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Lifting Up God’s servants as they: Love neighbors through doing life with other Jesus followers

Lifting Up God’s servants as they: Lovingly witness through imparting their very lives and the gospel

John 13:34–35; 2 Timothy 2:2

1 Thessalonians 2:7–8; Acts 4:13

„„ Provide appropriate time off and finances for conventions, seminars, conferences, and continuing education—separate from vacations. „„ Encourage and support involvement in men’s and women’s activities—without pressure to lead them. „„ Encourage and support participation in a community- wide pastor’s covenant group where peer encourage- ment and accountability are available. „„ Encourage your pastor’s wife to establish friendships both in the church and in the broader Kingdom community. „„ Invite your pastor along on fun outings—fishing, hunting, sailing, or golf. Don’t talk about church, just relax. „„ Invite your pastor or pastor’s spouse out for lunch—not to talk about church—but to relate. „„ Allow for and support reasonable time away to serve other churches, previous ministries, or Kingdom initiatives. „„ Invite your ministry couple or family to enjoy a favorite vacation spot, community celebration, or sporting event. „„ Initiate caring involvement when your ministry family faces life-challenges, like sickness or death. Celebrate with them in the joys of life—such as new baby, graduations, weddings, etc. „„ Encourage your ministry leaders to find their own mentors in the faith. Support your leaders as they disciple others, both inside and outside your church.

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Encourage your pastor’s involvement in activities, hobbies, sports, and events which provide opportunities for outreach. Celebrate and affirm your pastor when he shares the gospel in the everyday rhythms of life. Support and encourage your ministry family’s involvement in their neighborhood and community as they do life with unchurched people. Celebrate and affirm ministry family involvement in Kingdom works of compassion and justice. Initiate strategies which connect ministers with the marketplace as Kingdom principles are applied to work, business, school, and community. Celebrate and affirm whole-life discipleship where the Good News is lived and shared as a part of the pastor’s identity, not merely a job on Sunday. Affirm the Concentric Circles of Leader Care as pastors disciple their own families, mentor others, and reach and disciple the unchurched. Encourage and celebrate a lifestyle of prayer for the unreached—through prayer lists, prayer walks, and prayer gatherings. Encourage and celebrate a lifestyle of caring for the unreached—through compassion and love as one who “has been with Jesus” (Acts 4:13). Encourage and celebrate a lifestyle of sharing with the unreached—through listening to their story, sharing our story, and imparting His story.

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Lifting Up God’s Servants

Pastor Appreciation But you yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts…

2 Corinthians 3:2


WAYS TO BLESS YOUR PASTOR Lifting Up God’s servants as they „„ Love the Lord „„ Love their spouse „„ Love their children and family „„ Love neighbors through doing life with other Jesus-followers „„ Lovingly witness through imparting their very lives and the gospel

Lifting Up God’s servants as they: Love the Lord

Lifting Up God’s servants as they: Love their spouse

Lifting Up God’s servants as they: Love their children and family

1 John 4:19; Matthew 22:37–38

1 Peter 3:7; Matthew 22:39

Psalm 127:3; Proverbs 22:6

„„ Pray regularly for your ministers and their families. „„ Form a covenant group who is committed to praying daily for your ministers; seven members praying one day a week. „„ Offer prayer for your pastor before worship services. „„ Encourage and support at least one day of “Sabbath rest”; lovingly insist that your pastor take off at least one day each week. „„ Encourage and support an annual spiritual renewal retreat to refresh your pastor’s intimacy with the Lord. „„ Send notes of encouragement that affirm your pastor’s Christ-like character—their compassion, integrity, courage, dependability, etc. „„ Resist any negative comments or comparisons related to your pastor; talk to your pastor directly if you have any concerns. „„ Care for your pastor’s health by providing or encouraging annual check-ups, wellness plans, health club memberships and insurance. „„ Vulnerably and specifically share how God has used your pastor to challenge, enrich, and encourage your walk with Jesus. „„ Most pastors resist “receiving” so ASK, ASK, and ASK again, “How can I serve you? Support you? Help you?”

