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Evening Service "On Break" For Summer; AM Service Continues

2022 Summer Services Blog

It's summertime, and so while our 10:30 AM service will continue, we'll be taking a break from Sunday evenings and the kids' Sunday School...

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Means of Grace for June 14: God's Nature, Spurgeon's Evangelist, Culture War, Tradition & More!

Means of Grace June 14

Here's the latest iteration of Means of Grace: Divine Light, Is God A Therapist?, Spurgeon's Greatest Evangelist, "Totalizing" Culture War Mindset, The Usefulness of Tradition, and more!...

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Preparing for One's Baptism Service

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Once you’ve taken the classes, been interviewed by the elders, and prepared a testimony, a day will be set when you will be immersed publicly. What should you do to get ready for that day?...

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A Sample Baptismal Testimony

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Here's what our lead pastor's testimony might look like if he were to pursue baptism today....

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Preparing a Baptismal Testimony

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A baptismal testimony can amplify and clarify the meaning of baptism for those present; it is an encouragement to Christians, an exhortation to those considering Christ, and a summons to those who do not yet believe....

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Preparing for a Baptism Interview

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One of our concerns when it comes to baptism is to ensure, as much as it is humanly possible, that those being baptized are truly believers....

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What Happens at a Baptism?

Baptizo Series 7

So what happens at a baptism service? At Grace Church, here is a rough sketch of what you can expect....

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Baptism Means I'm Being Sanctified by the Spirit

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Baptism is a promise to the believer that, as Paul assured the Thessalonians, “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Christ Jesus.”...

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What Does Baptism Mean? I Have Been Forgiven By The Father

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Baptism makes visible what cannot be seen: the faith in Jesus Christ that saves, and its result, that we are forgiven by the Father....

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What Does Baptism Mean? I Have Been Joined To Jesus

Baptizo Series 4

Baptism, a display of Trinitarian glory, signifies three vitally important realities in the life of a new Christian. First, it declares that the believer is joined to Jesus....

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In Whose Name Do We Baptize?

Baptizo Series 3

Baptism is not pledging allegiance to some abstract, undefined, generic “higher power.”...

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What Is Baptism?

Baptizo Series 2

What is “baptism” in the first place? What does Jesus tell us to do to disciples?...

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National Statement on Bill C-4 (the "Conversion Therapy" ban)

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A public statement on the passage of Bill C-4 and "conversion therapy," on our concern for religious liberty in Canada, and our pledge to continue proclaiming the full counsel of God....

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Means of Grace for January 6: Bible reading, church after COVID, natural law, & more!

Means of Grace Jan 6

Bible reading plans, baptism, the church after COVID, natural law, and more: here’s the latest edition of “Means of Grace”!...

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Who Is To Be Baptized?

Baptizo Series 1

Why do we baptize confessing believers only, and not infants? Who are the proper recipients of Christian baptism?...

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Beware Rash Promises

Beware Rash Promises

A biblical reflection on New Year's resolutions....

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Latest Newsletter: "Staying the Course"

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Our latest newsletter article is up! Read "Staying the Course: Grace at the End of 2021" here....

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Humility & Hatred

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The wonder of Christ's humility in the Incarnation, and the sobering reason for it....

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A Practical Theology of Time

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God made time and has it under control. Here's some thoughts on how it relates to us practically as we enter the Christmas season....

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The Incarnation and the 25th

Incarnation and 25th

We don't actually know for sure which day Jesus' birth took place--and that's okay. There's a couple lessons in that for us....

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The True End of Christmas

True End of Christmas

The reason we look forward so eagerly to Christmas is because of what Christmas so eagerly looks forward to....

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Means of Grace for December 9: Lordship, First & Second Things, Bill C-4, Christmas Hymnals and more

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The Lordship of Christ, first and second things, Bill C-4, Christmas hymnals, and more--here's "Means of Grace" for December 9, 2021!...

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No Sunday School November 28!

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There will be no adult or children's Sunday School this Sunday, November 28....

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Pastoral Update on New Health Restrictions

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Pastor Jeff's update on how we're responding to the Alberta government's new COVID-19 restrictions....

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We're adding an evening service on Sundays!

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We're adding an evening service on Sundays!...

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Services Are Back at Frank Wills Hall on Sunday Mornings!

