Wow, what a beautiful day! Our Creator knows how to bless us in so many different ways. The Lord is good, isn’t He? He is merciful, kind and patient with us all. Yes, He is!!! Just yesterday a depraved soul shot his way into a newspaper office and murdered five of its employees! My heart, like yours, is broken for the families of those who died. We all know how wicked and sinful a person must be to do something like this. It is sad that innocent people die so senselessly. Not a one of those that died thought to prepare for death when they left their homes yesterday morning. This thought came to my mind as I reflected on these shootings. Life is truly short and we never know when it might be taken from us. My friends, it is a good thing to be prepared to meet the Lord. I know my time is in His hands and so is yours. The Bible warns us that life is short and we never when know when it might end. In light of what we know to be true; make sure that you know Christ. Make sure that you are a believer. Make sure that you have trusted the finished work of Jesus on the cross for the forgiveness of sins. Remember, that we are not made to live here forever. Prepare to meet thy God, as the prophet says. Jesus paid your sin debt in full, come to Him right now and be saved!
2 Corinthians 6:2 Behold, now is the accepted time;
behold, now is the day of salvation.
This Sunday is going to be a great day at Grace Church. First, we will have Communion together. Then I will bring a message on the attributes of God concerning the Immutability of God. Come to find out more about the attributes of God! I have enjoyed preparing this message. Join us for this powerful message on the character and nature of our God! Lastly, on Sunday at 5:30 pm I will share a Christ centered message on THE TWELVE! Don’t miss this Sunday evening series on our Lord’s first disciples! Jesus’ ministry lasted around three years and it was half way over before He called The Twelve. This is going to be a very interesting series on THE TWELVE! Pastor Jamin and others are ministering to our children at this time as well! God bless you… see you Sunday!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS… This coming Wednesday, July 4th is Independence Day! There will be no activities at the church on Wednesday evening. Enjoy your 4th with your family! Be thankful for the Lord’s blessings upon our nation. Truly we are a blessed nation! We are a blessed congregation as well! Pray with your family and give glory to our Lord! He is worthy!!!
Earlier this morning I (Pastor Mike) saw an interesting situation as I drove over to the church. As I sat at the stop light on 14th and Firetower Road I saw a woman talking to herself. She appeared to be in a shouting match with someone on the phone… at least it appeared so! As I watched her head bounce back forth during her animated conversation I saw her dog jumping around in the back seat. Someone was getting an earful; her facial expression was a dead giveaway! As I watched her, I thought to myself, “If dogs could only speak!” Honestly, it was quite a sight to behold! For sure, she had no idea that I was in the audience or that she had an Unseen Guest!!! God’s Word is clear about our future judgment! One day each of us will give an account to the Lord for our words and our deeds. Think about it! This dear lady had no idea that I was watching. Remember the Lord is watching and He is listening to every word we say! He even knows every thought we think! David, the Psalmist said, Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, oh Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. Jesus gives us these thought provoking words, Matthew 12:35-36 A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.36 But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Our guest speaker this Sunday is Ron Davis. Ron has been married for almost 27 years to Kristi and has two daughters, Emilee (19) and Alyssa (17). Ron brings a wealth of ministry experience to the preaching ministry of Grace Church. Presently, Ron is serving the students and faculty of East Carolina University with Ratio Christi. He is in the dissertation phase of a PhD in Theology and Apologetics from Liberty University’s School of Divinity. Ron has a passion for Christ and the Word of God. The Lord is using Ron to help young people grow in their faith as disciples of Jesus Christ! Again, we are glad you are here! Listed below are Brother Ron’s message titles for our Morning and Evening Worship Services:
Sunday 11:00 AM: “Why is Apologetics Important for the Church?” — A close look at 1 Peter 3:15 and what it means to always be prepared to make a defense.
Sunday 5:30 PM: “Bad World… Good God?” — Answering one of the most difficult challenges to Christian theism.
Plan now to be here for both services this Sunday! Keep in mind that you have family and friends that would love to hear Ron Davis’ messages! We all need to hear these messages from Brother Ron. Remember that Paul says in Romans 1:16-17 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
What an awesome day! Things are moving forward here at Grace Church. The Lord continues to bless us in so many ways! Over the past number of weeks we have enjoyed some wonderful worship services with a number of first time guests. Over this recent stretch Pastor Jamin and our musicians have brought us some wonderful worship music. Nikki Walker and Grace Church Choir have been tremendous as well. A few weeks ago our Grace Church Children’s Choir sang for us. It was Christ honoring to say the least. Then again, our special music has lifted up Christ as well. A big “THANK YOU” is also in order for our media and sound teams. Overall, we are having a wonderful spring time together as a church family!
Our Grace Church Safety Team is also moving forward on a number of issues. Weekly they are working on a variety of procedures and issues. I really appreciate everything Rick Brixon, Mike Langley and others are doing! As you know this is a new ministry here at Grace Church. We take very seriously the security of our children and our church family! A big “THANK YOU” to everyone that is involved with our Safety Team. God bless you!
This Sunday morning at 11:00 AM we are having COMMUNION. In obedience to the Lord, be in your place and let’s remember the Lord’s death until He returns. We really don’t talk enough about the Lord’s Second Coming but He is coming again and we should be ready, it may be today! Jesus said that He was coming again, “to receive us unto Himself,” and I believe Him! Do you? Paul told us to “comfort one another with these words.” COMMUNION is our time as a church family to come together to worship our Lord Jesus. Make every effort to be here and ask a friend or family member to join you! Sunday evening at 5:30 PM, Keaton Halley will be our guest speaker. Keaton is with Creation Ministries International. Cheryl and I have heard Keaton Halley before. His message will bless you as a child of God. The Lord is using Keaton, you should hear him!!!
1 Peter 2:24 Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by Whose stripes ye were healed.
Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord. He is worthy of our best! He is Lord of all or not Lord at all! Living to honor Christ is at the heart of everything we do as God’s people. Remember, everything is all about HIM!
1 Corinthians 10:31 says, Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.