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A Pastor’s Prayer for Minneapolis and our Nation


Last week I was out of town so I recorded Sunday's sermon early in the week before the grievous footage and fate of George Floyd played out in the streets of Minnesota, and the grievous aftermath unfolded last weekend in streets across America. If I was doing the service live, I would have mentioned these events in the message and/or in my opening prayer after reading the ...

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5/26 Praise Update on GCBC Re-Gathering in June


We are very encouraged to share the news that churches may soon begin re-gathering for worship in groups of up to 100!...

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Notes on Regathering - Biblical Principles and further links

Below are some notes with biblical principles discussed on this Elder QA Video GCBC PURPOSE STATEMENT: This church exists by the grace of God, for the glory of God, which shall be the ultimate purpose in all its activities. (Ephesians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 10:31) APPLIED TO "RE-GATHERING* SAFELY, LEGALLY AND IN UNITY FOR GOD'S GLORY":*Re-gathering may be a better biblical ...

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5/23 UPDATE on GCBC Plans Q&A

Update as of 5/22 afternoon: GCBC is thankful for our government's statements today regarding churches as essential. [update: later that day the United States Court of Appeals upheld current CA Law restricting church gatherings. We will track legal developments in a future post].We were already planning Saturday to meet as Elders regarding our regathering plans and to do...

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Personal or family worship as we await church family worship


Your Word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You --Psalm 119:11 (NASB). In our fight against sin, we need to treasure God's Word in our heart, that's the heart behind fighter verses being hidden or stored up in our heart like treasure or riches for ourselves and to be shared with others. Below is the next "fighter verse": Let the word of Christ dwell...

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Application and Group Discussion Questions for 5/17

For personal or family or group discussion after the message to help apply further the message from May 17th. Click here for sermon audio, video, and full sermon notes Sermon title: Thanking God for Christ's Kingdom Blessings (Colossians 1:12-14) 1st point: Thank God for Christ's inheritance (v. 12) How does giving thanks relate to joy in the end of v. 12? How do...

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Don’t Waste this Time - Pray for What Matters Most Globally (With a Tribute to Joyce Lin)

The one thing I wanted to take time to write this week is much bigger than our church and what's on our minds. There are great concerns about our nation, but let's keep the Great Commission on our mind, and the Glorious Christ's concern for all nations. It's been my burden in these times to keep missions before us, as a pastor but also as a person who grew up on the missio...

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The Lord will not cast off forever

Another timely devotional from our Fighter Verse for this weekend It begins "Perhaps more than any other time in our generation, the world as a whole has been learning what it means to wait. As we hunker down in our homes in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, we find ourselves waiting for many things: for churches to gather, for businesses to resume, for stimulus checks...

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From Darkness to Light

Credit for this blog comes from Wycliffe Bible Translators. A brother who grew up at GCBC serves with them among a remote tribal people group. Please be in prayer for him and the mission community there as they seek to bring the light of God's Word to places that are often very spiritually dark. This illustration from the mission field helps "shed light" on the next text ...

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Songs for Troubled Times

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What songs can Christians sing in troubled times? Here are a few recommendations from members of our music ministry. ...

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