Category: Praise and Prayer Gatherings

February Gospel Praise & Prayer Gathering Summary

February Gospel Praise & Prayer Gathering Summary

Blessings to everyone. It is really hard to believe we are into the second month of a new year. We are continuing to hold all in this community and the nation in prayer. This year’s flu has turned into almost an epidemic. God’s hand and healing be upon all who are suffering.

This month’s Old Time Southern Gospel Praise & Prayer gathering was tremendous. Even though it was cold we had a good turn out.

The Gospel Praise segment was not only powerful but inspiring. Everyone was praising and being blessed while Bro. Kinnie and Sister Shelly Caughman performed songs like God on the Mountain and Visions of Heaven. Bro. Kenneth Farmer’s steel guitar made us feel like we were in Heaven.

Rev. Kim brought God’s message from the Word: Jesus’ depiction of Heaven & Hell in Luke 16:19-31, The rich man going to hell and the beggar going to Heaven. The rich man lost his soul for his seeking worldly gain as we are shown in Matt 16: 26. “What does a man gain if he gains the whole world & loses his soul?” Once in hell, he knew what he had done, how he needed to have repented and how not only had he had rejected God, but so had his brothers.

Supporting scripture Isaiah 40:21 “Did you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?”

And Hosea 4:6 “My people perish for lack of knowledge..” Because they have rejected that knowledge. God doesn’t want His people to be ignorant. Not only did the rich man have no excuse, neither do we.

Just like the wealthy man during his life, there are those who are not interested in the offer of salvation, and aren’t concerned about what the future or their eternity may hold. They’re too busy with what the world seems to offer and all the distractions to keep them bound to it. But on Judgment Day their circumstances will radically change. Then it will be too late if they do not have Jesus as their Lord and Savior. They will be as the wealthy man in hell crying out to Heaven and wishing for a second chance.

Some have asked why is hell is so horrible. Why would God create such a place for us? He didn’t. Hell was not created for man. It was prepared for Satan and his fallen angels. A place of the absence of God. Every good and perfect thing comes from God as we are told in James 1:17. Hell is a place that is separated from God’s goodness and His attributes.

Gen 1:26 tells us that God created us in His image, created our spirits to last forever. So the question we need to ask ourselves is where will I spend eternity? There are two places that were created to last for eternity – Heaven & Hell: We can have eternal life in Heaven with Jesus or in eternal death in hell with Satan?

Last month Hawaiians experienced 38 minutes of terror when the alarms and warnings went out that North Korea had launched a nuclear attack. Fortunately, the missile alert was a false alarm and authorities issued a correction. That however did not change the horror that Hawaiians went through within those 38 minutes. They were forced into an assessment of their priorities – what mattered.

In response to that situation Franklin Graham issued a thought provoking article that went viral in just a few minutes on the Internet entitled “What would you do if you had 20 minutes to live”? He encouraged his Facebook friends to share their thoughts on what they might do in those 20 minutes

Two of the most profound responses were: “I’d pray to Jesus to reveal anything that was lacking in my life that I needed to repent of within that 20 minutes” and “I’d call everyone I know who has rejected Christ and tell them in 20 minutes you will reach your destination, heaven or hell. Hopefully they will accept Christ right then and there as their Lord and Savior.”
So the message leaves us with two questions: What would you do if you only had 20 minutes to live and what vision of eternity will you have, Heaven or hell?”

The Message was followed by the Prayer segment. God loves this community. We love this community. We are humbled and honored to answer the call of God in Ez. 22:30 and stand before Him in the gap praying for it and this nation. We invite everyone to. This is our community and nation. We are to be their prayerful stewards.

This month we added a Food & Fellowship time after the close of the prayer segment. It was wonderful. Everyone is looking forward to it being a regular part of the gatherings.

For more information contact us at (417) 351-2570 or email us at goodhope@goodhopeministriesusa.org. Until next time, God Bless and Keep you and Shine His face upon you.

January’s Gospel Praise & Prayer Gathering Summary

January’s Gospel Praise & Prayer Gathering Summary

Blessings to everyone as we enter into a very cold January.  We are so blessed to have these short snaps of frigid weather rather than that which is occurring on the East Coast. We hold them in our prayers as there are still many without power, and so many on the streets in need of shelter.    We also hold those on the West Coast in prayer as they are experiencing such horrific fires. We know that the Lord will hold them all in His divine grace and mercy.

With the frigid temperatures, this month’s Gospel Praise & Prayer gathering had a small turn out.  However, it was such an amazing blessing for those who were there.   It was clear that His presence and power isn’t dependent upon numbers.  We absolutely knew we were being anointed by His Holy Spirit and our Praises and Prayers were an anointing upon the community. 

The Gospel Praise segment was tremendous.  It is really turning into a very special Old Time Gospel experience.  Bro. Kinnie and Sister Shelly Caughman have been finding amazing older gospel songs; working them up, performing them along with leading us in those we all know and love.  Treasures, such as There’s Dust on the Alter, Visions of Heaven, I Know How I Made It… along with Bro Kenneth Farmer’s steel guitar adding such a sweet taste of heaven to them.

