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Sunday, September 27, 2009
Pastor Covington
"Life: Our Attitude Toward Life--Life is Worth Living"
Matthew 6:25--34, 10:39; Acts 15:26, 20:24; James 4:13--15; Colossians 3:5--9; I Peter 4:1--4; Psalm 63:3,4; Luke 12:4
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Pastor Covington
"You Can Now Follow Him"
John 12:12,13, 13:36,37
Today is the first day of what we know as Holy Week. It is the week before Easter, commemorating events in the last days of Jesus' life on earth. Today is also known as Palm Sunday. This is the day that Jesus made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem for the Jewish festival of the Passover.
Great crowds of people lined the streets waving palm branches to welcome Him. The people were very excited. They spread branches on the road, and even laid down their clothes. They shouted "Hosanna!" which means, "Save Us Now"
Thursday is known as Holy Thursday, the Last Supper and the betrayal by Judas.
Friday is known as Good Friday, the arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus Christ.
Saturday is Holy Saturday, the Sabbath on which Jesus rested in the grave.
The people came to see Jesus. The Pharisees were concerned because the people were following Him. There were certain Greeks among the people who came to worship. They asked Philip if they could see Jesus. Philip and Andrew told Jesus.
Jesus began to teach the people.
He commandment is life everlasting. You can now follow Jesus.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
Pastor Covington
"Compel Them To Come"
Luke 14:23; John 4:29
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Sunday, November 23,2008
Pastor Covington
Acts 15:11; John 14:6
Decisions regarding eternity are made now. There is one way to heaven. It's through Christ's amazing grace. The gospel was being preached by Paul and Barnabas. There was dissension concerning the circumcision of the flesh. They were sent to the apostles and elders for clarification.
The sound of his amazing grace is sweet. Grace relieves fear. You're safe in the arms of God. In these times of crisis, we need to depend on His grace.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Pastor Covington 
"God's Call To Christian Dedication"
I Peter 1:3-13, 5:1
You can sit in church and be worldly drunk. Be holy in all manner of conversation. This is not just a religious walk or something you do on Sunday. It Is an everyday, every moment thing. We should be set apart and consecrated for special use. We need to dedicate ourselves and give our all and all to God. Let nothing separate you from God. No one else can do better than what God can do for us.
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Sunday April 1, 2007
Elder Raymond Mott
"Ye Shall Rejoice"
Mark 11:1-11; Leviticus 23:40; Psalm 92:12; Proverbs 30:8; Isaiah 53:3
Come to God with an attitude of praise and thanksgiving, and your problems will become smaller.  We can't really reconstruct Jesus' persecution and death, but one thing we know for sure...He died on the cross and rose three days later.
The Arizona Diamondbacks were the winners of the World Series in 2001.
They were not expected to win because the New York Yankees were very influential previous winners. But one Luis Gonzales hit a single to win the game. The crowd went into an uproar.  Fans all over the world rejoiced  over their victory.  Folks who didn't know anything about baseball probably rejoiced.  It's difficult to be silent when others are rejoicing. 
God has need of YOU.  The diciples did what Jesus told them to do. You will find that things work better in life when you follow basic instructions.
What is palm Sunday?  It's the mark of the beginning of the end.  Jesus' triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  The praise of the people was contagious.
There are two types of plants in our lesson today, palms and willows.
Palms are known for their stature and soothing feeling, and as a symbol of rejoicing.  The willow is symbolic of sorrow, death, and sadness.  There is nothing really good associated with willows.
We will have good days and bad days. (palms and willows). Just as Jesus himself did, we will have to go through palm and willow experiences in life.  What you do with the willow experiences determines your outcome. 
The thorns on a rose remind us of great pain and dangers in life.  Jesus had to go to Calvary for you and I.  Our salvation hinged on His going to the cross. Some people want to prevent you from doing what Jesus tells you to do. Don't let that hinder you.
The significant truth of the palm is---There is a tendency to praise in comfort. Remember money  and success can't buy you happiness. 
The significant truth of the willow is---It's hard to praise in discomfort.  Willows build character in life.  What doesn't destroy you can only make you stronger.
In January we claimed this to be the year of open doors.  Doors we don't control. Doors only God can open. When those doors are opened, don't hold back your testimony. People need to hear it.
Job lost all he had.  His friends turned sour on him.  His wife flipped the script on him. But Job held on to the Lord. Like Job we should say, 'Be it as it may, I'm going to trust in the Lord in the midst of this willow experience'. In the end, Job got double for his trouble.
Jesus knows exactly what you're going through. He is acquainted with grief.  Whether you're waving palms or willows today, you must do so with praise upon your lips and joy in your heart.
Sunday March 25, 2007
Pastor Covington
"Thank God For His Amazing Grace"
Acts 15:6-11; John 14:6; Colossians 3:4
Two people every second, totalling 60 million plus will die this year.  Decisions made about your destination after death are made while you're living.  It's either heaven or hell. God's unmerited favor allows us the opportunity to make heaven our choice.  There we'll find eternal peace and comfort  and be reunited with our heavenly Father.
There is only one way to heaven.  It is through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  Your destination after death can be made by you today.  You must realize you were once lost, but now found.  You must realize you can't slip and dip, snort and court, and have no love in your heart.  Bottom line, you can't sin and be on your way to heaven.
One day I heard the sound of amazing grace, and how sweet it is.  It taught my heart to fear, and delivered me from sin.  Our hope is secure through His work on the cross. He'll be your shield and portion as long as you shall live.  He'll give you the mind to speak the truth and not steal.  Grace has brought us and grace will lead us safely on. 
Rejoice now for His blessings.  You can have peace in the midst of your storms.  He can deliver, heal, and set free, because of His amazing grace.
Sunday March 18, 2007
Pastor Covington
"Spiritual Refinement"
Zechariah 13:9; John 15:2; Isaiah 48:10-11; 1 Peter 1:3-7
We sometimes want things to be different.  Sometimes we experience difficulties.  There will be times of refinement.  Refinement means--to free from impurities and imperfection; to make elegant, cultivated, precise.
When going through, it's time to rejoice, not just in good times.  Spiritual refinement may be taking place in your life. God knows all about us. 
Fire is involved in the process of refinement.  Fire in this case isn't a burning flame.  Fire could be a test or hardship or anything that causes you to be uncomfortable.  It's purpose is to refine you spiritually. 
God doesn't tempt us. Satan does.  Continue doing what God has for you to do. When a test comes, it may be a time for refinement.  It's purpose may be for pruning and purging.  Or for pointing out areas in your life that are rough. Or it may be preparing you to better do the things he has for you to do.
It's good to know God loves you in times of storm.  God showed His love by warning his people. 
God's refinement isn't done with man's technology or material things.  His refinement is for your benefit and for His glory.  When you make it through, give Him the glory due Him.  During the process, you may not understand, but keep looking to God who is the source of our help. 
In walking with God, He knows us better than we do ourselves. In the end, the trial of our faith worketh to get us to the appearance of Jesus Christ.  Allow God to complete the work He's begun in your life.  Don't be weary in well doing, continue in Him.  Ask what he desires you to do.  Lord create in me a clean heart.
Sunday March 11, 2007
Missionary Pamela Mott
"A Day of Deliverance, A Day of Reassurance"
Exodus 6:1-8; Psalm 34.19; Luke 4:18-19
This is a day to be free from all restraints and fear.  In the midst of chaos, God can deliver.  Go back through the bible and remind yourself of what God says to you.  Know that today is the time of deliverance.  God has heard your cry, and He will deliver you in season. 
When you're delivered, it is not your place to pick up what you were delivered from again.  Be washed of the residue of it, and replace it with joy and thanksgiving.  Don't wait until after more turmoil to get what God has for you. Be delivered so you can be receptive of other broken hearted, trodden down souls that are coming to the Lord. Walk in the confidence of God. Shake off the stuff that is weighing your shoulders down.
Each of us has a destiny, a promised land.  Walk  and talk in His spirit.  Be sensitive to His spirit.  Know Him as your Jehovah. Know Him as the God of restoration.
Sunday March 4, 2007
Pastor Covington
Luke 10:25-37; Matthew 7:7-12; John 9:1-7, 13:31-35; Romans 1:32-32;
1 Kings 14: 24  Leviticus 18:22, 20:13
In this week of prayer for the healing of HIV/AIDS we should be reminded to spend more time praying than condemning.  God wants us to show the world His light shining through us.
AIDS is the result of sexual sin. Throughout the scripture, God brought punishment upon nations, kings, and kingdoms for disobeying His laws and getting out of the ark of safety.
Godliness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Pastor Covington


