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Former and Present General Overseers of
The Church of God        

Top Left: A.J. Tomlinson
Top Center: M.A. Tomlinson
Bottom left: Robert Pruitt
Bottom Center: Stephen Smith
 Current Overseer: Oscar Pimentel, (Pictured at Podium)

1651 Bryan Road Sumiton, Alabama
Pastor: Rick Flippo
1209 Sullivan Road Sumiton, Alabama 35148
205-648-9982 or205*205-955-2933

The Church of God, General Headquarters
Oscar Pimentel, General Overseer
P.O. Box 450 Charleston, Tennessee 37310
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901 9th Ave. SW Bessemer, Alabama 35022
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A Word From The Pastor!

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time we were going a long in The Church of God -Alabama never dreaming of what was to come. Then in our 2018 General Assembly for The Church of God, Bishop Oscar Pimentel made an appointment change for the state that caught us by surprise.
Our State Overseer,Bishop James Horne was being relocated to a new field of work,
Northeast United States. Our work there has been limited, but Bishop Horne and family could not be a better choice for this field of opportunity. His dedication and desire to work for God and His Church is so obvious and His family shares this same trait. 
Will we miss them? For sure! Do we love them? absolutely? Do we thank God for them? without a doubt. But the most important question is, do we appreciate His willingness follow after Theocratic government and accept this new and challenging appointment? Yes!, Oh! Yes!

But what about our new Overseer and family? I've known Bishop Cox and family for about 2 years now as he has been Pastoring one of Churches  here in Alabama (Bessemer), and He and His family are cut from the same Godly cloth as the Hornes. Brother Cox will tell you, this is God's church and I will do all I can to help fulfill the mission of the church. 
He and his family are very dedicated to the cause of Christ and the church and have worked hard for this cause (and what better cause is there?).
Will he be successfull? Absolutely! Following the will of God cannot lead to failure. I had a Pastor once who used to say this to new leaders he appointed:
I believe this true about Brother Cox and family. The Church of God was, The Church of God is, and The Church of God will always be headed in Gods direction. Bro. Cox is ready for the challenges ahead!....and he won't be a flop! because God doesn't sponsor flops.
Let us pray for him and his family, oh! and by the way......pray for his family as well.
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Love Letter to Jesus (Feb 7 2019)
I want Jesus to know that I was thinking of Him with warm fondness and the highest regards so I set aside my work and projects to say, "Jesus I love you!"
There are many ways for us to tell Jesus that we Love Him. Basically, that's what it means to worship the Lord, to refresh Him with our adoration and Devotion.
May this Love Letter to Jesus open your eyes to the intimacy with Jesus that is possible for you and may praying these words stir your heart to greater Devotion to Him

