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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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Application and Discussion Points

For personal or family or group discussion after the message to help apply further the message from May 10th Sermon title: How to Pray When Separated from Church (Colossians 1:9-11) 1. From the sermon's opening prayer (or prayer guide from this week) is there something or someone you've been convicted to pray for? Why not pray now 2. For the first point on wisdom and un...

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Questions on Meeting at God’s House and in Our Homes or Other Places, Part 1

What are the current guidelines for gathering in homes? What is the church’s plan going forward? Will we be able to meet in small groups or come together in larger groups (outdoors)? How should we handle those who respond to the laws differently within the church?...

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How to Pray for Political Leaders (by Frank Erb)

It is easy to criticize our government leaders and complain about their decisions. In fact, some of them make it extremely easy for us to do this! However, there is a better way....

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Church and State, Part 2: Civil Disobedience and Constitutional Rights Questions

Click here for Part 1with biblical and historical perspectives from Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, and American pastors during the 1918 Spanish Flu (closest parallel). Part 2 below considers modern respected pastors and proponents of religious liberty who weigh in on the 2020 pandemic's restriction of church assemblies. Note: GCBC has participated in a series of meeting...

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Church and State in a Health Crisis, Part 1: Biblical and Historical Notes

Martin Luther practiced civil disobedience by illegally preaching, but saw black plague health restrictions differently...

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Joining In A Week of Prayer Together

Praying together from Colossians 1, and for our community and leaders...

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Waiting for the Lord

Lamentations 3:25-26, this weekend's fighter verse says "The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly..." The Lamentations 3 passage goes on to say there can be good in bearing a yoke, or sitting alone in silence at times (v. 27-28), as we hope in God as our portion, our sufficiency (v. 24). "Let us test an...

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God’s Peace in a Global Pandemic

We live in uncertain times. As I write this, the Coronavirus is a global pandemic, the economy is falling, while fear and hopelessness is rising in many places. But in the waves and storms of life, God's Word says there is a hope "we have as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul" (Hebrews 6:19). In these unsure days, the Bible says we have the "word made more sure" (2 Pe...

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