The Church of God - Canaan, Alabama  - Company Message


The Overseer's of The Church of God from 1903-Present
These men of God have led or are leading The Church of God into an era  of Holy Ghost "Rain."  Church, let it "Rain", pray to the Lord for an awakening and  for the flood gates of heaven to open!
Acts 2:17 Tells us that our old men shall dream dreams and our young men will have visions!

What does this mean? Three of our past four General Overseers' had  "The Dream" as to what The Church of God was going to be, the "Old Men." Now the young men are taking the church with the VISION", under the the anointing of The Holy Ghost,
as Joel prophesied of. And then in Acts the same words were spoken. Before Brother Smith had gone onto his reward in glory, through the VISION of God he led the effort of restoring the "Mount Hattin" marker in Israel  and now an even YOUNGER man anointed of God is taking The Church of God with the same Godly VISION! Let us pray for Brother Pimentel and this task that he leads the entire Church of God what she has been commanded to do!  And that is............
Move forward, "Win the lost at all cost!" . Our marker in Israel is a Biblical  realization of lthe vision.....make it plain!"             
Mt. Hattin is where Christ set The Church in Order. The Marker below was placed on Mt. Hattin by The Church of God by permission of the Israeli Government. The five photos below are photographs of our past/current current General Overseers, A.J. Tomlinson, M.A. Tomlinson, Robert Pruitt, Stephen Smith and current General Overseer, Oscar Pemintel.

So glad  you  stopped  by to visit! We hope your time is filled with just what you need from God . I must ask though, what are you looking for? Better yet, who are you looking for? Looking for Jesus ? looking for peace? Looking for proof? Looking for peace of mind ? Looking for God? Looking for someone to talk to? That's okay. You don't have to tell us right away. We've got time.  Take all the time you need! What? you're no bother. Friends and people of all walks of life  come here all the time  to reflect on God. Maybe our reflections on God are similar to your experiences. This site is more than just a "lost and found"  place. If you've lost hope, maybe you can find  your "hope"  here! if your life  seems to have no rhyme or reason right now, maybe spending a little time here you will give  reason enough to ask Christ into your life  We hope so!  While you pray or read, enjoy the music the "Music Page". Come, See that God is Good! Please don't forget to leave your prayer requests or testimonies. Jesus is waiting to hear from you as are we. 





 Canaan 
1651 Bryan Road Sumiton, Alabama
Pastor: Rick Flippo
1209 Sullivan Road Sumiton, Alabama 35148
205-648-9982 or205-285-4361 alrevrick@charter.net

The Church of God, General Headquarters
Oscar Pimentel, General Overseer
P.O. Box 450 Charleston, Tennessee 37310
Web-Site: www.thechurchofgod.org
1-423-339-8264
 
State  information
James Horne, State Overseer
P. O. Box 650
Bessemer, Alabama 35021
e-mail:jhorne79@outlook.com
 


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Our theme this 2017 year is "A Year of Prayer. We have taken 2017 as a time of Prayer. Prayer will cause a rain of God's power on His people. We then will be able to reach the lost, through the love of God that we show, through the Christlike spirit. We must win the lost at all cost. You have heard this "Talk is cheap." Well it is. We can no longer just Talk the Talk but it is time to stand up and Walk the Walk, the walk of Christ. We are to be HIS liaisons to help this world find salvation. We are to be Christ-like, thus the very meaning of a Christian. Time for the return of Savior is near, there is no time to waste. "For in an Hour you think not."
As you look at the photos above you see the past and present General Overseer's of The Church of God, 1903 to Present. God has done miracle upon miracle for The Church of God. The beauty of God's bride is so simple, so beautiful, so fantastic. It reminds me when I looked at my "Bride" in her wedding dress for the first time.....simply dynamic! We are witnessing the days of Joel. These past Overseer's have led us out of the "wilderness" and our last Overseer Brother Smith  and now our present General Overseer, Bishop Pimentel have/are preparing the Bride ready for the promised land.....The marriage supper of the lamb!
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Observance  of Memorial Day  22 May 2017

