Let me start off by thanking you for making your financial commitments for God’s work at GRACE in 2022 this past Sunday. The Session sets our Mission and Ministry Budget based on your generous commitments.
If you haven’t made your commitment yet, you can CLICK HERE to do that right now.
What a year of Momentum (our 2022 Stewardship Theme) we have in front of us as we count the days until we can move into our new campus and have spaces for new opportunities of community, bible study and mission. You will be hearing more over the next months about new ways you can volunteer and serve too.
While we wait for new opportunities, don’t miss out on the ones happening right now. On our website, there are many opportunities for all ages. With two years of covid and isolation, we are all feeling less connected. Let me encourage you—find a place at GRACE to connect. CLICK HERE to go to our website.
This Sunday, I am beginning a new series called THE GOOD FIGHT, based on Paul’s words in Ephesians 6. Paul reminds us that every day, there is a battle that is going on. You may not see it, but it is there. C.S. Lewis once said ours is a universe in which “every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counterclaimed by Satan.”
There’s more going on than meets the eye. Every day we face choices. To tell the truth or lie, to keep quiet or gossip, to cheat or be faithful, to go down the path of forgiveness or that of vengeance. We may want these to be minor decisions of little consequence but they aren’t. Eternity hangs in the balance. As C.S. Lewis says, at such moments, “The angels of God hold their breath to see which way we will choose to go.”
All around us is the unseen spiritual world where untold legions of spiritual forces are in the battle. Paul uses a military metaphor – there is spiritual warfare waging, and the stakes are eternal. Over the next few weeks, we are going to learn from Paul how we can fight the good fight.
To get ready for Sunday, you can read Paul’s words. CLICK HERE for Ephesians 6:10-20.
It is a privilege to be your pastor,
Dr. Marnie Crumpler