Christ Gospel Church believes in the uncompromising Word of God. Our mission is to “Preach a Crucified and Living Christ to a lost and dying world”.
Subject: Pass the Baton!
Hebrews 12:1-2 - Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
From Abraham to Isaac; from Isaac to Jacob, and from Jacob to Joseph, the baton was continually passed until it reached Jesus Christ. Each time the administration, style and even the trail to receive the baton was different. Still, God prepared a man to carry the light and truth to the next generation.
There is still a call on each and every family to pass the baton as it is demonstrated in the Word of God. We cannot afford to drop it in these last and evil days. Just like in a relay race, the team that drops the baton is usually the one that comes in last place. God promised to be with us and to guide us.
Hold on to the baton, run the race that is set before you and encourage another to follow in your footsteps. When the time is right, there will be a smooth transition for the Light and Truth of Christ to continue.
Subject: Frequent but not faithful
I Corinthians 4:2 - Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
How would you prepare for your day if The Lord was frequent but not faithful to let the sun rise and set? What would you do if He was frequent but not faithful to give us air to breathe? Life would be a horrible mess if God decided to respond to us as we respond to Him and His Commands.
We are His stewards and it is incumbent upon us to be faithful in our prayer life, worship and giving. Stewards are not weak individuals waiting for an excuse not to serve. They are faithful warriors with a constitution of excellence when it comes to their master and His requests and needs.
Jesus said, "well done, thy good and faithful servant" to two of the three servants in one of His parables. They were good (happy and well off) and faithful (consistent). If we are going to make the rapture, we cannot be frequent with prayer, praise, worship, forgiveness, giving, and study of the Word. We must be good and faithful!
[12/13/13] Greetings FB Friends and prayer partners! My wife and I are ministering in Elkton, Maryland, next Friday Evening (12/20/13) at 7:30pm. The location is the Christ Gospel Church, 603 Elkton Blvd, Elkton, Maryland. The pastors are Elmer and Katrina Collins. We are looking forward to worshipping with you!
Ephesians 5:23 - For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church:and he is the saviour of the body.
One of the most confusing and volatile issues I face in counseling is that of men and women disagreeing on the definition of the term "head". Simply stated, the word "head" means the first. When a baby is born, the head is the first to arrive. This means that the birth is a normal birth. It is true that the man is to be the head of the woman and our scriptural example is Jesus, the Christ.
Jesus was the first to forgive when man sinned. He was the first to show mercy and feed the poor. He was first to make the supreme sacrifice and give his life for mankind. Likewise, the man who is the head of the woman should be the first. He should be the first to support, the first to pray and lead his family in the study of the Word. Man should be first to repent and show mercy. He should be the first to forgive and forget. If a man wants to lead his family, he must lead from the front and be first.
Christ set the example for man to follow.
Reverend J. L. Godbolt, Ph.D
Christ Gospel Church
Fayetteville, NC 28301
Thought of the Day - Same Army, Different Assignments
1 Corinthians 12:23 - And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
I have been privileged to pastor and counsel some of the most amazing people in the world. One of the most memorable occasions was the case of two military personnel; one was a supply clerk and the other had such a high clearance level that he could not tell me what he did or where he had to go. He could only say, remember me in prayer. Both men served in the military, but in very different capacities. What was interesting is that the highly specialized person could not do his job without the mundane work of the supply clerk. Most of his equipment and wares were inspected and issued through this department.
So often Christians tend to have a "my job is more important than your job" mentality. Whether it is the position we hold, the size of our church, the amount of money we raise, or the denomination in which we associate, pride will cause us to misjudge the importance of each person in the Body of Christ.
Whether gifted to heal the sick or called to operate the vacuum cleaner after each service, we all are important to the Body of Christ. We are in the same army of The Lord, just with different assignments.
Reverend J. L. Godbolt, Ph.D
Christ Gospel Church
Matthew 21:42 - Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
I took a short trip with a couple of our young married fathers to discuss the new challenges and changes in their lives since their new arrivals. Although the children are a bundle of joy, they had to admit that seeing eye to eye with their spouses since the new edition was not always easy. There were times of disagreements that led to heated discussions.
