Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Creation vs Evolution

Last evening I was pleased to attend the first of six classes on Creation vs Evolution, taught by Bishop Mike Burton.  Mike is a long time minister in the Church of God of Prophecy and holds both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in the field of Geology.  He also works as a geologist for the Tennessee State Government.

Mike's approach was impressive to me personally and was filled with thought-provoking information that I had never heard before, which is interesting because I've studied this subject off and on for 30 years.

The classes are taking place at the Crossroads Church in White Bluff, Tennessee on Monday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  It is not too late to get involved and we would love to have you attend.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Creation or Evolution?

Beginning on March 2, 2015 at Crossroads COGOP in White Bluff TN starting at 6:00 pm and ending at 9:00 pm, TN COGOP will be offering a six week class discussing and comparing the beliefs and facts concerning the creation account of God and the naturalistic man-made view of evolution.  In this study, the class will explore the creation and flood accounts of the Bible as described in the KJV and compare that account to the current curriculum taught in our public school system
This class will delve into various topics such as the scope and duration of the Noah’s flood.   In this study we will explore how Noah’s Flood has affected the current geologic condition of the earth and if evolution is a viable alternative to the study of geology and biology.  This class will include a brief overview of the Gilgamesh Epic and whether or not this Epic is more viable than the biblical flood account as described in Genesis.  As this class progresses, we will review the various ancestors of mankind; the various testimonies’ of both creationist and evolutionist as they have come to us through the last several centuries; the geologic time scale; the various age dating methods; the two belief systems in the world and many other ideas and opinions of man as compared against the Word of God.
There are many of you who may have grappled with the ideas of science and how those ideas measure up to the Bible the Word of God.  Hopefully this course will give you a foundation and a basis from which you can discuss intelligently the questions you may not have had the answers to in the past as described in this course.  Please join us in this study of God’s word as compare to the man’s naturalistic view of the world.  We challenge you to come to see that the Lord is good.  Come and allow this class to give you a deeper walk with the Lord as it relates to His word.  


Bishop Mike Burton is well-known as a pastor in Tennessee and has served along with his wife Kathy as Youth Camp Coordinators.  Mike has earned a Bachelor os Science, Geology; 1984 from University of Tennessee at Martin, as well, he holds a Master of Science, Geology; 1987 from the University of Memphis.  Mike’s professional work includes a career as a Geologist for the State of Tennessee.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Thomas Jefferson


His Portrait is on the Two Dollar Bill.

Thomas Jefferson
was a very remarkable man who started 
learning very
early in life and never stopped.

At 5, began
studying under his cousin's tutor.

At 9, studied
Latin, Greek and French.

At 14, studied
classical literature and additional languages.

At 16, entered
the College of William and Mary.
Also could write in Greek with one hand
while writing the same in Latin with the other.

At 19, studied
Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.

At 23, started
his own law practice.

At 25, was
elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.

At 31, wrote the
widely circulated "Summary View of the 
Rights of British America" And
retired from his law practice.

At 32, was a
delegate to the Second Continental Congress.

At 33, wrote the
Declaration of Independence.

At 33, took
three years to revise Virginia's legal code 
and wrote a Public Education
bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.

At 36, was
elected the second Governor of 
Virginia succeeding Patrick

At 40, served in
Congress for two years.

At 41, was the
American minister to France and
negotiated commercial treaties with
European nations
along with Ben
Franklin and John Adams..

At 46, served as
the first Secretary of State
under George

At 53, served as
Vice President and was elected
president of the American Philosophical

At 55, drafted
the Kentucky Resolutions and
became the active head of Republican

At 57, was
elected the third president of the

At 60, obtained
the Louisiana Purchase doubling
the nation's

At 61, was
elected to a second term as President.

At 65, retired
to Monticello ..

At 80, helped
President Monroe shape the

At 81, almost
single-handedly created the University 
of Virginia and served as its first

At 83, died on
the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the 
Declaration of Independence along
with John Adams.

