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Blog Archives: September 2016

Merciful Marriage Part Two

September 28, 2016
Don Ward
As mentioned, Caron and I did a marriage seminar last week at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Waynesboro.  The talks we did are on their website here.  I want to give you a taste of it in our GCC blog. We mentioned last week the gap between our expectations of marriage and our experiences.  At the conference we showed this video which both illustrates the gap, and shows how mercy can come into our lives. We mentioned the importance of the mercy of Christ filling our hearts and then flooding out toward our spouse. I want to go a little ...

Word of the Week

September 28, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Remember Caron and I are going to have a chance this weekend to remember some special people and a wonderful season of our lives. For nine years we planted and pastored a church in Dayton, Ohio. Our daughter Anna was born there, and we have many happy memories there. This Sunday, South Dayton Presbyterian Church celebrates 25 years since the organization (electing of her first elders) of the church. Caron and I will join the celebration, and I will preach there this Sunday and we will participate in their 3:00 PM ...

Merciful Marriage

September 22, 2016
Don Ward
I was gone this past weekend to present a seminar with Caron at the Tabernacle Church in Waynesboro, VA. The theme of the weekend was merciful marriage. I want to get you thinking about a few of the ideas. The Gap I realized something about every marriage as I thought about this seminar. Every marriage faces a gap. There is a gap between what we dream of and what we experience.  Scripture presents a beautiful picture of marriage in Genesis 2:18ff. It’s a picture of complete and total intimacy. Even people who don’t believe in God have ...

Word of the Week

September 20, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Stranger Hello Gracians. I was away from GCC preaching at a church which invited Caron and I to do a marriage seminar. People were marvelous, but Sunday I got to experience what it was to be a stranger. They sang many of the same songs, used the same creed we often use, prayed very good prayers. But in spite of the fact that I knew a number of the people from before the conference, there were awkward moments that I felt like a stranger. I’m more extroverted than many, but I felt like a visitor and wanted to give full ...

Apocalypse, Prophecy, and Letter

September 16, 2016
Tag Tuck
As we continue preaching the series “Worship Then and Now” we turn our attention from the Psalms over to the book of Revelation. The Psalms are words without music. They are poetry. They are meant to be sung together. That influences how we read them, study them, and preach them. What kind of book is Revelation? How does the book itself teach us how to read it, study it, and preach it? The opening of the book gives us three things to keep in mind. 1. Revelation is an apocalypse. (Rev. 1:1) Apocalypse is not a word that we use much. If ...

Word of the Week

September 14, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the Week: Pot It is known by many other names, but like most of you I’ve heard about pot (marijuana/weed/wacky weed, etc.) for many years. Except for some second hand smoke at a Doobie Brothers concert, it hasn’t been something I’ve experienced or found a temptation.  I know that is not the case with many of you, and some of you reading this might be secret users of pot. Views about pot are changing in the culture, even as medical science finds more and more evidence of its long term harm to users. Let that sink in: even as ...

Start With the Bible

September 09, 2016
Tag Tuck
I had a professor who had a little ceremony for the beginning of each of his class sessions. It went like this: Professor:  “Good morning, class!” Class:  “Good morning, Jay!” Professor:  “Start with the Bible…” Class:  “…not with the commentary.” Professor:  “Context…” Class:  “…is king. Why did he use this litany, burning into our minds that we need to “start with the Bible, not with the commentary” and that “context is king” He did it because we tend to forget what a biblical commentary actually is. Too often we see ...

Word of the Week

September 07, 2016
Don Ward
Word of the week: Bustle Suddenly, everything is bustling!  The streets are full of school buses, the University is packed with students, and the schedule is packed with things to do. Some of you are done with students in your houses, but you are teachers so the schedule has ramped up considerably. That’s true here at GCC as well. We are back to two services and weekly Foundations classes, and there is quite a bustle. In the bustle, we need to find time for quiet. We need to carve out some time and a place where we are alone with God, ...