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Ephesians 1:4, “According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world…”

The word “chosen” in the original Greek text is EKLEGO, which literally means “Out, I say.” The extended meaning is “to call out, to select, to personally choose.” When Paul says that God chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, he’s saying that God looked out over the horizon of human history and saw us – God saw you – and said, “Out. I Say!” In that instant we were separated and called by God, to be His own. God personally chose us to come away from the world to be His sons and daughters.

Notice when this selection took place; “before the foundation of the world.” Before God ever spoke the earth into existence He had already spoken our name.

If your flesh ever rises up to say you’re just an accident, a surprise, take authority over your flesh and tell it to be quiet. Then declare – “God chose me. He planned a great future for me. I’m a significant part of God’s plan!”

There’s too much at stake to keep sitting around feeling sorry for yourself. God didn’t bring you into this world to live a pointless life. He chose you! He has a purpose for your life! He wants you to be a significant part of His plan!

You are Not an accident, God Chose You!

Pastor Frank Leghart

Carrollton Believers Fellowship

Looking Back…in our files

60 YEARS AGO
From 1957 FPS Files

Oho Power Co. crews were busy erecting poles for the 22 new fluorescent street lights in the downtown business district.

Schools in the Carrollton and county school districts were scheduled to open Sept. 3 for the 1957-58 school year.

Robert E. Linard of Scio was named superintendent of the Ames Limestone plant near Carrollton.

The Malvern Mighty Mite baseball team won the state championship. Team members included Butch Clark, Jimmy Coyle, Larry DiDent, Ronnie Ebner, Lezon Frazier, John Gidley, Donald Leasure, Raymond McGee, David Myer, Billy Myer, Thomas Parker, Charles Richards, Robert Stimmel, Billy Tucci and Frankie VanMeter. Harry DiDent was the team’s manager and assistants were Charles Crawford and Robert Coyle.

Steeple to Street

Psalm 139:15&16, “My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

Now and then I hear, “I wasn’t planned. I was an unexpected accident, a surprise.” While you may have been a surprise to your parents, you were no surprise to God!

Scripture says that long before we were conceived in our mother’s womb God already knew us and was calling us to be His children with a special purpose to fulfill in this world. God’s eyes were fixed on us before we began to form inside the womb. David said God KNEW us when we just a mere substance being formed in the womb. God was so aware of us that He took note of our arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet, and toes as they were being formed. David continued and said God even knew us before those body parts even existed.

Think about that! That means that not one single human being that was, is, or is to come was a surprise to God.

Pastor Frank Leghart

Carrollton Believers Fellowship

Looking Back… in our files

60 YEARS AGO
From 1957 FPS Files

Filling the local Selective Services draft call No. 88 from Carroll County were Ernest Glenn King of Rt. 1, Dellroy, leader, and Richard Dale Starkey of Rt. 1, Waynesburg.

George H. Haines of Rt. 1, Minerva, was named the new manager of the Carroll County Farm Bureau Co-op Assn. lumber yard on 2nd St. NW.

First place winners in the senior division of the Carroll County 4-H style review held at Augusta High School included Mary Stahler, Donna Heidy, Louise Aldridge, Carol Boyd, Jean McClester, Carol Butler, Nola Binnig and Lois Stahler.

Fourteen Carrollton High School vocational agriculture students exhibited hay and grain at the 1957 Ohio State Fair. They included Bob McConnell, Bruce Finnicum, Victor Smodic, Lee Frase, Mike Ladich, Leonard Hutson, Harold Richardson, Richard George, John Davis, Elmer Palmer, Pat Wynn, Bob Kovach, Ray Houyouse and Don McAllister.

Steeple to Street

Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…”

The Gospel of Christ is the Language of Faith – it is a language of power. Believers need to understand and effectively speak it. We need to say with boldness and authority, “I am who God says I am”, “I have what God says I have”, “I can do what God says I can do.” The Language of Faith gives the believer access to the supernatural. When our eyes are opened to the limitless possibilities of God’s plan for us and the inheritance that is ours “in Christ” – and the authority we have “in Christ”, then we CAN see and say the same things that God sees and says about us. And when we speak like God speaks we can and will overcome ANYTHING that the devil or life throws at us. God’s Word spoken by you will repeal and replace whatever the devil has told you.

As you speak the Word of God, the Language of Faith and Power, it will cause a total change in the way you see yourself. The revelation of who you are “in Christ” will erase anything else that has happened to you.

Pastor Frank Leghart

Carrollton Believers Fellowship

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