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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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Pastor: Rick Flippo
1209 Sullivan Road Sumiton, Alabama 35148
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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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"There"  21 June 2018
                Elijah obeyed the Lord and he was fed by the ravens. he declared to Ahab that there would not be any dew or rain for a number of years according to the Word. After that God spoke to Elijah and tole him to ho eastward and hide himself by the brook Cherith . The He said, "and shall be thou shall drink of the brook: and I have command the ravens to fee thee "There." Elijah couldn't go just any place and be fed by the ravens. He must obey the Lord  and go to this certain brook and "There" to ravens would feed him. If he had decided some other brook, then he would not be fed by the ravens, because the ravens could not find him, because God had commanded them to go to a certain place.
We cannot choose for ourselves contrary to the Word of God. It is important  that we know that we are obeying God and doing his will. When the brook had dried up, God said to Elijah "Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell "There": behold, I have command a widow woman "There" to sustain thee." If he had food and water while the famine was in the land because there was no rain, he still must obey God. He had to dwell in Zarephath and "There" the widow would supply his needs and this was done in a miraculous way
We have to be at the place where God can work through us. We can't go against His will and have His blessing. We will get in trouble as did Jonah if the Lord wants us at one place and we go to another. We will not only get int trouble ourselves, but we will cause trouble to others. Because Jonah disobeyed God a storm  came upon the sea and the ship was about to break to pieces. Those innocent people were in trouble because of disobedience of a prophet. Only the Lord  knows how much trouble there is in the world today, because of disobedience. The calling of God is without repentance. When Jonah repented, God called him a second time to go to Ninevah and he had to go
God is not man that he should lie, neither the son of man, that he should repent; heath he said, and shall he not do it' or hath he spoken and shall he not make it good?' We can not  trifle with God. We must be obedient to God and I am happy that many of my church family are determine to be obedient to God will.
I feel that we all must draw a little close to God and be obedient, He will supply the ram just as he did Abraham. We know that we can count on God. He has never failed us as long as were  are "There."

           Father's Day Turns 100; How did it began?

Fathers Day will began its 100 birthday 19 June 2018 and it begin when a young woman wanted to honor her dad. The following year.In 1909, Sonora  Smart Dodd of Spokane Wash, sat in church listening yo a Mother's Day sermon. She decide sh wanted to designate a day for her dad, William Jackson Smart. Dodd's mother had died in childbirth, and Dodd's father a Civil War veteran, had taken the responsibility of single-handedly raising the new born and his other five children.
            The following year, Dodd wanted to celebrate Father's Day on June 5th, her father's birthday, and petitioned for the holiday to be recognized in her city. Needing more time to arrange the festivities, Spokane's mayor pushed back to date two weeks, and the first Father's Day was celebrate Jun 19, 1910, according to the Spokane Regional Convention and Visitor Bureau
             At the first celebration , a young women handed out red roses to their father's during a church service, and large baskets of roses were passed around, with attendees encouraged to pin roses in honor of their father-red for the living and white in memory of the deceased. Dodd then brought her infant son along on a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city, bringing roses and gifts to home bound fathers.
            While Congress was quick to officially declare the second Sunday as Mother's Day in 1914, after it was first celebrated on May 20, 1908, it took much longer for Father's  Day to be legally recognized. But thanks to Dodd celebration, Father's Day gained popularity.
In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge said that he supported it,in order to establish closer relationship between fathers and their children and to impress upon father's the full measure of their obligations, according to the Library of Congress.
              And the holiday gained more traction in 1938 when a trade organization, The National Council for the promotion of Father's Day, which was formed by men's clothing retailers in New York City decided to take up the cause, according to Consumer Rites; the buying and selling of America's Holidays (Princeton University Press, 1995)
                 President Lyndon Johnson issued the first presidential proclamation honoring Fathers in 1996, but it wasn't till 1972 that the President Richard Nixon signed the public law that made it permanent holiday. Since then, Father's Day has become a time to recognize the many differing father figures in our live.


