Pea Ridge First Baptist Church
Grace - in real life
I have a confession. I have a problem. I’m a grace addict. A grace freak. My oldest granddaughter once asked me my favorite thing to preach on. My answer was easy. Grace. I told her, that’s my favorite because I think we all have trouble grasping grace. I mean, we can read, study and talk about it, but to really grasp it to the point that it becomes a part of who we are, how we relate to God and to the people around us, I just think we have trouble with that. I suppose I have more reasons than just this, since I certainly know one of my reasons is that I know that I personally am in desperate need of Grace. Apart from God’s Grace, I’m in trouble. I cannot measure up to God’s standards. I am not good and cannot become good, apart from God’s Grace at work within me.
Grace: that unearned, undeserved, gift from God that provides us with forgiveness of sins and a new beginning. As Philip Yancey said in What’s So Amazing About Grace? - “Grace is free only because the giver himself has borne the cost.” God sent His Son to pay our debt, and by faith we are able to receive the free gift, the grace of forgiveness. We can’t work or earn our way into God’s family, but He offers us access based on what He has done.
I suppose at least one of the many reasons I have trouble understanding and embracing this Grace, is the fact that I live in a world where there is no free lunch. It’s about what you earn and what you deserve. It’s about wages and justice. Though there are places in our lives where we talk about grace, we don’t really expect it. We expect justice and to receive what we deserve based on what we’ve done. And then we come to God through Jesus Christ and we are gifted with opportunity to come home to our Father. That sounds too good to be true. It seems that surely, I must earn this gift (now isn’t that a strange sentence?). Surely, if I fail God tomorrow, maybe He will no longer allow me to be His son? Surely this relationship isn’t really based on a gift. Surely, I must earn, perform and measure up. Even if we don’t say those things out loud, we often live as if they’re true.
Please don’t hear what I’m not saying. I’m not saying that a sinner redeemed by the Grace of God should or will want to live in a manner that takes advantage of the Grace of God. I’m certainly not suggesting that our lives aren’t to be different now that we’ve received such a gift. In fact, I would argue that the same Grace that saves us will empower us to progressively become better and different people. However, our status or position with God will never be based upon our merit or performance. It will always and only be based on God’s most amazing Gift!
So, I shall take Max Lucado’s advice and: “Major in the grace of God. Focus on the cross of Christ. Grow fluent in the language of redemption. Linger long at the foot of the cross. Immerse yourself in the curriculum of grace.” I will continue to speak often on this subject. I will continue to point people toward the Grace of God. I will continue to immerse myself in the curriculum of Grace and with God’s help grow in my ability to live in a Graceful way toward everyone around me. I pray that these things will be true for us:
I pray that we will wrestle with this Grace of God and will come to rest in His Grace.
I pray that His Grace will fill us to the point that it comes out of us and pours onto the people around us.
I pray that we will Major in the Grace of God!
Easter will be here soon. Be praying for someone to invite. Be a messenger of God’s Grace!
Wonder sometimes, does it matter at all?
In between stuff
God sees it all the same
As you do everything you do
Do it to the glory of the One who made you,
Because he made you,
Every little thing that you do
To bring a smile to His face
To tell the story of His grace
With every move that you make
And every little thing you do
Whatever you do
It all matters...
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Steven Curtis Chapman
The wonderful spring weather is here which means it is a great time to get out into the community to serve our neighbors! Outflow Sunday is going to be April 2nd during the Sunday School hour just like normal! We will come together for corporate worship and then be dismissed into the community to be the hands and feet of Jesus! Be preparing for whom you want to serve. Think of your neighbors, your co-workers, your kids’ teachers, or even the annoying neighbor next door! We want to show the community that we are a church for the community instead of just a church in the community! So get ready for our one-day, church-wide, mission trip to the city of Pea Ridge!
