GraceConnect eNews, No. 139, Week of February 15, 2016


The eNewsletter for the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
Paul Hoffman's devotional is written using only the Bible, a dictionary, a concordance, and his personal testimony and is sent to thousands of readers.

A Bible, A Dictionary, and a Testimony

“Before I wrote the first [devotional] I threw away every sermon and lesson I had done over the past 33 years,” Paul Hoffman, a Grace Brethren pastor who is planting a church in Downey, Calif., while being involved with Community Grace Brethren Church, Whittier, Calif. (Richard Todd, pastor). “I thought it was time for a new beginning.”
Paul had a lifetime of experience before he began writing daily devotions that he sends to a list of subscribers. He and his wife, Lyn, planted three churches and he led a Bible school in the foothills in Auburn, Calif. For the last 11 years, he has covered USC football for Fox News and ESPN with weekly articles, interviews, and practice reports.
So what inspired Hoffman to throw away sermon notes and begin anew?
“I wanted to give testimony to the fruitfulness that God has worked in us, and for us and through Lyn and I and our daughters, Kathryn and Ellen,” Hoffman said,  “I wanted to write something just from the Scriptures and the understanding God has given me in my 68 years.”
Since the beginning, Hoffman has done this by using only the Bible, a dictionary, a concordance, and his personal testimony.
Hoffman began his devotional by introducing the topic of shepherding. He has since written on a variety of topics including: conquer fear; Jesus is coming; grief, guilt, and grudges; and many more from 12 books of the Bible and counting. He says that Lyn has kept and filed all 1,000 devotions that he has written.
Originally writing the devotional once a week for an audience of 22, Hoffman’s devotional is now published daily and read by thousands of people, both believers and non-believers. As for its success, Hoffman gives all the credit to God. “The only explanation I have for the devotional is God wanted people to read it… We need to share his truth and wisdom from the Bible, the whole Bible, and nothing but the Bible.”
To subscribe to Hoffman’s devotional, contact him directly at: -- by Grace Beight
(Editor’s Note: Grace Beight is an intern at GraceConnect. She is a senior at Grace College and is from Amherst, Ohio.)


[Your Turn]


"If you see someone who is observing Ash Wednesday this week, don’t stare, but don’t ignore them either. Use this as a golden opportunity to start a spiritual conversation about life and death, our mortality and sinfulness, and Jesus’ atoning work on the cross."

In the blog of 
Grace Polaris Church, a Grace Brethren church in Westerville, Ohio, (Mike Yoder, lead pastor), Dan Green, global witness pastor, discusses Ash Wednesday. Click here to read how to respond to someone who celebrated Ash Wednesday.

Los Altos Grace Brethren Church in Long Beach, Calif. (Phil Helfer, lead pastor), recently honored members of their worship team for their " long and loving service to our church family." Each of the members of the team have served more than ten years on the worship team, and some for three decades! Click here to read the post and here to send them a note celebrating their dedication. 


"Nothing jolts us better than listening to preaching of God’s Word that puts the focus on his glory and the supremacy of his son, Jesus Christ."

Captain Pete Stone, a Grace Brethren chaplain in the U.S. Army, hosts a podcast, Word for the Week, dedicated to intentional living. Listen to his 22nd episode, How To Wake Up From Spiritual Sleepwalk, by clicking here. Click here to send Capt. Stone a note of encouragement.

Events in the FGBC

February 26-27, 2016  WLS: Women and Scripture (Spanish), Tampa, Fla.  (WGUSA) 
March 14-16, 2016  South Focus Retreat (FGBC) 
March 14-15, 2016   CELS CE Leadership Summit, Philadelphia, Pa. (CEN)
April 8-9, 2016  WLS: Spiritual Formation, Winona Lake, Ind. (WGUSA)
April 21, 2016   Day Away: North of 55Hagerstown, Md. (CEN)
April 22, 2016   Day Away: North of 55East Earl, Pa. (CEN)
June 13-17, 2016   Encounter SoCal (EWP)
June 19-25, 2016  The Great Canadian Adventure, Toronto, Canada (GBC)
June 22-28, 2016  Mission Trip to Haiti (WGUSA)
June 27-July, 2016  Encounter Atlanta (EWP)
July 4-10, 2016  StreetWise (formerly Crosswalk, Philadelphia, Pa. (CEN)
July 22-25, 2016  Margins Conference (FGBC) 
July 26-31, 2016  Momentum Youth Conference (CEN)
October 16, 2016   Day Away: North of 55, Dublin, Ohio
November 20, 2016   Day Away: North of 55, Duncansville, Pa. (CEN)
CEN – CE National
EWP – Encompass World Partners
FGBC – Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches
GBC – Grace Brethren Canada
WGUSA – Women of Grace USA

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