JEFFREY SWAINSTON, CHAPLAIN
P.O. Box 77
Manton, MI 49663​
(616) 405-6921
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JULY/AUGUST  2019 GRANGE NEWS

A young boy came home from church and announced with great excitement that the lesson had been about a boy who loafed and fished all day. He was referring, of course, to the little boy who offered his loaves of bread and fishes to Jesus.

Jesus had been teaching the large crowd all day long and the disciples suggested sending them into town for food. But Jesus opted to give them something to eat. The disciples were perplexed because there were over 5,000 people there.

​​You probably know the rest of the story. A boy gave up his lunch, five small loaves and two fish, and with it, Jesus fed the crowd. Some believe that the boy’s generosity moved others to share, but Matthew tells us that this was a miracle. The story is found in all four gospels of the new testament.

​What can we learn from this? Family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues that surround us may be in various degrees of need. Should we send them away to those who are more capable than we are?

​Certainly, some people’s needs exceed our ability to help them, but not always. Sometimes all it takes is a hug, a kind word, a listening ear, a brief prayer, or some wisdom you may have gathered. Let’s share with others and see what He can do through us!!

​​~Our Daily Bread~

MAY/JUNE 2019 GRANGE NEWS

What If God Had An Answering Machine?

Imagine starting to pray and hearing this: “Thank you for calling My Father’s House, please select one of the following options: Press 1 for prayer requests, Press 2 for a thanksgiving, Press 3 to file a complaint, and Press 4 for all other needs.”

So, you press 1 and hear: “We’re sorry, all of the angels are busy helping other customers right now, please stay on the line and all calls will be answered in the order received.”

​Or what would it be like if you heard the following: “To receive the latest promotional gift, press 5. If you would like David to sing a Psalm for you, press 6. To know what your pastor is doing at this moment, press 7. To make a reservation, press 8.”

​Be thankful that you can’t call God too often. You only need to ring once and He hears you. Because of Jesus, you will never get a busy signal. God takes each call personally.

​​God often calls us. Are you waiting for His call or will you let your answering machine talk to Him? If you listen carefully, you might just hear music in the background and God singing, “I just called to say I love you! I just called to say how much I care….”

​Then you will call and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say, “Here am I.” ~~Isaiah 58:9~~



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