Eternal Punishment  (2 June 2018)
            If man or women could foresee the disaster awaiting a soul in hell, they would labor. toil, struggle and strive with everything within him to stay out of hell and they cab stay out of hell if they want to
    Despite the beautiful pictures painted by Satan, if one goes to hell he is unwelcome intrude, for hell was prepared for the devil and his angels. Man is not wanted there even  by his close associates, and why should he not want to shun or keep out of this raging inferno?
     One may stall for time to indulge in the pleasures of sin and try to excuse himself by saying he will have a lot of friends there if he goes there, but this is utter deception. His erstwhile friends of this will be his worst, most violent enemies, and they will hate him with an unparelleled passion. They'll be screaming, yelling, agonizing cries of distress and enemies as he plunges into their midst. Some may pounce on him and gnash on him with teeth..foolish soul, why did you come here?
     Then all of sudden the lisping, licking, crackling tongues of fire and flames will engulf him, parching, searing , blistering and torturing him, no relief in sight. The he remembers yonder world from which he had descended, just like the rich man that begging this very day for one drop of water on his parching tongue. You see he has his senses there in hell, and if you go there my friend, you too will  your too. You've got no business in hell, so why don't you stay away?
     As sue as there is a heaven, there is a hell. And in hell there are no churches, but there is an roaring concert prayer. The unfortunate writhing screaming in distress and agony, but the horrendous appeal of mercy rings out an on and on in futility and rejection, Oh God, the plight of this person! Why didn't he stop long enough to give his soul a breath of true redemption through Jesus Christ-long enough to even say, "I believe you Jesus, my Saviour, have mercy on me, forgive me of my sins.. SAVE ME NOW< LORD, or I perish.

WD-40 For The mind (19 May 2018)

Get: I Love music and especially Southern Gospel. The tool is that music is the tool Christians is one way can connect with the God and find power to live for God's glory, Ephesians 5:18 resonates with principal. Paul challenged us to be filled with the spirit of God, singing songs and hymns and spiritual songs.
Think about it this way; Christians songs are WD-40 for the mind. For those who are not in the know about WD-40, please allow me to introducing you to this miracle fluid. It's a little spray oil that really works! I'm talking  that hoist the Titanic engines up form the ocean floor, spray a little WD-40 on the rusted parts, va-room! It would start. Okay maybe an exaggeration, but for those of you that have seen this stuff in action you know it's a possibility
Now I'll say it again. Christian music is WD-40 for the mind. A good soaking under anointed music will have free rust and thinking clearly!
Our brains are really cool. I was watching the Discovery channel show once, and it told all kinds  of awesome things our minds can do. It can handle up to ten thousands decisions per second, detect infinitely, small tastes, and smell more ten million different odors. I know because I was in Viet -nam and some of us have not shower in weeks and it could limit our smelling abilities. Our brains are amazing.The problem is, our minds get flooded with the ideas and influences or our Christ-less culture, clogging and smothering our mental gears till they lock-up. Like the rusting skeleton of the once great Titanic, we become mentally lifeless as the currents of our culture rip through the  fabric of our minds and slowly decay our ability to think clearly about God. I've been there, and it's a sad and scary place  to live
A good remedy for this condition is to soak daily in some prayer and solid Christian songs, Expose your mind to the songs. "How Great Thou are. This songs clarifies  that Jesus came to takes us and to wake us up to something more than we always settle for.  The song Let's soar heavenward or You are Amazing God! Or I am yours!. Then listen and all of a sudden you fell it. The lyrics soak in, and the rust begins to loosen it's grip-it feels good to be free. Free to feed on the truth, to understand our identity, to embrace faith and worship God authentically

Important Recall Notice (May 3 2018)
                      The maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart.. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all "Subsequential Internal Non-morality", or more commonly know as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.
Some other symptoms: Loss of Directions, Foul vocal expressions.. Amenesia . Origin, lack of peace and joy. Selfish, or violent behavior, Depression or confusion in the mental component, Fearless, Idolatry, and Rebellion.
The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory authorized repair and service free of charge for correct this SIN defect. The Repair Technician, Jesus, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required. The number to call is  P_R-A-Y-E-R. Once connected, please unload your burden of SIN through REPENTANCE procedure. Next unload ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.
No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with Love, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, self control.
            Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Believers Instructions, Before Leaving Earth), for further details on the use of these fixes. As an Added upgrade, the Manufacturer had made available to all repaired units a facility direct monitoring and assistance from a resident Maintenance Technician, the Holy Ghost. Repaired units need only make him welcome and He will take up permanent residence on the premises!
WARNING: Continuing to operate  the human being unit without correction voids and Manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded. For free emergency service, call on JESUS.
DANGER: The human being units not responding to the recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so to prevent contamination of the  facility. Thank you for your attention.
Please assist where possible notifying others of this important recall!

