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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




August 16, 2013, 12:00 AM

Welcome to my office


I want to welcome you to my office.  This page is designed to bring you into my small part of the church.  I spend time each week preparing sermons, visiting, addressing issues in the church, studying some more...you get the point.  This page is all about sharing the little things and thoughts that enter in that strange mind of a pastor. I'm praying that these words will be encouraging and beneficial to you.  Some entries will be short and simple, some may be long and drawn out, but hopefully they will all encourage you to seek a deeper relationship with one another and with Jesus Christ.  It is my hope that you will experience God in a unique way today and then tell someone about that experience.

God Bless,

Grant




August 16, 2013, 12:00 AM

It's been a month...


God has demonstrated an incredible amount of faithfulness and love in our first month in Hooks.  My family and I have been part of the FBC family since 7/7/13, but we are getting to know people fast.  We have been welcomed with open arms and feel as if we have known some of the folks for years.  It has been exciting to see how folks outside of the church have accepted us as well.  I've been able to meet other pastors, who agree that working together for the kingdom of God is a priority (Acts 2:44-47).  Thank you for making our transition so wonderful.

In Christ,

Grant


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