Posts from July 2013

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Parable of the Prodigal Son

by Rev. Tom Shelton

Luke 15:11-29 MEMORY VERSE:  “For this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found…And they began to be merry.”  Luke 15:24) Jesus associated with sinners because He wanted to bring the lost people, who were considered beyond hope, the Gospel and on our spiritual journey, we have the privilege of […]

Growing Together in Christ

by Rev. Tom Shelton

It is a fact, most people want to live a healthy, balanced spiritual life, but few achieve this by themselves. Rarely when Christians get together to study do they accomplish the needed balance in study.  Why?  Because they tend to overemphasize one area of growth over the others.  We need a healthy balance that includes […]

“Hummingbirds” by Linda

by Rev. Tom Shelton

Every day this spring an summer, I was anxiously looking, eagerly watching and faithfully hoping to see the return of the hummingbirds and now I have!  They are delightful to observe and marvel at.  “Hope springs eternal in the human breast; man never is, but always to be blest.”  (Alexander Pope)  Thank you, Lord, my […]

Discipleship – I Peter 2:2-Maturing in Christ – Part Two

by Rev. Tom Shelton

UNDERSTANDING THE COST OF DISCIPLESHIP Let it be clear at the beginning, Christ is not interested in cheap invitations and discipleship.  Becoming a disciple of Christ is a life long commitment, holding nothing back.  Too often the call to discipleship is to receive the great benefits and advantages offered by God.  There are clearly great […]

Discipleship – I Peter 2:2 – Maturing in Christ – Part One

by Rev. Tom Shelton

UNDERSTANDING THE NEW MAN IN CHRIST Illustrations: LOVE DEMONSTRATED: A class of young girls were learning to spell. They spelled a number of small words, such as “pig,” “cat,” “dog,” “cow,” and amused themselves by imitating the sounds that these animals make. Then little Mary was asked to spell  “love.”  She didn’t stop to give […]

Discipleshp – Separation and Dedication as Pertains to the Christian Life – Part Four – Separation Between Church and State

by Rev. Tom Shelton

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities.  for there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.  For rulers are not a terror to good works, but […]

OBM News from Linda

by Rev. Tom Shelton

Do you know where you are going?  Really know?  Open the Bible and let it lead you on the narrow path and through the valleys and up to the mountaintops.  The Bible is our guide and ultimate GPS device!  You know your past and live the present, but do you really know your future?  I […]

“Fishing Surprise” by Linda

by Rev. Tom Shelton

My friend went fishing but caught a big snapping turtle—which promptly bit her finger.  “Guess you won’t be going fishing anymore,” I said. “Oh no, I’ll keep on fishing,” she cheerfully replied.  Now that’s a very determined and courageous lady, not giving up on a good thing. Did I mention she’s also a “fisher of […]