Sermon for February 25, 2018

Scripture readings: Gen. 17:1-7, 15-16; Ps. 22:23-31; Rom. 4:13-25; Mark 8:31-38 (or Mark 9:2-9) Sermon by Sheila Graham from Gen. 17:1-7, 15-16; Rom. 4:13-25; Ps. 22:27-28 The Righteousness of Faith Introduction Today is the second Sunday in Lent, the season in which, through prayer and introspection, we prepare for Holy Week. As I look around at the world today, I must say that I'm quite unhappy---particularly with what I’m seeing portrayed in the media. There’s a lot to see there. If we’re paying attention, we know more about what’s going on in the world today than we’ve ever known. And it’s not good: wars, rampant crime (including the recent school shootings), political uprisings, genocide, starving refugees, and... Read the article

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From Greg: Celebrating Jesus’ headship

Dear Fellow Workers, [caption id="attachment_5219" align="alignright" width="181"] Greg and Susan Williams[/caption] Hard to believe, but 2018 is here! For GCI, it will be a year of transitions, and so that is the theme we've chosen for GCI Equipper in 2018. Early in the year, we'll be moving the GCI Home Office from Glendora, CA, to Charlotte, NC. Then, throughout 2018, we'll see several personnel transitions. I'll become GCI President at the end of 2018, when Joseph Tkach retires. Several other denominational leaders, Home Office staff and pastors will also retire this year---we'll share the details as the year progresses. Thanks for your prayers! These transitions come with excitement, some apprehension, and several... Read the article

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On leadership: confidentiality

By Rick Shallenberger (Regional Pastor and GCI Equipper writer) This is part 6 of a series on Christian leadership. For other articles in the series, click a number: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8. [caption id="attachment_6089" align="alignright" width="158"] Rick Shallenberger[/caption] Let’s be honest---it is both fun to be “in the know” and a temptation to share what we know with others. This reality raises the important issue of confidentiality. I remember the day I got engaged. I couldn’t wait to go to work and inform everyone (this was before texting, email, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook). I also remember when my wife told me she was pregnant, and I wanted to tell everyone right away. We decided to wait, and that was... Read the article

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Sermon for February 18, 2018

Scripture readings: Gen. 9:8-17; Ps. 25:1-10; 1 Pet. 3:18-22; Mark 1:9-15 Sermon by Ted Johnston from 1 Pet. 3:18-22 (drawing on commentary from Warren Wiersbe in The Bible Expository Commentary and David Wheaton in The New Bible Commentary) Serving God in Tough Times Introduction Today is the first Sunday in Lent, the season in which, through prayer and introspection, we prepare for Holy Week. Our Epistles reading today is from 1 Peter, where the apostle reminds us that when times get tough, we all need hope. The apostle Peter wrote this letter to early Christians facing persecution, offering them hope with an important and powerful reminder about who Christ is, and about who they are in Christ. These truths encouraged them,... Read the article

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Sermon for February 11, 2018

Scripture readings: 2 Kings 2:1-12; Ps. 50:1-6; 2 Cor. 4:3-6; Mark 9:2-9 Sermon for Transfiguration Sunday by Martin Manuel from Mark 9:2-9 Eyewitnesses of Jesus' Glory Introduction Poets, composers, authors and preachers---all have captivated us with the phrase, “Touch the face of God.” But has anyone touched God’s face? Has anyone seen God? The answer is yes and no. In the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had direct, two-way communication with their Creator, Adonai Elohim. Later, so did their sons, Cain and Abel. El Shaddai appeared to Abraham as one of three men---the other two were angels. Jacob wrestled with a man, and afterward said he had met God face to face. In each case, God appeared as a man to these people. Adonai... Read the article

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2018: A year of transitions

This first issue of GCI Equipper in 2018 looks forward to a year of transitions in GCI---below are links to the articles and sermons. From Greg: Celebrating Jesus' headship Looking forward, in faith, to the various transitions coming in 2018, Greg Williams reassures us that Jesus is head of his church, GCI included. On Leadership: Confidentiality Rick Shallenberger addresses the vital topic of maintaining confidentiality. Kid's Korner: Start with a thankful heart Lance McKinnon encourages us to minister out of a heart of thankfulness. RCL sermons for February 2018 Here are the Revised Common Lectionary-synced sermons for February: - Sermon for February 4 - Sermon for February 11 - Sermon for February 18 - Sermon... Read the article

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Kids Korner: Start with a thankful heart

By Pastor Lance McKinnon [caption id="attachment_340" align="alignright" width="168"] Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6)[/caption] Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise. Give thanks to him, bless his name. (Psalm 100:4, NRSV) This Psalm serves us well when considering the New Year with our children. The best start is with a thankful heart. In fact, it’s the best start we can have each new day. It’s amazing how a little thankfulness for my children helps me see how they really are an amazing blessing and gift beyond measure. That’s how thankfulness works. We are thankful only for that which we willingly receive. When God... Read the article

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Sermon for February 4, 2018

Scripture readings: Isa.40:21-31; Ps. 147:1-11, 20c; 1 Cor. 9:16-23; Mark 1:29-39 Sermon by Ted Johnston from 1 Cor. 9:1-27 (drawing on commentary from Warren Wiersbe in The Bible Expository Commentary and Bruce Winter in The New Bible Commentary) Exercising Our Freedom in Christ, part 2 Introduction Today is the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany---the annual celebration of the revealing (epiphany) of Christ to the world. Last Sunday, we began to explore what the apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians concerning how Christians reveal our Lord as they rightly exercise the freedom that is theirs in Christ. We saw in 1 Corinthians 8 that this means balancing knowledge with love. Now in chapter 9, Paul tells us that it also... Read the article

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