13 Aug

Update Email 08.12.2015 – Church updates are changing…for the better

Admin GBC

GBC,

Prayer Requests

  • 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.

Sunday
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.

13 Aug

Update Email 08.05.2015

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GBC,

Grace and peace.

Prayer Requests

  • 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.

Summer Slow Down
To help give refreshment to our teachers and helpers; we will not be having Sprouts, Greenhouse, or Harvest classes during the month of August.

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13 Aug

Update Email 07.30.2015

Admin GBC

GBC,

Grace and peace.

Prayer Requests

  • 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.

“Look at the Book” conference  with John Piper 

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13 Aug

Update Email 07.23.2015

Admin GBC

GBC,

Grace and peace.
Prayer Requests

  • 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.

Joint Service – Sunday, August 2nd

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13 Aug

Update Email 07.16.2015

Admin GBC

GBC,

Grace and peace.

Prayer Requests

  • 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.

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13 Aug

Update Email 07.09.2015

Admin GBC
GBC,

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
We meet at 6pm @ the our place: 3854 NE 15th ST, 97030.

Prayer Requests
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!
Joint Service – August 2nd
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.

Neighborhood Picnic
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 peterschmidtus@yahoo.com.

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 (dan2sum5@gmail.com or 503-405-2297) or Ang Stump (angstump@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

The Lord be with you.

13 Aug

Update Email 07.02.2015

Admin GBC

GBC,

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

07 May

Choosing Gratitude When You Feel Like Grumbling

Lynsey Bock

Written by: Lynsey Bock

I feel like I’ve lived the great majority of my life in a prison of my own making. Even after becoming a Christian, moments of true freedom may be interspersed among days and weeks being held captive by my own fear and anxiety.

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28 Jan

Force of Habit

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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.

What does this have to do with Bible reading? 

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.

First, you need a strong “why.” 
Why is Bible reading important to you? List all the benefits you believe you will get from it. What will your life look like a year from now, or five years from now, as a result? List all the consequences of not reading regularly. What will your life look like a year from now, or five years from now, if you don’t establish the habit?

Enlist support. 

Arrange for accountability with at least two other people. Going it alone is a recipe for failure. You could have a check-in meeting weekly with your partners, or do it with a couple of fellow small-group members at your regular meeting. But it can’t be a casual, optional thing.

Have contingency plans. 

You will slip up and miss a day occasionally. Don’t let yourself off the hook. Make up the lost ground quickly and get back on pace; otherwise, you are defeating the purpose of a habit. This is not legalism unless you allow it to be. You are training yourself for the purpose of godliness (1 Timothy 4:7). Be open with your accountability partners – that’s what they’re there for!

Pray. 

Realize that there’s a lot at stake, not only in your life, but in the lives of those you can potentially influence. Spiritual warfare is a reality, and Christians with their noses in the Bible are a threat to Satan’s kingdom. But God promises to grant anything we ask according to His will, and so we can pray for His help in this discipline with full assurance that He will strengthen us and teach us.


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? 
What’s the reward? Every habit has a reward, though we’re not always conscious of it. What do you get out of Facebook? Is it the “likes”? Is it simply the good feeling of knowing what’s going on currently with your friends?

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

                                                        (reward).”
26 Jan

1/25/15 Sermon

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Typically, each Monday we will be posting the previous Sunday’s sermon. Here is the sermon from yesterday.

Sunday, January 25, 2015
Preaching: Thomas Slawson
Title: “Blind Faith”
Sanctity of Life Sunday
John 9

You can also access the sermon HERE.

19 Jan

1/18/15 Sermon

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Typically, each Monday we will be posting the previous Sunday’s sermon. Here is the sermon from yesterday.

Sunday, January 18, 2015
Preaching: Vergil Brown
Sermon Series: Be The Church
Title: “The Cruciform Life”
1 Corinthians 4

You can also access the sermon HERE.

17 Jan

Links we recommend 1/16/15

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Here are some things from around the internet that we found interesting and insightful. 

“The Supreme Court may or may not do their job. We must make sure, no matter what, that we do ours.”
Just today the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will be hearing cases on the constitutional right of same-sex marriage. This is an important development, and in this piece Russell Moore offers some helpful perspective for how we as Christians should respond, whatever the outcome of the ruling. 

Lecrae, John Piper, and John Ensor

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.

Here is a two-part interview with Randy Alcorn on the topics of his recent book, Hand in Hand: The Beauty of God’s Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice.

Part 1: Randy Alcorn on Calvinists, Arminians, and Everything in Between

Part 2: Embracing the Holy Tension between God’s Sovereignty and Human Choice

A Deeper Well of Joy
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.

13 Jan

1/11/15 Sermon

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Typically, each Monday we will be posting the previous Sunday’s sermon. Here is the sermon from yesterday.

Sunday, January 11, 2015
Preaching: Vergil Brown
Sermon Series: Be The Church
Title: “Unity”
1 Corinthians 1:10–3:23

You can also access the sermon HERE.

09 Jan

Links we recommend 1/9/15

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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.

08 Jan

GBC Core Values: Part Three

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Written by: Josh Mathews

The five Core Values of Gresham Bible church are:

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

In the first two posts in this series (you can read them HERE and HERE) we introduced these core values and looked more closely at the first two values, Knowing God deeply in his word, and Praying fervently for God’s purposes in the world. In today’s post we’ll consider Core Value number 3, Making God known by spreading the gospel locally and globally

Core Value #3: Making God known by spreading the gospel locally and globally 
When we talk about knowing God we are talking about relational knowledge. As we grow in our intimate understanding of and relationship with the God of the universe, we can’t help but be struck with awe and praise for what he’s done for us in his Son Jesus. The climax of Scripture and the heart of what it means to know God is the gospel, the profoundly good news that Jesus died for our sins and rose again from the dead, conquering sin and death.
And as we grow in our knowledge of this gospel truth, we can’t help but pass along that good news to others around us and throughout the world. Core Value #3 is intentionally linked to Core Value #1.
The wording—that we value “spreading the gospel”—is also intentionally broad, in order to communicate a value for gospel ministry that includes both proclamation and action. Spreading the good news of Jesus means we tell people, using words, about him. And it also means we love people with Christ’s love, seeking to live in a way that displays mercy, kindness, and justice in a manner worthy of the gospel. We strive to speak and act, in our local community and throughout the world, with explicit reference to the broad story of redemption that spans Scripture and culminates in the death and resurrection of Jesus. 
This core value is based on some of Jesus’ final words to his disciples before he ascended to heaven. In Matthew 28:18–20, the final verses of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says this to his disciples:

“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.

This task of making disciples and spreading the gospel is not only done through these “official” ministries, and it’s not only up to pastors, staff members, elders, deacons, and ministry leaders to fulfill the great commission. We are all called to make disciples, and there are many ways that each of you can get involved in the work of making God known by spreading the gospel locally and globally.
Here are some ideas:

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.