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James R. Horne

Alabama State Overseer

P. O. Box 650

Bessemer, AL  35021

(423) 310-2702


The Church of God

General Headquarters

P. O. Box 450

Charleston, TN  37310

(423) 339-8624

General Website

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The Church of God, International Offices located in Cleveland, Tennessee, is the worldwide headquarters of The Church of God. Our vision and mission is to keep and guard the truth, to evangelize the whole world with the full Gospel, to gather God's sheep into one Body, and to strive for the perfection of the saints.

This website is the home of The Church of God in the state of Alabama. It is our desire and endeavor to see the gospel of Jesus Christ and the message of His Church grow and flourish throughout our state.

From our State Overseer:

Until Ye

In Luke 24:49, we read of the Church being told to, “tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.” Hundreds of years had passed since God promised the baptism of the Holy Ghost (Joel 2:28-29). During the final months before He was to be crucified, Jesus spoke of the coming of the Holy Ghost, for the disciples had yet to experience the power within them. Our Lord was about to return to heaven when one last time He reminded His Church of the promise made aforetime and they were instructed to tarry until the power fell upon them. He gave them no precise time for this amazing event to occur, only saying to wait, “until ye.” As promised, it did come in His time and the record shows the glory that ensued for the Church!

It can be very hard at times for us to wait on the “until ye.” Oftentimes, individuals like to know exactly how things that are yet ahead, or matters we anticipate coming in our lives, will be worked out. Perhaps ill-advisedly, some are willing to press forward on their own to make sure things happen in a timeframe that is acceptable to them. Although initiative can be a good thing, we must remember that there are some matters which God must do in His time, and there is nothing we can do to change that time, nor the outcome of His will. Using the illustration given above, it becomes our place in life to tarry as they did in the early Church, praying and continuing our work as we wait on the heavenly promises to appear. Rest assured, they will come! God is faithful, and His promises are sure even if they were spoken so many years ago. In whatever circumstances we are facing, whether the personal unknowns of life or something more far-reaching affecting the whole Body of Christ, it is very important for us to do our part and tarry, “until ye.”  

The Scripture further tells us to, “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord” (Psa. 27:14), and “…They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…” (Isa. 40:31). God uses these “until ye” moments to prepare us for what is yet ahead and gives an opportunity for us to look to God and put greater trust in Him. Sometimes our “until ye” answer isn’t what we think it should be, but faith and trust bring us to greater understanding as we look back and see how He worked all things for our good.  

God has wonderful promises in store for His Church in these last days, including the spreading of the whole message going out to every part of the earth, a gathering together of God’s people into one, perfection—and these just to name a few. We have heard our whole lives  that the Lord is coming back and perhaps some in our day have given up waiting or have been found reevaluating their beliefs about His return, the doctrine, or just about any subject. As sure and as certain as anything, God’s word and promise will come to pass, just as it did for them in Acts and throughout scripture. In Genesis 7:4, 10, were there not seven days once God shut the door until the “flood came upon the earth”? Are there not nine months for a woman in bearing a child before the travailing of birth comes? In ourselves, we may become restless but remember our need to tarry and go about the Father’s business. All things that He wills, need be fulfilled in your life and in the Church. The “until ye” will come.

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