Nov 15, 2015
When Life Is Hard – Week 3
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Life is hard ... really hard.  There are times of joy and seasons of happiness, but a thread of difficulty seems to be constantly woven through the fabric of our lives.  What can we do, when the bottom falls out from under us, when nothing seems to go right, when we’re lost and alone and afraid?
 
Welcome to the story of two widows & a farmer in an out-of-the-way village, the story of RUTH, an account of an inconsequential outsider (from a human perspective) whose life turns out to be essential (from God's perspective) in telling HIS COMPLETE STORY. Was her life easy? Not at all. Neither is yours. That's where our learning can begin ...

 

During our 3rd week in the series, Pastor Tim walks us through the reality of hard times and a biblical response to understanding these hard times, how to move through them.  He points us again to how God worked in the life of Ruth and what we can learn about our own difficult situations and several key points to remember.
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  • Nov 15, 2015When Life Is Hard – Week 3
    Nov 15, 2015
    When Life Is Hard – Week 3
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    Life is hard ... really hard.  There are times of joy and seasons of happiness, but a thread of difficulty seems to be constantly woven through the fabric of our lives.  What can we do, when the bottom falls out from under us, when nothing seems to go right, when we’re lost and alone and afraid?
     
    Welcome to the story of two widows & a farmer in an out-of-the-way village, the story of RUTH, an account of an inconsequential outsider (from a human perspective) whose life turns out to be essential (from God's perspective) in telling HIS COMPLETE STORY. Was her life easy? Not at all. Neither is yours. That's where our learning can begin ...

     

    During our 3rd week in the series, Pastor Tim walks us through the reality of hard times and a biblical response to understanding these hard times, how to move through them.  He points us again to how God worked in the life of Ruth and what we can learn about our own difficult situations and several key points to remember.
  • Nov 8, 2015When Life Is Hard – Week 2
    Nov 8, 2015
    When Life Is Hard – Week 2
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    Life is hard ... really hard.  There are times of joy and seasons of happiness, but a thread of difficulty seems to be constantly woven through the fabric of our lives.  What can we do, when the bottom falls out from under us, when nothing seems to go right, when we’re lost and alone and afraid?
     
    Welcome to the story of two widows & a farmer in an out-of-the-way village, the story of RUTH, an account of an inconsequential outsider (from a human perspective) whose life turns out to be essential (from God's perspective) in telling HIS COMPLETE STORY. Was her life easy? Not at all. Neither is yours. That's where our learning can begin ...

     

    During our 2nd week in the series, Pastor Tim reminded us how real, close, and personal hard times are, and guided us through what should be a practical and immediate response to the hard times of those around us.  He also walked us through the next chapter in the story of Ruth, showing us that her initiative, integrity, and humble acceptance of assistance made all the difference in her tale.
  • Nov 1, 2015When Life Is Hard – Week 1
    Nov 1, 2015
    When Life Is Hard – Week 1
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    Life is hard ... really hard.  There are times of joy and seasons of happiness, but a thread of difficulty seems to be constantly woven through the fabric of our lives.  What can we do, when the bottom falls out from under us, when nothing seems to go right, when we’re lost and alone and afraid?
     
    Welcome to the story of two widows & a farmer in an out-of-the-way village, the story of RUTH, an account of an inconsequential outsider (from a human perspective) whose life turns out to be essential (from God's perspective) in telling HIS COMPLETE STORY. Was her life easy? Not at all. Neither is yours. That's where our learning can begin.

     

     
    During our first week in this series, Pastor Tim walks us through some of the hard times he has seen and endured, and points us to a hope in God that transcends anything that this world has to offer.  We're reminded to remember several things in the midst of heartache, suffering, and pain that make all the difference, in this life and the next.
  • Oct 25, 2015Scandal Proof – Week 8
    Oct 25, 2015
    Scandal Proof – Week 8
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    Due to technical issues, we are unable to post the full audio from this week’s message.  We are including a short synopsis of the message (below), as well as the PowerPoint presentation that was used in the notes section of this post and an audio clip that concluded our time together.  We apologize for any inconvenience.Divider1
     
    With scandals all around us, in the news, in our communities and families, what does God have to say about how to avoid these disasters. His word is clear and is based on relationship – not rules. God’s relationship with us through the person of Jesus Christ transforms our lives and allows us to live a “scandal proof life."

    This week, we explore what the Bible says about the last of the Ten Commandments (“do not covet”) as we conclude our series, The Scandal Proof Life.  We discover that this final command is unique among the others, in that it is the only one to address an inward condition of the heart directly rather than primarily a behavior or action.  We also discover that pride lies at the root of covetousness, and that violating this last command leads to the violation of all the others.

