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WELCOME TO GFC!

Praise God you've found us! Welcome to our website. We are a Christian community where everyone is welcome. You matter to God and to us as well. If you are looking for a church dedicated to obey the Great Commandment and the Great Commission, you are at the right place. We have a celebrative type of worship where we focus our heart's affection and mind's attention to God. We worship Him in Spirit and in truth, with reverence and awe, biblical, and acceptable to Him. We are committed to fully obey the Great Commission--make, mature and multiply disciples and churches unto all the nations. I hope you and your family could visit us in one of our worship celebrations. You may also check out our small group schedule if you desire to grow as a devoted Christ's follower and transform your community. Find one nearest you or do the honors of hosting one at your home.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Pastor Armando De La Merced
September 22, 2022

Dear GFC Family,

May this scripture bring encouragement and hope to you today -- "The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you" (Romans 16:20; HCSB). Greater is He who is in you, the God of Peace, than he who is in the world. He sent Christ, our Redeemer, Reconciler, and Satan Crusher (Gen 3:15; 1 Jn 3:8). He crushed Satan's head at the cross and He fights your battles against temptations, deceptions, oppressions. His grace is essential to victory. Therefore, pray, use your spiritual armor and the Sword of the Spirit, and overcome all through Him! 

It's time to get back to the basics of Christian living! To give "our utmost for His highest", we are to be disciplined and willing to make sacrifices for our spiritual growth: a) Live out and share the Gospel, b) Have a daily quiet time with God, c) Worship together, c) Make disciple-makers, d) Be a good and faithful steward, and e) Serve the LORD with gladness.

This weekend, bring your family and friends to our Worship gathering! I will speak about CALLED TO SERVE GOD (Romans 12:1-12). Would you like to be used by God in making an eternal difference in the lives of others? Then, be available to fully engage in the service of God through His church. Every Christian is called to a total consecration of life for worshipping and serving God. What is God's criteria for Christian service? How do we identify, exercise, and express our spiritual gifts in the context of a diverse church? What happens when each member of the Body of 
Christ is fully functioning with loving unity and harmony with one another?


Thankful to God for serving Him with you,

Pastor Arman 

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September 15, 2022

Dear GFC Family,

Let us "rejoice in the Lord always" (Philippians 4:4) for He is the Source of pure and constant joy. In His presence is fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11). By His grace, our names are written in heaven, we have peace with Him and of Him, we are more than conquerors over any struggles, and we have hope of His glory.

Heads up this weekend! Join us for a sacred time of worship and a refreshing encounter with our God. I will preach the Word on Becoming a Good and Faithful Steward (Luke 19:11-27). Every Christian is a steward of spiritual and material resources entrusted by Christ to be used for His purposes until His return. He made us stewards of the Gospel, our life, our time, our talents, our treasures, our touch (influence and testimony), and the use of technology. One day, He will call us to give an account of our stewardship. Would you be rewarded or rebuked? How do we become good and faithful stewards? 


In His service with you,

Pastor Arman 

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September 08

Dear GFC Family,

This weekend, as the nation commemorates 911 tragic event, its survivors and its heroes, let us gather in worshipping our God almighty, and in celebrating His goodness and victory! God alone is able to give hope of peace, lasting change, and life beyond death. His grace reaches and transforms even worst sinners. Let us cry out to God to bring revival, spiritual awakening, and healing throughout this great nation. Let us retaliate against evil by repaying evil with good (Romans 12:18-21).

I'm looking forward to giving thanks and praise to our God of Glory with you all this Lord's Day. I will preach the Word on DEFEATING PRAYERLESSNESS (Matthew 6:5-14; Romans 8:26). If you long for a powerful prayer life and if you desire to get back on track in the habit of communing with God in prayer, this message is for you. Prayerlessness is a sin of disobedience to God that leads to reproaching God, spiritual deficiency, and church decline. It is a symptom of a heart that is loosing its affection towards God and unbelief in what He can do in answer to prayer. What steps do we need to take to defeat prayerlessness?


