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. 

1651 Bryan Road Sumiton, Alabama
Pastor: Rick Flippo
1209 Sullivan Road Sumiton, Alabama 35148
205-648-9982 or205-285-4361

The Church of God, General Headquarters
Oscar Pimentel, General Overseer
P.O. Box 450 Charleston, Tennessee 37310
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P. O. Box 650
Bessemer, Alabama 35021

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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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Noah The bird Watcher  12 July 2017
And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made; and he send forth a raven, which went forth to and fro, until the waters were dried off the earth. Also he send forth a dove from him, to see if the the waters were abated off the face of the ground, but the dove found no rest for the sole of her feet, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth, then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her into the ark. After he stayed yet other  seven days; again he send forth the dove out of the ark; and the dove came in to him in the evening; and lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf puckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. And yet he stayed another seven days; and and send forth the dove; which returned not again unto him any more. (Genesis 8:6-12)
 There is a great spiritual lesson here. Noah is engaged in "bird watching." He sends out the raven, and raven does not come back. Why didn't the raven come back? This may have been the reason. We must recognize what that raven eats-its feed on carrion. There was a whole lot of flesh of dead animals floating around after the flood, and that was the kind of thing that old crow ate. He did not return to the ark because he was really going to have a feast, and he was having a very wonderful time.
The dove brought back the information; it was regular homing pigeon. With the dove's second trip, Noah was now a confirmed bird watcher, and the dove brought back evidence that the dry land was appearing. The third time, they dove did not return, and Noah knew that the waters of judgment were gone
All great truths of the Bible are germane in Genesis. The Bible teaches that the believer has two natures and old and a new: Therefore is any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new" (2 Cor 5:17). You and I as believers have those two natures. And there is a struggle today between the old nature and the new nature of the believer,
The raven went out  into a judge world, but he found a feast in the dead carcass because that is the thing he lives on. May I say to you, that is the picture of the old nature. The old nature loves the things of this world and feasts on them. You do have and old nature,but that is no excuse because you ought not to be living in the old nature. Jesus told us..."Go ye into the all the world and preach the gospel to very creature." (Mark 16:15). Let's take care of our job down her and get out the Word of God-that is the important thing. The dove recognized what kind of world she was in, and she found no rest. She found only rest in the ark, and the ark sets forth Christ, if you please.
Let me ask you this very personal question; What kind of bird are you? Are you a raven or a dove? If you are a child of God, you have both natures-but which one are you living today. Do you love the things of God, or don't?


God' Sanctuary In The Old Testament

God had decided That He must have a Sanctuary built so that He could dwell among His people. In Exodus 25:8  He said unto Moses "And let them build me a Sanctuary that I may dwell among them." An God gave them the instruction how to build it, just as He did with Noah and the Ark. This Sanctuary was  an illustration. or an object lessons of how He would save men and women from their sins. Each part of the Sanctuary, and each prat of the service, had significance for His plan of Salvation, as we can read in Exodus 25-32, how it was to be erected.
I have broken down the identify of the major parts and their meaning for us and how Jesus fits into the Sanctuary
1.) The Altar of Burnt Incense: The altar stood in the courtyard, on it the priest offered a lamb every morning and evening (Ex 25:10) This points to Christ. the Lamb of God, who sacrificed His own life on the cross so that repentant sinners might live and find peace with God. (John 1:29; Isa.53:7; Heb. 13'12)

2.) The Laver: (basin)  Ex 30:17-18) This washbasin stood in the courtyard also. Here the priest washed themselves before entering the Sanctuary. They had to be clean, just as Jesus was pure,sinless mediator can represent fallen human beings before God. (Heb 7:26: Matt 27:4;1 Peter 2:21-22)

The sanctuary itself was divided into two rooms. The Holy Place and the Most Holy Place. They were divided by a curtain. The priest went into the holy Place everyday with sacrifice, but they were only allowed to go into the Most Holy Place once a year, on the Day of Atonement.

3.) Table of Showbread: The priest place fresh bread on a small table every week, and it was called "showbread," or "bread of the presence, because it remain  before the presence of the Lord.It represented Jesus who is the "Bread of Life." (John 6:35-37)

4.) Lampstand: The lampstand had seven lamps. these were never extinguished at the same time. The lampstand, represents Jesus who is the light of the world (John 8:12) / God's people are to be a source of light to the world as well.  (Matt 5:14-16)

5) Altar of Incense (Exodus 30-7-8) The small altar sat before the curtain separating the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place. The priest burned incense on this altar every morning and evening, The incense represents the work of Jesus as he represents the prayers of His people, mixed with righteousness (Rev 8:2-4)

The second room of the Sanctuary was used only once a year on the Day of Atonement. On that day the High priest brought sacrificial blood unto the Most Holy Place to cleanse the Sanctuary. This represents a work of judgement that occurs before Jesus comes.

