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 talking about the edifice necessarily. 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!

Quotes on Faith

Necessity of Prayer (Book)While we are on the subject of book recommendations, and while we are on the subject of “Faith” in Tuesday night Bible Study, allow me to share some quotations that will coincide with our study. These are from the book The Necessity Of Prayer by E.M. Bounds:

In reference to Hebrews 11: “What a glorious list of these men and women of faith! What marvelous achievements are there recorded, and set to faith’s credit!”

“Faith rests its whole weight on His Word. Faith is not an aimless act of the soul, but a look to God and a rest on His promises.”

“Faith is an operation of God, a divine illumination, a holy energy planted by the Word of God and the Spirit in the human soul.”

“A faith which holds onto the very things it asks for, without wavering, doubt, or fear – that is the faith we need.”

“Faith turns the asking into obtaining.”

“Faith is increased by exercise, by being put to use. It is nourished by painful trials.” (See 1 Peter 1:7)

“He who prays must obey.” – In reference to Luke 6:16: “Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things I say?”

We are looking forward to a continuation of last week’s study on the subject of Faith and we invite you to join us. Bible Study will begin at 7:30 tonight preceded by Prayer Meeting at 7:00. We are located at 15540 Lee Highway between Economy Inn and Skyland Coin and Jewelry. We look forward to our time in the Word with you!

 

 

 

Book Recommendation List

Books & GlassesOver the past couple of years I have been asked on numerous occasions for reading recommendations. Others have brought books for me to review and asked for my opinion. These are indications that people have a real desire to learn and to mature in their Christian walk.

While I am cautious in recommending books to new converts, I do think reading is a huge benefit to our spiritual growth and development. Ralph Waldo Emerson said “I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.”  Someone else said “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except for the people you meet and the books you read.”

With that said, I do think that the Bible MUST be priority. If we do not have the time or interest to read it, we should avoid any other material until we first develop a consistent routine of reading and studying the Bible. The Scripture says; “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15).

Once you have established that discipline you would do well to acquaint yourself with the following books:
(In no particular order)

1. Verbal Bean – Prayer (Steven G. Carrier)

2. The Necessity of Prayer (E.M. Bounds) ISBN: 0-88368-139-0

3. Revival Praying (Leonard Ravenhill) ISBN: 0-7642-0031-3

4. Why Revival Tarries (Leonard Ravenhill) ISBN: 978-0-7642-2905-3

5. God’s Infallible Word (David K. Bernard) ISBN: 1-56722-001-0

6. A Handbook Of Basic Doctrines (David K. Bernard) ISBN: 0-932581-37-4

7. Facing The Issues (David K. Bernard) ISBN: 1-56722-053-3

8. Why? (J.R. Ensey) ISBN-13: 978-0-9706034-7-0

While there are many other books I could suggest and possibly will in time, these would be at the top of the list. Some of these books are older and may no longer be in print. I will list some resources below that may help you locate them:

1. Pentecostal Publishing House
Phone: 1-866-819-7667
Website: http://pentecostalpublishing.com

2. Advance Ministries
Phone:(936) 856-3419
Website: http://www.advanceministries.org

3. Amazon
Website: http://www.amazon.com

Our Sundays Are Great!

SundaeOur Sundays are great! Of course we are not talking about the sundae in the picture. Our Sundays are far better than any sundae. I think you get the picture, but come try it for yourself.

Worship service begins at 2:00, but pre-service prayer begins at 1:30 and that’s the cherry on top! “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8).

Celebrate Independence Weekend With Us

Bomb Pop PopsicleHappy Independence Day! We trust you are celebrating our national freedom and feeling a sense of gratitude that in a time of transition, we can still pray and worship publicly. While America is at a crossroads, we need to remember our only hope is to pray and seek the God of heaven to give us God-fearing leaders to help steer this great nation back to her faith in Him.

One of the best things that we could do in this time of uncertainty is to put our confidence in a truth that never changes and a God who is ever faithful. One of the best ways to celebrate this Holiday weekend is in church with family and friends who yet hold the values that this country was founded upon.

Please bring your family and join us for Red, White, and Blue Sunday. While we have taken the weekend to celebrate our national freedom, why not complete the festivities celebrating our spiritual freedom? Will you join us? Service will begin at 2:00 P.M. There will be popsicles for all of the children after service.  You may even find a big kid or two enjoying a red, white, and blue popsicle!

Red, White, & Blue Sunday

FlagJoin us this Sunday as we celebrate not just our freedom as a nation, but our spiritual freedom as well. While we live in an hour when it seems as if our religious liberties are being challenged and jeopardized, we are thankful that we live in a country where we can still worship God freely. We need to take advantage of that privilege while we have the opportunity.

We invite you to exercise that freedom with us this Independence Day Weekend. Pre-service prayer begins Sunday at 1:30 and the Worship Service begins at 2:00. We look forward to worshipping God with you!