April 26, 2024

Dear Church Family,

I finished going through the Psalms in my quiet times this past week and just started going through the Gospel of John. I wanted to take a minute to encourage you to have consistent personal time in God’s Word each week. You might already have this habit, but if not, the Bible is one of the primary ways God feeds us and grows us as believers. Think about trying to live on a physical diet of eating once, or maybe twice a week. That wouldn’t be fun at all and you would end up malnourished and unhealthy. The same thing is true with God’s Word. I love Peter’s reminder in 2 Peter 2:2-3.

2 Peter 2:2-3 (ESV)
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

If you’re new to having a personal devotion, try starting with a book like the Gospel of John. It gives a powerful picture of Jesus as the Son of God. Don’t start too big, but take smaller chunks and really take time to digest them. Start with prayer and ask God to help you to truly understand His Word. Spend time at the end asking God to show you how He wants you to change in light of the truth you read. You can also try taking notes and start to journal about what you’ve read.
The reality is that the Bible isn’t just a book of good human wisdom, but is the very Word of God written by the Creator of the universe. It describes itself as being “breathed out” by God. I love that God didn’t just create everything, but He also wanted us to know Him. He gave us the Bible so that we can know who He is, how to have a relationship with Him, and how we can know ourselves, others, and the world He created.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

What’s Happening at Gospel Life:

Youth Group: Join us this Sunday, April 28th, from 5-7 pm at the Bronleewes’ house. We’ll have dinner, games, worship, and continue our new study, “Who am I in Christ?”

Prayer Night: Our next prayer night will be April 30th at 7 pm at the Kropfs’ house. We have the privilege of bringing our needs before the Lord and praising Him for Who He is and what he has done for us.

Elder Training: Our next Elder Training will be postponed one week to Tuesday, May 7th at 7 pm at the Bronleewes’ house. We’ll continue our study in 1 Timothy 4. Please contact Pastor Dave if you have any questions or need a copy of the homework.

Ladies Spring Tea: Calling all ladies, it’s time for our Spring Tea! Join us at Laura Stewart’s home on Saturday, May 11th, for fun, food, and fellowship as we enjoy God’s handiwork this season. Sign up at the welcome table on Sunday or send us an email: GLBCwomensministries@gmail.com.

Upcoming Dates: Men’s Disc Golf (May 25th)

Life Groups: If you would like to grow in your relationship with the Lord and other believers, please consider joining a Life Group. We have groups for men, women, and youth. You can check them out here:

Request Prayer: It’s important for us to be praying for each other as a church! If you ever need prayer, we would love to come alongside you. You can always turn in a prayer request on Sundays using the Connection Card, but you can also submit a prayer request online at any time:

This Coming Sunday:
A Fitting Response – Join us this Sunday for our series through 1-2 Thessalonians, titled Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow. We’ll be in 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16 and look at how the Thessalonian believers responded to the message they received.