Grace Notes
July 1st, 2018


From Our Pastor – 
    We welcome our visitors to our 27thAnniversary Services. Please do worship with us again soon.  
   
     It is a blessing to have the Onus family back with us for this special occasion and for Bro. Dave to be our preacher today. They will be staying nearby for a few days and are looking forward to catching up with family and friends.

  It is only a few weeks until our missionaries, the Dagans, are home for three months on a short furlough. They are looking for a furnished house to rent near Malanda so if you know of a house, please let Pastor know. When they return to PNG, or shortly thereafter, we will be assisting them with the reconstruction of their house. Any who wish to donate toward the Dagans’ House Fund can designate your offerings in the offering boxes or put your gifts in the heart shaped box on the back table. All funds given will be used to help with this need. 

   We are so blest to have such talented musicians in the church and are happy to have them playing and singing today. Please take a moment to tell them they are a blessing. Grace Singers will meet at 4 PM today to practice for the OzCare program on Monday and Choir practice is at 5 PM this afternoon. 

   Cleaning Roster – Smiths, Aidan and Abbi, and  Driedgers 
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  Glorying in the Lord Alone – 
    People love to celebrate special occasions. Have you noticed that our celebrations often mark the many wonderful blessings from God That come down to us from Heaven? The Lord tells us in James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” We rejoice over the birth of a child. The marriage of a bride and bridegroom. The homecoming of a loved one. The building of a house (and especially, when we move into it.)  But have you ever considered the events recorded in the Holy Scriptures that God’s people celebrated with great joy? 

    There was: 
     These are all found in the Old Testament. And in the New Testament we read of :
   The birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. * The healing of the lame, the blind, the lepers, and the raising of the dead by Jesus. * The resurrection of Christ. * And the salvation of the lost who rejoice over the wonderful forgiveness of their sins.

     Have you noticed that there is a striking difference between the celebrations of those who know the Lord and those who do not! Whereas the world rejoices over trivial, temporal events, like their team scoring a goal, or a “bullish” stock market, or a new car. A new phone sends a teen into raptures, etc, etc, etc. We see it all the time. But what about the Lord’s people? Should not our joy, our celebrations be markedly different in character? The triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem was greeted by the multitudes with shouts of “Hosanna in the highest!” and palm fronds and garments laid in the roadway. We, the redeemed, seem to have forgotten passages like                       1 Corinthians 1:31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. And 2 Corinthians 10:17 But he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. Of all the verses in the Bible that speak of joyful celebration, of glorying, of rejoicing, the least familiar is Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.  And why did the apostle Paul rejoice more in the cross than in any other thing? Because of the change in his heart that was worked by God through the death of Christ. The world was slain, that system of evil that “lies in the wicked (one)” (I John 5:19) for the believer through the finished work of Christ on the cross. And the believer is freed from the bondage to sin and the world by the death of Christ. There is no event or place that ought to draw forth from us greater shouts of joy than the event, the reality, and the time and place of our conversion! 

   Here is a quote from an old black preacher long ago, “When a born again man reads his Bible right, he sees dat de dear Lord often lays down de calendar on top of de map and den piles a big heap of rocks on one spot so dat he marks what He bin doin’ for His people. Dey wuz a ‘mazin’, wunnerful and pow’ful miracle dun when de Lord lined all his people up ‘longside de Jordan river and den he stopped de water runnin’ so dey could cross wifout getting’ dey feet wet. And befo’ dey crost de river, he told Joshua to instruc’ his strongest men to pick up twelve big rocks outer do bottom of de river and stack ’em on de other side. Den he told ’em to take twelve big rocks from the bank of de river and stack ’em up in de bottom of de river so dey was two piles of rocks, one in de bottom and one on de bank of de river. De good Lord made shore de people wud never forget dat miracle or dat day or dat place. Dem piles of rocks wuz perpetual reminders of what God did fer his people. When theys kids arst der papas what dem rocks wuz all about, dey could say, ‘Sonny boy, you see dem rocks? Wel, it wuz right der de Lord opened up de flood waters so yo’ granpappy could skip across de Jordan wif dry feet. Only de Lord could do miracles like dat.’”

   So when we are celebrating, we need to check up and see whether we are rejoicing over some paltry, feeble acheivement of man or some great work of God.  _ Pastor Buddy Smith


New Degrees for Graduates of Seminaries – 
    The list has grown to 792 academic degrees you can earn at uni. In Australia we even have Degree Naming Conventions held to think up new degrees. Maybe seminaries should have their own Degree Naming Conventions. In fact, I know a couple of the degrees that ought to be given to some pastors right now! There’s the B.Nai. (Bachelor of Naivete) for the those pastors who go along to the ecumenical crusades, the ministers fraternals, and Carols by Candlelight singfests. The Prag. D. (Doctor of Pragmatism) degree is being awarded to select pastors at Spiritual Leadership conferences around the world. Of course they can only earn this degree if their offerings, attendances, and followers are large enough, and if they have attended the last five Hillsong Conferences in Sydney. There are other degrees that could be named, but these are a start.
                                                                                                                            – Bert Ferraro

 

 

 

