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June 1, 2017, 10:33 AM

A time for everything...

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens..." - Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)

Probably one of the most well known verses in Ecclessiastes, if not the most well known.  This morning as I was trying to get a few things done, I kept hittng road blocks.  I know that you understand.  We have all had them.  You're in the midst of a project and your computer stops working, or the tool you need breaks, or you can't find the tool at all, or you can't get in touch with the person who has an answer you're stuck.  

What do you do?  Well, some folks beat their head up against the wall and complain about that "sorry" computer, tool, or even person not doing what they were meant to do.  I had to laugh this morning as this thought entered my head.  Why was this funny?  Because we discussed this very subject last night during Bible study.  Good news...I stopped that process.  I did what I should have done, I went to the next project and began a new work.  I began planning what was a head for the day.

Guess what?  It began to rain, just a few minutes ago.  I had planned to work on a project outdoors this afternoon/evening and I don't believe this will be possible.  Okay, now we are on to plan "C."  You get the picture, right?  Well, let's just say I think I'm down to plan "F." There is a time for everything.  However, we must understand that sometimes we do not know when that might be.  Sometimes just knowing that there IS a time must be enough.  We don't have to know when because God's planning is best.  Just know that there IS a time for everything!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

April 18, 2017, 9:13 AM

Perfect thyself...

"Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God." - 2 Cor. 7:1 (NIV 2011)

Have you ever stopped to think why you do certain things?  For example, why do some people sneeze in "3's" or "2's", while others always sneeze once? Why do some people where glasses when they don't need them and others don't wear them and they really need them?  Why are some people worried about germs to the extreme and others couldn't care less?  That's right, we all have them...quirks!  Many of us don't have a clue as to why we have them.  We simply have these quirks, which are a part of our lives, and we deal with them (positive or negative).  The funny thing is that we never seem to do anything about them.  We just call them quirks and move on.

Moving from the subject of quirks to sin is a huge leap, however.  According to the Scriptures, specifically 2 Corinthians 7:1, we ARE to do something about our sin.  Unlike our quirks, we are to continually purify ourselves.  In otherwords, we are to work towards improving our lives in such a way as to rid our bodies of anything that would contaminate it, perfecting our bodies for Christ.  Also, unlike the quirks, we have a reason for doing this.  For many quirks there is no reason to change, but for sin, there is a huge reason to change.  We should change because we have been given a promise of eternal life.  Scripture also teaches that we should change out of respect and honor for God Himself.  Therefore, perfect thyself!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

March 29, 2017, 8:38 AM

What we can do...

Have you ever felt like there is nothing you can do?  Like you don't have the qualifications to help someone? Do me a favor and just read Shannon's story.  Her story is similar to more people than you can possibly imagine; people that you know.  Yet, all it took was someone reaching out to be a friend.  Someone being persistent in God's love.

We are placing emphasis on the Annie Armstrong Easter Offerring this month in support of our North American Missionaries. In many situations, their work focuses on relationships just like that of Shannon's situation.  What I would also like us to see is that we are those missionaries as well.  Just like Jessica and Joshua, we have the ability to reach out to those in our own community that may be needing a place to heal, a place to fit in, a place to be loved.  THAT...we can do!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

February 20, 2017, 10:31 AM

Receive and give...

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect.” – 1 Cor. 15:10a

Paul was in the middle of sharing the gospel with his audience. Then, he took a moment to express a humble, yet important part of his ministry.  The verse noted above expresses a sentiment that is all too often forgotten.  Maybe, that’s why Paul felt it important to include at this point.

Paul states that it is by God’s grace that he is included as an apostle.  Why? Because, he recalls all that he has done, all that he has been a part of, and all that he is compared to the glory of his Lord and Savior.  He understands where he is and from where he has come.  There is an old proverb that many, if not all of us know: “There to but for the grace of God go I.”  Unfortunately, many of us use it like this, “Glad I didn’t wind up like that.”  Instead, it should be more like, “It is by God’s grace that this didn’t happen to me, as I have made that same mistake or one similar to it.”  Compassion is brought out in the second interpretation, but not in the first.

Secondly, Paul stated that God’s grace “was not without effect.”  This means that there was evidence in Paul’s life of God’s grace.  Paul lived a life that demonstrated grace by giving grace to others.  He didn’t forget that he had received grace himself, therefore, he showed grace to others.  This is an area, that many of us forget as well.  We keep the grace to ourselves, forgetting to share it without others.  Grace is meant to be given away.  Receive it and give it.  It’s a gift meant to be given a way!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant 

January 19, 2017, 2:25 PM

He is not going to plead...

"Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me."  Isaiah 6:8

Ever read a verse or portion of the Bible for "first time" eventhough you haver read it several times before?  How many times have we read this verse? Yet, just a few days ago I got the sence that I had read it for the first time as I felt I had been missing a simple yet import point.  So many times I had read this as the call of Isaiah, but it is so much more.

The way that it is written has Isaiah standing by, hearing a conversation.  He hears the thought, or need, expressed about workers going out in the name of the Lord.  Think about it for just a momment and picture Isaiah standing up in response to a request that he has overheard. He simply hears a need and states, "send me."  God did not coerce or plead with him, yet Isaiah answered the call to go for God.  

Oswald Chambers wrote, "The call of God is not for the special few, it is for everyone.  Whether or not I hear God's call depends upon the state of my ears."  Are we listening for God to call so that we can answer, saying, "here am I, send me.?"  I hope we are, because He will not beg and plead.  He may simple go on to the next person who is listening.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant


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