“What Does Easter Mean To You?”
We are excitedly enjoying the early days of Spring. After a Winter filled with gray days and more than our fair share of snow, the bland countryside is about to burst forth in a glorious array of color!
God is so good to give us the variety of seasons here in the Midwest.
With April and the arrival of Spring comes Easter. Like most of our “holy-days,”Easter has been corrupted by a secular world to the point it’s almost not recognizable to us as believers.
The stores are filled with Easter baskets, bunnies, colored eggs and racks filled with pastel-colored clothing to catch the eye of eager shoppers. Like Christmas, sadly Easter has become a time when merchants make lots of money.
As Christians, it is vitally important that we keep Easter in it’s proper perspective. It’s purpose is purely simple. It is the day that redeemed people celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead! That one glorious fact has forever changed the world.
The tomb is empty, Jesus is alive, and we have the power and purpose to live and share with a lost and dying world, the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
This winter has been long and hard and I think most of us are eagerly anticipating the coming of Spring.
It’s always a good thing to have something to look forward to. For me, as a Pastor, it has always been exciting to pray for, plan, prepare and deliver a new sermon series.
We begin this morning, on a thrilling journey with Jesus through the “Sermon On the Mount.” Found in chapters 5, 6 and 7 of the Gospel according to Matthew, it is the longest and most well-know of Christ’s sermons. It is only about 2000 words, 107 verses, but is concise and powerful.
The first 12 verses of chapter 5 are known as the “Beatitudes” (the attitudes that ought to be). Each one begins with the word “Blessed.” The Greek word makarios means “happiness.” God desires for each of us to be happy, but true happiness only comes in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Make every effort to be here for each message of this important series entitled “Kingdom Living.” Life will take on new meaning as you hear and apply God’s timeless truths to your life.
I love you in Christ,
January 22nd will mark the forty-first anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion.
In the past forty years, over 56,000,000 precious babies have been slaughtered by this murderous procedure.
Contrary to the abortionists’ belief, this issue is not about “women’s rights.” It’s about God! The indiscriminate taking of human life is a “clenched fist” in the face of a Holy God.
As true believers, we are to be defenders of the faith and let our light shine against the darkness of evil.
“Paul writes in Ephesians 5:8,11:
“for you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light .” (v.8) “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” (v.11)
Beloved we are called by God, not only to conversion, but to be the conscience of the culture.
We must not rest until this heinous law is removed and the wholesale slaughter of the unborn is no longer protected. Abortion has taken a terrible toll on America. We have now lost more than 56 million of our sons and daughters, friends and neighbors. God help us all!
“Thanks be unto God for His indescribable gift.” II Cor. 9:15
Christmas! The very word conjures up so many thoughts and memories. It stirs the emotions and touches the heart. The very idea that God would take on human flesh and come to earth in the form of an infant! That Word made flesh Christ Child, is God’s gift to the world.
Who can fathom that kind of love? Jesus was born to die… for you and me! Why? Because we needed salvation and He is the only One who could save us.
Jesus Christ is God’s indescribable gift to mankind. And I praise His name for it! I don’t understand it, I can’t explain it, but I praise God for the matchless gift of His Son!
The world continues to try to take Christ out of Christmas, but it is a foolish and futile effort. Even in man’s rebellion, Jesus will save those who hate Him, His Word, and His people. “The gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Rom. 6:23
He is the gift that keeps on giving!
“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so.” Psalm 107:1-2
As we enjoy the vibrant colors of God’s glorious Autumn foliage, we’re reminded once again that He is a God of infinite variety.
In only a few days, the temperatures will drop below freezing, the last of the leaves will fall to the ground, and the trees will be barren through the cold of Winter. Then the God of variety will fulfill the promise of Spring as new life will burst forth!
An so it is that the God who never changes, re-creates for us the beauty of seasonal change! I’m grateful for His variety.
Just as there are seasons in the weather there are various seasons in our lives. “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
Many of us have suffered the loss of loved ones this year, and the prospect of facing the Holidays for the first time is painful. But the God of all grace will strengthen and sustain us.
As I contemplate this Thanksgiving season, I am immeasurably grateful for each and every one of you that I have the privilege to Pastor! Your love and support for me and Darla is deeply appreciated and helped turn our pain into joy.
In Christ’s love,
What is “My Hope America?”
No individual has touched the spiritual pulse of this nation more than Billy Graham.
On November 7, he will be 95 years old. Coinciding with his birthday, will be a nationwide evangelistic emphasis reaching out to the countless millions of lose Americans, and offering them the hope that only Jesus Christ can give.
Over 14,000 churches in America have registered to participate; our church is one of them.
Please read and use the brochure found in today’s bulletin. I will be training you on Sunday evenings to inform and inspire about this tremendous opportunity to reach people for Christ.
Please pray . . .
· for your Nation
· for your church
· for your Pastor
· for yourself
I love you,
Happy New Year! The very words speak of a fresh beginning, a new opportunity. Actually, there are two Greek words for“new”, (1) Kainos– new in kind, different and (2) neos - new in regard to age, brand new, renewed.
“… You have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the (neos) new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him…” (Col. 3:9-10)
“Behold, I make all things (kainos) new. (Rev. 2:15)
All who are saved, are “in Christ” and have become“a (kainos) new creation.”
(II Cor. 5:17)
I am personally grateful to God for all the “new” things in my life… a new church, a new ministry, a new home, a new opportunity, new relationships, a new vision, etc.
Beloved I am especially grateful to be your “new”pastor. I love each one of you and look forward to a “new” day as we serve Christ together here in Southwest City and the three-state area!
Embrace 2012 with “new” energy, “new”commitment, and “new” motivation, and you will receive a powerful blessing from the God “who makes all things new.”
…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
It’s Christmas time again! The air is filled with yuletide tunes, the bright lights are twinkling from the trees, and the stores are packed with shoppers looking for that perfect gift. But it’s too late! The greatest gift ever given or received is God’s only begotten Son, the Lord Jesus Christ!
Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy the festivities that highlight the holidays, but I’m most grateful for the “Gift of God” who lives in my heart. My prayer this Christmas is for that man, woman, boy or girl who has not yet received Christ as his or her personal Savior, that this Christmas would be the beginning of eternal life in Jesus Christ!
Speaking of gifts, Darla and I will be “officially” uniting our lives with the wonderful saints of First Baptist Church, Southwest City, this Lord’s Day. We are so blessed to be called here and YOU are God’s Christmas gift to us in 2011! We anticipate many blessed days ahead serving our Lord together.
Have a very Merry Christmas,
Pastor Rob Grimm