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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  "Write the vision.....make it plain!" 
Pictures: Top left: A.J.Tomlinsom, Top Middle: M.A. Tomlinson, Bottom Left: Robert Pruitt, Bottom Right: Stephen Smith, and Far right: Oscar Pimentel (current General Overseer)

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Oscar Pimentel, General Overseer
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Our theme this 2016 year is "A Year of Prayer. We have taken June & July as a time of "Let It Rain." 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 we show, through the Christlike spirit we show. We must win the lost at all cost. The song you are listening to is called "Let It Rain.". and it so deeply says how I should feel, how we feel to win the lost. 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."
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 Some Members That will make you pull 
your hair out 22 July 2016 Warning; This message is not for you if you have a weak stomach!!!
Mt friend I am not writing this message as a pastor or an evangelist. I know the joys and heat aches of a pastor, because I came from a preaching family. I have learned that a lot of trouble found in the churches is caused by pastors  taking in "Sister ratchet Jaw" or Brother  "Know it all." form the church down the road. nobody told you that  you were getting a devil , because you wanted to show everybody you could build a church with these rejects. Now you have ulcers, now drinking Malox and pulling your hair out. How many churches have taken folks in unsaved, put then in the choir, made deacons and Sunday School teachers out of them and saying  "Oh they are good people, the preacher up the street didn't love them like I do."
           So I though I would give you a few thoughts that will improve and fate free. Just add your own meat.
In Ezra 9:1-3 "Now when these thing were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and  the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians and the Amorites. For they have taken their daughters for themselves, and for their sons; so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of these lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass. And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my bread, and sat astonied
      Wow!!, did you see that? When he saw  the condition of his people, he pulled his hair out. Now believe me, there are thing that happen in the church that will make you pull your hair out, too. That is if, if you are a man of  God like  Ezra that hated sin. I am not going use the things he saw. like how they separated themselves and married into sin, and mixed the holy with the unholy. But look at the nations. Most church have some of these in their church as well. Their names reveals their character. For  you know, Bible names have meanings. For example. Jacob means "Deceiver" (He sure was) Deut 7:1 God told Joshua not to run with the crowd than had an "ITE" on the end of their names. Let's see how many of these "ITES" you have in your church, and they they make you want to pull your hair out'
       Canaanites-Wicked, rebels, lowlanders. They like living in plains and lowlands. God's people like mountains like David in Psalm 121:1-2
( I" look unto the hills) . Caleb was a mountain climber. John the Baptist cams form the hill country. Do you have any low living crowd down at your church, never looking to move up, they love low living. You can't change and that's why you're pilling your hair out, trying to make mountaineers out of low wicked lowlanders and the low lifers.
      Hittites: Fear, dread or terror. I've seen this bunch. They have no faith. They always have a fear that if we started a building program, we would go broke. They fear we would not be able to afford it. But , Preacher, you're to controversial! I'm scared! Folks in the community  will get mad at us!  They will stay away in fear all their lives They have no faith in God or you. Yes, they will make you pull your hair out.
      Perizzites- Squatters. In other words, they take something that belongs to another. I know preachers like this. They pastor a church in order to stop the good people from getting a man of  God. Oh, they have not left the ministry, but the ministry has left them years ago. But will stay as a squatter and kill the flock because they are to sorry to get a job. Many other in the church are not God 's choice for holding an office, but because if family influence or financial influences, they are in the office . Another thing,it's bad to have too many preachers in your church because they will be wanting to claim squatter rights
             Jebusites- A threshing place or the  sifting or treading underfoot. After wheat is harvested, it is carried to a treading place where the wheat was separated from the chaff. We all have to go through the sifting process like Christ told Peter in Luke 21:31-32" "And the lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith not fail not; and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren."
     This crowd listen to people like Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copleand and Joel Osteen and their health, wealth, and prosperity, pie-in- the- sky garbage. That teach you, just to go to heaven on a feather bed. No trials, no headaches,or sickness, and be an instant millionaire if you send them a seed faith offering of a $1000. Some of sucker into buying it.. So when God put these bunch through the sifting process, they begin to whine and complain. "They I must not be saved and stay in a doubt and depression because they have listened to this charismatic junk.    and not the Bible. Yes, sir. they will make you pull your hair out. I would personal sift my members out, if i knew that they even listened to those jokers. Toy say "Bro Charles" I wouldn't say that. Well go ahead and pull your hair out and if you cannot stand the good old Bible line, then get out!!!
      Ammonties-Incest. Ammon, a son of lot by his youngest daughter. You say there nothing in some churches like that. I'm ashamed to say it isn't so. but it is. Even in the days of Apostle Paul, according to 1st Corinthians 5, a man was sleeping with his step mother. What about David's son raping his own sister Tamar.  And we all know some ministers who have slept with their step daughters, and one that was caught in an ungodly sin with his own daughter. You think this would cause you to pull your hair out?
      Moabites-Fornication. A son of Lot by his oldest daughter. Half brother  of Ammon. These boys had the same father, but different mothers. Their mothers were sisters, they were first cousins. Paul said don't even let this be mentioned among you. Ephesian 5:3- "But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness let it not be named among you, as becometh saints. Also Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 5:9 not to keep company with a fornicator, and in verse 11. If a man who calls himself a brother is a fornicator. don't even sit and eat with him, I know of pastors that know for surety that they have this in the audience in their church, but say they are trying to be patient with them  and love them.But a pastor who is sold out to God  would run him out and make him a public example. They may fornicate, but a member of my church and I hope not yours. If you do you are going to pull your hair out!!
      Egyptians-That bind, that troubles and oppresses. Exodus 3:2 "And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and behold.the bush burned with fire, and bush was not consumed." Exodus 3:17. "And I have said, I will bring you out of affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanties, and the Hittites, and the Amorities, and the Perizzites, and the hivites, and the Jebusites, unto the land flowing with milk and honey." Look now they oppressed the children of Israel.her we have the crowd that puts people in bondage. Not all Pharisees are dead.Some say you can't drink caffine, use hair spray wear horn rim glasses, or wear cowboy boots. The oppress with their little rule book and not God's book. They are taskmaster like Hitler. Don't dare to question their authority, just bring you checkbook to the service and leave your brain at the door. These oppressors want to make you pull your hair out.
       Amorites-Bitter, talkative, blabbers.. Have you got any of these in your church?  Let me answer that for you!! YES!! Blabbers, people bitter at everything and everybody. They have been members of 40  churches and have caused trouble in everyone. They really hate preachers, especially ones that they can't control.If these people aren't pointed out as trouble makers, they will sow enough discord in  church with their babbling that you might have to be looking for a U-haul to move with. Don't pull your hair out, point them out. Be on the lookout for this crowd. You will save your hair and your  church!

