The Church of God - Canaan, Alabama  - Company Message


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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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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. 





 Canaan 
1651 Bryan Road Sumiton, Alabama
Pastor: Rick Flippo
1209 Sullivan Road Sumiton, Alabama 35148
205-648-9982 or205-285-4361 alrevrick@charter.net

The Church of God, General Headquarters
Oscar Pimentel, General Overseer
P.O. Box 450 Charleston, Tennessee 37310
Web-Site: www.thechurchofgod.org
1-423-339-8264
 
State  information
James Horne, State Overseer
P. O. Box 650
Bessemer, Alabama 35021
e-mail:jhorne79@outlook.com
 


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A Word From The Pastor!

Our theme this 2016 year is "A Year of Prayer. We have taken April and May 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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What is you hand? (20 June 2015)
   Every human being that has every walked this earth was designed for a purpose by God. "For thou hast possessed my reins; thous has covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee: for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect: and in the book all my members are written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them." (Psa. 139:13-16)
    "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou comest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto all nations" (Jer. 1:5)
     Many times we feel inadequate and intimidated because we perceive that our talents are not worth a hill of beans. However, God formed us. He gave the talents and He can use them for His purpose
     The bible speaks of Dorcas whose abilities were needle and thread. Yer she was so valuable to the church that she was raised from the dead to be able to continue her work. Moses didn't really have much when God called him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. Just a staff in his hand. That staff stretched across the waters of Egypt and they turned to blood. That staff pointed to the skies and called locusts, flies, frogs, darkness and sickness into the land of Egypt.That staff extended toward the Red Sea and it dried up the sea-bed and walled the waters on either side.
     Jael Had a hammer and nail that God used to destroy the captain of the host of Jabin's army! The victory of that battle was wrought by the hand of a mother at home in her tent.
     A slave girl with only a brush in her hand to mister to the master's wife was instrumental in bringing forth a great miracle in the of  Namaan.
     The window of Zarapath had only a little oil and meal, but it sustained the prophet of God throughout the famine because she was willing to be obedient.

I have shown you a legacy of truth. What you hold in your hand may not seem much to you in your won eyes. But God has put in  our hands and it can be used to carry out His work and preserve the legacy of future generations. Thous it may not seem much, use what God has placed in your hand to fulfill His purpose in your life!
   
       



Lesson From Legos 7 June 2016

Life might be less complicated for all of us if we each received our own Lego kit at birth. Yes I realize there is a choking hazard for children under three. But when you are old enough, you can learn a lot from Lego's. I have learned that: Size doesn't matter. When we stepped on one in the dark, a 2x2 Lego brick cause the same amount of pain, as a 2x8 brick.
     All Lego men are created equal (1.5625 inches tall). What they become is limited only by imagination. There is strength in numbers. When the bricks stick together, great things can be accomplished. Also playtime is important. Sometimes it doesn't matter what you are building, as long as you are having fun, but disasters happens, but the pieces can be put back together again.
Every brick has a purpose. Some are made for a specific spot and most can adapt anywhere, but everyone will fit somewhere. Color really doesn't matter. A blue brick will fit in the same place as a red brick and no one is in dispensable. If one brick is unavailable, another can take its it place and it doesn't always turn out as planned. Sometimes it turns out better and if it doesn't you can always try again.
I though  about each of these statements as it relates to the church. Some of the statements apply more than others. For example, unity is a biblical concept. When  Christians stick together,great things can be accomplished (and color truly doesn't matter!)
And it is an important Biblical truth that every Christian has a purpose/ As Paul describes it in 1 Cor. 12 using the analogy of a human body,some of us are eyes, some are hands, still others feet,but we all have purpose and a role
But while it is technically true that no "one is indispensable", the Bible is plain that each of us is needed and body suffers greatly if we don't do our Part ( 1 Cor. 12:20-22)
The greatest comparison between Legos and a Christian, though that we are indeed a building shaped by god's own hands. And every true christian is part of the building, not a plastic building, but a " living stone: "As you come to him, the living Stone-rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to Him-you also, like the living stones, are being built  into a spiritual house to be an holy Priest priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ


