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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 of 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. Jesus is waiting to hear from you as are we.

1651 Bryan Road Sumiton, Alabama
Pastor: Rick Flippo
1209 Sullivan Road Sumiton, Alabama 35148
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Do you realize that we are not only to be free from our sins , but to share what Jesus has done for us and others.
It sure doesn't take a Phd or someone with a or some other degree  to see we live  in a world  which is completely in the dark and lost. ,Technologies have carried us  to inventions never dreamed of before , and still are increasing it seems each day. But war and famine has taken over our populations. What is this that has overtaken mankind?  SIN! Just look at the of the past few months, the grade school shootings, stabbings, even here in my own surroundings a man used swords to sacrifice  his 18 month old to Satan . World wide people plant bombs to kill others, or even plant bombs on themselves and then blow themselves up while killing others. North Korea and Iran threaten to Nuclear War. Is the integrity and principals that held our peoples together gone, Well....Yes!
We live in a society that really has a lot to offer but in reality so little it will give. Worldwide homeless drift and the people of well means grope not able to find satisfaction in their wealth. These questions are asked over and over again in their minds, "Why am I here?", Where did I come from?", "Where do I go from here"? All valid questions, because of an uncertain future....or is it uncertain?
It is certain we will die, it is certain, we will face the judgement throne of God and it is certain we will either go to Heaven or Hell, that's it, Heaven or Hell.
What is so great though is that Jesus came to this Earth and died on the Cross to forgive us of our sins. It is not hopeless. This world may be hopeless, but you are not hopeless. You can be forgiven...if you ask Jesus into your heart. Asking Jesus into your heart and forsaking your sins, never to commit them anymore is the best choice you could ever make.
As you read some of the other writings on this web page, see what is about to happen to this world, and choose to escape it. Make Jesus Christ your first choice in this matter and let him guide you into all truths and he will show you what you need to do to escape the wrath God is about to pour out on this world.
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A Thanksgiving Message 24 Nov 2014

What are you thankful for?  Your  family and  a place to live, food, good job, Etc? Yes I am thankful for all of that, But must important for Christ and the Bible. You may ask why the Bible? If we would abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country would prosper. But if we and our posterity , neglect the instructions and the authority in the bible (As America is doing) no one can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overtakes us and bury our glory in profound obscurity. This Book (Bible) inspired thousands of men and women to travel to the new World where they could live and worship God in freedom. This is the book out forefathers drew upon for the great principles included in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. This is the Book that in very court of the land, a reminder of America's ideal of freedom and justice for all. This is the Book that its enemies burn-the Book they smear and fear, because it proclaims the dignity of the individual and teaches that all men are created in the image of God. American and other countries of the world still needs the Bible! We need the courage to face today's problems and divine wisdom to solve them, just as our forefathers did. We need to renew the spirit in the book that is the foundation of our personal well-being, and cornerstone of our country's greatness. Let us turn to the book that reveals the mind of God, His holiness, His love for lost sinners and His salvation, through Jesus Christ. This Thanksgiving let us revive in us the spirit of our forefathers to face tomorrow unafraid.

The Seven-Sealed Book And the One Worthy To Open It ( Nov 12 2014)

As we enter upon our study of chapter five, let us remember that it is a continuation of the third and the last main division of the book, the beginning of which we considered in our previously study of chapter 4. We saw the church rapture and will be usher in "the things which shall be hereafter. In other words, it will mark the end of the present age of grace: and then in rapid succession, the vents which shall be "after these things" will surely come to pass. Before we rake up chapter 5 in detail, let us remind ourselves once more of the fact that, from Rev. 4:1 to the end of the book, the church is no longer upon the earth in her present ministry: she ever in the presence of God. I cannot stress this truth too much-that John's translation as recorded in 4:1, is a picture of what will take place in  when Thess. 4:16-17 is fulfilled. The Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout." Only the Bride of Christ will hear that shout. Only the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord." That is the rapture of the Church. To  believers, it will be the greatest day the Church has ever known, and see has seen some great days. She saw a great day on the Day of Pentecost, but the greatest day of all is when the Church is rapture. Then we shall be reunited with those we have "loved long since, and lost awhile.In that day death will be swallowed up in victory for the church. We learned i a present study that when John was projected, as it were into the future, he saw in heaven a throne, and God sitting upon the throne. He saw the elders-symbolic of the redeemed church-sitting, "Clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads, crown of gold." And out of the throne he saw proceeding " lightnings and thundering and voices." because it was the throne of judgement which John saw, judgement soon to be poured out upon a God defying world. Before the throne age apostle beheld the seven lamps of fire burning," a symbol of the Holy Ghost. He saw the four living creatures, representing that attributes of God. And he heard the chorus of worship and praise "to him that sat on the throne." Next writing "The title Deed to the Earth."

