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February 10, 2014, 12:00 AM

Digging crumbs...

"You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures." James 4:2-3 (NIV)

Reading this morning, I came across this quote..."Compared to what God wants to do, we're digging for crumbs in the carpet when He has hot loaves baking in the ovens of heaven!"  WOW! I may steal that as part of a sermon title one day.  But, what a true and powerful statement.  While we think we know the answers and try to find God in the oddest places and in the oddest ways (and sometimes flat out wrong ways), God is waiting to bless us in powerful ways.  However, just like the Scripture says in James, we have not asked OR if we have asked , our motives are wrong.  We find ourselves asking God to reign down on us to fulfill our pleasures instead of His.

We have to get to a place in life where we understand that this life is not about us.  It can be, and should be, so much more.  Through the power of God, we have the ability to worship the God of the universe that desires a relationship with us.  Through His power, we have the ability to continue that relationship for all eternity through Jesus Christ.  Through His power, we have the ability to reconcile with those who have offended us and those we have offended.  Through his power, we have the ability to do so much...but it is never about us.  It is always about Him.  Now, with that mindset, just ask Him.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

February 4, 2014, 12:00 AM

Remember the youth...

Nothing really amazing this week...not that it ever is!  But I'm asking those that read these posts to take time to pray for our youth.  A few adults that work with the youth in our church met this past Sunday to discuss the future of our youth program.  I am excited to know that our church cares about the youth and understands that both the future of this church and this community depend upon these young people.

What we need NOW is the prayers and support of the rest of the church and community.  It will take the support of each person to ensure that what we do actually works.  As young people step into the doors of this church, they must feel like they belong, like this is a home to them.  This must be a place that they can feel safe.  This can only happen if the church family is open to youth ministry.  We must not look down upon them because of their youth (1 Timothy 4:12), but instead encourage them so that they will encourage others. 

Just image if every youth were in a church each Sunday, hearing the Word of God.  What a difference that would make to our community.  It begins with our prayers and our support.

In Christ, 

Bro. Grant

January 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

What captures your attention...

LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known;in wrath remember mercy.  - Habakkuk 3:2

A good drama, someone telling a story, a piece of history...what captures your attention?  What causes your to stand in awe?  Unfortunately, too many things capture our attention these day, but too few of the "right" things truly cause us to stand in awe like what is mentioned in this scripture.  Habakkuk is asking God to return to the day of the deeds that once were.  Habakkuk has heard of these deeds and truly believes that God is still able to perform these deeds.  That's the kind of faith I would desire.  That's the kind of faith that a church should desire.

When you are reading God's word, is it just a reading?  Or, do you find yourself unable to put it down sometimes because you get wrapped up in the story, the workings of God?  That's standing in awe of God.  During this mornings reading, I found myself captured by a story I have read many times and even preached from in the past.  However, on this date, I simply couldn't put it down.  I could see God's hand working even more THIS time, so I kept reading.  By the time I finished, I had read several more days worth of reading than planned (way behind on other things now) but it shows that God still captures you if you will allow Him the opportunity.  God wants your attention...let Him have it!!

In Christ, 

Bro. Grant

January 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

Life is so precious...

"When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." - Mark 10:14

How precious are the children that we have the privilege of being with every day?  Jesus was annoyed at the fact that the children were not being allowed to come forward.  He was angry that the value of those children were not seen.  Wow! What is He thinking today?

Yesterday was the desinated Sunday to celebrate the sanctity of human life in many churches.  We, as many churches, talked about how precious life is, both young and aged.  However, I was reading an article by a pastor that was annoyed by the whole idea of this Sunday, which caught my attention.  How could a pastor be annoyed by something that celebrates the importance of life.  Come to find out, what annoyed him was the same thing that annoyed him about Christmas and Easter celebrations.  Why is it that it requires ONE special Sunday out of the year to focus on life?  Should we not demonstrate how special life is EVERY DAY of the year, just like we should celebrate the fact that Jesus came and died for our sins every day of the year.  Now I get it pastor...that is something on which we can agree.

Life is precious! Whether it is life inside of the womb or life that is is precious! Celebrate this precious gift each and every day.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

January 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

God's blessings abound...

"I have received full payment and even more; I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God. And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:18-19

As Paul was so excited to receive gifts from the church in Philippi, he also noted that it was not expected. On one side he says that he fully trusts in God to supply all his needs and on the other side he commends the faithfulness of the congregation because their offerings are considered to be a pleasure before the Almighty God.  Because he has found perfect fulfillment in the one and only God, he can confidently states that God will meet all his needs AND the needs of those in Philippi.

As a church, we can truly celebrate a wonderful year (having just had our year-end quarterly meeting).  God has been so gracious...He truly has met all of our needs.  He has been faithful! have been faithful to bring forth "fragrant offerings" before the Lord and He has been pleased.  Of this, I am sure.  I encourage you to continue to be faithful with your time, your talents, and yes, your tithes throughout this next year.  I have no doubt that we will have reason to celebrate again at this time next year because we do serve an incredible God! Don't forget to give God the praise that He deserves for these victories...He did it and allowed us to be a part of it!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

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