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Lean on the Lord

by: Greg Schaffer

04/03/2020

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Hello Families! With our first week of e-learning behind us, I just wanted to take the time to check in with everyone. How did the first two days go? Were there struggles that you encountered? Did you have someone to lean on to talk to about the struggles?

For me, this first two days in the Hutchinson household were a challenge and I was quite overwhelmed, but I made it through with three kids while my husband was at work. I did not have anyone at home to physically lean on, but when I started to get frustrated trying to figure… read more

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Hello Families! With our first week of e-learning behind us, I just wanted to take the time to check in with everyone. How did the first two days go? Were there struggles that you encountered? Did you have someone to lean on to talk to about the struggles?

For me, this first two days in the Hutchinson household were a challenge and I was quite overwhelmed, but I made it through with three kids while my husband was at work. I did not have anyone at home to physically lean on, but when I started to get frustrated trying to figure everything out, I took a step back, took a deep breath, and asked for the guidance I needed from God. He has guided me through these past 22 days even when I don’t realize He is there; HE IS!

Through this rough patch, we may not have each other physically, but always remember that we have our Lord and Savior. In the morning, take five minutes to just sit and enjoy the peace and quiet before the kids wake up. Make sure you are taking care of yourself. I pray for all the parents, teachers, and children every day! Reach out to me if you need to.

God Bless!

LeAnn


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Don't Fear Blue Water

by: Kurt Taffin

03/26/2020

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Don’t Fear Blue Water

Several years ago, my family and I traveled to the east coast of Virginia for a long-awaited vacation that couldn’t come soon enough. Driving the flat interstates of the east only gives an out of town traveler like me an endless row of densely thick hardwoods to stare at. Upon staring at the tall, deciduous, green trees I wondered just what I would see when the trees stopped. Gradually getting closer to our destination the tension rose. The nervous excitement that builds in ones’ character was developing. What would I see on the other side of them?… read more

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Don’t Fear Blue Water

Several years ago, my family and I traveled to the east coast of Virginia for a long-awaited vacation that couldn’t come soon enough. Driving the flat interstates of the east only gives an out of town traveler like me an endless row of densely thick hardwoods to stare at. Upon staring at the tall, deciduous, green trees I wondered just what I would see when the trees stopped. Gradually getting closer to our destination the tension rose. The nervous excitement that builds in ones’ character was developing. What would I see on the other side of them? Would it be what I had anticipated—because I came expecting...

At this moment people all over the country are experiencing many of the same economic and culture concerns. In combination to the global pandemic of COV-19 virus there are concerns of job loss, government structure, Country, times of war, uncertainty of stability, and our economy. Much like driving those eastern interstates we sometimes swerve issues like swerving through traffic. Speeding up or slowing down all the time to get around a slow mover or let someone by that's just in a hurry all the while still only concerned about where we are going and our own agenda. Or catching a glimpse of the beautiful scenery through a brief break in the trees, if only for a moment, wanting to be there— just like wanting and having an environment we enjoy and thrive in every day. But before we can see it we have to get there first, don’t we? We have to plan. We have to communicate. We have to drive. And by driving, I mean having a destination or goal. Being genuinely concerned about others and where they’re going. Helping and building one another up along the way. Guiding each other when needed. Giving those around us directions and humbly suggesting the best routes to take. The Apostle Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” Furthermore, by serving whether at work or home and during these times of social isolation.

…As the ocean came near the warm humid air felt good while the unfamiliar smell of salt water filled our noses. The anticipation was about to become a reality. The Atlantic was breathtaking. As far as the eye could see was the deep turquoise, smooth and endless water. The blue sky blended into the ocean so well a horizon could hardly be noticed. White waves struck the sandy beach leaving seashells every splash. This was truly awesome because God is awesome. Because God created it. We could never have imagined the vastness and beauty of it all. It surpassed all our preconceived notions and expectations. Remarkable.

Deuteronomy 31:8 says “He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” As we learn to truly lean on God, something might happen that totally blows us away that we were never expecting.

