H.O.H. HOLINESS CHURCH

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JUNE 2008

I come before your presence with thanksgiving and God chastise those He loves.

John 15:3  Now we are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

So, we must put on the whole armor of God.  This means a change must come in your life.

Ephesians 6:11  says put on the whole armor of God…(why?)…that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil and the evil days.

You got to have your loins girt about with the truth.  You got to have your breastplate of righteousness.  You got to have your feet shod with the Gospel of Peace.  You got to have the shield of faith.  Yes, to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  You got to have the helmet of salvation, the word of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Ephesians 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.

Well, when I was preaching His gospel, I was working at Community Action as a cook.  I didn’t take nothing not even left over rolls because I didn’t want anybody to say that I carried something away in foil paper.

So, I didn’t take any leftover food at all.  So, sooner or later they moved me to Smiley Court to be the head cook.  They sent Sis. Rose to help.  So, it was the two of us and we worked real good together. She was in the Lord, too.  We would pray every morning when we first got there.  When we got started we would turn on the radio and listen to the gospel singing.  But, one day I decided to clean and mop the kitchen and clean the refrigerator. There was a very small piece of cheese about the size of 2 or 3 fingers.  It was very small.   Then I said I believe I will take this little piece of cheese home and make me a sandwich for tomorrow.  So, I did.  It was on a Friday.  So, that same Friday night I had a vision.  There were 3 or 4 ladies standing together and me and a lady was standing together.  I heard a voice saying don’t stand with her…go and stand with the other 3 or 4 because you steal.  Then the vision went off.  I knew exactly what the Lord was telling me.  So, I testified this at All Nation Holiness Church.  That was my church at that time.  Bishop Tummerlin laughed and said God was trying to tell you something…you steal.

Revelation 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

So, I did.  Thank you, Lord.

Hebrew 12:6 – 8 For whom the Lord loveth  He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

So, it was on a Friday night when God gave me the vision….you steal.  The following Sunday after I came from church I went to my daughter’s Glorease house.  One of her friends name Teresa came in.  She said Sis. Perdue you want some cheese?  I said yes.  She gave me a 5 lb box.  After than my niece, Zell, she lived in the back of Glorease found out that I was over there.  She sent me a box of cheese 5 lb and another lady sent me 5 lb.  I had 15 lb of cheese and I had a lot of cheese to give away myself.  Everybody that qualified would get it like if you were on food stamps or Medicaid.  You must show your food stamp or Medicaid card.  They gave away cheese, butter, beans, rice, peanut butter, chicken in a can and pork in a can and so forth.

But, God showed me, if I preach the Gospel He will supply all of my needs.

And so I don’t have to steal.

Phillipians 4:19 – 20  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.

I Corinthians 9:16  For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

I Corinthians 9:19  For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

So, this life is a journey… complete it.  Is our life a goal?...achieve it.  For God will help us.  Give God Thanks!!!

God Bless the United States of America!  For it all in Jesus!

This is Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 
     
APRIL 2008

I come before your presence with thanksgiving and the Lord hears the righteous.

Psalms 34:1 – 2  I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul shall make her boast in the Lord:  the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

Psalm 34:3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. 

God brought to me this dream and it troubled me for a while.  A little girl was at my door.  I kept on hearing something so; I went to the door and looked across the street.  I saw a lady name Deborah who lived across the street.  She was going around the house and she had on some green pants or dress. The little girl was pulling like on the door and I looked down.  And there was the little girl and she had a pink dress on.  She said a storm is coming but you got to lay flat on the floor.  Then I went to hook my screen door and went up the hall.  There was a little boy standing in my hallway.  The little boy said a storm is coming, a storm is coming but you got to lay flat on the floor.  And the vision went off.  

Philippians 2:10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth,

Philippians 2:11  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Shining as a Light in the world.

Romans 14:11 For it is written,  As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

Romans 14:12  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Romans 14: 13  Let us not therefore judge one another any more:  but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

This reminds me about a lady that was going to her friend’s house.  When she got close to her friend’s house she looked at another lady’s clothes hanging on a line.  This lady lived next door to her friend.  So, she knocked at her friend’s door.  Her friend said come in, I was just standing looking at my neighbors clothes.  They are so dingy.  The lady said I was just looking how white and clean her clothes were.  Her friend said come in and come to the window and see.  She went to the window and looked. She said look at your window.  Your window needs cleaning…see here.

God is telling us in Matthew 7:3-4 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

Matthew 7:5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye?

God is showing us a pattern that we can see other people faults but we can’t see ours.

Hosea 4:6  My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou has rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me:  seeing thou has forgotten the law of the God, I will also forget thy children.

Now, this scripture shows me of myself.  I was mistreated by in-laws so bad that I wanted to run away and leave my children with their daddy.  I was at the house by myself with my children.   I called them and told them I was going away.  I told them that I am going to come back and get y’all.  But, one of them, Bertha Mae, said don’t leave me mama.  I told her that I am coming back to get you, Bertha.  I am going to Cleveland, Ohio and you all are going to be with me.  She said but mama don’t leave me, don’t leave me mama, mama don’t leave me.  And every day she would be following me every where I went crying…don’t leave me mama, mama don’t leave me.  I would try to say something to satisfy her.  But she would say the same thing… don’t leave me.  She followed me the whole week saying the same thing… but mama don’t leave!  While I am writing, my eyes are full of tears and the tears running down my cheek just thinking about it.  It seems like yesterday and I can just see her following me saying… mama don’t leave me,  but don’t leave me.  Then I felt so sorrow for her and finally I told her I am not going to leave you.  I am not going no where and I am not going to leave you.  My other children looked sad but they didn’t follow me like Bertha.  But, I am glad I stayed with them.  I am glad looking back where the Lord has brought me from.  I have 10 children and they are all doing real good.

