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Blog Archives: October 2014

Reforween & Hallormation

October 30, 2014
Tag Tuck
You know what is scary this time of year? It's not the costumes that some people choose to wear on October 31st. It's not the frightful look on your dentist's face when you tell him how much candy the children in your neighborhood have consumed. What is scary to me is that we in the church have more knowledge about the roots of Halloween than we do about the roots of the Reformation of the church. So here are five statements and five questions I hope you will think about this week as we celebrate the Reformation begun in earnest on October ...

A Word from Our Pastor

October 29, 2014
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Art! I missed seeing all my friends from Grace this week.  I was at a wonderful celebration of my sister’s birthday, complete with three amazing grandchildren which my nieces and nephews have given her.  I enjoyed seeing pictures on Facebook of the GCC women’s retreat.  It looked like a lot of fun. Janice Edwards has helped bring some class to our church building.  She is the one who manages the art gallery in our hallway.  I want you to take an extra few minutes this week to view some of the original art that lines that ...

Grow in Grace: Stewardship

October 21, 2014
Don Ward
We have come to the topic so beloved in the church: stewardship.  (I am using that odd sense of humor that God gave me.)  We are uncomfortable talking about money.  In my earlier years I was afraid of losing spiritually searching attenders at church if I talked about money.  Surveys from years ago showed that an emphasis on giving and financial matters was a major turn off for the unchurched.  Consequently when I had to talk about it, I was too timid about it. Stewardship - or the management of our God-given gifts of time, abilities, and ...

A Word From Our Pastor

October 21, 2014
Don Ward
I pray that all of your children have a boring testimony.  I bet you do the same thing.  What made me think of this is the wonderful time we had baptizing Quinn Wood (James Arthur Wood IV).  We had a baptismal team up there this week! Little Quinn’s family is LOADED with believers.  His dad Jimmy is one of our elders.  His grandfathers have pastoral backgrounds.  Several generations of the women on both sides of his family are Christ-followers.  His great-uncle and aunt are wonderful believers (and leaders at GCC).  Many of his cousins are ...

Grow in Grace: Service

October 15, 2014
Don Ward
In our weekly blog we’ve been considering some of the ways God enables our growth in our relationship with Him.  This week we will consider how service of Christ and His church helps us grow.  Since service is such a broad concept that could encompass things from what we do to serve our church, to our community involvement in service organizations, I want to narrow this down to two areas of service in our GCC Core values, and talk about how they help us grow in grace. First, we serve one another in obedience to Christ in Gospel Centered ...

A Word from Our Pastor

October 15, 2014
Don Ward
I’m no different than you.  Sometimes I attend worship and I’m tired and distracted, and I miss something in terms of deep connection with God.  I’m thankful to be there week in and week out for the opportunities to observe God at work in special ways.  Sunday was one of those times.  The worship songs we sang not only helped us worship, but set us up for the preaching and the Lord’s Supper.  Our children led us in a rousing version of Rich Mullins’ song “That Where I Am”.  It was from the text of the sermon.  The sermon was from John 14:1-6 ...

The Ministry of Listening

October 14, 2014
Think of a time when you really felt cared for. Chances are someone focused on what you had to say, was attentive to your needs, and listened to how you felt instead of telling you how you  should feel or what you should do. Listening is one of the most powerful ministry tools at your disposal. It demonstrates that you care about the other person. In Stephen Ministry, a great deal of time is spent in teaching and practicing listening skills because of its importance as a caregiving tool. You too can become a more caring listener by ...

Grow in Grace: Worship

October 08, 2014
Tag Tuck
Corporate Public Worship is a means of grace. Another way to say it is that what we do together each Sunday morning is spiritual formation. Still seem like a fuzzy idea? Try the following: Sunday morning service (Corporate Public Worship) does something to us. Week after week as we gather and praise the Lord together, God uses our time to shape us through all the different things (also called "means") - through music, prayer, the Word read and preached, and even through our fellowship before, during, and after the service. The Holy Spirit ...

A Word from Our Pastor

October 07, 2014
Don Ward
“Pray for Peace” - Growing up as a child in the 60’s, I remember seeing that phrase a great deal.  I performed a wedding on Saturday for a young couple that has been visiting GCC.  At the wedding I met a relative of the bride who was of Kurdish descent.  Of course the logical discussion went to the events in Syria and Iraq, and now, right up to the Turkish border.  With great earnestness he shared of the struggle of his people to survive, and upon my urging he gave me his ideas on how to “fix” things.  I spoke with him of our Christian ...

A Word from Our Pastor

October 02, 2014
Don Ward
We had a special guest this week at Grace:  Bushra Shohdi.  This link tells you a little bit about him and allows you very quickly to support his ministry.  Our missions committee meets many missionaries which are found to be of great interest, but for which Grace lacks funds to support currently.  In future years they may be well added to our list.  Bushra is a friend of Peter Edwards, one of our elders, and if you were privileged to hear him on Sunday, you learned of the great things that are happening in the part of the world that is so ...

Grow in Grace: Prayer

October 02, 2014
Don Ward
In last week’s blog we touched on ways we can use the Bible as a means to grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. This week we discuss how prayer helps us grow in our faith in Jesus and love for Him and His people. Can I start with an easy, simple and straightforward step to healthier prayer?  Purchase the book, A Praying Life by Paul Miller.  Read it carefully and thoughtfully.  If you want to go deeper, go to Miller’s website and purchase the DVD of the Praying Life seminary.  There are countless books on prayer- this ...