Monthly Archives: April 2018

OUTWARD

The word “love” is used in many different ways! It can refer to everything from chocolate cake to a new car! It has almost lost its’ deepest and truest most meaning! When Moses used “love” in Deuteronomy 6 it carried the immense weight of love for God. We live in a day of competing loves. You notice I said “loves” plural! When Jesus used the word “love” in John 3:16 it carried the weight of God’s love for us. Think with me about the depth of meaning God’s love carries. When we “love” its one thing; when God loves its quite another. Our love fluctuates and flinches with our emotions and feelings. God’s love is always perfect! He has no ulterior motives as we often do. As you think about God’s love, remember that He loves us in spite of our sin. He loves us so much that He made it perfectly clear that HE LOVED US FIRST! The songwriter said, “God’s love never fails.” He’s right and for that we should all be thankful!

Romans 5:8-9 But God commended His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.

This Sunday, April 29 is going to be a special day here at Grace Church. First, Michael and Julie Adams and family are going to be our guests this Sunday. I have invited Michael to preach for us in our Morning Worship Service. I know he and Julie are excited to be back at Grace Church. Be here to hear Michael’s message and to see the Adam’s family. Secondly, David Stahl is going to be with us. Brother Stahl is bringing a missionary guest with him! Bring a friend to Sunday School for Bible study at 9:45am. We had a blast last week when Joe Shrader taught our class on “LOVE” from I Corinthians 13. If you do not have a class please join a class this Sunday. You will be glad you did!

The Lord continues to bless Grace Church. There are a number of great things happening all over the church. Growth is obvious in many areas. The Lord is good!!! Keep sharing the “Good News” and see what the Lord does in your life! Let’s always be thankful and grateful for the Lord’s blessings! Count your blessings; it might surprise you how much the Lord has done for you!

Psalm 100:5 For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting;

and His truth endureth to all generations.

Pray!

Mike <><

 

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OUTWARD!

My recent study and reading has brought me face to face with two huge reminders! First, last week in Romans 15:14-33 the Apostle Paul made it very clear that every church has a mission from God. Paul backed it up from the Old Testament in Isaiah 52:15 “So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.” Paul’s focus was on the last part of Isaiah’s Scripture. Paul was absolutely persuaded that our witness extends to those that have never heard the Gospel. Wow, what a mission! This mission is ours as well! Then again, secondly, Paul stresses in Romans 16:1-27 how crucial it is for us to be unified in our service for Christ. In this week’s message from Romans 16, Paul mentions almost 30 of his fellow servants. He mentions men and women, the married and unmarried, Jews and Gentiles and others!!! What a diverse team of friends Paul served with. It was clear that he loved them all and valued their service for Christ! I love you and appreciate your faithfulness to the Lord and His church. Our work together honors Jesus! Thank you!   

WHEN SERVING JESUS… TOGETHER IS ALWAYS BETTER!

Next Sunday, April 29th Michael and Julie Adams will be visiting in Greenville. I have asked Pastor Michael to preach for us. He graciously accepted and is looking forward to sharing the Word of God at his home church. Please make your plans now to be in your place and to bring a friend to hear God’s Word! It always brings a smile to my face when I think about preaching God’s Word. Aren’t you glad God has spoken? I am! With all of the talking heads we have today; GOD HAS SPOKEN AND WE CAN TRUST HIM! Isaiah 40:7-8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the Spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people are as grass. 8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the Word of our God shall stand forever. 

Enjoy your weekend and be safe! Cheryl and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!

Pray!

Mike and Cheryl <><

 

 

Helpful Honks!!!

HELPFUL HONKS (Romans 15:1-6) – Each fall we are visited by flocks of migrating geese who stop off at a meadow near our home. For several weeks those birds fly in long, wavy V-formations over our house, honking as they go. But then, as winter approaches, they are off again on their long flight south.

A student of mine furthered my education and my appreciation for these visitors from the north. I learned that geese fly at speeds of 40 to 50 miles per hour. They travel in formation because as each bird flaps its wings, it creates an updraft for the bird behind it. They can go 70 percent farther in a group than they could if they flew alone.

Christians are like that in a way. When we have a common purpose, we are propelled by the thrust of others who share those same goals. We can get a lot further together than we can alone.

Geese also honk at one another. They are not critics but encouragers. Those in the rear sound off to exhort those up front to stay on course and maintain their speed. We too move ahead much more easily if there is someone behind us encouraging us to stay on track and keep going.

Is there someone flying in formation with you today to whom you might give some “helpful honks?”— Haddon W. Robinson ~ Daily Bread Devotional