What Is LESS?

If we’re going to live our lives all in for Jesus we’ll have to be LESS so that Jesus can be more. Just as John the Baptist said in John 3:30 (NRSV), “He must become greater, I must become less.” We become LESS when we commit ourselves to Love, Encourage, Share, and Serve.

I think of it like this house. The roof covers everything with the love of God. God’s love for us and our love for God, is what motivates everything we do. It is my prayer that this is true in my life, in your life, and in the life of BGCC.

Under that roof is the family of God. This family gathers every week for worship and in community groups to encourage each other to live all in for God. We believe that a life lived all in for God is powerful and eternal, and so we want to help each other live that kind of life.

We don’t gather in the house to keep this awesome life a secret! We want to invite other people into this life. We leave our house to go out and meet others who need God’s love!

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This Year Go All In!

We’ve all been there. We were tired, wore out, had enough, and said, “I think I’m just going to do enough to get by.” It might have been enough to get by, but it wasn't anything to be proud of or share.  I’ve never met anyone who said, “You know what I didn’t really try or put any effort into this, but I’m super proud of my half-hearted attempt.”

Half-hearted effort never accomplished excellence. Half-hearted commitment never built a great marriage. Half-hearted devotion never created a deep relationship with God. As I think about how God relates to people I see that he often meets us not in our excellence or perfection but in our wholehearted commitment. I think this is what we call faith. Faithfully living our lives for God. Sunday we started a series titled "All In" and it's about going all in for Jesus this year. Our lives are best lived with wholehearted commitment.

Jesus calls us to total commitment. Jesus’ very life was lived all in for God. Whether Jesus was …

Living Grace Challenge - Week 5

Monday 11/27/17
Acts 25:23, So on the next day Agrippa and Bernice came with great pomp, and they entered the audience hall with the military tribunes and the prominent men of the city. Then Festus gave the order and Paul was brought in.
The king, queen, military leaders, a governor, and other “prominent” men all gather to hold court in this chapter. Paul is then sent for and brought in to the hall shackled in chains. Paul is the chief “nobody” in a room of “somebodies,” at least that’s what they thought. Today close to 2,000 years removed, Paul the “nobody” is the most famous person in that gathering of great pomp. Paul is celebrated today for his faithfulness and courage. The moral of the story is not that those who serve God wholeheartedly will be remembered by history, but that if God knows your name it doesn’t matter who else does.

Tuesday 11/28/17
Acts 26:29, Paul replied, “Whether quickly or not, I pray to God that not only you but also all who are listening to me today might beco…

Living Grace Challenge - Week 4

Here are my own reflections on this weeks reading. I hope that it inspires you to keep up with your own personal Bible reading. If you need a little help with the daily Bible reading try using the "Daily Reading Journal" page. It helps walk you through a short, reflective, practice that will help you get something to nourish your soul through the day.

Monday 11/20/17
Acts 19:15, But the evil spirit said to them in reply, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?”
The name of Jesus, just the name, is powerful. Today it is taken in vain and mocked, by those who don’t know it’s power. Here we have some itinerant exorcists who toss Jesus name around and while they may not know its power the demons do. The demons also knows Paul’s name, why? Because Paul takes the name of Jesus seriously and uses it. Paul has used the name of Jesus and found it works, because of that the demons fear Paul. Today may we take the name of Jesus with us and use it because it is powerful.

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Living Grace Challenge - Week 3

Yesterday we continued in our series titled "Living Grace" and our challenge was to "Live Graciously" and I issued a three part challenge for this week.
Read - Follow along with us this week by reading a chapter a day (Monday-Saturday) starting in Acts 13.Think about what you talk about. How often do you lift Jesus up during the week?Do -  share Jesus this week. Here’s one suggestion: During this month of “Thanksgiving Challenges” post online that you’re thankful for the hope you have in Jesus.  If you need a little help with the daily Bible reading try using the "Daily Reading Journal" page. It helps walk you through a short, reflective, practice that will help you get something to nourish your soul through the day.

Below I'm posting my own reading reflections which are simply my own reflections on the daily readings. These aren't "right" or "ideal" they are simply an example of what this daily reading practice looks like. I wo…