Jubiliee Testimonies

This is a time to look back and reclaim the feeling, assurance, commitment, and love we have for the Lord Jesus Christ. You can revisit the 50 days of Jubilee Testimonies to view previously published testimony letters from our congregation.



Heritage Jubilee Testimony Day 16

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Monday, January 31, 2011, Day 16

                                                                                  GROWING IN GOD


The church means God’s house – warm and cozy as a large blanket.  When you put it on, you are safe, warm, and comfortable.  The people in the Bible worked for God to please him in the manner of their abilities; to teach, or to serve in other ways.  As they worked, they were happy to serve God in their own way and it was not work, it was a pleasure.

In this church you can serve God in many ways.  As you serve Him here with others you become a family - a family of God.  When your family grows you are happy.  Just think how happy God is when His family grows!

If you want that warm and cozy feeling, put God on in this church.  You will not be alone and you will not be sorry that you work for God.

When I put Him on, truly put Him on, my family in God grew, my faith in God grew and my service to God grew.  If you grow in God, you will grow in the church then your family in God will grow.

Paul Sayre
Men In The Kitchen

 

 

Heritage Jubilee Testimony Day 14

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Saturday, January 29, 2011, Day 14


                                                     LEANING ON GOD AND MY CHURCH FAMILY


I feel that God directed Charles and me to Heritage as our new church home.  There is warmth and a real sense of love among all the people that make up this church.  The Pastor’s sermons, Bible studies, Sunday school class, and plays have helped me to grow in the love and knowledge of Jesus.  I see and feel God working in my life and in the church.

Shortly after we started attending Heritage, we began to see the healing power of prayer in this church.  I already knew that God could heal and that prayer was important, but I had never seen it as dramatically as I did in this church.  As a result, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009, it was not at all difficult for me to put it in God’s hands and depend on Him.  I not only had God to lean on, but I had the love and prayers of the people in my church family and that was very important.

Dorothy Taylor
Drama Team


 

 

Heritage Jubilee Testimony Day 12

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Thursday, January 27, 2011, Day 12


GOD IS LOVE


When I think of just the word heritage, I think of something that can be passed along from generation to generation.  And if ever I were asked to name only one thing I would want to pass along to my children and grandchildren, most definitely it would be love. 

When I was thinking about the meaning and the origin of the word love, I realized that the word love has a meaning that is impossible to describe and it has no origin!  Love always was, is, and always will be.   Love is not a feeling.  Love is alive and it is a true and whole entity that envelopes and embodies all; not just some.  So what is this little four letter word that is so big and so wonderful that it is indescribable?  God is Love – Love is God!

At Heritage Church of God, I am a part of a very large family.  I have many brothers and sisters in Christ.  Love is our corner stone and also the ground on which this church was built.  I feel very blessed to be a part of God’s family, this church.  Yes, there are times when we let the “outside” world in the doors of our family’s home and feelings get hurt or feathers get ruffled; however, our patriarch lives among us and He touches us.  His love is rubbed onto us and then all is well again.

When you are asked what church you go to, please don’t say “Heritage.”  Make sure you always say “Heritage Church of GOD,” because this is HIS house!  Not every church keeps God as the hub of their wheel; but at Heritage Church of God, God is alive, well, and living among us.


Margie Campos
Bible Study Leader

 

Heritage Jubilee Testimony Day 15

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Sunday, January 30, 2011, Day 15

                                                                   MIRACLES IN PROGRESS

As many of you know, I am a local pediatrician (aka “Jett’s doctor”).  I have been going to Heritage Church of God/North Cove Church of God since I was a baby, but the biggest blessing has been since I have been able to care for many of the children in the church as their pediatrician.  I remember when Pastor Fry first started at the church and telling him I was going to be a pediatrician.  It’s hard to believe that was 25 years ago.  It was a long, hard road, but I finally made it.  I have dealt with the joy and excitement of the birth of a newborn baby, to the sadness and grief with the illness and death of a child.  There is probably nothing worse than dealing with the death of a child.  I think the only way you can handle this is by having a strong faith in God and knowing He has a plan. 

