October 13, 2019

Our dear sister Digna has finished her course. She has kept the faith.  Henceforth, there is laid up for her a crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge shall give her, and not her only but all those who love His appearing.  Digna’s home-going will leave a great void in our fellowship.  Her sweet and encouraging presence in the services here will be sorely missed. May we all be reminded by her example to care for one another in the sincere love of Christ. One void that will not be visible to the natural eye are the constant prayers of this dear saint. Only the Lord knows the blessings He has sent our way in answer to her fervent and faithful prayers for each and every one of us.  Prayer is what the faith of a weak dependent sinner does.  His strength is made perfect in our weakness.  Thank the Lord for such a faithful example of unassuming humility.  We’ve been blessed.                                 ~Greg

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The Lord sometimes, and perhaps not unfrequently, induces darkness, that his light may be more striking. He hedges up his people’s way with thorns, that the almighty hand, which removes them, may be more plainly seen. Oh! it is blessed to be brought low, to be surrounded sometimes with difficulties, to see no way of escape, and all human resources fail, purposely that our extremity may be the Lord’s opportunity, and when we are most low, Jesus may be most exalted. My soul! Is it now even-tide in the soul, as it is eventide in the day? Art thou stripped, humbled, convinced of thy nothingness? Oh! Look to all-precious, all-suitable Jesus. Hear what the Lord saith: “When the poor and the needy seek for water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I, the Lord. Will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers in dry places, and fountains in the midst of valleys.” “At evening-time it shall be light.”                                                      ~Robert Hawker

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Martin Luther once gave some very good martial advice.  He said, “Let the wife make the husband glad to come home and let him make her sorry to see him leave.”  

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Grace Gospel Church Bible Conference Dates:

January 17, 18 and 19, 2020.

Guest Preachers: Donnie Bell and Todd Nibert

The Effects of Trials

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes”. Have you ever noticed how believers who have been SEVERELY tried under the hand of God become more CAUTIOUS and HUMBLE? They do not speak quite so fast as they used to speak; they do not have a ready solution for every problem; they do not boast of what they HAVE done, WILL do, or WOULD do under certain circumstances; they are not quite so critical of others who fail; they have little to say about their own doings and much to say about the wonderful grace of our Lord.

Afflictions and trials have a way of MELLOWING believers and creating a certain character which cannot be mistaken or imitated. David wrote in Psalm 119:71, “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn…”         ~Henry T. Mahan

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I should never have found peace with God nor come to love the Lord at all if it had not been that I distinctly saw that He, Who knew no sin, was made sin for me that I may be made the righteousness of God in Him.                         ~C. H. Spurgeon

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“Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.  Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered”.  Psalm 40:4-5

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“Go ye unto all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).  He does not say wait for them to come to you.  It is our responsibility to see to it that all men hear the Gospel.  The results are in His hands.                     ~Todd Nibert

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Our most sincere sympathies to Esteban in the passing of his mother, Digna. 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Great Father of glory, how rich is Thy grace!

What wonderful love is displayed in Thy face!

In Jesus Thy image, with brightness we view

With hope to be formed in that likeness anew.

 

Oh, wonder of wonders! Astonished I gaze

To see in a manger, the Ancient of Days!

From sin to release us, that yoke so long worn

My God, my Creator, of woman was born!

 

For unworthy sinners, my Lord bowed His head

For unworthy sinners, He suffered and bled

My spirit rejoices; the work is all done!

My soul is redeemed, my salvation is won!

 

Great Father of glory, how rich is Thy grace!

What wonderful love is displayed in Thy face!

In Him our Beloved, we’re washed in His blood

With confidence come to the throne of our God.

(Tune: “How Firm a Foundation” p. 268)

Nursery

This Week 10:00 Ruth & Emily M 10:45 Grace & LG

Next Week 10:00 Emily D & Diane 10:45 Bobbi & Mary Williams

Clean-Up Schedule

Week of Oct 13th        Greg & Tricia Elmquist

Week of Oct 20th        Ricardo & Gina Belleza

Birthdays

Oct 18             Michael Etheridge

Oct 19             Chris Waesche

Oct 19             Saylor Allen