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Blog Archives: July 2014

The Value of Christian Camp and Conference Ministry

July 29, 2014
Don Ward
This Sunday one of our young people who is in our middle school ministry came up to me after church and asked when she could meet with our elders to make her public profession of faith and join our church.  She recently returned from Gold Rush with a large group of middle and high school students.  Not many months ago she completed our Communicants' Class, but had not taken that next step. If a young person in their teen years is going to join Grace Community Church, there is a high probability that they will mention their experience at ...

A Word from Our Pastor

July 29, 2014
Don Ward
Broken is a beautiful word.  Broken implies something was once whole.  It was all in one piece.  It was once functional, or even beautiful.  It has all the qualities it once had, but it isn’t all together.  This week at Grace we saw that the world is broken- we are broken.  This was brought home to me afterwards when I learned that a friend of mine was killed in a bicycle accident.  He had his helmet on, and he was experienced and athletic.  But the world is not as God originally made it.  It is broken.  We are broken.  That means, till he ...

A Word from Our Pastor

July 22, 2014
Don Ward
It was my privilege this week to take over Karen Sawyer’s job-or part of it, just for this Sunday. I led worship, along with a small ensemble.  Win Wood did the prayer piece of things.   I sure enjoyed it, and as I told Karen, it gave me a great appreciation for all the work that she puts in every week to make things happen.  It was a real treat to have Brian Kester stand in with me.  Ruth Trice and Jim Morton are worship team regulars, but I nevertheless appreciated their patience with me. Are you curious about what goes into the music ...

Historical Adam

July 21, 2014
Tag Tuck
This week I dived into two great resources considering the topic of Adam as a historical person. One is a book called Adam in the New Testament by J.P. Versteeg (translated from Dutch by Richard Gaffin). The other book is titled Did Adam and Eve Really Exist: Who They Were and Why You Should Care by C. John Collins. Versteeg wrestles through the references to Adam found in the New Testament and argues that he was no mere “teaching model” used by the writers, but rather a very real person in history. Collins, as a scientist with two degrees ...

A Word from Our Pastor

July 16, 2014
Don Ward
I’m back!  Many of you know I was on vacation for a few weeks.  For one of those weeks we were at the Outer Banks with our extended family.  We got to experience a hurricane!  We got through it all right.  It was great to be away for a bit to rest up.  I’m back and looking forward to preaching and gearing up for a great fall at Grace. Sounds like our youth had a great time at Gold Rush!  I look forward to hearing about this in the days ahead.   Thanks, Don

World to Come

July 16, 2014
Don Ward
We have been discussing the Apostles’ Creed and thinking about the things we hold in common with all true believers in Jesus Christ.  These familiar words have remarkable claims which are worth considering.  This week we notice that the Creed, drawing heavily from the Scriptures, proclaims the reality of both a life to come and a judgment to come.  While it lacks some of the details we might like (what’s the typical day in heaven like?), the Creed affirms this belief in the afterlife in two statements: From there he will come to judge the ...

A Word from Our Pastor

July 09, 2014
Tag Tuck
This week I'm happy to be writing to you from Perimeter Church in Atlanta, Georgia where I'm along for the ride with our youth at GoldRush - a conference for students, by students. That's no joke either. The students of Perimeter church came up with the conference theme, they are the speakers, the band, the tech crew, the hospitality team, the prayer team, and even the missions team! It has been so impressive to see what youth can and want to do for the kingdom of God in each other's lives. It's also great to see how our students respond when ...

The Communion of Saints

July 07, 2014
Don Ward
We believe in the communion of saints.  That is our next confession from the Apostles’ Creed. Here on earth This creed is saying there is a universal (that’s what “catholic” means) church here on earth that is set apart to God (holy).  It includes all who profess faith in Jesus Christ - the same Christ that the Creed affirms.  That is to say, this communion doesn’t exist between true believers and false ones, but only among the saints - repentant believers in Jesus Christ. I’ve seen this connection all through my life when I meet ...

Forgiveness of Sins

July 03, 2014
Don Ward
The past few weeks we’ve been breaking down what we confess (meaning, what we admit we believe) when we say the Apostles’ Creed.  These are our essential Christian beliefs at the most basic level.  If you remove these statements from your actual beliefs, then you no longer have a distinctively Christian faith.  You may have a mixture of your own ideas, your culture’s beliefs, and some Christian thinking which you find agreeable.  The word for this is syncretism.  It is the same as mixing two incompatible religions.  This Creed and other ...

A Word from Our Pastor

July 02, 2014
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This is the beginning of July, month 7 out of 12. This is week 27 out of 52. This is the week where the book mark in our family Bible is exactly half way between the front cover and the back cover. In our society that values the clock, especially the minute hand and the second hand, this is a time to pause--take a quick look back and then set our sights forward. Two questions that you could use to jumpstart such a reflection come from our Youth Director, Stacey Powdrell. She uses them to help our youth reflect on their own lives. Maybe they ...