Balance Beam- Francis Chan
This video was shared several months ago as part of a sermon. Are we still living our safe lives?
Resource Round- Up
You don't need to wait until Sunday to dig into the Word and grow in your faith. There is a wealth of resources available to us online. Knowing that you are called to share Jesus with those around you during the week, it should drive you to study. It's not just for the pastor!
-The Gospel Coalition
This resource is helpful as you can find articles on most topics, with solid answers and a variety of teachers and writers, many of them contributors to The Gospel Project that we studied last year.
We are a fellowship of evangelical churches deeply committed to renewing our faith in the gospel of Christ and to reforming our ministry practices to conform fully to the Scriptures. We have become deeply concerned about some movements within traditional evangelicalism that seem to be diminishing the church’s life and leading us away from our historic beliefs and practices. On the one hand, we are troubled by the idolatry of personal con- sumerism and the politicization of faith; on the other hand, we are distressed by the unchallenged acceptance of theological and moral relativism. These movements have led to the easy abandonment of both biblical truth and the transformed living mandated by our historic faith. We not only hear of these influences, we see their effects. We have committed ourselves to invigorating churches with new hope and compelling joy based on the promises received by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
- Ed Stetzer Blog
Ed Stetzer is the President of LifeWay Research, a prolific author, and well-known conference and seminar leader. Stetzer has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books.
Stetzer is a contributing editor for Christianity Today, a columnist for Outreach Magazine, and is frequently cited or interviewed in news outlets such as USAToday and CNN. He is the Executive Editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum used by more than 400,000 individuals each week. Stetzer is also Executive Editor of Facts & TrendsMagazine, a Christian leadership magazine with a circulation of more than 70,000 readers.
Stetzer serves as Visiting Professor of Research and Missiology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Visiting Research Professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, and has taught at many other colleges and seminaries.
He also serves as Lead Pastor of Grace Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., a congregation he planted in 2011.
Christianity Today magazine, published by Christianity Today, provides evangelical thought leaders a sense of community, coherence, and direction through thoughtful, biblical commentary on issues and through careful, caring reporting of the news.
- My Utmost For His Highest
My Utmost for His Highest is a classic of devotional literature. One of the most enduring bestsellers of our time, these devotionals have touched the lives of millions, leading them into a deeper and more passionate walk with God.
Discover the wisdom of Oswald Chambers, a man who challenges you to give yourself fully to God. The powerful content of this visionary work speaks straight to the heart, helping you hear what God wants to say to you each day of the year. Shedding fresh light on the Scriptures, Chambers explores the depths of our humanity and our profound need for a God-focused life.
- Our Daily Bread
This resource is often available in print form at our welcome table. Since it was first published in 1956, Our Daily Bread has become the resource for which RBC Ministries is best known. The daily devotional thoughts published in Our Daily Bread help readers spend time each day in God’s Word.
Our Daily Bread is published and distributed worldwide in more than 55 languages by affiliated ministries around the globe. RBC Ministries also produces a variety of other Bible resources, which are available for the asking. RBC Ministries is not funded or endowed by any group or denomination. Many people, making even the smallest of donations, enable RBC Ministries to reach others with the life-changing wisdom of the Bible.
Our Daily Bread radio is a daily audio program that features insights from the pages of Our Daily Bread. Each daily thought is designed to draw the listener into a closer relationship with Jesus Christ and to evoke responses of worship, love, trust and obedience.
Knowing God- J.I. Packer
A lifelong pursuit of knowing God should embody the Christian's existence. According to eminent theologian J.I. Packer, however, Christians have become enchanted by modern skepticism and have joined the "gigantic conspiracy of misdirection" by failing to put first things first. Knowing God aims to redirect our attention to the simple, deep truth that to know God is to love His Word. What began as a number of consecutive articles angled for "honest, no-nonsense readers who were fed up with facile Christian verbiage" in 1973, Knowing God has become a contemporary classic by creating "small studies out of great subjects." Each chapter is so specific in focus (covering topics such as the trinity, election, God's wrath, and God's sovereignty), that each succeeding chapter's theology seems to rival the next, until one's mind is so expanded that one's entire view of God has changed. Author Elizabeth Eliot wrote that amid the lofty content Packer "puts the hay where the sheep can reach it--plainly shows us ordinary folks what it means to know God." Having rescued us from the individual hunches of our ultra-tolerant theological age, Packer points the reader to the true character of God with his theological competence and compassionate heart. The lazy and faint-hearted should be warned about this timeless work--God is magnified, the sinner is humbled, and the saint encouraged. --Jill Heatherly
This book has been mentioned several times by Pastor Brian. You can find it HERE
Kingdom- Centered Prayer
In his sermon yesterday, Pastor Brian encouraged all of us to read Dr. Timothy Keller's work on Kingdom Centered Prayer. The document is available for free here: http://bit.ly/1fnoBIN. It's only a few pages long and easy to read.
Worship Round-up 2.23.14
Worship was such a sweet time together yesterday. I heard many comments after church about how rich that time was together, glorify Jesus. We give all glory to God for letting us enjoy those times, for sending His Son so that we may His righteousness covering us, allowing us to approach God boldly with praises! The following is a list of songs that we sang yesterday. Maybe you will find a new favorite.
Sing to the King- Billy Foote
Great Are You Lord- All Sons & Daughters
All I Have is Christ- Sovereign Grace Music
It Is Well With My Soul- Horatio Spafford
Great Are You Lord- New Song
A few of you have asked me to post some of the new songs we've been singing for worship. I'm going to try to do that more faithfully here. If you have a song that catches you during worship, feel free to email me or Facebook me and I'll make sure to post it.
The new song we will be adding this coming week is called "Great Are You Lord" by All Sons & Daughters. They also composed "Rising Sun" which we added in last month. I'll post both here for you.
GFC Android App Bookmark
You'll have to forgive the lack of screen shots. I don't have an android device but I good friend of mine has assured me this works. Follow the steps in the video below and you can have the Gilead Friends mobile site show up as an "app" on your home screen. Just navigate to gileadfriendschurch.org instead of the website mentioned in the video. Enjoy!
GFC iPhone App Bookmark
Follow these steps to create an iPhone "app" for Gilead Friends Church
Find Safari on your iPhone & open the program
Navigate to gileadfriendschurch.org in your address bar and touch "go"
You should see our home page. Touch the bottom center icon (the box with an upward arrow in it)
Select "Add to Home Screen"
Feel free to change the name to "GFC" or "Gilead" to fit better on your iPhone screen, and then touch "Add"
Now you have your very own iPhone Gilead Friends Church "App"
Equipping the people of Gilead to serve Jesus passionately.