The Lord’s Prayer 5: Thy Kingdom Come

February 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Series: The Lord’s Prayer

Message: Thy Kingdom Come

What is the Kingdom of God? What does it mean to pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done”?

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July 17th News

July 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This week we will continue our study of the Gospel of Mark.grace2flogo-300x150

Last week we saw Jesus heal a leper and a paralytic– and call Levi (Matthew) to follow him. It is amazing how Jesus impacted those around him.

But we also saw something else that I didn’t realize until this week. We saw the introduction of another group of people– the scribes and Pharisees (religious leaders/elite). These people were impacted in a different way.

This week we will see Jesus interact with these religious folks again. We’ll look at Mark 2:18-22 and hear some extrordinary things from Jesus– things that he just might say to us today.

Looking forward to Sunday!


Grace and peace,



PIN MinisPINMinistrylogotry Breakfast

This Saturday (July 17th) Grace Family Fellowship is making breakfast with the PIN Ministry. If you are interested in serving contact Tim Adams– cel: 753-5351; e-mail:

Details below.

WHAT: Prepare breakfast and serve to those in need

WHEN: Sat. July 17th, 7:00am

WHERE: Beach Pentecostal Church (15th and Baltic, VA Beach)

WHO: Anyone interested!

May 23rd News

May 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Last Sunday we saw the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and the calling of the first disciples (Mark 1:14-20). We discovered that Jesus proclaimed a new kind of kingdom– a kingdom that stands in direct contrast to the “kingdoms of the world” that Satan tried to offer in the wilderness. Jesus called this new kingdom the kingdom of God.grace2flogo-300x150

This week we continue our study of the Gospel of Mark by seeing the king of this new kind of kingdom in action. In Mark 1:21-28 we see Jesus healing a man with an unclean spirit. This passage demonstrates much about Jesus… And Mark uses this story to show his readers and us Jesus’ royal credentials.

To really understand this passage in context we will review what we’ve seen so far and see that Mark structures his gospel in such a way as to announce the king and kingdom of God.

With this idea of “review” in mind, I wanted to show you the introduction of the Gospel of Mark from Eugene Peterson’s The Message:

Mark wastes no time in getting down to business—a single sentence introduction, and not a digression to be found from beginning to end. An event has taken place that radically changes the way we look at and experience the world, and he can’t wait to tell us about it. There’s an air of breathless excitement in nearly every sentence he writes. The sooner we get the message the better off we’ll be, for the message is good, incredibly good: God is here, and he’s on our side.

 The bare announcement that God exists doesn’t particularly qualify as news. Most people in most centuries have believed in the existence of God or gods… But that God is here right now, and on our side, actively seeking to help us in the way we most need help—this qualifies as news. For, common as belief in God is, there is also an enormous amount of guesswork and gossip surrounding the subject, which results in runaway superstition, anxiety, and exploitation.

 So Mark, understandably, is in a hurry to tell us what happened in the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus—the Event that reveals the truth of God to us, so that we can live in reality and not illusion. He doesn’t want us to waste a minute of these precious lives of ours ignorant of this most practical of all matters—that God is passionate to save us.

Looking forward to Sunday!


Grace and peace,



What’s Happening at Grace2F…


Pin Ministry Sunday Dinner

On Sunday, May 30th from 3:00-5:00, we have the opportunity to serve meals to people in need. This is a great time to serve others and serve together. After the dinner, there is a church service that we are welcome to attend.

If you are interested in helping out, contact Tim Adams at

Kingdom of God vs. The Kingdoms of The World

May 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

This past Sunday, I read an excerpt from a sermon by one of my favorite preachers. His name is John Lynch and he is a pastor at Open Door Fellowship in Phoenix AZ. You can listen to his messages at . He is a gifted communicator and teacher.

This excerpt is about Jesus’ temptation by Satan in the Wilderness. I really like what John says here and I think it provides a great foundation as we began to look at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry (Mark 1:14-15) when Jesus says, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

I wanted to post John’s words here because I feel that they are rather profound thoughts that require some attention (in other words, just hearing them once is not enough… it helps to read them carefully and consider them).


