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The Responsibility of Elders

Being a member in a local body includes many responsibilities and benefits. One of the greatest benefits is that of having a Elder/Pastor/Shepherd to watch over you and care for your spiritual well-being. But many people – including Elders – don't know what the Bible says about the responsibilities ...

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Meeting with the Elders

Can I come and spend some time with your elders?This is one of the most popular questions we receive.  Because our culture sees our model as so unique many people want to come and ask questions.  That is why we host a campus visit once every quarter.  This gives ...

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Top Ten Reasons I May Not Have Answered Your Question (Part 1 of 2)

The questions continue to pile in. Most of the questions are fantastic. However, some of them are a bit, shall we say, off target. In fact, I’ll be doing a post later this month on “The Top Ten Reasons I May Not Have Answered Your Question.” Remember, the goal ...

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December Question of the Month

The questions continue to pile in.  Most of the questions are fantastic.  However, some of them are a bit, shall we say, off target.  In fact, I’ll be doing a post later this month on “The Top Ten Reasons I May Not Have Answered Your Question.”  Remember, the goal ...

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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part Three)

Although we have little doubt that there is a need for new church plants, we are not Naïve concerning the potential advantages and disadvantages of launching a new work.   As such, we are trying to walk into this endeavor with our eyes wide open.  We are also working hard ...

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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part Two)

The Need for New Churches Of all the options available to us --multiple services, bigger buildings, satellites, and church plants-- we have chosen to plant a new church. As stated in part one, it is not our contention that all of the other options are necessarily wrong in every circumstance ...

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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part One)

Word is out about the new GFBC church plant that is scheduled to launch January 31, 2010.  GFBC launched on April 7, 2006, just over three and a half years ago.  However, since then, we have seen significant growth.  Most of that growth has occurred in the past year.  A ...

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Important New Book

Paul Renfro, my fellow elder at Grace Family Baptist Church, has joined with Timothy Jones (editor), Brandon Shields, and Jay Strother to write a very important book.  Perspectives on Family Ministry, takes a careful look at the very important question, “How should the church organize it’s efforts to disciple ...

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Fuller Youth Institute: Right Questions... Wrong Presuppositions

By Matthew Hudson   Recently, editors of Leadership Journal, Marshall Shelley and Brandon O'Brien, interviewed the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary and a former youth pastor, Dr. Kara Powell (Ph.D., Fuller). It was so refreshing and encouraging to hear them ask one of ...

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Should We Chalk Up Another One for the Anti-Marriage Crowd?

South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford is beginning to take on the look of a punching bag in the press these days (until he was rescued by the news of Michael Jackson’s death).  After going A.W.O.L. over Father’s Day weekend, it was discovered that the Sanford ...

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