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Monday Memo - January 28

Let’s TALK!  That’s right.  The leaders of GFC need to hear what you have to say!  Sounds serious, doesn’t it? I wouldn’t call it serious, but I would call it important.  We have determined that every few years we need an honest, anonymous, thorough assessment of the condition of our own spiritual lives and the overall health of our church based upon our biblical calling.  It is that time again.

I am inviting you to provide your insight and input through filling out TWO surveys via our website. They each have a unique focus.  Please fill out BOTH of them.  This will help our leadership diagnose our strengths and weaknesses in a way that can inform our ongoing mission of joining God in Building a Community to Reach a Community!

The survey window closes at midnight on Sunday, February 10th.  The more people who take the survey, the more accurate will be the feedback.  Thanks for the help!  Simply go to the GFC website by clicking here.  We will be listening and will let you know what we hear.

Sure is great to be looking for “the blessed hope” this Monday, isn’t it?!  (Check out yesterday’s message online if you missed it.)  I thank God for your responsiveness to the teaching of the Scripture week in and week out.  I am one blessed pastor!

See you Sunday! 

P.S. Hey men - hope to see you Saturday!  Yes, this coming Saturday at the NO REGRETS conference. Sign up online ASAP.  There is no substitute for a life of no regrets! 

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   


Looking Back

"Advanced Notice (Part 3)"   Mark 13:24-37

There is much about the future that the Lord has given us “advanced notice” about. But from where we sit, one of them is not when He will come for us. It could be at any moment! That is one life-changing fact - and it is advanced notice!


One God, one law, one element; and one far-off divine event to which the whole creation moves.      

            ~on the Dome of the Capital in Washington DC                                     


I know Jesus Christ died for my sins, and that is all I really need to know.

            ~Ann Coulter

We should all be concerned about the future, because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.          

            ~Charles Kettering


I never begin my work without thinking that perhaps He may interrupt my work and begin His own. I am not looking for death, I am looking for Him.             

            ~G. Campbell Morgan


1. What is it in your life that calls forth a need for immediate hope and how could the imminent return of Christ meet that need?


2. In light of the fact that the One who died for you and wants you to spend forever with Him could come at any moment, what changes are most needed in your life in order for Him to be most pleased with you?


Looking Ahead

"Waste"   Mark 14:1-11

Imagine the week before Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. Time with His followers is limited. Every word counts and every gesture and embrace takes on extra significance. Into that context a woman comes to honor Jesus in a most unexpected and extravagant way. Reactions are mixed. How would you have responded? How does this story challenge, stretch, or affirm your own tendencies and ideas about worshipping Him?


1.Read Mark 14:1-11. Write down 6-8 words from the text that jump out to you as significant.

2. Mark “sandwiches” the story of the woman between two paragraphs about Jesus’ upcoming arrest (vs. 1-2 and 10-11). How does her story tie in to the plot to betray and capture Him?

3. We learn more about this event by reading the parallel passage found in John 12:1-8. What details does John share that help us better understand our passage?

4. Why might Mark have included so much detail about the perfume the woman poured over Jesus’ head?

5.  How do you feel about the reaction of the onlookers (vs. 4-5)? What was their primary concern?

6. How did Jesus’ reaction contrast with that of the onlookers? What was His primary concern?

7. In what ways is v.9 being fulfilled even today?

8. Do you think this incident had anything to do with Judas’ decision to betray Jesus (vs. 10-11)? Why or why not?


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