Proverbs 4:20 -21 talks about keeping God word in your heart and wisdom is life and health.

Proverbs 4:20 – 22  My son, attend to my word; incline thine ear unto my sayings.  Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.  For they are life unto those that bind them, and health to all their flesh.

Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

God bless our children, you and me too!

God Bless the United States of America,

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 
     
MARCH 2008

I come before your presence with thanks giving but the praise be unto God.  I want let you know that you can always call on Jesus. 

I Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

So, be glad about this even though it may be sad for a while.  Because there are many kinds of trials we suffer.  Their purpose is to prove that your faith is genuine.  Even gold is tested by fire and so our faith must be tested also then you will receive praises, glory and honor.

So,  I began to look over my life.  I can’t imagine where I would be today if I hand never made it up in my own dear mind that I wanted to be saved.  Since that time the Lord has made me and conditioned me to be a woman of dreams and visions (even open eye visions). 

I have been chosen as a strong vessel to minister the word of God.  For the Lord talks to me and he is the head of my life.  He directs my path and guides my footsteps.  God said if we acknowledge him in all thy ways he would direct our path.  God is a good God and I can’t afford to let my Savior down.  For He continues to bless me so that I can bless others.  Because I knew in my heart when I was just 12 years old that I didn’t want to die and go to hell.  And as today, I’m still standing before the Lord with a made up mind that I will serve him all the days of my life.  For it is by His grace I am saved and His grace is sufficient.   For what will I profit if I gained the whole world and loose my own soul.  But God has put me in his blue print when he gave me Galatians 1:15 and said, “That’s you girl.”  

Galatians 1:15  But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,

Galatians 1:16  To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.

Now coming from a root is to separate or cut off and the Holy root is Jesus.

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him (Thomas), I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

 

Isaiah the Future Glory

Isaiah 59:1  Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear.

Romans 10:4 – 5  For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.  For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

Righteousness is by faith in Christ. 

Romans 10: 6 – 7  But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:) Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) 

Romans 10: 8 – 10 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

Romans 12:16   Be of the same mind one toward another.  Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.  Be not wise in your own conceits.

For God is love.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

 And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die (St John 11:26).  

I Peter 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

May God Bless the United States of America and you too!

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church
 
     
DECEMBER 2007

I come before your presence with thanks giving again.  God just reminded me to let the children know that God hears their prayers, too. 

 

We were living on McLemore Plantation.  It had rained and the cotton was a little too wet to pick first thing in the morning time.  About 1 o’clock in the afternoon the bell would rang for the peoples to go to the cotton fields.  The cotton was dry enough to pick.  All the families would carry their children with them and we made it to the fields.  All the families got rows for them and their children.  But, we as children got together and said we don’t want to pick no cotton this evening.  So, some body suggested…let us pray and tell God we don’t want to pick no cotton this evening.  So, we began to pray…Lord, let it rain, Lord, let it rain.  And a lady name Miss Cora Johnson started laughing at us and seeing how pretty it was and us asking God to let it rain.  But, we were still at the end of our rows and asking God to let it rain.  My mama told us to come on from back there with them rows.  But, one boy name, Lugene Hall, pulls off his sack and started praising the Lord like he was shouting.  Miss Cora was looking at us and laughing and when we looked up there was a little cloud about the size of a wash pan.  Then we started thanking the Lord.  All of us children started thanking the Lord and out of that little cloud a hard shower rain came down.   The grown peoples started running trying to get under the wagon to keep from getting wet.  Then they told all the peoples to go and just come back tomorrow.  We were so happy climbing in the wagon and throwing cotton at one another and just playing.   God answers children prayers.  Who is so great a God as our God.

 

Psalm 77:17 The clouds poured out water:  the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.

 

They that set their hope in God, and not forget the work of God…The Lord will answer your prayers too.   Learn to do well.

 

Isaiah 1:18  Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

 

Isaiah 1:19  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.

 

II Timothy 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

 

II Timothy 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

 

II Timothy 4:2 – 3  Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort will all longsuffering and doctrine.  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers.  Teachers having itching ears.

 

Telling peoples what they want to hear not what they need to hear.

 

Act 5:29  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.

 

Philipians 2:8  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

 

Hebrews 13:17  Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

 

Saints of God, we all must go through a test.  Just like Job with through with his substance. (Job 1:3)

 

He was afflicted by his wife, friends, and so on.  Even with his 10 children, Job went through.  He was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.

 

That’s why Job said in Job 13:15…Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him.

 

Job 13:16 He also shall be my salvation: for a hypocrite shall not come before him.

 

I Peter 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

 

God Bless the United States of America and you too!!

 

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

 

H.O.H Holiness Church
 
     
NOVEMBER 2007

I come before your presence with thanks giving.  Knowing…

Proverbs 10:7  The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

Proverbs 10:8  “The wise in heart will receive commandment:…”

That’s why good peoples will be remembered as a blessing and the sensible peoples will accept good advice.  God gave me “in the midst of a storm” when I read Philippians 2:15 

Philippians 2:15  That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.

Listen, Saints of God, we must shine among them like stars up in the sky when we offer them the message of God.  Because we are living in a dark world where peoples are crooked and stubborn.  The proper place for God’s peoples are among the lost.

