Grace Community Church
Dear Grace Family,
This week, Project Forgiveness was launched. It’s a podcast that shares the testimonies of people who have gone through some pretty awful times in their lives and emerged from the battle victorious, thanks to the mercy and grace that we’re given without merit. It’s a message full of hope and the love of God.
I knew that Satan would really want to stop the story from being told. After all, if he can keep us bound up by guilt, pain, fear and regret, there’s no way we will every have freedom and victory in our lives. I didn’t realize in how many ways, and how quickly, he would get to work.
If you’ve heard the podcast, you know it doesn’t try to convert someone to our beliefs, it simply shares the story of God’s faithful patience and love, and His willingness to forgive no matter what.
The theme verse comes out of Psalm 103: “He is merciful and tender toward those who don’t deserve it; He is slow to get angry and full of kindness and love. He never bears a grudge, nor remains angry forever. He has not punished us as we deserve for all our sins, for His mercy toward those who fear and honor Him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far away from us as the east is from the west.”
I know, and so does the enemy, that if we can for one moment grasp the limitlessness of God’s grace, salvation is a given. I guess it makes sense that he’s going to do everything possible to stop that message from being shared.
I’ve been told to “go to China and try and prove my theories about God’s power,” obviously a reference to the debilitating corona virus that’s sweeping that Country. Only Satan would use someone else’s’ pain to try and create doubt and fear in me. But fear is a liar, and so is he!
I don’t have to go anywhere to know that God heals, He cares, He watches over us, and that He continues to chase us until we realize what we really need is Him. I’ve seen it over and over as people have come forward to willingly share their stories with me. What Satan didn’t factor in is that God is more powerful than the lies he tries to cover us in.
I’ve always known that when we’re confronted with a battle, it shows that we’re making a difference. I think the song by Casting Crowns says it all:
Moses had stage fright
David brought a rock to a sword fight
You picked twelve outsiders nobody would’ve chosen
And You changed the world
Everybody’s got a purpose
So when I hear that devil start talking to me, saying
“Who do you think you are?” I say
I’m just a nobody, trying to tell everybody
All about Somebody who saved my soul
Ever since You rescued me, You gave my heart a song to sing
I’m living for the world to see nobody but Jesus
If you feel like you’re in the middle of the battle, just remember you’re never outgunned when God is your shield. Rejoice in the battle – it means you’re making progress – and you’re making Satan nervous 😊.
Be blessed my Grace family. God is on the throne!
The week at Grace:
TUESDAY’S, 6:00 pm: Men’s and Lady’s Bible Study. Everyone is welcome. Come and fellowship and learn.
THURSDAY’S, 5:30 pm: Worship Team practice. If you are interested in participating on the Worship team, please talk to Bobbie.
THURSDAY’S, 6:30 – 8 pm, Mid-week Prayer & Praise and Youth of the Nation weekly worship service and bible study
FIRST SUNDAY OF THE MONTH: COMMUNION– The meal that heals!
Monday, February 24, 7 pm, Christian Recording Artists, New Legacy Project, will be back at Grace! Save the date and invite all your friends. You can go to the Grace Community Facebook page and share the event to your own page! See you there.
Admission is free and so is the blessing 😊
- New Members: Have you filled out your forms? Be sure and return them to Bobbie. They are on the table in the Café area.
- Look for the Time-Talent-Treasure cards on the back table: What is your special gifting? Will you share it with your Grace family? We need your help to keep our house running smooth. Please grab a card and let us know where you might feel God’s prompting to step into a church ministry.
- We are still fund-raising for our Church Van. Can you help? Please consider a monthly pledge, or a one-time donation. Mark your offering envelope “Church Van” so we know to designate the funds appropriately.
- We are looking for additional Children’s Church teachers. Please see Misty or Anthony if you feel God leading you in this direction. Our youth are our most valuable resource.
- When planning an event, please contact Bobbie with the date so she can make sure there isn’t any conflict with other church activities.
Sr. Pastor Eric Domen has been in ministry for more than 15 years, having worked as an assisting Pastor and Youth Pastor at Victory Life Center in Merced prior to coming to Grace. He was recently honored with Ordination through the ICFG, and has made a smooth transition into his position as Senior Pastor. He holds a degree in Counseling, and has a heart for the people of our community. Pastor E resides in Merced with his wife and children.
Pastor Bobbie Frye is our Administrative Pastor. She has been in ministry for more than 20 years, and is a 3rd generation Foursquare Pastor. She is a writer and musician, and takes care of Womens Ministries and Worship Arts. She has a background in Procurement and Marketing, in addition to her pastoral experience. Pastor Bobbie resides in Merced.