We Invite You To Worship God With Us - In Spirit And Truth.
Our Meeting House
We are a local body of Christians, part of the Bride of Christ, the called out, the church for which Christ died - the church of Christ. We endeavor to worship only as according to the pattern set forth in the New Testament, also called the apostles doctrine (Acts 2:42).
Where We Are...
Our Goal Is To Study God's Word And Share It With Our Community.
Our marquee is designed to let the community know what we are studying, to provoke thought and to share the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ (for it is truly the power of God unto salvation (cf. Rom. 1:16-17)!
Our goal is to engender an atmosphere of warmth and welcome. As we meet to worship God, we also meet to fellowship with one another - to truly strive for a family, friendly environment. We strive to be a haven from the world - a place where one can heal, where one can grow spiritually and where we can all help one another be faithful to our Creator.
Praising God In Song
As part of our worship to God, we lift our voices to Him in song, according to the Scriptures (cf. Col. 3:16-17).
The Importance Of Prayer
Prayer is vital to the life of human beings. God has placed eternity in our hearts (Eccl. 3:11) and because of that we understand that He exists (Rom. 1:18-21). As part of our relationship with the Father in Jesus Christ, we have been given the avenue of prayer to make our petitions know to God - both for ourselves and for one another.
The Mission Of The Lord's Church
God exists (Heb. 11:6). God desires that all men be saved (1 Tim. 2:1-7). In order for that desire to be fulfilled, He has given the responsibility to the church to carry out the commission of preaching the Gospel to all mankind. It is because of this that we do our best to share the Gospel - the Good News of Jesus Christ - with everyone we can, and in as many ways as we can.
Brethren, let us not be forgetful, but remember to "consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus" (Heb. 3:1) who said "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also" (Jn. 14:1-3). Jesus will one day come back to claim His own. In the meantime, we have to resist the things of this world, not being of the world, though we are in it.
We would do well to remember that this world is not our home, for we are merely pilgrims and sojourners passing through this world. Let us heed Peter’s exhortation to, “as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul” (1 Pet. 2:11) but let us, instead, “gird up the loins of” (our) “mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy.’” (1 Pet. 1:13-16).
Paul gives us a similar exhortation when he says “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory” (Col. 3:1-4).
John goes so far as to give a warning when he says “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world--the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life--is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever” (1 Jn. 2:15-17).
What’s the point of today’s exhortation? The world is getting long in the tooth. Though the Lord tarry, He will not tarry forever; and when He returns it will be a finalization of life and time – where there is no second chance. There is no turning around, changing, begging or pleading for more time or chances. It is the last act of the ages. Therefore, let us live as though it will be today – and sow the seed of the kingdom in the lives of any who will listen.
Let us show that the world has nothing real or lasting to offer. It, in its entirety “lies under the sway of the wicked one” (1 Jn. 5:19). Let us realize and share with those who listen that there is a tug of war for the minds of mankind, between good and evil – between the Spirit of God and the spirit of the wicked one happening at this very moment. The Spirit of God calls through His Gospel which he sent forth for the purpose of the salvation of mankind. The spirit of the wicked one calls through the “lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.”
Paul tells us this battle is “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12); and is being waged by one who wiles are crafty (cf. 2 Cor. 11:3; Eph. 4:14). In order for us to stand against the wiles of the Devil, let us put on the whole armor of God (Eph. 6:10-18) and diligently wait for and hasten the return of our Great King, Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, and, while time exists “on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire, hating even the garment defiled by the flesh” (Jude 1:22-23).
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Tit. 2:11-13).
A few scriptures of exhortation:
“I thank my God always concerning you for the grace of God which was given to you by Christ Jesus, that you were enriched in everything by Him in all utterance and all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you, so that you come short in no gift, eagerly waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will also confirm you to the end, that you may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:4-8).
Brethren, “what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God?” (2 Pet. 3:11-12).
“He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20). “To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation” (Heb. 9:28).
