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Blog Archives: January 2017

Word of the Week

January 31, 2017
Don Ward
Word of the week: Prayer Perhaps prayer should be the word of the week every week. Some weeks, it is more obvious than others. We look north to Washington and see great need of prayer for our leaders, that they all would have a heart of wisdom and would humble themselves before God. This humility would help them come together to lead our nation. Many are troubled by the division they experience these days. We have a recourse, a power we can seek, through our great High Priest, Jesus Christ. Last week we received some bad news. Peggy ...

Fret Not Part 2

January 25, 2017
Tag Tuck
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Psalm 37:3-6 (ESV) In last week's blog we looked at verses 1-2 of this psalm and found that the command not to fret would be cheap advice if it were not for the resurrection of Christ. The resurrection shapes how we can act ...

Word of the Week

January 25, 2017
Tag Tuck
Word of the Week: Better Jesus is better. This is our confidence. This is our peace. Jesus is better. He is a better savior than the lifeless idols (money, sex, and power) of this world that cannot save from death. He is the guarantor of a better covenant than the promises of this world. On earth you may have land, but there is a better land, a heavenly one that will include the earth one day. On earth you may have happiness, but there is a better happiness that will intensify all earthly happiness. On earth you may leave a legacy, ...

Fret Not

January 19, 2017
Tag Tuck
Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Psalm 37:1-2 It’s easy to find reasons to fret, to fly into a passion, over many things. Once I was in a restaurant and bit into a hot pepper that burned into my nose and sinuses. In public, I waited for the intense pain to pass. I knew it would pass, but it would take a minute. A glass of water sat at the edge of my place ready to dowse the coals in my throat. Some rice on the plate smothered ...

Word of the Week

January 18, 2017
Don Ward
Word of the week: Wow! This past Sunday night GCC hosted the Greene County Ministerial Association’s Martin Luther King service. It was a “wow” evening. Joyous and uplifting worship, spot on and encouraging preaching from Dr. Alvin Edwards, and a generous offering were some highlights. Afterwards we entertained our guests and, as always is the case, new friendships are formed and connections are realized. We realize that we already know each other, work together, and live together. We get a little taste of the unity that Jesus Christ won ...

Five Year Goals

January 11, 2017
Don Ward
This past Sunday in spite of the snow and ice, we had  a meeting to talk about the refreshed purpose statements of GCC and the five year goals of the church. The recording of that will soon be available under the resources tab @ cvillegrace.org. In this blog post, I want to put out the five year goals and make a few comments of my own about them. I will also include the elders names on the goals. Feel free to email me directly if you want to volunteer to help with any of them (dward@cvillegrace.org). Jim Morton is freshly back off sabbatical, ...

Word of the Week

January 11, 2017
Don Ward
Word of the week: MLK It is MLK week at Grace Community Church. For the past several years, we have been blessed to host the Martin Luther King service for the Greene County Ministerial Association on the Sunday night before the MLK holiday. It is a joyous, energetic service that features music from several churches, arts in the form of dancing and mime, and lively preaching. This year the service starts an hour earlier at 6:00 PM, which helps families thinking about ducking out and putting kids to bed. Following the service is a time of ...

A Case for Starting with Hebrews

January 04, 2017
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This week we begin preaching through the book of Hebrews. I hope you’re as excited as we are! If not, then I hope this post may whet your appetite. More than once I have heard (and recommended) that people who are interested in Christianity should start their investigation by reading the gospel of John. I’m changing my advice. Why not start with the book of Hebrews if you are curious about Christianity? All Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16) and no one book is holier than any of the others, but God uses the different ...

Word of the Week

January 04, 2017
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Fasten It’s 2017.  Fasten your seat belts, Grace Community Church.  This Sunday is a bit of an unveiling of countless hours of work by the elders of your church.  A good number of hours were spent in 2016 working on a tune up of Grace’s ministry. The purpose of this tune up was to develop goals for the next five years that would be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time bound.  Before we got to those goals, we spent some time on the engine and transmission, cleaning out some gunk, replacing some worn parts, ...