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Monday Memo - October 22

I did something last Saturday morning that I had never done before. I went out to a “farm” with a barn with 4 other guys, and shot guns at targets! Prior to this, I can only vaguely remember shooting a bb gun like the guy in A Christmas Story. Well, we shot about 6 or 7 different kinds of guns. I was told, “good shooting” a few times, and enjoyed the experience.

Of course the keys to good shooting are many, but they all lead mostly to taking accurate aim. With most guns, rightly adjusted, the bullet goes where it is aimed.

Three years ago, our church took aim with buildingreaching. It is what our church is about. Building a Community to Reach a Community. For the last three years, many in our church have been giving over and above their regular giving in order to build a strong and healthy financial foundation for our new facilities that regularly serve both our congregation and the community. This three-year commitment time comes to a close December 31, 2012 - and we are celebrating with gratitude!

We especially want those who have given to know that your sacrifice was worth it and is bearing fruit in the lives of people. Of course, we will receive our reward from God Himself, but it helps to hear some practical stories also.

We have set up a link on our website: for you to share your experience at GFC. Just click and then jot down how GFC has touched your life, or that of others that you know. Feel free to include what excites you about the future of our church also. We will keep this open for the next few weeks as a source of encouragement to the entire GFC community.

I want to thank you for your attentiveness and response to our I Pledge Allegiance series so far. It is certainly timely and I hope you will stay with it for the next 3 weeks! See you Sunday?

Grace and peace,

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor


Looking Back

"I Pledge Allegiance: Bottom Up" Mark 12:17

This is one of those “take the log out of your eye…” moments, isn’t it? (see Matthew 7:5) How easy for us to blame or depend on government for things that we are responsible for “under God.”


Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. ~Benjamin Franklin

Christ did not give the keys of the kingdom to Caesar nor the sword to Peter.
~Edmund Clowney

The saga of the nation is the saga of its families written large.
~Tony Evans

The sovereign extends its arms about the society as a whole.
~Margaret Thatcher on the nanny state

Reform always comes from below. No man with four aces ever asked for a new deal.


1. What were you surprised most by in this message and why?

2. Which aspect of “jurisdiction” has the most direct relevance to you right now and why?

3. What “bottom up” changes have you asked God to help you make “where you live” in response to the responsibilities that you have?

Looking Ahead

"I Pledge Allegiance: Dollars and Sense" Mark 12:17

Let’s not forget that money was the issue in the context of Jesus’ rejoinder concerning Caesar and God in Mark 12:17. We have all heard it, “It’s the economy stupid!” Certainly, money matters. And the government seems to be ALL about it. But how does “render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s,” affect our attitudes and actions regarding money?


1. What “dynamics” do you find between God, prosperity, and people in Deuteronomy 8:11-14, 17-20?

2. What are the implications of Exodus 20:15-17 for individuals and society?

3. How does 1 Thessalonians 4:10-12 inform our actions and attitudes toward our own provisions?

4. What do the primary functions of government (Romans 13:3; 1 Peter 2:13-15) imply regarding governmental involvement/responsibility in the economy?

5. What are some of the symptoms that a government or person is drifting from God’s economic principles? (Isaiah 1:23; Deuteronomy 10:17, 16:19, 15:6; Proverbs 22:6)

6. 1 Timothy 6:7-10, 17-19 is “rich” with insights regarding a believer’s own attitudes and actions when it comes to money and things. Where and how do you most relate to these instructions?


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