February 27th News

February 25, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I hope everyone is having a great week!grace2flogo-300x150

To follow up on something we prayed about this weekend… Katie Adams spoke at the Grace Bible Church Women’s Retreat last weekend and did a fantastic job (actually, GOD did a fantastic job through Katie’s wonderful gifts and abilities). Also, Tim Adams is traveling home today (Thursday Feb 25), so keep him in your prayers.

Last week, we finished up our series on Abraham. For the last few months, we’ve been in a sermon series called “Encountering God”. Now, you may not have know that (I’m letting you know right now). Basically, we’re looking at the stories of people who have encountered God in the past. This is significant because we can encounter God today. In fact, God wants us to experience an encounter with him.

Are you wondering about that? Do you wonder if God actually wants YOU to encounter him (or him to encounter you). If so, consider these verses from the Gospel of John:

John 1:1,2,14

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. [2] He was with God in the beginning… The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

God came to earth in the form of a man so that we could experience a divine encounter that would change our life, future, and eternity.

We’ve already looked at Moses and Abraham– at their “call from God”.

This week, we’ll step into the story of another person– Isaiah.

Isaiah was a prophet and the author of the book of Isaiah. We will look at his incredible, life-changing encounter found in Isaiah 6… Read the whole chapter and see his story. We’ll probably take 3 weeks to break it down and see how his experience can be applied to our lives.

Have a great rest of the week and I’m looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug


Grace2f Men’s Retreat

We are working on putting together the first ever Grace2F Men’s retreat at Camp Silver Beach on the Eastern Shore.

If you have ever been to one of the Men’s retreats you know it is not just a time of setting around the campfire singing “kumba ya” and sharing a shower with men in shower shoes.  Instead, it is an interactive, and power packed adventure experience that thrusts you into living the bible for the weekend.

There is no better way to spend a weekend this year than the men’s retreat.

Details:

This year Grace2F will be doing our own Men’s Retreat

The retreat will run from a Friday night, all day  Saturday and end Sunday afternoon at around noon.

The cost will be around $100 and includes all meals and activities.

We need your help.  We need you to fill out a survey that asks 5 simple questions helping us to determine which weekend to schedule the retreat and how many are interested in being involved.

The survey is at:  www.surveymonkey.com/s/JDJWSMN

Once we get a count and a date set we will send out information on how to register.

Let’s make this a Men’s Retreat where we have all of the men at Grace2F together hanging out and enjoying a weekend together.

The Call of Abram Part 7

February 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Call of Abram Part 7

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February 21, 2010 | Genesis 22 | Sermon | Download Audio

February 21st News

February 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I hope ya’ll had a great Sunday last weekend. Phigrace2flogo-300x150lip Bowling gave the message at Grace2F (thanks Philip– you rocked!) and several couples attended the “Weekend to Remember” marriage conference sponsored by Family Life.

It was really a great conference and I would highly recommend it to anyone interested.

This Sunday we finish our look at Abraham. We’re going to jump to Genesis 22 and the story that we all remember… Abraham sacrificing Isaac. This is an incredible encounter with God– one that has challenged me as a dad a lot in the past. But we will see something amazing this week that has changed my whole view of this story– and what it means to us.

Although we’re moving to chapter 22– you may want to read Gen 18-21 to see more of Abraham’s story. Interestingly, in Gen 20, Abe reverts to old ways–even after all he’s been through with God– and tells an opposition king that Sarah is his “sister” again. Oy veh!

We will also celebrate the Lord’s Supper together this Sunday.

Have a great week and I’m looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug


Our Quest for Glory ~ Troy1136224_f520

This year’s men’s retreat is March 19-21 and will be at Camp Silver Beach on the Eastern Shore like the last several year.  This years retreat is lead again by our very own Doug Haupt and its message centers around “Our Quest for Glory”.

If you have ever been to one of the Men’s retreats you know it is not just a time of setting around the campfire singing “kumba ya” and sharing a shower with men in shower shoes.  Instead, it is an interactive, and power packed adventure experience that thrusts you into living the bible for the weekend.

There is no better way to spend a weekend in March than the men’s retreat.

Details:

The retreat runs Friday night March 19 at 7:00 PM and ends Sunday afternoon March 21 at around noon.

The cost is $129 and includes all meals and activities.

You can register in 2 ways:

  1. You can go to this link and fill out the registration card and submitting it via the internet. secure.echosign.com/public/hostedForm?formid=XNHB396L624I
  2. You can fill out a registration card and church and hand it in there.

