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1102 Washington Street
Fredonia, KS 66736

Service Schedule

Sunday School – 9:30am
Sunday AM Service – 10:30am
(Nursery & Children’s Church)

Sunday PM Service – 6:00pm

Wednesday Night Activities

The Alley
Grades K – 6th
6:00pm – 7:45pm

The Edge Youth Ministries
Grades 7th-12th
Located @ 6th and Madison
Doors open @ 6:00pm
Service 7:00pm – 8:15pm

Bible Study w/ Pastor Ray
Located in the Prayer Room
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Our Vision

The vision of Fredonia Assembly  is to REACH, TEACH, MEND, and SEND.  Through this vision we strive to leave a lasting impression on our community and its surrounding areas.

1 Corinthians 12:12 tells us, “The body is a unit, through it is made up of many parts; and though it’s parts are many, they form one body.  So it is with Christ.”  It is through this fusion, one to another, that we can successfully reach the hurting for Jesus Christ.

The definition of FUSION is the connecting of two or more things.  We would like to invite you to come and connect with us at First Assembly in Fredonia, Kansas.  We are a place for people like you … because people really matter!

 

Pastor Ray and Brenda Pile           Lead Pastors

Pastor Ray and Brenda were both raised in southeast Kansas, graduating from Field Kindley High School in Coffeyville in 1972.  They were married in 1974 and he graduated from Central Bible College in 1976.  They pastored in Lyons, Nebraska from 1976 until 1986.  They moved to Wichita in 1986 to pastor Trinity Christian Center.  After over 22 years of fruitful ministry there, God brought them to First Assembly in February of 2009.  Pastor Ray enjoys teaching the Word and helping God’s people to walk in their respective callings.  Brenda loves serving the church in practical ways and in the ministry of music. They have four grown children; Diane, Tony, Tim, and Stephen.

 

 

Pastor Kipp and Abriel Wuellner Associate & Youth Pastors

Pastor Kipp and Abriel joined the staff at First Assembly in February of 2007.   Pastor Kipp began his ministry experience in the Oneighty Youth Group, at Lenexa Christian Center in Kansas City, serving as a youth sponsor for 5 years, team bus captain, and going on numerous missions trips.  Starting in 2004 he served as youth pastor at a small church outside of Kansas City for 2 years.  They believe in growing and nurturing teenagers in Fredonia and the surrounding areas.  With emphasis on having a personal relationship with God, they endeavor to guide our future generations to a closer walk with Him. .  They have three small children Madelyn, Kaden, and Kameron.

 

Amy Booth                                                   Children’s Pastor

Amy has served in the Children’s ministry most of her life.  Starting at age 10 she began helping teachers in the preschool children’s church class.  When she later had her own children her ministry and desire to help children grow in Jesus grew immensely!  Amy worked at the Fredonia Middle School for 5 years before becoming the Children’s Pastor at First Assembly.  Looking back, she can see that God was preparing her for the future ministry He had in store for her.  Amy stands in awe of God sometimes wondering why He chose her to minister, but then realizes that Jesus became her confidence and through Him she can do all things.  Amy has one dream that is far above all other dreams, “She wants to please God!” 1 Thessalonians 2:4  Amy lives in Fredonia with her husband, Jason, and daughters Kera and Daya.

 

 

What we believe:

Please download our full doctrinal statement.

 

Wednesday Holiday Schedule

We will not be having any of our Wednesday
services on December 19th, 26th, and January
2nd. Services will resume back to normal on
January 9th!


Annual Business Meeting

Our Annual Business meeting is being changed
to the beginning of the year, rather than in the 
middle of the year. This means that our next
Business Meeting will be on January 20th. Mark
your calendars!


Men’s Breakfast

Men’s Breakfast is always the second Saturday
of the month at 8:00 in the Assembly Center.
This is where the men get together to eat breakfast,
fellowship, and talk about the Lord. Any guy is 
welcome to come join us! Our next Men’s Breakfast 
is January 12th. 


