Being Born Again | Luke Hagler | 11-17-19

There is a time in the life of every child of God when the Lord, in His sovereignty, quickens them from death in sin to life in Christ.  A new creation is made within the heart. In this message, Bro. Luke brings out how even nature itself bears witness that God’s work on the heart of a child of God goes completely against nature. Keep reading →

Giving | Neil Honea | 11-13-19

Everything in this world belongs to God.  All things were made by him and we are merely stewards of what is His. In this message, Brother Neil examines how, even though God owns everything, He is pleased for us to give back to him a portion of his abundance he has shared with us. Keep reading →

How to Find a Husband | Tim McCool | 10-27-19

In the ongoing “How To” series, Brother Tim uses three examples from Holy Writ to establish a clear pattern from the Lord for a young woman seeking a Godly husband. Peace, stability and laughter are three qualities every woman should be seeking, and in this message, Brother Tim presents simple truths related to finding a husband. Keep reading →

The Lord Trieth the Hearts | Tim McCool | 10-23-19

In this message, Brother Tim examines the meaning of Proverbs 17:3 where we are told that our hearts are in the hands of the Lord, as silver is in the fining pot and gold in the furnace. Some would suggest this means that every trial and trouble that comes our way is directed by the Lord, but the examples found in God’s Word do not bear this out. Keep reading →

Together | Adam Green | 10-5-19

There are many instances in the scripture where the Lord speaks of us being together in Christ. We are quickened together with him, raised up together and made to sit together with Christ. Brother Adam Green preaches about the security and direction we have with one another when we are together and ultimately, the Lord will resurrect all of His people one day – together. Keep reading →

Buy the Truth | Luke Hagler | 9-29-19

Using an OT Proverb, Brother Luke preaches about what the truth is, how it affects our lives, and how we should maintain the truth when we have bought into it.  There are many ways we can sell the truth after we come to know it, but by God’s grace, we can buy the truth and never sell it.   Keep reading →

The Maypop | Luke Hagler | 9-22-19

When the Lord clearly states what we should do or not do, it leads to painful chastisement if we disobey. Whether it’s a child disobeying a parent or a child of God turning against the Lords direction instruction, in this message Brother Luke presents a clear picture of God’s consistency in dealing with us. Keep reading →

The Effects of Denying Reality | Tim McCool | 9-8-19

It is essential for children of God to face reality or they are unable to move forward in discipleship. In this message, Pastor Tim examines several accounts in scripture of how disciples failed to embrace the reality of their choices or circumstances, and the effects it had. Ultimately, when we embrace reality, we are able to move forward and function in God’s kingdom. Keep reading →

The Confession Crisis | Luke Hagler | 9-1-19

A crisis is when a difficult situation occurs and we are in need of a very quick solution. So often we hear those who are in crisis situations hit upon every possibility, often even blaming God, and never come to the solution – confession. In this message, Brother Luke preaches about the confession crisis – how we need to regularly confess our sins, which leads to peace and fellowship with God and those we have offended. Keep reading →

Zealousy | Tim McCool | 8-11-19

Zealous is a very similar word to jealous. In this message, Brother Tim looks at the zealous Messiah as his disciples observed him running out the people and things that didn’t belong in his temple. Zealousy includes elements of jealousy, but yields quite a different result. Keep reading →

Nicodemus at Night | Tim McCool | 8-4-19

Nicodemus is noted 3 times in scripture. Each time the writer refers to his visit to Jesus at night. But the last time he is mentioned, he is no longer coming to Jesus at night. We have all come to Jesus at night, afraid of the consequences it may have. In this message, Brother Tim exhorts us to not just come to Jesus at night, but step out in the daylight and serve Him. Keep reading →

Burning Jericho | Neil Honea | 7-28-19

There were two people who had very different experiences in Jericho. First, Rahab the harlot had an amazing experience in delivering her family from the burning of Jericho. But Achan, an informed Israelite, found destruction for his family in failing to leave Jericho behind. In this message, Brother Neil contrasts the two experiences and brings out some wonderful lessons. Keep reading →

The Village of Reeds | Timothy McCool | 7-21-19

From the house of passage (Bethabara) where Jesus was baptized and eventually gained his first disciples, we find our Lord traveling to the Village of Reeds in northern Galilee known as Cana. This obscure location was the place he began to manifest His power and Deity. Why would the Lord choose such a nowhere place? In this message, Brother Tim examines that question.   Keep reading →

Blessing or Curse? | Neil Honea | 7-14-19

It is often confusing when we find ourselves involved in things of this world that are not necessarily sinful, but seem to pull us away from Godly endeavors. In this message, Brother Neil identifies categories of non-sinful things in our lives that, when not handled properly, can lead us into sin. Keep reading →

Evil for Evil | Tim McCool | 7-7-19

Three times in the NT, God’s children are specifically directed to never return evil for evil. Paul says it twice and Peter said it once. Moreover, the Lord Himself instructed this in Matthew chapter 5. In presenting these teachings, Brother Tim brings out the true nature of the OT law and how there is a higher road that yields greater results than paying back evil for evil.   Keep reading →

Who is Worthy? | Luke Hagler | 6-30-19

In Revelation 5, an amazing scene plays out before the Apostle John in heaven. Though no one in heaven or earth was evidently worthy to open the great book presented in heaven, suddenly one proclaims that One is worthy. In this message, Brother Luke preaches about the Worthy Lion, who appears as a crucified and resurrected Lamb. Keep reading →

Justified by Faith and Works | Timothy McCool | 6-23-19

In this message, Brother Tim continues to examine the two categories of justification. There is justification by grace alone, which is the work of Christ alone, and there is justification that relates to our hearts and lives, known as justification by faith and works. A Biblical understanding of the difference is essential for peace of mind to a child of God. Keep reading →

Jusfitied | Tim McCool | 6-17-19

The question “Are you saved” often yields a response like this: “Yes I know I am saved because I confessed, or believed, or was baptized…” the list goes on endlessly. In this message Pastor Tim looks at justification, and how Christ justified us eternally by his work, and we experience justification by faith when we confess HIS work, not ours.   Keep reading →

Constraining | Neil Honea | 6-17-19

In a message preached on the Sunday after returning from Zambia, Brother Neil examines how God’s children can constrain the Lord to remain – whether it is by being hospitable to his servants, or by generally ministering to His children. We should all be concerned with spending more time with the Lord. Keep reading →

A Meddling Message | Tim McCool | 6-2-19

Preachers are often accused of meddling when preaching, and in this message, Pastor Tim points out just how meddling the Apostle Paul was. In very specific instructions to God’s children, Paul tackled serious issues of practical matters that could affect the peace of the church, and ministers should not be afraid to do so either. Keep reading →

What Are We Doing in the Desert | Tim McCool | 4-6-19

The Israelites found themselves far from the promised land, down deep in the desert. Many of them no doubt wondered why they were at Mt. Sinai in the middle of nowhere. This world is a desert and God’s children often wonder the same thing today. In this message, Brother Tim uses this OT example to show our purpose for being in the desert. Keep reading →

Subtlety or Simplicity | Tim McCool | 4-5-19

In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul declared his jealousy over the church, just like a father who espoused a daughter to a husband. He was concerned they would be corrupted from the simple and sweet relationship with their Lord. In this message preached at Pine Hill PBC, Brother Tim looks at the difference between subtlety and simplicity. Keep reading →

Who is in Our Details? | Tim McCool | 5-12-19

When the woman came and wept on the feet of Jesus and dried his feet with her hair in Luke chapter 7, the Pharisees were offended. But Jesus went on to delve into specific details regarding Simon’s neglect for even the most basic forms of ministry. In this message Bro. Tim presents how Jesus is lovingly aware of the most intricate details of our lives, and asks the question – Who is in our details? Keep reading →

A Look at Motherhood | Neil Honea | 5-12-19

In this Mother’s Day message, Brother Neil presents a Biblical view of motherhood – one who has an appreciation for life, a heartfelt devotion to raising children, and relentless commitment to giving their time to their family. Our Lord certainly appreciates mothers, as he chose to bring his only begotten Son into the world through a mother named Mary, which led ultimately to our eternal life.

