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I love my country, I really do!

America has reached a crossroads. Our country is in so much turmoil today, of which in my 62 years have never seen or dreamed of. There is so much confusion in Washington D.C. about what is right, or what is wrong. The Democrats, Republicans and Independents cannot agree on any thing. Healthcare, military spending, foreign affairs, name it. Even to allow the Ten commandments in public buildings or government buildings, prayer at school, or before sporting events. Now we have come to the place where many athletes, coaches, and sports owners, even our child athletes are refusing to stand for The (OUR) National Anthem. What is the National Anthem for?  Mr. Key, who wrote the song said it best in a line from the Anthem, "But our flag was still there". For what purpose? Freedom!!! Not just for some, but for all, regardless of race or color of the skin. So why boycott the very thing that united a country, our flag that gave us our rights. Have we gotten to the point that we have forgotten our men and women that fought for the freedom the flag stands for. We have have offended the veterans over the decades who fought for our flag so we can have our liberties. Don't use the flag as a forum to protest, organize, plan, and present it legally. This is not the 
         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 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. 

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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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Making Preachers ( 15 March 2018)
As a follow up on talking about the need of a preacher to be called of God, there's something else that needs to be straighten out that's concerning the education of the preacher. Some folks glory in the ignorance of a preacher who don't think he should darken the door of a Bible college or any Bible training. Now sometimes, they are right, but that;s only because so many schools  now days have strayed away from teaching the unadulterated truth. But if a God called man gets a chance to go to Bible training, then he's a brick shy of a load if he doesn't take advantage of it.
The problem with the thinking of some folks is that a man goes to school to make preacher. Well schools don't make preachers, God does. He calls them and the calling of God on a man is very important.I I have known and still know preacher who had no formal training who could preach circles around Dr. Doodledigger from the Ragwood Institute. However there is nothing wrong with a Good Bible course, or Bible  Training Course. The call is still more important that any school or institute, but school is important too.
When there is a job to do, a smart man will use every tool available. Would you rather hoe corn with a dull hoe or a sharp one? Or used  a pocket knife to cut plywood, when there is a saw in reach of you?, why people would think you were he was stark raging mad for not using the right tool. Sound doctrinal Bible teaching and classes on understanding the Bible and pastoral ministry are tools. They don't make a preacher, but they can help make a better preacher/
If nothing else, a little learning can help a preacher become all things to all men, and I am not talking about compromising, I'm talking about being well rounded and knowing how to stand in the pulpit and not murder the English language (Of course, I know many of preachers who's well rounded from too much fried chicken, but now I've done gone to meddling). Preacher, when God calls you, then you are officially God's representative and you wouldn't want anyone to misrepresent you. Every preacher is obligated to do the best he can for God, and go the third mile if necessary, to present God effectively  to the people that God "might by all means save some" to quote a well educated preacher from the bible, Brother Paul. And remember, when Festus told Paul, "Much learning doth make thee mad", that was nothing more than man's opinion.
Even I went to college, and got a little education, yet I sometimes make an English teacher's, members and my wife's toenail curl of the way I pronouns words. So I remind them when they are not proud of my  "ain'ts and diden done it." I just remind them, I've come along way over a shaky bridges and they should have heard me before I went to school. But At least I went to school

On The Way Back (9 Mar 2018)

When we fail Christ and fall back into sin, is there away back for us?  Yes! is we choose to take it. It was the coming of God's Son and by His death and resurrection for our sake that made it possible. There are two facts about this that i want to mention. First: Only God can do it, it was his doing, not ours. Second: It was a great cost to Him.
            We all know that every time a person sins in some way, they are likely to do again in similar circumstances. Human nature is such that a person future behavior is influences by what his behavior was. Indeed the phrase "Let's do it again" can be taken as the motto of the human race. We tend to do what we did before. So sin has once entered into the situation.
But not all is lost! Jesus came form God. From start to finish, the whole achievement was something that God did on our behalf. In Jesus, God acted. In Jesus, the eternal Word of God broke in upon our little world of time and space. Our redemption was won by supernatural means.
God reached down into the world to save men and, in doing so his hand was grievously bruised. If you love someone, they have the power to hurt you by their indifference and neglect. The more deeply you love them, the more deeply than can hurt you. The fact that God loved us unlovely with an infinite love that knew no bounds, and so we have the power to hurt him deeply. When He came to save us, we excercised this power with vicious willfulness. God's Son nailed to the cross is the eternal sign of the price that we made him pay.
I read a story of a man who was dying and was on his death bed and as he lay there one night, he had a dream that he arrived at the last Judgement. Before him was a large scales. On one side the Devil was piling up all the things he had done wrong in his life, while on the other side an angel was placing good things he had done and what merits he had acquired during his life on earth. The pile on the left was heavy for sure, but he had been a good man. On the right side the angel place his gifts to the church and to the poor, his acts of communion, his prayers and fasting. But when he saw all was placed on the scales, to his horror the man saw them began to tip ion the wrong way. In his dream, he called out Lord saved me. There was then a small metallic sound and, as he looked, a nail dropped into the right-hand scale. It was followed by another, and a third, and then the scales changes over to the right. There is no ones whose good deed will outweight his sins, but there is also no one whose sins are beyond forgiveness bought by the passion of Jesus.
Repentance is the one essential condition upon which God opens to us the treasures of Hid grace. The message of John who came to prepare the way for Jesus was' Repent ye, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand." When Jesus arrived, his message was the same, "repent ye and believe the gospel." After Jesus went to be with His Father, He send the Holy Ghost and Peter stood up and preached the first Christian sermon. And they were moved by the message and asked what they should do. Peter said" Repent and be baptized. That is our message today. "Repent and be baptized