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Summer has come to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to! Here are some exciting things coming up during our Wednesday and Sunday evening services. 
 
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Office Hours: Monday-Thursday from 9am to 5pm.

Church Location & Address: 1102 Washington St.  Fredonia, KS 66736 (map)

Telephone & Fax: Tel: (620) 378-2801 | Fax: (620) 378-2905

Email: gracefirstassembly@gmail.com

 

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Dec 9, 2018
Peace On Earth
Series: Ray Pile
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  • Dec 9, 2018Peace On Earth
    Dec 9, 2018
    Peace On Earth
    Series: Ray Pile
  • Dec 2, 2018Joy
    Dec 2, 2018
    Joy
    Series: Ray Pile
  • Nov 25, 2018That None Perish
    Nov 25, 2018
    That None Perish
    Series: Ray Pile
  • Nov 18, 2018Thanksgiving Grinches
    Nov 18, 2018
    Thanksgiving Grinches
    Series: Ray Pile
  • Nov 11, 2018The Good Soldier
    Nov 11, 2018
    The Good Soldier
    Series: Ray Pile
  • Nov 4, 2018Somebody Needs a Miracle
    Nov 4, 2018
    Somebody Needs a Miracle
    Series: Ray Pile
  • Oct 28, 2018The Measure of a Successful Church
    Oct 28, 2018
    The Measure of a Successful Church
    Series: Ray Pile
  • Oct 21, 2018Pushing Back the Darkness
    Oct 21, 2018
    Pushing Back the Darkness
    Series: Pastor Kipp
  • Sep 30, 2018They Sought the Lord and Found Him
    Sep 30, 2018
    They Sought the Lord and Found Him
    Series: Ray Pile
  • Sep 16, 2018The Power of a Praying Church
    Sep 16, 2018
    The Power of a Praying Church
    Series: Ray Pile

 

 

Savior and Lord

For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
 

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God Can Use Anyone

At that time a decree was issued by Augustus Caesar: a census was to be taken of the whole world. Luke 2:1
 

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Jesus, the Son of God

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. Matt. 1:23

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God Gives

What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though you earned it?  I Cor. 4:7

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Do You Give Him Thanks?

They knew about God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks.  Rom. 1:21
 
There are those that think that just believing in God is enough.  The Bible says that you can know there is a God, but it does you no good if you do not worship Him or take time to thank Him.  Have you done that?  Do y …

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Jesus Never Changes

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Heb. 13:8
The Jesus of the Bible is the same Jesus that lives today.  He still loves the downcast, forgives the repentant sinner, …

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Saints of God

To all who are beloved of God, called as saints… Romans 1:7
This was the beginning of Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome.  D …

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God’s Word Over People’s Words

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.  2 TIM. 3:16
 
There are so many voices out there telling us what is right and wrong.  It’s hard to know what is truth.  The good news is that God has given us His word to enlighten us.  The Bible is the final authoritative word for our lives.  Open it up and read what God has to say.  You just might be surprised.
 
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Our Forever Home

We take delight in the thought of leaving our bodies behind to be at home with the Lord. 2 COR. 5:8
 
Most people do not like to think about dying.  However, the Bible puts it in a different light.  When we die, we get to leave these worn out bodies and be at home with the Lord.  Home!  What a great word!  Heaven is the greatest homecoming there will eve …

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The Word Alive

Someone living on an entirely human level rejects the revelations of God’s Spirit, for they make no sense to him. He can’t understand the revelations of the Spirit because they are only discovered by the illumination of the Spirit.  I Cor. 2:14
 
“I don’t understand the Bible!”  A lot of us have said that.  To be honest, none of us can really understand it without God’s help.  Our natural minds alone just can’t grasp …

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Seek Him and You Will Find Him

A WORD FROM THE WORD
Seek the

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Without Exceptions

Solomon loved the Lord, except he…  I Kings 3:3
 
Isn’t it sad that the writer of I Kings had to put that exception.  It’s too bad he couldn’t have just left it at, “Solomon loved the Lord”.  How about you?  If the story of your life was written down, would there be an exception?  You may love the Lord, but is there something that is counter to that love in your life?  Or can it just be said, “They loved the Lord.”
 
