Monthly Archives: August 2019

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1 John 3:1-3 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. 2  Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when He appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as he is. 3  Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

Earlier today as I was thinking my way through Sunday’s message, the Lord rocked my tiny, little world. As you know, for weeks now we have been preaching through I John. We are now in I John 3:1-3. In these verses John highlights the “love” of the Father. This “love” has been “bestowed” on us as His children. John, in a moment of astonishment, pauses to give us a glimpse of this most spectacular attribute of our Heavenly Father. This caught me by surprise. It’s as though John stops writing, and calls us to attention so that we can take it with him. This love of the Father has a motivating effect! As children of God we do not live righteously to earn God’s affection. We live righteously because we have experienced God’s most amazing love in the person of His Son, Jesus! It may take a moment or two for this to sink in, but when it does, you will see your life in totally different light! Literally, God’s love ignites His divine nature within us, producing a holy desire to live godly in Christ Jesus! Yes, we can all agree, the love of our Father is a powerful, motivating force.  

This Sunday our deacons will serve the Lord’s Supper. Plan now to be in your place as a child of God and as a member of Grace Church. God’s Word never encourages unbelievers to participate in the Lord’s Supper. On the other hand, God’s Word specifically calls every believer to partake of the Lord’s Supper as often as our church serves it. As you bring your children, teach them what it means for believers to receive the bread and the juice. The Lord may use your teaching to draw them to Jesus. You may also invite other believers to join you at the Lord’s Table.

Thank you for your faithfulness! As I left church Wednesday evening my heart was full! I love the time I have with our men each week on Wednesdays. Teaching Scripture and hearing the responses of my brothers stirs my heart! Thank you for your prayers as we prepare for Sunday. Keep your eyes on Jesus and your knees down. Jesus may come today… be ready!

Jesus is Lord,

Mike and Cheryl <><

 

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1 John 2:26-29 (KJV) These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you. 27  But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him. 28  And now, little children, abide in Him; that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29  If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him.

Recently I was thinking about my dad. He was a fan of the New York Yankees. His favorite player was Mickey Mantle. Mickey was a 20 time all-star and played on 7 World Series Championship teams. He played from 1951-1968 with Yankees. He was and is a Major League Baseball icon. To me, as an aspiring little leaguer, Mickey Mantle was what we call today a “Super Hero.” Even now when I think of him, I see him as a mythical figure. So why am I writing about Mickey Mantle? Well, recently in my reading I saw where he played just 18 years of major league baseball. That’s a short time for sure. Mickey died at the age of 63 on August 13, 1995. So what’s the point? Life is short! There are no dress rehearsals. We only live one life and we never know when it will end. As Christians we have the privilege of living for Jesus. An 18 year career is not that long! Mickey Mantle was no doubt a great baseball player. His life cries out to each of us. Live your life for something bigger than yourself. Mantle certainly had his demons and so do we. James, the half-brother of Jesus, said “Life is brief, it is a vapor that is here and then gone.” Live your life for Jesus, He is worthy. Live daily for the One who gave His all so that we could live pointing others to Him. Think about it!

By way of a reminder, this Sunday in our Worship Service we will have “The Blessing of the Backpack.” Pastor Chuck will recognize our young people returning to school. I will be sharing a message from I John 2:26-29. This is a powerful passage of Scripture dealing with the believer’s assurance of salvation. As believers, we must have a clear Biblical view of the person and work of Jesus! Abiding in Christ is the believer’s best preparation for the return of Jesus. I trust you are saved, and ready if Jesus were to come today. Today is the day of salvation!

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday. Worshiping together and praising the Lord together is vital for each of us. We all know professing Christians that used to attend church. Pray for them, then call them, and invite them to join you at Grace Church. They will never regret it, and you won’t either! Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord and His house. Also, thank you for your generosity regarding the work of God! He is worthy of our best… let’s honor the Lord daily with our very best!

God bless you and yours,
Mike and Cheryl <><

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Hello Grace Church Family and Friends,

This is a special weekend for us and for our church. Seldom do we have the privilege of hosting servants of the Lord like Pastor Joseph and Sherry Jacowitz. Let me explain, Joe and Sherry’s ministry includes pastoring a local church, a preaching and teaching ministry through the printed page, plus a missionary outreach that includes cooperative efforts in many nations around the world. So, yes, we are privileged to have Pastor Joe and Sherry with us this weekend. As I have mentioned, I have not seen this dear family in many years. Yet, our reunion this weekend will be fresh and fulfilling because our hearts are one when it comes to serving Jesus and sharing the Gospel. Please make every effort to join us for Joe’s testimony of salvation and calling to the ministry at 9:45AM and for his message entitled, “Proofs of the Believer’s Security and Victory in Christ” from Romans 8:31-39 in our 11:00AM Worship Service. After our 11:00AM service we will have a family lunch in our Fellowship Hall. Take the liberty to invite your family and friends to this special time of fellowship! Please call Vicki at 252-355-3500 or go online at gracechurchnc.com to rsvp.

Over the past few weeks I have been thinking about The Good Samaritan in Luke 10. Jesus told the story answering a question by one of His religious adversaries. The Good Samaritan seized opportunities that he had to serve the Lord. While some “passed by” with a glance, this unlikely hero became an example for us all! He seized the opportunity to care. He did something about what he saw. He seized the opportunity to give as well. His generosity is legendary. His love was demonstrated by his giving! Lastly, the Good Samaritan, though nameless and faceless, was the least likely person to help this fallen man. He was a Samaritan!!! The Samaritan’s humility and generosity grabs our attention! Humility and generosity should certainly mark our love and service for Jesus!

The summer months are quickly coming to an end. School will begin later this month. ECU and PCC students will be arriving soon as well. Thank you for your faithfulness. Our weekly attendance, like last summer, has been steady. We praise the Lord for our new families. Some great folks, from various areas of the country, have been faithfully attending our services. Over the past few weeks I have reminded you about our weekly budget needs. It is no secret that we all come and go during this time of the year. Our weekly financial needs are the same for each month of the year, just over $7,000.00 weekly. Faithfully trust the Lord with your giving. He is faithful as we trust Him! Give online if necessary at gracechurchnc.com. Generosity is always a good thing!

2 Corinthians 8:9 (KJV) For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.

The Apostle Paul closes the Book of Philippians with these words, Philippians 4:19 (KJV) But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Keep your eyes on Jesus. What a Savior!!!

Mike and Cheryl <><