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THE WEEK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD


Do you ever wonder where to turn in the Holy Scriptures?  During this Holy Week, I hope this helps.

Join with Christ followers around the globe and read and pray this week.


Wednesday - Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 26:27-561 Corinthians 1:18

Lord God,
We tremble to think
That it was one of Jesus’ own friends who betrayed him.
One who sat by him, who broke bread with him.
Give us strength, we pray,
To walk faithfully with Jesus,
Even when the road we walk is rocky
Even when the message of the cross seems like foolishness
And even when we feel betrayed.
You, Lord, are always faithful.
We stumble, we become lost,
But you are steady and sure.
Give us the grace to endure our troubles,
And reveal to us the glory of your kingdom,
Through your son, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit.
Amen.

 

Thursday (Maundy Thursday) - Holy Week Prayer

John 13:1-17John 13:34-35

Lord God,
You sent your Son into the world,
And before his hour had come,
He washed his disciples’ feet.
You had given all things into his hands.
He had come from you, and was going to you,
And what did he do?
He knelt down on the floor,
And washed his friends’ feet.
He was their teacher and their Lord,
Yet he washed their feet.
Lord God, help us learn from his example;
Help us to do as he has done for us.
The world will know we are his disciples
If we love one another.
Strengthen our hands and our wills for love
And for service.
Keep before our eyes the image of your Son,
Who, being God, became a Servant for our sake.
All glory be to him who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever.
Amen.

Friday (Good Friday) - Holy Week Prayer

John 18:1-40John 19:1-42Isaiah 52:13-15Isaiah 53:1-12Hebrews 10:16-25; Psa 22

Lord God,
Jesus cried out to you on the cross,
“Why have you forsaken me?”
You seemed so far from his cry
And from his distress.
Those who stood at the foot of the cross
Wondered where you were,
As they saw Jesus mocked and shamed and killed.
Where were you then?
Lord God,
We, too, ask where you are,
When there is trouble and suffering and death,
And we cry out to you for help.
Be near to us, and save us
So that we may praise you for your deliverance.
Lord God,
We wait, on Friday, for the resurrection of Sunday
And sometimes our lives seem a succession of Fridays
And we cannot see what is “Good.”
Teach us to call your name
As Jesus did.
Make us to trust in you like little children.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.

Saturday (Holy Saturday) - Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 17:1-6Lamentations 3:1-9Lamentations 3:19-24

Lord God,
On the Sabbath,
Jesus rested.
He was in the grave.
He had finished his work.
To most people’s eyes,
It looked as if it were all over.
He was dead and buried.
But only as a seed dies when it is planted in the earth,
Not to decay, but to spring to new life.
Teach us to take refuge in you when we are afraid
Teach us that death is not our end
Teach us to hope always in you
And in the resurrection, the making of all things
New.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord,
Amen.

 

Sunday - (Easter/Resurrection Sunday) - Holy Week Prayer

Matthew 28Revelation 5:11-14; Psa 118:1-2; Psa 118:14-24

Lord God,
You loved this world so much,
That you gave your one and only Son,
That we might be called your children too.
Lord, help us to live in the gladness and grace
Of Easter Sunday, everyday.
Let us have hearts of thankfulness
For your sacrifice.
Let us have eyes that look upon
Your grace and rejoice in our salvation.
Help us to walk in that mighty grace
And tell your good news to the world.
All for your glory do we pray, Lord,
Amen


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28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”   Matthew 11:28-30 Message

As a follow up to Sunday's message and the gracious invitation Jesus offers, many of us might be wondering how to experience rest.  A friend recently said to me, "I'm too busy to rest."

Often we say, “When thus-and-so happens, then I will catch up on my rest.” For you, that might be:

  • When I finish that project.

  • When my kids are in school.

  • When I get that promotion/raise.

  • When I find a different job.

  • When I have enough money to hire help.

  • When my kids leave home.

  • When my finances improve.

  • When I get in better health/shape.

  • When I retire.

“When we strive, God waits; when we rest, God acts.” –Jack Frost

Rest requires faith, and a lack of soul rest is caused by fear and doubt. The Greek definition for “rest” means “to cease, to be refreshed, to settle down, and to abide.”

It takes submission and surrender to settle down into God’s rest. Instead, many of us go through life feeling restless. When wedon’t allow our hearts to be still, our emotions stay stirred up. We struggle with an unresolved issue...Forgiveness...Bitterness... Hurt...Insecurity.

Restlessness is a symptom of being homesick for God’s love. True rest comes when we can hunker down in His love and know it’s enough—we don’t have to perform or strive for perfection; just be.

