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Where is God?

Where is God? The book of Esther never mentions his name. It's the only book of the Bible where that's true. Yet behind every event is God's providential hand. He is working out his plan with power and certainty. Where is God in your life? Where did he go when you face suffering, hardship and doubts? Is he still there? Does he still love me? Is he still interested in just...

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Faithfulness to Fruitfulness

Summer OFF - now in its 8th year - has become familiar. And sometimes familiarity leads to disinterest. After all, news cycles are short. We lose interest even in important things quickly, and expect upgrades often. "Isn't it time for something new?" But its the faithful steadiness of Summer OFF that leads to fruitfulness. So many of you have been going back and back agai...

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Notes on Acts 8 Sermon - 6/5/16

Sermon notes - Acts 8 In the middle of the movie Star Wars: Episode IV, Master Jedi Obi Wan Kenobi and two others infiltrate the Empire's Death Star battleship to rescue warrior Princess Leia, a leader in the Rebel Alliance. As they're fleeing to their escape ship, they see Obi Wan Kenobi fighting Darth Vader, the Enforcer of the Emperor. During the battle, Obi Wan says o...

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Pushed Out and Pulled Forward

PUSHED OUT AND PULLED FORWARD This past Sunday, during our prayer time, Steve Abbott helped us visualize one of the key reasons we need to move into a building soon. He had all of us stand around the edge of the room. From there we could see our chairs ...

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New Sermon Series from Luke and Acts

It's easy to talk about what we're going to do, isn't it? Easy to create mission statements and visions for our future. But it's harder to pull it off. Business leaders know that even the best strategy can't be planned without considering how the strategy will be carried out. Execution is key. Jesus, the Savior of the world, had a mission and strategy with it's source in ...

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Engaging With The Psalms

"The Psalms are raw. They express unveiled emotions like no other book of the Bible. Yet they are not written for the author's therapy, or for our entertainment. They are written to shape and guide the life of the heart. They are one of God's ways of shepherding our emotions and our character. In this short sermon series we will take a mere dip into this gem of a book. On...

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"I'm ministering in the book of Acts," by John Ames

Update from West End Community Church...

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Thoughts on Church Membership

The elders were thankful for a chance to host a meeting yesterday for all who are considering membership at Godspeed. About twenty of us had lunch together and discussed reasons for membership, talked through questions, shared hesitations about membership and also talked about baptism and upcoming sermons. Here's one of the reasons for membership we talked about that we c...

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Five Ways the Gospel Coalition Conference Was a Blessing

Last week, as you know, three of the four Godspeed elders attended the biannual Gospel Coalition Conference in Orlando, FL. As I'm reflecting on the blessings of the week there, these five things come to mind: Having the Word of God, and the gospel of grace, preached multiple times each day was good for us. Some of the talks were great, some were good, but all of them c...

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1,000 Prayer Partners - Laying a Foundation of Prayer

New houses start with a strong foundation. New churches need strong foundations, too in the form of prayer. We're involved in the early stages of helping to plant a new church in Providence, RI. It's an extension of Summer OFF an inner-city outreach of The Philip Center. We're thankful for five partners joining together for this church plant: Iglesia de la Communidad, No...

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The Godspeed Parent Handbook is here!

Check it out here and also see links on the Sunday School and Resources pages. "And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they sh...

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Dinner.Bible.Friends - Fall Edition

The first three Wednesdays of each month our Godspeed family gets together for dinner and small group Bible studies. We call it A-Two-42: "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." We do it because...well, we like being together. There's something good about eating a meal together -- or "table fel...

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Encouragement From the Book of Zechariah

Do you ever feel like giving up? I do. I don't like to admit it, but it happens. It's not always giving up on big things, like a job or a task. It's more often giving up on doing the godly thing for the rest of the day, or the rest of a conversation. Giving up and becoming lazy about my attitude. Giving up on the struggle to be others-centered rather than selfish. Giving u...

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10 Things You Should Know About Evangelism

Mack Stiles, author of "How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus," has posted a helpful article titled, "10 Things You Should Know About Evangelism" on the Crossway website. His points help us to think clearly and biblically about what evangelism is, and is not. View his whole post here....

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Sermon Follow-up: "Repentance is the Key to the Gospel for Me"

On Sunday, May 25, we looked at Mark 1:14-15 - "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel." (We went backward in Mark for one week, a communion Sunday, in order to answer the question, "What exactly do we mean by 'the gospel for Christians?'") So here's a quick summary of the points of the sermon. As always, if they raise q...

