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Pastor's Update

Where Have All The Manners Gone?

The above question sounds like “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” by Peter Seeger. You might have heard Peter, Paul, and Mary or the Kingston Trio sing it.

So, are you bothered by the apparent lack of manners in our society? It seems that the “Me First!” attitude has taken over. Rudeness and selfishness are popular responses to any situation. Being impolite or discourteous is praised by many. Here are some common examples of this audacity.



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Your Flight's Cancelled!

Bonnie and I started our journey to the Convention on a Wednesday morning. The flight to LAX went as scheduled. We arrived and ordered food at a taco truck in the airport. Then—

WHAT? My flight has been cancelled? REALLY? You mean it’s been delayed. “No sir, your flight to Dallas has been cancelled. In fact, the next two flights have been cancelled, too.” The agent gave us this news calmly. We had to run to the American Airlines Customer Service counter to be rerouted.



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The Ability to Change

Our worship committee has noticed that most of our Praise Songs are found in Grace Community Church’s Hymns of Grace Book. So, we have consolidated our worship books. This has worked well for us up to June 9th. Cheri had made the appropriate changes to the lyrics, so we were singing the same words.

Everything was going smoothly until we sang “God of Grace” two Sundays ago. Then, confusion hit us. The song leader and pianist were together singing and playing the same notes. However, the congregation was singing the old melody. God was glorified by the results, but it did not sound very good. We finished the song despite being out of sync with our leaders.



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Glory to God

One of my greatest student experiences was to sing “The Hallelujah Chorus” in a large choir. (It was part of Handel’s Oratorio, “The Messiah.” Our Celebration Hymnal # 39 has the choir version.) The words, music, and harmony are awe inspiring. I am still stirred by remembering that performance. God was glorified that night. How much fun would it be to sing “The Hallelujah Corus” with all the vocal parts again?

Here is a history lesson about this magnificent piece of music. On March 23, 1743, when “The Messiah” was first performed in London, the king was present in the great audience. It is reported that all were so deeply moved by the “Hallelujah Chorus” that with the impressive words, “For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth,” the whole audience, including the king sprang to its feet, and remained standing through the entire Chorus. From that time to this it has always been the custom to stand during The Chorus whenever it is performed. With spontaneous joy the soul stands to salute Him who “cometh in the name of the Lord.” He is “King of kings, and Lord of lords” and to Him we pledge allegiance. (Paul Lee Tan, Illustration # 1872)



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The Seasons of a Garden

“To everything there is a season,

A time for purpose under heaven.”



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Venture Clubs Testimonials

I have asked some parents for their thoughts and comments about the impact Venture Clubs has had on their children this year. You will find their observations below.

I absolutely love Venture Club. All six of our children absolutely love the Lord and know of Him each time they go to church & Venture Club.—Sandra Agler



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Serving in Venture Clubs

Venture Clubs and community outreach are synonymous at Grace Bible Church. Our leaders serve the Lord on Wednesday nights by sharing the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ, teaching the Bible lessons, and having great fun with the children. Here are some leaders’ comments for your encouragement.


The Pathfinders’ desire to pray has grown this year. There are more kids wanting to pray and showing bravery to pray in front of the class. Their prayers are so sweet and genuine; they make your heart sing. In general, they have simply shown a true joy for learning about the Bible and what Jesus has done for them. They have been a wonderfully energetic bunch . –Jamie Sexton



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Motherhood--God's Gift to Us

MOMS are a great gift from our sovereign God. He ordained the family unit as the building block of society. The Bible identifies the family as a father (male), a mother (female), and children if it is God’s will. Adam, the first man, named the first woman, “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” (Genesis 3:20, ESV). The first parents were Adam and Eve. So, we all are their descendants.

From eternity past, God had the great insight to make this decree concerning the family. John MacArthur clarified a decree in this way, “God’s sovereign determination of His decree is the personal act of the God who is perfect wisdom, omniscience, justice, love, and grace.” (Biblical Doctrine, p. 212) The LORD gave mothers the inborn traits to love, care, nurture, and bear children. This desire is God given. Motherhood is a divine gift, an honor, and privilege. However, it is not a right. Along this same idea, being married and having children are a divine appointment.



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A Challenge to Pray

“Pray when you feel like it. Pray when you don’t feel like it. Pray until you feel like it.” –H.B. Charles, Jr. These are great admonitions by this godly pastor. In a very simple way, he has addressed the believer’s responsibility for the spiritual discipline of prayer.

At Grace Bible Church we actively promote prayer. The Bible gives us guidelines concerning how to pray. God exhorted us to bring our petitions to Him. “‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’” (Jeremiah 33:3, NKJV) Also, Jesus gave instruction to His disciples about praying while they having their last meal with Him, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13–14, NKJV)



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Really, No Resurrection?

It is important to recognize Christ’s empty tomb on Resurrection Sunday. We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead two thousand years ago and then ascended into Heaven. The Apostle Paul wrote concerning this: “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:3–4, NKJV). This is the Gospel we preach.

However, some people do not believe in Christ’s resurrection. The Sadducees denied the resurrection (Lk. 20:27), in Jesus’ day. Even Paul wrote to the Corinthian church concerning this type of unbelief: “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?”



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