Thomas Jefferson
knew because he himself studied the previous 
failed attempts at government.
He understood
actual history, the nature of God, His laws and the nature
of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand

Jefferson really
knew his stuff.

A voice from the
past to lead us in the future:

John F. Kennedy
held a dinner in the White House for 
a group of the brightest minds
in the nation at that time. He made 
this statement: "This is perhaps
the assembly of
the most intelligence ever 
to gather at one time in
the White House with the exception 
of when Thomas Jefferson dined

"When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe,
we shall become as corrupt as Europe." --Thomas Jefferson

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are 
willing to work and give to those who would not." -- Thomas Jefferson

"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. 
principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world." -- Thomas Jefferson

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." -- Thomas Jefferson

"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government." --Thomas Jefferson

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms." --Thomas Jefferson

"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is,as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in 
-- Thomas Jefferson

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."  --Thomas Jefferson

"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical." --Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson said in 1802: "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

"If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property -until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered." 

Monday, February 09, 2015

Death Notice - Bishop Richard Davis

Obituary for Bishop Richard Eugene "Gene" Davis

Jim Rush Funeral Homes
220 Wildwood Avenue, S.E.
2600 North Ocoee Street
Cleveland, TN 37311
Phone 423-472-4555
Fax 423-472-2012

February 8, 2015

Bishop Richard Eugene “Gene” Davis, age 82, a resident of Cleveland, passed away Saturday evening in a local hospital. Bishop Davis was the son of the late Gladys Mae Ivy Davis and Clarence R. Davis Sr. His brother, Clarence R. Davis Jr. also preceded him in death. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran serving in the Korean Conflict. He was a retired minister with the Church of God of Prophecy with over 45 years of Service. He pastored in Mississippi, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Bishop Davis served as State Overseer for Eastern Canada, Ohio, South Carolina and Florida. He also served as Regional Overseer for the State of Tennessee. Later on he worked at the General Headquarters for the Church of God of Prophecy serving as Sunday School Literature Editor and the White Wing Messenger Editor. He also served as Administrative Assistant to the General Overseer under Bishop Billy Murray. Bishop Davis enjoyed writing Poetry, playing his banjo and guitar but more than anything he enjoyed personal evangelism! He was a member of the Keith Street Church of God of Prophecy.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, LaVerne Davis of Cleveland, his daughter, Susie Fuerst and her husband Kevin of Ooltewah, Tennessee, his son, Rick Davis and his wife Lisa of Fort Worth, Texas, his grandchildren, Andi Hull and her husband Chris of San Antonio, Texas, Steven Fuerst and his fiancé Lindsay Genter of Ooltewah, Matthew Davis and Jonathan Davis both of Fort Worth, Texas and several nieces and nephews also survive.

The Remembrance of Life Service will be conducted Thursday February 12, 2015 at 7:00 P. M. from the Keith Street Church of God of Prophecy with Bishop Adrian Varlack officiating. Graveside Services and Interment will be held Friday February 13, 2015 at 10:30 A. M. at the U. S. National Cemetery in Chattanooga with family and friends serving as casket bearers. Military honors will be given. A Dove release will conclude the service. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 P. M. Thursday at the Keith Street Church of God of Prophecy just before the service at 7:00. The family request that in lieu of flowers, Memorials be made to Global Missions, Ukraine Crisis Relief, C/O International Offices Church of God of Prophecy, 3720 Keith Street N. W. Cleveland, Tennessee 37312. Jim Rush Funeral Homes has charge of the arrangements. You may share your condolences and your memories with the Davis family at www.jimrushfuneralhomes.com.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Death Notice - Odie H. Spears

Mr. Odie H. Spears 87 of Westmoreland, TN
passed away Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Funeral services for Mr. Spears will be held Monday, February 02, 2015 at 1:00 PM from Lakeside Church of God of Prophecy with Bro. Leon Graves, Bro. Ron Spears, Bro. Mike Creasy and Bro. Gerald Graves officiating.

