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Everyone has a preconceived idea of what it means to do a “Ministry”. This idea is formed by our experience with the church and with our culture. It’s dependent upon the ideas of those who were formative in our experiences of faith and of life. This preconception is mostly fixed in our minds and that’s too bad. Continue reading
This Sunday, Rev. Ken Gruebel will bless us with his presence in our pulpit! He’ll bring us a message from the gospel of Luke entitled, “The Wolf at the Door!” Ken is a GPC family favorite and always has an entertaining and thought provoking message to share. Continue reading
Everyone deals with temptation. It attacks us in various forms with varying intensities. No one has ever been exempt from the “Temptation Club”, not even Jesus!
Though we are all tempted, not everyone falls for the same temptations. Some are able to overcome some temptations and not others. Some submit easily and others are better at fending off temptation. But let’s face it; we all face it!
This Sunday we will tackle “The Giant of Temptation”. We’ll look at James 1:13-16 and 4:6-10 as well as Hebrews 4:12-16 to discover how temptation works as a destructive giant in our lives and how we might overcome it.
I know that you’ll be tempted to sleep in Sunday morning, but I challenge you to overcome that attack . . .
This Sunday we will “Tackle the Giant of Procrastination”. We’ll look at Luke 9:59-62 and Acts 24:22-25 to discover how procrastination is a destructive giant in our lives and how we might overcome it.
I was going to have a lot more to say about this but I haven’t gotten to it yet . . .
In the recent past we’ve had a discussion about when its helps to be “Unforgiving”. We talked about how forgiveness is a response to a repentant heart and that not even God forgives us until we repent. There is, however, a problem with not forgiving if we hold on to the anger that results from the offense – we soon find ourselves buried in RESENTMENT.
It’s a giant we’ve all faced and it’s one that can sneak up on you. It approaches as a gentle giant but it can, in fact, be one of the most difficult to defeat. It’s the Giant of Loneliness.
Loneliness strikes in many ways but it always has the same goal: to separate you from God and those you love. You may think that I’m confused on this because if we are lonely, we should embrace not only God but those we love. Yep, you’d think that but it does just the opposite. That’s why it is such a dangerous giant.
On Sunday, we’ll look closely at the giant of loneliness; it’s causes and effects and some powerful ways to not only face but defeat this giant. To prepare for Sunday, read a powerful portion of Paul’s letter to Timothy, Chapter 4 verses 6-21. And then reflect on HEBREWS 13:1-3, 5-6 Then come to worship this Sunday prepared to tackle this giant!
There really are Giants out there and I’m not just talking about the New York or even the San Francisco kind. We all face them at one time or another and the key is to tackle them before they tackle you!
We begin our exploration into “The Giants” this Sunday by first delving deeply into the giant on our side: Faith. We’ll discover the value of “Faith in the Face of Giants” and discover how the opposite of faith, doubt, is rampant not only in our culture, but was also a destructive force among the Hebrews as they prepared to enter the promised land. Then we’ll look at how the kind of faith we have can keep the destructive force of doubt out of our church and our lives.
We all know the Easter story – or do we? Oh we’ve all read the Bible passages from the Gospels that describe the scene, but what if not all the passages are what the Author intended? Ok, enough intrigue, I’ll get to the point.
We’ll continue in Mark’s Gospel on Easter Sunday and we’ll look carefully at the author’s intention in his telling of the resurrection event. You see, most Bible scholars agree that second-century Christians added onto the end of Mark’s Gospel. The thought is that the four Gospels were circulated from church to church and that these early Christians were unsettled because the ending of Marks Gospel differed from the other three. Their solution was to add the text at the end that mirrored the others. But what if Mark left his ending that way on purpose? This Sunday we’ll look carefully at Mark’s telling of the event and see how his version might be significant for us today.
To prepare, read Isaiah 53:11-12 and Mark 16:1-8. Then come to worship on Sunday and we’ll discover how valuable an unfinished story can be!
Palm Sunday always has a schizophrenic feel to it for me. On one hand, we shout “Halleluiah” and wave palm branches and yet we know in the back of our minds that the same city that went bonkers for Jesus on Sunday, yelled “Crucify Him” on Friday. I’m never sure how to act or what to feel on Palm Sunday.
Well, I think that a passage from Mark’s Gospel kind of sums up the whole week from Sunday to Thursday, and it happened on Tuesday of that week. You might be familiar with the story but probably not Mark’s telling of it. Mark makes a point to tell us the names of certain people and not of others. So we’ll look at this ‘Dinner Party’ on Jesus last Tuesday before his crucifixion and see what we can learn about the characters and about ourselves.
To prepare, read Mark 11:1-10 and Mark 14:1-9. Then come to worship on Sunday and we’ll discover how Jesus offered us, and how we might also practice, Extravagant Gestures and Risky Love.