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James R. Horne

Alabama State Overseer

P. O. Box 650

Bessemer, AL  35021

(423) 310-2702


The Church of God

General Headquarters

P. O. Box 450

Charleston, TN  37310

(423) 339-8624

General Website

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The Church of God, International Offices located in Cleveland, Tennessee, is the worldwide headquarters of The Church of God. Our vision and mission is to keep and guard the truth, to evangelize the whole world with the full Gospel, to gather God's sheep into one Body, and to strive for the perfection of the saints.

This website is the home of The Church of God in the state of Alabama. It is our desire and endeavor to see the gospel of Jesus Christ and the message of His Church grow and flourish throughout our state.

From our State Overseer:

The Powerful and Vital Teaching of the Resurrection

One of our “29 Important Bible Truths” concerns the fundamental teaching of the resurrection. The Scriptures inspired our forefathers through Theocratic government to pen the following: “All the righteous dead will be raised in the first resurrection which is at Christ’s appearing. The resurrection of the wicked dead will occur after the thousand years reign of Christ on earth. See Isa. 26:19; Dan. 12:2; John 5:28-29; Acts 24:15; Rev. 20:5-6.”

Bishop A. J. Tomlinson said, “It was the resurrection of Jesus that the apostles gave witness with great power. This point of doctrine was mocked and scoffed, but this did not keep the apostles from telling about it. And this was one of the mighty points of teaching that was dwelt upon by the preachers of the early Church. It won its way like a fiery dart into the hearts of the multitudes as it was proclaimed everywhere. And the plan of redemption is not complete without the beautiful and glorious resurrection. Paul declared that men were still in their sins if Jesus did not rise from the dead…” (A. J. Tomlinson by Lillie Duggar, p. 580).

“Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming” (1 Cor. 15:12-23). We see in these verses the great significance of the resurrection, relative to our eternity. As was stated in Paul’s writings to The Church of God at Corinth, without this biblical doctrine, we have no hope and our faith is vain.

Bishop M. A. Tomlinson wrote that “We have the assurance that our Christ rose from the dead and at His appearing all those who are His will hear His voice and come forth from their graves. Our faith is not vain; our Christ is risen and He said, ‘Because I live, ye shall live also.’ …The blessed Son of God is the resurrection and the life according to His own word. We believe His word; we believe Paul’s word; we believe the dead in Christ shall rise...” (WWM, April 1960). Let us be encouraged from the promises of the Word of God.

“But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave: for he shall receive me” (Psa. 49:15).

“He will swallow up death in victory...” (Isa. 25:8).

“…and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord” (1 Thess. 4:16-17).

“I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction...” (Hosea 13:14).

Job 14:14 says, “If a man die, shall he live again?” The answer follows, “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God.”

“That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection…” (Phil. 3:10).

As we hold close all of the biblical teachings of The Church of God, our hearts longingly look toward the resurrection. As He arose, we shall also! Let us conclude with this familiar Blue Book song:

I'll have a new home of love eternal

Where the redeemed of God shall stand

There'll be no more sorrow, no more pain

There'll be no more strife

Yes, raised in the likeness of my Savior

Ready to live in Glory Land.

I'll have a new body, Praise the Lord

I'll have a new life!

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