COVID-19 Blog June 2021

Both our Main Service and Adult & Children's Sunday School are back at Frank Wills Hall on Sunday mornings!...

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Back Indoors on Sundays, at Cochrane Alliance & Frank Wills Hall!

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Grace Church returns to indoor services Sunday, May 30, with our 10 AM Sunday School at Frank Wills and 2 PM Main Service at Cochrane Alliance!...

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Drive-In Services Starting Sunday, 10:30 AM at Frank Wills

May 6 COVID-19 Temporary Zoom Blog

In light of new provincial restrictions we will be holding our services outdoors in the Frank Wills Hall parking lot as drive-in events, Sundays at 10:30 AM....

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No in-person service this Sunday, May 2 - join us by Zoom!

May 2 COVID-19 Temporary Zoom Blog

There will be no in-person gathering on Sunday, May 2; join us via Zoom this week instead!...

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"Means of Grace" for April 12, 2021

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The regulative principle of worship made simple, "What Can Miserable Christians Sing," Ann Judson, the ruins of Ur, beehive houses--here's the latest edition of "Means of Grace"!...

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"Means of Grace" for March 17, 2021

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Noah, Covenants, and even Saint Patrick--the latest edition of "Means of Grace"!...

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"Means of Grace" for April 5, 2021

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Jesus' descent to the dead, William Tyndale, the forgetfulness of God, and more--here's the latest edition of "Means of Grace"!...

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"Means of Grace" for March 30, 2021

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Biblical inerrancy, Parliament stepping away from its responsibility, 3-D video of first-century Jerusalem, and more: here's "Means of Grace" for March 30!...

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Introducing "Means of Grace," A New Blog Series!

Means of Grace

Introducing "Means of Grace," a recurring series of articles providing links and other useful information related to teaching and preaching here at Grace....

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Sunday Service Changes

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Temporary time and location changes to our Sunday services!...

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Two Sunday Services Starting December 13 - Registration Needed!

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Grace Church is switching to two smaller Sunday worship services....

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UPDATE: We're back to ONE service, 10:00 AM!

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Grace Church continues to meet for one main service on Sundays, at 10:00 AM!...

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Update on New COVID-19 Restrictions

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A brief explanation of how the Town of Cochrane's and the Province of Alberta's new COVID-19 restrictions affect activities at Grace....

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Open Letter Regarding the Town of Cochrane's Proposed Inclusivity Statement

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An open letter written by Pastor Jeff to the members of Cochrane's Town Council regarding a proposed inclusivity statement for the Town....

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Sunday, May 10 Service Online

COVID-19 Blog May 10

Resources and handouts for our May 10, 2020 online worship service....

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Day of Prayer & Fasting, Saturday May 9

Day of Prayer and Fasting Simpler blog May 9

A guide to our upcoming Day of Prayer & Fasting, Saturday May 9....

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Sunday, May 3 Service Online

COVID-19 Blog May 3

Resources and instructions for joining our Sunday, May 3 service online....

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Sunday, April 26 Service Online

COVID-19 Blog April 26

Resources and instructions for joining our online service Sunday, April 26....

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Sunday, April 19 Service Online

COVID-19 Blog April 19

Details on and instructions for joining our April 19, 2020 online worship service....

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New Study Series: What Is Reformed Theology?

What Is Reformed Theology Blog

Grace Church's spring studies will be Wednesdays at 7:30 PM on the question, "What Is Reformed Theology?"...

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Good Friday, April 10 Service Online

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Here's instructions for joining our Good Friday online service....

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Easter Weekend Services Online via Zoom!

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Grace Church's Good Friday and Easter Sunday services will be online via Zoom....

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Sunday, April 5 Service Online

COVID-19 Blog April 5

Details about and instructions for joining our April 5, 2020 worship service....

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A Day of Prayer and Fasting

Day of Prayer and Fasting Simpler blog

A guide to our upcoming Day of Prayer and Fasting this Saturday, April 4....

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Sunday, March 29 Service Online

COVID-19 Blog March 29 zoom

Details about and instructions for joining our March 29, 2020 worship service....

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Women's Bible Study Tonight, Online!

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Our women's Bible study will take place online via Google Meet--read on for more info!...

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Sunday March 22 Service Online - No Public Service

COVID-19 Blog March 22

Join us online via Google Meet for our March 22 worship service....

