Grace Family Fellowship Bible Study– July 6th & July 20th

July 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

This month we will have a Bible Study on Wednesday July 6th and Wednesday July 20th. The study runs from 7:00pm until around 8:30pm. In July we will meet at Beverly Foley’s home at 883 Bobolink Drive.

Here is a map with directions from our church:

 

Worship: Idols or Jesus?

October 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Last week we looked at how a disciple of Jesus is a worshipper. It was interesting to realize that I needed to be more specific because, in reality, everyone–the religious and the irreligious– worship something or someone (many times several somethings or someones).

Blaise Pascal displays how we all try to fill our lives with something bigger than ourselves when he said:

“There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”

Although Pascal’s conclusion is the only true way to fill our lives is with God through Jesus, it is obvious that we try to fill that vacuum on our own—with all kinds of stuff. A whatever that is becomes our object of worship.

We see this clearly in Romans 1:21-23

21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

When we don’t worship God we worship idols.

In his book Counterfeit Gods, Pastor Tim Keller reveals 4 common idols:

  • Power, Approval, Comfort, Control

In order to examine your own life, here are some thoughts on each of these idols:

If you seek POWER (success, winning, influence)…

  • Your greatest nightmare: Humiliation
  • People around you often feel: Used
  • Your problem emotion: Anger

If you seek APPROVAL (affirmation, love, relationships)…

  • Your greatest nightmare: Rejection
  • People around you often feel: Smothered
  • Your problem emotion: Cowardice

If you seek COMFORT (privacy, lack of stress, freedom)…

  • Your greatest nightmare: Stress, demands
  • People around you often feel: Neglected
  • Your problem emotion: Boredom

If you seek CONTROL (self-discipline, certainty, standards)…

  • Your greatest nightmare: Uncertainty
  • People around you often feel: Condemned
  • Your problem emotion: Worry

Finally, here is the difference between all idols and Jesus…

  • Idols take from you—Jesus gives
  • Idols use you—Jesus serves you
  • Idols defile you—Jesus cleanses you
  • Idols draw you away from the Father—Jesus draws you toward the Father
  • Idols demand that you die for them—Jesus died for you
Grace and peace,
Doug

 

Time to Pray!

August 30, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

This Wednesday Oct. 16th, we will meet at the church (Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall)  from 7:00pm to 8:00pm for a time of prayer. This is a great opportunity for us to learn about and apply what we studied last Sunday.

I also wanted to give you some ideas on how you can structure your prayer time.

Remember, feel free to pray however you want– but if these ideas help, use them!

Five Fingers of Prayer

1) Your Thumb is nearest to you

So begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you.

  • To pray for our loved ones
  • pray for our enemies who, in a negative way, are also near us.

2) The next finger is the Pointing Finger

The pointing finger reminds us of those who instruct so pray for those who are in authority to teach, instruct and heal.

  • This includes teachers, doctors, and ministers.
  • They need support and wisdom in pointing others in the right direction.

3) The next finger is the Tallest Finger

Our tallest finger reminds us of those who are Leaders—in charge.

  • Pray for the president, leaders in business and industry.
  • These people shape our nation and guide public opinion. They need God’s guidance.

4) The fourth finger is our Ring Finger

The ring finger is our weakest finger and it should remind us to pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain.

5) And lastly comes our Little Finger

The smallest finger of all should remind you to pray for yourself.

  • Which is where we should place ourselves in relation to God and others.

 

Daily Prayer Ideas

Monday:   Pray for our country, the President, Vice President and all government leaders.

Tuesday:             Pray for the world and for any places of conflict, war, disaster or special need.

Wednesday:      Pray for your local community and for the individuals and issues that influence it.

Thursday:            Pray for world missions, missionaries you know and for the spread of the Gospel.

Friday:                Pray for your family and friends

Saturday:            Pray for your church, its ministry, pastor(s), leaders and congregation.

 

From the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association

How does one pray? I’ve never been taught how to say a personal prayer or really talk to God.

There is no formula to prayer—it is simply conversing with God. It is essentially talking with God as you would talk with an earthly parent who loves you and wants the best for you. God is your heavenly Father who loves you perfectly.

The ACTS model will be helpful to you as you learn how to pray. ACTS stands for Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, and Supplication.

