Posted: November 14
My reflections on the 30th Church Anniversary and HOMECOMING--Pastor Keith Hassell
This post is primarily for those who attend or have attended Grace Fellowship in the past. As I was in prayer about Grace Fellowship's upcoming 30th Church Anniversary service on Sunday, December 6th, at 10:30 am, there came a heavy impression upon my heart to include the word "Homecoming" for the first time. I believe that God is emphasizing the "family" that has formed at Grace Fellowship over our many years. I am speaking of the relationships we have found and experienced as family here at Grace Fellowship. Several of these precious ones are now in heaven, some have moved away, some have drifted, and some are no longer here for various reasons, and yet they are all a part of this "family". Those who have been a part of this church know that Grace Fellowship was not birthed to be like other churches. Rusk did not need another church. It has a vision that inspired sacrifice. The sacrifice that those pioneers made then and that people are making now are made for something greater than having church as usual. This church was birthed to reach East Texas for Jesus as a catalyst for revival. Everyone who has attended this church has been a part of this great vision for revival. They have each invested their lives, their money, their sweat, their tears, their heart, their soul, their faith, their support, their talent, their friendship, their prayers, their praise, their attendance, their involvement, their service, and their ministry. Many lives have been saved, touched, healed, refreshed, and restored. I believe I am to tell you that no sacrifice was in vain. Each investment made in Christ is still bearing fruit. Each person that God added to this family are children of the vision of revival. This vision lives on in the way we pray, prepare, teach, preach, and minister to others. Not everyone who attended through these thirty years is still here, but the seed of revival is carried in their heart. Wherever they happen to be at the moment, it is sure that they still carry that seed, that heart to see revival in our land. That seed may lie dormant and surrounded by debris, but it is there. By the Spirit of God, I believe it will germinate, live, and manifest wherever faith and obedience is added. Sure, the enemy has tried to steal the seed. We must not let him. How? We must put the past under the blood of Jesus and move forward toward the finish line. It is time to forgive, it is time to forget, and it is time to let go of yesterday. Mistakes? Failures? We have all made them. We have all offended and been offended. We have all hurt and been hurt. But we have all forgiven and been forgiven. We have also all loved and been loved. We have all given and have all received. We have all touched lives and been touched. We have all cared and received care. We have all rejoiced and been a cause for rejoicing. We have all grown and seen others grow. We all see things more clearly than we did before. It is part of maturity. God our Father has been bringing us all to maturity. It is part of growing as a "family". It is time to recognize and celebrate the contributions that others have made over the years to this family, to this work, and to our lives. It is time to bless what God has done in the past and what He is doing in the present. It is time to bless the children of Grace Fellowship from every generation. It is time for past generations to bless the present generation. It is time for the present generation to bless the past generations. There is blessing for us all if we will. There will come a release for the future if we will. Each generation has made its contribution to the success of this church. As such, we are all a part of the inheritance of the kingdom in this house. All investments made are still producing dividends. Each sacrifice is still producing a sweet aroma before the throne. We will inherit the fruit of our labor if we will not faint, if we will not let go. I hope you will plan now to be here for our homecoming. This homecoming I pray will be a "family reunion" of different generations at Grace. I believe it will be a time of reunion, renewal, restoration, and refocus on revival. Some faces we know and some we do not, but we are a part of the same family in the spirit none the less. It is time to reconnect our heart to the vision for revival in our land. Do we not need it more now than when we first began? Granted, in our limited understanding not everything has happened the way we imagined, but God sees what we cannot and He has not changed His mind. He has a purpose and He is working out His plan. His promise is still before us. He is ready and He is preparing a people who are ready to receive it. Are we ready to receive it? If so, then it is time to lay aside the distractions, disappointments, discouragements, and divisions that stand in our way. It is time to love again. It is time to live again. It is time to trust again. It is time to laugh again. It is time to rejoice again. It is time to believe again. It is time to dream again. It is time to work again. It is time to lay aside our preferences and presumptions about revival as we submit ourselves to God's plan. It is time to put our hand to the plow and not look back. The fields of East Texas are not behind us but before us and they are white unto harvest. The Lord of the harvest is even now sending laborers into His fields. Will you be one of them?
With love and in His love,
Feel free to pass this on to anyone who has been a part of Grace Fellowship over the past 30 years.
Posted: November 12
Revival Prayer meeting will be held this evening, Thursday, November 12th, at 7:00 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
2 Chronicles 7:14 (NKJV) "if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land."
Posted: November 12
If you attend Grace Fellowship, have attended in the past, or would simply like to join us, mark your calendar now to be with us on Sunday, December 6th at 10:30 a.m. It is not only our 30th Church Anniversary, it is a church family homecoming! Hope to see you there!