Sunday Small Groups        9:45am
Sunday Worship Service    11:00am
Wed Fellowship Meal         5:15pm
Wed Night Bible Study       6:00pm
Wednesday Choir Practice 7:15pm
Grace Baptist Church
14087 JEB Stuart HWY
Stuart, VA 24171
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In Like a Lion…

Winter will hopefully leave like a lamb this March, but we’re praying that Spring at Grace Baptist Church is going to roar in like a Lion. We have so many different opportunities to glorify God this month that there isn’t enough room to tell you all about them here, so please visit our website for more details and keep an eye on your bulletins. But I do want to mention at least a few of these exceptional opportunities:  Missions Week of Prayer…Puppetfest …Missions Weekend…and the PCHS Praise Team.

Beginning on March 2nd, we will be joining millions of other Southern Baptists around the country in praying for our nation’s lost and the missionaries God has called to reach to them. There will be an insert in Sunday’s bulletin that will help guide us all in ways to petition our Lord in this honoring kingdom work.

The following week, March 9th at 3pm, we will be hosting our annual Puppetfest here at the church. It is an excellent opportunity to invite friends, neighbors, and family for a fun afternoon that will also expose them to the Gospel of Christ Jesus.

The weekend of the 22nd is going to be a special Missions Weekend here at Grace. We will have a Missions Fundraising Dinner & Movie Saturday Night starting at 5:30pm, with both a movie for adults in the Sanctuary and a video upstairs in the Youth Room for the younger attendees. Then on Sunday we will be having a special presentation at both the Sunday School hour and during our 11:00am service by Joe Dillon from the IMB.

And then on Sunday March 30th, we will have the blessing of the PCHS Praise an Worship Team starting at 6pm. So, mark your calendars and prepare for Spring at Grace Baptist Church.

“…Praise the name of the Lord”

This month we will wrap up our series on the 4th chapter of 1 Peter’s Epistle, “The Fiery Ordeal.” And the events of this weekend reminded me that our Fiery Ordeals are not always the results of persecution from the lost world. Often, they are simply the natural course of life in this fallen world: a world where our original sin has brought pain, suffering, and death into God’s perfect creation. Even His redeemed children will not be spared from its consequences. All of us wear the scars of life’s trials and sufferings. Whether it is the loss of a loved one, the ravages of a disease, or the frailty of our post Garden of Eden bodies.

While I was praying by Casey’s bedside this weekend, as she tried to sleep, the reality struck me like a bolder. The reality that my praises for God are not only reserved if He so willed for the antibiotics to work, but that He is worthy of praise from me, regardless of the outcome!!! Yes, we should praise Him when He does deliver us from our Fiery Ordeals…and yes we should praise Him because He loved us first and sent His only Son, Christ Jesus, to die and suffer the wrath for our sins…and yes we should praise Him for not only saving us, but for also making us sons and daughters with an eternal inheritance.

But, even if He had chosen to do none of those gracious and marvelous acts, like the Psalmist tells us, all the universe should still “…praise the name of the Lord, For His name alone is exalted; His glory is above earth and heaven.” (Ps. 148:13). And because of His grace we, His redeemed children, will have the privilege of one day casting our crowns before His throne and singing “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” (Rev. 4:11)

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