Help!

Help (Drowning holding %22help%22 sign)Ever feel like you’re drowning in a sea of troubles? David said “Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion” (Psalm 20:2). It’s good to know there is a place where we can get the needed help. While others may do their best, sometimes the best of others is not good enough. There are those times we simply need God’s help.

God certainly knows where you are and what you need. He knows how to meet man at the level of their need. Why not give Him a chance?

Would you please join us for Word and Worship tomorrow afternoon at 2:00? We are conveniently located at 15540 Lee Highway between Economy Inn and Skyland Coin and Jewelry. As a matter of fact, if our parking lot is full, you can park in either of these adjoining businesses’ parking lots. We can hardly wait to see you!

Mark Your Calendars

IMG_49741Mark your calendars and make plans to attend! We will be in Revival March 8, 10, and 11. Rev. Jonathan Dudley will be preaching each night at 7:30 P.M.

Bro. Dudley is a tremendous preacher of the gospel and you will be blessed by being there. Call and invite a friend and make plans to be with us during these special services.

We also want to remind the saints that this week begins focused prayer and fasting for these services. We desire to see souls saved and needs met during this revival so let’s unite together in seeking the Lord!

 

 

 

Bible Study

Bible StudyWe are looking forward to Tuesday Night Bible Study and hope you are making plans to join us. It begins at 7:30, but we will gather at 7:00 for pre-service prayer. You are more than welcome to come early to unite in prayer with us.

We are located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn. There is plenty of parking for you in the motel parking lot which joins our lot. They only ask that we do not block their garbage dumpster. Come on out and let’s enjoy the Word of God together!

 

Sunday Word and Worship

Amazing Grace #1

Grace, grace, God’s grace,
grace that will pardon and cleanse within;
grace, grace, God’s grace,
grace that is greater than all our sin!

That’s what’s on my mind this evening. Please come tomorrow to find out why. Sunday Word and Worship begins at 2:00, but you are welcome to join us for pre-service prayer beginning at 1:30.

It’s a bit cold now, but the forecast is calling for sunshine tomorrow and no snow until the evening. We should be able to have you out in plenty of time to get home safe. Let’s take advantage of the opportunity and worship the Lord together!

Dwell By The Well

Well #1And it came to pass after the death of Abraham, that God blessed his son Isaac; and Isaac dwelt by the well Lahai–roi.
– Genesis 25:11

Wells were of great significance and importance during Bible times. During this time wells were much more labor-intensive to dig and therefore not as plentiful. This made them a treasured resource. So much so that communities would sometimes develop around the well. It’s magnitude would actually draw people to it. There were benefits to living near a well. You wouldn’t have to carry water as far if you could live in close proximity to the well.

Wells were also known as a local landmarks and gathering places. There was a special attraction about a well. People from all walks of life depended on the water that was drawn from it. Regardless of their social class or background, they found common ground at this special place.

We see from Scripture that Isaac recognized the value of a well. He was indeed a well digger. A look at Genesis 26 reveals that he re-dug the wells that Abraham had initially dug. (It’s also interesting to note that he valued his heritage enough to rename them the same thing that Abraham named them). The Philistines would come and fill these wells in, and instead of being discouraged and throwing in the towel, he would just dig another well.

Isaac knew, as the enemy did, that wells were a life-giving source. Without a well the livestock would dehydrate and die, the crops would dry up, and eventually they themselves could not survive. Isaac, however, was resolved to dwell by the well.

When I look at this subject I see a representation of the church. To me, the church is a well that we cannot survive without. It should be a local landmark. It should be a local gathering place. It should be much more than that, however. It is where we derive that life-giving water.

I submit that’s exactly what we have come to this region for; to dig a well. Something to sustain life and spiritual vitality. In some cases the enemy has came and filled in the “wells” of some good folks and they just need to re-dig them. In other instances, there are those like the woman in John 4 who have never discovered a well of living water. They have been drinking from a well that doesn’t satisfy. They need to drink from the well of living water.

I also believe once folks discover the “well” there will be a natural (or supernatural) drawing power to it. When they realize there is something at that place (this place) which satisfies a longing in their soul, they will come. Once they come, some will value it enough to dwell by the well.

This well we read about in Genesis 25:11 was previously mentioned in Genesis chapter sixteen. Its name means “the well of the Living One that sees me.” This is the well where Hagar once found help when Sarai dealt harshly with her. Here an angel spoke to her and gave direction and encouragement (We still get direction and encouragement at the well.) We then see it again in Genesis 24:62 as Isaac passes by it. Let me say that the church hopefully will make such an impression on folks that once they pass by our way, they will at some point return to “dwell” as Isaac did.

