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This site exists to provide our "Family of God" spiritual nourishment
and encouragement. Whether you are one of the many folks we've met on
your travels in the Western Mountains of North Carolina, or just a
casual visitor to our site, WELCOME!!

 

WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON BEGINNING JANUARY 11, 2015
We hope to do some much needed renovations during the interim.
We look forward to reopening this spring, physically renewed and refreshed.
In the meantime, please continue to follow us here on Facebook and at the church website.
We ARE the Fontana Community Church, together in His Spirit,no matter where we may be!

BLESSINGS IN JESUS! 
 

April 23: Wedding Blessings to Mr. & Mrs. Ribbon
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July 11: Wedding Blessings to Mr. & Mrs. Harvey
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November 7: Wedding Blessings to Mr. & Mrs. Shapiro
November 29: Wedding Blessings to Mr. & Mrs. McLeod
 

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SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE LESSONS

03/01 WHO KNOWS...                   Audio

Billowing fire as ancient Jerusalem is laid waste and burnt to the ground by marauding enemies. Ominous plumes of smoke just minutes before the 220 floors of the Twin Towers implode following a terrorist attack. What could they possibly have in common?

More than you think!  

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02/22 ONE GREATER THAN THE TEMPLE IS HERE    Audio

“I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.” Matthew 12:6.

When Jesus said this in reply to the Pharisees who were accusing Him of doing something unlawful on the Sabbath, His reply rocked their religious world. He blew apart every worship concept they had of their temple and their Sabbath, what we call today our “church” and our “Sunday”.

And He wasn’t even standing in a pulpit when He nailed Israel for their “religiousness”. He and his disciples were walking through a field of grain, on their way to the temple in Jerusalem. The disciples were hungry, so they began plucking some of the grains of wheat and eating them.   More...

2/15 ESCAPE, YOU WHO LIVE IN THE DAUGHTER OF BABYLON!      Audio

Surprisingly, the US 1990-1991 Gulf War actually interrupted the 20th century ...rebuilding of the long lost city of Babylon. The inscription on the bricks used in the new construction of the city says it all. "This was built by Saddam Hussein, son of Nebuchadnezzar, to glorify Iraq.”

...A lot of us Christians think that many Old Testament subjects are just simply history and don’t really apply to us anymore. We all need this lesson today as a warning that the physical and spiritual presence of the infamous biblical Babylon still does exist. And to this day, that greatly affects the outcome of our future. More...

2/8 INSTEAD HE WITHDREW… TO A VILLAGE CALLED EPHRAIM  Audio

“Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the people of Judea. Instead he withdrew to a region near the wilderness, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.” John 11:54.

Soon after raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus retreated to the village of Ephraim. That village is believed to be the same one known today as  Ephraim-Taybeth. 1400 people still live in this picturesque mountain town. The video “Snow in Taybeth 2/3/2012” by former resident Wizam Khoury is absolutely the perfect setting as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus during the last winter of His life.  More...

 

2/1 DO YOU BELIEVE THIS?   Audio

Jesus Christ spent the last winter of His life comforting those He loved by speaking eternal words of promise and hope. “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26.

We can trace the footsteps of Jesus during the winter months by referring back to John 10:22. “Then came the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem. It was winter and Jesus was in the temple area…” More...

1/25 BREAK CAMP AND ADVANCE…    Audio
 

Around 1400 BC, in the desert east of the Jordan, in the territory then called Moab, Deuteronomy 1:3 records this: “In the fortieth year, on the first day of the eleventh month, Moses proclaimed to the Israelites all that the LORD had commanded him concerning them.” 

Moses proceeded to deliver a stern, yet impassioned accounting of the Israelite journey of the last 40 years. He pointed out that if the nation had followed God’s perfect roadmap instead of their own, and set aside their fears, needs and wants, they could have avoided generations of heartache and struggle. More...

01/18    $3 WORTH OF GOD: I AM THE LORD             Audio

"I would like to buy three dollars' worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk, or a snooze in the sunshine...I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy three dollars’ worth of God, please" by Wilbur Reese. 

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1/11 Then They Will Know That I Am The Lord          Audio


Take a good long look at this photo. It's the entire Planet Earth, flattened out so we can easily take it all in. What's in the center of it all? You'll have to take a much closer look to find out. See that little bitty word "Israel"? That location and that name were both appointed by God Almighty. 

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01/04 PUT THE POT ON THE FIRE            Audio

God begins our nation's calendar year perfectly with a parable given to another mighty nation over 2600 years ago. Appointed on God’s calendar for the 10th day of the 10th month, it falls exactly on New Year’s Day, 2015, on our Gregorian calendar. And it all has to do with a pot and a bunch of comfortable religious folks. This image is an ancient cooking pot from Megidd...o, from around 600 BC, about the time of today’s lesson. (Photo by Ferrell Jenkins, used with permission.) More...
 