Things you might have not known about memorial Day. In traditional observance, the flag of the United States is raised briskly to the top of the staff and then solemnly lowered to the half-staff position, where  it remains only until noon.  It is then raised to full mas for the remainder of the day. The half--staff position remembers the more than one million men and women who gave their lives in service of their country. At noon, their memory' is raised by the living, who resolve not to let their sacrifice be in vain, but to rise up in their stead and continue to fight for liberty  and justice
        Section 1082 of the 1998 Defense Authorization Act adds the flying of the POW-MIA flag on all Federal and U.S. Military Installations on Memorial. The POW-MIA is to be half-staffed until noon along with the National Flag
Other tradition observance on memorial Day included wearing red poppies, visiting cemeteries and placing flowers and flags of the graves of our fallen heroes.
          Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years and many Americans have forgotten the meaning of the traditions of the day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored or neglected. Most people are no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are town and cities that still hold Memory Day parades , many have not held parades in decades.
There are notable exceptions. Since the late 1950's on Thursday before Memorial Day, 1,200 soldiers of the 3rd U>S. Infantry place small flags on each of the more than 260,000 gravestones at Arlington National Cemetery. They then patrol 24 hours a day during the week-end to ensure that each flag remains standing. In 1951, the  Boy Scouts and Club Scouts of St Louise began placing flags on the 150,000 graves at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery as an annual Good turn, a practice that continues to this day. More recently, beginning in 1998, On the the Saturday before the observance day  for Memorial Day. the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts place a candle at each approximately 15,300 graves sites of the soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvanis National Military Park at Marye's Heights, and in 2004 Washington D.C. Held its first Memorial Day parade in over 60 years.
  To help re-educate and remind Americans of the true meaning of Memorial  Day, the National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed in December 2000..it asks that at 3 p.m local time all Americans, voluntarily  and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to taps
 

Who is the Restrainer of evil in this world (May 3 May 2017)
(2 Thess 2:6-12)

Why is Satan unable to reveal his "man of sin" sooner? It is because God restraining the forces of evil in the world. Satan cannot do whatever he wants to do, whenever he wants to it. Paul mention a restraining force that helps keep everything on God's schedule  (vv. 6-7) However, when this restrainer is taken out of the way the man of Sin will be revealed. The big question is who or what is this restrainer? This restrainer is now at work in the world and will continue till "taken out of the midst" V. 7)
The power of the restrainer must greater than Satan's. The identity of the restrainer  must be  made on the basic for answering the question. Who is powerful enough to hold back Satan? The obvious and only  answer to that question, is God. Therefore, it is only logical that the restrainer is the third person of the Godhead, or Trinity, the Holy Ghost.  This also lines up with the fact that one specific indications of the work of the Holy Ghost is that of restraining (Genesis. 6:3)
The restraining  power of then holy Ghost is restraining the Evil one until the Church reaches perfection. The church will not go through the  tribulation because she will leave with the Holy Ghost before the "Man of sin" is  revealed (v.8) At this point the lawless one will use :power,signs and lying wonders" to deceive and draw a following (vv.9-12) The spotlight is put on those who follow the man of Sin and believe his lie (v. 10). As result God send a strong delusion to man because he did not receive the truth when he had a chance (vv. 11-12) Since our sovereign God dwells in all true believers who are under a covenant with Him,, the only conclusion is  the Church (Bride of Christ) will be taken out of the way before the "man of sin" appears, which signal the start of the tribulation.
The  Holy Ghost is holding back the "Man of sin" and "the Lord is not willing that any should perish' (2 Peter 3:9_ Therefore it is important that "I redeem the time" by doing all I can to get the Word of God out
11 Thess 2:2-12 recap; And do know what is restraining him now so that he may be revealed in his time. For the mystery of lawless is already at work. Only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one one will be revealed,who the lord Jesus will kill with the breath of His mouth and bring to nothing by the appearance of his coming.
The coming of the lawless one is activity by Satan will all power and false signs and wonders, and with all wicked deception for those who will perish, because they refused to love the truth ans to be saved. therefore God will send them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, in order that  all may be condemned who did not believe what is false. In order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but has pleasure in unrighteousness


