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Blog Archives: January 2019

We Love as We are Loved

January 16, 2019
Don Ward
God’s wrath for our sin was satisfied on the cross, and we are now sons and daughters. Therefore, we lavishly offer love and grace to one another and to those in our world. Love as you are loved, forgive as you are forgiven. I’m excited about this value of Grace Community Church as it is the value most associated with the word “grace.” We value showing grace and love to one another as a high priority.  We long for it to permeate everything we do in all aspects of our life together. If you are like me, you find these words inviting and ...

Word of the Week

January 16, 2019
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Life I missed everyone on Sunday but thanks to those who found our Facebook live sermon and gave me a lot of encouragement. It is on the Grace Community Church (Cville) page, and the audio will be posted on our resources page. Every year two events nearly overlap. The nation celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and remembers a Supreme Court decision (Roe vs. Wade). In my thinking there is a great Biblical doctrine that informs my thinking about both. The Latin phrase is “imago dei” which means, ...

We Are in It for the Long Haul

January 09, 2019
Rich Brown
“One aspect of [our culture’s atmosphere] that I have been able to identify as harmful to Christians is the assumption that anything worthwhile can be acquired at once. We assume that if something can be done at all, it can be done quickly and efficiently. Our attention spans have been conditioned by thirty-second commercials. Our sense of reality has been flattened by thirty-page abridgments.” It’s hard to believe that the late Presbyterian pastor Eugene Peterson penned these telling words nearly 40 years ago in 1980! As we have now ...

Word of the Week

January 08, 2019
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Feelings One of the most common questions Caron and I are getting lately is, “How are you feeling?” Or, “How are you doing?” Twenty-one years of ministry at Grace Community Church is coming to an end, and a new venture will begin in February…it’s an obvious question. Strangely enough, several members of our church are changing careers or jobs at the same time! Honestly, it’s difficult to describe. It’s not bittersweet because I’m not experiencing any bitterness internally or from others. There is a sweet sadness that ...

Discipleship Through Relationship

January 03, 2019
Tom Breeden
Moving is a daunting task under even the best conditions. There are so many boxes to move. Nobody seems to remember how the sofa got through the door the first time, but it wasn’t one of the seven different ways you just tried. Books are a wonderful thing…until you have to carry boxes of them up and down a flight of stairs. I’ve never met someone who enjoys moving, but it’s infinitely better with extra hands. Whether it’s professionals you hire or friends you bribe with pizza, moving is smoother when others pitch in. The bigger the move, the ...

Word of the Week

January 03, 2019
Don Ward
We were meeting as a staff this morning and several of us admitted we had been a tad confused about the day of the week. There were holidays stuck in the middle of weeks, and some days were feeling like Friday when it was actually Tuesday. You know what I’m talking about, right? During the holidays you are waking up and trying to remember if it was Saturday, or Sunday or some other day. I promised our staff that I would make the word “confusion” the word of the week. There are other ways we start the year a bit confused, and perhaps ...