Grace Baptist Church

 Dansville, NY

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Contributors

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. 

Grace Notes Blog Posts

The Weekend our World Shut Down

A year ago, this weekend, our world shut down. A dark cloud of uncertainty called COVID-19 was spreading across our country. Some have said that a year ago this past week was the last “normal” week our country has had, but the week of March 9-16, 2020 was no normal week. Every time I turned on the radio a different event was cancelling.

How We Can Heal Our Nation

As we look at the events of the past eight days, we see protestors storming the US Capitol building and the United States House of Representatives moving to impeaching the president a second time. As we then look at the events of this past year, we recall riots following BLM movements in cities throughout the country, a bitter presidential election with accusations of election fraud, and extremely divided views on how to address an ongoing COVID-19 epidemic. How can we ever bring our divided country back together again?

On a recent cold and clear night, I happened to notice just how brilliant and beautiful the stars were. A comet streaked all the way across the sky and I just had to marvel at God’s amazing creation! Then I thought of the shepherds looking up into the night sky and how amazed they must have been when the night sky suddenly filled with angels proclaiming the birth of Christ! I also thought of how much the wisemen must have searched the sky each night to follow a special star for months, maybe even years to find Jesus so that they could honor and worship him. Why do I so often miss the beauty of the night’s sky?

Get Informed, Vote, and Trust God!

Now that we have arrived at another Presidential election, we are still in a political mess. Most of the issues are still the same; however, the events of 2020 have worked to accentuate the differences between political parties and to further polarize our country on so many issues.

Does God Care for the Hurting?

There are so many people hurting in our country right now! Just this past week hurricane Laura hit Louisiana with record winds, major wild fires are raging in California, and in Kenosha, Wisconsin, protests, rioting, and deadly violence followed a police officer shooting Jacob Blake. All this is happening ad mists the backdrop of COVID-19, as people continue to get sick, social distancing still adds to the difficulties in our lives, and the economic fallout of the pandemic greatly adds to the stress that normally comes with life. One might ask, does God know what is going on right now? Does He care?

These Things I Remember During Isolation

We are now entering day 44 of the social distancing order. We have a small message board in our kitchen where my children have been counting how many days we’ve been in quarantine. So far, according to the Gibson children, it has been too long. How many days can this go on? We really don’t have an answer to that. For now we need to trust the governing authorities that the Lord has placed over us to make those hard decisions. It could be a few weeks more. It could be months.
2 Kings 6 describes how the king of Syria was warring against Israel, but God kept telling the prophet Elisha the battle plans of the Syrian army. Frustrated with this, the Syrian king sent a “great army” to seize the prophet, and during the night the army surrounded the city where Elisha was staying. When Elisha’s servant came out in the morning, he was shocked and horrified to see the great army surrounding them! But Elisha calmed his servant and asked the Lord to open the servant’s eyes to the unseen reality around them.
God knows that we are frail and that we are weak. So God holds us up, he protects us, and he provides for us. This doesn't mean that we won't suffer, but it does mean that all our greatest needs will be taken care of. We think that we know what will make us happy, but what we want is often not what we truly need or what will truly satisfy us. 

What if There's More to This?

We’ve come upon a major backup on the thruway of our organized, orchestrated lives. Our calendars are sad reminders of what was to be. The overarching sentiment is that we are living through an annoying, inconvenient interruption of our hamster wheel lives and what we need to do is just get through it. Thanks to the constant news stream and social media, we’ve been treated to a barrage of doomsday hysteria coupled with a bevy of tips and hacks on how best to pass the time until life’s traffic pattern returns to normal.