Once you have your registration card filled out and turned in you can drop a check in the offering plate at Grace2F and pay the registration fee when you can.

Let’s make this a Men’s Retreat where we have all of the men at Grace2F together hanging out and enjoying a weekend together.

Be Careful What You Ask For…

February 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

snowplow3As I write this, I am gazing out my window at a beautiful snowfall… Wait, WHAT?!?

It’s snowing again?!? What in the world is going on? This is ridiculous!

Here’s the deal. I live in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It is a beautiful area that has a change of seasons, but they are mild seasons– or, at least, it doesn’t get really cold for really long. We can get snow, but it is infrequent at best. In fact, since we moved up here in 2004, our family had not really experienced a snowfall in Virginia Beach.

We certainly wanted one. I mean, we moved up from South Florida– all of us wanted to experience a snowfall in our town. Any time the forecast indicated a chance of snow, our kids would go into a frenzy. They would wear their pajamas inside out… They’d check the weather… They’d pray for snow (I say “my kids” were anxious to experience snow in Virginia Beach– but, truth be told– Sara and I had the same desire. If snow was forecast, I would get up several times during the night to take a peek).

We figured that snow would be an incredible blessing.

Well, at the end of January, our prayers were answered. We got a boatload for this area (about 7 inches). Everything shut down. The kids (and parents) played to their heart’s content. School was cancelled for a few days. It was a veritable “winter wonderland”.

Then came the slush… and the ice…the cabin fever… and the messy wetness and mud. Two days after the joy of the blizzard, I was muttering, “I wish this would melt and spring would come”. I was cold. Wet. Frustrated.

A week after the snowfall, it snowed again. Cancelling as second basketball game (the first one cancelled one as well). Instead of excitement, my 10-year-old son was angry. He wanted to play basketball!

“I hate the snow!”, he moaned, “Why does it have to snow?!? Why, dad? WHY?”

As I look out my window this morning– and witness a third snow storm– I found myself thinking that we can want something really bad and when we get it we realize that it wasn’t what we wanted in the first place.

A snowstorm is a harmless example. We’ll get over it (although a scrimmage I arranged to make up for a missed basketball game may be cancelled tonight!).

But I think we long for a lot of things that we think we want that may not be the best for us. A different job, a spouse, financial security… a change.

One of the things that I have been trying to teach my kids lately is that they can trust that God has their best interests in mind. That they can trust him. That, although circumstances may look bad, he is still in control. He is omniscient— that means he sees all. He sees beyond the immediate. He sees the end of things. Basically, he sees what we can’t.

In other words, we think we know what we want, but oftentimes we have no idea. We think we know the answer to our problems or the key to our happiness… But, really, our vision is limited.

God knows the answer to everything. And it’s him. He knows what we really need and he loves us so much he graciously gives it to us… Even if we don’t realize it at the time. We just have to trust him.

Whether it’s snowing or not.

February 14th News

February 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

grace2flogo-300x150This weekend Sara and I and seven other couples (as of today) from Grace2F will be attending the “Love Like You Mean It” conference at the Founder’s Inn. It runs from Friday night through Sunday noon. I would ask that you pray for the event and for those attending.

With that in mind, I am thrilled to let you know that our own Philip Bowling will be speaking this Sunday.

If you don’t know it, Philip is a full-time staff member with Young Life. He trains leaders in Virginia Beach and helps with the Princess Anne club that his wife Katie oversees. They are a couple engaged in ministering to high-schoolers and God is using them in incredible ways.

Part of the vision of Grace2F is for people in ministry to have a place to come and get recharged for the task that God has given them. Philip and Katie are those kind of people. Another part of the vision is for us as a body to minister to each other. That’s why I am so glad that Philip has a chance to share with you all. I am so excited for you to see how God is using them and how his gifts will bless you… and you should be excited too.

I say all this because, at every church, there is a tendency for people to become so focused on a single speaker that they miss wonderful opportunities to hear from others in our body. And if we become like that, we will not enjoy all that God is doing in our midst.

So what does all this mean? It means that I want to encourage to come and worship together even though several couples will not be there. Come and hear Philip. Come and be the church to each other.

To prepare, check out John 1 and Matt. 4:19. That’s what Philip is going to be talking about.

Think of us at the marriage conference as we think of you at church!