„„ Provide more than adequate, even generous salary, insurance, and retirement compensation. „„ Give a gift card to a favorite restaurant for the ministry couple’s date night. „„ Allow your pastor’s wife to “be herself” and to be as involved in ministry as the couple discerns is best. „„ Encourage and financially support your pastor and wife as they attend marriage-strengthening events and getaways. „„ Remember birthdays and wedding anniversaries with appropriate recognition, gifts, cards and blessings. „„ Celebrate Pastor Appreciation each year with notes, cards, and gifts. It is very important to honor your pastor’s spouse as well! „„ Encourage and support an appropriate sabbatical from ministry after 5, 10, and 15+ years of ministry. „„ Provide creative childcare options in order to support couple date nights and getaways. „„ Offer a church member’s vehicle, camper, cabin or time share so that your pastor and spouse can more easily get away for times of renewal. „„ Surprise your ministry couple with an unexpected note, card, email, or text just to communicate, “We’re thinking of you and praying for God’s blessing”.

GREAT COMMISSION LIVING Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28: 19–20)


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Allow your pastor’s children to just be kids. Encourage them to be as involved in church activities as the family discerns is best. Give unused sports or concert tickets to your pastor’s family. They make great gifts! Provide adequate and appropriate paid vacation—and lovingly insist on it being used. Provide for and protect your ministry family’s privacy, days off, and vacation time. Be intentional about getting to know your pastor’s children—their interests, hobbies, and activities. Then be sure to ask about and support those interests. Encourage your ministry family to have family friends in the church—without jealousy, pressure or expectations. Acknowledge and celebrate ministry children’s birthdays, accomplishments and victories. Surprise your ministry family with an appreciative card and an appropriate, family-friendly gift. Bless your ministry family with a special Christmas or anniversary gift to communicate that, “We’re excited that the Lord has blessed us with each of you!” Gift cards or service coupons are always a blessing— family restaurants, grocery stores, water parks, housecleaning, yard work, tree trimming, babysitting, or coupons for car repairs.

GREAT COMMANDMENT LOVE Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind… and love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37–39)

