Abiding in God’s Word

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If you abide in my word, you are my true disciple…whoever obeys my word will never see death (John 8:31, 51). One of the central themes of the Gospel of John is the power of Jesus’ word. His word is His living presence and provides His life-sustaining power. His word is life, and His true disciples […]

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Holding on to Faith: Kristen’s Story

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Kristen Mead had been in a church only three times in her life before her boyfriend invited her to Grace Orlando in the summer of 2014. “My mom was spiritual, but she had abandoned the church and told me to find my own way,” Kristen says. “I always viewed church as a judgmental, hypocritical place full […]

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From Addiction to Grace: Brett’s Story

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If you’ve been to Grace Oviedo, there’s a good chance you’ve seen Brett Sinnicki greeting worshipers or passing out the offering baskets. Brett always has a smile on his face. But few know his current pain -— or his troubled history. “I struggled with addiction for a long time. Mostly with alcohol, but the alcohol […]

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Who are the true people of God?

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Privilege. It’s a loaded word in our times, shrouded with overtones of social and ethnic implications. But this issue didn’t begin in 21st century America; we see it back in the 1st  century as well, right in the midst of Jesus’ ministry. In John 7, Jesus confronts some people who are following him, and not […]

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The Right Way to Fight

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Few people enjoy controversy or conflict; most go out of the way to avoid uncomfortable situations altogether. Certainly, following Jesus does not mean seeking enjoyment from disagreement, yet taking the gospel seriously ensures confrontation arises. To understand how to handle these inevitable moments, look to Jesus. In John’s gospel, Jesus reveals himself as the light […]

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The Mystery of the Missing Verses

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As we walk through John, you will notice that John 7:53-8:11 is either in parenthesis or brackets in your Bible. Why? The story of the woman caught in adultery is one of the most famous and beloved stories in the Bible. Truly one of the most dramatic displays of the radical grace of God and […]

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Grace Is Pardon — and Power.

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By the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me did not prove vain; but I labored harder than all of them, yet not I, but the grace of God which is with me. (1 Corinthians 15:10) Grace is not simply leniency when we have sinned. Grace is the enabling […]

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God Works for You.

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I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved, he who keeps you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:1–3) Do you need help? I do. Where do you look for help? When […]

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The Faith of a Child: Renee Parker’s Story

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Renee Parker learned the importance of faith as a child, and that is what compels her to ensure other children have the same opportunity. You will find Renee serving most Sundays in the graceKIDS! hallway at the Winter Garden campus, teaching preschoolers three basic truths: “God made me, God loves me, and Jesus wants to […]

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From Russia with Love: Misha Zverev’s Story

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Misha Zverev is a missionary, but his story is not what you’d expect: he found Jesus through Christian missionaries in Russia, and later was called to reach people for Christ here in America. He currently serves at Grace’s Lake Nona campus. “When I became a Christian, God gave me this amazing love for him and […]

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