He Bailed Me Out

Posted on August 9, 2013 by admin

It has been argued that David was the greatest of the kings of Israel and Judah. Even with all his victories and riches, he was not perfect nor a man without problems. The Psalms are a testimony to this fact. If we read Psalm 40, we get a sense of a man who cries out to God for help and waits patiently for Him.

If you are in the midst of issues in your life, take heart. God hears your prayer. How can you be sure? Well, Pastor Bell expounds on Psalm 40:1 - 3. Listen and know for sure that your deliverance is on its way.

What Does The Word of God Say?

Posted on August 9, 2013 by admin

Recently Pope Francis was traveling back to Rome from Brazil. On his flight there were a number of journalist traveling with him. During the fligh he gave an uncommonly long press conference and fielded a number of questions. Some of his remarks concerning gays were regarded as "controversial". Read the NPR.org article first. Then ask yourself, "What does the Word of God say?"

No matter how highly we regard a man, we should always regard the Word of God higher.

Your Character Is Your Currency

Posted on July 28, 2013 by admin

In today's society, personal integrity seems to be rare commodity. As you look at all segments of our society, government, business, our education system and even our homes, compromised character traits seem common.

This sermon is taken from 2 Kings 5:25 - 27. Pastor Bell first defines "character" and then expounds on its value in the eyes of an all knowing, all seeing God.

The Holy Anointing Oil

Posted on July 6, 2013 by admin

In today's message Pastor Bell reads a scripture from Exodus 30 where Moses is given instructions on the preparation of the holy anointing oil. The oil not only had meaning in the old Testament, but also the New Testament. Noah's arch was a structure of the Old Testament, but had significance for New Testament Christians. When we forget the old traditions of the church, we sometimes fail to recognize their importance and how relevant they are to everyday life.

Pastor Bell encourages us to remember the "Old". The "Old" maybe exactly what you need to address the problems of today.

I Wanna Be Better

Posted on June 11, 2013 by admin

God has a purpose for all of our lives, but for many of us, we vere off course. One of the most probing questions you can ask yourself is, "What have I accomplished for the Lord in the last three years?" If answered honestly, many of us would be disappointed in ourselves.

Fortunately for us, God is a God of a second chance (and even a third and fouth). So He graciously gives us another opportunity to "bear fruit" in our lives. Today's lesson comes from Luke 13:6 - 9.

He Will Show Up

Posted on May 19, 2013 by admin

During times of difficulty, Christians will seek the Lord for relief, help, wisdom or some other solution to their problems. There are times when it apprears that God is not anwering our prayers due to the long time in responding. But take heart...God hears our prayers and answers them, in His own time, in a way that glorifies Him.

Today's lesson comes from John 20:18 - 26. Pastor Bell encourages us in his sermon emphasizing that no matter how servere the circumstances may look, God will show up in your behalf.

I Don't Need Your Apology

Posted on May 18, 2013 by admin

Have you ever received an apology that wasn't sincere? How did it make you feel? Have you ever given an apology that was not sincere? How do you think God felt?

Today's lesson comes from Acts 16:29 - 32.. From this lesson you will gain an understand that God expects us to be people of integrity and excellence. These two attributes should color everything we do. But often we fall short. Pastor Bell instructs us to be men and women of integrity and to give sincere apologies followed by a change in our actions.

I Can't Hear You

Posted on May 11, 2013 by admin

Today, Pastor Bell focuses on relationships. He discusses key elements that are necessary or us to have healthy and prosperous relationships with others. He also touches on the importance of compatible values.

The text comes from Romans 10:14 - 15. Realize that the beginning of healthy relationship with others begins with a healthy relationship with the Lord...the most important relationship you will ever have.

Are You Engaged In Ministry

Posted on May 5, 2013 by admin

Twenty three year old Lingzi Lu had participated in several activities of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Boston University before she was tragically killed in the Boston Marathon bombing. Unfortunately we don't know if she had accepted Christ as her Savior, but she was involved in Christian ministry up until she died.

