February 4, 2019
This week of meetings opened with a message preached by Bro. John Friesen. The message was titled, Make Not My Father’s House a House of Merchandise.
We cannot claim that the Lord is my lord and not join Him in His suffering. The Lord has called us in this time to enter into the Man of Sorrows. When we, as the church, have entered into the crucified life, He, through us, will be lifted up and all men will be drawn unto Him.
We have been under a head (of gold) that taught us to be independent, but the church has a head (of 12 stars) that has us thinking differently. We are now learning to be interdependent, to have all things common. We are healing from the mentality of making a kingdom for Self and getting something for ourselves. Christ is our example.
How can we pay the Lord back for what we have received? We have to bear and be acquainted with His grief.
In the church of God, we never have to worry that a preacher will get up and teach a lie, we have families in good order, young people who are saved, and excellent schools. There is something here [in the church of God] that is holding the world out of our lives. How do we pay back for these things?
How do I change? Many times the desire is there, but the method or the way to effect the change is not known. To most professing Christians Jesus is no more than a means to get a blessing. What about you giving for a change? Join Christ in His suffering. Suffering produces something that you’ll get no other way. Someone more noble has been invited to sit in the seat that self has had.
It is not how much you have or don’t have it is your willingness to give up what you might have. It’s how much you hold on to if you have it. You know from where you give and you also know when you’re trying to wash your hands, just to ease your conscience.
The preacher testified that the Lord has set him free. “I’ve never felt so clean as when I got saved from the love of money.”
You can’t serve two masters and be successful on either side. Tonight there is only one master, the Lord Jesus Christ.
After Jesus had driven the moneychangers out of the temple in Matthew 21, the poor were able to come in. It’s time to receive the very ones that Jesus consorted with daily. The poor, the lame, the blind, those who can never pay you back. It is a violation of the prophetic time in which we live for you to sit in the seat of a moneychanger.
Do the poor have room in your home? Our possessions are crying against us.
You can buy a soul if you lay down your love of money. The Lord has trusted us. Let us be at the forefront of this.
February 5, 2019
Tonight the message, The Regeneration (The Four and Twenty) was brought by Apostle Addison Everett with additional input from the pulpit by Apostle Benjamin Tovstiga.
After seeing the saddened, rich young ruler part from Jesus, in Matthew 19, Peter asks the Lord what he, and those who had faithfully given up all and followed Him would receive. Jesus responds that they will sit on 12 thrones judging the 12 tribes of Israel. This sitting will occur when Jesus Himself sits on His throne—“in the regeneration”. This was spoken of as an future event.
Regeneration, in the Greek, means ‘rebirth, spiritual renovation, Messianic restoration.’
Hebrews 1:3 says that when Jesus had, by Himself, purged our sin, He sat down. The purging of our sins is connected with Jesus sitting. When Jesus ascended following His resurrection, He, at that time entered into the temple in heaven itself and there made atonement for our sin and sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Hebrews 9:24). It was in that moment that the apostles also sat down on their thrones and it was in that moment that the world could be saved. This was the time of the regeneration that Jesus had spoken of.
Salvation and redemption came through the man, Jesus Christ, but the work of regeneration must come through other men; that men might save men. In John 16, Jesus said that it was needful for Him to go away. In another scripture it says that He breathed on them and said receive ye the Holy Ghost and in another place, whosesoever sins ye remit they are remitted and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained, and whatsoever ye bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven (John 20:22, 23; Matt. 18:18). Jesus said these things to flesh and bone men.
The apostles of the morning time sat in the throne of God, they sat in the seat of God. This is why Peter’s shadow healed and handkerchief’s from Paul healed and why Peter and John could say, “Look on us.” These were men in the very authority, the very position of Christ; men sitting in the seat of Christ Himself. Jesus said, as the Father hath sent me, so send I you (John 20:21).
This is a weighty, cutting-edge message of the hour that must be heard. You will find this message on this website (churchofgod.com), or you may contact us via the website to receive this message in its entirety.
February 6, 2019
The Temple of God was Opened in Heaven, another powerful, front line message was preached tonight by Apostle Ray Tinsman. At the beginning, the preacher declared that this message will produce a level of faith that up to the present time has been unknown. We are embarking upon the fullness of restoration understanding. There is no greater time to be alive than now!
In I Corinthians 12, we are told that the Lord gave apostles first place in His body. Pastors and teachers are an expression of the apostles.
Isaiah prophesied that the Lord will restore judges as at the first. There were beginning judges and there are ending judges. And Zion shall be redeemed with judgment. Judges are necessary for there to be judgment. Every man doing what is right in his own eyes is not good.
In Genesis, at the beginning, God brought the beasts that He had created to Adam to see what he would call them. After this, Adam had dominion over the creation, he was in charge. God has always wanted “the creature to administer to the need of creatures.” God could not redeem the world as the second person of the Trinity; if He could have, He wouldn’t have sent Jesus to be the Son of Man. Immanuel, God with us. The second Adam.
In John 16, the Lord told the disciples that He was going away. He says that it is expedient that He go. He says that there is coming a day when the disciples will ask and He would not pray to the Father for them, but they will ask the Father for themselves and the Father will give them what they ask.
Christ is telling the disciples that the place that He holds on “creature earth” will be held by the apostles in His absence.
