For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
What a contrast; wages or gift. The “wages of sin” refers to the payoff from serving satan. The deceptive thing about sin is that it often comes disguised as pleasure and fulfillment. However the real payoff for sin is disintegration, destruction, and death.
In contrast, the Gift of God is freely given grace (unmerited favor) to those who call upon His Name. Blessings and benefits come to us from a loving heavenly Father who gives, and gives, and keeps on giving, because it His nature to give.
The “wages of sin’ is earned. The gift of grace is freely received. Satan’s final payoff is death; God’s ultimate gift is eternal life. Which do you choose? Death or Life, wages or gift?
God’s greatest pursuit is to know us intimately, and He invites us to do life with Him. Could there be a greater quest? Paul said, “Everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value
of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8 NLT).
Demolition began in the interior; slavaging the items that we will reuse in the new building. Antique organs have been taken to Big Horn County Museum for storage and exhibit. The local REA helped us remove the bell from the steeple and the weather vane from the top of the steeple. Thanks Ramona Howe for arranging this.
Demolition was completed in September, 2013. Thanks so much to Danny and Ron Walter of the 40-Mile Colony for volunteering their trackhoe. Also much thanks to Levi Britton for making the connection between us and them.
Thanks also to AJ Not Afraid for arranging for crews of the Crow Tribe AML program to come and help us remove most of the remaining items from the church building. Thanks AJ, and thanks AML guys.
In June 2014, work began on the foundation for the church. Excavation and leveling was completed on June 18, 2014.
Now after a long process and the help and contributions from many people the new building is nearly complete; we just have a few minor projects to complete. But we have been worshiping in the new building since November, 2018. We are planning a dedication service in late Spring, 2019.
Praise the Lord we are debt free and have funds available to complete what is still required.
Donations for our Building Fund have surged in recent months, and we wish to thank all who have contributed so generously to our cause.
Work Groups have come and generously given of their time, talents, and resources to help us with demolition of our church building. Acova Baptist Church, Indiana came the first week in July and did an amazing amount of work. They are returning on Saturday Aug 17 for another week.
A youth group from Parksburg, PA Baptist Church, along with several adult chaperones came the week of July 14th. They were an awesome group and they did lots of work and also helped us complete some decks at entrances at the new parsonage.
We appreciate all of their help. You are awesome and God Bless you all!
The first week of September the mission group from FBC Indianapolis is here. They will be helping members of the community with repair projects and helping here at the church as well. They have been coming to Lodge Grass every year for over 20 years. Thank you very much for your service and faithfulness.
The week of July 21 we had Orlando Korean Presbyterian Church and Atlanta Korean Presbyterian Church with us. They conducted Vacation Bible School here on the church lawn under the tent. July 24, we had Culture night. Crow people and the Korean people shared cultural food, dance, and music. The dinner was held at Crow Community Baptist Church, Crow Agency, MT. That was followed by worship and the cultural presentations next door at Spirit of Life Four Square Church.
First Crow Indian Baptist Church
P.O. Box 507
Lodge Grass, MT 59050
Phone: 406 639-2302
In the spring of 2011 a major flood hit our area and our historic church, which was built in 1910. During mitigation we found severe old damage from previous floods in 1930 and 1978, as well as other problems related to the age of our facility. Critical structural components such as floor joists, bottom plates, and the foundation had severely deteriorated beyond reasonable repair. There are also the problems often found in buildings over 100 years old, which make it more cost effective to rebuild instead of repairing a failing facility.
Our old building has been demolished . Our new building is nearly complete and we began meeting there in November, 2018.
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