Does God Care What I Wear To Church ( 24 April 2018.)
Everybody knows that when you go to Church on Sunday you are suppose to wear your "Sunday Best. " Right? I always heard that your dress up in you nice clothes on Sunday morning because God deserves the best. So find the most expensive, formal attire and wear that on Sunday's because it honors God.
Does it? Have yo ever wondered or read what the Bible really says about what clothes to wear to worship?. While the Bible does not give us specific directions on if I am suppose to wear a robe, bow tie, khakis, jeans, hip t-shirts, or flip-flops to the House of God, it does give us direction concerning dress. Here' what I know:
No-Crossing dressing. " A woman must not wear men's clothing, nor a man wear women's clothing, for the Lord your God detests anyone who does this (Deut 22:5). Cross-dressers, you have been warned.
Avoid  Glitzy Dress: The New Testament teaches women to dress modestly without expensive clothes or Jewelry ( 1 Tim: 9-10). Many possible reasons could be for this command. Paul  wanted to make sure focus on God, that jealously didn't enter the Church, that pride didn't make its way into worship, that clothing  competition took place, and that people didn't spend money on glitzy attire when other church members needed food to eat.
Modesty: A woman's beauty should be seen by the inner qualities and not the skin parade often seen in Church today (1 Peter 3:2-5) Men and women, why would you dress in such a way that people in the House of God have to fight for purity when you walk by? What would we call something that caused God's people to take their eyes off God
Beware of the hat (or Embrace the Hat) Many people say that people shouldn't wear hats in church because it is disrespectful. The ancient tradition signified that someone removed their hat when in the presence of superior so this applies to worship setting (! Cor 11:47), but it all says that a women should put on head coverings.
God says he is more concerned with the quality of the hearts ( 1Sam 16:7) than he is in the styles that we wear. Lats Sunday did you spend more time checking your clothes out in the mirror or checking to see if there was any hurtful way in your life that broke the heart of God> (Psa 139:22-23)
Avoid dress that divides. In our way of living today, suits and dressers reveals financial stability within a home. Unfortunately, not everyone has the type of money to acquire such clothing. Listen to what James has to say in 2:1-3) My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. For is a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing come into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, "Sit down at my feet, have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts.
I can't give a complete exhaustive account of what God expects of you and  you clothes, but, after a small study on God's Word on the matter, I do know this: In the church culture, we accept more traditions of men in the area of clothing that we do the commandments of God (Mark 7:8). if you look through just some of these verses, you must admit that the "Sunday Best' rules not only found in the Scriptures, but Scripture might actually refute if not rebuke these rules.
Be careful here. I know designer jeans that cost as much as swanky suits.. the problem is a matter of the heart and perception, not what style era it is.. I think to summarize all of these insights is to make sure your clothing is stet by the standard of God and that your clothing doesn't distract the people of God from focusing upon God and not the body. The body of Christ should be the one group where we gather together where we don't have to prove ourselves, our bank accounts, our fashions styles, or toned bodies. Sunday Best is when we die out to self and give God the glory He deserves.Not when we attempt to impress his followers so they no longer focus upon him

The Tailless Fox (16 April 19 2018

Now and then we see on the internet or  on the news That more preachers as declaring that movie theater's , Dancing,card playing, wine, adultery, fornication, Homosexual,  and all other Godly things is okay. Makes you wonder why the people follower these ungodly preacher or even allowed them in the pulpits who have drifted so far spiritually and true holiness. If they have gone sinful, why don' the  go back at once to their crowd. Why try to bring the world into the church to suit their depraved and backslidden tastes. If they prefer to be degenerated instead of regenerated and walk with men instead of God, as Judas did to his.
There is still a great multitude of Christians in the land who can never be persuaded that Jesus would attend a movie theater, dance ball, or playing card, or drank wine, that want to be like Him in all things. Why should they forego a heavenly example standard for  a worldly standard because they want to to be dressed in fine clothing  and fool the people with their antics into giving of their money and they don't care rich or poor, instead of having his congregation to come under the blood of Christ and be born again
Aesop tells of a fox that in some manner had the misfortune to lose his tail. But being a fox and  an expert in mental matters, he framed a fine argument and glowing speech in a praise and defense of a tailless body. He urged it was cool to began with, and such a restful deliverance from a burden in that part of the physical body. There was nothing to carry, etc, etc. He then begged his brethren to cut off their tails and enter into the freedom and advantage which he enjoyed.
The foxes assembled in convention, listened gravely for a while; but as they took in their unfortunate brother bobbed of appearance, and noted his agony in fly time, there was a general smile in the assembly, an incredulous look in every eye, and a unanimous vote passed that they would not part with that plumy tail, which God had given them.
The moral of all this that when a man loses his  salvation experience, and gets spiritually sheared, denuded or boobed of by the world or the devil, at once a cry is heard in the land against the severity of Church rules or teachings, and pleading for what is called toleration, broadness and liberty which is another name with him or her for license in the ways of worldliness and sin. He or she become a sinner and wants other to follow. They may have kept the form of godliness, but has lost the power, and craves his brethren to be in a like condition with himself.
The  paper or T.V. gives him credit for being a wonderful thinker and the "New Age Christianity.", when he or she is a retrograding doer. From being a Convert they became a Divert! then a Pervert , and now Subvert, posing as a minister, teacher, or whatever of ethics or morals, and applauded by the world in and out of the church as a reformer and a second Christ. But God will show these people up on Judgement Day and perhaps here this side of the grave as a spiritual fraud and humbug, a travesty on a Gospel Ambassador, and downright backslider in heart and life, and that too, all attitudinizing, in the pulpit as a teacher and leader of immortal souls.

