February 3rd News

January 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Last week our family cashed in on an incredible Christmas gift from Sara’s parents. We went to visit them in New Hampshire and skied for two glorious days… They were also two very cold days (single digit temps in the am– wind chill below 0). But, thanks to the generosity of friends and family, we were clad in enough winter garments to survive the frigid weather.

I want to thank Nik Sofos of Crosscurrent Church for preaching last Sunday– and everyone at Grace family Fellowship for welcoming him.

This week, I am very excited to welcome two more guests to our service. I met Craig and Jonni Snyder about six years ago and they have impacted my life and ministry more than anyone else– and because of that, they’ve impacted your life as well. They host a house church that has been meeting for many years and Craig is also the Director of Missions for Gracewalk Ministries. Our church has been greatly influenced by what I have learned and experienced with Craig and Jonni and I am thrilled to be able to share that with all of you this weekend.

I can’t wait for you to be able to meet them (or see Craig again– he spoke at GFF about three years ago when we met at the Virginia Beach Resort and Conference Center), and I can’t wait for them to meet you. I am so grateful that they are my friends. They love me and I love them. And they love you too because I’ve told them so much about you.

This is going to be a great time to share with them what God is doing at GFF and to hear what God has done and is doing in their ministry.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

 

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Grace2F Happenings

Hilltop Community Church Workday

Please help serve our hosts by working on the facility!

When:  Saturday, February 9th, starting at 9:00am

Where: Hilltop Community Church

What:  We will be having a workday to prepare, repair and clean several different areas of the church. Some of the projects include:

repair and clean up in the gym
replace tiles in children’s room ceiling
clean the office wing
weather strip the gym’s back doors
clear cut bamboo from beside the gym

January 27th News

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Last week we saw that God loves us right now, he has loved us since the beginning, and he will love us forever. This should provide a comfort and confidence that can keep us strong and steady in an ever changing and turbulent world.

This week we will look at a passage in 2 Corinthians 4 to gain some insight about how we can live in this world as sons and daughters of God. Read the whole chapter to prepare for this time together. In it, Paul talks about how we are “jars of clay” holding the treasure of the truth of the gospel. Pretty cool imagery that I can relate to a great deal.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

 


January 20th News

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Last week we talked about the fact that all of us come into the world with a question mark over our heads asking, “What Am I Worth?”

We spend our lifetime looking desperately for an answer.

The world answers that question by saying that you must prove your worth. You are defined and valued by what you do and how you look. The better you perform the more you are valued.

Most of us approach God the same way. We try to prove our worth and earn his approval… But no matter how good we are, we fail at times. And when we do, we believe that God is either angry, disappointed, disgusted  or all three of those things.

But God, in his Word, gives a totally different answer than the world. He says you are already worthy because he made you in his image and he loves you. Your value is based on what he has done.

This week, we will explore this idea a bit more. Many times we think that Jesus is the loving part of God– the New Testament shows God’s love. But then we may think that the Old Testament shows the angry, punishing God. We will see from the Old Testament that God has always loved people.

So what went wrong? Why is there so much pain and brokenness in the world? How come I don’t feel like God loves me?

Well, we’ll talk about that too. Join us at 9:15am this Sunday to see more about God’s incredible love for you.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

 


January 13th News

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Last week we finished going over some Biblical New Year’s Resolutions. Again, most resolutions fail because they rely on our efforts to be fulfilled… and we constantly fall short, don’t we?

God want us to rely on Him— for everything. In fact, I was reminded that we sometimes change our resolutions because we know how difficult they are or how often we have failed to keep them when I saw this picture last week:

In our frustration we can surrender to what we think it the truth about ourselves. But God wants us to know the real truth– about him and our relationship to him.

Here are the 10 guidelines we went over…

1. QUIT WORRYING:

2. PUT IT ON THE LIST:

3. TRUST ME:

4. LEAVE IT ALONE:

5. TALK TO ME

6. HAVE FAITH

7. SHARE

8. BE PATIENT

9. BE KIND

10. LOVE YOURSELF

This Sunday, we will follow up on the last Guideline– “Love Yourself”. One the surface this may seem a bit ego-centric or self-centered, but the real idea is for you to understand how God sees you… and then accept and receive that. I have a friend who has said that two of the hardest things for Christians to really accept and believe are that they are forgiven and loved by God. In fact, many Christians would find this thought incredible: God likes you.

What do you think? Your answer is incredibly important because it will determine how Looking forward to Sunday (and 2013)!!!

Grace and peace,
Doug

 


January 6th News

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Last week we talked about the problem with most New year’s resolutions. As well-intentioned and sincere as they are they still have one fatal flaw: they rely on self. They depend on your strength, your faithfulness, your discipline, your abilities. And that is why they so often fail. I love this picture I came across while preparing for last week’s message. It is humorous, yet painfully real. Take some time to look at it and see if it seems familiar…

Jesus challenges this idea when he says,  “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matt. 16:24). This is challenging because it seems to be the exact opposite of the way things work in this world. And, actually, that’s true. The spiritual world is much different that the physical world.

So what should we do? Stay stuck where we are or seek improvement. The Bible is clear that God has wonderful plans for us and he will bring them to pass. The key for us is to believe him. Believe that he has already made us into who we were designed to be… Believe that he is working out all things for his glory… Believe that he has incredible good works set up for us to participate in– and he will lead us to them as we go through out the day… Believe that God the Father is as pleased with us right now as he is with Jesus.

When we believe those things, our lives will be different.

Do you believe that?

This week we will look at the second 5 biblical guidelines for 2013 that will change everything for each of us. This is going to be a great year…

Looking forward to Sunday (and 2013)!!!

Grace and peace,
Doug