Believers let me say we must extend equally our dedication to God whether vacationing or combating the current crises all the while executing our part in His Kingdom. To make God known even in these times of discouragement and isolation to be a beacon of light in leading others to see the extraordinary God we serve. I can only imagine how the disciples felt when the sabbath past after Christ’s death. The time from sundown Friday to sunrise on Sunday must have been dark, empty, desperate days for them. Just like God had an eternal plan for His son, he has a plan for us during times of uncertainty. Through the Father’s eternal plan, we have been given the spirit of Truth, not fear to continue Jesus’ ministry. If we are not willing to drive, we’ll never get there. We’ll miss out, regretting what we could have done.

My hope in closing is that you find rest in Gods perfect love. John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Kurt


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A Time to Refocus

by: Greg Schaffer

03/17/2020

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A time to refocus

These are unprecedented times. Coronavirus is on the rise and with it there is much change in our daily routines. This can bring uncertainty and even panic.

So, instead of functioning in fear take this time to make some much needed adjustments.

1.Refocus on God. When trials and tribulations come (as they often will) turn your thoughts and attention on God. If God isn’t your source of strength, your rock when hard times come, you will have no foundation on which to stand. When crisis comes, you will either draw closer to God or drift farther… read more

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A time to refocus

These are unprecedented times. Coronavirus is on the rise and with it there is much change in our daily routines. This can bring uncertainty and even panic.

So, instead of functioning in fear take this time to make some much needed adjustments.

1.Refocus on God. When trials and tribulations come (as they often will) turn your thoughts and attention on God. If God isn’t your source of strength, your rock when hard times come, you will have no foundation on which to stand. When crisis comes, you will either draw closer to God or drift farther away. When you draw closer, you will find that peace you are looking for and be able to rest in it (Isa 26:3; Ps 46:10; Matt 7:24; Matt 11:28-30).

2.Spend your time wisely. Time well spent with those you love is at a premium. With school out and many not working take the time to spend your time with those you love. Remember the games and activities you use to play as a child? Refocus and return to good wholesome family time. Make memories together. You have the opportunity to redirect negative thoughts into precious memories with your loved ones. Don’t miss the moment ( 2 Cor 10:3-6; Phil 4:8; Ps 127:3-5).

3.Be the light! Look for opportunities to serve those in need. Right now there are needs like never before. From those who are homebound to those that are living in fear of what might happen. Volunteer as a transporter of groceries, medications and help with small chores. Look to the needs of those around you. At Gateway we have a ministry called “Sonshine Ministry.” It is an outreach to meet the needs of our homebound, elderly and special needs. We would welcome those who would like to help. Check out our Facebook page and website for more information. Don’t forget our biblical mandate to practice true religion (James 1:27).

4.Be respectful to authorities. With crisis comes the temptation to panic. With panic comes fear and with fear comes bad decision making. The urge to disregard the authorities that are over us is a real temptation. Listen to those who are responsible to govern over you. If you’re not being asked to deny your faith listen and follow their reasonable instruction. Don’t forget the Apostle Paul’s words in Romans Ch 13. Obey the rule that is over us. Submission is a form of worship. Though it is not easy it comes with God’s blessings. Remember Paul wrote this text under the reign of the Emperor Nero. God will bless the heart that submits and follows His Word.

In closing remember, this too shall pass. We WILL make it through this difficult season. So, let’s make it through well and together. Refocus and redefine who you are and what you do by committing to God’s design.

Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:13-17 NASB

In Christ,

Pastor Greg

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Ways to be a Godly influence on children

by: Greg Schaffer

03/06/2020

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As parents and caregivers, we have a great opportunity to influence not only our own children but all the children around us. How can we provide positive influences in a world full of so much hate?

“Our struggles with certain sins can become the same sins our children will struggle with as they grow older” (Cox, 2017). These sins could be things such as anger, outbursts, worry, gossiping, and complaining to name a few. Something to keep in mind is that we do not have to pass our sinful behavior on to our children. We can be the godly example that… read more

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As parents and caregivers, we have a great opportunity to influence not only our own children but all the children around us. How can we provide positive influences in a world full of so much hate?

“Our struggles with certain sins can become the same sins our children will struggle with as they grow older” (Cox, 2017). These sins could be things such as anger, outbursts, worry, gossiping, and complaining to name a few. Something to keep in mind is that we do not have to pass our sinful behavior on to our children. We can be the godly example that our children need to see with the help of God!

