Monthly Archives: August 2011

Next “God Is” Devotinal – God is the Creator

What does the fact of God being the Creator imply about Him?  How should this truth affect us?

Click on the title to see  some devotional thoughts in answer to these questions:

God is the Creator!

Have a great week!

With prayer,  Pastor Mark

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

It was a blessing to have Pastor Don back in the pulpit this morning.  He brought Part 2 of “The Hall of Faith” message from Hebrews 11, which he started 3 weeks ago before his vacation.   If you didn’t hear this one at church or were distracted by taking care of children, please give this message a listen for some encouragement in the area of having faith in God.

Title: The Hall of Faith – Part 2

Have a great week and feel free to pass on the sermon links to those who would benefit from them.   We can also copy the messages on to CD s for those who would like them in that format.   Just let me know.

Sincerely,  Pastor Mark

Beth Moore Ladies Simulcast Saturday September 10

Saturday, September 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The tickets are $25 and include lunch. Contact: Dalene Hahnkamp at 865-0353.

Please let us know if you need help with the $25 for the ticket.  Scholarships are available by contacting Dalene, Holly, or the church directly.  :  )

Sunday August 21, 2011

Without humanly planning ahead God led the worship leader’s  message in song and the preacher’s  message from the word to perfectly dovetail together like a fine crafted piece of furniture.   Well, we shouldn’t be surprised.  Jesus was a carpenter and still meets with us when we gather to worship God corporately.

The message today was about God’s love for us and our response  of love to Him. We love because He first loved us.  We can love God for eternity because He, being eternal, gives eternal gifts to us.   Give the message a listen to find out about God’s 9 eternal gifts for every disciple of Jesus who has been born into His kingdom.

Title: Loving God for Eternity

Side note:  This message needs to be balanced out with a second message of emphasizing that if we love God we will obey Him.    Jesus said,  “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” ( John 14:15) and ” By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.  As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love.  If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love.  These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.  “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.   Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.   You are my friends if you do what I command you.   No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.  You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.  These things I command you, so that you will love one another” (John 15:8-17).

Hospitality to Summer Cyclists

Saturday evening while we worked on Sunday’s bulletin here at the church building we received a phone call from three cyclist, 2 Johns and a Raphael from Australia,  who needed a place to camp-out on their way across the country.  We hosted them at our home and had a great time getting to know them and talking not just about their journey across the country but how God was working in their journey of faith.   They are trying to raise money for the Johns Hopkins Eating Disorder Program   because one of the cyclists has a sister who is struggling through an eating disorder.  You can read about it on his blog and find out more about their cycling adventure as well by clicking here.

We hope you will pray for John’s sister as well as for the three cyclist as they pedal across the USA for a test of endurance, for a time of personal reflection, and for a medical cause.   It was a pleasure to get to know them.   That is the way hospitality is.  You try to be a blessing and in the process  you receive a greater blessing.

Some photos of their stay:

If you would be willing to host some cyclist in the future please let me know.  Some of the groups are much larger and we would not have space for a big group.

Thanks,  Pastor Mark

New Devotional Posted!

Since the birth of my third grandchild I have been thinking about life.   Click on the title of this week’s “God is” devotional to read my thoughts and find some verses to meditate on about our life-giving God:

Devotional: God Is the Giver of Life!

Have a great week and let us know how we can be of help to you.

With prayer,  Pastor Mark

Sunday – August 14th, 2011

Today in the absence of our Senior Pastor one of our other elders stepped into the pulpit.   Bob Brannon, who works in the Big Sky State of Montana as a Biologist, addressed the question, “Are Creation and Evolution Compatible?”  I believe that Bob once espoused evolution as the answer to our origins but has clearly come to believe in a Divine Creator God.    It is not the micro evolution that can be observed within a species that He is concerned about in this message but the macro evolution that is clearly opposed to the Biblical teaching in Genesis one.  I hope you enjoy all the Scripture that Bob reads as part of the message.

Title: Are Creation and Evolution Compatible?
Text: Genesis 1-11 and various other passages

Blessings to you in Christ,


Sunday August 7th at GBC

We had a number of distraction this morning but the Word of God went forth. Praise God!   I want to listen to this message again and am thankful for the technology to do so.  We were able to get the message recorded:

Title:  The Hall of Faith – part 1
Text: Hebrews 11:1-16

With prayer for those in need of faith,