God’s Word guides us through the abyss of death! We do not always know when death is coming our way. We do know this; death is often an unwelcome visitor! Jesus died and rose again! Jesus overcame death! With Jesus, death was not the end! And death is not the end for us! Sometimes death’s door opens suddenly without warning, while at other times, it slowly swings open and then we are in the presence of the Lord. The Apostle Paul said, “The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.” Rejoice, brothers and sisters in this truth. Death has been defeated! One day, and maybe not too far away, Jesus will come and receive us unto Himself. But while we wait for our Lord, death is real! Death has no reason for arrogance! Yes, Jesus was humbled to the point of death! But not for long! HE AROSE! Jesus’ victory is our victory. In John’s Revelation, we find these words of comfort and hope! Revelation 1:17-18 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the First and the Last: 18  I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. WOW, what a powerful word! Brothers and sisters, keep your eyes on Jesus! Read God’s Word and remember; through Jesus we have a most satisfying victory over death, hell and the grave! John 11:25-26 (KJV) Jesus said unto Martha, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: 26 And whosoever liveth and believeth in Me shall never die. Believest thou this?   

HOMECOMING 2019 is just around the corner. Sunday, October 6th will be an historic day for Grace Church. With our Lord’s Great Commission in heart and mind, and following the Lord’s leading, we have birthed a sister church here in Greenville. Stephen and Bethani Bradley came to our leadership with their calling to plant a church in Greenville. We listened and prayed and then affirmed their calling and joined them in their holy endeavor. I’m glad we did! While still in the early stages, we need to come along side and minister to Harvest Baptist Church. HOMECOMING 2019 will include the Bradley family and their congregation. They will be our honored guests. We will be receiving a SPECIAL LOVE OFFERING for this body of believers. Plan to give cheerfully and generously. Let’s bless the Bradleys and Harvest Baptist Church. Pastor Stephen will be preaching and we will enjoy lunch together. Don’t miss it!!!

Thank you again for your kind words and comforting cards, emails and texts! Yesterday (Thursday) we received more cards from you! God’s people, the church, have encouraged us in so many ways! Your encouragement has strengthened us and made heaven more real than it was before Mom’s passing! Oh yes, I still have my moments, but they are much sweeter than I ever imagined they would be. Brothers and sisters, you are making a difference for Jesus sake! Lord, help me today, to do for someone else, what my church family has done for me!

See you Sunday!
Mike and Cheryl <><