Heard It from a Freind

Proverbs 15:4 The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.  Two ladies in the community gossiped about one of their friends. They found out later that they were wrong, but her reputation had been greatly scarred. They went to their pastor and asked what they should do–how they could correct the …

The Trouble with Lying

Psalms 12:1-2 “Help, Lord, for the godly are no more; the faithful have vanished from among men. Everyone lies to his neighbor; their flattering lips speak with deception.” A church, like Grace Church, was studying the Ten Commandments. As the pastor wrapped up his sermon on the Eighth Commandment, he told the congregation, “next week I intend to preach on …

America: 24-7

Come to me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28) We continue our look at the Fourth Commandment by focusing today on the priority of rest. An interesting phrase entered into American culture in the 1990s that summarizes our life: 24-7. From grocery stores to local television stations, they all boast …

Holy Sabbath Becomes Son Day!

Yesterday we learned of the Jewish roots to the Sabbath. Ask three believers what the Sabbath means to them today, however, and you will likely get three different answers. Pastor and author Stewart Briscoe describes in his book The Ten Commandments his childhood memories of the Sabbath: “We went to Sunday morning church, Sunday afternoon church, and Sunday evening church. …

The Sabbath: It’s Jewish!

Mention the word “Sabbath” in most churches today and those who know their Bible well will often reply, “Oh, that’s not for us…It’s Jewish!” And so it is. The word Sabbath literally means cessation from Labor. Israel had served the pharaohs of Egypt as slaves for more than 400 years. Day after day they made bricks and built the great …

Remember the Sabbath

In 1981, the film Chariots of Fire captured the Oscar for Best Picture. The movie tells the story the Eric Liddell, who ran for Great Britain in the 1924 Olympics. Liddell trained hard for the 100 meter race, and was Britain’s record holder for that event, but when he arrived in Paris to run in the Olympics, he discovered the …

Celebration Offering Letter

April 2, 2001 Dear Church Family, As you read this letter, let your heart be drawn to the final chapters of 1 Chronicles. It’€™s a time of transition in Israel as the nation says good-bye to their beloved King David and prepared to welcome a new king–€“David’€™s son Solomon. At the heart of these chapters is David’€™s concern and preparation …

40 Days of Prayer & Fasting

GRACE CHURCH 40 Days of Prayer & Fasting March 4–April 12, 2001 “They all joined together constantly in prayer.” Acts 1:14 “With prayer and fasting committed them to the Lord, in whomthey had put their trust.”  Acts 14:23 Pray that as a congregation we would humble ourselves before God and confess our sins to Him so that we can worship …