Dear Jesus, when you are present to me, all is good and nothing seems difficult; but when I forget you, all is hard and empty. Jesus, your voice to me is the most precious sound of existence. If I don't hear you speaking inside my heart, all other comfort is worth nothing, but if speak but one word to me I amd greatly comforted. I recall that Mary rose immediately form the place where she wept, when Martha said to her: "The Master is come, and He calls for you' (John 11:28) Yes! What a happy moments it is-no matter how difficult my situation is-when you call for me!
Oh, how foolish I am when I go into any  situation without having you on my mind Jesus. What vanity for me to desire anything outside of you. The world without you profits me nothing. To be without you is grievous hell; and to be with you Jesus is sweet Paradise, When you are with me, no enemy can hurt me. To find you is to find the real treasure-the good above all good and to become the richest person on earth. But to lose you is to lose more than the whole world and to be left in abject poverty.
        Oh, Jesus it is the greatest skill to know how to keep you in my consciousness at all times-this the greatest wisdom! Please dear, Lord, tune my heart to your presence with me at all times, if only I would be humble and peaceable then Jesus you';; remain with me. If only I would be devout and quiet then you'll stay within me.
But i fear that i may soon drive you away Jesus, That l'll turn to outward things and lose favor of your presence. If I turn and lose you Jesus, where will I go? Who else can I turn to as a friend? Without a friend I cannot lie well and Jesus you are above all a friend to me -my one soul friend- and without you beside me, I'd be sad and desolate. You are the One, Jesus, who I trust and rejoice in above all others! I'd rather have the whole world against me than for you be offended with me. Among all those who are dear to me, you stand out Jesus. You are the One that I especially love.
Jesus, I love all people for you, but I love you for who you are. You are the Christ, the unique Son of God, and you are singularly, My Beloved. You are good and faithful above all other friends. I don't desire to singularly commended or beloved, for the position belongs to you only-You are God and there is none like you! Neither do I desire that the heart of any person would be set on me, nor do i set my heart on the love of anyone. Jesus, my one consuming desire is that you would be in me and every person who calls on you.
Yes, Jesus, I long to be pure and free within, devoted entirely to you, and not entangled with any creature. Help me to carry my heart toward you so that I can be free form all worldliness and can see how good you are. Oh, to be drawn into you ny your Grace, to see glory , to attain to that heaven happiness, to be emptied all but you, to take leave of all ut your Kingdom, to be with you alone Jesus and to be made one with you.
Jesus> When your Grace come to me I am made strong and able to stand up to all things, but without your Grace, I am poor and weak and the best that I can hope for is for you discipline to reawaken me to seek your face. And when I do need disciplined by you please help me not to be discouraged, but to stand with my thoughts fixed on you, and to endure whatever hardship come upon me for your glory.
        Jesus you know that I want to always be in the springtime of enjoying your love, but sometimes I need winter season. Sovereign Lord, you have ordained the seasons, including those that don't feel good, and I love you for that too! Help me to remember that afterw inter come spring, after night comes day, after storm comes a great calm. More than that,help me to trust that alls eason are good when Iive with you in my heart.
I love you Jesus.Yes! your my best friend!!

Why Does God Allow Satan To live. (Jan 16 2019
The question is sometime asks, Why does God allow Satan to live?, But before I answer that, let's make sue that we all agree that it is true God could take Satan out anytime he choices. There are some who believe God cannot take Satan out, because of some rights ( or authority, free will etc), that Satan has. But the reason I know God can rake out Satan out without turning me into an automaton or breaking any rules is because is going to take him out and be thrown into the lake of fire.
And the question is, "Why didn't he do it yesterday?" If He had done it yesterday, I wouldn't be tempted the way I am today. The bible says, "Lead me not into temptation." Well the best way  not to be lead into temptation is to take the Tempter away! isn't it? Take him out! I've had troubles in my life plenty enough to make me struggle. I don't need Satan on top of  my of this making my life more miserable, so God take him out. You have the right and the power to take him out. You are doing nobody wrong when you take him out. You might just be saying, and He doesn't do it why?
The Bible as far as I can find, doesn't answer why directly, so we go on inferences. But her is my own answer.
           God has ordained that Satan have along leash, with God holding on to it, because He knows that when we walk in and out as those temptations, struggling both with physical and moral effects that they bring, more of God's glory will shine in that battle than if he took Satan out yesterday.
         There will be evidences of God's patience with us as we struggle with sin. And there will be evidences of Hid sustaining grace  as we go through horrific physical suffering that Satan was the immediate cause of (as it says in the Bible; This woman..whom Satan bound eighteen years" (Luke 13:26). She  was bowed over in the back, and Satan was doing it, and God was letting it happen. God ordains all of these things so that his glory, his mercy, justice, grace and wisdom would shine brightly.Now we van argue with that and say. "I don't agree:. I don;t think God should run the world this way. And if we ultimately disagree then we are rejecting God and we are rejecting the Biblical testimony, and we will perish for ever in the  lake of Fire> But I choose to trust Him that His way of managing Satan and managing evil that comes at me is wiser that the way I might choose to manage it.
         Perhaps the other thin I should say is the He sent His Son right into the middle of this Satanic warfare. It was Satan that put into the heart of Judas to betray Him. So Jesus exposes Himself to the horrors of Satan's deceit lies and murder. "He was a murderer from the beginning.. (and) liar" (John 8:44) and dies, in order to make a public display of the principalities, and powers in his defeat. (Colossians 2:15)
        There is more glory that will come to Jesus Christ by His suffering to destroy Satan than by powerfully shooting Satan in the head>And there is more glory that will come to Jesus by our sharing in the suffering of Christ, holding onto His supreme  value, that if we had been able to say "Satan, Depart."and never has another problem.
And I think the reason for that, this is my ultimate final answer, is that the glory of God and Christ shines more brightly when we are seen to be supremely satisfied in Christ in spite of Satan's torments, rather tah if we had his torments removed and liked Jesus because of it. It's when you love Jesus in spite of Satan's torments and through them that His glory shines most brightly, rather that when we have life made easier for us by Satan's removal and we like Jesus because of it.

