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January 24, 2019
Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons
God has given us to recharge our batteries
and spend time with our Heavenly Father.
As we look into 2019 it has never been more important for God’s people to be in prayer.
How do we pray? Jesus gave us an example to follow in the “Lord’s Prayer” (Matthew 6:9-13).
Here are four additional keys to help you develop a more powerful prayer life for 2019.
1) Thank Him.
A heartfelt thank you is always a great conversation starter. As we take the time to praise God for all He has done in the past it gives us more faith to believe in even greater answers to prayer in the future.
2) Ask for God’s will.
In a world where right and wrong are frequently confused and the future is so uncertain, it can be hard to know how to pray. But the one thing we can know with absolute certainty is that God’s plan for those who love him is good and the safest place to be.
3) Ask for forgiveness.
James 5:16 reminds us that if we want our prayers to be heard, our hearts need to be right with God and with one an-other.
4) Pray with a friend.
There is power in agreement when we pray in Jesus’ name. If you don’t already have a prayer partner, 2019 would be a good time to start!
Remember there is power in prayer!
By Rod Palmer, the eldest of the elders (wisdom rings true)
January 18, 2019
Where Do You Live?
As we go through life there are many times that we have come across and met many new people. Maybe you have met them through your job, school, neighborhood, church, etc… One of the questions when we meet new people is the simple question of either “where do you live?” or “where did you come from?” During the state youth conference in December we heard a great message that challenged not only our leaders but the students that went to look at these questions differently. Oftentimes, we answer these questions in such a manner with a location such as Bakersfield, California, Eastside, Southside, Stockdale, Riverlakes, etc… The point of the question was to get us to think and be reminded “You may live here, but your not from here.” We have to be reminded that as we dwell on earth and live here we are not from here.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV) “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
James 4:14 (ESV) “yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.”
We need to fix our eyes on Heaven the place where we should hope to call home. We don’t know what will happen from day to day as each day we always wish we had more time. Let us live our lives each day knowing that our time on Earth is temporary and that one day we will pass like a vapor. As we challenge you this year to “Desire the Fire” let us live urgently for Christ and to remember, “You may live here, but your not from here.”
January 10, 2019
Small Groups are awesome! It is a group of 3 or more people who desire to build a meaningful relationship, grow in relationship with God, and pursue the 7 D’s as they do life together.
7- Disciple Making
Small Groups meet once a week. This could be in a home, a coffee shop, a park or here at the church. You will be amazed at all the support you receive when you are going through a trial.
Your Small Group becomes your second family. I want to encourage you to join a Small Group for one year and see how God will bless you.
For those already in a Small Group, feeling God tugging on your heart to start a new Home Group...GO FOR IT!! Take that step of faith. I challenge you. We are here to help.
January 05, 2019
Happy New Year Grace Baptist Church
A new year gives us all a chance to restart, refocus and re-engage. Whether
2018 has been a year of trials or triumphs, 2019 is an all new opportunity for
God to work miracles in you and through you. The key is keeping your eyes
fixed on Jesus and never give up…...
“When the world says, ‘Give up,’ Hope whispers, ‘Try it one more time.’”
“Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams
is more powerful than one with all the facts.” Unknown
As we begin the new year, this is what’s happening with GraceKids……..
Sunday School--- Sunday at 9:30am
Children’s Church---Sunday at 11:00am (after worship)
GraceKids Ultra Wednesday at 5:45pm-7:45pm
Below are the Ultra sessions available:
Looking forward to an amazing year! Remember to invite a family!!
Parents, Leaders, Teachers, as we are kicking off this new year, please
consider serving in Children’s Ministry.
December 28, 2018
NEW YEAR'S 2019
Good Morning, Grace Baptist!
New Years Resolution!!!
Yes, it’s that time of the year again. How did you do in 2018?
Did you know the top three New Years resolutions for 2018?
