Oct 9, 2016
Uncommon Sense – Week 2 (Humility)
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Stories define so much of our lives - the stories we're told, the stories we tell, the stories we live, and the stories we dream of.  Jesus knew this, and often taught those around Him using timeless stories of eternal truths.  And those truths many times flew in the face of conventional wisdom, contradicting common sense of those days and our days as well.  His truth was definitely Uncommon Sense.
 
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Our world pushes us to be the best, to beat everyone else, to come out on top, with others below us.  And if we can't be the best, we at least should be better than as many others as we can ... and we bite and devour and destroy each other in pursuit of this. Jesus shares a very different way for us, a very different way to be part of His family and for how we treat each other right here and now.  Take another look at the Uncommon Sense of Jesus.
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  • Oct 9, 2016Uncommon Sense – Week 2 (Humility)
    Oct 9, 2016
    Uncommon Sense – Week 2 (Humility)
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    Stories define so much of our lives - the stories we're told, the stories we tell, the stories we live, and the stories we dream of.  Jesus knew this, and often taught those around Him using timeless stories of eternal truths.  And those truths many times flew in the face of conventional wisdom, contradicting common sense of those days and our days as well.  His truth was definitely Uncommon Sense.
     
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    Our world pushes us to be the best, to beat everyone else, to come out on top, with others below us.  And if we can't be the best, we at least should be better than as many others as we can ... and we bite and devour and destroy each other in pursuit of this. Jesus shares a very different way for us, a very different way to be part of His family and for how we treat each other right here and now.  Take another look at the Uncommon Sense of Jesus.
  • Aug 14, 2016Pray & Go – Week 2 (GO)
    Aug 14, 2016
    Pray & Go – Week 2 (GO)
    Series: Pray & Go
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    During the month of August, Grace Family Church is embracing two often neglected facets of being Jesus-followers:  prayer and mission.  Join us as we change who we are to be more like who He wants us to be!
     
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    Our discussion today focused on the nature of what it means to GO as followers of Jesus - that is, what it means to be on MISSION, on His mission.  We discover that it is bigger, broader, and deeper that we so often believe it to be.  
  • Aug 7, 2016Pray & Go – Week 1 (PRAY)
    Aug 7, 2016
    Pray & Go – Week 1 (PRAY)
    Series: Pray & Go
     
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    During the month of August, Grace Family Church is embracing two often neglected facets of being Jesus-followers:  prayer and mission.  Join us as we change who we are to be more like who He wants us to be!
     
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    Our discussion today focused on the nature of what prayer really is, and we discovered that it is bigger, it is deeper, it is grander than what we might typically think.  We learned that prayer needs to move us into a growing soul-connection with God. 
  • Jul 24, 2016FREE! Week 9 (Galatians 6.1-10)
    Jul 24, 2016
    FREE! Week 9 (Galatians 6.1-10)
    Series: FREE!
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    FREE!  The mere word quickens the pulse. We'll learn what it means to be free and what a radical difference it makes as we look at the book of Galatians, centered on the good news about Jesus and the implications for our lives.  This good news is not just something that "saves us" ... it can and should sustain us as well.
     
    Last week, we discovered that real freedom means that I am released to live a life that aligns with God's original design for me.  This week, we walk through several ways that we can pursue that life.
  • May 29, 2016FREE! Week 1 (Galatians 1.1-10)
    May 29, 2016
    FREE! Week 1 (Galatians 1.1-10)
    Series: FREE!
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    FREE!  The mere word quickens the pulse. We'll learn what it means to be free and what a radical difference it makes as we look at the book of Galatians, centered on the good news about Jesus and the implications for our lives.  This good news is not just something that "saves us" ... it can and should sustain us as well.
  • May 15, 2016The Plot – Week 7
    May 15, 2016
    The Plot – Week 7
    Series: The Plot
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    At our core, everyone of us longs to connect to something bigger than us.  We pursue meaning and purpose in many places.  But all this world has to offer is ultimately empty - something called a chasing after the wind.  But there is a grand story that calls to all of us because the Author of that story designed us and this world, and He has a place for each of us in that story.
     
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    God's desire for all of people of all times is that they would follow Him ... not simply to have a favorable of Him, but to really, really, wholeheartedly follow after Him and unite our souls to the One who made them.  We discover that God wants FOLLOWERS, not just FANS. 
  • Apr 17, 2016The Plot – Week 3
    Apr 17, 2016
    The Plot – Week 3
    Series: The Plot
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    At our core, everyone of us longs to connect to something bigger than us.  We pursue meaning and purpose in many places.  But all this world has to offer is ultimately empty - something called a chasing after the wind.  But there is a grand story that calls to all of us because the Author of that story designed us and this world, and He has a place for each of us in that story.
     
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    Today, we discuss some of the story of Moses, often referred to as the deliverer of Israel.  We see how God rescued him from all sorts of things ... and did so with a very important plan in mind, one that includes us today, thousands of years removed.
  • Mar 13, 2016I WILL – Week 1
    Mar 13, 2016
    I WILL – Week 1
    Series: I WILL!

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    Our lives are a series of questions, and the answers we provide direct the course those lives will take. So often, we ask ourselves good questions. Should I really care about others? Should we eat that extra piece of cake? Should I fix the leaky faucet or watch another episode of my latest Netflix obsession? Should I really do the things that I hear about in church or read in the Bible? And while responding with “I should” or even “I can” are admirable, the only answer that really makes a difference is “I Will!”
     
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    We begin our new series for March discussing the significance of what it means to follow Jesus and how we need to move from a perspective of "things I should do" to an attitude of "I will follow Jesus" no matter what.
  • Feb 14, 2016The Good Life – Week 2 (Titus 1.6-2.1)
    Feb 14, 2016
    The Good Life – Week 2 (Titus 1.6-2.1)
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    We all want it. We all pursue it. But we might not know what it really is. There is something deep within us that calls out that there must be more to living than just the hustle and bustle of life, more than just getting by or moving up. Today, we began looking at a short book in the Bible that provides so very much of the answer to this very BIG question and what it means for us to live The Good Life.
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    God's plan for His people has always been discipleship, or the practice of all His kids helping each other become more devoted, all-in followers of Him.  Today, we look at one of the major ways that God exemplifies how He wants His people to pursue this:  the example of godly leaders. We also learn that the very things that "qualify" these leaders are the same qualities and expectations God has for all of His followers.
  • Feb 7, 2016The Good Life – Week 1 (Titus 1.1-5)
    Feb 7, 2016
    The Good Life – Week 1 (Titus 1.1-5)
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    We all want it. We all pursue it. But we might not know what it really is. There is something deep within us that calls out that there must be more to living than just the hustle and bustle of life, more than just getting by or moving up. Today, we began looking at a short book in the Bible that provides so very much of the answer to this very BIG question and what it means for us to live The Good Life.
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    Pastor Brad walks us through the beginning of the book of Titus in the New Testament, showing us that we must understand the WHY of what we do to understand and choice the right WHAT's and HOW's.  Centered on the Person and work of Jesus, we learn that all of God's story interacting with humanity is based on setting straight what has gotten crooked, restoring the broken to fullness.