Thursday, May 24th, 2018

Philippians 2: 12-18, Christians shining like stars in the sky
As God works in us to fulfill His good purpose, what two things are required of us as we shine like stars in this dark world (verses 13-16)? How do these two things work together?  What lesson can we learn from Paul pouring himself out like a drink offering on behalf of the Philippian Church (verses 17-18)?

 

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Romans 10: 9-17, Beautiful feet
It is clear from scriptures such as John 3:16 that we are saved through belief in Jesus. Looking at Romans 10: 9-13 along with James 2: 18-19, what role does confessing with our mouth that “Jesus is Lord” play? What implication is there in the chain of questions in verses 13-15?  Looking at verse 17, what role does God’s Word play in sharing the Gospel?

 

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Matthew 9: 35 – 10: 8, Jesus sends out his disciples
As Jesus went through the towns, what was His attitude toward the people He came across (9: 36)?  What two things did Jesus do for the people (9: 35)? What did Jesus tell His disciples to pray for (9: 38)?  What did Jesus have His disciples do after they prayed for laborers (10: 5-8)?  What lessons are there for us in these verses?

 

Monday, May 21st, 2018

Acts 1: 1-11, The ascension of Jesus
What hope do we have as Christians (verse 11)?  What job did Jesus give to His disciples in the mean time (verse 8)?  Why did Jesus tell the disciples to wait a while before starting their job of witnessing to the world about Christ (verses 4 and 5)?  From where are we to receive the power we need to be witnesses for Christ (verse 8)?

Builders For Christ

This morning, we will be commissioning our Builders for Christ Vision Team. Next week, they leave for Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin and the Jacob’s Well Church to help with Phase 3 of their ongoing expansion.  This thriving church has benefitted from the help of BFC and GBC during the first two phases of their church building projects. 

The team will “hang trusses” and roof their south venue addition, joining local volunteers and building groups from several states.  New this year -- GBC will send an advance team. Clint Babcock Jr. and four others will leave on Wednesday, May 23rd, preparing to lead the construction project during the week our team is there.

The team’s schedule will help you pray for them. 

Wednesday-Friday, May 23th-25th--The advance team travels and prepares for the upcoming week.

Saturday, May 26th--The main body of the team leaves from Providence airport at 6:30 a.m., flies to Minneapolis/St.Paul, and drives to Chippewa Falls.

Sunday, May 27th--The team worships with the Jacob’s Well fellowship and spends the afternoon in team building. 

Monday-Friday, May 28th-June 1st--The team rises early and works late.  Devotions, fellowship, and meal breaks are part of the daily routine.  One highlight is the combined praise service with the local fellowship and the construction team at the building site.

Saturday, June 2nd--The team returns to Providence, arriving at about 9:00 p.m.

Please be in prayer for our team during the entire week.  Pray for safety and great fellowship.  Pray that our team will be a blessing to the ongoing ministry of Jacob’s Well Church. 

 

Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

Ezra 2
Has there ever been a group of people that you were a part of that came together for a special purpose? For a moment recall those names and the story in your mind. What is happening/being said in this chapter? Write it out in a few sentences. What stands out to you about this chapter? What is something that you sense God is leading you to live out based on this chapter?

 

Elijah and Selfies

Last week, Dr. Russ White spoke about Elijah in 1 Kings 18 and 19.  He asked the question, “What Am I Here For?”  As you remember, Elijah, through the power of the Lord, had a victory over the forces of evil on Mount Carmel in 1 Kings 18. After his emboldened act for God, however, Elijah wavered and weakened.  He experienced the power of God working through him, yet he lost focus and had himself a bit of a pity party.  Then the Lord brought him to a cave on Mount Horeb for some “straight talking” and asked Elijah, “What are you doing here?”  Dr. White challenged us to ask the same question of ourselves.   

Why are you here?  What is your life’s purpose?

What does that have to do with “Selfies?”  Think about it for a minute.  A selfie is a picture where you are the center focus of the shot.  Sure, they’re fun to take and a great reminder of places you’ve been, things you’ve done, and friends you have.  They’re not bad--until it’s the only type of picture you take--until it’s the only way you view life--with you in the center. 

Elijah needed to be reminded that his life was about the Lord.  We need to be reminded of the same thing.  

How does that play out?  When is the last time you reached out to help a friend?  Or even a stranger?  When is the last time you stepped into a difficult task, just because it was the right thing to do?  When have you shared Jesus with someone who needed His love?  When have you risked?

Elijah goofed when he lost focus.  Let’s prayerfully ask the Lord to help us keep Him in the center of all we do. 

 

Friday, May 11th, 2018

John 9:1-34 Logic
One of the most interesting New Testament accounts -- here, the man healed of blindness debates with the Pharisees regarding who Jesus is and he testifies- “Whether or not he’s a sinner, I don’t know. One thing I know, I was blind and now I see”. Then later Jesus identifies Himself as the Son of Man (an OT title denoting deity) and the man responds- “I believe, Lord!” And he worships Jesus. How is the man’s experience of Jesus, his testimony about Him, and His conversion, all linked. Where are you in this journey, this progression? What have you experienced of Jesus? What do you believe about Him? What do you say about Him? Have you worshipped Him? 

 

Wednesday, May 9th, 2018

1 John 1:1-7 Proclaim
“Preach the Gospel, when necessary use words,” has become an axiom popular among Christians today, but that has slowly become a statement of excuse to disobey the biblical mandate to “proclaim”, the Good News of the Gospel. There are 167 uses of the word “proclaim” in the entire Bible (NIV), nearly all of which pertain to bearing witness, or giving testimony to what God has done.

 

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Romans 10:13-15 Beautiful Feet
Paul’s passionate progressive pontification pertaining to proclamation (say that three times fast:) here in Romans 10 serves to compel us to share the good news that Christ’s coming fulfills- that of Isaiah 52- the Salvation of Jehovah in the Person of Jesus Christ. Is this presented as a choice, or as a command?

 

Clothes Corral for Haiti

It’s time for a clothing and shoe drive for the Fils et Fille de Sion Orphanage kids and the children of Wangouman, Haiti! These children live under challenging conditions and have very few clothes, especially ones that fit.  Often, their entire wardrobe is hung on three or four nails.   Most of the time they walk around without proper foot gear, putting themselves at risk of disease and infection.  Let’s help!

From now through June 17th, we will have a “Clothes Corral” placed in the Fellowship Hall by the Missions wall.  Please “lasso” a few items to contribute.  

Here’s what we’re looking to gather:

Clothing-- “Every day” and “dress up” clothes for Sunday are needed. Items like shorts, t-shirts, underwear, and socks are good for boys.  Older boys tend to wear long pants.  Girls wear t-shirts, blouses, skirts, shorts, dresses, underwear and socks, varying sizes from infant to teen.

    Used clothes--Please make sure they are in good condition.  They will be gifts.  A stained, torn item is not a gift.

    New clothing--Big dollar clothing is not needed.  Shop the sales and clearance racks.  Don’t worry about the latest fashion items.

Watch the styles and design logos--We’re working in a conservative Christian environment.  

Footwear--gently used and new.  From infant to teen.  Popular types are sneakers, sandals, and “crocs.”

The items will be shipped from GBC to some church friends in Florida who send clothing to Haiti regularly.  Then, they will be put on a freighter to Cap Haitian and delivered to the kids.

The “all in” price for shipment and customs is $2.00 per pound. We’ll have a scale at the Clothes Corral to help you weigh your donation--and maybe help fund the shipping cost.

Prayerfully, let’s make this a great success!