Driving Furiously Toward the Goal God’s Pioneer-----A. J. Tomlinson The Mighty Terrible Company of Two Armies With Banners Will Prevail and Fulfill Prophecy E ASY , R ESTFUL P EO PLE T O T U RN F RANTIC WITH INTEREST I declare to you that that “I can’t sit down” spirit has got such a hold on me that I can’t sit down or let anybody else sit down with any satisfaction. How can I rest easy when certain work is to be done to fulfill prophecy that is now almost within our grasp? W ho that has caught the vision can drive leisurely along when it is going to take furious driving to run in on schedule time? I tell you, I’m afraid and really scared as I think of the multitudes yet unawakened. W e surely must be the army the Bible tells about that is to make its appearance in the latter days to arouse and awaken the multitudes who are unawakened. But we ourselves will have to be fully awakened before we can awaken others. I feel right now that I would like to have a man with a fife and two big boys with drums. Be like the drummer boy that was asked to beat a retreat. He said He could not beat a retreat but insisted that he could beat a charge that would cause the dead to fall in line. That is what I want with a fife and the two drums. There must be some plan invented to awaken many of our own people. They must every one be lined up in battle array. The uncomely members must be dressed up in a way to make them comely. The feeble and weak members must be made strong and powerful. Every member must become a worker. “Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism (division) in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another” (1 Corinthians 12:22-25). This is getting every member harnessed up and pulling his part of the load. This is getting every member to be a worker. This is one aim we have while we are driving furiously toward the goal which we are bond by prophecy to make on schedule time. Get it! O, beloved, get it! Get the vision! Get the full import of these words and what is meant by the furious driving to make the goal on schedule time. And indeed it will take furious driving to run in on time. And to stir our people to do their best is my reason for wanting the fife and drums. Joel tells us to blow the trumpet, and I want that too. Anything it takes to awaken our people so we can drive furiously through the land to awaken others. And we must have every member a worker in order to make the most successful drive. Surely I must have caught the last days spirit and I want everyone to catch it. Surely I must have heard some of the Lord’s counsel. I am into it with all my heart. Others are into it also. W e have surely heard the voice of the great head of the Church. He must be directing the movements. W e recognize Him as our Chief Shepherd. I feel almost furious now as this message goes forth. W hy shouldn’t I when such values are at stake, and the goal has to be reached on time? Let Jeremiah help me a little right here. Read: “For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? W ho hath marked his word, and heard it? Behold, a whirlwind of the LORD is gone forth in fury, even a grievous whirlwind: it shall fall grievously upon the head of the wicked. The anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have executed, and till he have performed the thoughts of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly” (Jeremiah 23:18-20). I am considering this thing, and I see that we must become affected with the same kind of furiousness that Jeremiah tells about. This is not a mad, mean furiousness, but that kind that makes us want to drive our work furiously to make the goal on time. And I declare we will have to do this or fail, and by the grace of God we will not fail. W e must, we must, we will, we will make the goal on time. The mighty terrible company of two armies with banners will prevail and fulfill prophecy. W e have to take this gospel of the kingdom to every creature. It is shown that we have to go into the houses, on the houses, in the holes of the rocks and every place where they may be in hiding— but we have to find them. I started to go into a house one day, and as I was about to enter the front door the family ran out at the back door. I did not run after them, but I deliberately took possession, sat down and waited till they all returned, then I gave them the message with love and tears. God was with us, and gave the victory. The terror that stuck the family as I entered was turned to rejoicing. W e may frighten people as we drive furiously through the land, but often people need to be frightened before they will listen to God’s messengers. The last days are here and we are considering the whole thing just as marked out by Jeremiah. W e must keep our furious driving until easy, restful people will turn frantic with interest. This is no time to let people rest easy. There is too much to do and too few to do it. W e can’t spare any to let them lie around idle. I used to sit and talk with people about this thing in order to show them courtesy. But it makes me feel miserable to do that now. I feel like time is too precious to spend it that way. Everything must be business now— business for God and to deep up the furious driving for souls. I feel that I must keep racing back and forth before the army after a similar manner practiced by General Grant in the Civil