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Life Isn’t Fair

His sun shines on bad people and on good people. He sends rain on those who are right with God and on those who are not right with God. Matt. 5:45
 
We wonder sometimes why bad things happen to good people.  Life at times does not seem fair.  It’s not.  We all experience good and bad events in our lives.  And, it doesn’t always make sense.  We want to blame God for the bad, but take credit for the good.  We have …

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You Alone Are Not Enough

All of us have been sinful; even our best actions are like filthy rags.  Is. 64:6
 
That’s tough.  The Bible says that even our best efforts fall short in God’s eyes.  That’s why Jesus had to come to die for us.  Without Him, we can never please God on our own.  It’s Him that makes us acceptable and pleasing to God.  Have you accepted His great offer of salvation?
 
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Prayer

but I have prayed for you..… Luke 22:32

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Live For Jesus

He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. II Cor. 

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See The Light in a Dark World

Everything is pure for someone whose heart is pure. But nothing is pure for an unbeliever with a dirty mind. That person’s mind and conscience are twisted. Titus 1:15

Two people can see the same thing and have different reactions. One sees the good and the pure. Another sees something dirty. I’m afraid that we live in a society that increasingly highlights the obscene and vulgar. It is a trend that the people of God have to resist. There is much in the world that is good and pure. The goodness of God radiates through His creation and many of His children. Let’s celebrate the good and decent that is all around us.

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He Knows You

I know where you live. Rev. 2:13

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Will You Be Present?

I say that we are confident and willing to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. II Cor. 5:8
 
When were were in school, we were counted either absent or present.  When Christians die, both are true.  We are absent from our body but at the same time we are present with the Lord.  No matter how good this life gets, being with Him someday will be infinitely better.  Do you have that confidence that when you are absent from your body, that you will be present with Him?  You can.
 
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He Holds Tomorrow

Now we see a blurred image in a mirror. Then we will see very clearly. Now my knowledge is incomplete. Then I will have complete knowledge as God has complete knowledge of me.  I Cor. 13:12
 

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Treasure

Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Matt 6:21
 
I can tell what’s important to you, not by looking at your Facebook posts, but at your check book register and credit card statement.  Where you spend your money shows where your heart is at.  You may say that God is number one in your life but how much do you s …

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Preach The Word

Preach the Word. 2 Tim. 4:2
 
That was the Apostle Paul’s order t …

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The Cross

The message about the cross doesn’t make any sense to lost people. But for those of us who are being saved, it is God’s power at work. I Cor. 1: …

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Who Are You Living For?

He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. 2 Cor. 5:15
 
We are all born selfish.  That sounds harsh, but a child has to be taught to share.  It just doesn’t come naturally.  But Jesus came and died for us to change us.  His power in us transforms us from living for ourselves to living for Him.  Has He made that change in you?  Are you living for you or for Him?
 
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Child of God

A WORD FROM THE WORD
 
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himse …

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Temporary Home

Our bodies are like tents that we live in here on earth. But when these tents are taken down, we know that God will give each of us a place to live. These homes will not be buildings that someone has made, but they are in heaven and will last forever. II Cor. 5:1

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That’s My God!!

The Lord your God wins victory after victory and is always with you. He celebrates and sings because of you, and He will refresh your life with His love.  Zeph. 3:17
 
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Love and Hate

Let those who love the Lord hate evil. PSALM 97:10
 

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Knowing VS Action

Don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. James 1:22
 
Just knowing what the speed limit is does not help if you don’t observe it.  The same thing …

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Rejoice

 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say …

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Overflowing Joy!