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How to be Born Again | Ricky Harcrow | 5-4-19

In the final message from Saturday morning, Elder Ricky Harcrow expounds upon how we are born again, using as a text John 3. In explaining that the new birth is not a progressive work, but a one time event, Elder Harcrow goes on to show that the new birth makes a significant change in the life of the chosen child of God. Keep reading →

Times and Seasons | Tim McCool | 4-14-19

Paul pointed out to the Thessalonians there was no need for them to be reminded of the times and seasons leading up to Christ’s second coming. He pointed out that, as children of the day, it should not overtake them as a thief in the night. In this message, Brother Tim preaches about the times and seasons preceding the Lord’s coming. Keep reading →

The Reality of Sorrow | Tim McCool | 3-31-19

Every year, 55,300,000 people die. Every day about 151,000 pass away; and on an hourly basis, around 6300 leave this earth. In this message Brother Tim preaches from the well known scripture regarding the loss of our dear ones in I Thessalonians 4:13. The Lord knows that His children will sorrow, but he does not intend for them to sorrow without hope, and he lovingly relates to us that death does not have the final say. Keep reading →

Paradise | Neil Honea | 3-31-19

There are various ideas and speculations about what Jesus was referring to when he told the thief on the cross, “Today thou shalt be with me in paradise.” What is paradise? In this message, Brother Neil preaches that paradise is heaven, and the true meaning of heaven is to be where Jesus is. Keep reading →

Power | Neil Honea | 3-24-19

There are many forms of power in our world. And specific kinds of power will fuel certain types of engines. What is the primary source of all power? In this message Brother Neil addresses the question of Who has all power, and that the power that fuels the world is a different power that fuels the Kingdom of our Lord. Keep reading →

Bible No Brainer | Tim Mccool | 3-17-19

In this message Brother Tim teaches what it means when God holds discourse in the heart. A form of teaching that no preacher, parent, missionary or friend can do – this is wholly God’s area of expertise. The result is that He writes something special in our hearts that is so spiritually natural that Paul refers to is as requiring little or no thought, or, a “no Brainer.” Keep reading →

Our Prison | Neil Honea | 3-10-19

When John Baptist sent from his prison cell, he was in need of something that could comfort a discouraged prisoner. In this message brother Neil points out that we are all in prison in some way or another, and we all need encouragement to endure our prison sentences. And for God’s children, there is specific information we need to know while we are imprisoned here. Keep reading →

Don’t Take the Bait | Timothy McCool | 3-3-19

Many of God’s children wonder about the will of God for their lives. In the ongoing series from I Thessalonians, Brother Tim preaches from chapter 4 where God’s will is expressly stated – for His children to abstain from sexual sins, called fornication. Sadly, fornication is merely the bait in a trap that leads to something even worse.

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Keep the Commandments | Tim McCool | 2-24-19

In the ongoing series in I Thessalonians, Brother Tim reaches the half way point in the inspired letter. Paul exhorts them to keep the commandments, and in doing so, they would experience something special. Not fame, fortune or worldly glory, but a spiritual experience that was other worldly, and a modeling of our own dear Savior. Keep reading →

Preparing for Battle | Luke Hagler | 2-17-19

In this message, Elder Luke Hagler presents how we should prepare for spiritual battles in this life. The Israelites of the OT desired a king to fight their battles, and not the Lord. If we can learn from the scripture how to prepare for our battles in this life, and trust in the Lord who fights those battles with us and for us, it will make a great difference in our outlook and experience here in this world. Keep reading →

Hide and Seek | 2-10-19 | Tim McCool

Surely all of us have played this child’s game. And yet, the word of God is filled with hide and seek with Jesus. He appears, he vanishes. From the wife of a king waking up in the night, to depressed disciples walking down the road, Brother Tim examines various ways in which we can seek the Lord and, by his kind hand of providence, find him. Keep reading →

The Wind | 2-10-19 | Neil Honea

Just as changes in nature and flux in temperature lead to various  winds, so it is with spiritual winds. The prince of the power of the air can cause winds to blow into our lives. In this message, Elder Neil Honea preaches about the various winds we experience, focusing on the blessed wind of the Holy Spirit that is paramount as an influence in our lives. Keep reading →

Blessed | 2-2-19 | Mike Ivey

In this message preached at a special meeting on Saturday night, Elder Mike Ivey of Dallas, TX, presents a message from a Christian worldview perspective. In the sermon on the mount, Jesus described an other-wordly experience that we as God’s children’s can have while living in this broken world. Keep reading →

Take No Thought | Luke Hagler | 1-13-19

What if you tried to eat all your breakfasts for an entire week in one morning? Obviously eating doesn’t work that way.  And so Jesus said that each day comes with its own set of problems, so deal with them one day at a time. In this message, Brother Luke uses Matthew 6:34 as a text to encourage us to not listen to fear or worry regarding the future, but deal with what we have in front of us from day to day.   Keep reading →

A Map for the Journey | Neil Honea | 1-13-19

Because of the work of Christ, we are assured that ultimately all of God’s sheep will be in heaven one day. But the journey between here and heaven can be difficult and treacherous. And although nothing can prevent our presence with our Savior up there, in the message, Brother Neil instructs us not end up like Solomon at the end of his journey, who said all had been vanity. We should follow God’s road map for this journey – the Bible. Keep reading →

Love Feasts | Timothy McCool | 1-6-19

In the first message of the new year, Brother Tim continues the series from I Thessalonians. In chapter 3, verses 11 through 13, the Apostle encourages the church to increase and abound in love toward each other, toward all men, and following the example of the way in which Paul loved them. The word “love” is the Greek “agape”, and its basic definition is “love feast.” So ultimately, Paul was directing them to feast in love toward each other. Keep reading →

The Tower of the Flock | Tim McCool | 12-16-18

The nostalgic idea of Jesus’ birth – in a barn, with animals around, may be the traditional Christmas image in our minds of his birth. In this message, Brother Tim preaches about Micah 4:8, which seems to indicate a specific and well known location in the village of Bethlehem where Jesus was born, known as the Tower of the Flock. Keep reading →

Stand Fast | Tim McCool | 12-2-2018

In the ongoing series from I Thessalonians, Brother Tim examines how the Apostle Paul was encouraged by the church members standing fast in the truth. It is difficult to stand fast in God’s truth in light of distractions and difficulties. But the Lord is truly worthy to be glorified by standing fast. Keep reading →

Don’t Miss Your Appointment | Tim McCool | 11-4-18

Suffering is a reality of life, and often causes us to despair. Many forms of suffering exist, but Paul mentions a special category in I Thessalonians 3, which he describes as an appointment. If we don’t have the right perspective when the appointment arrives, we will miss it. In this message, Brother Tim examines the special appointment we have in suffering for serving the Lord, and how the Lord Jesus meets with us in a special way. Keep reading →

Energy Crisis | Tim McCool | 10-14-2018

God designed his word to have an impact in the lives of His children. In I Thessalonians 2, Paul describes it as effectually working in the believers at Thessalonica. Just like a car needs fuel to run properly, so the word is the fuel for the born again child of God. In this message, Brother Tim teaches about how important it is to have the right kind of fuel to energize us. Keep reading →

Identity Crisis | Luke Hagler | 9-23-2018

For the child of God, there can be no doubting their identity. Jesus clearly identifies what we are – salt and light. But even more than our personal identify, the Lord clearly lays out the identity of the church. In this message, Brother Luke preaches about the identity crisis that the church of Lord is suffering during our times today.   Keep reading →

The Motive of Ministry | Tim McCool | 9-16-2018

In our age of TV preachers with outstretched hands, asking people for money, Paul presents a stark contrast in I Thessalonians 2. In our time when the almighty dollar drives everything, when Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, he went to great lengths to remind them that he charged nothing for preaching. In this message, Pastor Tim presents the motive of ministry, not just for preachers, but for all God’s children who desire to serve Him.

