Monthly Archives: February 2019

“Our Prayer Partner in Heaven”

“We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1 John 2:1).” Our Lord Jesus is in heaven pleading our case, so that whenever Satan accuses us in our conscience or dares to lay a charge against us before the Father, Jesus Christ, God’s own Son and our flawless advocate, stands ready to defend us and plead His own blood for our sakes.

Think about that. Christ is our prayer partner in heaven. He intercedes for us before the throne (Rom. 8:34).

–Kevin DeYoung, The Good News We Almost Forgot (Chicago: Moody, 2010), 96.

 

OUTWARD>>>

Hello Grace Church!

As part of our February FAMILYLife emphasis I have been sharing a series of messages entitled, “The GREATEST of these is LOVE!” LOVE is a powerful word. God’s love is our world’s most powerful truth. Think on this… God loves sinners! God loves you and me! God “so loved” the world! GOD GAVE HIS SON JESUS TO DIE FOR OUR SINS! We can all agree on this… God’s love is powerful. It is powerful enough to rescue us from the eternal consequences of unforgiven sins!!! That’s earth shaking powerful for everyone! This Sunday, as planned, we will begin a verse by verse series through I Corinthians 13 entitled, “A MORE EXCELLENT WAY.” In this passage, Paul unpacks life changing truth regarding love that will impact each of us. Don’t miss it… your presence and prayers are deeply appreciated!

This coming Sunday morning after our Worship Service Pastor Chuck and his team are hosting a FAMILYLife Lunch to help raise money for children and teen camps this summer. Everyone is invited! Cheryl and I are onboard for Sunday… join us and many others as we support our children’s and teen ministries. You can’t go wrong on this! We are going to have a great time. See you there. If you need to sign up for the lunch, or if have any questions, you can call Vicki at 252-355-3500.  She will help you! Pastor Chuck and his team are doing an awesome work.  Be there to see it! Donations will gladly be appreciated!

Our new Sunday School books will be available this Sunday morning. As you know, we are finishing up with Genesis this coming Sunday. This has been a wonderful study through “The Book of Beginnings.” We will be moving into the New Testament for a study in the Gospel of Mark. I love being with my friends on Sundays for Bible study. I encourage you to join us at 9:45AM each week. There is a class for you. You will not regret making new friends, and you will benefit from the Bible insights you gain! Your study guide for Mark will be waiting for you this Sunday at 9:45AM. Come on over!

Enjoy your day! Think with me on “A MORE EXCELLENT WAY,” God’s way of love! See you Sunday, for worship and for lunch! Amen!

God is Love!
Mike and Cheryl <><

A Tribute to Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr.

A Tribute to Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr.

I was born and breed in North Carolina! I have lived most of my life in the “Tar Heel State.” I am a proud American citizen! This past Sunday, February 10, US Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. took his last breath right here in Greenville, NC. He went to be with his Lord on his 76th birthday! Our great state is famous for many things. Basketball for one, barbecue for another! Seldom do the wheels of my life stop rolling to pay tribute to a political figure. But North Carolina Congressman Walter B. Jones, a quiet and unassuming man, caught my attention a few years ago and is worthy of some kind words.

Being a pastor does not hinder me from the political process but it does require wisdom and restraint when responding to political issues. Mr. Jones served North Carolina as a congressman for twenty-four years. He was a conservative politician who invested much of his political clout in support of our military. Serving the Greenville area, he had access to Jacksonville’s Camp Lejeune Marine Base and the US Army’s Fort Bragg located in Fayetteville, NC. Congressman Jones had a sterling reputation in Greenville and in our nation’s capital Washington, DC for his support of America’s military. This love and commitment was obvious to those who knew him well.

I was not privileged to serve in our countries military. My father, and one of my brothers served in the US Army and my uncle served during WWII in the US Navy. Given this heritage, I have always held veterans in high regard and paid humble respect to them on appropriate occasions. Congressman Jones made it his business as our representative in Washington, to recognize and honor our veterans.

A few years ago one of our retired veterans, US Army Captain Keith Newman invited me to a special ceremony that was scheduled for our Parlor here at Grace Church. I was unaware that he was due a commendation for his advisory role in South Vietnam. Congressman Walter B. Jones was the guest presenter. On this particular day he stepped out of his role as a Washington politician and became a real person to me as Keith’s pastor. Here was an active congressman taking time to present a well- deserved medal to a retired veteran. As I watched the ceremony, I thought to myself, “This is special for Captain Newman for sure, but this congressman made it a very fulfilling time for this retired veteran.” I will never forget what I witnessed that day! Captain Newman and his wife Carol played a major role in scheduling this event, but Congressman Jones and his staff made it happen!

Thank you Congressman Walter B. Jones for making time for your people and for our retired veterans. Not only was this special for Keith and Carol Newman and their family, it was special for me, an American citizen, watching a US Congressman do his job! America needs more public servants like US Congressman Walter B. Jones.

God bless you sir and God bless America!

Pastor Mike Meshaw

Wednesday, February 13, 2019