. Right Beside You | The Grace Place


Last weekend, I started a sermon series based on the primary themes of the movie “I Can Only Imagine,” which tells the story of Bart Millard, lead singer for the contemporary Christian band “Mercy Me.”  The movie portrays the tragedies, heartbreaks and pain of Bart’s early life and how God helped him overcome them.   
I have some bad news and some good news. The bad news is you will experience relational breakdowns in your life. In fact, the world is littered with broken relationships between husbands and wives, ex-husbands and ex-wives, parents and children, employers and employees, family members, friends, etc. On a broader level, we have broken relationships between social groups, races, and nations.  The good news, however, is found in John 15, where Jesus tells us the reason he has engrafted us into his vine to mend the broken relationship we have with Him. That restored relationship with God is the basis for us to experience restored relationships with people.   
In the movie, Bart’s dad did harsh and hurtful things that ultimately destroyed their relationship. Bart also experienced a break-up with his girlfriend and a variety of other relational difficulties. But, one by one, those broken relationships were mended! This weekend, in a message entitled “Mending Broken Relationships,” we will focus on how God can help us mend broken relationships in our lives. I am sure that even as you read this you have begun thinking about a broken or strained relationship you have with someone.   
Please make plans to join us in one of our weekend worship services for this life-changing sermon series – Saturday at 6:00 p.m., Sunday at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
On October 22nd-26th, we are sending a team to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to work with Samaritan’s Purse in assisting with the clean-up and rebuilding needs caused by Hurricane Florence. If you are interested in joining the team on this trip, please email Lisa, my assistant, at lisaemig@thegraceplace.com. You can also sign up at the Information Desk in the lobby this weekend.
If you are a new attendee, or have been attending our church for a while and not gone through “Introduction to The Grace Place,” I invite you to join me on Sunday, October 14th at 5:00 p.m., in the Connection Center Classroom. This class will enable you to understand our church in a more comprehensive way. I will introduce you to The Grace Place’s history, DNA, vision, core values, and much more. As I frequently say, “You will learn more about The Grace Place in 90 minutes than you will in 10 years of just attending on the weekends!”


Please consider joining us as often as you can for our Friday prayer time in the Lobby of the Celebration Center @ 6:00 a.m.  We are praying together for God to do things that only He can do.  There have already been a number of very specific answers to the prayers this group has prayed!  On Saturday's @ 4:00 p.m., we are meeting in the Lobby of the Celebration Center for our Prayer Circles prayer time.  Please join us and become a part of what God is doing and is going to do through the ministries of The Grace Place Church!!  We will look forward to seeing you next Friday morning or Saturday afternoon!