Boo-Hoo!! So You Are Going To Quit?( 9 Jan 2019)

So you've decide to quit? Let me guess:
"No one appreciates me-I was sick and nobody came to see me-I didn't get the position I wanted- I'm way more qualified than they are-The pastor ignored me-They hurt me-I'm tired." The list goes on and on. I've heard them all before. I get the picture-you feel hurt and you want people to know it. I've been there, done that. We all have. But no everybody quits. So why are you" "I just need encouraged", you say. No, it's more likely that you need a swift kick
          "But I deserve better", you say. You really don't want to go there. If you got what you deserved it would be much worse than it is. What makes you think you deserve a problem free life? Were it not God mercies we would all be consumed.
Listen, it's time you stopped acting like a baby. You didn't get your way so you are getting bible and kids and go home. That's pathetic! Grow up. This is the real world. Stop and take a good look at your won life. The chances are good that you will discover that you're not so good, You are just as bad or worse that the people you criticize. You complain because they didn't show you ant special attention and you your self haven't visited a hospital, nursing home or even your neighbor, spreading the "Good News". Gimme a break, you quit a long time ago. You just want people to know that your are mad.
"But I don't have any friends you say." Who fault is that?/ You want like the answer, but you are the one to blame. A man that hath friends and must show himself friendly (Proverbs 18;24 parapharse). If you drag around with  sour pickle look on your face, never ministering to others, don't expect the world to beat a path to your door!
Suppose everything you say is true-you have been horribly mistreated. The fact is that we live in a fallen world and some people are mean as a junkyard dog. Life isn't always fair, fun, and easy. People will mistreat you, there is not doubt about it, but what does that have to do with you quitting? Absolutely nothing. Our duty doesn't end just because conditions are unfavorable. By the way stop laying the blame ob god by saying."The Lord is leading me to do it." In most he had nothing to do with it
        Have you ever though about who else might quit because you do? Your foolish actions could cause your spouse, your children or your grandchildren to do the same. You will have to answer for that. Your fit of anger,dereliction of duty, and childish behavior can do untold damage. And, that's not something God is going to wink at.
You got mad and quit-now you're probably mad at me. You are mad because I told you the truth, not because I mistreated you. So where will this end? If you quite church, what else will you quit when things don't go your way-Your marriage? Your job? Where does it end.
I'm not trying to minimize your problem, not to be cruel. My hope is to shock you into reality. Your choice to quit had nothing to do with others. It has everything to do with you. It's a refection of your character. You can determine the greatness of a person by what it take to stop him. If they had a Christ-like character nothing will stop  him.
         If you want to quit something.quit complaining, quit feeling sorry for yourself. quit blaming others, quit expecting people to treat you like royalty, quit thinking you deserve an easier life than that of Christ. No one has beaten you beyond recognition and nailed you to a cross. You will never suffer the horror of being banished form the presence of god. There are no nail prints in your hands, nor wound from a spear in your side. Until you's suffered like that, never speak of quitting.
Now I have a favor to ask. Please keep a copy of this and send to me, if  I ever speak of deserting  my post of Christian duty. There is no stopping place in this life. "Thou therefor endure hardness, as a good soldier in Christ>"

