GPBC Blog

The Pantry of Greater Portland

Posted by Janice Fry on

There are many references to and about the poor in the bible.  Many of the references are about always having poor in this world. In Luke 11:41 it indicates that being generous to the poor can be an indication of what is happening on the inside of us. Many of the Shoppers (the community...

Christmas Marketing

Posted by Wayne Williams on

I know, I know, I know. Every year we complain about how much earlier the stores begin their Christmas push. We all do it. So much so that complaining about it has become one of our holiday traditions. You would think that we wouldn’t be surprised anymore by how soon the Christmas selling...

A Passion for Outreach

Posted by Katie Gjurgevich on

Jay and I planted a church in a small city in Arizona back in 2008. Our team consisted of ten people who had the same passion and calling as us to reach the city of Maricopa. The city was essentially a bedroom community thirty minutes from Phoenix with one way in and one way out. Young families...

What is Real Success?

Posted by Mark Nordlund on

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter.”-Francis Chan What am I “succeeding” at in my life? I once did an exercise where I wrote down what I considered to be my highest values. Then I wrote down...

Raising Kids in a Godly Home

Posted by Sally Bland on

Our children are maturing quickly, much faster than James and I would like! Isaac is counting the days until he can get his learner’s permit, and Violet is learning how to negotiate the emotional craziness of junior high. As our children grow older, James and I realize how sexualized the...

Unsung Heroes

Posted by Caris Power on

unsung hero | noun  Someone who does a great job yet receives little or no recognition for that. An unsung hero usually refrains from claiming too much in return for his/her efforts. We love our heroes, don’t we? The Marvel and DC comic empires have made billions of dollars as...

In Christ, We Are All Winners

Posted by Joyce Wachsmuth on

For those of you who know me, football is one of my favorite past times. Was it always something I enjoyed? No, probably because I went to a very small high school in Laupahoehoe, Hawaii, and we did not even have a football team! I didn’t watch one game on TV growing up, and it...

Times of Change

Posted by Paulette Williams on

Are you in a time of adjusting to a new season of your life? Are you engaged in some change: a new job? A change in family? A new ministry? A new medical condition you or your family are adjusting to? Most of us go through many changes throughout our lives. One of the biggest adjustments for me...

Sabbath

Posted by Wayne Williams on

Let me take this opportunity, on behalf of Paulette and myself, to say “Thank you!” in writing to Pastor Jay, our Elders, and to the people of our beloved Greater Portland Bible Church for the spectacular and gracious dinner party in early June, for the generous financial gifts, and...

Ministry Fair Sunday

Posted by Jay Gjurgevich on

One of the many qualities of Greater Portland Bible Church that I have come to really appreciate is our intentional focus on being a church community that equips people for ministry. This approach to church life comes from the belief that every Christian is given gifts by the Holy Spirit so that...