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Grow closer to God and restart your journey with Jesus.
This 10 week class is perfect for anyone
interested in hearing more about being a Christian, if you have a church home but are looking for something more, or if you just feel the desire to grow closer to God this year.
Contact Wes Kendall for more information or if you have questions.

Zelda, Jesus, and How We Are Made for the Journey

I am not afraid to admit it.  God has been speaking to me through Zelda.  No, not really.  The voice in the newest version of the game is from someone else, an enchanting voice that emerges at the very beginning and will be with you the whole time.  But, I'm getting ahead of myself.  Let me start over, at the beginning.
Like all true spiritual journeys, this one begins with an awakening. 
A shimmering light appears before your eyes, and you hear someone imploring you:  "Open your eyes!"  You have been asleep for a very long time, longer than you can imagine, longer than you dare consider.  And as you emerge, you learn a few things very quickly.  
One, you are very much a novice.  You are just beginning.  You do not have much, only a few necessities.  But that is okay, for you are also being given a gift - a type of guiding presence and map.
Two, there is a dire mission before.  A grave calamity has befallen the world, and you will have a part to play in bringing light back i…

1 Timothy 4 - Questions for reflection and prayer

1.  What is your spiritual community?

Healthy spiritual communities are places that foster a deeper awareness of spiritual growth and move beyond superficial conversations to talk about what you are really experiencing.  Healthy spiritual communities support activities that allow us to experience greater grace and freedom in our lives - activities like deeply engaging worship, in discussions about spiritual direction, meditation and prayer.

Where have you experienced this type of healthy spiritual community (it doesn't necessarily have to be the church)?  Where do you feel like you can find it in Greencastle?

2.  Who is your trainer?

One of the key components of any worthwhile exercise class is often times the instructor.  He or she can help make the experience both challenging but also life-giving and rewarding.

In today's age, the beautiful thing is that you can have access to all sorts of trainers - both physical and spiritual.  With podcasts, blogs, Youtube and other resourc…

Luke 1 - Questions for Reflection & Prayer

This past Sunday we went deeper into the story of Zechariah and Elizabeth in the opening of Luke's Gospel.  Luke is drawing upon the rich history of God's surprising goodness to disheartened people - specifically to those who thought they were never going to have children (i.e. - Abraham and Sarah, Elkanah and Hannah).

Zechariah and Elizabeth's life has all of the characteristics of a life pleasing to God.  They come from that special line of priests in Israel's tradition, and they are both accounted as "righteous before God, living blamelessly."  They have so much going for them, except for this one glaring and gaping space of disappointment.  They have never been able to have children.

We explored how this place of sorrow is common to all of us.  We all have these spaces in our lives where we have an "expectation" and we have a "reality" that doesn't line up with this expectation.

We lifted up a cup and used that as a symbol of how t…

Acts 7, part 2 - Questions for reflection & prayer

This week we finished looking at the story of Stephen in the Book of Acts, including his martyrdom at the hands of his opponents (Acts 7:54-60).

Here we see Stephen living out what Jesus wants and teaches us all to do:  to love our enemies.  As the crowd rushes towards him in anger and as they stone him, Stephen calls out for the Lord to forgive them for what they are doing - thereby mirroring Jesus' own ability to love even in his most difficult situation.

This is probably the hardest thing for any of us to do:  to love those who are working against us.  This is where we truly see that loving like Jesus is not an emotion.  It's a courageous act that requires tremendous resolve.

When we do this, we move beyond simply loving as we are often encouraged to do in our culture:  to love those who are like us.  We usually love where we know there will be a return on our investment.  Jesus' talks about this cultural way of loving in the Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5:43):  "love …

Join us Sunday!

This Sunday @ GPC
"The Kind of Love that Changes the World" worship @ 10:30 am
Join us as we consider Stephen's example in Acts 7.
Then, after worship, we'll prepare our church home for the season of Advent.
Advent is when we look with expectation towards the promise of Jesus' coming into our world.