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And now behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. (Acts20:22,23).

This is not the health and wealth message being spread about so often today. Listen how Paul responds to this news. “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” (Acts 20:24) What God said to Paul He says to us today. This is what we see over and again in the stories of the voice of the martyrs. Richard and his wife knew the cost of following Jesus. Following Jesus is not an easy road and was not intended to make us happy as the world’s standard see‘s things. In the book of Acts we see another kind of joy repeated over and again. In Acts 16:40 we see the men going back to the church not to be pitied, but to encourage the body of Christ.

When we enter the afflictions with them in prayer and other kinds of fellowship we begin to grow. The book of Acts encourages us to continue what was started, then to continue today. Let’s not worry about ourselves being called or enabled to stand. How we look at suffering depends on how we look at Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

When God said love your enemies, He provided them so we could do exactly that.

Terry Smith


Is HE Worth It?

In Genesis 22 we are told Abraham was given a test by the Lord.
Vrs 2 “Take now your son , your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah , and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.”
Wow, the Lord says take your son to a place that I will show you and there you will sacrifice him.
Have you ever considered the enormity of what was being asked of him? To sacrifice his son, a son whom he loved dearly. Yet we see no hesitation in scripture, Abrahams response is shown in the following verse, “ so Abraham rose early in the morning” and left. As I pondered these verses I thought and asked the Lord, what would you have me to do Lord? What is there in my life that You would have me to give up for You? What would the Lord be asking of you to put aside for more of Him in your life?
To step out of your comfort zone? To give up a job? To put aside a hobbie or a TV show? All of which we may very well love to do. If God has been speaking to you in this way, know that there will be blessings in the sacrifice He is seeking. Just knowing that He might say to you as the Angel said to Abraham in verse 12 “I know that you fear God since you have not withheld …….”
In Hebrews 11:17 we are told that Abraham was able to do what the Lord had asked because of his faith in his God. And because he was obedient the promises of the God were fulfilled through Isaac.
Church let us be obedient, that the blessing of the Lord may be fulfilled in your life and for HIS kingdom, Amen.


Not My Way but Gods Way

“It‘s My Life”  Sung by Jon Bon Jovi

“I Did It MY WAY” Sung by Frank Sinatra

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, andye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God inyour body, and in your spirit, which are God‘s. 1 Cor 6:19&20

In a culture that upholds our freedom to live as we choose: in expression; in speech; and even in action. We, as Christians should not loose sight that, while we are truly free from the power of the legalism of the Law for our Righteousness (for it is now found through the sacrifice of Christ Jesus on our behalf), we are now His disciples, His children.

His plan for our lives, revealed through the guidance of His Word and His Spirit bring us to the place of true peace and joy in Him. Even in the hard times in our lives.

As His Word says, „ But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.“ Matt 6:33. This is where we start, in His Word, prayer, seeking Godly wisdom.

Let‘s start this year together seeking His will in our lives, in our community to serve Him, to show our love for Him With all our hearts, our souls, our minds and strength.

Dave Marsh


Friends Caution

  We are under construction! 1 Kings 6:7, And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready. Before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building. The Holy Spirit is creating a magnificent Temple today! Each stone –that is, each of us – has been carefully cut out of the dark quarry, perfectly chiseled and smoothed To fit a specific special spot within a growing structure – upon which our Lord Jesus is the chief cornerstone! So it is that you my friends are a chosen and precious stone! Let’s allow the Spirit of God to chisel us today! God desires to smooth out our rough edges so that we will be built into a glorious Temple unto the Lord! 

Selah

Steve Hands


Jesus, Jesus, Jesus

There’s just something about that name
Bill & Gloria Gaither

Act 4:12 – Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

Act 3:16 – By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

Phil 2:9-11: Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

We left CC-Foley about 9 years ago to attend a church closer to our home, where we both could be “more involved”. The pastor’s sermons were intellectually stimulating, on how to live a Christian life. I played music, joined the men’s study on Saturday morning’s, and together we served the college student ministry. We were active! We served. 

But something was missing…

As it happened, after a few years we returned to attend an event back at CC-Foley. A memorial service for a wife of a CC-Foley pastor. We were over-whelmed by the instant reconnection with so many, as if we never left. And I was surprised at the numerous times I heard the name of our Lord “Jesus”.

The next week, I visited the Foley’s Men’s study and it happened again. After a while, I actually started counting. Multiple men spoke the name of “Jesus” more than 20 times. Not merely as concept but as a person that they KNEW!

While you join us this day, let Jesus be what you find. His name is power not because of a concept but because He is ALIVE! He is here! He can be known and wants to make you His. To cleans and redeem you and make you a part of His holy family.

