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January 7, 2015, 4:00 PM

Taking a stand...

"Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?" - Psalm 94:16

In reading this psalm, it is easy to understand how the psalmist feels.  How many times have you felt as if no one is standing with you?  How many times would ask that just one person stand up and simply take you side of an arguement?  You "know" that you are right and there are no two ways about it, but why won't anyone else see that?  Maybe that is exactly why the psalmist is asking the question.  Maybe that is why he is posing the question to God, know that only God will fill the void.  Even if no one steps up to the plate, God will!

Let's turn this around for just a moment.  Let's just say that it is God posing the question...oh, does that hurt! What happens if God is to the point that He is asking for just one person to stand up and do the right thing.  He doesn't care what the general public opinion is or what the latest poles say...He wants someone to stand by Him!  There are times in our lives that I believe God IS asking that very question.  I would propose that there are social issues right now that fall under this category.  I'm not asking anyone to stand by me or my word, but to stand according to the Word of God.  Read His Word, stand for His truth!  Don't ever be afraid to take a stand; just make sure that you don't "stomp" in the process.  We should love as we stand for His truth!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

 




December 28, 2014, 5:00 PM

Time with the Lord...

"As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him." - Psalm 18:30

I sat down this afternoon to read Scripture for my daily reading of the Sword, which has not been so "daily" r
ecently, and I realized just how far behind I am. I would share that bit of information with you but I don't want you to think to badly of the pastor today. What it caused me to do is realize how much I let "life" get in the way of important things such as time with God. We, as His children, have got to make sure that we are spending a least a little bit of time with him each day. Make a point, as we are about to begin a new year, to start a fresh with God. I plan to finish what I started, I may be late, but I will be spending time with my Lord, and for that I know I will be blessed. 
May I encourage you to do the same. 
Below, you will find a link (there are many) to a site that has several choices of how to read through the Bible in a year. Don't rush, but just spend some time with your Lord...He would love to hear from you.
In Christ, 
Bro. Grant


http://www.ewordtoday.com/year/




December 24, 2014, 12:00 AM

Be still and know...

There is no secret that life is busy right now.  In fact, if anyone has time to sit down and read anything that I have to say on this website, well frankly, I'm surprised.  We are simply too busy.  If you are like me, you try to get too much done at the last minute and you probably forget to do something you should have done in the first place...stop!  Just stop and rest in God.  In fact, that is exactly what the word of God teaches us..."be still and know that I am God." (Psalm 46:10).

Why do we have to run around and get every last thing done; get every project completed; every gift wrapped? Tonight, at FBC Hooks, we are simply going to be still and remember that He is God.  Jesus Christ came into this world to give us the gift of life and yet we are too busy to thank Him for it.  I encourage you, wherever you are tonight & tomorrow to enjoy your friends and family, but more importanty to be still and thank God for the gift of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel!

God Bless & Merry Christmas,

Bro. Grant




December 23, 2014, 3:26 PM

Thanking God for your concern...

"I thank God, who put into the heart of Titus the same concern I have for you. For Titus not only welcomed our appeal, but he is coming to you with much enthusiasm and on his own initiative. And we are sending along with him the brother who is praised by all the churches for his service to the gospel." - 2 Corinthians 8:16-18

What a wonderful feeling to know that the same concern that Paul had for those in Corinth was passed on to Titus.  Don't you know that Paul was excited to pass along the knowlege of Christ that he had and that he had learned along the way.  However, what was even more exciting was that someone else caught that fire.  Titus had the love for God's people inside himself as well.  He began to take initiative.  This exctited Paul as he saw Titus do things to glorify God on his own, requiring little, if any prompting from Paul.

This is exciting for all of us.  I feel this when our church takes an idea and runs with it.  Let me qualify that a little.  I like it when that idea is one that works with God's will.  This has been the case with the Lottie Moon offering this year.  With a week left in the year, our church has met the initial goal.  Thank you for seeing the need to support our missionaries and the work that they do for the kingdom of God.  It blesses my heart to know that you share the same concern for the growth of God's kingdom.

Merry Christmas in the blessed name of CHRIST,

Bro. Grant




December 16, 2014, 5:00 PM

Sacrifice with Singing...


"Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD." - Psalm 27:6

Many of you reading this may recognize this psalm as part of the Sunday School lesson this week.  Coincidence...I think not!  Sunday morning we studied how David looked forward to the day that he could shout with joy as he sacrificed in the Lord's tabernacle;  How he would sing and make music.  Then, that night we sang  and made music unto the Lord in his tabernacle...no coincidence at all.  

There were hours of sacrifice put into the cantata that lasted for just a few moments.  I know that many of us feel that way when we do work for God's kingdom.  You put in hours of work and then feel as if there is only a moment of reward or relief.  But let me tell you, the moment is worth it all.  Just like the cantata, when the final product is complete and the work is finished, and the Lord hears the praises of His name...it is worth it all.  The same holds true for the work that you do every day.  Even if you are able to rest for only a moment, know that the work is worth it all because God is pleased with the work that is done in His name.  He sees what you do...He sees your heart...and He is pleased.  Your God sees the sacrifices, therefore, shout with joy, sing, and make music unto the Lord.

Thank you for serving the Lord!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant


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