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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

July 21, 2014, 12:00 AM

Pray and then return home...

"But when our time was up, we left and continued on our way. All the disciples and their wives and children accompanied us out of the city, and there on the beach we knelt to pray. After saying good-by to each other, we went aboard the ship, and they returned home."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Acts 21:5-6

In the book of Acts, Luke writes about the travels of Paul in chapter 21.  At the point of the above text, Luke seems to simply go through a list of cities as if Paul is making a farewell trip.  However, there is so much more to it.  At each stop, Paul is taking time.  He is spending time with those that he loves and he is praying with them.  Just prior to this Scripture, Luke writes that they had to tear themselves away.  It was difficult to leave, in other words.  These people meant something.  Paul didn't leave a city that he didn't pray for them.  In verses 5-6, it says that they knelt on the beach and prayed.  It didn't matter where they were, they prayed before they left and then returned home.

Nicole and I had a wonderful experience with our family last week as we travelved with our friends to South Dakota and worked side by side with FBC Dekalb.  We met new friends and discovered once again how God put folks together for a reason.  But, I will tell you some of the sweetest moments on this trip were praying with the group before we left.  We stood in front of Paradigm church, next to the road, held hands and prayed; thanking God for the work that had been completed and for the work that was yet to be done in the days to come at Paradigm...then we "said good-bye and returned home!" 

Pray for Bro. Ernie Nelson and his wife Julie as they minister to the people in Box Elder.

In Christ,

Bro. Grant

July 7, 2014, 12:00 AM

God gives us strength...

"I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me faithful, appointing me to his service." - 1 Timothy 1:12

This is a beautiful confession by Paul as he speaks to Timothy.  In fact, Paul goes on to talk about how he once was a blasphemer and a persecutor; reminding everyone that it is Christ that gives him the strength to be who he now is.  As I said, a beautiful confession.  

Understanding, the true context of this Scripture, I want to do something that some will think is heretical for just a moment, but hang on just a moment.  Take the "me" out and put "you" in its place.  As I was reading this Scripture I saw that it is not only a confessional of how I am thankful for how God gives me strength and how he considers me faithful and appointing me to his service, but it also is a wonderful way for me to say thank you to so many that serve His kingdom faithfully.  "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given YOU strength, that he considered YOU faithful, appointing YOU to his service" as well."  Ministry is not something that is done alone!

This became even more evident this past week as church members came together to make VBS successful.  The children had a great time and it was with God's strength that each worker (adult and youth) remained faithful through the entire week, ending with a wonderful 4th of July celebration.  Thank you to each person that made that happen.  The kids and this community are worth EVERY effort that you put into.  May God bless you as you have blessed others!

In Christ,

Bro. Grant 

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