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  • A Mother's Day Dining Adventure

    May 14, 2018 Rob Wilson
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    By Rob Wilson

    When a women becomes a mother, there are many things she has to give up, like time alone, a clean house, sleep, and a quiet dinner in a nice restaurant. These are all things which my wife, Kim, has likewise had to do without, but this Mother’s day she was really looking forward to once again enjoying a meal in a fancy restaurant. I was more than glad to oblige her in this request, and so I made dinner reservations for our family. As it turned out we did have a good time, and a memorable evening, but  just not the way we used to enjoy a meal out together when it was just Kim and me.
  • What Would Jesus Say...

    To the recent Miami University Bridge Collapse or the Douglas Stoneman School Shooting? March 20, 2018 Rob Wilson
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    This past Thursday afternoon as I started up my pickup truck, I caught the tail end of a news report stating that a bridge had collapse, people had been trapped, and casualties had occurred. As it turned out, this breaking story was that of the collapse of a pedestrian bridge which had been under construction at the edge of Florida International University's campus, in Miami, Florida. I later heard that six were confirmed dead, and nine taken to the hospital. My immediate response was to pray for all those involved, and then I thought how tragic this is, especially for a state and a nation still mourning the school shooting that happened just last month in Parkland, Florida. It seems like there is just one disaster after another these days. I knew that the big question of “why” would be on everyone’s mind, and that the news would be full of speculation. Then it occurred to me, that the Lord, whom many of us instinctively pray to in times like these, knows exactly what happened. It was not a surprise to Him.
  • Will the Church Change the World in 2018?

    Why So Much Division and Hatred in our Country Part 5 January 12, 2018 Rob Wilson
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    By Rob Wilson

    Dr. Rosaria Butterfield was a professor of English and Queer Studies at Syracuse University. She described herself as being happy in the monogamous lesbian relationship which she had been in for a decade, but like the rest of us, she was blind to the truth about God, and headed toward an eternity without Him. Then God placed a believing couple, Ken and Floy Smith in her life.
  • Home for Christmas

    A reflection concerning the passing of Mary Bardeen Wilson (1916-2017) December 22, 2017 Rob Wilson
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    By Rob Wilson

    Every Christmas Eve the whole Wilson Clan gathers at Grandma’s house for our Christmas celebration...This year, however, is going to be a little different, because for the first time, Grandma is not going to be there. You see on December 13th the Lord suddenly took her home to be with him. She was 101 years old, but still in good health, still living at home, and still blessing & spoiling us in so many ways. 
  • The Solution in Us

    Why So Much Division and Hatred in our Country Part 4 December 15, 2017 Rob Wilson
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    By Rob Wilson

    In my last blog post we saw how Jesus is the solution to mankind’s heart problem and to the problem of hate and division in the world around us. We saw how God, through Jesus’s death on the cross, served our death sentence for us, sparing us from an eternity in Hell (the greatest danger facing mankind). We saw how God gives each believer a new heart which is able to love God and other people with the same supernatural love which God has loved us with; and we saw how this heart change can change bitter enemies into loving brothers. So what does this mean to you?

  • The Only Lasting Solution

    Why So Much Division and Hatred in our Country Part 3 December 1, 2017 Rob Wilson
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    By Rob Wilson 

    My previous two blog posts (Part 1, Part 2) unpacked these truths in much greater detail, but left us in a depressing place. I am glad to say that we have now come to the solution! As bad as the problem is, the solution is disproportionally more amazing and wonderful!
  • Born Blind

    Why so much Division and Hatred in our Country Part 2 November 22, 2017 Rob Wilson
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    By Rob Wilson

    In my last post I asked the questions “Why is there such racial and cultural division in our country, and why are we seeing so much hate and bloodshed?” We looked at the commonly held belief that something must be wrong in the environment in which these “persons of hate” grew up in. In other words, the blame rests fully on flaws in our country’s culture and societal institutions. This widely held belief is based upon the premise that people are naturally good. Yet, this premise is the exact opposite of what the Bible says is true of mankind.
  • Why so much Division and Hatred in our Country?

    Part 1 November 10, 2017 Rob Wilson
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    By Rob Wilson

    It has been almost three months now since the ugly protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, that ended in many injuries and three lives lost. The news no longer speaks of Charlottesville, but is the problem gone? Should we go on with our lives and forget what happened? Is the hate and racism gone that we saw the weekend of August 12th and 13th, or is it just festering under the surface waiting for the next trigger to send it spewing forth again?
  • Our Heavenly Father

    Always With Us, Always Loving Us, in the Midst of this Troubled World June 17, 2017 Rob Wilson
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    By Rob Wilson

    In John 16:33 Jesus warned us that “In this world you will have trouble.” For those of us who have lived much, we know just how true this is. As parents we hope that our children are spared the pain which we see all around us, and the pain which we ourselves have gone through. Yet, what can we do? We can hold them tight while we still have opportunity. We can never stop loving them. We can place our children in the arms of our Heavenly Father.
  • By Rob Wilson

    Changing the direction of the conversation a little, I said, “You know Collin, Jesus is coming back some day and he is going to make this whole world new again. There will be no more cancer, no more sickness, and no more death. All people on earth will be loving and kind, never mean to each other; and we will live with Jesus.” Collin then asked “When is Jesus coming back?” I quickly replied, “I don’t know. It could be tomorrow or it could be when your great, great grandchildren are old.” Then Collin said something that surprised me...

Grace NotesContributors

Matt Gibson is an elder at Grace Baptist Church, certified ACBC counselor, husband of Stacie and father of 4.

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 a son Job.

Rob Wilson is a deacon of Grace Baptist Church, a veterinarian specializing in large animals, a farmer, a husband to Kim, and father to 2 energetic young boys.  

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.