W ar to instruct, encourage, keep the drums beating and the trumpets blowing. This is the purpose of getting every member lined up as a worker and puller. I have had a vision before me for years about lining up our people in a drive in Tennessee from east to west which would result in covering the entire state and putting the message in every home. This is not practicable yet, but I don’t think it will be long until we can single out a county and make a thorough canvass of a state by counties. W e will have to get into this kind of work sooner or later and I wonder how far in the future until this kind of organized work will start. I once heard of an eighty-five mile stretch of road being graded in a day. This was done by gathering in the people on either side of the line on a certain day. Every man had a tool to work with and every man did his part of the work. By this hearty co-operation and every man a worker the work was done. This is the way we can get our work done, but it is going to take some furious driving because the time is so short and the work is so great. The word terrible— why is it used? The Bible uses it in connection with the armies with banners. The word is also used in describing the works of the Lord as well as Himself. A few verses will explain, read them and see: “O clap your hands, all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph.” And this helps to explain why we are so bold and certain about our work and what we will do. And we both clap our hands and shout like we have the victory and have triumphed already. W ell, we can do this because the prophecies are sure— we must make the final dash that will put us to the goal on schedule time. Now read more of this Psalm: “For the LORD most high is terrible; he is a great King over all the earth. He shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our feet” (47:1-3). “And said, I beseech thee, O LORD God of heaven, the great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that love him and observe his commandments” (Nehemiah 1:6). “O God, thou art terrible out of thy holy places: the God of Israel is he that giveth strength and power unto his people. Blessed by God” (Psalm 68:35). “But the LORD is with me as a mighty terrible one: therefore my persecutors shall stumble, and they shall not prevail: they shall be greatly ashamed; for they shall not prosper: their everlasting confusion shall never be forgotten” (Jeremiah 20:11). W hy shouldn’t I use the word terrible when God Himself is with me as a mighty terrible One as well as He was with Jeremiah? W hy shouldn’t I be bold and certain when I am sure the scriptural prophecies will be fulfilled and that we are in His eternal program? But let us have more Scripture references to assist in explaining our reason for the statement — the mighty terrible company of two armies with banners will prevail and fulfill prophecy. This was used in prophecy to describe the early Church when the question was asked thus: “W ho is he that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?” (Song of Solomon 6:10). And the early Church was both mighty and terrible. W hen they had been forbidden to preach any more it was acknowledged by the very men that had forbidden them that they had filled Jerusalem with their doctrine. And after they got away from the court they continued their work both in the temple publicly, and in every house personally. They preached the very name from the use of which they had been enjoined. They were terrible as an army with banners. At Thessalonica the people had a fear of the terrible army when it arrived in their city. Those who were so frightened began to call for help against the invasion of their city and cried out against them by saying: “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also” (Acts 17:6). Some arrests were made, but still that early Church army marched on and on preaching the very name they had been enjoined from using. They just could not keep from it. Indeed the early Church was the terrible army with banners of which it had been prophesied about seven hundred years before. Fear and dread of it filled the country until it was accused of turning the world upside down. That was the early Church, but what about the latter Church that is on hand now? Of the last days Church it is said, “As it were the company of two armies.” The early Church was terrible as an army with banners, and the latter Church is to soon become terrible as a company of two armies— God’s host. In the light of all of these Scriptures, and the analogy given, I am not exaggerating or using deceit when I say, the mighty terrible company of two armies will prevail and fulfill prophecy. And indeed we are driving furiously toward the goal with a full determination to reach it on schedule time. W e know we will have to hurry and this accounts for the high speed at which we are running. “Mighty terrible.” W hat words! W hat an expression! W hat do the words mean, and what does the expression mean when the two words are put together? “Mighty terrible” How odd this sounds! “Turn the world upside down” sounds odd, too. “The company of two armies” also sounds odd. So we will admit that the early and latter Church is an odd set. Odd means singular, singular means peculiar, and peculiar applies to we who are so zealous for the cause we have espoused.

“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; W ho gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works” (Titus 2:13, 14). For our assistance in gaining knowledge and understanding of these words which combine to create an odd expression let us proceed to define the words. Mighty means— powerful; strong; influential; momentous; wonderful; huge; having might of force; courageous; vast; violent; tempestuous; excellent; high. Terrible means— dreadful; formidable; exciting; dread; fearful; powerful; frightful; exciting or causing fear or awe; reverence; a sense of profound admiration and respect. All of these definitions combined make a structure that can scarcely be overthrown and which I consider impregnable— that is, not to be captured, not be overcome. And this agrees with Jesus who said that “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”— His Church. That is, this mighty terrible company of two armies with banners shall not be de-defeated, but will continue driving furiously to make the goal against all the odds; against all the oppositions and hindrances that may be thrown across their path to stop their forward march. Hallelujah! Now if I had the fife and drums, and the trumpet to sound, I would surely put them to use as we march on to final triumph, and certain victory. And the goal— this has been expressed, but a rehearsal will serve to make it stronger. “W e know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him” (1 John 3:2). This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations” (Matthew 24:14). “Teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost; (W e will have to baptize all of them that have been baptized in Jesus’ name only and a lot of others, too). Teaching them to observe ALL THINGS whatsoever I have commanded you” (28:19, 20). “The perfecting of the saints....and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12,13). “W arning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Colossians 1:28). “Preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15). “And to make all men see” (Ephesians 3:9). “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready” (Revelation 19:7). “W hen Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory” (Colossians 3:4). “And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away” (1 Peter 5:4). “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27). “For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thessalonians 4:16, 17). O, what a goal! W ho would not think it is worth striving for? W ho would not think it worth driving furiously to obtain? W ho would want to work for this goal and be so slow at it that they would not get in on schedule time? I think to be a few minutes behind would be a catastrophe, a calamity, a disaster. I can’t think of such a thing, therefore, I am driving furiously for the goal, and I mean to keep up the fife blowing and drums beating and trumpet sounding to awaken the people everywhere. And I mean to awake them, too. I do not expect to let them rest and lazy along as they draw out----“D-o-n’-t b-e i-n s-u-c-h a h-u-r-r-y, t-h-e-r-e i-s p-l-e-n-t-y o-f t-i-m-e ye-t.” I feel like doing like the angels did to Lot and his wife and two daughters to get them out of Sodom. “And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city. And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city. And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life: look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed” (Genesis 19:15-17). O that this message and the power of the Holy Ghost may cause easy, restful people to turn frantic with interest and climb into the swiftest chariot and join me in driving furiously toward the goal. I feel I must get our people so aroused that every member will be a worker, tithe payer, and giver. O God, put this message home! Amen!

