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 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 May 18th.
Our new Pastor, Justin Ratliff, has begun his ministry.
Please join us for this new chapter in our life.
Current sermon series "Life Stories"
Last Wednesday morning I was picking up trash in front of the church. Amongst the trash was empty liquor bottles and a broken syringe. My heart just broke. I remember what it’s like to be in those kinds of chains. It seems like a lifetime ago, but I clearly remember what things were like before my relationship with Jesus Christ. It makes me think of an account in the book of Mark chapter 5. In this account it says that Jesus and the twelve went to the region of the Gadarenes. In this region there was a demon possessed man. It says that this man lived in the tombs among the dead. He would run around screaming like a crazy person naked and he would cut himself with stones. The people there had tried to even chain him up, but he would tear the chains apart and snap the irons. I don’t know about you, but if I witnessed a man rip up chains and irons like they were paper I wouldn’t be sticking around. I would be running for sure. Which I’m sure most people did. It says though that when Jesus steps on the shore the demon possessed man runs up to Him and drops to his knees. Jesus cast out the many demons that possessed this man. My favorite verse from this account is verse 15. Mark 5:15 “When they came to Jesus, they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid”. When I think about this account one word comes to mind: restoration. Webster defines restoration this way: “The act or process of returning something to its original condition by repairing it or cleaning it”. Even though I have been forgiven much I have caught myself at times having the wrong attitude towards people that are lost and into things I just do not understand. I suppose it is almost natural for us to do that. It’s easier to run the other direction when you come across people like that, so you don’t have to deal with them. I was having a conversation the other day with someone. They said “Justin, sometimes I think it would be easier to just go to church somewhere else. Just sit back and enjoy the show and not have to deal with some of the people we deal with here. Then God reminds me who I was without Him”. Last Wednesday morning picking up trash God reminded me of who I was without Him. Next time we come across people that are involved in things we don’t understand; instead of having stinking thinking about them and running the other way let us do this. Let’s try to think they don’t have a relationship with the Lord, why wouldn’t they be this way? Remember at the end of the day it doesn’t matter what we’ve done or haven’t done. Without Jesus we are all in the same boat sinking straight to hell. We too needed restoration that only comes through Christ Jesus at one point and time! This is what Paul says in a letter he wrote to Titus. Titus 3:3-5 “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit”. Every day before we leave the house let us all spend time in prayer, asking God to keep our eyes and hearts open for moments to share the source of the restoration we have experienced!