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April 22, 2014, 12:00 AM

Do not be afraid...

"If the LORD is pleased with us, he will lead us into that land, a land flowing with milk and honey, and will give it to us. Only do not rebel against the LORD. And do not be afraid of the people of the land, because we will swallow them up. Their protection is gone, but the LORD is with us. Do not be afraid of them." - Numbers 13:8-9

The crowd was weeping, even wailing at what the Lord had done.  They thought that there was absolutely not hope.  Some were even wishing that they had never left their homes back in Egypt.  Surely they would have been better off back in slavery, being told what to do, when to do it, and how to do it.  Surely being stranded at the very entrance of this new land was not what God had intended.  

No, it wasn't.  God did not intend for theses people to be stranded at the entrance to this new land.  It was His intention for them to go in.  Caleb and Joshua understood this and spoke these words above.  Caleb and Joshua understood that all things were possible with God that was with them.  They had to follow God, not rebel against God, but follow Him.  Amazing isn't it! That just TWO out of thousands, possibly a million people knew what it took to succeed in a new place, in unfamiliar territory.  

Why is it so difficult to trust God in new circumstances?  Why is it so difficult to put our faith in the God that created us?  Because we want to hold on to what we THINK we have control over.  Because we listen to the "many" that think they have control. Newsflash...we (and "they") are not in control! It's time that we acknowledge that God is in control and move forward.  Do not be afraid...He is with us!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

April 15, 2014, 12:00 AM

Leave them wanting more...

"Do you hear what these children are saying?" they asked him. "Yes," replied Jesus, "have you never read," `From the lips of children and infants you have ordained praise' ?" And he left them and went out of the city to Bethany, where he spent the night. - Mattew 21:16-17

So many times, I fail to mention something on Sunday that I really wanted to point out, or if I did, I didn't make as bid a deal out of it as I would have liked to.  Well, guess what?  This passed Sunday was one of those times.  For those of you that did not worship with us on Palm Sunday, I preached from Matthew 21:1-17, one account of Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem.  It must have been amazing, but one thing that Jesus did that was so subtle and just flat out masterful is found in the very last part of the above Scripture...He left them and went out of the city.

By leaving them and not staying in the city, don't you know that Jesus left many people wondering..."what just hit us?"  They had to digest what just transpired.  Surely it was too much to take in all at once.  Jesus would return early the next day and begin again, but that night I'm sure there was talk in the town.  How masterful!  

We should take His lead.  Speak of our Savior and give folks the goodness of Christ so that they can digest what they have heard, leaving them to crave even more.  Don't beat them up so that they despise the very Lord we are wanting them to know.  Return the next "day" (whenever that may be) showing them God's love yet again...leaving them wanting even more.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

April 9, 2014, 12:00 AM

Minister where you are...

"They answered him, 'Be quiet! Don't say a word. Come with us, and be our father and priest. Isn't it better that you serve a tribe and clan in Israel as priest rather than just one man's household?' Then the priest was glad. He took the ephod, the other household gods and the carved image and went along with the people." - Judges 18:19-20

This Scripture comes from the middle of an interesting story.  A man by the name of Micah (not the OT book), had taken in a Levite and essentially claimed him as his own priest.  At this point in the story, men from the tribe of Dan came to raid Micah's house and convinced the priest that it would be better to serve the many rather than just a few.  Nevermind what Micah had done for this Levite by taking him in.  Nevermind asking God what he should do before making a decision.  The Levite simply was convinced by the words of the Danites.  The new opportunity seemed appealing...something bigger and better.  In fact, the Scripture says that the priest was "glad," indicating that the decision was not under distress, but that he was actually ready to go.

Realizing that I was not there to help this priest make the decision, I wonder what he was thinking.  Did he ever consult God before making such a decision?  Maybe he was exactly where he was suppose to be? Sometimes we do the exact same thing.  We see a better job, a better house, a better car, a better school, a better town, a better church...etc.  The truth of the matter is that God may want you to grow right where you are.  Notice I said grow and not just stay.  He always wants us to move forward, it just may be right where you are!!!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

April 1, 2014, 12:00 AM

What's your favorite...

"I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead." - Philippians 3:10-11

Sunday, I shared my favorite Scripture with the congregation, which is the one I have given above.  Years ago, a dear friend wrote this verse in a book that he gave me.  He didn't actually write the verse, just the reference.  Of course, I had to go and look it up.  Once I looked it up, I began to wonder why he chose that verse.  Why that one among all the incredible verses he could have chosen? Honestly, I don't know if that was a favorite of his or he wrote that one specifically for me.  What I do know is that it caused me to go search out the meaning to this particular Scripture.

Once I found it and truly meditated on its meaning, I was in awe of its power.  It quickly became the Scripture on which I have based everything I do.  For me, it's all about knowing more about Christ and becoming closer to Him, even when it means understanding His sufferings...especially when it means understanding His sufferings.  Because of my understanding and view of this Scripture, I have seen God work things out in a whole new perspective.

I'm not suggesting that you take these verses as your own.  What I am suggesting is that you find Scripture that speaks to you in a way that you can hang on when life it tough.  Scripture that gives you true perspective.  Scripture that will get you through life.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant 

March 25, 2014, 12:00 AM

Standing on the promise...

"Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, according to the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus..." - 2 Timothy 1:1

So many times we rush through the beginning of a book or letter in the Bible to get to what we think is important, to get to the "meat" of God's Word.  We tend to skip right over the introduction because we think that it is the same for each letter, especially in the case of those authored by Paul.  After all, look at the number of epistles that he many times can he introduce himself and his beloved friends, right?

Wrong...look at what we miss.  First, Paul takes a stand by identifying himself.  Not only does he identify himself by his name, but he identifies himself "with" Christ Jesus.  He does not hide who he is in who he believes.  Second, Paul takes a stand of humility.  He demonstrates the fact that it is by the strength (will) of God that he is able to take this stand.  He does not claim to have the strength to do this on his own.  Finally, he gives the reason that he takes this stand.  Simply put, he stands because of the promise Christ Jesus gives us in eternal life.  

Paul's introduction is not something that we should just skip over.  Look at the powerful testimony that he gives us in just a few short phrases.  I wonder if we could introduce ourselves to others like that.  We can when we are standing on the Promise of Jesus Christ!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

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