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Monday Memo - September 3

Every year has its cycles. Right now everything seems to be “starting up” again… school, routines, sports, social opportunities, new job goals, personal goals, volunteerism, etc. Life does “feel” like it is going somewhere. But Where? Why? I believe that without a vision for

                                                            THE ULTIMATE JOURNEY

we will, like the wise man, conclude that

                         …everything is futility and striving after the wind. Ecclesiastes 2:17

This is one reason for a new series of messages beginning Sunday, September 22nd entitled

                                                            THE ULTIMATE JOURNEY

Believe it or not, this series has been a topic of conversation, prayer and development for several months. So important is it, that we are putting together 7-week small groups that will supplement the Sunday experience. I wish everyone connected with GFC would carve out an hour or so a week for 7 weeks. Not only will you meet and enjoy some new friends, but you will encounter the Bible in a way that may introduce you to truths that could change the trajectory of your life!

The groups will begin meeting the week before September 22nd. If you would like to find out more or to sign-up online, go to our groups@grace webpage.  This is one thing you can start this fall that will not be vanity or striving after the wind!

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   

  


Looking Back

"New Life in Christ"   2 Corinthians 5:16-21

It’s a bit of a paradox, isn’t it? Knowing that the lives we live on this earth and the bodies we have will physically die, but the new life we have in Christ is propelling us towards eternity. We live in the tension of physical death because of sin but new life that will never cease because of Christ. So what should we do about it? Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 6:1-2.

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

As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of Gods’ kindness and then ignore it. For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.

            ~2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (NLT)

God, if I were you, I wouldn’t have chosen me. But you do. You already have. And it changes everything.

            ~Anonymous

The gospel is absurd and the life of Jesus is meaningless unless we believe that He lived, died, and rose again with but one purpose in mind: to make brand-new creation.

            ~Brennan Manning

The spirit-filled life is not a special, deluxe edition of Christianity. It is part and parcel of the total plan of God for His people.

             ~A. W. Tozer

The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless.

             ~Billy Graham

LIVING IT OUT

1.     Who will you celebrate your faith story with this week? Identify another believer in your life and share your stories with each other.

2.     Consider joining one of the groups@grace and become involved in a community that will encourage and celebrate life together. Go to our groups@grace webpage and explore the options.

3.     Identify one person in your life that does not know Jesus Christ. Begin praying for them and be sensitive to opportunities to share your faith with them.


Looking Ahead

"Stalled? get moving again: Fear (of people)"   Proverbs 29:25

We are not what we think we are, we are not what others think we are, we are what we think others think we are. Think about that! Certainly we are influenced by others, and we should have respect for and patience with all men, when we allow others to define who we are, put too much pressure upon our thoughts, feelings and actions, we have fallen into a snare. We are stalled because of the fear of people!

LOOKING IT UP

        The fear of man brings a snare, but he who trusts in the Lord will be exalted. 

                                                                - Proverbs 29:25

 

1.    Slow down and think through the wording of Proverbs 29:25.

            What questions does the text cause you to ask?

            What are the key words?

            What is the main “contrast” in the verse?

2.    What is your first “personal impression” of the verse?

3.    Take a look at the following verses and jot down how they flush out the meaning or implications of Proverbs 29:25.

            Numbers 13:30-33

            Jeremiah 17:5-8

            Matthew 6:1-18

            Mark 14:66-72

            John 12:42-43

            John 20:38-39

            Galatians 1:10


 

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