Grace and peace,

Doug

The Call of Abram Part 6

February 7, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Call of Abram Part 6

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February 7, 2010 | Genesis 17 | Sermon | Download Audio

February 7 News

February 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

grace2flogo-300x150Well, I hope you all made it through the “Blizzard of 20-10”. I gotta admit it was fun, but I’m happy to see the snow melting away (how do they do it in Minnesota?!?).

Since we missed last week, the “News” is the same… So I’ll just reprint it so you know how to prepare (BUT be sure to look below for “Happenings” at Grace2F.

This Sunday we continue to look at the life of Abram (get ready though, after Sunday we get to call him Abraham!).Our main passage this week will be Genesis 17. But to understand this event, we will also look at what Paul says about it in the New Testament (like we did last week when we heard Paul’s view of Abram, Sarai, and Hagar in Galatians 4). So you may want to check out Romans 4 and Colossians 2:9-15.

This is an excellent study to see how God’s story flows from Old to New Testaments in an incredible way.

On another note, there is a sign at the check in desk of the hotel that indicates what room we are meeting in. If you ever go to our normal meeting place (The Horizons Room) and we’re not there and you can’t find us– check out the sign to see where to go. We don’t get bumped often, but last week the Army moved us (and it may be the same deal this week).

Looking forward to Sunday!

Grace and peace,

Doug


Grace2F Happenings…

Just wanted to provide an update  about our PIN Ministry event last Sunday.PINMinistrylogo

Although we were challenged by the inclement weather, a Grace2F team braved the elements and helped serve a hot meal to some very cold folks. Dallas Stamper (the head of PIN) didn’t think that very many folks would showe up because the city had opened shelters over the weekend. However, the people just kept coming!

We will partner with PIN again soon for a Saturaday breakfast or a Sunday dinner and service, so keep checking the Calendar for the latest info!


Audio Messages on itunes

For those of you who like to catch up on missed messages, listen to the messages on your ipod, have friends that you would like to get a message to, or even help others to check Grace2F out all our audio messages are on this site plus itunes.

Yes you can now subscribe to our audio messages via itunes by going to Subscribe through itunes

You can also subscribe to our podcasts with RSS at Subscribe to Grace2F Podcast RSS

So two great ways to share our messages with family, friends and co-workers or just stay caught up yourself.


Grace2F Men!

Several of us are meeting together on Friday mornings with other men from the area at the Cavalier Country Club.

  • When: 7:30-8:30am (we are out by 8:30 sharp!)
  • What: A study of the book The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller

Each week we hear a 10 minute introduction to the book’s material and then break up into small groups. If you come, you will be in group with other men from Grace2F.

You can buy the book yourself or pick one up at the meeting (cost:$20.00 for the book). There is coffee provided.

If you have any questions,call Doug at 270-0522 (cel).


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Group Rate Good Through February 11

Weekend To Remember Update

Currently 7 couples are signed up from Grace2F for the Family Life Weekend to Remember. I think that we’re going to have a great time individually as couples– but also together!

Our Group rate for registrations is still good through February 11 so if your going to sign up do it before then to save $80 per couple.

Don’t miss this opportunity to invest in your marriage (or relationship if dating) that can help make it fireproof. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day present to your loved one that they will never forget. Isn’t it time you invest something more than diamonds and candy into the person who means more to you than anyone else?

Watch this quick video below to get a preview of what this could mean to your marriage.

When: February 12-14, 2010
Where: Founder’s Inn, Virginia Beach
To get our group rate go to www.familylife.com/groups/extravagantlove

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Weekend To Remember

February 4, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

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Weekend To Remember Update

Currently 6 couples are signed up from Grace2F for the Family Life Weekend to Remember. I think that we’re going to have a great time individually as couples– but also together!

The great news is that for the next two weeks until, February 1st those 6 couples can extend the 2 for 1 rate to anyone. You must be invited by one of the 6 couples (that is pretty easy to do). If you are interested in joining us contact Scott and Melissa Ringo and they can connect you with one of the couple already attending.

Don’t miss this opportunity to invest in your marriage (or relationship if dating) that can help make it fireproof. It’s the perfect Valentine’s Day present to your loved one that they will never forget. Isn’t it time you invest something more than diamonds and candy into the person who means more to you than anyone else?

Watch this quick video below to get a preview of what this could mean to your marriage.

When: February 12-14, 2010
Where: Founder’s Inn, Virginia Beach
To get our group rate go to www.familylife.com/groups/extravagantlove

Weekend To Remember Preview Video