The temptation in the desert reveals a profound difference between God’s power and Satan’s power

Satan has the power to coerce, to dazzle, to force obedience, to destroy… and human governments have learned much from that power

Satan’s power is external and coercive.

God’s power is, intentionally, mostly internal and non-coercive.

And this drives us nuts… Do you see the cost of that?

The master of the universe will become its victim.

Powerless before soldiers in the garden.

God made himself weak for one purpose… To let human beings choose freely for themselves what to do with him.

Dorothy Sayers writes in her book Man Born to Be King,

“Herod tells the magi, ‘You can’t rule men by love. When you find your king, tell him that. Only three things will govern a people: fear, greed, and promise of security.”

Herod understands the same leadership principles that Satan operates by—the same ones Jesus is declining for you and for me in the wilderness.

At the cost of everything.

See, sometimes, I wish God used a heavier touch. My faith battles come from too much freedom—too many temptations to disbelieve. I want God to overwhelm me—to overcome my doubts with certainty. To get final proofs of his existence.

I want God to take a more active role in my personal life too! I want quick spectacular answers to all my prayers. I want healings for all diseases; I want full protection and safety for all my loved ones; I want a God I can point to for the sake of my doubting friends and say, “He always does things the way I want him to!”

But it is amazing his refusal to perform and overwhelm.

God’s terrible insistence on human freedom is so absolute that he grants us power to live as though he did not exist; he grants us power to spit in his face and to crucify him.

Jesus knew this as he faced down the tempter in the desert—focusing his power on the energy of restraint.

See, God insists on such restraint because no pyrotechnic display of omnipotence will achieve the result he desires.

Although power can force obedience, only love can summon a response of love.

Which is the one thing God wants for us and from us… and is the reason he created us.

Jesus said, “ I, when lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to myself.”

Love has its own power. It is the only power ultimately capable of conquering the human heart.

Jesus’ steadfast refusal to play by Satan’s rules does something else: It means that Satan, himself, could continue playing by those rules. He still had world kingdoms at his disposal—and, after all, had learned the lesson about God’s restraint. And so the restrained God offers opportunity for those who are opposed to God.

And you hear those opposed say it… “Well, if your God did this, why doesn’t he do this?!? Why can’t he just come down here right now and do this?!?”

And God says, “By living in the restraint of non-coercive love, I’ll have to wait a while—and keep hearing those slanders against me.

Satan gets to say that the kids, from his perspective, get to roam the island a little longer—apparently free of adult authority.

God could be blamed for what went wrong—if God insisted on not doing anything while the devilment like the crusades and the holocaust went on, why not blame the parent and not the kids.

See what Jesus is doing by refusing to give in to Satan’s temptations in the desert? He’s putting God’s own reputation at risk. And God had asked him to.

Whether you and I like it or not, Jesus is choosing to show his power in love.

And the cost is immense. For chapters and chapters and chapters, he looks weak and anemic. But he will be shown beyond powerful and beyond our definition of good.

And this is why I trust him.

May 16th News

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This week we are continuing our study of the Gospel of Mark. We will focus on Mark 1:14-20. This talks about the beginning of Jesus’ ministry and the calling of the first disciples.fishermen

As I’ve been looking at the text, I have been thinking a lot about a phrase Jesus uses– “the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15). What is the Kingdom of God? How do we relate to it? How is it different from “all the kingdoms of the world” (Matt. 4:8) that Satan offered Jesus in his final temptation in the desert?

There is something deeply exciting, yet also disconcerting, about this idea of the kingdom of God. It’s exciting because it proclaims the redemption of a fallen world– a new creation with a loving and sovereign king. But it is disconcerting because it stands in a direct contrast to the kingdoms I so often want to be a part of and experience. Life in God’s kingdom is radically different than the kingdoms of this world… So different that it can shake up my soul and spirit to consider it.

Yet that is the call of Jesus as he begins his ministry.

That is the call of Jesus today.

So consider the kingdom of God this week. Read Mark 1:14-20. Come to church this Sunday. Jesus is beginning his ministry and he wants to speak to you and me.

Looking forward to Sunday!


Grace and peace,