Jesus said, “I have told you these things so that you will be filled with My joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” John 15:11
 

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Actions Speak Louder than Words

Why do you call me “Lord, Lord,” but you do not do what I tell you? Luke 6:46
 
There’s a lot of people that give lip service to Jesus and God.  They may talk about “the Man upstairs’ or “the good Lord”, but do not follow His words.  It does you no good to claim that you’re a Christian and a believer i …

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Real Life

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. John 11:25
 
We’re all going to die someday.  That’s just the way it is.  But the good news is that though we will all die, we can still live.  Death does not have to be the end.  In fact, it is just the beginning. &nbsp …

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The Most Important Thing

 I passed on to you what I received, of which this was most important: that Christ died for our sins, as the Scriptures say,

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Moving Day

We are convinced that when these bodies we live in here are folded up at death like tents, we still have a God-built home that no human hands have built, which will last forever in the heavens.  2 Cor. 5:1
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The Book Of Life

Be glad that your names are written in the book in heaven. Luke 10:20
 
I recently performed a funeral for a man in his 90’s.  Coincidentally, Billy Graham just passed away in his 90’s.  Both men were granted entry into hea …

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More Than We Deserve

He does not punish us for all our sins; He does not deal harshly with us, as we deserve. Psalm 103:10
 

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Act On His Word

Obey the Word of God. If you hear only and do not act, you are only fooling yourself. James 1:22
 
Knowing the right thing to do is not enough.  You are deceived if you think that.  The Bible is only effective when it is acted on, not just listened to. There are plenty of people who comfort themselves in the fact that they know the Bible, but seldom follow it.  True faith is acting on His Word.  That is the faith that saves.  That is the faith that brings results.
 
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Jealousy and Selfishness

For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind. James 3:16
 
We all have to be careful of selfishness and jealousy.  The Bible says that it will lead to disorder, confusion, and all kinds of evil.  That is true in a marriage, in a church, or in a community.  We don’t realize it, but …

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Growing Close to God

Come close to God and He will come close to you. James 4:8
 
God doesn’t force Himself on anybody.  He waits for us.  Nobody is born closer to God than others.  We all have the opportunity to get closer to Him and He promises to come closer to us.  He is simply waiting on you.   Are you going to get closer to Him? The next move is yours. 
 
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Leave the Past in the Past

But the Lord says, “Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago.” Is. 43:18
 
Some people live in the past.  They let what has happened control the present.  You can’t change the past but you can refuse to let it ruin your life now.  God gives us all the opportunity to …

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But With God

God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him. PHIL. 2:13
 
If you will invite God into your life, He will help you to serve and please Him.  It is not up to you to live the Christian life on your own.  God in you will give you the desire and the ability to make good choices and follow His will for your life.  Some people give up on following God because they don’t think they can.  They’re right!  They can’t.  But with God’s help, working in them, they can.
 
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A Way Out

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it. I Cor. 10:13
 
We all face temptation.  The good news is that we never have to give in to it.  God will always give us a way out.  He limits our temptations and provides a way to say “no” to all of them.  He loves us and is faithful to always help us to follow Him.
 
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Love

Let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. I JOHN 3:18
 
For the Christian, love is not just an emotion, it is an action.  Love is known by what is done, not by what is said.  Feelings and emotions are fine, but the proof is in the deeds done to show love.  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son…”  God loves us and has demonstrated it to us.  We are to do the same to others.
 
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Hate Evil

Hate evil, you who love the Lord. Psalm 97.10
 
With all of the talk of love in the bible, it is interesting that it also tells us to hate.  We are not to hate people but we are to hate evil.  We are to hate it because of what it is and what it does to us.  It destroys lives and families.  We must be careful not to tolerate it or make room for it.  That which is evil can be tempting but it must be avoided.  A healthy hatred of evil is basic to true happiness and long term success.
 
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From Old To New!

