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Last week, we began a series that we’ll periodically explore together in the 2023 email updates. We’re going to consider and reflect on the question: How Does God Change Us? As we briefly explored last week, the first and foundational piece in how God changes us is that we must grow deeper into Christ to experience real change. We must be deepening into the real Christ. Into the tenderness of Christ. Into who he truly is. Into who he said he is: gentle and lowly in heart (Matthew 11:28-30)....
In this week’s update, we’re going to continue our periodic series of exploring together the question: How Does God Change Us? So far, we’ve considered that God changes us by deepening. Into the real Christ, the One who is tender. Into our lack and despair. Through repentance and faith. That takes and turns us deeper into the grace of God. This week, we’ll consider together: how do we turn deeper into the grace of God? In other words, how do we access him? ...
This week we are fasting and praying together as a church. This is a way that, together, we can abstain from food (or something else) as an expression of our need for God and a reminder that he lovingly sustains and provides for us. We've also started a GBC podcast called "Life Together." In the first episode, which went live yesterday, pastors Josh and Mike discuss praye...Keep Reading
How can we agree on something that happened 2,000 years ago if we cannot agree on what happened a month or so ago in our nation’s capitol? ...Keep Reading
By Mike Garland Jesus is the Word. Word of the Father now in flesh appearing, O come, let us adore Him! O Come All Ye Faithful This deeply meaningful line is hidden in the last verse of "O Come All Ye Faithful" and it is inspired by the Bible's description of Jesus as the Word who became flesh and dwelt among us. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was wi...Keep Reading
Christmas and Advent Worship One of the most wonderful things about this time of year is the music. We sing in joyful praise of Jesus' birth, and in the hope of his second coming. There is something irreplaceable about gathering together with others to sing Christmas hymns and carols, and it is a merciful provision from God that we can do that in limited ways now, even th...Keep Reading
Here we recommend David Platt's new book about Christians and elections, and a related podcast episode in which Platt discusses the book....Keep Reading