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Welcome! 
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.

 Canaan 
1651 Bryan Road Sumiton, Alabama
Pastor: Rick Flippo
1209 Sullivan Road Sumiton, Alabama 35148
205-648-9982 or205-285-4361 alrevrick@charter.net
 
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A Word from the Pastor!
 
Welcome to 2015! What does that bring? Another step closer to the rapture of the church. Have you made any New Year resolutions. Let me share some thing that Leonard Shepard wrote in our monthly publication back in 1997.

I will follow and serve Christ with all might.

I won't ever turn back nor from His way will I part.

I will share my testimony with everyone I can.

I won't fail as a witness, and I will as I can be.

I won't make excuses or complain about what I'm asked to do.

I will be a light and proclaim that Jesus is the only way.

I won't neglect to pray or read my Bible everyday.

I will share what I have to those who are in need.

I won't take part in wrong doing.

I will be a good servant and in earnest to my utmost.

I won't me slothful in expectation to the heavenly Host.

I will not take for granted for the blessings I
have received.

I won' ever forget the prayers God has answered for me.

I will pray pray for others and lift them up when they are down.

I won't go around daily and complain and wear a frown.

I will be an example and my life to the best.

I won't crumble and falter when I am tested.

I will take care of myself and show love to all 
I meet.

I won't let earthly things hinder my duty to God.

I will work on my faults so I can soar on and reach perfection in the eyes of God.

I won't let salvation appear as a myth and nothing more, but be vigilant to prove salvation is real only through Christ.

I will begin to live immediately as Christ would have me live, because I am concerned with my fate.

I wont' wait until tomorrow because it might be to late.



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The Salvation Of God's People (9 April)

We know that the sovereignty of god's plan i rescuing His people. Ezekiel tells us that the ultimate outcome of the battle of  Gog and Magog will be the salvation of the Jewish people: Thus says the Lord God " Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob, and have mercy on the whole house, and I will be jealous for My  holy name-after they have borne their shame, and all their unfaithfulness in which they were unfaithful to me, when they dwelt safely in their own land, and no one made them afraid. When I have bought them back from people and gathered them out of the enemies lands, and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, then they shall know  That I am the Lord their  God who send them into captivity among the nations, but also brought them back to their land, and left none of them captive any longer. And I will hide My face from them anymore, for I shall  poured our My Spirit on the house of Israel," says the Lord God." (Ezekiel 39:25-29)
So her Ezekiel ends this prophecy, showing God's tender love and compassion toward His people. no matter how great the evil in men's heart, no matter how mush destruction and death that evil brings about, God;s purpose is confronting that evil in revealing His glory among the nations, and in bringing His own from the lands of the enemy is always to accomplish the salvation of His people. Ezekiel shows so clearly, God's destruction of the Axis  of Evil in the last days will accomplish the salvation of His people, the nation of Israel. BY Identifying this Axis of Evil as modern nations who are unwilling bent on fulfilling this devastating prophecy, we have answered another question what is going to on in the world today. You have seen how present events, such as Obama and other nations trying to get Israel to give up some of it's land (which will never happen) leads to the ultimate accomplished of God's  purpose
   It would like to point out.  The Apostle Paul tells us. each of us has in our heart the "sinful nature" we inherited from Adam and if not controlled and rid of  rid and not controlled by God's Spirit, can run rampant and produce destruction in our own lives and in the lives of others.. But thanks to God, His salvation is not only for Israel only. All men and woman today can chose to be among God's people. You can be a Gentile and receive salvation, not does Russia or an Iranian force one to be part of the Axis of Evil. God in His infinite love pours out His Spirit on all who call on Him. With that wonderful transaction, and as He pours out His Spirit out on the redeemed, the axis of evil in our hearts is transformed by God's love. Amen (Next writing Arming for Th Big Battle)

The Sovereignty of God's Plan (3 April)

