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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




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 


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