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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

Only Pay For What You Need

By Joe Slater

I suppose you’ve seen those obnoxious insurance commercials insisting that you should switch to that company because you’l only pay for what you need. Unless your name is Rip Van Winkle, you know that all insurers let you select the coverage you want. If your vehicle has no loan against it, you aren’t required to have full Not right? exactly coverage. news, How does “only pay for what you need” apply to our relationship with God? Just how much religion do you need, and what will it cost you?

Some would say they don’t need much at all. “I’m a good person. I don’t drink or cuss or smoke or … (you extend the list as far as you like). So why would I need religion?” Let us be reminded: “There is none righteous, no, not one (Romans 3:10). I doubt that you’re any better than Cornelius (Acts 10), who needed to hear “words by which you and all your household will be saved” (Acts 11:14). Cornelius needed full coverage; so do you!

As to what it will cost you, the premium is astronomical. If you had all the money in the world, you couldn’t start to commence to begin to make a down-payment on the interest! Fortunately for us, Jesus paid the price for our blood redemption: His (1 Peter 1:19)

There is a sense, however in which it will cost you everything. Jesus said, “Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (Luke 14:33). We’re not talking dollars-and-cents here. We’re talking about dedication and willing surrender to the will of Christ – not half-hearted lip service, but genuine commitment to the Lord.

Jesus paid for everything you need. Do you mean it when you sing, “I surrender all”?

Religious Experiences

by Joe Slater Church of Christ in Justin, TX

Does having a “religious experience” save you (or prove that you are saved)? Some religious groups require one to relate a religious experience; then they decide whether that experience shows the person is saved and should be granted membership. How does this compare to the New Testament record?

In Acts 2, the Jews in Jerusalem definitely had a religious experience! “And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they (the 120) were sitting … And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language” (2:2, 6). But even though it was supernatural, that “experience didn’t save anyone! When the apostles preached the gospel, 3000 believed and responded in repentance and immersion, thus receiving salvation.

Who can deny that Saul of Tarsus had a religious experience in Acts 9? “Suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, ‘Saul, why are you persecuting Me?’” (9:3-4). Contrary to popular belief, this experience didn’t save Saul. God sent Ananias to tell him what to do; Saul “arose and was baptized” (9:18).

Cornelius certainly could lay claim to having a religious experience. An angel of God appeared, telling him to send for Peter (Acts 10:1-6). But that experience didn’t save him! Peter told him “words by which you and all your household will be saved” (Acts 11:14). Cornelius and his household obeyed the 10:47-48).gospel just like all the others (Acts 10:47-48)

Even if you had a supernatural experience today (which you won’t), that wouldn’t save you! “Arise and be baptized and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord!” (Acts 22:16)

AMERICA is a Beautiful Word

What do you see when you look at the word “America?” What mental pictures do the seven letters create in your mind?

To me the capital letter “A” suggests our magnificent snow-covered mountain peaks, and the wigwams of the original Americans.

The letter “M” symbolizes the broad shoulders of our pioneers; shoulders-to-the-wheel pushing our frontiers westward; broad shoulders swinging axes, building a Nation.

The letter “E” might be the lariats of the cowboys riding the plains; lariats of Kit Carson or Buffalo Bill.

The letter “R” is a man with hand outstretched in friendship and cooperation toward all who love freedom, justice and peace.

The letter “I” represents the individual American with his rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

The letter “C” is a bent bow from which an arrow had just sped toward the stars of mankind’s highest ideals.

The final letter “A” is a man on his knees in prayer, symbolizing a Nation which recognizes its Creator and gives thanks for His blessings.

Yes, America is a beautiful word!

Via Beech Grove church of Christ. Spring Hil, TN

THE PRE-EMINENT CREATOR by Paul Pickren

It is generally thought that the Christians in Colossae  were being pressed upon by external forces to follow  fallacious teachings regarding the worship of angels,  spirits, demons and other objects of God’s creation.  Burton Coffman describes Colossians 1:16 as the verse  that was “the divine thunderbolt that cleared the  atmosphere and let the light of God shine in”. 

