January 3 News

December 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Happy new Year! Okay, I’m posting this on New Year’s Eve– but we’re almost to 2010.

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This Sunday we are going to get back to our study of Abraham (or, actually, Abram… God hasn’t changed his name yet.

If you remember, the story of Abram/Abraham (or as I kept calling him in my sermon several weeks ago– “Moses”) begins in Genisis 12. We’ve looked at Gen 12-14 already and we’ll pick up in Genesis 15 this Sunday. This is an important event in Abram’s life. I think we’ll also cover Genesis 16 and 17 as well. So you have some New Year’s day reading!

Looking forward to Sunday! For those of you traveling, we look forward to your safe return.

Grace and peace,

Doug

10 Guidelines from God for 2010

December 31, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Okay… I know this sounds like a tabloid headline– but I think this is good stuff to think about going into a new year.

I’m not sure where this came from (I didn’t come up with these)– but I do know that I shared them in the “early days” of Grace2F (a whole 3 years ago!). You may have seen this before on an e-mail forward or something, but they are always good reminders.

 

So, here it goes…10 Guidelines from God for 2010:CreatofAdam

Effective immediately, please be aware that there are changes YOU need to make in YOUR life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill My promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life. I apologize for any inconvenience, but after all that I am doing, this seems very little to ask of you. Please, follow these 10 guidelines…

 

1. QUIT WORRYING:development

Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?

 

BIC0402. PUT IT ON THE LIST:

Something needs done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list… Put it on MY to-do-list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to Me. And although My to-do-list is long, I am after all… God. I can take care of anything you put into My hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things for you that you never even realize.

 

3. TRUST ME:trust

Once you’ve given your burdens to Me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in Me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on My list. Problem with finances? Put it on My list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For My sake, put it on My list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.

 

new life14. LEAVE IT ALONE:

Don’t wake up one morning and say, “Well, I’m feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here.” Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It’s simple. You gave Me your burdens and I’m taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don’t you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with Me and forget about them. Just let Me do my job.

 

5. TALK TO ME:worship1

I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I’m in control. But there’s one thing I pray you never forget. Please, don’t forget to talk to Me – OFTEN! I love YOU! I want to hear your voice. I want you to include Me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with Me. I want to be your dearest friend.

 

happiness6. HAVE FAITH:

I see a lot of things from up here that you can’t see from where you are. Have faith in Me that I know what I’m doing. Trust Me; you wouldn’t want the view from My eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust Me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be?

 

7. SHARE:helping

You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven’t heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.

 

patience18. BE PATIENT:

I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes Me a little longer than you expect to handle something on My to-do-list? Trust in My timing, for My timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.

 

9. BE KIND:care

Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for My sake. I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please, know I love each of your differences.

 

worship10. LOVE YOURSELF:

As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only— to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love Me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes My heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don’t ever forget…

 

 

 

 

The World

December 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

The World

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December 27 News

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I hope that all of you had a safe and happy Christmas. It was great to be together on Christmas Eve– and I want to thank everyone who helped put the service

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together. I really do appreciate that we can approach these special occassions simply… That we can focus on God’s story and pass it on to others– and that we can focus on each other.

Well, as I hope you realize by now, it’s SUNDAY tomorrow! And we have a church service. That’s right! We get a chance to be together again! Cool, huh?

So… I want to one last look at Christmas. We read about Mary and Joseph going to Bethlehem for the census. I want to look at the situation that gets them there. It’s found in Luke 2:1-3. It’s filled with history, intrigue, power, and grace (all that in three verses?!?) You don’t want to miss this! (hey, I know you are going to be tempted to sleep in after the holiday!).

Looking forward to Sunday!

Hope to see you there!

Grace and peace,

Doug

The Message

December 20, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

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Preparing for Christmas

December 18, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

nativity-scene_webOne of the great things about Christmas is the anticipation that is generated as we get closer to the actual event. As a kid I remember marking the days with our advent calendar (and fighting with my sister about opening the little doors). I remember sitting in church and looking at the advent candles– anxiously awaiting the night when the white one in the middle would be lit.

It seems like the season is constantly marked by certain events that lead us towards the big night. The buying of the tree (or the less rustic “putting together” of the tree). Decorating the house. Stringing lights in your bushes (that never seem to work properly). Buying gifts. Watching Christmas specials (my kids were upset that I wasn’t glued to Santa Claus is Coming to Town the other night–  and I had to explain that I had seen the Burgermeister trip on that duck 37 times before!!). Making Christmas cookies. Reading the Christmas stories from Matthew and Luke.

All of these activities are part of a preparation process we engage in each year. And that got me to thinking about God’s anticipation of the first Christmas. You see, the arrival of Jesus was not some spur of the moment stop-gap measure to redeem mankind. It was the result of an incredible preparation process that began– well, it began before the foundation of the world. Check out what Paul says about it…

Ephes. 1:4-6
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love [5] he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will– [6] to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.

Before the foundation of the world, God had his eye on me! And the preparation is seen throughout the Old Testament. One day a Messiah would come and right all the wrongs. He would undo the mess of sin that happened in the garden when Adam and Eve ate from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (see Gen. 3:15). The nation of Israel, the Law of Moses, the sacrificial system, the exile to Babylon, the rise of Rome– all of these events were a preparation for the time that God would enter the world.

