The Apostle Paul was executed for his faith in Christ! He gave his life for Jesus and the Gospel. His early religious training put him on a collision course with the very Christ he lived to destroy! Paul’s beginning was marked by religious hatred and personal pride! The fact is this; Paul hated Jesus and persecuted Christians whenever and wherever he found them. However, the Lord in His grace saved Paul and sent him throughout the known world at that time to preach Jesus and the Gospel. Take a seat with the aged apostle in his jail cell. If you notice, he is reflective and peaceful. As he takes stock of his past three decades he concludes, 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. One thing sticks out for sure, Paul finished well! Someone has said, “It’s not how you start that counts, but how you finish!” Join me and let’s praise the Lord for His grace, mercy and peace! Don’t let the devil beat you up with your past! Instead, let your Lord bless you with your future! Fight on brothers and sisters, and remember the victory has been won in Christ! 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL REMINDER: Grace Church has been a hub of activity this week. Preparations are being made for an exciting week of VBS fun for our church family and friends! Thank you Kelly Shelby for your hard work and thank you to everyone who has stepped in the gap to help this coming week! It all begins this Sunday night at 6:00PM. Keep in mind that VBS is your opportunity not only to serve, but to reach out and touch someone for Jesus! Both adults and children enjoy VBS… Let’s make this coming week fruitful days of service for Christ! Thank you again for caring and for serving our families, our children, and our community!
I can’t believe it, but we are halfway through 2017. Sunday is review day for us. It is VISION RENEWAL SUNDAY! We will take a look back at where we have been and then look forward to where the Lord is leading us in 2017! Be faithful and be in your place for Sunday. We will share updates from various areas of ministry. Your prayers are appreciated as we make final preparations for VISION RENEWAL SUNDAY! We will be recognizing a faithful servant of the Lord this Sunday as well. I can’t say too much here, but it will be special! Please don’t miss it!
God bless you and yours. Keep your eyes on Jesus… what a Savior!
COMMITMENT: Christ Above All!
Mike and Cheryl <><
The Lord gives me many opportunities each week to share the Gospel. Most of the time these doors open during conversations when people need answers for problems they face. You might assume that these people are all Christians. That is not the case… many are people that do not profess Christ nor do they attend church. So when I say opportunities I mean just that! So what do I do? I turn to God’s Word! They listen as I share the Good News of the Gospel and how it applies to their lives! Recently someone sent me these words from Ravi Zacharias, “Do not underestimate the role you may play in clearing obstacles in someone’s spiritual journey. A seed sown here, a light shone there may be all that is needed to move the seeker or skeptic one step further.” Think about what I am saying here. As a Christian, be prepared to answer people’s questions! They need your help, but most of all they need hope! The Apostle Peter put it this way in 1 Peter 3:15 “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.”
In our Sunday Evening Worship Service our special guests will be Clay and Danielle Gibbons. They are our missionaries to Britain (UK). Clay and Danielle have faithfully pursued God’s will for their family. They have their support and the proper papers and are leaving for their field within a short period of time. Your presence here Sunday evening at 5:30PM would bless their family! Plan to be here in the service. We have some special music planned as well… don’t miss it!
Remember there is no Wednesday evening dinner scheduled. We will have Pot Luck dinners once a month through June, July and August. Our Wednesday evening dinners will resume in September. Our Wednesday Pot Luck dinners provide a great time of fellowship… please join us. The dates are listed on our bulletin tab!
God bless you… see you tonight for Bible study at 6:30PM.
Christ Above All!
Mike and Cheryl <><
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 <><