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Messages from the Small Country Church

Readings, Sermons, Observations, and an Invitation to More than Just Donuts!

by Rev. Dr. C. Joseph Fifer



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 8/11/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 222
ISBN : 9781490846507
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 222
ISBN : 9781490846514
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 222
ISBN : 9781490846491

About the Book

In this day and age of “bigger and better” or “bigger is better,” even our churches are starting to follow suit. The alarming trend that is occurring now in America is the assumption that if a group is big, it must be right; if a church is bigger than others, it must be even “more” right.

This assumption is not correct. This nation was built and became what it is today one small church at a time.

Many of those small churches are still there today, right where they were first necessary. And they are still necessary today. They are still occupied by Christians who meet on every first day of the week. They gather to give the first of their week to worship He who is to be first in Spirit and in truth.

With this book—a compilation of readings, sermons, observations, and an invitation—the Reverend Dr. C. Joseph Fifer (Pastor Joe), who serves a small country church in rural western Ohio, seeks to give voice to the message that millions are now missing.

About the Author

The Reverend Doctor C. Joseph Fifer holds degrees in theology, ethics, and divinity. He is an ordained minister of the Christian faith and served as the called pastor to a small country church in rural Ohio and now serves in rural Alabama. Like many pastors of small churches, he has spent a lifetime and more than one career gathering true life lessons to bring a real-life understanding to the pulpit. His expository preaching through these lessons has made his teaching worth exploring and experiencing.

With a sense of duty and a call to serve, Pastor Joe began his career in the enlisted ranks of the United States Marine Corps. Later, he became a police officer in southern Florida where he and his wife raised their family; he commanded a major narcotics unit, among other duties, and then retired in order to serve the higher calling of the Lord that was always present but is now more personal and intimate.

Raised Roman Catholic, reformed Lutheran, re-reformed Evangelical Lutheran, and then trained in the Lutheran, Wesleyan, and Evangelical traditions, his claim is now Christian, and his call is to Christ. His belief and focus is that religion and faith, even our corporate expression through worship, is best practiced and most effective in the intimate setting of real love and fellowship found in small churches. This fellowship grows between the Pastor and the people, and the people as the church, all bound in Spirit and in truth.