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November 26, 2013, 12:00 AM

What is Thanksgiving to you...

What is Thanksgiving to you?  It sounds like an obvious question, especially at this time of year.  Last night, my family and I had the opportunity to participate in the community wide thanksgiving service...a community coming together to worship one God.  With that in mind, let me tell you what thanksgiving is to me...

Thanksgiving is living out a life that is honoring a God that is almighty and powerful.  It is recognizing that He is great and I am small.  Last night I saw that He can do great things in the lives of those that simply allow Him.  Several young men from Teen Challenge stood before strangers and gave testimonies of how awesome our God is and how he still does great things.  Now, these young men are living out lives that are honoring their God, recognizing how great He is and how small they are.  

Last night I also saw God work in the lives of different churches so that a community could raise money for children in their midst.  Several people allowed God the honor of being more important than themselves and considered themselves servants of God.  Thanksgiving is living out a life that puts God first.  I'm praying that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving, honoring God throughout this season in the way we live.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

November 18, 2013, 12:00 AM

Sitting down with Jesus...

"While they were eating, Jesus took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to his disciples, saying, "Take and eat; this is my body." Then he took the cup, gave thanks and offered it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins." - Matthew 26:26-28

Jesus sat down with His disciples in observance of the Passover.  While the Passover had and still has an incredibly rich history and meaning, He would bring even greater meaning to this celebration through His death and resurrection.  Can you imagine the opportunity the disciples had to sit down with Jesus that night?  Can you imagine the privilege?

Well, because we have such a great God, we have that privilege every time we celebrate the Lord's Supper.  We had that opportunity yesterday.  We "sat" at the table with our Lord and thanked Him for what He has done for us.  Never forget that it is a priviledge to sit down with our Lord in remembrance of what He has done. I pray that this ordinance is never taken lightly and is always remembered for the gift that it truly is.

Thank you to a wonderful deacon body for their assistance in serving the congregation and demonstrating Christ's love in their service at the table.

In Christ, 

Bro. Grant

November 11, 2013, 12:00 AM

Proud of our veterans...

As most churches did, as least I hope they did, we celebrated our veterans during service yesterday.  We gave them the honor to be recognized for a moment in time for the years of service that they gave this country and are giving.  Just doesn't seem enough does it?  You're right it's not.  It's like anniversaries in a marriage.  If you only let your spouse know how special they are one time a year (on your anniversary), then are they really that special.  Shouldn't you be telling them and showing them throughout the year. In the same respect, I feel that we should tell our veterans throughout the year, thank you for their service.

When my family lived in McAlester, OK, my children were obviously much younger but they understood the presence of the military.  The ammunition facility in the area caused the town to have a rather significant military presence, especially during conflict times.  I remember sitting in Braum's with my kids when four young soldiers came into the restaurant in fatigues.  My kids began to ask question about the uniforms different ranks and who was the highest rank.  I distinctly remember that there were four different ranks.  I believe there was a major, captain, 1st lieutenant, and sergeant all sitting together.  Could be wrong on the ranks (it's been a while), but not a one was the same and it was three officers and an enlisted man.  My kids and I talked about what their jobs might be at the facility and where they might have come from.  Then, the most amazing thing of my kids asked if they could go say "thank you."  

At first, I thought, those guys don't want to be bothered by my kids.  But, then I thought, they need to hear it and they need to hear it more often.  Folks, tell them thank you. Tell them more often.  Teach your kids to tell them thank you. You should have seen the expression from those "grown men"...those "tough soldiers."  Priceless!

God Bless,

Bro. Grant

November 4, 2013, 12:00 AM

Men at work...

"The men in charge of the work were diligent, and the repairs progressed under them. They rebuilt the temple of God according to its original design and reinforced it."   - 2 Chronicles 24:13

The above scripture describes how work was being done on the the temple of God.  Difficult that involved time and effort.  The temple was in need of repair and Joash decided it was time.  This was going to take commitment, not only on the part of Joash but for each person that decided to follow.  Notice the type of commitment that is described in this one verse.  The men in charge were "diligent."  They took care to make sure it was done right.  It might take time and patience but they were going to make sure that it was done right because it was God's house.  Notice also that it progressed.  Even though they took their time, the work progressed.  No mention of complaints; No mention of set backs of which I'm sure there were both.  Just the fact that they moved forward with the repairs of God's temple.  They even took care to make sure it was in its original design, the way God intended it to be, not the way they wanted it to be, but the way God wanted it, strengthening it all the way.

I felt as if we, as a church body participated in that type of process this past weekend.  A group of 14 men joined in to work on God's temple.  It was diligent work that will probably be forgotten because it is work that is not seen, it is not prominent.  However, it is important, none the less.  It was work that would be described as "and the repairs progressed under them."  Slow and steady will we repair those things that need to be fixed.  Never once did I hear a negative word or complaint.  Never once did I hear, "why don't we get someone to do this?"  I simply saw "men in charge" working to repair God's temple. 

We are blessed at FBC Hooks and Saturday was just an example of that...thank you men!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

October 28, 2013, 12:00 AM

Confirmation of God's man...

"This proposal pleased the whole group. They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit; also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them." - Acts 6:5-6

The disciples could not keep up with the tasks.  There was simply too much to do.  More men were needed for the ministry.  The apostles of Jesus came up with a plan to set aside men to help with these issues.  Seven men were chosen.  Notice that the very first one mentioned, Stephen, was a "man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit."  He, and the others, were set aside because of their faith and the fact that the Holy Spirit was already in themdoing a great work.  The "twelve" then took them aside, prayed for them and laid hands on them.

This is what we experienced yesterday at Myrtle Springs Baptist Church.  We were able to pray for and lay hands on a man God had set aside.  I am thankful for the privilege to have had the opportunity to participate in that service and pray for Kevin and Kim Schutte, knowing that God had already set Kevin aside to do His kingdom's work with his perfect help mate.  Brother Michael Hardaway did a great job in explaining the idea of an ordination service and still maintaining the focus of God.

For those of you from FBC Hooks that were able to attend, thank you for taking the time and supporting the Schutte family and for being part of such an important service.  Speaking from the experience of having had an ordination service myself, I can tell you there are few things more powerful than to listen to the prayers of others being spoken on your behalf.  It is humbling to say the least.

Bro. Kevin and Kim we are praying for you and your family, now more than ever.  May you be blessed in His service!

In Christ, 

Bro. Grant

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