Preached September 16, 2018 Keep reading →

Idols | Tim McCool | 9-3-2018

Paul encountered a culture of idols when he preached. There was a god for everything, and also a “catch-all” in case they missed one – the “unknown” god. An idol is anything we count on to “deliver” us. We may not have little idols of wood or stone today, but there are many things we count on to deliver us. In this message, Pastor Tim examines our modern day versions of idols. Keep reading →

Deep Sleep | Tim McCool | 8-26-2018

No one usually enjoys being roused from deep sleep. And while physical sleep is good for us, spiritual sleep is not. Paul encountered spiritual “deep sleep” just like Jesus did. There are specific reasons for God’s people being in a spiritual “deep sleep”. In this message, Pastor Tim preaches about how deep sleep can come upon us.

Preached August 26, 2018 Keep reading →

Digging Holes for Our Children | Luke Hagler | 8-19-2018

In Matthew chapter 25, Jesus related the account of the servant who buried the money his master had given him to invest. In this message, Brother Luke Hagler uses good financial investment principles to explain how we should be investing spiritually in God’s kingdom.  And when we approach spiritual investment the way the lazy servant did, we are digging holes and covering up the future generations. Keep reading →

Wonder | Neil Honea | 8-12-18

One of the descriptions of Jesus is “Wonderful.” In this message, Brother Neil examines the child-like wonder that all of God’s children should have towards the Wonderful Savior. The greatest wonder by far is the fact that a righteous and holy God would condescend to sinners and save them! Keep reading →

Run to the Saviour | Neil Honea | 7-22-18

In this message, Brother Neil preaches about the rich young ruler, who initially came running to Jesus. However, when he heard what Jesus had to say, he went away in a different manner. How often in our own lives do we find ourselves excited to serve the Lord, but then we fade out when we realize what we must sacrifice to serve him.

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Persuasive Jonadab | Timothy McCool | 6-24-18

Perhaps one of the most persuasive fathers we read about in the scripture is found in Jeremiah 35. Despite being dead for around 250 years, Jonadab was still a major influence in the lives of his descendants. In this message Pastor Tim continues a series on good fathers and bad fathers in the Bible.

Preached June 24, 2018 Keep reading →

Passive Eli | Tim McCool | 6-17-18

6/17/18 – In this message preached on Father’s Day, Pastor Tim begins a series on how to be good fathers. The scripture is filled with examples of fathers, some good, some bad. In our day when a  father’s presence in the home is so diminished, Brother Tim preaches about the passive father Eli, and how fathers must be involved with their children.

Preached June 17, 2018 Keep reading →

It is Finished | Luke Hagler | 6-17-2018

Using as a text John 19:30, Brother Luke Hagler preaches on the finished work of Jesus on the cross.  Even though we often feel there is something more we should do for our salvation, the good news of the scripture is that he finished it completely, and Jesus should be glorified for what he has finished for us!

Preached June 17, 2018 Keep reading →

Who Are You Following? | Tim McCool | 6-10-2018

Facebook, google, twitter, instagram – these are all social networking sites that require followers. In this message, Pastor Tim examines from the scripture the rich young ruler, who was called upon to follow Jesus, and refused to because he was following something else. So many of God’s children are like the rich young ruler, they go away sad because they are following something other than Jesus.

Preached June 10, 2018

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How We Need Each Other | Neil Honea | 6-10-2018

The world in general seeks to divide – toddlers go to daycare, children go to school, parents go to work, and the elderly go to the nursing home. But God’s kingdom calls upon us to bridge those gaps and ages and be united in the truth. In this message, Brother Neil Honea preaches about the ways in which we need each other to glorify the Lord.

Preached June 10, 2018

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Laying Down Your Isaac | Timothy McCool | 5-27-18

When we see Abraham offering Isaac on the mountain, we often feel distanced from that great act of faith. But in reality, we all have an Isaac to lay down on the altar. It might be a spouse, a child, an emotion or some possession – if we hold back anything from the Lord, we fail to make him first. In this message, Pastor Tim preaches about our Isaacs, and how we must be willing to lay them down.

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God’s Death Pledge | Tim McCool | 6-3-18

“Mortgage” means death pledge, and the mortgage itself will die by fulfillment of the terms or breach. When we come into this world, we are in breach of God’s law by our very nature. But the Lord provided for a Surety to fulfill the terms of our debt for us. In this message, Pastor Tim preaches about the great Surety Jesus Christ who took our place.

Preached June 3, 2018 Keep reading →

False Vines | Luke Hagler | 6-3-18

In John 15, Jesus describes himself as the True Vine. If there is a True Vine, then there must also be false vines. In this message, Elder Luke Hagler presents the various ways in which we can identify false vines, and spare ourselves from bitterness and destruction.

Preached June 3, 2018 Keep reading →

Don’t Let Go

The truth of our salvation, the church of the Lord, the gifts God has given us through the church – these are all spiritual blessings we should not let go. In this message, Brother Luke Hagler emphasizes how easy it is for us to let things go without even trying sometimes, but holding on to the things God has blessed us with is essential.

Preached May 13, 2018 Keep reading →

Happy People

If we understand what the Lord has done for us in saving us completely from our sins, then we should be the happiest people in the world. In this message preached at the annual meeting on Sunday morning, Elder Josh Coker exhorts the congregation to focus on the sacrifice of Christ no matter what circumstances we face in life.

Preached May 6, 2018 Keep reading →

Jesus Rejoicing

In Luke 10, the 70 returned rejoicing over the devils being subject to them in Jesus’ name. But the Lord refocused the 70 on what they really should be rejoicing in, and not their own observable work. This is the one place in the New Testament where we are told Jesus himself rejoiced here on the earth. Pastor Tim brings out the reason why Jesus was rejoicing and exactly what he instructed his disciples to rejoice in.

Preached April 30, 2018 Keep reading →

The Zion Diet

There is a specific diet that the King of Babylon wanted the captive children of Judah to eat. But some of them refused and would only eat the diet prescribed to them while they were living under the influence of the King of Zion. In this message, Brother Neil examines the effect that the diet of the world has upon us, as opposed to the rich, health-enduing spiritual food of our King in heaven.

Preached April 30, 2018 Keep reading →

The Recipe for Peace

When we experience peace in our community, our church and our homes, it is not something that just drops out of the air. For the Christian, there is a specific recipe, or specific traits we must cultivate to enjoy peace. Taking Ephesians chapter 4 as a text, Pastor Tim examines the necessary ingredients in the recipe for peace.

Preached April 22, 2018 Keep reading →

The God Who Chooses

Human nature being what it is, we don’t like to think about something that is beyond our power to choose. And yet, the scripture is replete with instances in which God sovereignly chooses. If we understand he is perfect and never does anything wrong, and that we are unable at best and unwilling at worst to choose salvation, we can see the glory of God’s choice. In this message, Brother Luke Hagler preaches about the God Who chooses.