The Chorus of Praise and Worship (Oct 15 2014)
:And when the living creatures give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns  before the throne, saying, Thou are worthy, O Lord to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created." (Rev. 4:9-11). Who is the creator? In John 1:1-3, we are told that "in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. "All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made." In the same chapter, verse 10 reads: "He was in the world and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not>" Again in Col. 1:16 Paul tells that "by him were all things created"; an in Heb 1:1-2, that God who as sundry times and in divers manner spake in time past unto the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto his Son, who he hath appointed heir to all things, by who also he made the worlds."  The One who said, "Let there be light, was none other than the Lord Jesus Christ, who was God manifested in the flesh. Christ is here worshipped as the Creator. He is worshipped in  respect to this fact because God is about to deal with the physical earth. John see the Son of god glorified. The multitudes represented by the twenty four elders, cast their crowns at His feet. They worship Him. If the church was were caught away tonight, the first thing we should see would be the Son of God in his glory. When that day comes, when the lightening and thunderings and voices" are proceeding forth from the throne. we shall not fear. Why? Because the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ will be our shield. We shall see the rainbow, which will remind us not only of the promises of god made to the patriarchs, but also the promises he has given us. (Next writing How to escape the Judgments

The Four Creatures (30 Sept)
Rev 4: 6-80 "and before the throne there was a sea of glass  like unto crystal; and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne were four beast full of eyes before and behind.And the first beast was like unto a lion, and the second beast unto a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beast had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying Holy,holy,holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come." Who are these living creatures? One is like a lion; one, like an with the face of a man. one like a flying eagle.These living creatures are not created beings, because John says they are "in the midst of the throne." They are one with it, round about it, and seem to guard the throne of God, but they are also in the midst of it, and are a part of it. These four living creatures are none other than the attributes of the great God who sits upon the throne. The first living creature was like a lion, speaking of majesty, not only the throne of God, but the one who sits upon the throne.The calf (Ox) speaks of strength, and suggests to us our Lord as the faithful servant of Jehovah. The face of a man, Speaks to us of the fact that God is a person: He has personality: He lives, moves, and has His being. The fourth creature was a flying eagle.The eagle looks over the earth with its far-seeing eye: it makes heaven its home: it looks into the face of the blazing sun. The eagle is symbolic of the omniscience of God-God who see all, knows all, whose eyes, round to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose hearts is perfect toward him." ( 2 Chron 16:9)
Next writing :The chorus of Praise and worship

The Throne Of Judgement & The holy Ghost. 21 Sept 2014. "And out of throne proceeded lightening and thundering and voices; and there were 7 lamps of fire burning before the throne (Rev.4-5) John saw a throne. not of grace, but of judgement.The Lord is seated upon the throne of grace. Have you ever wondered why God allows things to go as there is in the world today? It is because He is seated on the throne of Grace. But one day when the last member has been added to the Bride of Christ, and the Church has been rapture, The Son of God will rise from His throne of grace and that His seat upon the throne of judgement. It is that throne which John saw from which proceed "lightening and thunderings and voices."
   "And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne which are the seven spirits of God." Again we have the reference of the Holy Ghost in the fulness of His person and power.. Seven is the complete number, and Isa. 11;2 describe the seven-fold attributes of the Third person of the Trinity..When John sees Him here. He is back in the presence of god. His task of calling out the church is finished. He has been in the world for at least two thousand years. He will never leave till the last member is added to the Bride of Christ and the church is rapture. But one day He will return to the presence of God. John is given a glimpse of that day, a view of what will take place in the future, when the church and the Holy Ghost shall be at the marriage supper of the Lamb.During the tribulation period. The Holy Ghost will empower the Jewish witnesses, but His relationship with the them will be a different relationship as He had with the  rapture church. Next Writing The Four Living Creatures