Who Let the Dogs out  16 Jul
"For dogs have compassed me; the assembly of the wicked have inclosed me: they pierced my hand ans my feet. I may tell all my bones: they look and stare upon me. They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my venture. But be not far from me, O Lord: O my strength, haste thee to help me. Deliver my soul from the sword: my darling from the power of dosg. (Psalm 22:16-20 KJV)

Who let the dogs out was once a popular son you may have heard, but it is also a question we can ask ourselves as Christians. We know there were three types of animals present at the crucifixion of Christ.1.Bulls of Bashan (Psalm 22:12) Bulls run in packs and crush little lambs. 2. A lion. A lion toys with preys and makes it suffer, like a cat with a mouse. 3. Dogs-Gentiles uncircumcised-like Roman guards, the dog is looked upon as impure, filthy, worthless. The day that Jesus was in the cross dying for sinners like us, apack of dogs was turned loose on him like never seen before. Religuious dogs are the worse kind. Read Philippians 3:2 where it says , "Beware of the Dog." The scripture is saying for us to look out for vicious dogs They'll all around
      I received a prayer request where a pit bull had attacked a baby who belonged to a friend of theirs. The dog tore the baby's ear off and cause a the bay to lose one  eye. Then the dog went for the baby's throat shaking it like a rag doll. Another one, a lady was going into her apartment. While taking her keys out she was attacked by two doberman pinchers-they ripped her throat out.
      I've been in homes that don't have a Beware sign up, but under the house in the dark is a vicious dog. With out warning the dof called Gossip will attack and tear you to shreds. I could  go on dogs like sitters or pointers or bulldogs that are running around in our churches, but, I don't have time. But I want to ask the question,"Who let the dogs out?"
      I want you to know the dogs have been turned loose on folks trying to live right like never before, These so-called Christians, preachers like Joyce Myers, Benny Hinn, etc are destroying folks are no more than smut trash or garbage. Is say these folks are dogs. They love garbage, eating and then puke it out on TV or revival meetings and then return to the vomit to eat it up again. 
       Some dogs we see in our says, The sickening press. The new Media whether it be CNN,CBS, NBC, or Fox, True christian are made to look retards. I guess you can't  blame them after  seeing them like TBN, or other TV evangelist
       You every notice when a dog gets worms  he starts sliding on the floor and you will say her "Doggie,doggie it time to worm you. I know some relgious dog like that which have been sliding like that for uear dragging themselves for years who have an itch. They have an itch to get a big church  and big name. They have an itch to be a lover not a fighter. They must be a who poodle with painted nails  ho loved to be petted while the deacons keep you trimmed. Everybody laughs when a poodle barks. Did you know a Poodle gets jealous when they are not the center of attraction? If you preacher doesn't preach it straight, he ain't nothing but a hound dog
   I've heart some preachers say, "I'm just a dumb country preacher." He needs to shut up, after 5 minutes in the pulpit we will all know you're dumb. Why would aman get in the pulpit saying I really ain't really a preacher then spent 30 minutes proving it.
      My favorite Beatitude is, "Blessed the preacher that has nothing to say. Refrain from giving evidence to it. "I was once with a minister when the evangelist finishing preacher and with a Southern drawl said, "Son you ought to be arrested for attempting to preach.". I believe that the reason preachers are silent is because preaching is not a passion but a profession. It's a paycheck, a parsonage, airplane, a party. The kind needs a flea collar-flee from the pulpit
      Preachers, have you lost your bite, are you like Isaiah who likened you to a dumb dog that can't bark, but whine? Do you have anything to preach beside soft soap down messages? If not. I pray that Holy Ghost dog catcher will impound you out of the pulpit.
    Who let the dogs out!!!