Grace Notes
June 24, 2018


Service times: All Age Sunday School – 9:45 AM
Morning Worship – 11 AM
Evening Worship 6 PM
Wednesday Prayer Meeting – 7 PM –
Friday Youth Groups – 6:30 to 8:30 PM
 From Our Pastor –
We welcome our visitors today and invite you to worship with us again 
soon. Please contact
Pastor if you have any queries.
Please keep in mind that next Saturday, June 30, is our GBC 27th 
Anniversary BBQ at
church – 5 PM
And Sunday, July 1st is our GBC 27th Anniversary church services – Dave 
Onus to speak.
There are flyers on the back table to give to those you’d like to invite.
Dagans’ House Fund – Our proposed missions project is the rebuilding of 
Chris and Sarah
Dagan’s house late this year (or early next year). We are encouraging 
any who wish to donate to
their house fund to designate your offerings in the offering boxes or 
put your gifts in the heart
shaped box on the back table. All funds given will be used only to help 
with the rebuilding of their
house in PNG.
Grace Singers practice for the nursing home program is at 4 PM and Choir 
practice is at 5 PM this
afternoon. Our Ladies Bible Study is this Tuesday night at 7 PM here at 
church. The last Youth
Group meeting for this school term is this Friday night.
Cleaning Roster – Since this Saturday is our Anniversary BBQ we will 
plan on cleaning the
church after the BBQ ends (by 8 PM, hopefully!). Any volunteers to help? 
Thanks!
Notable Quotes and Quotable Notes –
* It is better to bathe our hearts in six verses than to rinse our hands 
in six chapters – CHS
* People with imagination tend to upset those who have none.
*Build a man a fire and he’ll be warm for a day. But if the Lord sets 
him on fire he will be
warm for the rest of his life.
* The median intelligence of a crowd seems to be the square root of the 
number of people in it.
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Lord, You Know I Hate Buttermilk! –
One Sunday morning at a small southern church, the new pastor called on 
one of his older deacons
to lead in the opening prayer. The deacon stood up, bowed his head and 
said,”Lord, you know I hate
buttermilk.” The pastor opened one eye, wondering where this was going. 
The deacon continued,
“Lord, I hate lard.” Now the pastor was totally perplexed. The deacon 
continued, “Lord, I ain’t too
crazy about plain flour. But after you mix ’em all together and bake ’em 
in a hot oven, I just love
biscuits.”
“Lord help us to realize when life gets hard, when things come up that 
we don’t like, whenever we
don’t understand what You are doing, that we need to wait and see what 
You are making. After you
get through mixing and baking, it’ll probably be something even better 
than biscuits. Amen.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them 
that love God, to them
who are the called according to his purpose. – contributed by Tam Risser
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Singing Yourself to Sleep – by Joye Binstead
When I was young, I used to make my sister extremely annoyed by singing 
in bed when I felt
happy. I would warble away (or wobble away – depending on how high the 
tune went), and she
would growl and mutter and bury her head under the pillow to block me 
out. Happy times!
It sounds like an anti-social activity, especially if you have to share 
a room with a sibling. I might
even put forward the disclaimer, “Don’t try this at home,” except that 
….. the Bible tells us it is a
very good idea!!
Singing in bed? Yes! Listen to this, “Let the saints be joyful in glory: 
let them sing aloud upon
their beds.” – Psalm 149:5. “My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow 
and fatness; and my mouth
shall praise thee with joyful lips: when I remember thee upon my bed, 
and meditate on thee in the
night watches.” – Psalm 63:5,6. “Yet the LORD will command his 
lovingkindness in the daytime,
and in the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God 
of my life.” – Psalm 42:8.
The Bible advocates singing in bed, and not just because we are happy 
(although that is one good
reason). It is not singing to annoy the person who shares our room, or 
to show them how spiritual,
and/or musical we are. These psalms were written, and these songs were 
sung, when things were
going tough for the psalmist. In Psalm 42:7b he writes, “…all thy 
waves and thy billows are gone
over me.” In Psalm 63:9, the psalmist speaks of those that seek his 
soul, to destroy it; and Psalm
149 tells of a time when the ungodly nations are being judged of God. 
(Read the entire article at
http://gracebaptistmalanda.net.au/hp_wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Heads-Up-25-01-
13.pdf
)
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The Cold Within
Six humans trapped by happenstance
In bleak and bitter cold.
Each one possessed a stick of wood
Or so the story’s told.
Their dying fire in need of logs
The first man held his back
For of the faces round the fire
He noticed one was black.
The next man looking ‘cross the way
Saw one not of his church
And couldn’t bring himself to give
The fire his stick of birch.
The third one sat in tattered clothes.
He gave his coat a hitch. Why should his log
be put to use
To warm the idle rich?
The rich man just sat back and thought
Of the wealth he had in store
And how to keep what he had earned
 From the lazy shiftless poor.
The black man’s face bespoke revenge
As the fire passed from his sight.
For all he saw in his stick of wood
Was a chance to spite the white.
The last man of this forlorn group
Did nought except for gain.
Giving only to those who gave
Was how he played the game.
Their logs held tight in death’s still hands
Was proof of human sin.
They didn’t die from the cold without
They died from the cold within.
– by James Patrick Kinney