To understand what is going on in war and destruction described in Ezekiel 's  prophecy, we must first consider the sovereignty of God's plan.  We know that in the most devastating times, God is still in control. I fact, He often orchestrates events to bring about His purpose. He tells us what he will do to Israel's enemies in no uncertain terms: "I will turn you around, put hooks into your jaws, and lead you out, with all your armies, horses, and horsemen" (Ezekiel 38:4); "It will be in the latter days that I will bring  you against my land' (V 16): "and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel" (39:2). Passages such as these confuse many people because of the seeming implications that God leads men to be evil or to do evil things, But the Bible never says that God instill evil in the hearts of men. Some would attempt to refute this claim by pointing out that during the Exodus, the Bible explicitly says that God hardened Pharaoh's heart. It does say that of course, but the statement speaks about the nature of Pharaoh;s heart, not about God overriding man's free will. Some hearts are like clay, the sun's heat harden them. It's not the sun 's fault that it hardens one substance and melts others; it all depends on the nature of the material. Pharaoh's heart was the kind that would harden when exposed to God's light. It had nothing to do with God coercing him to do evil. The Old Testament, especially, is intended to show God is the sovereign ruler over all. Even men try to thwart His plan and wreak great destruction, God purpose will  always win out. When Ezekiel wrote that god will bring the enemy against His land, he was simply saying that he will bring these nations to the doom and that their wickedness inevitably demands. Everyone accomplishes God's will in the end. Those who conform accomplish it inadvertently as an unwitting tool in his hand.. Secondly, let's look at the simplicity of god's purpose. As you read the following verses from Ezekiel,you will have no difficulty picking out the defining purpose clauses; "I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes (Ezekiel 38:16."  "Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself, and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know That I am the Lord.' (Ezekiel 38:2). Then then they shall know that I am the Lord . So I will make  My holy name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them profane  My holy name anymore. Then the nations shall know that I am the Lord (39:6-7) I will set My glory among the nations, all the nations shall see My judgement I have executed, and My hand which I have laid on them. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their god from that day forward. (39 21-12) It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out God' purpose in the cataclysmic battle of the last days. It is very clear and very simple. God  intends for people to recognize Him as the Lord God of heaven, whose name is holy, whose glory fills the universe, and whom men must recognize as sovereign if they are to find peace and joy he desires for His people. Next writing The Salvation of God's people





The Aftermath of the War

First, there will be a feast. There is a strong irony in using the term feast for what will happen immediately following of the  destruction of the enemies of Israel. It will be a feast of victory for the rescued Israelis: it will be feast of vultures and predators feeding of the incredible masses of bodies spread across the battlefield. Here is how Ezekiel explains it in Ezekiel 39:4-5, 17-20."You shall fall upon the mountain of Israel, you and all thy bands (troops), and the people that  is with thee: "I will give unto thee ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field  to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field;  for I have spoken, saith the Lord God. And, thou son  of man, thus saith the Lord God: speak unto every feathered fowl, and to every beast of the field, Assemble yourselves: and come; gather yourselves on every side to my sacrifice that I do sacrifice for you, even a great sacrifice upon the mountains of Israel that ye may eat flesh, and drink blood. Ye shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth. of rams. of lambs, and of goats, of bullocks, and all the fatlings of Bashan. And ye shall eat fat till ye be drunken, of my sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. Thus ye shall be filled at my table with horses, and chariots, with mighty men, and with all men of war, saith the Lord God.  My! My!  what a prophecy, what God call called His "Sacrificial feast"-to show how the intervention  of God will result in a spectacle of uncountable bodies littering the hillsides  as if a nuclear attack had hit, creating feats for His guest, the birds of the air and the beasts of the field. Now comes the funeral. Ezekiel 39:11-12,14-16. "And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will give unto Gog a place there of graves in Israel, the valley of the passengers on the east of the sea; and it shall stop the noses of the passengers and there shall they bury Gog and all his multitude; and they shall call it The valley of Hamon-gog, And seven months shall the house of Israel be burying of them. that they may cleanse the land. (verse 14-16) And they shall sever out men of continual employment, passing through the land to bury with the passengers those that remain upon the face of the earth, to cleanse it: after the end of seven months shall they search. And the passengers that pass through the land, when  any seeth a man's bone, then shall he set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the valley of Hamon-gog. And also the name of the city shell be Hamonah. Thus shall they cleanse the land. 
 Now let's look at  another aftermath of the war. It will be a great and long fire. Ezekiel 39: 9-10 "And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire, and burn the weapons, both the  the shields and bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire for seven years. So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forest, for they shall bur the weapons with fire: and they shal lspoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them saith the Lord>' This tells me that all the weapons and military equipment brought against Israel by the armies of nations  will be staggering. While it will take seven months to bury the bodies, which is astonishing enough, it will take seven years to bury the weapons. The Burial of the bodies and the burning of the weapons comprise what Ezekiel calls the "Cleansing of the and" for the defilement of death and destruction wrought upon the enemies of God's people. The lesson learned in this is a end prophecy which is a speeding a neck breaking speed. Next writing "What is God purpose in this anyway?