Eternal Punishment (April 27 2017)

If as man could foresee the disaster awaiting his soul in hell and the Lake of fire, he would labor, toil, struggle and strive with everything with in his power to say out of hell..and he can stay out of hell if he wants to.
Despite the beautiful picture painted by Satan, if one goes to hell he is an unwelcome intruder, for hell was prepared for the devil and his angels. Man is not wanted there, even by his close associates, and why should he not want to shun or keep out of this raging inferno?
One mat stall for some time to undulge in the pleasure of sin and try to excuse himself by saying he will have a lot of friends if he goes there, but this utter deception. His erstwhile friends of this world will then be his worst, most violence enemies, and they will hate him with an unparelleled passion. They'll be screaming, yelling, agonizing cries of distress and extremes as he plunges into their midst. Some of them will jump on his with gnashing of teeth...foolish soul, why did you come here?
Then all of a sudden the licking,lisping, lapping, crackling tongues of ire and flame will engulf him,  parching, searing, blistering and torturing him..no relief in sight. Then he will remember yonder world from which he descended, just like the rich man that begged for just one drop of water to be place on his burning  parching tongue. He had his senses in hell and if you go there, you too will remember. Keep out of hell, you got no business there. So why don't you stay away?
As  sure as there is a heaven, there is a hell, and in hell there are no churches, but there is  roaring concert prayer. The unfortunate writhing, screaming in distress and agony, but the horrendous appeal for mercy rings on and on in futility and rejection. Oh God, the plight of this person! Why didn't he stop long enough to give his soul a breath  redemption through Jesus Christ, long enough to even say, "I believe in you Jesus, my Saviour, have mercy on me. Forgive me of my sins..SAVE ME NOW LORD, or I perish.Hell is God's insane asylum: hell is God's penitentiary with no exit


The Resurrection  April 2, 2017

I head a grandfather who wanted to see how much his four year old grandson knew about the  Easter story. He  put him on his lap and said "Bobby, why do we celebrate Easter?"  Without hesitating, he said, "Jesus was crucified. After he die on the cross, the  people  put his body in the grave. They rolled a big stone in the opening, and a bunch of soldiers guarded the tomb. On the third day, there was a big earthquake and the stone rolled away'"
Grandpa was pleased with how much he new about the Easter story ,  but the he continued. "When the earthquake happened, then the entire town came out of the grave,  and if Jesus came out and saw His shadow, they knew there would be six more weeks of winter!" At least she had prat of the story right.
Let me say it strongly as Paul said it in  1 Corinthians 15:17: "And if Christ be not raised, your faith is in vain; ye are yet in your sins.' The Resurrection is either one of the most wicked, heartless, vicious ,hoaxes ever or it is the most fantastic fact of history.
                    I will show you overwhelming proof that Jesus Christ did exactly what he predicted He would do-that on the third day, He rose from the dead. Acts 1:3 states that "To whom also he showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, been seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the Kingdom of  God:"
That what  I intent to do in this writing I'm going to present three pieces  evidence, that when take together, will provide convincing proof that Jesus rose from the day.

