Have you ever spent time with someone who’s unpleasant to be around because they’re always complaining and finding fault in everything … 

Now, imagine the kindest person you’ve ever met. What’s the difference? What is it that makes that person so kind?  I bet if we were to take a poll, most of us would want to be more like the person who’s kind. The Bible has quite a bit to say about kindness. Let’s explore some key passages below.

What does the Bible say about kindness?

When we think about being kind, our reflection should begin with God Himself.  A beautiful passage that shows this is Ephesians 2:7-9  So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

This passage is jam-packed with great things! God’s kindness is the cause of:

•    Jesus coming into the world

•    the cleansing of our hearts by the Holy Spirit

•    our eternal hope.

Our salvation is not because we’ve done any good works, but it’s because of God’s grace—an expression of God’s kindness.

How do I live a kind life?

Let’s consider some steps to help us as we seek to practice kindness in our lives.

1         Take some time this week and reflect on God’s kindness to you!!

2         Examine your interactions with people asking yourself- a) how have I demonstrated kindness….b) in what ways have I been unkind? 

3         Ask God’s Spirit to show you areas in your life where you need to improve on being kind to others.

4         Pray and ask God to show His kindness through you this week. 

May the Lord be with you this week as you seek to be kind to others!

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For the remainder of April, we will look at our spring series Reel to Real – where we take principles shown in the world of movies that have their roots in the Word of God…..This coming weekend our movie is WONDER — I’m sure many of you have seen it – and/or read the book.

            This movie is a tear-jerker — it centers on a 5th grader who has had multiple surgeries trying to correct the imperfections of his face – as he was born with a sever birth defect……he had been homeschooled through 4th grade – and as he enters 5th grade the family decide he should attend public school….the movie does a great job showing a supportive family – the issue of being bullied – the blessing of a teacher who understands – and a principle who takes the bull by the horns and will not be swayed by power/position – but will always do the right thing..

            Weekend of April 21/22 – Get Out

            Weekend of April 28/29 – Coco

Ton of thanks goes to Brandon Bradley to stepped up and preached for me last weekend.  Heard many, many encouraging comments — Annie and I did watch the message on our church’s Website – last Sunday afternoon….great story – great challenge – great application….

 Annie and I were blessed to spend the past week with our son and grandson in Fredericksburg, VA…..Kasaan was on spring break and wanted grandma and grandpa to bring their little dog and spend spring break with them.  How can you turn down such a request from a 10 year old…..Kasaan and our dog had a great time each day….Fredericksburg is the birthplace of George Washington – so we saw many sites….went to DC and spent a day at the Museum of the Bible.  This was an blessing that had to be experienced not explained – 6 floors of wonder – of truth – of antiquity – and of legacy for all in Christ………Sunday we worshipped with the church — another memorable experience…..check out some of their wonderful restaurants…..Our return flight took off at 6:18 – so we picked Kasaan up from school and headed to the airport – once there we took a couple pictures for memory — they dropped us off at arrivals – and we kissed and said goodbye……later Gregg said they needed to stop at the gas station for some snacks – and Kasaan said he didn’t want to go in – Gregg asked why – he said “because they would know I have been crying.”  Such tender heart – such a young man – who could believe what a week interacting – loving – laughing – praying – worshipping would have on a 10 year old…….Thanks Discovery for giving Annie and I this opportunity to spend spring break with our family out East……a million memories —

This notice is to inform you that our upcoming Celebration Service on Saturday, April 14, @ 5:00 PM has been cancelled.  Max will be performing a wedding in the city at that hour on Saturday and all in-house speakers will be out of town for the weekend.

            We will have our Celebration Service April 15 (Sunday @ 10:00 AM) Hopefully the Saturday night group will be able to worship with the Sunday group.

·      Continued blessing on our D-Groups as we grow in discipleship, fellowship, salvation and prayer

·      Bro Jerry Noble as he convalesces following his procedure of last Tuesday

·      Bro Leon, as he struggles with the affects of multiple-myeloma 

·      We all will have a passion to bring the lost to Christ, the back-slidden to repentance – and do it all for the glory of Christ

·      The continued help the Blessing Box will bring to our immediate community who need the food the Box offers for their families.

Kinder than necessary.  Because it’s not enough to be kind.  One should be kinder than needed. 

Courage…Kindness…Friendship…Character…These are the qualities that define us as human beings and propel us on occasion to greatness.

It is not enough to be friendly, you have to be a friend.

The best way to measure how much you’ve grown isn’t by inches, or the number of laps you run on a track……It’s what you’ve done with your time how you’ve chosen to spend your time — days, and whom you’ve touch this year.  That to me, is the greatest measure of success

Your deeds are your monuments

Gal 3:21-29  Before the way of faith in Christ was available to us, we were placed under guard by the law. We were kept in protective custody, so to speak, until the way of faith was revealed. 24 Let me put it another way. The law was our guardian until Christ came; it protected us until we could be made right with God through faith. 25 And now that the way of faith has come, we no longer need the law as our guardian. 26 For you are all children[a] of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes.[b] 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile,[c] slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And now that you belong to Christ, you are the true children[d] of Abraham. You are his heirs, and God’s promise to Abraham belongs to you.