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Blog Archives: December 2016

Three Reasons Christians and Skeptics Should Read the Whole Bible in 2017

December 30, 2016
Tag Tuck
To be included in the melee of year-end blog posts about New Year resolutions, advice about how to have a better 2017, and for the general good this is my annual blog post to encourage greater biblical literacy in 2017. There are three stages in learning a subject: grammar, dialectic, and rhetoric. The grammar stage is the stage of vocabulary and definition. Dialectic is the stage where you begin to ask questions and make connections with your grammar. Rhetoric is the stage of true creativity and persuasion. It’s easiest to see how this ...

Word of the Week

December 30, 2016
Tag Tuck
Word of the Week: Lists As we approach the final two days of 2016, it’s appropriate to take time and look back over the year before jumping into the new one. No doubt you’ve heard this message in a variety of ways but especially in lists counting down the most popular songs, books, or news stories. Every year at this time there are lists of the best and worst of everything under the sun. Have you taken time to record some lists about your life in 2016? List your accomplishments. List your griefs and grievances. List your joys and list ...

Mercy Ministry @ GCC

December 21, 2016
Don Ward
Every year our Christmas Eve offering is dedicated to the GCC Mercy Fund. This fund is administered by the GCC deacons. When there is a financial need in our local church, this fund is utilized to meet that need. When a need of someone outside our church is brought to our attention, this fund helps as well. Most of those outside requests are first referred to our local partner, Love INC, who assesses the need and gets back to us with a recommendation. In some cases, two or three churches team up to meet a need. What do these needs look like...?

Word of the Week

December 21, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Peace to you This time of year we always say “Merry Christmas.” I’ve learned my Irish friends say “Happy Christmas.” I’ve come to realize that Christmas is a very hard time of the year for many people. It’s a season that many remember and realize their loss of a loved one quite keenly. It’s a season where our disappointment and loss in terms of family relationships is keenly felt.Perhaps we are alienated from family, or going through a divorce. Some of you are headed to be with family, and hoping to come out without much ...

The Ghosts of Christmas Past

December 14, 2016
Don Ward
Many memories of Christmases past flood my mind. Christmas was a happy time in childhood - full of joy and wonder. Honestly, I had much excitement about the gifts that awaited me on Christmas morning. The main gift that we received was usually open and left out for us to see, perhaps left for us by a visitor in the night who slid down the chimney from his sleigh, leaving behind a great and delightful toy. As a child there were times with uncles, aunts and cousins at every Christmas time. This usually meant a second Christmas at an Aunt’s ...

Word of the Week

December 14, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Thankful Simply Christmas was a smashing success. What a delight to watch the beautiful children of Grace slowly make their way to the stage and lead us in Christmas Carols. And what a great special song they sang for us! Then, Tag and Karen encouraged us in the keyboard and sax duet. It all left me thankful. I am blessed to work with talented and motivated people. Cara, Barbara, Karen, Tag and Candy all gave 110% over this weekend. They helped us welcome our guests well. Thanks, friends, for being who you are! In Him, ...

The Importance of Advent

December 07, 2016
Tag Tuck
For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. Such a one is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 2 John 7-9 How important is Advent, really? To answer the question we have to ask another: How important is the ...

Word of the Week

December 07, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Simple! The word of the week is a reminder!  Invite a friend to Simply Christmas at 10:45 AM this Sunday, December 11th. Bring CHRISTMAS COOKIES to share afterwards…bring some non-perishable food  with you for the Blue Ridge Area Food bank (canned fruit or vegetables, peanut butter, canned or evaporated milk, boxed pasta or rice, canned tuna). Get ready to enjoy some great carols and music, and some fun time as our children help us worship as well. In Him, Don