Listen to Me! God doesn't make mistakes. He created Adam and Eve..Not Adam and Steve  April 9 2018

God created Adam and Eve; not Adam and Steve.
 God created Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve. Got it! Any second grader knows this, but once the evil public school system got a hold of this and look at what has happened. I f you teach a child that he or she  came form fruit  loops, hatch from and egg, or a monkey, they are not going retarded society can't figure out why so-and -son does thus-and so to who knows? It's really not that hard to figure out.
Public school teachers are not allowed to teach about chastity, virtue or character; but they can give our condoms, show Harry Potter movies, and teach New Age trash to the kids. Public school children are being taught  that they're victims of Christianity, the big bad wolf who has come only to oppress and frighten the poor little defenseless homosexuals.
We hear so much nowadays from the homosexual community about being, "born again," TV talk show hosts, the news media and medical professionals have bought into the deception that some people are naturally boron Homosexual and can't help it. Nothing can be further from the truth.
          To say that some people are born homosexual is to say that God makes mistakes. If God creates a man ( with ability to help bring a human into this world, but if that man has God given natural sexual desires for another man, then God made a mistakes. The Bible plainly states in Genesis 1:27, So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created them." There is nothing in the Bible about tow men getting married, nor two women, Same sex married is sinful in the eyes of God.
God does not make mistakes! No one is born gay. God created male and female, and they have sexual attractions one for the other, because they have male and female reproductive organs and genes, respectively. The very idea of two men have sexual relationship is nature. Homosexual is mental-illness caused by spiritual wickedness. In fact, the Word of God states in Romans 1:24-28. Romans 1:26,27 states; "For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the the natural use into that which is against nature. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of woman, burned in their lust one toward another' men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompense of their error which was meet." Is that plain enough? Heterosexual attraction is natural: But homosexuality  is abnormal and against nature.
God does not make mistakes! No one is born  gay. if you tell me some people are born gay, then you are saying. God made a mistakes, and God does not make mistakes. Why would God give two men a "natural" attraction one=for -another, but they can't mate and reproduce because they both are made the same way? That is absurd to think such  a way!
Natural itself teaches us that homosexuality is abnormal.messed up and wrong. If homosexual attraction is natural, then God made a mistake! Gain, I say GOD DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES!! The truth is no one is born gay. It's  a devilish choice and is a vile life style of lust and shame a person one choose to live.
Now a days society and a lot of Churches are embracing homosexual and it is a sick mined society or church that embraces this life style, and now they are embraces, feminism, fornication, abortion, divorce, pornography, nudity, witchcraft, idolatry, and every other form of sin imaginable. This very fact by itself evidences the degenerate sinful nature of homosexuality, which the Old Testament calls sodomy. God curse is upon the United Sates and the rest of the world because of our wickedness and for the love of it (evidenced by people following the ways of Hollywood)
American can't get enough evil. It's bad enough that we encounter evil all over society today (Victoria's Secret is no longer a secret0 and yet we can go buy the daily paper to even read more smut and filth: but that is still not enough, so we watch reality TV shows which feature violencc , nudity, gore and people hurting other, so that is not enough so we watched the evening news, owned and operated by hypocrites who spread thrash of other peoples broken lives and cursing in God's holy name and even blaspheming the name of Christ, but we still crave more in their evil hearts. ( Jeremiah 17;9), and so they watch late night shows that sing about going to Hell, portraying Jesus as a homosexual voyeur who enjoys watching other homosexuals, and they blaspheme everything that's scared and holy (Check out he "View") We are a rat-infested, unholy. decadent, worm hole society in America
Judgement day is upon us, but most people are to dumb and blind to see it, The church had better wake  to this Devil fed trash which is standing at the door steps of the church just waiting for the people and pastors  to slip up (A lot of Churches has already agree to let it walk in. If your Church is allowing this, I would run from it and go the a Church which has a sound doctrine on these issues and other one

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