August 19, 2018

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Grace Communion

LIVING AND SHARING THE GOSPEL

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Welcome 

August 19, 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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DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER by Bill Keller

This is the day the Lord hath made, I will rejoice and be glad in it!!! Thank you for this wonderful day my Lord. It is a day like none other. There will never be another day like this day. Let me never take for granted even one day of this precious gift of life you bestow upon me. Let me do something this day to bring honor and glory to you. I love you Lord, my life is yours, use it for your glory. Thank you for your many blessings, so many I can’t even begin to count them. In the name of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ I pray…AMEN!!!

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We should fear only if God were not in control.We should worry only if He were not able to meet our needs.
We should strive only if the Lord were not our  
Shepherd.
We should doubt only if He were not faithful.
We should grieve only if Jesus were not risen!
Alleluia! His life and love have set us free!

                                                          DaySpring Devotions

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Thankful that we are evangelicals

by GCI Vice President Greg Williams.

Greg and Susan Williams

Dear GCI Brothers and Sisters,

Unfortunately, many people (including some Christians) associate the term evangelical more with political and sociological positions than with the sincerely-held faith of a large group of Christians spread throughout the world. This misunderstanding is due in large part to the way the media uses the term evangelical, though it also results from organizations and individuals who, calling themselves evangelicals, espouse very conservative (even extreme) political and social ideologies.

When we refer to GCI as being evangelical, we are using that term, not politically or sociologically, but theologically. To say that we are evangelicals is to say that we identify with Jesus Christ, who is the heart and core of the gospel (the evangel). The same can be said for the 40+ organizations (including GCI) that make up the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE). In the U.S., GCI has held NAE membership for many years. We also hold membership in similar organizations outside the U.S. While NAE members may not agree on all issues, they all are theologically evangelical—sharing a commitment to orthodox Christian doctrine and a passion to make Christ known to a lost and hurting world.

Through attending NAE meetings, I’ve come to know this organization as one that holds true to Christian orthodoxy, desires greater understanding and engagement with the culture, and demonstrates a humble spirit of self-reflection. I have been impressed with the quality of the speakers at NAE gatherings. They help NAE members grow in understanding how the gospel relates to the challenging and often divisive issues we face in today’s world. These issues include homosexuality, gender dysphoria, a worldwide refugee crisis, and Muslims in America. At one NAE gathering, we toured the U.S. capital and heard from members of Congress who are Democrats and Republicans. The goal of NAE President Leith Anderson is not to espouse sociological positions or political agendas, but to help the leaders of NAE member organizations gain a more fully Christ-centered, gospel-shaped perspective on what is going on in the world.

The approach NAE takes to current (often controversial and divisive) issues within our culture is something I hope to see reflected more and more in the approach taken throughout the ranks in GCI. It’s a challenge for us to think with the mind of Christ about these issues instead of thinking out of a perspective limited by our life experiences (our context). Mark Labberton, President of Fuller Seminary, puts it this way:

Mark Labberton

It is striking that our context is the most pervasive influence that shapes us, even if we profess Jesus as Lord. A pure Christian identity isn’t available, because we all live immersed in context.

Dr. Labberton also notes that we all need “a new social location”—a new mindset that results from the union and communion we have with Christ, by the Spirit. In GCI, we aspire to have that mindset—what we refer to as a Christ-centered worldview. We then seek to work across denominational lines with others who share this worldview.

We come together through the NAE and other venues, not to justify ourselves, but to hear a fresh word from the Lord, who speaks to us all through Scripture and brings us all to see whatever blindness we may still suffer from.

GCI and all NAE members aspire to be evangels who, with the Spirit’s guidance and empowerment, faithfully follow Jesus and his gospel. As evangelicals, we seek to witness to the truth that is in Jesus, who alone has the power to save. We strive to rise above personal hurts, prejudices and societal trends to confidently follow in Jesus’ footsteps. We seek to grow in Jesus’ faith, humility and compassion, including his commitment to justice and righteousness for the dignity of all people.

One of the benefits I derive personally from GCI’s NAE membership is the joy of rubbing shoulders with leaders from other denominations that share with GCI a commitment to Jesus and his gospel. I find them to be both encouraging and wise. It’s extremely helpful to me to talk with them about what they have experienced, and to compare notes about all manner of shared concerns and experiences.

I pray that we in GCI will grow in our evangelical commitments and practices. I pray we’ll be even more passionate in expressing the love and life of Jesus through our actions, and in sharing the truth of his gospel in our conversations.

Thankful that we are evangelicals, Greg Williams

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The Holy Spirit takes of Jesus and discloses it to us, so that we can know and experience Jesus’ own relationship with his Father, and we can be free to live  in the Father’s embrace with Jesus.

C. Baxter Kruger

 

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.

Haiti – That peace and calm can return to the beautiful people of Haiti.

Joe Radzikowski (Works at Trinity Life Ministries in Lafayette) – Stomach cancer

Sue Durbin Prayers for increased blood levels

James Salerno  (Chuck Davison’s son-in-law)  Weak and having tests

Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) Prayers for her overall health and strengthening – also for Anita’s sister Rachel who has a bad virus and is helping care for Lucy

Connie Whitlock – Continued knee pain – prayers surgery can be put off

June Perry – Heart and breathing issues

Ashton  (Harriette Cox’s great grandson)  Dealing with health issues

Anthony & Jane Gachanja (GCI National Ministry Leader in Kenya) They live in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa…prayers for blessings and protection as they minister to the beautiful people in the GCI churches in Kenya.

Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) Prayers as it seems restrictive anti-conversion (to Christianity) laws will come into effect in Nepal in August.

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

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,wisdom& encouragement

Living Hope Prayer Requests

Our Persecuted Christian Brothers & Sisters Around The World

Haiti – That peace and calm can return to the beautiful people of Haiti.

Bob Quakenbush (used to attend GCI Indianapolis)  Is in a life threatening condition in Methodist Hospital.

Sue Durbin Prayers for increased blood levels

James Salerno  (Chuck Davison’s son-in-law)  Weak and having tests

Lucy (Anita Franz’s sister) Prayers for her overall health and strengthening – also for Anita’s sister Rachel who has a bad virus and is helping care for Lucy

Connie Whitlock – Continued knee pain – prayers surgery can be put off

June Perry – Heart and breathing issues

Ashton  (Harriette Cox’s great grandson)  Dealing with health issues

Anthony & Jane Gachanja (GCI National Ministry Leader in Kenya) They live in Nairobi, Kenya, Africa…prayers for blessings and protection as they minister to the beautiful people in the GCI churches in Kenya.

Deben Sam (GCI affiliate in Nepal) Prayers as it seems restrictive anti-conversion (to Christianity) laws will come into effect in Nepal in August.

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

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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