Hello Grace Church family and friends!
I trust you are having a great day! The Lord is good… take a minute to praise Him for His gracious gift of forgiveness and peace found only in Jesus! Think about it, who really has the peace of God in their lives today? John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
The peace of God is important, but so is patience! Years ago in my haste, I asked my Mom if I could siphon some gas out of her car, mine was on empty! She said, “Yes!” So I proceeded in my haste to draw deep breaths on the pipe pulling gas out of her car into a small gas can. All was well… not quite! The fumes began to take affect and besides that, I swallowed a little gas in the process!!! Needless to say, in my haste to get some gas, I became sick and dizzy. I just had to have that gas. I had to “get on the road.” Not really! Here’s the lesson: Slow down, be patient and let the Lord work in your life! Patience is a virtue! Paul reminds us of this in Romans 12:12, “Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer.” Sometimes we run right past God’s will and direction. Slow down, seek Him and He will direct your paths!
Summer days are rolling full speed ahead! Thank you for your faithfulness. Faithfulness counts in every area of your Christian walk. Last week I mentioned a “Summer Bump.” Let’s keep our eyes on Jesus and be faithful! Last week we had a good crowd. Be faithful in your attendance, in your service and in your giving. Cheryl and I love you and we love our church! Be faithful… let’s do this together!
Recently these words jumped off the page into my heart. Let them speak to you as well, 1 Samuel 12:24, “Only fear the LORD, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.”
See you tonight for Prayer Meeting at 6:30 pm.
Mike and Cheryl <><
“It’s prayer time!” I have no doubt in my mind that these words were spoken shortly after Jesus ascended to His Father in heaven. No doubt! I have good reason for believing this. I took a moment just before I started writing to once again capture in my heart and mind the events of Ascension Day (see Acts 1). Angels were there, the disciples were there, which added up to 120 followers of Christ. God’s Word tells us that they “went up into an upper room.” Then it says, “These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication.” For me this is gripping! Why? Jesus has just left them!!! But they have each other and they have prayer! Powerful!!! We have each other and we also have prayer available to us! Wednesday evenings is our time to gather with each other and pray. First century disciples of Jesus got it right. They prayed! Let’s get it right! Let’s follow their example… Let’s pray together and let the Lord touch our hearts as He touched theirs! Make no mistake about it; corporate prayer is crucial for the life of every church. Let’s pray!
John Stott once wrote, “I remember some years ago visiting a church incognito. I sat in the back row. . . . When we came to the pastoral prayer, it was led by a lay brother, because the pastor was on holiday. So he prayed that the pastor might have a good holiday. Well, that’s fine. Pastors should have good holidays. Second, he prayed for a lady member of the church who was about to give birth to a child that she might have a safe delivery, which is fine. Third, he prayed for another lady who was sick, and then it was over. That’s all there was. It took 20 seconds. I said to myself, it’s a village church with a village God. They have no interest in the world outside. There was no thinking about the poor, the oppressed, the refugees, the places of violence, world evangelization.” Let’s not let this happen at Grace Church. Let’s pray!
I am looking forward to seeing you tonight! From 6:30-7:30 we will be praying together in our church sanctuary. This Sunday I will continue in John 17. Sunday’s crowd responded well to the message! I thank the Lord for that! Let me encourage you to be here. Be in your place… bring a friend and expect the Lord to work in your life. Be faithful… let’s have a “Summer Bump” and not a “Summer Slump!” Be faithful, Jesus was!
Jude 1:24 Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy.
Mike and Cheryl <><
Orlando, Florida and Greenville, North Carolina have something in common, the need for prayer! Over the past few days we have all watched in horror as the details of Orlando’s mass shooting blanketed every news network! Horror is even an understatement when considering these events. The bottom line is this. Our world is filled with broken people. In Orlando a broken Islamic fanatic fired his venom from an assault rifle. Yes, he did massacre gay men and women in a night club. Keep this in mind; he killed people that Jesus loved! He murdered people that Jesus died for! Here in our own city, broken people surround us. They are everywhere! People broken by sin who need Jesus are around you and me… they need Jesus, and they need our prayers. Look around you! As you ride to work today, look around you! As you walk into work, look around you! As you go to lunch today, look around you! As you ride home today, look around you! Broken people needing Jesus are everywhere. Yes, Orlando and Greenville have something in common! Orlando has broken people. Greenville has broken people. Jesus awaits! Jesus awaits our prayers! Jesus awaits our prayers for broken people! Pray Grace Church, pray!!! Let’s meet tonight at 6:30 pm in our Sanctuary and let’s pray for broken people… including ourselves! Luke 18:1 says, (Amplified Bible) ALSO [Jesus] told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not to turn coward (faint, lose heart, and give up).
PRAYERS APPRECIATED ~ Our MISSION SERVE team leaders are: Michael Adams, Kent Bryson, Chris Lupo, Kim Lupo, John Martin, Susan Waldo and Jaron Walker. These teens are also serving on the team: Katie Adams, Makayla Adams, Jesse Almond, Morgan Ayscue, Jackson Bailey, Macy Bryson, Toby Bryson, Allison Canady, Natalie Martin, Mackenzie Mills, Amelia Moore and Allison Ostrum. Hannah Martin is also on a mission trip at this time. Pray for each of these as they make a difference for Jesus this week. THANK YOU for giving so that they can go! What a blessing knowing that Grace Church is making a difference for Christ here in Greenville and around the world!
FAITHFULNESS UPDATE ~ Summertime at many churches produces a drop in attendance and in giving. I want to encourage you to a deeper faithfulness in these two areas. DON’T LET THE SUMMER SLUMP GET YOU! Our daily spiritual needs and our churches financial needs know no seasons. I would suggest that if you are going to be out of town on Sundays, as you will be at some point use our ONLINE GIVING OPTION at gracechurchnc.com. Cheryl and I will be gone this summer, just as you will be. May the Lord always find us faithful to Him and to His church! Aren’t you glad the Lord continues His blessing year round? He’s faithful church! Praise the Lord! Psalm 89:52 Blessed be the Lord forevermore! Amen and Amen.