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Blog Archives: August 2017

Transforming Relationships

August 30, 2017
Tom Breeden
When I was in middle school, I spent my summers at a high-adventure camp for boys in the mountains of North Carolina. It was a young boy’s paradise. I was first exposed to things like rock climbing and whitewater rafting there. But this camp was also my first real exposure to the wider world. Most of the counselors came from overseas, particularly Australia and New Zealand. They could escape the winter back home to spend the summer in the United States. And get paid for it! I’d spend anywhere from three to six weeks at this camp, surrounded ...

Word of the Week

August 30, 2017
Don Ward
Word of the week: Disaster Once again, disaster has struck our nation. Hurricane Harvey continues to dump rain on exhausted Texans and leave many people homeless. Like Katrina, Harvey will leave Texas rebuilding for many years to come. Some of you have donated already for emergency relief. Very good. I encourage you to support the PCA’s disaster relief agency. This website gives you updates. Our denomination will be working with PCA churches in the disaster zone to begin relieving the suffering of church members and their neighbors. You ...

Raising our Youth

August 23, 2017
Sean Smith
One of our goals here at GCC is to raise youth to know and love Jesus for a lifetime. I have the privilege of being called to play a small part of that raising up! This is something we will continue to strive to do here at GCC with the way we teach, love and disciple our youth. One of the main things that we want our students to know is that The Word of God has to be the foundation of your walk. I know when I was a student I often glossed over the importance of applying the Bible. I often saw it as a book of rules and never understood how ...

Word of the Week

August 23, 2017
Don Ward
Word of the week: Who? Who made the difference for you? Was it just one person, or a committee? Of course, I use the word committee metaphorically. God uses people to bring us to Himself. He uses people to pray for us, cajole us, invite us, and teach us. Yes, some people read a bible they were given and believe the gospel, but that’s not normal. In fact, somebody put that bible there! Was there one name that made the most difference for you? For me, it was a committee - perhaps I should say it’s been a small town full of people! Parents, ...

A Seed in Bloom

August 16, 2017
Tom Breeden
I don’t have a green thumb. I don’t have the patience to grow something like a garden. However, it’s amazing what can come from the hands of a skilled gardener. A lush garden starts with tiny seeds. Even the giant redwood trees began their majestic life as humble seeds. Given time and nurture, small things can grow large. Just as redwoods start as seeds, so do churches. This summer Fleming Straughan went to Ireland for the Dublin Irish Prayer Summit and he described the church in Ireland to me as a seed in bloom. This wasn’t the first ...

Word of the Week

August 16, 2017
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Listen To use an old-fashioned newspaper term, Charlottesville was “above the fold” on almost every newspaper in America after Saturday, August 12th and the violence here. That means we were on the front page, and on the part you see first…the first story. None of us wanted that. One Grace member worked with the local woman who was killed. We deplore the violence and racial hatred. What next:  Let’s do some listening. Let’s not assume all the problem is those nasty outsiders. Let’s grab a friend who is from another race ...

Malawi Mission Trip Report

August 07, 2017
Don Ward
I am so very thankful to God for the remarkable time that Chuck McArthur and I had in Malawi. God moved in ways that exceeded my expectations. Chuck is the director of Equipping Leaders International - a mission agency that focuses on equipping leaders in the developing world with a series of tools which they can use to train others. Malawi: This country of 17 million in East Africa is a developing country with notable poverty. It depends heavily on agriculture and often struggles through persistent drought. I learned the value of clean ...

Word of the Week

August 07, 2017
Don Ward
Word of the Week: COUNTDOWN! The buzz around the church office these days reminds me of my days as a NASA brat. Dad was always working on launching something.  Most of the times it was rockets to faraway places - once it was a state of the art wind tunnel. That meant tons of work and planning and preparation for a very exciting moment. That moment lead to other exciting things - science from the moon and Mars. Feels like blast off is coming. The fall is going to be HUGE…there are chili cookoffs, a “one life” effort to invite friends on our ...

Hospitality is Timely

August 02, 2017
Tom Breeden
  Summer’s a time for drinking water. It’s hot outside and at a certain point there’s only so much you can do to cool off. Earlier this summer I went kayaking with a friend and I forgot to load my water bottle on the boat with me before we set out from the shore. So, there I was – out in the heat and exposed to the sun for hours. The lake taunted me in my thirst by surrounding me with water I could touch but couldn’t drink. When we got back to the cars, my water bottle was waiting for me and it could not have been a more welcome sight....

Word of the Week

August 01, 2017
Tom Breeden
Word of the Week: Assumptions On Saturday night, I got on my phone and sent a message to a friend. Within ten minutes, I saw the word “Read” followed by a time in the bottom corner. But after ten minutes there was no response. On Sunday morning, there was no response. On Monday morning, there was still no response. So, at this point I began to wonder, “Did I say something wrong? Is my friend avoiding me?” When my message was met with silence, I quickly assumed the worst, so I sent a follow up message and right away my friend got back to ...