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Blog Archives: November 2016

Satisfied

November 29, 2016
Tom Breeden
I longed for Christmas morning when I was a child. It wasn’t just the food or time off from school, though I delighted in those things. It was really about the gifts. I knew on Christmas morning that I got to tear into a stack of presents my parents had picked out just for me – and I longed for that moment. My parents caught me one night when I was seven or eight trying to get into the room where they stored the unwrapped presents. When they asked me what I was doing, I told them I was looking for a Star Wars action figure that I just knew ...

Word of the Week

November 29, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Focus Attention Deficit Disorder: Some of you have a diagnosis, the rest of us live without one. There are so many distractions, aren’t there? If I didn’t have ADD before, modern life has given me some version of it. I was working on a document and ended up doing 3 or 4 other things and checking on Facebook just for good measure, before finishing. It is hard to find some focus, isn’t it?  There are so many things fighting for my attention. Some things are worth the effort. Jesus is the Son of God - we are dwelling on ...

We are in it for the Long Haul

November 22, 2016
Don Ward
Now we consider the last of the GCC values in the refreshed purpose and values statement the elders recently approved.  It is worded as such: We are in it for the long haul We see following Christ and loving one another as a long journey. We aim for the long run commitment in our relationship with Christ, our families, and one another. We resist the quick fix and the easy path in favor of long faithfulness. I think of this value as a further outworking of the purpose of making “lifelong followers of Jesus Christ”. It’s much easier ...

Word of the Week

November 22, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Thanks The word of the week has to be “thanks,” right? It’s thanksgiving week. We are supposed to be thankful. Thursday football will, without fail, have sad stories about those much less fortunate than us. It’s designed to make us thankful, and perhaps, to feel a bit guilty. Let us remember the one to whom all thanks is to be given! Our Father is the source of every good gift in our lives.  All of us have things in our lives for which we feel grateful.  Spend some time this week speaking to God aloud, writing to God in ...

Not For Ourselves

November 16, 2016
Don Ward
This past Sunday in the sermon we considered scriptural roots for the last of the three values of Grace Community church: As those so extravagantly loved, we exist for our neighbors and for the world. We are the light of the world. We make room for guests. We care for others while expecting nothing in return. In case you missed it, the message is here. Two things I want to revisit, and then I want to think about one of our goals as a church. First, all of these values came to pass because there are people already living these ...

Word of the Week

November 16, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Division In reviewing prayer requests this week, I couldn’t help but notice that several prayer requests this week centered around our national election last Tuesday. Several of these were very thoughtfully written, and even wondered about their own individual role in promoting healing. One mused about why we didn’t mention these things in prayer up front. Good thought there. Perhaps in avoiding the political we missed a corporate prayer opportunity. Like many people, the results of last week’s election came as a ...

Lifelong Discipleship

November 11, 2016
Tag Tuck
This past Sunday we looked at Romans 8:18-30 in order to unpack the theme of Lifelong Discipleship. What is discipleship? Paul gives a possible definition of discipleship in Romans 8:18 when he says, “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” In other words, disciples of Jesus Christ have present suffering in the world, yet they live with the hope of a future glory. But can we give an even more practical answer to the question of what is discipleship? Y ...

Word of the Week

November 09, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the week: OK It’s going to be OK. The election just happened, and Donald Trump will be our President in January, 2017. Some of you are ecstatic. Some of you are grieving.  Many are somewhere in between, having been unhappy with the major party candidates.  As a political junkie, I follow elections.  This has been the most unusual and difficult in my lifetime. That comes as no shock to you, I’m sure. I’m thankful so many friends on social media are talking about God’s sovereign control of the nations. That control does not mean ...

Love As We Are Loved

November 02, 2016
Don Ward
This Sunday we started delving into the values our church highlights. If you were there Sunday you learned that we identified these values by noticing members of GCC who made a big impression on the elders. These are the people of whom you think, “I want all of our church to have this person’s character!” The first of these values we call “love as we are loved.” It is great to realize that there are some very gracious people in our church. There are enough of them that the elders identified these gracious qualities as something which marks ...

Word of the Week

November 02, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Beautiful This Sunday we had the baptism of Stephanie West. I hope you all get to know Stephanie. She is a special person. I hope you take the chance to talk with her. It’s beautiful to see a friend become a visitor at church, and then begin to go to a small group and learn about the faith. It’s beautiful for them to take the next step and then the next step until they are quite ready to proclaim their faith in the Lord. Somewhere in your neighborhood or mine, or at your workplace or mine, or your school…is another ...