Acts Continues

Acts (The Book of Acts)We are looking forward to continue our study in the book of Acts this evening at 7:30 and we hope you will join us. Throughout the month of February we have been reading through this exciting book one chapter per day. There are twenty-eight chapters and there are twenty-eight days in the month so it coincides perfectly to read it in its entirety at this pace.

This is an action-packed book and we anticipate this study to be as well, so come expecting great things! Doors will open at 7:00 P.M. for those who can come early to join us for a pre-service prayer meeting. That even sounds like the book of Acts doesn’t it?

 

Thinking About Sunday

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One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple. – Psalm 27:1

Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion; – Psalm 20:2

Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. – Psalm 65:4

How amiable (lovely) are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God. – Psalm 84:1-2

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! – Psalm 133:1

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. – Hebrews 10:25

A Study In Acts

Acts (Church)You don’t want to miss this Tuesday evening Bible Study! We are planning to begin a study into the book of Acts and it’s going to be exciting!

Since February 1st we have been reading through the Book of Acts together one chapter per day. There are twenty-eight chapters in the book and there are also twenty-eight days in February. If you have yet to begin, you can still get caught up.

Coinciding with our reading, it would be a good time to explore a study in the book as well. While we may not be able to expound on every verse, we will hit some highlights and hopefully this will make the reading even more enjoyable and enlightening.

Make plans now to join with us on this journey beginning this Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M. Invite a friend to come along. You may want to bring a pen and paper. We will open our hearts as we open our Bibles and believe for God to speak to us from His Word. We can hardly wait to see you there!

Call Me Old Fashioned

Old Time ReligionCall me old fashioned. I like church to look like church. Don’t get me wrong, I like the conveniences of the modern church. I appreciate indoor plumbing (not that there was ever a time when I personally was without it). I really enjoy air condition in the Summer and heat in the Winter from a fire that I didn’t have to build.

I’m not necessarily talking totally about the edifice, but I just like to know when I walk in that it’s a church. I like a podium and not a pub table and stool. I don’t care for fog and dimmed lights. That resembles too close to a bar-room/nightclub appearance for me.

I like church to sound like church. I can enjoy Christian music on a wide scale. Southern gospel, black gospel, some contemporary gospel, SOME bluegrass gospel. The key word is “gospel.” I really enjoy songs with a message. I don’t want to have to listen for several minutes to determine if it’s Christian or secular. This deserves a post (or message, or both) of its own, but it disturbs me that some of our younger crowd doesn’t know the lyrics or even the tune to songs such as “All In Him” or “At Calvary.” Songs such as “I See A Crimson Stream Of Blood” were born in a prayer closet and power packed with meaning. Ok, enough of that (for today). Suffice it to say, fast or slow. Twang or soul. I like a message in the music.

I like preaching to sound like preaching. Not a comedy show. Not a motivational speech. Give me solid Bible preaching. Style is not the issue. Fast or slow doesn’t matter. You can tell it or yell it, but give me the truth. I sincerely appreciate plain (as in clear), anointed, Bible preaching that will save my soul.

I believe a church ought to act like the church even when they’re not at church. The church ought to be the church. At home. On the job. At the beach. In rush hour traffic (ouch!) In the restaurant (when the waiter or waitress messes up your order).

It’s my sincere belief that people ought to love one another. As the family of God, we should exemplify what a family ought to be. We should tolerate and even appreciate our differences. If someone is weeping, we weep with them. If they get a new house or automobile, we should rejoice with them. If they are sick, we should pray for them. If they are struggling or troubled, we should encourage them.

I trust I haven’t come across too strong concerning my opinion. Some of you are getting to know us simply by this blog and that’s probably unfair for both of us so why don’t you just join me in church. Where church still looks like church, sounds like church, and oh yeah; feels like church!

We are easy to locate. You can find us at 15540 Lee Highway in between Economy Inn and Skyland Coin.  Service begins at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday and Bible Study starts at 7:30 P.M. on Tuesday. Pre-service prayer begins 30 minutes prior to services. We may be considered old fashioned, but we love God, we love His Word, and we love people. Come see us!

The Book of Acts

Acts of the ApostlesIn the month of February we are going on a journey together through the book of Acts. It has been on my mind to read through this book together, and it just so happens that there are twenty-eight days in February and twenty-eight chapters in Acts so this should be as good of time as any. We will read one chapter per day beginning Thursday, February 1st. We would love for you to join us in this endeavor.

In order to get the most out of your Bible reading, begin with prayer. Pray Scriptures like; “Open thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law” (Psalm 119:18). You may want to keep a pen and notebook handy to write down things that may stand out to you or questions that arise.

