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Former and Present General Overseers of
The Church of God
Former and current General Overseers of The Church of God
Top Left: A.J. Tomlinson
Top Right: M.A. Tomlinson
Bottom left: Robert Pruitt
Bottom Right: Stephen Smith
Far Right: Oscar Pimentel (Current)
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Pastor: Rick Flippo
1209 Sullivan Road Sumiton, Alabama 35148
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Bishop Jerry Cox, State Overseer
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Bessemer, Alabama 35022
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Various outbreaks of pandemic disease, such as coronavirus, have prompted many to ask why God allows-or cause pandemic diseases and whether such illness are a sign of the end times. The Bible, particularly the Old Testament describes numerous occasions when God brought plagues and diseases on His people and on His enemies "to make you see my power' (Ex. 9:14,16), He used plagues on Egypt to force Pharaoh to free the Israelites from bondage, while sparing His people from being affected by them. (Ex 12:13,15:26),thus indicating His sovereign control over disease and other affliction
God also warned His people of the consequence of disobedience, including plagues (Lev 26:21.25) .After giving the Mosaic Law God commanded the people to obey it or suffer many evils, including that sounds like Ebola ot Coronavirus "The Lord shall smite thee with consumption, and with a fever, and with inflammation, and with a extreme burning (fever)..." (Deut 28:22). Here are other examples of many plagues and disease God cause.
It is sometimes hard to imagine a loving merciful God would display such wrath and anger toward His people. But God's punishments always have the goal of repentance and restoration. In 2 Chronicles 7:!3-14, God said to Solomon."If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, ot if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence. If my people, which are called my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn form their wicked ways, then I will hear form heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land." Here we see God using disaster to draw people to Him, to bring repentance and the desire to come to Him as children to their heavenly father.
In the New Testament, Jesus healed, "very disease and every sickness." as well as plagues in the areas he went (Matt 9:35; 10:1: Mark 3:10). Just as God chose to use plagues and disease to show His power to the Israelites, Jesus healed as an exhibition of the same power to verify that He as truly the Son of God. He gave the same healing power to the disciples to verify His ministry (Luke 9:1) God still allows sickness for His own purposes, but sometimes disease, even worldwide pendemics, are simply the results of living in a fallen world. There are no way to determine whether or not pandemic has a specific cause, but we do know that God has sovereign control over all things (Roman 11:36) and will work all thins together for the good of those who know and love Him (Romans 8:38)
The spread of sickness of coronavirus is a foretaste of pandemics that will be part of the end times. Jesus referred to the future plagues associated with the he last days (Luke 21:11). The two witnesses on Rev. 11 will have power "to strike the earth with every kind plague of as often as they want' Rev, 11:6) Seven angels will wield seven plagues on a series of final, severe judgements described in Revelation 16.
The appearance of pendemic diseases may or may not be tied to God's specific judgement of sin,it could be also simply be the results of living in a fallen world. Since know one knows the time of Jesus' return, we must be careful about global pandemics are proof that we are living in the end time. For those who do not know Jesus as Savior, disease should be a reminder that life on earth is tenuous and can be lost at any moment. As bad as pandemic are, hell will be worse. The Christian, however, has assurance of salvation and the hope of eternity because of the blood of Christ shed on the cross for us. Isa. 53:5; 2 Cor 5:21;Heb 9:28
How should Christians respond to pandemic disease? First do not panic. God is in control. The bible says the equivalent of "do not fear" over 300 times, Second, be wise. Take reasonable steps to avoid exposure to the disease and to protect and provide for you family. Third look for opportunities to ministry to the lost. Often when people are fearful for their lives, they are more willing to listen about eternity. Be bold and compassionate in your sharing of the Gospel, always speak the truth in love (Eph 4:15)
Whatever Happened to the Twelve Apostles?
1. Matthew, suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia. Killed by a sword
2. Mark, died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.
3. Luke, was hanged in Greece as a result of his preaching for the lost
4. John, faced martyrdom when he was boiled om a huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in Rome. However, he was miraculously delivered from death. He was sentenced to the mines on the prison island of Patmos. He wrote the prophetic Book of Revelation on Patmos. He was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey.He died and old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.
5. Peter, he was crucified upside down on an x cross. According to the church tradition it was because he told his torments that he felt unworthy to dies the same way that Jesus had died.
