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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 time...do 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 Him...it 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 country...at 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 before...no 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




February 25, 2015, 10:05 PM

Just talk to Him...

"The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend..." Exodus 33:11 (NIV)

Have you ever gotten nervous?  Sure, we all have.  We have all gotten nervous about something.  We may not get nervous about the same things that we did when we were younger OR maybe we do, but we all know that feeling.  One thing that many people get nervous about is talking to the Almighty.  Now don't get me wrong.  I don't want us to get too casual and thing that we can just say and do anything that we want, but I would like to take some of the "nervousness" out of talking to God.  

"Nerves" can be a good thing if they keeps us on our toes.  "Nerves" can cause us to prepare well in teaching or presenting, or maybe just giving an announcement.  However, "nerves" can be paralyzing for some.  So much so that nothing gets done.  That's what I don't want to happen.  We should not be so nervous that we never take the time to sit down with God and talk.  As we find in Scripture, Moses spoke with God as one "speaks to a friend."  As I said before, it's not the idea of being casual.  No, it's the idea of one on one, face to face, and being sincere.  Don't hold anything back.  Act as if there is no one else there, even if there is...like, maybe praying in Sunday School, church, prayer group, Bible study, etc.  

The way that we grow and decrease our "nervousness" is to become more comfortable talking to our FRIEND.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant  


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