As I read an article about her, it lead me to realize that no one knows the hour when they will pass from this life to the next. Accepting Christ when we have the opportunity becomes just that more important. A second thought I had was, "What will I be doing when I'm called home?" Will I be engaged in the work of the Lord or the work of "self". Again, given that we don't know the hour or day of our passing, for the Christian, nothing is as important as working for the Lord as long as we have the opportunity.

So it begs the question, "Are you engaged in ministry?".

I'm Determined Not To Quit

Posted on April 10, 2013 by admin

If you look up the definition of persistence in the dictionary, you will find one of the definitions to be "the quality or state of being persistent or perseverence". But did you know that persistence equals "victory"? If you didn't you need to listen to this message.

This week Pastor Bell connects the dots and tells us how persistence equals victory...victory over bad habits, victory over difficult co-workers, victory over the daily struggles that are common in the life of a Believer.

This week's text comes from Matthew 26:73 - 75. Peter "wept bitterly" after denying Christ on the day of His crucifixion. He had to make a choice as to how he would live the rest of his life. Fortunately under the power of the Holy Spirit, Peter made the right choice. And so can we.

Born For A Purpose

Posted on March 26, 2013 by admin

Have you ever felt like you have been been given a "bad deal" in life, i.e., everyone seems to have some gift or advantage that you don't have? Sometimes you wonder if God does show favorites and you were not one of them. I think we all have felt this way at times as we compare ourselves to others focus only on the negatives of our lives. But we have to be careful that these feelings don't lead us to dispare, hopelessness, and feelings of being unloved.

These were the feelings of Nick Vujicic, who at 10 years old tried to commit suicide because he had no arms or legs and felt he was a burden to his family. Read this amazing story by Erin Gieschen featured in In Touch Magazine and see how God can use anyone at any time in any way. You will be convinced that if God had a plan for Nick and used him in a mighty way, He has a plan for your life. Click here to read the amazing story.

Deal or No Deal?

Posted on March 24, 2013 by admin

This week Pastor Bell "teaches" instead of "preaches". He focuses on the real reason why people are "broke, busted and disgusted". Contrary to popular belief, its not due to lack of income. Its due to another reason. (You have to listen to the sermon to find out what it is.)

The scripture text for this sermon can be found in Matthew 27:3 - 9. Judas is found meeting with the chief priest and elders after he betrayed Jesus. He is consumed with guilt and eventually hangs himself. Initially the text may seem a little distant from the topic, but stay with it. Pastor Bell "connects the dots" during this sermon and the next.

Pastor Bell urged the congregation to read "The Millionaire Next Door" by Thomas Stanley. You can find the book in many book stores, online as well as brick and mortar stores. This link takes you to the Amazon.com site for information about the book. You can purchase the book from Amazon.com, but Pastor Bell is not recommending or requiring the purchase from Amazon.com.

How To Stay Motivated When You're Depressed

Posted on March 17, 2013 by admin

In life we will encounter many trials. If possible, we would eliminate them all. But God knows that through trials, there is much to learn...about ourselves, other people, and most importantly, about Him.

The scripture text for this sermon can be found in 1 Kings 19:4 - 8. We find the prophet Elija sitting under a tree, wanting to die, immediately after God had given him a great victory. He had experienced the workings of God in his life, yet he was depressed. His reaction is not unlike ours when we encounter a major trial in our lives.

Pastor Bell provides guidance into how to respond to these trials that can pull us down into depression. Listen and learn. If you know someone who is under an unusual amount of stress, please pass on this message.

Mini-sermon by Pastor Bell: That Must Be Your Word

Posted on March 16, 2013 by admin

When God blesses us with extra financially, many of us will invest in a number of things for ourselves. We'll invest in the stock market, our 401K, our entertainment, our vacations, and a number of other things. But rarely will we invest in our spiritual growth.