Preached April 15, 2018 Keep reading →

Grace and Works | 4-8-18

In this radio message, guest preacher Luke Hagler makes the important distinction between the grace of God and our works. These two terms are mutually exclusive, and we must see what our works really are and that grace cannot be grace if it involves our work.  With grace in the proper view and works in their place, then we can truly appreciate the grace of God and his mercy to us.

Radio broadcast for April 8, 2018 Keep reading →

Not Ashamed

In this message, Pastor Tim speaks of the ways in which we deny the Lord – sometimes when we don’t realize it. The Apostle Paul declared he was not ashamed of the Lord or His gospel, and may we be encouraged to do the same in all areas of our lives.

Preached April 8, 2018 Keep reading →

The Love of God

No one condemns adoptive parents for adopting. No one condemns a husband for taking a bride. But strangely enough, many condemn God as being unfair for doing these very things. He has an innumerable host of adopted children and he has a beautiful bride. In this message, Brother Neil presents the true love of God in light of His character and His mercy.

Preached April 8, 2018 Keep reading →

But God

We don’t ever want to hear about our losses and failures. But God’s word makes a point to remind us of our past – so that we can appreciate God’s merciful intervention in our lives. In this message, Brother Luke preaches how God has interrupted our wicked path and inserted himself. If we forget what we were, we can never appreciate what He has made us.

Preached 3-11-18 Keep reading →

The Folly of Idolatry

Practically no one today has a silver or gold idol on their mantle. But we are living in an idol-filled society, it is just a change of the look of the idols we have. In this message, Pastor Tim examines idolatry and how it applies to us today.

Preached 3-18-18 Keep reading →

Drink Your Milk

The scripture is filled with simple subjects, compared to milk, and more difficult subjects,  compared to meat. The basic nourishment a body needs is milk, especially when one is a baby. And so the babe in Christ must be built upon the basic, simple truths, which are called milk. Due to the lack of teaching today, simple truths are considered by many as meat. In this message, Pastor Tim teaches the necessity of drinking our milk, or digesting the simple, basic truths of our salvation.

Preached March 14, 2018 Keep reading →

The Basics: Glorified | 3-4-18

In our final radio message in a series on the basics that all God’s children should know, Pastor Tim McCool takes up the final “basic” listed in Romans chapter 8 – glorification. Also known as the resurrection, this is the last event of our salvation that will take place at the end of time when God delivers us to heaven in our glorified bodies.  Keep reading →

The Basics: Called | 2-18-18

The Basics: Called – The next basic we’re considering is divine calling. This is not to be confused with the call to follow the Lord after one is born again. No, this is the calling of God by the voice of God to the heart. It is also described as a quickening, a creation, a regeneration and being born again. In all of these descriptions, an outside force must act in order to make it happen. Keep reading →

The Basics: Predestinated | 2-11-18

The word predestination for some reason strikes fear and resentment in many. But as a basic building block of our faith, and as a glorious truth that God writes on the heart of His children in the new birth, it is not something to be afraid of. It was one of the fundamental teachings by the Apostle Paul to the churches he established in the truth of our salvation. Keep reading →

Who is My Enemy?

In the ongoing series on the Sermon on the Mount, Bro. Tim preaches from the concluding verses of Matt.5. What does it mean to love our enemies? And who are our enemies? As citizens of a supernatural kingdom, we must take to heart what it means to love our enemies. The most frequent enemies we face can be those of our own household.

Preached February 25, 2018 Keep reading →

The Lord’s Day

Why do we assemble to publicly worship the Lord on Sundays? And what are really supposed to be doing when we do assemble? In this message, Brother Neil Honea examines from the scripture the reason we meet on Sunday and why we sing, preach and pray. Also, it is important to understand how we are to view each other and the Lord when we gather.

Preached February 25, 2018 Keep reading →

The Disciples’ Bill of Rights

As American citizens, we are all familiar with the Bill of Rights. We view ourselves in light of those rights, such as the right of personal respect, personal justice, freedom and the right to own personal property. But in the supernatural kingdom of Christ, our Master spells out a very different bill of rights in His sermon on the mount. Brother Tim examines those privileges granted to us by our loving Lord.

Preached February 18, 2018 Keep reading →

Perishing

God’s word says that with no vision, we perish. There are many ways to perish. It could be a physical death, but we can perish in many other ways while still alive. In this message, Brother Luke preaches about the ways we can perish in this life when our lives unravel for not following God’s vision.

Preached February 18, 2018 Keep reading →

Pride

Thinking too much of ourselves, lifting up our heart to glow in all that we are, thinking that we are better than others – these are all indications of pride. And self-pride is in opposition to God, who favors the opposite of pride – humility. In this message, Bro. Neil speaks about the enemy we all face – pride.

Preached February 11, 2018 Keep reading →

Your Word is Your Bond

Does Jesus really care about every word we speak? In the Sermon on the Mount, He made it clear that he does. The Jews had contrived a way to circumvent keeping promises. But Christ said a simple yes and no is enough to be bound. In this message, Pastor Tim shows from the scripture how Jesus said our word is our bond.

Preached February 4, 2018 Keep reading →

She Required Nothing

In this message – a follow up to last week’s ongoing series on the sermon on the mount – Brother Tim examines the example of eunuchs given by Jesus in Mt.19. By looking at the Old Testament example of a famous eunuch, he shows how Esther hearkened to the advice of the eunuch, and was greatly benefited from doing so.

Preached January 28, 2018

She Required Nothing

From Murder to Marriage

In the sermon on the mount, it is interesting that Jesus moved from “thou shalt do no murder” to the commandment about wholesome marriage. In this message, Pastor Tim examines the Pharisees constant infatuation with the exceptions to end marriage, while Jesus called them to focus on the real purpose of marriage, which is life long commitment.

Preached January 21, 2018 Keep reading →

Our Hope

Recently in our area, a dear young lady who was a senior in high school was killed in a tragic car crash. In such time of tragic loss, it is difficult to see beyond our pain. The Lord knows this, which is why the great hope of seeing our loved ones is so dominant throughout the scriptures. In this message, Pastor Tim preaches about the hope that defines us, not the tragic circumstances of this temporary life.

Preached January 14, 2018 Keep reading →

How Great Our God Is

Our nature is to take for granted the things that we know are certain. So in our daily Christian life, we can most certainly take for granted the promises of God. In this message, Brother Luke calls us to remember that our blessings are not rights, but privileges, and we should glorify the Lord for His mercy.

Preached January 14, 2018 Keep reading →

If Your Eye Offends

In the ongoing series on the sermon on the mount, Pastor Tim examines a portion of scripture that shocked the religious world when Jesus spoke it. Instead of the outward show of spirituality, the Lord is interested in the heart.

Preached December 31, 2017

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Pre-birth New birth

If you have ever wondered about how the Lord saves babies, in this message Pastor Tim McCool examines the scriptural proof of how God saves infants in the same way as adults – by His sovereign Spirit.

