Celebrating 81 Years Of Ministry
To God Be The Glory
Our Mission Statement: "We exist to glorify God
by bringing people to Christ and helping one another
become more like Christ".
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
Our new Pastor, Justin Ratliff, has begun his ministry.
Please join us for this new chapter in our life.
Our Music Minister, Leland Parks, leads us in uplifting praise and worship each Sunday at 10:45 AM.
Third Saturday of each month at 10:00 AM - The Food Pantry
and Clothes Closet are open to all who are in need. The next
opportunity is December 21st.
One of my favorite books in the Old Testament is the book of Joshua. There are several powerful accounts in the book, but this month I will share one that really stands out to me. Just a little back story. Moses had been told by God, because of his disobedience, he could not lead the Israelites into the promise land. So, Joshua was chosen by God to take Moses’ place and lead the Israelites in to take possession of the land. In Joshua chapter 3, Joshua and the Israelites cross the Jordan River. In Chapter 3, verses 15 and 16, it says that God stopped the flow of the Jordan so they all could cross. When they got across the Jordan, in Joshua chapter 4, God tells Joshua to choose twelve men, one from each tribe. Each man was to get a stone from the middle of the Jordan and place it on land where they were sleeping that night. This is why God tells them to get the twelve stones and set them up. Joshua 4:6-7 “To serve as a sign among you, in the future, when your children ask you, what do these stones mean? Tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.” Here, two things stand out to me in this account. First, God wanted the Israelite adults to make sure that their children knew who He was and what He had done for them. Even now, it’s so important for us as believers to do our best in setting an example of loving and honoring God to our children. Along with being intentional about teaching them about God, all He has done for His creation, and also what he has done for us in our personal lives. Secondly, the interesting thing about the promise land was its location. Once the Israelites took possession of the land and set up the nation, they would be in a cross- roads. Meaning other nations would have to come through there and interact with them while traveling and so forth. The Israelites were chosen by God not to just bring in the Messiah, but also represent God to the rest of the world. To this day God still places His people in the cross- roads, so to speak. Think about where you live, work, and go to church. God has placed you where you are for a reason. God has a plan for each and every one of us. Of course, that plan goes to His master plan, His will. Bringing all things in heaven and on earth under Jesus Christ. We should strive to be God’s living stones. A memorial that points to His glory. We should be living stones in our homes and in our everyday lives. Again, he has placed us where we are, and we should not take that responsibility lightly. 2 Corinthians 5:20-21 “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” Amen! Let us all strive to be living stones for the Lord!