First :The Empty Tomb.
1. The Bible teaches  that after he die on the cross, His body was place in a solid rock tomb. 2. His body was covered with spices.3. It was wrapped in strips of linen cloth.4. A very large stone, estimate to  weigh about 2 tons,was then rolled in front of the entrance to the tomb. 5. 16 Roam soldiers were assign to guard the tomb. 6. Matt 27: 66: tells that in addition to the Roman guards, they put a tamper-proof official seal on the stone.
               Anyone who happened to get passed the guards would have to break the seal, thus facing the wrath of the Roman law. I spite of these precautions -the stone, the soldiers, and the seal-the tomb was empty that first Easter morning! When the people
arrived to look in, they saw the only one thing; the blood-stained  burial cloth, as if Jesus had materialized right through them. The empty tomb serves  serves as  a powerful testimony in the Resurrection of Jesus. Critics down through the years have not been able to refute the tomb. I stead they come up with other ideas. Maybe the disciple stole the body? But that is far fetched when you consider that this group of cowards would have to over powered the guards, rolled away a two-ton boulder, dispose of the body, and the manufacture a myth about the  Resurrection-a myth that they gave their lives for. That doesn't seem possible.

Second: Multiple Witnesses
The early Church did not believe Jesus had risen just because the empty tomb-they believed because they saw Him with their own eyes. When they talked to each others about Jesus, they did not say, "We found an empty tomb," instead, they said, 'We saw Jesus today and alive!" The most outstanding proof that Jesus rose form the dead is more than 515 eye-witnesses saw Him on 12 different occasions.
Acts 1:3 says, that "To whom also he showed Himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen on them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining yo the kingdom of  God>" He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God
Jesus gave unquestionable proof that he was alive! After his Resurrection, he n\made an appearance   to a woman in the cemetery.Later that day, He walked through closed doors and talked to his frightened followers who were huddled in Jerusalem. In the  evening , He walked side by side with two men as they made their way down a road. he appeared to believers and doubters; to tough minded people and tenderhearted souls.
Several people saw him on more than one occasions, some alone, some with large groups: sometime at night, and sometime during the day.  Paul writing a letter to a group of new Christians, laid it all out in Corinthians 15:4-8: "And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day  according to the Scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve. After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain unto the present, but some are fallen to sleep. After that, he was seen of James, then of all apostles. And last of all he was send of me also, as of one born out of due time."

Third: Changes Lives
1. Those  who met the Resurrection Jesus have had their lives totally transformed 2. The Resurrection is validated by the changes lives of his followers. 3. Something happened to changed this original group of followers 4. After Jesus was put to death, the disciples scattered. The bible tells that  they were  gathered in a locked room on the top floor of a building. They were filled with fear.
Jesus has changes my life. and to talking to may of you, I know that He has changed yours as well. His life-changing power is just  as available to us today as it was to that group of frightened followers on Easter Sunday night>





NO DOUBT ABOUT IT (Mar 27)

Thomas has been  the victim of a lot of bad press. OK,so his reputation isn't bad as Judas, who betrayed Jesus. He might not rank with Peter,who denied Christ three time on the eve of His crucifixion. But Thomas is usually classed among the bad guys of the disciples, the twelve men who were the closest to Jesus during His three of ministry
Thomas owes that bad boy reputation to an incident following Jesus' resurrection. Jesus appeared to the disciple behind closed doors. But Thomas was not with them. When they told Thomas the news of Jesus resurrection, he replies "Unless I see the marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were and, put my hands into his side, I will believe." (John 20:25)
             When Jesus later appeared to Thomas,  the Lord said, ' Put your finger here, see my hands. Reach your hand and put in my side. Stop doubting and believe." (John 20:27)
Many people how ever when they read the those words come down hard on Thomas because of his doubt. In so doing, they forget that none of the other disciples believed until they too, had seen the evidence of the resurrection. Everyone else had already seen the evidence of His resurrection. Everyone else had already seen his hands and side. What's  more Jesus did not say to Thomas, "You should have never doubted," Instead  He showed His disciples and then they stopping doubting." And when Thomas  did see the evidence (the bible does not say whether he touched Jesus as he has insisted as necessary, He uttered one of the greatest confessions of faith in history, calling Jesus, "my Lord and my God!"
For some reason. we've let ourselves Thomas was the bad boy. Real Christians don't doubt we say. To me that is a myth
          Doubt is not the opposite of faith, it is the forerunner of faith. Doubt does not cancel faith, it should give away to faith. In fact in Thomas's case, doubt can be the impetus that leads one to the truth 
There is more faith is an honest doubt. Faith grows through seeking the truth, and the seeker must ask questions, and questioning implies "honest doubt." 
            The Thomas Myth that real Christian don't doubt, does not come form the bible. The lesson to learn  form Thomas's experience are that doubt  is natural,that we can be honest about our doubts, and that honest doubt should give way to faith when Jesus reveals the truth to us