Preached December 24, 2017 Keep reading →

Remember, Behold, Beware

The closing of the Old Testament in Malachi mentioned a curse. And for 400 years the Lord was silent until the angel Gabriel picked up the inspiration of scripture from that exact Old Testament verse. In this message, Pastor Tim observes the final message of the Old Testament and how it played directly into the New Testament, 400 years later. Keep reading →

Three Great Lights

Light has an incredible impact on us. From the bright sunrise shining in our windows each morning to the smaller lights we utilize for comfort and guidance in the dark, light is a great blessing. As children of God, we can shut the curtain on God’s light and remain in darkness. In this message, Brother Luke examines three great spiritual lights that we should never neglect. Keep reading →

Laying Hold

In this message, Brother Neil Honea looks at examples in the scripture where children of God actually got their hands on the Lord Jesus. From Jacob wrestling in frustration, to Mary praising him with all she had, and the rich man Joseph pulling down the dead body of the Lord in sorrow and despair, we find there are still way to lay hold on Jesus today. Keep reading →

The Danger of Anger

Jesus was very plain in the sermon on the mount. Instead of just the letter of the law, he took them to the spirit of the law. By equating anger with murder, the Lord introduced the true meaning of the law to the people. This was astonishing to think that being angry was viewed on the same level as the commission of murder. In this message, Pastor Tim brings out the danger of anger.

Preached December 10, 2017 Keep reading →

Breakers and Keepers

In the sermon on the Mount, Jesus pointed out the importance of keeping his law and being an example to those around you. He also said that our righteousness must be an inward, heartfelt experience, and not the outward righteousness of the Pharisees. In this message, Pastor Tim examines what that is – to serve the Lord from the heart, and not just for an outward show.

Preached December 3, 2017 Keep reading →

Shame

Today we are told you can’t shame others for what they do or how they are living. That to do so is politically incorrect. But shame is a reality for the child of God who will always be a sinner in this life. To fee shame for our sin is a God-honoring experience. In this message, Bro. Neil preaches about the importance of being ashamed of our sins.

Preached December 2, 2017 Keep reading →

Dot the I’s

In the sermon on the mount, Jesus made sure to emphasize that he came to fulfill the law, not destroy it. He came to dot the I’s and cross the t’s. From the least part of the law to the greatest, he would fulfill it. In this message, Pastor Tim looks at how Jesus fulfilled the law, down to every jot and tittle.

Preached November 26, 2017 Keep reading →

Cause And Effect

From science to nature, the law of cause and effect is an accepted fact. And so it is with the child of God born of the Spirit. In this message, Brother Luke examines the truth that, when you see a child of God acting Godly, it is the proof of the effect God has had on them.

Preached November 26, 2017 Keep reading →

Identity Crisis

Many young people suffer from this, but there are mid life crisis and even those who are older may feel a sense of loss over knowing their role and purpose here. For the child of God, Jesus ended any identity crisis for us when he called us the light of the world. In this message, Pastor Tim preaches about our identity, as described by Jesus.

Preached November 19, 2017 Keep reading →

Dominion

God originally told Adam to take dominion in the earth.  This was a peaceful arrangement until Adam sinned.  In this message, Brother Neil relates how we must now take dominion over our own lives and the things we do, by relying on God’s grace.

Preached November 19, 2017 Keep reading →

Salt

Jesus calls his disciples the “salt” of the earth in the sermon on the Mount. What is the significance of this description? In this message, Pastor Tim presents the uses of salt at the time the scripture was written, and the impact of what it means for the child of God.

Preached November 12, 2017 Keep reading →

To Whom is the Bible Written?

Who is the Bible written to? Many think that God’s word is written in general to anyone.  But is this true? In this message, Brother Luke Hagler preaches from 2 Peter 1, bringing out the beautiful truth that the scripture is only written to the child of God.

Preached November 12, 2017 Keep reading →

Happy Criminals | Timothy McCool

In yet another paradox of kingdom living, Brother Tim examines the attitude of the persecuted. Preached on the same morning that a gunman in Texas entered a congregation and maliciously murdered around ½ of a congregation, this message points us to the fact that no matter what happens at the hands of wicked men in this world, we can rejoice when we are persecuted for serving the Lord.

Preached November 5, 2017 Keep reading →

Marriage | Neil Honea

The institution of marriage is disdained and disrespected by so many today.  From illogical court rulings, to flippant attitudes towards God’s oldest and sacred institution, society in general has little regard for what God has ordained. In this message, Brother Neil preaches from the word of God on this most ancient and glorious of God’s institution.

Preached October 28, 2017 Keep reading →

Protect Yourself | Luke Hagler

In this message, Brother Luke compares Abraham’s experience in Genesis 12 with our experience in the church. Abraham was positioned between two cities – Bethel and Ai. As children of God today, we are blessed to see the spiritual things (Bethel) and the things of the world (Ai). By protecting ourselves from the world and focusing on the spiritual, we can preserve peace, love and fellowship among ourselves in the kingdom of God.

Preached October 28, 2017 Keep reading →

Agents of Peace

There are many types of peace spoken of – world peace, national peace, community peace, to name a few. But the peace of God is vastly different from the so called peace of the world. In this message, Pastor Tim points out the important differences between the peace of God and the peace of the world. Before we can be agents of peace, we must understand how the Prince of Peace made peace for us with God.

Preached October 22, 2017 Keep reading →

Three Assurances

Many children of God look within themselves  for assurance. A decision they think they made, a turn of events in their lives – but the real assurance for a child of God does partly come from within, but it is not based on something the child of God does themselves. In this message, Brother Neil Honea examines three important assurances for salvation – none of which originate from something the child of God does.

Preached October 22, 2017 Keep reading →

Clean Your Windshield

Jesus says the purer your heart, the easier it is to see God. In another paradox of the kingdom, Pastor Tim explains that our recognition of how filthy we are actually enables us to see better. God has cleansed us eternally through the work of Christ, but we have a need to clean our hearts now in order to see him in this life.

Preached October 15, 2017 Keep reading →

Mephibosheth: A Picture of Grace

In this message Elder David Wise presents glowing comparisons between the lame son of Jonathan and us in our sinful condition. Just as Jonathan’s son was fetched to the King’s house, so we are fetched from our dead state to living children of God feasting at the table of the King.

Preached October 7, 2017 Keep reading →

You are Barrabas!

A murderer was released instead of an innocent and perfect Man – Jesus. In this message, Brother Mike Rogers brings out the similarities that we share with the notable criminal Barrabas.

Preached October 7, 2017 Keep reading →

Alpha & Omega

It is often hard to grasp the eternal characteristics of God. In this message preached by Elder David Wise at our anniversary meeting, Brother David presents God as the Alpha and Omega in a tangible and touchable way.

Preached October 7, 2017 Keep reading →

Mercy for the Merciful

In the preamble to Jesus’ constitution, He brings out paradoxes in his kingdom. The poor have a kingdom. The sad are happy. The hungry and thirsty shall be filled. In the next paradox, Bro. Tim speaks of the need to understand how the Lord had mercy on us, before we can effectively be merciful to others.

October 1, 2017 Keep reading →

A Place Prepared

The Lord has gone before us to prepare a place in heaven. This earth is not our home. Even though we have not seen it yet, we should be excited in knowing this. In this message Bro. Luke preaches about the great place that awaits us in heaven one day.

Preached October 1, 2017 Keep reading →

Thirsty

What does it mean to drink the living water of Christ? How do we actually taste this water? In this message, Brother Tim examines a Bible account of when the woman at the well encountered her Savior, and went away rejoicing over the taste of the living water of Christ.  In this example, we can all find a true pattern for tasting the living water.

Preached September 24, 2017 Keep reading →

Lip Service

We may often pay lip service to the Lord, but the Lord sees our hearts. Through examining the only recorded accounts of two individuals who kissed Jesus – the woman who was a sinner in Luke 7 and Judas the traitor – Bro. Luke shows how God is able to look past the outward appearance and into the heart of man.

Preached September 24, 2017 Keep reading →

Congratulations to the Meek!