"God Fulfills His Promises"

Ge 15:1-6, 17:17-21, 21:1-3; Mk 9:23, 11:24; Lk 17:6; John 3:16, 12:46, 14:12; Romans 1:16


Sunday, October 27, 2006


Pastor Covington


John 15:1, 2, 4, 6, 12:24; James 4:1-4; Luke 19:20-22; Mark 3:9, 10; Hebrews 6:8; Romans 7:4-6, 6:13-23; I Peter 1:5-11


"Continue To Be Fruitful"


Not omly are leaders required to be fruitful, the flock is also required to be fruitful. The opposite of fruitful is unfruitful. You are exposed to risk and peril when you are nor fruitful. When you know you are falling short, it's time to get about the Lord's work.


These three things can cause unfruitfulness:

     1. Unfaithfullness--This vexs God's spirit. You can't be fruitful if

         you're unfaithful. Be faithful in the small things.

     2. Wordliness--A friend of the world is an enemy of God. Fulfilling

          the lust of the flesh makes one worldly.

     3. Negligent--Of things God and leaders ask. You face the 

         judgment of God because He says to occupy until He comes.

You face punishment of God's rejection when you are unfruitful. We are Christ's living epistles in walk, talk, and fruitfulness. 

Grow in principles and doctrine. Faithfulness depends on the right soil. It depends on rain, water, sunshine, season, and cultivation. After all that, it needs God's blessings.

Spiritually, it is dependent on death. The old man has to die. Crucify the flesh. Die to self and the worldliness. Worldliness and church can't mix. New life must abide in Christ. Yield to God.


Christian effort of pastors and members who unify and work as a team will increase fruitfulness. Be fruitful in your own areas. Encourage fellow saints--we don't want  any one to be cut off and burned.


There is a word for all of us. Abide in the Word so we can be fruitful. Put your trust in God. Be and encouragement to your pastor and his wife. Lift them up.  


Sunday, October 27, 2006

Elder Karl Covington


Mark 10:46-52; Proverbs 24:16


This person is an example of many in the church.  God doesn't always remove hinderances, obstacles or blocks.  He gives us the ability to overcome them physically and mentally.  This story comes toward the end of Jesus' life.  We need to understand and trace this passage of scripture.   Jericho was an accursed place.  Like Joshua, Jesus went to places others avoided.  Bar means son of Timaeus, which means polluted, nasty, dirty, corrupt, filthy, and messed up. So the people were in a nasty place, they were corrupt, and here is a blind, begging man living on the generosity of others.  The tradegy is majoring in handicaps and difficulties, You can master them.---

     1. Concentrate on assets - don't ignore them by centering on handicaps. This man was blind, but he heard.  Hearing and other senses were heightened.  God balances you out in other areas.

     2. He was highly socialized--a risk taker who knew how to get others to do for him. We don't negoiate or step out on faith when we should. Get up and ask someone to help you.

       3.  Speak---This man cried out for mercy. The statement is used in perfect tense. He made enough noise so Jesus could find him.  Whenever you want something, you must be presistent and  concentrate on your assets.

       4.  Conquer public opinion---step out and be different. Strive to be who you are---different.   He was told to shut up, but he turned a deaf ear.  Put your blinders on.  He was warned to be quiet.  People try to shut you up when you are moving toward a blessing. Don't let two or three people get you down.  David conquered public opinion in dealing with his son Absalom and he held onto God. Noah heeded the command of the Lord.  Keep crying out to God. Keep pressing on.

       5. Cast off Your garment--A camel's tunic was used as protection from the elements.  The real you is exposed when your outer garments are taken off.  Jesus can reach you when you are transparent.  You can receive help for your handicaps. 

He is more than a doctor.  Doctors can treat your symptoms, but Jesus can heal. There is power in His name.  Jesus can move in the midst of every situation.  He is more than a lawyer.  He is our advocate. 


Some weaknesses will never go away.  They are there to keep you in check and remind you that you NEED God.  God is a fixer of  all things.  Come to Him as you are.


Sunday May 14, 2006

Evangelist Pamela Brooks


"A Purged Tree Brings Forth Good Fruit"

Psalm 1:3; John 15: 1-7; Genesis 2:9; Proverbs 11:30; Matthew 7:17-20; Ephesians 5:3-5; Galatians 5:22; Isaiah 61:3


You need the water of the Holy Spirit to help us manitain life in God. A branch cannot exist alone (lone ranger saints). You can be separated, unfruitful, and die or we can be fruitful and bear much fruit. Your connection with the vine must be made daily.  We must work on our relationship with  God constantly.

The heart makes the blood flow so you can have life. Let Christ live in you so His life blood can flow. Let Christ direct your life. He will surprise you in ways you never thought.

Adversity comes to purge us. Every tree has to be pruned. The unfruitful things will be cast into the fire. Know that God is going to check on your progress. Everything dry is cast off.  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life. Everyone gravitates toward fruitful people.

The enemy lets outward appearance look good, but the inside is dead. What's in you will come out. Dead things are eyesores and need to be cut down.

God has the power to make a tree dry. God has the power to make a tree flourish. If you have the desire, God will make you fruitful. Check your fruit. The key word is 'purge'. God has to purge us to make us fruitful. He can do it voluntarily or involutarily.

There is so much corruption in the world that it has dulled our senses. Know this--all ungodliness is sin. Just get it right. If we allow sin to disrupt our fellowship with God, we are also out of fellowship with one another. Faithfulness is when you're doing what God is telling you to do. It's not the building, but being in Christ is where you need to be.

Love--Be is truly caring.

Joy--Being someone others want to be around.

Peace--Learn to go to a quiet place in God in the midst of turmoil, strife, and temptation.

Longsuffering--With everybody even those who don't like you. Be patient and endure.

Gentleness--Soft-spoken, kindness.

Goodness--Virtuous, benevolent, wanting to give to someone else. Learn how to give from the heart and be God like.

Faith--Wholehearted confidence and trust in God. Everybody has a measure of faith.

Meekness--Even tempered

Temperance--Self control. Only God can produce it. Doing all things in moderation.

God can give us the spirit of praise for the spirit of heaviness.


Tuesday May 2, 2006

 Alyssa Covington


"Worship--The  Part It plays in Rebuilding The Temple"

Ezekiel 1:1-11, 3:1-13; Matthew 21:12-17, 24:1-39; Ephesians 5:1-20;

John 17; Isaiah 58:8-14


How do you rebuild? Through Christ the foundation had to be laid.  He cleaned the temple by speaking the Word, and overthrowing tables. Healing and anointing were imparted through His Word. 