Aliceville: We had a wonderful dedication service July 31, 2016 for our great grandson Layton Anthony Gurthrie. There was a beautiful service wi t h a b o u t 5 0 i n attendance with lunch following. Parents are Aaron and Megan Guthrie grandparents Charlie and Kaye Pate, Great Grandparents Kenneth and Sare White an Clifton a n d W i l d a Pa t e .

And...little sister Lydia. Chickasaw: We are still enjoying our monthly Wednesday night suppers. Our Back to School CiCi Pizza Lunch was enjoyed with wonderful fellowship. Alton-Connecting Pointe: Following the Assembly, which some of our members were able to attend, it was time for Connecting Pointe’s KiDzMaNiA! 2016–“The Year of the Journey Through the Jungle”. Pastor Vanessa (KiDz Pastor), Pastor Penguin (Daniel Stronge), Pastor Laura Stronge and Adeline Turner led the Connecting Pointe KiDz through the jungle with exciting Bible stories, skit, worship, prayer, songs, puppets (Andrew Stronge and Jimmy Wiggins), games, and prizes! How precious it is to see the KiDz praying and worshiping their Savior. The journey was completed with a huge KiDzMaNiA After Party with hotdogs and a surprise visit from “6th Day Creatures”!! All the kidz were up front petting the animals while most of the adults hung back in fear. However, they

did bring a turtle the kidz rode and a few adults (Mary Snider) were brave enough to ride the turtle. We ended the month by singing and worshiping in the fellowship hall, enjoying a meal together, and a huge water slide. All in all, we had a Joyous, Jumping July and God was in the midst of it all. Cunningham Bridge: We want to praise the LORD for all He has done at Cunningham Bridge this month. We had one delivered from depression and the family restored to regular church attendance. There were two healed and two receive new jobs. We thank God for the funds to replace our pews with new chairs without any problems. Pastor Danny and Linda thank God for all the blessings they received in their first year of pastoring at Cunningham Bridge. Gadsden: Praise God for His healing hand being so active over the past month. There have been several healed by the laying on of hands and one healed during communion and washing of the Saints feet. Our Men’s Ministry enjoyed a fellowship breakfast on the 3rd Sunday. The church was given the opportunity to serve our community by erecting a playground set at the Black Creek Apartments. While the men worked on the playground, the Children’s Ministry handed out flyers to our Kid’s Day. Both events were very successful. Grant-Sanctuary on the Mountain:

God is moving on the Mountain! Recently, our son Jacob preached a great message titled “Moving-Faith”. There were 27 in attendance with five of our regulars out of town. A visiting family is planning on returning. God is faithful! Gordo: On July 24th , the church had a Cowboy-theme Super Sunday. The members, children and adults alike, dressed western to match the theme. The children’s lesson was from 1 Samuel and told by “Davy the Outlaw and Saul the Sheriff”. The children had a two hour program that included: songs, crafts, a lesson, and cowboy games. While the children enjoyed their program, the adults were ministered to by Michaele Vice. Following, the congregation enjoyed grilled hamburgers, hotdogs, and a waterslide. Green Pond: “Submerged”, VBS was outstanding. The children were submerged in the Word. The teaching seemed to be the best ever. The church was beautifully decorated. Pat Chase and staff did an awesome job and the hard work paid off. Independence Day was celebrated with a Low Country Boil. The fellowship was wonderful and the food was delicious. A program followed the next evening and the two programs made you proud to be an American. Also, to be able to worship the Almighty God with freedom of religion. The month ended with a singing featuring our local singers. We are blessed with abundantly local talent. Haleyville-Pathway: We enjoyed an End of Summer bash with games and Christian comedians. Harris Chapel: We had a successful VBS, July 20-23, with 1 saved and 3 expressing a desire to be baptized. Our closing program was the 24th with a packed house, 99 present. A bountiful lunch followed with fun and games. Happy Hill: We had several speakers

during the month of July: Jim Carr, David Rosa and Ted Cooper and Barry Sutton. Hackleburg: We thank God for a new member, Tabitha Jones, joining on July 10th. Huntsville-Mastin Lake: We are so thankful for our new members John and Angela Lee and John Fouher. Jasper-Airport Road: The Lord is truly blessing the Airport Road church. We have begun our parking lot project and it will be great asset to our church and make it easier for our disabled friend and members. We are still in the process of raising money to finish. If you feel led by God to donate, send you donations to 502 Airport Road North, Jasper, AL 35304. A receipt will be mailed to you for tax purposes. We are experiencing revival and growth and thanking God for 1 soul being saved and another receiving the Holy Ghost. We are looking forward to what God has in store for us. Odenville: We are thanking God for a new member, Jessie Bryant, that joined July 24th. Short Creek: We were privileged to attend the General Assembly in Orlando. What a glorious time of fellowship, anointed messages and worship! Looking forward to this new year and it’s new blessings. Silver Run: Thank God for a soul receiving salvation and sanctification. Tarrant: We were honored to have Doug Tyler and his wife minister while our pastor and family attended the International Assembly. Our Children’s Church went to McDonald’s to enjoy a Happy Meal lunch. Five of our men attended the Alton Breakfast. Our month ended with a Singing and Dinner. Trinity: An amazing VBS/Kid’s Crusade was held in July. There were forty-two kids that came forth to received Christ in their hearts. Winfield City Family: We praise God for His blessings and goodness. Look for our booth at Mule Day. We will be cooking hamburgers and hot dogs next to Century Link Building to raise money. We thank God for all volunteers!

Give thanks unto the Lord,

thinking about what is next on my to-do list or even what I get to enjoy after the work is done, I am fully present with what I am doing. This is such a freeing experience – to actually enjoy every moment.

Tips For Abundant Life Carolyn Guyton

Freedom of Mind. What is holding your mind captive? I recently received an amazing deliverance from God. I found myself in a place of extreme stress; I didn’t realize how extensive the situation was until someone told me they were concerned about me. God led my life coach, during one of our sessions, to pray a prayer of deliverance over me. It was during this prayer, as I surrendered to God, that I felt all the stress, fear and anxiety just melt off of me. I was freed in that instant and have felt that freedom ever since. As I look back, I realize the mindset changes that occurred. See myself as God sees me. I had come to the place where I was trying to get everything done in my own strength. I was striving and pushing and working so hard that it was wearing me down. It had become all about the work and no longer about recognizing who I am in Christ. After my awesome encounter with God, and at the encouragement of my coach, I began to sit in God’s presence and ask Him who He says I am. When we ask, He answers. Accept God’s unconditional Love. God let me see during this coaching session that it was accomplishment that made me feel valued. That was a very painful revelation for me. I am valuable simply because I am God’s child. He loves me no matter what I do. I can’t do anything to make Him love me more, or less. Be present in the moment. This is one of the most evident changes I recognize since my deliverance. Instead of

