The Ballico Mennonite Congregation
The Church of God in Christ, Mennonite is a group of Christian Believers who endeavour to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and His apostles in all matters of faith and practice. We believe in modesty and simplicity in our daily life and business practices. Many of us work with our hands as farmers or tradesmen, just as Jesus was a humble carpenter.
We welcome you to come visit us and to let the Lord speak to your heart. Our doors are open to everyone, regardless of where life has taken you thus far. We have all made mistakes and fallen to Satans tactics. But through God's Redemption Plan and His Wonderful Grace, you can find Peace of Mind in a Troubled World.
We have two services every Sunday, the morning service begins at 10:45 AM and the evening service at 7:00 PM. Sunday School begins at 10:00am. We extend a hearty invitation for you to join us. May God bless you as you seek to do His will.
You can also visit the main Church of God in Christ, Mennonite website which has a large amount of gospel literature that may help you in your search.
Do you have a longing to know more about what God can do for you? We have many short, gospel tracts that may answer your questions or provide clarity on areas where you don't fully understand the Bible's teachings. Here are a few of our tracts:
- Ye Must be Born Again
- God's Wonderful Plan of Salvation
- A Friend for You
- A Happy Home
- The Room
- What is it all About?
“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full” (John 15:10-11).
Joy is the inner sense of well-being. It has the qualities of happiness, satisfaction, and peace of mind. Joy is more than a feeling or emotion. It is the true mood of one’s spirit of gladness and contentment.
Joy has a more enduring nature than happiness. Some very trivial things and incidents can bring a momentary happiness. Yet when the thing or incident has passed, happiness will also have passed. Though joy is not so soon touched by the external circumstances, it rides through the difficult times of adversity and remains alive.
Joy does not know disappointment or defeat. Joy is not hurt or offended. Joy cannot be knocked down by tragedy. Danger cannot quench joy. Distasteful tasks and duties do not overcome joy. Opposition does not defeat joy.
Joy is that undisturbed peace of mind. It is that inner assurance of a grace that will be ever near.
The greatest of all joys is the joy of sins forgiven. To have been brought face to face with the truths of a condemning conscience and to have the peace of God move in is an unmovable joy.
James speaks, “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations” (James 1:2). He then continues to explain that trial and temptation bring about a good fruit of patience. Furthermore, it is the child of God who is tempted. The godless man does not experience the tests of temptation, for he flows with the stream of nature and his peers. Consequently, he does not experience the joys of victory over temptation. Along with the joys of sins forgiven is the hope of eternal life. Psalm 23:4 states, “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me.” Joy that rules when fear is gone is said to be the greatest of joy. Even while the tears of sorrow are falling, the undercurrents of joy are flowing deep and strong.
To lead a soul to the Lord is a two-fold joy—the sinner’s joy at being saved and the joy of leading one to the Lord. Another joy is that of loving the commands of God and keeping them.
Joy can be found by those who will seek it. Jesus said, “Seek, and ye shall find” (Matt. 7:7). Surely this includes joy with salvation. It can be seen in the beauties of nature, in the fellowship of kindred spirits, in a task well done, in the pondering of sacred things, and in secret prayer. There is joy in suffering for a good cause. The many who died for the cause of Christ did not lose their joy. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit and when the Spirit is invited into the heart, joy will move in with Him.
Joy is the antidote of depression. No person can at the same time be depressed and joyous. A close walk with God holds joy.
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