When God Goes to war!!!

When God goes to War against the Antichrist, He uses weapons unique to Him- weapons that render the weapons men as ineffective as a water pistol is to a atom bomb. God will saved Israel by 4 of his weapons simultaneously. First, he will route the armies of Israel's attackers with massive convulsions in the earth Ezekiel explains: "For my jealousy and the fire of my wrath I have spoken: Surely in that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel, so that the fish of the sea, the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field, all creepng things that creep on the earth, and all men who are on the face of the earth shall shake at my presence. The mountains shall be thrown down, the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall tot he ground." (38:19-20) God will follow these convulsions of the earth with His second weapon, which will be to create such confusion among the attacking troops that they will panic and kill each other; "I will call for a sword against Gog through out all My mountains," said the Lord God." Every man's sword shall be against his brother.," (Ezekiel  38:21). In the  seven and eight chapters of Judges, we see a similar event reported. WE are told that 135,000 Midianites had gathered  Israel. Gideon and his little band of three hundred men, under the directs of God and through the power of  God, threw the enemy in to confusion, and the Lord set every man's sword against his brother. As a result 120,000 Midianite died, largely by what we would call "Friendly fire." In Ezekiel we can see how God's first two weapons work together in a one-two punch. A sudden earthquake in the mountains of Israel would certain panic an army. With the ground moving like sea waves. the upheaval of the earth generating dense clouds of dust. It would be impossible for warriors to distinguish an enemy from a ally and in their blind terror they would kill anything that moved. The third divine weapon with be that of a contagion disease: "And I will bring him to judgement wit pestilence and bloodshed," asserts the Lord. (38:a ). He will infect the invading army with some type of a disease  that will cause them not to be able to carry out an effective attack.God will follow this disease with His fourth and final weapon: Calamities form the heavens. " I will rain down on him on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire and brimstone (Verse 22.b). We find the same type of punishment of God's judgement upon Sodom and Gomorrah ., where two decadent cities were forever buried under the briny waters of the Dead Sea by a storm of fire and brimstone.Every force of nature is a servant of God.  We are now slowly discovering that God's forces in nature are mightier than any  human can ever man can imagine. When God goes to war. no army on the face of the earth can stand against against His arsenal. Them. The armies that come against Israel in the last (Including the USA & Russia, etc) are going to learn the truth the hard way

If  You Love Me (11 Marc 2015)
 Written By: Jill Sullivan

In the 14th chapter of the Gospel of John, verse 15. Jesus said, "If yo love me, you will keep my commandments." Why is it that we human beings want a rule book to go by in order to make sure we are following the letter of The Law, and no more! The New Testament was written during and after the time of Jesus, when we were free form the Law. That does not mean we no longer have the Ten Commandments, and that does not mean they are now ten suggestions! However, the spirit (no pun intended-oh, well, maybe!) of the Law is making sure we act like we love the Lord. He will decide if he is pleased with us; we are not the ones doing the deciding. If we love The Lord, we are more interested in pleasing Him and showing Him our love for Him, rather than seeing what we can get away with and still be in  His Good Graces (oops, the pun again.)
    if you spouse said :If you love, you will_________________. Fill in the blank, cook my favorite meal, wash my car: I could go on and on. My point is that no matter how may meals you cook and ho many times you wash the car,if it is done out of sense of dread and fear rather than love and loyalty, the recipient will not be nearly as pleased. Maybe the food will still be good and the car will be shiny, but if the acts were accompanied by love, it will take on and entirely different meaning.
   As we prayerfully consider whether we show The Lord that we love Him, ask Him what He wants you to to obey His commandments. He will show you


Dead Flies Tell No Tales 20 Feb 2015

Ecclesiastes 10: 1 "Dead flies  cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is reputation for wisdom and honour."  