David Marsh


Daily Striving for Christ

Let a man be right with God, reconciled through the blood of the cross, humbled at the foot of Calvary; let him be broken, coming to God guilty and hopeless and needy, and at that moment God takes hold of that man and transforms and uses all his gifts and qualities, until that man becomes a mighty influence. But he has first to come down from his ladder of pride to the very foot of the cross.

Do you ask God daily with hunger of heart and soul for a new anointing of the Holy Spirit for the needs of this day? Does the Lord look down from Heaven and see you deeply in love with your Heavenly Father, deeply concerned that day by day you might do His will, or are you relying upon the experience of bygone days?

God desires to be your living savior today, not merely the God who met you years and years ago. (Excerpt from The Making of a Man of God, Alan Redpath).

Zechariah 4:6 Not by might nor by power, but by my Holy Spirit, says the Lord of hosts.

Pastor Mike


Food For Thought

With Thanksgiving Day behind us, our focus will now be on all the activities that lead up to the celebration we call Christmas and the gift that was given to the world (Jesus), God’s only begotten son.

Thanksgiving and Christmas are related. II Corinthians 9:15 says, “Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.” True thankfulness is to acknowledge the indescribable gift that God gave to us and to honor him with our lives. I Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you and me. We are to have grateful hearts. We are to be filled with joy. We are to pray without ceasing (a continual communion with God). True Thanksgiving is when we surrender our lives and give ourselves to god, because he gave us his son. Even when we were still in our sin – God, through Christ jesus, gave us this indescribable gift of life. Psalm 69:30 says, “I will praise the name of God with a song and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.”

Pastor David


Thankfulness

“Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to theRock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with Psalms.”

Psalm 95:1-2

At this time of year I am reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays as it is a time to reflect upon the goodness of the Lord and all the ways he has blessed us, and to respond in praise and thanks to Him!

I think of who He is, as He is a God of love, mercy, grace, and faithfulness; He is compassionate towards us!

I think of al the blessings He has given to me, the beautiful things He has done in my life, and the relationships He has blessed me with! How He has always met me where I was at, and poured out His love upon me!

He is a wonderful God and I know I need to thank and praise Him more.

Thanksgiving also reminds me of sharing the blessings God has given me with those around me, and how blessed I am to be able to do that! May we all think of God and thank Him this week and keep our eyes and hearts focused on Him this holiday season!

Pastor Stephen


Great is Your Faithfulness

“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:22-23)


It’s amazing to think of the Love that God has for us! He has so much love for us we can’t even begin to understand. In the highs and in the lows he loves us! Wether we fail or succeed he loves us! Whether we wander or we stay near he loves us! He will always love us! He has new mercies for us daily! His forgiveness is perfect! And to think that he would forgive us and then on top of that have a great faithfulness! Oh how faithful our God is! He is always there no matter what. When we call upon him he is faithful to answer. We serve an amazing God who is there to provide for us and to care for us! He’s faithful in our times of joy as well as in our times of need! So I remind you today to rest in his faithfulness and find joy in his faithfulness! He will always be faithful. At times we may have struggles or moments when we may not see his faithfulness in the middle of the storm but know that he is still there. Know that he will calm the storm and remain faithful. Trust in him! 

  • Rickey

Philippians 4:5-9, 11, 13, 19

There are times in one’s life where we just struggle with things. Maybe it’s people, maybe it’s a work related issue, perhaps its a financial situation, maybe it’s an illness, or just burdened by the weight and circumstances of life. In the book of Philippians it says-

Let your gentleness be known to all men. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds through Jesus Christ. Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is an virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy- meditate on these things. The things which you have learned and received and heard and saw in me, do them, and the God of peace will be with you. I have learned in whatever state I am to be content. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Jesus Christ. Philippians chapter 4 verses 5-9, 11, 13, and 19.

I don’t know about you, but I really want the Lord to guard my heart, to guard my mind, and to guard my life from everything that is not of Him. This world that we live in is filled with disappointment, difficult times, uncertainty, and division. Immorality and sinful behavior is running amuck in every form imaginable, distractions at every turn to entice us, to keep us busy and operating on overload, to get our focus off of the Lord. I really desire the Lords peace, calm, and wisdom filled presence each and every day. I want to live my life with joy no matter what my daily circumstances or difficulties are. I want to rest in knowing that God, the creator of the universe, is going to supply 100% of my needs (not wants) each and every day. Trust God, He is absolutely worthy of our trust. He will never leave us or forsake us, not even for a single moment. Thank you Jesus!

Pastor Mike


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