A man can stop another man from entering the kingdom of heaven. This is mentioned in Matthew 23:13, when Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees that they shut up the kingdom of heaven against men.
In Revelation 21:12, the twelve gates are manned by twelve angels. These angels are the means of entering and exiting the kingdom of heaven. Jesus told the apostles that whatsoever they bound on earth would be bound in heaven and also, whosesoever sins they retained or remitted, it would be so. The angels manning the gates into the kingdom of heaven are men. In the morning time those men were Peter, James, John, Paul and the other apostles. In our time they are the present day apostle ministry: Bro. Ray, Bro. Steve, Bro. Patrick, Bro. Jacob, Bro. Addison, Bro. Randy, Sis. Mutch Bro. Benjamin, Bro. Henry, Bro. Pat, Sis. Oppel, and Bro. Ernest. No summary can adequately encapsulate this message, it must be heard. Access this message on this website (churchofgod.com) or contact us for a copy of this message of radical, riveting truth.
February 8, 2019
Presuppositional Apologetics, with a subtitle, Exposing the Bottomless Pit, was preached tonight by Bro. Chris LePelley.
In this message, the world view of Christians, evolutionists and atheists are addressed.
All beliefs are dependent upon a chain of reasoning that is connected to a person’s ultimate standard. It is imperative that your reasoning be solidly built on a solid foundation.
Using Psalm 9:15, the message shows the unbeliever as undone by his own hand. “The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made: in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.”
God cannot be reasoned away using logic or morality or science, for these things exist because of Him and point to Him. A debate on the existence of God is akin to a disagreement over the existence of air. Air is required to express your conviction that air does not exist. The laws of logic used to attempt to explain God away undermine the possibility of humanity coming about by coincidence and support intelligent design by a higher intellect.
This dynamic message elicited a lively response from the congregation. You will enjoy hearing it in its entirety on this website (churchofgod.com).
February 9, 2019
Tonight’s message, preached by Bro. Allen Bontrager, is Handsful On Purpose.
The title of the message was taken from Ruth 2:16, where reapers were instructed, by the rightful owner of the field, to purposefully leave some of what he had produced for someone else’s benefit. In the Old Testament book of Numbers, chapter 18, we read that the tribe of Levi had no inheritance such as the other 11 tribes of Israel received. The Levites were not allotted land, but were given the ministry of the tabernacle as their duty and they and their families were cared for by the tithes and offerings given by the other tribes who had land that they worked and flocks and herds that they kept. In principle, this shows that the apostles of the Lord should not be tied to temporal work, but rather be free to attend to the work of the Lord.
In the message Boaz and Cornelius were given as examples of purposeful givers. Boaz didn’t take to himself all that he possessed; he set aside some of what he had for others and the Lord blessed him. The Bible tells us that Cornelius gave “much alms to the people” and it is recorded that he feared God. He also prayed to God always and his prayers and alms caused the Lord to remember him.
No matter what amount of money you make if you have the
will to give, there will be a way for you to give and when you give the Lord
will bless and enable you to give even more. In the Proverbs we read,
“Honor the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thy increase.” In 2 Corinthians 9, we are taught that he “which soweth sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.”
There are no sideliners in the church of God; no one who sits off to himself and has nothing that he can do. Everyone can, and has a duty to, give. And when you give with a pure heart and a pure motive, the Lord is obliged to honor His word and bless you.
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February 10, 2019
Today, Bro. Peter Hildebrandt took the pulpit with a fiery exhortation that became the message of the hour entitled, Present Truth.
In the 19th chapter of Luke, Jesus wept. He wept because the people of God did not realize the things in their day that belonged to their peace. They had missed the help that God had sent to them, and Jesus wept for them. The scripture says that they didn’t know what was for their peace “in this thy day”.
Second Peter chapter 1, mentions “the present truth”. Past truth is easily recognized and widely accepted; not so with present truth. People know and speak well of Peter and Paul, Menno Simons and John Wesley, D. S. Warner and Bro. Daniel Layne; they know that these were men of God now that they are gone, but how was it when they were alive? If we do not recognize, accept and receive the present day apostles of the Lord, we are no better than short-sighted man or the Catholic church, which doesn’t confer sainthood during one’s lifetime.
If you identify the Bible as your “present truth”, why do you go to service? Why go to the meetinghouse? You have your Bible at home and Walmart sells them for just a few dollars. You come to service to hear what the Spirit is presently saying to the church. Present truth comes through men. From the creation of the world until now, God has always had men who were in charge. In the beginning, God told Adam that He had made some interesting creatures and He brought them to him and said, “What will you call them?” Look back, where in the scriptures were God’s people ever led without a man?
The Lord is moving us along swiftly. Change is most difficult for older people, but the older ones can have a determination such as the preacher expressed to not be set in their ways, refuse to move and be left behind. The Lord can help us all to know, accept and walk in and with the present truth.
Though unplanned by the preacher, this message was the God-given close to a meeting that was Spirit-led from beginning to end. All of the messages from Greenville Doctrinal Meeting 2019 are available on this website, churchofgod.com.
We have meetings in various locations throughout the year to which all lovers of truth are welcome. Our next camp meeting is in March in Baja California, Mexico and our International Camp Meeting is May 25-June 2, 2019 in West Milton, Ohio. Further information can be found on this website or by contacting us via this website.