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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

We'd love to hear what you're giving thanks for this holiday season. Write us at: givethanks@gci.org

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s a time when we gather together with family and friends to give thanks for the blessings we’ve experienced over the last year. But so often the true meaning of giving thanks can get lost in the food, football and movies. So this week, I wanted to take a look at what giving thanks actually looks like from a spiritual perspective.

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Giving It All Away

Giving It All Away

As we recognize what God has given to us, freely through his mercy and grace, we’re able to pass on what we have received to others.

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There’s a church around the corner from our GCI headquarters that hosts food trucks on Wednesday nights. For those of you who don’t live in Los Angeles, you might not know what a food truck is. Let me show you a picture.

They’re basically mobile kitchens that specialize in comfort foods like grilled cheese sandwiches, tacos, and pizza. They’ve even become so well known that Zagat started rating them. But last summer, there was a truck driving around Minneapolis that won’t be getting a Zagat rating anytime soon. And not because it can’t pass the health code inspection.

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Equally Yoked

Equally Yoked

Christ offers us a partnership, designed to spiritually strengthen us into mature believers.

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Sometimes just making it through the day can be a real challenge. There are a million and one distractions ready to derail us from accomplishing our goals. By the time we fight our way through traffic and make it home – we’re already exhausted. However, life with Christ doesn’t have to be so difficult. Listen to what Jesus said: "Come to me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt 11:28-29).

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What Good Shall I Do This Day?

What Good Shall I Do This Day?

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by daily life. We have so much going on around us. But, finding time to be on mission with our living Lord is a crucial part to growing in our faith.

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As a young man, Ben Franklin developed and kept a rigorous schedule in an attempt at self-improvement. Every day he rose at five in the morning and asked himself a single question: “what good shall I do this day?” That’s an intriguing question, but as Christians, we could modify it to read something like this: “what good is God already doing and how can I join in?”

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The Joy of Christ

The Joy of Christ

The gospel really is good news. How do you react when hearing the message of God’s grace and mercy?

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I recently found a video on YouTube of a 78-year-old grandmother riding a roller coaster for the first time in her life. Check it out –

Isn’t that great? I love how excited she gets as the coaster picks up speed. If there was ever a picture of pure and unfettered joy – this woman’s expression is it. I think this is how it’s supposed to look when we experience God’s grace and mercy in our own lives. Let me explain…

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Christian Service

Christian Service

What motivates us to do good for our neighbor?

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It was on a snowy evening in January when the doctor received an urgent call summoning him to perform an emergency brain surgery at Trinity Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama. But he was only able to drive a few blocks before his car stalled in a heavy snowstorm. He made the decision to walk the rest of his journey in the biting cold. Finally, he arrived at the hospital, dried himself off and got to work. 

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Lose the Trinity and What Have You Got?

Lose the Trinity and What Have You Got?

The Trinity should guide every aspect of our life and be a point of daily focus.

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Noted Theologian Karl Rahner once lamented that if you took the doctrine of the Trinity out of modern Christianity, most churches and religious literature would remain unchanged. That’s a scary prediction, but it did get me thinking about how important this concept really is.

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Letter from Dr. Joseph Tkach - Oct. 2014

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October 1, 2014

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Our season of summer camps is under way. Grace Communion International sponsors dozens of camps in the United States and around the world, where hundreds of volunteer staffers serve thousands of children and teen campers. These camps provide a wonderful opportunity for all who attend, and it can be a life-changing experience.

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Christians Should Never Retire

Christians Should Never Retire

At 76, Mavis Albin proves that you’re never too old to get involved.

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When people think of the word “grandparent,” it is often connected to another word: retirement. It seems like there’s a memo going around that when we get older, we have to slow down. But let me tell you about a lady who disregarded that memo. Her name is Mavis Albin, and she’s a grandmother of eight. Instead of trading in her heels for a pair of comfy slippers, she bought some Nikes and hit the gym. Since childhood, she dreamed of playing basketball, and at 55 those dreams came true.

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A Piece of the Picture

A Piece of the Picture

Our lives and actions are actively shaped and redeemed by God's great plan.

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I’m sure almost all of you have used Microsoft Excel at some point during your professional career. It’s a computer program that helps you manage large amounts of information. The data is entered into a “cell” and then organized across a spreadsheet and highlighted according to user’s preference. Sounds kind of boring, right?

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