Works of God

We are thankful that God is always at work causing team members to look more like Jesus. We desire to testify of the grace of God in our lives, and that through the working of Christ in us, you will be encouraged in your relationship with Jesus.

Spring 2018 Wrap-up

4TG_Team_4_site

 

“His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire.”

2 Peter 1:3-4


As we wrap up this very busy and exciting year of traveling, we look back and see obvious times of God’s “divine power [granting] to us all things that pertain to life and godliness,” providing for what He has called us to do. He is a God Who rescues and sustains. What a privilege we have as we travel from church to church and proclaim Him, watching Him move in hearts. Week after week, we saw the power of His Word making the truth of the gospel clear, even to the kids in our Amazing Grace Race kids’ program. He is so kind to allow us to see some of the fruit of the ministry of the gospel.

From balmy 80 degree weeks in Florida, to snow falls in Pennsylvania, we’ve been able to safely cover lots of ground this semester. God’s also allowed us to cover some good ground on projects, like recording our new Christmas album (stay tuned!) during our spring break in March. We were so thankful to have Pastor Jonathan Albright join us for a week at Aire Born Studios and help us through the recording process. Our team then spread out around Michigan, Ohio, North Carolina, and South Carolina for a week of break with our families before coming back for the final 6 weeks of traveling.

We’ve also been chipping away at preparations for our summertime in Salt Lake City, UT, as it’s only a few weeks away. Our family and church team there are excited to have 4 of our current traveling team members join us out in SLC this summer: Andrew Smiley, Alicia Newcomer, Andrew Smith, and Bethany Wescott. They’ll be serving as summer interns under P4tG during the months of June and July, helping out with Plant Camp and gospel outreach events for Gospel Grace Church and Gospel Hope Church, all while receiving training on urban church planting and discipleship.

Our family and team are excited to see what this summer holds for us, as well as what this coming fall holds for us. For one, we’ll be welcoming a new team member in August: Jordan and Shannon Allen’s new baby girl! We’ve absolutely loved being able to share in the excitement that comes with planning and preparing for a new baby. We were even able to throw Shannon a surprise Baby Shower earlier in April. Starting a family on the road also comes with many challenges. We know that the Allens sure would appreciate your prayers as they start into this new stage of life! Thank you for the love and support that so many of you have already shown them.

In addition, this September will mark the beginning of our final year of traveling as a team. While serving on staff with Gospel Grace Church in SLC remotely these last seven years, the impractical nature of both traveling itinerantly with a team and pastoring a church has become more and more obvious. For this reason, we have decided to relocate our geographical center to Salt Lake City once we finish our team itinerary traveling schedule in March of 2019. We will continue to take on 10-15 speaking engagements outside of Salt Lake City per year and will continue on with the preaching of the gospel, equipping of the saints, and encouraging of believers to share their faith in a post-Christian culture. In addition, our desire is to help churches be revitalized and see growth in a disciple-making culture.

We praise God for you and your partnering with us in what God is doing in the Salt Lake valley, and we look forward to seeing how God works and guides in this new chapter of life. Please pray with us as He continues to build the Church in Salt Lake City to the praise of His glory!


For the Gospel,

The Galkin Team

 

 

New Album Releases

TheGodWhoSaves_rszarise_rsz

Be some of the first to purchase a copy of our two new albums!
THEY ARE FINALLY HERE!
Announcing the release of our two latest albums...

____________________________

TheGodWhoSaves_rsz

The God Who SAVES

Originally produced and released as an MP3 EP album back in the fall, we recently went ahead and produced a physical copy of the album.

With our physical CD containing a bonus track, you won't want to miss this!

Click here to visit our store website and check out this album for yourself, a family member, or a friend!

 

 

arise_rsz

ARISE | A COLLECTION OF INSTRUMENTAL WORSHIP

This newly released album contains sixteen instrumental songs including Behold Our GodAll I Have Is Christ, and Though You Slay Me.

For purchasing the physical copy of this brand new album, click here.

Prefer an MP3 format? No worries! Click here for the MP3 download of ARISE.


 

   

Getting To The Heart Of It

IMG_8856_GUYS_rsz

Getting to the heart of it

As one of the “newbies” on team, these past few months have been quite a ride! There is plenty to learn, and not many dull moments. Already I have grown much from the constant “life-on-life” relationships with team members, church members, and friends from college that I have bumped into along the way. All in all, I am confident that travelling on team is what the Lord has for me right now, and I am so glad to be here.

But we know that life is not exclusively positive experiences. We live in a messed up world, and if we are honest, we are quite a mess ourselves. Once, G.K. Chesterton was asked “What’s wrong with the world today?”. His insightful reply was, “I am”. If you don’t believe there is anything wrong with yourself, try spending more time around people and see what happens! While travelling, the team community has acted as a mirror of my soul, and some of my ugly features have been coming to light. Although I probably still don’t recognize the full extent of my selfishness, I can see it more clearly as I travel the road of life with others.

Interestingly enough, we all naturally react differently when our flaws are revealed. Some common responses are anger, defensiveness, self-righteousness, and avoidance. Personally, I generally tend to despair and feel insecure. But Christ’s victory means that I can see my faults yet not be defeated. The gospel has not only saved me, but it is continually saving me. In fact, it is good to see my faults, for God is showing how He wants to grow me. Understanding what I have in Christ – complete acceptance and security that is not based on my performance – is gradually changing me from the inside out. I can truly change only if it is God that changes me. In a letter to the church of Corinth, Paul writes, “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” Because of Christ, God not only accepts me as the sinner that I am, but wants me to behold Him and be changed because of it!

