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July 22, 2016, 11:12 AM


“And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write…” Revelation 3:14

Did you notice anything different? For those who are coming to church this weekend don’t look at the next sentence or two and you can hear it for the first time in the sermon on Sunday.

Try one more time to see it: look at the first verse in the other six churches listed then look again at Rev. 3:14 to see if you pick up on it. Okay, look at 2:1 and 3:14, then look at the other verses naming the churches that are being talked about.

In five of the churches it says to the church “IN” and then names the town but in the case of Ephesus and Laodicea the verse says “OF” Ephesus or “OF” Laodicea. WOW, do you think that was a slip up or did God want to say something about these two churches He didn’t say about the others, and if so what was He saying?

I have titled this series “Welcome to My Church” because I think of “my church” as the place that is actually God’s Church, but a place that I get to be a part of and worship and serve Him. To some, and probably those back in Laodicea and Ephesus, the words “MY Church” meant that it was not God’s church but it is was their church.

There are some things in church that we should take ownership of like our own spiritual relationship with God, our obedience to Him, our commitment to Him, and our sin. But the church is not one of those things of which to take ownership. It is not ours it is HIS.

You might notice as you read Revelation 3:14-22 that this is a church that has NOTHING good said about it. Laodicea is also the church we refer to as “LUKE WARM”. If you ask me these verses are full of sad words.

                “I will vomit you out of my mouth”

                “you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked”

I don’t know about you but I don’t like lukewarm water. I also don’t want to be “spit out” by God. The thought of being miserable, poor, blind, naked or wretched is not very comforting either.

Please join me as I continue to prepare this message and pray God blesses it as we continue our series this week on the seven churches in Revelation. This week’s message “Welcome to my church, Laodicea” and our text will be Revelation 3:14-22.


Thanks for a great “garage sale”!

Thank you ladies of the Kitchen Ministry Team and everyone who helped for making the garage sale a big success. The garage sale raised over $1200! I know a lot of hard work went in to making it happen. Thanks again to everyone for your hard work and contributions.


August is nearly here!

It is hard to believe that August is almost here. The bad news is that means summer is about over and school is about to begin for another year (maybe not really bad news to all). The good news is with August comes our SUPER SUMMER SUNDAY SERVICES!

We will host the first Sunday evening on August 7th then we will join our sister churches at Elmdale then Eula and then Hamby. Please keep these dates in mind so you can join us in worship and fellowship.

Next Sunday July 31st we will have the LORD’s Supper during our morning worship service.


It is almost committee time!

If you are on a committee I want to remind you that we are about to start having our committee meetings. We need to start working on next year’s budget and next year’s teachers and officers. Please start praying about these matters as we seek the LORD’s direction and guidance.


Prayer needs: Ginger Faircloth and family (death of her brother Bob Johnson), LuJane Corley and family (death of her daughter in law, Janet), Richard Atha (broken foot/ankle), Dale Dozier (congestive heart failure).


See you this weekend in BIBLE STUDY & WORSHIP!

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith

July 15, 2016, 9:25 AM

Garage Sale


Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 7 am to 1 pm

There is lots of stuff come and shop and make a purchase or two or three and help our Kitchen ministry who is sponsoring this garage sale.



I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it, for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Revelation 3:8

Then Jesus said to them again, most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. John 10:7






Welcome to My Church, Philadelphia will be this week’s message and the next in our series of the seven churches from Revelation. Our text this week will be Revelation 3:7-13

This was a church with only “good things” to be said about it. This was a church being obedient to the opportunities (Open Door) that God was giving them. This was a humble church relying on the strength of God (you have a little strength) and it was a Faithful church (have kept My word and not denied My name).

Revelation 3:11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Are you ready for Jesus to come again?

Join me this Sunday as we continue this series of messages and join me in praying and asking God to bless this message.


Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 31st. We will have the LORD’s supper during our morning worship on this day.

August will be here soon and that means our Super Summer Sunday Services and fellowship with our sister churches, Elmdale, Hamby and Eula. It also means it will be about time to start all our committee preparation work for the next church year. Please keep all our committees in your prayer as this process is about to begin.


Prayer needs; LuJane Corley’s daughter in law Janet (in hospice care with not long to live), Ginger Faircloth’s brother Bob Johnson (Hendrick Hospital), Debbi Maxwell Melissa B’s mom (hip surgery),


Because Football season is not far off: A man who had spent all afternoon watching football on TV fell asleep. The next morning, his wife woke him up in his chair. “It’s 10 to 7,” she said. “Who is winning?” he asked.


Thanks for your prayers!

See you in worship and Bible Study this Sunday.

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith

July 8, 2016, 12:00 AM


WELCOME TO MY CHURCH, SARDIS will be our message this coming Sunday and the next in our series on the seven churches in Revelation. Our text is Revelation 3:1-6.

When you do a background study on Sardis you find that it was a city with some very natural high cliffs for fortification and along with its fortified walls people got complacent thinking they were safe because no one could defeat them. They were defeated though, as the story goes, because a guard dropped his helmet from his high point and the enemy watched him retrieve it by going up and down a secret hidden trail. They then used the secret trail to march their army up and into the city and took control.

