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What Children Need

Here is the link to the Father’s Day message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Matthew 3:13-17.


The God Who Holds Your Hand

God’s people were in captivity and there were reports of a nation from the east, the Persians, who were conquering other nations. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to comfort His people and to prophesy the restoration of Judah and Jerusalem. God tells His people that He is with them and will help them. Isaiah wrote:

For I am the Lord your God
    who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you. – Isaiah 41:13 (NIV)

God doesn’t change. God is completely aware of and in control of your situation. He is still God. This is the same God who holds your hand and reassures you of His love. He comforts you when you are afraid. He helps you when you are in need. So do not fear the situation you’re facing today. Do not fear the future. God is with you and He will help you. Trust Him to do what He knows is best and when He does, thank Him and praise Him for His goodness.

Surrendering To God’s Will Even If It’s Hard

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Matthew 26:36-46.



In Romans 8:35, Paul asks a question about what shall separate us from the love of Christ. He gets around to answering that question in verses 38-39. He says:

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

The love that God has for His children is an all-encompassing love. There is NOTHING that can separate you from it. If you are in Christ, there is NOTHING that comes between you and the love of God. It is an unconditional and unlimited kind of love. It is an eternal and everlasting kind of love. God loves you now and He will keep on loving you forever. When you trust Jesus for forgiveness, you enter into a loving relationship with your Creator that will never end and NOTHING can change that.


Paul asked a question in Romans 8:35: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” He then listed some possibilities – trouble, hardship, persecution or sword? Paul then answers the question in verse 37. He wrote:

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. – Romans 8:37 (NIV)

Jesus loves you and because of His love for you, He is fighting for you. He is on your side and He gives the ultimate victory. He makes you a conqueror. One commentator said that He makes you a “superconqueror!” It’s not you who earns your own victory. It’s Jesus who conquered the grave and gives us victory. You can’t do this on your own. The enemy cannot overcome you because greater is the One who is in you. You have the victory through Jesus Christ. So don’t give up when trouble comes your way. Instead, trust in Jesus for in Him you will conquer any trial, test or trouble that comes your way.

Troubles Prove Christ’s Love

Good Wednesday morning to you! The apostle Paul said that God justifies us when we put our faith and trust in Jesus alone for salvation. He also said that because of our faith, no one can condemn us. He then continues by talking about the love of Jesus. He wrote:

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” – Romans 8:35-36 (NIV)

Who can separate you from Christ’s love? Even though we face many different kinds of trials and troubles, we are still loved by Jesus. The proof of His love is found in His grace. When we go through trials and tests, it may seem like we’re unloved. If God loved us wouldn’t He protect us from trials and troubles? Not necessarily. God can work these things out for our good by growing our faith. God never promises a trouble-free existence here on earth. It is the love of Jesus that helps strengthen our faith and learn to rely on Him.

God Justifies

Paul builds to an amazing climax toward the end of Romans 8. He uses a wonderful word – justification – to define what God has done for us in Christ. In the spiritual court of judgment, God has dismissed all of the charges against those who trust in Jesus for forgiveness. Paul wrote:

Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. 34 Who then is the one who condemns.  No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. – Romans 8:33-34 (NIV)

Jesus Christ, who died and was raised to life on the 3rd day, is pleading our case against the accuser. Satan accuses us and attempts to bring charges of sin against us. God, in His great grace and mercy, has dismissed those charges and has rendered His verdict – innocent of all charges! No one can condemn you if you are in Christ. No one! Praise God for His justification of you!

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