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Blog Archives: June 2014

God the Son and God the Spirit

June 26, 2014
Tag Tuck
Jesus is no zombie. What might tempt someone to think such a profane thought? Whether or not you watch television shows or read books about the undead does not matter as much as how you do or do not connect the undead to God, the Son. This week we round out the discussion of our tri-personal God as we find Him described in the statements of the Apostles' Creed with two very important statements that separate Jesus from zombie lore and legend. First, the Creed states that after Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He ascended into heaven....

A Word from Our Pastor

June 24, 2014
Don Ward
The word of the week is repentance.  As we discussed Sunday, it is beautiful to God, and a blessing to us.  It is a gift and grace from God for which we are free to pray for ourselves and others.  In a nasty conflict?  Pray that God will grant all parties involved (yourself included) repentance unto life.  Jonah 3 is a massive repentance story.  Imagine if we saw any version of that?  It would be stunning. I mentioned a book on the Great Awakening: Iain Murray’s book Revival and Revivalism. Can I add a few recommendations?   How about ...

God the Son

June 18, 2014
Tag Tuck
How we talk about God has big implications for how we live in God’s world. We are always asking and answering two questions whether or not we know it. They are: How do I perceive God? How do I perceive myself? How we understand who God is directly influences what we understand about ourselves and how we live in this world. This is a simple definition of discipleship. It is the continual asking and answering of those two questions. How do I perceive God? How do I perceive myself? As my answer to one grows more complete, so does my answer to ...

A Word from Our Pastor

June 18, 2014
Don Ward
This past Sunday was a mix of joy and sadness.  Many of our vacationing members were back, and the church was full with worship in full voice.  That was joyous!  I feel blessed to have such talented worship leaders and musicians.  We had beautiful worship under Gina Tuck’s leadership last week, only to be blessed again to have Karen Sawyer back leading a very full team.  Great hymns and songs…a full heart. But then we had to say goodbye and pray over Scott and Sara (and Lizzie) Dyck and Donna Battenfield.  Scott and Sara have been with us ...

A Word from Our Pastor

June 10, 2014
Don Ward
We had a great Sunday at Grace despite a mass movement of GCC folks toward vacation!  I want to highlight two things: Stephanie Buttner, daughter of Garry and Linda Buttner, presented her ministry to us during worship.  She is going for one year with a small Christian ministry called Rahab’s Rope. It is heartbreaking to hear how many young girls and women in India are being sold into sexual slavery.  Stephanie is going to bring Christ to these women through loving actions and a loving gospel message.  Rahab’s Rope gives help, and offers a ...

God our Father in Heaven

June 10, 2014
Don Ward
I believe in God the Father Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth. Last week (it’s on this same blog if you missed it), I introduced the Apostles’ Creed.  This week, I break down the stunning first statement of the creed.  It is something every Christian through all ages has embraced.  It defines us.  It makes us who we are.  It makes me think of the song Creed by Rich Mullins. I believe in God: We are saying, I am not confused about this.  There is a God - only one God, the God of the Bible.  He is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus ...

What is the Apostles' Creed?

June 02, 2014
Don Ward
What is the Apostles’ Creed? When I was growing up, we recited the Apostles’ Creed every Sunday.  The First Presbyterian Church of Hampton, Virginia included both the Lord’s Prayer and Apostles’ Creed in every Sunday morning worship service. It was very familiar in one sense, but very distant in that I doubt I knew all that I was saying. We use this Creed on occasion at GCC, especially when the sermon text covers elements of the Creed. The Apostles’ Creed is unique among the creeds in that it did not arise out of some doctrinal ...

A Word from our Pastor

June 02, 2014
Don Ward
It's Monday morning after a great family weekend for the Wards.  My nephew was married!  Here was my view:   That’s my normal view when I’m officiating at a wedding!  Great seat, eh? Now I’m back in the office and working through my list of things to do.  The place is really buzzing for a Monday morning.  Cara Kidd, Carol Hill and Kristin Eppard are working to get the place ready for June Group. You’ve heard about it: many small groups are resting for the summer, but we can come together on Sunday nights for Bible study and ...