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Grace and Mercy started as a Bible study in a home. The group grew and more room was needed so the decision was made to get a commercial location. This would enable us to have more contact with people and allow us to have activities that we could not in the house setting. God would eventually lead us to partner with First Chrisian church, where we now meet.

Grace and Mercy is led by Larry and Ginger Foster with help from their friends. We all were once helpless with no way to reach God. Because of God's grace and mercy, He provided Jesus to pay the penalty we could not pay so that we might have a relationship with God and be able to have eternal life in heaven after we die. It is because of God's grace - not our good deeds - that we can be forgiven of the things we have done wrong.

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Current Sermon Series: The Gospel of Luke

Luke is one of the three synoptic Gospels, yet about 30% of his material is unique. Join us as we look deeper into the life of Christ.

Sunday Bible Study

at 11:00am downstairs. After the morning worship service, join us for an in-depth study of the Bible in an informal setting. We are currently studying the seven letters to the seven churches in Revelation.

Women's Bible Study

Women meet for Bible study every Wednesday at 1pm at the church. They are studying the book of James

Mission Trip to El Salvador

Our members have returned from their missionary trip to El Salvador. Here their report this Sunday (27th) at the 9:30 service. You may find out more here

Christmas Concert

December 9th at 6pm. Once again we will have Lorainne and Amy and friends leading us in a special time of Christmas music. The concert is free and is open to the community.


Thanksgiving 2022

Every year America celebrates Thanksgiving. It has become a holiday of gathering families and taking time to pause to remember things we are thankful for. The Bible talks about giving thanks also.

Choose Wisely

Jesus gives us some wise advice about things like how to chose a teacher, a little botany lesson and how to build a strong house.
Message starts at 2:46
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The Upside Paradigm of Jesus: Part 3

No Judgments. Jesus continues to give us instructions on how we are to relate to our fellow human - instructions that continue to be different than the normal accepted behavior of society.
Message starts at 4:55
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The Upside Paradigm of Jesus: Part 2

A crazy thing called love. In this second part of the Upside Down Paradigm of Jesus we look at the teaching, "love your enemies." Really?
Message starts at 3:52
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The Upside Paradigm of Jesus: Part 1

Jesus gives us teachings that run counter to our normal school of thought and our culture. Are we really blessed when we are poor and hungry? What can we learn from these teachings to apply to our lives?
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Job Requirements

Have you ever looked at the "help wanted" ads? They almost always have some requirements attached to them. What do you think the requirements were to be a disciple of Jesus? In this message we look at we know about the 12 disciples of Jesus and why He selected them.
Message starts at 5:04
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Something New

In Luke 5:33-39 twice Jesus uses the word "new". He's trying to tell His listeners, "Hey, there is something new here." What is new and what is Jesus trying to tell us?
Message starts at 3:19
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The Call of Matthew

Matthew was a tax collector. Tax collectors were more than despised, they were hated and discriminated against. Yet Jesus reaches out to one. Why were tax collectors say hated and what can we learn?
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Guest speaker Bud Barrier gives a message about Heaven. What we know, what we don't know.
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Determined and Forgiven

Was there someone in your life that was determined to tell you about Jesus? Maybe a friend or family member or Sunday school teacher. In today's message, we look at some friends who were determined to bring their paralytic friend to Jesus. They wouldn't even let a roof stop them.
Message starts at 4:30
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Jesus Above All

Luke writes to prove a point, not to record a diary of Jesus's daily activities. The stories he includes are specific for a reason. We look at three miracles and why Luke included them in his Gospel.
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Fishers of Men

Have you ever just wanted to walk away from everything? Peter did just that. From Luke 5, the story of the calling of Peter to be a disciple.
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Family, Friends and Foes

Jesus went to His hometown of Nazareth to preach there. It didn't go well. Sometimes your family and friends become your foes.
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The Temptation of Jesus

Jesus was led into the wilderness to be tempted - yet He overcame all temptation. We are all tempted in our lives on this Earth. What can we learn from Jesus's example?
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The Baptism of Jesus

The baptism of Jesus is a significant event as it appears in all four Gospel accounts. The "why" question has stumped scholars and theologians for years. What can we learn about this event in Jesus's life and significant events in our own lives?
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Fearless and Bold

Have you ever known someone that was "out there?" Someone who didn't fit into the norms of society? John the Baptist fit that description. He dressed oddly and spoke with authority. What can we learn from him?
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Misplaced But Not Lost

As a parent, have you ever lost your child? That happened to Mary and Joseph. In this message we look at the familiar story of Jesus in the temple when He was 12 and chose to stay behind as His family returned to Jerusalem.
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Hearing God

Most of us want to hear God more often and more clearly. In our continuing study of Luke we look at Simeon and Anna, two people who pick the infant Jesus out of crowd because they heard God. What can we learn from them about hearing God?
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Why Mary?

Mary is the mother of the Savior. But out of the millions of young Jewish girls, why is Mary chosen for this task? We will look at the what the Bible tells us her.
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When Religion and Life Separate

From the series on minor prophets we look at Amos. Amos deals with a problem that is seen across time and even today. People who have religion but it does not affect their lives.
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Introduction to Luke and the Birth of John the Baptist.

We begin a new study on the book of Luke. I cover a little background about Luke and the Gospel he wrote. Then we look at the birth of John the Baptist. Zachariah was a little slow in understanding this.
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Cameroon Mission Trip Report

Ginger and I recently returned from a mission trip to Cameroon, Africa. Hear our report about how God worked in the hearts of people in Africa.

