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Monday Memo - July 22

We have only two more Sundays until we begin three services on AUGUST 11!  WOW!  Someone once asked me about the amount of change over the years at GFC. “What are you doing?  Seems like you guys just change for change sake.”  “Exactly,” I said, “why else would you change, if not for change sake?”

We are joining God — and His purpose is to change lives!  Our calling as a church is to bring the power of the gospel and His word into people’s lives so that they can be changed forever!  So yes, we do change for change sake — and more importantly for Christ’s sake! So here we go again. Over 100 of you signed up to join God by indicating that you would serve in some way once a month on Sunday mornings to make these three services (9:15,11:00, and12:30) as good as they can be so that lives will be changed.  You can JOIN GOD too!  Find out about opportunities to serve once a month at the JOINING GOD table in the lobby, or email Malia Grant.  Who knows, maybe we will change too as we join God!  By the way, our summer attendance is well above last fall.  This is a first in the history of our church.

I think I hear an ECHO!!!  Second Harvest Food Bank, Lakewood Village Apartments Backyard Bible Club, Northside Elementary, Johnson City Community Health Center, Science Hill High School, Family Promise, East Tennessee Christian Home, Cherokee Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Tree Streets Backyard Bible Club, Rise Up!, The Nave Center, Agape Women’s Services, One Acre Café, etc.  Yes, there is an ECHO in the air this week as hundreds of you are serving our community in the name of Jesus.  May many hear the Echo of God’s grace — and thank you for being such a generous group of Christ followers! 

One final note, this Sunday and next, we will be having a Crucial Conversation regarding Same Sex Marriage. This will be a vital conversation for you to be in on as you seek to live out your faith with grace and truth!

PS – Don’t miss Joe Castillo, Sand Artist coming August 18th!  Click here for tickets or more information.

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   

  


Looking Back

"Smart Prayers: Let’s Just Talk"   Psalm 139

Do you think of prayer more as a religious ritual or as conversation with a friend?  It almost seems absurd that we could have intimate conversation with our Creator, and yet that’s exactly what is possible through the Gospel.  The question before us:  Will we take advantage of this remarkable opportunity to deepen our friendship with God through prayer?

THINKING IT THROUGH
(Agree/Disagree/Consider/Contemplate)

Prayer is as natural an expression of faith as breathing is of life.

            ~Jonathan Edwards

When you pray, rather let your heart be without words than your words without heart. 

            ~John Bunyan

If prayer stands as the place where God and human beings meet, then I must learn about prayer. Most of my struggles in the Christian life circle around the same two themes: why God doesn't act the way we want God to, and why I don't act the way God wants me to. Prayer is the precise point where those themes converge.

            ~Phillip Yancey

LIVING IT OUT

1.  Before you begin to make prayer a higher priority this week, take a few moments to examine your heart. Why don’t you talk to God more often?  Is there some sin you need to confess?  Some things you need to tell Him to “clear the air?”

2.  Examine your daily schedule. Where are some brief moments in your routine each day that you could use to initiate conversation with God?  Is it when you drive in your car?  When you brush your teeth?  During a mid-afternoon break?  Find a consistent time that works for you. (Remember to focus this week on frequency and consistency in your prayers, not length.)

3.  Try journaling your prayers at least one time this week. Simply pull out a piece of paper and write to God as if you were writing a letter.

4.  Make an effort this week for God to be the first person you talk to when you wake up in the morning and the last person you talk to before you go to sleep.


Looking Ahead

"Crucial Conversations:  Same Sex Marriage"  

As important and often controversial topics arise in our culture, we will periodically be addressing them between sermons series.  Join us this Sunday as we begin to discuss the topic of Same Sex Marriage.


 

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