Monthly Archives: October 2011

Trunk or Treat

Today is Halloween and a great day to take your kids out and get some great candy. Why not take them to a safe and friendly environment. Come by Union Grove tonight from 6-8 p.m and enjoy our Trunk or Treat. Great people, great fellowship and most of all GREAT candy.

John 16:7

But very truly I tell you, it is for your good that I am going away. Unless I go away, the Advocate will not come to you; but if I go, I will send him to you.

There are many people who wish that they could have lived during the time of Christ, but that would have been problematic. Jesus was only one place at a time, He had already chosen His disciples, and His mission on earth was clear – to go to the cross. But when He rose again, He sent the Holy Spirit to all of us. We are actually in a better place, for the Spirit is everywhere, He has chosen us, and He guides us in the mission of God’s people. This is the greatest time to be alive when it comes to the purposes of God.

1 John 2:1

My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

The apostle John brings to us a unique tension: the words of God can effectively keep us from sin, but if we do sin, we have Jesus Christ, who speaks to the Father on our behalf. We have everything that we need to live a life of godliness on this earth, because holiness is not based upon us, but upon the power of the Scripture and the cross. It is the cross that opens the mercy of God to us, and we have the Scripture to guide us in life on a daily basis.

1 Peter 3:18

For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit.

Jesus could not raise Himself from the dead: He was totally dependent upon the Father to do so. In a similar way, we can’t deliver ourselves. Only the Spirit of God can bring life into our bodies, and that life has a purpose – to bring us back to God Himself. When you feel death to your dreams, go back to God, for He is the giver of dreams. Christ died and rose again so that your conscience could be clear and God can fill you with His life. This is the power of the cross to the righteous as well as the unrighteous. He is available to all who call upon His name.

2 Corinthians 8:9

For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.

It is hard for our hearts to believe that God wants to bless us. We keep seeing how we have fallen short and our failures stand over us like a giant, reminding us that we are not worthy of any kindness. But the cross is God’s ultimate statement to us: Jesus took our shortcomings upon Himself so that we can experience His grace and mercy. Remember that today, for the favor of God through Christ is available to all of us. The journey from the promises of Scripture to our heart is the toughest journey of all.

Homecoming success!

What an awesome weekend we had at Union Grove Baptist Church. We want to thank all the people that put this 100th homecoming together and all the festivities. Saturday began with a blast seeing all the children enjoying the inflatable bounce houses and slides.Then we had an awesome time of food and fellowship afterward. After that we got to enjoy a wonderful time with music. We want to thank the Tuttle family for being a part of this special occasion with us. Our very own “Followers” put an awesome show on for us also. We have uploaded a video of the performance on the homepage for a short time but it will continue to stay up under the music ministry tab for everyone’s enjoyment.

Then today we had an awesome service put together with music and ministry from past preachers of Union Grove. It was awesome to see everyone coming home for this celebration. It’s awesome to see how much a church is like a family and no matter what children might go away for a while and start their own journeys, it’s awesome to see them all in the same house at one time again.

We wouldn’t have made it 100 years without an awesome church family. You can feel the love for toward everyone right when you walk into those doors. It’s awesome to know that your family can be more then just your extended family; it can be your church family also that is as big of a part of your life then your own family. We look forward to starting a new 100 years and watching this church grow in size and love.

Leviticus 10:1

Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to his command.

Prior to this verse, fire came from the Lord and consumed the offering, so the sons of Aaron, the high priest before the Lord, decided to create their own version of that fire and present it as from God – with disastrous results. We have many ways that we try to create our own version of God’s presence, but this passage challenges us to be honest with our spirituality. Sometimes God can’t move in our midst because we keep pretending that He is doing things that are more man made than God breathed.

Homecoming Reminder

This weekend is our 100th anniversary at Union Grove. This is an exciting time for our church. It gives us an opportunity to reflect on everything that has happened in the last 100 years and look forward to the future 100 years. We will be having a celebration of this event on Saturday and Sunday. Tell your friends and family and any past, present, or future members of UGBC to come and enjoy great fellowship. Listed below is a list of events that will be going on on Saturday and Sunday. We hope to see everyone there and even new faces that can start a new set of 100 years with us at UGBC.
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Sat. Oct. 22:
  • 3-5 p.m. – Inflatables for churildren and children at heart
  • 5-6 p.m. – Hotdog supper with the fixings (free)
  • 6-8 p.m.  Music by the Followers and the Tuttle Family
Sun. Oct. 23
  • 10:30 a.m. –  Worship service with Guest Rev. Neal Eller, Rev. Dr. Brooks Hunt (both former pastors) and Rev. Paul Dean.
  • Directly after the service – Dedication of The Arbor (our new fellowship building). A covered dish lunch will end the festivities.

Genesis 1:31

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning-the sixth day.

The earth is good, beautiful, yet now fallen. How do you view the earth? Many times we portray the world around us as evil, yet the creation’s original intent was good. So good that it still can reveal to us God’s eternal power and divine nature. Don’t avoid the world around you, for God created it, but don’t make the creation the end in itself, for God has sent the gospel to help us see the creation in its proper place – good, beautiful, yet fallen.

2 Samuel 2:26

Abner called out to Joab, “Must the sword devour forever? Don’t you realize that this will end in bitterness? How long before you order your men to stop pursuing their fellow Israelites?”

 

A contest of strength was held during a power struggle between the armies of David and Saul, and things escalate into a bloodbath between men who knew each other well. Violence only creates more violence, and the sword knows no end to its thirst. This story ends with tragedy, as Joab kills and is killed. It also reminds us that mercy is the only thing that can end the path of bloodshed, for each act of vengeance is only met with another.