6. James, the leader of the Church in Jerusalem, was thrown over a 100 feet down form the southeast of the pinnacle when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, they beat him to death with a fuller's club. This is the same pinnacle where Stan had taken Jesus, during his temptation
7. James the son of Zebedee was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a lifetime of ministry. Asa strong leader of the Church, James was beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith as his trial. Later,the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
8. Bartholomew, Also known as Nathan, was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for Jesus in present day Turkey. He was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.
9. Andrew, was crucified on an x cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers as thet tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followed said that, when he was lead to the cross, that Andrew saluted in these words, " I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it." He continued to preach to his tormentors for two day until his death.
10. Thomas was stabbed with spear in India during one of his mission tripe to establish the Church in the Subcontinent.
11. Jude. He w as killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ
12. Matthias, who replaced Judas was stoned to death and beheaded
Why do we stay out of Church when it is raining? Why do we feel sleepy in Prayer, but stay awake to an 2 hour movie? Why we lay the bible down and read other books? Why is so easy to ignore a message from God. yer we forward a nasty one? Why is so easy to worship a celebrity, but very difficult to engage with God? It time to find the kingdom of God
He IS Coming.
Soon all man made churches will succumb to the passion of the world. Rather than overcoming the world, the organizations made by man will be overcome by the world
Stale Bread In The Church
Now I know why man Sunday Morning sermons are boring. many pastors and televanglists have turned to the internet to get their sermons from someone else. This way they have to spend time with alone with God and they are free to non-spiritual interests, or worldly obligations they have gotten into, then they add insult to the peoples tithes, and offerings, so they can be rewarded for seeking God on out behalf. But! GET REAL!!
Then to make matter worse, they give warnings to remind us, that if we do not pay our tithes or give a seed offering to give them their "due" or God will not bless us. I understand paying Tithe's is a requirement and I do so. But I don't pay because the pastor says too, but because it is Biblical. But ! GET REAL!!
There are many pastor and evangelists that are not right with God. They have more interest in what they can get from the people, and many are well off! In fact rich!! Then at the mid-night hour, they search the internet for a sermon, or a pre-paid email prescription with attachments, to dazzle the congregation with "their anointing". They misrepresent someone else's thoughts as their own. Stupid people pay every week to hear this quacks stuff.
This is cheap, and they need to resign. They do not spend the time with God as they should, and waste are time. We can download the sermon, or subscribe to this stuff ourselves, and save money on gas and food for the needy, instead of paying the preacher's fat pocket!
For one to write a sermon, One must spend hours meditating on what to write. Pray that it is the will of God. And it should be our desire to share that excitement of God's Word with people, to let them know it is alive and not dead. I really get inspired or fascinated by the topic I write. It is my passion, not someone else's, and I do this free out of the love of God
Many people . including the youth are leaving the church because , they are being fed, recycled stale bread sermons. The pastor"s are stale with mold all over them, and serving it to his people.
If the Church is to teach newly saved people or get them to Church. It must get on fire for god, deliver fresh bake bread and present it from the heart, otherwise, the newly saved will fall away and become as stale bread, just as the pastor and probably us!
Now let me talk about the Bread Of Life. Bread is usually called the staff of life. It consist of water, flour mixed with milk and bread can be used in many different ways. There's cornbread, doughnuts, buns, rolls, and it can be made into bread pudding. If bread is not used soon, it becomes stale, and green looking and even most dogs want eat it. But the Bread Of Life is the most important
known to man and it is vital to our existence than physical bread, and the Bread is Christ. It never gets outdated, and never gets green or moldy and never gets stale. So instead listening to some old stale bread sermon that is never prayed over and certainly not anointed. Get the real thing. The bread of Jesus Christ!
I hope this puts a fire under you! Ok! I am Done now!
Transgender And Gay Marriage (Jesus Instructions) Dec
Jesus made a definitive statement, in one sentence, that sharply clarifies, His position on bother gender identification and gay marriage.
Millions of people worldwide believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. In addition, there are many others who do not believe that specifically, but who do not have a great respect for the words Of Jesus Christ. For all those people, and others just interested in hearing Christ's words on this topic, I quote a simple, clear statement by Jesus that brings great clarity to today's raging debate on the issues of transgenderism and same-sex marriage.
Matt 19:3-5 And he answer and said unto them " Have you not read that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, and said, "For this reason a man shall leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and the twain shall become one flesh?"
Some Pharisees (v3) had tried to test Jesus with a question about divorce, Jesus answered by referring to God's creation and his institution of marriage where He "made them male and female."
