How Do I Want To Get Old?

Getting old is unavoidable. As much as we wished it was otherwise we will continue to get older. Aging humanity has an affinity with the notion of halting this progress. Ponce de Leon searched for the fountain of youth. J. M. Barrie created a place where Peter Pan could stay a boy. Alphaville cooed about being Forever Young. And a …

Community Involvement

We have a great opportunity to connect with our community this summer by volunteering at events held in downtown Joliet. This is a clear way our church can Give Out the Gospel. By being involved in our community, we are able to serve the community as representatives of Christ and build relationships that will lead to gospel opportunities. The coordinator …

Resolutions

Truth is meant to be more than informational, it is meant to be transformational. Our recent study of Christology and Pneumatology entitled, The Son and The Spirit, was no exception. The purpose of the class was to present you with God’s truth on Christ’s atoning work and the Holy Spirit’s Indwelling work, so that your mind might know it, your …

ad·vent (part two)

We hope you enjoyed Part 1 of our 2-part series on how you might prepare yourself and/or your family for Advent. In last week’s post, Pastor Ryan shared several ways in which he and his family draw their attention to Christ during the holiday season. This week, we’ll hear some ideas from the Heller family. Some of these ideas may …

ad·vent

Advent: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event. To followers of Christ, there is no one more notable, nor is there any arrival that is more significant, than His. In preparation for the season in which we celebrate our Savior’s humble entrance into this world in an animal’s feeding trough, we thought it would be helpful to share …

The God Whose Grace Is Overwhelmingly Greater

Adoption is popular among Conservative, Reformed individuals and churches, and rightly so. The need is great, and Scripture is clear that as Christians we should be involved in some way in the care for marginalized people in our community:  orphans, widows, and strangers. These three groups are linked throughout Scripture (Exodus 22; Deuteronomy 10, 14, 16, 24, 26, 27; Job …

Fostering from a Mother’s Persective

Becoming a foster parent for me was probably like becoming a birth parent, minus the labor pains. We also had to take some classes about the legalities and some of the vagaries of fostering. When they put Michael into my arms, all I could do was marvel at that beautiful 2 week old baby. Then I got some major fears. …

Fostering for Hope

On November 2nd we will turn our attention to the most vulnerable persons in the world; the orphan. Our focus this year for Orphan Sunday is “Fostering for Hope.” Probably better stated as fostering hope. Given the ups and downs, ins and outs that children experience in the foster care system believers have a fantastic opportunity to provide hope. On …

Family Night

Eph. 2:19 says, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” The NLT version says it this way, “So now you Gentiles are no longer strangers and foreigners. You are citizens along with all of God’s holy people. You are members of God’s family.” …

That You May Believe

This fall at GLC we will be working through the opening chapters of John’s Gospel as we begin a sermon series entitled “That You May Believe.”  This phrase is taken from John 20:31, which is essentially John’s purpose statement for his Gospel: “These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and …