I have been fortunate to witness one of God’s true miracles…Jett Quigg.  What an absolutely amazing kid!  Most of you know that he was one of twins with extreme prematurity, weighing barely over one pound, and given little hope to survive.  Unfortunately, God took his twin brother, Seth.  Even if Jett survived, he was not given much hope to lead a normal and productive life.  He has proven everyone wrong.  Although he has been in and out of the hospital numerous times and had more surgeries than anyone should ever have, he has come out stronger than anyone could imagine.  Jett doesn’t surprise me though; he is God’s work in progress. 

I didn’t know Andrea and Josh Quigg very well until we developed a bond through Jett.  It started from the time I visited Andrea when she was on bed rest before delivering the babies, to our time in the neonatal intensive care unit, countless hospital admissions, office visits, and numerous phone calls and texts.  My family has developed a close friendship with the Quiggs that I am so thankful for.  My daughter, Amber, tells everyone her best friend is Jett.  We have all been able to witness this little miracle that will be 6 years old next month.  It is hard to believe.  

This is what God laid on my heart to be jubilant about.  God had a plan for me to become a pediatrician.   Heritage church has given me the opportunity to be a part of your children’s lives.  For this I am forever grateful.

God Bless,
Angela Below, M.D.

 

Heritage Jubilee Testimony Day 13

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Friday, January 28, 2011, Day 13

WHO ARE MY BROTHERS?
Matthew 12:47-50


Why do things happen the way they do?  Have you ever had that thought?  I learned a long time ago that God is always in control.  ALWAYS.  

I had been asked to accept a position as music director at a local church.  I thought about it and prayed for a year thinking I already knew I did not want to do it.  But, God had other plans for me.  When I told the person who asked me that I would accept, I told her I didn’t know why I was doing this.  I didn’t really feel “at home” at the church and I did not feel at the time that it would be a time of growth.  But I did feel the Lord wanted me to take that position.  After I accepted, one night I asked God why I was there and he wrote on my heart, “You are here for a reason and only for a season”.  That season lasted two years.

During that time, we had been invited to come to Heritage Church of God for their evening service.  Not once in that time did Pastor Fry ever ask us to leave where we were and start coming here all the time.  He just encouraged us and the many others who were attending here only at night.  He let us know we were members of the night church.  The people made us feel a part, some even sang in the cantata one year and served on the evening Praise Team.  Some started coming on Wednesday evenings too.

Upon being relieved of my position due to a new pastor and the church changing directions, my husband and I discussed where we were going to start worshipping on Sunday mornings.  We decided for the first week we would come to Heritage, but vowed not to make a commitment here.  We walked in that first Sunday morning in January and Pastor Fry welcomed us, literally, with open arms and I still remember his words, “Welcome Home.”  He did not even know of the events that led up to us coming there, but he knew in his heart that God had sent us.  We left that day knowing that was where the Lord wanted us and we were “HOME”.

We have seen a lot of changes here.  After all a church is made up of people, therefore, change will happen.  But each time it gets better and better and God keeps sending more neat people through the door.  

I have been in church all my life.  My dad was a pastor and missionary, so yes, ALL my life.  I can honestly say this is the best church ever.  Is it perfect?  No, I’m here, so it can’t be.  But it is full of people that are growing and learning in the Lord.  It is filled with people who genuinely love each other.  We pray, cry, laugh, eat, play and worship together.

This is my family and I love every one of you.  I don’t know you yet?  I still love you because you are part of His family and that makes you part of my family.  Yes, God is ALWAYS in control.

Matthew 12:47 someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to speak to you.” 48 He relied to them, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?” 49 Pointing to His diciples, He said, “Here are my mother and my brothers 50 For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

Lynn Bryant
Director of Music

 

Heritage Jubilee Testimony Day 11

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011, Day 11

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HERITAGE


It’s not as if I haven’t gone to church all my life.  In fact, I have belonged to a few very spiritual churches.  So what is it that keeps me here at Heritage Church of God?  It may sound cliché, but it has to be the people that keep me here. 
I remember the first time I walked in the doors with my sister, Beth, and it felt like everyone that greeted us really wanted us there.  The best part is that it still feels like that after attending for nearly eight years.  Heritage has offered so many opportunities to grow in the Spirit but none of that would continue if it weren’t for the people who want to keep that Spirit in the center of all we do. 
I pray that the Lord continues to work with our church to keep us growing in His grace and knowledge and that we don’t take for granted that gift. 

Jeannie Langenderfer
Junior Youth Teacher

 
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