The Transgender Debate;
Jesus dealt clearly with the gender issue. He told them them that God the Creator "made them male and female."Gender identity has always been God's prerogative. In every instance He makes a person one or the other, male or female. Man and woman. Jesus made it clear, do not choose to be male or female. No, because God make you male or female. The creator make us one or the other, and god hasn't change either His mind or the pattern He established from the beginning.
God said Himself in the Scripture, "For I am the Lord, I change not." (Malachi 3:6) and "He never changes." James 1:27) The God that who created Adam and Eve as male and female (Gen 1:27) is the same unchanging God who make us male and female today. Gender identity is God's choice and we have no choice in the matter and therefore not alterable by mankind.
The Gay marriage Debate: In His reply to the Pharisees, Jesus said that God has made them male and female.. a man and his wife.
From the biblical perspective of who rules the universe, gay marriage (same-sex marriage) is not a "human right" issue as claimed by the "LGBTQ" community. It is a violation of God's right to rule His creation and to establish marriage as uniquely between "male and female, a man and his wife. For Millions of people worldwide who hold Jesus' teaching to be the authoritative. He settle the issue. God, Jesus said, established marriage between a man and a woman," A man and his wife.". In the entirely of Scripture no alternative forms of marriage are offered or approved.
Let God be God! Nov 4 2019
Psa. 47:8 "God reigneth over the heatheh: God sitteth upon the throne of holiness."
In this amazing statement,teaching us that God reigns over the heathen. Satan may be the god of the sin-cursed world (2 Cor 4-4); but God is in control ultimately. God still sits upon the throne of His holiness. And I love that.
Sometime its may seem that God is asleep and the wicked are being prosper forever, but no one can escape death, and after that the judgement. (Heb.9:27) I am going to live for God even if no else does. I've learned life is an individual decision. Groups don't serve God, individuals serve God! God saved the individual in response to faith, no a group or church. If you are going to live for God, then you are alone oftentimes in your faith and stand
As the world grows more evil and apostate everyday, it is becoming very lonely sometime to be a Christian who tries to do right when ever one else seems to be doing wrong. There are backslidden and rebellious believers dime-a-dozen, who live and sin ans never preacher the true Gospel. There are saemiah.
There a lot of ignore fools in the world. You can't tell them anything. They are puffed in their egos, arrogant and have reject knowledge of God. Proverbs 21:2 "Every way of a man is right in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the hearts." That is an amazing Scripture. It is saying that every way is right in a man's own eyes.but it is God who ponders the heart of man and decides what is good or evil. Judges 21:25. "In those days there was no king in Israel; every man did that which was right in his own eyes."
I'm not going to place God on trial in my own mind just because I can't understand everything.. We know the world is messed up because of sin. We know that God is omnipotent, good, and He has made away of escape through his Son. Think about that! God gave His Son. so that mankind could brutally beat Jesus, spit on Him, verbally degrade Him, humiliate Him, falsely accuse Him. rip His flesh, drive a crown of thorns into his head, mock He, make Him naked, laugh at Him, assassinate His good name, and the crucify Him. God allowed wicked men to do this to His Son, so that our sins could be pardoned as we could be redeemed back to God.
Yet. most people today reject God's gift of eternal life, choosing rather to pray to some Catholic priest, think he can forgive them of their sins. It amazing me how many people believe things that are nowhere in the Bible>Not one Scripture teachings man can forgive sins' but 1st Tim 2:5 plainly states that only Jesus Christ is a mediator between God and man. Are you so blinded by religion and foolish in your heart to trust the lying of Catholic priest, a self proclaimed healer who claims the power to forgive men's sin? Oh! listen my friend, you will regret the day you stepped foot into the prison house of the Roma Catholicism.
What don't you decide to let God be your God in your heart. Stop trying to figure God out. stop trying to understand life and why God allows thing to happen the way they do. Stop placing God on trial in your mind and in your words. Let God be God.Start expressing your unquestioning faith in the God of the Bible. It matters not if I know hat God is doing, because I trust the heart of God. When you can't see the hand of God, them you need to trust the heart of God. The Bible reveals the great heart of God, evidencing His wondrous love and unfailing compassion, but it is also reveals the wisdom and integrity of God, who knows that adversity makes most men than prosperity, and tribulations cause us to fall on out knees; whereas comfort make us complacent and uncaring.