Luke 15:4-6  What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?  And when he hath found it he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.

All I can say now is Lord, let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight,  O, Lord, my strength and my Redeemer. (Psalm 19:14)

I had this dream on November 27, 2007.  I was just singing “I am so glad Salvation is free.”    I was so happy and I woke up happy and the Spirit was all over me. 

St. James 1:4 – 8  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.  If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  But let him ask in faith nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  A double-minded  man is unstable in all his ways 

Romans 8:31 – 33  What shall we then say to these things?  If God before us, who can be against us?  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect?  It is God that justifieth.

This reminds me years ago when I went to town to H.L. Green Store.  A man started following me every where I went.  Well, I didn’t know at first that he was following me.  After then, I happened to look back for something and he was looking and staring at me.   After then I went to the other side of H.L. Green.  He was coming on the other side too.  So, I said to myself, is this man really following me?   So, I went out of H.L.  Green and went in to Kress.  I started watching the door to see if he would come in to Kress.  So, I started shopping around and watching the door.  Then I saw the man coming in and started looking to see if he could spot me.  He did and started coming down the same aisle that I was on.  I went over to the lady that was at the cash register.  I told her look you see that man over there.  He been following me in H.L. Green and I left there and came in Kress and that man still following me.  Look! Look! See him over there!  Then he noticed that I was showing the lady him.  He turned around and left out of the store in a hurry.  And I never seen him any more.  While I was thinking about the man, I had an open eye vision.  A big purple bow was right in front of my feet.  Then I open my eyes and looked at Sis. Germon.  She was just reading.  I just smiled.  I said thank you, Lord, for blessing me to be able to preach and teach the truth. 

Matthew 16:26  For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?  Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

I Corinthians 12:7 – 8 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.  For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit.

While I thought on the vision God gave me… the purple bow at my feet. God brought it to me about the three purple chairs.  He told me to put them at the Communion table in front of the altar at the church.  He showed me where to put them and how to arrange them at the Communion table.  Purple means royalty, happiness and success.

The Courage of Esther

Esther 5:1 – 3    Now it came to pass on the third day, that Esther put on her royal apparel, and stood in the inner court of the king’s house: and the king sat upon his royal throne  in the royal house, over against the gate of the house.  And it was so, when the king saw Esther the queen standing in the court, that she obtained favor in his sight: and the king held out to Esther the golden scepter that was in his hand.  So Esther drew near, and touched the top of the scepter.  Then said the king unto her, What wilt thou, queen Esther?  And what is thy request? It shall be even given thee to the half of the kingdom.

So, Ester saved her peoples the Jews and where love is God abides there.  So, let us lift up our eyes unto the hills whence cometh all our help.  Our help comes from the Lord.

God Bless the United States of America and you too!

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church
 
     
OCTOBER 2007 I come before your presence again with thanksgiving. Thanking the Lord that He able me to move around and have my being. Now, it might be a mystery to some but it is Glory unto God.

I was running a revival at Hartley Chapel some years ago and the Lord told me to pull of my shoes. I pulled them off for a little while and then I put them back on. The Lord told me again to pull my shoes off. Well, I did pulled them off again and I let them stayed off until I got ready to preach. Then I put them back on a little before they turned it over to me to bring the message. Then the Lord spoke to me again to pull off my shoes and I did. I preached with my shoes off and while I was preaching the front of the door came open. Somebody got up and shut the door back. While I was still preaching the door came open again and my daughter, Glorease, got up and came from back there because she was sitting in the very back. When the door kept on opening by itself, she moved. When she looked the door was wide open again and peoples were standing in front of the church looking in at me preaching. The door stayed open until I got through preaching. Then the peoples were amazed how the church door kept opening by itself. I don’t know neither but I know one thing the peoples were standing just looking in at me preaching. But, I know God had me preaching with my shoes off for a reason and this was the first time that ever happen.

Exhortation to Obedience


Proverbs 3:4 – 10 So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart: and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones. Honour the Lord wilth the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Yes, exhortation to obedience.

I am thinking about how God will supply all of your needs and will give some of the things you want, too, if you will obey the Lord. It may be a mystery to God but it is Glory to God.

It was early, early one morning God told me to get a bunch of blue rose flowers and put them beside the street in front of my house. So, I went to a store call Kress. I went down stairs where they sold all kind of flowers. So, I picked out a large bunch and gave the cashier a fifty dollar bill. She gave me back my $50 and gave me some extra money over. I took it but on the way to my car, I said, “Lord, I might not can’t sleep tonight. So, I put my flowers in my car and went back and it was so hot but I went back anyway. I knew she was an old lady and she might have to replace all the money back out of her check. So, when I got there she was waiting on a couple. So, I just hung around until she was finished with them then I went to her with the money and the receipt in my hand. I said you gave me too much money back. She said I didn’t give you too much money. I was handing her the money and the receipt and she said again with a loud voice like… I didn’t give you too much money! Then I said yes ma’am and I walked away feeling good because I tried to do what was right. So, I wouldn’t have to worry about that I was wrong. I said Lord I tried.

I stopped by Sis. Germon’s house. She is a church member and the Mother of our Church. I told her what had happen and gave her some money and she was so glad. She was in need. She said she told her granddaughter that her hands were itching and that she was going to get some money. When I gave her some money she began to praise God! Her granddaughter came to the door and ask what’s going on? What’s going on? Sis. German just kept on praising the Lord and thanking Him. Her granddaughter just stood on the porch looking. Then I came on home.

