are blessed to have a dynamic and highly accomplished Christian woman to speak at our event: Cynthia Murray.  Dr. King’s dream was racial harmony and unity - my dream is that we fill up the building on Sunday night for some fellowship, worship and ...

A Sports Fan Asks About Youth Sports

January 14, 2015
Don Ward
When I was a boy, another boy in my neighborhood observed of me that I was always playing the sport of the season.  If it was football season, you could count on my backyard hosting our own mini-Super Bowl.  Basketball was played some days when the ball felt like a frozen rock.  A few windows became victims during baseball season. Football on TV was a big part of Sundays after church in our home.  If you’ve attended GCC for any time period, you’ve heard the occasional sports illustration in a sermon. I really enjoy sports! Though I am only an ...

A Word from Our Pastor

January 06, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the Week:  Fellowship During my vacation I attended worship at another church.  I ran into a few sweet friends there and that made it special.  A friend served me communion, and both of us were touched by that moment.  Most of the people around me were strangers.  No one who didn’t know me said a word to me (no, this isn’t about friendliness, but there is power in a kind word).  I worshipped God and He was present for sure, but much of the experience was foreign. This past Sunday I returned home to GCC.  I saw many, many friends, ...

Time and Priorities

January 05, 2015
Don Ward
15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise,  16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. (Eph 5:15-16 ESV) The New Year has begun.  The calendar presents us every year with an artificially created time to review our lives and commitments.  We look back on the previous year (again, artificially created, since humans could have started the year at any time, right?) and usually identify some things we’d like to change about the coming year.  New Year’s resolutions, we call them.  I like it.  It’s a new ...