Santification is a process. It continues until the day you die.  We are all priests and scribes commissioned by the Lord.  Plead to  the Lord  'rebuild me, use me as a stone for your temple.'

To become a brick, we need to understand what we're made of. Our bodies are made up of dirt, water, leaves, and salt. Growth is often a painful and scary process, but the challenge from God is 'Grow or Go.'

Walk in love. Awake from sleep. Pray that we may be equipped with unity and love.  We all have different personalities, but we are called to unity, not uniformity.  

Return to God with your whole heart. 


Sunday April 23, 2006

Minister Gantz


"What Would Jesus Do?"

2 Corinthians 10:4; Revelations 12:10,11


We should use Jesus as a filter to bring every thought into obedience, to bring it unto captivity.  Strongholds have to come down.  We must check self before delivering the plan of salvation to others.  High things such as pride, arrogance, bigheadedness, etc. must be under subjection. 

Spiritual was can harm you more than physical war. The 3 D's, Depression, Discouragement, and Disappointment, are strongholds that are established in the mindA lie can do a lot of things. It starts when the Word of God is subjugated and an idol is present. Behind every stronghold is a lie. Behind every lie is fear.  Behind every fear, lie, and stronghold is an idol.

There is a breakdown in the system.  In order to fight this battle, we need:


      1. The Word -- He loves you and won't forsake you. Self loathing makes us sad. We need to die to the flesh daily and stand on His Word. 

      2. The Name of Jesus--He is the light of the world.  Darkness has to flee. Power and authority is in that name.

      3. The Blood of the Cross--With Jesus you can be purified because stuff comes out and up.  Check self and see what Jesus would do.  Every thought that comes up can be filtered through Jesus.  God's Lab of Redemption can wash with blood and make white as snow.        


Sunday March 19, 2006

Deacon Ray Betton  (DMAFB IGS)


" God Will Help You When Trouble Comes"

Psalm 121:1-8; James 4:2; II Peter 3:18; Romans 8:28; Job 14:1,2


What do you do when trouble comes?  Look outside self to the Lord.  How can we settle the problem?  Prayer--Lift your eyes to the hills where you help comes from the Lord.  The average Christian is powerless--we have not because we ask not. Don't neglect prayer. Reserve your inner strength before trouble comes. Walk with God when troubles come, then we can stroll with Him in sunshine.  We are to grow in grace. Commit yourself to growth by indepth bible study.  Grass withereth, but the word endures.  Grow in your faith. Faith is the means by which we live daily. Must have faith to please God.  If you have a prayer life and consistently study the word, when trouble comes you can look at it as opportunity.  Call your troubles "blessings".  It's an opportunity for the gospel to be spread and for God to be glorified.  It's an opportunity for promotion.  Joseph was thrown into prison.  Daniel was thrown into the lion's den.  A Christian will have trouble.  Man born of a woman is of a few days---  can't be sure of anything.  Those days are full of troubles--running or hiding, planning or scheming.

Yes, there is hope.  Don't rely on man or worldly things. You must look to God.  When trouble comes you need to know Jesus.


Sunday March 12, 2006

Mother McShea


“Seedtime and Harvest”

Proverbs 11:24,25; Genesis 12:1-4, 13:2-18, 26:1-14; Mark 4:26-32; Luke 8:11-15; 2 Corinthians 9:9-11; Matthew 6:20, 7:12


God had a plan of procreation.  He put a seed of life into each of us to pass on. Each of us is a product of our thoughts, words, and deed. We don’t always walk in victory, but we know how to run to it. We have the more complete covenant now.


What we need to do to make a change—we can start the process rolling to receive 30—60—100 fold. You can lay your life down on God’s promises. Abram’s harvest wasn’t in Ur. God gave Abram his land—Lot chose his land. If Lot had chosen lesser, he would have received more.


The Word is life and salvation. Satan tries to keep us from receiving the Word. Protection from evil and a life everlasting is an incorruptible seed given from God. We must make good use of it.


There are different types of seeds. Taking the gospel to the poor, sick, and needy, encouragement, and prayer are some.


We are important seed bearers. Our words are seeds. Practice forgiving and it will come back to you. Jesus and the fig tree show use of the power of words. Prayer is a seed the assists God, angels, saints, and Jesus.


Our seeds are protected. Everything we’ve planted is in a vault with our heavenly Accountant. God multiplies and gives us more. Remember how important seedtime and harvest is.




Sunday March 5, 2006

Pastor Covington


“Ultimate Success Is Heeding The Mandate From God”

Exodus 20:1-19; John 14:12-14, 15:7; Matthew 5:28; 1 John 5:14; Hebrews 10:25


The key to ultimate success is obeying the authoritative command or instructions from God’s Word. Material items are not everything.


What He says to us:

  1. Have no other Gods before me. Seek first the kingdom of God
  2. Don’t make any graven image
  3. Don’t bow down and serve them.
  4. Don’t take His name in vain.
  5. Remember to keep the Sabbath day holy. Consider the things we do and ask the Lord if we’re in compliance.
  6. Honor your parents.
  7. Don’t kill. The tongue is also a deadly weapon.
  8. Don’t commit adultery. Don’t even look at the opposite sex with a lustful heart.
  9. Don’t steal.
  10. Don’t bear false witness. Don’t lie on anyone. One lie leads to another.
  11. Don’t covet your neighbor’s things. Just ask God for what you want.


Many quote scripture, but don’t live or apply it.  If we abide in His will, we can ask what we will and it shall be done.  We have confidence that he hears us when we ask according to his will.



Sunday February 26, 2006

Minister Gantz


“Stand and Stand Therefore”

Ephesians 6:10-18; Proverbs 23:7


Put your war clothes on. The enemy gets upset when you’re ready and geared up for battle. Be strong in the power of God’s might. If you have on the wrong garments, you may have to change your clothes


  1. Your loins must be wrapped tight against sexual impurity.
  2. The breastplate protects your heart, which the enemy wants to corrupt and destroy.
  3. Have your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Peace comes from God. You can create an atmosphere of peace.
  4. A weapon is used for offense, but the shield of faith is for your defense. It is your protection of truth covered by the blood.
  5. The helmet of salvation offers protection from the enemy’s attacks on the mind.  Satan sows seeds of bitterness trying to clog up your mind and allow emotions to control you.
  6. The sword of the spirit—you’ve got to know the Word. This weapon never malfunctions. You can’t carry stuff without your heart becoming evil. Dart just pierce you. Fiery darts pierce and burns out of control. Faith steadfast in the Lord puts out fiery darts.

In moments of weakness, don’t give up. God gives us the resources to fight because He knows what to do and who’s winning the fight. Jesus is our trainer. The Holy Spirit is in the ring with us. Keep praying—keep on praying. The fight is fixed.

Everyday the enemy may come, but you’ve got your weapons. Whoever is born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.


Sunday February 12, 2006

Pastor Covington


“Do You Know That You Know You Are Saved?”

Matthew 19:16-23; Romans 10:8-10; Acts 3:20-22; Mark 1:15; John 3:3-8,14-18; 2 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Corinthians 1:18; Hebrews 9:27,28


Our salvation should be based on what Jesus said, not on our feelings. God is asking you to sell out. If you find yourself doing contrary to what Jesus requires, you must change ways and follow Him. Jesus wants to know where your heart is. We have a problematic life without Jesus in our heart. If we say we know Him, our life must exemplify that. Salvation requires:

1.      Confession

2.      Repentance

3.      Faith

4.      Regeneration

5.      Knowledge of scripture

We must have faith in Him to be saved. We are saved by grace through faith.


Sunday February 19, 2006

Pastor Covington


“Live Like You’re Saved”

Ephesians 4:17-32; Isaiah 29:13-15


Let’s talk about the traits or characteristics of a saved, born again believer.

