Do You Think Highly of Yourself?
by Steve Marshall on September 22nd, 2023
Church Family: Do you think highly of yourself? How would you know? Well, are you self-sufficient, thinking that you do not need any help from anybody? Are you self-serving, always thinking how will this benefit me not others? Do you think of yourself as superior because of who you are or what you do or what you have or what you look like? Do you think that God would struggle without you on His te...
Wisdom to Know God’s Will
by Steve Marshall on September 15th, 2023
Isn't it interesting that as Christian’s we are never told in Scripture to ask God to reveal His plan for our lives? Yes, it is a daily temptation to beg God to get a glimpse of tomorrow. That is His secret will for you and He calls you to live by faith trusting that He has it all for your good and His glory. On the other hand, you are told repeatedly to plea to God for wisdom and to cry aloud for...
God's Will as a Way of Life
by Steve Marshall on September 8th, 2023
Do you know God’s will for your life? Which one of those ten options in front of you is God’s will? Are you waiting right now for God to reveal His will? Have you been waiting long? Are you looking at God’s will as something He is hiding from you as you seek it? Do you think you need to hear every part of His will before you take the first step? Can you miss God’s will? If you "missed" God’s will,...
by Steve Marshall on September 1st, 2023
Church Family: How are you as a Christian to stand against the culture's demands for you to conform to all that it yells at you? Are you to get louder, make threats like them, write long social media rants, vandalize property, or maybe justify changing your moral standards to become more open and acceptable to those demands?Well, the Bible makes our response clear. God commands Christians to embra...
Yahweh: Your Portion - Your Cup - Your Lot - Your Beautiful Inheritance
by Steve Marshall on August 25th, 2023
Yahweh: Your Portion - Your Cup - Your Lot - Your Beautiful InheritanceChurch Family: Because of the work of Jesus Christ, you have an inheritance that is the greatest inheritance on earth and in heaven. What is your inheritance? Your inheritance is Yahweh Himself and His endless blessings. David uses four metaphors to describe your inheritance in Christ in Psalm 16:5-6, “The Lord is my chosen por...
Present Your Body As A Living Sacrifice
by Steve Marshall on August 18th, 2023
Church Family: Here is a heavy thought for you today. God demands everything from you as His child. He does not ask for 10% nor 90%. He commands everything, 100%. He calls you to be a sacrifice, a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). The implications of God's call for you to be a "living sacrifice" impacts every area of your life. You cannot hold back 1% of your life from God's reign and kingship and s...
It Is Not What You Do But Why You Do It
by Steve Marshall on August 11th, 2023
Church Family: Let's say that you have two friends that you see weekly. You really love and enjoy them both. They both appear to be living the same kind of life externally. They do good works in their neighborhood and community. They are nice, active, morally good, giving and concerned about the well-being of our nation and our world...
The Japanese: The World's Second Largest Unreached People Group
by Steve Marshall on August 4th, 2023
Hello Church Family: One of the ways in which GCT is obedient to the commands of Christ to reach the nations of the world with the Gospel is through the Brett and Taylor Rayl family work at Christ Bible Institute, in Nagoya, Japan as well as their church-planting work through Mission to the World throughout Japan.Nagoya, the Rayl's mission center, is Japan’s major manufacturing city. It is home to...
OH! Our Inscrutable God!
by Steve Marshall on July 28th, 2023
Church Family: For the last eleven chapters of Romans, Paul has been explaining the plan of God in saving Jews and Gentiles through Christ Jesus. This bridge section in Romans 11:33-36 brings us from eleven chapters of deep theological truths about our salvation to how it is to be applied to our lives in chapters 12-16 of Romans. Paul pauses before he gets to the application and lets the theology ...
An Olive Tree, Its Branches and You
by Steve Marshall on July 21st, 2023
Church Family: When you read the Old Testament, you quickly see that there were essentially three groups of people: national Israel, true Israel (the faithful remnant) and the Gentile (pagan) nations. You see that the nation of Israel was repeatedly involved in idolatry, apostasy, and rebellion, yet God always kept for Himself a faithful remnant. The remnant was those who trusted in God and would ...
Which "Israel" Are You Talking About?
by Steve Marshall on July 14th, 2023
Church Family: Well, what about the Jews? Has God rejected His people (Rom. 11:1)? They were God’s chosen people, right? If you look at Israel today as a nation, they have clearly fallen away from God by rejecting Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah. Is this not a failure on God’s part? Why is this even important for us to understand? Because, if God has failed on His covenant promises to Israel ...
God is Sovereign - Man is Responsible - Share the Gospel
by Steve Marshall on July 7th, 2023
Church Family: Does the Bible contradict itself teaching that God is sovereign over salvation while also teaching that man is responsible?We have seen in Paul’s letter to the Romans, that God is sovereign over salvation. He is King of all. (Rom. 8:29-39; 9:6-29). God has a purpose for every person and He orders and controls them to show His power and to proclaim His name in all the earth. Salvatio...
