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Wednesday, Dec 08, 2010 6:52 PM

November 7, 1886 Pulaski Democrat
Pulaski, New York

Fred Pond
Bro. Fred Pond was born in Mexico, Oswego County, New York April 27, 1854 and died at his residence in the same town November 7, 1886. Brother Pond had a pleasant home and surroundings, but was led to believe the State of Texas was the place where he could invest his spare means and realize greater income than this state, which would enable him to do more for his family, and the cause of God; so in September 1885, he left his home and family and went there and invested his means in cattle, but his fond hopes were not realized.

By changes of climate and exposure he contracted disease which developed into consumption, and in one short year he came home to die, and on November 1886, surrounded by his family and friends he passed away to his reward, where we believe his fondest hopes were more than realized.

Bro. Pond was converted when 13 years of age and joined the M. E. church at North Mexico, NY and soon was elected a member of the official board; he was also Sunday School superintendent and class leader for a number of years and was always ready to work to advance the cause of Christ.

Bro. Pond chose Hattie A. Ball for his life companion, and on April 29, 1875 they were married and in after years proved a wise choice, for she has been a devoted wife and mother. They were blessed with four beautiful children, three sons and one daughter.

Bro. Pond was a great sufferer in his last sickness, but he found God's grace sufficient for him in the trying hour. After bidding his family and friends good-by, he said to a friend, "I hope Jesus will come for me before morning," and as he neared the river he said, "They are coming, they are coming," and he was not, for God took him. He leaves a wife, children and a large circle of friends to mourn their loss. Our loss is his eternal gain.

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Some Statements Worth Remembering

Wednesday, Nov 24, 2010 12:17 PM

(Derived from the message Pastor Scott Lowmaster
presented at BCN titled PERFECT THEOLOGY)

1) It is theologically immoral to allow anything about God to contradict what you see in the person of Jesus.
2) We have concepts about the nature of God that are based on disappointment not based on Revelation.
3) Powerlessness is inexcusable and unacceptable.
4) We keep praying for things we already have.
5) I can't afford to have a thought in my head about me that He doesn't have in his head about me.
6) The Lord is into building a revival culture or atmosphere where anything can happen at any time.
7) The passion that the Lord is releasing in this hour is raising up a group of people who want or are trained and equipped to share and to demonstrate the good news and the power of the kingdom.
8) There are so many things that we have learned that we will need to unlearn - even some good things!!
9) I believe we are in the beginning stages of a reformation and one of the most essential ingredients in this move of God which will shape history and culture has as one of its core values "the renewing of our minds".
10) Jesus is interested in changing cultures not just getting bodies into chairs
11) Many Christians feed themselves on what God has not done.
12) I appreciate accountability in the body of Christ which has an emphasis to walk in purity and holiness. But
13) You have been gifted and called to bring about and to be a reformer!!!

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Truth #10 From Romans Chaper 8

Tuesday, Nov 02, 2010 11:04 AM

Bring It On!
Truth #10 From Romans Chapter 8
Romans 8:31-39

You may remember the movie “The Lion King” about a young lion cub named Simba who had to grow up too fast and not shrink back from that to which he was called to be King!

It is the same in our own lives. We face similar fears, difficulties, tribulations, sorrows, and sufferings. In the path that brought Simba to maturity and eventual victory, Simba at one point faced his greatest fears when he found himself at the entrance to the Elephant Graveyard. It was there that the little cub stood up to all his fears and said “I laugh in the face of danger.”

This is our final passage in the study of Romans 8. Like Simba, Apostle Paul defiantly and triumphantly raises five unanswered questions meant to give believers a profound assurance of our spiritual security.

If God is for us, who can be against us?
How shall God not also freely give us all things?
Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect?
Who is he who condemns us?
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?

The answers are no one, He will, no one, no one, and no one.


Romans Chapter 8 has also been called the Gospel of the Holy Spirit. It is a pivot stone for us as we mature and advance in the Kingdom of God a chapter where we can come back time after time to be encouraged by its truth.

God loves you more than anything and He loves you right now in your present circumstance. You will never be separated from His love... And because of that we can scale the highest mountains for we are more than conquerors! Press in today to the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

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Truth #9 from Romans Chapter 8

Tuesday, Oct 26, 2010 1:10 PM

Truth #9 from Romans Chapter 8

Romans 8:29-30
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.


God will complete the salvation of every sinner who is converted to Christ. He chose to save believers from our sins so that we might become conformed to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. As the redeemed of God and being conformed to the image of His Son, we will forever glorify Him with the glory He has given us.

In our scripture text, Paul states that there are 5 major elements of our salvation;

Look of each of these terms a little closer:

Foreknowledge- A believer is someone God foreknew. Repentance is OUR first step in faith but God took the first steps. Omniscient God can see both ends of history He sees it alland we can never grasp what that means. It is a mystery. God indeed does foresee faith. He chose us first.

Predestination- This word means to mark out, appoint, or determine beforehand. We are not Christians because of what we have decided about Christ, but because of what God decided about us before the foundation of the world.

Calling- Those who are “called” are those in whose hearts the Holy Spirit works to lead them to saving faiththis is an inward call. God had a plan from the beginning and that plan directly intersects each of our lives.

