Grow

grow-2Please join us this coming Tuesday evening as we continue our series “Grow” which has been our theme for 2016. We will examine some principles for growth found in the Word of God. This study could help launch us into the next phase of spiritual and numerical growth and you don’t want to miss it.

If you know of someone who would like to grow in their Christian walk, please invite them to join you. If you want to be a part of a growing church that is seeking not only to grow in number, but to experience all that God has for them, come check us out.

You are welcome to come and be a part of this Bible study regardless of who you are or where you are from. We will do our best to make you welcome and set you at ease while we look into the Word of God together.

Bible Study begins at 7:30, but the doors will open at 7:00 P.M. for those who want to come early to pray. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Something’s Cooking

cookingI said prior to Sunday that something was brewing in reference to feeling direction for Sunday’s service. Today I will tell you that “something’s cooking” to make the same point. Although I am currently away with my family for the Thanksgiving Holiday, my mind and my heart is not on vacation. I have been seeking God in your behalf and I do feel a particular direction for this coming Sunday.

I trust you will do everything in your power to be in church with us this weekend. If you even think you may be sick, go ahead and get a flu shot, take Pepto-Bismol, capsulated faith, whatever. If you “shop ’til you drop” on Black Friday, pick yourself up on Saturday so that you can be in church on Sunday. We need everyone there for this service if at all possible. While that is said somewhat tongue in cheek, I really do feel I have a word from the Lord that will help set direction for the church collectively, and at the same time help some folks individually in their walk with the Lord.

I will be out of town for Tuesday evening Bible Study, but I trust you all will have a great time. I also hope each of you have a Happy Thanksgiving this Thursday. We look forward to being back with you all on Sunday afternoon at 2:00.

Blessings!
Pastor Fox

Something’s Brewing

coffee-2We are expecting great things this Sunday and we are expecting you! Make plans to join us for Word and Worship at 2:00 P.M. You are welcome to come early for pre-service prayer at 1:30 if you’d like.

There is a special direction from God for this Sunday’s service in particular and it would be to your advantage to come. We trust that you will be blessed, encouraged, strengthened and God will be magnified.

The weather may be turning a little cool outside but you will experience the warmth of friendship and also of fellowship with Christ. Call a friend and invite them to join you. They will be glad you did and we will too!

We are conveniently located at 15540 Lee Highway next door to Skyland Coin and Jewelry. If the church parking lot is full, our good neighbors on either side encourage you to park in their paved lots. We look forward to seeing you this Sunday!

Thankful for Pizza

pizza“We’re Thankful For Pizza!” That was the headline for email that I recently received. It was an advertisement for Pizza Hut and they must know me well. I am thankful for pizza. As a matter of fact someone said that there will be pizza in heaven and I hope they’re right. We know that’s just wishful thinking on their part and we won’t be disappointed if we get there and find out there’s not (although my mind won’t allow me to think that way).

While I am thankful for pizza (and ice cream, and donuts, and coffee, and Diet Dr. Pepper), I am thankful for many other things that have far greater value and importance. Bear with me for a moment while I express my gratitude and hopefully cause your mind to contemplate what you’re thankful for. I will list merely a few of the many blessings:

My Family:
My wife. She’s a lady. She is a terrific mother. A wonderful homemaker. A hard worker. She’s wise. She’s steady. She’s caring and compassionate. She’s tough. She’s a Christian. She’s a Fox.
My Boys. My biggest challenge. My biggest little friends. My joy. My world. My heart. Our miracles. Wow! If only you knew the story. If only they knew. I trust they will. I trust they will be thankful. I am.
My Parents. Giving. Loving. Caring. Just a few of the adjectives that come to mind. They’ve given until it hurts. Loved when it hurt. Cared when others didn’t. They have taught by their lives how to work hard. How to provide for their family and others in need. They know about sacrifice but never showed that it was a sacrifice. The love people. They love God.
My Inlaws. They’ve taught me more than they will ever know. They’ve taught me more by their lives than by their words. That’s not to say that they haven’t taught verbally, but they practice what they preach. Their words and deeds match. They’ve raised quite a family, built a strong church, and are quite the act to follow.
My siblings. All 9 of them. What memories. You better not say that I’m spoiled because you did it too. Thanks for loving me.
My wife’s siblings. You have taken me in as your family. We’ve cried together, but mostly laughed together. Oh what laughs. What good times. What memories. The holidays. The birthdays. The vacations. It only gets better as time rocks on.
Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, etc. They have been such an influence. Though some are gone on and a tear fills my eye to think about that, it’s a tear of thankfulness that my life was touched by them. Some are still among us however, and I’m grateful.