Praying with you and for you,
Pastor Arman

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September 01

Dear GFC Family,

Greetings in the Name of our God who is the King of Glory (Melekh Hakkavod)! He is our all-glorious awesome God, our righteousness, all-sufficient Savior, and omnipotent Commander in Chief (Psalm 24:5-10). In Revelation 11:15 and 19:11-16, He is Jesus who reigns over all and above all, on earth as it is in heaven. Through Him, we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37).

Be with us this Lord's Day for worship and Lord's Supper Celebration. Our God is worthy to be sought and worshipped. Pray with us that He move in a mighty way to get us back to: the Gospel, the Church, disciple-making, and the Word.

This weekend, I will preach the Word on GET IN THE WORD (Mark 1:35; Psalm 1:1-3; 2 Timothy 3:16-17). Devoting to God our best time each day to commune with Him in prayer, scripture meditation, and worship is our most important duty. Being nourished, nurtured, and strengthened in the Word are essential to our maturity, stability, and usefulness in service. How do we read the Word profitably (2 Timothy 3:16-17)? What could help us stick to this important privilege and special appointment with God? 


In His grip and grace,
Pastor Arman 

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August 25

Dear GFC Family,

How have you all been these days? In whatever circumstances you've been through or are going through, trust God who never changes in His: nature, power, love, goodness, and faithfulness in keeping His promises! Trust His sovereignty in effecting change in your circumstances however impossible they may be to change. How?-- through prayer of faith! Daniel prayed for Change -- the restoration and revival of God's people (Daniel 9). It happened! Christ instructed His disciples to pray for their enemies and persecutors (Matthew 5:44). Then, in Acts 9, we see Saul, the violent persecutor who terrorized the church got saved and became Paul the great preacher of the Gospel. Coincidences? Certainly not!

The pandemic has messed up everything we are doing as God's people. It's time to get back to doing the right things we have been doing before as an expression of our "first love" to Christ (Rev 2:4-5). Let us then get back to the Gospel, get back to assembling together as a church, and let's get back to disciplemaking! This weekend, I will talk about MAKING DISCIPLES (Mt 28:18-20). Whether you have been a Christian for a couple of months or for five decades, God can use you in making generations of disciples where you are! What does it mean to disciplemake? How does it look like, and how do we fit that in our busy schedule? How can you become a disciple and a disciplemaker God saved you to become? Don't miss what the Spirit of God is saying to you and me this Lord's Day.


Sent and empowered to make disciples unto all the nations,
Pastor Arman 


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August 18

Dear GFC Family,

Whatever you are going through, remember this, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yea and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is our unchanging Christ in an ever changing world. The times are uncertain, friends may change, cultural trends may change, but fear not for Christ never changes -- His sovereignty and sufficiency as God, His sufficiency as our "All in all." He is worthy of your trust yesterday, today, and forever!

This weekend, let us gather together to worship our great and awesome God! Our message is on -- ASSEMBLING TOGETHER (Hebrews 10:19-25). In our series, Get Back to Basics, we are being encouraged to rekindle our loving devotion to Christ--our first love, and "do the deeds you did at first" (Revelation 2:4-5). The pandemic has disrupted church attendance. We waited for many months for things to calm down. Though we are achieving a sense of normalcy, many got used to watching us online. It's time to get back to church and stay connected with a loving, Gospel-centered, Spirit-filled community. It's time to get back to doing things we used to do as a church family. Why go to church? Why does your soul needs gathered worship and not just a livestream? Find out why this Lord's Day.  


Loving the church as Christ does,

Pastor Arman 

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August 11, 2022

Dear GFC Family,

It's time to get back to the basics of Christian living! Join us in praying and in encouraging our brethren to rekindle their passion for God, be reconnected with the Church family, and be reignited for spreading the Gospel and for making, maturing, and multiplying disciple-makers.

This weekend, I will talk about APPLYING THE GOSPEL TO EVERY AREA OF LIFE (selected scriptures). The Gospel is not only the Good News of Salvation we proclaim to the lost, it is also the Gospel of Sanctification (holiness) we must preach to ourselves daily. How do we apply the Gospel truths in discipleship, in overcoming struggles we face, in spiritual warfare, and in advancing the Gospel to all the nations? What are the essential steps to experiencing the power of the Gospel in transforming our inner heart and our outer world? Looking forward to worshipping the LORD with you and encouraging one another in our walk with Him.


