Gene Ann and I deeply appreciate all that was done and said at the reception in our honor last Sunday afternoon. Your kindness toward us was a tremendous gift for which we are at a loss for words to fully express our thanks. We thank you, the Granbury Church of Christ, for the love and encouragement you have given to us. We have never lacked for your assistance in doing the things we have done together. We have never lacked for your love and encouragement in many different circumstances. Your confidence in us has been very generous, and we appreciate it. The joy of knowing how all of you have been a part of our lives and ministries is something that we would like to give back to you.
Thanks to the group who led the way in preparing for the reception. Thanks to those who brought refreshments, who served at the table and took care of the kitchen. Thanks to the group who sang psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs that are dear to our hearts at the beginning of the reception. Thanks for the table decorations that celebrated various parts of our ministry here. Thanks for the ‘picture tour’ through the past decades of ministry. And we really appreciate the kind words from John Knox and Mike Blevins that we know were spoken on your behalf. Finally, thanks to all the ‘quiet ones’ who have shared with us in the service of the Lord and the Granbury Church of Christ.
I am deeply moved by the Elders’ gift of an annual grant in my honor to the mission work in Mexico. There are always some special needs that we can well serve. While missions was not my primary mission here, you know what our work in Mexico has meant to me.
Finally, praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ for the spiritual blessings we have enjoyed as a part of the Granbury Church of Christ. Our race is not finished. We look forward to continued association with you.
“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever” (Jude 24-25).
Chris and Gene Ann
Both of our Wednesday night adult class series this spring deal with the concept of ‘time.’ Last week, we wrapped up the first series, A Time for Everything, based on Ecclesiastes 3. This Wednesday, a new series will begin entitled, For All Time: Past, Present, Future. The following classes will be offered, each one representing a segment of time mentioned in the title.
Remembering Our Roots: History of the Church of Christ in Hood County
Chris Frizzell ~ Room 5
The roots of the Granbury Church of Christ run deep, as deep as the history of Hood County. Interwoven with both the ordinary and extraordinary events that form any family’s tree, knowing GCOC’s history can provide understanding of the people and the events that have shaped the congregation. Hearing the story can result in a greater appreciation for what has been received from those who have gone before and add to the motivation to continue all that is good within the story. Join Chris for a story – our story – that will begin in about 1855 and end sometime last week.
At the Crossroads: Discerning God’s Will
Jan Knox ~ Room 7
As a Christian, have you ever wondered, “What is God’s will for my life?” or faced a major decision or situation and asked, “What is God’s will in this?” At one time or another we’ve all found ourselves at a crossroads in life, unsure of the direction God wants us to take. This class will examine how God works in the lives of His people and look at some biblical, practical steps we can take to discern God’s will.
Looking to Eternity: Realities of Heaven and Hell
Tom Rickey ~ Room 30
This class will be studying the nature of God and His future plans for man’s eternal future. Class participants will look at the who, what, when, where and why of heaven and hell from a biblical perspective.
Make plans now to participate in one of these classes during the next five weeks as we consider what God has in store for us For All Time.
We can learn a lot from statistics – even some things that surprise us. For instance, did you know that one third to one half of Americans are introverts? That 30% of people on medication stop taking it before finishing the regimen? Or that over half of people who claim to be Christians don’t believe that Satan is real? Statistics can reveal some startling realities of life.
Recently, I saw some statistics that illustrate how important our unity in the church is to God. The phrase ‘one another,’ as it relates to the way God’s people are to treat each other, appears 100 times in the New Testament. One third of those specifically instruct us to love each other. Another third of them speak to our unity as believers. And 15% stress the need for humility in our interactions with each other. From these statistics we learn that the way we relate to one another in the body of Christ really matters to God, and He knows exactly what we need to hear.
This week we will finish looking at God’s Descriptions of Unity on the Living Our Mission April calendar. These descriptions have shown us what unity in the church looks like, using such words and images as a holy temple, the body of Christ, the family of God, being like-minded, and one in spirit and purpose. In May the focus will shift from the ‘big picture’ of unity to everyday, practical attitudes and actions we must have in order to achieve it by examining the ‘one another’ passages in Scripture. You will find the readings to be challenging and convicting.
Even if you haven’t been following the Living Our Mission calendar so far this year, this month would be a good time to join in and participate. With all of us working together to live out these One Another principles of God, unity of His people here at GCOC is sure to follow!