People of Hope

“If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.” Galatians 6:3 NLT

C. S. Lewis wrote that there are no ordinary people:

“You have never talked to a mere mortal.” Human beings are the only living creatures with an immortal soul. “Next to the Blessed Sacrament,” Lewis wrote, “your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.”

When Jesus was asked which command in the law is the most important? Jesus replied without hesitation, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.” This is the first and most important command. The second is like the first. “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

We have all been blessed to see God’s love, His life flowing through the lives of ordinary believers and into situations and circumstances we as onlookers thought hopeless or unbearable. God is Good! He gives us Himself, He gives us His strength, He gives us His own Spirit. If we are willing to let God reveal himself to us through others, he will direct all of our paths. God gives us the tools to be a people of hope.

We are so blessed at GGCC to have leaders who live by example. Through Claudia we have been given the opportunity to get out of our box. She has given us the opportunity to reach out to others through the Gathering Place, Paris Elementary, Open Door and Haiti. It has been great to hear and see how these outreach opportunities have touched GGCC participants’ lives. Amanda has brought us Confluence Ministries and for that we are thankful. The sign of a healthy growing community is in how it relates to others. The Christmas catalog is great thanks to our in house graphic artists. See how you can be Christ to the world and our communities this Holy season.

Thanks staff for being committed compassionate leaders.

Father God,
We thank you for the word. We thank you for the gift of faith that sees your word lived in the lives of ordinary people. We thank you for your Spirit, for gifts waiting to be discovered. We thank you for people we have yet to meet and the challenges we have yet to overcome. We are a people of hope. We know you live this life with us and through us. Amen

Lois Autterson




Day 3
The Life You've Always Wanted- Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People

By John Ortberg
Category: Discipleship

Transformation is the heart of Christianity. Author and pastor John Ortberg, presents how our relationship with God impacts not only our spiritual life, but every aspect of our life. This book truly spoke to me. I have many things on my plate each and everyday as we all do; we lose the joy and all that is important in our lives. This book is witty and funny and will inspire you to take a look at your own life to be all that God wants you to be! ~Claudia Larson

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