1. Eat Healthier.
2. Exercise More.
3. Save More Money.
Don’t beat yourself up if you did not do so well in 2018. Like
most of us, we start off the new year with hope and excitement
about what we will accomplish in the year ahead of us. But as
the year goes on, we experience many challenges we did not
So what do we do this year? Do we say forget about making
resolutions? Do we make resolutions that will not challenge us?
Or do we start the New Year off with hope and excitement that
we will overcome all obstacles and this will be the year that we
finally meet our New Years resolutions!
I say let’s make this the best year ever! Let’s make personal,
spiritual, and financial goals that we can sit back a year from
now, and celebrate the victories!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
December 23, 2018
As we celebrate Christmas in a few days, it can seem like just another year. As I have gotten older, it seems like Christmas gets here faster and faster! But while time may fly and some of us feel like we have to go through the motions for the holiday season, my hope is that we can take some time and reflect on what Christmas is truly about – and perhaps it might help to look from a heavenly view point.
I want to take some time to imagine what Christmas was like from the angels’ perspective. Can you imagine what it must have been like in heaven, when the discussion came for the Son of God to become a man? Angels were at the feet of God worshipping Him and praising the Creator of all things. Now the One who made all things, would be-come part of His creation. And not only part of it, but to be man, the one who messed up His creation, rebels against His law, and ignores His goodness to them. God would become flesh and dwell among them.
Gabriel must have felt weird telling Mary she would conceive a child and would give birth to God. The angels appeared when Jesus was born and must have been amazed that the God of the universe was now being held by a young teenage woman and laid in a manger. The One who sustains all would now be dependent on a father and mother to care for Him. And as he grew from a baby, to a young boy, to a man, the angels would see how Jesus would live in a place that was not holy and righteous, but full of sin and despair.
The angels would marvel at the love God had for His creation of man to identify with them, live with them, and experience life as them. But the culmination of His love to be beaten, whipped, and nailed to a cross for our sins must have caused the angels to be amazed at their God. The Bible says that the angels look into deeply and marvel at this salvation that they cannot experience but man can. And what a celebration it must have been when Jesus rose from the dead and now we can worship the Son of God not as a spirit, but as resurrected man – the Second Adam. They stand in awe of the love God has for mankind – the love God has for you and me. How about you?
Do you marvel at Christmas and the love God has for you? I want to take time this Christmas and reflect upon how much Jesus loves me and I hope you do the same. I hope this Christmas you can say you grew deeper in love and more devoted to the One who gave up all to become your Savior, died for your punishment, and rose again and is making an eternal home for you to be with Him. My prayer is that each of you truly experience Jesus this year for Christmas.
December 16, 2018
Why do we go on mission trips? Do we have to go on mission trips as often as
we want to? Do we go to mission trips because people are expecting us to go?
These are some of the questions that linger in our minds as we think of
Last Sunday’s message was of great encouragement to us! As we listened to
the guest speaker during the mission lunch, God reminded us that going on
mission trips should be intentional. Intentional in the sense that we go on
mission trips to share the gospel, make relationships with people whom God
has allowed us to meet and usher them to churches who are willing to take
the responsibility of helping them grow in their relationship with JESUS so they
too, can become disciple makers. God commanded us to make disciples of all
nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever God has commanded
us and He promised to be with us even to the ends of the earth.
(Matthew 28: 19-20)
Every year, Grace Baptist Church sends a team to Belize to do mission work
and every other year, a team is sent to the Philippines to do the same. The
team conducts a medical ministry as a tool for evangelism and discipleship.
The teams also do house to house evangelism, hospital visitations , mercy ministry
and children’s ministry.
Sending these teams to the mission field would not be possible without the
prayers and financial support of the church. Today, each of us has the opportunity
to be a part of Missions. As the first letter of your Last name is being
called, we encourage your family to come forward with your offering to
Missions in the Christmas envelope we mailed you (extra’s are with the tan
envelopes in your row) and place them in the baskets provided at the front.
We also ask you to please continue to pray for those who go to the mission
For those who are interested in joining the mission trips to Belize and the
Philippines, please contact the church office @ 589-0424. God Bless