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June 16, 2014, 12:00 AM

Don't provide folks with an excuse...

"4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7 If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8 if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully." - Romans 12:4-8

I know many of you have probably read through this passage many times, but let's do it again with a change in perspective.  A perspective that places a word at the heart of all these gifts, that is "service."  I know that verse 7 uses the word "serving", but that is more of "ministry" or "helping."  What I'm talking about is a general attitude of service to others no matter what your gift(s) is(are).  Doing "teaching" with the attitude of service...doing "ministry" with the attitude of service...doing "encouragement" with the attitude of service, etc.  Then, folks will see the love of God in you.  Then the excuse of not believing in "organized religion" would decrease.  In fact, Francis Chan, author or Crazy Love wrote " I don't think people would say that [I believe in God just not organized religion] if the church truly lived like we are called to live.  The expression would change to 'I can't deny what the church does, but I don't believe in their God.' At least they they'd address their rejection of God rather than use the church as a scape goat."

Don't give folks an excuse!!!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

June 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

Brag on God...

I have revealed and saved and proclaimed-- I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses," declares the LORD, "that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?" - Isaiah 43:12-13

God has done so much for each of us. I know He has for me personally, and I'm sure that if you took just a moment you could come up with something He has done for you...even today.  It's called life!  But, aside from the obvious, I want you to stop for a moment to think of one thing that God has done for you today...some blessing that you know has come from God and thank Him for it.  Then, I want you to share it with someone.  Guess what, you just became a witness for God.  That's right, where the scripture states that "you are my witnesses," God truly wants us to show and tell others about Him.  Telling others about the ways in which God is blessing you is a practical way that you can witness to others.

I know it can be intimidating to witness, to let others know about God.  But think about this, God has been in the business of blessing since the beginning of time ("ancient days") and He isn't going anywhere. Nothing will happen to you that God doesn't know about.  What could it hurt to brag on God a little...give it a try!!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

May 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

No greater love...

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." - John 15:13

If you have not found a flag to "remember the day" then I guess you have not been outside yet.  This morning, as I was riding my bike, I so enjoyed seeing the flags and again remembering what they stood for and continue to stand for.  Just a simply thought today and really the rest of the week.  I pray that each one of us can put aside any bitterness we might have toward the past, or present government, battles, or wars and truly appreciate what the men and women have done for our country.  As John wrote and our Savior spoke so long ago, there is no greater love.  They did this great act of love for us and they didn't even know most of us, a few of us maybe, but not most of us!

Praising God for these folks!

Bro. Grant 

May 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

Give it up...

"Ascribe to the LORD, O mighty ones, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness." - Psalm 29:1-2

The word "ascribe" is not a commonly used word today.  More often than not, we might use the phrase "give credit to" or substitute the word "attribute."  In reality, ascribe is simply giving credit where credit is due.  So if we are to ready this psalm properly, we give God the proper glory and strength, and worship Him properly.  Simply give Him what is due Him. 

All too often I'm afraid that we walk this earth with the attitude that we are owed something.  Wow, do we have it backward.  We are not owed a thing.  You see, it is God that owns everything, has given us life, has given us a way to an eternal reward, and has given us a way to have fellowship even now.  No, it is us that should be giving credit to Him.  We should be constantly walking around in a worshipful attitude of praise.  We had a great time of praise and worship this past Sunday (morning and evening).  But in all honesty, shouldn't we be giving it all up to Him every day.  Ascribe glory, strength, and worship to the LORD all the time.

Humble yourself before the Lord,

Bro. Grant

May 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Have confidence...

"The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want."

For many folks, there is no need to give the remain portion of the Scripture or even give the reference for the know the entire psalm by just hearing a portion of it.  Psalm 23 is one of the most quoted, if not the most quoted psalms in the Bible.  Much like John 3:16, many non-Christians could probably quote some of this psalm simply because they have heard it so many times.

Unfortunately, we usually hear this psalm at the time of someone's burial.  It's unfortunate, not just because someone has passed from this life onto the next, but because this psalm has to do with so much more than the trial of death.  This psalm is about trust and confidence.  If we really look at this psalm, we ought to be reading it each and every day of our lives; putting our trust and confidence in God every day.  

Wake up and sing unto the matter what happens today, I trust that you will allow me to dwell in your presence.  That means that you, Lord, will love me, provide for me, protect me, and that you have saved me from my iniquities.  Even to the point that I can go right into the face of my enemies...that's confidence.  Is it appropriate that this psalm is spoken at funerals, absolutely.  However, this is a psalm for the living, not the dead.  Put your trust and confidence in the Lord...right now!

In Christ, 

Bro. Grant

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