The For & Twenty Elders 8 Sept 2014

"around about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crown of gold." (Rev 4:4)
The word seats seem to me as being thrones as they had gold crowns on their heads.. But who are these four and twenty elders/. When we come to the fifth chapter, we read that the four and twenty elders sang, "Thou was slain, hast  redeemed us to God by the blood out of every kindred. 'Therefore, we know that they are not the holy angels, who have never sinned, but that they are those whom Christ had redeemed with His shed blood, In 1 Chronicles Hes is the appointing of twenty four elders: that is the division of the Levitical priesthood into twenty-four orders, so that each order could minister for two weeks at a time in the temple that was to be built. The priesthood numbered thousands. Of course all these priest could not go into the temple at one time: so priesthood was represented every two weeks by the order of twenty-four priest-twenty-four elders. When these twenty four were in the temple and were ministering, they were a representative body. What John saw, therefore was a representative body standing for the entire company of men and women who had been  washed in the blood of Jesus. In the Old Testament days, there were twelve patriarchs; in the New Testament there were twelve apostles. Like wise, here we have representative body of the Old Testament and the saints of the New Testament, translated, washed, clothed in white raiment, and singing praises to God. "And they had on their heads crown of gold." Why did they have crowns on their head? Because John was projected into the future, and it was as though the judgement seat of Christ had already taken place, and the rewards for service had been giver. There are five crowns for service-the crown of righteousness-The crown of glory-The crown of life-The crown of rejoicing and the incorruptible crown. Jesus will not be unmindful of the work an labour of love of His faithful servants.Next writing " A throne of judgement and The Holy Ghost"

Rev 4-11 The Church Translated-"Round About the throne (Aug 22 2014) To study this chapter we need a bird eye view of the division of the book. To do this we need to read the section as a whole. First the door" opened in heaven."; and we hear a voice, saying "Come up hither," a remarkable prophecy of Christ's call for His church (bride) at the rapture. The description of His glory, His throne, and His redeemed one, "around the throne" creates within us an increased longing for His soon return. This is what we will be studying today.. But let's go on with the view of these remarkable chapters.. Chapter 5 & 6 have to do with the seven sealed book and the opening of the seven seals; Chapter 8, 9, and part of 11, with the seven trumpets; chapters 12 and 13, with the seven parsonage; chapter 15 & 16 with the seven vials of the wrath of God; while chapter seven, 10, and part of 11 and all of 14 have to do with the highly significant events, treated here in a parenthetical way.. Chapters 17 & 18 tells of the terrible doom of apostate Christendom during the tribulation period. Chapter 19 pictures the triumphant return of Christ in glory with His saints, to rule the upon the earth. Chapter 20 tells of the 1000 year reign of Christ, the doom of Satan, and the wicked dead. Chapter 21 and 22 give us the beautiful picture of the new heaven, and the new earth and the eternal sate of the redeemed. In short, these are "the things which shall be hereafter," following the rapture which is His bride.
Now back to Chapter 4. We are no longer occupied with the Church of Jesus. either present pr past. The church age is over and the true church is no longer on the earth. The apostate church remains in judgement, but all true believers are caught away, That is why the word "church" disappears entirely from the 3rd chapter.Saints are mention. but they are Jewish saints, and not members of the Bride of Christ. (Next writing "The Door opened in Heaven

The Message to Ephesus-The Apostolic Church (Aug 4 2014)

To Ephesus, whose name means "desired," Jesus send His first message. And to this Church He addressed Him self as the One "that holdest the seven golden stars in his right hand., who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks . (Rev. 2:1). No wonder the apostolic church was pleasing to the Lord! Conscious of His keeping power and mighty presence, those first Christians received more commendation than rebuke from Christ. "I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience" (Rev 2;2) Similar words are found in verse 3" "Thou...hast borne and hast patience, and for my name's sake has laboured, and hast not fainted.". This was a working church,it was a church where every member was trying to make the gospel known. Consequently, Christ commended them. Again, He said to them, " I thou canst not bear them which are evil' (Rev 2:2).. they not only have faith, they had discipline also. If a member was living a double life, he was not tolerated. If he professed the name of Christ,but conducted himself unbecomingly, the condemnation of the church came upon him. I think just maybe this church concerned in gaining membership as having holy members. It is a great pity that the church ever departed from this desire and began to place emphasis upon numbers rather than upon spiritual conditions of those belonging to it. We seldom hear of church discipline in today churches. In fact, it is sad but true tstate of affairs, that is difficult to get together a body of people who are really in a position to discipline others. As we read further. Jesus says, "Thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not,and hast found them liars" (Rev 2:2) The members of the church were sound in faith. Evidently there had come among them some who had revealed themselves as "liars." They claimed to be apostles, but were not.. Therefore they are not received by the Ephesain church. Would it be great that all false teachers were refused by the church today!  Jesus goes on saying, "Thou hatest the deeds of Nicolaitanes, which I also hate" ( Rev 2:6) Who are the Nicolaitanes? The two words "nikato," meaning to conquer," and "laos," means the people or the "laity," form the root of the name "nicolaitanes." The term was applied to those who originated the system which divided the church of Jesus Christ into two divisions- the clergy and the laity. When we come to the study of the situation existing in the churches of Pergamos and Thyatira we will find this systemin full operation, with Bishops, archbishops, and other religious dignitaries domineering over the people, and claiming a unique place in the body of Christ, to which they were not justly entitled.. God say He "hates" the deeds, and the doctrine of the nicolaitanes (Rev 2:6, 15) So also was the church as Ephesus-the apostolic church!   Her we that Christ beheld many things in the church at Ephesus which were worthy of commendation, But those all-seeing -eyes which are "as a flame of fire", saw something that was wrong in the church. And in the mist of his commendation He paused to rebuke them. "Nevertheless,: He said. "I have somewhat against thee, because thous hast left thy first love." (Rev 2:4)Look like backsliding was happening here and soon to become more and more pronounced until it real the stage of apostasy. "Thou hast left thy first love," What is the first love?. Paul says it real plain as he wrote "For me to live in Christ." To seek His glory, not our own: to exalt Him, not ourselves; to please Him, not our own selfish desires-this is the "first love" of the child of God. To know Him, rather than to seek His gifts: to love Him, rather than fine delight first in His gracious providence-this is the "first love," of a born again Christian. A man need not to kill or drink to commit a crime in order to be a backslider. The man  who allows his first fervent love of Christ to grow lukewarm is a backslider, as well as the man who grows colder still and goes farther away from God. Have you left your first love? Listen to Christ "Remeber theerfore from whence thous art fallen, and repent, and do the first works: or I will come unto thee quickly, and remove thy candlestick out of his place, except those repent" (Rev2:5") The follow the words which run like a refrain through chapter two and three' He that hat an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches." And last of all, to Ephesus there are these words of promise. "To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life which is in the midst of the paradise of God" (Rev 2:7) Heaven.eternal life,the presence of God forever-this is the goal of the sinner saved by grace. (Next writing The church at Smyrna)

