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Blog Archives: June 2016

On Devotions, Quiet Times, and Evening Prayer

June 30, 2016
Tag Tuck
Growing up, I never did anything with a Bible outside of Sunday morning. At some point I began praying after my parents shut the lights out. It was a very simple prayer. Lord, please don’t let our house catch fire and burn down tonight…and forgive my sins. Does that count as the beginning of daily devotions for me? Sure. We’ve been writing these past few weeks to encourage everyone at GCC to think about personal devotional practices. If you’re like me, all your life (or at least the part of your life you’ve spent in the church) you have had ...

Word of the Week

June 30, 2016
Tag Tuck
The Word of the Week is Presbyterianism. Last week Don, Tom, and I attended the General Assembly of our denomination in Mobile, Alabama. General Assembly is a time I look forward to each year. It is a time where the teaching and ruling elders of the entire Presbyterian Church in America come together to do church business. It’s also a time when many people reunite with old friends from seminary or other churches where they served together. Finally, it’s also like many other professional conferences or trade shows. There are opportunities to ...

Read & Sing & Pray

June 22, 2016
Jimmy Wood
“It’s time to get ready for bed!” This evokes a visceral response from our two-year-old son that causes him to immediately run to the other side of the house.  Our four-year-old daughter is more familiar with the nightly routine. She gets in her PJ’s, brushes her teeth, and then makes her way to the large rocking chair in her bedroom. Meanwhile we wrestle our son through the same routine and then make our way to our daughter’s room. We are met with the sound of our golden retriever gnawing away at a bone by the dresser who, being aware of ...

Word of the Week

June 21, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week:  Meetings This week is all about meetings.  Last Saturday the elders of the church met for 6 1/2 hours of long range planning glory.  It was a great meeting, but we were all exhausted and ready to get out of there.  I think it was a superb time and can’t wait to keep working on it.  We have so much more work to do, and one of the things we know we need to do better is keep you in the loop on things.  We spent a lot of time on your feedback and that is shaping our thinking about the future.  I think you will see the ...

Why Does it Feel So Hard?

June 17, 2016
Cara Kidd
I find it incredibly hard to do the things that I know are good for me. Why is that? What makes it so hard to engage in conversation when I just want to read my book, or watch my show? What makes it so hard to make a healthy meal, when I just want to grab something out to eat, that’s fast and easy? For me at least it can often be two things. One of them is just pure ‘I don’t feel like it, laziness.’ The other for me, is being too busy. It feels pretty hard to combat these struggles even to do something as helpful and rejuvenating as ...

Word of the Week

June 15, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the week: Plans We mentioned our five-year planning process some time ago.  Here is a quick update.  We have all your surveys completed and collated.  An excellent summary of the results was created.  Even today I’m taking some time to go over all the information personally to get an overall sense of the responses.  I think I’m about on the second or third read through of the results, and some things are taking shape in my own mind as I see the results. The process we are following was designed by our consultant David Lam, based ...

Slowing Down

June 07, 2016
Tom Breeden
I can’t stand slowing down. Few things get me more frustrated than a slow driver in the far left lane. Sick days are the worst because they don’t just slow me down. They make me stop. This desire to be busy and active serves me well most of the time…except when it comes to reading my Bible. Can you relate? It’s easy to see Bible reading and prayer as an additional thing on my To Do List. The faster I get it done, the more I can accomplish in a day. But like all relationships, our relationship with the Lord takes time. It requires us to slow ...

Word of the Week

June 07, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Amos This past Sunday we covered our first “minor prophet”.  I love what we are doing in giving you a sample of this often neglected portion of the Bible - the Minor Prophets. Remember, they are not minor in importance, but lesser in length and perhaps, notoriety. Amos has a lot more to offer if you want to really dig in and study. A great resource to use when encountering a challenging book like Amos is the New Bible Commentary. It has good background information and a few paragraphs of comments on the entire bible. It ...

Avoiding the Summer Slump

June 02, 2016
Don Ward
Ah, lovely, lovely summer!  I’m looking forward to the blessings of the more relaxed pace of summer. I’m excited about it already. I am imagining now my trip to the beach with my family, and that great feeling of being relaxed and stress free. Of course, sometimes things end up differently than that. Summer is also a time for spiritual lethargy. I can experience a deadness to the things of God.  While it may feel like a mystery, the reasons aren’t that hard to figure out. My small group doesn’t meet, so I’m not getting the blessing of ...

Word of the Week

June 01, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: One Short word of the week this week. One. Grace has one service through the summer at 10:30 AM. Don’t forget! Personally I’ve enjoyed both worship services, and have had the blessing of getting both kinds of services on the same Sunday. It will be great to have everyone together for the summer, but I’m guessing you’ll see a similar format going forward in the fall! Have a Great Week! Don