This week, before his main message, Pastor Bell gave a short mini-sermon encouraging us to invest in our spirit. There was no official title for the sermon, but from the title given, we think you will get the point. Listen to the short sermon in its entirety.

GIBC Seed Offering Presentation

Posted on March 2, 2013 by admin

One of the characteristics of our Heavenly Father is that He is a giving God, i.e., He is abundantly and consistently generous. Since we, as His children, contain His Spirit, we should exihibit that same quality. That stands true for the GIBC Ministry as well. On occassions, the Ministry will plant a "seed offering" into the lives of others. Some receiptients have been members of the congregation, others have not. But as God has blessed us, we have the obligation to be a blessing to others.

Stay With It

Posted on February 10, 2013 by admin

Perserve: To persist in a state, enterprise, or undertaking in spite of counterinfluences, opposition, or discouragement. This is a fruit of the Holy Spirit; a quality that every believer needs to exhibit in his/her life. Life will be full of disappointments, trials, unfair treatment and even unrealized expectations of the Lord.

But Pastor Bell encourages us to stay with it, not to give up, just like the writer of Hebrews instructs the Christians in Jerusalem. This sermon is based on Hebrews 10:23 - 25.

I Am Alive

Posted on February 9, 2013 by admin

What does it mean to be alive? Scientists have several specific signs or activities they look for to determine if something has life. For the Christian, what does it mean to be alive - in Christ?

Pastor Bell focuses on one of the most important questions believers should ask...and be able to answer. Text for this sermon comes from Psalms 91:16.

GIBC Ministry Update

Posted on January 17, 2013 by admin

The Lord has given us all talents and gifts. In addition, one of the greatest gifts is the joy of sharing of those gifts with others. Our participation in ministry helps others, builds the kingdom and most importantly, glorifies our Father. What will be your role? Its really not a choice to serve... its a command.

Click here to see all our ministries and prayerfully ask the Lord, "What would you have me do for you?"

Worshiping Your Way Through Challenges - Part 2

Posted on January 5, 2013 by admin

Its good to hear the Word of God and to learn the truths of life that can provide victory in every circumstance. But the power (and victory) comes from the application of the Word. As we apply what we learn, we will experience God's faithfulness and power and love and peace. Its the application of His Word (being a doer of His Word) that brings the victory.

This week Pastor Bell continues in the series "Worshiping Your Way Through Challenges". He focuses on Job 2:1 - 8, and although it starts out like the scripture for the previous sermon, God leads the Pastor to illustrate a second powerful principle.

Worshiping Your Way Through Challenges - Part 1

Posted on January 5, 2013 by admin

The book of Job is best known for detailing the life of a man who suffered greatly. But it can also serve to instruct us on how to overcome challenges in life. In this sermon, Pastor Bell focuses on Job 1:8 - 12. Listen closely to the sermon. We will all encounter challenges in life. Pastor Bell helps us to be prepared for whatever comes our way.

There Are Some Other Sheep

Posted on November 24, 2012 by admin

During our Christian walk, there are times when we desire to be more effective in doing work for the Lord. As we encounter distractions and roadblocks, we get too busy and eventually lose interest. But no one has the ability to re-direct God's plans. We can either be a part of His plans, or watch as "other sheep" carry out His will. If we choose to do the latter, we will miss out on the blessings He has in store for those who are obedient.

Today's scripture is taken from John 10:16. Make a decision to be a part of God's plans and work with His "other sheep" instead of watching them fulfill His plans.

Train Up A Child

Posted on November 9, 2012 by admin

Kenjon Barber is one of the top athletes in NCAA football. So much so that he is in the running for the Heisman Trophy, college football's most prestigious award. But if it hadn't been for a bold move by his father back when he was in eighth grade, we would have never heard of Kenjon, accept as another statistic...another life wasted.

Read Kenjon's story, especially if you are a parent, and find out how tough choices now can pay big dividends later on in the life of your children.