More the Seven Churches of Asia
 25 Jul 2014
All those who "let the Saviour in" during this, our time of apostasy will one day hear His voice, saying, "Come up hither." ( Rev 4:1) In that Moment, "in the twinkling of an eye" (1 Cor. 15:52), the dead in Christ shall rise first, and which are a live and remain unto till coming of the Lord" (1 Thee 4:15) shall be translated, forever to be with Him. The will come to pass "the things which shall be hereafter. " are revealed to John on Patmos many centuries ago, (Rev. 4:1) It is important that we get a  bird's eye view of this present church age, as out line in Rev. chapter 2 & 3, before we make an analytical study of this division of the book, in order to find the details concerning these seven periods of church history. And as we consider the significance of the seven messages as a whole, let us not also four facts that are characteristic of all seven. 1. Christ begins each message with a reference to Himself, to some attribute of His Person or some phrase of His work that apply meets the particular need of local church, symbolic of a specific period of all church history. 2. He closes each message with a promise "to him that overcometh." 3. He makes a special appeal or sounds a warning that fits the need of each local church-again,, symbolic of the respective periods of church history. 4. He utters the same striking exhortation to all seven' "He that hath and ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. Do you see how remarkably these seven messages gave to John a prophetic view of the whole church age, from Pentecost to the rapture? For unity accuracy, and comprehensiveness, we repeat, they are as perfect as all in the word of God. For their heart-searching truth, we only need to read them over and over, "to hear what the Spirit said to the churches." And remember as we read the Risen Christ and Great High Priest is "standing in the midst" of His blood bought church, interceding her, cleansing from sin and empowering for service, even as her light shines in a sin-darkened world. Were it not for these reassuring words, we might well become discouraged as the age of apostasy brings ever increasing spiritual darkness. (Same sex marriage, Drugs, etc). Seeing "the wheat and tares' growing together, as it were, we should be in utter confusion, but for this prophecy concerning, "the things which are."  I refer especially to the efforts of many professing Christendom toward the union of all churches, regardless of their belief or creed-Unitarian or Trinitarian-Catholic or Protestant-orthodox or apostate. Priding themselves on their broad-mindedness so called, they rob Christ of His deity and trample under foot the atoning blood of Calvary's cross. Some would like to unite Christians and Jews in one vast religious organization regardless of their respective attitudes toward Jesus, the eternal Son of God. Christ Said " I have one fold, the ones not of this fold I will bring in." The questions was ask of me one time. What doctrine would I give to for the sake of a union in the churches?. How easily I would have been   led away, deceived by a false"brotherhood," but for the prophecy God gave John, saying these things would surely come to pass in the closing days of the dispensation of grace! Truly Gods wants a real union of all born again Christian (one fold concept), but it must be based on the shed blood on Calvary's Lamb. Any other union is an abomination to our Holy God..Next writing we will consider the message to each local church




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