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How Can I Know That Christ Died for My Sins?

One of the elders recently received this question: How can I know that Christ died specifically for me? This is an important question that cannot be ignored, so this article tries to give a brief answer. Firstly, this question talks about knowledge! How can I “know” that Christ died for my sins? This is where many people get tripped up, oftentimes by resorting to just the emotions when making decisions about spiritual matters. Normally, when someone starts looking for a…

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Fears: The Latest Coram Deo Module

When the foundation of an education is God’s Word, this education is blessed and beneficial. Five students from our church just finished the sixth module of Coram Deo, and they’re now halfway through the course with only six more modules left. The topic of this last module was called “Giants On Our Earth” or in one word, “Fears.” A whole module was dedicated to this topic because the problem of fear is addressed all throughout the Bible. I’ll share what…

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On Christian Books

Friends, every one of us strives to grow spiritually. Reading Christian books is one of the tools that helps us in this. Through books we can learn more about God, learn to be a mother, look at the lives of missionaries to imitate them, learn how to overcome temptation, and many other things. There was a pastor in Alexander Stroke’s church who was sick with cancer at the end of his life. When the elders came to visit him, they…

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Grace Kids Bible School Graduation Ceremony

Dear church, This week marks a significant moment at Grace Family Church as all of our student ministries begin their summer break. For many, this brings excitement as they look forward to spending more time with their families. However, there are also those who will miss the joy of our weekly gatherings. One thing we will all miss is the blessed fellowship we share around God’s Word. Our main goal at GFC is to spread the kingdom of God to…

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A Little About Past Events

This past Saturday God gifted our church a wonderful time of fellowship at the park. Praise God and thank you to everyone who labored to make this celebration possible. It was pleasant to witness people from both morning services worshipping God together. Once more, congratulations to the team of high schoolers who won the soccer tournament! You can see a photo from the picnic further below. Now, from Sunday evening through Tuesday, the elder board was together at a prayer…

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Important Information about Church Ministries

Dear church, in this article you will find some important information about various church ministries that will be useful to you. 1) An extra opportunity to participate in Communion. Since not all church members are able to be present on Sunday mornings, which also means they cannot participate in the Lord’s Supper, we have an extra Communion service on the Thursday after the Sunday communion service. As usual, at the end of the hour-long prayer meeting we have another opportunity…

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Raised Hands During Singing

This article needed to be written eventually. We have a good tradition in Grace Family Church where we can explain and clarify various aspects of church ministries. We definitely want to be transparent, reasonable, and biblical in all aspects of church life. This contributes to a feeling of ownership in every church member. One of the questions that has come up for me personally in my conversations with church members is the question of raising hands during corporate singing. What…

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There is No Love Higher Than That…

There are different types of reactions that people have after hearing a sermon. Perhaps one of the rarest—writing a poem. Stepan Yermolenko did just that after hearing last Sunday’s sermon on Mark 15, which I can’t wait to share with you. The first half figuratively portrays Christ as the bridegroom and the Church as the bride. ***The following comes courtesy of AI. The poem was originally written in Russian but ChatGPT was able to translate it poetically into English. Check…

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One Aspect of Hermeneutics

The hermeneutics class officially ended this past Sunday. Now, not everyone who so passionately began the course was able to get to the end, but those that did ended with a lesson about how to apply a particular passage. After the course was completed, I got some requests to further explain how to move from observation to interpretation. It is not an easy process to synthesize all the observations into one cohesive idea and get an adequate interpretation of a…

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The Upcoming Baptism

Dear church, our upcoming baptism will be happening on April 28 at 9:00 AM. God saves people, gives them repentance, a second birth, and a desire to proclaim their faith that they are followers of Christ through water baptism. We believe that baptism must be done according to faith with a full submersion into the water, since this is how baptisms were done in the first church (Acts 8:37-38). This is a big celebration, and we rejoice and thank God…

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On Faith

Let’s continue some thoughts from this Sunday’s message on faith. “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” (Heb. 11:6) This text says that everything that a Christian does must flow out of faith in God. This faith consists of two parts—faith in God’s existence and faith in His promises in His Word. Unfortunately, we don’t often realize that…

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Receiving New Church Members

Dear church, two Sundays ago we had a great opportunity to rejoice in God’s grace to our church as we accepted new members. Today, we want to remind you to notice these new members and show them special attention and love. Below you will find a few practical steps that you can take. 1) Invite them to your home. This is a wonderful way to get to know them, pray together, and perhaps answer any of their questions (1 Pet….