Sardis was a city that was like Thyatira, Pergamos, Smyrna and Ephesus with its own amount of idol worship and industry. Sardis was a wealthy city. Sardis like the other cities had a church, and according to the picture Revelation paints, it was one that appeared on the outside to be very active because they had “works” and they had “a name” but they were dead.

The church in Sardis was just going thru the motions. They had worship services. They had different activities for youth, children, women and men, but they were only appearing on the outside to be a church because God could see their hearts and there was “next to nothing” on the inside.

God told them to “strengthen the things that remain” so there must have been hope in their heart, and some salvation to cling to and grow from but it was getting really close to being a church without any salvation.

Please join me in praying for this week’s message as we continue our series “Welcome to My Church”. I pray that Sardis does not describe your church but if it does I pray that you hear God’s Words and act on them and allow God to make the necessary changes in your life today before it is too late.



Brandon is ready for his baptism! Join with us this Sunday morning in worship as we baptize Brandon.


We have had a great summer! It has been a full and busy summer and because of all the activities in the month of June and all the activities coming in August this is our only business meeting of the summer. Join us the Sunday as we have our fellowship meal and the meeting. Everything is going well and most of our emphasis will be on reports and fellowship.


It will not be long until our combined services with our sister churches will be here. I spokewith  Bro. Jim (Hamby) and Bro. Charley(Eula) this past week and everyone is getting excited that it  is about time for our fellowship times and services together. Thanks to our ladies on the kitchen ministry team as they are getting everything ready so we can be the first ones to have our friends over on Sunday August 7th. Thanks to Terri for working and getting our guests speakers (which will talk about the Samaritan’s Purse Christmas Shoebox Ministry) and thanks to Margie Bryan and her grandchildren for putting all the shoeboxes together. Mark your calendars for “ALL” the Sunday’s in August and plan to be part of the Super Summer Sunday Services.


Some of you may actually be sitting on the bus as it is making its way to the game as you read this. If you are on the way to the game, have fun and a great timeof  fellowship. If you are not on the trip, pray for the safety of those who are.


Prayer needs: Tammy Tucker’s son Blaine (knee surgery), Tammie & Darren’s daughter Chelsey is pregnant and hurting with tooth pain so medication is an issue and she had a wisdom tooth pulled, our new challenge to reach 100 in Bible Study,



Thanks for your prayers and encouragement. See you Sunday in Worship and Bible Study!


Your pastor and friend,

Bro. Keith

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July 6, 2016, 12:00 AM


THANK YOU FOR REACHING THE GOAL OF 12 MONTHS IN A ROW WITH A WORSHIP ATTENDANCE OVER 100! Not only did you add June to the list to make it 12 months in a row but we had over 100 each Sunday, thank you again for growing in faithfulness to worship!

Our next challenge: 100 IN BIBLE STUDY! Not just ours but all Sunday Schools have been in more of a decline pattern the last 20 yrs. I am not sure what the answer is except to say JESUS and I believe that His Word is important to know, believe and study! What used to work isn’t working today so we are going to have to look for new ways to reach more people and get them involved in Bible Study. As we begin this new challenge I ask first for your “Prayer Support”. Prayer works and God will show us the way. I ask also for your commitment to reach and even go over our goal. Commit to being one of the 100 in attendance and commit to being an inviter and encourager to others to attend.

Just some good news: Catlyn Crippen (who goes by KK) invited Jesus into her heart as her LORD and SAVIOR and youth camp is not over yet but the report so far is that we have had two from our group make professions of faith. We should be using the baptistery pretty soon.

We made the switch to a new web-site provider. We had to go without our email’s for a few days while the transition was taking place and that is why we did not send out our weekly email last week. We are back up and the new site is giving us some more abilities that we did not have before. For one we will now also be able to put this email on the webpage blog so you can get it another way. We have in house (or office) control that we did not have before. One of these days it continues to be a goal and this move was a step in the direction to make it happen but you should be able to “Watch Worship and or Preaching” on our website!

Another plus that Tammy told me about this week is that we have a way thru our new web page to give alerts due to weather cancelations. So we can get the word out faster should we need to cancel a service and when the weather is bad just look to our web page for updates.

Thanks for all your prayers, I kept my knee surgery to myself as much as possible and didn’t really say anything about it till the Wednesday night before it happened on Friday. I thought I would bounce back fast and wasn’t planning on not preaching or missing any church. I was wrong and the knee didn’t cooperate as I wanted so at the last minute I called on Truman Turk and thank him that he stepped in for me and thank Dan for stepping in Sunday evening. Thank you for all the calls and prayers checking on me.

Prayer needs: Cheryl Day (rehab hospital), Joe Polk just got out of hospital (he had collapsed lung), Cherry Gleason taken to ER but released (had a busted blood vein), Praise for all the blessings happening! Youth saved this week at camp! KK (Catlyn) making her profession of faith this past Sunday! Pray for one another our church fellowship and unity! (Satan doesn’t like it when things are going well for Jesus!)

This week we will continue our series of messages on the seven churches in Revelation. This Sunday’s message is “Welcome to My Church, Thyatira” from Revelation 2:18-29. One of the things said about this church was that their last works were better than their first works. Would God say to you that your works today for Him are better than the first works? Has your work for the LORD changed thru time and how has it changed?

Please join me in praying for this week’s worship and message and please join me in worship and don’t forget our new challenge and join me in Bible Study!

See you Sunday!

Your pastor and friend

Bro. Keith

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