You hear me say somewhat often “God has visited your future and is preparing you now for what is to come.” I want to elaborate on that a little more:
We learn from the disciplines of walking in the Spirit through every circumstance, good or bad, that comes into our lives. What if every circumstance was primarily about us discovering Who God wanted to be for us? When we understand that instead of cursing negative circumstances we could step into that adversity with gladness and thanksgiving.
For example, if I understood this principle then in every conflict, I could start to see that something missing in me that that abrasive person might add to my life and that there is perhaps something missing in them that I could add to their life. When I look at things from that kind of perspective it can change dread into discovery in every relationship and circumstance.
In seasons when God seems quiet or far off instead of jumping to the conclusion that God is displeased with me and distant, I must understand that He is simply teaching me to walk by faith not by my feelings. When God shows up in a mighty way it is always a blessing, but when He feels hidden it is a time of building. Graham Cooke says, “Hiddenness is one of the most exciting disciplines that we can learn in the realm of the Spirit.” It is a time when He is building in us greater trust and restoring our souls.
Do not squander your circumstances look at what God is preparing to do and preparing you for.
Can’t wait to see you this weekend.
Meet the Missionaries
Randy and Shelley Marshall serve with One Mission Society in Kyiv, Ukraine. Their main focus is disciple-making, and they use English to serve Ukrainians and to make new contacts. They organize English camps during the summer for university students and offer weekly English clubs at a Kyiv university. For students or adults of any age who become spiritually interested, they offer Discovery Bible Studies to help them investigate the claims of Jesus, and they gather those who want to follow him into worshiping home groups called Life Groups. Their goal is to see the existing network of Life Groups grow and multiply as Ukrainians reach their friends and families with the Good News.
On October 1 & 2 Randy and Shelly Marshal will be joining us for the weekend services. Saturday morning we will be having a 9:30 continental breakfast reception. If you would like to join us, RSVP by calling 684-7511.
Our Building Fund continues to grow $583,139.98 . Thank you for your generosity and thank you, Lord, for blessing each of us with Your goodness.
Note: All donations and balance for the Building Fund are strictly used for that purpose.
Pastor Paul continues this series this weekend.
Saturday night at 5:30 or Sunday morning at 9:00
Mexican Fiesta Dinner Report
We had an amazing and fun time at the Mexican Fiesta Dinner Auction. Thanks to Dan and Jacob Gay who served us well as auctioneers. A shout out to Tom and Roxanne and their team for serving a delicious meal to over 200 – Donna Compton and her team for all of the table decorations – Ronda Schlicting, Lanna Wing, and Becky Asay and the rest of the team who put in a ton of work to make it happen. Thanks to people at Grace who gave items and the generosity from our community was overwhelming. The total raised was $36,845.
Save the Date
- Women of Grace– September 18, Worship in the Wilderness
- Family Night Kick Off– September 21
- Equip-Open Heavens–November 4-6 with Peter Xu and Marietta Wright
- Greif Share: Surviving the Holidays- November 17
- Feast of Praise– November 20, 4:00 pm at Summit
Wednesdays @Bomber Mtn. Civic Center
Kick Off September 21
Meal served from 5:30-6:30
Taco/Burrito, Rice, Refried beans, Salad, Nachos, Dessert
Small groups for everyone 6:30-7:45:
- Adults w/ Pastor Paul will be studying “Receiving a Double Portion”
- Flashpoint Youth (Middle School & High School) will be studying “Who’s Who in the Bible”
- Kindle Kids (infants-5th grade) will be studying 4 keys to discipleship.
Save The Date
Children’s Church @ Grace Fellowship 5:30pm– 7:00pm
Children’s Church @ Grace Fellowship 9:00am–10:30am
Flashpoint Youth for Middle School & High School Students
Hang out, games, snacks, and lots of fun @ GF after the worship service until about 9:00
Adult Small Groups
Family Night @ Bomber Mtn Civic Center- starting September 21 | Meal 5:30-6:30 | Small Groups for everyone 6:30-7:45
Prayer for Missions in the Prayer Room @ GF 12:00pm–1:00pm