The servants of satan are unsaved with heart filled with darkness. They have given themselves over to impure ways, being driven by evil minds, and reckless lust. If you have heard the voice of the Lord and learned the truth, throw off evil nature and put on newness of mind. You are a different person, clothed in a new nature. Live like you’re saved.


Your attitudes and thoughts must be constantly changing for the better. Don’t give a foothold to the devil when you’re angry. Be in control of yourself. Use your hands for honest work and steal no more. Don’t use bad language, speak blessings into others lives. Don’t cause the Holy Spirit sorrow by your behavior. Stop being mean, bad tempered, and angry all the time. Be kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving of one another.

God sees and knows everything we do. We can’t hide from Him.


When I live like I’m saved, my ways are pleasing to God. If I live like I’m saved, the light of Jesus will shine through me and my light will be shining before men. If you want to glorify God:


Live a peaceful life.

Live a holy life.

Live an honest life.

Live a righteous life.

Live like you want to go to heaven.

Live like you’re saved.



Sunday February 5, 2006

Pastor Covington


“Washed By His Blood”

Leviticus 17:11; Matthew 26:26-28, 27:4; 1 Corinthians 6:9-11; Isaiah 64:6; 1 Peter 1:  18-19; Hebrews 9:22,13:14


Anything needing washing is apparently dirty. We are all as an unclean thing. Our righteousness is as filthy rags. Our blood has two major functions:

First—is to transport


1.      Oxygen and carbon dioxide

2.      Food molecules (glucose, lipids, amino acids)

3.      Ions

4.      Wastes

5.      Hormones

6.      Heat


Second—to defend the body against infections and other foreign materials

There is no blood like the blood of Jesus. There is no remission of sin without the shedding of His blood. Life is in His blood. His blood is precious. There is no blemish or spot in it. The shedding of His blood was necessary and sufficient. If we walk in the light, we have fellowship one with another and His blood cleanses us from all sin. He is the faithful witness. His blood washes us.



Sunday January 29, 2006

Pastor Covington


“What’s In It For Me NOW?”

Exodus 24:18, 32:1-6; John 10: 9-10; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; Revelations 21:3-5


Not tomorrow. Not next week. Not when Jesus returns, but now. Abraham reaped the benefits of God’s blessings before His death. Looking at present situations, you’ve probably asked yourself this question or have been asked this question by someone.  Your life may be in a constant roller coaster of turmoil. It may seem that progress in your life may not be where you would like it to be. You may feel your life is not abundant. The Israelites experiences roller coaster emotions and began complaining. Moses and the elders went to Mt Sinai.  Moses was there 40 days and nights. The children became impatient and asked Aaron to up and make them gods. They wanted what was in it for them NOW.


When you wake up in your right mind, with the activity of your limbs, you have a right Now blessing. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble.


While in the storm, He can give you peace of mind. The blessings of the Lord are assurance that you’re not walking alone. Every day He picks you up and carries you. Enjoy the blessing of the Lord right Now. If God said it, it shall come to pass. Be still and know He is God. He will be exalted. Accept God now if you haven’t.  If you have, stand on His promises, trust, and believe, have faith in His Word. There’s too much to gain in the Lord to forsake Him.



Sunday January 22, 2006

Minister Gantz


“Patience With God”

James 1:2-4; Daniel 10; Philippians 2:5; 2 Timothy 1:6; James 4: 8-10


Patience is key. Patience is a very spiritual thing. Jesus demonstrated patience in the garden. He taught patience.


Don’t make a permanent decision off of a temporary situation. Be patient with spiritual discipline. Strive to become complete, lacking nothing. You will be tested daily. Wait behind the line. Let God clear it, and then proceed. Stay focused on your purpose. Daniel prayed 21 days.


The characteristics of Christ are love and patience. Stand still unless God tells you to move. Stir up the gifts within you. Mr. T. said ‘The word testimony has test in it, so you already know what it involves’. Every time you come out, you will feel stronger and more complete.


Don’t let your charisma take you where your character can’t keep you. The church is immersing into the kingdom. You can’t immerse unless you have patience. Don’t get out of position. Don’t move or jump the gun. When you’re in place, your emotional state produces patience and brings you into a position of wholeness, worship, completion, and glory. Patience with God produces healing in your relationship with Him.



Sunday January 15, 2006

Pastor Covington


“Pursue The Dream/Vision”

Exodus 3:1-8; Hebrews 11:6; Numbers 27:18; Joshua 1:1-6; Acts 9:1-5, 15-16


Pursue—follow in order to capture, to continue

Dream—a fanciful vision of a conscious mind

Vision—seeing with the eye with other than normal sight


Avoid complacency. Stand for justice. Get the highest education you can get. Vote. Support those who speak out for justice. First and foremost—trust in and live for God. He does not always come in dreams and visions. There are times He speaks directly to us. If God gives you a vision, He will enable you to accomplish it.



Sunday January 8, 2006

Pastor Covington


“To Overcome Temptations One Must Be Willing to Sell Out to God”

James 1:12-17; Psalm 37:5; Genesis 22:1; Matthew 4; 1 Corinthians 9:22


Temptation is a testing designed to strengthen or corrupt. The word tempt is used in two different contexts in the Bible, first in the context of a test, and second in the context of tempting to do evil. God didn’t tempt Abraham. God tested him. God allowed the devil to tempt Job to do evil and curse God. Jesus was tempted of the devil to do evil.


Nothing can happen except God allows it.  These examples let us know we can overcome.  Jesus was able to overcome by the Word of God. We must sell out to God to be an over comer.


What does the devil offer you? God allows temptation so we can be strengthened. We can’t walk in ways of unrighteousness and have strength.  God will test you. The goal is to endure temptation and make it to the finish line. Use the tools God has provided (the Word and the Holy Ghost) to fight against the wiles of the devil. There is a reward for endurance.


You must have self-control over lust.  Know something about yourself—know your weaknesses. Don’t play with the devil. You have control over your playground. Tell the enemy to get behind you when your flesh and mind begin to lust. You must sell out to God. Don’t be like the pig. Don’t waddle in mess—get up and shake yourself off. You have propitiation—Jesus Christ.


Once you drawn away, sin comes. After sin comes death. You can resist, but your mind must be made up. Drop the net and follow. Drop everything. God doesn’t make you do right. We must lay aside every weight and sin that hinders us. Say ‘Lord, I’m yours completely—mind, soul, and body. I’m not going to play around with it.’


There is nothing God cannot deliver you from. There’s a need to sell out. If you do God’s will, He will help you overcome. Make up your mind. You can overcome. There may be slips sometimes, but you shouldn’t slip on the same piece of bread or peel every time. Be willing to sell out to God.



Sunday January 1, 2006

Pastor Covington


“It’s A New Year”

1 John 2:24-27


A special anointing and blessing is in store for you this year. John writes words of encourage. A refreshing anointing is what is going to help us.  Without the spirit of God, we are missing something. As we begin a new year, make your mind up to nurture in God’s spirit. Glean in the more of His spirit. Something good happens in the presence of the Holy Spirit.


Reflect on the past and look forward to this year. Assess your accomplishments and failures. Look at them face to face and don’t be afraid. Sickness, failed relationships, and death can perplex us, but it’s a new season. In this year, you wonder  ‘what’s in store’?


‘Where will I be in relationships, finances, job, and communion with God’? The anointing and power of the Holy Ghost will help us accomplish our goals.


Ask the Lord to help you set some goals for self, family, and church so you can carry on this work and hold to His unchanging hand. Individual abilities, form, and fashion are not going to carry us through. Only a fresh anointing from God will.