Spoiled Saints, Need a Spanking  Feb 21 2018
The mark of a spoiled child are too familiar. He gets everything he wants or he throws a temper fit, and the parents quickly bow to his wishes. A spoiled child has never been disciplined and consequently reacts violently to any restrictions, He insists upon having his won way. He has been brought up to be concerned only about himself and has little concern for the feelings of others. Because of the overindulgence  it takes something really tremendous to please the spoil child. He demands and expectations become greater and greater and it more and more to keep him happy and satisfied.
            The spoiled child finally seems to lose interest in everything. Nothing please him, and he takes his revenge by making life miserable for everyone around him, particularly his parents, The spoiled child has been petted, pampered and fawned upon the degree that love has lost its meaning. His bad antics and meanness have been smiled at and condoned until he no longer recognizes what is wrong and what is right. The spoiled child has been waited upon hand and foot and  cared for to the degree he has never learned to care for himself or to meet his simplest needs. generally a spoiled child never grows up, he remains a spoiled child for life. He may finally marries but he then demands from the wife the same attention he received from his parents
A spoiled child is bad. A spoiled saint is worse. Just as the spoiled child is so prominent in the America family, so is the spoiled saint in the church. The allegory is almost perfect, The  marks of a spoiled saint are just as familiar  as  those of a spoiled child
The spoiled saints must have his own way or he will throw  temper tantrum. If everything doesn't go just as exactly as he thinks it should, he'll sulk, pout, point, stay home to punish the church for disagreeing with him. His attitude is expressed in the old saying, "if you don't won't play my way, I' ll take  my ball and go home. A spoiled saint reacts violently to any restriction. Nobody is going to tell him what he can do and what he cannot do. The spoiled saint is concerned  only about himself. "what's in for me?" seems to be hos motto. The spoiled has little or no feelings or well beings of others.
Because of an overindulgence of religious excitement it take something really really big to stir the spoiled saint. Like the spoiled child, his demands and expectation become greater and greater as he demands more and more. Each religious hayride creates an expectation for one bigger and better. Finally he becomes sophisticated, hardened connoisseur of religious fare and takes only satisfaction seems to be running it for everyone else.
The spoiled saint has been petted, pampered, and fawned upon by glory seeking numbers building preachers and very kind of compromising cult that no longer recognize true love. Spoiled saints! Waited on hand and foot by a frightened  bunch of professional preachers whose only task seems to be to pamper the whims of this sorry lot. These spoiled saints have long since passed the place of caring for themselves. A spoiled saint never grows up but remains a whimpering, pampered, babied, coddled, spoiled saint throughout hie entire life.What is the cause of this condition? Mostly, with few exceptions, a spoiled child is the product of well meaning  but woefully inadequate parents. Others can have a part but in the final analysis the responsibility rests with the parents. What about spoiled saints? Again the source of this difficulty is not hard to trace. With few exceptions it rest a with men who serve as pastors. They are the ones who must ultimately bear the responsibility of raising spoiled saints.
In our day preaching and pastoring a church has become a highly competitive business. A great number of modern preachers labor under the constant pressure of feeling that they must keeps the member happy and contented or someone else will lure them away, and they will be out of a job. This a sorry, despicable picture but it is an accurate analysis of much today's religion. So in the continual effort to please the saints the process of spoiling progresses. Instead of pastoring his people the average modern preacher pampers, pets, and coddles them. He gives then everything they demand. His main purpose in life seems to be satisfy every passing whim of his people. He becomes a kin of parasitical politician. A toe kissing flunky.
          Modern day religion has raised a crop of saints with no training and no equipment which would enable them to grow and become strong. Seemingly thee is nothing glamorous and appealing, about the spirit of the Holy Ghost and teaching in the churches. It is hard work to learn and neither the modern day pastor (TV preachers nor people have a stomach for spiritual worship.
Today's religion is characterized by an almost complete lack of discipline. Anything goes. The saints is taught the standards of the Bible by which they should live, Today, no one expects much of the church goer. It is any wonder he is spoiled and completely unable to determine which right and which is wrong, or sin or truth.
         Another contributing factor to the conditions we are describing is that, in a great percentage of religion, entertainment has been substituted for worship. We go to church , not to worship, but to be entertained. The congregation has become the audience. They don't come to take part but to watch high powered professions to but on a show.
Each pastor and church feels they must out do the church down the street on the T.V Minsters, bringing ungodly groups to sing on their show.
Each pastor and church feels they must outdo other to stay in the race of bringing amusement to the saints. On and on the pace goes until the spirit of God has left the building never to return and finally the google-eyed saints become dulled and become with itching ear and void of true understanding. Finally, it will take a  good size earthquake, four or five erupting volcanoes, and the ominous ticking of as hydrogen bomb to get him even mildly excited of true worship.
All the emphasis is upon a religious good time, a hayride happiness. Get on board and hallelujah, your troubles are over . Just sit back and enjoy yourself, What ever happened to those good old days, religious words like sacrifice, suffering, self-denial, conviction, born again and so on? What is the answer? The situation calls for misters, real courageous preachers, calling for repentance that will wake up slumbering saints. We need preacher who are not afraid to spake the spoiled saints. Amen

