Posts from October 2013

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OBM News by Linda

by Rev. Tom Shelton

Our corporation ministry is called “Open Bible” because we live by God’s Word, the Bible, and keep it open, the pages of scripture guiding us in daily living.  The Bible does no good kept closed. Psalm 119 is the center chapter of the Bible and the longest verse of the Bible, it tells us much […]

“Autumn Leaves” by Linda

by Rev. Tom Shelton

“The leaves in autumn do not change color from the blighting touch of frost, but from the process of natural decay.  They fall when the fruit is ripened and their work is done.  And their splendid coloring is but their graceful and beautiful surrender of life when they have finished their summer offering of service […]

Five Qualities of a Good Deacon!

by Rev. Tom Shelton

A lot of churches when looking for qualified men to place into the office of Deacon are just concerned with finding a live, breathing body who might say yes to the nomination.  Often there is no consideration given as to the Holy Spirit’s gifts in an individual’s life or if the man actually meets the […]

What is Discipleship?

by Rev. Tom Shelton

Discipleship is a supernatural life.  No one has the power within themselves to live a true life of discipleship.  Only a person who has been truly born again receives the necessary strength/power to live as Christ directs.  (John 15:5; Acts 1:8) True Christianity is total commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ!  Christ is seeking those […]

Will We Know Each Other in Heaven?

by Rev. Tom Shelton

The profoundness of the subject demands reverence and humility.  We approach it with just that spirit and pray that God will illumine our hearts and minds, thus preserving us from wild and fanciful conjectures and reckless assertions that are without foundation.  We feel about this subject as Robert G. Lee, a great preacher of the […]

The Subject No One Wants to Talk About!

by Rev. Tom Shelton

Assessing my Alzheimer’s condition and/or that of my loved one! Sometimes someone has to step up to the plate and simply remind us of certain kinds of dangers.  This could be one of those times.  As the Shepherd of God’s church, my concerns for people often involve life issues.  No doubt you are aware that […]

Living Large for Jesus by Recognizing God’s Mercy

by Rev. Tom Shelton

The grammar in the Bible is extremely interesting and can often change how we perceive God’s blessings.  Today I would like to center on just one word found in Romans 12:1, that of “therefore”.  In the Greek “therefore” is only three letters long but boy it is powerful when you consider what the Apostle is […]

A Brief Statement of Philosophy – Pertaining to Financial Policy

by Rev. Tom Shelton

PART 1 The following paragraphs simply summarize what we believe as a church family pertaining to good stewardship of what God has given to the church.  That which He has given is to be used for His glory, purpose and mission. 1.  We acknowledge that God “owns” all that we have. We believe that everything […]

Words mean things – by Linda

by Rev. Tom Shelton

Words mean things. “A word [advice] fitly [aptly, timely, appropriate] spoken is like [as lovely as] apples [ornaments] of gold in pictures [settings, sculpture, basket] of silver.”  (Proverbs 25:11) Get the picture?  Frame it, value it and practice it. Oh, Lord, I pray that you will edge my heart with precious silver and fill it […]