I love to read. I love to read about leadership. I really love to learn from the great leaders of the past. Since our vision is Touching Heaven ~ Changing Earth, I love to learn from people who've actually touched heaven and changed earth. One of those leaders is Dr. Martin Luther King.
The lack of honor in America's contemporary culture is appalling. Husbands and wives dishonor each other. Children dishonor parents. Church members dishonor pastors. Pastors dishonor church members. Students dishonor teachers. People dishonor the President. TV shows are filled with dishonor. Many songs have lyrics that dishonor women. This list could go on and on!
We sing alot of songs about the goodness of God and make alot of statements like: "God is good, all the time." Yet we all go through some tough times in life that can cause us to wonder if God is really good. We can only stand strong in those times when we are grounded in the reality of God's goodness.
I was recently given a review copy of Randy Alcorn's book If God is Good - Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil (published by Multnomah). As with his other books - the author covers this important topic exhaustively - yet in a very readable style.
Tithing (giving 10% of your income to the Lord) is a very controversial subject. Some Christians strongly believe in tithing and some strongly believe it is not part of New Testament teaching. Because of this, I read alot of books on giving and tithing to get different perspectives.
The other day I was thinking about different times we can praise the Lord. The Psalmist said, "I will bless the Lord at all times.
We were blessed to have the Children of the World International Choir at our church on Sunday night. One of our missionaries - Roxanne Anderson - helped care for the children on Monday.
One of our members - Jim Smith - writes a daily devotional that he sends by email to anyone interested. Today's devotional on Selah touched me, so I wanted to share it with you.
God created the church to do many things – like worship, evangelize and make disciples.
Small groups have been a major part of church life since the time of Christ. At GFC, we call them Grace Groups. We believe every Christian should be a part of a small group. Here are ten reasons YOU need to be part of a small group:
1. Jesus is our example and He was in a small group.
2. The early church in the book of Acts met in small groups.
Thursday, May 6th is the National Day of Prayer. We are hosting the official Grand Prairie event and I encourage you to attend.
But more than that, we want to challenge you to pray every day for the next 30 days for whatever it is you need God to do in you or for you or through you. Maybe it's for a personal need or maybe it's for someone else, but pick something big that will only happen with God's supernatural intervention.