Monthly Archives: May 2017

America’s Greatness

It is a tremendous privilege to live in America! By God’s sovereign grace we were born in the greatest country in the history of the world. For that, let’s be grateful! Why is America great? America is great because America is known for freedoms that allow every Christian to worship according to the foundations given in Holy Scripture. Sunday after Sunday with great liberty of soul my freedom guarantees that I can preach the Gospel unhindered without fear of unlawful interference. What a privilege… what a cherished right I possess. But how is all of this possible? Our Heavenly Father, no doubt, sovereignly rules over our affairs as a nation that is without question! At the same time, He uses men and women who vigilantly guard these freedoms we all possess as Americans. MEMORIAL DAY is the day that we as God’s people pay tribute to those of our Armed Forces who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. As Christians and as Americans, let us not forget the religious foundations our patriotic forefathers have handed down to us. Also, let us not forget the blood, sweat and tears that constantly flows as a reminder of our freedom! Let us all be proud Americans and thankful Christians!

GRADUATE RECOGNITION DAY is scheduled for Sunday, June 4th. This time of the year always has its’ smiling faces because of Graduation Day! Yearly we acknowledge their accomplishments. At Grace Church we are proud of our graduates. Graduates, God has blessed you with all that you have. Let the Lord use you and bless you as you move forward with your life. The Lord will be your Loving Friend and Constant Companion. TRUST HIM! Please join us on GRADUATE RECOGNITION DAY and let us bless you in the name of the Lord!   

Let me also take a minute to encourage you as a child of God. Thank you for your faithfulness to Christ and His church! I stand amazed as the Lord continues to use us here in Greenville. As you go about your daily lives let the Lord use you to magnify your Savior Jesus Christ. You may be the only Bible some people ever see… you are “Living Epistles” for your Lord. What the Lord is doing in your life is worth sharing! Today is the day of salvation for someone you know. Share your faith today… someone needs to hear your story. Tell them today!

Christ Above All!
Mike and Cheryl <><

My Doctor’s Visit!

I trust you have had an enjoyable week! As you know, I am a warm weather creature so this week has been just fine for me. Earlier this week I had a doctor’s appointment. I am not a fan of going to the doctor or the dentist. I have doctor friends and dentist friends so this is nothing personal. I guess you could say I get a little nervous. When I arrived at the office everyone treated me as if they had known me for years. They were kind and helpful, which was a relief. Think with me about this for a minute. What if we treated people that came to our church just like the folks at the doctor’s office treated me? What do you think would happen? They would very likely want to come back and be with us again. Right? As you come to the services, look for new people! Sometimes your friends bring their friends with them to church. Be sure to welcome them and make them feel at home! They might even come back and look you up! This is also true for Sunday Bible study times! Be a friend and make a friend… you will be glad you did!

Our Sunday School meets at 9:45AM. Please make every effort to be on time! This Bible study hour is crucial for your spiritual growth as a follower of Christ. If you are not presently attending a Sunday morning Bible study, please get connected with a class. You will make new friends and find great opportunities to fellowship with other members of your Grace Church family! You will also be able to get more involved in other ministries active in the church. If you want to join a class, please call Seth (252-355-3500), and he will point you in the right direction. Our teachers prepare every week to share God’s Word. They love what they do, and they would love to have you in their classes.

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND is Sunday, May 28th. We will not be having an Evening Worship Service on this weekend! Enjoy your time with your families, and pray for our nation. As Christians, we possess the power to alter the direction of our country. The Lord calls us to pray for our national, state and local leaders. Please take some time and pray! The Lord hears and answers the prayers of His righteous people! Let’s do this together! God bless you! 

2 Chronicles 7:14 … if my people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.

Christ Above All!

Mike and Cheryl <><

PRAY!

Yesterday (Thursday, May 4) was our National Day of Prayer. Prayer is a vital lifeline for every child of God. Silence is golden except when it comes to prayer! Scripture often describes prayer as “crying out” to God. Prayer is also characterized as “humbling yourself before the Lord.” Prayer in the lives of God’s people is also connected to experiencing “the presence of God.” Yes, prayer is a vital lifeline for each of us as Christians. Daniel prayed morning, noon and night. With this practice, Daniel was following King David. Psalm 55:17 says, Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and He shall hear my voice. Daniel is a powerful example of how prayer comforts and sustains us in the hour crisis! Are you in the “lion’s den” today? If so, cry out to the Lord, humble yourself before Him, seek His presence and pray! And then, expect deliverance! Daniel 6:21-22 says, Then said Daniel unto the king (Darius), O king, live forever. 22 My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions’ mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt. Praise the Lord our God still answers prayer!

Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord! I thank the Lord for you! What a great joy it is to pastor such a loving group of people. Jesus said that men would know His disciples by the love they have for each other… this is true at Grace Church. This past Wednesday evening there was such a sweet spirit of fellowship at the church. Most Wednesdays I leave church around 8:00PM and take dinner over to DR and Phyllis Daniels. This gives me a few minutes to reflect on my GYMTime Men’s Bible study and my fellowship with the church family! There is no doubt; this is one of my favorite times of the week! Thank you again for being the body of Christ… it brings glory to His Name!

This Sunday we will serve the Lord’s Supper. Jesus instructed us to serve this “Supper” in remembrance of what He has done for us in redemption. Jesus said, “This do ye in remembrance of Me.” As His body, as the church He loved and gave Himself for, we will obey His command! Every member should be present. Do your best to be in your place, and let’s remember and reflect upon the salvation we have in Christ!