Living In The Shadow Of Greatness

Posted on October 10, 2012 by admin

Have you ever had to follow behind someone who had accomplished something great? Perhaps you had an older sibbling who was a star athlete. Perhaps you had a classmate who knew "everything". Perhaps its a co-worker who has found his/her nitch and seems to do everything well. When we have to follow someone who has done something noteworthy, it can make us feel like our accomplishments are meaningless by comparison. But the Bible teaches that we are not to compare ourselves to others. We should not ask, "How do I compare to that persons?". A more relevant question is, "Am I accomplishing what the Lord has called me to do?".

This week Pastor Bell takes his scripture from Judges 3:31, and focuses on a man who is relatively unknown. Click here to learn how to focus on the right questions.

I Am Still Strong

Posted on September 25, 2012 by admin

From Joshua 14:11, Pastor Bell focuses on one of the lesser known hero's of the Bible...Caleb. We learn that he started out life in "humble beginnings", i.e., a Hebrew slave. This and other "strikes against him" would have seemed to be obvious roadblocks to his accomplishing anything in life. But Pastor Bell teaches that when you are stong in faith, the purposes of God will be accomplished in your life.

Click here to learn about Caleb. Remember with child-like faith, we can be strong in the Lord.

Don't Over Work And Under Worship

Posted on September 21, 2012 by admin

This weeks sermon is based on the story of two sisters, Martha and Mary, when Jesus came to rest at their house (Luke 10:38 - 42). Martha was scurrying around trying to serve everyone, while Mary sat at the Master's feet. Understandablely this upset Martha. But through the dialog with Jesus we can gain some valuable insight into our priorities, especially concerning the "work" of the Lord and the "worship" of the Lord.

Click here to see how Pastor Bell develops the principles found in this passage and then evaluate your priorities.

I Feel Like I'm Getting Loose

Posted on September 15, 2012 by admin

The apostle Peter is one of the most dynamic personalities in the Bible. Before Jesus could "build His church upon the Rock", the Rock (Peter), had to go through some sifting. His "sifting" was based on the plot of Satan to keep Peter from fufilling his potential.

Satan's desire is to keep all of us from fulfilling our devine assignment. But just like in Peter's case, the Lord is praying for us. If anyone knows how to get a prayer through to the Father, its our Lord Jesus.

Click here to view a sample of the sermon and find out how to become loose from the assignments of the enemy.

Serving With Passion And Gladness

Posted on September 8, 2012 by admin

Familiarity is the state of being aquainted with something or somebody. It is associated with being free and easy with someone; somewhat informal. While familiarity is good in our personal relationships with our neighbors, members of our congregation and co-workers, it can be damaging in our worship of the Lord and ministry. Being casual can lead to not showing God the respect He deserves. We can get so casual with Him that we forget that He is holy, and the work He has called us to do is holy.

This week, Pastor Bell preaches on serving God with passion and gladness, acknowledging that He is holy...holy...holy. The text for this sermon is based on Isaiah 6:1 - 8.

Click here to view a sample of the sermon.

The Wrong Reasons To Come To Church

Posted on September 2, 2012 by admin

On any given Sunday there are millions of Americans attending church service. Some attend out of habit. Some attend for the fellowship of other Christians. Some even attend to look for a mate. While there is nothing inherently wrong with things like looking for a mate or fellowship, we have to ask ourselves, "What would Jesus say about my motive for going to church?"

Pastor Bell focuses on this question based on the Text around Mark 10:45.

Listen to this sermon and see how Jesus responded to the two brothers John and James as they made a rather bold request of Him.

Serving The Lord With Passion and Gladness

Posted on August 5, 2012 by admin

The scriptures instruct us to "...serve the Lord with gladness...". Sometimes that's hard to do when you are in the midst of trials and tribulations.

Pastor Bell instructs us how to server the Lord with gladness and joy in our hearts, inspite of our circumstances.

