Hurting?

Lady Crying #2 (Suffering Series)Are you hurting? Do you know someone who is? If so, we encourage you to come and bring someone with you this Sunday. There is help and healing for the hurting in God’s house. Whether someone has inflicted pain on you, be it emotional or otherwise, or life has dealt you some tough blows, we believe God is able to heal the hurts inside.

Come expecting God to touch you this Sunday at 2:00 P.M. You are also welcome to come early for pre-service prayer. Door open at 1:30 for that purpose.

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

 

We Sailed On

Ship at seaI’ve read before concerning the story of Christopher Columbus. It was stated that each new day, as he faced the trials and challenges, he pressed forward, and at the end of each day he paused to record in his journal. At one point, he wrote day after day a simple line. That single line, however, has inspired men to dream of unknown lands, reach for greater heights, and cross unchartered waters. That line is simply; “Today we sailed on.” On those days, there were no oceans crossed. No great feats accomplished. They just simply, “sailed on.”

There certainly are days like that. The fact is, there may be more of those days than the extraordinary days. Someone has said that “variety is the spice of life, but monotony pays the bills.”

Monotony. According to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language it means, “tedious sameness or repetitiousness.” The Collins English Dictionary gives the following definition, “wearisome routine; dullness.”

It’s the monotony of life that can cause us to be weary. It’s the same ole, same ole. It’s the alarm clock going off every day at the same time. The same challenges for the same pay. It’s the bills. The cooking. The ironing. The mowing. The maintenance. The same disagreements with the same people.

Apostle Paul used the phrase, “the things that come upon me daily.” It’s the daily routine or the “daily grind” as it has been referred to that can wear us down. One philosopher said, “the thing about life is, it is so daily.”

If we allow it to, life can simply cause us to be weary. People get weary with their children. Weary with their spouse. Weary with their job. Weary with life.

Weary. Let’s talk about that. It comes from a Greek word, ekkakeo which means “to be utterly spiritless, to be wearied out; exhausted.” Vines Bible Dictionary gives it a synonymous word; “faint” which means “to lack courage; lose heart to be fainthearted, to be weary in anything.”

We are admonished in Scripture to “be not weary in well doing” (2 Thess. 3:13). To the Galatians Paul wrote, “let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal. 6:9). Let us remember that there is a day of reckoning. There is coming a day of rewarding the things that seemingly go unnoticed today. There will be that time of acknowledging what is done in secret. We don’t do it for that cause, but I will tell you whatever accolades could be given in this life pale in comparison to the rewards that heaven will give you instead.

So dear reader in closing, be faithful. Be encouraged. Keep doing the right thing even when it’s tough. There are days when we feel like we didn’t get much accomplished. There are even church services like that too (at least from this preacher’s honest perspective). Days when we feel like a failure because we just didn’t quite hit the target. The fact is progress was made. Some days more than others, but always headed in the right direction.

Don’t quit. Sail on. Keep on keeping on and before you know it, you’ll get to shore. You will reach your intended (God’s intended) destination. You’ll get those kids raised. You will get those bills paid. You will improve your marriage with God’s help. You will get through the storm. Be not weary in well doing. Just keep doing well because it’s all contingent upon that. The Scripture did say we shall reap “IF” we faint not (Gal. 6:9). If we don’t quit.

Thanks for reading!

Life Can Be Tough

Boy doing Math

Life sure can be tough! Some days can seem overwhelming. Some challenges are a bit much. We just need a little help sometimes.

If you are facing problems that you need help with, why not join us this Tuesday evening? We will enjoy the company of others who have faced some pretty big situations and found grace to help. You will have opportunity to hear from God’s Word and receive direction that might just be pertinent to your situation (“a word in due season” Prov. 15:23). We will take time to pray, and we know that prayer changes things (see James 5:16).

We believe it will be well worth the little time you spend in coming and will also have eternal benefits. Bible Study begins at 7:30, but doors will open at 7:00 P.M. for those who can come early to pray. We look forward to seeing you!

Send thee help from the sanctuary. – Psalm 20:2

Recharge

ReChargeSometimes life can just drain you if you allow it to. There’s nothing like a Tuesday night Bible Study to recharge your battery and renew your faith!

Tuesdays are inspiring, encouraging, and enlightening as we are uplifted by the Word of God, renewed by the Spirit of the Lord, and refreshed by the fellowship of the saints.

Won’t you join us this Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M. for a time of prayer, Bible study, and fellowship? We believe you will be blessed to be a part and we know that we will be blessed by your attendance.

Below are some Scriptures for your consideration:

  • Ephesians 4:23  “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”
  • Psalm 23:3 “He restoreth my soul.”
  • 2 Corinthians 4:16 “Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”
  • Jeremiah 31:25 “For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.”

Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you!

Mother’s Day

Happy Mother's Day (Tag on Flower)

Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.
– Proverbs 31:28

This coming Sunday is Mother’s Day and we would like for you to join us. This will be a time of worship for all to enjoy, but we will place a special emphasis on ladies during this service.

We will be presenting gifts to all adult ladies present at the service which begins at 2:00 P.M. We look forward to seeing each of you!

Looking for a Church Home?

Church through Eye GlassesEveryone needs a church they can call home. A place where you feel like you fit. Scripture teaches us that we should not forsake the assembling of ourselves together (Hebrews 10:25). There are benefits to having a church home. Let’s talk about a few of them.

