July 1, 2018

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Terre Haute

Grace Communion

LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL

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Welcome 

July 1, 2018

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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Grace Communion International – We are an international Christian fellowship, on mission with the Father, Son and Spirit, living and sharing the gospel in ways that birth all kinds of churches, for all kinds of people, in all kinds of places. As an international Christian fellowship, we have about 50,000 members formed into 900 churches spread across 100 countries.

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GCI Haiti Update 

    Pastor David & GCI Caribbean Mission Developer, Charles Fleming, will be traveling to Haiti July 13-16.  They will interact with Pastor & Mrs. Joseph Franklin and the church members, learning better how GCI can help them, encourage them and support them.  Prayers for safe travels.

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Celebrating freedom

by Joseph Tkach- President Grace Communion International

I have a particular appreciation for Independence Day. While it reminds me of our freedom as a nation, it also reminds me that Jesus Christ has set us free from slavery to sin thus granting us spiritual independence. Indeed, the freedom we have in Christ is worthy of great celebration!

The Declaration of Independence by John Trumball
(public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

By the Spirit, all who follow Jesus receive the freedom that comes with the gift of the new life that is theirs through our Lord’s death, resurrection and ascension. As Jesus, who is the Truth, said, “you will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (John 14:6; 8:32). As we trust in him, believing his word of salvation, we are set free from the sin and death that imprisons all humanity. The apostle Paul celebrates that gift in one of my top ten verses in the Bible:

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened [entangled] again by a yoke of slavery. (Gal. 5:1)

Physical death cannot rob us of this freedom for it has to do with the gift of eternal life, which greatly impacts     how we live now. Paul shows how the life of freedom in Christ involves much more than behavioral conformity to a code of law. Instead, it involves being conformed to the righteousness of Christ with our whole being, including our thoughts and attitudes. Though we fall short of that deeply personal righteousness, we trust Christ to be our true “righteousness and sanctification and redemption” (1 Cor. 1:30 NRSV). We trust Christ to share with us by the Spirit his salvation in all its parts.

There is great comfort in knowing that Christ, our righteousness, never leaves or forsakes us. Though we struggle against our sinful nature (which, thank God, is passing away!), we do so trusting Christ to stand with us and strengthen us. Confident in that grace, we receive  God’s forgiveness and, by the Spirit, join Jesus in extending that forgiveness to others, that they too may receive it.

Spiritual freedom is not something that can be earned through our own efforts. The only way we can escape the condemnation under which all humanity has fallen is through an act of grace by which God grants us freedom. Jesus is that grace, that freedom—he is “the way” (John 14:6). Because of Jesus and what he has done for us, we do not fear the Day of Judgment. On the basis of Christ’s righteousness and faithfulness (and not our own) we have been justified before God. By grace, we are saved by Christ’s works not our own, and now the Holy Spirit enables us to participate in Christ’s works—in his faithfulness. Though our participation, on this side of glory, is always incomplete, one day we will share fully in Christ’s completed work on our behalf. May God speed that day!

What are we to do with our God-given freedom besides celebrating? The answer is somewhat different for each of us. But one thing is true for all—Christ has not purchased our freedom merely for us to live selfishly. As Paul notes, we have not been set free only to return to the slavery of our passions: “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love” (Gal. 5:13).

 

†† Pastor’s Corner ††

Pastor David Perry & Jonnie

    Can July 4 already be this Wednesday? Why is it that summer flies by so quickly, and winter seems to drag on and on? Do you realize in a little over 4 months we could have snow? (Wouldn’t a little snow right now feel great!!) Take time to enjoy this summer and to engage in some fun activities, travels and adventures. Maybe you could just have a cookout and invite some family and friends(or neighbors) over – to share your lives together.

     We all love our country! As Christ-followers, we have been given a different “world-view” than many people. This worldview is based on the Life and Love of Jesus vs. The Evil because of Satan. While we are to be aware of current, national and world events, we are to filter them – understand them – through our God-given “worldview”. How comforting it is for me to be able to view the news/events of this country and world, and then be able to KNOW why certain things are happening.

     But I fear that some Christ-followers are losing their “freedom in Christ” by focusing way too much on the things that are happening on earth – and not focusing enough on the “Things of Heaven.” While we are citizens of this country we love, the Bible tells us we are already citizens of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ…and that should be our focus and HOPE and PEACE.

     All around us we see violence, hate, political biting and tearing and slandering. We see anger, distrust, evil, shouting and screaming.  We are witnessing the USA being brought to its knees due to drugs, poor decisions, murder, crime and an ever decreasing focus and trust on God. If we aren’t careful, we can also become angry, depressed, hateful, judgmental – we can become like those who aren’t focusing on “Things of Heaven & The Life & Love of Jesus.”

     II Timothy 3 tells us about Godlessness in the last days. Take time this week to reread this, but also note verse 14: “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed…” Our life is in Jesus – He is our HOPE now and forever. So keep the faith and share the life and love of Jesus with others – looking to Jesus always!  

     Have a great celebration of Freedom.       Pastor David

 

Prayer Requests

Stormy Seas

Stormy Waters

Prayers for our Country and Pres. Trump

Prayers for the Body of Christ World Wide

Our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters Around The World

Local Prayer Requests

Mary Coffey, prayers for healing, strength & encouragement.

Tommy Robinson (English Reporter) sentenced to13 months for reporting on a trial of Muslim pedophiles. Held in prison where 71% of inmates are Muslim. Has been moved to a safer location at last report.

GCI Indianapolis – Prayers for Pastor Al Talison and the GCIndy church.

Chuck Davison   Arthritis in his knee

Charlie young friend of the Dunbar’s grandson. Recovering from another abdominal surgery.

Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) Stage 4 kidney disease

Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) Prayers as it appears that some very drastic and restrictive anti-conversion (to Christianity) laws will come into effect in Nepal in August. It does seem that evangelistic activities will become illegal.

Hector & Paulina Barrero (GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator for Columbia & South America) For blessings, protection and inspiration as they minister to others.

Eugene & Lulu Guzon (GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator for Philippines) Prayers for wisdom, inspiration and safety as he travels, serving the Philippines

Kalengule Kaoma (lives in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers for wisdom & protection as he oversees Africa as GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator.

Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School

Joe & Tammy Tkach & Greg & Susan Williams

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

New Requests From Living Hope

June Perry – Weakness and gets winded very easily

Chuck Davison   Arthritis in his knee

Charlie   She is a very young friend of Jim and Donna Dunbar’s grandson James. She is doing better after surgery.

Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) Stage 4 kidney disease

GCI Indianapolis – Prayers for Pastor Al Talison and the GCIndy church.

Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) Prayers as it appears that some very drastic and restrictive anti-conversion (to Christianity) laws will come into effect in Nepal in August. It does seem that evangelistic activities will become illegal.

Hector & Paulina Barrero (GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator  for Columbia & South America)  For blessings, protection and inspiration as they minister to others.

Eugene & Lulu Guzon  (GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator  for Philippines) Prayers for wisdom, inspiration and safety as he travels, serving the Philippines

Kalengule Kaoma (lives in Lusaka, Zambia, Africa) Prayers for wisdom & protection as he oversees Africa as GCI Mission Developer/Coordinator.

For Our Country and Government

Joseph & Georgette Franklin, Our Haiti Church & School – Prayers          for joy, safety & blessing & provision. The school year ends the end of June.

Joe & Tammy Tkach  & Greg & Susan Williams – Protection, safety, wisdom & encouragement

Prayers for Divine Appointments to touch others with Jesus’ life & love

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