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September 16, 2013, 12:00 AM

Service to the church...

"This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God's people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!"  2 Cor. 9:12-15

Today, I am again proud of the leadership at FBC Hooks.  We had 59 names on the list for volunteer training yesterday.  I had made 60 folders thinking we would have plenty left over for next time and worried about wasting church money on copies.  Guess God knew better.  Thank you for coming out, not knowing all the details, but trusting that we were doing something important.  God had clearly gone before us, prepared hearts and made the path much easier than what I was expecting.  Thank you God and thank you FBC.  

The Scripture given above relates to the giving of financial gifts from the church in Corinth when discussed in context.  However, I would like to extend that application to the fact that "the service", meaning in whatever way you are serving God's church, will praise God and the result will be that "men will praise God."  Through your faithful service and preparation, like yesterday, folks will come to know Christ.  That is exciting.  Your service is an incredible gift from God and I am thankful that you have chosen to use that gift to further His kingdom.

God's blessings,

Bro. Grant




September 9, 2013, 12:00 AM

Demonstration of God's love...

 David was informed by Nathan of the blessings that would soon come to him.  He was overwhelmed and the reaction of David was one of humility and awe.  1 Chronicles 17: 16-17 states that he sat down before the Lord and said..."Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in your sight, O God, you have spoken about the future of the house of your servant. You have looked on me as though I were the most exalted of men, O LORD God."

I have felt like David since arriving in Hooks, TX, but especially yesterday.  Our family was warmly welcomed by church and Hooks family.  The demonstration of God's love from folks in the community was incredible.  To see participation from pastors/ministers from other churches demonstrates God's hand at work in this community.  Relationships are being made that can be the basis of great things if we will simply allow God to do His thing.  As a current song by TobyMac says...go ahead and steal my show. God, get after it...we are ready to see what you have in store!!!

Thank you Hooks...Thank you Church!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

  




September 3, 2013, 12:00 AM

Don't be afraid to study...

Sunday morning I agreed with a statement Gregg Matte from FBC Houston gave to Southwestern News, "The thing that Southwestern really blessed me with was the tools and the ability to study...that's what was really helpful to me.  I knew where to turn when I didn't know the answer on things.  It gave me the ability no to fear but to go further into the study."  I hope that this is or will be the case for all believers...that you would know where to turn when don't know the answers.  God has given us a wonderful resource in the Bible to answer issues in life and so many times we fail to go there to find the answers.  Maybe we are afraid of what we will find; maybe we know what we will find and simply don't want to follow that advice. I don't know.  I do know this, however, God wants us to not be afraid to study His word and seek the answers in the comfort of His word.  I do not pretend to know everything there is to know about the Bible, but I do know where to look...my hope is that you do too.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant




August 27, 2013, 12:00 AM

Walking & talking with God...

Last Wednesday our church learned about prayer walking.  We experienced the power of praying for our church while walking our halls; praying for the children, youth, and adults that would come through the doors and into the classrooms throughout the next week and years to come. The church seemed to understand the importance of this and I had hoped that this would be a new way for some to walk closer with God.  This past Sunday (8/25), my hopes were realized as I witnessed a group from FBC pray as they walked the campus of the high school here in Hooks.  With very little instruction and an open ended time frame, God's people reached out and prayed for our kids, the facultly, administrators, parents, and every person that would step through the doors of Hooks High school.  What a wonderful experience of walking and talking with God!!!  Keep it up on a daily basis. 

Genesis 6:9 - "...Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God."

In Christ,

Grant




August 19, 2013, 12:00 AM

Great day to take a dunk...

Yesterday (8/18/13), we had the opportunity to share in the baptism of three young ladies at FBC Hooks. What a wonderful day!  The Spirit of God was truly "among" us. The look and excitement that the young ladies had on their faces told the whole story.  I was sent pictures of the baptisms to my phone later that day and my favorite was of one young lady looking straight up into my face as I was looking down to ask her if she had asked Jesus to be her Lord and Savior...what a moment. What a privilege to perform this ordinance, knowing that Jesus has instructed us to follow Him in this act of obedience.  

It is my prayer that more churches, ours included, will stir the waters of baptism more often and feel the presence of God like we felt Him yesterday. I was exhausted by the end of the day, but it was the best kind of "tired" imaginable. 

In Christ,

Grant


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