He will return. It will be a day from which there will be no return. Let us be diligent to be found by Him without spot and blameless, for “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16-17).
Are you ready? Are we helping others become ready? Let us always remember our responsibility toward our fellow man: Ezekiel 33:2-11 (the type, or shadow); Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16 (the antitype, or substance).
“For the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; who can endure it?” (Joel 2:11).
Brethren, God is ready to “judge the living and the dead (1 Pet. 4:5). We are to be “found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless” (2 Pet. 3:14). The only way this can happen is if we dwell, exist, abide and constantly imbibe in the pure Word of God. This, brothers and sisters is why I stress the importance of reading and applying the Word of God to our lives. It is what sustains all creation (cf. Heb. 1:3) – including the lives of all mankind. Because it contains the answer to all the ills of society (Ps. 19; 2 Tim. 3:15). Because it is that which will judge mankind in the end (Jn. 12:48).
We need to read the word and keep it; but we also need to preach it. Paul says to us through his instruction to Timothy “I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching” (2 Tim. 4:1-2). We need to let the world know that God exists and that He will “repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thess. 1:6-8).
This is a serious matter. There are many who attempt to deny God in our world today. They do it for a myriad of reasons. The one who says “there is no God,” in an attempt to hide from the will and the hand of the Almighty is in grave danger of His Judgment. The Psalmist put it best when he classified those who do such: "The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, They have done abominable works” (Ps. 14:1).
He is a fool who rejects God and His counsel. It is he who “changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man--and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things” (Rom. 1:23) and “exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever” (Rom. 1:25).
There is a lot of that kind of thing going on right now. In regards to this Paul reveals to us that God gives amble evidence of Himself and will not keep from holding man accountable. He reveals to us that “the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them” (Rom. 1:18-19). Mankind has no excuse. He has given ample evidence both in creation and revelation of Himself. The latter includes the expression of His will. The former is an expression of His existence that is so strong that it should compel man to seek His divine revelation.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race. Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat” (Ps. 19:1-6).
There are heralds of righteousness across this globe preaching the Word of God in an effort to “save some” (cf. Rom. 11:14; 1 Cor. 9:22; Jude 1:20-25). They are working to share Gospel which is “the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes” (Rom. 1:16), and is “able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15). They are working to show that the creation cries out to mankind of the existence of God. They are working to show that God has graciously revealed to mankind His word for the purpose of their salvation.
We look, again, to the Psalmist regarding the importance of God’s Word being preached, heard and kept by the preacher and those who hear him alike: “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; the statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward” (Ps. 19:7-11).
May we pray to God as the Psalmist did when he cried out to God “Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer" (Ps. 19:12-14).
It is the Word of God that saves:"Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls" (Jas. 1:21). Too much time is spent talking about things that have no eternal value. My life’s illustrations, funny stories, clever anecdotes, emotional rhetoric, etc will not save mankind. God’s Word, also called the Gospel, will.
Jesus says “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” James says “but be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (Jas.1:22).
“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near” (Rev. 1:3).
O Lord of heaven and earth, save! Forgive this man who is a worm, who needs your grace and mercy lest you destroy; “O LORD, do not rebuke me in Your anger, Nor chasten me in Your hot displeasure;” Forgive this nation who has gone astray. Forgive Your church for its failures, for you give hope when you say “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (1 Chr. 7:14). Forgive Your children for their erring ways. Take away the shame of our iniquity. You are gracious even though we have sinned. “Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit” (Ps. 32:2). O Lord, forgive!
Your eye looks upon man and sees all of his thoughts and all of his doings. You are angry with the wicked every day. You have brought low a nation who at one time served You. Have mercy on your church who serves You among this heathen nation and do not destroy the righteous with the wicked.
“O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land. O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day…O Lord, to us belongs shame of face, to our kings, our princes, and our fathers, because we have sinned against You” (Dan. 9:4-7).