Rev. Kim brought God’s message from the Word: Don’t be Tempted Away from the Simplicity that is in Christ.  The Scripture focus began in Mark 14:38, The Gethsemane directive given by Jesus “Watch & Pray lest you enter into temptation.”  The directive also being given most profoundly in the last 2 partitions and doxology of the Lord’s Prayer; Matt: 6:13 “Let us not be led into temptation but Deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen”.  Noting that there is a continuous battle by Satan against God’s children to be tempted away from His infinite kingdom and into a finite rule of Satan.  The Apostle Paul furthered this concern in II Cor 11:3-4 “But I am afraid, lest, as the serpent deceived Eve by his trickery, so your minds should be corrupted (tempted) from the simplicity that is in Christ”.

Simplicity does not mean weak or powerless.  Simplicity in Christ Jesus means clear truth & absoluteness that everyone can embrace and understand: salvation, life eternal, forgiveness of sin and God’s unending Love. The most profound example of this Simplicity in Jesus Christ occurred on the Cross in Luke 23:43. When the repentant thief asks Jesus for nothing more than to be remembered.  In the midst of the Greatest Act of Love in Human History, wracked in unimaginable pain, suffocating and unable to breath let alone speak because of the position of his arms and the weight of His body, with every ounce of strength through tremendous agony, Jesus pushed himself up to gather the breath to speak the words. “Truly I say to you, Today you will be with me in paradise.” He took the time for one more individual in the midst of His saving the entire world. That is the Simplicity that is in Christ – God’s omnirelationalship attention to each one of His creations all the while His omnificent omnipresence for the All. This Simplicity in Christ is what the arrows of Satan’s temptation upon the mind seeks to cast doubt upon.  To make the lost, the seeking individual and even the believer think that one individual does not matter to God in the greater scheme of things.  That the grace Christ bestowed upon the thief is not for them.  The truth and simplicity is salvation is personal, it’s relationship, and it’s about the one, and it is for every one!  Jesus is never too busy and is always available for the one, every one.  If we’d only ask.

The Message was followed by the Prayer segment. God loves this community.  We love this community. We are humbled and honored to answer the call of God in Ez. 22:30 and stand before Him in the gap praying for it and this nation. We invite everyone to.  This is our community and nation.  We are to be their prayerful stewards. 

Next week is Bible Study.  We are continuing our work in the book of Revelation; God’s – Jesus’ love letter and directive to His people in these troubling days and preparation for the darker days that are quickly upon us.  His Word is Living and Eternal.  Don’t let a day go by that you aren’t communing with it, communing with HIM.

For more information contact us at (417) 351-2570 or email us at goodhope@goodhopeministriesusa.org.  Until next time, God Bless and Keep you and Shine His face upon you.

December’s Praise & Prayer Gathering Summary

December’s Praise & Prayer Gathering Summary

Happy Chilly New Year. 

I hope everyone had a very Blessed Christmas. It was  wonderful to see so many acknowledge the real meaning of Christmas this year, our Lord’s incarnation – Immanuel, God with us. 

We have had many blessings for the ministry this last year. One being, our new gathering location at the Veteran’s Memorial Assoc. across from the Ava Post Office.   With the stage and large space, the gospel band has plenty of room to set up and everyone has room for their coffee and bibles with the tables and chairs.  Hopefully as things grow, we’ll have all of our activities there.

Our December Praise & Prayer gathering was so wonderful.  Bro. Kinnie and Sister Shelly Caughman sang and led us in the Praise portion with many great gospel songs that we all know and love, as well as introducing us to older treasures that many may have forgotten. The presence of the Lord was clearly manifest in our praises and unmistakable when they sang “Ain’t No Grave”.  Bro. Kenneth Farmer’s steel guitar added to the heavenly joyous offerings.

Rev. Kim brought God’s message from the Word.  “Do we believe the Word of God?”  The scripture focus was Isaiah 61:1-3 where the pre-incarnate Christ speaks of Himself in the first person.   “The Spirit of the Lord God is Upon Me (Christ).  Because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, …  ”.  Then over 700 years later in Luke 4:18-22 Jesus stood in the temple in Nazareth reading and fulfilling His own prophecy about Himself.  “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”  What a glorious testament to the truth of the Word and He who spoke it.    Additionally we are given within the Word how it is to be guarded and utilized.  Within Rev. 1:3 and Rev. 22: 18-19 we are instructed, “Blessed are those who read, hear, guard it” and “not one word to be removed… and not one word added to…”  If we acknowledge the Word of God as Truth we must also perceive that our times are a fulfillment of prophecy. We only have to look at Matt. 24 to verify it.  All the while acknowledging how privileged we are to serve in such a time as this.

The Message was followed by the Prayer segment. We have been honored to have those from other church and ministry families come and join with us answering the Call of God as given in Ez 22:30 “So I (God) sought for a man among them who would make a wall and stand in the breach/gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it, but I found no one.”    How glorious to have those come and stand in the breach before God with us and pray for this community and nation.  We invite everyone to.  This is our community/nation.  We are its prayerful stewards.

We look forward to this coming Saturday, Jan 6th’s gathering at the Veteran’s Memorial Building across from the Ava Post Office.  We’ll start at 2:00pm.  We hope you will come and Praise and Pray with us.  For more information contact us at (417) 351-2570 or email us at goodhope@goodhopeministriesusa.org.  Until next time, God Bless and Keep you and Shine His face upon you.