For by him all things were created, in heaven and on  earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones  or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things  were created through him and for him. (Colossians  1:16) 

G.G. Findlay said, “By this the apostle declares that  the invisible beings of the world above us, however  lofty their names or mighty their powers, are Christ’s  creatures as much as the lowliest objects within our  sight” 

David Lipscomb said, “This certainly means that  Christ created the whole universe,”  That being the case there is no room for anyone to  worship any  lesser  being than the Creator  Himself…Jesus is truly the Pre-Eminent Creator.

Fact Checking by Paul Pickren

Most of us are not usually very happy with our politicians, regardless of which side we are on. One of the principle reasons for our displeasure with them is they often say something today that directly contradicts what they said last week, last month, last year or maybe years ago. It’s just difficult to fully trust someone who anywhere from occasionally to frequently, 1s saying something different and presenting it all as truth.

The fact that almost everything they say is recorded allows us to “fact check” what they say. So many of them, it seems, are unfazed by their lack of consistency. It’s just difficult to believe them at times.

I know as humans we sometimes change our opinion of things. Usually we can give a reason for doing so, if for no other reason than to justify in our own minds our desire to change.

It is a shame that so many people put so much emphasis on and trust in someone who has proven to have problems telling the truth and so little importance on what the one Being who “cannot lie” (Hebrews 6:18) has to say.

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (Hebrews 13:8); For I the LORD do not change (Malachi 3:6); the word of the Lord remains forever. (1 Peter 1:25). We would do well to listen to, believe and obey the abiding word of God. It is His truth that saves. His words are truth (John 17:17). Let me encourage us to “fact check” the word of God. We’ll find His plan to save man has not changed. The Gospel message for salvation 2,000 years ago is the exact same message preached today for the saving of man’s soul.

Cancel Culture for Christians • By Edd Sterchi

We are in a time referred to as cancel culture. Cancel culture is the act of destroying someone’s life over the fact they disagree with popular opinion. The Christian, however, should have a different take on “cancel culture”

 

Notice, for example:

• We should cancel negativism pessimism.
• We should cancel prejudice.
• We should cancel immoral thoughts.
• We should cancel sin.
• We should cancel false doctrine.

Rather than focusing on destroying others’ lives, let’s focus on improving our own by doing such we will be doing our part to make the world better…And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:24-25)

Via… Bulletin Digest

Praying At ALL Times By Paul Pickren

At the end of Paul’s instruction to the Ephesian Christians to put on the whole armor of God he gives these closing words… “praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” (Ephesians 6:18) As William Hendrickson noted in his commentary on Ephesians Paul uses the word “all” four times. Let’s note how that may benefit us today.

Praying at ALL times” – to pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:16), to pray in all the seasons of one’s life, all conditions, all situations. Some will be good and some may not. Does not matter.

Pray at all times with ALL prayer and supplication” – every type of prayer should be lifted up to God. Prayers of petition, thanksgiving, praise, calling on God for His forgiveness, grace and mercy. Seeking His help and providential care with ALL perseverance” again, “pray without ceasing”.

Remember Jesus told us to keep on asking, seeking and knocking. (Matthew 7). Giving up should not be in the Christians character. We keep taking everything to God in prayer because we know He hears us and will answer for ALL the saints” – it is easy to minimalize our world and focus only on those things and people who are near us.

Remember the church is spread throughout the world and we need to pray “for All the saints”. Some are living in very difficult situations, some are struggling to maintain the faith, some need to repent, others need to be encouraged to keep spreading the gospel and for a myriad of other needs and reasons we must continue to pray at all times

Unity by Alton Norman

God’s word is truth (John 17:17) and when we are all grounded in the truth of God’s word unity will be the result (Ephesians 4:1-15).

Truth does not cause division because truth is constant. Division comes when someone blows the winds of false doctrine and topples Christians who are not grounded in truth. They are “carried about by every wind of doctrine” because they have no roots. False teachers use trickery, cunning craftiness, and deceit to cause division in the church (read the passage above).

There is much division in the religious world today. Why? There are two reasons: First, false teachers come into a church and draw away disciples after themselves (Acts 20:29-30). They are more interested in promoting themselves than in teaching God’s truth. Second, Christians who are not grounded in the truth follow the false teachers. Their ears have been tickled by the cunning craftiness of the false teacher and they are drawn away after their own lust (2 Timothy 4:2-4).

False teachers and itching ears always result in divisions and “new churches” spring up. But truth always brings unity among those who hunger and thirst after righteousness (Matthew 5:6).

Via Bulletin Digest