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Monday Memo - October 29

My cup overflows this morning. God is moving among us. The Ultimate Journey is catching on.
Two things are particularly gratifying. First, GFC sponsored a Fall Festival at Mountain View School last Friday night. Prior to the event, Dr. Walk, the principal, said we should plan on food for 150-200 people based on his experience. Three trips to the store later, we were feeding over 500 kids and parents! Never has anything like this happened in this community. There were games, activities, great connections between friends and neighbors, parents and kids, and faculty and families. This was all initiated and funded by people at GFC who LOVE MOUNTAIN VIEW! I give thanks to God and to all of you. We have only just begun! (Some photos from the event)

Secondly, I am overjoyed to announce a new member of our staff. His name is Benjamin Kisoni. Benjamin is from the Congo and has been a member of our church for a few years now. He has accepted a position as our Pastor of Cross-Cultural Ministries. He will seek to establish a church based upon GFC principles for some of the many internationals living in our area, particularly the African community. He will also lead GFC in its outreach to internationals, especially those connected to ETSU. Benjamin’s experience as a pastor who understands suffering, also equips him to walk along side us as we pursue the Ultimate Journey together.

“Our God is a LIVING GOD!” Benjamin declares boldly. Not only has his recent journey led him to our staff team, his immigration status has also been resolved and he can stay in America without fear of being deported. We now pray that his wife and children, whose lives are still threatened in the Congo, will be able to join him here. Benjamin’s book, God, Where Are You?, is available through Amazon and in our Resource Center. It is well worth the read!

Overflowing is the right word. On a personal note, I will be going to Dallas Seminary this Friday to speak in chapel. This is a great and humbling honor for me. I go very mindful of God’s grace in my life and that I represent Grace Fellowship Church. Thank you for the privilege of serving with you in the progress of the gospel.

Grace and peace, 

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   


Looking Back

"The Ultimate Journey: Your Next Steps"   Col. 2:6-7

Any journey is made up of next steps. When it comes to the Ultimate Journey, so much is at stake, for us, for others within our sphere of influence, and for the progress of the gospel and the glory of God. Yet, it all comes down to next steps. Walk in Him. (Colossians 2:6)


The righteous man is the one who lives for the next generation.
~Dietrich Bonheoffer

One very important ingredient of success is a good, wide-awake, persistent, tireless enemy.
~Frank Shutts

The only people who achieve much are those who want knowledge so badly that they seek it while the conditions are still unfavorable. Favorable conditions never come.
~C.S. Lewis

If you wish to be disappointed, look to others. If you wish to be down-hearted, look to yourself. If you wish to be encouraged…look upon Jesus Christ.
~Eric Sauer


There is only one question we need to answer at this point:

Based upon your exposure to the Ultimate Journey, WHAT IS YOUR NEXT STEP?

Looking Ahead

"Islam vs. Christianity" 

Next Sunday we will revisit our “Crucial Conversations” series (topics regarding the intersection of faith and culture). This time we will focus on the rising conflicts between Islam and Christianity – particularly in Muslim-controlled countries. Recent years have seen an alarming increase in violence and persecution against Christians in these regions. What do we need to know about these current events? Why is Christianity the subject of Islamic persecution? How does it impact us and what should our response be?


Read the following passages about persecution and suffering. Make some observations from these verses about the purpose and outcome of persecution, along with our attitude and responsibility.

John 15:17-27, Romans 8:35-39, Romans 12:14-21, Philippians 1:12-14, 1 Peter 4:12-16


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