Have you every enjoyed a delicious meal in a restaurant  or at a friends house and suddenly you see a fly floating around in the soup, or a cockroach  with his antennas and feelers lying hidden underneath a Taco in a Mexican restaurant? I can imagine! Can you  continue enjoying the meal with such a painted picture in your min? No way!! I was visiting a friend one day and After the meal, I was served some ice tea, As i was drinking I noticed a big old horse fly floating around inside of it. I didn't want to hurt feelings so I finished drinking the ice tea and the horsefly was in my mouth. I slowing take my hand a place him in the napkin. They ask me did I want more tea. You already knew my answer.. I felt sick at my stomach  the rest of the time that I was there.
                   In the same manner, God faces such situations as Christians of different degrees present themselves before the Lord. This generation care less over their presentation even before the Lord.. Today, we find men and women in church-service dressed awfully as if to tell others "See', we are around!" Ladies in mini-skirts-see me through dresses, skin tight, I might add! and those funny looking high that look like the ones the Roam soldiers wore  in the day of Christ( you just take a glimpse at the feet in skin-tight dresses and you will get the picture. At times the praise and worship leader should burst into the song..'there something new today in the house of the Lord.," I have myself have been in service where the perfume the lady was wearing that a mist was send through out the whole church and kept the congregation sneezing!. I know one instance where a lady was ask by another lady to move to an opposite pew because she was exposing herself tot he amazement of the men and women on the stage. I for one, depict, such deplorable sight. It is a shame that a women to present herself with that ungodly low cut blouses and high hem lines so that the congregation can see "raise Standards". It okay also a big shame for ministers who think is okay for men to wear earrings, bangles in the name of "fashion and "excellence." The wise do not need to see men wearing earrings what type of man that they really are? Do you realize that some Christians never bother about their utterance? The speak anyhow, even in the pulpit. It is time that the saints of God tame our tongues over what we say. Men and women ought to discipline there tongues so as to preach and teach Christ to the great cloud of witnesses around. There is no
where in the Bible we see Jesus Christ unhygienic, abusive or uncouth. We should recall that Samson was anointed but like character. However how much anointed you may be, these "dead flies" can spoil that the Lord has poured upon us. Let us be modest ans keep those dead flies off the Lord's sacrifices. Abraham keep the birds away so that thy dis not contaminate the Lord's sacrifice (Gen 15:11) Let us start in our utterance reflect Christ, in our dress and general behavior be acceptable before the Lord, Let us take great careful how we present ourselves before the Lord. It's true we come from different societies and communities but when we get saved, we become one tribe, one language, one color, one race,etc. We should then act in the newness of our selves by renewing our self with one another, so that we can sing praises to Him as we worship Him, they may just see Christ in us, how we act, dress, and speak as we witness to the unsaved. The they will want to be in the Kingdom Of God.



  The 5 Most Shocking Things In the Bible (Matt 7:13-23)

The Bible is the greatest Book ever written, because it is the Word of God. It has many great and wonderful things like, The love of God, eternal life,  and heaven, etc. However, the Bible is also a Book filled with horror, like Sodom and Gomorrah, Satan, death, hell, etc. To me perhaps the greatest horrors in the bible have to do with Hell, in this message, I would like to share what are the 5 most shocking things in the Bible. They are shocking because they might just happen to you or someone you know. The intent of this message is to communicate to the heart and not just to the head.As you read this, let the Lord speak to your heart as we look together at the 5 most shocking things in the Bible.

1. Verse. 13, 19 That there is a place called hell. A place of Consciousness-(Luke 16:23-24)- A place of Torment-(Luke:16:23-24, 28)- A place of Darkness (Matt. 8:12)- A place of Eternal Separation. (2 Thes. 1:9)-A place of Memory and Regret (Luke 16:27-28)- A place of Intense Misery ( Matt.13:42) no, water, no children, no nothing.

2. V. 13b. That there is Population in Hell. More in Hell than in Heaven-(Isa. 5:14)-In the days of Noah, there were 8 saved out of the entire world's population. In Sodom , there were only three spared out of those cities-There are more Heathen lands than is so-called  Christian countries-40 to 1-

3.  v. 15-23 That there is a Paradox in Hell- Many who expect to make it to Heaven will actually wind up in Hell- The Rich man-(Luke 16:19-31) Lost Church Members (Actions -v.15-20; James 1:26) You may not always be able to judge a book by its cover, but you can always tell a tree by its fruit!) Even good moral people who are unsaved will go to Hell (Rom 3:23; 6:23). Perhaps the most horrible words that will ever fall on the ears of a human are those recorded in verse 23

4.That There is a Problem With Hell-The problem is might be that you will be there today- Jesus could return today (Matt 24:44)-You could sin away you day of grace- Gen. 6:3; Ex, 8;1; Hos 4:17-God said, let them alone  (Rom . 1:26,28) God gave them up. Could today be the day of your deadline?. Please don't take any foolish chances, be saved today!