April 2nd 2017 - Showing the Love of god to our community
Greeting church family! Lots going on in the children’s ministry! I ask that you join me in prayer for our leaders that minster to our kids on a weekly basis! My prayer is that each worker would allow Jesus to work through them to share the Gospel with our kids, make an impact, and simply show love to them. I’m always so humbled that the Creator of the universe wants to use us to his work. Also pray that our kids will come to know Jesus in a personal way as Savior and Lord! Bible Drills finished with a bang! Our kids did a great job in the church drill, regionals, and state! Thanks Mr. Sherrie for all your hard work and leadership!!!! Oh and also thank you to the wonderful Amy Warren (and any other sweet youth that have helped)! You all are awesome people!! Spring Break (for Pea Ridge) is the 20th-24th. We are still having kids activities that week. However I’m sure people will be out of town. For those of us that will be here we will have a fun night on Wednesday the 22nd. We will have a movie and popcorn night!! Feel free to bring your favorite pillows, blankets, and get comfy!! See you the 22nd at the regular time (6:15-7:45). Parents you will still need to sign your kids in and out that night. In addition, there will be no kids choir the night of the 22nd. Easter is April 16th will be here before you know it! We will have our annual Easter egg hunt on Sunday morning. There will still be Sunday school for all ages on Easter Sunday. For kids baby-6th, they will go to Sunday school like normal (while kids helpers hide eggs).. Then at about 11:30ish the kids will have their Easter egg hunt. Following will be our church wide Easter lunch. Get your Easter baskets ready kiddos! In preparation for the Easter egg hunt, we need candy! Any candy you would like to donate to the Easter egg hunt would be great! When you’re at Walmart or the Dollar Store and would like to pick up a bag of candy I would appreciate it!! Watch out for the donation bins marked “EASTER EGG HUNT” coming soon! Also during Children’s church will be a fun and meaningful time to share the real meaning of Easter and the Good News of Jesus with kids in a fun way.
We will be having regular Wednesday Activities During the Spring Break Week March 20th
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1 Wed. Night Dinner-5:15pm BLAST-6:15pm The Point Student-6:15pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm
5 Worship Service 9:30AM
Sunday School 11:00AM Lord's Supper
8 Wed. Night Dinner-5:15pm BLAST-6:15pm The Point Student-6:15pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm
12 Worship Service 9:30AM
Sunday School 11:00AM
15 Wed. Night Dinner-5:15pm BLAST-6:15pm The Point Student-6:15pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm
19 Worship Service 9:30AM
Sunday School 11:00AM
20 First Day of Spring Spring Break
22 Wed. Night Dinner-5:15pm BLAST-6:15pm The Point Student-6:15pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm
4 Men's Breakfast - 7:00am State Bible Drills 10:00am
11 Faith Riders Ride
Worship Service 9:30AM
Sunday School 11:00AM
29 Wed. Night Dinner-5:15pm BLAST-6:15pm The Point Student-6:15pm Adult Bible Study 6:30pm
Kenny Hambrick 02-March
Shelia Tillman 05-March
Austin Horton 07-March
Randy Easterling 08-March
Nathan Spencer 11-March
KiKi Crider 13-March
Sharon Wood 12-March
Andrea Rogers 15-March
Jeff Spivey 19-March
Lee Rosser 20-March
Kaylee Regan 21-March
Jennifer Spencer 20-March
Kim Fletcher 25-March
Reed Spivey 28-March
Sue Cottingham 29-March
Lucy Patterson 29-March
Wade Spencer 31-March
Men's Breakfast - March 4th
7:00am - 9:00am
State Bible Drills - 10:00am
Spring Break - March 20th
Outflow Sunday - April 2nd
Easter Service, Egg Hunt & Potluck
Starting Point Class
April 23, 30 & May 7
10% Cooperative Program $ 14,280.29
2% NW AR Association $ 2,856.05
Dixie Jackson $ 110.00
Lottie Moon $ 365.00
Misc. Missions $ 112.00
Gideon's $ 149.00
Quilter's Mission $ 37.27
Benevolence $ 822.67
Community Missions $ 4,133.85
Haiti Missions $ 17,253.14
Total: $ 40,119.27
Same period last year: $ 49,790.26
God’s Tithe…...Our Offering (February)
Budget Required: $ 30,416.66
Offering Received: $ 28,307.44
Current Building Fund Loan Balance
Oct. - Feb