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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

January 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

Prepare for the year ahead...

“Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” - 1 Peter 1:13

So many times we make resolutions that are simply too difficult to keep.  We make resolutions to get into shape, save money, be more kind, spend more time with our kids, attend church more regularly, etc., only to find that we fail sometime during the year.  Granted, this is not always the case.  However, more often than not, we tend to get lazy and eventually give up on our resolutions.  I would submit that there might be another reason behind not fulfilling our resolutions...we try to do them alone.  We are more successful if we do things together.  Working out is more fun with a partner in crime.  Saving money is easier when your spouse is on board and has the same mindset.  Attending church more regularly is easier when the entire family is holding each other accountable.  Teamwork is the key to making resolutions work.

This being said, I would like to help everyone team up with someone that will assist you make it through the year in whatever resolution you have made or will make.  Why not make a commitment right now to read God's word this year.  You will have a built in partner to prepare you for the year.  Think about it! As you read the Bible, you are spending time with the greatest accountability partner there is and you are preparing yourself for the days ahead.  You are prepared for challenges as well as successes that come your way.  He will give you the strength to be successful in whatever endeavor you have chosen to undertake this year.

May God bless you in your resolution this year,

Bro. Grant

December 29, 2013, 12:00 AM

A prayer for the new year...

"May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all." - 2 Corinthians 13:14

There is no doubt that my greatest desire would be that each and every person would come to know Christ this coming year.  Wouln't it be a great place to live if the world truly knew Christ.  However, I don't want to neglect those that already know Christ.  I also have a desire for you as well.  The Scripture referenced above is essentially a prayer or blessing upon God's people that they would be blessed with the grace of Christ, love of God  the Father and fellowship of the Holy Spirit.  If you know Christ, God doesn't want you to think that you are left out in the cold.  This blessing is truly amazing.  God desires that you continue to know the grace of Jesus Christ.  His grace works not only to save you in the first place but to continually sanctify you.  He also desires that the Holy Spirit fellowship with you.  If we think about this last part, it should be obvious that that we have a loving God.  He loves us so much that he wants to have fellowship with us.  

Love is demonstrated in how we fellowship with each other.  We fellowship with each other at church, Bible studies, Sunday School, church socials and even during times of sorrow, like funerals.  I have had the opportunity to fellowship with many of you this last week during church, Sunday school, a Sunday school party, a funeral, and a potato lunch.  What a blessing to fellowship with one another in different venues with different folks and obviously different activties (hush Sunday School). Each was an opportunity to demonstrate God's love.

I pray that each of you would have multiple opportunities to fellowship with one another this year, demonstrating God's love and grace as much as possible.

In Christ, 

Bro. Grant

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