From Pastor Peter 25-Jul-2014

Dear Grace Family,

Counseling & Discipleship Training (CDT) Conference - Earlybird Registration ends Sunday!
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Sermon This Sunday

I first heard Dr. Charles Ware at a Counseling Training Conference years ago and was greatly blessed by his preaching.  Needless to say I was delighted to see his name on our list of guest speakers for our summer sermon series.  He'll be preaching on "The Church & Racial Reconciliation" this Sunday.  Come hear what it's all about, and be sure to check out our Resource Center for some books he'll be referring to in his message.

Have a great weekend!

In Christ,

Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 18-Jul-2014

Dear Grace Family,

Meeting with the Mayor - Great Success!

Thanks so much for praying for my meeting with the mayor of the City of Newport this past week.  It went very well!  I'll post an update in a separate blog post so as to keep this one brief, but know that it was very encouraging and enlightening for me, and the city officials are delighted that we've been among them for the past 18 months.  More to come!

This Sunday: The Church and The Next Generation

This Sunday we'll hear from Ryan Fultz as he opens God's Word to show us what our Lord has to say about "making disciples who take risks."  Ryan just returned from Challenge with our high school students (recap HERE), and hit the ground running preparing this sermon for us.  Pray for him as he fine-tunes his message in the days ahead.  May God use our time in the Word to challenge us as we strive to be faithful disciples ourselves, and engage in disciple-making in the spheres of influence God has entrusted to us.

See you on Sunday!

God bless,

Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 11-Jul-2014

Dear Grace Family,

Watch the Reds beat the Marlins - Sun, 10-Aug ("Faith Day")

One of the things I like the most about our location is being so close to great food, parks, festivals and other fun stuff, particularly during the Summer months.  I love being able to walk across the bridge and be at Great American Ballpark in a matter of minutes!  Last year, a bunch of us (75+, actually) crossed the river after church one Sunday and went to a Reds game together.  We're doing it again this year on Sun, 10-Aug.  It's also "Faith Day," which means your ticket will also be good for a MercyMe concert after the game should you want to stick around.  We've bought a bunch of tickets to sit together for the low, low price of $8 each!  Click HERE to reserve yours.  Hope you'll join us!

Sermon this Sunday: "The Church and Science" by Steve Ham

This Sunday we'll be blessed to have Steve Ham open the Word for us as he preaches a sermon entitled "The Church and Science."  Steve is the youngest brother of Ken Ham, and also works at Answers In Genesis.  I've gotten to know Steve & his family quite well over the years, which is why I'm very excited he'll be in the pulpit this Sunday.  We're not only hearing from someone who "knows his stuff" in this important area.  We're hearing from someone who loves Jesus, loves the church, and someone who I can honestly say is the most Christ-centered apologist I've ever met.  It'll be a real treat to worship at GFC Newport this Sunday, so I look forward to seeing you there.

Happy Friday,

Pastor Peter

From Pastor Peter 04-Jul-2014

Dear Grace Family,

Great picnic last week!

What a great turnout we had at our picnic last Sunday!  I hope you enjoyed yourself as much as I did.  I thought it was great to have some guests among us, too.  What a great thing to know that first-time guests would feel so welcome among us that they'd hear about our picnic, and join us for lunch even though their new to our church body.  Praise God!  Thanks for coming out, for bringing friends, and for welcoming those who were checking us out for continuing to welcome those who were among us for the very first time. 

This Sunday: The Church and the Law of Love

Independence Day is a holiday that means much to us as Christian Americans.  We’re thankful to God for the independence we have as a nation.  Freedoms that are free to us cost others dearly, and we enjoy a plethora of them day after day, so many that we often take for granted.

As Christians, we know ultimately every good thing comes from God (James 1:17).  We thank God for the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, but we’re also reminded of the freedom we have from the bondage of sin.  We rejoice in the fact we’ve been set free from its tyrannical rule, and strive to live lives that honor Christ, advance the Gospel, and bless others.

Freedom is great, but there are ways in which we can abuse the liberties we have.  If we’re not careful, we can harm others and brings shame to the name of Christ.  I look forward to opening the Word with you this week to see what God has to say about this, and trust we’ll leave with much to think about and apply as we walk with the Lord and each other.  If you want to prepare yourself in the Word, read through Romans 14 before we come together on Sunday to familiarize yourself with the passage.

“Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.”  ~ John 8:36

See you on Sunday!

Love in Christ,

Pastor Peter
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