Interment will follow in Sumner Memorial Gardens.  Pallbearers will be Jeff Graves, Stacey Graves, Scotty Graves, Josh Graves, Spence Creasy and Angela & (Chad) Fields.  Honorary pallbearers will be Tyler Graves, Caleigh Graves, Taylor Graves, Alec Creasy and Connor Graves.

Visitation will be:  Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Woodard Funeral Home and Sunday, February 01, 2015 from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM at Woodard Funeral Home and Monday, February 02, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Lakeside Church of God.

Mr. Spears was retired as an Assistant Grocery Store Retail Manager at Smith's Cee Bee Store after over 24 years of service .  Mr. Spears was a dedicated member of Lakeside Church of God of Prophecy.  He was also a United States Navy Veteran.

Mr. Spears was preceded in death by:
Parents - Dan Harris & Estell  Spears,
Wife - Lorene F. Spears,
Daughter - Linda Meador,
Sister - Ivy Lee Kemp,
Brother - Ed Spears,
Sister - Mammie Butler

Mr. Spears is survived by:
Daughter - Faye & (Leon) Graves, Westmoreland, TN
Daughter - Edith & (Gerald) Graves, Bethpage, TN
Daughter - Joyce & (Mike) Creasy, Murfreesboro, TN
Son - Ron & (Kathy) Spears, Murfreesboro, TN
Grand Children - Jeff & (Melissa) Graves,  Stacey & (Kim) Graves, Scotty & (Trina) Graves, Josh Graves, Spence & (Angie) Creasy, and Angela & (Chad) Fields
Spiritual Grand Daughter - Lashell Spears
Great Grand Children - Tyler & Taylor Graves, Connor & Cullen Graves,  Caleigh, Isabella & Walker Graves and Alec, Payton & Adison Creasy

Monday, January 19, 2015

On my way to a resurrection

Someone asked, "Are you on your way to another funeral?"  My answer was, "No, I am on my way to a resurrection."  Tonight, after having preached my sister's funeral, two church members funerals and visiting a friend whose brother had passed away, I had a little quiet time in my home office.  As I often do, I reach for an old book  I've found that some books written long ago can speak to my heart.  This time, it was a book published in 1946.  This passage from J.B. Chapman touched my heart, hope it does yours too. 

Victor Hugo exclaimed, "The frosts of seventy winters are on my head, but the springtime of eternal youth is in my heart."

"Sometimes we look at the gray hair of a ripening saint, and say, "Old man, the frosts of many winters are on your head."  But he answers, "That is not frost.  I am getting ready to wear the crown of life, and my hair is taking on tint agreeable to the color scheme."  

We say, "Old man, your back is bent from the carrying of many loads."  "That's not it," he replies, "I am about to come into the King's presence, and I am practicing obeisance that I may the more readily bow before Him."  

"Your eyes are dim."  "No," he answers, "my focus is just changing.  I am not largely interested anymore in the things close at hand, so my eyes are training to see 'the land that is afar off, and to behold the King in his beauty.'"

"Your hearing is failing."  "No," he replies, "they have just closed the windows on the street side to keep out the confusing noise that I may the better hear the angels sing."  

"Well, your house is about to fall down."  "This is only my tent," he answers.  "It was designed only as a temporary dwelling and it has served its day well.  It is now unsteady on its foundation, the window panes are broken out, the whole place is in dilapidation, and the Owner has notified me that He has no plans to spend anything more on repairs.   But it's all right.  I have had the warning in time, and I have made definite plans to move out into a house that hath foundations."  

"Mere philosophy is not enough when the crisis comes.  At times like that we need the assurance of the Spirit within." (1)

We are ALL on our way to a resurrection, preparation now is the most important thing we can do.  God bless you.

