Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Gripped by the Greatness of God

Dissatisfied with your dusty, diluted version of God? Is a vibrant faith only a distant memory? When did God last take you to the mat with the reality of His holiness? In the book, Gripped by the Greatness of God, Dr. James MacDonald tackles powerful passages from the Old Testament book of Isaiah and inspires you to blow the dust off your picture of God and worship Him with passion and intensity.

In the Greatness of God, MacDonald says, “God is not safe, and He will not be squeezed into some neat, respectable Sunday discussion. God in a box – with a little package of hot sauce and a toy surprise. NO. To know God at all is to watch Him explode any box we put Him in with His terror, majesty and indescribable wonder.”

Beginning November 4, we will be offering a 6-week “Digging Deeper Elective” on Sunday mornings that will be through this powerful book and which will coincide with the Sunday morning message series, “How Great Is Our God!” This “Digging Deeper Elective” will be held in the church Fellowship Hall during the second worship service (10:45). You can attend the 9:00 Worship Service and then stay around and be part of this exciting group study on the greatness of God. A very exciting and effective children’s ministry is available all morning long as well for your children.

This special elective will be taught and facilitated by Mr. Bryan Burkholder. Bryan and his wife Barb have been attending Grace Church for over a year and have previously completed the pastor’s class. They have three grown children with their youngest in his junior year at Philadelphia Biblical University. Shortly after their marriage, Bryan entered into an equal partnership with his father on the dairy farm on which he grew up. In 1989, the Lord led them to Michigan where they spent two years at Bible school with New Tribes Mission. Following the two years of studying the Bible, they then attended the New Tribes Mission Institute which gave potential missionary families the practical teaching needed to survive in a tribe on the foreign mission field. During this experience, the Lord opened the door for them to be a part of the leadership and training staff at the New Tribes Mission in Jersey Shore PA.

In the year 2000, Bryan and Barb left New Tribes Mission and settled in the area where Bryan works at Zeager Bros. Inc. and Barb works part time at Lebanon Valley College. Bryan has had extensive opportunities to teach throughout his time with New Tribes and in his involvement in other local church ministries. They have found themselves on a number of short term mission trips to Bolivia and have a heart and a passion to see God grow people as they dig deeper into the Bible. Bryan is an excellent teacher and we are privileged to have him as part of our church.

I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity this November to be awed by a new appreciation of the greatness of God. There is room for up to 100 people to be part of this special elective so plan now to learn how great your God is!

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