Justification- All men have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Justification means to be made right with God by God. It is a gift from God through the work of Jesus.

Glorification- All 5 of these 5 terms are inseparable. All of them are the work of God. No one who God foreknows will fail to be predestined, called, justified, and ultimately glorified. As believers, we know without a shadow of doubt that awaiting us is “an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison.” Those who obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus will receive with it eternal glory. (2Tim 2:10). This is God’s guarantee.

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Truth #8 from Romans Chapter 8

Tuesday, Oct 19, 2010 10:22 AM

We Are Called To Belong To Jesus!

Romans 8:28 reads, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose."

There are many familiar expressions used in the English language who's origin is from the Word of God, but who's sense has been lost by overuse and lack of understanding. This passage is an example of such abuse. How often do we hear it glibly spoken; "It'll all work out!" or "Everything will work out for good!" There were times that phrase was spoken to me that set teeth on edge! You too? Yep!

Good Bible study doesn't pull a passage of context and make it to stand alone for interpretation, it must be studied within context for the best understanding. Here by looking at both Romans 8:27 and 28 we see reference to the Holy Spirit working....The Holy Spirit is working... He pleads for God's people in God's own way... In all things He co-operates for good with those who love God. Co- operate. selah. He operates within you.

The work of the Spirit convinces us of sin. The Holy Spirit brings us revelation of Jesus. The Holy Spirit renews our will. The Holy Spirit persuades us to embrace Jesus. The Holy Spirit enables us to embrace Jesus. Each and every one of us has been offered that same opportunity. Did you realize that?

To me, then, "all things" mean this: God's purpose is your salvation. Jesus was the means. The Holy Spirit is the guide.

This passage isn't talking about soothing somebody's ruffled feathers after some sudden circumstance that has come to rock their world, oh no! It reveals the plan of God and the faithfulness of God towards your salvation.

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Truth #7 From Romans Ch 8

Wednesday, Oct 06, 2010 10:57 AM

The Holy Spirit Prays For Us and Through Us
Romans 8:26-27

Joy Dawson, noted missionary, speaker, and intercessor has said of this passage in Romans 8: This promise carries deep instruction. We dare not suppose we can truly intercede effectively on the sole basis of our perspective or understanding. Since we never really thoroughly know how to pray as we ought, we must exercise the humility and faith to wait on God and let the Holy Spirit direct us.

Presumption- supposing we already know how to intercede for others- will not only hinder maximum effectiveness, it will also cause us to miss the thrilling sense of adventure God wants to bless us with as we receive His insight and enablement for intercessory prayer.

How do we know without infinite minds whether God wants to move through us with weeping, travailing, wrestling, fasting, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, dreams, visions, mental pictures, impressions, verses of scripture quickened to us, or silence? Only by waiting on God and giving Him time to move on and through us.

Psalm 62:5 says My soul waits silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him."

see also Is. 55:9/ Ezek 22:30 A.J.D.

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Truth #6 from Romans Ch 8

Tuesday, Sep 21, 2010 11:29 AM

Truth #6 from Romans 8
Vs 20-25
Liberty is ours through Christ

The writer of Romans doesn’t think there's any comparison between the present hard times we endure with the coming good times creation itself can hardly wait for what's coming next. God has his hands on the reins until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

The writer then likens the anticipation of the waiting to pregnancy... with all it’s accompanying birth pangs. The Spirit of God is stirring all of us, and we long for full deliverance, but the waiting does not diminish our pregnancy, we are becoming enlarged in the waitingthe longer we wait, the larger we become, and the more joyful our expectancy.

Do you remember the song, “Jesus, We Celebrate Your Victory.” The lyrics in it say “it was for freedom that Christ has set us free.”

"For freedom" can be understood to mean "not to bring us into another yoke of slavery. Christ freed us from that in which we were born to free us from all bondage.

And so I have come to understand that we wait. We wait like expectant momsknowing our freedom will soon be completely ours, but just not yet. The moment of release has not arrived. God holds back on the reins.

I have felt the bondages. I have walked in futility. I see corruption daily, but it shall not always be like this. Oh no. Oh, no. My deliverer is coming.

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Truth #5 from Romans 8

Tuesday, Sep 07, 2010 11:55 AM

We are headed through hardship to glory.

Romans 8:18-19 “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.”

Often when we embark on some new endeavor, at the conclusion of the matter we have a time of evaluation. We ask ourselves “was it worth it?”

There takes place a measurement of what we had going into the new endeavor, add to it what was gained and what was lost in the process, and by our best reckoning, we come to some conclusion as to whether or not the endeavor was worth it. Are we better off having been gone the process?

More specifically, I ask you, in regards to the conversion of your soul, and your decision to follow Jesus are you now better off?

Are you living larger? Are you making more money? Do you have a bigger home? Are your vacations longer and more extravagant? How’s your marriage? Your kids? Your friends? Your health? Shouldn’t these important factors be a part of the reckoning process?

The fact of the matter is, all our difficulties did not disappear after we found Jesus. The Apostle Paul is also saying that just because we are saved doesn’t mean we have arrived at our final destination.

