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.”
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”
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.”
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.
The gospel is Jesus Christ states that through Christ, those people that are of the world and those that are dead in the world are given life through Him. Those at Grace Centers of Hope have come to be given new life and for many years, right across the street there is a church that was turned into a bar. Pastor Clark and those at Grace Gospel Fellowship have held onto their belief for many years that God would turn Clutch Cargo’s back into a church and it is through the love and support of the Luther family that this dream and this hope finally came to pass. We look at this building, not just as a place with four walls that we go to worship, we look to this building as a promise from God that He will do that which He promises and He will bring life to the things that were once dead. The first church service will officially be held on Easter Sunday of 2014 and stay tuned as you can watch with us, the restoration of this building, the restoration of many lives, and the restoration of the gospel.
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Brad Jones shares his faith in Christ and shares about his relationship with God, who is not only his friend but also his strength. Each of us has a special calling on our life and each of us also has a unique relationship with Jesus Christ. Brad shares that it is through surrender to the call of God on our lives that we are given the ability to see the world through His eyes and to walk with Him daily, whether that means having faith that through trials and tribulations that God is working out and perfecting His will in our lives or simply asking daily, “Lord, what would you have me do for you today?”
Brad also shares that even through his failures he finds the way to fight through it and to always walk on the path God has laid before him, knowing that God is still working through him because he knows that whatever it is that he is led to do, it all for God and His glory.
Each of us walks daily with the Lord, and it is through sharing our struggles and our strengths with one another that we have fellowship and understanding and love as the body of Christ and we hope that through this, we can help to encourage one another and to help one another.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you encounter trials of any kind and be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith brings out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work so that you may be made perfect and lacking nothing.”
There is a moment in all of our lives when we look back and ask, “how have all the things i’ve encountered in my past be part of Gods plan?” In this video Ginger takes us on a journey through her past to reveal the ultimate answer to that. She was introduced to drugs and alcohol at a younger age than most, leading her down a path of self destruction that engulfed her entire life. These choices didn’t just harm her physically but emotionally as well. When she was at her most desperate moment, working as a waitress to support her drug habit, a stranger came to her with hope. He offered her a chance to finally get her life back on track. It wasn’t going to be easy nor happen quickly. It would take time, causing her to revisit many demons that once claimed her mind and spirit. That stranger was Pastor Kent Clark, CEO of Grace Centers of Hope and senior pastor at Grace Gospel Fellowship. After realizing her current path was leading to death she quit her job and her habit and went to Grace Centers of Hope. It was there that she discovered redemption through Christ. Everything that she had been through in life lead her to this moment, a moment when the Lord revealed that He had been with her through every hardship and emotionally crippling moment she had endured…ever. Forever changed and forever His warrior Ginger had a new life breathed into her and continues to this day to mentor others that have went through similar circumstances.
“Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”