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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

October 22, 2013, 12:00 AM

Let the children come...

Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Matthew 19:14

Children are instrumental to the growth of a church.  I don't believe that anyone would deny this statement.  Without young people in a church, the future is very dim to say the least.  Of course, the same could be said for our world, but let's stick to church for just a moment.  This past Sunday morning, we had an average attendance during worship service. However, I want to let you know that if you missed worship, you missed a missed the gathering of some precious young souls coming forward during children's time.  We talked about the importance of "interdependence" (big word that maybe only a few caught).  However, we practiced coming forward and learned that children's church would be starting up next week.  The kids seemed excited...probably because they don't have to listen to me, but excited none the less.  The will have the opportunity to worship with us for a while, have a moment with me, then have some activities with some dedicated adults in our church family.  

Jesus told the disciples to let the children come, the kingdom belongs to such as these.  Let the children come to worship, come to learn, come to participate. This is their church as well.  They need to learn just like us that our God is great; that our God is worthy of praise!  Let's make this opportunity for the children a positive experience so that church will be somewhere they are comfortable and somewhere they want to come.

Thank you to those adults that have volunteered and those that will in the future...God bless each one of you!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

October 15, 2013, 12:00 AM

Challenge to be contagious...

He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. - Luke 10:2

On October 2nd (10/2), the North American Mission Board challenged Baptist Churches to be in prayer for the harvest and the workers needed for this harvest (See Luke 10:2).  While, 10/2 has passed us, the challenge has not.  We must be in a constant state of challenge to send workers into the fields in preparation for the harvest.  

Sunday night (10/13), at the Bowie Baptist Associational meeting (Partnership Celebration) we were challenged to be an association that is prepared for the same.  We can not continue to be content with the same old way of thinking, the same old way of reaching folks.  Don't get me wrong...the same old rugged cross still works, we just have to modify how we get that across.  Dr. Stan Albright did a great job of getting that point across at the meeting.  If you weren't there...I guess you missed it!

But, let me tell you what I enjoyed about the evening the most.  I worshipped next to an older gentleman from another church.  We both sang the same songs, we both stood up for the same amount of time, we prayed together (holding hands), and might have even had an "amen" or two.  The music crossed a generational span eventhough it was loud at times, upbeat at times, slow at times, old songs, new crossed that span.  At the end of service, I looked at the gentleman, fully expecting him to be ready to rush out the door, and said "thanks for worshipping with me tonight.!"  He said, "thank you, it was great!"  Worshipping is contagious.  We will feed off of one another, but we have to be in one another's presence for it to work.

That contagious spirit is obvious in worship, but it is the same for preparation for the harvest as well.  As we catch the spirit for God, those around us will do the same.  If we do not, they will not.  I challenge every child of God to be contagious as we continue to pray LUKE 10:2!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

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