"I am leaving you with a gift - peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid."
- John14:27 NLT
The gift of peace that Christ left his disciples was not found in a box or stored in the closet. It was not even a tangible item. The peace of Christ came as a result of knowing Christ's true character and believing his message. Think about the things that the disciples were privileged to witness. They heard the parables, witnessed the miracles, and spent personal and private time together while traveling from place to place with Christ. In short, they learned to trust him because his life was a reflection of his message. How do we know they trusted him? They walked away from family, family businesses, and personal careers to follow him. They traveled miles and lived in harsh environments without proper provisions to be his apprentice. They wrote about the things they witnessed - blind men's sight being restored, dead people raised to life, water turned to wine, storms silenced at his command to mention a few. Now, let's work that into a modern focus.
You and I are now given the opportunity to look to Christ for this same peace. Do you trust Christ? Do you fully understand and connect with his character, his message? I challenge you to read the life of Jesus Christ from beginning to end as recorded in the four Gospels. Read the remainder of the New Testament to find out how Christ's life changed the lifestyles of people for decades. Then, read the Old Testament and the promises of God that were fulfilled in Christ's coming. The more you know him, the closer you are to him, the more peace you will have in him.
Our love to you and yours,
Barry and Michelle Blanton
Something on your mind? Questions about GPHC? Facing a situation that could benefit from biblical advice? My staff and I are here to assist you in any way that we can. If we don't know the answer, we'll help you find someone that does. Select "Together" from our menu and fill out a prayer request or questions card to get started. Our staff looks forward to praying for you and with you.
We've faced some tough situations during my eight years as pastor here, especially during 2020. However, each situation has revealed God's unique purpose and His unfailing provision for us during past and present times of instability and political unrest. Remember, God is in control, and I am anxious to see what he does next.
Serving God together with you,
The Pastors and staff of Grimesland PH Church
Services have been placed on hold following the holidays due to some that expressed concerns about possible exposure to Covid-19. Services will begin again in February. We look forward to seeing you again then.
Henry and I (Pastor Barry) are working together to provide a better means of connecting through other platforms such as video and blogs on our website that include teaching, deep though devotion, and encouragement for life. Keep checking our website to watch the progress.
THE AWARD GOES TO...
A special thanks goes out to everyone that helps to keep our facilities clean, especially during the Covid-19 crisis. Your heart to volunteer in times like these is worth more than a simple "thank you" could ever deliver. However, Jesus promises to reward anyone that gives "...even a cup of cold water to one of the least of my [Jesus] followers..." (Matthew 10:42)
Give us your thoughts
2020 has presented us with new and creative volunteer opportunities. We would love to hear from you about ways to volunteer in our community in the year 2021. You can email us with your ideas. Let's make 2021 the best year in the history of GPHC.