The poster for our newest Present Grace short film Joseph!! The trailer will be coming tomorrow along with behind the scenes photos later this week!
Here it is! The day we have all been waiting for. April 20th, 2014 Grace Gospel Fellowship opened the doors to their new home. After years of prayer and many months of construction, the doors were opened to the public. Over 1000 people arrived this Sunday. Over 100 had to be turned away due to lack of room. What a glorious day! On Easter Sunday we praise God because this is the day He rose from the grave. With Him came life!
We just want to say thank you to everyone that helped to make this day what it was. Thank you to the Luther family for their donation. Thank you to every laborer that put it in the countless hours. Thank you to all the people that prayed for this day. Thank you to everyone who believed it could never happen. What a great God we serve! He is the God of this city!
“If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer”
Kyle was in jail when he first came to know the Lord. He expresses how God was revealed to him in a way he never knew. Kyle came to realize, while in jail, that he was a sinner. He also realizes he will always be a sinner. Yet also that Christ died for him. Christ covers not just the sins of his past. Christ covers him now and in the future. Through his relationship with God, Kyle sees Christ as his king. He sees a king that died for him. He sees his own life as a way to serve God, every day.
Christ is a restorer of relationships. Kyle has also felt restoration in the relationships he has with people close to him. He has people in his life that lead him to Christ. He has friends and family that remind him to pray and to read his bible.
Through meditation and prayer Kyle has felt the peace that surpasses all understanding. It is in these moments that he finds the ability to overcome trials. He is involved in video production and this is one of the purposes God has given him in his life. Through video production he is given the chance to bring glory to God and to show the world who Christ is.
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
We would like to offer our thanks to the Luther Family. Their donation to Grace Gospel Fellowship helped us on our mission to purchase Clutch Cargos. We have dedicated our new chapel to this family to show our appreciation. This chapel will be used for marriage vows and marriage vow renewals. After 15 years, finally the Clutch Cargo sign is removed! Glory to God! Hundreds came to see this on March 26th, 2014. Easter Sunday is the day that Phase 1 will be completed and Grace Gospel Fellowship will have our first service in our new home!
“Being confident that he who began a good work in you, will continue his work until it is finished until the day of Christ Jesus.”
Drugs and alcohol lead Jill to finally surrender to Christ. She has come to know God in so many ways. She knows Him to be her friend. She knows Him to be her comfort while she hurting. She knows Him to be her healer and her counselor. Jill expresses the freedom she experiences when she prays to Jesus Christ. Her greatest desire is that others will see His love working through her. Jill has also found a family bond with others in her church. Through her intimate relationship with Christ, He has taught her to have meaningful relationships with other believers. She even goes on to say “The spirit is thicker than blood.” As Jill continues to go walk with God she also mentors other women. She is a wonderful witness to the love God has to give to those who call on His name.
“ I do not call you servants for the servant does not know what his lord is doing, I have called you friends for all the things I know of my Father I have made known to you.”
We look at an interview with the former members of the old congregational church. They express how deeply grieved they were that they had to let go of this building. They had come to know this building as home, but because of the depravity of those in the city and the fear of their own safety, the church was passed onto another church. That ministry also had to pass this building on, it then became a night club and a bar. The former members of the old congregational expressed their sorrow and confusion as to how this place of worship, could be used in such a manner. God in His divine will and purpose, knew exactly what he was doing all along. At Grace Gospel Fellowship we believe that ALL things work together for good to those love the Lord and are called according to His purpose. Pastor Clark shares how, many years later, God put it on His heart to pray and to fight for this building. God made it happen and is continuing to do so. Although we cannot say we know God’s purpose completely, we continue to watch this building become restored, perhaps this was part of God’s will all along. Perhaps God allowed these things to happen for this very moment, to show His power and His glory in this new light!
“The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayers of the righteous.”
– Proverbs 15:29
Brad Morris shares his life with Christ. He expresses the overwhelming peace that he feels while he is walking in the presence of God, and the moment when he realized that he really needed the love of God. He is in wonder of the fact that God could remove his burdens in every area of his life, emotional and relational. He continues to be in wonder of God and the relationship that Brad shares with Him. Brad has also taken his own understanding of God, and used this as an opportunity to relate and to and help those around him. Although we can never pay back in full what God has done for us, through His own Son, Jesus, we can all understand that no matter what we are going through, every day is an opportunity to help those around us and to give back freely the love God has given us.
“Therefore brethren, we are debtors not to the flesh to live according to it, for if you live by the flesh than you must die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, than you shall live”
– Romans 8:12- 13
As we enter into Phase 1 of the restoration of Clutch Cargo’s we meet with contractors Thomas Carnnacchi and Ed Johnson. There is a lot of work that must be done to this building to take down and to rebuild it to its’ former glory. The tabernacle and stage are being renovated and there is a lot of patching and painting involved. There are bars that needed to be taken down, DJ booths taken down and even behind the stage, there was plywood taken down to unveil the stained glass window so that light could shine through! Grace Gospel Fellowship is hoping that through the restoration of this Clutch Cargo’s we can open our church into a music hall for praise and worship and even put a baptismal pool on the stage so that those who hear the gospel can make a commitment to Christ in front of other believers and profess their faith to Him, to the church and to those they love.
“Therefore if anyone be in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away: Behold all things have become new.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:17
Wanda Chapman shares how she eventually decided to surrender her life to Jesus Christ. Because of an addiction she had suffered for many years, she decided to go to a rehab that was Christian based. She shares how she had a hunger to learn about Christ and how through that need to learn and to be loved by Him, she began to see a change in her life. Through learning about the knowledge of the book of life, she began to realize the intimacy she shared with God and how her name was important to Him and how she mattered to Him and because of that love and mercy, she pursued Him and His love. She has begun to have meaningful relationships with others, and has learned to spend time alone with Christ and to be completely lost in His presence. She shares this love with others, with those in her church and learning to love and not judge, everyday. She explains how to share that love with those in her church, and how important it is to always be thinking of God in all that you do to perform His will on a daily basis.
“We love because He first loved us.”
– 1 John 4:19