October 29, 2017

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Terre Haute

Grace Communion

LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL

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Welcome 

October 29, 2017 

“You Are Worthy Of My Praise”

Opening Prayer

“I Believe In Jesus”

“What A Friend We Have In Jesus”

Prayers of Intercession 

  Worship Offering

 SERMON: Pastor David Perry

‘Finding Personal Fullness & Wholeness In Jesus’

Closing Song

“Lord Reign In Me”

Closing Prayer

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Worship God in Spirit and Truth

Grow in His Grace and Knowledge

Share the Love and Hope we have in Christ.

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Dodgers Star Pitcher Clayton Kershaw: ‘It’s Giving up My Life to God That Puts My Life in Control’

Veronica Neffinger – Editor, ChristianHeadlines.com

Thursday, October 26, 2017

The World Series matchup this year between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros has proven thus far to be a thrilling competition. Those who follow baseball may know the earned run averages, runs batted in, and a myriad of other stats about the players, but what we may not know about is the deeply-held faith of some of the men on the field.

One such person is Clayton Kershaw, the star pitcher for the Dodgers. At only 29, Kershaw has already had a highly acclaimed career in baseball. He is the youngest pitcher since 1985 to have won the Cy Young Award, and in 2011, he led the National League in victories, ERA, and strikeouts.

But as he explains in an “I am Second” video from 2012, he knows that life is about more than his career success.

He shares a helpful metaphor, comparing pitching to living life. With pitching, he says, rather than hyper-focusing on exactly where the ball needs to go and what you need to do, if you instead “have in the back of your mind where you’re supposed to throw it just say, ‘I’m going to throw it as hard as I can right at that glove’…it’ll be around there more often than not.”

“It’s almost the same in life,” he continues, “the more you try to grip control of your life, the more God’s going to untangle that from you. He’s going to make things go to where you have to rely on him.”

He says that when he was finally able to stop trying to control his own destiny, that was when he was drafted into the Major Leagues. “God was there the whole time. I just didn’t bother to look,” he says.

Even though Kershaw has gone on to be have such a successful career in baseball, he says it is really all about “the legacy you leave off the field. It’s about how many people can I affect through the platform He gave me.”

Kershaw and his wife are living out their faith by being involved in mission work in Africa. They have started to build an orphanage for children who need help and hope.

Whether it’s in Africa or on the pitching mound, Kershaw keeps things in focus. “The prayer I say before I go out there and pitch is not ‘God let me go out there and win today’ or ‘God help me pitch good,’ but ‘God just be with me.’”

“Whether it be pitching on a baseball mound or living my life outside the baseball field, it’s giving up my life to God that really puts my life in control,” he concludes.

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When we lack awareness of the real God, our focus easily collapses on the self, yielding self-preservation, self-promotion and self-absorption. Apart from God we do what feels good to us—what seems “right” in our own eyes (Judges 17:6 ESV). This is a great irony, because we were never meant to live without God. We were created to be in relationship with him, though, sadly, that relationship was broken by sin. But God created us with a plan in place to deal with sin and restore that relationship. That plan, of course, is Jesus, and Jesus teaches us to live in this broken world with lives surrendered to the sovereign God of holy love. He taught us that no matter how many perplexing ironies we encounter, we can be comforted knowing the ultimate outcome—Christ will return and restore things as they were created to be.

By Joseph Tkach – President of Grace Communion International

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Today’s Verse: For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. — 2 Timothy 1:7

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

When we became Christians, Jesus gave us the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38; Titus 3:3-7). The Spirit lives in us, making our bodies a Temple (1 Cor. 6:19-20) and blessing us in many ways (Romans 8). We can be courageous people even in the face of attack, criticism, and ridicule because of the Spirit’s presence. The fruit that the Spirit produces (Gal. 5:22-23) and the love that the Spirit pours into our heart (Rom. 5:5) do not make us weak. Instead, the Spirit’s presence is a powerful force to help us overcome sin (Rom. 8:13) and live self-disciplined lives.

The Thoughts and Prayer on Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware.

 

†† Pastor’s Corner ††

Pastor David Perry & Jonnie

What a beautiful week this has been, with all the trees turning their radiant colors of fall.  The seasons change, and I like that. But what I cherish more than that … is … that our God, as Father-Son & Spirit, NEVER CHANGES.  How great is that! What LOVE for us.

     What if God grew tired of us and our sins, didn’t like us anymore – and could exchange us for someone else?  We have been called the “elect of God”, and it would be so traumatic to think that we could have a God who would exchange us or disown us if we continued in some of our sins.  BUT – that is NOT how OUR GOD works.  Our God loves us no matter what.  We can’t do anything that would make our Lord love us any less than He does right now — full and total love…and that will NEVER CHANGE!

How do you look at others?  If they are nice looking?  If they are beggars and homeless?  If they are not Christian?  If they are people you are mad at and don’t like?   Here’s a poignant quote from the book “The Cost of Discipleship” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, page 184 – Christ followers are toview others without judging them because that seriously imperils discipleship. It is not an approved standard of righteous living that separates a follower of Christ from the unbeliever, but it is Christ who stands between them. Christians always see other men as brethren to whom Christ comes; they meet them only by going to them with Jesus. Discipleship does not afford us a point of vantage from which to attack others; we come to them with an unconditional offer of fellowship, with the single-mindedness of the love of Jesus. Is this how you and I view others? It can and should be!

       Since this is Pastor Appreciation Month, let me say a special Pastoral Appreciation THANKS to each of you.  We feel so blessed to have each of you joining with us – as we join Jesus in His ongoing ministry of His Life & Love to us and to others.  Each of you are so very important to your congregation and to Jonnie and me.  You are a special creation of God, with unique life experiences that our Lord can use to touch others and help them see the power, grace, mercy and hope of Jesus Christ.   Don’t ever think your life is of no value.  You have been placed here {which is Jesus’ Body} by the sovereign will and wisdom of our Lord, to be used to glorify God and build His Church.   You are dearly loved and deeply appreciated ~ Pastor David & Jonnie

 

Prayer Requests

Stormy Seas

Stormy Waters

Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump

Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide

Local Prayer Requests

JW Holmes-(friend of Vicki Auxier) has leukemia Dr’s say two years to live.

Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.

Jerry Hudson, PRAISE new med. is helping him. Pray for complete healing

Anita – (niece of Barb Hudson) – very serious illness needs treatment & healing

Fires in Napa Valley, Calif.

Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) Prayers for her kidney issues and blood pressure.  She is weak and dizzy.

Todd & Brooke Whitlock – recovery from whiplash due to an accident

Mary Brown (wife of GCI Florida Pastor & dear friend of Perrys) – She has totally recovered from her stroke & is back to work.  Thanks for your prayers

Chuck Davison – Knee pain

Patricia Robinson (GCIndy) breast cancer

Doug Whitlock (Connie’s son)  Recovery from successful knee surgery

Rod Matthews (GCI Mission Developer for Southern Asia and the South Pacific) Prayers for full recovery from prostate cancer surgery

Cameron (Connie Whitlock’s Grandson)  Is having health issues again

Peggy Perry – (Pastor David’s Sister) Chemo for cancer

Richard Cravens (friend of Jim & Donna Dunbar)  He is not doing well with cancer

Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School– Prayers for safety & blessing & provision.

Joe & Tammy Tkach – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement

Our Persecuted Christian Brothers and Sisters Around The World

For Divine Appointments To Touch Others With Jesus’ Life & Love

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