With you in the vision of taking the Gospel to the nations,

Pastor Arman 

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August 11th --Prayer Meeting tonight at 7.00 p.m., a Thursday, at https://us02wed.zoom.us/j/86283613341. Passcode is 4321.
Pray for church planters. Go to prayforplanters.com or text praying to 888123.
August 18th -- Leadership Team Meeting at 8:10 pm to 9:10 p.m. on Zoom.


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August 04

Dear GFC Family,

How are you all doing? How are you seeing the Holy Spirit producing spiritual fruits in your life? Let's thank God for His provisions, His protection, and for enabling us to walk worthy of our calling and to grow up stronger and deeper in Christ. Let us thank Him for answering our prayers for the sick, for the lost, for those in pain and grieving, and for blessings in our church and in missions. Truly, the way forward is to pray forward. Let's keep on praying!

I can't wait to preach to you God's Word regarding our new series -- IT'S TIME TO GET BACK TO BASICS. God is calling you to be restored in your passion and joy for the Gospel, be reconnected to your church community, and be reignited in your mission to make disciples unto all the nations. This weekend, I will talk about Remembering the Gospel (Romans 1:16). Remembering the essence, the nature, and the power of the Gospel could reignite your heart to rejoice in God for His gift of salvation and to restore your passion to share it to others. What is the Gospel? Why does it matter? How do we share it clearly and powerfully to others? Rediscover and recapture the Gospel-- God's power that can change everything! Don't miss worshipping our God Almighty and learning His truth this Lord's Day for trivial reasons. 


'til all have heard the Gospel,

Pastor Arman 


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July 28, 2022

Dear GFC Family,

Let us praise God who loves us with an everlasting love. Because His love for us is not just one of His attributes, but His very nature (1 Jn 4:8), His love is unchanging, unquenchable, and unconquerable. Let us trust Him no matter what happens for nothing can separate us from His love: neither the difficulties of the present, nor the cares of the future; neither spiritual nor human forces of darkness; neither circumstances in between life and in death!

This weekend, don't miss Peter's final instruction for us. I will preach the Word regarding-- Moving Forward to Spiritual Maturity (2 Peter 3:18). Why is your diligent pursuit of Christian maturity crucial and not optional if you are a true believer in Christ? How do we grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ? What are the barriers to growth that we need to overcome? What is our ultimate goal for continual and passionate pursuit of Christian maturity? Discover answers from the Word as thought by the Holy Spirit this Lord's Day.


My utmost for His glory,

Pastor Arman 

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July 21, 2022

Dear GFC Family,

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit" (Romans 15:13). Our God is the object of hope and the Giver of hope. He guarantees our hope of security and ultimate triumph through His Word, through the grand miracle of Christ's resurrection, and through the power of the Holy Spirit. That's why we abound in hope and our hearts are filled with joy and peace. Let us share the Hope of the Gospel to those suffering from sin and its consequences, troubles, and despair.

This weekend, let us gather with God's people, in God's presence, and around God's Word. We'll talk about Peter's final instructions to us in 2 Peter 3:1-18 -- False Teachers, Mockers, and the Judgment Day. We are living in dangerous times of moral and spiritual darkness. How do we live victoriously in the midst of a culture that is becoming more and more ungodly and churches are infiltrated and attacked by wolves in sheep's clothing? What do you do when mockers ridicule you or belittle you because of your Christian faith? Find out answers from the Word this Lord's Day and pray with us that the Holy Spirit will use this message to lift us up, build us up, and fire us up!


Come let us offer Him sacrifice of praise,

Pastor Arman  

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July 14

Dear GFC Family,

How are you all doing? May the fire of your love, devotion, and faith in God keep burning in your heart (Lev 6:13), so that your light will keep shining before men and glorify your Father in Heaven (Mt 5:16)! Brethren, let us not let it be extinguished by our neglect of our communion with God through prayer and the Word, and by forgetting to assemble together for fellowship, discipleship, worship, and ministry. Let us be fervent in spirit serving the Lord (Rom 12:11) as the Day of the Lord is approaching near.

