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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

May 1, 2015, 11:52 AM

Looking forward...

How can I thank God enough?  That was a question I posed last Sunday.  I think it was somewhat of a loaded question to be honest.  As I stood before the congregation, I stood as a person that has been blessed beyond measure; blessed with a family, blessed with friends, blessed with a job that I love, and blessed with the gift of eternal life.  How can I thank God enough?  Well, the truth of the matter is that I can't.  Because the truth of the matter is I don't deserve any of that.  In reality, I need to realize that and move forward with my praise toward God and show Him my thanks through my actions.  This is something that we must all God our thanks through our actions.

I realize that many may say that you don't feel blessed right now.  Well, the fact of the matter is that you are blessed whether you "feel" it or not because God has given you the opportunity to have eternal life, even in the midst of all that is going on around you.  Looking forward, we can all praise Hiim...what a wonderful day it is.  

This Sunday we will celebrate moving forward in our church with the addition of a staff member, Nick Riddle.  Nick has accepted the position of Worship Leader at FBC Hooks and will be here this Sunday (May 3rd).  Come and thank God for what He is doing at FBC Hooks and what He is doing in your life. He is doing something wonderful, even if you don't notice it...YET!!!

In Christ, 

Bro. Grant

April 21, 2015, 10:00 PM

Pray for our youth...

"Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart." 2 Timothy 2:22 (NIV)

I had the privilege this past weekend to spend a little time with some new friends.  Pastor Webster, from Cedar Grove Baptist Church, invited me to be a part of what they called a job fair.  Their church was doing their part to make a difference in our community by providing an opportunity for some young men and women to look into some possibilities of employment.  While I appreciated this portion of the job fair, there was more to it.

During this job fair, Pastor Webster has several of us speak to the youth that were present.  They were expected to have dressed appropriately,  speak appropriately, and sit appropriately (as if they were going to an interview).  What a great way to teach those youth.  During this time, they heard from several speakers as to how important it is to put God first, to plan for the future, and then to be ready for whatever God puts in your path.  

During this time, I was able to pray with my brothers for our youth.  Pray that they would find the path of righteousness, flee immorality and all evil, finding the Lord waiting for them with His love. Isn't that what we should all be doing?  

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

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