The scripture passagees for this sermon is based on 1 Corinthians 3:9 and Psalm 100.

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The Napalm Girl 40 Years Later (God Is Still On The Throne)

Posted on June 2, 2012 by admin

Everyone over the age of 40 probably recognizes the photo to the right. The picture was taken by Huynh Cong "Nick" Ut and is one of the iconic pictures of the suffering experienced by millions of people during the Vietnam War. On June 8, 1972, the village of 9 year old Kim Phuc was bombed. She escaped the direct detonation of the bombs, but did not escape the napalm. Napalm was basically thickened gasoline used to incinerate people, buildings and anything that would burn. Kim suffered 3rd degree burns all over her body and deep emotional scars. Years after this photo was taken, she would be tracked down by the media and forced to relive the tragedy of that day.

I read the story with interest because I wondered what happened to her in the 40 years since this picture was taken. In reading her story, something caught my attention:

"I wanted to escape that picture," she said. "I got burned by napalm, and I became a victim of war ... but growing up then, I became another kind of victim." She turned to Cao Dai, her Vietnamese religion, for answers. But they didn't come. "My heart was exactly like a black coffee cup," she said. "I wished I died in that attack with my cousin, with my south Vietnamese soldiers. I wish I died at that time so I won't suffer like that anymore ... it was so hard for me to carry all that burden with that hatred, with that anger and bitterness." One day, while visiting a library, Phuc found a Bible. For the first time, she started believing her life had a plan.

It wasn't until she found a Bible, that her life turned around. She began to have hope. If you ever needed proof of God's love and power, here it is. If God can reveal Himself and restore hope in the life of someone who was physically and emotionally and finacially scared by war, He can certaintly move in your life. He never changes and truly is our Hope. Click here to read the entire story.

The Power of Prayer in Tuscaloosa

Posted on June 3, 2012 by admin

In April 2011 devastating tonados that ripped through the southeastern United States. You may have seen the images of the destruction of homes, businesses, schools and everything in the paths of the tornados. But what you haven't heard much of are the testimonies from people of faith. Listen to the exerience of Reginald Eppes and his family. He, his wife and three children survived the storm, but have no home to which to return. But the most powerful aspects of their story are: 1) the role prayer played during the storm, and 2) their attitudes in the aftermath.

As you listen, pay particular attention to the following:

  • The hour in which Mrs. Eppes woke up
  • What did she "routinely" do when she got up
  • What the couple did as the storm raged around them
  • What Mrs. Eppes did as her oldest son was torn away from his father by the tornado
  • How the oldest son "landed" back on the ground and found his parents
  • Mr. Eppes' statement of faith at the end of the story

This story really poses some deep questions about our faith in the midst of our personal storms:

  • How seriously do you take your prayer life?
  • What habits have you developed to buld your personal relationship with the Lord?
  • Do you know what's really important in life and do you acknowledge them daily?
  • How did you respond to the last "storm" you encountered? And why did you respond that way?
  • What do you need to do differently?

The interview was given from Mr. Eppes' hospital bed on Thursday, April 28, 2011 to an NPR reporter (National Public Radio). Click here to listen. When you click, another window will open to the NPR site where you can listen to the 4 minute story. Click on Listen to the Story.

BET's Sunday Best Crowns A Winner!

Posted on Septemer 2, 2012 by admin

Sunday Best has crowned its first "king". Joshua Rogers. The brilliant 18 year old is the first male winner in the five year history of the show. We also want to congradulate the runner up, another 18 year old - Alexis Spight. Both show that God can use the talents of anyone who is obedient to Him, no matter how young they are.

Are You Living In A Blender?

Posted on August 4, 2012 by admin

In our modern society, the "Blended Family" has become the new norm. Its one where a parent is raising one or more children that are not their biological children. Many circumstances contribute to the new norm, but the key to success in any family is the same whether it is "traditional" or "blended".