12/28 WITH THEIR MOUTHS THEY EXPRESS DEVOTION, BUT THEIR HEARTS ARE GREEDY… Audio

This is the time of the year that can begin to become really hard for many of us. It’s the big after-Christmas let down. Consider this quote from a Christian refugee from Bagdad living in a tent in Bethlehem. "[Jesus] is still everything to our Christians in Iraq and he can still be everything to us. You see when Christmas is... over, when you have had all your presents and food, Jesus is all we have got left” http://www.christianpost.com/news/vicar-of-baghdad-the-love-of-the-refugee-child-jesus-is-all-thats-left-for-the-christians-in-iraq-this-christmas-131554/   More...

 

12/21 IT WAS WINTER...      Audio
       
Around this time of the year, we do lots of things because we’ve always done it that way. We also believe lots of things for the very same reason. For instance, we never even wonder at all about the songs we sing and how they came to be. It’s Christmas, and we just love singing Christmas carols!

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12/07 YOU HAVE BEEN UNFAITHFUL Audio

As we begin our Christmas celebrations, sending out pretty Christmas card images like this one, this greeting definitely does not fit in with the usual strains of "O Come All Ye Faithful".  Yet God has appointed this timely lesson with exactly this greeting in Ezra 10:9-10.

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11/23-30 FEASTING FOR YOURSELVES Audio 

Our designated national holiday of Thanksgiving is undeniably THE Feast day of the entire year! This monumental mealtime will feature 46 million turkeys. That’s about 736 million pounds of bird: roasted, grilled or deep-fried.
 

But hey, one of those turkeys just might get a Presidential pardon! Isn't it all great fun! But turkey-day smiles don't last long. Pictured here is Present John F. Kennedy on November 19, 1963, just 3 days before he was assassinated. (Photo is public domain from Wikipedia Commons) More...

11/09 NOW THIS THING BECAME A SIN…   Audio

Today, November 9, 2014, is the anniversary date on God’s calendar of the 15th day of the 8th month. And here’s what happened on that day and shortly after. It’s a tale of 2 men who lived 2950 years ago. Both were called by God to give counsel to His chosen people. Jeroboam was a King of the nation of Israel. The other man was nameless, referred to simply as “the man o...f God from Judah”. This little known historical record, appointed on God’s calendar for this very week, delivers a stern warning for any nation who calls on the Almighty as their God, but then decides to add their own politics into the mix.  More...
 

11/2 ONE GREATER THAN SOLOMON IS HERE…    Audio 

Pictured here are my family and I, along with our tour bus friends, during our visit to Jerusalem in 2002. We are standing on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the city and walls of Old Jerusalem, glistening in beauty and history. In the midst of it all is the golden “Dome of the Rock”, a Muslim shrine built there, atop this ancient Mount, Moriah, some 1300 years ago.Easily the most hotly contested and desired real estate on the entire planet, Mount Moriah’s history is literally, out of this world. More...

10/26 RETURN TO ME...AND I WILL RETURN TO YOU       Audio
 

In the 6th century BC, a man named Zechariah declared the word of the Lord to the religious people around him. Well, 27 centuries later, on the exact anniversary date that it was delivered to the kingdom of Judah, the very same Word is being declared today to us religious folk in the 21st century AD.

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10/19 “THE RIGHT TIME FOR ME HAS NOT YET COME; FOR YOU ANY TIME IS RIGHT”    Audio
 

As Christians, we cannot begin to fathom the depths of God’s perfect timing. Indeed, most of us do not even have a clue that God has a time and place for everything, especially anything that has to do with Jesus on this earth. God has given His chosen people His calendar, and has placed Jesus appointments all over it! Because to God and His Son, Jesus, timing has always been, is, and will continue to be, EVERYTHING! More...

10/12 GOD HIMSELF WILL BE WITH THEM             Audio

In the 23rd chapter of the Old Testament book of Leviticus, God appointed Holy Festivals to share the plan of salvation through Jesus to the entire timeline of humanity. Through these festivals, we are able to see God’s plan beginning in the Exodus of the Israelites, knowing that the completion date on His calendar may occur during our lifetime.  More...

10/05 EVERYONE HAS TO DIE ONCE (Video)
 
Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences. The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves.” Hebrews 10:1.

Sunday, October 5, 2014 is an important date on God’s calendar for the entire timeline of humanity. It’s God’s appointed “Day of Atonement”, the ancient shadow of Jesus Christ!

