Candlelight Service

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One of the special things about this season is being able to share it with the church family. Who else can really understand its meaning and importance as those who have experienced first hand the benefit of our Savior’s birth?

This Tuesday evening will be uniquely special in that we are having a candlelight service where we will sing carols, share the Christmas story, and worship the King together. It’s going to be a wonderful night together with the family of God. Please join us at 7:30 P.M. as we celebrate the season together.

What’s Happening

whats-happening-2-eventsThere’s always exciting things happening at The Apostolics of Abingdon. Here are just a few of the things that are planned in the near future. Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us.

December 20 – Candlelight Service beginning at 7:30 P.M. We will sing Christmas carols, share the story of our Savior’s birth with the children, present special treats to the children, and worship the Lord together as a church family.

December 25 – We will be having our regular scheduled service as Christmas falls on a Sunday this year. We will honor the Savior’s birth together on this day. Service will begin at 2:00 P.M. which will allow time for family and friends in the morning and afternoon. Please take the time to be with the church family on this special day.

January 1 – We are calling this Super Sunday as we are planning for a great afternoon for all ages. We will have a class for the children, teaching and/or preaching for the adults, and we will worship together with the entire family.

January 8 – Bro. Burton Beard from Oakdale, LA will be ministering to us in our 2:00 P.M. service. You will want to come and bring a friend with you on this special Sunday.

While these are some services that we are highlighting, every service is unique and we should come to each of them with high expectations. Our regularly scheduled services are Sunday at 2:00 P.M. and Tuesday at 7:30 P.M. We invite you to join us at your earliest convenience.

 

Why I Am Pro-Christmas

christmas-and-familyLet me begin with a few words that come to mind: Savior. Laughter. Love. Family. Fun. Music. Now give me a few minutes to present in detail my elementary exegesis.

1. Whether they like it or not, because of all of the “commercialization” of Christmas, the world has to stop and recognize Jesus’ birth. Even secular radio stations play songs declaring a Savior’s birth. You have sinners walking down the mall singing about a baby born to save the world. That doesn’t make them righteous, but I have to wonder if it at least makes them think.

2. Christmas is pro-family. At least that’s been my experience. In this age when family is under attack, this rates on the positive.  My personal memories are family, friends, and food. I recall visits to loved ones’ homes. The gatherings, games, laughter, cousins playing.  I remember friends and family alike stopping by for surprise visits because they were in for the holidays or just had a couple of days off work which allowed them the time to do so.

3. I also remember church events that created so many fond memories. The special services when the church family would get together. It was a big deal that would carry over until after the New Year. Those were good memories. Those were God-honoring services. They were also opportunities for sinners to have an “excuse” to come to church.

4. Allow me to digress and reveal my “carnal nature” as some might accuse. Christmas brings out the kid in all of us. We have to grow up way too soon and never return to the innocence and splendor of childhood. Christmas, in some ways, allows us to do that. Maybe because it somehow takes us back by way of memory to those simpler times. Maybe it’s the sparkle in a child’s eye. Forgive me, but maybe it’s the wonder, the excitement, the surprise of opening that gift you’ve been eyeing wrapped so neatly for so long. The lights, the fun music, the Christmas caroling. Oh joy to the world! I get excited just thinking about it!

Do I agree with everything about Christmas? Do I agree that the commercialization plays on our emotions to cause us to overspend? It can if we lack temperance, but that is our own personal issue. If we allow the Scripture to be our guide by following the financial management and stewardship principles in the Word of God, this will not be the case. I do think the pros outweigh the cons by far.

Your experience may be different than mine. You may disagree with me and I respect that. I’d welcome your thoughts and perspective on the subject. I may or may not publish them, but will at least consider them.

Please stay tuned to the blog as we may have more posts concerning this season. We will also be posting some special dates for you to be aware of.

The Apostles’ Doctrine

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And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.Acts 2:42

What is “Apostolic”? What does it mean? What is the Apostolic doctrine? Where did it originate? Is it still pertinent to us today? These are a few of the questions we will attempt to answer tomorrow.  This past Sunday we began a lesson entitled “The Apostles’ Doctrine” and we started addressing these topics. We plan to continue that lesson tomorrow and go a little deeper in this study.

If you are new to the Apostolic faith or would merely like to educate yourself about it, we encourage you to attend this study. If you simply would like to acquaint yourself with our assembly, this would be a good time to do so. We will examine the Scriptures and discover a message that is relevant for us today.

We look forward to seeing you Sunday at 2:00 P.M. for Word and Worship. Pre-service prayer will begin at 1:30 P.M. and you are invited to join us for that was well.

Smile

smile-its-contagious-nestleRecently I seen this slogan on a bottle of Nestle water and it captured my attention. The slogan said simply; “Smile, It’s Contagious.” I was reminded of an experiment I tried and so I challenged others to do the same. I walked through a crowd and was certain to make eye contact with folks that I encountered and politely smiled at them. Most, if not all, smiled right back at me.

Someone said, “You catch an attitude just like you catch a cold; by getting close to it.”  As Christians, we need to have a positive effect on folks. Sad to say, I’ve seen too many walking around looking like they had been sucking on sour lemons. We’ve all witnessed people who were suppose to be children of God acting anything but. Admittedly, we all have had days when we should have remained isolated for fear of giving others the attitude we had (at least until we “prayed through”).

In this cold, cruel world that we live in, people need to encounter a pleasant attitude when they meet us. If we’re not careful, we can allow the pressures of life and mere busyness to distract us from making  a positive impression on people. Remember, regardless of what may be going on in our lives on a particular day should not keep us from being Christians.

What kind of image are we presenting to those around us? Are we having a positive impact on their lives? Are we lifting them to a higher level or coming down to theirs?

We have so much to be happy about! If you are saved and on your way to heaven, that’s worth celebrating. If you’re living a life free from the bondage of sin, that’s reason for rejoicing. That bottle of Nestle also said; “Pure Life.” There’s something about a pure life that should cause one to be happy.

I recall a quote I heard as a young man that said, “If you’re happy, notify your face.” It could also be stated, “If you’re saved, notify your face.” That’s plainly spoken I understand, but sometimes we all need to be reminded that we’ve got so much to be happy about. We also need to be cognizant of the fact that others are watching and they may need that smile you have to offer them.

I leave you with a couple of Scriptures for your consideration:

“Happy is that people, whose God is the Lord.” – Psalm 144:15

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.” – Proverbs 17:22

Rejoice With Us!

Abingdon FarmThis is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm 118:24).

We hope you will join us today as we unite together and rejoice in the blessings of God. Sunday service begins at 2:00 P.M. with doors opening at 1:30 for pre-servcie prayer.

This will be a great time together with God’s people. There will be something special planned for the children as well. Please bring a friend and come worship with us!