It must have been unbelievable in the heavenly realms when the time had come. The anticipation must have been incredible. Angels delivering news to shepherds, heavenly hosts praising God, a star guiding travelers from far away.

What was the excitement all about? God was doing the impossible. Here’s what Paul says about it in Galatians 4:

Galatians 4:4-7
But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, [5] to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. [6] Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” [7] So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.

God the Father gave us his son and his spirit and he makes us his own. He tranforms us from slaves to sons. And this was something he had prepared for and anticipated for a very, very long time.

The Challenge of Bios

December 18, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Have you ever had to write a bio or an introduction for yourself? It can be a strange process. I mean, what should you write about? Accomplishments? Priorities? Skills and abilities?

Plus you want to be humble. You can’t just say how great you are… But if you are too humble people may simply think, “What a loser!”

How do you describe yourself? What would your bio read like? What do you want others to know about you?

I thought about this because I wrote about myself for this site–and I was stuck trying to figure out what to say. I left a lot of stuff out– and I figured I’d add it here.

Some things you won’t find in my bio in the “Staff” section of this site:

1) I love to make my kids laugh so hard that milk comes out of thier nose (unless they are not drinking milk).

2) I am a recovering people pleaser (was that okay to say).

3) I love the music of Harry Belefonte. My dad used to listen to him when I was young, so I figured I was simply drawn to him for sentimental/nostalgic reasons. But I have discovered that I really like his stuff. In fact, I think the best concert I could imgine is  Harry Belefonte– the dude is a showman!

4) I also like Neil Diamond. There I said it.

5) My kids hate that I wear crocs with socks. I understand, but don’t care. If my feet are cold they are in socks. (I am reminded of my dad’s comment when I was a teenager that “comfort trumps fashion every time.”)

6) My wife is really one of the most amazing people I have ever met. And I am loving seeing her characteristics in my kids as they grow up. (although this one is true– I realize that I am getting brownie points for it as well).

Those are a few things about me… Want to share something aboput yourself  that we don’t know. Go ahead– post a comment with a portion of your bio.

December 20 News

December 17, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Greetings G2F Friends,

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This Sunday I would like you to prepare by considering how much planning/prep time you put into Christmas. If you’re like most people, there is, at least, some preparation– and for many it is as logistically planned out as the D-Day Invaision.

I want to focus on a couple of different pieces of Scripture. First, Luke 2:11, the proclaimation from the angel to the shepherds about Jesus (we looked at this last week– but I’d like to go into a little more detail).  And then John 3:16-21– something Jesus says about why he came.

These verses are well known– but sometimes that causes us to pass over them so quickly we miss the beauty and power contained with them.

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,
Doug

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December 13 News

December 13, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Merry Christmas!grace2flogo

I hope that you are having a joyous Christmas season. I want to remind you that we are celebrating the birth of Jesus (duh), but also remind you that we are celebrating that Christ is IN YOU as a believer. He is being born in the lives of those who place their trust (faith, belief) IN HIM.

That concept has me pumped up. This Sunday we will be looking at another traditional Christmas passage. It is found in Luke 2:8-18 and we see how some shepherds respond to a divine proclamation (last week we saw Mary’s response). There is something in there that is incredible to me– and I think it may be to you as well.

If you attend g2f, check the important announcements below…

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,
Doug

Happenings…

THIS WEEK: Sunday, 11/22

**** Remember that our official starting time is now 10:00am****

Prayer
9:30am in the Horizon’s Room (where we have service)
Worship Service
9:45—Fellowship
10:00—Service—Shepherds(Luke 2:8-18)

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE
Our Christmas Eve Swervice will be at 5:00pm at the Virginia Beach Resort Hotel (we we always meet). It should run about 1 hour and will be absolutely fantastic! (Oh yeah, it will take place on December 24th)

TOYS, TOYS, TOYS

This is the last weekend we will be collecting toys for Christmas gifts for kids at Saint Mary’s Home for Disabled Children.

Another cool thing is that we are joining with the kids who go to Young Life Capurnaum in this project. In fact, it was their idea. Disabled folks giving to disabled children who are orphans.

If you are interested in participating with us, it is best to go to www.saintmaryshome.org and scroll down to look at “Children’s Wish List” on the right-hand side (there are some restrictions on what kinds of gifts the children can receive– no stuffed animals, no clothes with sequins or studs, etc.).

I am hoping to have our kids pitch in and all go together to get some things.

Finally, we will take any donated items to the Capurmaum Christmas party on Monday Dec. 14 at Holy Family Catholic Church– and from there they we be given to Saint Mary’s.

If you have any questions about this project, the Capurnaum Christmas party of motorcycles contact Jim Howley
630-5597 cel
jolthowley@gmail.com
e-mail would be best

PIN MINISTRY Pancake Breakfast

This Sunday (12/12), g2f will be preparing and serving breakfast for the homeless outreach of PIN Ministry. What a great way to express God’s divine love to a world that needs to experience it!

TIME: 7:00am
PLACE: Beach Pentecostal (Baltic and 15th)

Please let Tim Adams know you will be able to help out:

cell: 753-5351
e-mail: tim.adams@verbodevelopment.org