- Please pray for our children’s ministry. Pray that God would open our kids’ hearts to trust in Jesus for salvation. Pray that our workers would be encouraged in the Lord. And pray for our leaders; Lisa Perez and Megan Wood. May they be strengthened.
- Please continue to pray for our wonderful foster and adoptive families. Ask the Lord to supply all they need to do his will.
- Follow-up: thank you for praying for the elders’ retreat. Good progress was made on many fronts.
Here are the big changes for future church email updates
- A more economical use of words.
- More pictures of events and people.
- More links to our website about special announcements.
- You’ll get the update earlier in the week; Monday or Tuesday.
- Past updates will be archived on the website.
- And lastly, I have decided to end the BRT column. If you found it helpful, I would be happy to continue it, but on a different platform. Just let me know by replying this email.
Lord willing, this coming Sunday I will preach a sermon on prayer from Luke 11:1-13. I am very much looking forward to opening this text with you on the Lord’s Day morning. Please pray for our gathering and come ready to worship.Lyrics for Sunday.
Grace and peace.
- The elders will be gathering this Saturday for a day retreat (8am-5pm). We will spend a good portion of our time together in prayer and planning. Some of our agenda items are: strengthening the small group ministry, affiliations with para-church organizations, local outreach, communication (church to us and us to church), family fellowship, and cultivating a culture of prayer. We would so greatly appreciate your prayers for a successful retreat.
- One of the things that we most look forward to during our retreats is praying through the GBC directory. If you have a specific prayer request that you would like us to pray about, just reply to this email.
Grace and peace.
- Our sister Kathy Rodriguez has been in the hospital for several days due to complications from blood clots. She would appreciate your prayers for recovery. Currently, she is still dealing with shortness of breath issues and a lack of strength and endurance. Please pray for healing and pray that Kathy would regain the strength she needs to return home.
- Small group leaders, co-leaders, and host homes are gearing up for the start of another small group season. Please pray for Mike Dahl and Joe Bryant who lead this ministry. And pray for all of our group leaders and host homes. Small groups are a vital ministry of the church. Groups help cultivate a culture of disciple in GBC. Pray that our groups would succeed in that mission.
Grace and peace.
- The elders have a retreat planned for Saturday, August 8th. These retreats provide us with an extended time for prayer, project work, forwarding thinking, and assessment. Please pray for us as we prepare and please pray that our time will be profitable for the building up of GBC.
- Please continue to pray for the ministry of prayer in our church. We are utterly dependent on the Lord. We demonstrate our need for God, experience intimacy with him, and lay hold of his will for our lives by availing ourselves to prayer. I am convinced that Gresham Bible Church will be as fruitful as we are faithful in prayer.
Grace and peace.
- Please continue to pray for the Lord’s help regarding our desire to see prayer become a central part of the life of Gresham Bible Church. We long to experience God’s power and his presence through prayer. Ask the Lord to humble us and to impress upon us our deep need for him.
- Please pray for open doors for the gospel. Pray that the Lord would use our ministry to bring sinners to salvation. And pray for boldness to speak the gospel.
“Look at the Book” conference with John Piper
I am very excited about an upcoming conference being hosted by Desiring God Ministries and Good Shepherd Community Church. This “Look at the Book” conference is exactly what it sounds like. It is a conference geared toward getting people into God’s word. Bible interpretation can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be.
Grace and peace. Lord willing, this coming Sunday we will continue our study in 2 Corinthians. Our text is 11:1-12:13. Please read the passage, pray for our gathering, and come ready to worship. (Lyrics)
Prayer Book Study
Last night we launched our study in Tim Keller’s book, “Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God.” We had a great time talking and praying together. It’s not too late to participate! Once more, here is the reading schedule and dates and times for our meetings.
- Part 2: July 22nd
- Part 3: August 5th
- Part 4: August 19th
- Part 5: September 2nd
This prayer requests section is now a permanent part of our weekly updates. Under this heading the elders will be sharing matters of prayer concerning the life of the church and ministries in the church.
- Please pray for the steering committee regarding our search for a student ministries leader. Pray for wisdom and discernment. Pray for God’s man.
- We seek your prayers for our current study on the subject of prayer. Our desire is to see prayer become a central part of the life of GBC. We believe the Lord has already begun this work. May he cause his purposes to abound through us!
Please mark your calendars for the annual Joint Outdoor Service with Cornerstone Church.
2nd Quarter Financial Report
Here is a link to our most recent financial report. Once again I am overflowing with gratitude because of your generous support of Gresham Bible Church. We praise God for his abundant provision through your sacrificial giving.
A great opportunity to serve is coming up for GBC. The neighborhood (Assert) surrounding Dexter McCarty is having their annual BBQ and they need volunteer help. The picnic is Tuesday, Aug 4th at East Gresham Grade School from 5:30-7:00. They could use help serving, monitoring the food line, etc. This is an event for the whole neighborhood with free food (hot dogs, etc.) and music, plus visits from police and fire personnel. Three or four volunteers would be great. You could contact Pete for more info at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Attention GBC ladies! (from Angie Stump)
Here’s an awesome opportunity to meet some new women, hang out with those you know and love and worship Jesus together! Please try to come if you can to this amazing night! Here are the details:
Bring a snack to share and a heart open for a sweet time of worship and praise. *This will be a very casual night and we will be outdoors so bring an outdoor chair!
