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August 28, 2014, 12:00 AM

When blessings turn...

"Did I ask you for a son, my lord?" she said. "Didn't I tell you, `Don't raise my hopes'?" - 2 Kings 4:28

This Scripture comes out of a wonderful story of God's grace during Elisha's ministry.  Elisha had asked what he could do for a Shunammite woman after she and her family had been so kind.  Eventually, Elisha found that he could help this woman by asking God to bless this woman with child even in her advanced age.  The woman responded by asking him not to mislead her, but God answered Elisha's prayers.

Fast forward a few years...the child has grown to a certain age, to what particular we don't know. However, we do know that he is old enough to be in the fields helping his father.  Unfortunately, the child becomes ill and dies.  The Shunammite woman immediately goes to Elisha and makes the statement that we see in 2 Kings 4:28.  Eventually, God answers Elisha's prayers to revive the child and the Shunammite woman sees God's grace and mercy yet again.  However, it's unfortunate that she missed the fact that she did not understand that having that child, even for a short period of time was gift in the first place.  Had God not raised the child after his illness, the woman needed to see that God had already been gracious with giving her a child in the first place.

We need to make sure that we don't miss the blessings that are right in front of us.  Even as God is answering our prayers, we tend to look for the next answer instead of thanking Him for the very blessings that are before us.  I wonder what the Shunammite woman would have done if her child would not have been raised to life after his illness.  Would she have felt that having that child in the first place was a blessing?  I wonder about we consider all the blessings that God bestows upon us as good, even when some of those blessings take a turn later in life?

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

August 18, 2014, 12:00 AM

Pastors sharpen pastors...

"As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another." - Proverbs 27:17

So I've come to the end of a long day and thinking... I've driven a small part of two days to get where I'm sitting around the table with a bunch of guys I've never met.  I ask myself, did I make the right decision? Should I have driven this far? Should I have taken time away from my normal church duties to come here? Should I have taken time away from my family? Well, I'd have to say yes.  

God's word teaches us very clearly that we sharpen one another.  As Christians, we are to hold one another accountable.  We are to lift one another up and encourage one another.  That is exactly what I see happening at this pastor's conference.  I see men that have  a common love for Christ and a deep desire to see churches to grow, not in number but in their relationship with Christ.  Yes, we (Christians) are to encourage one another, but I believe that even more so, pastors need to encourage one another.  In just half a day I have been encouraged by the fact that I have met these "solid" men of faith that are striving to build God's kingdom.  Please pray for these pastors, their leadership, and their congregations.  While you are at it, pray that their congregations will be as encouraging as you have been to me.  I thank God daily for my church family.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

August 5, 2014, 12:00 AM

Hospitality is required...

"Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach..."         1Timothy 3:2

So many qualifications for what Paul calls the overseer.  One in particular I would like to look at is the word "hospitable." This is one that might be overlooked at times; overlooked as to just how important it truly is.  When doing some reading in preparation for an upcoming conference, I stumbled across a perspective on "hospitality" that I believe is spot on.  The author writes, "Hospitality, when seen in light of the gospel, becomes more that just parking cars and pointing people to the kid's area.  Hospitality is the means by which the church, from the ground level, models the gospel to others.  And by God's grace, the teams of people investing in hospitality will set the tone for the entire church so that everyone who has experienced the hospitality of God practices hospitality in the church." (Creature of the Word, pg. 187)

Hospitality is not just a qualification of the overseer, it is a necessary qualification of every believer.  It is through hospitality that others begin to "hear" the gospel of Jesus Christ; that is, of course, when the hospitality is performed in light of the same gospel.  Demonstrate His hospitality to someone today; allowing someone to experience the gospel through you.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

July 29, 2014, 12:00 AM

We are the church...

"For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building." - 1 Corinthians 3:9

Before too many of you think that I have lost my mind, yes this is part of the Scripture that I used this past Sunday.  If you did not worship with us on Sunday, then nevermind...

I wanted to to share this text with you again because I wasn't quite finished.  There was just a little more practical application to be learned by you AND me.  I was clear to point out that the church is not the physical building, but it is the people building one another up, encouraging one another, strengthening one another.  This is the true meaning of what the church is and is to be.  However, when I discussed the practical application of this, I did realize how God was going to use that the very next day...

I was out running errands and got a call that someone was in the hospital and decided that it was a good time to make that visit.  As I parked my car and prayed for guidance as to what to say, there was absolutely nothing coming to me...nothing.  I got out of my car and headed into the hospital anyway.  I walked into the room and sat with this person and had a great conversation, talking about "church" on Sunday.  We didn't discuss what the sermon was about, just the wonderful music that we had (morning and evening), the great fellowship that was present, and the fact that if she couldn't come to church..."church could come to her."  That's right, "church" could come to her.  Buildings can't move, but the people can.  Since WE are the church, we have the ability to "go to people" and show them God.  When folks miss out on services/events/fellowships, then take it to them.  Show them the love of Christ...We are the church.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

July 22, 2014, 12:00 PM

Church Directory Photos

Just wanted everyone to know that I am working to finish my part on the directory.  Once I complete the front of the directory, please look for a "proof" in the foyer.  Look through it and make sure that your picture and information is exactly as you want it.  Thank you for your patience.  - Grant

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