This year for Lent folks at Grace Valley gave up a lot, a least we think we all did. We were asked to give up control, our expectation, and our attempt at acting superior to those whose lives intersected with ours. We were also asked to give up hating our enemies – no small task, along with giving up our popularity. These are all things Jesus commanded us to do, but if we admit it, it is a lot harder than we thought.
If you looked at the calendar you can all breathe a sigh of relief, because Easter is almost here and with Christ’s resurrection there is something we can do that may be far easier than anything else we mentioned and that is for us to “give up death”.
Sound ludicrous doesn’t it, but it’s not. Christ Jesus God’s Son gave up His life and rose again so that we could die to ourselves and our own agenda and live again. This Sunday is Easter. We would very much love to invite and welcome you as we celebrate BIG time Jesus the conquering King and the new life we can have in Him. You are welcome and we really, really mean it!!
Bible Reading Plan/S.O.A.P. Journal
In 2017 at Grace Valley, we are working on sowing generously, and living courageously. But we won't do it very well, if we aren't sure of who we are in Christ. So as a way to continually remember who God is, and who we are in Him, many of us are once again reading through the Bible in a year. In addition to reading we are also using a tool called "SOAP Journaling" to help us listen well and process what we are learning about God. You can learn more about SOAP here If you want to download the reading plan, you can find it here. This weeks readings are also listed below.
April 9 Deuteronomy 33:1-29 Luke 13:1-21 Psalm 78:65-72 Proverbs 12:25
April 10 Deuteronomy 34:1- Joshua 2:24 Luke 13:22-14:6 Psalm 79:1-13 Proverbs 12:26
April 11 Joshua 3:1-4:24 Luke 14:7-35 Psalm 80:1-19 Proverbs 12:27-28
April 12 Joshua 5:1-7:15 Luke 15:1-32 Psalm 81:1-16 Proverbs 13:1
April 13 Joshua 7:16-9:2 Luke 16:1-18 Psalm 82:1-8 Proverbs 13:2-3
April 14 Joshua 9:3-10:43 Luke 16:19-17:10 Psalm 83:1-18 Proverbs 13:4
April 15 Joshua 11:1-12:24 Luke 17:11-37 Psalm 84:1-12 Proverbs 13:5-6
April 16 Joshua 13:1-14:15 Luke 18:1-17 Psalm 85:1-13 Proverbs 13:7-8