I got the blue flowers and put them beside the street like the Lord told me and showed me. It was a Friday evening. I got up early that Saturday and the flowers were still there. So, I said I’m going to watch now and see who will pick them up. So, I hung around in the yard and the porch because I wanted to see who will pick them up. I kept watching. But, when I knew one thing they were gone. Then, I knew God didn’t want me to know. He just wanted me to obey and I did. God wanted to bless the one who got them. Blue means love and keeping his commandments. God wanted to share His love with whosoever got them. You see the Lord taketh pleasure in his peoples and He is more than conquerors.

Romans 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

God Bless the United States of America and you too!!

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H HOLINESS CHURCH
 
     
SEPTEMBER 2007

I come before your presence with thanks giving and praises before the Lord.

Acts 2:39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

There was a time when Bible class was in my home.  Many peoples came out and the house was crowded that night.  Many peoples had to sit on the floor.  When I came out of my bedroom, I sat by the front door on a little stool.  One of my white friends was there and wanted to know who was the teacher.  So, she looked at some who were well dressed.  She wanted to know who was the teacher.   She said the Lord told her it was me.  I saw her staring at me like and I wondered why she looked at me like that.  But after then she came over to me with tears streaming down her face and said the Lord told me to kiss your feet.  Can I kiss them?  I was amazed but I told her yes.

Romans 10:15-17  And how shall they preach, except they be sent?  As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  But they have not all obeyed the gospel.  For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hat believed our report?  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

As she kissed my feet, my feet got real hot.  When she finished she stayed on her knees and held both of her hands together like praying hands.  Some thought she was praying to me.  I said she was not praying to me I am no god.  But, she could have been praying to God that was in me.  When Bible class was over with, she invited me to her house.  She wanted her friends to see the Spirit of God move in.  We set a day and I agreed.  I carried Sis. German and Sis. Hamilton with me.  I told them don’t act like you know so much now be patient where you can see where they are coming from.  As we got closer to the house, the Lord spoke to me.  He told me not to open my mouth and not to say a word.  So, when we got there she welcomed us in.  All her friends were there waiting for us also.  So, she talked a little while and turned it over to me.  I didn’t move and I didn’t say a word.  Then she said are you sick?  I turned my head from side to side (meaning no).  Then she ask me do you want some orange juice.  I shook my head from side to side (meaning no).  Want some water? I turned my head from side to side again (meaning no).  Well, are you feeling alright?  I bowed my head, meaning yes.  Then they started with the service and I was just listening in on them because God told me not to open my mouth and not to say a word.  After it was all over and we started back home, I said Lord you had me acting like a dummy.  I just laughed and laughed because You told me not to say a word.  But, Lord I know you blessed me and really blessing me for being obedient.

You know the Lord said I take the foolish thing to confound the wise.

Proverbs 3:5  says..Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Now, I am beginning to think about how good God is to them that trust in Him.  I am thinking about now how God blessed my car when it needed fixing.  God told me before I left home how much it would cost me.  God said it will cost 60 to 70 dollars to have it fix.  So, I wrote it down and call my grandson, Tracy and showed it to him.  Then I went to K-Mart and a young man name, Jesse, fixed it.  I got some change back out of the 70 dollars.  God gave me…

Proverbs 7:2-4  Keep my commandments, and live; and my law as the apple of thine eye.  Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.  Say unto wisdom, Thou art my sister; and call understanding thy kinswoman:

Tears came running down because the Lord told me before I got there how much my car would cost me.  When I think about the goodness of Jesus and all that He has done for me…My soul cries out Thank God for saving me!!!

II Corinthians 4:3-5  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.  For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus sake.

This cry must be heard!

God bless the United States of America and you too!!!

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
     
AUGUST 2007

I come before your presence with thanks giving again but God get the glory.

Just thinking about how we suppose to live every day a clean life to everybody.  Also, giving thanks for God’s mercy because God’s mercy endureth forever.

God gave me this…

Psalm 103:1-7  Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases:  Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed. He made known his ways unto Moses, his acts unto the children of Israel.

Action speaks of Spiritual Blessings though physical benefits may be included.  In the Old Testament and the New Testament.

Leviticus 11:45  For I am the Lord that bringeth you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: ye shall therefore be holy, for I am holy.

I Peter 1:16 – 17  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.  And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear.

I began to think on last week on 10/16/07 on how I got so holy and felt the need to pray with somebody.  I got so full in tears and kept on calling on Jesus because I didn’t know what to do.  But, I wanted to call somebody that I knew that love the Lord.  I called them that weren’t working.  But, the ones that I call were not at home.  I called my daughter-in-law and she had left home too.  I was still crying and was highly anointed and I just didn’t know what was going on with me.  So, I called my baby sister, Louise Robinson, and I told her all about the way I was feeling and how the Spirit of the Lord was upon me.  She was surprise to hear me talking like that.  But, she said I will pray with you.  I got on my knees beside my bed and cried out before the Lord. But, I was still highly anointed in the Lord even when we had stopped praying.  I am beginning to feel the anointing now Saints of God.  You pray for me as I pray for you because I just don’t sometimes know what be going on.

