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June 1st, 2019

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.” Titus 2:11
 
Lately God is showing me how grate- ful I need to be for all the blessings we receive. It is the grace of God. We often talk about the topic of grace but it seems so elusive to describe it. Grace simply stated, is the unmerited favor of God. Our salvation is through grace Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” Faith does not only believe that God can save the world, it believes that God, based upon His promise in HIS word, applies that for- giveness to our lives. Titus 2:11 says, “the grace of God that brings salvation…” Grace of God is not something that is hidden or something that is obscure… that we need to search for and hope we might discover it. It has been revealed. In 2 Timothy 1:9 it says, “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.” God saved us, called us because of grace.
God’s grace is extended to every one of us. We need to reach out to receive the gift. It can never be achieved–it can only be received. One does not earn it or qualify for it. IT IS A FREE GIFT. Let us read some points of what grace is… + Grace acknowledges the full implication of sin and yet does not condemn. + Grace is never just enough, grace is always far more than enough. + God’s expressions of grace are innumerable, His requirements are minimal. + From the very beginning God has responded to the sin of humanity with amazing grace. + God chose to extend grace to a graceless world because of His love. “And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness, ”and he was called God’s friend. You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.” James 2:23-24 + The right standing with God comes through faith in the promises of God. + The presence of grace means that sometimes we don’t get the consequences we deserve
+ Grace is not reserved for good people–grace underscores the goodness of God. + God initiated a relationship with His people before He even told them what the rules were–Grace. + The law of God is an expression of his grace. + Discipline is often an expression of grace. + God’s discipline is not a payback but to bring us back. + Receiving grace is often easier than giving grace. + Grace is inviting to the unrighteous and threatening to the self-righteous. + Grace fills the gaps created by our sin or others. Grace allows us to honestly face our past without being controlled by it. The topic of grace of God is inexhaustible. Let us continue to explore it and be blessed by it. Hope you will have a blessed summer–be safe and enjoy the family. God bless, Pastor Shaker 

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May 1st, 2019

“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and posses- sions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-47 (NIV)
 
 
God has many wonders for our church in the near future but I found Rainer’s article so very interesting and want to share it with you.

“Many Churches Are Dying” From the Blog By Thom Rainer

Some are so sick that they are a few years, perhaps just months, from death. But too many refuse to do anything. Any potential and dramatic turnaround will not take place because these churches do nothing.

Why? Why do these dying churches walk resolutely down the path of death? Why don’t they attempt something dramatic, something bold? I have worked with too many of these churches. Allow me to share six common responses to these questions.

1. They refuse to admit they are sick, very sick. I have worked with churches whose attendance has declined by over 80 percent. They have no gospel witness in the community. They have not seen a person come to Christ in two decades. But they say they are fine. They say nothing is wrong.

2. They are still waiting on the “magic bullet” pastor. They reason, if only we could find the right pastor, we would be

fine. But they bring in pastor after pastor. Each leaves after a short-term stint, frustrated that the congregation was so entrenched in its ways. So the church starts the search again for the magic bullet pastor.

3. They fail to accept responsibility. I recently met with the remaining members of a dying church. Their plight was the community’s fault. Those people should be coming to their church. It was the previous five pastors’ fault. Or it was the fault of culture. If everything returned to the Bible belt mentality of decades earlier, we would be fine.

4. They are not willing to change…at all. A friend asked me to meet with the remain- ing members of a dying church. These members were giddy with excitement. They viewed me as the great salvific hope for their congregation. But my blunt assessment was not pleasing to them, especially when I talked about change. Finally, one member asked if they would have to look at the words of a hymn on a screen instead of a hymnal if they made changes. I stood in stunned silence, and soon walked away from the church that would close its doors six months later.

5. Their “solutions” are all inwardly focused. They don’t want to talk about reach- ing the ethnically changing community. They want to know how they can make church more comfortable and palatable for the remnant of members.

6. They desire to return to 1985. Or 1972. Or 1965. Or 1959. Those were the good old days. If we could just do church like we did then, everything would be fine. These churches are increasing in number. Culture indeed has little patience with a me- focused congregation, much less so than, say, 15 years ago.

Is there hope for these churches? Will these dying congregations indeed die? I have seen God intervene a few times in such situations. But, in every case, the church has turned its face to Him, and forsaken all of their own preferences, desires and human-centered traditions.

But most dying churches will die.

I pray that your church, if it is indeed on the path to death, will be the rare exception, to the glory of God.

The above article should energize us and take us to our knees. Please pray FBC will continue to seek His will in all of our ministries and keep Christ’s commission at the forefront in all we do.

I am looking forward to the many things we will be doing this May, please be a part

of it!

God Bless, Pastor Shaker
 

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