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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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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 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."
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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Was St Peter A Pansy (Aug 19)
     Was St peter a pansy? I mean when things got really ugly for Jesus. Peter beats his feet outta there. Oh, sure when they were sitting around the table breaking bread and sipping on the grape juice, Peter the great blowhard was in rare form. When Jesus asked him if he would defend him, He hit a hot button... "I got your back Lord, ye betcha, I would never leave you hanging bro, I am there for you..yes sir you got it, I am your boy,captain Rocky at your service Lord," But Jesus knew Peter's heart, and He is unimpressed. He shakes His head sadly and says softly.."Peter my boy, I lave ya, but let me tell you how it is.. Before the chicken barks at the sun, ya gonna deny me three times.."whoa! That really spanked ole Peter's pride.. and he protested.."How can you say that boss, I got your back, man..Gee,.. I mean.. I am the rock remember..Scheech.. I will never deny you. You should know that.."
       Well we all have read the book or at least heard the story about what happened next.. When the Romans grabbed Jesus and hurt him and the crowds got a little outta control and they were turning on His followers. And things were looking bad for Jesus and anyone close to Him..Ole Peter knees turned to jello. And when the Chicka says " Hey bor, you were with that king dude weren't Cha?.. with eyes as big as saucers, Peter shoots back bravely, "Nope! Not me! No sir! King dude, never heard of Him! You are so  wrong..Oh look at the time..Ah..I gotta run" and worse yet, just like Jesus said Peter denies Him three time that very night before the chicken sings.
        Oh mercy! when Peter sees what he has done, rather than stand up for Jesus and follow Him to the cross, he loses it...He bawls like a baby and then runs for the hills and hides in a house until the girls come over and tell him that it is safe to come out now, it's all over and Jesus is back form the dead..Man what wuss! What a pansy! right? Well I don't know, it is to brave when you are reading a book, or sitting around a table, but out where the metal meets the meat is a totally different story. Peter was a rough tough fisherman and he was boastful and impulsive, and don't forget he chopped  off the poor soldier's ear in the garden, but when the chips were down, and i mean really down, Peter vamoosed, he booked, he just plain ran away. Remember the girls did not have chicken liver and ran away..they stayed, they walked the walk..they watched..they witnessed..and they were the first to know the truth..These were some super brave ladies.Totally fearless..more worried about their Lord than themselves, why Peter just wanted to save his own skin.
        I often wonder what i would have done in Peter's place. I would love to believe that when the angry chic asked if I was Jesus friend would my answer be a quick and crisp, "Yo betcha kiddo, He is my Lord and my Savior, so what cha gonna do about it?? Eh?" but I don't know. I have been know before becoming a Christian to write checks with my mouth that my body could not cash. I have at time talked braver, than I am.It is one thing to stand up for Jesus on a an internet facebook and quite another to profess your love for him to a bunch of hostile folks who will tear you limb to limb if you do. A lot of sort of Christian will now even share their faith at work because they are afraid that they might not be included in a pot luck or promotion list or worse yet get fired. At least poor Peter was in fear of life, I mean he didn't really think that Jesus was gonna come alive. In those days dead was dead..Nobody had made it back alive before. So at least we had better info than he did. The thing is this, once Peter was in full possession of the facts about Jesus life, death and resurrection, he was absolutely fearless! And he went boldly to his death as did thousands of Christians in Rome and elsewhere who would rather die than deny..and yet we who have all this history are some how afraid to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with our friends, coworkers, relatives, or strangers. When someone asks if you are a Christian, do you say "yes, but..."do you have to qualify your faith? Or do you say simply "yes", I have personnel relationship with Jesus Christ..Let me tell you about it.."
        It is to look back and look down on Peter denial of Christ..but would I have done better? Probably not. I am afraid I would have run like Peter. It's easy to brave on the computer..but in real life..Hmmmmm?
       Was Peter a  pansy? A Wussy boy?,,,nawh! I don't think so. Once he found out the straight  skinny on Jesus and the gospel and the real kingdom of heaven, he put on his armor of God and took the martyrs road to his own  Christ on the way to ok.
      Peter wasa stand up guy after all..But what about us? Peter was very vocal in his denial of Jesus and everybody in the whole world knows he did it..but again what about use? Who is gonna know when we fail to tell someone what Jesus can do in the life? Don't we deny Jesus every time we don't share Him? Forget the angry anti-Christian lynch mobs if you don't have the moxie to talk to a friend. coworker, or anyone else in need to know about Christ and what he can do for them. The silent denial is the loudest one of all because heaven hears it. I know this because sometimes I am guilty of it myself. I know what is right to do..but. yatta yatta..Yatta. I have no about you? Now this is not and easy question if you are honest..Boast or Toast? Or..???