I took that as an opportunity to talk about the three options we have with each offense (stone) that comes our way. First, we can pick it up and throw it back. This is how arguments are started and they usually lead to name calling, character assassination and/or threats. Secondly, we can remain quiet and keep our thoughts, feelings and emotions inside while quietly building an invisible wall. There is also a strong possibility that one day, we will awake and realize that we were never communicating nor do we have any thing in common. Finally, we can take that stone and build an altar to step up closer to The Lord and ask Him what does He want out of us in a given situation. Each stone we use as an altar brings us closer to our Lord and Savior.
Jesus became a stone that was rejected by the nation of Israel but He will be exalted as the head. Each time we exalt Jesus as the Head, we use the offenses of others as a means of drawing nearer to God. Use your offenses (stones) wisely.
I Samuel 17:16 - And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.
We are approaching a time in our nation’s history that commemorates the meeting of two cultures and the honoring of God. We call it Thanksgiving. It has been our tradition for family members to travel to a memorable location, give thanks for the provisions and protection of our Divine Creator, Almighty God and enjoy food, family and great stories. It is a time of year that good will is personified throughout the nation. Every person, whether homeless or wealthy could do the same thing – Give thanks and enjoy a good meal with someone. This tradition has been passed down from generation to generation since 1621 when the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag, the indigenous people ate that first meal celebrating a successful harvest.
For many centuries, it was a day of well-being good cheer and one without competition. As we progressed in technology, fashion, entertainment, etc. it became apparent that the secular world wanted to capitalize on the family gathering. First, it was great shopping the Friday after Thanksgiving. Then it became stores opening at midnight. Now, we have stores opening early evening on Thanksgiving Day.
If we, as Christians are going to leave the comforts of our home and family to purchase items from these businesses, what are we saying to our children about the importance of family time? What are we teaching them about seeing the clear line between what is sacred and what is secular? What are we saying about planning and deferring for a greater cause?
This letter is not intended to start any boycott or to bring pressure on any establishment. I believe these businesses have a right to open and close as they deem necessary to be successful. What I want is for the Christian community to maintain their standards and gain understanding as to what is truly being eroded in this process; prioritizing and values.
When I read the scripture passage about David and Goliath, the point that stood out this time was verse 16 - And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days. The nation of Israel was commanded to make a sacrifice before the Lord twice a day; morning and evening. They were called to present to God an offering of a lamb, representing the precious Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
Instead of this coming to fruition, Goliath presented himself morning and evening, and he did it for forty days! His sheer size and boasting brought such fear on the armies that no one dared to go out against him. That is, not until David arrived.
David heard and saw something different than Saul and the other men in the army. He saw an attack on the Name of the God of Israel and he was anointed to do something about it. We need the spirit that rose up in David to rise up in us so we may stand firm on the sound principles in the Word of God pertinent to our family.
No, we will not stop the shopping frenzies that are to come. That is not my intent. There are not many businesses with similar values as we aspire to maintain. However, we must draw a clear, distinct line between when to engage in the secular and when to abstain. In my humble opinion, this is a time to abstain.
Let’s pray for wisdom to address this growing concern with our family and friends and pray for the employees, who have to open these stores, serve the public, and might I add, a sometime very disrespectful public (I was a store manager for years).
Let’s fill Thanksgiving with honoring God, loving family, enjoying food, fellowship, and great wholesome entertainment.
Dr. John L. Godbolt
Christ Gospel Church
Fayetteville, NC 28301
2 Kings 6:16-17 – And he answered, Fear not:for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw:and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.
With the level of violence and disobedience attacking our society and the number of people defecting from the morals of the Word of God, it is easy to see as the servant of Elisha did. Before his master prayed for him, he plainly saw the large numbers that their enemies massed against them. Each media report reveals more ungodliness that is causing a weariness in the heart of many believers. Matthew 24:12 says “And because iniquity shall abound the love of many shall wax cold.” The sheer numbers of violent attacks, wars and unrest mounting against us as Christians can cause us to look out instead of to the hills from whence cometh our help (Psalm 121:1).