    We discuss that coveting is not the same as simply desiring something that we don’t have ... desire is not inherently wrong, but distorted desire is.  Coveting is desiring what legitimately belongs to someone else, and conspiring in my heart or my actions to take it for myself.  Coveting finds its roots all the way back in the Garden of Eden, when Adam & Eve desired the one thing that God said was not for them, concluded that their way was better than God’s, and took what they had no right to take.

    We also learn that scandals are not scandalous only when they are known ... and that all of us have scandals in our lives, areas where we have decided to go our own way rather than the way God has designed for us, things we have done to others that are harsh and cruel, a heart that harbors dark secrets.  Rather than waiting for our scandals to become public, it is imperative that we allow God to clean up the messes we’ve created, to change our hearts and our lives.

    We ended with a two-fold application: 1) if we are followers of Jesus, it is imperative that we take every thought captive to obey Christ (2 Cor 10.5), and 2) if we have never made a decision to accept God’s payment for our sins, we must not delay in accepting that gift and turning over authority in our lives to Jesus.

    We conclude with an audio clip from the funeral of a beloved, long-term member of Grace Family Church earlier this week, when the Good News of Jesus was shared.  It is an initial response to this truth and a continual guiding by it that is essential not only to avoid covetousness, but also to live a
    truly scandal proof life.
  • Oct 18, 2015Scandal Proof – Week 7
    Oct 18, 2015
    Scandal Proof – Week 7
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    With scandals all around us, in the news, in our communities and families, what does God have to say about how to avoid these disasters. His word is clear and is based on relationship – not rules. God’s relationship with us through the person of Jesus Christ transforms our lives and allows us to live a “scandal proof life”.
     
    This week, we explore what the Bible says about truth-telling, one of the easiest commands to "fudge" on in our daily living. Explore with us what God says about the value of truth and our roll in proclaiming it.
  • Oct 11, 2015Scandal Proof – Week 6
    Oct 11, 2015
    Scandal Proof – Week 6
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    With scandals all around us, in the news, in our communities and families, what does God have to say about how to avoid these disasters. His word is clear and is based on relationship – not rules. God’s relationship with us through the person of Jesus Christ transforms our lives and allows us to live a “scandal proof life”.
     
    This week, we explore what the Bible says about stealing ... and it's more than simply swiping an extra cookie when grandma isn't looking. Holding on to the adage, "If it's not yours, then it's not yours," we explore how deep this commandment goes, touching virtually every area of our lives.  Come along for the journey!
  • Oct 4, 2015Scandal Proof – Week 5
    Oct 4, 2015
    Scandal Proof – Week 5
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    With scandals all around us, in the news, in our communities and families, what does God have to say about how to avoid these disasters. His word is clear and is based on relationship – not rules. God’s relationship with us through the person of Jesus Christ transforms our lives and allows us to live a “scandal proof life”.
     
    This week, we look at one of the "least popular" commandments that God has laid out in our world today: adultery.  Our world is saturated with sexual images, innuendos, and ideals, all telling us that the words of the Bible on this topic are antiquated and repressive.  Walk with us as Pastor Tim looks at the standard Jesus set for us and how it really is a freeing command and not an oppressive one.
  • Sep 27, 2015Scandal Proof – Week 4
    Sep 27, 2015
    Scandal Proof – Week 4
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    With scandals all around us, in the news, in our communities and families, what does God have to say about how to avoid these disasters. His word is clear and is based on relationship – not rules. God’s relationship with us through the person of Jesus Christ transforms our lives and allows us to live a “scandal proof life”.
     
    This week, we examine what many might think is the simplest of all commands:  do not murder.  While simple on the surface, there is much more below - and Pastor Tim walks us through the rich meaning that this command truly holds.
  • Sep 20, 2015Scandal Proof – Week 3
    Sep 20, 2015
    Scandal Proof – Week 3
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    With scandals all around us, in the news, in our communities and families, what does God have to say about how to avoid these disasters. His word is clear and is based on relationship – not rules. God’s relationship with us through the person of Jesus Christ transforms our lives and allows us to live a “scandal proof life”.
     
    This week, we examine the first command that directly addresses our relationships with other people:  honoring mom & dad.  While simple on face value, we explore the deep, rich, and (often) difficult implications of this requirement.
  • Sep 13, 2015Scandal Proof – Week 2
    Sep 13, 2015
    Scandal Proof – Week 2
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    With scandals all around us, in the news, in our communities and families, what does God have to say about how to avoid these disasters. His word is clear and is based on relationship – not rules. God’s relationship with us through the person of Jesus Christ transforms our lives and allows us to live a “scandal proof life”.
     
    This week we dig more into understanding who God is and what it means that we are to value Him with all of us ... because if we do, focusing on honoring His great name and embracing the call to rest that He gives us, then all the other parts of what we're called to do starts to fall into place.