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Pastor's Update

Serving in Venture Clubs

Venture Clubs and community outreach are synonymous at Grace Bible Church. Our leaders serve the Lord on Wednesday nights by sharing the Good News of Salvation through Jesus Christ, teaching the Bible lessons, and having great fun with the children. Here are some leaders’ comments for your encouragement.

The Pathfinders’ desire to pray has grown this year. There are more kids wanting to pray and showing bravery to pray in front of the class. Their prayers are so sweet and genuine; they make your heart sing ❤. In general, they have simply shown a true joy for learning about the Bible and what Jesus has done for them. They have been a wonderfully energetic bunch . –Jamie Sexton

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Motherhood--God's Gift to Us

MOMS are a great gift from our sovereign God. He ordained the family unit as the building block of society. The Bible identifies the family as a father (male), a mother (female), and children if it is God’s will. Adam, the first man, named the first woman, “The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.” (Genesis 3:20, ESV). The first parents were Adam and Eve. So, we all are their descendants.

From eternity past, God had the great insight to make this decree concerning the family. John MacArthur clarified a decree in this way, “God’s sovereign determination of His decree is the personal act of the God who is perfect wisdom, omniscience, justice, love, and grace.” (Biblical Doctrine, p. 212) The LORD gave mothers the inborn traits to love, care, nurture, and bear children. This desire is God given. Motherhood is a divine gift, an honor, and privilege. However, it is not a right. Along this same idea, being married and having children are a divine appointment.

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A Challenge to Pray

“Pray when you feel like it. Pray when you don’t feel like it. Pray until you feel like it.” –H.B. Charles, Jr. These are great admonitions by this godly pastor. In a very simple way, he has addressed the believer’s responsibility for the spiritual discipline of prayer.

At Grace Bible Church we actively promote prayer. The Bible gives us guidelines concerning how to pray. God exhorted us to bring our petitions to Him. “‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’” (Jeremiah 33:3, NKJV) Also, Jesus gave instruction to His disciples about praying while they having their last meal with Him, “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John 14:13–14, NKJV)

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Really, No Resurrection?

It is important to recognize Christ’s empty tomb on Resurrection Sunday. We believe that Jesus Christ rose from the dead two thousand years ago and then ascended into Heaven. The Apostle Paul wrote concerning this: “For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,” (1 Corinthians 15:3–4, NKJV). This is the Gospel we preach.

However, some people do not believe in Christ’s resurrection. The Sadducees denied the resurrection (Lk. 20:27), in Jesus’ day. Even Paul wrote to the Corinthian church concerning this type of unbelief: “Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?”

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The Next Generation

According to God’s design, generations come and go. Descriptive titles are given to them to categorize their similar characteristics such as Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millennials. The differences cause tensions to arise between them. However, each has concern for the next generation.

The Jewish non-profit organization, Next Generations, is an example of this concern. It was founded by their children and grandchildren in 2004, to promote the legacies and memories of Holocaust survivors. They raise awareness of the realities of the Holocaust and its aftermath. This group publicly asks moral questions about the events of the Holocaust. They realize it was horrific & should never be repeated.

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Our Legacy

A common topic of conversation is the pursuit of your legacy. This is not due to a morbid fascination with one’s death but a concern with how people may view you after it. The New Oxford American Dictionary defines legacy as leaving money or property to others in your will. However, the definition has been expanded to anything you will pass on for posterity to future generations.

Politicians seem to be interested how historians write about their public service. Several news stories have been written about certain presidents last days in office. The last minute presidential pardons, gifts, and orders have reflected their concern about legacy. It is obvious that his reputation was most important to him.

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Delight - Your Comfort or God

“God is GOOD all the time” is a true statement. However, it is not always part of our practice. In reality we operate our lives on the premise that God is good today. Everything is going our way is really what we mean. Later, we complain and whine about the tough breaks we endure. So, we grumble that life is not fair. Indirectly, we are blaming God for our troubles. We are implying that He is not powerful enough to control our trials and difficulties. Actually, we are inferring the LORD is a weakling.

These concepts are contradictory. Is the Almighty, Omnipotent, Creator in control of every circumstance in our lives? Or not? Is God the problem or is it our viewpoint? Our views are always wrong compared to the truth about God. Only we do not want to admit it.

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Delight: Turkish or Divinity

Have you ever tasted Turkish Delight? Or maybe you have tried Divinity candy. Some really crave these super sweet treats. They think of these confections as being “heavenly.” My favorite is still dark chocolate though my sweet tooth likes all kinds of candy. Here’s a warning about Turkish Delight and Divinity candy for the uninitiated, they are very rich. The Arabic word for Turkish Delight means bite or morsel. It only takes a little bit to satisfy your taste buds. The results of eating too much of it will be disastrous. Your stomach will not be pleased with your lack of self-control. A small amount of candy is not sinful, but over indulgence can be.

Almost anything is good for us in small amounts. Candy, sports, sun exposure, coffee, binge watching TV, etc. are to be enjoyed in moderation. Problems arise when we over indulge. Everyone must control his or her desires. This is an ongoing challenge believers must master from birth to the grave.

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The Unchurched Tag

Today, taglines are employed in advertising. A “tag” distinctly describes the product, business, or ministry’s characteristics being publicized to the world. Also, tags can be used to classify an individual’s behavior. So for the following discussion, what words would characterize your church attendance?

A pastor’s heart is burdened from time to time for absent church families. What happened to them? Are they attending another Bible preaching church? How many Sundays have they missed? Will their absences disconnect them from us? Could they be tagged with the label “unchurched?” Many churches track the attendance of their congregation as a spiritual gauge to deal with absenteeism. This is not about legalism. The author of Hebrews urges all believers, “Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they are keeping watch over your souls, as those who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.” (Hebrews 13:17, ESV) Church elders must be concerned about everyone’s spiritual walk with God.

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The Sin Cure

The bane of a new dress shirt is a stain from a scrumptious dinner. Something oily or messy or reddish, will find its way onto the fabric you are wearing. Now, your clean shirt is tainted by a blotch. Its purity has been marred with a dirty spot.

So, you go to work using cold water, elbow grease, and several solutions that are guaranteed to remove the stain. Then, your shirt goes into the washing machine. Anxiously you check the shirt afterwards. Oh no. IT’S STILL THERE!

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