Grace Notes for August 12
Dear Grace Family,
We’ve all heard the term “blind faith.” We think of it as the thing we should strive for in our walk with the Lord. The ability to completely trust in the sovereignty and power of God to manage our lives in the best possible way.
The truth is, God is completely able to manage every aspect of our lives – but He doesn’t expect us walk around with our eyes squeezed tight, holding on like we’re on some crazy scary roller coaster. He wants us to walk in faith with eyes wide open! He wants us to witness His great power and love in every heartbeat.
The dictionary definition of blind faith is “belief without true understanding, perception or discrimination.” But scripture defines it as the “substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). The substance (defined as that of which a thing consists) of our hopes, our prayers, and the knowledge of our Father, who has proved Himself over and over – even though He doesn’t have to.
I love how the Message bible reads: “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd” (Hebrews 11:1-2).
Our faith is anything but blind because God continues to justify it by His love, His actions, and His intervention in every aspect of our lives. He’s so good to us that He understands even our inability to believe without these constant reminders of His love.
It’s us that begin to think we’ve achieved things on our own. We forget that “every good and perfect gift is from Him (James 1:17). Sometimes God may let us fail, perhaps to help us remember that we aren’t in the driver’s seat, or because what we want isn’t what’s best for us. But at the end of the day, He continues to act lovingly on our behalf – proving His uncompromising love for us. Just because the answer is no, doesn’t mean He’s not listening.
Faith isn’t blind. We can see it in every sunrise and sunset. We hear it in every wave that crashes to the shore, or cry of a newborn child. We can smell it in the aroma of honeysuckle. And we can feel it every time He moves mountains to help us.
Just because we don’t see an answer to the specific request we place before the Father, doesn’t mean we can’t see Him moving on our behalf. Our real strength and maturity will lie in our ability to learn to trust Him no matter the circumstance.
Be blessed, Grace family. God is still on the throne!
The week at Grace:
- TUESDAY’S, 6:30 pm: Men’s and Lady’s Bible Study!
- THURSDAY’S, 5:30: Worship Team practice. If you are interested in participating on the Worship team, please talk to Bobbie.
- THURSDAY’S, 6:30 – 8 pm, Youth of the Nation weekly worship service and bible study –
- THURSDAY’S 6:30 – 8 pm, Grace Gospel Choir practice – everyone is welcome!
- Recycle Sunday is the 4th Sunday of the month. Please save your cans and bottles to support our Youth of the Nation program.
- OUR ANNUAL CHURCH BARBEQUE IS SCHEDULED FOR SUNDAY MORNING, AUGUST 19, 10 am, AT YOSEMITE LAKE – Rotary Cove II. We will be having a water baptism service again this year. Please see Pastor Eric if you would like to be baptized. If you are being Baptist, Pastor Eric will be holding a very short, informational meeting directly after church this Sunday.
- Friday night, September 7, 6:30 pm, we will be having a church-wide Baby Shower for the Collin’s newest soon arriving gift – Zion. It’s a boy! The family is registered at Walmart and Target under Misty Rose Collins. We’ll be enjoying a time of food and fellowship, celebrating this gift from God. Bring your favorite main dish and dessert or salad to share.
- Our next lady’s potluck is Wednesday, September 12, 6 pm, at the Blackmon’s home. Theme to be announced. All ladies our welcome – and bring your girlfriends. It’s a great time of sharing and fellowship.
- Look for the Time-Talent-Treasure cards on the back table: What is your special gifting? Will you share it with your Grace family? We need your help to keep our house running smooth. Please grab a card and let us know where you might feel God’s prompting to step into a church ministry.
- We are still fund-raising for our Church Van. Can you help? Please consider a monthly pledge, or a one-time donation. Mark your offering envelope “Church Van” so we know to designate the funds appropriately.
- We are looking for additional Children’s Church teachers. Please see Toni or Bobbie if you feel God leading you in this direction. Our youth are our most valuable resource.
- When planning an event, please contact Bobbie with the date so she can make sure there isn’t any conflict with other church activities.
Welcome to our new Senior Pastor, Eric Domen, his wife, Raquel, and their sweet family. We feel especially blessed to have this amazing man leading our congregation. It is going to be a great season of renewal and revival and we are looking forward to a mighty move of God!
We are also pleased to announce the addition of Pastor Bobbie Frye to our ministry staff. She has been named Administrative Pastor of Grace. She will be helping us in getting organized and active in Merced and beyond! Welcome, Bobbie!