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20 Schemes Conference - Reflections

The day following a conference is often full of nitty-gritty details, like emails and expense reviews. But it's also when I begin categorizing some of the ways God spoke to me, so I don't forget and walk away from James' biblical "mirror" (James 1:23). Here are a few of the speakers' thoughts about fruitful ministry among the urban poor, and about Scotland....

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2014 Gospel Coalition Women's Conference - Orlando

The 2014 Gospel Coalition Women's Conference is coming up in just a few months! Held at the Orlando Hilton Hotel, June 27-29, 2014, this is a conference for women, all about the Word! Plenary speakers will unfold the book of Nehemiahthe story of God's people returned to a broken-down city and called to trust God's Word at a point of great need. It's about God redeeming a p...

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Dinner.Bible.Friends. - Spring Edition

The first three Wednesdays of each month our Godspeed family gets together for dinner and small group Bible studies. We call it A-Two-42: "And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers." We do it because...well, we like being together. There's something good about eating a meal together -- or "table fel...

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What is The Philip Center? (Part I)

Q: I hear about The Philip Center but I don't really know what it does? Can you explain? The Philip Center is a non-profit ministry that Tim Zulker founded in 2003. The staff now consists of Tim and Cindy Zulker and Rich and Susan Fulton. Interns for The Philip Center come and go on a part-time basis. The Philip Center exists to help churches keep evangelism on the front...

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What is The Philip Center (Part II)

Q: Don't all these strategies and goals make it hard to do any one thing well? Maybe. But we know we're a small Philip Center staff, and also a relatively small church. So we look to partnerships with other ministries. For example, we have an active working relationship with Matthias Media, from Sydney, Australia. They provide a platform for our message (which overlaps ve...

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Summer Opportunities for Youth in 2014

If you're between the ages of 13 and 18, you've got a lot of great options for your summer next year! We'd like to suggest a few of them to help you grow as a disciple of Jesus. And from all we've heard, they're a lot of fun too.You've got great choices, from Providence to Nepal, and lots of places in between. Start praying about how you can grow as a disciple of Jesus, a...

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Dinner. Bible. Friends.

Being a disciple of Jesus shapes every area of life. Living a gospel-centered life, defines our marriages and our parenting. It shapes our concept of the teen years. It answers questions like "What am I going for in life?" "What am I aiming for as a parent?" "What is a Christian husband, or wife?" "How does being a disciple of Jesus make my life as a teen different?" This...

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The Big Picture Story of the Bible

A special Sunday is planned this week (Sept. 1) as we kick off a new school year and a new sermon series. We want especially to invite you to be there Sunday morning -- and to invite neighbors and friends. I'll be reading through the entire Bible in the form of The Big Picture Story Bible -- including all the pictures!...

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Summer OFF July 8

Thanks to all of you who are praying for Summer OFF....

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Gospel in Five Pictures Sermon Series

What is the gospel? We know it to be deep, rich, and thick. We also know that it is simple, and this summer we will be spending lots of time telling kids about the simple gospel...

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Worldview Academy

"Worldview Academy isn't for everyone. But it's perfect for teens who want to learn how to grab onto life and live it like an adventure. It's for boat-rockers, bold thinkers, unashamed followers, servant leaders and truth seekers. Worldview Academy is a week that helps bring faith into focus. It forges deep friendships and motivates students to action."...

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A Quest for More: Women's Bible Study

"We all have a desire to be part of something bigger. Like the beauty queen who, when asked what she wants to do with her year of reign, says she wants to solve world hunger.... There's a basic human desire to be part of something bigger. We're hardwired for glory. The danger is, Satan is selling something that is way, way less as if it's way, way more. And I think that go...

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The Noisy Universe, the Noisy Church

In January we began a new sermon series, studying Genesis 1 - 12. The glory of God in creation is taking center stage as we see the grand act of God's mighty, creative work. We'll also see the depth of human sin and the need for the gospel right up front in this book of foundations. ...

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Worship, Serve and Grow.

When a new member joins Godspeed, we talk about the importance of committing to all three arenas of church ministry: worshipping God, growing in grace, and serving Christ in him mission. We need to continue to renew our commitment to these ministries, so that we don't become eccentric in our church involvement. Tim Keller, in his new book, affirms these three "ministry f...

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