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Where We Stand on Safety, Singing, and Scripture as our Authority for Worship

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Where does GCBC stand in terms of safety, singing, and Scripture as our authority for worship? Here is the short version followed by the expanded explanation from last Sunday (7/26): 1. GCBC is committed to continue gathering, in safety and unity 2. GCBC is discussing when to move our primary services inside in keeping with #1 (for more on this see notes on #2 farther ...

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GCBC Safety Guidelines

Safety Plans for GCBC Services (as of June-July 2020 until further notice) The Elders shepherding GCBC have great care for the flock and want to be careful as we gather safely and in unity for God's glory (Romans 15:5-6). We believe the details of how we gather and worship fall under our jurisdiction and responsibility in overseeing the church under Christ. Here are some ...

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Join a Week of Prayer for the Nations (Paul Washer and TMAI)

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https://www.tmai.org/togetherwepray/ As we keep missions before us, it's good to be praying for concerns much bigger than our nation. In March I shared the picture of a friend of mine who is leading the new training center in the Middle East to keep in prayer. We support the Luciano's in the Philippines with TMAI and their organization has provided a way below for us to r...

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Registration up for Men's Conference with H.B. Charles

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We are excited to announce the upcoming Man of God Conference Friday, October 9th through Saturday, October 10th. Our partner church Grace Bible Fair Oaks will be hosting the conference and they write: "Despite the many restrictions placed on assemblies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are thankful to be in a position to host this conference in a safe yet enriching envi...

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Corporate Worship as Service and Sacrifice

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"Is there anything I can do to serve this Sunday?" That's a great question, and one that I have been asked over and over during this unique time in our church's life. The reason it is unique and different at this moment, is because many of the usual opportunities to "do something" (on Sunday, in particular) have changed, and can seem not quite so obvious. Our church is me...

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Guest Speaker Tony Arnds and the Coalition for Christ Exalting Churches

It's a blessing to have friends in ministry. A couple years ago Tony Arnds invited me to be the speaker at their family camp in Potter Valley where he's pastored for many years and it was a sweet time for our family. I invited him to speak for us while I'm down at the Master's Seminary for my 2-week module. Tony and his family have visited our church in the past and he's ...

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A Tribute To My Friend Cliff

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In February, Pastor Cliff announced to the church his plan to transition away from his staff pastor role at the end of June. We are thankful he's continuing to serve as an elder. In his words, he's not stopping or retiring from ministry, he's just stepping away from office tasks and redirecting his gifts to serve outside the office. He's also refocusing on family in this s...

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A Counter-Cultural Conversation on Social Justice, Race, the Gospel, and Movements like BLM

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Last night our Young Adult Group met as the first part of our Counter-Culture study, introducing the topic of justice biblically, what scripture has said on this subject and what social justice movements like Black Lives Matters have said (among other related topics). Click here for the handout, including perspectives on the movement from Al Mohler, John Piper, Voddie Bau...

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International Bible Conference with Pastor Phil and Friends

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Brothers and Sisters, These are tumultuous times in our world and nation. People are isolated, opinions have divided us and ethnic tension is reported daily in the news. As God's multi-ethnic church around the world, we are united by the gospel of Christ. I want to invite you to a multi-national conference with speakers across our country and globe where Christ is bu...

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More Encouragement from a Sister in Christ

I'm so thankful for our sisters in Christ, how they have ministered to me and so many in these times. Their contribution and creative gifts and insights in serving are an inspiration and encouragement to me. Earlier this month I shared this blog (click herefor Encouragements from Sisters in Christ). Another sister in Christ later shared her reflections and recollection of ...

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