Grace Baptist Church

 Dansville, NY

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Stacie Gibson is Matt's wife, a mother of 4, a busy homemaker and home-educator in addition to being a certified ACBC counselor.  She is a guest blogger at Biblical Counseling for Women.

Barb Leaman is a children's Sunday School teacher and a teacher's aide for the Hornell Jr and Sr. High Schools.  She is wife to Glenn and mother to an adult daughter.

Dave Theobald
is the preaching and teaching elder at Grace Baptist Church.  He is married to Jamie and has two sons, Job and Jonathan.

Rob Wilson is a deacon of Grace Baptist Church, a veterinarian specializing in large animals, a farmer, a husband to Kim, and father to 3 energetic kids.  

Ustad ("teacher," in local dialect) is a global partner of GBC, who shares stories and perspectives from the field, for our encouragement and to help orient us on things eternal. 

By Deacon Rob Wilson

How awesome it would have been to see God, the Father’s face as he looked down from heaven at Jesus, in immeasurable love, to call him up from the grave. What a joyous reunion must have followed!

Yet, for those of us who love Jesus, who believe in his death and resurrection, who have asked God for his forgiveness, we too will see the face of God someday! (Revelation 22:4) In fact, it was for this very reason that Christ came to earth to die on the cross. Jesus took our punishment so that we would be spared eternal punishment in Hell. But God’s Grace did not stop there!  Ephesians 1:5 states that “… In love [God] predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ…”  In other words, Jesus died so that we could be made members of God’s family, that we would become God’s children, brothers and sisters of Christ!

Someday God the Father will look down from heaven, and call us from the grave, in love, as a son like Christ, to live with him, to rule with him, and to share in his glory, Forever! Isn’t this amazing!! There is no greater truth to put your hope in, in this life or the next! Every other hope except this one, will ultimately fail.

So as you celebrate Easter today, ask yourself “in what am I putting my hope?” And as you find yourself enjoying Easter dinner with your family, think about how much you will enjoy future family gatherings at Easter, with our Father God saying the blessing and Jesus sitting at the table next to you!

“…Like the rest we were by nature objects of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in 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.”

Ephesians 2:3-7

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