Let loose of inhibitions and let God move in you. Don’t be afraid. Step on out. Don’t hold back. Don’t emphasize the material--emphasize the spiritual. Seek the Lord. Be like Elisha and seek the more of the Lord. Keep a hunger for God and you will see great things happen.


Sis A. Covington (Word of Exhortation)

“Moving Into the New Things of God”

1 John 2:27; Jeremiah 1:8-18


The prayers you send up to the Lord will quicken His response. Be not dismayed at their faces, lest I confound thee before them.




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Sunday December 25, 2005

Minister Mike Gantz


“The Light of the World”

Luke 2:8-14; John 1:1-5, 17, 10:1-12; Romans 11:15-27; I John 11; Revelations 5:1-9


The Trough became a Throne! The Word, Jesus Christ, is the divine agent responsible for the creation. A King was in a trough! Shepherds kept watch over him be night. While you have the light...believe in the light.



Sunday December 18, 2005

Pastor Covington


“The Stage Is Being Set In Your Life”

Matthew 1: 21-24; Luke 1:30-38; John 20:30,31; Romans 8:28; Isaiah 7:14


Many times we don’t understand why things are happening the way they are in our lives.  Believe by faith that God is setting the stage for something good to happen in your life.  The stage was set for the Savior to come.  The stage is being set in your life now.


Experiencing the blessings God has for your life calls for faith and obedience. Faith comes from hearing the word of God, preaching, and the gospel. Obedience is submission to God’s authority.


With God Nothing shall be impossible.  Have faith in God. Follow His directions. God has a blessing in store for you. The stage is being set.



Sunday December 11, 2005

Pastor Covington


“Greatest Gift Love 

1 Corinthians 13:1-13, 14:1; 1 John 3:16, 4:12-20; Proverbs 25: 20-22


Prophesy—to encourage each other through scripture, spoken word, and God given words.  14 characteristics of love are mentioned. We should have love for one another so our joy can be full.


Crime, suicides, and violence are up during this season because spirits are down.  Someone will lose confidence or betray you, but healing can take place.  Healing takes faith.


Love is fruit of the spirit.  Love doesn’t hurt. It is kind and true.  Try love this holiday season.  Not just for family, but for those who have hurt you the most. Fullness of love can help you reason with others. You can’t afford to hold a grudge. God has given you the power to love. This is spiritual. Faith will turn to sight and hope to experience, but love remains the same. The least of the Lord’s deserve love. God expects us to pass love on to others. Maturity helps you handle relationships with love. Your spirit can rejoice without grudges. Times of peace and joy stem from love.  There is a great need of love in daily relationships. If you’re looking for a gift to exercise in the church, look to love. Gifts can pass away. Love abides forever. Our faith brings us into a loving relationship with God.



Sunday December 4, 2005

Pastor Covington


“Freed From the Slavery of Sin”

Romans 7:7-25; Isaiah 26:3; Psalm 27:5; Psalm 46; Psalm 50:15; Psalm 91; Matthew 5: 27-28


People can just be in bondage to self.  Just because you sit in church doesn’t mean you don’t have issues.  We need to preach reality in the gospel to reach people.  Our mission is to spread good news to the world, but don’t forget about those in the pews.  Some issues need more attention than prosperity and material things.  Not acknowledging sin allows satan to take control. 


God is able to keep us in perfect peace.  In the time of trouble, He shall hide me. In the day of trouble, we can call Him. He is our refuge. If we dwell in Him, we can call, and He will satisfy and give salvation. 


Sin messes you up.  Your spirit wars with your flesh. Adultery includes pornography.  Paul talked about the struggle of sin.  Indwelling sin wars with the mind to make you a slave to sin.  Love for God makes you crucify the flesh.  The power of the Holy Ghost and realization sets you free.  If you’re caught up in sin, seek God.  Allow Him to set you free from the slavery of sin.



Sunday November 27, 2005

Pastor Covington


“Give God Thanks”

Luke 17:11-19; Leviticus 13:44; Psalms 107:1,2, 108:1-4


Lepers were unclean.  They had to wear torn clothing and have shaven heads.  Their lips were to be covered.  They had to dwell outside of the camp, and were to be avoided.

The master heard the lepers in this lesson and they were healed. One of them returned to give thanks. 


Take time to remember our blessings and enjoy the company of our loved ones during this thanksgiving season.  Don’t fail to give God the thanks he deserves.  He is a merciful God and deserves all our praise.





Sunday November 20, 2005 

Evangelist Brooks


“A People of Expectation”

Deuteronomy 18:9-11; Mark 3:23-27; Acts 2:1; Luke 4:31-35, 5:17-20


We are a people of hope with complete confidence that God is able to do what we expect of Him. We must have faith and teach our children this faith walk.  Don’t limit your faith in God.  Put on the whole armor, because we have to face a lot. 


People are looking for supernatural powers.  God’s people have power from on high.  The main fight is in your mind. The Holy Ghost is a keeper and a strengthener.  Whatever we desire, we should come boldly before the throne of God.  If the enemy can’t get you physically, he’ll try to do it mentally.  Signs and wonders are for unbelievers.  Whoever defeats the devil must be stronger than him.  The Holy Ghost gives you power to resist the devil. 


We must keep the faith. Pray like Peter that your faith fail not. Get a prayer partner.  Unify and gain confidence so God can move in the midst of His people.  Gather together with our mind on one thing.  Keep our eyes focused on Christ.  Praise. Worship. Pray. Focus on one accord with our hearts bound together in expectation.  Mature.  Grow up in Him.  Learn to pray one for another that we may be healed.  Have faith and patience that everything is going to be all right.  Have enthusiasm.  Children have pure enthusiasm.  With God nothing shall be impossible.



Sunday November 13, 2005

Minister Gantz



Sunday November 6, 2005

Pastor Covington


“Be Steadfast and Unmovable”

Proverbs 11:18; Matthew 5:6


The assurance of the believer is that everything you’re doing in the name of the Lord is not done in vain. We have the assurance we are children of God.  If Christ is not raised, we are of all men most miserable.  Steadfast is not slacking up.  Stand in the path of righteousness and holiness.  Don’t be moved by every wind and doctrine.  Pray to be closer to the Lord.  Our labor is not in vain.  The crown is preserved till that glorious day.  A sure reward waits for us.  Not a partial reward, a full reward obtained by sowing in righteousness.


Sunday October 30, 2005

Pastor Covington


“A Quest For Happiness”

Ecclesiastes 2:1—14; Psalm 123; Proverbs 16:20


Learn to keep God first, number one, the head of your life.  Attempts to find happiness on the human level are doomed to failure.  All you get is vanity with out God.  To give life meaning and importance, you must have a divine outlook.  Then when everything else falls apart, you’ll have an assurance in Jesus.  We must fear God and keep his commandments.  Ultimate happiness lies in having hope in God.  Trust Him. Lean on Him.  Knowledge didn’t meet Solomon’s needs, so he turned to pleasures.  All this was madness and worthless.  Some pleasures make you feel good for a moment and destroy the body.  The results of following, obeying, and leaning on God are eternal.  Solomon built houses, temples, planted vineyards, gardens, acquired servants, maidens, cattle, silver, gold, treasures, music, and wives that turned him away from God.  He was never satisfied in his soul.  A lot of society’s problems are because mankind isn’t satisfied in his soul.  If you’re not happy, seek God.  Everything is in Him.  Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all things will be added unto you.  Blessed is everyone that fears the Lord.



