Jan 1, 2017
Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 1 (REWIND)
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Just this past September, Grace Family Church celebrated 50 years of gathering together as a family in New Holland.  This half-century has been filled with memories, passion, and community.  As the New Year begins, we look back on some of what God has done in and through our church.  But we also look ahead to what He has in store for us in the days coming.  
 
Guided by our past, but never enslaved to it, we peer eagerly into what the time ahead of us will bring.  Grace Family Church has an invaluable mission and a compelling vision for the future, and we set our eyes on how the hope, love, joy, forgiveness, and restoration that following after Jesus provides.  
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  • Jan 1, 2017Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 1 (REWIND)
    Jan 1, 2017
    Rewind / Fast Forward – Week 1 (REWIND)
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    Just this past September, Grace Family Church celebrated 50 years of gathering together as a family in New Holland.  This half-century has been filled with memories, passion, and community.  As the New Year begins, we look back on some of what God has done in and through our church.  But we also look ahead to what He has in store for us in the days coming.  
     
    Guided by our past, but never enslaved to it, we peer eagerly into what the time ahead of us will bring.  Grace Family Church has an invaluable mission and a compelling vision for the future, and we set our eyes on how the hope, love, joy, forgiveness, and restoration that following after Jesus provides.  
  • Dec 18, 2016Christmas Stories – Week 3 (God’s Great Purpose)
    Dec 18, 2016
    Christmas Stories – Week 3 (God’s Great Purpose)
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    This Christmas, we look at the grand story of God, how He seeks us, saves us, and sends us with His message of hope and healing.  Are you part of the story?  Because He deeply desires for you to be an active part of His great tale! 
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    Because God's great power enables Him to accomplish His great plan, we are encouraged to embrace His great purpose behind it all.  He brings beauty out of ashes.  He sees beyond the muck & the mire of this life to the one beyond.  He invites us to join in His grand design, emboldened and energized by the reason behind all of life.  The greatest story ever told.
  • Dec 4, 2016Christmas Stories – Week 1 (God’s Great Power)
    Dec 4, 2016
    Christmas Stories – Week 1 (God’s Great Power)
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    Stories define so much of who we are and what we do – we tell them to our children, to teach them how to grow up to be the women & men they should be. We tell them to our friends & family to share bits and pieces of who we are and what makes us tick. We spend our money on entertainment that (by-and-large) are comprised of stories.
    What if there was one story that rose above all others? One story that was grander, richer, bigger, and more powerful than every story ever told. This Christmas, we discover not only that there IS such a story, but that we are invited to be a part of it. 
     
    Today we look at the story of God's Great Power, how His power is both magnificent & grand AND profoundly personal.  His power doesn't remove Him from us but draws us close.  And it all begins in such lowly places that we can all relate.
  • Nov 27, 2016What Will I Choose?
    Nov 27, 2016
    What Will I Choose?
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    We live in a world and a time that demands constant decisions for a host of situations.  How do we decide what is best?  What decisions are really important?  Pastor Tim helps us discern what is most necessary in what we choose.
  • Nov 20, 2016Uncommon Sense – Week 8 (Prodigal Sons)
    Nov 20, 2016
    Uncommon Sense – Week 8 (Prodigal Sons)
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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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    Included video audio credit:  Timothy Keller (The Prodigal God)
  • Nov 13, 2016Uncommon Sense – Week 7 (Luke 15)
    Nov 13, 2016
    Uncommon Sense – Week 7 (Luke 15)
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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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  • Oct 31, 2016Uncommon Sense – Week 5
    Oct 31, 2016
    Uncommon Sense – Week 5
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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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    Often we find ourselves concerned with how we appear to others - do they think I'm successful enough, pretty enough, tall enough, strong enough, religious enough?  And on, and on.  Jesus flips this thinking on its head, and we see Him tell us that our lives are not about how great other people think we are but should rather be about how we can best tell the story of Jesus' great news with all we've got.  And it is a story that we should be dying to tell the world!
  • Oct 23, 2016Uncommon Sense – Week 4
    Oct 23, 2016
    Uncommon Sense – Week 4
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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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    Jesus said some remarkable things.  Sometimes, they were shocking, especially to those who ascribe to a "common sense" approach to the world.  Today we look at five times when Jesus bewildered his hearers with these simple words: You have heard it said, but I say to ...
  • Oct 2, 2016Uncommon Sense – Week 1 (Money)
    Oct 2, 2016
    Uncommon Sense – Week 1 (Money)
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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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    One topic that seems to make pastors and listeners equally uncomfortable was one that Jesus never shied away from ... in fact, He talked about it more than heaven and hell combined.  He talked about money.  Discover the uncommon sense of Jesus when it comes to what role money should play in our lives and how it may very well be the clearest window into the condition of our hearts.
  • Sep 18, 2016Sacred Sins – Week 3 (Consumerism / Gluttony)
    Sep 18, 2016
    Sacred Sins – Week 3 (Consumerism / Gluttony)
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    Sin is easy to spot ... in others.  We're all great sin-sleuths when it comes to the mistakes and shortcomings in those around us, but what about the sin that resides in ME?  That's a much more difficult endeavor.
     
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    What could be more American than ... consumerism?  We Thrive as a nation by producing, consuming, importing, exporting, and doing so more, and more, and more.  But is this the way God designed it to be?

    In 1981, a band called Black Flag recorded a song that carried these lyrics:  "Gimme, gimme, gimme - I need some more. Gimme, gimme, gimme - don't ask what for.  I know the world's got problems ...I've got problems of my own."  This song has been covered many times since, and it speaks to the heart of what we look at today, namely, that we can too easily be driven by a need to find our fulfillment in getting something more or in getting more of something.