"You Done Quit Preachin and Gone to Meddlin"! Aug 15 2016  

Two excited women were sitting in the front row of the church with  a fiery preacher/ They were in the spirit an was loving the message. They were shouting and waving their hankies, with a amen at every sentence . They used the paper fans to wave for Jesus and then to cool themselves off fearing they may get the "vapors"
When the preacher condemned the sin of lust, thees two ladies cried out to the top of their lungs...Amen..Brother! So the preacher just kept on stomping an raging on those who lust. Soon the preacher moved on to and condemned the sin of stealing, they yelled again. PREACH IT REVEREND! And he did..for 15 minutes. The he jumping the sin of lying..and they jumped to their feet and screamed RIGHT ON BROTHER...TELL IT LIKE IT  IS...AMEN!!
After another 30 minutes of raking liars over the coals and dangling them over the flames of the hell the he began to start on the sins of gossip. The two women sit down, got quiet looked in the other direction. The preacher fearing he was losing his audience preached even harder against the unloving, unchristian tongues that were set on fire by Satan. Still the women were quiet. 
Finally the preacher stooped and asked..."Ladies don't you like to hear good old-fashion, fire and brimstone preaching"?" One of the women responded sarcastically.. O yes Preacher, we love good strong preachin" but you done quit preaching and gone to meddlin. James 3:^ " And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity and so is the tongue among members, that it defileth the whole body and sitteth on fire the course of nature: and it is set on fire of hell.

Fire Alarm Or False Alarm ? ( 8 Aug 2018)
     It's public opinion that Hell's is rising to earth's surface. The fires of hell already is burning today in the lives of our people. Murder, drugs, alcohol, same sex marriage, transgenders, Pornographic materials, rape and robbery.
     What we need is at touch of fire in the pulpit. Liberty to preach the truth-Leaders to practice the truth-Light to publish the truth-ministers to plead for truth.
  We need a coal of fire  for purity (Isa.6 "Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from the altar>." Isa. 6:6 We need a touch of God on our lips-We need a touch of God on our labor-We need a touch on God on our looks-We need a touch of God on our
      There was a blessed sight Isa 6:1-4
There was blushing servant. v.5-There  There was a Bold was Seraphim. v 6. There was a beautiful sound v. 7/ There was believing saint v. 8
Ex 13:21 There was a pillow of fire to pilot. There was a light to follow-There was a light to favor-There was light of fellowship-There was a light to the finish.
There are 3 lights that indicate God 's will/ The scared page-The Spiritual push (within)- a service pull (outward) Means-(busy-energetic-enthusiastic). There must be a promise from above- There must be a push urging you forward-There must be a pull from without in the direction you should go.
      There is a place of fire to polish (Daniel 3:14-18) It looked like a tremendous defeat-It look like a terrible denial-It looked terrifying death. And there isa place of fire to punish. 
At the end of every Christ-less life;- There is a meaning hell-There is the message of hell and there is the misery of hell

