Saturday, March 28, 2020

March 29, 2020: The gift of giving

Sing along together with Amy, Shawn and Pastor Hodge as we lift our voices and our hearts to the Lord this morning. The Pastor's sermon today is on the spiritual gift of giving. Do you have it, and what does it look like? And how do you encourage that gift? Listen and find out by cutting and pasting this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/gflcdekalbmarch29service

The service recording can be found here. And we pray you have great week in Christ Jesus, in spite of our circumstances. Stay or become more focused on Him this week!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

March 22, 2020: The spiritual gift of exhortation (empty sanctuary due to COVID-19)

We have canceled church for bad winter weather conditions before. But not for a pandemic! This was a bit awkward: it was just the audio engineer, the pastor and his wife, a musician and a Scripture reader all practicing "social distancing", all while doing our service this morning for an online audience. We made it as normal as possible, and our series in spiritual gifts continues today with the spiritual gift of exhortation. That's not a common word today, so Pastor Hodge will explain what it means to exhort, why it is an extremely personal gift, and who in the Bible had it? And do we have it ourselves? Listen and find out!

Get ready to sing along as Roger Seldal leads our worship for you.
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You can hear this service by cutting and pasting this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/march222020service

Thank you, and may the Lord protect us from this virus!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

March 15, 2020: (mostly) complete service



Hello everyone,

Due to the threat of COVID-19, we are going to send this email weekly to all our members, and we are going to try to record the service from beginning to end. Feel free to share it, and pass it along to others who would benefit hearing this service.

Due to the length of this morning's service, we have everything recorded up through the end of the sermon today, which starts at 46 minutes and several seconds afterwards in the recording. Pastor Hodge continued in his series on spiritual gifts, and specifically the gift of teaching. Who has the gift of teaching, how is it manifested, and what do great Bible teachers need? And who is a great example of one? Listen and find out by cutting and pasting this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/march152020service

And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Saturday, March 14, 2020

March 14, 2020: A word about COVID-19 (this post expires on April 15 unless canceled/replaced)

Dear GFLC members and guests,

As a result of the COVID-19 virus, we are cancelling Sunday school until further notice. Furthermore, we strongly recommend that if you have any health issues, or are over 60 years old, or are at significant risk for catching the virus and becoming severely symptomatic, STAY HOME. We will record the service audio from beginning to end, and post them on our blog by Monday morning (frequently Sunday afternoon) as we are able. We are evaluating the situation daily, and are continuously monitoring the CDC and the DeKalb County Health Department for further information, recommendations, or mandatory shutdowns.

Sunday, March 8, 2020

March 8, 2020: The gift of service

This week, Pastor Hodge continues in Romans 12 with the spiritual gift of service. This gift and compasses a variety of ministries and is manifested in several ways. But, do you have the gift of service? And what are things that you must be aware of if you do have that gift? Listen and find out!

We also had Diane do our children's sermon this morning. We hope you are blessed by both of these recordings, which can be found by cutting and pasting this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/03pastormichaelhodgethegiftofsservice

And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, March 1, 2020

March 1, 2020: Spiritual gifts - prophecy

This week, Pastor Hodge continues in his series on the spiritual gifts of Romans 12 by looking at the gift of prophecy. He takes a look at what it is, and what it isn't, and then looked at the prophet Jeremiah and how true prophets of God suffered because of their obedience to the Lord. You can hear his sermon here:

https://archive.org/details/03pastormichaelhodgeromans12continued

Please see our church bulletin and our sermon notes, attached. And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

February 23, 2020: Recognizing and using our spiritual gifts

This week, Pastor Hodge continues in his series on spiritual gifts, looking at Romans 12:6, and expanding on how we can recognize and use our spiritual gifts. He recaps what a spiritual gift is, and then what we do with them, and why.