He is saying the trip is rocky, bumpy, and at times downright ugly but don’t think that this is the way it is always going to be oh, no! When you got saved, your ticket was punched and your destination is the train to Glory!

Glory- The very character of God!
Glory- God’s kingly majesty and absolute perfection!
Glory- The inward personal excellence of Jesus!
Glory- The bright shining of angels!
Glory- The most glorious and exalted condition!
Glory- The place to which Jesus was raised after His death and resurrection!
Glory- The place where true Christians are appointed and shall enter!

In this passage, Apostle Paul is not comparing his life before Christ to his present condition he is saying it’s not even worth taking the time to compare. It’s not worth taking the time. It’s a waste of time. Don’t even bother!

Maybe you’ve been looking back (see Lot’s wife).
The Bible says we are on a trip and we’re only half way there.we are not yet on the other side... Don’t bail out when things get tough Remember- the incredible value of the destination is immeasurable and the cost of your ticket was incalculable.

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Truth #4 from Romans Chapter 8

Wednesday, Sep 01, 2010 10:21 AM

Here is an excerpt from the 8.29.10 message based on Romans 8:14-17 titled "Who’s Your Daddy?" You may listen to the message in its entirety by going to the home page and click on the Message Center.

Sometimes we run around pointing to what we believe is the cause of our lack, and the cause of our affliction, and the cause of our suffering. And, oh that’s the demon of fear, oh that’s the demon of infirmity, oh that’s the demon of this, oh that’s the demon of that. A thought from worship today – I’m not impressed with demons. I’m not going to amplify the work of the father of lies. I’m not gonna do it and I don’t want us as a church to slip into that. God is bigger than that.

Did you ever notice that there’s a world out there. Now, if we’re looking at the reason for our loss and affliction and of our suffering and of our trials – there’s the world, the flesh, the devil. There’s a world out there. That maybe we’re assigning credit (if we can say that) to the devil, when it’s the world. Or maybe it’s in us, maybe it was a choice that we made – that would be the flesh that brings on loss and affliction and suffering in our life because we made some lousy choices, do you know what I mean?

And I tell you pilgrims, have you ever considered that the Holy Spirit is doing a work in you? Did you ever consider for a moment that it might be God? Rather than just jumping on “that’s a demon” bandwagon. I think there’s a lot more to checking the box and I’m not gonna give glory to the father of lies – I said the father of lies. And he stands in the background receiving the glory for way too much more than he deserves and he soaks it up and it inflates his ego and he is charged by that. Can I tell you what? I do not want us to begin to fuel any more ego in Lucifer. We’re children of God. We’re children of God. Full rights, co-heirs!

Don’t faint.

This momentary affliction is light.

Say to yourself, “I can do it!”

God’s glory is going to change you and grow you and pull you out of your suffering!

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Truth #3 from Romans 8

Tuesday, Jul 27, 2010 2:19 PM

Romans Chapter 8 verses 10-13
10And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. 11 The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.
12 Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. 13 For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature,[c] you will live.

Possessors of Resurrection Life

What happens when we ask Jesus to be our Lord? When we invite Jesus to live inside our heart? When we surrender our life to His Lordship? When we stop living our old life of sin and begin to live a life of obedience to Him?

The first thing that happens is that Jesus takes up residency. Yup, Jesus fills out a change of address formChrist now lives in us. Think of it: It’s like Jesus literally moved in. When you called, He hauled. He hauls all the junk out. I see big dumpster bins outside our homes!
Then we begin to eat together, we rest together, we work together, we watch TV together. We study the Bible together. We are inseparable! Best friends!

Next, he begins to do our laundry. Every filthy garment. He washes them all. “Give me them all”, He says. “I will wash them”. We are washed from all the past and present and future sins. When He is done, our wardrobe is spotless, and Jesus says, stay out of those places where they were soiled, that’s all I ask.

Then, Jesus brings us to the Father. That never could have happened by our own doing. You need special permission see the Father. A VIP pass. Nobody no how has those passes but Jesus, and He’s selective on who gets them. Just His friends the ones who ask Him, “will you live in me?”

Asking Jesus to be in charge of our life is saying I will no longer live as if I am the one in charge here I have tried and it leads to failure. By giving up that control, in essence then, I am dying to myself.

Romans 8:10 says same Spirit of God who raised Jesus from the dead now lives in us and begins that very same resurrection work in us! Where we died to our self, He brings new life to us.

Resurrection Life! Resurrection Life brings the promise of a new life! Of eternal life! It brings phase one of the purpose and plan that God has for our life! Let the work begin! It brings a confidence of our new faith! It brings revelation and understanding of Him who died so that we may live! It brings power! It brings a desire to live as Christ did. A life of humility, a life of love.

Resurrection Life means we can be separate from that ugly old man we once were. It means a new start a new beginning! It brings with it joy inexpressible and full of glory that such a one as I can be useful to my God, my Lord, my King!

The scripture says if you live your life according to your fancy, you will die. But if in the power of the Spirit who lives in you through Jesus Christ, then you shall live!

Do you have Resurrection Life?

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