But, anyway I called back again to my daughter-in-law house, Annie Perdue, because I know she has so much experience in the Lord.  She had made it home. I told her what was going on with me.  She said what’s the matter mama?  I told her I don’t know.  The Spirit of the Lord just came upon me.  It is making me feel so holy even right now.  Then she said come on and let us pray and we did.  We cried out before the Lord a long time.  She was crying and I was crying until the Lord relieved me.  I was back to normal.  I was telling my prayer partner and she reminded me over 20 some years ago, I was like that.  But, I had forgotten all about that time.  When I had the anointing highly upon me it started when I was on my job.  I called Sis. Ann Smith (she wasn’t married at that time) from my job but I was so full I couldn’t talk.  I tried to talk but the Spirit of the Lord was upon me so high I just held the phone for a while.  Then I hung it up.  She called me back to ask me what was wrong.  I wanted to tell her but the anointing was so high that my voice trembled like in tears. I just hung up the phone.  About that time, it was time for me to get off my job and when I got home, Sis. Ann Smith called to the house.  She called to ask me what was the matter.  Then I was able to tell her that the Spirit of the Lord was upon me and I am still feeling the anointing now.   So, she said let me call Pastor  Pickney whom was my prayer partner and still is today.   So, Ann told her to pray for me because I was still in the Spirit the same way as I was on my job.  Pastor Pickney said I can’t do nothing about that because she is still in the Spirit and in the Lord’s hand.  She said let us praise the Lord with her and thank Him for the Spirit and his anointing.  They began to Praise God and thank God for his Spirit and his anointing and the Lord blessed us all.  After all the praise went up before the Lord, I calmed down to be me and myself.  But, I still don’t know the reason or why it happened.  But one thing I do know is that our life is in God’s hand and our body belongs to Him. 

So, let us Glorify God with our members because it may be a mystery to some but Glory to God.

God Bless the United States of America and you too!

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H HOLINESS CHURCH

 

 
     
JULY 2007 I come before your presence with thanksgiving and also before God.

Psalm 34:3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

I Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

I Corinthians 2:6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

I Corinthians 2:7 – 8 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory.

Which none of the princes of this world knew. For if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.

I Corinthians 9 – 10 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things of God.

Yes, the deep things of God. Wisdom is too high for a fool. Saints of God wisdom is God’s gift. This reminds me about my sister, Kate, when she had fallen and broken a little bone in her ankle. She had to stay with me where I can take care of her. But, the Lord had already showed me that she was going to die and her funeral. But, she was not down sick in bed. She had to sing to get tome me and could not stop. Singing from one song to another joining songs together.

God had brought this to me about Kate breaking her ankle. Her son had called the ambulance. They had checked her feet and told them it would cost 80 dollars to carry her to the hospital. They said if you can get somebody else it would be much cheaper. At that time, I was headed to All Nation Church, which was my church at that time. A little before I turned off Fairview Ave, I heard a voice saying, “Kate, Kate.” I told Sis Germon that I will go by there when we turn out of Church. When we (Sis. Germon and I) turned on Oak Street, I heard the voice saying again, “Kate, Kate.” I told Sis. Germon I hear a voice saying again Kate, Kate. I said no soon as we turned out of Church, I got to go by there. A little before we got to Early Street, the voice got real loud, “Kate! Kate! Kate!” Then, I said I got to go by there now.

When we pulled up to the house, her son, Albert, said, “Who told you? Who told you?” I said who told me what? He started jumping up and saying, “Who told you? Who told you?” I said who told me what? Then he said Kate fell and broke the little bone in her ankle. We called the ambulance and they told us if we could get somebody else to take her to the hospital it would be cheaper because it will cost 80 dollars. That’s why we tried to get you. They couldn’t get me but the Lord did.

II Chronicles 16:9 “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him…”

Psalm 34:19 says…Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.

After my sister, Kate, stayed with me a while, we were talking. She said I want to talk to you because the world can’t afford me a home here no longer. I said Kate you don’t know what you are talking about. I just didn’t want to hear it although I had seen her death. I didn’t know when and she wasn’t down sick.

She was playing my tape recorder. She was listening to the singing and praying on the tape recorder. One day we were in the living room talking. I got a phone call from Sis. Marshall, a preacher in Wetumpka. So, I went into the den. I was talking about what the Lord has done for me. So, Kate came where I was in the den and sat down. She was looking at me with a pleasant face. So, I kept on talking and feeling good in the Spirit. She was just looking at me. She opened her mouth and closed it just like that and she was gone. She died. But, she had told me this world couldn’t afford her a home no longer. She died so peaceful. When they pronounced her at Baptist Hospital, I went to her and start rubbing her pretty long hair. The Spirit of God ran all over me and I began to speak in other tongues. I couldn’t help myself. God let me knew that she was saved.

I Peter 5:7 Casting all your cares upon him; for he careth for you.

Now, God Bless the United States of America and you too!

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 
 
     
JUNE 2007

I come before your presence with thanksgiving but God get the glory.  A service well pleasing unto God.

 

Hebrew 13:1   Let brotherly love continue.

 

Romans 12:10  Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another.

 

Romans 13:8  says Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

 

Romans 13:10 – 14   Love worketh no ill to his neighbor: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.  The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk honestly, as in the day; nor in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, nor in strife and envying.  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, (food) to fulfill the lusts thereof.

 

Now, how to please God by keep on loving one another.

 

Hebrews 13:5 – 6 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and ye content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

 

Hebrews 13:8  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.

 

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

 

We don’t lift him up!!!

 

He carried our sorrows.  He was afflicted for us.  He was wounded for our transgression.   He was bruised for our iniquities and by his stripes we are healed.