I invite you to take a close look at your mindset. Recognize who you are in Christ, accept God’s unconditional Love and enjoy every moment you are gifted with. This is living the abundant life. Carolyn Guyton, Speaker and Life Purpose Coach Subscribe to Live! mailing list at and receive a free gift;

The Praying Mind Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2. The whole being of a person must engage in prayer. A person’s life, heart, temper and mind should be in it. Every fiber of a person should join in the prayer exercise. A person’s intellect must also add energy when praying. Necessarily, the mind plays a role in prayer. First of all, one thinks about praying. The intellect teaches us that we ought to pray. By serious thinking beforehand, the mind prepares itself for approaching the throne of grace. Thought precedes entering into prayer and prepares the way; it considers what will be asked in prayer. Dear God, as I approach Your throne of grace I want to give my all to you—body, mind and soul. Amen.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Prayer Line with Dr. Wessly Saturdays 9:00 - 10:00 AM Dial 712-432-1690 Access Code: 650786# Congratulations to Ashton Knowles in winning the Council Place #1 in the Hackleburg election. Well done Councilman Knowles. Alton COGOP is interviewing for a Youth Pastor. “We are looking for someone called by God to the Youth Ministry”. Contact: Pastor, Daniel Stronge, Alton Church, 2305 Old Alton Road, Birmingham, AL 35210, 2 0 5 - 2 3 3 - 0 0 1 3 , Pinson Valley: Seeking a Youth Minister, call 470-9591. REVIVAL!! Sterrett, September 1518 with Pastor Mack Berseygay from Morgan City, LA.– info: 205-7739265. Green Pond: September 25, Ted Cooper, Mission Coordinator, from Seneca, SC, will be speaking on his trip to Peru in the AM service and Haiti in the PM service. Collinsville-Harvest Center: Children’s Ministries one day (September 24, 9-3) training with Sandy Knowles. Contact: 910-3081746 STATE WEB SITES Alabama Update Blog: WWW.alabamaupd Alabama Web Site: Youth-Tim Beck Web: AVAILABLE FOR REVIVALS Earlean Emerson, P O Box 1863, Hamilton, AL 35570. Telephone (205) 921-5637.

Brenda Kay Pate, P O Box 156 Woodstock, AL 35188; 205-388-1087 or 388-3129. Fill in for pastors also. Steve Puckett, 471 Co Rd 275, Arley, Al, 35541, Home: 205-295-5117; cell 864-385-0626. SPEAKING AND SP ECI AL PROGRAMS: Anita Falkner Parker, 3615 Moody Pkwy, Moody, AL 35004. Telephone (205) 640-6207. Brenda Kay Pate, P O Box 156; Woodstock, AL, 35188; 205-388-1087 or 388-3129. MUSICAL MINISTRY Breaking Chains, Elliot:251-4548946, WEDDINGS Gadsden: On June 4th, Jeremiah Strawderman and Ashley Smith took vows to become husband and wife. BABY DEDICATION Aliceville: Layton Anthony Guthrie was presented for dedication by his parents, Aaron and Megan(Pate) Guthrie. DEATHS Hackleburg: Mary Scrutchfield passed from this life July 5th.