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Reasons why Christians get sick

I recently overhead a conversation where some believers were telling a sick person, “You sinned somewhere, thus you are sick.” You may have heard such things yourselves, but more likely you’ve also asked yourself this question, “How should we look at physical illnesses in others and ourselves?” Let’s consider a few reasons why ailments occur. A result of the fall Sickness, suffering, and death are a result of the fall (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 5:12). This is why both unbelievers (Acts…

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Corrie ten Boom on Forgiveness

The following is an excerpt from the book The Sunflower: On the Possibilities and Limits of Forgiveness by Simon Wiesenthanl. In this story from November 1972, the author of The Hiding Place recalls forgiving a guard at the concentration camp where her sister died. It was in a church in Munich that I saw him, a balding heavyset man in a gray overcoat, a brown felt hat clutched between his hands. People were filing out of the basement room where I had…

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Prayer for a Pastor in Ukraine

Celebrations and joy pass over the country of Ukraine right now, but not God. The Lord keeps working in the hearts of people no matter where they are. A pastor from Nikolaevskaya deep within Ukraine wrote a letter with the hope that he would be supported in prayer and in need. He is asking for ministers for various ministries as well as choir members. The church has many branches (7 smaller churches) and does a lot of work in many…

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The Doctrine of the Trinity

By Maksim Nedorezov The atheist, the fool, says there is no God (Ps. 14:1; 53:1). The Muslim says that the unitary, monadic god named Allah is the only God.[i] The Jehovah’s Witness believes in Jehovah but rejects the deity of the Son as unbiblical.[ii] The Mormon acknowledges the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, but says that they are three separate beings albeit with one purpose.[iii] Now, the true Christian calls all these heretics as Scripture is clear that God is…

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Prayer for Missionaries

Dmitriy Zherebnenkov Praise God that He allows us to be part of the Great Commission in making disciples of Jesus Christ in all the nations. One important aspect in this work is the church’s support both financially and spiritually of the missionaries who bring the Good News to places lacking a church. GFC has been supporting missionaries for many years in many countries that have few, if any, believers. Currently we support the following missionaries: Viktor Kovba (Torreviejo, Spain) Sergey…

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A Hard-Copy of the Bible

Dmitriy Zherebnenkov A love for Scripture can be expressed in different ways. For some it is through daily reading. For others it is when memorizing and learning various passages and doing a deeper study. Yet others love to share the Word or discuss the truths of Scripture with others. While some, strive to always have their Bible with them so that they can run to it whenever possible. But unfortunately, because of the development of technology, this last group of…

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Accountability Questions

Dmitriy Zherebnenkov How often it is that we hear a truth, agree with it at first glance, and then neglect to look into our own hearts. Many of you have shared that it’s been helpful to analyze your own life when specific questions are brought up during the sermon. With this in mind, the goal of this letter is to look at a few questions that touch on various parts of a Christian’s life. For there to be a purpose…

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One Church’s Ministry

At the request of the pastor, Svetlana Timofeeva Peace to you, dear church! “For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit… But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked…

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Why Sunday and not Saturday?

You might have had this question: Why does the church gather on Sundays and not on Saturdays? The Old Testament talks about the Sabbath but the New Testament does not give such a clear command regarding Sunday. If so, then why do we gather on Sundays? “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall…

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New Addition to the GFC Elder Board

Dmitriy Zherebnenkov Greetings, friends! We are grateful for everyone who attended a very important GFC meeting lastSunday. Thank you for all your suggestions and questions. We want to hear each other and willcontinue to build the local church together. Thank you for your support and participation in thelife of the church in 2023. With confidence we say that in the church there is an excitement tovolunteer, and many of you sincerely and sacrificially serve the Lord and each other. We…

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Church Staff Prayer Retreat

Dmitriy Zherebnenkov Dear church, just a couple weeks ago we experienced many blessings from our prayer week where we had the opportunity to pray every single day together. We want to keep up this same attitude throughout the whole year so we’ll periodically plan and think about prayer. One such opportunity is the biannual prayer retreat for all volunteers and staff in the church, starting at 9:00 AM this Saturday. If you’re willing, come by at 8:30 AM for some…

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A Need in Spain

Viktor Kovba Our community in Torreviejo, Spain has grown quite a bit this past year in 2023. We’re quite amazed with our God at the number of young people and young families that have joined our Sunday meetings! Praise God for everything! Social media and personal communication have become an important tool for us to do evangelism in our church. Our evangelism is a continuous and living dialogue with people. So that more people would learn about Christ and our…

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Prayer for Missionaries

Dmitriy Zherebnenkov *For the safety of the missionaries, their names and countries are not being mentioned. If youwant more information, please contact the brothers from the missionary ministry. Will the gypsies accept Christ? The gypsy people do not refer to themselves as “gypsies.” They call themselves the Romale orRoma people. The eastern gypsies named themselves the Lyuli people. The gypsies are a nomadicpeople group that are used to living amidst other nations but have always strongly avoidedassimilating into the local…

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