 

Proverbs 10:7  The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

 

Proverbs 10:8  “The wise in heart will receive commandments…”

 

I remember when I thought nobody loved me.  My husband loved me.  But, one day we all went to my mother’s.  We were all just talking and my mother too.  What my husband was saying my mother was yielding to him.  He said I scorned our children because I didn’t eat behind them.  Cookies or candy I would put it up or throw it away but he would eat it.  So, he told mama I scorned my own children.  I said mama I don’t scorn my own children.  Look like to me she believed what my husband was saying.  She looked at me and laugh.  But, she didn’t know what I was going through with.  They (my in-laws) didn’t want my husband to buy me a drink unless he bought them one.  He tried to keep us together but I was mistreated by them.  He would slip and bring me something anyway…cheese, big jack cookies and a drink.  Things I liked to eat. But Anna would go and look in his truck and see what he tried to slip and give me and then come in our room and say you could have brought it in!  He didn’t say nothing not a word to her.  Then she would go out our room and slam the door. 

 

So, mama didn’t know what I was going through.  And when my mother looked like to me she believed him then I thought nobody loved me.  Now,  I’m thinking that my mother didn’t love me neither then I wanted to die.

 

I didn’t eat nothing in 7 days.  I just cooked and walked out of the kitchen.  I told the Lord I wanted to die.  Tears are in my eyes now just running down my face.  Bringing back remembrance like it just happen.

 

But, anyway I told the Lord I wanted to die and on the seventh day I had cooked.  As, I was walking out of the kitchen, I heard a voice saying you want to die.  I said yes I want to die.  The voice said what about your children?  I stopped then and I said I want my children.  The Lord knew I had forgotten about them.  I turned around and went back to the kitchen and got a can of beets and ate them.  Everyday I ate my food but my taste was gone.  Seven days later it came back.  7 days I didn’t eat and 7 days food started back tasting like food.

 

We must be forgivers to be like God.

We must be forgivers to please God.

We must be forgivers to be forgiven by God.

 

Jesus said for if ye forgive men their trespass, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.

 

Matthew 6:14 -15   For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive you trespasses.

 

Now it all about giving and receiving:

 

This is a bill fold blessing…

Bless this bill fold, Lord I pray

Replenish it from day to day.

May the bills flow in and out,

Blessing peoples all about

Help me earn and wisely spend

Thanking God for bills to pay

For the things I need today.

When it is empty fill it with more

From thy vest abundant store                           -               in the name of Jesus, Amen.

 

As I began to look back over my life, I can’t imagine where I would be today if I had never made it up in my own dear mind that I wanted to be save.  Since that time the Lord has conditioned me to be a woman of dreams and vision.  (Even open eye visions).  I have been chosen as a strong vessel to minister the word of the Lord.  For the Lord talks to me and He is the head of my life.  He directs all of my paths and he guides my foot steps.  For God has said if we acknowledge Him in all thy ways, he would direct our path.  He has done just that.  God is a good God.  I can’t afford to let my Savior down for he continuously blesses me so that I can bless others.  I know in my heart when I was just 12 years old that I didn’t want to die and go to hell.  And as of today, I am still standing before the Lord with a made up mind that I will serve him all the days of my life.  For it is by His grace that I am save and his grace is sufficient.

 

God Bless the United States of America and you too!

 

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

 

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
     
MAY 2007 I come before your presence with thanksgiving again.

Psalm 27:4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.

This reminds me when I was on program at Pastor Earnestine Thomas Celebration that was at Mountain Hill Baptist Church. The Lord told me to wear what is called moon boots. They were beige and He told me to wear them to her Celebration and I did. They are kind of like house shoes. As I was walking down the aisle with them kind of shoes on, the peoples were just looking at me because that supposed to been a high day for Pastor Thomas. At that time, I was her Assistant Pastor and I was wearing beige moon boots. A long time after then God gave me H.O.H Holiness Church.

But, anyway, one of the preachers got me by my arm and assisted me to the pulpit and gave me a seat up there. He asked me will I pray and asked another preacher to read the scripture. And a little before I was called to pray another preacher walked in. The Master of Ceremony came up in the pulpit and said I didn’t know that preacher was coming you want him to pray. I said you can let him pray if you want to because you are over it anyways. So, he just went back, when it got real close for me to pray, he came and put his arm around the back of my chair and said again do you want him to pray or not? I said if him to pray let him pray…if you want him. But, he wanted me to say yes but I didn’t because I can pray too. Since I didn’t say yes, he went back and sat down then he called my name for the prayer.

I stood up to the pulpit and began to pray. The Spirit of the Lord filled the church. Peoples started shouting, crying and hollering. While I was still praying, let me tell you the Holy Ghost took over my prayer to bless His peoples. God showed the Master of Ceremony that He doesn’t have respect of persons but he was happy himself. He ran up there and grabbed me and held my hand with tears in his eyes.

James 2: 1-3 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:

James 2:8 If ye fulfill the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself, ye do dwell:

Like, unto the Sabbath, God started me going to peoples in their home praying and reading the bible to them. He had me going to the sick, to the hospital and Nursing Home. We would start out early about 9:00 or 9:30 in the morning time and stay late in the afternoon. God told Sis. Germon and me to drink some V-8 juice before we started missioning. God just bless the peoples and worked so many miracles. We would be so happy knowing God did it for the peoples.

God Bless the United States of America and you too!

May God bless Annie too as she gives her wonderful testimony about the Sabbath Day.

I, Annie D. Perdue, want to testify about the Sabbath Day and how I know it is right. When the Lord revealed to Evangelist Perdue about the Sabbath Day, she told her congregation that we had to go to church on Saturday. I said I can’t keep two days because when I go somewhere two days I would be tired. As time went by I found out that it was a delight to keep the Sabbath.