The world says only the aggressive, self-assertive can win – only by dog-eat-dog tactics and trusting in your own abilities. But Jesus congratulated the mild-mannered, self controlled, as the winners. In this message, Brother Tim examines how those who have strength under control (meek) actually inherit the earth.

Preached September 17, 2017 Keep reading →

What is God Doing?

It is easy to question God, especially when we all face trials, tragedy and sickness.  But the reality is that God was, is and shall do things for us.  In this message, Brother Neil Honea preaches about the things God is doing for us and the great deliverance that waits for us when the troubles of this life are over.

Preached September 17, 2017 Keep reading →

Happy are the Sad

The disciple’s life is a paradox. His hope rises from fear. His life comes from the resurrection of the dead. And Jesus confirms this paradox in his opening statements of the sermon on the mount. In this message, Bro. Tim examines this happiness found in sadness, making the point that this is quite different from the happiness and sadness of the world. It is a sadness over one’s own sins and the sins they see around them, and the happiness comes in knowing that our forgiveness is in Christ.

Preached September 10, 2017

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The Preamble

Our U.S. Constitution has a preamble that makes certain statements that lead into the Constitution.  In  a much greater way, Christ declared the preamble to the constitution of his kingdom in Matthew chapter 5. Commonly known as the Beatitudes, this introduction to one of the longest recorded sermons of Jesus establishes some astonishing truths. In this message, Bro. Tim preaches about what it means to be poor in spirit.

Preached September 3, 2017 Keep reading →

The Certainty of Salvation

In the religious world today, most Christians hear about a Christ who is trying to save, but cannot unless we assist him somehow. In this message preached on the March To Zion Broadcast, Brother Tim examines the certainty of our salvation – that our eternal destiny is secure in the work of Christ, and all of his children will be in heaven one sweet day.

Radio broadcast for September 3, 2017 Keep reading →

Being Responsible Citizens

In this message, Pastor Tim asks the question of which type of citizen are we? A traditionalist, a modernist, an activist, a pacifist – or some other category? Just as there were Pharisees, Sadducees, zealots and others in the melting pot of social and political turmoil when Jesus came to the earth, so today we often find ourselves confused and wondering what to do. But for the citizen of the kingdom of God, there should be no confusion. The sermon on the mount, or the Christian Manifesto, spells out our responsibilities as citizens of His kingdom crystal clear.

Preached August 27, 2017 Keep reading →

Eliminating Jesus

From the time Christ arrived on the scene as a baby, all the way down to our day and time, the wicked have tried to eliminate him. First they tried to eliminate his body, and today they try to eliminate his presence by taking him out of school prayers, the pledge of allegiance, etc. But the reality is that Jesus can never be eliminated, for he lives eternally in the hearts of his children. In this message, Brother Luke Hagler shares various ways in which men have tried to eliminate Jesus and failed.

Preached August 27, 2017 Keep reading →

Child Training

It is a common idea that after children reach a certain age – maybe 18 or 20 – then parents are through with them. But in reality, the Lord intended parents to continue to be advisers, friends and most importantly – brothers and sisters in Christ! In this message, Brother Neil dispels the notion that once parents raise their children, they just cut them loose. On the contrary, the relationship of parent and child should continue to grow and improve throughout the shifts and phases of life.

Preached August 13, 2017 Keep reading →

The Lord of the Feast – Part 1

In this message from John 2, Elder David Crawford preaches about the first miracle that Jesus performed at Cana of Galilee. An interesting character is introduced here – the governor of the feast. Brother Crawford observes how Jesus Himself becomes the true Governor of this wedding feast.

Preached August 20, 2017 Keep reading →

Sir There is No Man

And so were the words of the man who had an infirmity for 38 years in response to the question Jesus posed. He was unable to place himself in the healing waters of the pool on his own.  When it comes to eternal salvation, there is no man who could save us, but the Lord sent His own Son to accomplish salvation. Elder Chris Crouse preaches about the Lord’s ability when no man is able to do anything for us.

Preached August 20, 2017 Keep reading →

He was From Nazareth

“Can any good thing come out of Nazareth?” was the question that Nathaneal asked when he was told the Messiah came from that location.  In this message, Elder David Crawford of Florida observes that we all have places like Nazareth –locations where we skeptically speculate there is nothing redeeming or good about such places. But in a spiritual sense, we all are from Nazareth. And it took Jesus coming from such a grimy and disreputable place to redeem us from our sins.

Preached August 16, 2017 Keep reading →

A Conversation in Heaven

Elder Chris Crouse of Florida presents the beautiful picture of the Father and Son conversing in heaven following the Son’s triumphal re-entry into heaven itself after vanquishing our sin debt on the cross.  The Father presents the proper position for the Son as a result of His finished work – to sit on his right hand.

Preached August 16, 2017 Keep reading →

Enduring All Things for the Elect

In this Wednesday night service, Elder Philip Conley of Georgia preaches on the ways in which the Apostle Paul laid down his life to share the truth of salvation with children of God. It is important to note that Paul was not trying to do this to gain God’s children an eternal home, but to help them enjoy the blessings of fellowship now. The Lord Jesus had already taken care of eternal salvation, and Paul endured to help them receive and enjoy their timely deliverance.

Preached August 16, 2017 Keep reading →

Gifts

The church of the Lord has gifts. These gifts are found in the people. Different children of God have varying gifts. In this message, Brother Luke examines how those gifts function in the body of the church, just as the various parts of a physical body functions together.

Preached August 13, 2017 Keep reading →

Three Public Incidents

In this message, Brother Tim brings forth several firsts in the ministry of Jesus: The 1st public appearance, the 1st public miracle and the 1st recorded public message.  All of these point to the purpose of God in saving His elect people – the work of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost – a sovereign work of which a multitude of chosen children are the blessed beneficiaries!

Preached August 6, 2017 Keep reading →

Jesus is Knocking

The traditional view of Revelation 3:20 goes something like this: Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart to save you, and you must answer to let him in. But the true context of this verse has nothing to do with eternal salvation. In this message, Brother Tim goes beyond describing that this is NOT the Lord knocking on the door of the heart, but into the details of who this born-again person actually is. There is no doubt that this was a specific type of person at the Laodicean Church. Who was this born-again person or persons who Jesus was knocking on their door?

Preached July 30, 2017 Keep reading →

Choosing a Spouse

Very often there are children of God looking for “the one” to marry. Is it true that God has ordained that only one specific person is to be married to a specific other person who he has also ordained? Is this “Cinderella” mentality biblical? In this Wednesday night message, Bro. Luke Hagler examines the Biblical pattern for finding a spouse.

Preached June 28, 2017 Keep reading →

Smyrna is Dead

The church at Smyrna had a major problem – it was dead. The Spirit was missing from its congregation. Just like a married couple could keep their name and in private have no association, no conversation and no interaction, so the church at Smyrna had a name on the outside, but within the church there was no life. In this message, Pastor Tim McCool examines the path of overcoming for this church. Keep reading →

A Faithful Saying

Many times, the Apostle refers to faithful sayings. In this message Brother Luke Hagler examines instances where Paul refers to faithful sayings. Perhaps the greatest of all of these is found when Paul declares the faithful saying that Christ came into the world to save sinners. It doesn’t say that he came to make sinners save-able, but  that he actually did save them.  This faithful saying displays the mercy and glory of Jesus.

Preached July 9, 2017 Keep reading →

Stay, Go, and Go Back

Using examples from the Word of God, Brother Neil Honea demonstrates the various times in our lives when the Lord may instruct us to stay where we are, or to  go out from where we are, or to go back to where we came from.

