Grace Weekly | February 12, 2014
Scripture for the Day: “… the men of Judah were victorious because they relied on the Lord, the God of their fathers.” II Chron. 13:18
Grace Received: 21 year old Ashely said to me on Sunday “I cry every time I come in here because I feel God’s presence.” She’s the only Christian in her family. Her parents have never taken her to church. When she comes she comes alone, hungry to know God. She is learning to rely on Him. Even though she is going to cosmetology school in AL, she considers Grace to be her home. She comes back as often as she can not just to visit her parents, but to come to Grace. God the Spirit drew her to Himself and that happened here. He continues to do so. The grace of God is at work and this is just one example. Grace offered. Grace received.
Grace Shared: We’ve had a lot more people in the hospital the last couple weeks than is typically the case. Gateway, Vanderbilt, Centennial, BACH – we’ve been keeping the hospitals in business. Repeatedly when I’ve shown up for a visit I have run into others from Grace who have gone to encourage and pray for each other. Some have provided rides to the ER, and sat with family members in waiting rooms. I saw one bringing flowers to brighten an ICU room, and another who provided a “goody bag” that brightened her “sister’s” day. When I went to see a post-operative Eugene Cottrell at his house, he was on the phone with a friend from Grace who had called to check on him. I know you are praying for each other, sharing burdens, and celebrating victories. That’s what a grace-sharing life looks like. By the way, the love offering we received a couple weeks ago for Amanda Harper (been in the hospital over a month) was $2,000. You guys are awesome!
Congratulations to Luke and Cristy Wittmer on the birth of Aaron James Wittmer born Feb 10. He was 8 lbs, 9 oz and 21.5 inches long. Aaron joins big brothers Jack and Cole. Congratulations also to to Brad Brick who qualified for promotion to E-8, and Drew Slight who qualified for the TN State Wrestling Meet this weekend (his 2nd time to the state tournament).
Grace Extended: Twice a year we receive an Alabaster Offering. 100% of this offering is used for the purchase of property and building of churches, parsonages, schools, orphanages, and compassionate ministry centers. The next Alabaster Offering will be Feb. 23.
Please be praying for the 23 military families attending Warrior Weekend at Camp Garner Creek starting this Friday. Thank you Grace, for your ongoing support of this much needed ministry. I can’t wait to give you a report about what God does!
One more thing. Don’t forget the honking-big-offering-day coming up March 2 for the sanctuary remodel. Greater days ahead!