Given by God 3500 years ago in the days of Moses, its Hebrew name is Yom Kippur. “Yom” means day, from sunset to sunset, as spoken by God in Genesis. “Kippur” is from the Hebrew word “kaphar” meaning “to cover”. Atonement quite simply, means “covering”. Put the two words together: Day Of Covering! View Video

9/28 COME, I WILL SHOW YOU THE BRIDE…        Audio


On Thursday, September 25th, at sunset, we stood atop Fontana Dam and witnessed another glorious rising of God’s appointed 7th new moon of His year, which began April 1. What incredible beauty! Nobody wields a paintbrush like the Almighty! But I’m telling you, if we hadn’t been there watching and alert, we would have missed the entire event, because it only lasted 10 minutes or so. The shofar was blown 100 times, and Willow the dog howled with emotion!  More...

9/21 WATCH!        Audio
 
Not only is this an absolutely stunning picture of the Almighty’s handiwork in the western North Carolina evening sky, it prophetically appoints unfolding events which will one day culminate in the return of Jesus Christ, Himself! It is the biblical epic appointment known as the Day of Trumpets!  More...

9/14 IN CHRIST THE WHOLE BUILDING IS JOINED TOGETHER   Audio
 

In Haggai 1:14-15 we find this scripture, “…The Lord made them and the rest of the people excited about working on the Temple of their God, the Lord All-Powerful. So they began this work on the 24th day of the sixth month in the second year Darius was the king.”

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09/07 J E A L O U S            Audio

Of all the words we Christians often use to describe God, “jealous” is certainly not one of them. Yet, 3500 years ago, God Almighty flamboyantly announced His jealousy, amidst fire and thunder, to His chosen people in Exodus 20:5. “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God”. And would you believe He made this radical announcement as He spoke the Ten Commandments, in the middle of the Second Commandment, of all places! More...

8/31  Consider Your Ways     Audio

(Photo illustration is a mid-1950’s photo of my grandfather Oliver Stiles laboring toward a farm harvest with his work horses Old Bob and Old Pearl.)

God has designated this month in His Word to be the sixth month of Elul (eh-LOOL) on His calendar. The Hebrew word "Elul"  means to search out deeply, as in the heart. This is the month for “soul searching”, and turning back to God.   More...

8/24 Dear Friend in Christ,           Audio

God is writing a letter through me today, and I’m kind of like the postman delivering it to you. We’ll skip all the pleasantries and get right to the point, because time is wasting.

Remember all those Bible characters we talk about all the time in church? Well, here’s the rest of the story. Noah drank too much wine. Moses killed a man.  More

 

8/17 "TRUST IN GOD; AND TRUST ALSO IN ME"    Audio


Every single day we hold a covenant phrase made to the Almighty in our very hands, and we rarely even think about it. When our needs and wants are met on a daily basis by the exchange of currency or coin, boldly emblazoned on every single one of them is the phrase "In God We Trust".

8/10…I WILL NOT LISTEN TO YOU    Audio

Iraq's Eastern Aramaic speaking Assyrian Christians are believed to be among the oldest Christian communities in the entire world. Christianity was brought to Iraq in the 1st century by the disciples Thomas and Thaddeus.

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8/3 THE TIME HAS COME               Audio
 


With God, there are no such things as luck or chances. Everything is orderly as He has planned, as He holds time, literally, in His hands. Events are appointed on His calendar, in His timing. And each and every one point to the salvation of Jesus Christ, God Incarnate.  More...

7/28 THE EXODUS: HOLD FIRMLY TO THE VERY END        Audio
 

God Almighty reigns supreme in the universe. He is calling all the shots. Everything is on His timetable and subject to His plans for mankind. He is in control of everything now and always has been. More...

7/20 IN DIRE STRAITS: WE HAVE HEARD THAT GOD IS WITH YOU    Audio

"I lift up my eyes to the heavens and cry out with you: "Hear oh Israel the Lord our God the Lord is one." Adonai, the God of Israel, give us success as we are about to fight for your people Israel, against an enemy that defiles your name... please let that which is written: "for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you" be fulfilled in us and let us all say Amen." More...

7/13 "I AM I "       Audio

After 430 years of bondage, to the day, the Israelite people were liberated from Egypt by God Almighty. It's reco
rded in Exodus 12:40-41. After God spoke to the Egyptian Pharaoh through 10 plagues, declaring "Let my people go", Pharaoh finally learned his lesson with the 10th plague. But it cost him the life of his first-born son, and the death of all Egyptian first born children.

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7/6 LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE WATER     Audio


The trees look strong and content on this little memorial in the middle of Fontana Lake. Perched above the boat which can deliver souls to the shore, our national flag flies as a symbol of many blessings. The angel statue stands as a silent reminder of the continued presence of the Almighty in the midst of it all.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,... whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. More...

6/29 HE THAT BELIEVES ON HIM SHALL NOT BE CONFOUNDED     Audio 

(Engraved 1670 illustration, public domain, by unknown artist of the "chariot vision" of the Biblical book of Ezekiel, chapter 1, after an earlier illustration by Matthaeus Merian.)

