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Monday Memo - December 1

December 1??!! You have got to be kidding. Did you know that we only have 3 weekends before Christmas? I have been under the weather lately, not feeling well, and am anticipating some significant personal emotional events soon. I am so glad that years ago I was exposed to this little train diagram.

Maybe you have never seen it, or perhaps you need to see it again. The engine represents the FACT of God's Word. FAITH is our trust in God and His word, and FEELINGS are the result of our faith and obedience. I like to ask, "If you shovel the coal onto the caboose, what do you get?" The answer is a "dirty caboose!" Only when we put our faith in God and His word do we keep up the momentum in our Christian lives, regardless of how we may feel. While feelings are important, they cannot determine our direction and decisions in life. For example, I was considering Ephesians 1:13-14 this morning.

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation - having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to God's own possession, to the praise of His glory.

Ephesians 1:13-14

How many "facts" can you find? Do you believe them? Will you trust God for the security you have in Christ, regardless how you feel?

Ah yes, Christmas time at GFC means the GIVING DEPOT! We start setting up and preparing beginning this WEDNESDAY continuing each night and during the day Saturday. What a great way to serve with someone in your life, with your Community Group, or with your family? This experience creates indelible memories of all who roll up their sleeves and engage service. You are needed, make no mistake! Your couple of hours will make a big difference! Simply click here to get all the information and sign up!

We will be sharing communion this Sunday at the end of the message David and Goliath. On Communion Sundays, we encourage special gifts to our Love Fund. Simply designate your check or online gift to the Love Fund. Such gifts are over and above our regular giving.

I am looking forward to sharing our faith in our Lord Jesus together this Sunday!

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   



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