In 1994, I was with child, my blood pressure got too high. The doctor sent me to Birmingham to UAB hospital. My blood pressure would not stay down. Evangelist Perdue sent me a mixture of olive oil, vinegar, honey and water. I sipped it for my blood pressure.

When they made things ready for surgery, I threw up and that cleaned me for surgery. Things began to go wrong. The nurse called Evangelist Perdue and told her to come to Birmingham. She hadn’t long left and Doris had to drive back up there. When things were over I did not know they were looking for me to die. Evangelist Perdue and her prayer partner had already seen my death. I remember asking the Lord something and there was a pause. I, Annie D. Perdue, heard a voice not so pleasant saying, “You better be glad you kept the Sabbath Day!” That let me knowed if I hadn’t start going to church on Saturday I would have died and went to hell or something bad would have happen to me.

Remember Numbers 15:32 – 36 tells how a man was put to death not keeping the Sabbath Day. Oh, nation of peoples, there is a death warrant for not keeping the Sabbath Day. I am a witness. Later on when I got back home I went to the doctor. I was told that my test showed that I once had a heart attack. I said it must have been in Birmingham when I was asleep. Praise God and Remember the Sabbath Day and keep it holy. No cooking, cleaning, beauty parlor, washing, cutting grass shopping or working. This is a Holy high day of rest for the Lord and we supposed to join in with Him. Amen.


Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer
H.O.H Holiness Church

 
 
     
APRIL 2007

I come before your presence with thanksgiving again for God is good and his mercy endureth forever.

 

Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of Man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

 

Proverbs 1:7  (warning)   The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

 

I Kings 18:21  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions?  If the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.  And the people answered him not a word.

 

Now this remind me about a lady who could not read at all.  She was a maid working in a home helping her mistress raising her children.  She helped raised them to they all got grown and married out of the house but she was still there with her.  Her mistress was still good to her.  So, sooner or later, the lady she worked for died.  She left her a large sum of money in her will and said she can live in the house as long as she lived.

 

When her children find out that their mother had left her a large sum of money in her will, her children wanted the money back.  So, they brought her some papers.  They said, “Annie, we got some papers and all you got to do is just sign right here, Annie.”  They showed her where to sign because they knew their maid didn’t know how to read.  So, she said you all just like me think about it first.  So, they said we will be back tomorrow and her children left.  They were smiling at her because she was their maid.  So, she got all the papers and went to the Bible and opened it and laid all the papers in the Bible.  She said, “Lord, you know I can’t read at all and I don’t know what all this writing saying but you know Lord and I want you to show me what to do.”  Then she closed the Bible with all the papers still lying in it.  When she laid down she had a dream over night that told her not to sign no papers at all. 

 

So, the next day her children came back again and said Annie you ready now to sign the papers for us.  She said no, I don’t care to sign at all and after than the children left the house.  She praised the Lord for telling her what to do.  So, she got a large sum of money what her mistress had left for her.

 

Isaiah 55:1  Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

 

So, let us cast our cares upon the Lord for he care for all of us. 

 

Matthew 7:16  Ye shall know them by their fruits.  Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

 

Matthew 7:17  Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

 

Matthew 7:15  telling us to beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing.  But inwardly they are ravening wolves.

 

I remember when I was a cook working at St. Jude.  Every morning when I passed one class room a teacher would never speak.  But I would speak and go on.  My co-worker, Chappell, would say, “Why that O’ Heifer don’t never speak!”   Then I said wait a minute, Chappell, that’s her mouth and don’t call her that because she doesn’t have to speak unless she wants to and you don’t have to speak to her neither.   Chappell said you suppose to give a person the time of day.  I said, “Yes, that’s if you want to.”  You see I speak everyday to her and don’t look back.  So, one day I had to come back and she was standing in the classroom door and I walked by her like I didn’t see her.  She called my name, “Mrs. Perdue!”   I kept on walking like I didn’t hear her because she never spoke.  So, she called louder, “Mrs. Perdue!!”  I stopped and walked back because I got a tender heart.  Then she said to me, “Mrs. Perdue, you stay the same way all the time.”   Then I said God made me that way and I walked away.

 

I had made some records singing a while back.   My records came in.   I brought some records to school to sell and Chappell said you’re not going to that old teacher that doesn’t ever speak to us…is you?  I said I am going to every classroom in the building and I did.  The teacher that didn’t speak to us was the first one to buy one.  She seems to be happy about my record.  Some other teachers bought some in every classroom.

 

For His mercy endureth forever.

 

Lord, if I can do some good today

If I can serve along my way

And if I can something help or say

Lord, show me how.

 

If I can right a human wrong

If I can cheer with a smile or a song

Lord, show me how.

 

Lord, if I can help somebody in their distress

If I can make their burdens a little bit less

If I can spread more of your happiness

Lord, show me how. 

 

Matthew 25:31 – 33  When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:  And before him shall he gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

 

God Bless the United States of America and you too! 

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
     
MARCH 2007

I come before your presence again with thanksgiving.

 

I Chronicles 16:34 says O give thanks unto the Lord: for his is good; for his mercy endureth forever.

 

II Timothy 3:7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

 

Hebrews 12:6 – 7  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

 

Warning against disobedience.  God gave me this and said tell it to the children…

Joel 1:3.

 

Joel is a special prophet of the day of the Lord.  He mentions it 5 times…

 

Joel 1:15   Alas for the day!  For the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come.

 

Call to repentance and fasting

Joel 2:1  Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand;

 

Joel 2:11 And the Lord shall utter his voice before his army; for his camp is very great: for his is strong the executeth his word: for the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; and who can abide it?

