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Blog Archives: April 2015

Grocery Slumps & Spiritual Formation

April 30, 2015
Tag Tuck
Standing in the grocery aisle I was staring at fourteen different brands of mustard and I had one recurring thought: What should we eat tonight? Oh no, I found myself in a grocery slump! Sometimes prayer can be like a grocery slump. When have you experienced this? Do you know what I mean? I always need to eat, but my desire to go shopping for food waxes and wanes like the phases of the moon. Yet my appetite and need for nutrition is a constant. Prayer is like this. Our need for prayer is like our need for nutrition. It’s part of what we ...

Word of the Week

April 30, 2015
Tag Tuck
Things seemingly come in groups of three. An earthquake in Nepal, riots in Baltimore, and the highest court in our land deliberating on an issue with epic ramifications—what a week it is! Friends, God is still Our Sovereign on His glorious throne. While we aren’t privy to all the reasons or the exact details of His working (Isaiah 55:8-9), we can rest assured that we are not forgotten. His plans are still to prosper His church. We’ll sing that truth from Jeremiah 29:11 during corporate public worship this week. The song does not talk about ...

Word of the Week

April 23, 2015
Tag Tuck
What a week it has been at Grace! Don has begun his sabbatical and I have received a few updates from him. He is enjoying New York and had a wonderful opportunity to interview the executive pastor of the well-known Redeemer PCA. He’s managed to navigate the public transit with little to no problems. Earlier this week one of our members was quoted as saying, “I had a strong sense that the Lord was moving me to pray for the protection of our church.” Certainly the enemy of Christ’s church would love to make the most of this opportunity while ...

Sabbatical Thoughts

April 20, 2015
Don Ward
Hello Gracians!  You are reading this blog and I am already well into the first week of my sabbatical.  I’ll be gone for a while, and as you have heard about already, a few of the weeks will be in Japan serving our missionaries and Japanese family members there.  While I look forward to additional time for prayer and study of God’s Word for the health of my soul, a good bit of my time will be spend in consideration of leadership.  Namely, I am hitting some huge milestones in my leadership as a pastor: 30 years of ministry, 18 years at Grace, ...

What We Want for the World

April 14, 2015
Don Ward
Last week we explored what we want for our friends who haven’t believed in the Lord.  We want them to have the information needed to make an informed response to the gospel.  This week the topic is “what we want for the world,” meaning those distant from us both geographically and culturally.  Perhaps we are separated by language as well as culture. Jesus commands us to take the gospel to all nations - meaning (as Dan Iverson so eloquently stated on Sunday) all the peoples, or people groups of the world.  We find this stated clearly in ...

Word of the Week

April 14, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Send We were challenged as a church this past Sunday to be senders or be sent!  Sending means praying regularly and sending financial support for workers.  Even better is to stay in touch with missionaries to encourage them.  Click on the names below to find out more about how to be involved: Daniel Iverson III Find the Iversons on this list above and you can begin to give regularly and faithfully to their work in Japan.  You can join their prayer list by emailing Dan: danmtw@gmail.com Phillip Wood GCC college ...

What Do We Want For Our Neighbors

April 08, 2015
Don Ward
I want to talk about our neighbors.  I use this word in the broadest sense of people that live near us, work with us, or are in our circle of friends in any way.  Some trends are confirmed both by statistics and by casual observations.  More and more of our neighbors do not follow Jesus Christ as His disciples.  They may be spiritual people, but they aren’t Christians. There are many causes for this.  Some of our neighbors have moved from other countries and believe in other gods.  Others are a part of an increasingly secular American ...

Word of the Week

April 08, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Wow! Easter is usually a pretty good day, but for whatever reasons this past one goes down as especially memorable.  It was fun to have a choir lead us in a great new worship song.  It was inspiring to sing both old Easter hymns as well as the more recent classic, In Christ Alone. It was encouraging to think about the life of Peter and how he was an example of the transformation he described in 1 Peter 1:3-5.  I was blessed to deliver the message from a new pulpit made by several of the members of our church.  It is both ...

Word of the Week

April 01, 2015
Don Ward
Word of the Week:  Palms! A tradition has emerged in many churches on Palm Sunday of having children march in with palm branches.  Grace has adopted this practice, and I find it a joyous thing each year.  Our kids marched around the room a couple of times as we sang, and then gathered up front to sing songs to the glory of God and to our great benefit.  It points us to that festive day when for a moment the people recognized Jesus for the King He truly is.  It calls us to worship, believe, love, and serve Him.  Seeing the kids and hearing ...

The Day of Days

April 01, 2015
Don Ward
My friend said to me something like this:  “I think I’ve got you!  I’ve figured something out.  Without the resurrection you’ve got nothing.”  He was somewhat light-hearted about it, having not carefully thought through the evidence.  He assumed anyone with any knowledge would reject outright the possibility of the resurrection. He had no way of knowing that he was making the same argument the apostle Paul makes in 1 Corinthians 15. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.  15 We are ...