A Pastoral Prayer

A Pastoral Prayer

On occasion, and as time allows, I'd like to share the pastoral prayers from the Grace Community Church pulpit. The hope is that others might be encouraged to be intentional and Biblical in praying over and for the church of Jesus Christ. The following prayer is from Sunday morning, August 1, 2021. Oh, the depth [...]

Are You at Peace with God?

Are You at Peace with God?

Though it was years ago, I remember the morning as if it were yesterday. It was still dark and as normal as any other morning driving to work. In an instant, my windshield was covered with debris and gravel so that I could barely see anything, yet I noticed a pair of headlights heading straight [...]

A Life of Humble Reverence

A Life of Humble Reverence

And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, [...]

Adoring God for Our Great Salvation

Adoring God for Our Great Salvation

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power [...]

Chosen by God

Chosen by God

To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. (1 Peter 1:1–2) Here in the [...]

To the Elect Exiles

To the Elect Exiles

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, (1 Peter 1:1) As we open up Peter's first epistle, we immediately learn 3 things from Peter's words... I. THESE ARE THE WORDS OF ONE WHO WALKED WITH JESUS "Peter..." II. THESE ARE [...]