Dear Grace Family,
Proverbs 20:7 says (in the Living Bible) “It is a wonderful heritage to have an honest father.” I like the NKJV a little better… “The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him.” It is a wonderful heritage to have an honest dad, but beyond that, having a father that models truth, strength, dignity, vulnerability, honesty and humbleness is a gift that plants deep into the heart of a child.
Integrity is defined as “the quality of being honest or having strong moral principles.” A man who’s yes is yes and no is no. A man of integrity leads his family with love and discipline, and demonstrates transparent and consistent honesty in his own life.
But integrity is also defined as “the state of being whole and undivided.” If your home has a crack in the foundation, it is no longer a safe place. It can still look beautiful, cleaned and decorated perfectly -- it may even stand for many years. But eventually that crack will deepen and erode until the walls of the structure come crashing down. Fathers are the foundation of our home.
It’s a big job to be that man, and many have not had the greatest role models to learn from. But two things are important to remember. First, a great father isn’t born, he’s made. He’s forged through his own experience, the things he’s learned not to be from his own father, and through a relationship with our heavenly Father that continually demonstrates strong and consistent love for us.
And more importantly, being a great dad isn’t about perfection. In 2 Corinthians Paul admits that he has a weakness or illness (a thorn in his side) that he’s begged God to heal. He finally rests in the knowledge that whatever that infirmity is, God’s grace and power is going to work because of the weakness. In Verse 9 Paul says “He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” God’s power is perfected in our weakness.
Boston Red Sox third baseman, Wade Boggs, said, “Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad… you taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right.” The measure of a man is not going to be how many perfect plays he made, but in how the game plays out in the end.
Be blessed, Grace Family! God is still on the throne.
The week at Grace:
- TUESDAY’S, 6:30 pm: Men’s and Lady’s Bible Study. Everyone is welcome. Come and fellowship and learn.
- THURSDAY’S, 5:30: Worship Team practice. If you are interested in participating on the Worship team, please talk to Bobbie.
- THURSDAY’S, 6:30 – 8 pm, Youth of the Nation weekly worship service and bible study
- THURSDAY’S, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Weekly mid-week prayer and praise service
- The Last Sunday of the month is Recycle Sunday. Please bring in your cans and bottles in support of Youth of the Nation.
- Look for the Time-Talent-Treasure cards on the back table: What is your special gifting? Will you share it with your Grace family? We need your help to keep our house running smooth. Please grab a card and let us know where you might feel God’s prompting to step into a church ministry.
- We are still fund-raising for our Church Van. Can you help? Please consider a monthly pledge, or a one-time donation. Mark your offering envelope “Church Van” so we know to designate the funds appropriately.
- We are looking for additional Children’s Church teachers. Please see Misty or Anthony if you feel God leading you in this direction. Our youth are our most valuable resource.
- When planning an event, please contact Bobbie with the date so she can make sure there isn’t any conflict with other church activities. Text works!
Sr. Pastor Eric Domen has been in ministry for more than 15 years, having worked as an assisting Pastor and Youth Pastor at Victory Life Center in Merced prior to coming to Grace. He was recently honored with Ordination through the ICFG, and has made a smooth transition into his position as Senior Pastor. He holds a degree in Counseling, and has a heart for the people of our community. Pastor E resides in Merced with his wife and children.
Pastor Bobbie Frye is our Administrative Pastor. She has been in ministry for more than 20 years, and is a 3rd generation Foursquare Pastor. She is a writer and musician, and takes care of Womens Ministries and Worship Arts. She has a background in Procurement and Marketing, in addition to her pastoral experience. Pastor Bobbie resides in Merced.