• Emmaus Encounters

    Have you ever found yourself on the right road but going the wrong direction?  A few years ago I depended on my GPS to guide me to a particular location. Then I started realizing I was not 100% certain it would get me where I wanted to go.  I was on the right road but was trusting a device to get me to a designated place.  The Bible is full of stories where people got on the right road but it wasn’t leading them to the plan God had for them. It would be so amazing if we could discern […]

  • The Bible (Referenced in the Message on August 23, 2020)

    The Bible (Copied with permission) This book contains: the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers. Its doctrine is holy. Its precepts are binding. Its histories are true. Its decisions are immutable.  Read it to be wise, believe it to be saved, and practice it to be holy. It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you. It is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword and the Christian’s charter. Here heaven is open, and the […]

  • OHC Students Summer 2020 – Chester Whisonant

    Thank you for taking a minute to pray for our students. OHC is committed to a quality student program that needs your prayers. You can pray for our summer activities, you can pray for schooling options for each of them and you can pray for their families. Be sure to go onto the student page of this web site to learn how you can get involved.

  • Arriving at Courage – Boldness – Gearl Spicer

    Arriving at Courage – Boldness (Hebrews 10:19-25) – Gearl Spicer What is the boldest step you have ever taken? Boldness is moving with supernatural confidence and conviction that He is guiding every step! Let’s look at a few scriptures related to boldness as we begin. Ephesians 3:11-12 says, “This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him” Philippians 1:19-20 says, “…for I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayers and the provision of the Spirit […]

  • Grace Beyond Your Imagination – Gearl Spicer

    Grace Beyond Your Imagination – Titus 3:4-8 Is grace a characteristic that people see in you? Grace can lead to a life changing encounter with the One who loves you perfectly and grants you the privilege of a relationship with Him! Grace often motivates us to do something with our lives that counts! Let’s look at two verses about grace. Romans 2:4 says, “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? And Ephesians 2:7,10 says, “…so that in the ages to come […]

  • Confidence in a Confounding Time – Gearl Spicer

    Are you operating with confidence in the midst of this crisis? Often a crisis can lead to a time of uncertainty and a lack of confidence. As we look at these passages in Philippians, we can see that Paul writes about this very subject. You can actually gain confidence during times of crisis if you have the right perspective.  Disruptions can lead to direction while challenges can lead to conviction. Frustration can lead to Focus and emotion lead to wisdom. Let’s look at these passages. “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work […]

  • Intimate Encounters of Prayer – Gearl Spicer

    Do you remember your mom praying? What do you recall about your most intimate encounters with God? Did you know that intimate prayer changes our direction? It can move us from anxiety to peace, from issues to identity, from pain to purpose and from selfishness to glory. All this happens because of the power or prayer in our lives. Let’s look at 3 key verses about prayer. “Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” John […]

  • Destined for Victory – Gearl Spicer

    Destined for Victory Can I win in this life? For some of you this might be an interesting question right now? But I can assure you that we have all asked this question at some point in our lives. We all deal with “things.” Momentary defeat steals our long-term perspective. Doubt disables our direction in life and deception rules a defeated heart. What does the Bible say about this? Can we have victory? Look at the following three verses with me. In John 16:33 Jesus shares a tremendous promise. “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me […]

  • Focused on His Faithfulness – Gearl Spicer

    1 Thessalonians 5:14-22,24 How can we be sure that we don’t quench the Spirit during these days? How can we be sure that we don’t take the energy out of all that He is doing and speaking to us? From this passage, we know that we must do three major things: We must be sure to maintain sensitivity to the things around us. The Holy Spirit will keep us sensitive to what He is doing! We must examine carefully that we’re not making assumptions. Don’t assume anything from all that you are hearing. Let God be the One who speaks […]

  • Experiencing True Love – Gearl Spicer

    Experiencing True Love Let me start by asking you a question. How would you describe God’s love? That could certainly be a daunting task. Many would describe a moment in time when they felt His love. Some may have a person that comes to mind who shows the Love of God in everything they do. As believers we may describe the Love of God in many ways and we can look to God’s Word for many scriptures and stories that help us understand it. There are many keys to understanding His love. These all can be seen throughout the Bible. […]

  • Grasping a Complete Joy – Gearl Spicer

    Grasping a Complete Joy Let’s face it, we often settle for less. We get in a big hurry or we think we need something right away. God has given us an incredible opportunity to be still and to listen to Him and believe we should not settle for anything. Did you know that He desires we have joy in even the most difficult of circumstances? Every challenge we face is a chance to experience real joy. Joy is a deep delight transcending any situation. Take a look at three scriptures that relate to joy in our lives. “These things I […]

  • Axis of a Living Faith

    Axis–defined–real or imaginary line of which something rotates The line can be imaginary but it still exists!  How we identify our axis determines the power of our true faith.  God provided Jesus to all of us that would become our axis of life.  He is not imaginary but truly visible in our lives. That real line aligns our hearts with His purpose.  A few weeks ago I shared a question posed by a dear friend: Can we trust His purpose when we don’t understand His plans?  We can certainly trust Him if our axis is Jesus.   Last week I shared a great quote on our weekly […]