“Being Dead Yet Speaketh!”

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In Hebrews 11:4 we are told that “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”

On January 26, 1949 one of the most godly influences in Washington DC, Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall, died and went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Sixty-eight years later, his voice still resonates not only of the freedom that we enjoy but also of the responsibilities that we have as a nation.

Peter Marshall was asked to preach the 1938 Christmas sermon to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his family. After World War II ended and as the Korean War began, the U.S. Senate appointed Peter Marshall to be their chaplain on Jan. 4, 1947.

It was the end of two World Wars and most hoped finally peace was on the horizon. However, the war clouds of Korea and Vietnam were gathering. With a broken heart and humility he prayed: “O Lord our God, even at this moment as we come blundering into Thy presence in prayer, we are haunted by memories of duties unperformed, promptings disobeyed, and beckonings ignored. Opportunities to be kind knocked on the door of our hearts and went weeping away.”

Later on Jan. 13, 1947, Chaplain Marshall stated: “The choice before us is plain: Christ or chaos, conviction or compromise, discipline or disintegration.” He said, “I am rather tired of hearing about our rights. … The time is come to hear about responsibilities. … America’s future depends upon her accepting and demonstrating God’s government.”

On May 22, 1947, during the 80th Congress, U.S. Senate Chaplain Peter Marshall offered the prayer: “God of our fathers, give unto us, thy servants, a true appreciation of our heritage, of great men and great deeds in the past, but let us not be intimidated by feelings of our own inadequacies for this troubled hour. Remind us that the God they worshiped, and by whose help they laid the foundations of our Nation, is still able to help us uphold what they bequeathed and give it meaning.”

On July 3, 1947, the day before Independence Day, U.S. Chaplain Marshall prayed: “God of our Fathers, whose Almighty hand hath made and preserved our Nation, grant that our people may understand what it is they celebrate tomorrow. May they remember how bitterly our freedom was won, the down payment that was made for it, the installments that have been made since this Republic was born, and the price that must be paid for our liberty. … May freedom be seen not as the right to do as we please but as the opportunity to please to do what is right. May it be ever understood that our liberty is under God and can be found nowhere else. May our faith be something that is not merely stamped upon our coins, but expressed in our lives. Let us, as a nation, be not afraid of standing alone for the rights of men, since we were born that way, as the only nation on earth that came into being ‘for the glory of God and the advancement of the Christian faith. …’”

Peter Marshall concluded: “We know that we shall be true to the Pilgrim dream when we are true to the God they worshiped. To the extent that America honors Thee, wilt Thou bless America, and keep her true as Thou hast kept her free, and make her good as Thou hast made her rich. Amen.”

As we prepare for the celebration of our nation’s 241st Birthday let us return to our God, and may we listen to those voices “being dead, yet speaketh!”

Pastor Rick Adams

God Bless!

Preacher

 

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Patriotic Sunday Celebration – Sunday, July 2

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Make plans to celebrate with your church family in our Patriotic Services, Sunday, July 2.

Sunday Morning will feature patriotic music and message at 11AM.

Sunday Evening we will gather in the gym at 5PM for dinner and an early service.  Enjoy hot dogs with all the trimmings, and every family is asked to bring a dessert and chips.  We will have a gospel sing-along and an early service.  

Bring the whole family, bring a guest and join us for Patriotic Sunday Celebration, July 2 at GPBC!

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GPBC Prepares for the Lord’s Supper

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GPBC Prepares for the Lord’s Supper

This Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 6pm

Almost 2,000 years ago Jesus Christ left two ordinances for the New Testament Local Church.

  • The first was Believer’s Baptism, Matt 28:19-20, Acts 2:41
  • The second was the Lord’s Supper Matthew 26:26-29; 1 Corinthians 11:23-32.

Neither are a means of grace or salvation. Both are to call believers to remembrance of the wonderful grace of God extended to every believer.

This Sunday night, June 25, 2017, GPBC will once again serve the Lord’s Supper in obedience to Christ’s commands.

As your pastor, let me encourage every member to prepare themselves both scripturally and spiritually for this important event.

According to Christ’s command, we are called to “examine” our own selves; and as a church, we are to be in one accord with the Lord, His Word, and one another.

As we come to the Lord’s Table, may we remember what George F. MacLeod said years ago: “Jesus was crucified, not in a cathedral between two candles, but on a cross between two thieves”…and He did it all so that we could be forgiven and have a home in Heaven forever with Him.

The exercise of the Lord’s Supper must be much more than just a religious ritual. It must be a personal discipline and exercise of worship and devotion of every Christian “in spirit and in truth.”

Coming to the Lord’s Table allows us to both personally and corporately say:

 “Thank you Lord for saving my soul, thank you Lord for making me whole.

   Thank you Lord for giving to me, thy great salvation so rich and free!”

 

Please read and study 1 Corinthians 11 to prepare for this ordinance.

God bless you and I look forward to seeing you this Sunday.

Pastor Rick Adams

 

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“I’m Not Raising Grass, I’m Raising Boys!”

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This Sunday We Will Celebrate Father’s Day at GPBC!

June 18, 2017 11am

A few years ago I read the story about the great baseball player, Harmon Killebrew, who tells in his autobiography about growing up in a home with four boys. He says that on one occasion his father was out in the front yard playing baseball with him and his brothers and a neighbor walked by and said, “Killebrew, if you keep playing baseball out on your front lawn, you won’t have any grass left in your yard.” Mr. Killebrew said, “Sir, I’m not raising grass, I’m raising boys!”

I love that story not only because I had to learn that lesson personally, but also because I believe that there are a lot of men like me that may have forgotten that of all the things that God demands of us as men, few are more important than being a godly father!

God commands us to honor our fathers! Exodus 20:12. This Sunday we will celebrate Father’s Day and honor every father present here at GPBC.

We have a special gift for every Dad that attends this Sunday! Please invite your Dad to be with you if he is able. If not please invite any father that you know and make this Sunday a day that he will remember in eternity!

I look forward to seeing you Sunday!

Pastor Rick Adams

God bless!

Preacher

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