This weekend, I will preach the Word on HOW TO IDENTIFY FALSE TEACHERS (2 Peter 2:1-22). Would you be able to spot a false teacher when you hear one? In this text, Peter strongly exposed and opposed false teachers who cause divisions and bring destructions to the Church. Why are we to be concerned with false teachers today? How do we identify, confront, refute, and win them to the Lord? Learn what the Spirit of God is teaching us and bring someone with you or share our online link to your friends this Lord's Day.

His truth is marching on,

Pastor Arman 

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July 07

Dear GFC Family,

Praise be to our God who is our Yahweh Shammah (The LORD who is There). He is ever present to help us, comfort us, and strengthen us in times of troubles. He invites us to trust in Him and to commune with Him in prayer always.

This weekend, I'm excited to share with you our Lord's message on GOD'S TRANSFORMING WORD  (2 Peter 1:12-21). Apart from diligent searching and study of the Scripture, no one will ever be saved and grow unto Christlikeness, nor churches will ever get established and multiply. What is the nature of the Bible? How did we get our Bibles today? How do we understand what God is saying to us through His Word and obey Him? Finds answers from the Word and be transformed. Join us this Lord's Day and bring someone with you!

In His grip and grace,

Pastor Arman


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June 30

Dear GFC Family,

We praise God who is the Giver and Sustainer of Life! He created us in His own image to enjoy and exalt His glory. Thus, every human life, including the life forming in the womb (Psalm 139:13-16), has dignity, meaning, and purpose. What's wrong with man? Man willfully rejected God's rule over them and rejected God's wonderful design for them resulting to brokenness, all sorts of sin and evil, and eternal judgment. The Good News is, God sent His Son to redeem us from our sin, restore us to God, heal us of our brokenness, and set us apart unto His holy purposes.

Heads up to our gathering for worshipping God Almighty, feasting in the Word, and encouraging one another in our walk with Him. I will proclaim the Word regarding THE ETERNAL BLESSEDNESS OF PURSUING CHRISTIAN MATURITY (2 Peter 1:8-11). Christian maturity is an eternally blessed pursuit. Though it demands diligence and discipline over a long haul, and the path is difficult (pain and sorrow, suffering and trials), it is the most blessed life on earth and it leads us to an indescribably blessed life in heaven forever. Discover how to move forward into Christian maturity rather than wasting your life in selfish and trivial pursuits.


From glory to glory,

Pastor Arman


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June 23

Dear GFC Family,

Let us praise our God, the almighty Creator of the universe, who is our heavenly Father through Christ's work of redemption! He is our good Father (Lk 11:13) who cares for us deeply. Because He never leaves us nor forsake us, we have confidence in facing any challenges in life victoriously. He cares for lost sinners in the world that He sent His Son, His Spirit, and us to bring them unto saving relationship with Him. Because the world's greatest problem is sin, and the only solution for it is the Gospel, we are to give ourselves daily to Him that he may use us for His mission.

This weekend, I will preach the Word on PURSUING CHRISTIAN MATURITY: The Principle of Addition (2 Peter 1:6-8). Growing in Christian character makes our witness more powerful and leads to fruitfulness in ministry as vessels of honor fit for the Master's use. Since God has given us all things we need for life and godliness, we don't have any excuse for remaining immature, joyless, useless, and fruitless in the Kingdom of God. We are to apply all diligence, make every effort, and give our best for His utmost, in pursuing Christian maturity. Learn the next five character qualities we need to cultivate, the new habits that goes with each, and how to live them out in the midst of a dark, immoral, and lost culture. I can't wait to worship our LORD with you all this Lord's Day.


With you in growing stronger and deeper in Christ,

Pastor Arman 

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June 16

Dear GFC Family,

Thank God for the recent Pastors Conference and Southern Baptist Convention Annual Meeting in Anaheim, California. Through our partnership with SBC in giving and in prayer, we have sent 566 global missionaries in the last 18 months, and planted 1,018 churches in the U.S. last year. A new SBC President was elected in the person of Dr. Bart Barbers. He will lead our churches in focusing on the main thing -- the Great Commission!

