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 →

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 →

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 →

House of Bread

Have you ever wondered at the meaning of Jesus calling Himself the “Living Bread?” In this message, Pastor Tim covers the natural making of bread – from planting the seed to the bread winding up on the table – to help understand better what Jesus meant when He said He was the Living Bread.  Although natural bread has a beginning and an end, the Eternal Bread (Jesus) had no beginning and no end. Keep reading →

Searching for the King

In this Christmas Day message, Brother Neil Honea preaches about the search the wise men went on for the new King – Jesus Christ. In our pursuit of the true Jesus, it is often the case that we find him in the places we least expect. The wise men thought to find him in the epicenter of religion: Jerusalem. But, he was actually located in a small village among shepherds and farmers, the city of Bethlehem! Keep reading →

Trusting Christ

Have you ever had an “Aha!” moment when you were studying or meditating about God? In this message from the book of Ephesians, Pastor Tim deals with the meaning of trust, and how the Lord seals us with His Holy Spirit when we trust and believe His truth about salvation.  We find that a part of being “sealed” by the Holy Spirit comes in those “Aha” moments, when we see clearly from the Word what God has done for us.

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Two Mountains

In this message preached by Elder Neil Honea, Brother Neil examines the comparison between the Old Testament mountain that quaked and burned with fire when Moses and the children of Israel approached it, and the New Testament mountain – the church – that we can now freely approach because of the shed blood of Christ.

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Blessed, Blessed and Blessings

The Apostle Paul preached all the counsel of God to the Ephesians. He didn’t leave anything out. This is recorded in the book of Acts 19-20. Then, Paul wrote back to them in the letter to the Ephesians and stated plainly what he had previously taught them. Beginning a series from the book of Ephesians, Pastor Tim preaches about the blessings that God has given us as described by the Apostle Paul. Keep reading →

Closing Remarks on Choosing a Spouse

In a portion of a message preached at Bethlehem, Pastor Tim concludes his remarks about Biblical instruction in choosing a spouse.  Using as an example the wonderful account of Boaz and Ruth, he examines the good and bad characteristics to look for when choosing a spouse.

NOTE:  This message and Bro. Luke’s was only partially recorded due to tech malfunction.

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Choosing a Spouse – Part 2

It is important to know what the Bible says about who not to choose for a spouse. In this message, Pastor Tim preaches Bible instruction about the dangers of considering the wrong type of person as a spouse, followed by principles to follow in making a Godly choice of a spouse. Keep reading →

The Duty of Forgiveness

The disciples asked for an increase of faith to forgive.  Jesus explained clearly to them that you don’t need more faith to forgive, rather, we should view it as our duty, our obligation, in light of the forgiveness that Christ Himself has given to us. Taking a text from Lk. 17, Pastor Tim presents a message about our attitude towards forgiving others.

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Blessed Because of Others

In this sermon, Pastor Tim uses examples like Jacob and Joseph to show how we can be blessed because of others. We should all examine our lives to recognize the blessings that have come to us because of others.  The most significant of the blessings we have received because of others came through the Savior blessing us on the cross by putting away our sins.

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Who Am I?

Elder Luke Hagler presents two very different attitudes we can have towards the sovereignty of God. On one hand we can demand of the Lord, “Don’t you know who I am!?”, or respond in the scriptural way – “Lord, Who am I?”

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Peter Goes Fishing…Again

In John 21, there is an interesting group of apostles gathered at the Sea of Galilee, following Jesus’ instructions to go and wait there for him to appear to them. There is Denying Peter, Doubting Thomas and Negative Nathanael, not to mention the two sons of thunder, James and John. While waiting there for Jesus, Peter hatches the idea to go back to his career of professional fisherman.  Bro. Tim brings a message of how we can all relate to Peter’s attitude.  Keep reading →

Mountains

A faith based on an expectation of Jesus to perform for us is not the faith taught in the scripture. Biblical faith rests in the performance that Christ has already accomplished through his death, burial and resurrection.  True faith anchors us in the accomplished work of Christ, so no matter the mountains we face in our lives, we can face them knowing our risen Savior is with us. Keep reading →

The Fear of Man

Many are gripped by fear – fear of politics, fear of loss, fear of the future – or fear in general. In this message, Elder Luke Hagler presents two very different pictures of the same man. The first picture of a man wholly trusting in God and the second, the same man gripped by fear. Keep reading →