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 Cor. 5:17
 
When we come to Christ, confessing our sins and serving Him as Lord, He makes us brand new.  The past is forgiven and forgotten by God.  He gives us a fresh start to live for Him.  The past cannot hold us down any longer …

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Our Amazing Savior!

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. Luke 2:12
 
We all know what a manger scene is, bu …

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Was Mary’s Virginity Important?

The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us. Matt 1:23
 
We all know that the Bible tells us that Mary was a virgin when Jesus was conceived in her womb.  But is that a big deal? YES!  If she were not, then Jesus was …

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Jesus

 “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matt. 1:21
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He Sees Your Hurts

You keep track of all my sorrows..

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Give Thanks

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Phil. 4:6
 
This is a commandment from the Lord.  Don’t worry but instead pray.  However, don’t leave off the last part.  It’s easy to pray about our needs but forget to thank God for what He has done.  Thanksgiving must always be a part of our prayers.  It’s not because God needs our gratitude …

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Praise Jesus Together!

Jesus said, “For wherever two or three people come together in my name, I am there, right among you!” Matt. 18:20
 
I’ve heard people say, “I don’t need to go to church, I can have church all by myself.”  You can worship God all by yourself, but you cannot have chur …

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You Can Know

These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life. I Jn 5:13
 

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God’s Closer Than You Think

God is our shelter and our strength. When troubles seem near, God is nearer, and He’s ready to help. Psalm 46:1
 
Sometimes God can seem a million miles away.  But He’s not.  He’s closer to you than your problem is.  Your prayers do not have to ascend to the far reaches of heaven.  He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.  He’s right there with you now, so talk to Him. Tell Him all about it.  He hears it all and cares.  He’s ready to help you in your darkest hour.
 
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Speaking In Tongues

I thank God that I speak in tongues more than any of you. I Cor. 14:8
 
The topic of speaking in tongues is a controversial one.  Different churches have various beliefs concerning it.  One thing is clear however, the Apostle Paul, who wrote this verse, was glad that he spoke in tongues.  Evidently it was an important part of his spiritual life.  Yes, the gift can be abused and misused.  It’s use is to be regulated in …

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He Has a Plan for YOU

For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Jer. 19:11

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The Most Valuable Thing In The World

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul? Matt. 16:26
 
Your soul is the most valuable thing you have. …

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It’s Not About You

You are not the owner of your own body. You have been bought at a high price! Therefore bring glory to God in your body for it belongs to Him. I Cor. 6:19-20
 

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Because Of Jesus

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. Eph. 3:12
 
The Bible says that we c …

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Spiritual Gifts

Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. I Cor. 12:1
 
It may be hard to believe, but there are some Christians who do not know about the gifts of the Spirit and how they can help their everyday lives.  The rest of I Cor. 12 lists them and talks about …

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The Ultimate Guide

The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8

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Rest For The Weary

“Come to Me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” Matt 11:28

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He Hears You

I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Psalm 116:1

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You Only Live Once

Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Eph. 5:16
 
A  friend of mine said, “You never know when you’re doing something for the last time”.   Opportunities are fleeting and time marches on.  We need to use the time we have wisely.  The opportunity you have today may be gone 

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God Knows Best

A WORD FROM THE WORD
 

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Light to the Dark

As people understand Your Word, it brings light to their lives. Your Word makes even simple people wise. Psalm 119:130
 
We all need “illumination”.  This is a dark world in many ways.  God’s Word brings light to our lives and wisdom to even those of us who are simple.  We do ourselves a favor when we take time to r …

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God Is Listening

Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence. Eph. 3:12
 
We may wonder if God hears our prayers.  We may even doubt if He listens to us.  The good news is that our faith in His Son gives us access to God.  He promises to hear us, not because of our goodness, but because we have accepted …

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Just Come To Jesus

You are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. JOHN 5:40
 
Jesus said that there are those who want to go to heaven, but refuse to come to Him.  They will go to church, do good things, give money, and even give of their time to good causes.  It’s amazing the religious “hoops” some people are willin …

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We Have Purpose In Him

You know that in the past the way you were living was useless. It was a way of life you learned from those who lived before you. But you were saved from that way of living. I Peter 1:18
 
It kind of hits hard to realize that our life was useless before we got saved.  I mean, were we really that bad?  The Bible says that …

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Give Thanks

Rejoice always! Pray constantly. 

