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Grieving Friends - Being with and Speaking with them


This was the study we went through as Elders this past Saturday, the same day we heard of another member who went to with the Lord he loved. I put these scriptures together and quotes from this book I read a number of years ago. Very timely reminders for us as we're called to be with those who mourn, but not as the world does without hope. Being with and Speaking with G...

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But God ...


Since last Sunday's message (click here to listen or watch it) much has happened politically and personally. There has been loss of order regarding the elections in our nation. Closer to home, there has been loss of life affecting our church family (loved ones dying of old age). I also know dear saints who battle depression and the loss of hope. As you and I strive to enco...

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How to Pray for Your Church and Its Leaders

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Below is the prayer list referenced in today's sermon. Click here for a print-friendly bookmark size version of this you can keep in your Bible or prayer journal. How to Pray for Your Church, Shepherds and Teachers Humility - that we would be constantly fighting personal pride and cultivating humility, and striving to spread a high view of God and low view of self. ...

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Resources for Racism and Growing in Understanding (follow up to 12/6 sermon)


Here are some the links pastor Phil mentioned in his sermon here on racism, divisions, and how Christ is sufficient Each of these in different ways I found helpful to hear conversations with our black brethren and to have compassion and sensitivity to their perspectives. Article by Shai Linne to a white friend on how he processes protests and prejudice Link to pod...

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Sing We the Song of Emmanuel (New Song)

Below are the lyrics and video for a new song that our kiddos will be singing on December 20th to bless us this Christmas season. Start listening, and have fun! Sing We The Song Of Emmanuel (Matt Boswell) Verse 1 Sing we the song of Emmanuel This the Christ who was long foretold Lo in the shadows of Bethlehem Promise of dawn now our eyes behold Chorus 1 God Most H...

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GCBC Safety Plan

Safety Plans for GCBC Services (as of August 2020, footnotes updated 11/20) The Elders shepherding the GCBC flock are very prayerful and careful for you all and want to gather safely and in unity for God's glory (Romans 15:5-6). We believe the details of how we gather in worship are the jurisdiction and responsibility of church leaders under Christ and His loving headship...

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How to Gather this Lord's Day


Last week's article (click here) was on how coming to worship changes us. The previous week we wrote on how we want to come in safety (here), which we need to keep before us as things keep changing in our State. This week I want to share what we talked about this Friday morning in our leadership group: how the Bible changes our perspective on how we're to come to worshi...

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How Coming to Worship Changes Us (And a Great Video for Sunday’s New Song)


Our last Lord's Day's message (click here) considered the Word of the Lord that calls us to come to worship corporately as His people, in psalms like this: "Oh come, let us sing to the LORD ...Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving ...Oh come, let us worship..." - Psalm 95:1-6 As we come to worship and sing with thanksgiving, we transition to the Christmas seaso...

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The Purple Tier and How to Pray for Church and State - and our Hearts

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1 Timothy 2:1-8 (NASB): "First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension" (or "anger and quarreling" ...

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Sacramento Gospel Conference Audio and Video Now Online


Click herefor the audio and video of the Sacramento Gospel Conference hosted at GCBC last month, featuring Conrad Mbewe from Zambia (African Christian University). ...

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