Sunday October 23, 2005

Pastor Covington


“Devotion To God”

Daniel 6:4--; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; Romans 12:1; Proverbs 3:9-10; 1 Samuel 12:24-25; 1 Thessalonians 2:12


Somebody else other than you should know that you’re sanctified. Someone should have respect toward your God because of your faithfulness. Devotion is loyalty and deep affection.  My soul cries out the highest praise.  To devote is to set apart.   We have been brought with a price. We can honor God with our substance.  The first part of our income and time should be given to God because of His goodness to us.  Consider how great and marvelous things He has done for you. Don’t bring a reproach or embarrassment upon Him.  Through good actions, give your devotion to Him.  He is omnipotent and He is omnipresent.



Sunday October 16, 2005

Minister Gantz


“What’s Love Got To Do With It?”

Ephesians 5:1,18; Proverbs 20:1; John 3:16, 10:10


Today we’re not asking the question, but as an oracle of Christ, we’re supplying the answer.  When we follow Christ, we will find righteousness and avoid paths of destruction.


There are many deceiving paths that are portrayed as love.  Covetousness is the insatiability of our human desires.  Mental, physical, emotional, and sexual abuse does not dull the love of God toward you.


Alcohol and drugs are not love.  The devil sends someone close to you offering “things” as love to you.  They can make you feel like you’re down with them, but you’re on the road to utter destruction.  Drugs become like a thief—it kills and destroys and takes life from you. 


Money does not love you.  Money talks, but it only says “bye”. Money isn’t permanent.  Time always devoted to your job and neglect of your family is destructive.  Money can’t buy you love. It offers no fullness or love that’ll last. Money is not everything you need.

Wrong relationships can be destructive; even best friend relationships.  Dealing with emotions only on the inside can be destructive.  Blow-ups can be destructive. 


My heart burns for the love of Jesus.  The world can’t give it, and the world can’t take it away.  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.



Sunday October 9, 2005

Pastor Covington


“Antidote for Conflict”

I Corinthians 13:1-8; Proverbs 10:12,15:18,17:14,21:19,26:20,28:21; Philippians 2:3,4; Titus 3:9; Romans 12:18; II Corinthians 2:7-11; Colossians 3:15


Preventive measures for dealing with strife from quarrelsome spirits, hatred, gossip, pride, etc.  Strife comes from the heart.  We must learn and continue to communicate.  When we have the same goal of pleasing God, maintaining a holy life and loving God, we are quicker to come together. 

Some examples of preventative measures are:

  1. Love with a pure heart
  2. Be slow to anger
  3. Live life simply
  4. Live a Christian life
  5. Avoid the contentious/foolish questions
  6. Be gentle
  7. Forgive
  8. Be prayerful





Sunday, October 2, 2005

Pastor Covington


“Antidote For a Defeated Life”

Ephesians 4:22-24; Psalm 34:8; Matthew 11:28-30; Romans 8:35-37; Psalm 9:1,2


Antidote means something given against. In this sense, anything that works against an evil or unwanted condition to counteract against it. The reason someone lives a defeated life is because they’re not following the map. A defeated life has no positive future plans.  It won’t launch out because of fear of failing. You may feel like you’re not getting anywhere, but you must be motivated enough to pray, fast, and praise to overcome. Take steps to develop a new life in Christ Jesus.  We need to lay aside the old and take on the new.  We cannot serve God and mammon.  Anything corrupt will not allow you to live a prosperous life.  Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.  See God’s way and carry yourself there.  Real peace comes when your hands are in the master’s hands.  




Sunday, September 25, 2005

Pastor Covington


“Jesus, the Fullness of God”

Colossians 1:15-19, 2:8-10; John 1:18; Hebrews 1:2,3


We need to know who Jesus is.  He is the divine Son of God.  He shares all of the attributes with God along with the Holy Spirit. He is the head of the church; having purchased it by his blood that was shed on the cross.   There is danger in committing yourself to anything manmade, such as human philosophy and stereotypical tradition.  God dwells in Christ Jesus fully, and if you are committed to Him, you are complete in Him. Jesus is the only way to the Father.  The deity of Jesus is the most important aspect of Christianity. No teaching contained in the Word if more important.  We need to constantly uphold and defend this teaching against all who attack it. Avoid falling prey to satan’s devices.  Don’t go after contrary doctrines.  Beware lest any man should spoil you. Though we live in an age in which the occult and satan worship are prevalent, it is comforting to know all the powers of evil are still subject to the lordship of Christ. Examine your life and decide if your daily actions bring honor to Him. Is He the one you work to please or do you look to others for acceptance and acclaim?




Sunday September 11, 2005

Pastor Covington


“Healing and Forgiveness”

Luke 5:17—26; Ephesians 6:10—18; John 21:15—17


Our faith and commitments are often tested.  God is able to resolve every problem.  Illness sometimes comes as a test.  We can see some of the physical ailments, but we cannot see the spiritual ones.  Healing and forgiveness is available for all ailments.  God can see our spiritual conditions. Righteous living wills sustain you.  Ultimate deliverance is in the eternal hereafter. We must be determined to go thru our trials and make heaven our home.  Get what God wants you to have—healing, victory, and forgiveness-- Tests come to make us strong.   There are times    when God wants us to be persistent.  Go where help is.  Let nothing hinder you.  There’s a blessing in not giving up.  Like this man, we can receive a double blessing.  We can be healed from ailments, but if we don’t have salvation and forgiveness, it profits little.  Praise consists of living a righteous life as well as worship and adoration.




Tuesday, September 6, 2005

Pastor Covington (Fellowship service @ ECC)


“A Hope Focused On Jesus”  

I John 4:13-17; I John 3:24; I John 5:1-5; Romans 10:9


Just calling on His name without being focused is fruitless.  Love binds us together with God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and fellow saints.  Love is the motivation for being obedient to God.  Faith and hope helps us overcome the world.  No one can rob you of the inner assurance that you belong to God. Learn the true meaning of love.  One test that believers dwell in God is whether they allow His spirit to rule. Our salvation is based on the living Lord. God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit are alive, and we believers are united with them.