A True Story; God, Jesus and Me (9 Jan 2018)
          Sally jumped up as soon as she saw the Surgeon come out of the operating room. She said: "how is my little boy? Is he going to be okay? When can I see him? The Surgeon said, "I'm sorry, we did all we could. Sally said, "Why do little children get cancer? Doesn't God care anymore? God, where were you when my son needed yo? The Surgeon said, "One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes to let you spend some time with your son's remains before  it's transported to the university." Sally asked the nurse that the nurse stay with her while she said good-bye to her son.
            Sally ran her fingers through his thick red curly hair. The nurse said, "Would you like a lock of his hair?" Sally nodded yes. The nurse cut a lock of hair place it in a bag and gave it to Sally. Sally said. it was Jimmy's idea to give his body to the university for study. He said it might help somebody else, " and that is what he wanted. I said no at first, but Jimmy said, "Mom I won't be using it after I die. Maybe it will help some other little boy to be able to spend one more day with his mother." Sally said, "My little Jimmy had a heart of gold, always thinking of someone else and always wanting to help others if he could.
             Sally walked out of the children's hospital for the first time after spending most of the last six months there. She sat the bag with Jimmy's things in it beside her in the car as she drove home. She took the bag to Jimmy's room and started to place the model cars and things back in his room exactly where he always kept them. She laid down across the bed and cried herself to sleep holding his pillow.
She woke up about midnight, and laying beside her on the bed that had been under the pillow was a letter folded up. She open the letter and it said. Dear Mom; I know I am going to miss me, but don't think I will ever forget you or stop loving you because I'm not around to say I LOVE YOU. I'll think of you every day mom, an I'll love you even more every day. Some day we will see each other again.
If you want to adopt a little boy so you won't be lonely, he can have my room and my old stuff to play with. If you decide on a girl instead, she probably wouldn't like the same things as us boys do, so you will have to buy her dolls and stuff girls like.
    Don't be sad when you think about me. This is really a great place. Grandma, Grandpa met me as soon as I go there and showed me around some, but it will take along time to see everything here. The angels are so friendly and I love to watch them fly.
Jesus don't look like any of the pictures I saw of Him, but I knew him as soon as I saw Him. He took me to see God! And guess what Mom? I got sit on God's knee and talk to Him like I was someone important. I told God that i wanted to write you a letter and tell you good-bye and everything, but I knew that wasn't allowed. God handed me some paper and His own personal pen to write you this letter with. I think Gabriel is the name of the angel that is going to drop this letter off to you. God said to tell you the answer to the questions you asked Him about--where was he when I needed Hm? The same place He was when Jesus was on the cross, He was right there, as He is with all His children."
Oh! by the way Mom, nobody else can see what is written on this paper, but you. To everyone else, it looks like a blank piece of paper. I have to give God back His pen. He has some more names to write in the Book of Life. And tonight i get to sit at the table with Jesus for supper. I'm sure the food will be great.
I almost forgot to let you know. I don't hurt anymore and the cancer is all gone. I'm glad because I could not stand the pain anymore. And God couldn't stand to see me suffer the pain either, so He send Th Angel of mercy to get me. The Angel said I was Special delivery!
Signed with love from: God, Jesus and me!