“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” – The White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland

If you can relate to that saying, you’re probably still striving for: praise, performance, power or perfection. You will never rest if you chase these self-focused goals. Let’s lay down those pursuits and chase after just one thing - More of Jesus. 

11 days til Easter

Greg

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Hoping that you are well and enjoying Spring Break this week.

This Sunday, March 31, is a BIG celebration at Gateway4.  Join us as we celebrate Missions.  We will Skype the Wani's in Africa and hear a report from the Mexico Team.  We continue our series, IN THEIR SHOES, so make sure to bring your shoe donations.  Let us know before Friday at noon if you would like to be water baptized Sunday? 

25 days til Easter

Greg

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This is the day the Lord has made.  We will rejoice and be glad in it.   Psalm 118:24 NLT 

Oh my!  Is it really in the mid 70's in mid March?  Loving the sun, but struggling with the early onset of allergy season. With spring in full swing, my encouragement is to wait and watch what God is about to burst into bloom.  I'm not referring to daffodils and tulips.  I'm thinking more of the countless ways God will develop you into the person He sent His Son, Jesus for.  How are you looking, acting, speaking?  Are you living more like Jesus?  My prayer is that your time in the Bible, your prayer life, and your daily walk with Jesus is loaded with devotion instead of duty.  Watch for Jesus in the details.  Enjoy His presence this season.

32 days til Easter

Greg

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For we are mingled with the Messiah, if we will continue unshaken in this confident assurance from the beginning until the end.  Hebrews 3:14 TPT


The only thing I like shaken is my Oreo ice cream shake at Carl's Jr. 

When life shakes me with trials, tests, and circumstances outside my control, I sometimes squirm.  What about you?

The Bible verse in Hebrews 3 enCOURAGES me to settle-in this season.  I am 'mingled with the Messiah', which means I don't have to squirm. I get to 'continue to be unshaken in this confident assurance'.


Strong & Steady

Grace & Grit

Greg

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The tongue has the power of life and death,
    and those who love it will eat its fruit.  Proverbs 18:21 NIV 

During our four-letter-word sermon series, we have tackled LOST, KIND, GRIT, QUIT, and others.  With only eight days of February left, my encouragement is to KEEP speaking words of LIFE to your family, friends, neighbors, strangers, coworkers, and classmates. Our words make a difference.  Just this week at the grocery store, a KIND conversation with the clerk led to a sweet connection and invitation.  See you Friday for the Missions Dinner & Auction.

PRESS on

Greg

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Tomorrow most Americans will celebrate Valentines Day and spend an average of $136.57 on their sweetheart.  Flowers, cards, chocolate, jewelry, stuffed animals, and other trinkets will be exchanged.  I read one stat that reported 58 million pounds of chocolate will be purchased this week.  I was thinking of picking up a Papa Murphy's Heart Pizza for $9 bucks.  Pretty romantic, right?! :) 


Whatever your plans, my hope is that you understand and embrace how much God loves you.  The famous and familiar Bible verse, John 3:16 proves it, Jesus showed it, and the Holy Spirit continues to reveal it.  God loves you.  Enjoy the chocolate, cards, and whatever else this Valentines Day... but regardless of gifts, please remember that you're God's true love.

Grateful

Greg

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My fellow Americans, did you watch the State of the Union last night?  I actually missed it because my Life Group was meeting.  I'm sure our President had some solid statements to make and our nation will be united as a result (my sincere prayer).  Many Life Groups have begun and I strongly encourage you to consider participating in one.  Our nation needs help, just like our families and community need help.  A great way to start the new year is to connect with community.  Our spiritual lives will certainly be enhanced, equipped, and encouraged through prayer.  Check out the Life Group wall in the sanctuary or the Gateway website for more information.

Believing 

Greg

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"If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land."  2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV 

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Proverbs 28:1  The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

How are the final days of January going?  Remember from Sunday's message -  God's got your back, so keep roaring.  With the first month now behind us, we will continue to focus on our word for the year, BOLD.   I'm thrilled to announce a new series that launches this Super Bowl Sunday, titled Four-Letter-Words.  My friend, Tyler, from Eugene will be our guest speaker; please help make him feel welcome and loved. 

Friends, this is a perfect season to dive into a Life Group.  See the website or Life Group Wall in the Sanctuary for more information.  Life Groups are a great way to KNOW, GROW, and GO.

Bold

Greg

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"but the godly are as BOLD as lions." Prov 28:1b

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How’s the second week of the 21 day fast going? How’s your time in the Word? How’s your prayer life?


