"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

Author Archive: Sara Kelly

Planting Seeds

So often, ministry involves seed planting in faith. Very often we do not get to see the fruit of the seeds until years, decades or generations later. But sometimes a blossom of Kingdom growth surfaces in something as simple as a summer baseball camp …   Good Morning, I am writing to simply say thank […]

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July 25th, 2018

This Sunday will be a reflection service, where we look to the congregation to encourage one another with testimonies of how God has used the latest section of Genesis in our lives. Did a sermon impact you just when you needed it? Encourage our church family to walk by faith by sharing. How can you […]

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In Another Part of the World…M&M

His name is Isaac. He snuck out of the house late last night to meet his friend for tea, and now he is silently climbing back into his room before the sun rises. He had seen the town slowly begin to awaken on his walk back, but his mind had been otherwise engaged in deep […]

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Ben & Lindsey Orr

The locker door slammed shut as he walked toward the team room, his hair still dripping from his shower. It had been a hot day, and the game had gone long. But Chris’ heart beat with anticipation at what awaited him and his team. This would be like no other team meeting before! Last summer, […]

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Ted & Dana Witmer

The echoes of the prayers of the saints had been ringing in his mind and heart as he walked the long dark path home to his wife and eight children: prayers for revival in their war-torn land; cries to God for perseverance for all they had already endured. His mind had wandered back to that […]

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February 4, 2018

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. HEBREWS 12:1-2 Remember back in Genesis […]

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December 24, 2017

“She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger…” LUKE 2:7 The angel Gabriel had said that this baby of Mary’s would be great and be called the Son of the Most High. He would be given the throne of his father David, reigning over a kingdom that would never end! So given […]

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Sunday, July 16, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 2

This past week, Randall Gruendyke helped us understand from Psalm 122 that it has always been God’s purpose to gather His people together in one particular place under His rule. In Eden, in the City of David, in the Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ and finally in the New Jerusalem, God has been preparing […]

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Sunday, July 2, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 51

Last week, Erik Thoennes led us through Psalm 19, which C. S. Lewis considered the “greatest poem in the Psalter.” In Psalm 19, the psalmist expresses his wonder and delight in the revelation of God to mankind through His creation and through His Law.  David loves God’s Word, finding the law “more precious than gold,” […]

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Sunday, June 25, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 19

“Prayer is answering speech. God’s Word has not done its complete work until it evokes an answer from us. All our answers are prayers. The Psalms train us in this answering speech, this language that responds to all God’s creating and saving words targeted to our lives.” “We know almost nothing of the circumstances in […]

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Sunday, June 18, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 27

This past week, Randall Gruendyke led us to examine our lives in view of the standard set out in Psalm 1.  Are we the blessed man who lives every moment delighting in and meditating on God’s law?  Seriously?  How can we be?  Through Christ and Christ alone we receive the righteousness of the One Righteous […]

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Sunday, June 11, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 1

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: “Blessed… blessed… blessed…”  Matthew 5:2 and following Psalm 1 is considered an introduction to the Book of Psalms.  Charles Spurgeon calls it the “Preface Psalm, having in it a notification of the contents of the entire book.”  Eugene Peterson characterizes it as a “preface to prayer” and […]

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A Message from the Grace Elders (F)

3/9/17 Dear Grace Fullerton, Last night, after weeks of prayer and discussion, we decided to reunite our congregations. Thank you for the weeks of prayer, words of encouragement, and valuable feedback you provided that have helped us make this decision. We know that reuniting will be no small change for you, but please know, we […]

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A Message from the Grace Elders (LM)

3/9/17 Dear Grace La Mirada, Last night, following months of prayer and discussion, we decided to reunite Grace Fullerton and Grace La Mirada. We believe that this will best enable us to focus our efforts on fulfilling our mission to “present everyone mature in Christ.” We deeply desire to care for our flock and reach our […]

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