A Jealous God

MESSAGE. In the second commandment we learn that our God is a jealous God. God’s jealousy is not like our self-centered love. We find Him to be a loving Husband to Israel (Jeremiah 31:31-33). He assures us that His care is greater than that of an earthly mother (Isaiah 49:15). He invites us to call Him Our Father (Matt. 6:9).  His heart expresses His protective zeal for those who are His by creation and salvation. He made us and rescued us to know and enjoy Him forever. How could we ask for anything more than a God who is so zealous—and jealous—for our happiness?

This Sabbath I’ll continue my “The Ten Commandments” series. We’ll learn together why in the second commandment our Heavenly Father calls Himself a Jealous God.

MINISTRY. Many volunteers showed up last Sabbath night to help our church get ready for the Spring Yard Sale. We were all sad to hear that Jackie Rose got sick the night before. His dear wife Juanita pulled a great team together and the Sunday Yard Sale was a success! $2,000 were raised towards a new sanctuary AC unit. Praise God! Thank You, everyone, who contributed household items, baking stuff, and your precious time.


Invite your friends to an outdoor concert presented by OAKS and Bowman Hill schools on April 9th at 4 pm on Cambridge Square in Ooltewah. Thank you, Wes Bradford for putting this concert together. This event will present an excellent opportunity to invite the community to our upcoming Bible Seminar. The seminar dates are April 26th though 29th at 7 pm. The seminar topic is “Reformation Today.”


PRAYERS. Richard Dahlberg is back home after surgery. Let the Lord grant him a speedy recovery.

Little Zoe has also been discharged from the hospital. Robert and Ty are grateful for your prayers.

Preston Jones had an eventful week. Here is an email that just now came from Connie: “Dear family and friends, This is Friday afternoon and we are just getting home. I will start at the beginning and try to give you an update of our week. Preston had an appointment with Dr. Chung on Tuesday to have a skin cancer removed. He took the medications prescribed that evening and had a reaction to it and was nauseated and terrible sweating and chills all night. The next morning I went to buy groceries and Preston decided to run into the office to get a few urgent projects done. As I was checking out my grocery, Michaela called (Miracle # one that I answered the phone) me stating that Papaw was not feeling well and was at Kennedy Clinic. I immediately went there and Howard had given him medication and had done a EKG and felt he should go to emergency and see if there was a problem.(Miracle #2 Preston was at Kennedy clinic and could get help.) I ran home to drop the groceries off while they were calling an ambulance. Jenifer was with Preston, Michaela went to help me empty the groceries. When, we drove up in the driveway we saw that Jimmy was there cutting our yard…I burst out in tears of thanks that he was there with us!

The ambulance driver was very stern that Memorial was full and he was referred to Erlanger. Jenifer told him his doctor was at Memorial and that is where we were going. He was exasperated and told us that he would be sitting in the parking lot in the ambulance for at least 2 hrs. We went to Memorial and my dear friend, Joanne Rozelle was volunteering at the emergency registration. She went into hyper gear and we are not sure how it all came about but Preston was in a room in 10 minutes. We were there until 11:30 p.m. before getting to CDU. The next morning Dr. Warren’s office had scheduled a Nuclear Stress Test. An opening became available at 10:ish and they were told they needed the results before 12:00 because a group of doctors were meeting together and could make the decision what would be the next step. Miracle again, they got the results and the group studied it and felt that an arteriogram was absolutely necessary to see what the stressed areas found in the test. They came to our room and told us we had 5 minutes to decide if we would agree to do it immediately or later. They had 7 minutes before the 24 hour time limit would expire for the blood work that they had done the day before. He had been fasting and there was a team in radiation that had just finished their last procedure for the day. We prayed and reluctantly said yes, we wanted to get the testing done. He was whisked away and about one hour later the doctor gave us the report that he had two areas that they had found that had to be corrected. They had put the two stints in and that Preston was doing well.

