October 3rd News

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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

August 29th News

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First of all, I want to thank you for bringing in some supplies for our church (Grace2F and Hilltop Community). Feel free to continue with anything you think could help– cleaning supplies, coffee cups, paper products, coffee, etc.

Second, I want to remind you that we are scheduled to serve at PIN Ministry this Sunday (August 29th). Dallas Stamper, the Director of PIN has requested that we arrive at 2:40pm. We usually serve until around 4:00pm. There iPINMinistrylogos a service afterwards that you are invited to attend. The dinner takes place at Beach Pentecostal (15th and Baltic) and kids are welcome to serve, too! If you are interested in joining us, please contact Tim Adams: tim.adams@verbodevelopment.orgor 757-753-5351 (cel). Dallas would like a count of volunteers ASAP so that he can coordinate the set-up. If you have never had the opportunity to be a part of the PIN Ministry I would encourage you to come and check it out!

Third, if you have visited us recently, I want to welcome you! It was great to meet you and I hope that you enjoyed the service. If you ever have any questions about who we are and what we believe, check out some of the information on this website. Also please feel free to contact me directly at doug.haupt@grace2f.org.

Finally, we will be continuing our study of the Book of Mark this Sunday. Over the last few weeks we’ve seen how the Pharisee’s reacted to Jesus, then how the crowds reacted, and finally how the disciples reacted.

This Sunday we come across an interesting passage that shows how his earthly family reacts to him. To prepare, you can read Mark 3:20-21 and Mark 3:31-35 (We will come back to the passage in the middle– Mark 3:22-30 another time).

This is an interesting passage that relates to us directly– and I can’t wait to show you how!

We will also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper together.

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

How Is The Church Going part3?

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How Is The Church Going part3?

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How Is The Church Going part1?

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How Is The Church Going Part 1

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May 23rd News

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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,

Doug

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What’s Happening at Grace2F…

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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 tim.adams@verbodevelopment.org

Mark 1 14-20

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The Book of Mark

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Mark 1 12-13 part 2

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The Book of Mark

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Mark1 4-11 Message

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The Book of Mark

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I Gotta Check My Bible!

April 27, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

We all get e-mails that have cute little thoughts and messages, right? I mean, I seem to get several a day. Sometimes they make us chuckle, sometimes they make us think. Usually, however, they are kinda cliche and cheesy.

I got an e-mail from a friend last week that I figured I’d post for your enjoyment. What I really like about it is that my friend sent it to me. We’ve been meeting and talking a lot about the things of God and spiritual matters– and he poses thoughtful questions. I enjoy our times together.

So this post is for my buddy… I hope you enjoy it, too.

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Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone?

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What if we always carried it around in our purses or pockets?

What if we flipped through it several times a day?

What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?

What if we used it to receive messages from the text?

What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?

What if we gave it to kids as a gift?

What if we used it when we traveled?

What if we used it in case if emergency?

Kinda makes you think, huh?

April 18th News

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Big day this Sunday.grace2flogo-300x150

One reason it’s a big day is that we are meeting in a new location— Hilltop Community Church (see info on our “Home” page… click on “Special Event”).

HilltopCCHere’s what it looks like (see picture on right– guess you figured that out, huh?). As you look at the picture, we will meet in the fellowship hall all the way over on the left. You may want to park on the left side of the church, too (to get to that parking, you can either use the main entrance of the church at the light and drive behind it around the buildings, or use the entrance just south of the light).

The service with start at 9:15am. That’s earlier than normal… So plan accordingly. Hopefully, we’ll have coffee ready (if we can figure out how to make that happen in the new digs). We may evne have some Hilltop folks join us for our service (their service starts at 10:45am– feel free to join them if you’d like!).

I’m excited about the new room and the opportunities this move will provide!

The second reason that this Sunday is a big day is because we are starting a new series/study. We looked at some people who “encountered God” over the fall and winter (Moses, Abraham, Isaiah) and we remembered Jesus’ birth, death, and resurrection with Christmas and Easter.

I thought it was time to go through a gospel– time to walk with Jesus directly. To encounter him ourselves– listen to his words; see his miracles, meet his friends. To focus entirely on his story on earth.

So that’s what we’re going to do. We’ll be studying the Gospel of Mark– and we’ll be looking at it throughout the summer (at least). And I am really excited.

As we start a new chapter in the life of our church (a new location), we will move forward with Jesus– the head of the church.

This week we will start at the beginning: Mark 1:1-8.

Mark skips over the birth of Jesus and picks up at the beginning of his ministry (there’s a reason for that and we’ll talk about it Sunday– how’s that for a “teaser”). But before we meet the main character of Mark’s gospel, we meet someone else: John the Baptist.

Who was he? What did he do? Why did he do it? What can we learn from him?

To fully answer these questions, we’ll need to gather some information from the other gospels as well. If you are interested in exploring the story of John the Baptist in more detail before Sunday, you can also read Matthew 3:1-17, 11:1-19; Luke 1:5-25, 1:39-44, 1:57-80; 3:1-22; John 1:6-9, 1:19-34, 3:22-36.

John is quite a character and an amazing man. I can’t wait to look at his story together!

Looking forward to Sunday!

 

Grace and peace,

Doug

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Grace2F Men’s Cookout

Just a reminder… Get info from the article in the “Events and News” section of this website– and sign up by sending a “comment”. Jim needs to know how many guys are coming so we have enough food!