Studies in Matthew

  Matthew is one of the recorded witness of Jesus earthly ministry. In this day and age it is important that we not only know what Jesus said and did, but also who He was and is. Visit the teaching section on this webpage or visit the Hosanna...
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Encounter

  On the first Sunday night of every month, coming up on April 8th at 6 pm, we will be gathering at Hosanna Fellowship for a time of worship and waiting in the Presence of the Lord Jesus. Be encouraged to come and bring a friend to Encounter Him....
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Taylor Scout Smith Memorial Page

There are many people that have asked questions about more information concerning Taylor Smith. Here are a few links that will help you in discovering...
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Living Life Extravagantly-Paying it Forward

Recently, I have heard many stories about our need to “Pay it Forward”. It seems as if that has become a catch phrase within our culture to engage in benevolent activities. Don’t get me wrong, I firmly believe in doing kind things to/for people whenever/wherever I can. However, it  reminds me of the song “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and the line that says “he knows if you have been bad or good so be good for goodness sake”.  There may be a nobility veiled in doing good for goodness sake, but knowing human nature there generally is an underlying incentive. For most people the idea of “paying it forward” means you do something good, kind, and unexpected for a friend, co-worker, or stranger knowing that in time you may benefit from someone similarly. I’m not knocking that rationale; as a matter of fact there is even a Scriptural basis for such a belief. Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. (Galatians 6:7) Yet, I want to elevate our thinking about the nature of “Paying it Forward”. In 1834 a Brethren pastor named George Muller felt led by the Holy Spirit to start caring for orphans in Bristol, England. In addition to pastoring a local congregation, developing training schools, traveling evangelically around the world, and housing and feeding over 10,000 orphans, George Mueller had over 7.5 million dollars pass through his ministry’s hands by the time of his death, while never soliciting donations. Everything that came to the ministry came as a result of prayer. George Muller’s idea of “Paying it Forward” was whatever he had belonged to God anyway. And since he started with nothing, anything he had God gave him anyway, so why not give it away to fulfill God’s purposes. Trust in the Lord is the proper motivation for giving. Giving, with the Great Giver in mind, can free us from the love of money and position us in partnering with God in making eternal impact in lives around...
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Living Life Extravagantly-Love the Motivation of Heaven

We do what we do for many reasons. Have you ever taken inventory of what you do and why you do it? I mean the basic things of life. Not how you get ready in the morning, but how you treat your family, your co-workers, your friends, your enemies, and strangers. Sometimes being a little introspective can yield tremendous insight into our behavior patterns, and if we ask the right questions it may give insight into our true motivations. It was a beautiful spring day in 1985. The conditions for the horse race were just right. Thousands of people had gathered to watch as well as bet on the races. I along with a friend had traveled to Louisville, Kentucky to Churchill Downs not to spectate or to gamble, but to preach. Many hundreds of people were outside the gates at the racetrack just waiting to hear the good news of the Gospel…right? Not exactly! We were aware that the crowd probably didn’t want to hear a preacher that day, but by golly we were going to give it to them anyway. We would take turns speaking with other street preachers that day, and as far as the content of  the messages of hope and salvation; the Gospel was going forth with clarity. I am in no way condemning street preaching, sometimes truth needs to be spoken on the public square simply as a witness to those not willing to hear it. However, I was about to come face to face with truth in a way I had never while I was standing to proclaim it. A drunk Quaker, yes I said a drunk Quaker, called me over to speak with me after I had delivered my message. He asked me a few questions about my hometown, my family, my church, chit chat kind of things, and then he asked me a question that got my attention like I’m sure the whip gets the horse’s attention on the racetrack. He asked “Why are you preaching here?”  I retorted quickly; “Because people need to hear the truth and the Gospel of Jesus Christ can transform anyone who receives it!” “Yes, yes I know that” he said. But what I am asking is “Why are you preaching here?” I again responded to the apparent reason as to why any of us should witness to the fact that God’s plan of salvation...
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Living Life Extravagantly

Being reared in East Tennessee (people not from here call it eastern Tennessee),  I was taught to live  safely and to go along to get along. Being a  good citizen, student, and even Christian seemed to be synonymous. So, I attempted to look good on the outside and BE what I was taught. As a matter of fact I won the citizenship award one year and was considered by those around me a pretty good person. However, even as a teenager I realized I was empty and headed down the path I was taught led to destruction. I had an older brother who had already rebelled against the status quo and entered the death zone of drugs and cults. I too was facing physical difficulties. I had broken 11 bones in 13 years and finally had discovered I had a bone disorder. The disorder was like osteoporosis except for kids. It was with this backdrop in my life that I encountered something so surprising. A God who was really real, kind, loving, and compassionate. On one winter day in January 1979 while watching a TV preacher, Jesus miraculously healed my diseased bones. The preacher simply said “There is someone out there that has a problem with their shins like shin splints and God is healing you right now.” I did not have shin splints, but I did say “Jesus that is good enough for me; if you will heal me.” Like a surge of electricity,  energy or power ran through my lower leg, and I felt my bones fill up. In fact there was a little divot in the top of my tibia that filled up underneath my fingers. Through tears, I told my father who was seated in the same room, “Jesus just healed my leg.” With the voice of disbelief, the doctor confirmed my healing a week later. I had encountered something, someone who was unlike my rearing. He was Extravagant. One of the definitions of extravagant is exceeding the limits of reason or necessity. Jesus Christ is a God who loves extravagantly, heals extravagantly, forgives extravagantly, and provides extravagantly. His extravagance requires an extravagant response. And for that reason, I am no longer living it safe or holding back, but giving all for His glory! This is my aim and for the next season I will be talking about ways He has displayed His extravagance and how...
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