God knows what we need best, but is rarely what we think we need or desire to have. Jacob was cheated by his uncle Laban for 20 years, the Jacob's beloved with Rachael die in child birth; and them Rachael firstborn, Joseph (who Jacob loved dearly) was taken from him, sold into slavery by Joseph 10 evil half brothers. Jacob had cheated Esau out of his birthright, and inheritance many years earlier. but my o my how it came back on Jacob. But we read of Joseph in Gen 50:20, But as for you, ye thought evil against me; nut God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Most of us a times have evil thins done to us, but God turn it around to something good, as only God can do.
There would be no Pas 51, if it wasn't for David's horrible sin of adultery and murder. Solomon would have never been born, and the temple of God would not have been built. Had David and Bathsheba had not sinned. Jesus Christ's ancestral line could not be traced back to Solomon in Matthew, establishing the kingly line form which Christ came through Mary. I am not approving of sin, or am I saying God had any part in the evils crimes, but I am saying that God in His divine foreknowledge knew what would happen and so, He arranged and foreordained the outcome of David's life in according to his divine plan.Let God be God!
Eight Stubborn Statements (18 Oct 2019)
Here are eight stubborn, irrefutable statements. They go right in the heart of true Christianity. You will either accept or reject these eight statement. There is no middle ground; and you will find it impossible to be indifferent regarding them. There is no room for compromise on any of these eight points.
1. Either the Bible in its entirety the holy, inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God-or is in its entirety a lie, by which the souls of men are eternally deceived and damned. If the Bible is not the Word of God, throw it away. But if it is, as it claims to be, God's Holy Word, we will be wise to pay attention to it. It claims, as such,a total sway over our lives. It must be our only rule of faith and practice
2. Either God is Almighty is absolutely sovereign, in total of control of all things, at all times-or there is no God.Again there is no middle ground between the two poles, between God's absolute, total sovereignty-and absolute,total atheism. To speak of a God who is not total sovereign is utter nonsense. Atheism is far more sensible than Arminianism. If God is, he is sovereign!
3. Either man is totally depraved, utterly dead in trespasses and in sins-or there is nothing wrong with him, and he needs no Savior. There is no such thing as partial depravity or partial goodness before God. Either we are totally sinful and depraved, or we are totally righteous and good. The is no middle ground.
4. Either God chose to save us from Adam's fallen race to salvation and eternal life in Christ before the world began, as the Bible said it did-or no salvation is possible for any man. Salvation is God's prerogative, not man's. Grace is God's gift, not man choice. If god does not choose who He will save, nor sinner can ever be saved.
5.Either the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, is altogether and the effectual Redeemer and Savior of his people-or he is fraud and a failure. Again, there is no middle ground, no room for compromise. Either Christ did what he came to do, or he is a failure. If he is a failure. he is not God, and we have no Savior
6. Either we are regenerated and called to life and faith in Christ by the irresistible power and omnipotent grace of the Holy Ghost-or there is no such things a salvation. The only hope for a dead sinner is a free and sovereign grace-grace that ask for nothing and give everything, grace that waits for nothing and does everything
7. Either God's people are entirely free form the law, as the Scriptures declare us to be-or we are yet under the bondage of the law and entirely obligated to keep it perfectly. There is no things such as being partially under the law and partially free from it, not in Bible terms only way sinners cane satisfy fulfill, and establish the law is by faith in Christ (Romans 3:31)
8. Either every saved sinner shall preserve to the end, being preserved and kept by God's infallible, immutable grace-or none shall. The perseverance of the saints is demanded by the purposed of God, the purchase of Christ and the power of the Spirit
Don't Kid Yourself About Halloween (2 Oct 2019)
There is a real spiritual at the center of Halloween. it is more than dressing up in costumes with a temporary Identify.
Halloween comes the last Thursday in Oct and will soon be upon us. This the second largest celebration and holiday in the United States, second only to Christmas. As it is approaching you can see as we look around in store, in our neighborhoods. WE see people dressed as witches, as ghosts, all kind of demonic figures. And we're hearing and seeing once again all the trappings of this holiday. Don't kid yourself. There is something real, spiritual behind the Halloween celebration. This is not just a party, this is not just and excuse to get drunk and to engage in all types f partying and revelry. This has nothing to do with God, the Bible, a Church or Christianity, even though you will see Hallows Eve on a Christian calendar, a Church calendar, there is nothing Christian about it, but there is something spiritual about it.
