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Monday Memo - December 29

We took some time on Christmas to see the movie Unbroken, based upon the book by Laura Hillenbrand. It is the story of Louie Zamperini, a WW2 prisoner of war "survivor." He did not "break" during the war, but most certainly did after the war. He was a broken man who would find healing and hope only through Jesus Christ.

This Sunday we return to the story of David's life. The title will be UnBroken. Seems God has a different perspective on life in terms of what He sees as our 'greatest" need than we do. I hope you make every effort to be here this Sunday. Take a look at 1 Samuel 18-21 ahead of time.

This past Sunday I gave the congregation an update on Tim Bowers. Tim is our Staff Pastor. He has led and guided our staff for nearly 14 years now! 90 days ago, Tim suffered a stroke. His speech and some mental skills have been the challenge of his recovery. But he is recovering. Slowly, but surely. There is still no way of gauging the length of this journey. Tim and Cheryl's faith is strong, and they are taking the necessary steps each day with the strength that God supplies. We miss them both and are looking forward to their return sometime in 2015.

As 2014 comes to an end, never to return (time only moves forward), we should remember with David,

...the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.

                                                Psalm 100:5

May we know this by faith, no matter what!

PS - As you may be aware, a significant portion of our operating funds for 2015 are received during the few days ahead. If God has been using GFC in your life and in those you know, and you are able, will you consider a special gift in the next couple of days? Checks must be postmarked by December 31 if sent by mail, hand-delivered to GFC by noon on Wednesday, or submitted on line by midnight on Wednesday. Thank you for making giving to GFC a regular part of your stewardship throughout the year too!

Grace and peace,

Tom Oyler
Lead Pastor   



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