Missy the Cow


I couldn’t resist. For the folks who attend regularly, you’ll understand. The others who may read this will just have to attend regularly to understand or we may post more later concerning this subject.

I recently read where Missy the Cow sold for 1.2 million dollars in 2012. Even for you that know much about cattle, that’s astounding! Just the other day I had a conversation with someone after church about the high price of cattle and the figures were nowhere in this range.

Washington County is one of the largest livestock marketing centers east of the Mississippi River with around $40 million in livestock sales annually (see link). Agriculture and agriculture related industries represent the number one industry in the county. Washington County also ranks third in the Commonwealth for having the most cattle, so we love a good cow story. That’s not the only reason we do. The Apostolics of Abingdon know another reason, but you’ll have to attend or at least keep following this blog to find out why. #cowtales

Second Fiddle

Second FiddleConductor Leonard Bernstein was asked, “What is the hardest instrument to play?” His reply; “The second fiddle. I can get plenty of first violinists, but to find someone who can play the second fiddle with enthusiasm – that’s a problem. And if we have no second fiddle, we have no harmony.”

We are thankful to have a great team of folks at The Apostolics of Abingdon who work so hard behind the scenes. There are the ones who clean the church, take care of the maintenance, make phone calls to those who may have been absent, go on outreach, visit the sick, pray for their pastor, prepare food, give financially, and the list goes on.

They do it without expecting accolades. They do it from a heart of love. They do what they do as unto the Lord. Be assured He does notice and He keeps good records.

Thank you to each of you who give of yourselves so faithfully to the work of God. The Scripture mentions that God set “helps” in the church (1 Cor. 12:28). We are grateful for all you do to help make everything possible. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork


As we approach the end of another year, I thought it would be good to revisit our 2017 theme once more. We will soon introduce our 2018 theme which will help set direction for the new year, but we do not want to forget this year’s. We want to add to it, build upon it, continue with it.

Please take a few minutes and read this previous post again and be reminded of our purpose. Read it prayerfully and ask God to help you to be involved in His harvest field. 

“Let’s Go” – Two simple words, but words that are intended to inspire, motivate, initiate, propagate evangelism, revival, and growth. Words that are Biblically inspired from passages like Matt. 28:19 – “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” and also Mark 16:15 – “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”

“Let’s” – Let us. Together. Good things happen when we get together for a common cause. A Godly cause. Good things happen (God things happen) when the people have a mind to work. There’s power in unity.

“Go” – It’s His mandate to the church – It’s us sharing the good news of the gospel. (You don’t even have gospel without “GO.”) “To every creature” – That excludes no one. He would have all men to be saved. He’s not willing that any should perish. Social status is irrelevant. Skin tone is to be a non-issue. Age makes no difference. Everywhere to everybody with the gospel – the good news.

“Let’s go!” – These are words of action. Words that cause the scurrying of the feet, the heart beating, the blood pumping, the adrenalin flowing. Words that move one from their comfort zone. Words that move us from the padded (or non-padded) pew to the paved streets or dirt roads of Abingdon, Bristol (both Bristols), and beyond. It’s to the highways and hedges. There’s no sacred territory. If there’s a lost person, we want them. Hills, hollows, apartment complexes, trailer parks, and subdivisions.

Words that propel us to the knocking of doors, sending of text messages, and making phone calls. These two words should inspire us to peddle church tracts, church cards, and flyers of invitation. We will continue to utilize newspaper advertisement, the internet, and other mediums that could be used to propagate this life changing, soul-saving message.

These two words are to be the mantra; the buzzwords for our assembly in 2017. When we hear them or see them may they awaken us from slumber and motivate us to action. It sets the tone and tenor for The Apostolics of Abingdon. No longer status quo. No longer complacent or idle. Not with eternity in view. Not with the gospel in our hands to give. Not with the judgement looming.

We know too much. God’s been to good. His blessings are too abundant for us not to share. Hell is too hot and eternity is too long. We must act. We must accept His challenge; His charge. The night is far spent. The day is at hand. Let’s work while there’s time. Let’s reach the lost. Let’s do it today. Come on, Let’s go!

