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April 14, 2015, 8:49 AM

Join in prayer...

"I urge you, brothers and sisters, by our Lord Jesus Christ and by the love of the Spirit, to join me in my struggle by praying to God for me. Pray that I may be kept safe from the unbelievers in Judea and that the contribution I take to Jerusalem may be favorably received by the Lord’s people there, so that I may come to you with joy, by God’s will, and in your company be refreshed. The God of peace be with you all. Amen." - Romans 15:30-33 (NIV 2011)

Paul, a true hero of the faith, pleading for prayer? Is this a sign of weakness coming from an apostle? You know better than to answer "yes" the second question.  He IS pleading for prayer, but he IS NOT demonstrating any weakness in doing so. In fact, look at what he is doing.  He is calling the believers in Rome to "join" him in the struggle that he is going through.  He is actually urging the believers to come along side him and join him in the battle that he is going through.  What does this say about prayer?  It says that prayer is not a passive thing...something that is done to pacify a situation and let it go by.  Rather, prayer gets you into the action.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to participate in a pastors prayer meeting at FBC Mt. Vernon.  Several pastors from this region of the SBTC (Southern Baptists of Texas Convention) met to simply pray for awakening and renewal.  For 2 hours we prayers for various things including spritual awakening and renewal, leadership for our country and state, guidance in our churches, and for each other.  It was when we prayed for each other, pastor for pastor (one on one) that it truly got personal.  That time reminded me of how much we are "in this thing together."  Every church, every pastor, is in this together.  We have got to lift other pastors up in prayer and truly JOIN with them in prayer.  JOIN churches in their effort to reach others for Christ. that the God of peace is with us ALL.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

March 30, 2015, 11:00 AM

Trust His will...

"Jesus commanded Peter, “Put your sword away! Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” - John 18:11 (NIV)

Can you image the emotions that were running through Peter's mind at the time Jesus spoke these words to him?  Imagine the setting.  The person that Peter had spent most of his days with was about to be taken away by soldiers.  Emotions were high to say the least.  Peter had just seen his Master heal the man's ear that he had cut off (Luke 22:51).  Miracles were happening in their midst.  Yet, Jesus was trying to teach Peter that there was something more important.

How many of us can truly concentrate on what we are suppose to when everything around us is moving and distracting us from our focus?  It's difficult to say the least.  It is especially difficult when we are being distracted by what we perceive as the "most important" event/subject/point/aspect (whatever you want to put in there) is transpiring.  However, it is at that time that we need to hear the words of Jesus...the same words that He told Peter, "Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?"  Should we not do exactly what the Father has told us to do?  Should we not do the will of the Father?  Of course we should!  

At the time that it is most difficult to follow through, or concentrate, it is at that time that we are to follow through with the will of the Father.  Put the distractions of the world aside.  Put our human anger, anxiety, fear, etc., to the side and trust in the will of a perfect Father who knows what is best for each of us.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant


March 24, 2015, 11:10 PM

Take advantage of the time...

"Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers."- Galatians 6:10

As Christians, I would hope that it is a given that we are to be examples to the world around us.  I would hope that this is not a point up for discussion.  I would also hope that the truth of the above scripture would not be up for discussion either, but I'm afraid by the evidence that is in our world today, we need to talk about it.  

The truth of this scripture speaks to the fact that we are to do good to ALL people.  That includes doing good to our fellow Christians.  In fact, this verse states, very clearly, that we are to do good "especially" to our family of believers.  We are to take care of our household brethren.  We are to protect them, care for them, speak highly of them, and never do evil against them.

Some might claim victory over this passage by stating that they treat all people the same...poorly.  All kidding aside, the scipture is clear on this as well.  We are to do "good" to all people.  If we are treating people outside the church better than inside the church, that's wrong.  If we are treating both of them poorly, that's wrong also.

Finally, some might falsely claim victory by doing good to all WHEN they have opportunity.  This would be wrong as well.  The idea is not "when" you have the opportunity, but "while you still have the opportunity.  In other words, we are to do good to all people while we still have the time to do.  There will come a day when that won't be possible any more, whether because those people pass away, we pass away, or Jesus return...but there will be a time.  Therefore, we are to take advantage of the good to ALL people.

In Christ, 

Bro. Grant

March 16, 2015, 1:31 PM

Approach with confidence...

"Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need."  - Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)

How many times have you approached the throne of God? Really...just stop and think about that for just a second.  Every time that we kneel, bow, close our eyes, go into our private time, and speak to God, we are actually approaching the throne of God.  That in and of itself causes me to stop for just a second, yet the Scripture states that we can do that with "confidence.  It does not say to do that with "arrogance" but with "confidence."  We can do this with confidence because we KNOW that God is there, He never moves.  We can do this with confidence because we KNOW that God listens, He understands.  We can do this with confidence because we KNOW that God loves, He never changes.  We can do this with confidence, because we KNOW God!

The reason that this can be done with confidence is because of God, not because of us.  It is because of who God is.  Because of God, He gives us grace and mercy in our times of need.  Because of who God is, He allows us to approach is a privlige.  Take advantage of this privilege in all your needs.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

March 5, 2015, 10:00 PM

Fortunate in freedom...

"But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code." Romans 7:6 (NIV)

Have you ever noticed that we, Americans, don't realize how fortunate we are?  I know that it has become cliche to ask that question.  I know that more and more freedoms are being taken for granted.  I don't think that I have ever taken for granted how blessed we are in this least as an adult.  I will not be so ignorant as to claim that truth as a child.  However, I do believe that I was blessed at a young age in the fact that I lived in a country outside of the United States that gave me a better perspective than most people my age, and I am grateful for that today.  I believe that it has caused me to reflect on how blessed I am more than once.  It has definitely helped shape my priorities over the years.

But I would like to remind us, AS CHRISTIANS, as to how blessed we are no matter where we live.  For God's word teaches us that we have been born again...into a new way of the Spirit.  We do not have to live the way we have lived matter where we live.  Then tell me, why do we, AS CHRISTIANS, complain, gripe, criticize, whine, etc.?  We are not bound by these ways any longer.  Realized how fortunate we are to live with the freedom of grace in Jesus Christ, demonstrating that grace to those around us...not hanging on to the law that so many want to cling.  Be blessed in this freedom!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

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