6.) The Ark of The covenant. This wooden box was covered in gold housed the Ten Commandments written by God's own finger, Aaron rod, and a pot of manna.The Lid of the ark was called the "Mercy Seat" and was made of pure gold. On each end of the lid was a golden angel. This represented God's justice combined with his mercy. as He send His son Jesus to show His mercy before His justice is render  unto all men

A Father's Love 14 Jun 2017
I guess you know hat an honor and privilege it is to be a father, to have a son, or daughter-or both or several-who shares your genes and will carry on your legacy. It's a tremendous gift and with, and awesome responsibility. I don't think I am exaggerating when I say that, beyond all the things men to seek to accomplish in life, being a good father is, by far, the greatest opportunity and the greatest challenge.
    We celebrated Mother's day few weeks ago, as well as we should. Mothers deserve all the honor we can give them, but so do father's in their own right. It's to nail down, but I think we all can agree, there's a distinct difference between a mother's love and a father's love for their children
          From the first moment of life, children look to their mother for sustenance and comfort. Father's look on from a second tier. No matter how active the father is in feeding and rocking and cuddling the bay, changing diapers- the works-it's still the mother that the child looks to for warmth and security when the chips are down. It's as if the child intuitively knows the mother but has to get to know the father-as if a child naturally sinks into mother's breast, but cautiously eyes the father at a distance at a distance wondering, "Who's the big guy standing in the corner?"
The starting place this message is of course is the 5th Commandment. "Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land which Yahweh your God give you (Ex 20:5). Beyond that I'd like to take you to a close look at the relationship we have- or have had-with out fathers. Here's my take. At the best, a father's love, however imperfect and rough around the edges is a reflection of god's love. As Jesus told his disciples"... who is there among you, who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or is he asks for a fish, who will give a serpent? If then you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him. (Matt 7:9-11)
So, how would describe you father? Was he soft and gentle or harsh and demanding? Was he there for you when you need him, or was he always on the go, and away from the home a lot of the time? Was he affectionate and demonstrative, or keep his distance? Was he emotionally transparent and easy to read, or was he Stoic and reserved, keeping his feelings to himself? Was he an outdoorsman or a homebody?  Did he read to you when you were little and play with as you were growing up? Did he teach you to do things? What sort of practical skills did you learn from your father? Was he a good listener? Could you share your thoughts and feelings with him without getting a lecture in return?  Was he a man of faith? Did he share his faith with you  and help you to experience the peace of God's presence and the power of God's love?. Was he authoritative or easy going? Was he quick to discipline you and keep you in line, or did he give you freedom to explore and make your own discoveries-your won decisions and you own mistakes?
         If you are a son, was your father someone you wanted to be like when you grew up? If you're a daughter, was your father the type of man you how to marry someday?  what did you love most about your father? if you had the chance, what words of gratitude and affirmation would you mostly share with him today
There just a few questions you might ask yourself in describing your father and your relation ship with him. Already you get the picture, when it come to fathering, some dad do a lot better than others, so don't do well at all. There are a lot of reasons why: The most obvious is  male ego. It's hard to be attentive to the children when you're caught up in your self
Beyond ego  is the way we are wired. As a female colleague said to me, It's the Y chromosome." And it's true, men and women experience  life differently and while that's an asset when we work together and complement each other's strengths, it can be a problem when it come to rearing children. Child rearing come more naturally to mothers, its something dads have to learn
The there is the maturity factor. If you marry young and have children right away, you could be a father by the time you  are in your early twenties. By the time you're in your late 40's and most men don';t really mature till in their 40's
Finally  how does a young man know how to be a father except by doing what his father did? I can't tell you how many times I've heard an exasperated wife say to her husband, " He's just like his father!" The good news is, if you had a wise and loving father, you have a lot of strength to build on and if you father was a Klutz, you're apt to repeat a lot of not-so healthy traits.
         The bottom line we don't live in perfect world. Most fathers fall somewhere along the scale of exceptional to average poor. if you father was exceptional, consider your self lucky. Most father are average, at best.
         Regardless if your father was nearly perfect in everyday or  just  the opposite, now's a good time to cut some slack. At this age and stage of life, the best gift you can give your father for Father's Day is the gift forgiveness and with it, healthy does of genuine gratitude.
Most fathers so the very best they know how to do, so if you're holding on to some bitter feelings because your father hurt you or failed you in some way, now''s the time to get over it and let it go. Focus on what he did for you, or tried to do. And know this, your carry his genes. Honor him by carrying them on to as higher level of excellence