Church Van

VanWe are excited to announce that we have purchased our first van to pick up people for church! This is an exciting time at The Apostolics of Abingdon! We are moving forward in revival, evangelism, and church growth.

If you know of anyone who may like to come to church, but they are in need of transportation, please let us know. If you would like to help with this ministry either by donating to its cause and/or being directly involved, we would welcome your participation.

We will be discussing this further during Sunday’s service. We invite you to join us. Service begins at 2:00 P.M. We encourage you to come early for pre-service prayer which begins at 1:30 P.M. #letsgo!

Get To Know Pastor Fox

ATV with Boys

AOA – Thank you for taking time to answer a few questions for us today. We wanted to help folks get acquainted with you on a more personal level just a bit.

Pastor Fox – You’re very welcome.

AOA – What are your hobbies?

Pastor Fox – I enjoy reading, music, ATV riding, collecting pocket knives, travel, good coffee, and mostly; my family. I also enjoy drives through the country and exploring “hole in the wall” restaurants (as long as they are clean). I am blessed with three boys and they, along with my wife, take precedent over everything else right now.

AOA – How old are the boys?

Pastor Fox – Brendan and Logan are twins and they are eight. Harrison will be two on December 30th.

AOA – Favorite Food?

Pastor Fox – Pizza, Donuts, and Ice Cream. I’m pretty sure there will be pizza in heaven (jk).

AOA – What are you currently reading?

Pastor FoxThe Seven Laws of the Learner by Bruce Wilkinson.

AOA – Good?

Pastor Fox – Very!

AOA – What did you just finish reading?

Pastor FoxThe Challenge of Preaching by John Stott.

AOA – Would you recommend it?

Pastor Fox –  To any pastor, definitely.

AOA – Any other books you would suggest?

Pastor FoxThe Necessity of Prayer by E.M. Bounds and Why Revival Tarries by Leonard Ravenhill.

AOA – What kind of music do you enjoy?

Pastor Fox – Like my appetite for food, it seems to change as I age. I still enjoy a variety of Christian music. I like black gospel. Bishop G.E. Patterson singing those old hymns is hard to beat. I like some southern gospel and even some of what is labeled contemporary. I like music with a message.

AOA – Favorite song?

Pastor Fox – It changes quite regularly. This week it is “God’s Got A Better Plan” by Canton Junction. Another favorite of mine for some time is “Chain Breaker” by Zach Williams.

AOA – What are some of the challenges to pastoring?

Pastor Fox – For me right now it would probably be to make certain that I know I’m “in tune” spiritually to convey what’s on God’s mind for the congregation. People need a “word in due season.” God reads the hearts of man and knows far better than I what is needed. I must be sensitive to His leading. Also, I want to give a balanced diet of the Word. Our goal is to Edify, Educate, and Evangelize and it is sometimes hard to do all three with only two services a week. We want to move people to another level in God and it takes wisdom and much prayer.

AOA – We are trying to keep this interview focused more on you to help folks get acquainted with the pastor, but it’s hard to disconnect you from the church because it’s so much of who you are. With that said, I’ll ask one more pastor-related question. How do you feel about the direction of the church (The Apostolics of Abingdon)?

Pastor Fox – I am excited about where we are headed with God’s continued help. We have come so far from that initial meeting a few years ago. There are many challenges to starting a church, but God is connecting us with folks who sincerely want to see something great accomplished for the kingdom. He is the one who builds His church, so we try to make ourselves available to Him and let Him do it through us. When we realize it’s a “God thing” and not us, it helps take some of the stress out of it. It takes a special individual to get involved with a new work due to all the things we don’t have yet, but if they can ever sense where God is taking us, they will get involved. We are thankful for those who have committed. This is a great time to be a part of it!

AOA – I can sense your excitement spilling over. Can we continue this interview later with church-related questions?

Pastor Fox – Certainly. I would also make a suggestion that possibly we could interview some of the members with questions about their personal testimonies of how the church has impacted their lives.

AOA – That’s a great idea! Let’s do it!





Friends & Family Day



Sunday is going to be a very special day at The Apostolics of Abingdon! We will be hosting a Friends and Family Day on Sunday, September 17th at 2:00 P.M. There will be a gifts for all guests present and also a drawing for a $50.00 cash prize. (A guest will be defined as someone who has not been at The Apostolics of Abingdon for at least 3 months). There will be powerful and anointed preaching by Evangelist Rodney Betts of Durham, NC and special singing by the Betts family.



