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Reformation Day Sale

Today is Reformation Day “a religious holiday celebrated on October 31, alongside All Hallows’ Eve, in remembrance of the Reformation. It is celebrated among various Protestants, especially by Lutheran and Reformed church communities” [Wikipedia].  498 years ago Augustinian Monk, priest and Bible scholar, Martin Luther, nailed 95 theses to the church door in Wittenbug, Germany. These published points to debate challenged the beliefs and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. He did not anticipate where his insistence on the authority of the Bible and salvation by grace through faith in Christ alone would take him–a trip of excommunication from the Roman church and the beginning of a history-changing movement which became labeled “Protestant.”

The Five Solas [ Latin] are:

  • Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): The Bible alone is our highest authority.[2 Tim. 3:16,17]
  • Sola Fide (“faith alone”): We are saved through faith alone in Jesus Christ.[Rom. 3:34-27]
  • Sola Gratia (“grace alone”): We are saved by the grace of God alone.[Eph. 2:8,9]
  • Solus Christus (“Christ alone”): Jesus Christ alone is our Lord, Savior, and King. [John 14:6; 1 Tim. 2:15]
  • Soli Deo Gloria (“to the glory of God alone”): We live for the glory of God alone.[1 Cor. 10:31]

Complete_RefA few years ago Dr. Charles Solomon wrote a small book entitled Completing the Reformation. He issues a call to take the 16th century Reformation to fruition by giving an equal emphasis to sanctification by faith. Today only it is available through GFI’s online store for only $4.95 (retail $8.95) with free postage and handling! Be prepared to use the history of the Reformation as a springboard to discuss the Abiding Life.

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MP3 Audio Tracks Available

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Some folks appreciate having the audio track of Grace Fellowship’s discipleship resources. The audio version is useful to use with on-the-go activities such as driving, jogging, walking, etc.  Repeated listening is helpful to “marinate in the message” for additional insights, applications, and retention.

So, we have just added to our online store downloadable MP3 audio sets from our two DVD albums: For Me to Live is Christ and The New Life (eight sessions each). Purchase provides links to download the audio files. These can be played on the computer’s media player, on a smart phone, tablet, and other MP3 enabled devices. The GFI Conferences (Exchanged Life and Christ is Life) are also available on audio MP3 or CD.

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October: Pastor Appreciation Month

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October is designated Pastor’s Appreciation Month, so are offering a special:  From Pastors to Pastors:  Testimonies of Revitalized Ministries, edited by Dr. Charles R. Solomon.  For the month of October, we are discounting the book to $9.95, shipping included.  You can order it by calling the office toll free at 1-888-66GRACE or by our website:  www.GraceFellowshipInternational.com

This would be an ideal opportunity to encourage your pastor.  By request, the book could be autographed and personalized by Dr. Solomon; simply give us your pastor’s name and address and we will gladly send him the book on your behalf.

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Triunfo, Brazil Event

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Edmund, Humberto, John & Luciano

Early Sunday morning, Sept. 27th, we flew to the northeast area of Brazil (Recife), then caught an overnight bus ride west to Triunfo. Our team for that Fermata included pastor Luciano (an apprentice from Curitiba).  Leaders drove in from three Brazilian states; that region has suffered from a devastating drought. But, there is also a spiritual famine there and here (Amos 8:11).  The SESC hotel hosted of the retreat which was held Tuesday – Thursday.

The participants were so appreciative. One young lady (who had been hindered by emotional struggles) was so enthusiastic about the teaching that she testified of having trouble sleeping the previous night! She was basking in the message of our union with Christ. A pastor confided in me of his desire to develop his counseling ministry to families. We pray God will use the fellowship, messages, literature and CDs to maximize the Fermata experience in their lives and ministries.