The doctor came out and had pictures of the work they had done. It was another miracle that something really bad had not already happened. Like a couple of days before he had picked up 2 very heavy batteries and installed them in the motor home. They had the arteries open and you could see the flow of blood running smoothly through them. We all had a “happy party” and thanked the Lord for orchestrating the last several days to this happy climax.

It was a rough week and yes, we would rather not have gone through it…but as we look back and see miracle after miracle how it all pieced together, our hearts are thrilled to know we have an awesome God that watches over us and knows every need. Some answers we don’t understand and others are more visible…Someday, we will understand that every happening is for our best good in the end.

Thanks to everyone for your concern and love. We will be rested and healed and going strong again soon.Your prayers are what we covet most and we will be forever grateful. The Preston Jones Family ”

Have a blessed Sabbath day. See you tomorrow,


Who Is Your God?

MESSAGE. Today’s church struggles with idolatry just like the nation of Israel struggled with it. Repeatedly Israel invited God’s displeasure by their dual allegiance which was and is idolatry. Elijah saw the condition of Israel’s dual allegiance and challenged Israel to settle the issue as to who or what their god was. We also must settle the issue as to who our God is. When God declares, “You shall have no other gods before me,” His point is essentially this: “I am the omnipotent God. Accept no impotence, no fakes, no dysfunction. I am omnipresent and omniscient. If your god can be made with your own hands, that’s a fail. No harlotting with Buddha, Vishnu, Brahman, or Muhammad. No false gods. I am Elohim, El Shaddai, El Elyon, Yaweh, God, Judge, Creator, the All-Sufficient One, the Most High God. I am in charge. I love you. Do what I say. I am God.”

This Sabbath morning I am starting a new sermon series on The Ten Commandments. Tomorrow morning is Part 1 “Who Is Your God?”


“A Fresh Start” program has been a huge blessing to everyone who chose to be a part of this adventurous journey. Our Health Ministry team did a fabulous job. Thank you, Sylvia Hyde, Jennifer Verduzco, Molly Recchia and everyone else who was an integral part of this life changing experience. Below is a brief report from Molly on the last segment of the program:

“The finale event for the 2017 A Fresh Start Health and Fitness Challenge was held this past Sunday. Participants gathered for a final event to celebrate having practiced healthy habits such as getting fresh air, exercise, and rest and consuming more fruits, vegetables, and water as well as improving our relationships with God and others during the 8 week challenge. The celebration included a healthy meal, smoothies, and drawings for great prizes.

Educational and encouragement sessions were held every two weeks throughout the challenge and included presentations by local physicians, a nurse practitioner, and local professor and developer of Intermittent Training as well as for healthy food demonstrations.

The Health Ministry team urges us to continue to strive to live healthier lives and care for the “temples” God has given us.

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Health Rally by E.W. Dempsey on April 29th. See you then!” Molly Recchia


PASTOR AUBREY: “The last few weeks have been a whirlwind! It started with a sickness that lasted 11 days and I was unsure I would be able to travel. The elders came to my house and anointed me and by God’s grace, I was feeling better within 24hrs.

I was then off to France and Israel with my mom. We had a GREAT time and were very blessed. The most touching moment of the trip for me was to have the privilege to rebaptize my mom in the Jordan River on my 24th birthday. I got to be a part of my mom being reborn on the day she gave me birth. I’m blessed and speechless indeed. Then, after a short time back at home, I was off again to be the maid-of-honor in my best friend’s wedding. So, after much travel and little sleep, I’m glad to be home. I’ve missed you all and look forward to sharing more with you about my trip tomorrow morning. Happy Sabbath : )

Last Sabbath some of our youth went to the conference wide Youth & Young Adult Festival, Regenerate. Testimonies from mission trips, powerful sermons, and laughs were shared throughout the day and I know many were blessed. Thank you to each of you who made the day possible.

This Saturday night at 7:30pm we will have youth vespers in the sanctuary and then open gym. See you there!”