The Simplicity of Salvation

Salvation has been confused with religion. Religion is worshiping something. Salvation is having Christ in your heart. Almost all people are  religious , but few be there that  find that "straight and narrow way that leads to  everlasting life. Salvation is the most expensive thing known to mankind, and yet it is the freest thing on earth. It is so plain that a child can understand it. A hobo in rags may have it for the asking. My! what a wonderful Salvation we have to offer to this sin-sick world
I'm glad " that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish but have  everlasting life."  I'm  glad it is " not whosoever feeleth a certain way has  a certain emotional experience-or he who tarries long and prays loud."
Salvation as I said before is the most expensive thing on earth because it cost Heaven the most precious gem there. It cost God His only Son. I don't really know how to appreciate the verse that tells God ao love the world that He gave His only begotten Son. God gave his son, the best He had-all He had. So it coast God all He had so that it was possible to obtain our salvation. And that is not all. It cost His Son, Jesus, all that he had to the last very drop of blood in His precious body. It cost Him , His place at the right hand of the Father. The ivory palaces were exchanged for a sheep shed and his foster father's carpenter shop. The sweet music of heaven and the angels were exchanged for the hisses and cutting remarks of the Pharisees-that Christ- hating gang of religionists.My ! what a price Jesus paid for salvation. The  he was nailed to the cross, but halleliuah He carried my and your sins with Him there.
Yes, Salvation is plain, simple and free: but it took Calvary with all it's suffering and shame to make this wonderful Salvation possible for poor sinners like you and I. No mortal can be free from their sins unless the cleansing blood of Jesus has been applied to their heart.
There are many ways to  a city. There are many routes to take, but there is only one way to get to get to the city of God. And that is God's way.  The Devil has built many side roads and tracks but they will all lead you to the region of the damned. Some of them are inviting. Some look good at the start,but the end of the side tracks of the Devil are wind up in hell.
            Jesus said "I am the way,  the truth and the life: No man cometh unto the Father but by me." There is the gospel in a  nutshell. If you are going to heaven you must know the way to God's celestial city there is only way , Jesus., "I am the way."
I am afraid that we as the church have organized, committeeized, and standaredized Christ out of our program, and He stands at the door knocking, seeking entrance, but He gets a cold shoulder. If some saints does shoe a sign of emotion and enthusiasm, a damper is put on immediately before fanticism tears up the program.
Frankly I think the Devil is sick of these little sissy, pammy-mammy sermons that preachers have substituted for the real Gospel. These sermons are aimed at nothing, therefore it hits nothing-nobody gets saved-nobody gets mad, not even the Devil. There was a time when souls would run to the altar, weeping over their sins. Has the Gospel lost it's power? NO! The gospel when preached in it's purity and simplicity, will still melt the heart of the stoney heart of a sinner. The trouble with most of the preaching today, we are trying to dynamite the boulders of sin with firecrackers sermons. When we should use the  Gospel of God's marvelous grace. Man;s ways changed. God 's has not. He's program is still the same.
Most modern preachers and Christians will set in front of their T.V. sets and  cry crocodile tears over some adulterer adulteress, fornications,  homosexual movies, but will not shed  one tear over poor souls dying and going to hell. If you ask me, they need another dip and i don't mean snuff. They need a plunge beneath the blood of Jesus. We are very excited about unimportant things of life in this fickle age. God help us to become concerned about the lost around us. Let us go back to the simplicity of life