Monday, August 04, 2014

My Home

As I've shared before, I am a proud citizen of the United States of America.

In recent weeks I've heard a lot of disparaging remarks made about this great nation that I love, and I take exception to the attitudes displayed, and the snide remarks made about the people, and especially the churches.

Not long ago, I saw one of the National Registry signs on the side of the road as I traveled to the western part of Tennessee.  I was a little surprised to see it so I just had to snap a picture.  As you can see, it marks a place where Alexis De Tocqueville visited on his travel throughout our young nation.

Seeing the sign reminded me of something by De Tocqueville once said about this land that I love so much.  He is famous for saying, "America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great."

We must dedicate ourselves to the ideas of liberty and justice for all, as well as the value of freedom over tyranny.

In my younger years I served my nation in numerous capacities, and as I mature the reality of De Tocqueville's illustration becomes more of a reality than ever before.  Until my dying breath, I will love my country...I am a patriotic American...and I do NOT apologize for being a citizen of this great nation.

Monday, July 21, 2014

The Wake Up Call

This evening I had a wake up call.  No, it wasn't from the telephone, but rather from the Holy Spirit. 

As I sat to read my Bible after a long trip questions began to arise in my mind.  What verse was it that made me sit up and pay attention?  Well, I'm glad you asked.

Here it is, "I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me; refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul." (Psalm 142:4)  Those last six words seemed to jump of the page and right into my heart.  NO MAN CARED FOR MY SOUL

For the next few minutes I just sat and thought.  I began to remember where my ministry began and I thought about the countless thousands of people I have come in contact with after over three decades of this work I am involved in.  I thought about those early years when the only minister who would invite me to preach was my father (a pastor) and my father-in-law (also a pastor).  They served very small congregations, my dad in Indiana and my father-in-law in Kentucky.  I remember how desperately I waited for someone to invite me...for someone to pay attention.  You see, I knew I had something to say...I knew there was a fire burning inside me, I knew the Lord had called me but I just couldn't understand why those calls never came.

Although my family had been members of my church organization for many years, I didn't really know that many people.  It seemed like the other young ministers in the state received all the opportunities to preach but my call just didn't come.  But, there was still something burning on the inside of me.  I remember going to street corners and trying my best to gather a crowd. 

I preached in storefront buildings with a burning desire to see people come to know the Lord, and those places were some of the oddest places you could imagine.  An old funeral parlor, an old tavern, and even one time in a Democratic campaign headquarters (right after an election).   There was something burning in me to pray, to study the Bible and to talk to people about the goodness of God.  I visited hospitals, nursing homes and even went from door-to-door.  I didn't wait for someone to give me the opportunity to preach, I went to anyone who would listen.

Now the invitations come on a regular basis...in fact, so many that I can't keep up with them.  Yet there is a difference, and it troubles me deep down in my soul.  Is the a burden for the lost?  Let me remind you, the wake up call was to ME and I can't get away from it. 

I found that the greatest fulfillment I had ever experienced was when someone prayed and asked the Lord Jesus Christ into their heart. Oh!  How I long for those days again!  How I long to see the all-night prayer meeting and the stirring of the Holy Ghost like the days of my youth.  How I long to hear the groaning from the saints of God as they seek the Presence and the Power of God in their midst.

Please hear me...

I am not writing all of this to make anyone feel uncomfortable or uneasy, however, we cannot discount the fact that there are many "at ease in Zion," and I pray "Dear Lord, don't let me be one of those who have lost THE BURDEN.

I am troubled at the words I read in my Bible:  "Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent and do thy first works." "Because thou has left thy first love."  Then I remember what rattles me the most...the worst of indictments, "no man cared for my soul." 

What good is a contemporary setting for worship that is artistic, with perfectly controlled climate and acoustics if an altar is barren?  I think we all know that answer.

I vow tonight to seek the Lord to rekindle the fires inside my own heart.  I want to see REAL Holy Ghost power in our midst.  I want my children to see it, I want my grandchildren to see it, but I realize their best hope for that...is to see the change in me.




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blog Update

What has happened to the posts on this blog?

