Thursday, July 20th, 2017

Psalms 139: 4 - King David knows he is not perfect and wants to keep himself accountable to God for every word. How many times do I wish that I had checked with God before I said something. How can we learn to talk things out with God before we say something? He knows what we are thinking and desires to help us with our feelings so we can express ourselves with love and truth.


Senior High WorkCamp NE

GBC’s final summer vision team heads out today, July 16th, and travels to Alton, New Hampshire for their week of service.  Throughout the week, nine senior high students will be led by Caleb Maloney along with Larry and Sue Spencer.

Starting tonight, the team will be camped out on the classroom floors of the Prospect Mountain High School where they will neatly store and dutifully fold all of their clothing—just like they do at home.  Then they will have supper and kick off the week with an enthusiastic time of worship.  They will follow the same basic schedule as the middle school team did two weeks ago.

On Monday morning, the GBC team will divide and join several other groups.   They will have an extended time of devotions and breakfast before they head out for their first day of service. The construction tasks focus on the clients’ needs.  Scraping, painting, roofing, hanging sheetrock, and rebuilding ramps and porches are common projects. 

Each day is filled with hard work.  Halfway through the morning, they “break” for group devotions and spend time throughout the day getting to know their clients who need support because of age, health, or economic condition.  Often the teens deepen their personal spiritual walk because of these interactions. 

This daily pattern continues until Thursday night when all the clients are invited to supper at the high school to eat with their students.  During the evening the Gospel message is shared with everyone there.

Friday is half work and half play, followed by an evening time of praise, prayer, and spiritual challenge. Saturday the team returns home.

A theme of GBC high school students this year was “Saved to Serve.”  As our teens step out in their faith walk, let’s remember to be constant in our prayer support for them.


Family Missionary

Be a “missionary” in your family.  As follow up on our series on parenting, the library has these books to suggest:

1.  The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller with Kathy Keller.  The Kellers show everyone—Christians, skeptics, singles, longtime married couples, and those about to be engaged—the vision of Biblical marriage.

2.  Grace Based Parenting by Tim Kimmel.  Kimmel writes, “Grace based parenting at its heart is parenting our kids the way God, through Jesus, has been a parent to us, His children.” 

3.  Grace Based Discipline: How to Be at Your Best When Your Kids Are At Their Worst - By Karis Kimmel Murray.  Karis shares stories of trial and triumph straight from the trenches of parenting.

4.  The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family by Ron Deal.  Deal reveals seven fundamental steps and practical solutions for blended family success. 

5.   The Smart Stepfamily Marriage: Keys to Success in the Blended Family by Ron Deal and David Olson.  Deal and Olson help you build on your relationship strengths and improve your weaknesses.

6.   Child of Divorce, Child of God A Journey of Hope and Healing by Kristine Steakley.  Steakley chronicles the emotional and spiritual challenges facing adult children of divorce. She tells her own story of abandonment and estrangement with all the attendant questions of trust, self-worth and identity.

7.   If I Tell You I’m Gay, Will You Still Love Me? By Ann Mobley.  Mobley shares the mercy and faithfulness of God in providing guidance for the unexpected journey of her son telling her he is gay.

8.   God’s Design for Sex Series by Stan and Brenna Jones. These illustrated books give you age-appropriate, biblically-based information to help you talk openly with your children about sex and answer their questions about God’s design for families.