-Andrew Smith

 

Team Training | Fall 2015

rsz_final_img_5992

August 1 - September 19, 2015

For the past three weeks, our team has been chugging away with getting things done as we prepare to hit the road this weekend. Take a peek to see some things that we have been working on:

  • Music Practice...and lots of it! Thanks to Christy, Daniel, and Shannon, everything has been very organized and efficient. We have been able to gel quite well together as we figured out who plays, who sings, and who needs to learn new instruments!
  • Packing Prep: helping the Galkins organize, clean, and pack up their house; cleaning and packing their trailer; cleaning and re-organizing the vehicles and cargo trailer.
  • Team Meetings: we meet every morning to pray, read from Scripture, and talk about a few specific topics. Every one of us have been so grateful for these times set aside for learning, which then leads to very practical application. It truly has been a blessing to learn together and to grow together as a team.
  • GGC Ministry: our team has had several opportunities to serve with several ministry opportunities at Gospel Grace Church here in Salt Lake City. To see the burdens of church members and to partner with them for a time to serve in those areas has been both an encouragement and challenge for us. We had the opportunities of participating in a Rescue Mission service+dinner, witnessing outreaches, hiking and playing sports with students from the University of Utah, and being involved with Community Groups each Wednesday with the church body in different homes.
  • The Galkins hosted a *Backyard Bluegrass* event at their home last weekend for friends, family, and neighbors in their community. The team performed some fun, Irish folk songs, we had some great conversations with those who attended, and everyone had plenty of incredible food! What could be better then fellowship, fun music, outdoor games, burgers, desserts, and a beautiful evening? Thankful for the opportunity to continue investing in individuals' lives for the Gospel in differet ways. (pc:AaronBoyce)
  • CAMPING! (Post to follow) Honestly, is there truly a better way to bond as a team?

As we finish packing up and finalizing details, we would greatly appreciate prayer...that we all would stay focused on what matters, that we would love and serve each other despite the approaching deadline, that we would be preparing our hearts and minds--as a group and individually--for these next nine weeks, and that Christ would be glorified.

   

Don't Flinch

dontflinch_article
All the fitness He requireth 
Is to feel your need of Him. 
-Joseph Hart in "Come, Ye Sinners"

I get that I’m supposed to be dependent on God. He’s my all-powerful creator, and He paid the ransom for my captive soul. It makes sense that I need God. But I don’t usually feel a burning, aching need for God. I usually feel sleepy or hungry or busy or just plain normal.

King David, on the other hand, prayed, “My soul clings to the dust; give me life according to your word!” And the apostle Paul wrote, “O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” These guys weren’t trying to be emotional for the sake of being emotional. That wouldn’t have helped anyone. Instead, their feelings sprang from an honest awareness of their own weakness and God’s strength.

So how do I convince myself that I need radical, divine intervention? By looking at God’s law and not flinching.

The Bible is filled with God’s standards for my life. They’re everywhere. And they boil down to, “Love God, and love other people. Perfectly.” I can’t live up to that. So by instinct, I flinch. I shrink back from what God says. Without ever realizing what I’m doing, I turn “be perfect like God is perfect” into “be a relatively good person.” I turn “love your neighbor as yourself” into “do nice things when you feel like it.” I turn “be devoted to God” into “do spiritual activities.” Strangely enough, I almost always measure up to these substitute standards.

But when I look at God’s law without flinching, it crushes me. I see that I’m a spiritually dead man, a helpless slave to my own self-centered motivations. I really do need God to rescue me from myself. And I run to Christ—his perfect life, his death in my place, his glorious resurrection. Christ is all I truly need.

God’s law will never make me perfect. But it drives me to depend on the One who will.

- Daniel Mulder

 

Keep on, Keepin' On

spencerkeep

Keep on, Keepin' On

“Therefore my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain.”
- 1 Corinthians 15:58

After being a part of many different ministries, there have been several instances were there has been no tangible outcome. When working at camp in past summers, sometimes none of my campers would make decisions, and I would wonder if I was even making a difference. I would wonder if my labor was in vain and question if it was accomplishing anything. So many times I would get “stuck” with a petty or insignificant jobs, that I thought weren’t important at all, and I would repeatedly ask myself “is my work even achieving anything?”

As I grew in maturity and in the Spirit, I came to realize that it was not my place to question the Lord’s work. It was not my place to search for results.  My place was to be faithful!

In Isaiah 55:10-11 , the Lord tells us that His Word “will not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please.” It isn’t our job to get results. Our job is to be faithful. If we are faithful in His work and in sharing the gospel, His Word will not return void. That is such an amazing promise! In those circumstances when I saw no fruit in my labor, I wanted to give up, simply because I wasn’t seeing any change. God is telling us here in Isaiah to not give up and leave the results up to Him.

Another reason to keep striving in the gospel is that our rewards are not here on Earth, but in heaven. I think many times, especially in my own life, I want to bring glory to myself, and I forget that I should be glorifying God. That is a tough thing for me to admit! I need to remember to not give up the eternal for the temporary. What really matters is eternity!

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal” - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do no break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” - Matthew 6:19-21

I love the words of Jim Elliot, martyred missionary to the Huaorani people of Ecuador, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

- Spencer Shelburne

   

Page 1 of 13