Pastor Fox, his family, and the church family want to extend a personal invitation for you to join us on this special day. God created us for relationships and we want to begin a brand new relationship with you, our guest, and to strengthen existing relationships. Even more importantly, we want to provide an opportunity for everyone to enhance their relationship with Jesus Christ.


The church is conveniently located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry. If you are traveling I-81, take Exit 10 and go north on Highway 11 (Lee Highway). The church will be on your right when coming from this direction. If our parking lot is full, you may park next door at Skyland Coin and Jewelry.

We are anticipating a great time together with you, our friends and family, on this coming Sunday. Please come and bring a friend to share in the excitement!





Friday Fire



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 Special Fall Evening

cropped-Downtown-Abingdon-e1417743983109.jpgWhat a way and what a place to spend a beautiful Fall evening! There’s no better time to enjoy the beauty of downtown Abingdon than in the Fall of the year. You can stroll down main street window shopping while sipping on coffee from Zazzy’z Coffee Shop and eating a piece of pumpkin cheesecake from Anthony’s Desserts or make the quick jaunt to downtown Bristol and enjoy a pastry or donut from Blackbird Bakery. Have dinner in Abingdon at the Bone Fire Smokehouse or go back in time to Ellis Soda Shoppe. You’re also in close proximity to The Falls and  The Pinnacle if you are up for some serious shopping. The gentlemen can enjoy Cabela’s or Bass Pro to get ready for rifle season.

While all of those things are enjoyable and the places are worth visiting, there will be no better way to conclude your evening than a visit to The Apostolics of Abingdon for our Friday Fire evangelistic service on November 11th. This will be a wonderful time to fellowship with people of “like precious faith,” as well as enjoy the good Word of the Lord and worship with others.

The service will start at 7:30 P.M. with pre-service prayer at 7:00. Rev. Gary Blankenship will be the guest preacher for the evening and we are looking for a great time! Please invite your friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and make plans to attend this special service. We look forward to seeing you!


Grow #2It is our desire at The Apostolics of Abingdon to grow both spiritually and numerically. As a matter of fact, our theme for 2016 is simply “Grow.” This word speaks to us of development. It means to increase in size or substance. It also means to become greater or larger. One dictionary definition I read was “to come to be by degrees; become.”

It’s our desire to see the saints develop and reach their full potential in Christ; to become all they can be. It is also our desire to see souls added to the church and therefore saved from an eternal hell.

It has been said that growth is intentional. There should be within every child of God a “divine discontentment” that says I will not be satisfied to remain unchanged for a prolonged period of time. I’m reminded of a Scripture in Philippians 3:12-14:
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

There should be that “pursuit” within each of us. We should all “follow after.” We must “press” toward the mark. We also understand by the Word of God that if we “draw nigh” to God, He will “draw nigh” to us (James 4:8). It’s really up to you and I how close we want to get.

Would you join me in the pursuit of a deeper spiritual journey? Would you unite with me to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ?” Be intentional. Set aside time each day for prayer and devotion. If possible, discuss your Bible reading with those in your household. Just as it’s easier to diet when everyone in the house is doing it together, it may help to motivate each other in Bible reading and prayer. Be conscious of the appetite you are feeding. If you feed the spiritual man, he is the one that will grow and develop.

Will you help us reach the lost by sharing the good news of salvation with another? Invite them to attend Bible Study with you on Tuesday evening. Tell them how exciting it is and how they can apply the Word to help them on the job, in their family, and just facing the tough stuff of life.

Maybe you’re reading this having never acquainted yourself with us. Take a moment to browse the tabs at the top of the page, but don’t stop there. Please come and join us on this spiritual journey we are on. We are a group of people from various walks of life, but each of us with a desire to know God better.

The sooner you come, the better. We have Bible Study this Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M. although most folks meet at 7:00 for a time of pre-service prayer and we would welcome you to join us for that as well. We are located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn. If our parking lot is full, you are welcome to park in either of these businesses’ lots. Come grow with us!