Sunday, September 4, 2005
Pastor Covington  "God! He Is The Answer"
Micah 6:6-8; 2 Chronicles 7:14,19,20; Romans 6:23, 1:17-21
In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina, there are many questions. People are looking for answers. There are many concerns. The world will be looking for answers for many months and years to come.  The world wants answers?  GOD! HE IS THE ANSWER. 
In a disaster such as this, men and women begin to question God.  Men and women begin to doubt God. 
On this past week, we have seen just how low sin can really take humanity. Looting and taking items that don't belong to you is one thing. But to take advantage of your fellow beings and violate their body is deplorable. This is sin in it's worst stages.
If you haven't given you life to Christ, why? Why linger in sin? Sin leads to destruction. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We must understand that we live by faith, not by what we see. You see, people tend not to trust God because they can't see. They say they can't see what He's doing.
Tangible things can be touched or felt by touch and have actual form and substance.
Micah said in verse 8, He hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk to humbly with thy God?
Sunday, August 28, 2005
Pastor Covington  "A Spiritual Hunger"
Isaiah 55:1-7; Matthew 5:6; John 6:33-35; Acts 5:32; Deuteronomy 8:3
Today we're going to talk about a hunger for God's spirit. Some of you have a void you want God to fill and He can fill it with the Holy Spirit. The Holy Ghost is given to those who obey God. If you haven't been baptized, you don't feel total commitment to serve God fully, and you struggle with the lust of the flesh.
To hunger is to have a need, a strong desire, or an appetite. To crave and to have a void within. A void is an emptiness, a vacuum. To hunger for God's spirit is to crave His righteousness.  When you're hunger, it causes discomfort, pain, and even weakness.
We need to develop a spiritual hunger for God. There are blessings attached to having a hunger for the righteousness of God. Those who have a spiritual hunger for God shall be satisfied. You shall be filled. 
Sunday, August 21, 2005
Pastor Covington  "God Gives The Power To Become His Child"
John 1:11-12; Galatians 3:26-27, 2:16-21; Jude 4; Romans 6:1,15; John 15:22;
1 Peter 2:16; Hebrews 11:6
The power to become a child of God is a privilege. There are two requirements that qualify us to become a child of God. One, we must receive Him, and two, we must have faith.
God's grace is given to us free. It is a free gift. We don't work for it. We don't come to church in order to receive it. We don't stop sinning in order to receive it. We don't give tithes and offering in order to receive it.  We do all these things because we have grace.  Grace is God's forgiving mercy and favor.
But Grace can be abused and frustrated. Obeying the law does not make us right with God.  Only faith in Jesus will take away our sin.  It is our faith that makes us acceptable to God. Believing in Christ Jesus makes us acceptable to God.  Living a reckless and careless life is treating Christ's death as meaningless. Don't use grace as a covering or license to do wrong.
To qualify to be a child of God---Receive Christ.  When you receive Christ, you accept His principles for living and His code of conduct.  His philosophy and precepts.
To qualify to be a child of God---Have Faith in Christ. Believe that God can deliver you from sin through Jesus Christ. Do the will of God. Diligently seek Him.
To be His child you must have faith to believe he can save you.  The just shall live by faith.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
Pastor Covington    "Wisdom And It's Value"
Proverbs 3:13-18, 8:6-13; Job 28.28; Psalm 111:10
Wisdom is the quality of being wise.  Christ is the wisdom of God personified. Businesses strive to gain capital.  We should strive to gain wisdom and consider changing our lifestyle of acquiring our wants.  God is able to supply what we need.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Hear and apply wisdom to your life.
     What Wisdom Contributes To Those Who Seek It:
1.  Length of days (long Life)
2.  Riches (spiritual and natural)
3.  Honor
4.  Pleasantness
5.  Peace
6.  Flourishing life
7.  Happiness
The problem is not in finding wisdom, but in applying wisdom. 
Wisdom is worth seeking out. Silver and gold will wear out. But no tangible thing can compare to wisdom. We have better opportunities through acquiring wisdom than from acquiring power.
Knowledge (learning through facts and reasoning) will go a long way.  Knowledge is concerned with the accumulation of facts.  Wisdom is concerned with the use of facts.  To serve God, worship Him, and seek Him is wisdom.  Apply your heart to wisdom to avoid heartaches and obstacles of life. 
How can we obtain wisdom?  We cannot buy it. We cannot work for it.  We can find it through prayer, fasting and studying the scriptures.
Sunday - August 7, 2005
Pastor Covington  "Once Lost, but Now Found; Was Blind but Now See"  Jonah 1:1,2, 3:10; Acts 2:36-42, 16:30,31; 2 Timothy 3:1-5; Genesis 3:24; Romans 5:12; Luke 15  There are those who know they are lost and haven't repented.  There are those who profess to know Christ but their lives don't reflect the same.  Then there are those who work in the church, give offerings and tithes, etc., but are living in iniquity (lying, gossiping, stealing committing sexual sins. etc). No matter where you fall, you can be found.  You can see. You can have a spiritual rebirth and be renewed and restored.  Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you can receive spiritual sight today.
Sunday - July 31, 2005
Pastor Covington--"Discouragement: It's Cause and Cure"  Nehemiah 4:1-23;6:1,2,15; Isaiah 26:3,4; Philippians 4:6,7  God has a way of teaching patience and endurance.  You don't have to walk in discouragement if your mind is stayed on Jesus.  Sarcasms, feelings of discouragement, and hopelessness are obstacles satan will put in your way. 
Some of the sources of Nehemiah's discouragement were: 
1.  Loss of strength (Give God praise.  Remember 'the joy of the Lord is your strength'.)
2.  Loss of the vision--they began to put down their tools and scattered physically and mentally.
3.  Loss of confidence--God knows your limitations.  Do all you can.
4.  Loss of security (Shake yourself!)  The enemy lies.  Have confidence in God.
These 5 things can help cure discouragement:
1.  Unify efforts toward a goal.  Look over every minute detail.  Let there be no fragmentation.
2.  Direct your attention to the Lord.  Remember He's great and terrible and will fight for you.  Don't meditate on the mess.  Concentrate and focus on the blessed. Meditate on God.  He is the source of everlasting strength and peace.
3.  Maintain a balance in your thoughts and actions.
4.  Determine a rallying point.
5.  Develop a 'serving others attitude'.  Wait on, focus on serving others.  Through helping and serving others, God strengthens you.  Sometimes you have to encourage yourself.
Sunday - July 24, 2005

Pastor Covington--"Enhancing Your Spiritual Walk With God" 3 John 1-4; 2 Peter 3:18; Matthew 4:4; Deuteronomy 8:1-3; Psalm 86:3-5; 1 Chronicles 16:29; Psalm 71:5,6  To enhance means to make greater (grow in grace), to improve or to heighten.  Don't be just satisfied with name or church attendance or self gratification with gifts and abilities.  Don't come just to please flesh, but come to glorify God.  Because after all this, then what?  Do you have a true relationship (connection, conversation--talking and listening) with God or are you just going through the motions.  God wants your soul to prosper.  Your focus can be on material things, but your soul needs to be considered first. 


Your spiritual life is enhanced by: 
1.  Living by His standards
2.  Calling upon the Lord
3.  Worshipping and praising Him at every opportunity
4.  Occupying until He comes
Wake up with praise.  Revere Him.  Keep busy and find yourself committing to the Lord through worship and by sharing the good news with others
Sunday - July 17, 2005

Pastor Covington--"A New Creature" 2 Corinthians 5:15--21; Romans 6:11;

Romans 8:4; Galatians 5:16-21.  Ugliness in your life, attitudes, disruptions, etc. means there's sin in the camp. Walking in God is not a strenuous thing.  You were under bondage of sin, but became servants of righteousness.  Walk in the spirit.  Flesh cannot please God and has problems serving God.
Sunday - July 10, 2005

Pastor spoke on "It Is Well" 2 Kings 4:26; Romans 4:17 You must have faith in God to know that all is well.  Whatever situation you find yourself in, all can be well with your soul. 

Sunday - July 3, 2005
There was no service at Eastside. 

Sunday Morning - June 5, 2005

Pastor "I Tried Jesus & Guess What I Found Out?"  Luke 19:1-10; Luke 6:46-49; John 4:23-24 This is a selfish generation.  Everyone saying Lord, Lord hasn't tried Jesus.  We live in a generation that needs to try Jesus.  You can't worship in spirit and truth unless you've tried Him and serve Him.  Publicans were classed with the lowest of sinners.  Don't just see Him and try Him and Know of Him.  SERVE Him.  The press for us may not be because of stature, but because of feeling sick, being dirt broke, lacking transportation, sports, etc.  If you press, you are persistent.  He will find you (He sees you).  He is able to meet all you needs.  Don't let obstacles stop you.  Decide in yourself to make it right. I've found Him to be EVERYTHING!!

June 6-12:  Arizona State Convocation
Sunday Morning - June 19, 2005

Pastor: "Restoration Of God's People"  Isaiah 65:17-25; Romans 8:19-23  Being turned to a former, normal, unimpaired state or position. Reception is never hampered to God.  Faith unlocks the door.  Be persistent toward your 're-creation'.  Don't hang on to old stuff.  If God forgive, you must also forgive yourself.  We live in grace.  Make preparation to get to Heaven.  Accept God inside, don't just change the outside.  2 Peter 3:12-13.  Before you call, he hears you.  You must exercise your faith. 

