For many years now I have observed people when death touched their lives. As a pastor, you would expect it to become routine or just an expected end to a person’s life. I have not found this to be true! Death always gets my attention whether the person is a Christian or not. One major reason for this is that death according to God and His Word is not the end. Everyone lives somewhere forever. Recently, on Twitter I found that many do not believe what God has said about death! They believe that death is the end! Death, according to Jesus, does not have to bring condemnation; in Christ, death brings consolation and hope! Death for the believer is when God receives His child into His presence! Death therefore, is not the end; it is actually a new and eternal life in God’s presence! Becoming a Christian means new life here and eternal life with God in Christ! Jesus is our more than sufficient witness regarding death. Jesus said to one of His precious friends at her brother’s death, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. He that believes in Me though he were dead, yet shall he live. And whosoever lives and believes in Me shall never die! Do you believe this?” Jesus’ witness is true! Jesus died on the cross in our place. Jesus defeated death for us. Death does not destroy our hope; it gives life to our hope!
Jesus said in John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.
Throughout the month of May we will be preaching on the Attributes of God! We will answer the question, “Who is this God we worship?” This Sunday we will begin this new series entitled, THE GOD OF THE GOSPEL, with the attribute of God’s holiness. We all would say that GOD IS HOLY! But what does that mean? And what does God’s holiness have to do with us as His children? When we say GOD IS HOLY, we need to know what that means from Scripture! Bring a friend or family member Sunday as we go to God’s Word and discuss THE HOLINESS OF GOD!
We are dedicating the month of June to Biblical Apologetics. As Christians, we need to know what we believe and why we believe it! Every Sunday evening in June we will answer some of the difficult questions people ask about God and His Word. Your children will benefit greatly from these special services! Plan to be in every service in June… you will not regret it!
1 Peter 3:15 says, But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.
I hope you have a great week! Find someone to serve and love them like Jesus would love them!
Pastor Mike <><
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.
Hello Grace Church!
Your Administrative Assistant Stephen here. I wanted to extend to you all at Grace a word of heartfelt thanks. This season has been quite crazy for my family and I, and you all have taken special care of us in the recent birth of our son and my ordination last Sunday. Though we have only been coming to Grace for a year, we truly feel loved by you and we love you right back! Thank you for loving us so well, bringing us food and gifts and hugs. The Lord has truly shown us His amazing love and grace through you. Thank you!
With Love and in Christ,
Stephen and Bethani