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You Make The Choice

Come close to God, and He will come close to you. James 4:8
 
You are as close to God as you want to be.  He is simply waiting on you.  If you desire to draw closer to Him, no matter what you have done, He promises to draw close to you.  You can’t blame God, or a church, or your parents.  You decide how close to God you are.  He’s waiting on you.
 
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He Knows You

 
He certainly knows what we are made of. He bears in mind that we are only dust. Psalm 103:14
 
Perhaps you grew up with a father that had too high of expectations for you.  You felt that you could never live up to them.  The good news is that God really knows you.  He understands you better than anyone els …

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Rejoice In The Lord

 
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Phil. 4:4
 
How can I do that?  Evidently whoever wrote this in the Bible doesn’t have the problems I do.  You’re right.  He had worse ones.  It was written by Paul when he was in jail for preaching about Jesus.  So how could he rejoice?  The key is that he tells us to rejoice IN THE LORD.  I may not be happy ab …

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Forgiveness

 
But if we own up to our sins, God shows that He is faithful and just by forgiving us of our sins and purifying us from the pollution of all the bad things we have done.  I John 1:9
 
God offers us total forgiveness for anything that we have done.  He will completely and permanently erase it from our record.  The only condition is that we have to confess it to Him, and I don’t mean in a g …

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Be Real

 
How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will you look the other way when I am in need? Psalm 13:1
 
Sometimes it seems that God is not listening.  He feels a million miles away.  We have all experienced that.  When that happens, tell God.  Express your frustrations to Him.  The Psalmist David did.  Let Him know how you feel.  He won’t be offended or get m …

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But God is Better

 
They were more concerned about what people thought of them than about what God thought of them. John 12:43
 
We all want people to like us.  The problem arises when we want their approval more than God’s.  It’s nice to have friends, but we need to think about who we really want to please.  Our fr …

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He Will Come Again

Jesus said, “I will come again”
 
There are a lot of different ideas about the second coming.  There have always been people who have tried to predict the time.  Others have pointed to certain current events as a sign of His return.  Christians have even foolishly argued about these matters. The main point is that He is coming again!  It may not be when or how some people predict, but He will come.  He promised it and He never lies.  It is the blessed hope of all Christians.  The only real question is-Are you ready for it?
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Love Always

 
But most important, love each other. Love is what holds you all together in perfect unity. Col. 3:14
 
We will always have disagreements between one another.  That is inevitable.  But we can still have unity.  True unity does not come from always agreeing, but from always loving.  That is t …

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Prayer

 
but I have prayed for you…  Luke 22:32
 
Jesus was talking to Peter here.  He knew that Peter was going to be tempted and tried.  The most powerful thing Jesus could do for His friend was pray for hi …

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But God

 
But God raised Him from the dead. Acts 13:30
 
The worst had happened to Jesus. The most powerful nation in the world had performed it’s most e …

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He Came To Save You

 Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I Tim 1:15
 
This being Holy Week, we think about the real meaning of Good Friday, Easter, and Jesus.  It all boils down to this: Jesus came to save sinners.  Yes, He taught great truths and performed great miracles, but the main reason He came was to die for us sinners so th …

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Our Own Way

 
Each of us has turned to his own way; But the Lord has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. Isa. 53:6
 
The bad news is that every one of us have, at many points, gone our way rather than God’s way. We knew His way but chose our own for selfish reasons.  The good news is that Jesus received the punishment for our sinful choices.  And by that I mean the whole punishment, not just a part.  Jesus paid the entire price for our disobedience to God.  I don’t know about you, but for me, that is really good news.
 