Be encouraged and keep pressing into Jesus.  I believe the LORD has a significant word for you. At our weekly staff huddle, we discussed the Fast as a team and ways we're being encouraged. Ways we have been hearing from God during the fast?


Matthew Tacey (G4 intern) - "The gospel is something that was given to us and we are in debt to God until we pass it on."


Jackie Noble (Children's Ministries) - "fine tuning . . . hearing from God.  Fasting time tunes that.  I'm listening closely to the 'yes" or 'no'...   deliberate intention to stop - open my ears - what am I hearing?  Good exercise ... listening to Him say     'I love you; ;I delight in you'."


Aaron Mireles (Executive Pastor) - Romans 12:2 - test and approve His will ... conformed and transformed.  Fasting is an opportunity  to break those things --- patterns and behaviors... become aware of those patterns.  God is working.      Becoming more aware of the patterns that need to be changed."

Greg

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Here we go 2019! 

On Sunday, we were reminded that it is a 'time for totes: retain, release, remember'.  As we begin the new year, may you have the boldness and courage to make the adjustments that will bring God the most honor and glory.  A popular Theologian from the 1800's said it well: 


"Rouse thee, O believer, from thy low condition!  Cast away thy sloth, thy lethargy, thy coldness, or whatever interferes with thy chaste and pure love to Christ.  Make Him the source, the center, and the circumference of all thy soul's range of delight.  Rest no longer satisfied with thy dwarfish attainments.  Aspire to a higher, a nobler, a fuller life.  Upward to heaven!  Nearer to God!"  Charles Spurgeon


Friends, at Gateway we believe the new year will be filled with opportunities to aspire higher.  Join us for our new celebration service times on Sundays (10:00 & 11:30).


Nearer to God

Greg

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As we hit the middle of this beautiful month, my prayer is that you will encounter God's great power and that you may see His glory.  We certainly caught a glimpse of God's goodness last Sunday as we celebrated baptisms.  Continue praying for the seven precious people who courageously stepped into the water and declared their faith publicly.  Be courageous and lean into God's amazing grace. 

Join us for Celebration Services this Sunday at 9&11 -  Part two of Titus - "Godly Living in Light of God's Grace."

For HIS glory

Greg

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Some of you know our dear friends, Steven & Candyce Wani who serve in Africa.  Last week, you generously gave $1,577 toward their vehicle fund.  Thank you for investing in this precious family.  Will you continue to pray for the Wani family as they settle in to their new home, school, and ministry?

This Sunday, October 7th, we launch a new series in the Book of Titus - Godly living in light of God's grace.  See you at 9 or 11am for Celebration services.

It's not to late to participate in a Life Group.  Check out options on our website - www.Gateway4.com

Greg

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OUT OF ROWS AND INTO CIRCLES

We value relationships. 

We were not designed to be alone but connected with God and each other. 

Life Groups are an excellent way to belong.

Acts 2:42-46

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Oh my, it's 80+ degrees in late September!
Drop everything and go outside. 

Hey, Gateway, something to not drop this FALL is Life Groups.  Jump in, join in, and belong.  Check out the Life Group wall at church or the website for more info.  There are excellent options  every day of the week. 


Psalm 68:6 The Passion Translation (TPT)

To the fatherless he is a father.
To the widow he is a champion friend.
To the lonely he gives a family.
To the prisoners he leads into prosperity until they sing for joy.
This is our Holy God in his Holy Place!
    
Belong to soar

Pastor Greg

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                            IT’S OK TO NOT BE OK,

                IT’S NOT OK TO PRETEND YOU’RE OK,

                    IT’S NOT OK TO STAY THAT WAY.

At Gateway4, we value authenticity, vulnerability, and transformation.  Honesty in our relationships with God and people is essential for growth.  As we begin a new month and a new season (fall), will you prayerfully consider joining a Life Group in September.  It is a great way to 'not be ok, but not stay that way'.  Make community count, invest your life, and watch your faith soar.  LG's launch mid September.  See LG wall in sanctuary or website for topics, times, and more. 