Preached July 2, 2017 Keep reading →

Advantage

The Lord’s people have great advantages today – through His church, His word, His kingdom. Elder Luke Hagler preaches about these advantages, showing how the Israelites of the Old Testament had great advantages that others did not, and we in turn today have even greater advantages than they.

Preached June 18, 2017 Keep reading →

Jezebel at Thyatira

The Church at Thyatira was infected with a Jezebel – whether she was a person or a general evil presence. The church had a lot of things going for it, but in reviewing the evil character of Jezebel in the Old Testament, it is easy to see just how destructive this presence is to any church. In this message, Pastor Tim continues the series on the 7 churches in Revelation.

Preached June 18, 2017 Keep reading →

Pergamos Overcoming

The 3rd church that Jesus speaks to in Rev.2 had its own set of troubles. Persecution and false teaching seems to have afflicted the church there.  But Jesus was faithful to instruct them on how to overcome it. Pastor Tim continues the series on what it means to overcome as he examines the 3rd church – Pergamos.

Preached June 4, 2017, by Pastor Tim McCool Keep reading →

Fiery Trials

We all experience trials in this life. Each persons trial is different. But they are all difficult to deal with in their own unique way. In this message, Brother Neil brings out the beautiful truth that no matter what trials we face, our Lord and Master has gone through much worse, and is therefore able to identify with each of us.

Preached June 4, 2017 by Elder Neil Honea Keep reading →

Poor & Afflicted Smyrna

In an ongoing series on overcoming, Pastor Tim examines the issues that the members of the Smyrnan Church faced and how they overcame them. The Church at Smyrna was greatly persecuted. To be a member there almost guaranteed a loss of livelihood, if not loss of life.

Preached May 28, 2017 by Elder Tim McCool Keep reading →

The Value of Faith

What is the way the child of God can gain the greatest comfort? Is it by traveling the world and climbing a mountain, or by examining the beauty of nature, or by many different things that can be thought up?  In this message, Brother Neil preaches that the greatest way the child of God can be comforted is through something that is placed inside them by God’s grace – their faith.

Preached May 28, 2017 by Elder Neil Honea Keep reading →

Overcoming at the Ephesian Church

In this message, Pastor Tim examines the problem that the famed church at Ephesus faced. Over a 30-40 year period, this church went from a hotbed of zealous revival, to a church that Jesus said had left its first love. What happened initially at Ephesus? And why after such a short time would they leave their first love? And how could they overcome this issue? Listen to the sermon to find out.

Preached May 28, 2017 Keep reading →

To the Seniors

Graduating high school can be exciting and scary at the same time. In this message directly to the graduating high school seniors of Bethlehem (but with a broad application to us all), Pastor Tim gives words of encouragement and Biblical guidance to the graduates.

Preached May 14, 2017 Keep reading →

Counting All as Loss

The Apostle Paul had everything – riches, fame and health. Yet he gave up his riches, lost his reputation and sacrificed his own health for a single reason – Jesus Christ. In this message, Brother Luke Hagler examines how we can take blessings from God and misuse them to a degree they become curses to us.  By following the example of the Apostle, we can count them all as loss when following Jesus.

Preached May 14, 2017 Keep reading →

God’s View of Mothers

Mothers are certainly special, and the Lord thinks so too.  In this message Pastor Tim looks at the value and importance of Mothers, not only from our own personal experience, but from a Biblical view.

Preached May 14, 2017 Keep reading →

The Blood

In the Sunday morning message prior to communion, Elder Daniel Wood preaches about the effectiveness of the blood of Jesus in paying for our sins, as well as the necessity of His sacrifice.

Preached May 7, 2017

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Guardian Angels

In this message, Elder Jonathan Blakeley points out the usefulness of angels in God’s ministry to His Son and also to His saints. Although they may not be seen around us, we can believe they are there during our lives.

Preached May 6, 2017

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Preservation

In the afternoon service during our May meeting, Brother Daniel Wood explains the difference between preservation and perseverance. Using agricultural examples, Brother Daniel proves how it is impossible for garden vegetables to preserve themselves, just as it is impossible for us to preserve ourselves. It took the Lord’s work alone to preserve us.

Preached May 6, 2017

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Don’t Sell Out!

In this message preached by Elder Daniel Wood at the May meeting, Brother Daniel expounds upon the events that led up to the soldiers taking money to cover their true account of what actually happened at the tomb of Jesus when we was resurrected.  In our lives we will also be tempted to sell out the truth at times, but by God’s grace we can resist.

Preached May 6, 2017 Keep reading →

May 2017 Newsletter

BETHLEHEM PRIMITIVE BAPTIST CHURCH
NEWSLETTER – MAY 2017
Suicide, by Elder Tim McCool
(from an article in the Pickens County Herald recently)

It would be hard to find a family not affected by suicide. Any way you look at it, suicide is a tragedy. Personally, I have lost friends and people I knew to this tragedy. I have spoken at funerals for those who died from suicide, and also written and preached extensively on this subject. Recently, a young man I knew passed from this life by suicide. When I learned of it, my heart was broken to hear of it.

Death is awful in any form, whether by suicide, car wreck, fire, drowning – or even natural causes. Whatever ugly form death takes, it is wonderful to know the truth about death, no matter how it occurs. A “spiritual” urban legend about suicide goes like this – “If a person commits suicide, it means they automatically go to hell…” or something along that line. This is not true at all. If you have suffered from thinking this, then be of good cheer. The good news is this: No matter how we leave this world, it makes NO difference where we go.

Our destination at death is not determined by the way we die– whether by natural causes, suicide, drowning, execution, etc. To dispel the spiritual urban legend about suicide, we need only look at the scripture. There are several examples of suicide in the Bible. The first that comes to mind is the great hero Samson (Judg.14-16). After Samson ran around with too many wild women and was finally caught, he did something as a prisoner that literally “brought the house down.” Judg16:30 details Samson’s suicide. He brought the house down on himself and the Philistines. He died by his own hand. But Samson is in the “hall of faith” in Heb.11. Read it. The way he left this world did not change where he went.

Another example is Saul, the 1st king of Israel. When surrounded by the enemy, Saul committed suicide (I Sam.31:4). Some object and say there is no way a guy who lived his life like Saul could go to heaven. Thankfully, salvation is not by what we do or don’t do, but by the mercy of God. And without question Saul is in heaven. His suicide did not change where he went. We need only read Samuel’s words in I Sam.28:19 where he says that Saul and his sons (including Jonathan by the way!) will be with Samuel the next day. Where was Samuel? You guessed it – Samuel was in heaven. These are only two of several examples in the Bible.

The idea that suicide is an automatic hell sentence is not from God. His mercy is greater than suicide. That is comfort for us, dear child of God. Lastly, consider this. If the spiritual urban legend that suicide will send you to hell is nothing more than a myth – what else that is commonly accepted in religious circles today, might also be a myth? Hmmm…what about “accept Christ as your personal Savior” (hint–it is not in the Bible!), or “Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart to get in…” (hint–also not found in the Bible!), or the “secret rapture” (hint-the word is not in the Bible!). What else do we take for “gospel” that is not in the word!?

If this encourages us to read the word of God, then I have done my job!

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Sat., May 6 – 10:00 am – Service; lunch; afternoon svc; 4p – fellowship at Old Farm House
Sun., May 7 – 10:00 a.m. (NOTE THE EARLIER TIME), communion, lunch
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Your Reputation

A person’s reputation may be defined by how they dress, how much money they make, or even by abilities they possess.  But how we view our reputation should be defined by the way Jesus viewed his own reputation. In this message from Philippians 2, Brother Neil examines the way a child of God should view their own reputation.