  1. To have a pastor who “feeds the flock” (1 Peter 5:2). One who nurtures and cares for God’s people (Acts 20:28, 1 Peter 5:1-4).
  2. Each of us has a need to fellowship with others who can encourage us, love us, pray for us, and strengthen us (Hebrews 3:13, Acts 2:42, James 5:16).
  3. We need a place to grow. The Bible says; “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18). A place where we can mature and develop into all that God would have us to be. We want to reach our potential in Christ. Also, to be a part of a church that wants to grow is a real blessing. It allows us to grow and be stretched. There are new ministries to be developed. New talents to be explored. A church that’s not stuck in a rut. Not content with where we are, but reaching for more of God. Come grow with us!
  4. A place to serve. All of us who are a part of the body of Christ have a function; a role to play to fulfill the will of God. If we are not actively engaged in that purpose, our life will be incomplete (1 Corinthians 12:14-27, Galatians 5:13-14, Matthew 20:28, Matthew 23:11).
  5. A place for everybody. A place where various cultures, backgrounds, ages, etc. are welcome and have their needs ministered to (James 2:1).
  6. A place to worship together with people of “like precious faith” (2 Peter 1:1). To “sit together in heavenly places” (Ephesians 2:6). We can worship anywhere, but there’s nothing quite like corporate worship with brothers and sisters in Christ (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16, Psalms 134 & 135).
  7. A church where Bible truth takes preeminence is a must. Where truth trumps tradition. A place where it is more than a denomination, but a Biblical approach to teaching, preaching, and life in general is promoted. As one elder preacher said of the Bible; “Learn it, Love it, and Live it!”

If you are considering a church home, why not consider The Apostolics of Abingdon? We are a newer church that is attempting to make a difference in Washington county and beyond. We are nothing fancy. Old fashion you might say in our values, yet modern in our approach to reaching others. We have an old message that will never change, but our methods are flexible (as long as they don’t violate the old message – a.k.a. Bible).

Click on the various tabs at the top of this page and learn more about us. Don’t stop there, however. We want you to come and see for yourself. We have Sunday Word and Worship at 2:00 P.M. and Tuesday Bible Study at 7:30 P.M.

We are conveniently located in between Bristol and Abingdon on Highway 11. You will find us between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn. If our parking lot is full, these kind neighbors on either side of us encourage you to park in their paved parking lots.

We look forward to seeing you soon. In the meantime, if you have an questions, feel free to contact us via email or by calling and we will do our best to assist you. You will find our contact information by clicking on the “Contact Us” tab at the top of the page.

Sunday Doesn’t Have To Be Boring

BoredDon’t be bored this Sunday! Don’t waste another Sunday doing little to nothing and then wonder where the day went. The work week is about to begin all over for most and you need to enjoy your final day off doing something of lasting (and eternal) value.

If your idea of church is boring, than you need to re-think (or unthink) your idea of church. All churches are not boring. We don’t think ours is.

Why not come and see for yourself? Service begins at 2:00 and ends when it’s over. Don’t worry; time flies when you’re having fun. It really doesn’t last that long, and for some, not long enough. We try to leave you wanting more. Come see us!

Need A Little Help?

Help (Drowning holding %22help%22 sign)Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in a sea of despair? Problems everywhere you look? It’s good to know there’s a place where one can get a little help in life.

The Psalmist David said, “Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion” (Ps. 20:2). The place to get help is in the church. We’re not proclaiming to be a perfect people, but a people whom God is perfecting little by little.

Many people think the church is only for perfect people. They will often, with good intentions, attempt to get their life together and then “start church.” That’s really quite opposite of the way it should be. We need to understand that without Him helping us, our life will never be what it was intended to be.

So bring your problems, failures, addictions, and struggles to the house of the Lord. Come and find the help you need in the sanctuary. You will find a God of love, compassion, and forgiveness. You will find a group of people that will love you, pray with you, and care for you. Make plans to be with us this Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M. You will be glad you did and we will too!

You If You Miss Church Tomorrow

Sad Baby

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
– Heb. 10:25

If you miss tomorrow, you will miss an awesome time in the presence of the Lord. You will miss the fellowship of the saints. You will miss the Word that God has for you. Not only that, but we will MISS YOU!

We hope to see you this Sunday afternoon at 2:00 P.M. for an enlightening and encouraging time in Word and Worship. Come early for pre-service prayer at 1:30. We can’t wait to see you!

Enjoy Bible Study With Us!

ben-white-128604We do not believe Bible study has to be boring! It can be an enjoyable time that one actually looks forward to. It don’t have to feel like a hostage situation, but rather a place you want to be.

We laugh. (Sometimes we cry). We learn. We grow. We pray. We love. We care. We listen.

Folks come from various walks of life and all are welcome. Some attend other churches on Sundays, yet join us on Tuesdays to study the Bible. Some claim no church attendance, but enjoy the evening with us. We have attendees that live in nice subdivisions while others live on nice farms. We have some that live in trailer parks and others live in apartment complexes. We have some that live in their car and others wherever they can lay their head. Folks come that we don’t know where they live. They don’t tell us and we are fine with that. We have some that drive over an hour to attend and do that regularly on Tuesdays and Sundays.

I think you get the picture that all are welcome. You don’t have to dress up to come. Some do, but all don’t. Some come straight from work and even come in a little late because of work occasionally. We are just glad they’re with us.

We encourage you to check out our Tuesday evening Bible Study group. It’s a great bunch of folks (sometimes a little bunch and sometimes a little bigger bunch, but always a growing bunch). We meet at 7:30 PM for about an hour or so and have a great time. It would be an even greater time if you would join us. We will be watching for you this Tuesday!