That's a good question, now here is the answer.

We have been slowly migrating everything over to the Tennessee Church of God of Prophecy State Website and more fully use the social media opportunities to help get the word out about events and happenings across the state.

Although this is my personal blog, often church events overshadow what I would like to do with it...namely to post my own ministry thoughts, values and opinions.  Often my personal opinions are in stark contrast to fellow ministers whom I love and appreciate.  I don't want to endanger them or hurt their feelings by posting something that upsets them in the middle of church updates.

Therefore, from today on, this page will become PERSONAL and all of the State of Tennessee Related events and news will appear on the LATEST NEWS tab on the website.  You can find the website by typing the url tncogop.com or by clicking this link provided for you:  http://tncogop.com

REMEMBER, click on the 'LATEST NEWS' tab at the top left of the page.

God bless you, in invite you to check back often.

E.C. McKinley

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

The Services for Sis Velma-Vernetta Reid

Friday May 30


Viewing 4pm -6:30pm
Memorial Celebration. 7:00pm
Location: Wildwood COGOP

Saturday May 31

Viewing 10am -11am
Homegoing Service. 11a
Location: tbd

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Death Notice - Vernetta Reid

I am deeply saddened to announce the passing of Sister Vernetta Reid.

Sister Reid served alongside her husband, Bishop Winston Reid most recently at the Wildwood Church in Cleveland, Tennessee.  Her son and his wife, Trevor and Ailene Reid serve as the International Youth Ministries Directors.

Please join us in prayer for Winston and their family, I will share information about visitation and funeral arrangements once I receive them.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Special Prayer Request - Sharon Carruthers

Tonight, I spoke with Pastor Vernon Carruthers (Madisonville Church) by telephone and learned that his wife, Sharon is in Park West Hospital in Knoxville, Tennessee.  With a high fever and sever pain, she was hospitalized due to an infection in one of her knees, that had replacement surgery.

She is to undergo a surgical procedure tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) and Pastor Carruthers is requesting your prayers for her.  I am also asking each of you to pray for Vernon as well. 


Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Death Notice -Deacon Louis Cartwright

We are sad to announce the passing of Deacon Louis Cartwright (GreenRidge formerly know as Greenbrier Church)

Funeral arrangements for Bro. Cartwright:


Austin & Bell Funeral Home
2619 Hwy 41S
Greenbrier, TN, 37073. 

Visitation will be Thursday, May 8, 5 to 8 PM 
Friday, May 9, 9 to 11AM,


Service will be at 11 AM.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Prayer Requests

Debra and I are on our way home from a full day of ministry. Of course I need to mention we were in Cleveland yesterday for visitation to honor Bishop A.J.Coalter.
Funeral services for Bishop A.J. Coalter this morning. I was privileged to be able to make a few comments along with North American Presbyter Bishop Sam N. Clements, Retired Bishop J.E. Brisson and enjoy a great message by Bishop Coalter's son-in-law, Bishop Duke Stone, pastor of the Hickory Vallley.
Our prayers are with Norma Coalter, Bishop Tim Coalter and Shirlene Stone and all the children and grandchildren.
After graveside services by Bishop Tim Coalter, we learned that our Asia/Oceana General Presbyter, Bishop David L. Browder was hospitalized in Cleveland last night for chest pains. We, along with Georgia Bishop Billy Adams and his wife Charlotte Rea Adams went to visit and have prayer for him. While there, we learned that Bishop Wade Patterson had also been admitted, so we went to his room for prayer and a visit. While in Bishop Browder's room, Bishop Sam Clements and Linda Clements arrived and visited with us.
Gotta get home to change clothes, check mail and go again. Looking forward to being at the Ashland City Church tomorrow morning. Please continue to pray for Vernetta Reid and for her family, Winston ReidTrevor Reid and the rest of the family.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Special Prayer Request - Family of Bishop A.J. Coalter

Tonight, Bishop A.J. Coalter, former State Overseer of Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee and Florida is in hospice care.  After suffering a lengthy illness, his family is with him and we are asking your prayers for the whole family.

Please help me pass the word.