Words of Comfort, Hope and Healing

 We all have times in life when it seems we are stumbling through darkness -- unsure of what to do, or what to think, or what our next step should be.  If we don't find ourselves in this darkness today, we may know someone else who is.  The following Bible verses are words of encouragement, of comfort, of hope and of healing. Perhaps you will find a word to encourage you today... or a word to share with a friend.

 

Deuteronomy 31:8 

The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. (NIV)

Joshua 1:9 
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go. (NIV)

Psalm 23:4 
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (NIV)

Psalm 27:1 
The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid? (NIV)

Psalm 119:76 
May your unfailing love be my comfort, according to your promise to your servant. (NIV)

Proverbs 3:24 
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. (NIV)

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: 
a time to be born and a time to die, 
a time to plant and a time to uproot, 
a time to kill and a time to heal, 
a time to tear down and a time to build, 
a time to weep and a time to laugh, 
a time to mourn and a time to dance, 
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, 
a time to embrace and a time to refrain, 
a time to search and a time to give up, 
a time to keep and a time to throw away, 
a time to tear and a time to mend, 
a time to be silent and a time to speak, 
a time to love and a time to hate, 
a time for war and a time for peace. 
(NIV)

Isaiah 12:2 
Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. (NIV)

Isaiah 49:13 
Shout for joy, you heavens; rejoice, you earth; burst into song, you mountains! For the LORD comforts his people and will have compassion on his afflicted ones. (NIV)

Jeremiah 1:8 
"Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you," declares the LORD. (NIV)

Lamentations 3:25 
The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; (NIV)

Micah 7:7 
But as for me, I watch in hope for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. (NIV)

Matthew 5:4 
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (NIV)

Mark 5:36 
Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, "Don't be afraid; just believe." (NIV)

Luke 12:7 
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (NIV)

John 14:1 
Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. (NIV)

John 14:27 
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (NIV)

John 16:7 
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. (NIV)

Romans 15:13 
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NIV)

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (NIV)

Hebrews 13:6 

So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?" (NIV)

 

You shop. Amazon gives.

You've probably shopped with Amazon before, right?  Well here's something new that Amazon has come up with -- they will send a percentage of the money you spend through Amazon to a charitable organization of your choice!

So easy and such a great way to add to the work Grace Lutheran Church does in our community.  Interested?  Then follow these EASY steps to sign up and sign in... the rest is history!

Ready?  Here we go... first just log into  smile.amazon.com

Next, read through their information -- they will send a quarterly check to Grace Lutheran Church of 0.5% of your total purchase!  That can really add up...

Find the box that asks you to locate a charity of your choice and type in Grace Lutheran Church, Des Moines, WA, then fill in the rest of your own information.  If you already have an account with Amazon, it will automatically sync smile.amazon.com and your existing account -- wish list and all!

Now, check your email for the "thank you" letter that tells you everything is ready to go.

Anytime you are shopping with Amazon from now on, log into smile.amazon.com rather than just Amazon.com to make sure your dollars come back to Grace to be used in our local community and throughout the world.

THANK YOU FOR TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THIS NEW WAY TO GIVE BACK!

 

New To Grace

We're glad you found Grace!  If you are new to our church or just checking out our website, we invite you onto our "front porch."  Feel free to spend some time exploring our community and programs.  And then... come on in!
 
We were all new once.  Help us remember what it was like by asking all the tough questions and giving us your honest feedback.  Your input could make all the difference in a someone's  life!
 
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What Do I Wear?

What to wear should never be an issue when you are thinking about attending worship services at Grace!  God isn't worried about what you wear, and neither are we.  All of our services have a causal element to them, so suits and ties are not necessary -- jeans are fine!  

Seahawk game day?  Wear your blue and green -- you won't be alone!

About Communion

We practice "open communion." Jesus liked to eat meals with everybody, with all kinds of people. Believing in Christ, you are welcome to this religious meal of Jesus. You don't need to belong to a particular congregation or denomination. Bring your children to receive a blessing. If wine is not appropriate for you, ask for grape juice. If you feel uncomfortable with receiving communion, relax and enjoy the music.

Wondering About God?

You are important to God.  No matter what you've done, where you've been, or how fractured and empty your life may seem... God is always waiting to offer hope through the real, dynamic, transforming presence of Jesus Christ in your life.  The Bible says that nothing can separate us from God's love.  God's arms are always open for you...
 
If you believe this and are wondering: “What do I do next?"  here is one good place to start.  In some ways, it’s as simple as A,B,C...
 
A. Admit you have sinned...

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23 

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1 John 1:8


B. Believe in Jesus...

For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoev
er believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.  John 3:16 
 

C. Confess and leave your sin...

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9


Here is a prayer you might use as a guide:

Lord Jesus, I know that I'm a sinner, and I'm sorry for my sin. Thank you for loving me so much you were willing to die on the cross for me. Please forgive me of my sin, and accept me as your child. I want to live for you, Jesus. Amen.

Now tell someone that you prayed this prayer, and find a church community who is waiting for you to encourage you on the journey and to use your gifts!  

 

For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith -- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God... Ephesians 2:8

Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus?    Jesus is the son of God, who tells us in the book of John that he is the one and only way to God. 

 “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).

Throughout the New Testament, Jesus is called the only Son of God as well as the Son of Man because he was born as a human baby, conceived through God’s Holy Spirit.   

 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”  (John 3:16) 

Jesus came to heal the broken relationship between mankind and God. Jesus spoke God’s words and demonstrated God’s nature and power in many miracles of kindness and mercy. Though he briefly enjoyed great popularity, he was executed by crucifixion.  But death could not contain him.  Jesus spent a final 40 days with his followers, and was seen by over 500 people. Then, Jesus rose into heaven returning to God.

 

What does Jesus teach about life?

Jesus said “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)  Jesus taught people to love and honor God and all of humankind, to live in peace to the best of their ability, and to trust in God’s help. 

Where can I find out more about Jesus? 

Jesus’ life and teachings are recorded in the New Testament books of the Bible – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  There are many online Bible websites that offer different languages and translations of the Bible and can be helpful to find out more about God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.  One example is www.BibleGateway.com.

 

 

What We Believe

  • God is real.
  • Everyone matters to God.
  • Human beings are created in the image of God. 
  • All human beings have sinned and fall short of God's holy perfection.
  • In divine compassion, Jesus Christ became the bridge between a holy God and a fallen humanity.
  • Human lives are saved by God's grace through faith alone, not human actions, abilities or achievements.
  • God is Triune: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • God created everything in the universe.
  • Jesus Christ was fully God and fully human.
  • Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God.
  • Jesus Christ lived (incarnation), died (crucifixion), and overcame death (resurrection).
  • Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life.
  • The Holy Spirit is God's real and active presence in the world.
  • The Bible is the inspired and authoritative Word of God.
  • The church is the communal expression of Christ's presence in the world.
  • God has a particular concern for the physically and spiritually impoverished.  So should we.
  • The church should be relevant to today's culture and reverent to it's historical foundations.
  • All of God's people--regardless of background, gender, ethnicity, or age--are gifted for ministry.

Most of all ... we believe that God's arms of love and grace are wide open for you!