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Blog Archives: August 2013

Officer Selection Process

August 27, 2013
Don Ward
If you’ve been at GCC this summer, you’ve heard us talk about officer nominations. You also heard the 1 Timothy sermon series that covered leadership in the local church as one of its topics.  At this point, seven men have been nominated to office: three for elder, and four for deacon. The evaluation and selection of elders and deacons is one of the single most important functions of our church.  Our leadership is key to the health, maturity, and identity of GCC. You still have until August 31 (this Saturday!) to submit any other nominees ...

Worlds in Collision

August 21, 2013
Don Ward
I was born in 1959 in Newport News, Virginia.  My parents moved to Hampton when I was a toddler, and my mother lived in the same home until 1998, three years after my father’s death.  I was born in a world of two-parent families: mom and dad were both there.  There were very few single moms living around us, and not too many single men lived there, either.  I think we may have known only a few divorced people.  There were only three channels on the TV and then PBS.  We played outside often.  Someone was always getting together a football, ...


August 14, 2013
Tag Tuck
As we come nearer to the end of Summer, I find it is always a wistful time for me. Summer is my favorite season. Mowing grass in the hot sun. Swimming with friends and family. Waiting for the cool of the evening and walking outside after the heat breaks. Enjoying a change of daily pace. As Julie Andrews might sing, “These are a few of my favorite things.” Last Summer my family visited Grace for the first time. It was my interview with the Staff and Session. It was the first time we all got to meet each other. The time between accepting the ...

Finding Life

August 08, 2013
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This week in the sermon I talked about the fact that we are all looking for Life, capital L, Life. We want to experience life that is more than mere survival, but how do we do that? Outside of Christ our world offers many imitations of this capital L Life, but they leave us dissatisfied. We know we have Life in Christ ultimately, but how do we remind ourselves of it in a way that impacts us daily? I talked about (1) confessing the mystery of godliness (1 Timothy 3:16) and (2) training ourselves for godliness (1 Timothy 4:7). One thing ...

Dress Yourself in Christ

August 01, 2013
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Certain parts of the Bible cause more stir in our culture than others. Two weeks ago I preached the passage in 1 Timothy 2 that, among other things, gives instruction to women in the church. I was surprised to receive feedback about one particular point more than any of the others. After thinking about it, I wanted to clarify something I said because I feel I left the application too vague. To those whom I confused, I apologize. To those whom the Lord convicted, I say that I am convicted as well by this passage. In 1 Timothy ...