Bible Laws on Marriages 13 2018

" And the Lord God, said.It is not good that the MAN should live alone: I will make him an help meet (wife) for him...Therefore shall a man leave his  father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his WIFE: and they shall be ONE FLESH." Genesis 2: 18, 24
                Laws for first marriages, Widows and Widowers. "And they TWAIN shall be one flesh; so that they are no more twain but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder." Mark 10:8, 9
"....Whoso shall put away his wife, and marry another committed adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband and be married to another, she committeth adultery." Mark 10:11-12.
               "Whosoever putteth away his wife, and marrieth another, committeth,  adultery: and whosoever marrieth her that put her away from her husband Committeth adultery."  Luke 16:18
"For the woman which hath a husband is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth (Until death) but if husband is dead she is lossed from the law of her husband, so then if,  while her husband liveth she is married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress; but if her husband be dead, she is free form the law; so she is no adultress, though she be married to another man." Romans 7:2, 3
          The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to married who she will only in the Lord." I Cor 7:39.
And unto the married, I command, yet not I, but the Lord, let not  the wife depart from her husband, but if she departs, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband and let not the husband put away his wife (Divorce his wife) 1. Cor 7:10, 11)
         Seventh Commandment' Thous halt not commit adultery" Romans 13:9
Tenth Commandment Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors wife... Exodus 20:17
But whoso  committeth adultery witha woman lacketh understanding; he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.' Pro. 6:32
         "Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body, but he that commiteth fornication sinneth against his own body.' 1 Cor 6:18
If any man defile (by sinning against his own body) the temple of God him shall God destroy for the temple of God is Holy, which temple ye are.. 1 Cor 3:17
Notice the class of people which God puts adultery and fornicators: Known ye know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Be not deceived. neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abuser of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, cor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners shall inherit the Kingdom of God". 1 Cor 6:9-10
Christ prophecied of a time that  would be like the days of Noah. God's wrath destroyed the wicked generation with a flood, because of their adulterous, drunken, gluttonous state: and his wrath will destroy the wicked of our times. Read his prophecy in Matt 24:37-40
We minsters of the Gospel should cry out a  loud and lift up our voice and make people know of their sins, especially the sins God said her hates, but if we hold our peace and let them go on in the ways of evil, God will destroy both of us with the sword of his mouth9His word will judge us and condemn us as transgressors.
Malachi said that God hates putting away (divorce of the wife of our youth) telling the people not to deal treacherously with the wife of their youth and covenant, God asking,did I not make one? said the Lord Almighty. Mal. 2:14-17. Notice Gods' wrath under the Moses; He commanded the adulterer and the adulteress to be put to death. (Lev. 20:10)
The Bible shows that the worst of sinners is bound by the Marriage Law till death. If it is the first marriage in life: Bible answer: "What? know ye  not that he which is joined (in marriage) to an harlot is one body? for two saith he, shall be one flesh. (1Cor 6:16) (Sinners are subject to His Word)
What is the sin of an unfaithful wife or husband to the marriage covenant? Bible answer: "But as a wife that committeth adultery which taketh strangers instead of her husband!"( Ezekiel 16:32. Proverbs 6:29-32). They commit adultery if they divorce and  marry another: so saith God's Word
A divorce persons marrying a single, Is that okay? No!The divorced person who married a single person commits adultery after divorcing the husband of her youth. Her first marriage was the first for both her and her first husband. This single person, though having the Bible right to marry, now finds by the Bible that he is in a sinful marriage, by having his neighbor's divorced wife.
What is his sin called? Bible answer:"Nevertheless to avoid Fornicator, let every man have his own wife (not the divorced wife of a neighbor0 and let every woman have hew own husband." 1 Cor 7:2 and the 11th verse advises wive to reconciled with their own husband.
Paul wrote to the Church at Corinth to put away the Fornicator, called him a wicked person, and not to keep company with  a man that is called brother, but who is a Fornicator, but ti put him out of fellowship. Read ! Cor 5 for the story. This young man had his father's wife. No doubt his real mother had died and his father no doubt had married a younger woman. The son won her away for his father who was still living and the Bible called him a Fornicator.
You ask. What is a Fornicator ? One who has never had a wife of their own and marries one who already is married. They must divorce that marriage person and marriage one who has never been married. Matt.19:9