• Be an Angel

    Pastor Ben

    Aug 15, 2016

    We had the Inova Bloodmobile in the GCN parking lot on Sunday, and we just happened to kick off our morning service with a lively singing of the hymn There’s Power in the Blood! I love it when that happens! Inova and the Red Cross will tell you that donating blood saves lives. And it does! Thanks to 25 of you who donated yesterday! The drive was originally scheduled for Saturday, but that didn’t work out. Thanks for being willing to shift to Sunday. It was one more way of serving our community and one more bit of evidence that we will do whatever it takes to serve!

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  • The Story of the Gospel

    Pastor Ben

    Aug 8, 2016

    Karen VanGilder reminded us this past Sunday of the grand Story of the Gospel, which began at creation, which included many twists and turns in the history of God’s covenant people Israel, which came to a crescendo in Christ, which didn’t end at the cross — or at an empty tomb or at the ascension. In fact, it continues to be written! In fact, the Story of the Gospel never ends! I told someone just today that outside of the “forever” piece of this Story we simply cannot view or live this life as it should be viewed and lived. I thought of these beautiful words of the prophet Isaiah, so often heard at Christmastime but worthy of being heard on this August Monday —

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  • A New Thing

    Pastor Ben

    Aug 1, 2016

    First of all, thank you for the gifts presented on Sunday to Kelly and me in honor of 30 years with you! You are very good at keeping things a secret, and it truly was a surprise. Thanks for the gift of time away at a favorite B&B and for the money, the Sweet Frog gift cards, the flowers, and the kind words. Thanks most of all to the many of you who serve the Lord Jesus in His church and out in the community — that’s the best gift of all for a couple of pastors!

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  • A God-Bathed World

    Pastor Ben

    Jul 18, 2016

    You woke up this morning (if you’re reading this e-mail) in a world God created (Genesis 1:1), in a world filled with His glory (Isaiah 6:3), in a world He is redeeming (II Corinthians 5:19).  He is not distant (Philippians 4:5), and He is not unconcerned (I Peter 5:7).  There is nowhere you will be today where He is not (Psalm 139).  He’s wherever you are.  He’s wherever those you love are.  It’s an awesome thing! 

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  • Make the Most of Every Day

    Pastor Ben

    Jul 11, 2016

    I’m going to sound like a broken record here, but if you weren’t here on Sunday you missed a sweet, sweet time together with His church!  The young family serving in Ireland (Ted and Sarah and their kids, Abigail and Simon Voigt) brought a genuine, passionate message, a message that they’re living out in that country!  Their desire is to be the presence of Christ where they are, to flesh out the Word of God and make a difference in their community in Jesus’ name.  They encouraged us to do the same.

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