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Monday Memo - March 3

Last Sunday morning, I referenced 1 Timothy 4:12 in relationship to the message from Philippians 3:17-21 entitled The Road Less/Best Traveled. speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.

                                                                                  -  1 Timothy 4:12

I quoted it again Sunday afternoon at Tom Shearin's funeral. And then yesterday at a small cemetery in Ridge Spring, SC, about twenty family members and friends heard it again at Tom's graveside. For some reason, these powerful and poignant words are lingering long.

The verse also comes to my mind as I inform you that Jason and Neva Lamb have determined before God that they should move to Northern Virginia and seek to plant a church there. Jason has been leading our Student Ministry for almost three years-and has shown himself an example to our students of one of those who believe! They will transition from our staff team as the school year ends this spring. How grateful we are for the influence and inspiration Jason and Neva have been and continue to be among us. Please pray for the Lambs as they have many decisions to make as this journey of faith unfolds.

And speaking of a good example, I am also pleased to announce that Josh Horton will be stepping into the role of point pastoral leadership for Student Ministry. He has been working alongside Jason and we are confident that he will build upon what they, and all of our volunteers, have built. Josh is finishing up his degree from Dallas Seminary by extension, and he and his wife Catherine are excited about their future at GFC. So are we!

There is power in example. I want to thank all of you who engage with our students - being there, listening, sharing God's word, pulling off events and environments, and just showing yourself to an example of those who believe. I know you struggle with whether you are "worthy" or making any difference. Please, just let God take care of all that! He specializes in using people - just like you.

P.S. Don't forget to turn your clock ahead this Saturday night. You don't want to be late, do you?!

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   



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