This is why the prayer of Elisha is so important and relative to our plight. When we sincerely release our faith in God’s Word, we begin to see the heavenly host ready to war for us. Our hearts will leap for joy instead running on emotions. We will begin to see each area of sin as an opportunity to surround it with the Mighty Name of Jesus and His Blood. This lesson is not to suggest that we will change the course of the world. Too many have made up their minds to continue with their selfish and ungodly ways. However,
2 Thessalonians 2:7 reads “For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.”
As long as the Holy Ghost and Fire is brooding over this world and the believers are sincerely calling on the Name of Jesus, it will hinder the works of the flesh and the devil. So, don’t lose heart. Look up, you will see the host encamped round about you. We are not victims but victorious.
Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
One day I was watching and instructing one of our grandsons in a coloring project. Somehow, his hand slipped and he made quite a mess of his picture. Since we were out of paper, I had to come up with a plan to continue the work and save his dwindling esteem. I took one of his crayons and drew new lines and created a totally new picture. He was happy and continued with his coloring project.
So often, we don't understand God's method, procedure or thought process when our plans are totally lost in some unusual circumstance or situation. We have everything all mapped out and color coordinated, only to watch God start coloring outside of our planned lines.
Isaiah said that our ways are not His Ways. Ways means a road (as trodden); a course of life or mode of action, conversation, or custom. It is so easy to get locked into a pattern or custom and assume that this is God's way. When it is nothing more than a path we chose for ourselves and we tried to drag God into it.
The next time you see your plans are being altered, instead of losing heart, trust God to color outside the lines and create a new picture
We are in two kinds of warfare; subtle and belligerent. Many well meaning believers are lowering their standards, selling out their cause for creature comfort and be blinded by the false images of the Beast. I have decided to share a message tonight about demon possession and signs of oppression in the believers. You can see it on LiveStream tonight at 7:45pm. www.cgcfayetteville.com Pray!
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Song of Songs 5:2-3
I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh,
saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?
There comes a time in our walk with God that we have to be taught the
difference between getting dirty and being defiled. The Bridegroom called
His Bride undefiled but she would have to get a little dirty to serve His
guests. Guests are those not in the bridal relationship but the Bridegroom
wants us to serve them the same fruits we served Him.
It was easy for her to refute the Words of the One who was wounded beyond recognition for her sins. It was easy for her to say to Him that she had taken off her linen garment and was in no mood for serving. It wasn’t until He put His hands in the holes of the door that she remembered the call on her life.
Peter had a similar experience when The Lord gave him a dream of all kinds of unclean animals and told him to rise, slay and eat. Peter said that he would not defile his body with such meats. The response from The Lord was “do not call unclean what I have cleaned”. Peter’s eyes were opened and he went to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with the Gentiles. What he thought was defilement was just a little dirt for the Kingdom of God.
Do not miss the opportunity to let the fruit of righteousness be seen in
your attitude to serve when the Bridegroom requests it.
Reverend John L. Godbolt, Ph.D
It is easy to remember Adam’s sin of disobedience but few of us have an understanding of his obedience after his disobedience. As much as he lost from this tragic choice, he did not waste any time doing what he saw God the Father do. Adam is a spiritual father demonstrating how to overcome disobedience.
God had to slay an animal to make a covering for man and his wife. This is a picture of the coming events of Calvary. Adam did not charge God foolishly or rebel deeper into sin. Instead, he made the sacrifice His father made and he taught his sons to do the same.
It is one thing to disobey God but it is another thing to fall into self-pity or play the blame game. Adam was smart to quickly overcome the loss of the glory by making the sacrifice just like God. He loss other incredible benefits such as working without sweating, his wife bearing children without pain, and daily walks with God. However, he got it all back together without recovering any of his original status. It is a great illustration of admitting to sin and getting it right before self-pity settles in.
Don’t allow your losses or set backs to become your destiny. Instead, use them as stepping stones into a deeper, more intimate relationship with Jesus!
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