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good He Is. (3 Aug 20160
      You may have heard PDA (public display of affection), PBJ (peanut butter and jelly). But have you heard of PBA (performance-based acceptance)? Probably not. But you can figure out what it is and recognize the feelings it causes. It's the lie that our worth is based on what we do, not who we are
      PBA often starts at home. Did you every at one time in your life show your parents you grades, and instead of bragging about the 3 A's and 2 B's you got, they screamed because you got a C. Or they say why can't you be little you big sister? She never..." You went away thinking that your only hope of being accepted is to do better. You're being hit with performance-based acceptance.It's PBA.
      The great thing about belonging to God is that you don't have to be whiz at anything to get him to like you. Jesus has already performed perfectly for you. When you became a Christian, he took your failures and gave you his sinlessness (2 Cor. 5:21). God see the perfection Christ provided for you.
     That make its okay to fail, because you can be sure that God won't reject you. That means you can stretch to reach your full potential,because he accepts you unconditionally. That means you can truly find out what you're capable of, because he frees you to try-and to fall on your face.
      And when you succeed, it doesn't matter if you get all the credit or not. You may want the credit because you have bought into the PBA lie. And in the back of your brain, you think you need people to like you and think your are special because you don't feel special. But as your realize your true value to God, you can yank yourself out of the mucked-up thinking. You can out your focus back on the God who loves and accepts you just as you are.
      If you never succeed are another task. Christ would still accept you. He doesn't sit up in heaven tabulating points on your performance each day. there are no quota of goodie-goodie points you have to reach for him to accept you. You want to excel at what you do. But you already have God's love and approval. Like Colossians 3:23-24 says "Work hard and cheerfully at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember That the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward

Christian Dropsy  29 July 2016

Luke 14:1-4 "And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him. And behold, there was a certain man before him which had dropsy. And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, sating, is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him and let him go:
      Now I want you to think about the thought of a man healed of dropsy. I know many Christians that need Jesus to heal their dropsy. Now this word Dropsy is only mention this one time in Scripture and from everything I can read dropsy is caused by to much water in the tissue of the body. Sound likes a lot of us and this disease is an epidemic stage in our Churches, called spiritual dropsy
      What a revival we could have if most churches would get rid of their spiritual dropsy. Lets look at something about this disease that is killing our churches. I pray that you will be healed of this dropsy today.
      I watch these diseased Drop in to Church on Easter, Christmas, Singing and Homecomings to eat or to be entertained instead of a regular basis. I pray that this day you be healed of your dropsy and be faithful to the church
      Mama & daddy; don't send your children to church with someone else. You take them. Train your child by your example.
      Hebrews 10:25-26 "Not forsaking the assembling of yourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins."
      I watch these diseased Drop some gossip. Gossip is a sin that is in good standings today. Oh, sure the preacher preaches about it to their members but then gossip  24/7 by email, phone or in homes. Doesn't Jame say that if a man does not bridle not his tongue his religion is in vain? Oh, that's not for a preacher is it? It is just for the little hard working men and women in the church. What a bout Mark 10:19-bearing falsely witness," repeating some trash that you have picked up. I thought of what Jesus said that if you had a fault against your brother got o him. But no, see it's easier to spread trash because people like the smell of  garbage.
    A lot of people in the church today love being garbage collectors so they can spread the smell around the neighborhood and cause the people to run from your church.
      I watch the diseased Drop in 25 cents in the offering plate instead of Tithes and offering. I know some people who spend more on dog and cat food and flea collars than they do for God's work. Oh, we need doctor Jesus to heal our churches of this dropsy.
    I would like to see out churches drop their heads in reverence and then drop their knees and cry out to a Holy God. I know some of you reading this have not been on their knees at an altar crying out for your children in years. You are a stiffnecked, hard hearted and full of pride, and I can tell you that you make god sick
      I would love to see Church members drop their pastor a word of encouragement. I know many of pastor that have to  work a job to support their families and also take time to visit the hospitals and jails. Then they study to get their message to encourage you, when he and his family are discouraged themselves. Hey, take your pastor and family out to dinner, give good in his first Sunday Offering. If you will do these things, he will preach himself to death. Be thankful if you have a good pastor, because I know many of full time preacher that never leave home because he stays on facebook all day or playing cards. On the other hand , pastor it would not hurt for you to drop your members a card of thank you also for putting up with your warmed over sermons and Hitler attitude. Now please let the Holy Ghost examine you and see what he can find!!

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!