Open Letter to Our Community

Just wrote this open letter to the community where our church is located. Will be distributing this door to door asap:

Dear Community,

I’m writing this open letter in effort to uplift and encourage the men, women, and children of our community, in hopes of combating some of the societal mayhem that we are witnessing before our eyes today. We live in a nation where animosity, bitterness, and hatred are ruling the day. People are hurting, confused, fearful, and divided more than I’ve seen in my 42 years of life. A few nights ago, I sat down in front of my computer and subjected myself to over an hour of internet videos that I found deeply disturbing.

The content of these videos consisted of images from many of the various protests that are taking place across this country. What I witnessed was utterly appalling. There are people on multiple sides of multiple issues who are out there treating each other in a sub-human fashion with no compassion, and no remorse. Upon witnessing the vitriolic hatred that is being spread on the streets in our country, I became indignant, and disappointed. Then I decided that I needed to do more about it.

None of this should really be surprising from my worldview, as the Bible plainly teaches that we will all reap exactly what we sow. So if we choose to sow hatred, bitterness, and animosity, these things will be what we reap. On the other hand, if we choose to sow love, joy, and peace, then we will reap love, joy, and peace back into our lives. This is The Law of the Harvest as detailed in Galatians Chapter 6:7-9:

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

A large part of the problem is that many people in America have been sowing to the flesh. They’ve forgotten the Lord. They have bowed down the idol of human autonomy and adopted a worldly ideology that works contrary to Word of Truth (the Bible). To paraphrase Dr. Greg Bahnsen, they view logic as a self-sufficient tool of autonomous man’s reason, instead of rules of thought implanted in our minds by the Creator. Although we all share in the rules of thought, Christians and non-Christians are not neutral in their interpretation of these rules. The Christian accepts God’s interpretation without question, while the non-Christian imposes his own interpretation to challenge the Creator’s interpretation. What we are seeing on our nation’s streets today (cruelty, hatred, lack of compassion) is a direct result of this suppression of the truth.

The answer to all of these problems is Jesus Christ. You see friends, we are living in very troublesome times, but we’re not without hope. Hebrews Chapter 6 teaches us that those who trust in the work of Jesus Christ have a hope that anchors their souls, and this anchor is sure and steadfast. Romans 15:13 also reminds us that God is the God of hope, and He is able to fill us with joy and peace through the power of the Holy Ghost. Peace is the main point of my message to you today. There is true peace available to you, but it’s only found in one source: Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.

When you’re resting in the peace of Jesus Christ, He’ll calm your troubled soul. He’ll ease your fears and your worries. He’ll change your entire perspective, and you’ll become someone who will go out there and impact this world in a positive way, showing the true love of Christ, having compassion on other people, treating people with respect even if you disagree with them, and that peace will abide in the hearts of believers, regardless of the mayhem that may be taking place around them.

In closing, let me encourage you today to look to Jesus Christ. You don’t have to live in fear. You don’t have to live a life void of compassion. You can find the answers to all of life’s problems in Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” My prayer today is for all of those who are struggling with the mayhem that is unfolding in our nation and around the world to remember these words, and put them into practice in your life, and may you ever be mindful of the fact that true peace is found only in Jesus Christ. Please take this message, that peace is found in Christ, and share it with someone else today, so the chaos found in those internet videos doesn’t continue unhindered.

Love in Christ,

Pastor Vern Hall
The Free Gift Gospel Mission
1025 Maple Street
Kingsport, TN

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Schedule change update

Due to extremely low temperatures (wind chills in the area are very hazardous) and the potential for ice hazard from melted and refrozen snow, we will not be having church today.  There are lots of factors that we have to consider when making these tough decisions.  We don’t want anyone getting hurt or sick.  We don’t want to risk getting elderly people out on the church van and risk breakdown on such a cold day, and I could go.

So, all services today are cancelled.  Lord willing, we’ll meet at the regular time on Wednesday evening at 7p.m.  Stay safe everyone.

Pastor Vern

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Schedule Change for January 8, 2017

After conferring with the deacons, we have decided to do one church service tomorrow  (1/8/17) at 2p.m.  There will be no Sunday School and no evening service.  The business meeting that was supposed to take place tomorrow will have to be postponed until next week.

I’m getting read to go over to the church now with a snow shovel and work on moving snow.  Any men with shovels who are free and would like to help can meet me there about 3:45p.m.

Love in Christ,

Pastor Vern

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Christmas Day Service

The Free Gift Gospel Mission will be having a Christmas Day service at 2p.m.  Visitors welcome.

Merry Christmas!

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December 6, 2016

We had a wonderful time at the Holiday dinner last night. This might have been the largest crowd we’ve ever had at one of these events. Last night was the first time I remember having to sit out additional tables and chairs, and that’s a good thing! It was a blessing to see FAMILIES together, to have our visitors there to fellowship with us, and just to enjoy a great time in the Lord. Thanks to everyone who worked to prepare all of the great food. You all are such a wonderful group of people, and you are loved.

Several folks have been asking me about my trip to Gatlinburg yesterday, so I thought perhaps I should post an update. I wasn’t allowed access to the main part where the devastation occurred. I guess that hasn’t been completely opened back up yet. So I spent about 3.5 hours on the Gatlinburg end of Pigeon Forge handing out brochures that I had written. These brochures were designed to comfort and encourage. They contained a call to prayer, a call to trust the Sovereign God of the Bible, scripture from the Gospel of Matthew, church information, and my contact info. I did have the opportunity to talk to several people yesterday, but sometimes the real fruit of this kind of labor comes days, or even weeks afterward, when someone will call. Then the opportunities arise to help meet more needs, and build relationships. I’m calling it a success!

I hope you all have a very BLESSED day, as you go about your life keeping Jesus Christ first!

Love in Christ,

Pastor Vern

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Come to church tonight at The Free Gift Gospel Mission. Lord willing we will be in Acts Chapter 3 and dealing with the lame man at the Beautiful Gate. He expected to receive something from Peter according to the Bible, and he sure did. I hope you’ll come with an expectation, too, but primarily to worship, glorify, and honor God…..and receive instruction from his Word. 7p.m. We are located at 1025 Maple Street in Kingsport.

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The Fall Festival 2016 at The Free Gift Gospel Mission

If you are looking for something to do with your family tomorrow that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, please visit The Fall Festival at The Free Gift Gospel Mission. There will be games, bounce houses, and much more, and everything is free. You can come without a penny in your pocket. Here’s a copy of the post I put on here last night:

The Free Gift Gospel Mission

IT’S ALL FREE!

The Free Gift Gospel Mission will be having our annual Fall Festival this coming Saturday from 11a.m.-3p.m. This will be our biggest one yet! There will be many games set up for the kids in the parking lot including Putt Putt, corn hole, shoot the fire, spinning wheel, ring toss, balloon pop, and more. There will also be cake walks, hay rides, and new this year: bounce houses for the kids. We will also be having popcorn, nachos, drinks, hot chocolate, and caramel apples…..and all of this is totally free. The adults will love it too…..as they can do the hay rides and cake walks, as well as enjoy the free food. Kids will win small prizes including candy at the game stations.

We are located at 1025 Maple Street in Kingsport, TN. For more information you may call me, Pastor Vern Hall, at 423-737-2170.

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