  • Adoration means worship. We encourage you to begin your time of prayer by adoring and praising God. Praise Him for who He is and for all that He has done for you. God delights in your praises!
  • Confession, the next component, means agreeing with God about the things that you have done wrong. It’s a time to express sorrow about what you have said, thought, or done that is not pleasing to Him. Ask God to forgive you for these things, and then believe that He does so freely. When you confess your sins, you receive God’s cleansing and this helps to remove any barrier in your communication with Him (read 1 John 1:9).
  • Thanksgiving basically means being thankful to God. Thank Him for His love, protection, and provision just to name a few things.
  • Supplication is the final component, and this means praying for your needs and for the needs of others, such as friends, family, your pastor, missionaries, government leaders, and persecuted Christians around the world. You may want to pray for such things as God’s guidance, wisdom, and opportunities to serve.

Keep in mind that the ACTS model serves as a guide to help you, not a rigid formula to follow. There is no “canned” approach that you need to take; just talk from your heart. There are additional steps that will help. Set aside a specific time to pray each day.

Pick a quiet place where you can be alone with God. You will also find a special blessing if you begin your time by reading the Bible. Select a passage to read (download a Bible reading plan) and spend some time thinking about it deeply. Reflect on what God is impressing on your heart to you through the passage.

Ask God to help you apply what you are learning. God wants you to share your heart with Him, and He wants to share His heart with you—this can take place anytime, day or night!

Grace and peace,
Doug

 

Grace2F Bible Study

May 21, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Just a reminder that the Grace2f Bible Study is starting on Wednesday, May 29th from 7:00pm-8:30pm.

I want to invite you to join us for a great opportunity to get to know each other a little better (FELLOWSHIP!), look at some scripture, and see how we can apply it to our lives.

Here’s how it will work:

  • Each week, you will get an e-mail with the study (Scripture passage and questions to consider) a few days before the group meets. [PLEASE E-MAIL ME AT doug.haupt@grace2f.org TO BE ON THE LIST TO RECEIVE THE STUDY]
  • Then, at the study, someone will explain a little bit about the passage and we’ll read it.
  • After that, we go through the questions and hear what you and others think about the passage and issues it relates to.

The study is called Maturing in Christ: “Called to Disciple”. We’ll meet at the same place we meet on Sunday mornings– Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall– from 7:00pm to 8:30. The study is six-weeks long so you can come try it out. If you can’t make all six weeks, that’s okay, because the studies can stand alone as well.

Here is a brief description and the weekly topics:

Now that I’m a follower of Jesus, what do I do next? I need to think through my priorities… my relationships… my goals in life. And I need a group of people to help stay the course.

•May 29th–  Under new Management (Acts 9:1-19)
•June 5th–   Eternal Values (Luke 16:19-31)
•June 12th–   Kingdom Priorities (Luke 14:15-24)
•June 19th–   Quiet Time (Mark 1:29-39)
•June 26–   Servanthood (Luke 22:7-38)
•July 3rd–   NO GROUP
•July 10th–   Called to be a Witness (Acts 1:1-11)
I hope that you can be a part of this experience. If you’ve never been to a Bible study/Small group, don’t be worried– just jump in and give it a try!
Grace and peace,
Doug

 

Grace2F Bible Study

May 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s here! The thing that everyone has been waiting for… A chance to gather and look at Scripture together during the week.

That’s right, the Grace2F Bible Study is just around the corner. I want to invite you to join us for a great opportunity to get to know each other a little better, look at some scripture, and see how we can apply it to our lives.

Here’s how it will work. Each week, you will get an e-mail with the study (Scripture passage and questions to consider) a few days before the group meets. Then, someone will explain a little bit about the passage and we’ll read it. After that, we go through the questions and hear what you and others think about the passage and issues it relates to.

We’ll be starting this study called  Maturing in Christ: “Called to Disciple” on Wednesday, May 29th. We’ll meet at the same place we meet on Sunday mornings– Hilltop Community Church Fellowship Hall– from 7:00pm to 8:30. The study is six-weeks long so you can come try it out. If you can’t make all six weeks, that’s okay, because the studies can stand alone as well.

Here is a brief description and the weekly topics:

Now that I’m a follower of Jesus, what do I do next? I need to think through my priorities… my relationships… my goals in life. And I need a group of people to help stay the course.

•May 29th–  Under new Management
•June 5th–   Eternal Values
•June 12th–   Kingdom Priorities
•June 19th–   Quiet Time
•June 26–   Servanthood
•July 3rd–   NO GROUP
•July 10th–   Called to be a Witness
I hope that you can be a part of this experience. If you’ve never been to a Bible study/Small group, don’t be worried– just jump in and give it a try!
Grace and peace,
Doug