JEFFREY SWAINSTON, CHAPLAIN
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Dorr, MI 49323
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MAY/JUNE  2017 GRANGE NEWS

Have you ever compared yourself to someone? Maybe you’ve compared yourself to a coworker who received a higher position, or an entrepreneur who made more in a day than you might make in 5 years? Have you ever compared yourself to people who you consider less accomplished than yourself?

Teddy Roosevelt once said, ‘comparison is the thief of joy’. That’s because comparing oneself to another often leads to discouragement or pride. It isn’t a healthy practice and should be avoided.

Remember that we are all different in many ways. God will ultimately hold you accountable for what you were given, not what others have received. Our calling is to be responsible with the opportunities that God provides us. Do your best with what you are given.

Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else. ~Galatians 6:4


MARCH/APRIL 2017 GRANGE NEWS

The story is told of a Sunday school teacher whose assignment was to explain to the six-year-olds in his class what someone had to do in order to go to heaven. In an attempt to discover what the kids already believed
about the subject, he asked a few questions.
“If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale, and gave all the money to the church, would that get me into heaven?”
“NO!” the children all answered.
“If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into heaven?”
Again the answer was “NO!”
“Well then,” he said, “if I was kind to animals and gave candy to all the children and loved my wife, would that get me into heaven?”
Again they all shouted, “NO!”
“Well then, how can I get into heaven?”
A boy in the back stood up and shouted, “YOU GOTTA BE DEAD!”

As leader of the worship design team at our church, we have recently been visiting other churches in our area scoping out what they are doing in their worship services that we might be able to glean to make ours better.
At one church I visited we were given a book by Andy Stanley called, “Since Nobody’s Perfect, How Good Is Good Enough?” This reference of course is to being good enough to enter the gates of heaven when we die. For those of you who like to read it is good book and to the point.

Many of us want to believe that our family and friends who have not confessed Christ will be accepted into heaven because they are basically "good people." In the book the author shatters this false belief by reminding us that heaven is not filled with good people, but with people who have received God's grace. This powerful teaching on grace will bring you closer to God and will introduce your family and friends to the heart of the Christian faith.

Ephesians 2:4-10 says…. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich with mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Until next time…. May God bless you all!!

The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.
                                                                                                                                ~Numbers 6:24-26

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