The Hungry Little Boy and John 3:16 (Dec 27 2018)

In the city of Chicago, one cold December night, a blizzard was coming in and a little boy was selling newspapers on the corner. The people were in and out of the cold. The little boy was so cold that he wasn't trying to sell many papers.
He walked up to a policeman and said,Sir, would you know where a poor boy could find a warm place to sleep tonight would you? I sleep in a box around the corner in the alley and it's awful cold in there tonight. Sure would be nice to have a warm place to stay tonight.
The policeman looked down at the boy and said, "You go down the street to the big white house and knock on the door. When they come to the door you just say John;3;16, and they will let you in.
So he dis. He walked up to the door and knocked, and  a lady came to the door. He looked up and said, John 3:16. The lady said "Come on in son." She took him in and sat him down is pillowed rocker in front of a great big old fireplace, and she left. The boy sat there and thought to himself: John 3:16. I don't understand it, but it sure makes a cold boy warm.
Later she cam back and said ,"Are you hungry?" He said just a little bit. I haven't ate in a couple of days. I guess i could eat a little. She took him into the kitchen and sat him down to a table full of wonderful food. he ate and ate until he couldn't eat anymore. The he thought to himself: John 3:16..Boy, I sure don't understand it but it sure makes a hungry boy full.
She took him upstairs to a bathroom to a huge bathtub filled with warm water and he just sat there and soaked a while. As he soaked him thought to himself, John 3:16.. I sure don't understand it but it sure does make a dirty boy clean. You know he thought to himself, I have never had a real bath in my whole life. The only bath I remember is when I stood in front of that big old fire hydrant as they flushed it out
         The lady came in and got him. She took him to a room, tucked him in to a big old feathered bed, pulled the covers up around his neck, kissed him goodnight and turned out the light. As he lay in the darkness and looked out the window, at the snow coming down on that cold night, he thought to himself; John 3:16..I don't understand it but it sure makes a tired boy rest
      The next morning, the lady came and took him down again to the kitchen table full of food. After he was full she took him to the same rocker in front of the fireplace and picked up a big old Bible. She said do you understand John3:16, she ask gently?
He said, "no ma'am, I don't. The first time i ever heard it was when the policeman said it last night and told me to say it.. She opened the bible and explain to him about Jesus.
Right there in front of that fireplace, he gave his heart and life to Jesus. he sat there and thought: John 3:16. I don't understand it, but it sure makes a lost boy safe.
You know I have to confess, I don't understand all of it either. how God was willing to send His Son to die for me, and how Jesus would agree to do such a thing.
       I don't understand the agony of the Father and very angel in heaven as they watched Jesus suffer and die. I don't understand the intense love for ME that kept Jesus on the cross till the end. I don't understand, but it sure does make life worth living.
John 3;16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Three Trees A Unusual Christmas Story
19 Dec  2018

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods. They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said, " Somebody I hope to be a treasure chest, I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems. I could be decorated  with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.
The second tree said, Someday I will be a mighty ship. I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world. Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of the hull.

Finally the third tree said, "I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up at my branches, and think of heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching.I will be the greatest tree of all time and the people will always remember me.

          After a few years of praying for their dream to come true, a group of woodmen came upon the trees. When one came to the first tree he said, "This tree looks like a strong tree, I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter," and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.
At the second tree the woodsman said, "This tree looks like a strong tree, I should be able to sell it to a shipyard." The second tree was happy because he knew that he was on his way to becoming a mighty tree.