That's right, it's related to spiritualism rather than anything that's spiritual, Biblicaly speaking, and God tells us we are not to do anything with it. So often we kid ourselves ans at well it's all in fun, and what about the parties,and what the the candy and what about the kids, so we overlook the seriousness of this evil spirit behind all this.
Even some of us are lamenting the fact that we had to take away the innocence from his own children, having to explain why people have the blowup witches in the middle of the lawns and understanding exactly what is behind that and what it begins to do into a young mind, that they is something spiritual and it's something God tell us to stay away from. In 2 Cor 6:14. the Apostle Paul warns us Christian,"Do be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? . Halloween celebrates the darkness of all activities, the inter-mingling of the dead so as to speak with the living and as the living trying to engage with the dead on the evening it is dancing with the dark side as we've termed it. It is delving into a very, very dark period. Paul also said in very 1n vers2 15 "And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part he that believeth with an infidel?. here Paul give us a string warning against involving ourselves with such activity as Halloween
And I think we must ask ourselves, can we really mix these thing together? Because that's normally what it come down to. Well i might get into that evil stuff you might think. I just look a the celebration, and have fun, and the enjoyment, and the candy, and other things that it offers, yet God's Word is clear. He said you cannot mix light and darkness. God's word is plain
Look at verse 16." And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for are the temple of the living God, as God hath said. O will dwell in them and walk in them, and I will be there God, and they shall be my people. You know as I tape this and we're watching this huge storm move up the New England Coast and other parts of the country an the tragic that is unfolding before our eyes and I wonder how many people are calling on God for help and intervention. if at some point, something even greater catastrophe takes place and we call out to God and he doesn't answer, I wonder if something like Halloween and the custom that dances with the dark side might be a reason God would say, "You're My people, I'm not walking among you because they don't go together. So we've got to get out of the darkness because they don't go together and live in the light
Don't kid yourself. There is something spiritual in the Halloween celebration,but it is something a Christian needs to take part of. God said stay away from, You are dealing with darkesnn
Sept 27 2019
"I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance; but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, who shoes in a not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and fie." Matt 3:11
I remember reading that the London fire in 1666 was so penetrated and warm that unknown flowers sprang up from long deep buried seeds. The seed lay asleep and forgotten in their grave until the heat.
So we see that fire awakes; "For no man came come to me except the Father which hath send me to draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:44) Once a person is saved and sanctified. That person is ready for the indwelling of the Holy Ghost with fire. With this Holy Ghost there is an awakening of desire to feed on God's Word and follow the commands of Jesus. It is unexplainable. The soul awaken to the glory of God and the seeds of the Kingdom truth that lodged in the soil of religiosity are called forth by the energy of fire by the Holy Ghost. Fruit production then takes place in the person with the Holy Ghost: Love,joy, peace of the Holy Ghost.
Fire Reveals "Every man's work shall be made manifest; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man"s work of what sort it is" (1 Cor 3:13) Motives will be tested when God sends the fire test. Paul goes on to say that the believer will suffer loss if his works did not stand the test of God's fire.
Fire Consumes "The grass withereth, the flowers fadeth; because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it; surely the pople is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth; but the Word of God shall stand forever." (Isa 40:7) The fire of the Holy Ghost destroy the production of the old nature (Adamic nature)m that was in the heart. After the destruction comes a new blades with the soul, fresh and grass. Marvelously, old things pass away and all things become new
When I was in the military we were sent out to help the firemen to combat the fire in the mountains. They would set fore to areas of the forest to rid the of forest floor of weeds, and brushes and hinderance to healthy rich growth. The tall stately mature trees endure the flames of the fire. However, the rubbish floor burnt to make room to fresh growth. This burning process is necessary, otherwise, the unhealthy growth would eventually killed the mature trees. This controlled of nature can be compared to the controlled fires of the Holy Ghost that eliminates the old so the new life can began
Fire Purifies: But who may abide in the day of His coming and who shall stand when He appeareth? For he is like a refiners fire, and like fuller's soap. And He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; and He shall purify the sons of Levi and purge them as gold and silver.that they may be offer unt0 the Lord and offering in righteousness. (Malachi 3:2-3). In the refining process, the metal is put over red-hot fire and as it begins to melt, the dross can be sifted off the top.Then the melt is finally pure. When the church reaches perfect,there will be no impure within it. There are two processes of purifying mention in this verses; cleansing and purifying. Cleansing as express in this verse is used for cleaning something up; scrubbing and washing. The fire is used for testing and making the inward part right. God uses both procedures to make ready for the rapture and His Bride.
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