Special Guests

JoubertsMark your calendar and be prepared for a special day with special guests. The Joubert family from Davison, Michigan will be ministering in song and Word on Sunday July 20, 2014. You will enjoy the ministry and friendship of this precious family.

Please mark your calendar and plan on joining us at the Quality Inn and Suites located at 930 East Main Street Abingdon, VA. Service will begin at 2:00 with pre-service prayer at 1:30.

 

 

Church Picnic

church-picnic1We will not be having service in Abingdon this coming Sunday (June 29th) as we will be going to a fellowship service followed by a church picnic. We look forward to Bible Study on Tuesday, July 1st at 7:30 P.M. at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. We will meet in room 149 and will also enjoy a time of refreshments.

Downpour

Downpour (trees)That’s what happened last evening at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center as we gathered for worship service in room 149. It was foretold in the Bible (Acts 2:17-18) that there would be an outpouring of the Spirit of God and certainly we are witnesses that His Word is true. Needs were certainly met and we give God all the glory!

We experienced an outpouring of God’s Spirit last evening and are expecting it again this evening. We will meet again at 7:30 P.M. in the same location and trust you will join us. Come expecting and bring a friend with you!

Special Service

He Restores My SoulHave you ever felt like you just needed a little refresher in the midst of the busyness of life? The Psalmist said “He restoreth my soul” (Psalm 23:3). If you feel like you could use an uplift in your spirit, a rest for a weary mind, a physical healing, or just want to worship God and fellowship with believers, we invite you to join us Tuesday and Wednesday (June 24th & 25th) at 7:30 P.M. We will be having Evangelistic Services at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in room 149 both evenings. There will be special singing, prayer for the sick, Bible preaching, and fellowship with others. We would love for you to join us!

 

Father’s Day Recap

Boy in snowAs this Father’s Day comes to a close I trust each of you had an enjoyable day with your family as well as church family. What a great time we had as we celebrated this special occasion in both Beckley and Abingdon. Our Father’s Day started in the Beckley worship service and was highlighted for me personally when the boys conveyed why their dad was the greatest. Brendan said that his dad was the greatest because “he eats doughnuts.” Logan said his dad was the greatest because “he takes me to the park.” Now friend, that’s balance; doughnuts and the park!

In Abingdon we had a wonderful worship service and then a “Father’s Day Chat.” In the course of that “chat” I conveyed a story that I want to share with you today. There was a man walking through the snow to a local bar for another drink. As he was walking, he heard a voice from behind him. His son yelled, “Dad don’t walk so big because I am following in your footprints.” He turned aside to see his son taking giant steps trying to step where he had stepped in the snow. This touched the man’s heart as he knew where the footsteps were leading his son. Tears flowed down his cheeks as he bowed in the snow & asked God to save him and change his life because his son was following in his footsteps. Certainly as fathers, we have a job to do. Most likely someone is following in our footsteps. We need to be certain those steps are leading them in the right direction.

One survey that I have read says that if the mother is the first to become a Christian in a household, there is a 17% probability that everyone in the household will follow. However, if the father is the first to become a Christian in a household, there is a 93% probability that everyone in the household will follow. Men were designed to be leaders and I trust we are leading in the path of truth.

In Genesis 7:1 the Bible says “And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.” Joshua said “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Josh. 24:15).  As fathers, there are some decisions that we need to make for our house. The decision to lead them in the ways of righteousness. There are some things we should not permit in our homes. There are some decisions that the children are not knowledgeable or responsible enough to make and therefore it becomes our responsibility. Of Abraham God said “I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgment; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him” (Gen. 18:19). There is a strong usage of words in this passage. Namely the word “command.” Notice also it says “command his children and his household.”

My challenge to the men that may be reading this post today is to make the decision to do right for yourself first, and then based on sound principles found in the Word of God, make some good choices for your family. In short, live right and lead right. Someone is counting on you!

I close with a familiar poem:

The Little Chap That Follows Me

A careful man I must always be;
A little fellow follows me.

I know I dare not go astray
For fear he’ll go the self same way.

I cannot once escape his eyes,
Whate’er he sees me do, he tries.

Like me he says he’s going to be;
The little chap who follows me.

He thinks that I am good and fine,
Believes in every word of mine.

The base in me he must not see;
The little chap who follows me.

I must be careful as I go
Through summer’s sun and winter’s snow,

Because I’m building for the years to be;
This little chap who follows me.

Dads Who Are There

Father's Day (Holding dad's hand)This coming Sunday, June 15th, is Father’s Day. We want to say “Happy Father’s Day” to all the dads that may be reading this post. How encouraging it is to see Christian fathers that are adhering to the Scripture in Ephesians 6:4; “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” Dads that are leading their children in serving the Lord. In a world of absentee fatherhood, it’s refreshing to see dads involved in the lives of their children.

