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Welcome to the Groveland Church of Christ.

In this section, you will find announcements of upcoming congregation events and fellowship activities as well as articles of spiritual interest and encouragement.

Gods plan for saving man

  • God’s Grace – Ephesians 2:8
  • Christ’s Blood – Romans 5:9
  • The Gospel – Romans 1:16
  • Sinners Faith – Acts 16:31
  • Sinner’s Repentance – Luke 13:3
  • Sinner’s Confession – Romans 10:10
  • Believers Baptism – I Peter 3:21
  • Christian’s Work – James 2:24
  • Christian’s Hope – Romans 8:24
  • Christian’s Endurance – Revelations 2:10

Why Only One Day for Thanksgiving?

Ken Hamilton

Charles Dickens said that we are somewhat mixed up here in America. He told an audience that instead of having one Thanksgiving Day each year we should have 364. “Use that one day just for complaining and griping,” he said. “Use the other 364 days to thank God each day for the many blessings He has showered upon you.”

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Thanksgiving

Thank God for Dirty Dishes
Thank God for dirty dishes;
They have a tale to tell.
While others may go hungry,
We’re eating very well
With home, health, and happiness,
I shouldn’t want to fuss:
By the stack of evidence,
God’s been very good to us.

True Thanksgiving

Ron Thonnas

 

Thanksgiving is, in the eyes of some, esteemed as the greatest of holidays. When one thinks about the idea of thanksgiving, it is easy to appreciate the holiday as some do being the Those who are truly greatest of holidays.

thankful, however, are those who were once dead, but are now alive. The Lord spoke to the Jews and said that the hour was coming in which the dead would hear His voice and live John 5:25). The Lord was not referring to the second coming, for that He does in John 5:28-29. The Lord referred to those who heard His voice (orally, and through the written word) and responded to His holy will. They were dead in sin, but applying the truth of God’s word to their individual lives, they are now alive spiritually (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:17). Those who live, but were once dead, were dead in sin ( Ephesians 2:1-10), but now are alive in Christ. This is a time for Thanksgiving.

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What Are You Chasing?

By Joe Slater

“See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all'” (1 5:15). Thessalonians

In the text above, Paul’s word pursue is the same as “persecute elsewhere in the New Testament. It means to chase. Saul persecuted Christians by chasing them down to harm them. After becoming a Christian, the same man urged the Thessalonians to chase what was good for themselves and else. everyone By contrast, he urged them not to seek payback for ill treatment. Too many are bent on revenge! Jesus taught His disciples to “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” (Matthew 5:44).

Revenge appeals to the it. above rise calls to God flesh, but us Paul exhorted Timothy to flee the love of money and all the pitfalls that go with it, and to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness”” (1 Timothy 6:9-11). A few years later Paul urged him similarly: “Flee also youthful lusts: but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart” (2Timothy2:22).

Successfully chasing something takes energy; it takes time; it takes determination and perseverance. Is what you catch worth the effort? If you’re chasing revenge, money, or fulfillment of the fleshly appetites, you might say “yes” at first, but in the long run you’ll be disappointed. The pursuit of righteousness and good things, however, yields rich rewards both now and eternally.

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The Secret to Happiness

By (Anonymous)

I have learned there is little I can do in my life that will make me truly happy. I have also learned that most of the time I do not need half of what I think I do. Therefore, I have learned to depend on God to make me happy and to meet my needs. When a need arises in my life, I have learned to TRUST GOD to supply according to HIS riches. God has never let me down! The Psalmist wrote, “Happy is that people, whose God is the LORD” (Psalm 144:15). This is the SECRET to Happiness.

You might say, That is too simple! Well, take a moment and reflect over your own life. Possibly you once thought that a bigger house would make you happy, but it did not. Maybe you thought a better paying job would make you happy, but it did not. When did you really realize your greatest happiness? Was it when you were sitting on the floor with your grandchildren, playing games with your children, eating your favorite food, or reading a story? Those are all simple gifts from God.

