Love Isn't Always Easy


Posted by Gayle Laird on

February is the “month of love,” so allow me to tell you a love story that began in February – February 2, 2008, to be exact. When my husband, Lloyd, died in 1988, I was still in my 30s. Many told me I’d marry again. I was young, God would bring someone into my life. But...


Posted by Wayne Williams on

This is Pastor Greg Lunsford’s last week as our Lead Pastor. I am very pleased that although he is leaving that position, he and Lara and Ransom are not leaving us. Still, it is a leaving that we feel and to which we should respond. I came across a liturgy recently about leavings that...


Posted by Marty Larson on

Baggage… it’s really important when you’re going somewhere to have the things needed for that trip at hand and ready to use. Baggage doesn’t sound good, though, if it’s referring to something I’m bringing from my past that is harmful into the present. Even...

Silence and Stillness in a Loud World


Posted by Sara Bettinger on

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10“You, Holy Spirit, are a whisper. A frequency so humble that our city noise would drown You out but for desperately longing hearts.”  Strahan Coleman...

Loved and Cared For By Jesus

Posted by Greg Lunsford on

In early October the staff and I were able to spend the day at the McElroy residence to spend some intentional time in the Word, in prayer and in the presence of God’s creation. If you have not been to the McElroy property, it always feels like you are on a retreat. It is covered in trees...

Who is He to Us?


Posted by Mary Onoja on

Some years ago, back in Africa, Nigeria, I became a Christian at twelve, accepting and confessing Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. From the moment I did that, I knew that something in me was no longer the same, and a significant change had occurred deep inside me. I was a seventh grader...

Family Impact

Posted by Ken Hesson on

First, I give thanks and glory to our Lord that makes everything possible through his loving grace and thanks to GPBC for the privilege of contributing again to this blog. This time around I would like to share about what GPBC and the Lord have taught me in my Christian faith. I think what is...


Posted by Wayne Williams on

The possibility of transformation is the essence of hope. Psychologist Aaron Beck says that the single belief most toxic to a relationship, be it a marriage or a friendship, is the belief that the other person cannot change. John Ortberg, in his book The Life You’ve Always Wanted...

Over the Hill and Through the Woods

Posted by Doug Hyde on

I was raised in southeast Idaho in a stable Mormon home. At age 19, I left home to serve a two-year Mormon mission in northern Japan. I held multiple positions of leadership in the Mormon church both before and after my return. At the age of 30, questioning the Mormon faith (and God...

Moving Forward on Purpose

Posted by Greg Schmidt on

With children returning to school and our landscape aflame with a bright palette of changing colors; fall is upon us. Our lives consist of different seasons! Ecclesiastes 3:1 reminds us that “for everything there is a season and a time for every matter under heaven.” (NRSV) Solomon...