The book of Acts is an interesting and exciting book. It is full of action and adventure as we see the “Acts of the Apostles.” I believe your faith will be increased and we will be challenged as a church.

This will prove an enjoyable time as we study the Word of God together. May God enlighten our eyes, strengthen our faith, and move His church forward to experience all He has intended for us.

Thanks for reading and thank you for participating! – Pastor Fox

 

It’s Warm Inside

Church WindowsIt may be cold outside, but we know something that will warm your soul. Join us for Tuesday evening Bible Study at 7:30 P.M. We are expecting a great time as we pray, worship, fellowship, and enjoy the Word of God together. It will be even better if you would join us.

We are conveniently located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn. You are welcome to park in either of these businesses’ paved parking lots if our lot is full. We look forward to seeing you!

Stay in the Fence

Cow Outside the FenceI wish I would have thought to take a picture. I was driving to church and noticed that there was a cow outside the fenced pasture and very near the edge of a cliff. It got me to thinking. That cow had acreage beyond what my eye could see to freely roam and more that enough grazing area. It was much more safe inside that fence, yet somehow and for some reason it ventured out to a very risky area.

I’m not sure what looked so enticing about that very small stretch of grass that was just a few feet between the fence and a major gorge, but it must have appealed to that cow. It appeared to me that the cow was oblivious to the emminent danger looming as it lingered near the ledge, but was intently focused on a limited pleasure that would end, one way to the other, very soon.

I wouldn’t have known where to exit the interstate or who the owners were to even attempt to talk to them. There was a ravine separating me from being able to help that poor bovine. I sure hope someone was able to talk some sense into him and lead him back to safe pasture. I hope he wasn’t too stubborn to listen. I don’t guess I’ll ever know. I do know this; I’ve noticed there were always several cows in that pasture before this day and there has been since. The rest of the herd seem perfectly content to enjoy safety of the guidelines and the provision of their owner. Hopefully this single delinquent got his thinking straightened out. #cowtales

Spread the Word!

Spread the Word

Tomorrow is gonna be special! We are believing God to help us in our Sunday service beginning at 2:00 P.M. and you don’t want to miss it!

If you have a particular need in your life come expecting! If you know someone with a specific need, invite them and tell them to come expecting!

Please pardon the exclamation marks, but I feel faith! I feel excitement! I feel anticipation!

Call someone! Text someone! Spread the word! It’s gonna be a good time in Worship and the Word! If possible, please join us at 1:30 for a faith-filled time of pre-service prayer!

What Are You Doing This Evening?

Something to DoWhat are your plans this Tuesday evening? There’s no reason to be bored with nothing to do and nowhere to go. No reason to waste an evening and then wonder where your time went. Why not join us for Tuesday night Bible Study? That’s right! We are planning on a great time this evening and we want you to join us.

If you’ve never attended a Bible Study at The Apostolics of Abingdon, please don’t assume you know what it will be like. (I’m not so sure we know what it will be like because no two are exactly the same.) We can tell you that we think you will enjoy yourself.

We understand that people may want to know what it’s like before coming. Let us begin by telling you what it is NOT:

  • boring
  • library-like
  • morgue-like
  • hostage-like

Words that come to mind that would describe Tuesday evening Bible Study:

  • enjoyable
  • encouraging
  • energizing
  • enlightening

You will be among a group of friendly folks that will welcome you and make you feel comfortable. The people you will encounter are from various geographic locations, religious and non-religious backgrounds. Some do not claim to even be members of our local assembly, but they have a desire for God’s Word and enjoy the fellowship of other believers.

Why not join us this evening and see for yourself? Bible Study begins at 7:30, but doors open at 7:00 for those who can come early for pre-service prayer. We look forward to spending a portion of our evening with you!

First Things

 

First Things First

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. – Matt. 6:33

This Sunday (Jan. 7) is the first Sunday of the New Year. Why not start the year out right by making every effort to be in church on this first Sunday? Let’s give Him our “firsts” in this New Year.

Below are some commitments that could help begin 2018 on the right track:

 

  • First Day – Let Sunday be the Lord’s Day and give Him the first day of your week.
  • First Love – Don’t lose your first love. Allow your relationship with the Savior to be your top priority every day.
  • First Fruits – Our “first fruits” belong to Him. – Prov. 3:9-10, Mal. 3:10

Please join us at 2:00 P.M. Sunday and give Him the first Sunday of the first month of the New Year. Start your year off right by keeping first things first. We look forward to seeing you!