Friend, you cannot depend on physical things (including money and people) to make you happy. Only God in His infinite wisdom can do that. God will take care of you. You simply must TRUST HIM. You must believe and really TRUST God! As you trust God for happiness in your life, please consider the following five suggestions:

(1) Make up your mind to be happy (cf. Prov. 17:22).

(2) Locate life’s center [Jesus Christ and Him crucified| (Col. 1:17-18; Gal. 2:20; John 14:6).

(3) Define life’s purpose (Ecc. 12:13-14; Isa. 43:7).

(4) Make the most of your time and blessings (Phil. 4:11-13; James 4:13-15).

(5) Do something for someone else (Acts 20:35; Eph. 2:10). Proverbs 3:5-6

Be Careful Not to Fall

by Edd Sterchi

It always amazes me how some can claim that it is impossible for a Christian to fall away from the grace of God. Consider these Hebrews: book of the from texts

Heb. 2:1, “Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away.”

Heb. 3:12, “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God”

Heb. 4:1, “Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.

Heb. 6:4-6, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift.if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for of God. Son the themselves

Heb. 10:26, “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins”

Heb. 10:38, “Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, has soul pleasure in him.” My no

Heb. 12:15, “looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this defiled become many

Heb. 12:25, ‘much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks heaven from

Heb. 13:9, “Do not be carried about with various and strange doctrines.”

And that’s just the book of Hebrews, let alone all the others books of the New Testament (of which there are many, many more passages that relate this truth). The Bible clearly reveals that it is possible to fall away from God’s grace. Knowing that, we should be inspired to remain faithful and active for the Lord. Let us watch our steps and be careful not to fall. “But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul” (Heb. 10:39),

Fearing God is Obeying God

By Rob Albright

Proverbs 1:7 reads, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”A wise person will simply take the teachings (doctrine) that come from the Bible and make them a part of his or her life.

Unfortunately, some choose to reject or ignore the teachings of Jesus. He is the Savior and Lord and is the perfect example of right living (John 8:24; Luke 6:46-49; Acts 4:12). Jesus is the only one who can bring us into a right relationship with God (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). It is a sad situation when people reject the only hope they have. Some feel His teachings are too restrictive so they shop around for a church that fits the way they feel about things. You hear them say things like, “This is my life and I can live it any way I choose.” Choosing our own way instead of following the way of God and His Son brings tragic consequences (Mark 1 10:16; John 2:17b). Luke 7:9;

Jesus came to save us from sin (Acts 4:10-12) and bring those saved into His church (Acts 2:47; 1 Corinthians 12:13) where we become “the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:17, 21). It’s all because of Jesus that we can become right in the sight of God. We have the Word of God where we can come to know about Jesus, learn to love Him, obey His words and follow His example. He is the perfect pattern for our life.

Social Distancing

ByEdd Sterchi

To start off this article, I was going to make up a joke about social distancing, but this was as close as I could get! (Give it some thought, it will come to you.)

Now that we are starting to get more and more out into society, we are asked to pay special attention to the social distancing measures that are in place. This is to prevent viral contraction of COVID-19 and becoming infected. The recommended distance to stay away from others is 6 feet. This is common sense.

There is another “social distancing” that God wants us to do. He wants us to social (and private) distance from sin. God knows that if we get too close to sin’s fire, we will get burned. Satan wants us to sin and turn our backs on God. That’s why he tempts us so – for he knows that temptation can lead to sin and sin to spiritual death (James 1:14-15). That’s why God wants us to practice social distancing from sin – so that we do not become spiritually infected.

The Bible is replete in warning us to practice social distancing from sin:

“Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn away from it and pass on.” (Pro. 4:14-15).

“For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God…Therefore do not be partakers with them.” (Eph. 5:5-7) “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness” (Eph. 5:11).

“Do not…share in other people’s sins” (1 Tim. 5:22) “Flee also youthful lusts” (2 Tim. 2:22)

“Abstain from every form of evil.” (1 Thess. 5:22)