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November 25, 2014, 6:00 PM

We are strong together...


"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."  - Ecclesiastes 4:12

I hope that you were able to participate in the Hooks Community Thanksgiving Service last night (11/24/14).  What a blessing to see a beautiful representation of our community all in one place worshipping together.  While I enjoyed every part of the fellowship, as defined by Bro. Hardaway, one of my favorite parts was seeing the pastors that were present come to the front and stand together...demonstrating what we are to do as a community and as Christians.  

We are stronger and can "defend" more easily as we stand together.  As I said last night, I would ask that we continue to pray for each other and these pastors specifically. From right to left: Willie Betts - Cedar Springs Baptist Church, Roy Ford - Everett Baptist Church, Michael Hardaway - Myrtle Springs Baptist Church, Cranford Graves - Antioch Christian Church, Herman Burney - New Beginning Worship Center, Jesse Byrd - Hooks Missionary Baptist Church, Herman Gooden - Redbank Baptist Church, R.E. Ruffin - Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church, and Keith Ducroz - First United Methodist Church (Thanks for the pic Kim Baggett).

I know there are several other pastors in the area...keep them in your prayers as well.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

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November 20, 2014, 11:13 PM

With wisdom we grow...

"A house is built by wisdom, and it is established by understanding; by knowledge the rooms are filled with every precious and beautiful treasure." - Proverbs 24:3-4

This proverb is so rich, especially when read in context.  As with all of the proverbs, this one speaks of wisdom that we, as followers of Christ should desire.  I especially appreciate how Proverb 24 begins by warning the reader to have caution of evil men and following those evil men.  I would take that a step farther and caution us all to be careful to strictly follow the ways of Christ, always trying to follow ONLY His ways.  There are many in this world that have great intentions, but do, for whatever reason, lead us astray.

Secondly, in the specific verses that I have used above, I see application for churches as they try to grow spiritually and physically.  As we "build," we want to make sure that we are doing this with God's wisdom.  We must do our best by trying to understand our ministry areas and present situation so that we can minister to those around us.  Each church must strive to reach folks where they are physically and spiritually. This requires a sensitve spirit to God's leading and an openess to His leading.  When this is done, our home (God's house) truly will be filled with "precious and beautiful treasures."

Pray that churches seek to build upon the foundation of God's wisdom and not man's.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant




November 20, 2014, 11:13 PM

With wisdom we grow...

"A house is built by wisdom, and it is established by understanding; by knowledge the rooms are filled with every precious and beautiful treasure." - Proverbs 24:3-4

This proverb is so rich, especially when read in context.  As with all of the proverbs, this one speaks of wisdom that we, as followers of Christ should desire.  I especially appreciate how Proverb 24 begins by warning the reader to have caution of evil men and following those evil men.  I would take that a step farther and caution us all to be careful to strictly follow the ways of Christ, always trying to follow ONLY His ways.  There are many in this world that have great intentions, but do, for whatever reason, lead us astray.

Secondly, in the specific verses that I have used above, I see application for churches as they try to grow spiritually and physically.  As we "build," we want to make sure that we are doing this with God's wisdom.  We must do our best by trying to understand our ministry areas and present situation so that we can minister to those around us.  Each church must strive to reach folks where they are physically and spiritually. This requires a sensitve spirit to God's leading and an openess to His leading.  When this is done, our home (God's house) truly will be filled with "precious and beautiful treasures."

Pray that churches seek to build upon the foundation of God's wisdom and not man's.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant




November 20, 2014, 11:12 PM

With wisdom we grow...

"A house is built by wisdom, and it is established by understanding; by knowledge the rooms are filled with every precious and beautiful treasure." - Proverbs 24:3-4

This proverb is so rich, especially when read in context.  As with all of the proverbs, this one speaks of wisdom that we, as followers of Christ should desire.  I especially appreciate how Proverb 24 begins by warning the reader to have caution of evil men and following those evil men.  I would take that a step farther and caution us all to be careful to strictly follow the ways of Christ, always trying to follow ONLY His ways.  There are many in this world that have great intentions, but do, for whatever reason, lead us astray.

Secondly, in the specific verses that I have used above, I see application for churches as they try to grow spiritually and physically.  As we "build," we want to make sure that we are doing this with God's wisdom.  We must do our best by trying to understand our ministry areas and present situation so that we can minister to those around us.  Each church must strive to reach folks where they are physically and spiritually. This requires a sensitve spirit to God's leading and an openess to His leading.  When this is done, our home (God's house) truly will be filled with "precious and beautiful treasures."

Pray that churches seek to build upon the foundation of God's wisdom and not man's.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant




November 20, 2014, 11:00 PM

With wisdom we grow...

"A house is built by wisdom, and it is established by understanding; by knowledge the rooms are filled with every precious and beautiful treasure." - Proverbs 24:3-4

This proverb is so rich, especially when read in context.  As with all of the proverbs, this one speaks of wisdom that we, as followers of Christ should desire.  I especially appreciate how Proverb 24 begins by warning the reader to have caution of evil men and following those evil men.  I would take that a step farther and caution us all to be careful to strictly follow the ways of Christ, always trying to follow ONLY His ways.  There are many in this world that have great intentions, but do, for whatever reason, lead us astray.

Secondly, in the specific verses that I have used above, I see application for churches as they try to grow spiritually and physically.  As we "build," we want to make sure that we are doing this with God's wisdom.  We must do our best by trying to understand our ministry areas and present situation so that we can minister to those around us.  Each church must strive to reach folks where they are physically and spiritually. This requires a sensitve spirit to God's leading and an openess to His leading.  When this is done, our home (God's house) truly will be filled with "precious and beautiful treasures."

Pray that churches seek to build upon the foundation of God's wisdom and not man's.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

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