When the woodsman came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true. The Woodsman said, "I don't need anything special from my tree, I'll take this one, and he cut it down

When the first tree  arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a feed box for animals. He then was place in the barn and filled with hay. This was not what he prayed for. The second tree was cut and mad into a small fishing boat. His dream of being a mighty ship and carrying kings and queens had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark. The years went by, and the tress forgot about their dreams
The one day, a man and woman came to the barn, she gave birth, and they laid the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made form the first tree. The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but this manger would have to do. The tee could feel the importance of this event and knew that it held the greatest treasure of all time
A few year later a group of men got into the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep. While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn't think it was strong enough to keep the men safe. The men woke the sleeping man, and He stood and said "Peace" and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of  kings

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people who mocked the man who was carrying it. When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of the hill. When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it

The moral of this story is that when things don't seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you, if you place your trust in Him, He  will you the great gift. Each of the three trees got what they wanted, just not  the way they thought. We don't always know what God's plan are for us. We just know that His ways are not our ways, but his ways are always best


          The Geese And God (Dec 11)

There was once  man who didn't believe in God, and he didn't hesitate to let others know how he felt about religion and religious holidays, like Christmas. His wife however, did believe, and she raised the children to also have faith in God and the His Son Jesus Christ, despise  her husband's unbelief .
                              One snowy Christmas Eve, the wife were taking the children to the Christmas Eve service at her local church. She asked him to come but her refused. "That story is nonsense! He said. Why would god lower himself to come to earth through a man called Jesus who became the Christ? "That's ridiculous!" So she and the children left, and he stayed home.
                              A while later, the winds grew stronger and stronger and the snow turned to a blizzard. As the man looked out the window, all he saw was blinding snow. He sat down to relax before the fire for the evening. Then he heard thump, something had hit the window, then another thump. He looked out, but he couldn't see more than a few feet. When the snow let up a little, he went outside to see what could have been beating the window and in the field near the house he saw a flock of wild geese.
                                Apparently they had been flying south for the winter when they got caught in the snow storm and couldn't go on. They were lost and stranded on his farm, with no food or shelter. They just flapped their wings and flew around the field in low circle, blindly and aimlessly. A couple had flew into the window, it seemed.
                                The man felt sorry for them and wanted to help them. The barn would be a great place for them to stay, he though. It's warm and safe, surely they could spend the night and wait out the storm.
                                  So he walked over to the barn and opened the doors wide, then watched and waited, hoping they would notice the door was open and go inside. But the geese just fluttered around aimlessly and didn't seemed to notice the barn and that the door was open.                 
                                   The man tried to get their attention, but that just seemed to scare them and they moved further away. He went into the house and got some bread, broke it up, and make bread crumbs to the barn, they still didn't catch on.
                                    Now he was getting upset. He got behind them trying to shoo them toward the barn, but they only got more scared and scattered in every direction except toward the barn. Nothing he did could get them to go into the barn where they would be safe and warm.
                                    "Why  don't they follow me? " he ask himself. "Can't they see this is the only place where they can survive the storm? He though for a moment and realized they just were not going to follow him. "If only I was a goose, then I could save them, he said out loud.
                                      The he had an idea. He went into the barn, got one of his  geese and carried it in his arms as he circled behind the flock of wild geese. He then release it and it flew straight to the barn and one by one the other geese followed it to safety. Then he though of the word that he had earlier "If I were only a Goose, then I could save them."
                                     The he though about what he had said to his wife earlier, "Why would God want to lower Himself to be like us? That's ridiculous!" Suddenly it made sense. That is what God had done. We were like the wild geese-blind, lost, perishing. God had sent His Son to become like us so he could show us the way and enlightens us.
                                     That was the meaning of  Christmas, he realized. As the winds and blinding snow died down, His soul became quiet and he pondered this wonderful though. Suddenly he understood what Christmas was about, why Jesus who became Christ had come, so that we could be the sons and daughters of the living Christ.
                                     Years of doubt and disbelief vanished like the passing storm.He fell to his knees in the snow and prayed his first prayer" Thank you God, for someone in human form to get me out of the storm!'
Don't tell God how big the storm is, tell your storm how big you God is!