Some would come as Hagar did and have their need met only to return to their old life, but others see the value of remaining as close as they can. The church is a good place to come when you have a need, but one’s soul needs a continual refreshing in this barren land we live. Don’t stray too far from the source of life. Come on and dwell by the well!

Super Sunday

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I realize there are a lot of folks excited about Super Bowl 50 this coming Sunday. Well, I for one, am excited about Sunday at The Apostolics of Abingdon.  Every Sunday is a Super Sunday and we would love for you to be a part of it.

While some will end their day tomorrow thrilled with the outcome of the game, others will be severely disappointed. Either way, I plan on ending my day happy. Happy that my joy isn’t going to be affected by who wins or loses the game. Happy that I am on the winning side. You see with God on your side, you just can’t lose. When our time here is over, and if we’re faithful to the end, we will be the winners.

So, come be a part of the winning team this Sunday at 2:00. Pre-service prayer begins at 1:30 and you are welcome to join us for that. We are located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Economy Inn and Skyland Coin and Jewelry. We look forward to seeing you!

 

 

Refresh (Recap)

Refresh (Water 3)Yesterday the title of the blog post was simply “Refresh.” It was referring to the regularly scheduled Tuesday night Bible Study. Let me say that to me, Tuesday evenings really are a time of refreshing in the presence of the Lord and last night was no different. If you were there, I hope you feel the same.

In the closing of the lesson on Repentance, I mentioned the Scripture in Acts 3:19. That Scripture states, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” There is nothing so refreshing as the feeling after having repented of your sins. As the Word of God came alive again to us last evening, I felt that “repentant spirit” and attempted to apply that Word to my heart. I must say there’s nothing like that clean feeling when we do so. No wonder the Bible talks about the “washing of water by the Word.” The Word of God once applied should leave us feeling clean within.

So, it really was a time of refreshing due to the topic at hand and the application thereof. Not only that, but there are some other Scriptures that come to mind regarding this subject. I thought of how Apostle Paul referenced some folks in 1 Corinthians 16:17-18, and he says of them; “they have refreshed my spirit and yours.” I thought about that and it’s true that there are just some folks that seem to refresh our spirits. That’s the way I felt after being with the people of God last night. Not only is the Word refreshing to us, but true Christians should refresh one another. They lift one another. They strengthen one another. Last night as I was leaving quite some time after the Bible Study had ended and the service had been dismissed, I left the building in the midst of chatter and laughter and it made my heart glad. Glad that folks wanted to be there. They enjoyed the Word and now were enjoying one another. That’s really the way it should be!

One other Scripture reference that I will point out is found in Isaiah 28:11-12. It says “For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.” This was of course a prophecy about the outpouring of the Holy Ghost. I was reminded by this Scripture and also by the Spirit of the Lord I felt throughout the Bible Study, that the Holy Ghost is so refreshing to our soul. I’m also reminded that we must always allow room for Him to work among us and never “quench the Spirit” (1 Thess. 5:19). There are thirsty souls in this world that need the Spirit of the Lord to refresh them when they come. It doesn’t matter if it is Tuesday evening or a Sunday afternoon worship service, the Holy Ghost must be welcome among us!

This has been a lengthy post, but my heart is full this morning. It’s full of gratitude. I’m thankful for the Word that is so refreshing to my spirit. I’m thankful for the presence of God that satisfies my thirsty soul. I’m thankful for you. Each of you that are so faithful to come and refresh me with your words, your graciousness, your smile, and your presence.

I’ll see you Sunday!

Refresh

Refresh ButtonI know we are only a few days into the week, and only a couple into the work week, but sometimes you just feel like you need to hit the refresh button and start over. There’s nothing more refreshing, especially for your soul, than coming to Tuesday evening Bible Study and enjoying the Word of God together with friends new and old. That’s right, I said “enjoying” the Word of God. We don’t believe that this should be a boring, dreaded time, but something your soul can take delight in and be refreshed.

If this is your first time coming, you will find a group of folks that genuinely love God and love people. We are a young church so you won’t feel like a stranger. Many of us are still getting to know one another.

So come on out and join us as we open our Bibles and our hearts. It’s going to be a great evening and it will be even better with you there!