Issue #95 | 11.26.13

This Week

  • For the everyday 20/30 something
  • Join us for the inaugural weekend
  • Sunday, Dec. 1st at 5:30 PM on the Van Dyke campus

The Bucs have offered GFC members a special offer for the December 15th game. If you purchase an adult ticket, you get a child ticket at half price.

  • Adopt a family
  • Purchase a meal
  • Donate toys and food
  • Volunteer at 2nd Saturday on December 14th

This Weekend

Join us for a special Thanksgiving weekend at one of our 3 campuses. Don't miss out on an opportunity to give thanks and praise to God for everything he has done in your life. See you there!

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story | New Sunday Service Times

Starting Sunday, December 1st, the Van Dyke campus will be changing to 2 prime time services, one at 9:30 AM and one at 11:30 AM. With two services on Saturday night and two services on Sunday morning, it makes it easy for families to serve one and attend one with their family.

Also, the Van Dyke campus is starting a new service for 20/30 somethings on Sunday nights at 5:30 PM. It’s for those looking for an organic worship experience with an authentic message. It’s also a place to meet others in the same stage of life and grow together along the way.

Food trucks, live music, and a great outdoor venue make this the ONLY spot to be on a Sunday Night. Come join us and see what it’s all about.

devotion | Herod’s Help

After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.

Luke 8:1-3 (New International Version)

This little mention of Joanna is an amazing revelation of how God works. Remember that Herod the Great was the ruler at the time Jesus was born, and was the one who ordered the mass murdering of all males 2 years old and under in order to prevent Jesus from fulfilling His ministry. Herod’s son, Herod Antipas, ended up ruling over a portion of his father’s territory. The manager of his household and finances was a man named Chuza. Chuza would have been paid very well and would have had access to a lot of privileges, including rooms, provisions, etc. Chuza’s wife Joanna was allowed to follow Jesus from town to town and support the ministry with money. There is no way she could have done that without the help of Chuza, which tells me Chuza must have been a believer in Jesus.

The amazing part of this is that God ends up using Herod’s fortune to help finance His own ministry on earth! Do we understand the irony in that? It’s like a great movie where the bad guys do whatever they can to thwart the good guys efforts, but then get tricked into helping the good guys and they don’t even know it. If God can do something so amazing as to bring financial support from the family who sought Jesus’ destruction, how much more can He do for us? We can ask God for anything in Jesus’ name and He will give it to us. We should be so encouraged by this story. What a creative God who loves to create an incredible story line, one that Hollywood could never compete with!

This Week

  • For the everyday 20/30 something
  • Join us for the inaugural weekend
  • Sunday, Dec. 1st at 5:30 PM on the Van Dyke campus

The Bucs have offered GFC members a special offer for the December 15th game. If you purchase an adult ticket, you get a child ticket at half price.

  • Adopt a family
  • Purchase a meal
  • Donate toys and food
  • Volunteer at 2nd Saturday on December 14th

This Weekend

Join us for a special Thanksgiving weekend at one of our 3 campuses. Don't miss out on an opportunity to give thanks and praise to God for everything he has done in your life. See you there!

InsideGFC is the newsletter of Grace Family Church, a non-denominational Tampa church located in Lutz, Florida.