My Church:
My pastor. He’s wisdom personified. He’s a rock. He’s kind, yet firm. He gentle, yet oh so tough. He’s a leader, but knows how to follow. He’s balanced. He’s fair. He’s a servant. He’s God’s man.
Men of God. I’ve been very blessed to have been impacted by some real men of God in this life and for that I am grateful. Some I’ve only heard preach and never made their acquaintance, but my life will be forever changed by men who had an ear tuned to heaven and preached to me the Word of God. Others, our paths not only crossed but merged and they are presently helping to shape my life. Their leadership and Godly influence is invaluable. I’m indebted to preaching and preachers for it is my salvation (1 Cor. 1:21).
My church family. You are local, yet worldwide. You are diverse. You are forgiving. You are accepting. You are God’s body. You helped make me what I am today. I give you and God the credit for the good and take the blame for the not so good. Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for letting me serve. Thank you for giving so much to me. Thank you for your sacrifice. Thank you for your respect.

My Friends:
My old friends. Some I don’t talk to that often but they are there. Time, events, location, and just life may have separated us somewhat, but they are still a part of me. They have influenced me. In quiet times I reflect and my heart is happy that our paths crossed. If you happen to read this, you know who you are. I’d still do my best to show that real friends stick it out and are there for one another.
My newer friends. I’ve been blessed in this life by some real friends. I’ve read that if you have two good friends, you’re lucky. Well, if that’s the case I’m more than lucky; I’m very, very blessed. I’m thankful for my friends. They are a gift of God to me. I like them so much, I’m on a mission to see how many friends I can collect before I check out. Not superficial friendships. Not this modern “Facebook friend” deal. I want to be a real friend to folks because it’s friends that have changed my life for the good.

Well, I could go on (and on, and on ….), but suffice it to say today that I’m thankful. My heart is full. I am indeed a blessed man. As you can see, I’m thankful for more than pizza (although I want some right now). These things I’ve listed have far greater value. And do you know what I’m most thankful for? I’m thankful for God. No, I’m not being generic for you see every good and every perfect gift comes from Him (ref. James 1:17). He’s made my life so full. He gives meaning and purpose to life. He’s a friend like none other. He’s faithful. He’s long-suffering. He compassionate. He’s forgiving. He’s everything that’s good and everything that’s perfect.

What about you? What are you thankful for? In this Thanksgiving season, take a moment and thank God and maybe even thank others for the blessings they’ve been and are to you. Happy Thanksgiving!

Pastor Fox

Thanksgiving Social

thanksgivingWe will be having a Thanksgiving Social this Tuesday evening (Nov. 15th), and we want you to join us! This is going to a great evening of food and fellowship that you don’t want to miss.

We will be meeting at The Venue which is located at 15483 Lee Highway in Bristol, VA. The menu will consist primarily of Mexican food (we figured you’d get your share of turkey and ham next week). I am curious however, does a Mexican menu include donuts? We will just have to wait and see I suppose.

Donuts or no donuts (“No donuts!” What??!!), we will have good fellowship with new and old friends alike. This will be a good time to get to know one another better and hopefully make some new friends.

Join us this Tuesday evening at 7:00 P.M. for a wonderful evening. Bring a friend, neighbor, or family member so they can enjoy the evening with you!

Friday Fire

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Things are heating up this Fall at The Apostolics of Abingdon. We are hosting a series of services we are calling “Friday Fire.” These services are inspiring and uplifting. They are evangelistic in nature. The second of such services will be held on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7:30 P.M.

This is a good opportunity to worship with other believers, meet new friends, and strengthen established friendships. If you have never attended a service at The Apostolics of Abingdon, we would love to get to meet you. We are also thankful for our many friends from the area who visit us occasionally and always enjoy and encourage your fellowship.

Please invite your friends and family to attend this special service with you. If you know of anyone who has a special need in their life, please encourage them to come.

We are located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn. If our parking lot is full, these friendly neighbors welcome you to park in either of their paved lots.

This is going to be a great evening of worship, fellowship, and enjoying the Word of God together. We do hope you are able to join us.

A New Series

grow-3We will begin a new Bible study series this evening and we want to encourage you to be there. This is going to be very beneficial to anyone wanting a closer walk with the Lord regardless of where you are in your experience with God. Tonight’s lesson in particular will be very important and you don’t want to miss it.

Our theme for 2016 has been simply “Grow” and that will be the title of this series. We want not only to challenge you to grow, but give you some tools and a plan for growth. We believe there is direction from the Word of God to help us in this endeavor.

Anything healthy should grow and mature. As Christians individually, and the church collectively, this is no different. All of us want to reach our potential in Christ and the church is here to help us achieve that goal. The Word of God will lead us and guide us to that end.

Please join us in this journey toward a closer walk with the Lord. Bible Study will begin at 7:30, but the doors will open at 7:00 for those who want to come early to pray. We look forward to seeing you!