"In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.” Ezekiel 1:1. More

(Pictured here is a 13th-14th century scroll of the Book of Esther. This is a file from Wikipedia Commons, printed here through the GNU Free Documentation License.)

6/22 IS THERE AN ESTHER IN THE HOUSE?    AUDIO

The Word of God never ceases to amaze me. Though it's thousands of years old, it is always so right on target for today. 

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6/8 REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED...         AUDIO

In 2005, in the midst of health struggles and personal emotional crisis, construction began on the house I now call home. We had been looking for a second home in this area for several months, and had more or less exhausted our search. As I was making the ret...urn trip from the church to my father’s home in Robbinsville where I was staying, I noticed a “House for Sale” sign I hadn’t seen before.  More...


 

06/01 WE ARE SURROUNDED...  Audio
 

This is a picture of the Great Smoky Mountains smokin'! Thick clouds hang over the mountains after a bit of thunder and lightning. Nothing like it!

This is the perfect picture illustration for today's lesson on faith. On God’s Calendar, today is the 3rd day of the third biblical month of Sivan. Here's what happened 3500 years ago on today's date.

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05/25 I GO TO PROVIDE YOU A COUNTRY     Audio


It is a great privilege to be able to honor those who stood for our country and died for American freedom. But indeed the greatest honor of all is to stand and honor the Lord Jesus Christ today. That is the most precious freedom that we have. And the great irony is that within a world ravaged by wars for millennia, only the freedom to choose Jesus will bring true and lasting peace! "And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:7. More...

05/18 THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU     Audio

This is the Lord’s Day. It’s also the Lord’s month, and the Lord’s year. Everything that has ever happened and will happen is designated on His calendar for the world He created. According to the Lord, today is the 18th day of the second month of Ziv. Numbers 10:11-36 records this time of the month beginning with Ziv 20th, our upcoming May 20. This is the time when the Israelites left the Desert of Sinai during the second year of their journey to the Promised Land. More...

05/11 THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE       Audio
 

Do you know what day this really is? I know what my Mama would have said if she were still on this earth. “This is the day that the Lord has made.” Yep. Straight from the word of God, in Psalm 118: 21. She would have been jumping up and down at that one, bless her heart! Because that means something is going on out there that is bigger than you and me, and this crazy world we live in! Praise God, that’s a really, really GOOD thing! More...


 

05/04 START COUNTING...     Audio

While going through some stored material during our renovation last year, I found the bulletin from the Sunday morning dedication service of the original building on September 30, 1951. The picture illustration here is a photocopy of that historical bulletin. The dedication words in the bulletin are prophetic and haunting. “After long waiting, we at last have a church home of our own. It is not an elaborate or expensive edifice... More...

4/27 On The Twenty-Fourth Day...  Audio

 
A long, long time ago, at this time of the year on God’s calendar, an elderly man of 80 years or so stood on the bank of the mighty Tigris River. The Tigris River is identified in Genesis 2:14 as the third of the four headwaters coming from the river flowing straight out of the Garden of Eden itself. 
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4/20 AMEN. COME LORD JESUS!    Audio
Lesson from “Sonrise Worship” at Fontana Dam
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Welcome to this awesome place of fellowship. Just look around at the Creator’s magnificent beauty! Most of us weren’t even aware that the moon could set on one side of the street, just as the sun begins to rise on the other side.  More...
 

4/13 PASSOVER: WORTHY IS THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN    Audio

3500 years ago, about 600,000 men on foot marched south out of the area later known as Rameses, (RAM-eh-sees) an ancient town south of today’s Cairo, Egypt. (That number could easily have swelled to 1-2 million people when you add in the uncounted women and children.) Pharaoh had come to the Israelites in the middle of the night... More...

04/06 On The Jericho Road...   Audio


This is an absolutely incredible time of the year for every single person alive on the planet!  We have the awesome opportunity to seek out and follow in the footsteps of Jesus the Christ, the Son of God, as He approached Jerusalem for His final days on this earth. This week we will follow Jesus as He passed through the ancient town of Jericho, probably the oldest continually inhabited city in the entire world. More...

03/30 APRIL FOOLS: THE WORLD DID NOT RECOGNIZE HIM   Audio

Yes, April Fools’ Day is coming up this Tuesday. While it seems like just an innocent day to have a little fun, beware! The joke may be on us!

Day in and day out, week after week, month after month, year after year, we just seem to fall right in line with a lot of craziness created by the world. And we don’t even give it a second thought. For instance, who knows where April Fools’ Day came from in the first place? Or should I ask, who even cares? More...

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Fontana Community Church: P.O. Box 93, Fontana Dam, NC 28733, 828-479-2675 Gloria or Rob Hardy

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