Grace Community Church, Goshen, Ind. (Jim Brown, senior pastor), is the site for the funeral for a local law enforcement office who recently lost his battle with cancer. Below is a portion of a story from the Goshen News. Click here to read the complete article. City lowering flags to half-staff for police officer Flags will be lowered in Goshen for two days this week ahead of a funeral for a city police officer who lost his l[...]
Jeff Bogue wrapped up Wednesday at Access2019, the national conference of the Charis Fellowship, with a challenge to do hard things. He noted that it was one of the values of his congregation at Grace Church, Bath Campus, in Akron, Ohio. “We do hard things.” He explained, “When given two options, we will choose the one that no one else wants to tackle and we will intentionally go where hope is hard to find,[...]
For the third year in a row, all of Grace College’s teams hit their academic mark. The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) named every Lancer team as a Scholar-Team. To achieve Scholar-Team status, a team must own a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. The athletic department had an overall average GPA of 3.40, just off the school record of 3.43 set last year. Based on GPA, Grace had five teams finish f[...]
The national conference of the Charis Fellowship kicked off Tuesday morning with a worship celebration at Auburn Grace Community Church, Auburn, Calif. (Phil Sparling, senior pastor). Speakers Jeremy Wike, senior pastor of Community of Hope Church, Columbia City, Ind., spoke to the importance of partnering together, and shared how he had visited the different pastors in the Heartland District to learn more about their ministri[...]
“It’s our own hometown missions trip that we have the privilege to participate in every year,” says Esther Abel, the media intern at Southview Grace Brethren Church of Ashland, Ohio (Mark Abel, senior pastor). Esther is referring to Southview’s long-running tradition of Wifflefest. Turning 20 years old this past Fourth of July, the community’s staple summer event has not only impacted the city of Ashland but the congregation o[...]
“God is using this as a way to share the gospel in a way we never could have imagined,” says Frank L. Figueroa Junior., lead pastor of Waipio Grace Brethren Church (a Charis Fellowship congregation in Mililani, Hawaii). Frank is referring to the Hawaii branch of Centershot Ministries, a program that partners with churches to share the gospel through the skill of archery. Centershot has been a huge part of Waipio Grace Brethren[...]
Grace Church, Wooster, Ohio (Nick Cleveland, senior pastor), provided emergency housing on Sunday evening after more than four inches of rain fell in a short period of time, causing flash flooding. The Daily Record reported the story. A portion of the article appears below. Click here to read the complete story. Roads reopening; flood warning continues after over 400 evacuated Several area roads have begun to reopen Monday mor[...]
Jeff Bogue, the conference pastor for Momentum, finished the last day by speaking to the students about being prepared. Bogue is the senior pastor of Grace Church of Greater Akron, Ohio. Always. That is the word Bogue focused on from 1 Peter 3:15, the theme verse for Momentum 2019. God does not say anything just to say it, he said. Like getting ready for a sport, a play, or marching band, a Christian must be prepared. The pra[...]
Steve Kozak, vice president of youth ministry at CE National, spoke at the Saturday morning session for Momentum. July 20, Kozak spoke to students and staff from over 100 churches about being a missionary every day. When he was a head football coach, Kozak was placed in a situation where he “had a chance to make mistakes.” His team was losing by many points and the other team was hurting his players. Kozak looked a[...]
Saturday morning, Grace College professors Dr. Don DeYoung and Dr. Nate Bosch taught a power tract for students called “The Bible in the Space Age.” July 20, the last day of Momentum, they took turns educating the students on the solar system and how it reveals God in it’s complexity and diversity. Dr. DeYoung, though retired, teaches at Grace College and Seminary and has authored several books, including [...]
“People are not always who they appear to be,” Lecrae warned the crowd. “That goes for Christians too.” Friday evening, July 19, Lecrae shared his testimony at Momentum held at Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, Ind. Lecrae is a Grammy winning hip-hop artist. He also co-founded the recording label Reach Records. At a young age, Lecrae was abused by a close family member. As he grew up, he didn’t want to be associated with th[...]
Thursday’s Warsaw, Ind., Times-Union, confirmed the announcement of a reduction in work force at Grace College. A portion of the story appears below. Click here to read the complete article. Grace College Announces Reduction In Workforce WINONA LAKE – Grace College confirmed a reduction in its workforce late Thursday evening. Twelve full- and part-time staff positions were eliminated, nine vacant positions will go unfill[...]
Friday morning Dr. Tiberius Rata, professor at Grace College and co-author of Fear God and Keep His Commandments, presented the “respectable sins” at a Momentum power tract. Rata referenced the “respectable sins” in Jeff Bridge’s book by the same name. He defined sin as any lack of conformity to the moral character and laws of God. He outlined the main respectable sins as pride, lack of self-contr[...]
Sean McDowell, during the evening session of Momentum on July 18, taught 2,303 students, church volunteers and staff the reasons Christians have to defend the Bible. “Don’t you think…you should have some good reason to believe it is true?” McDowell asked the crowd. McDowell’s father, while in his twenties, set off on a journey to disprove the Bible. Instead, he found mountains of evidence proving it to be true. Sean fo[...]
Sean McDowell asked Momentum students Thursday morning if they loved truth. It matters, he said, because truth has consequences. An apologetics professor at Biola University in La Mirada, Cali., McDowell is also a teacher at a private high school. He recently co-authored the book So The Next Generation Will Know. People in the modern day believe that morals are subjective, not objective, McDowell said. What matters is if it [...]
A Warsaw, Ind., native who attended Grace College and also participated in Operation Barnabas one summer, will return to her hometown next month to present a master class and perform in a benefit concert at her alma mater. Wednesday’s Warsaw, Ind., Times-Union, carries a story about Emily Behny, who has appeared in national touring shows of Beauty and the Beast and Wicked, and is beginning a career in television. A porti[...]
At age 11 he was selling drugs. By age 17 he spent one year in jail. Now he’s visited every continent to share his testimony. Dimas Salaberrios, author of Street God, now a major motion picture, spoke to the Momentum audience about his journey from the streets to God and back to the streets of New York. Salaberrios is the president of a diverse group of pastors, Concerts of Prayer. He is also the co-pastor of Infinity Bible C[...]
“The family feel is what draws people in,” says Tim Sprankle, the pastor of Leesburg Grace Church, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Leesburg, Ind. “People come to smaller congregations to connect.” Sitting in rural Indiana, the average attendance of Leesburg Grace is around 100 adults and children. Their uniqueness is based upon a culture that embodies the “family” metaphor. A spirit of camaraderie and togethern[...]
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