Although the political landscape especially the presidential race seems to be unraveling before our eyes, here in the Midwest we still can count our blessings and name them one by one.  Among them are living in a land of religious freedom, and in relative safety as we worship when and where we want to worship. 


Being a martyr for our faith is something we read about and are horrified about. The shear brutality of those who want to eliminate Christians from their countries and neighborhoods is stark and unnerving. 


As tragic as martyrdom is, it is not just a recent phenomenon.  Case in point: Stephen of Acts 6 – 7, the very first martyr.  This Sunday we will look at Stephen and his life and we’ll explore if there is anything in his makeup and faith walk that is mirrored in how we live out our Christian life. As we do every week, we invite you to join us.  Let’s explore the Word together.

 READINGS   FOR  September  27 – October 4
27.  Isaiah 51:1-53:12 Ephesians 5:1-33 Psalm 69:19-36 Proverbs 24:7
28.  Isaiah 54:1-57:14 Ephesians 6:1-24 Psalm 70:1-5 Proverbs 24:8
29.  Isaiah 57:15-59:21 Philippians 1:1-26 Psalm 71:1-24 Proverbs 24:9-10
30.  Isaiah 60:1-62:5 Philippians 1:27-2:18 Psalm 72:1-20 Proverbs 24:11-12
1. Isaiah 62:6-65:25 Philippians 2:19-3:3 Psalm 73:1-28 Proverbs 24:13-14
2. Isaiah 66:1-24 Philippians 3:4-21 Psalm 74:1-23 Proverbs 24:15-16
3.  Jeremiah 1:1-2:30 Philippians 4:1-23 Psalm 75:1-10 Proverbs 24:17-20
4. Jeremiah 2:31-4:18 Colossians 1:1-17 Psalm 76:1-12 Proverbs 24:21-22
Our prayer is that you would be blessed and strengthened by the power of Jesus Christ and that you will live a life of abundance in fellowship, joy and liberty. Grace Valley church is here for you. It is not only a building. It is a fellowship of believers coming together to declare the glory of the Lord and celebrate Jesus as King. We study the Word, practice what we learn and in the process grow together. May God richly bless you!


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