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Our Latest Newsletter: "Excited to See How God Uses This"

Blog COVID Cochrane

Read our latest newsletter to learn how Grace Church is seeking to face the COVD-19 pandemic....

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Sunday March 15 Service Online--Public Service Cancelled

COVID-19 Blog

Grace Church's plan for its March 15, 2020 service in light of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic....

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Baptism Class, Sunday January 12 at 9:05 AM!

Baptism Class Blog - 2020-01-12

We're offering another baptism class Sunday January 12!...

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Baptism Class, 9:05 AM Sunday December 15!

Baptism Class Blog

We're planning baptisms in the New Year! There will be a baptism class this Sunday at 9:05....

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In Public and from House to House

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Midweek small-group Bible studies now supplement our Sunday services!...

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Much To Be Thankful For!

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Six weeks after our official launch, we're encouraged by what God is doing at Grace!...

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Grace Church Sermon Audio (May 19, 2019)

Sermon Audio

Missed our service on May 19? Listen to the sermon online!...

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Catechism & Bible Memory in the Life of the Church

Catechism Blog

We’d love to see everyone in the church studying and memorizing the catechism together, individually, as families, and as a congregation....

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Blizzards and Blessings

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Grace Church of Cochrane has now held its first three worship services as a new church, and we're encouraged by what God is doing!...

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UPDATED: Possible Time/Location Change (Apr 28)

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Grace Church might have to change its location and meeting time for tomorrow's service (April 28)--stay tuned....

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An End--And A Beginning

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On Palm Sunday, nine families said goodbye to Calvary Grace Church, formed Grace Church of Cochrane, and were sent into the mission field....

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Ready to Launch!

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Calvary Grace Church's Cochrane Mission Team is set to launch Grace Church of Cochrane on Easter Sunday. Here's a look at our first two worship services in our newly rented space!...

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Hope from the Third Day

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Why Christ's resurrection on the Third Day was vital--and why Christians celebrate that history-altering truth every Easter....

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Mainstreaming Mormonism

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The Mormons are largely a kind, hardworking people with commendable family and social values. But as admirable as individual Mormons may be, they have been deceived. We would not be loving if we did not tell the truth....

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Keeping the Faith in an Election Season

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As in any other season, stand ready to give a reason for the hope that is in you. Practice discernment and find out where the parties stand before you vote. And keep it in perspective. No matter what happens, God is on the throne....

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The Harmony of Plurality in Unity

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What if music is more than mere entertainment, but reflects, in a distant way, God's Triune nature?...

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Why You Should Read Biblical Genealogies

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Those long lists of names you find in the Bible are actually very helpful, and you should study them. Here's why....

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How To Hear Sermons

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Want to get the most out of Sunday sermon listening? Charles Simeon can help....

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Faith and Doubt

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Just because Christians are prone to doubt does not make doubt a good or praiseworthy thing, any more than the fact that Christians are prone to sinful anger makes rage any less sinful....

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Called Outside The Camp

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We who have been joined with Christ in his death, who have had our sins nailed to his cross, and who have the joy and hope of being joined with him in his resurrection, need to be prepared to count the cost and join him “outside the camp.”...

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Christ the Redeemer--and Avenger

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Even as we correctly uphold Jesus’ saving mission, it’s easy to forget that there is an aspect to Christ’s work that, for many, is less pleasant to speak about. Jesus is coming to save, yes, but he is also coming to destroy....

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Legalism Misidentifies the Enemy

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The problem is that legalism, at its best, only addresses symptoms rather than the cause of man’s problem....legalism goes to war against particular sins rather than properly defining the Christian’s enemy as being his or her innate sinfulness....

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Not Just Modes or Manifestations

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The Trinity lies at the very heart of Christian belief. It is fundamental to Christianity, and denial of it has always been understood to place one "outside the camp."...

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Boasting In Weakness

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Any believer can take hope, when reading David Brainerd’s story, that no matter what the burdens and obstacles that may come along the Christian walk, God will use their service for His glory....

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Work As It Was Meant To Be

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The promise of resurrection and paradise is not a promise that we will be freed from work. Rather, it is a promise that we, and our work, will be freed from sin, so that our work may become the joy and pleasure it was always intended to be....

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