When: NEXT TUES July 14th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Summer Hermann’s house – 345 4th street Fairview, Or 97024
Contact Summer (email@example.com or 503-
The Lord be with you.
Just a brief update for you this week…
Many thanks to everyone who helped make our church picnic a huge success. It was epic! The extended time of fellowship was sweet and all of our kids had a blast. I’m already looking forward to next year.
If you missed our gathering on this week, I encourage you to listen to Sunday’s message on 2 Corinthians 10. In the sermon I addressed ways that we can think, pray, and respond to the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex unions. And if you have questions, please send them our way. Also, here is a link to GBC’s position paper on “Marriage and Homosexuality.”
We want your input! We have created a form that invites your share your feedback and ideas about ministry and church life with the elders. Please tell us what helpful input you’ve kept bottled up. We value your thoughts and opinions.
Lord willing, this coming Sunday, our brother Dave Berry will preach Psalm 136. Please read over the passage and pray for our gathering. Here are the lyrics for the songs we’ll be singing during our service
Written by: Dave Martin
We truly are creatures of habit. Scientists who study human behavior have concluded that
“A habit cannot be extinguished – it can only be replaced.”
A second key observation is this:
All habits consist of a habit loop – cue, routine, and reward.
Everything! Armed with these insights on habits and a desire to regularly read the Bible, we can build a simple (not necessarily easy!) strategy to establish a Bible reading habit that will become a way of life.
Have contingency plans.
Now you’re ready to replace a habit. Let’s take a common one: Facebook. First, identify the cue and the reward. What’s your cue for getting on Facebook? Do you do it after dinner? When the kids go down for a nap?
Once you’ve identified the cue and the reward, it’s time to unplug 15 minutes of Facebook from your habit loop and substitute 15 minutes of Bible reading. The cue remains the same. What about the reward? Will the reward be sufficient to keep the behavior going? You may have to experiment with this a bit. There’s nothing wrong with artificially tweaking the reward until the habit has been established. Once the habit is firmly in place, it will run on its own.
Now that you have a plan, write it down in the form of an intention statement, like this:
“From now on, when I (cue),
I will read the Bible for 15 minutes (routine) in order to
Here are some things from around the internet that we found interesting and insightful.
In this moving video, Christian rapper Lecrae sits down with John Piper and John Ensor, the president of the pro-life group, Passion Life Ministries. The focus is on the topic of abortion, but they touch on several other things too.
The Things of Earth Will Grow Strangely Bright
Piper writes a few brief thoughts, endorsing a new book by Joe Rigney, on how to enjoy the good things God has created… like bacon. The short video is really good too.
This is a review and commendation of a new book about joy by Margaret Feinberg.
A New Convert’s Guide To Understanding Christian Code Words
This one is just for fun. Many of us have probably used this kind of jargon, or “Christianese”. I know I have.
Trading Fear for Fear
Christina Fox offers some clear thoughts about the concept of fearing God.
The Bible is More than Stories of Morality
This post addresses the question, “Is it possible to teach Bible stories without teaching the Bible story?” (One thing I really appreciate about our Children’s Ministry leadership is their desire to teach our kids the whole story of Scripture.)
Why the Church Needs Intergenerational Friendships
This is an insightful post on the benefit of relationships in the church that span age groups.
Faithful with Fifteen Minutes
This post gives some good perspective on the significance of regular Bible reading, even if it’s just for a short time each day.
5 Reasons We Eat Together as a Family
Tim Challies discusses some of the benefits of families having regular mealtime together.
Written by: Josh Mathews
Knowing God deeply in his word
Praying fervently for God’s purposes in the world
Making God known by spreading the gospel locally and globally
Fostering unity and building up the body through genuine community
Expressing a growing love for Jesus in a life of worship
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
This charge to the disciples extends to the Church around the world, and to us at Gresham Bible Church in particular. We are commissioned with the task of multiplying God’s kingdom and making disciples of Jesus. At GBC there are many ways we try to implement this value. Here are a few of them.
Local Outreach—Serving Dexter McCarty and its students, teachers, and administrators; Engaging in various work projects in the community; Supporting the YoungLives ministry.
Global Outreach—Supporting missionaries in Slovenia, Basque country, and Mexico.
Church Planting—Membership in the Waterhouse church planting network; Regularly supporting Hub City Church plant in Albany, Oregon.
Give to support missions and local outreach endeavors, like YoungLives.
For some of you, go overseas. This could be either a short-term trip like the Bolts, or it might mean going to another country long-term.
Be a part of Local Outreach efforts. Giving of our time to serve those in our community can provide significant opportunities to demonstrate and speak of Christ’s love.
Reach out to your own neighbors. Develop relationships with them so you can point them to Jesus.
Make God known in the workplace, by working hard at your job as unto the Lord, and by looking for opportunities to tell people about him.