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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 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

June 17, 2015, 4:56 PM

FBC Hooks on Mission...

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” - Acts 1:8 (NIV)

One of the best know passages in Scripture detailing a missionary pattern for church is found here in Acts 1:8.  In just a few words we find that the strength of God's work come from the Holy Spirit, not us.  Therefore, when we get tired, we should be relying on God to get us through the struggles since He is the once that gives us power in the first place.  Secondly, we find that we have an important role in being God's witnesses.  We, His creations have the honor and privilege to serve God as His representatives to others.  It's not a dishonor, but an honor to do so.  Therefore, we should not whine about it but look forward to it.  Third, we are given the privilege of being His representatives in many different venues; our backyard, our home state, our nation, even internationally.  Therefore, we have no argument to stand here and say "I'm bored...there is nothing to do."  Lastly, the way in which all of these venues are presented, should cause us to understand that we have the honor of being His representatives in these venues at all times.  What I mean by this is that we do not have to take care of one area before we take care of another.  We should be continually thinking of ways to minister in our backyard, our state, our nation, and the world.  Then, when we have the opportunity to go...we are ready.  Don't wait until you think you are ready to go to prepare.  Prepare now for an opportunity that will arise and be prepared to say yes.

This year, our church is "going" to Hooks.  We are "receiving power" to "be witnesses in Jerusalem" this year.  We will be serving members of our church and our community by doing yard work, repair work/construction, preparing food, and visiting.  As a church, we will be ministering in whatever way we can during our "mission trip" (July 6-10).  If you would like to help or know someone that needs help in the areas that have been mentioned, please contact the church office.  

In His Service,

Bro. Grant 

June 2, 2015, 1:48 PM

Each part does its work...

"From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work." - Ephesians 4:16 (NIV)

This portion of Scripture speaks to the true of cooperation; cooperation among Christians and cooperation among churches.  In the works previous to what we see here, Paul had told the Ephesians how important the different roles of the apostles, the preachers, teachers, etc. were in order to bring believers into unity.  The emphasis is not on the roles but on the idea of unity.  Why would I say this, because context speaks of the "unity of faith in Christ" and that "Christ is the head of the body", not that any one role is important.  In fact, it is summed up very well in verse 16 by saying that "each part does its work." 

While I understand completely that this Scripture is talking about Christians, let's extend it out to churches as well.  Imagine if any one church saw themselves as more important than the other OR any less important than the other.  Each church is a part of the body and should be doing their part; "each part does its work."  That means that each church should realize how important they are and how important the other churches are; using each other as allies not competition.  As God's word says, "every SUPPORTING ligament."  Isn't that appropriate.

Recently, I met with some of the other churches in our community and asked them to help promote each others' events, including Vacation Bible School.  So far, these are the ones I have;

First United Methodist Church: June 6th

Myrtle Springs Baptist Church:  June 22nd - 26th

FBC Hooks: June 29th - July 3rd

Please support each of these and the efforts made in this community to make Christ a priority.  This must be a team effort.  God will bless this community as we work together for His kingdom.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

May 25, 2015, 7:39 PM

What our freedom gives us...

“'I have the right to do anything,' you say—but not everything is beneficial. 'I have the right to do anything'—but I will not be mastered by anything." - 1 Corinthians 6:12 (NIV)

On this day, when we celebrate the freedom that we have been given by the men and women who died for us, I believe it is appropirate to remember what that freedom really means.  In the above passage, Paul was writing to the Corinthians about their freedom; freedom that they had been granted as believers.  Paul, himself, spoke to the fact that he had the right to do ANYTHING because of the freedom he had been given in Jesus Christ.  Jesus had died for his sins, giving Paul freedom from condemnation, freedom from eternal separation from God, but not freedom for literally "anything."

Paul understood that there were certain things that were not beneficial.  Although Christ's death freed Paul from the ramifications of sin, Paul was making the point that only those actions, deeds, thoughts, etc. that produced positive effects were worthy of one's time.  All things are possible, but not all things are profitable.

The freedoms this country have received through the deaths of great men and women deserve the same thought process that God was teaching through Paul.  We have been given the freedom to do ANYTHING because of their service and ultimate price, BUT that does not mean that everthing is beneficial.  Maybe we should think before we act on our this action beneficial to our country, our community, our church?  Then act!

In Christ, 

Bro. Grant

May 11, 2015, 3:52 PM

Awaken from prejudicial stupor...

"He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?” - Acts 10:28-29 (NIV 2011)

Peter was about to speak to a large crowd of Gentiles, yet just a short time prior to this event, it would have been impossible.  Peter would have never imagined being in such a position; not because of he had a fear of public speaking, although I'm sure that was an issue for him at one time in his life, but because he was a Jew and he was not to associate with a gentile, much less speak to them in such large numbers.  Peter had come to the realization, with God's assistance, that "nothing" was to be declared unclean (Acts 10:15).  This included the very people in whose presence he stood.

Don't you like the strong presence in which Peter addresses the crowd, yet the humility in which asks the question at the end of the above text.  It's almost as if Peter came in and said, "let's talk about the elephant in the room and move on..."  Peter had moved on passed any prejudice that he might have had at this point and was ready to address the issue at hand.  He was ready to speak the truth of Christ's salvation for EVERYONE; God demonstrating no favoritism.  Peter had awoken from his own prejudicial stupor, one that caused him to limit the power of the Gospel.

I wonder what prejudice is limiting the Gospel from working in our own lives.  Is it a prejudice toward another livestyle, another culture, another social status, another habit, another tendency, another tradition, another "anything?"  What is it that we hold onto that limits the Gospel?  Peter was able to awaken from his stupor, can we?

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

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