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November 11, 2014, 12:00 AM

Prepare for rain...

"Pass through, pass through the gates!  Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway!  Remove the stones.  Raise a banner for the nations."  - Isaiah 62:10

This is a passage of hope and vision.  Isaiah has received a vision of God's people returning...returning and being restored.  This represents the "hope" portion of this passage.  However, there is also a responsibility in this Scripture, which eludes to the vision.  In this verse, Isaiah has been and continues to pray for God to bring His people back, but He also expects His people to do their portion and prepare.  They are to prepare the road, prepare the way, and raise the banner of the Lord before the nations...giving God the credit for all that is done.  In other words, get ready for what God is about to do.

God is still telling us to do this.  He does not want us to be complacent or lazy.  He wants us to demonstrate our faith by preparing for His works even before they happen.  I have discussed this in a practical way with several folks lately in terms of our music minister position.  We cannot get complacent.  We must prepare for the minister that God has ALREADY chosen for us.  We cannot wait to worship God until we have a permanent worship leader.  We cannot wait to get the worship leader office ready until that position is filled.  We must prepare for rain...let's be ready today for what God is about to do.  Let's prepare for rain!

In Christ,

 Bro. Grant




November 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

Keeping up with the Boswells...

Aaron & Samanth Boswell are Canadian Missionaries that we have been praying for as a church. In this video, you will see Aaron and some of his passion.
http://vimeo.com/110934236

If you want to keep up with the Boswell family, their updates can be found on our website under the documents tab or simply click here. I encourage you to pray for this family as they are working on the mission field but also are welcoming and new Boswell into this world.  Life is stressful, but they see the importance of reaching out for Christ in an extremely lost world.  No matter their struggles, they continue to reach others...a lesson for all of us.

In Christ, 

Bro. Grant




October 27, 2014, 12:00 AM

Out of the norm...

"Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still." - Exodus 14:13-14

Moses was in a fix yet again with the Israelites.  I would not want his job!  God had brought His people through trial after trial and yet, they could not seem to understand how powerful God WAS and IS!  Here they were at the Red Sea with the Egyptian army closing fast and crying out to God...what are we going to do...we are going to die!  Look at what Moses told them, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm...the LORD will fight...be still."  Strong words in the middle of a stressful time.  I must admit, however, that many will look at "stand firm" and "be still" and think that these cannot co-exist.  Stand firm means to take action and not budge, while be still has the connotation of passivity.  Yes, regarding the meaning of "stand firm" but "be still" couldn't be further from the truth.  There is nothing passive about being in the middle of a battle and being still in the Lord.  Trusting that He has your back, that He will fight this battle.

This type of thinking is completely out of the norm for our society.  But, then again, thinking outside the norm is what it is going to take to win.  The Israelites won their freedom that day at the Red Sea in an very "out of the norm" manner.  It will take an "out of the norm" victory for us to win over evil in this world.  We will have to stand firm and allow God to go before us, being still in His presence.

I would like to encourage us to do something out of the norm next Sunday night.  We will attempt to have a webcast for the Sunday evening service beginning at 6:00pm in conjunction with many churches standing in unity for religious freedom.  I know it's "out of the norm" but I believe that's what it will take to help us understand that we are in this together and that the Lord will go before us.  Pray during this week for those that will present and participate in this event.  To learn more about this, click here.

In Christ, 

Bro. Grant




October 20, 2014, 12:00 AM

Grown in confidence...

"For you have been my hope, O Sovereign LORD, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you." - Psalm 71:5-6

Psalm 71 is a beautiful psalm describing a personal relationship with God.  The paslmist is demonstrating how much confidence he has in the Almighty.  But notice that is not just about how "much" confidence, but also how "long."  The psalmist claims to have relied on God since his youth, no, since birth.  Has he realy relied on God since his birth?  He has come to a point in his life that he realizes that there is no way he could have made it to his current situation were it not for the grace and mercy of God.  So, yes, he has relied on God since birth.  Was it in the same manner as it is when he is writing this psalm, no!  Nevertheless, he relied on God.  Even through his youth, he had confidence. Maybe during this time in his life he gained more knowledge about God and then the way he relied on God changed, hence the difference in wording...confidence.  As he grew, so did his confidence.  

I see two lessons, if not more, in this.  First, how important is it that we have children and youth in this church? How important is it that we reach this generation for Christ and do whatever it takes to make sure that they know who Christ is?  How important is it that they have confidence in a Sovereign LORD?  Second, should we not be continuing to grow in our confidence?  Should we not be petitioning God the same way that this psalmist was petitioning God... "But as for me, I will always have hope; I will praise you more and more." (Psalm 71:14) Demonstrating growth in ourselves as we inspire growth in others.

In Christ, 

Bro. Grant




October 13, 2014, 12:00 AM

Drawing all to Him...

"But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself." - John 12:32

Beautiful words spoken by our Lord. Jesus knew that His time was coming and that nothing was more important than His gift of eternal life.  In these words, He lets his audience, including us, know that through His death and resurrection He is able to draw ALL nations, ethnicities, races, genders, and people of any status unto Him.  It is the bond that draws everyone together.

Yesterday, our church experienced something a little unusual.  We had the blessing of having representatives of the Christian Motorcycle Association give the message.  The above verse is the one their specific chapter (Yeshua Riders) has chosen as a focal verse.  Out of so many verses in the Bible, why this one?  Look at what it is saying...no matter the race, gender, or status, Jesus is the common bond.  We experienced that verse yesterday.  We had the privilege of hearing how some of them had traveled half way across the world with the intention of sharing Christ through the Jesus film, but had the opportunity to also serve medical needs, worship needs, and deliver 22 motorcycles to pastors so that their jobs could be done a little more easily.  All because of Christ...Christ is the common bond.

Missionaries come in all shapes and sizes.  They reach people across the world, across the nation, and across the street.  The fact of the matter is that the people that visited our church yesterday were able to do what they did because they made themselves available through their interest in motorcycles and Christ.  In order to reach across the street, we simply have to make ourselves available through our interest in ______________ and Christ.  You may be the only one that has the ability to reach out.  You may be the only one that has that common interest with someone.  Use that common interest to share Christ, drawing ALL men to Him!

In Christ, 

Bro. Grant


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