This society seems to be attempting to make the family (as God recognizes family) nearly obsolete. Since 1960, we’ve tripled the number of children living in fatherless homes, from 8 million to 24 million. Terms such as “internet parenting” and “virtual dads” as well as “virtual visits” are making their way into our society. Being a “dad” at a distance is becoming far too easy.

Let me interject to say we understand that there are those circumstances where bad decisions were made either by you or another in which you are left with no choice but to parent from a distance. If that be the case, do your best to influence in a positive way using every opportunity available. I know of a good man who, because of circumstances beyond his control, went through a divorce. I once heard him say that he “raised his children by remote control.” He provided for them, took them to church when he had them, and instilled Godly principles every chance he got. He had to make it a priority, but he saw his children make the choice to serve the Lord and have a loving relationship with both their natural and Heavenly Father.

Let me encourage the fathers who may be reading this to spend time with your child. Moments matter. You may not have a lot of material things to offer them, but you have something far more valuable and that is time. Go to their school events. Play a game with them. Pray with them. Laugh with them. Cry with them. Talk with them. Hug them. Be there for them.

One father overheard the conversation of a group of young boys during Parent’s Day at school. One stated, “My daddy is a doctor, and he makes lots of money, and we have a swimming pool.” Another said, “My daddy is a lawyer and advises the president.” Another said, “My daddy owns a company, and we have our own airplane.” The dad dropped his head as it came time for his son to speak. Then he heard his son proudly say as he looked at him, “My daddy is here!”

What an impact we can make in the life of a child by merely being there for them and with them. Why not start today and make this Father’s Day weekend the beginning of a new resolution to give your child something special; time! Don’t let me hold you up any longer. Go on, they’re waiting on you.

Planning Ahead

planning-calendar“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” So goes the old cliche that contains so much wisdom. I have spent a large portion of this day with a calendar (Yes, the old fashion kind. I can’t help it) nearby. I have been thinking, praying, and planning.

I’m thankful for all that God has done thus far, but I also realize where there is no vision, the people perish (Prov. 29:18). It is the responsibility of leadership to pray and get the mind of God, then, chart the course for others to follow.

Our Creator is a God of of order. One glimpse of creation and how everything is in sync will teach us that. He expects no less from His church. The Bible teaches us to let all things be done decently and in order (1 Cor. 14:40). Scripture also admonishes us to redeem the time for the days are evil (Eph. 5:16). That simply means to take advantage of each and every opportunity. That takes planning.

We are happy to tell you that we are moving forward and great things are taking place each and every time we assemble together. There is much to look forward to in the coming days, weeks, and months ahead.

With all the planning for the future, we must also be ever cognizant of the fact that Jesus Christ will return for His church in the midst of our plans. With that in mind the disclaimer to our plans should be “if the Lord wills.” We are reminded of this in the book of James (4:15). That is the best planning that we could do is to be ready for His return. We don’t know when He will return, but we understand we should be ready at any time. We also must work while we can so that others will be ready for that great day.

Let me encourage you to keep an eye on this blog and especially the Events page so that you can stay abreast of all the things that will be taking place. You also owe it to yourself to visit with us and sense the excitement that is propelling us forward. This is a good time to be a part of what God is doing among us.

 

Sunday Sermon Series

Book of Job #3We have been engaged in a sermon series entitled “Questions from Job” over the past few weeks and will continue the series this week. Some of the questions we are addressing are listed below:

  • “Is there not an appointed time for man upon earth?” (Job 7:1)
  • “Why died I not from the womb?” (Job 3:11 – Dealing with purpose.)
  • “How should man be just with God?” (Job 9:2)
  • “If a man die shall he live again?” (Job 14:14)
  • “Where is now my hope?” (Job 17:15)

This study has been a blessing to those of us meeting at the Quality Inn Conference Room located at 930 East Main Street in Abingdon, VA. We invite you to join us as we examine this most interesting book. Worship service begins at 2:00 with pre-service prayer starting at 1:30. We look forward to Sunday worship and Bible study with you!

Tuesdays in Abingdon

Bible Study (Open Bible & Notebook)

Something very special is happening on Tuesday evenings in Abingdon. There is a group of folks that are eager to learn more about the Bible meeting in room 149 of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center. Though it is a Bible study environment, there is something exciting taking place. This Bible study is very interesting, inspiring, and engaging. In fact, Tuesday evening has become the highlight of the week for those gathering from various locations and walks of life.

We are extending an invitation for you to join us Tuesday at 7:30 P.M. It matters not your religious affiliation, ethnic background, or social status, you are welcome to be a part of this exciting Bible study. We look forward too seeing you!