A Publican Climbs A Tree

Elder Neil Honea presents a thorough and informative exposition of what the publicans were in first century Judea. He examines one in particular named Zaccheus, and from his experience points out the lengths to which we should all be willing to go in our personal lives to experience the kingdom of God.  Keep reading →

Seek Peace and Pursue It

Oftentimes, we are disappointed when we try to make peace with others and they don’t respond. In this message, Pastor Tim presents the unique Biblical perspective of seeking peace. Using an Old Testament passage that is repeated in the New Testament, the joy of seeking peace is examined, regardless of the response of an individual’s reaction. Keep reading →

Be of Good Cheer

So often we hear people say things like, “I know God has a plan” or “All things work together for good,” in reference to some tragedy, sickness or storm of life we are facing. But the true cheer and comfort we have is not in the tragedy or the storm, but in the abiding presence of the Lord. Our sins are forgiven. The Lord will never leave us. Sometimes we can make no sense out of this world, but we can always make sense of our Lord. Keep reading →

Job’s Works

The Lord referred to Job as a righteous and upright man, one who did things in his life that pleased God. In this message, Elder Adam Kinsaul presents a vivid picture of the activity in Job’s life that was pleasing to the Lord.  Keep reading →

Two Ordinances

The Lord has set up a simple way to worship Him.  The two ordinances of the church are the Lord’s Supper and baptism. In this message, Pastor McCool examines the simplicity of these two ordinances. Keep reading →

Stepping Out

If you have ever experienced a wonderful worship service or spiritual high point, only to find yourself down at the bottom of the barrel in a short time, in this message Pastor Tim looks at the example of Jesus for encouragement during such times.

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A Close Encounter

The Psalmist Asaph had a problem. He was falling away from fellowship with God because of his personal viewpoint. In this message, Bro. Luke describes the signs to look for when we suffer the same problem. And also how to find the way back to a spiritual viewpoint through the grace of God. Keep reading →

Don’t Follow Your Heart!

From entertainment to sports, we are told across the board to follow our heart and pursue whatever dream our heart may desire. But there is a tremendous problem with this, because God tells us our heart is deceitful and desperately wicked. Pastor Tim preaches a sermon about trusting in God and not our deceiving hearts. Keep reading →

A Basic Presentation of the Gospel

Depending on who you talk with, there are varying opinions on what is a basic presentation of the gospel. Some will say you must accept Christ. Others will say you must pray the sinner’s prayer. Still others affirm that Jesus is knocking on the door of your heart, and you need to let him in. But what do the scriptures reveal as a basic presentation of the gospel. In this message, Pastor Tim relates what the scripture tells us is a basic presentation of the gospel. Keep reading →

The Scrip and the Purse

In a beautiful analogy taken from Jesus’ instructions to his disciples on the night before the cross, Elder Luke Hagler deals with the spiritual food and riches available to the child of God as we travel through this world.

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Regard Not Your Stuff

We have a lot of stuff: Cars, houses, lands, clothes – the list of stuff the average American accumulates is endless. But we also have emotional “stuff” that we carry around. In this timely message, Elder David Crawford, from MacClenney Florida, speaks about the Biblical way to deal with all the stuff we have.  Keep reading →

Space for Grace

In this message, Pastor McCool examines the spaces, or gaps, in our lives that are caused by thorns in the flesh. There are many things we can try to fill those spaces with, but God instructed Paul that grace was sufficient to fill those spaces. Keep reading →

Revival

In this message, Elder Luke Hagler preaches about the Biblical ingredients for revival, which includes ministers with the courage to preach the truth of God’s word and an embracing of that word by God’s people.

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Blessed to Be Chosen

The glorious truth of being chosen is often misunderstood. When understood properly, the electing grace of God’s love is the starting point for the child of God to properly glorify their Savior. In this message, Pastor McCool observes the positive effects of being chosen in Christ. Keep reading →

Connect the Dots

In the average contemporary, religious worship service, there is much activity. However, in reality, Jesus instructed that only two things are necessary to worship Him: Spirit and truth (John 4). In this message, Pastor McCool engages in little connect the dots, using the Spirit to represent one “dot” and the truth to represent another “dot”, showing how these dots “connect” to produce worship that is both satisfying to the disciple and pleasing to God.  Keep reading →

The Hedges of God

There are great misconceptions about the sovereignty and providence of God in the religious world. In this sermon, Elder Luke Hagler examines the Biblical truth of how God is not to be blamed with the results when He removes a hedge of His protection.

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