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Turn Your Ear

“Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me” (Psalm 31:3) Have you ever had a time when you noticed how the person you were telling something to wasn’t listening?  Perhaps, you noticed confusion and lack of understanding; perhaps he/she was obviously multi-tasking and…

Just Be

Brothers and Sisters, Thank you.  No more need be said than thank you. People have asked “what do I plan to be doing in retirement?”. The answer is simple. I don’t plan to do anything for a while.  I plan to focus not on “doing” but on “being“ for the foreseeable future .  My goal…

The Greatest Commandment

“This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.”  John 15:12 “Be devoted to one another in love.  Honor one another above yourselves.”  Romans 12:10 Being intentional about loving one another, even in our differences, is the greatest gift of grace we can give to one another.  When the church gets this right, we…

Easter People

Next to grace, I bet God thinks making us need each other was one of His best ideas.” Bob Goff It can feel like the disbanding of GGCC is Good Friday. It’s over. It’s dark. It’s done. And yet, last week we joyfully celebrated Easter! Because we are Easter people. We know that through all…

The River of Life

More Friday mornings than not over the last several years I have been involved in a Christian men’s fellowship mostly with men from GGCC.  We have studied the bible & Christian authors, engaged in community outreach, gone on fishing weekends and retreats.  Most recently we have been sharing the stories of our own individual spiritual journeys.  As you…

Being the Church

Dear GGCC(God’s Grace Community Church) ER’s, “What can an honest person do when everything crumbles?”  (Psalm 11:3)   The answer is clear- you proclaim the Christ is Risen! You share the gossip of Easter, that is what you do! When Ukraine gets bombed, and Russia seems hell bent to level evil, you proclaim hope through word…

The Unexpected

In the words of M. Scott Peck in The Road Less Traveled, life is difficult.  Not always, but regularly. There are many surprises along the way, both pleasant and unpleasant, but it is almost impossible to predict all of the twists and turns.  Jan and I did not expect to spend the later of our years dealing…

Wait and Wonder

We wait, and wonder Wait and wonder The waiting is hard Waiting is long Waiting is unknowing Waiting is painful Waiting just is. Wondering is hard Wondering is long Wondering is unknowing Wondering can be painful Wondering just is. We wait, and wonder Wait and wonder. The day between Good Friday and Easter is like…

Thanks

My faith journey is a story of always wanting something more. Growing up we went to church, I thought it was ok, but I felt like there was more to it. Then in high school I participated in church youth groups and Young Life and felt a stronger connection. But I thought there was more.…

Death Defeated

Dear Brothers and Sisters, We human beings have within our hands the capacity to do much good to alleviate some of the world’s pain. But there is one painful human inevitability that we have no power to modify – death. Christians believe the good news that in the resurrection of Jesus Christ , God has…