In this sermon, Pastor Bell provides insight into how to successfully live in today's fastest growning family structure.

The scripture passage for this lesson is based on Genesis 21:12 - 20.

Revival Fires

Posted on July 8, 2012 by admin

We have recently celebrated the 236th birthday of our nation. Durning this celebration, we have focused on the history of our nation and the people who had the greatest influence in our history. Their contributions brought us to the place we are today among all nations of the world.

One aspect of our heritage that has been notably missing in these discussions is our spirital heritage, i.e., a focus on those individuals through whom God worked to shape this nation spiritually.

Pastor Bell not only provides a church history lesson on our country's spiritual roots, but direction on what we need to do to revive our churches, communities, and nation into righteousness.

Revival Fires is based on Colossians 1:26 - 27.

Pass It On!

Posted on July 3, 2012 by admin

If you have been blessed with children, more than likely, you've had a burning desire to give them the best in life, especially when they were young. You tried to provide financially; you tried to provide a roof over their heads; you provided clothes on their back; and probably bought more Happy Meals than you can count. With all that, have you given them the most important thing they will ever need in life?

This week Pastor Bell teaches us to Pass It On!, i.e., to pass on to our children that which they need the most, faith in Christ. Scripture for this sermon is based on Psalm 78:1 - 7.

Who You Tellin

Posted on June 23, 2012 by admin

Yokes were used on farm animals, typically oxen, to allow them to pull a heavy load. The weight of the load was always upon their necks. People on the other hand, were not made to carry heavy loads, physically or emotionally. That is why our Lord made a way for Him to carry our loads: by trusting in Him.

This week Pastor Bell instructs us on how to get rid of our emotional loads and depend confidently in our Lord. The scripture for this sermon is taken from Isaiah 10:27.

I've Got To Get Rid Of This

Posted on June 16, 2012 by admin

Yokes were used on farm animals, typically oxen, to allow them to pull a heavy load. The weight of the load was always upon their necks. People on the other hand, were not made to carry heavy loads, physically or emotionally. That is why our Lord made a way for Him to carry our loads: by trusting in Him.

This week Pastor Bell instructs us on how to get rid of our emotional loads and depend confidently in our Lord. The scripture for this sermon is taken from Isaiah 10:27.

Where Did You Come From?

Posted on June 4, 2012 by admin

We are all products of the environment in which we grow up. Whether functional or disfunctional, we are influenced by our families. This fact becomes more evident in the marriage relationship. "If you want to know who you are marrying, go check out the family."

Pastor Bell continues his focus on the family and how God can make a difference no matter who you come from.

Family Is A Fight

Posted on June 2, 2012 by admin

The family is the foundational unit of human society. Within the family we are molded and shaped, for better or worse, into the people we currently are. God intented the family to reflect many of His characteristics: His nurturing abilities, His provision, His faithfulness, His agape love, His discipline. But the world has painted and produced a much different vision of the family.

Pastor Bell reveals the root of the disfunction of the family and other relationships. Listen as he expounds on the truth based on the Word of God.

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Need A Church Home...Look No Further

Posted on July 7,2011 by admin

Greater Ideal is church focused on ministry, i.e., meeting the needs of the people of Midland. As we hold fast to that belief and endeavor to become a blessing to others, God will continue to bless us. So come join us, get involved, and be a part of our blessing. We have a number of ministries where you can grow in the Lord and reach your full potential in the Lord.

To learn more about what we believe, please review our Tenants of Faith.

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Finding Morning At Midnight

Posted on April 4, 2011 by admin

The Book of Job is full of biblical principles that can help you in your time of need. You may be familiar with the story, but how well do you know the truths? Can you apply them in your life to make real difference now...today...tomorrow?

Listen to the teaching of GI's First Lady and learn how you can find "morning" during the "midnight" times of your life. The scripture text for this lesson is found in Job 1:6 - 12.