Preached April 23, 2017, by Elder Neil Honea Keep reading →

Overcoming

How are You Coming with Overcoming? We all have issues and trouble in our lives. It is often difficult to overcome those problems. Thankfully, God has a very simple plan for overcoming. In this message, Bro. Tim presents a Biblical view of overcoming and also examines some examples of those who overcame.

 

Preached April 23, 2017, by Pastor Tim McCool. Keep reading →

Comfort for God’s People

At the end of our hope in ourselves is where we find the door to hope in Christ. When we see the rigorous requirements of the law and we know we cannot keep it, then we see how it required a Perfect One to keep it for us.  Taking a text from Isaiah chapter 40, our guest speaker Elder Dickie Halbgewachs preaches about the true comfort that is there for God’s conflicted and warfare-weary people.

Preached April 19, 2017 Keep reading →

Don’t Blame God with Your Devils

In this message, Pastor Tim preaches about devils and what they are – how they can affect us, where we can find them. Devils can vex us in many forms and we need to be aware of them. When we recognize our temptations and the messes we can get ourselves into, we can never blame God for that. But we can look to God to help us resist temptation and overcome these devils by His grace.

Message preached April 2, 2017 Keep reading →

To Know or Believe?

To Know or Believe? Which is Better? Often today someone says, “I know the Lord” rather than “I believe in the Lord.” In this message, Pastor Tim examines the meaning of the word believe as of the time of the KJV translation.

Message preached April 9, 2017 Keep reading →

She Did All She Could

An all-star cast assembled for a meal in Bethany in Mark 14. There was Simon the former leper, Lazarus raised from the dead, Simon Peter the spokesman of the Apostles, the Sons of Thunder, Matthew the Publican, Simon the Zealot. Even Martha the famous domestic was there serving the meal. And don’t forget the Son of God. This meal was just a few days before Jesus went to the cross. But of all the “well knowns” assembled there, it was Mary who stole the show. In this message, Pastor Tim McCool examines the difference between doing all we could, versus doing all we would.

Preached Sunday, March 26, 2017 Keep reading →

The Watchman

In this message preached by Brother Luke Hagler, he examines the important role of the watchman on the wall as it was in ancient times and compares this to how we are all watchmen to protect our families and our churches.

Preached on March 12, 2017 Keep reading →

The Riches of Grace on Display

For the last 2000 years, God’s grace has been on display in the work of Jesus Christ and the proclamation of full salvation through the sacrifice of His Son. In this message, Pastor Tim preaches about God’s display case, or trophy case. God has now set forth his Son through the gospel and the church – to display the victorious work of salvation. In looking further into this trophy case, Brother Tim points out some aspects of God’s mercy that may be startling and also affect us personally in who we minister to in our daily lives.

Preached on 3/5/17 Keep reading →

Are we Calvinists?

In the religious world, there are two basic categories of belief about salvation. There are those who follow the teachings of Jacobus Arminius, who taught that one must gain salvation by doing something. The religious worlds views the second category as Calvinists – those who follow the teaching of John Calvin & his followers who taught that salvation is by grace alone.  But in reality, Baptists are neither – not having descended in belief from either of these men, and not having been part of the Protestant Reformation. In this message, Brother Neil Honea examines the history of these two groups and also a third group – known as Baptists at one point in history, and today known as Primitive Baptists.

Preached on 3/5/17 Keep reading →

Together

The Lord has quickened us together, raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places – all by the work of Christ. When it comes to being together, we can all be in the same room at one time but still not be “together.” In this message, Pastor Tim brings out the togetherness that we have as a result of Christ’s work, and how that should impact us now in the truth and the church – by truly being together and not just present in same room.

Preached on 2/26/17 Keep reading →

Spiritual Eyesight

 There are different reasons why we can’t see. Some may be born blind. Others may have a medical condition. Still others may have their view obstructed by something. In this message, Bro. Luke examines how we can be spiritual blind and also where our ability to see comes from.

Preached 2/19/17 Keep reading →

The Great Game Changer

We all love the comeback kings. Whether it is a great comeback in a football game, or the great literature that balances the tension between the threat of evil overcoming all that is good, those heroes who step in and “change the game” are our favorites. In this message, Bro. Tim points to God as the original and Great Game Changer. The greatest changes have occurred based on two words, “But God…” Using Eph.2:4 as a text, Bro. Tim expounds upon our Lord as the Great Game Changer. Keep reading →

The Living Dead

Zombies are a popular subject of entertainment today. What if there really were zombies – the living dead? In reality, there are. In this message, Pastor Tim examines the characteristics of those who are alive physically, but without Christ spiritually. Sadly, we may too often find ourselves bearing such characteristics. Keep reading →

Your Enemy

Elder Neil Honea delivers a timely message of warning about our enemy in this life – Satan. Originally a beautiful created being, Satan chose to fall from his position that God had granted him, and as an outcast in this world, he seeks to dominate and destroy while he has time. We should be wary of this powerful enemy, and trust in the strength of One who has overcome him forever. Keep reading →

Time Salvation

In this sermon preached by Elder Luke Hagler, the distinction between time and eternal salvation is examined. In order to correctly understand the Bible, a working knowledge of the difference between timely deliverances and our ultimate eternal deliverance in Christ is paramount.  Keep reading →

Don’t Build a Fire in the Tent

Practical Christianity
Tim McCool
Pastor Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church

When I was in high school I spent a lot of time camping. On one occasion, a few of my friends were camping out with me. It was a cold time of year, so we planned on building a fire to keep warm. As we walked out the door, Mom called to us with her usual goodbyes and warnings to be safe. But this time she added, “Don’t build a fire in the tent!” We were almost out of ear shot but we paused and looked at each other. What she said was worth a trip back inside. I walked in and looked at her and asked, “Are you serious?” Keep reading →

Dead means Dead

In order to appreciate what we are as children of God, we must have a fundamental understanding of what God has done for us. In an ongoing series from Ephesians, Pastor Tim preaches about being dead in trespasses and in sins. The Apostle Paul makes it clear that we have all been in a condition of being dead in sins. But many say that the way we overcome being dead is by making a decision for Christ or letting him in our hearts. The problem with that is this – dead means dead, and nothing dead can bring itself to life. It takes an act of the Spirit upon a spiritually dead heart to cause it to live. Keep reading →

A Framework for the Fullness of Christ

There is very little understanding today about the role and purpose of the church. Some view it as an activity, others as a place to be entertained. But the church as God designed it is a place to experience the fullness of Christ, not an activity or house of entertainment.  In this message, Pastor Tim presents the church as God intended it – a place to experience Christ in this life.    Keep reading →

Broken

Elder Neil Honea delivers a message about the broken fellowship between Christ, the Father, and the Spirit, while Christ was on the cross. And the whole purpose of this broken fellowship, was so that all of God’s elect will have fellowship forever with the Lord. Keep reading →

Making Mention Of Others In Our Prayers

The Apostle Paul was very specific about his prayer life. Pastor Tim relates that one of the ways he prayed was to “make mention” of church members in his daily prayers. He relates this at least 3 times. We should follow that example – to name each other in prayer. We don’t have to recite a book about each other, but it is important that we call each others’ names out to the Lord in prayer. Keep reading →

The Power of Belief

In Ephesians, Paul prays that they would experience the greatness of God’s power to “usward who believe.” So what is the greatness of His power? By examining Biblical examples of different ones who came seeking Jesus, Pastor Tim speaks about the power of belief within us. Keep reading →