2 Corinthians 3:18 The Passion Translation (TPT)

18 We can all draw close to him with the veil removed from our faces.  And with no veil, we all become like mirrors who brightly reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus.  We are being transfigured into His very image as we move from one brighter level of glory to another.  And this glorious transfiguration comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Know Grow Go  

Pastor Greg 

 

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Psalm 150:6  Let everything that breathes sing praises to the Lord!  Praise the Lord!  Gateway Friends - How are you doing with the air quality in the Willamette Valley? With aQi scores in the 150s this week, people are struggling with breathing.  Even local High Schools have cancelled sporting activities.  All of this reminds me how important clean breathable air is.  With the increase in smoke outside, will you join me in praying for Firefighters across our great state of Oregon?  Keep breathing, keep singing, keep praising, keep praying!  In fact, tonight at Gateway4, we will host an inspired evening of Praise, Prayer, and Pie.  Well, the pie portion won't be inspired, but should be tasty. Childcare will be provided for ages 5 yrs and under.  Praising, Greg

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Just imagine how different your life would be if, moment by moment, you were constantly OPEN to God.  Think of how much your experience of yourself, others and the world would change if you were continuously attuned to the loving presence of God, and if you allowed the life of God to flow into and through you with each breath.  Sounds like prayer, doesn't it?

As we transition into the second half of August, my hope and heart is for a greater openess to God through prayer.  Would you join Gateway, during the next two weeks, as we focus our attention and intimacy on Jesus?  Four ways to start your prayers:

1)  Oh, God, I adore You and praise You for who You are.  You are amazing and awesome at                                                                                                                     ___________?  (Adoration)

2)  Father, I confess/repent/apologize and come clean for my sin __________?     (Confession)

3)  Wow, Almighty God, You are so good, and I thank you for _____________?   (Thanksgiving)

4)  Jesus, with so many needs in my life, I'm asking for your assistance with ___________?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      (Supplication)

Open to God

Greg

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Have you started each day this week with praise and prayer?  That was the encouragement from Sunday's AWAKEN message.  The Old Testament story of David in the cave was an example of this.  David was running for his life, yet somehow, he found a way to praise instead of panic . . . a way to pray instead of getting paranoid . . . a way to faith-up instead of fear.  As you face the rest of this HOT week, my prayers are with you.  Keep leaning on Jesus in your trials, tragedies, and victories.  Highs or lows, God is with us and is ready to hear our prayers.  You can count on Him;  He is dependable, capable, reliable, steady, and close.

Join us at 9&11 for "Family Sundays" in August.  This Sunday, we're believing for the Spirit to awaken our senses as we focus on touch.  More watermelons will be served up, and Kid's Activity Packs are loaded with fun goodies.

Awaking the day with praise

Greg

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Awake, O my soul, with the music of his splendor-song!  Arise, my soul, and sing his praises!  My worship will awaken the dawn, greeting the daybreak with my songs of light !    

Psalm 57:8 The Passion Translation (TPT)

August is here and Gateway is thrilled to share where we're going during this final month of summer.  Our Sunday focus will include our students (Elementary-High School) as we celebrate Family services at 9&11am.  We're believing for God's continued Hand of healing to touch us divinely.  Our new sermon series: Awaken will be a 'hands-on' series with creative object lessons and memorable moments for all ages.  

Gateway is partnering with Faye Wright Elementary School for a Backpack Drive this month.  Help us collect 50 new backpacks stuffed with school supplies.  

Ladies, look at the www.Gateway4.com site for info on Women's Worship Night, Girl's Night-Out, and other fun options.  Men, this Saturday is breakfast at 8:30am, and a Wilderness Backpack adventure is planned for August 16-18.  Youth will continue meeting on Wednesday nights, and a swim/hike trip to Opal Creek is August 11.  Join us on August 22nd for an all church Prayer, Praise & Pie night.  The Storehouse will be open August 8th from 1-4pm.

Make sure to get a copy of the new August bulletin or get the Gateway4 app for more info. 

Greg

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How are you staying cool this week? With 90+ degree days all week, Gateway will be open as a 'cooling station' if you need a place to chill-out and stay hydrated? This Sunday, we're thrilled to celebrate Missions with special guests, Lee & Lisa Schnabel from Latin America.

Join us at 9 & 11 for an amazing time of Praise. Karen Lytle is back from Sabbatical and will be leading worship. Pastor Greg will finale the GRIT sermon series, and a significant time of healing ministry will be offered. Each service will wrap up with popsicles on the back patio.

Dr. Lee Schnabel has served as a pastor, missionary and educator to Latin America for nearly twenty years.  His greatest passion is to equip leaders to impact their communities and nations with the saving power of the Gospel and the healing authority of God’s kingdom.  During their eight years in Chile, Lee and his wife, Lisa, saw scores of people healed in miraculous ways.  Multiple individuals were set-free from spiritual bondages and others have received specific guidance through prophetic words.  Using their collaborative leadership training approach, Lee and his CAPAZ ministry team are developing in-service training programs in Bolivia, Nicaragua and Paraguay and Peru. Lee and Lisa have three married sons, and enjoy hanging out with their two grandsons, Asher and Noah. 

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