July 8 2016

Jesus is no Lone Ranger

      At the beginning of Jesus' last week on earth, He entered Jerusalem riding  donkey. There was a couple of reason why Jesus rode into town that first  Palm Sunday on such a humble animal. First of all to fulfill prophecy of Zechariah 9:9 that was written over 500 years before the coming of Christ. Secondly, Jesus wanted to demonstrate visually the type of messianic king hew was. If he was Jesus on that Palm Sunday, he would have entered Jerusalem as if He was the Lone Ranger
   It was Palm Sunday and Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. He was riding a blazing white stallion and kicking up a cloud of dust as he  cam riding in. He was looking for trouble. The people that He passed on his way were in awe of such a beautiful animal but they were even more awe struck by the man that was riding it. As Jesus passed by, you could here the people say, "Who was that masked man?"
      There were bad guys on the loose and Jesus had a job to do. As He rode into Jerusalem, He quickly sized up the situation and formed a plan to captured the ring leader of the trouble makers. His name was Diablo or Satan. There were gunshots fired and  a short scuffle and Jesus won easily over Diablo. He hog-tied the devil and threw him in jail
     A large crowd of people gathered to see what the commotion was all about, Jesus mounted his horse and pulled the reigns. The stallion stood on its hind legs, neighed loudly, and pawed the air with its front legs. When it stood as tall at it could stand, Jesus leaned forward in the saddle. Holding the reigns with one hand while lifting his white hat in the air with the other, he shouted with a loud voice.. As He rode off into the sunset you cold hear the William Tell overture in the background. Du du. Dun du dunt. Du du dunt
       Isn't that how you would have done if you were Jesus. But that isn't what  Jesus did at all. There is something truly counter culture and radical to the Christian faith. The reason this is that Jesus is a counter-culture-type king. It is a lesson that even Jesus' disciples had trouble understanding. For example, just before Jesus entered Jerusalem on that young donkey, John and James, two of Jesus' closest disciples requested positions of prominent leadership.
      Jesus' definition of leadership and Greatness was recorded in Matt 20:20-21. They ask through their mother, to sit with Jesus right hand and left hand in his coming kingdom. Jesus replied, "You don't know what you are asking. Can you drink the cup that I am going to drink? (v.22)
      Jesus knew that he was destined to become the Messianic king of the Jews, and not only to the Jews, but the whole world. But he also knew that he was going to be crowned only after he drank the cup of suffering on behalf of the whole world by dying on the cross. He will be King of kings but only after he wore the crown of thorns embedded on his head by the mocking and seemingly invincible Roman soldiers. Jesus went on to say to his 12 disciples  that the Gentile (non-Jew) rulers like to lord over people and flaunt power. But they were different. In Matt 20-25-28. Jesus gives this revolutionary definition of greatness in leadership: the servant of all. What kind of world would  we live in if this definition of greatness in leadership was put into practice by more of us. 
     Jesus's leadership in action: After Jesus' definition of greatness in leadership, we see this kind of leadership demonstrated through His life. Matt. 20- 29 we see Jesus leaving  Jericho on his way to Jerusalem for the final time. Large crowds are following. They are hoping he is the Messianic leader who will throw off the political, military and economic yoke of Roman. As He was leaving Jericho, all of  sudden two blind and powerless yell out to Jesus when the hear that is him. "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!" The crowd immediately rebukes them. They think Jesus has more on his agenda. They blind men even yelled louder. Jesus stops. Jesus wasn't too busy or too important to show compassion to these needy men. He healed them.
      We often think that the most significant things happen in places like city hall and the corporate headquarters of Fortune 500 companies or  like the president or congress Sure these are important people and positions, but just as important is the servant of Jesus who helps someone in need in the name of  Jesus. Matt. 25:40., we have Jesus reply to his faith servants: "I tell you the truth, whatever you did to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me."
     Military, political and economic power are not ultimate values in God's order of things. What is Ultimate in God's kingdom is servant hood and the love of God in in Christ. Nothing in all creation, including death is stronger than the love of god in the crucified and risen Christ, (Romans 8:35-39)
      When I think of what matters the most in this  world and what ends up what is the greatest blessing, it is humble and quiet like a dad  who takes time to talk to his children about the love of God, or helping a neighbor in time of Need.
My wife Marilyn teaching children in Sunday School for decades at the church at Canaan. She has impacted countless kids who  are now adult serving Christ. Of people like Bro Paul of India  and other missionaries  serving Jesus, which has left an indelible mark of Christ's love on this earth.
Yes Jesus redefined and demonstrated what true greatness is in leadership. 
His legacy lives on for  ever and  yes one day He will ride great white and with all his  Saints will return to earth on one