Posts by Graeber Road Church of Christ

“Friends” in High Places

The temple was finally built! Worshiping God on the “high places” was intended to cease (cf. 1st Kings 3:1 -4). In 1st Kings 8, the ark of the covenant of the Lord is brought in, and the glory of the Lord filled the house of the Lord (1 -11). It was a time of immense celebration and joy for Israel, who had been waiting on this promise from God since the days of Moses (Deut. 12:1 -14). This was a…

Philippines Mission Letter: May 2022

Click to download the letter. Dear Brethren,  May the Lord fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him.  We are always grateful to God for blessing us with the opportunity to continue to work in His vineyard. Last month, we focused on helping our brethren strengthen their faith. We grouped the brethren according to their location, and we were able to set up 4 different schedules. We met at the church building those who live near…

Why I Love Camp

Lord willing, we ’ll be on our way Sunday morning to this year ’s session of Camp Bandina. I love going to a Christian camp. I don’t love it because the counselors there are perfect, but because they ’re servants of the Perfect One. As counselors, we all bring our faults and flaws right along with us, but we get a chance to serve God by teaching His perfect love and His perfect ways to the campers. I don’t love…

Great Things in 1 Peter

There are at least nine different Greek words that are used in the New Testament which could be translated “great.” The word appears more than a few times in different books and letters. As we read our Bible, some of these great things stand out. At times, even if the word “great” is not used, we know they are great by what we read about them. The letter we call I Peter could be an example. You can easily see…

Some Lessons from Focal Point

Lacey and I were blessed to go to Focal Point recently and wanted to say “thank you” as well as share a few lessons and reminders from our time there! Focal Point is a week -long seminar that focuses on the work of preachers and ministry in order to renew, recharge, and encourage. 1. The meek spirit of Moses is alive and well in the church (Num. 12:3). Every preacher I heard presented humbly, standing firmly on the Word of…

Philippines Mission Letter: April 2022

Click to download the letter. Dear Brethren,  May the Lord’s love, care, blessings, and goodness abound in you.  We praise the Lord and thank Him always for enabling us to keep on working in His vineyard. We keep on watering the seed of salvation that has already been implanted into the hearts of our prospects. We are hopeful that in God’s own time, they will respond to the Lord’s invitation for their eternal salvation in heaven. Our weekly schedule as…

Summer Plans

It is coming faster than we would think and not soon enough for kids in school! Summer is nearby, and that means a whole different kind of busy -ness for a lot of families. Vacations, camps, travels, and family reunions quickly fill up the calendar (if they haven ’t already)! Consider three ideas to help make God the focal point of your summer! Make God the purpose of your travels. Camping, visiting national parks, or even a really long drive…

Committed to Continuing

In verses 12 -19 of I Peter 4, the apostle deals with the subject of suffering. Those who first received the letter were not to consider it a strange thing, but were to meet it with rejoicing (12 -13). No Christian should be ashamed of suffering if it is for being a Christian (16). Other lessons could be noted, but verse 19 might be overlooked. Goodspeed ’s translation has it like this: “Therefore, those who suffer by the will of…

Philippines Mission Letter: March 2022

Click to download the letter. Dear Brethren,  May the Lord continue to show you His favor and give you His peace.  As the Lord grants our prayers for strength and good health, we keep on teaching our prospects about our Savior Jesus Christ and the salvation that He freely offers to those who will obey Him. We also continue to serve the new babes in Christ and those who are physically and spiritually ill through our weekly visitation and follow-up…

Even Dirt Gets to Rest

We are busy! It doesn’t matter whether young or old, employed or retired, there is a LOT going on in our lives. Sometimes, we can feel overwhelmed and on the brink of burn out but just keep going on. Before that happens, or if that is how you feel right now, consider these concepts from scripture: 1. God rested. After six days of creating, God “rested” from all the work He had done (Gen. 2:2). That is, He ceased creating…

Philippines Mission Letter: February 2022

Click to download the letter.  Dear Brethren,  We implore the Lord in a humble prayer to watch over you, provide your needs, and bless you in all that you do for His kingdom.  We exalt and glorify our Almighty God in heaven for continuously blessing our work in His vineyard, especially in sharing the saving power of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with the lost. We appreciate and acknowledge all that our brethren…

The God Who Turns Everything Around

Acts 7:9 – “And the patriarchs, becoming envious, sold Joseph into Egypt. But God was with him and delivered him out of all his troubles, and gave him favor and wisdom in the presence of Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house.” This is THE classic example of God thwarting men’s plans while having a far grander plan in mind. Genesis 37:28 should have been the last we heard of Joseph. Maybe…