Sunday Morning - June 26, 2005
Pastor:  "Follow Christ's Example of Humility"  Philippians 2:1-16; John 1:1-5; Matthew 11:29.  The way down is the way up.  Joseph -- humility saved a nation.  Jesus -- humility atoned for the sins of the world.  How can we avoid strife and vainglory?  Prefer one another.  Walk in the spirit, not in flesh.  Remain prayerful.  Hide the Word in our heart.  Be meek and lowly in heart. 

Sunday Morning - May 29, 2005

Mother McShea


"Believing is Key to Receiving" 

Ps 50.23; Romans 10:12; Luke 4:18-21 


God has given us rules and regulations.  Be close to Him, love and walk with Him.  Study scriptures to know the yes route and the no route.  Believing is essential.  The mouth has to follow what the heart knows.  God wants us to have success.  God's interest rate is far better then any bank.  Hang in there for you family.  Prosperity is promised to your sees.  Use your victories as weapons.  Speak them out loud.  Your hear it, satan hears it, and you are refreshed and your faith rises up.  The sooner you give a victory report, you crush the devil.  Order your conversation.  Be receivers. Go to a higher level.  Rich equals more than enough.  There is poverty at different levels of life but God is here to heal it. God is here to set you at liberty from spiritual blindness, sickness, failure, death, and captivities.  His word is true and reliable.  BELIEVE!

Evangelist Brooks
"Behold it's Harvest Time" 
2 Timothy 3:1-4; Matthew 9:37-38; Luke 10:2-3; John 10:14-16; John 21:16-17
God changes not.  It's all in God's hands (control). Put God first.  Listen to what the spirit says,  Be aware, we need to glean field.  Learn to trust God and take Him at his word.  It doesn't take a lot---use what you got.  One seed can produce tree full of fruit.  Do all you can to see others come to Christ.  God wants us use His word.
Sunday Morning - May 22, 2005
Pastor Covington
Romans 8: 28-30; Romans 9:2; John 17:11, 22; Ephesians 1:4-6;
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17; Matthew 25:31-34. 
God has foreordained you to be where He wants you to be.  Make sure you follow the course.  The course God has laid out doesn't include sin.  All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but we were predestined to live holy and righteous and to be conformed to the image of Jesus.  We don't need to use sin to complete our makeup.  We should strive to be without blame before Him, walking in righteousness and holiness.  Choosing sin takes you on a detour.  We have been chosen to salvation through sanctification of the spirit.  Our hearts have been comforted, our way established according to the plan of God to redeem man back to Himself.
Sunday Morning - May 15, 2005
Pastor Covington
"The Holy Ghost Is Our Support"
John 14:25-27; John 13:36-38; John 14:1,2, 12-21: Acts 2:14-21; Acts 8:14-17; Psalms 17:8. 
A support is something which holds one in position, keeping one from falling or slipping.  Keep your eyes on Jesus.  By accepting Jesus, we will receive comfort and guidance through the Holy Ghost.  When we commit our life to God through repentance and obedience, we will be fully supported by God.
Sunday Evening - May 15, 2005
Pastor Covington
1 Peter 4:12 
Your blessings are sometimes hidden because the Lord wants you to be strengthened in your patience.  Don't be shocked or dismayed.  Rejoice, be glad with exceeding joy!. 
Sunday Morning - May 8, 2005
Pastor Covington
"God Loves The Mother" 
1 Timothy 2:14-15; Jeremiah 31:3; Titus 2; Ps 113.9. 
God sent pain and suffering to women when their children are born, but he will save their souls, if they trust in him and live quiet, good and loving lives. He loves them with an everlasting love and has given them instruction for living. 
Sunday Morning - May 1, 2005
Pastor Covington
 "Safe In The Arms Of God" 
Psalm 34:4-7; Psalm 4:8; Psalm 18:1-3; Is 59:1-3; Job 21:7-9,17; Psalm 33:17; Job 5:2-4; Proverbs 3:21; Ph 3:1 
True safety comes from God.  His beloved dwell in safety between his shoulders.  Trust in the Lord is true means of safety.  Follow sound doctrine and wisdom, then you can rejoice in the Lord always. 
Sunday Morning - April 24, 2005
Elder Karl Covington
"Don't Believe The Hype" 
Genesis 3:1-19; Romans 12:1-8 
'Hype" is nothing more than a deception.  Believe it and you'll find yourself in a setup.  Satan is crafty.  It's easy to get hooked and then not be pleased with you're hooked on.  You may not die naturally, but you will die spiritually. 

Sunday Morning - April 17, 2005
Sunday morning message "Faith"  Scripture Romans 4:11-25; 2 Corinthians 5:7; James 2:17,19; Luke 8:13. 
Pastor spoke of dead faith, intellectual faith, temporary faith and boundless faith. Ways to develop your faith: 
1.  Studying the scripture 
2.  Hearing the Word 
3.  Walking in faith.  If we learn to walk by faith, we can make it and faint not.

Sunday Morning - April 10, 2005
Pastor spoke on "Occupy Till I Come" Luke 19:11-26.  He spoke about staying busy for Jesus until he comes.  Whatsoever your hands find to do, do it with all your might.  Put self in back, because it's all about God.  Further references were:  He. 11:24-25; 1Th 2:19; 2 Ti 4:6-8; 1 Pe 5:4; 1 Cor 9:25; Pr 11.

Sunday Morning - April 3, 2005
"Disciplined Commitment" Scripture references:  1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Proverbs 4:26.   Pastor spoke about running to obtain an eternal reward.
Sunday Evening - April 3, 2005
The message was "Lord, Teach Me Thy Way". 
Scripture references were Ps 86; Ex 15:11-13; Deut. 6:4-5.

A selection of Sermon Highlights prior to the website creation:
Sunday Morning - March 20,2005
Pastor Covington 
"What Has He Done For You Lately?"
John 19:16-22. 28-30, 34-37; Mark 14:32-39
God has awakened us in our right mind, with breathe and life, the activity of our limbs, food, shelter, clothing, a mind to serve Him, and protection.  Most of all His son Jesus has sacrificed His life for our redemption. So the question should be, 'What can I do for Him?" Well we can serve Him, worship Him, praise Him---even for adverse circumstances--, obey Him and SHOUT NOW!!!
Sunday Morning - March 13, 2005
Pastor spoke on "Guidelines For: The Family, The Structure Of A Home, and Relationships Between Human Beings".  His main scripture was Ephesians 5:21--6:5, background scripture 1 John 4:7-12.  He spoke about the biblical pattern for family life being the best.  And how authority and respect are necessary for peace in relationships. Also about how God will bless our families when we met his conditions.
Sunday Morning - March 6, 2005
Pastor spoke Sunday morning from John 2:1-11.  He emphasized to us how God is concerned even with the 'small' things that trouble us.  We must follow his instructions to receive our blessings, and in every situation believe and trust in Him.
Sunday Evening - March 6, 2005
Pastor reminded us that we are a royal priesthood, a chosen generation---1 Peter 2:1-10.
Sunday Morning - February 13, 2005
Evangelist Pam Brooks spoke Sunday morning.  Her topic was "Time Is Running Out".  Her main scripture was Genesis 6:5-8.  She talked about redeeming the time through prayer, bible study, witnessing, and sharing with those less fortunate than us.
Sunday Evening - February 13, 2005
Pastor spoke from Joshua 24:14-24.  His topic was "Devoted To God".  He talked about loyalty being a deep affection with all the heart, mind, and soul, and going above and beyond with no excuses.