We also had Molly Blobaum give our children's sermon, and the GFLC Quartet did our special music today. You can listen to all of these service elements here:

https://archive.org/details/04romans12continued

Please see our church bulletin, and sermon notes, attached. And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

February 16, 2020: Trials and suffering

This week, while Pastor Hodge was off, Gilbert Sebenste filled in with the sermon entitled "trials and suffering". Why do we go through trials? What is the purpose of suffering? Listen and find out!

We also had our children's sermon, Clarke and Dave did our special music, and all of these service elements can be found by cutting and pasting this link into your web browser:

https://archive.org/details/04gilbertsebenstetrialsandsuffering

Please see our church bulletin, attached. And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

February 9, 2020: The community energized by her giftedness

This week, Pastor Hodge continues in his series on spiritual gifts this week with a sermon entitled "The community energized by her giftedness". Spiritual gifts spring great blessings and we are encouraged by our spiritual gifting us. What is the background of gifts and what happens today with gifts and what is our challenge? Listen and find out!

We also had Amy Taylor do our children's sermon. To listen to both of these service elements, simply cut and paste this link into your browser:

https://archive.org/details/02pastormichaelhodgethecommunityinspiredbyhergiftedness

And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Monday, February 3, 2020

February 2, 2020: The living Church of Romans 12

This week, we resume Pastor Hodges' series on the church in Romans 12, and next week, Pastor Hodge will begin his series on spiritual gifts. But in preparation for that, listen to this sermon to prepare you for the rest of the series by copying and pasting this link into your browser:

 https://archive.org/details/pastormichaelhodgeromans12

And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, January 26, 2020

January 26, 2020: The dilemma between God and Man

This week, the Gospel was presented in full. We are reminded that things were once great between God and man. But then Adam and Eve began to doubt God, and desired something that they thought was better. Then Adam and Eve made a decision that had colossal implications which affect us today. They sinned against  our holy God, and the evil of sin separated us from fellowship with God. We would be damned in hell forever as a result of this, except…

God's loving response brought us out of our hopeless dilemma and back together, by having Jesus Christ die on the cross for our sins to those who repent, or turn from their sins, and trust and believe in Christ as their Savior, Lord and Master.

Even so, there are still consequences for our sin. As believers in Christ, what can we do, and by whose strength and power does the work?

We also had Molly give our children's sermon this morning. You can hear both of these service elements here:

https://archive.org/details/04pastormichaelhodgethedilemmabetweengodandman

And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

January 19, 2020: Creation and the value of human life

We're sorry you couldn't be with us this morning! Please join us Wednesday evening for our Bible study and prayer starting at 7 PM, and then next Sunday join us for Sunday school starting at 9:30 AM, followed by our worship service at 10:30 AM.

This was National Right to Life Sunday, and we take a look at the Scriptures to show how much God values life in the womb, all the way to death. And it's not because of us, but because of God who decrees that, and who is the author and authority of all life.

We also had Pastor Hodge do our children's sermon this morning; we hope you are blessed by that. And, you can hear both of these service elements here:

https://archive.org/details/03pastormichaelhodgecreationandthevalueofhumanlife

And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, January 12, 2020

January 12, 2020: Getting back on the right path

This week, Pastor Hodge focused on Galatians chapter 6, verses one through five. We have a very serious problem: even as believers, Christians can and do sin. But what is the goal, and what is the method...what do we do, practically? Listen and find out!

We also had Amy Taylor deliver our children's sermon. We pray you are blessed by that, and the sermon, here:

https://archive.org/details/03pastormichaelhodgegettingbackontherightpath

And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!

Sunday, January 5, 2020

January 5, 2020: Communion

This week was communion, and Pastor Hodge expounded on what communion is, and why we do it, and some of the viewpoints of communion. but then we go back to the Bible to see what it really is.

The back portion of this sermon was not recorded, as the sermon was split into two parts, with communion about 2/3 of the way in. However, what was recorded was worthwhile, and you should listen to it, here:

https://archive.org/details/pastormichaelhodgecommunion
And we pray you have a great week in Christ Jesus!