Halloween Scare

James 4:7; Ephesians 6:10-18 Luis Cruz, GCF Durham Halloween is a western world observance and it is celebrated on the eve of October 31. “North America’s first recorded instance of dressing in disguise on Halloween was in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1898, while the first recorded use of the term trick or treat was in Lethbridge, Alberta, in 1927.”[1] Trick-or-treating marks the Halloween. “Children in costumes travel from house to house, asking "Trick or treat". The "treat" is usually some form of candy, although in some cultures, money is used instead.”[2] But what really is Halloween? 1. An ancient Celtic Festival. From the ancient Celtic harvest festivals. To mark the end of harvest

Strive to Become a Model Church

Part 4, Why Church is Important 1 Thessalonians 5:9-22 The church that gathered in Thessalonica was a model for its thriving faith. The opening chapter of 1 Thessalonians gave as a further description of this church, “The church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” The apostle Paul wrote this letter to affirm that all believers in Thessalonica belonged to God and they belong to each other. Although they were well-known for their faith even beyond Macedonia, they still needed instructions on how-to live-in harmony with one another, proving that they were not a perfect church after all. If you are looking for a perfect church, you will never find one. All churches

Reviving the Heart of Gratitude

Part 3, Why Church Is Important 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Thanksgiving Weekend GCF Durham Expectations are the direct consequence of the goal we set in life. As a result, we build a culture of entitlement. We have built unreasonable expectations that we thought we deserve or have the right to have. And if we don’t get them right away, we become impatient and all sort of unhealthy feelings will negatively impact the heart. The remedy to unhealthy feelings is to develop a heart of gratitude to the Lord. Deep sense of gratitude must come from the heart. David says, “1 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.” Psalm 103:1-2. It is at the innermost of our being where the he

Take Your Relationship with God Seriously

Part 2, Why Church is Important Our relationship with God has to be nurtured for it to have meaningful connections. And fostering a deep relationship with the One who first loved us would require giving importance to what He really cares about – His church family. John says, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! … 16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.” 1 John 3:1,16. Jesus died for us that we may live for Him. 1. The Lordship of Christ in the body of believers. “12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, b

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