ANNUAL CHURCH YARD SALE. Are you ready to support our big yard sale? The funds raised from the sale will go towards a new AC unit for our sanctuary. However, as of this morning we are still low on the items donated for the yard sale. But it is not too late. Bring the items you are willing to donate on Sabbath night or early Sunday morning. Come even if you don’t have anything to donate. Jackie and Juanita need your help in setting up the tables, greeting people from the community, making new friends and inviting them to our April Bible seminar.

Here is a message from Edymar sent to our church men: “Gentlemen, I hope this email finds you doing well. This Sunday is our monthly breakfast and we have the opportunity to help the church raise money to replace the sanctuary HVAC unit. The plan is to sell a breakfast plate that will include pancakes, breakfast links and a cup of juice. We will meet at 6:45-7:00am to start the set up and cook while enjoying some fellowship. If you are able to help with cooking and serving, please call, text or find me at church tomorrow and let me know.”


CEREAL BARREL. Yesterday Julia Easter sent me a sad message. Our Community Cereal Barrel is almost empty. You can actually see the bottom. This is not right. I know that our church sincerely cares about the needy families in our community. I pray that we will fix this problem and make that barrel overflow on a weekly basis.

PRAYERS. Our regular church visitor Richard Dahlberg had surgery on Wednesday morning. He is currently at Memorial hospital and needs our prayer support. Please, remember his wife Adele who is there with Richard day and night.

Don Morgan is back home. His body is week, but his spirit is strong. As always he is smiling and hoping to be back at church soon.

Please, keep Dorothy Champion in your prayers daily.

RESOURCES. Online tithe and offering is available on our church website http://www.ooltewahchurch.org

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See you tomorrow,


“I Am With You Always”.

November-13-image-Matthew-28-Mark-16-I-Am-With-You-AlwaysMESSAGE. Now it is time to proclaim the Kingdom of God to all nations.  Jesus instructed His disciples to go, teach and baptize all nations. What were they to teach? They were to teach people to observe all things Jesus had commanded. Finally He ends with the promise of assurance. He promised that He would be with them always. They would not have to worry about being alone. They would not have to be overcome with fear and doubt. Jesus was with them.

This promise is extended to us today. Jesus promised that He would be with us, even until the end of the world. There is nothing that can separate us from His love. Regardless of our situations, we must know and have confidence that Jesus is with us always.

MINISTRY. I have not been posting anything on my church blog for the last two weeks for two very simple reasons: I was either standing in front of a crowd of people preaching or catching numerous flights. Actually since the day I left for Russia/Ukraine I preached in total forty times. In between these preaching engagements I accidentally marched through the streets of Moscow alongside the Russian Communist party leader, Comrade Zuganov; presented  Bible studies to the baptismal class; took an 18 hour train ride to the war town zone of Eastern Ukraine learning through your own headache that second-hand smoke does kill; met hundreds of wonderful spiritually-hungry people who take every possible seat an hour before the meeting starts; spent a night in the emergency room where you’re expected to appear with your own syringes, medications, and toilet paper; learned that God is strong to help and to heal; realized what great God we serve when 300 people joined the baptismal class! If you are still not convinced that we’re living in a very special time in the history of this world come tomorrow morning to hear the expanded version of my mission trip report.

I’d also like to express my heartfelt THANK YOU to our wonderful office staff and ministry leaders for doing an exceptional job while your pastor was on another continent. During my first visit with the church board two and a half years ago you asked me to build a church that is not “pastor dependent.” So, you got it! 🌟

Chattanooga Community Kitchen. Ooltewah church shows its caring spirit in helping feed the hungry in downtown Chattanooga. Thank you, everyone who got up early Sabbath morning on March 11 to cook and serve breakfast to hundreds of dear souls. I borrowed the photos below from Becky Denton’s Facebook:

Everyone is invited to a concert tomorrow night. The Concert starts at 7 pm. Details below:

Sabbath picnic. The forecast is threatening a high chance of rain tomorrow. The picnic that was originally supposed to be held at Elsie Holmes Nature Park will be moved to the Fellowship Hall following 2nd service. We still plan to eat picnic foods together.

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Happy Sabbath! See you tomorrow morning,