(Holiness Triumphant by J.B. Chapman pp. 126-127)

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Do not go gentle

Just this week, death visited our family once again.  This is not a new journey for us, it is one that we have faced, traveled and dealt with before.  To many it is something to be feared and faced with a great sense of dread.  Not so with the McKinley family.

I have often commented that I grew up with death, which is probably the reason why one of my favorite poems was written by Dylan Thomas, "Do not go gentle into that good night."  It is an appointment we will all have one day. You may live your life in fear of it, or you can respect it and make preparation for what happens once your appointment is fulfilled.

As a child, I remember going to "lay-outs" for family members in Kentucky, where the deceased were kept in the living room of the home until burial time.  I've spent many long days in the funeral home break rooms listening to the old timers talk about the deceased, while they chain-smoked, possibly hastening their own demise.  Then all of our grandparents kept their appointment with death.  I remember three of them, but the fourth happened while I was too young to remember.

Once I entered the military, death became a distant but still unwanted guest.  He seemed to be indiscriminate, choosing whom he would without my understanding why.  As a Military Police Investigator, I saw my share of death and worked to find those who caused the crime...but the hands that caused the death were only helping death itself achieve it's end.

While home for a weekend, my older brother, David (we called him Buddy) suddenly died causing a deep and abiding grief to fall over our entire family.  I saw the toll death took on my father and mother, at times taking them to the edge of insanity, wondering about the final destination of my brother's soul.  He was not an overtly religious man, but his death caused my father to become one.  At 25-years-old it was difficult for most all of us to understand, but death was not something new to me, it just seemed to be cold and indiscriminate in it's choices.  Two babies, one a month old and the other three months old met death during my brother's first marriage, and in a cruel twist, these two deaths put such a strain on their marriage, that the deaths were a contributing factor to their divorce.

With ten years in law enforcement and almost 35 years of Christian ministry, I've seen the cruel work of Mr. Death.  At rare times, he is welcomed by some of his victims and their families, but at most times the opposite is true.

Earlier this week we received the call that our older sister, Judy met death at about 4:00 a.m. while sitting in her chair.  Judy Kay McKinley Luse lived a very difficult life...It was hard from the beginnings of our childhood.  We had good parents who loved us, but not much else worked out for her.  In most of her older life she had physical ailments, heart issues, diabetes issues, etc. In the last little while of her life, she felt a real need to share her faith in God with others.  She was not the most articulate in doing it, and her failing eyesight made it hard to see the mistakes as she typed...but you can't take anything away from the passion for Christ she possessed.

In her Facebook posts she spoke often of our parents and how much she missed them.  She shared about the life-lessons that came her way, and compared her new-found freedom in Christ with the childhood that at times was quite legalistic. I am so thankful for the freedom she found.

My younger Sister lived only a few miles from her, and spent a lot of time taking Judy to doctor visits and just plain being there for her. Living five-hours away, I am grateful that my sister, Mary Pearson was there, and I have often watched the spirit of my mother come on Mary (her namesake) as she lovingly cared for Judy, even though she has a large family of her own.

Finally, I've seen death too often and one day I will face him, just as you will.  The point is to not go gentle into that good night.  Make your preparations for when that moment comes, and live a full life!  Love, laugh and enjoy life, knowing that this earthly journey is but for a time.  DO NOT GO GENTLE INTO THAT GOOD NIGHT.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Encounter 2015

Join with me, Bishop Clements and leaders from the Assemblies of God, the Church of God, the International Pentecostal Holiness Church, and more at a two-day conference being held in Fayetteville, North Carolina.  The singular purpose is united prayer.  Our goal is to seek God for revival in the church and awakening in the culture, with awareness that change begins in us!  For more information or to register, visit encounter2015.com

Monday, December 29, 2014

A Call to Prayer

In just a few days, our brethren and sisters from around the world will be joining together to seek a fresh encounter with our heavenly Father.  From January 5-25 there will be countless prayer meetings, sermons preached on prayer, lessons taught on encountering God’s Presence.  Please check back on this site for updates.