5. That There Is a Permanence To Hell. Hell is eternal, no  escape, pardon or death. (Matt 26:26; Heb 6:2; Rev, 14:11).  Oh yes! the inhabitants of Hell get out, but what awaits them is worse than hell! (Rev 20:11-15) Yes Both Hell and Death were cat into the Lake of Fire. The lost will suffer for eternity while the redeemed enjoy the wonders and blessings of  that city, New Jerusalem. As the redeem are shouting around the throne of God, the lost will be screaming and gnashing their teeth in the pitch darkness of the Lake of Fire. Do you know for sure that you will  miss Hell and be with the Lord forever more. If not. you can be sure right now- (Matt 11:28; Acts 12:31; John 5:24.; John 3-16)





Suffering And the meaning of Life (Jan 23)

Hey! Listen to me!! Do you think one day God sat up and rolled his eyes, and having nothing better to do, He decided to create some miserable little human robots, and threw  him out to one of the spinning planets in the middle of a big old rock... Well?? That in reality, as life as we know it, is void, and totally without meaning. That  our pain and suffering goes unnoticed , because God is off  in a cosmic bowling alley with Michael and Gabriel. (Some thinks that might be the thunder we hear when they hit the pins) That our prayers  go from our lips to God's computer and then He  marks them spam and deletes them. Hold your tongue. Do you realize just how little we know about God?. And you should be a shame for thinking such a thing if you are! Life is a mystery and it meaning alludes. Well it does men anyway, I mean what do I know? I am just a  little guy who got a second chance. But be assured God knows the meaning of life, and when you need to know, He will tell you! He created you for a reason and a purpose.. He had plans for you since the beginning of time.. You are very special to Him, and He has loved you since you were born. That's all you need to know. You are just a passenger on God's  earth flight. You don't need to know the theory of aerodynamics!  Just sat down buckle your seat belt and hold on.  And have fun doing what God intended for you. Oh Yes! we were talking about pain and suffering and why God allows it. My question is, allow what? His pain or ours? His suffering or ours? And what is our pain and suffering compare to His? Huh? You don't think God feels pain? That God can suffer?> Oh, Good grief, read you Bible! His people rejected His message of salvation, they rejected His love, and then thay took His Son, that wonderful young man and beat Him, bruised Him, mocked Him, humiliated Him, and hung Him on a tree to die. You think God felt nothing? Shame on you! The earth didn't shake and quake just because Jesus died.I t shook because God's heart was breaking; His only begotten Son, who had never done wrong, not even once, was ripped from His arms  and slain right before His eyes. I cannot imagine the  Anguish of God's pain and broken heart. Now I know the pain of rejection  and I have lost loves ones than I loved more than life itself. I know the  hole in the heart that it leaves, that the sands of time can never fill. How much more did god suffer in His grief? Now our lives are  very limited, but God is vast. We are all His children, Do you not know that he suffers when we suffer? When we are sick and illness fills our bodies? When we fail to do or best, or worse we go out and sin? We have such a narrow view of everything. We focus in one  flower in the field. We suffer when bad things happen to  good people, forgetting that worse things happened to God. Every single stripe that was lain on Jesus' back, was a never ending wound on God's heart. he felt every one of them., just has He does when you and I suffer physical or emotional pain. Please don't think I am putting down our earthly pain and suffering, because I am Not. It is real and all consuming to us. It is like a fire that we walk through. It is part of meaning of life, God allows it, so we can know His pain, and knowing His pain bring us closer to Him. And that isa good thing. Because face it, God is the only one who can truly say to us, :I feel your pain..." and even more important He is the only one who can truly reach out to us and say.."come lte me comfort you.." Now maybe, Just maybe, Just because we  love Him, may be we should find a way to comfort Him back. Hmmm? Hey ,maybe that is the  real meaning of life. The way we do that is trust Him and obey Him



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