Grace and Peace is 29 years of age as of August 18. It will have entered its 30th year. This is a year of transition. Aaronic priests and Rabbis were in preparation but could not serve until they reached the age of 30. This is why Jesus, Himself, did not enter ministry until the age of 30. This was also true for John the Baptist and Elijah. Joseph was 30 when he came into authority over Egypt and David began his reign over Israel at 30.
Each of these bible figures was, of course, in major transition as God prepared them for their release to advance His Kingdom. Grace and Peace, the Lord is desiring to make His final preparations to release you in maturity to advance His glory!
As it happens, August has special timing for us. Personally, it is the month of my Mom’s and my wife’s birthdays. It is the month I married, graduated from college, moved into my first house, had my firstborn son and firstborn grandson. For Grace and Peace, August is the month in which every building project was completed: the sanctuary, rear parking lot, balcony addition, Community Resource Center, Education Wing, and the Fellowship Hall and Youth Center. Clearly, God has emphasized August in our corporate history.
Greater measures of glory are coming at 30! When the glory comes closer, it burns up unholiness. An example is Uzzah who put out his hand to steady the ark where the glory rested before the temple was built. He wasn’t sanctified (prepared) and despite his good intentions, was struck dead by the glory. Another example is the first century church which lived in strong holiness of individual hearts but Ananias and Sapphira, not sanctified in heart, were struck dead.
I mention these two examples, not to frighten you, but to exhort you to prepare yourselves. The glory of God is not to be taken lightly. The Old Testament High Priest, entering that glory zone was utterly prepared but still, they tied a rope to his toe in case the glory killed him! The New Testament transfers the glory of God from resting on a temple to being resident in a living temple, you! We must make room in our hearts for the abiding glory by cleaning out some things to prepare for the increase of glory.
When Uzzah died, David abandoned the moving of the ark (the glory). He had learned not to dare to reach for the glory without proper preparation. Only when he was personally prepared was he able to bring the ark to Jerusalem. Let’s agree to do all that is necessary to get our hearts ready!
by Pastor Tom Kluender
Now that July 4th is upon us, I think about what Independence Day really means to us -- another day off, hot dogs and hamburgers, fireworks and sparklers and if you can find it, a parade. It generally comes down to a day of gathering together.
Now I sit and ponder what this day meant to the founding fathers. Samuel Adams, known as the Father of the American Revolution, said: "We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom all men ought to be obedient. He reigns in Heaven … from the rising to the setting sun, may His Kingdom come."
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by Pastor Bob Oettinger
Wow, can you believe it’s June already? It seems like only last week that I was shoveling slush off the walkways and the side deck that leads into the kitchen. I can remember as a child my Dad saying, “Where has the time gone, why it seems like only yesterday.” I remember many of the things my Dad said, the lessons he taught me that would pave the path of my tomorrow. I looked to him for guidance, direction, yes even correction, those all-important truths that would give me the knowledge and understanding to live a life that was honorable and productive. The lessons on life that my dad taught me were passed down to him by his dad and now I, in like manner, teach my children. There is a principle seen here in the natural that is paralleled in the spiritual realm. Paul exhorted Timothy saying “The things you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” (2 Tim. 2:2). The things our heavenly father shows us, we in turn are to teach others. Paul said in 1 Cor. 4:15, “For though you might have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet you do not have many fathers.”
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