Our camps for Sr. ages 13-18 is on July 5th – 10. The Jr. Camps for ages 8-12 is on July 12th – 16. Hope to see you there.
Days may seem dark, however, note that it really is always darkest before the dawn. John 1:5 even speaks to us when going through a trial tribulation;”The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” Nor will evil EVER over come goodness. He has you in the palm of His hand; he knows your name; he knows when he will call you home. His whole being knows and loves you. Also, “You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.” Psalm 91:5. The United States government can do nothing without His allowing, or His knowledge. There is nothing that can sneak up upon Him. As the world seems to get darker and darker, the LIGHT will shine brighter and brighter. Hold on, Beloved, for the King watches over you.!
Jesus Christ was on his way to Jerusalem knowing well that this trip would be his last, ending in his death for the sins of the world. He sent two of his disciples ahead to the village to look for a donkey tied by a home with his unbroken colt next to it. Jesus told them to tell the owners of the animal that “The Lord has need of it.” They found the donkey and brought its colt to Jesus. They placed their cloaks on the back of the colt while Jesus rode slowly and humbly, making his way into the city. People threw their palm branches on the road before him while others waved their branches in the air. Why wave palm branches? One explanation is that it was common practice in the ancient world to welcome home a king or a war hero by laying out a path of branches for him to walk or ride upon….similar to rolling out the red carpet today. The colt symbolizes the beast of burden, lowly and humble. As Christ took our burdens, he became lowly and humble even unto the cross. Do not think he will return riding the little colt though. He will trade the humility of the colt for the majesty and strength of his white stallion. The white stallion signifies his military authority and might. His cavalry will be riding with him; (that’s us!). Think of how General George Washington was usually depicted astride his white steed. The white stallion was reserved for only those in high command to ride. Your King is Coming! “Then I saw heaven opened and a white horse appeared. Its rider is the Faithful and True; he judges and wages just wars.” Revelation 19:11
How well I remember that night and the couple; it seems like such a short time ago. I remember he was a large, powerful looking man, yet his gentle eyes and countenance were at odds with his physical appearance. He looked like the sort of man you would not want to mess with, but if you were in trouble or needed help he would be the first to come to your aid. He looked like a gladiator; yet someone you could trust completely. There was something very charming and other worldly about the young woman who was with him. I later learned that she was his wife, Mary, and that his name was Joseph. It was easy to see she was heavy with child. They had traveled from Nazareth for the census. I was worried that I had no available room for them due to many of my guests who had already arrived and were settled in their own rooms. When I explained that there was just no place for them at my inn, he gazed at his wife with a reassuring and tender smile. I was very worried about them and felt as if I must do something for the couple and their coming child. But what? Oh Wait! I thought. I can make room for them in my stables, where I kept the farm animals. At least they would be warm and dry. They should be fine there. I have wondered about them many times after they left. They were so like some sort of royal personage. Especially Mary, who was like a princess. I sometimes wish I had told one of my other boarders, “We must make a place for this man and this woman from Galilee. They are surely people of some consequence.” But to get back to that Night. The night became part of the most beautiful and strange nights I have ever seen. There has never been another night, (nor I believe) will there be another one as that night. Beautiful singing was heard throughout the whole town. No one could find the source of it. There were visitors from strange places; and shepherds who came in from their fields to my stables. They were there to see the royal family, as I believe they must have been. And then there was the Babe! The most beautiful and the sweetest little infant I had ever seen. His wide knowing eyes looked at me and smiled. I felt like he was thanking me for the shelter I had provided for his family. Fanciful, you say? He was no ordinary baby. That I know for sure. I cannot forget them. And to tell the truth, do not want to ever forget. The Keeper of the Inn
Have a Blessed Christmas. We will have a Christmas Dinner following the evening service on Sunday, Dec. 7th.
On Dec. 14 at 7:00 pm. our inspirational Christmas Program will be presented. It will bless and delight you. Keep Christ in Christmas. Without Christ in Christmas it’s only mas.
God Bless and Keep Our Troops.
May every soldier, pilot, sailor, special forces serving in the military be under the watchful eye of our Lord. Until He comes and there will no longer be need for protection from our enemies, both domestic and foreign. May our brave and faithful military men and women know Christ as their savior,so He may save them. Thank you all for the sacrifices you have made….remember the sacrifices He made for you. America needs to honor you today and every day.
Members of Church of Christ;
You have done a courageous act. You may receive negative reactions with the open letter written to the Taney County Shopper paper published on November 1, 2014. The article expressed what many believers in the body of Christ not only feel, but may be reluctant to express due to the growing radical and explosive reactions many people get when told their causes are opposed to the Word of God.
Some of the negative voices proudly think they are tolerant and loving. They do not understand how damaging their disregard for principals of morality and faith are to the lives of children. It is an old argument, after all. See, Solomon said…”what has been will be again, there is nothing new under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1 The battle for right and righteousness is ancient.
Some believe the church is facing a struggle for relevance and meaning in todays world of skepticism and blatant disregard for anything suggestive of moral codes or behaviors. This is evident in entertainment, political arenas, and education. The very place where moral laws and honor among men should be shouted loudly and without fear is in churches and religious institutions.
Many church members and believers in the Bible love or have members of their own family involved in acts that are condemned in the Word of God. This is not something that has just recently happened, nor has it blindsided the Church. Still, you are correct when the article stated that sin is sin, and God loves the sinner. There is nothing that cannot be forgiven or repented of. In fact, Paul says, And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11.
Hilltop Church of God in Kirbyville, Mo also believes in standing with those who condemn the sin but loves and ministers to the sinner. We pray other voices will be heard and arms will be linked for the support of one another in the Body of Christ, regardless of denomination, or political leanings. May the truth of God’s Word be high and lifted up.
Church, please never forget to pray for our troops that are in harm’s way. We love and support our military. Without them, we would have no country called America. As times seem darker and chaos seems to loom, remember the Captain of the Hosts! He is the Captain of our souls and the Captain of our troops, no matter where or how far away they are sent. This conflict in the Middle East has not taken our Captain by surprise. He will have his way…..and so we must let Him. Blessings on our military, may they successfully stop the advancing evil and ungodly monster now threatening our lives, liberty and our religious freedom; which was so hard fought and paid for with so high a price. Both in the distant past and again in our present; maybe in our future also. We must keep on winning the prize and showing our enemies that we will not Give An Inch!
Tuesday, September 16th at 7:00 p.m. we will begin our new study on Biblical Studies beginning with the Book of Genesis and going through to the book of Ruth. It’s not too late to register for class. We would love to have you with us as we mine the treasures in God’s word.
We are so pleased and honored to announce the beginning of some powerful and dynamic Biblical Studies beginning on Sept. 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Hilltop Church of God. We will have an open house on Sept. 9th at 7:00 p.m. so you can get an idea of what we are offering. We hope to bring the Living Word of God to all sincere students of Christendom at a reasonable and fair price. We have accreditation pending so we will be able to offer course work for either a Certificate of Completion or a College Degree in Biblical Studies. Some of the courses offered are: The Life of Christ – Biblical Studies, with several volume’s such as “The Books of the Beginnings”, “The Books of Prophecy” . Come and check it out on Sept. 9th for more complete titles and courses offered. All questions will be answered and we promise to help you in any and all ways to complete your learning in the rich treasures contained in the Word of God. Our vision is to provide a quality education to advance the Kingdom of God for man’s good and GOD’S GLORY!