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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 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 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 

(This is today's feature story & video)

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

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