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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




December 9, 2014, 10:00 AM

The mission continues...

"When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark." - Acts 12:25

Some may think that this is an odd scripture to use directly after missionaries have come into the church and spoke of how God has used them internationally for His kingdom.  Let me explain.  In the setting of the above scripture, Barnabas and Saul (Paul) had a specific task in Jerusalem to do.  Once that task was complete, the scripture simply states that they moved on (with John Mark).  It does not state that they were finished.  They were anything but fininshed.  Quite the opposite; the church at Antioch sent them on God's mission to proclaim the message of Christ.  In fact, a new mission had begun.

Even as our missionaries spoke on Sunday, I was hearing their desire to return to the field and get back to the Kingdom's work.  However, I had to catch myself.  They were STILL going about their missionary work here as they were telling us about God's work in Romania.  Their mission was not yet complete here in the United States.  They still had something to tell churches like ours.  Then, they can return "from Jerusalem" and return to their mission there.

That is the way we must see our lives at times.  There are times the mission gets interrupted.  We feel that we are not doing what we were designed or called to do.  However, it may be exactly what we are suppose to be doing at that particular time so that the Kingdom may be advanced.  The original mission...well, we will return when God needs us.  Listen to God as the mission continues to serve Him.

In Christ, 

Bro. Grant




November 30, 2014, 5:00 PM

Pray for our missionaries...

As I talked about in the service this morning, this week is the week of prayer for the IMB and it begins today. Each day, there is a story with a video on the IMB website demonstrating how missions is alive throughout the world. Today's story comes from Tony Mathews, the gentleman that we heard from in the video this morning. As I said this morning, this is not someone that is in a far off country but someone right here in our state that local people have met and heard preach...missions is real. What we do is real. Pray and see what God would do through you.  If you are not on facebook, I encourage you to go to the daily prayer page on the IMB site (click here).
In Christ,
Bro. Grant


http://www.imb.org/main/lottie-moon/weekofprayerview.asp?PageNavID=112&StoryID=13041&LanguageID=1709 

(This is today's feature story & video)


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