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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

His Truth Marches On! By Dalton Key

The indictment of Isaiah against his generation, a people who had temporarily succeeded in turning truth upon its head, is no less applicable today: “Woe unto them that call evil good; and good evil, that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!” Isaiah 5:20,21).

Though Isaiah’s generation perished in captivity the truth continued to march on. Their calling “evil good; and good evil” did not make it so.

We face a similar challenge today, when right is called wrong and wrong is called right; when all things “gay” are assumed to be good, while God, oddly enough, is portrayed as one of this world’s larger problems.

Everything we once thought was true is now decried as false; all we once thought to be false is now lauded as true. But never forget this: truth will prevail. In the final analysis, when all has been said and done, when once-powerful nations have long- since crumbled into the dust of oblivion, God’s truth will prevail.

Men may deny truth’s very existence. They may denounce it and demonize it. They may debate it incessantly. But truth will prevail.

In the words of James Russell Lowell, “There is no good in arguing with the inevitable. The only argument available with the east wind is to put on your overcoat.”

(Via…Bulletin Digest) 

Hating Hate By Ron Adams

Hate defined: To feel hostility or animosity toward. To detest. A feeling of utter hostility and disgust.

Today, some detest, abhor, and loathe anyone who hates. [Note: “detest, abhor, and loathe” are synonymous with “hate.”] Love is said to be antagonistic to hate. However, assaults on innocent children, inhuman treatment of others, bilking the elderly, along with other heinous crimes give rise to feelings of hate. There is everything right and nothing wrong hating such things. Hate is a God-given and God-sanctioned emotion.

GOD LOVES

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved).” Ephesians 2:4-5

GOD HATES

“There are six things which the Lord hates, Yes, seven which are an abomination to Him: Haughty eyes, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that run rapidly to evil, A false witness who utters lies, One who spreads strife among brothers.” Proverbs 6:16-19

WHAT WE SHARE by Bart Warren

Racism is sinful. Racism is foolish. Racism is illogical.

Instead of a discussion of our differences, let us take the time to focus on what all men share.

We share a common heritage / ancestry (Genesis 3:20; 9:1). Every man, woman and child on the planet is a genetic relative.

We share a common Creator (Genesis 1:26-27). The denigration of any other human is an attack upon the Creator Himself.

We share a common sacrifice (1 Timothy 2:5-6). Jesus Christ died for all. No race or nation of people is left out. The denigration of one group of people reflects upon the sacrifice of Jesus. Additionally, every adult on the planet has sinned and is in need of a Savior (Romans 3:23). We are all in the same position. We share a common need for a Savior and we share in common the lone sacrifice that can save our souls.

We share a common mission. We learn in Jesus’ prayer in John 17 that the Savior came to make all men one. The death of Jesus destroyed any and all ethnic barriers (Galatians 3:27-29; Ephesians 2:14). We either fight with Jesus in destroying these barriers or we fight against Him.

We share a common command. All people everywhere have been commanded by the Lord to love each other (Luke 10:27).

Finally, we share a common future appointment: Judgment Day (Romans 14:10). As we prepare to stand before our Judge, let us remember all of these things (and more) that we share in common with all other people no matter where they are from-no matter what their appearance. 

We Need Each Other!

There is an indelible and universal truth as it pertains to the church. We need each other. In fact, the Bible is adamantly clear that without the contribution of each member, the church does not properly function. Thus is the substance of Paul’s discussion in 1 Corinthians 12. The church in Corinth struggled with supremacy. There were those who possessed the most coveted and thereby most respected spiritual gifts, and to those they bestowed greater honor. Within the church, they were considered the most important. To dispel such a divisive notion and to promote unity, Paul makes some assertions. Notice what he says in 1 Corinthians 12:19-22, “And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.

 Why? Because truthfully, if we all possessed the same talents, the same abilities, the same strengths and even weaknesses; where would the body be? The answer is simple. It would be lacking what you can contribute whether great or small. You see brethren, the truth of the matter remains indelible. We need each other. Therefore, let us conclude that although you may not be able to do what others can; there is no gift given by God that is not both useful and beneficial to the growth and vitality of this congregation. So, by all means, contribute!

Jeremy Tucker 
from Bulletin Digest

Inside-Out Transformation by Jacob Evans

Christians are being transformed into Christ’s likeness (2 Cor. 3:18). God is trying to press His people into a Christ-shaped mold. But this transformation isn’t an easy process, partly because the world is trying to press us into its own mold. In order to be transformed into the image of Christ we must resist being conformed to this world. Paul writes, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Rom. 12:2, NASB).