Man would perish if you would not remember that his days are but a vapor and his strength as a shadow, as the Psalmist writes “for He remembered that they were but flesh, A breath that passes away and does not come again” (Ps. 78:39). “Surely men of low degree are a vapor, Men of high degree are a lie; If they are weighed on the scales, They are altogether lighter than vapor” (Ps. 62:9). How gracious You are that you are “longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Pet. 3:9).
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him” (Dan. 2:20-22).
“ To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him” (Dan. 9:8).
Lord you will deliver! You will remember your grace and mercy that you have ordained for those who seek Your face. O that we would be a people who would once again seek you, for you have created us to do just that (cf. Acts 17:26-27).
Our God will not hold His wrath forever, though He is a gracious God – His justice will be levied; His judgment will prevail; His wrath will be executed; Return, you sons of man, return! “But the LORD is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth will tremble, And the nations will not be able to endure His indignation” (Jer. 10:10).
“Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion” (Heb. 3:15).
“Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame” (1 Cor. 15:34).
“Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Eph. 5:14-17).
Awake. Before it’s too late…
“Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire” (Rev. 20:11-15).
I love you; more importantly, the Lord loves you. He gives time for man to change, to submit to His gracious will. He is patient; he is merciful but his longsuffering will not endure forever: “For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry” (Hab. 2:3).
Make the changes needed today, okay? The Salvation of God
"See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you." (Jn. 5:14). "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more" (Jn. 8:11). "Awake to righteousness, and do not sin" (1 Cor. 15:34).
This is the goal - that for which I strive. Will I make it? Yes, but not on this side of eternity, and not without remaining on the "narrow path" (cf. Mt. 7:13), not turning to the left or to the right to serve the god of self or of others.
"Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil" (Prov. 4:27).
If I lower my standard with the understanding that "God's knows my heart" or that "God will forgive me, nobody is perfect" then I shall be in danger of falling away altogether.
"For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous. Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?" (Rom. 5:19-6:2).
"For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses' law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?" (Heb. 10:26-29).
"Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression" (Ps. 19:13).
I figured I would remind my brethren who are in Christ as I remind myself of this high and noble calling, this high and narrow road we are traveling as pilgrims through this pilgrim land...oh, yeah...let's not forget what Peter said: "Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul" (1 Pet. 2:11).
Do not sin. That is the goal. That is where our focus should be. Let's take a peek at a letter that John wrote to those who he considered his children in the faith:"My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 Jn. 2:1).
Let the soldiers of Christ arise, taking up the whole armor of God to withstand in the evil day (cf. Eph. 6:10ff) - being diligent to be found by Him in peace without spot and blameless (2 Pet. 3:14).
"Then He called out in my hearing with a loud voice, saying, ‘Let those who have charge over the city draw near, each with a deadly weapon in his hand.’ And suddenly six men came from the direction of the upper gate, which faces north, each with his battle-ax in his hand. One man among them was clothed with linen and had a writer's inkhorn at his side. They went in and stood beside the bronze altar. Now the glory of the God of Israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer's inkhorn at his side; ‘Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.’ To the others He said in my hearing, ‘Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.’ So they began with the elders who were before the temple” (Ezek. 9:1-6).
What you just read is a passage that depicts a scene of judgment. It is one of many the Old Testament contains regarding the children of Israel. The children of Israel, who were the covenant people of God, had gotten away from God to the point that they were committing what the Lord calls “abominations.” Ezekiel is shown by the Lord that all the people, including the elders (who were supposed to be the leaders, the shepherds, of the people) were committing great sin, worshipping the creation and various idols – behind closed doors so as not to be seen. Further, they were doing such things in the temple of God which was at Jerusalem.
Something that is critical to understand is that everything that was written in the covenant between God and man in the days of old was written for our learning: “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” One thing we must learn is that those things contained in the Old Testament are shadows of the things to come. Speaking of the state and duration of the Old Testament, Paul says “So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ (Col. 2:16-17),” later speaking of it in this manner: “the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ.”