This Sunday, we will thank God, rededicate, and encourage our dads and granddads in view of Father's Day. We will honor all kinds of families whom God cares: traditional, single parent, adoptive, childless, and those with children being raised by grandparents.

I will talk about the God-given duty of parents to -- TRAIN UP A CHILD (Proverbs 22:5-6). In the horizon of our nation's future is an ominous cloud of children growing up uneducated in the Word of God. Unless something is done about it, its bitter consequences are certain. That's why God commanded the parents to provide the right training for their children. How do parents and the Church raise up the next generation of godly children? Find out how this Lord's Day and bring your family and friends who needs this message from God.


Forever grateful to Christ,

Pastor Arman


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June 12

Dear GFC Family,

May our God almighty multiply His grace and peace to you through a deep knowledge of our God, Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ! He gives sufficient grace for us to rejoice in our salvation, worship Him faithfully, grow in our faith constantly, serve Him fruitfully, and suffer for His sake joyfully. 

Today as we worship Him, let us be reminded of His redeeming grace shown through Christ's death and resurrection to bring us into a right relationship with Him. Yes, every Lord's Day, we remember how Christ bought us with His precious blood and has delivered us from the corruption of the world. When we show up for worship, we are showing our gratitude to Him who gave so much for us--of Himself. Brethren, let us not forget the assembling of ourselves, as Hebrews 10:19-25 encourages us. Thank God for you who are faithful in doing so. If you are neglecting this, God is saying to you that it's time to get back. He wants to restore you and give you a fresh start.

He is altogether worthy,

Pastor Arman 

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Please stay with us after the Service today to celebrate the batch 2022 graduates.
Next weekend: We'll have something special for Father's Day.

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June 02

Dear GFC Family,

Having a great anticipation of encountering God with you in our worship and Lord's Supper Celebration this weekend, let us go unto the house of the LORD! The joy of worship is realized when we gather with God's people in His presence offering Him our praise and giving thanks unto His Name. It is a blessed, delightful, empowering, and enriching practice, whereas, it's neglect through prolonged absence leads to great losses and spiritual weakness.

This weekend, I will talk about God's call to pursue Christian maturity. Our message from the Word is, THE PRINCIPLE OF ADDITION (2 Peter 1:5-11). We move forward unto maturity by adding Christian graces to our character. Every addition of those graces into our character, adds quality to our maturity. Every step moving forward draws us nearer to the "Promised land" of Christian Development. The Christian life is a series of making choices. Right choices brings you closer to God and positions you for greater impact to people around you and greater rewards in eternity. Wrong choices draws your affection from God which leads to loss of power, loss of witness, and loss of rewards. How do we apply all diligence in adding to our faith character qualities essential for our being an all rounded Christian -- a fully devoted Christ follower? What is God's next step for you in this exciting journey towards Christlikeness?


Pressing on greater heights with you,
Pastor Arman


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OPPORTUNITIES FOR GROWTH AND MINISTRY:
1. We encourage you to join our Small Groups. You will grow as an authentic, devoted, multiplying Christ's follower in the context of a loving Christian community. Healthy disciples make up a church that impacts the world for Christ.
2. We love to have you in our Prayer Meeting every Thursday at 7:00 pm at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/ 86283613341 (Passcode:4321). Our God is worthy to be sought in prayer. He helps us become a praying church with prayer-energized lives and ministries, making breakthroughs in world missions.
3. We would like you to belong to our Church Family. Sign up to our Discover Membership at GFC seminar. Know who we are as a church family, how we make an impact in people's lives, and how you can be a part of it.
4. We would like you to grow in Christ-likeness, strong in the faith, useful and victorious. Sign up to our Discover Spiritual Maturity workshop. Learn our vision to grow Christ-like, obedient, strong and fruitful disciples. Learn a simple pathway to Christian maturity.
5. We would like you to develop a servant heart. Sign up for Finding Your Ministry at GFC workshop. Find the joy of serving the Lord using your God-given abilities and gifts. Discover ministry opportunities where you can serve with effectiveness and impact.











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