How is this transformation possible? Where does this transformation begin? This transformation is possible only if it begins in the heart. Paul says that we are transformed by the renewal of our minds. This transformation is an inside-out transformation. Too often we focus on changing our actions, instead of our attitudes. That’s exactly what many of the Pharisees did. They were overly concerned with externals while their hearts were deteriorating. Since they focused solely on external righteousness to the neglect of their hearts, they became like cups that are clean on the outside but filthy inside. They were like pretty caskets full of dead people’s bones. They looked good on the outside, but their hearts were hollow (Matt. 23:25-28).

When Paul wrote to the Christians in Philippi, he realized that their problems with regard to unity were merely symptoms of a deeper problem. Paul addresses the real problem when he offers the following solution to them: “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5, NKJV). Transformation begins in the mind and then extends to our mannerisms. It begins in the heart and then extends to our habits. It begins in our attitudes and then extends to our actions.

From Bulletin Digest 

Who Will Guide You? by Johnny Botts

Think about a boat on the river with no one in it just going with the waves; side to side, bank to bank, and not knowing where it will end up. It could end up stuck next to the bank with branches all around it and not able to move. It could end up at a waterfall going over and being broken into pieces. Without someone guiding the boat it has no hope. 

That is how we are without God: no hope, no direction just walking around, just 1like that boat that no one is guiding. Jesus came to guide us and save the lost (Luke19:10). God loves us and he doesn’t want us to be like that boat (John 3:16). He is coming back and he wants us all to be saved. We need to be going in the right direction toward heaven, because tomorrow might be too late. 

Don’t let the devil get you caught up in the world. The devil is like a roaring lion that walks about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). Don’t be in that boat that no one is guiding and go over the falls. “Thou wilt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is fullness of Joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11). 

Let Jesus be your guide! 

From Bulletin Digest 

One at a Time by Wade L. Webster

The story is told of a business man who was overworked and decided to take some time off. While vacationing on the coast, a terrible storm hit. When it died down, he decided to take a walk down the cost to see what damage had been done. As he walked along the shore, he noticed thousands of starfish which had washed upon the shore. He knew that in a few hours the sun would come out and the starfish would dry out and die. As he thought about the starfish, he noticed a young boy who was throwing the starfish back one by one. The man was amazed by the youth’s diligence and shocked by his feeble attempts to make a difference. As he looked up the long beach, he saw thousands of starfish. When he caught up with the young man, he informed the boy that he could not possible save them all and said to the little boy, “You’ll never be able to make a difference to the starfish population.” The boy bent down, picked up a starfish, looked at it, then threw it back into the safety of the ocean. Then he said, “I sure made a difference to that one.

 We cannot personally make a difference in the lives of everyone that fills this world, but we can make a difference to a few of them. It is interesting that when Jesus spoke of those on His right hand on the Day of Judgment, he described them as having made a difference in the life of one person. He said, “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matt. 25:40). I sincerely believe that each of us can make a difference in the life of someone. This is how Jesus worked-one at a time. Sure, He preached to thousands, but He visited with families, and helped individuals. 

From Bulletin Digest

The Five Finger Prayer By Lance Morrisett

The five finger prayer is a great way to teach someone to pray, or a good model for anyone to use to pray. Remember, James 5:13-16 teaches us to pray for one another.

First, your thumb is nearest you. Begin your prayers by praying for those closest to you.

Second, the next finger, is the pointing finger. Pray for those who teach, instruct and offer comfort. This can include teachers, They need support and wisdom in doctors, and ministers. pointing others in the right direction.

Third comes the tallest finger. It reminds us of our leaders. Pray for the president, leaders administrators. These people shape our nation and guide the public in many different ways. They need God’s guidance. in business and industry, and

Fourth comes our ring finger. We could pray for marriages and families. We could also pray for those who are weak, because our ring finger is the weakest of the five. You cannot pray for those who are weak, in trouble or in pain. 0o much

Fifth comes our little finger. It is the smallest of the five. It should remind us of our place in relation to God and others. God’s Word teaches us that, “the least shall be the greatest among you (Matthew 23:11). Your pinkie should remind you to pray for yourself. By the time you have prayed for the other groups, your own needs will be put into proper perspective and four you will be able to pray for yourself more effectively.

From Bulletin Digest