David On Prayer

King David is not always the best example to follow in the Bible. However, he is refered to as "A man after God's own heart." Many of David's prayers are recorded in the Psalms. What can we learn from how David prayed? Follow along study notes

Rend Your Hearts, Not Your Garments

From our series on the minor prophets comes this word from the prophet Joel. Joel is noted for two passages. First, the prophecy of the Holy Spirit on all people. Second, the passage of "Rend your hearts." What is the prophet telling us that we can apply to our lives today?

God's Graduate School

From our Bible study on the life of David. Tradition is that David was 10-15 years old when he was anointed king; but he was 30 years old when he finally ascended to the thrown. During that time God was preparing him for the task he would have. And God is always preparing us for our next task in serving Him. Follow along study notes

The Power of Prayer

We continue our series on prayer. So far we have focused on what we say to God. But prayer is a dialogue with God - not us telling God our to-do list. This message we take a different look at prayer and focuses on the power that prayer has when we align ourselves with the ultimate power of the universe. Follow along study notes

Nobody But Jesus

Easter is the most significant day in the Christian calendar. It is the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Nobody But Jesus ever correctly predicted their own death and resurrection. Listen to see what else nobody but Jesus ever did. Follow along study notes

What Were You Expecting?

Palm Sunday is a special Sunday when we celebrate Jesus's entry into Jerusalem. The crowd is in a frenzy as Jesus rides into town. But what were they expecting? Follow along study notes

Paul on Prayer

Part 12 in a series on prayer. In our continuing study of the topic of prayer, we look at what the apostle Paul teaches about the subject. Follow along study notes

Jesus Teaches on Prayer

Part 11 in a series on prayer. In addition to the parables we looked at last week, Jesus gave us other instruction on the subject of prayer. We will look at these passages and talk about the question, "Do we really get what we ask for when we pray?" Follow along study notes

Parables on Prayer

Part 10 in a series on prayer. Christ frequently taught using parables - a story with a deeper meaning. In this message we look at two parables - the parable of the persistent widow and the parable of the neighbor at midnight - Jesus used to teach us about prayer. Do we have to badger God to get answers to our prayers? Follow along study notes

Why Did Jesus Pray?

Part 9 in a series on prayer. We start a sub-series as we look at how Jesus practiced and taught on prayer. Prayer was a very normal part of Jesus life. But if Jesus was God incarnate, why does He need to pray? Follow along study notes

Thine is the Kingdom

Part 8 in a series on prayer. We conclude our in depth breakdown of the Model Prayer given to us by the Lord. In this message we look at the climatic phrase, "Thine is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory forever." Follow along study notes

Lead us not into Temptation

Part 7 in a series on prayer. We continue our in depth breakdown of the Model Prayer given to us by the Lord. In this message we look at the phrase, "Lead us not into temptation." Would God actually lead us into temptation? Follow along study notes

Forgive Us Our Debts

Part 6 in a series on prayer. We continue our in depth breakdown of the Model Prayer given to us by the Lord. In this message we look at the phrase, "Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors." Is God's forgiveness of us dependant on our forgiveness of our each other? Follow along study notes

Give Us This Day

Part 5 in a series on prayer. We continue our in depth breakdown of the Model Prayer given to us by the Lord. In this message we look at the phrase, "Give us this day our daily bread" and see how that applies to us in our world of regular paychecks and grocery stores. Follow along study notes

The Call of David

In this message taken from our downstairs Bible study, we look at the familiar story of the annointing of David to become king found I Samuel 16. Follow along study notes

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven

Part 4 in a series on prayer. We continue to take an in depth look at the Model prayer - focusing this time on the phrase, "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven." Follow along study notes

In Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name

Part 3 in a series on prayer. We continue to take an in depth look at the Model prayer - focusing this time on the phrase, "In Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name"

Our Father

We continue our study of prayer this week as we begin a detailed look at the Model Prayer - better known as the Lord's prayer. In this message we focus on the opening words, "Our Father".

How Not to Pray

We start a series on prayer with Jesus's teaching from Mathew 6 on how not to pray. You didn't know there was a right or wrong, did you?

The Magi (wise men)

The magi (wise men) from the east have always fascinated me in the Christmas Story. Where are these guys from? How did they find out about the birth of Jesus?

Those who saw it and those who missed it. (4th Sunday of Advent)

He is here! The Savior is born. We have angels and shepherds and prophets. But most of the people around missed the announcement. Why and what we can learn from this.

A Lesson in Obedience: Mary and Joseph (3rd Sunday of Advent)

It is almost time for the birth of the Savior. But before He comes, He needs a family. Parents to care for Him, protect Him and raise Him. It will not be an easy job.

Prepare the Way: John the Baptist (2nd Sunday of Advent)

After 400 years of prophetic silence, John the Baptist breaks on the scene with his bold message and unique diet and attire. What dos this voice of "one crying in the wilderness" have to say to us today?

What the Old Testament says about Jesus (1st Sunday of Advent)

Depending on who you ask, there are anywhere from 300-600 prophecies of the Savior in the Old Testament. In this message we talke about some of those prophecies and look at the odds of one person fulfilling them.

Giving Thanks

In my Thanksgiving themed message I talk about why we should be thankful in all things. Really? Yes!

Jonah, Part 2

In our second message in the book of Jonah, we learn that God loves all people everywhere.

Jonah, Part 1

Jonah is one of the best known prophets in the Old Testament - for the wrong reasons. God called him to do a job, and chose to go the opposite direction. What can we learn from Jonah?

Dealing with disappointment

Disappointment is a fact of life. You expect something and it doesn't happen that way. You buy a new breakfast cereal and it just isn't very good. But what do you do when you are disappointed with God?