●Work on your relationship with Christ

oTake the time every day, even if it is just 10 minutes, to sit and study the word.

oMeditate on a specific verse for the day.

oWhen your children see you reading your bible and praying daily, they will want to do the same. They may even start asking questions about Jesus.

●Ask for sins to be revealed in your life

oPray that God can reveal your sins to you-once he does, work on them.

oDo you fear what the world is becoming?

oDo you worry about too much?

oDo you gossip?

oAre you ungrateful for what you have in your life?

●Pray daily

oPray for your children and their friends.

oAsk for protection and guidance for them.

●Model and teach behaviors of thankfulness vs. complaining

oIt is not easy raising children in a society that has an entitlement attitude. Children are seeing things their friends may have and are wanting it as well. Things such as cell phones, tablets, gaming devices, etc.

oTeach your children to be grateful for what they have. Allow them to earn things and not just be given everything they may want.

Here is a good link that might be of help to you.

LeAnn


Cox, K. (2017, October 30). 7 Ways to Be a Godly Influence on Your Children. Retrieved from https://www.krismcox.com/2017/10/30/our-incredible-influence-as-parents/

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When the Mountains Call

by: Greg Schaffer

02/27/2020

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Spring is in the air; warmer weather is almost in reach. There is a passion that stirs in my heart when I think of spring. One of the things I love to do in the spring is hike. There is something about hiking to remote places, the freedom, the freshness of the air and most of all the solitude of that moment.

You might be familiar with the mountain climber George Mallory. When asked why he wanted to climb Mt Everest, one of the most dangerous mountains on the planet, his response was simply, "Because it is there."

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Spring is in the air; warmer weather is almost in reach. There is a passion that stirs in my heart when I think of spring. One of the things I love to do in the spring is hike. There is something about hiking to remote places, the freedom, the freshness of the air and most of all the solitude of that moment.

You might be familiar with the mountain climber George Mallory. When asked why he wanted to climb Mt Everest, one of the most dangerous mountains on the planet, his response was simply, "Because it is there."

Though it is true, mountains are there, and men must climb them. I believe there is much more to that experience when spiritual eyes and hearts are applied.

Jesus also climbed mountains and He didn’t just go once. He often went and retreated to the mountains. Many times, Jesus went to the mountains or to “lonely places” for rest or in some cases, to hear from His Father.

Luke records a time when Jesus retreated to the mountains and as a result on His return, He chose the twelve disciples.

Luke 6:12-16

Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles: 14 Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; 15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor. NKJV

What can we learn from this text? Well, for one we can learn that we all must get away in order to think clearly, to consider, to ponder and yes to make wise decisions. What is your response, when the mountains call or the beach, or your prayer closet, etc.? If we don’t make time to get away, we will have a hard time hearing our Father’s voice . So, who is ready to do some mountain climbing?

In Christ,

Pastor Greg




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Welcome To The New Gateway Church Website

by: Greg Schaffer

01/23/2020

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We are so excited to present our newly designed website. As you can see, it has a fresh new look and easy navigation to help you get the information you need quickly and efficiently. Many thanks to the ChurchSpring team for helping us launch such a beautiful, new church website. To God be the glory!

Gateway Church's mission is to meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the journey of spiritual growth. Please let us know how we can help you.

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We are so excited to present our newly designed website. As you can see, it has a fresh new look and easy navigation to help you get the information you need quickly and efficiently. Many thanks to the ChurchSpring team for helping us launch such a beautiful, new church website. To God be the glory!

Gateway Church's mission is to meet people at the crossroads of life with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to help one another along the journey of spiritual growth. Please let us know how we can help you.

There's still a lot of information to be added, and we hope to keep the site fresh and up to date. If you have any ideas about how we can improve the site or use it better, please leave a comment below.

If you're a first time visitor to our website, we would love to have you visit our church this Sunday. You'll get a warm welcome and a wonderful Gospel message. Feel free to browse our new website and get to know us. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 719-849-5700 or send us an email.

From all of us at Gateway Church, welcome to our new church website.



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