Pastor Ray Pile


Even When He Is Silent

 
God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” Heb. 13:5
 
I must admit that there are times that it seems God has failed me.  It appears He has abandoned me.  But those are feelings, not reality.  God never leaves us or forsakes us.  He is always there for us.  Ev …

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Sin No More

 
Jesus said to her, “Neither do I pass sentence on you; be going on, and sin no more.” John 8:11
 
Many people miss this part of the story about the woman caught in adultery.  Jesus told the 

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WE Are The Church

 
When you come together as a church… I Cor. 11:18
 
This phrase jumped out at me the other day.  We don’t come to church, we are the church.  The church is not a building. It is imperfect people of faith who regularly come together to encourage, love, and build up each other.  Their common bond is Jesus Christ and what He has …

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From Bad to Good

You meant to hurt me, but God turned your evil into good. Genesis 50:20

 
We serve a great God.  He is able to take those 
things that are meant for evil in our lives and turn them into good.  He can take the worst situations, and redeem it for our benefit.  There isn’t anything that He cannot recycle for good.  God does not cause everything …

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It’s Not About You

 
“Anyone among you who wants to be great must serve the others.”  Mark 10:43
 
So often we think in terms of what we receive.  We ask, “What’s in it for me?”  We even …

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Marriage

 

“Marriage is to be honored by all, and husbands and wives must be faithful to each other. God will judge those who are immoral and those who commit adultery.”  Heb. 13:4
 
Marriage is God’s idea.  He created it.  He meant it to be a loving, exclusive relationship between one 

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Do You Believe In or Believe On?

 
So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:31
 
Almost everybody believes in the fact that there was a man named Jesus.  But there is a difference between believing in someone and believing o …

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Heaven

The Scriptures say, “No one has ever seen, no one has ever heard, no one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.” I Cor. 2:9
 
We can’t imagine what heaven is like.  It is so much better than what we have thought.  It isn’t floating around on a cloud with a harp.  We don’t become ange …

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Do You Give Jesus First Place?

 
Jesus is to have first place in everything. Col. 1:18
 
We say we believe that.  But is it true?  Look at your weekly schedule.  Is Jesus in first place, or does He just get the leftovers of your time?  How about you …

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Pray For Our Leaders

 
Pray for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. I Tim 2:2
 
Regardless of how you feel about our new president, we owe him the same scriptural duty as we did our previous presidents.  We are commanded to pray for …

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Jesus Came For Your Imperfect Self

 
Come to Me, all you who are struggling hard and carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest. Matt. 11:28
 
Jesus did not come for those who have no struggles, but for those who do.  He’s there for anyone who is struggling and weighed down with burdens.  He’s not calling those who “have it al …

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Do You Know The TRUTH?

I can say this about them, they love God and want very much to obey Him. But they are misguided and do not know the right way. Rom 10:2
 
We have all heard it.  “It doesn’t matter what you believe in, just as long as you’re sincere.”  T …

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A Real Resolution

 We are looking for what God has promised, which are new heavens and a new earth. Only what is right and good will be there. 2 Peter 3:13
 
It seems like every year, people are looking forward to the new year.  They think that things will be different and better. But they seldom are.

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New Life

Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 2 COR. 5:17
 
As we approach a new year, we think about a new start, a new beginning.  With Jesus, that is possible for everyone, everyday.  You don’t have t …

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Jesus Saves

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”  Mat. 1:21
 

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God With Us

 
A virgin will conceive and bear a Son, and His name will be called Immanuel (which is a Hebrew name that means “God with us”). Mat. 1:23
 
Jes …

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Because Grace

 
Because of His grace He made us right in His sight and gave us confidence that we will inherit eternal life. Titus 3:7
 
None of us are “right in His sight” on our own.  We must receive His grace for that to happen.  That’s what Jesus died for. Then, not only are we made right, but H …

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Thank God!

 
O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; For His loving kindness is everlasting. I Chr. 16:34
 

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