October 3rd News

September 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Well, we made it back from Bermuda and enjoyed a wonderful time with Sara’s family. Fortunately, Hurricane Igor (it’s pronounced “eee-gore”– although I kept saying “eye-gore” because of the influence of the movie Young Frankenstein).grace2flogo-300x150

I’d like to thank Katie Adams for speaking last weekend on Mark 4:35-41 and unpacking the story of Jesus calming the storm. We all encounter storms in this life– and sometimes they seem to come in waves (pun intended if you desire… and if I actually made one)– but Jesus is with us. He does care. he is aware. He is powerful. He will protect… But he will also let us go through storms to actually experience his care, awareness, and protection.

This week we are looking at a story where Jesus calms another storm. But this one doesn’t come from the circumstances around us (bad weather, a down economy, an accident). Rather, this storm comes from within us. In Mark 5:1-20, we see Jesus heal a man possessed by a demon. In fact, this is probably the most detailed description of demon possession in the Bible.

Although this may seem irrelevant on the surface (we don’t think a lot about demon possession unless we’re going to a scary movie), this story is about you and it is about me.

Read Mark 5:1-20 and discover how Jesus transforms a “Man of the Tombs” and allows him to pass from death to life. It is a picture of everyone who has been transformed by the love, mercy, and power of Jesus.

Also this Sunday, we will be celebrating the Lord’s Supper together.

One final note… We do not have recordings of the last two weeks. One week there were technical difficulties; last week I just forgot to give the recorder to someone. I apologize to those who wanted to listen to the messages.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

September 25th News

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Jesus_Calms_StormThis week we continue our study of the Gospel of Mark. We will be looking at Mark 4:35-41. This is a familiar story about a time Jesus calms a mighty storm.

As you read this passage, try to imagine yourself on the boat with Jesus and the other disciples. How would you feel? What would you do? I think that this is a story that is extremely relevant for each of us as we navigate through storms in our own lives.

I also wanted to share the exciting news that Tom Rozier and Dennis Williams were baptized last Saturday and Sunday, respectively. Both were wonderful celebrations of what God is doing in each of their lives and this community at Grace2F. Ideally, we would have invited everyone to be a part of the event, but, in an effort to involve family members and friends, we had to move on the spur of the moment. I just wanted to share what happened so that you could join them in the celebration!

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,
Doug

September 18th News

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Last week we continued our study of the Gospel of Mark by looking at the parable of the sower in Mark 4:1-20.

We saw that Jesus was speaking to a huge crowd– a crowd that had gathered because he had performed some incredible miracles. But he chose to speak in parables— he chose to use earthly illustrations to communicate spiritual truth.

In this parable, Jesus talks about farming– a sower planting seed. We see four different conditions that receive the seed and only one produces a harvest.

Last week I mentioned that often this parable is taught focusing on the four different soils (or conditions) Jesus talks about. But, really, Jesus wants us to see what his ministry is all about.

We learn this when Jesus explains the parable to his disciples (we discover some of this when we read Matthew and Luke’s version on the story in Matt. 13 and Luke 8). In this explanation we see that the seed is the word of God. The sower is the Son of Man (Jesus). And the soil is men’s hearts.

As we explore this parable we see that Jesus is trying to encourage his disciples that there will be a harvest— that the seed of truth will penetrate the hearts of those open and prepared to hear it.

This was important for the disciples to hear because they were seeing the challenges of the Pharisees and the rejection by many of Jesus’ teachings.

seed_growingThis week, we will continue in Mark and learn a bit more about the kingdom of God. Read Mark 4:26-34 and learn more about the power of the “seed” Jesus is talking about. Often times it doesn’t look or even “feel” like God is working in our lives– but he is. Things are often happening below the surface– deep in our hearts– that will one day become an incredible harvest.

Join us this week as we continue to walk with Jesus…

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Grace2F Happenings

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On Saturday, September 18th, Grace Family Fellowship will be serving at the PIN Ministry Pancake Breakfast. We invite anyone interested to join us in this wonderful opportunity to serve together!

It starts at 7:00am (I know that’s early, but it’s worth it!). Kids are welcome (they really love the start time– especially the teenagers!)

WHEN:  Saturday, September 18th; 7:00am

WHERE:  Beach Pentecostal (Baltic and 15th)

Come ready to prepare and serve food– but the greatest gift you can offer might just be a smile and a “good morning”…

Mark 4:1-25

September 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Mark 4:1-25

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September 12th News

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Well, it’s back-to-school time. I always enjoy this time (not just because I get my home office back). I enjoy it because it is a time of new beginnings for my kids. That can be scary, but exciting too. They are growing up and it is so cool to see the people they are becoming.sower

This week, we’re looking at a passage that talks about “growing”. As we continue our study of Mark, we will look at Mark 4:1-20. As always, I want to encourage you to get your Bible and read these verses. In fact, this week I stronglyencourage you to read these verses (and when you do, see if you can discover why I “strongly” encourage this week… it’s kind of a riddle).

You’ll discover this is a familiar story, but one that can be misunderstood (and if you read it, you’ll see why… hint: Jesus tells you why).

I also want to invite anyone interesting in helping with our music team to come and join us for the pre-service rehearsal. We arrive at 8:00am and pray, run through the music and give away Disney vacations (okay, the last thing isn’t true, but I know 8:00am is early for our crowd!). Who knows, maybe one day we’ll have a choir and there will be more people on-stage than in the congregation.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace

Doug

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Grace2F Happenings

 Pin MinistryPINMinistrylogo

On Saturday, September 18th, Grace Family Fellowship will be serving at the PIN Ministry Pancake Breakfast. We invite anyone interested to join us in this wonderful opportunity to serve together!

It starts at 7:00am (I know that’s early, but it’s worth it!). Kids are welcome (they really love the start time– especially the teenagers!)

WHEN:  Saturday, September 18th; 7:00am

WHERE:  Beach Pentecostal (Baltic and 15th)

Mark 3:22-30

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Mark 3:22-30

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September 5th News

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Yesterday I stopped by Hilltop Community church on my way home from an audition and I saw Pastor Troy and Ed Lewis cutting the grass. I figured I’d help.

As I was weed-whacking around their marquee, I notice the words they put up for the week. It said, “Jesus, calm the storm!” I like that. And I like that Earl didn’t batter us as much as it could have.

grace2flogo-300x150I am thankful that we will not have to spend Labor Day weekend cleaning up a big weather induced mess. Instead, I hope you get to enjoy time with friends and family. And I also hope that you can come to church!

This Sunday we continue our study of the Gospel of Mark. We’ll be looking at Mark 3:22-30. This is an interesting passage that contains a strong warning. Read these verses and think about what Jesus is saying. I believe that some of what he says has caused many Christians a great deal of anxiety– so we need to look more closely to understand the meaning of his words.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Grace2F Happenings

Baptisms

Last week I announced that we would be having two baptisms this week. Well, that has changed. We will do the baptisms, but they will probably take place on September 19th. This is a great time to celebrate what God is doing together as a church– and Labor Day weekend was a hard time for us to be together.

So, stay tuned for the latest information on our baptisms– we will have them before the weather turns too cold! (we will do them at the bay).

Pin Ministry

Thanks to everyone who came and served at the Pin Ministry Dinner last Sunday! Over 150 people enjoyed a hot meal, the clothes closet, medical attention, and toiletries closet.

Again, I hope that everyone at Grace Family Fellowship takes the opportunity to serve this incredible and effective ministry.