Success:The Fatal Attraction (19 May 2016)
      Like a seductress, she can woo. As a magnetic filed with a compass, she can pull irresistibly. Like sirens of ancient mythology. he can sing a sweet tune that compels you to sail to her isle. "She" is success: the golden goddess which the attractiveness Of Aphrodite and the thunder of Poseidon. We fall in love with her in school when we hear the high school cheerleaders: "S.U.C.C.E.S.S. That's the way you spell success. Real food for though! We pay homeage to her around graduation when we select the boy and girl "Most Likely to Succeed." And after graduation, we return to those schools sometimes for what we call most sacred of worship assemblies to her called reunion-times to judgement to, reckon what we've done to this body, whether good or bad. Who cruised up in an BMW? Who pushed the battered old truck into the parking lot? Who married into wealth? Who finished with a PH.D? Who landed the most prestigious job?.. Success our national Religion. We eat it, breathe it, caress it, baby it, worship it, and even worse we judge ourselves by it. If we think we've lived up to society's standard of success, we feel great about ourselves, if, on the other hand, we fall short, we fell worthless zeros. I America we tend to define success by the  trinity of wealth, power or fame. We bow down before them. If we cannot find them in life, we think we missed our calling. As God' people, we have managed to stay seperate from society's view of success, or have we bought into the view? If we judge judge ourselves on the basis, we need to crave our view of success from scripture. Two views of success appear in the scene between the rich man and Lazarus (Luke 16). The  first is the High School reunion view (verse 19-21) You show up at a reunion at Jerusalem High, how would have view the rich man? Based on national trinity of wealth, power and prestige, he's done well. The text says "he lives in luxury everyday." He's got mansion in the best part of town. He's got purple robes and silk sheets. As he strolls up from his hand carved, gold trimmed chariot, peop;e look at him and say, "There's a man who's  made it in life." When the stories are told at the reunion, his name would be mention first. In contrast, we're embarrassed that someone send Lazarus and invitation. WE try to forget that he graduated with us from the same high school. He's covered with sores. He stinks. WE can hardly stand it as he walks in the door. he is malnourished, sitting at the rich man's gate and waiting from the crumbs form the table. But's let look at another view of the story. The eternal view . Lazarus died, and the angels carried him to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. An in hell he looked up and saw Lazarus  and all he want was a finger tip of water to cool his burning tongue. Think on this and get your answer!



Some have asked me the question, "How is the best way to sleep through a sermon?"
Here is my answer! (May 7 2016)

1. Never fall asleep flat on the pew. To keep this from happening, it's actually better to sit in a crowded pew, shoulder to shoulder with people on your left and right. Otherwise, if you fall asleep, you might slump over the pew and bump your head and that's not good, Read acts 20:9 and be forewarned. A kid name Eutychus was sitting in a window; fell asleep under the preaching of Paul' and toppled three stories to the ground below. He was" taken up dead," but  thank God, Paul was there to intervene. You preacher is no Paul.

2. When you sleep, don't fall completely asleep, but cat nap instead. If you fall completely asleep, your sleep apnea might kick i and that could be embarrassing. Better to just go  half-asleep, so that you are vaguely aware of your surroundings. It helps to use a Bible to prop your chin up, or lean against your head. You can close your eyes, as long as the bible is in view. He will thinking you are praying for him. Also you will be ready if the preacher ask you to lead the closing prayer.

3. Have a friend be a watcher. Sit with someone who's sympathetic to your plight. O you can be his watcher the next service. Did not use your spouse., for she probably will tell the preacher you were sleeping. You need a friend would will nudge if the preacher seems to be looking in your direction a lot. Make sure your Bible is open  you lap, or is in view. You friend can rouse you so that you can say a  quick "amen" and get right back to your cat nap.

4. Don't sit on the back pew. Believe it or not, this is the first place preachers looks for sermon slackers, If you sit in the first or second row, you actually get more nap time in because preachers will normally look right over you.

5. Don't sleep through the entire sermon. After all the preacher has something from the Lord you probably need to hear.But when you have heard it, you have no further obligation to stay awake. Still, if you can stay awake for at least some of the sermon, you can the refer to it when you're leaving the  church and shaking hands with the preacher's hand and say to him. "Wonderful message, Pastor!I especially like the last part of the sermon


So there you go, I hope this doesn't fall into my pastor's hands