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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

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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:

Happy Thanksgiving from the Alabama State Office

Perspective: “A particular evaluation of a situation or facts, especially from one person's point of view.”

Gratitude: “Quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”

“Once when my feet were bare, and I had not the means of obtaining shoes I came to the chief of Kufah in a state of much dejection, and saw there a man who had no feet. I returned thanks to God and acknowledged His mercies, and endured my want of shoes with patience” (The Gulistan of Sa’di).

Perspectives concerning gratitude and thankfulness are important to us as Christians. It’s good to be reminded that whatever we may be facing in life, knowing that there is “nothing new under the sun” (Ecc. 1:9), someone else has probably walked the road of difficulty or perhaps experienced more than we ourselves in any number of things. No doubt the man in this story thought he was in terrible straights without shoes and, from the perspective or vantage point where we may stand, many of us would agree. That is, until we see the man with no feet and we are taken back as our perspective about the issue at hand changes to a larger view than ourselves.

We have a member in church that testifies of the goodness of God, but in ways that we may not always consider. The testimony in part relates thankfulness for being able to see, walk, hear, talk, etc. Just consider if any one of these senses or abilities were taken away. What we may consider as normal everyday actions are huge matters to those who do not have them. Blessings, however large or small, should not be taken for granted.

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you” (1 Thess. 5:18).

Brother Tomlinson related the following story in the November 1925 White Wing Messenger: “I am reminded of a little dog that runs out to meet the children… after having been away all day. Watch him as he runs and utters an occasional bark. He is showing his love to them. That is his way of expressing his gladness for their return. The dog may not know the invisible God but he knows the children and to them he expresses his many thanksgivings.” Knowing God’s faithfulness in every situation and that He also is there for us, our outlook should follow suit as in this story, with our eagerness to show appreciation and our love to Him.  

 “Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Eph. 5:20).

Albert Einstein, the physicist who developed the theory of relativity, penned some words in 1922 that recently were found and auctioned as the news reported. Those words were: “A quiet and modest life brings more joy than a pursuit of success bound with constant unrest.”

May we consider the right perspectives of gratitude this Thanksgiving and be as Paul who said he had learned, “…in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Phil. 4:11). One may not have much of that which the world counts as gain, but there is happiness found in God and in being grateful. The apostle Paul wrote in Colossians 3:15, “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…and be ye thankful.”

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