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January 12, 2015, 9:00 AM

An answer to prayer...

"So we fasted and sought our God concerning this matter, and He listened to our entreaty." - Ezra 8:23 (NASB)

Ezra was faced with a challenged of convincing people to move from a safe place to a new place.  Only a handful of folks (maybe 40) were willing to follow him in his caravan.  It took courage to travel the distance across the unsafe terrain, working against the elements, to reach their destination.  However, Ezra knew that God desired that His people were to move on.  To make matters a little more uneasy, the Scripture tells us that Ezra did not ask for help from the King for safe passage (v.22), depending on God during this journey.  Therefore, Ezra and his team of faithful followers fasted and prayed concerning this specific matter...and God listened.  Then they took their journey from Ahava to Jerusalem.

So many times we want to get ahead of God and do things our way.  We want to be confortable in doing those things as well.  However, that is simply not how God works sometimes.  He wants us to make sure that we are focused on Him (we have fasted), we have listened to His will (we have prayed), and then we act (we begin the journey).  This may make us uncomfortable, but we often times see a clear answer to pray we we follow this example of Ezra.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

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

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

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