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August 18, 2015, 8:53 AM

For His glory...

"As he walked along, he saw a man blind from birth.  His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned; he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him. "  John 9:1-4 (NIV)

Yesterday, I had the honor of attending the heavenly homecoming for Daren York, Pastor of Red Springs.  What a wonderful time of remembrance and true celebration.  During the message, the Scripture mentioned above was used as Daren had taught from it when he found out he was sick a few years back.  Daren had stated  (paraphrasing) that some people are blind just because they are blind, some people are sick just because they are sick, and some people get cancer just because they get cancer. BUT, it is all for the glory of God.  Daren believed and trusted with all his heart that his cancer and the way that he dealt with his illness was being used for the glory of God.

Personally, I truly hate that anyone has to suffer with cancer.  However, I must agree with Daren's words in the fact that his illness was used for God's glory.  His testimony was and IS a reminder of what our lives are to be every day. We are to look at every challenge that comes our way as an opportunity to glorify God.  Rather than finding someone to blame for our troubles, our illnesses, and our faults, why don't we simply look toward God and let Him know that we will glorify Him through this "obstacle?"  After all...it's temporary!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant 




August 4, 2015, 9:46 AM

Rescued from the dogs...

"But you, LORD, do not be far from me.  You are my strength; come quickly to help me.  Deliver me from the sword,  my precious life from the  power of the dogs.  Rescue me from the mouth of the lions;  save me from the horns of the wild oxen. "  - Psalm 22:19–21 (NIV 2011)

A psalm of David that has such depth of meaning...

As with so many of the psalms composed by David, this one comes at time when he is calling upon the Lord for strength.  However, this psalm carries with it such power as the beginning is quoted from the cross by Christ (Matthew 27:46,Mark 15:34).  As Christ spoke, this psalm came alive once more to those who had heard this psalm spoken of David so many times.  The psalm was transformed from the lament and thanksgiving of an individual to the lament and thanksgiving of a nation as Christ, Himself, took on the sin of the world.  This entire psalm was brought to life as Christ suffered on the cross.

For us, this means that the psalm rings true even today.  We can pray the entire psalm with confidence because just as it was true for David, it is for us because of Christ.  Because Christ spoke the truth of this psalm, we can have confidence as well.  Call upon the LORD to not be far from you...that His strength comes quickly...that your life be rescued from the power of the "dogs" and "lions" and "oxen" in your life.  It also means that you have the strength to tell others of what God has done, so that they will know (vv.30-31), even those not yet born.

Praise Him, even when you are surrounded by the enemy (v.22).

In Christ,

Bro. Grant




July 27, 2015, 5:06 PM

Look at it a different way...

"Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.'”  - Lamentations 3:22-24 (NIV 2011)

Admit it...we all have them...bad days! What keeps you hanging on? When things seem to not be going your way OR when things seem to be going the "same old way."  What keeps you going?  Last week, I had the opportunity to talk you a great group of young men and women that were helping at children's camp.  They had just completed the first session of children's camp and were looking at two more sessions of doing the same exact thing.  Just like life, it's fun the first time around, but it becomes a little boring or even burdensome after the first time.

I spoke to them about trying to see the second and third session through the eyes of the children; experiencing each activity, each worship service, each event through the children they were working with instead of their own eyes.  Seeing camp through the eyes of the children helped some of these young men and women experience God's mercy in a new way.  God's mercy never fails, but we sometimes miss it because we don't pay attention.  Sometimes we need to look at the same situation with a different view or a different focus to realize that God hasn't change at all.  He is STILL all we need.

What situation can you look at differently today?  Whatever it is, know that God's compassion will never leave you.  It is there every day...and it's all you need.  You can make it!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

 




July 14, 2015, 9:37 AM

Whatever it took...

"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. " Col. 3:17

"Whatever" is a word that can be used in a negative or positive manner.  Think about it...

If we are told to do something we don't want to do, some may respond by saying, "whatever," and then either do the job with a poor attitude or not do the job at all. Or maybe, you're talking to someone, trying to tell them a story or explain how something happened.  However, if that person has the least inkling that what you're saying is untrue, they might be saying "whatever" with there eyes or body language, or even saying  it out loud.  You get my point, right?

However, "whatever" carries with it the idea of an extremely positive meaning as well, especially when used in the correct context.  Think about using the word in a conversation when someone is desperate for help.  You ask them if you can help.  That person says, "whatever" assistance you can give would help.  In that case, that word indicates the desperation of that person and the incredible opportunity that you have to help.  In the same way, "whatever" in the verse above, carries with it a postive meaning in that anything we do, word or deed, for the Lord is a positive thing.  We are to give thanks for the fact that we are able to work for the Lord.  We are to give thanks that we had the opportunity to do something for Him, that He allowed us to do something in His name.

I am so thankful for FBC Hooks and  those in our community that came along side our church to do "whatever" it took in the name of t he Lord last week.  "Whatever" it took to show the people of Hooks that God is alive and well, and still working in the lives of those that live in our Jerusalem.  In the context of last week, "whatever" definitely had a positive meaning.  Thank you!!!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant 




July 6, 2015, 12:00 AM

Thanks to the community...

So many in the community have thanked me and the church for the fireworks last Friday.  I want each of you to know that those "thank you's" are heard.  In fact, I can't thank the folks that help support the 4th of July Celebration in Hooks...those that make it happen.  Yes, many of them are in our church, many of them help prepare for that day, help work during the celebration, and help clean up.  Thank you FBC Hooks for the support of this event .  There is no way to thank you enough for ALL you did.  However, I would also like to thank those that make this event happen that are not part of FBC Hooks.

Thank you to the police officers that keep us safe and the streets clear so that folks can get in and out safely.  Thank you to the fire department that is there...just in case!  Thank you to those that performed this year and gave us live music to enjoy....we look forward to that again next year.  Thank you to Myrtle Springs Baptist Church for ministering to the folks with water.  Thank you to several folks that stepped in and made cotton candy and snow cones just because they were there and saw that we needed help...you guys and gals were awesome!  Thank you to the community members that supported the fireworks financially through fundraisers. 

Finally, thank you to the Hooks community that came out to support the event.  You were all a pleasure to have.  Personally, I love the feel of community after events that involve us all no matter who hosts them.  This is about all of us sharing in the freedom that we have been given in a wonderful country.  I'm just glad that we are able to share in that freedom...together!!  Let's do it again next year...Save the date for FRIDAY, JULY 1st!!!!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant


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