We had a great group of men travel to the coast (Albion) this year to worship God unhindered, proclaim God’s Word unashamed, and support each other with unconditional love.
1 Timothy 2:8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
Not only do we pray to the God who saves, but we must also confess our sins to one another, restore each other in a spirit of gentleness, and teach each other to put off our sin. Whether we call it mentorship or discipleship, the fact is that we need to be involved in each other’s lives. We can not live isolated. Because when we are isolated, we are vulnerable to Satan’s attacks and we leave our brothers defenseless.
Let us love our enemies, do good to those who hate us, bless those who curse us, and pray for those that abuse us. So that when God turns His gaze on Grace Church in Kelseyville, He will declare it to be His Church.
John 4:23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.
New Sunday School Class
(During 2nd Service in the Green Room)
Sept. 19th, 26th, Oct. 3rd, Oct. 10th, 24th
Discover Who You Are in Christ! "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)
It's Jesus' promise to you--the promise that you will live triumphantly. But what keeps you from really walking in the joy of the Lord? The powers of darkness that attack us daily. In this book you will learn how to conquer these powers by:
- Realizing the power of your identity in Christ
- Finding freedom from the burdens of your past
- Standing against the spiritual forces of this world
- Winning the battle for your mind
- Becoming the victorious person you want to be
- Discovering the truth about God's view of you
Victory Over The Darkness spells out practical ways to experience Christian growth based on Christ's promise. Learn to apply the truths of Scripture to renew your mind and become the person Christ empowers you to be.
Pastor Garry Zeek will be teaching the class which is based on the book Victory Over the Darkness by Dr. Neil T. Anderson. He is the founder and president emeritus of Freedom in Christ Ministries, which has offices and representatives in forty countries. Dr. Anderson has authored more than seventy books on Christ-centered living, including Discipleship Counseling and The Bondage Breaker. He was formerly chairman of the Practical Theology Department at Talbot School of Theology and has five earned degrees including two doctorates.
For as long as I can remember I've always loved looking at the stars. Last night as it was getting dark, the stars were coming out, and I decided to go for a walk to have some quiet time after a long day. While I was walking, I came across an anthill, and when I looked down to catch a better glimpse, my glasses started to slip down my face. In the process of catching them, they broke. I still wanted to enjoy the stars that night, but when I looked up at the sky without the proper lenses that I needed to see, there weren’t any beautiful constellations or distinct glimmering lights. Without glasses, all my vision could make out was a dark blurry canvas, a flawed view of what I once loved to stare at.
So often we as Christians have broken glasses. If we lack the proper lens to see, we settle for the smeared and blurry eyes of the world. When we look at life without the proper glasses, we may be able to see fragments of truth and blurred lines, but how could we settle for this blurry truth once we have seen the clear truth? This most commonly happens when we have problems we do not know how to fix and we go searching through a broken world for answers. The world will always have answers but they just won’t be the right ones. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” The Bible says that the teaching and commands of Scripture are useful for equipping us for every good work. This is the lens of Scripture that we need to be looking through. When we view our problems, friendships, or anything else through the lens of Scripture we can be confident that just as the Lord promises, we can truly be equipped for EVERY good work, whatever comes our way. This means that no matter what our problem is, the Bible has the means of helping us through accurate study, interpretation and application of its teaching. Next time you look at the stars let it be a reminder to be constantly looking through the lens of Scripture because then and only then do we see the truth.
- Joshua Bridges
This past Sunday we Pastor Garry was officially installed as the new Executive Director of Global Training with S.O.S. International. He will be part of training church leaders and pastors around the globe in how to study and teach the Bible. We couldn't be more proud and excited for the Zeek's as they step out in faith to the calling God has placed on them. Dr. Rich Fraizer (President of S.O.S. International) preached a powerful sermon on the fact that "we are not losing Garry, We are SENDING him."
If you would like to be part of sending Pastor Garry in the mission field, please see the information below in how you can support him as our newest missionary at Grace.
-Pastor Paul Mollett
Have you ever lost something so important to you that you solicited help to find it? In order for them to help you, you have to describe the item to them. You may make a reference to how big or small the item is, what color it is, or a specific identifying mark that it has on it like a sticker, a scratch in a particular spot or an upgrade you made to it. These ways that you describe the item will help them know for sure that they have found the item you have lost and not another item similar to it. The church is similar to this, we are to have identifying marks that we belong to Jesus. In our new series Are You My Church, we will make reference to the book Are You My Mother, by P.D. Eastman, in this book we see a bird hatching then immediately leaving the nest looking for it’s mother. After asking a kitten, a hen, a Dog, a Cow, a Car, a Boat, a plane, and a big thing if they were it’s mother, it finally found its actual mother. Sometimes the church looks to the wrong thing to claim its true identity. We will only find our true identity as a church if we are acting as the church is instructed to in God’s word.
In our new series we will look at the identifying marks of God’s church. We will then evaluate if we are acting in the way His church should be acting. Looking at topics like our love for God, our mandate to rejoice, our use/or lack of us of the gifts given to us, we will see if we have the distinguished marks of a church that truly belongs to God. My hope is that you will join us in this endeavor to evaluate our church practices and our own personal commitment to the Lord to see if we are HIS church.
This new series begins Sunday, September 5th and will take us to our series leading up to Christmas in December. I want to draw your attention to a particular Sunday. On September 19th we will be having a Celebration Sunday. Who doesn’t like to celebrate? We will be celebrating baptisms, child dedications, the installation of Pastor Brent, our new church members, and? Is there something we are missing? Is there something else we should be celebrating? If you can think of anything else or if you want to be one of our baptisms, child dedications, a new member please reach out to the church office and let us know. We are also working on a very cool (Top Secret) project that we hope to unveil to you as a church on this Sunday. I hope to see you there to Celebrate!
-Pastor Paul Mollett
“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”