From Your Pastor

May 12, 2024

Dear Grace Family and Friends,

I’ve been intrigued by the responses to my comment that “the cicadas are praising God.”  To some it seems “farfetched.”  Yet The Bible is clear that all of creation will praise Him.  Psalm 69:34 says, “Let heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and everything that moves in them.”  Psalm 148:7-10 says, “Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all the depths; fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word; mountains and all hills; fruitful trees and all cedars; beasts and all cattle; creeping things and flying fowl.”  Surely that includes the little cicada.  But Jesus, said, “I tell you that if these (disciples) keep silent, the stones will immediately cry out;” Luke 19:40.  If rocks can praise Him there’s no doubt that insects can.  But the point is, you and I have a greater capacity to praise God than any of the afore mentioned creatures.  What are with doing with that ability?  Are we really serious about it?  I know Baptists are afraid to get too excited about the things of God because we’re afraid somebody might “speak in tongues” or be “slain in the Spirit.”  I’m not too concerned about either as my Bible says “everything is to be done decently and in order;” 1 Corinthians 14:40.  The stuff like that we see on TV is mostly staged and is almost completely phony.  God isn’t within a mile of that kind of charade.  The devil uses that to frighten Christians into “toning it down when we’re in Church.”  Yet many of us have no problem jumping up and down and whooping and hollering at a ballgame.  No ball player ever died for me.  No football team ever paid the penalty for my sins.  No celebrity ever paved the way for me to live in victory in this life and the life to come.  But Jesus did both!  So I’m gonna join with the cicadas and let my life praise Him.  If you will join me we can change the world. Are we willing?  I love you.  God bless you all!




Pastor Bill Hilley