SEPTEMBER PASTORS/WIVES BIRTHDAYS Julie Barber Brenda Chance Misty Clanton Jackie Cleveland Terry Gann Judy Lyles Crissy Lynn Nita Noe William Noe Shane Pate Damon Rose

Linda Simpson Joan Smith Judy Wallace Danny Whitaker ANNIVERSARIES David and Trisha Browder Ken and Billie Ann Humphries Gerome and Sarah Key Robert and Judy Lyles Ron and Pam Martin James and Linda Simpson Daniel and Laura Stronge Beecher and Chris Tanner Kenneth and Elaine Wilkins

Future Events October 28-29 Men’s conference Camp Boothe November 3-6 Gordon-Conwell Camp Boothe “Old Testament Studies–Isaiah” December 30-Jan 2 Winter Conference Camp Boothe 2017 July 20-23 Alabama State Convention Embassy Suite Hoover, Alabama September 27-29 North America Pastor’s Conference Chattanooga, TN Convention Center 2018 July 18-22 100th International Assembly Convention Center, Chatt, TN Pre-Assembly at Fields of Wood ___ The pressure to appear powerful, successful, and fashionable causes some people to become manipulative—Stephen R. Covery

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July Statistics







Alexander City Aliceville Alton Altoona Anniston Praise Worship Bayou La Batre Bessemer Hopewell Rd Woodland Hills Boaz Boldo Brown’s Chapel Browntown Calera Harvest Chapel Carbon Hill Chickasaw Citronelle Clanton Collinsville Harvest Center Cordova Cottondale Cunningham Bridge Decatur Dothan Dry Valley East Lake Highlands Elba Elkmont Eoline Fayette-North Pointe Fort Payne Gadsden Living Waters Goodwater Joyful Praise Gordo Grant-Sanctuary Greenpond Grove Hill Hackleburg Haleyville Pathway Hamilton New Heights Happy Hill Harris Chapel Hartselle Hazel Green

22 11 53 19

2126.00 1369.54 4656.84 1566.00

52 6

6589.48 120.00

Huntsville Mastin Lake Bell Road Jasper Leesburg Lincoln Mentone Montgomery Moulton Munford Silver Run Odenville Parrish Pelham Pinson Parkway Poarch Red Bay Robertsdale Rock Cliff Sheffield Cliff Haven Short Creek Sterrett Summerbrook Tannehill Mission Tarrant City Trinity Worship Twilleytown West Blocton Winfield Family World Outreach

78 12 44 107 22 27 11 16 No Report 49 No Report 26 32 3 22 28 No Report 116 40 82 42 49 43 64 43 9 53 ---

89 80 7 --No Report 37

10819.00 15677.61 1216.60 1957.57 3705.30

74 96 21 19 11

--9270.16 2050.00 1966.00 3127.00

40 60 91 13 35 9 12 45 No Report No Report 26 84 11

5426.00 4237.40 --995.00 3167.00 1528.50 1634.52 ---



No Report 38 24 63 No Report --55 51 74 54 7 No Report

3711.59 4634.99 652.11

10767.50 --13132.85 28246.62 5050.38 3015.00 8468.29 8806.51 ---


5516.00 --5513.50 11492.60 1434.30 2727.00 1412.00 1768.00 3865.77 4889.75 2568.00 --2775.96 --21010.00 3263.00 8884.84 4728.57 --2767.68 9517.40 2987.00 --3832.00


Reports from Previous Months May Hamilton New Heights June Haleyville Pathway Hamilton New Heights Jasper Munford Silver Run



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3843.65 1884.35 4740.00 1217.00

ALABAMA UPDATE Church of God of Prophecy P.O. Box 707 Bessemer, Alabama 35021-0707


Our Sympathy to our Ministers Families

Deacon Marion Brewer July 29, 2016

Alice Croyle August, 2016 E. L. (Bettie) Croyle’s aunt

J. Doe Herron August 21, 2016 Steve (Janice) Puckett’s brother

Bishop Albert Paul King August 3, 2016

Gwen Shepherd August, 2016 Thomas (Peggy) Shepherd’s daughter

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Alabama Update September 2016  

This is the September 2016 Alabama Update for the Alabama Churches of God of Prophecy.