BOS to ILM During Pride Month
by Steve Marshall on July 1st, 2023
Church Family: This past Tuesday, it was my duty and delight to accompany my Dad to Boston general Hospital. We were to fly out of Wilmington early, arrive Boston, take a cab to his appointment with the oncologist, take a cab back to the airport, get back on the plane and fly home to arrive just before midnight. Oh yea, add one very short layover in LaGuardia, NYC each way. We made it to the appoi...
Israel and the Church
by Steve Marshall on June 23rd, 2023
God, Israel and the Church are three of the main characters in the Bible’s epic story of redemption. In the Old Testament, Israel and God play the lead role. In the New Testament, the Church and God play the lead role. But how do these two main characters, Israel and the Church, relate to each other? Is Israel the same as the Church with just a name change? Or are they completely separate?To under...
The Potter and His Clay
by Steve Marshall on June 16th, 2023
Church Family: One of the greatest promises in Scripture is found in one of the most difficult Scriptures in the Bible to receive. The promise is painted with a metaphor. The context is a potter’s workshop where we find him making clay vessels (pots). The potter has designed and formed vessels to be used for very specific purposes. He has taken a single lump of clay and has freely decided to make ...
The Witness of Our Oneness
by Kyle Mills on June 9th, 2023
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me." - John 17:20-21Hey GCT family,As we continue our study of Jesus' Prayer in John 17 this Sunday, we're going to look at the latter half of the chapter whe...
Eternal life: Now or Future?
by Kyle Mills on June 2nd, 2023
Church family: As summertime rounds the corner and comes into full view, we start getting excited because our summer plans will soon be a reality and we eagerly look forward to breaking the routine of the school year, and sometimes we just want a break from the grueling work schedule, the sports practices and games, and even the colder weather! And all of this is good because God gives us differen...
"Esau I Hated." Really?
by Steve Marshall on May 26th, 2023
Church Family: Did God really "Hate Esau?" (Rom. 9:13) Ok, so let's back up and start with the first half of that verse, "God loved Jacob." He did? Jacob the liar, cheater and polygamist? Jacob the husband of four women, and many concubines, resulting in twelve sons and one daughter? Jacob the leader of a dysfunctional family? Jacob the father of sons who hated one of their brothers to the point o...
"I Will Have Mercy On Whom I Have Mercy" - God
by Steve Marshall on May 19th, 2023
Church Family: What Biblical doctrine has created some of the most heated controversy and division since the 4th century? Still today if you hear this phrase within Bible believing Christ followers it can bring heated division. What is the phrase? “God elects some to salvation.” Very often the idea that God chooses some and does not choose others creates within believers and unbelievers alike disg...
Moms Fill the Earth With Image Bearers of God
by Steve Marshall on May 12th, 2023
Church Family: I love my Mom. She has been nurturing me for 54 years. Mothers are nurturers. They nurture things, especially their own children. That is what God made them to do, nurture. I love being nurtured by my Mom. Even today, if I go to my parent's house my Mom immediately goes into nurture mode. Steve eat this, drink this, eat more of this, you look tired, you need rest, are you sleeping, ...
You Get All Things
by Steve Marshall on May 5th, 2023
Church Family: Since God did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all, God will absolutely give us all things with Christ (Rom. 8:32). Whoa! All things? Will our Father God, who gave up His Son to bear the wrath due to us for our sins, deny us any other good that His chosen people need? Our God who has foreloved us with an eternal love, who has effectually called us, who has justified us...
God Sharing His Glory With You
by Steve Marshall on April 28th, 2023
Church Family: Do you ever look up into the heavens above during the day or night and let them declare the glory of God (Psalm 19:1)? What are the heavens declaring about God? His glory. The glory of God is the splendor and brilliance of all God’s attributes. Glory is not one attribute of God, like His omnipotence. Rather "glory" is the description that summarizes all the attributes of God. Glory ...
by Steve Marshall on April 21st, 2023
Church Family: I can remember being one of four pastors in a “Bible believing church” when the question was asked by a crew of deacons, “do you pastors believe in predestination?” I thought silently, as the very junior associate pastor, “ummm, yea, it’s in the Bible.” Two of the four pastors quickly said “no” while the third pastor abstained from answering the question. They looked at me waiting f...
God's Purpose for You Today
by Steve Marshall on April 14th, 2023
Church Family: One of the biggest questions that we ask God and ourselves is, "What is God’s purpose for my life?" It is easy to think that God plays hide and go seek with His purpose for us, but He doesn't. He wants us to know His purpose for us every day. He is the God of purpose. He has a very detailed and eternal purpose that manifests itself daily in our very mundane lives. God is not random ...
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