 

Joel 2:31  say the Sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come.

 

Joel 3:14  Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.

 

Joel has also been called the prophet of Pentecost….for his well know passage…

 

Joel 2:28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy (preach).

 

Quoted by Peter in Acts2…the coming of the Holy Spirit and the day of Pentecosst says…

 

Acts 2:1  And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

 

The purpose of Joel prophecy is to turn the nation back to God in preparation for the great day of the Lord.  Moses prophesied that God would use locusts to punish his people.

 

Deuteronomy 28:42  All trees and fruit of thy land shall the locust consume.

 

Moses expressed also expressed 4 stage types of insects too…palmerworm, locusts, cankerworm and caterpillar.

 

Joel 1:4  That  which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hat left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.

 

 

Then I heard blessing and cursing come out of the same mouth.  Then I heard a voice said, “What are you doing, Sister? …Tell it to your children.”

 

Then the Lord gave me Hebrew 13:8 says Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.  And He gave me Malachi 3:6  For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

 

That’s why God Himself told me to have Black History because our roots are very deep.  I was working with the Community Action Head Start at Gibbs Village and walking down the hall I heard a voice saying Black History, Black History.  We have been having Black History for 16 years and now going on 17 years.  I heard the voice saying what are you doing, Sister?  Then I thought Joel 1:3 tell your children of it and let your children tell their children and their children another generation.

 

Saints of God, you know everything that’s in darkness got to come to the light and everything was hid had to be uncover.  Every secret thing had to be known.

 

Well, my parent’s roots were very very deep in the Lord and on my mother’s side and my father’s side both were very religious.  My mother’s mother was a midwife and the only one around.  She waited on Indians and others too because she was the only one around there.  When she was on her sick bed, she called all her children to her bedside.  She told them I telephoned my uncle and annie and they will be here at ten o’clock.  The older children looked at each other they thought she was talking out of her head.  The next morning all of them went to the field.  My mother said she was seven years playing on the porch.  She said she heard something but she couldn’t see anything.  She climbed upon the banner of the porch and saw the horse and buggy coming.  They had a clock that struck on every hour.  When it struck for ten o’clock they were in the yard…ten o’clock sharp.  When the children came from the field uncle and annie was sitting down in the house.

 

My daddy’s daddy was a horse doctor.  He never got a chance to come home before a year.  They sent him from one plantation to another. My daddy’s mother on her sick bed called all her children to her bedside.  She said where is Bud?  (that’s what they called my daddy)  She told him as long as you long live you’ll never have to beg for any bread.  He was the youngest one and he never had to beg for bread.  He gave other peoples bread.

 

Now, my daddy told me to write the 12 disciples in the bible out on paper and carry them in my purse and I will never beg for bread.

 

You see this had to be known and when my daddy shot my mother for dead (when she was pregnant with me) and the doctor said he wouldn’t give one penny for her life but if she be living next week, I will come back again.  So, the third time the doctor came and God made me move someway.  The doctor said something moved.  The peoples and kin folks standing around her bed told the doctor that she was pregnant.  The doctor said if she be living next week I know she is going to live and this is me, Evangelist Costella Perdue.  When the doctor said no, God said yes!  But God save me so I can tell it to children and the next Generation.  The truth keeps marching on.

 

This is Joel warning and intercession.

 

Joel 1:13  Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priest:  ye ministers of the altar: come, lie all night in sackcloth, ye ministers of God: for the meat offering and drink offering is withholden from the house of your God.

 

Romans 10:15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent?  As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

 

Romans 10:16 – 17 But they have not all obeyed the gospel.  For Isaiah saith, Lord who hath believed our report?  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

 

Their sound went out in all the earth.

 

God Bless the United States of America and you too!

 

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

 

 
     
FEBRUARY 2007

I come before your presence with meekness because meek and humble is the way.

Matthew 5:5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Number 12:3  Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth. 

On February 12, 2007, just before I got in the bath tub God brought this to my remembrance just as plain as day.  When my son, Solomon, was driving a car and had an accident with two other cars.  Solomon was in fault and had 2 or 3 children without car seats.  He had to meet court and had to give one man about 450.00 dollars and the other 500.00 and something.  But, one of the men call to talk to me about the money.  I told him that I didn’t have any money.  Solomon was still in school and I wasn’t working at all.  So, I never heard from him any more.  But the other young man kept on calling me about the money everyday.  He said you got to give me some money every week…about 50.00 dollars a week at least!  I kept on telling him I didn’t have any money.  I told him that I was on welfare myself but I can give you something once a month.  But, he still called everyday.   

Then the Lord spoke to me and told me along with everybody in the house to pray for 5 nights.  One of my daughters was working at National Warehouse where they made different wires for cars and truck, etc.

She got home about 1 o’clock or 1:30 in the morning.  I told them to go to bed and I will wake them up when she got home where we all can pray together like the Lord said.   They did all went to bed and when Shirley got home, I got them all up.  We all got together in the living room and 5 nights like God told us and prayed.  I told the Lord, maybe we didn’t pray like we should where you could be pleased with us.  So, I will give you and extra night and we did.  And I never heard from him from that day until now.  Solomon was only 15 or 16 years old and in school and now he is 39 years old.  The Lord told us to cast our care upon him because he cares for us. 

I Peter 5:7 – 8 Casting all you care upon him; for he careth for you.  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 

But  in Psalm 24:1  The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. 

And Psalm 27:2  When the wicked, even mine enemies, and my foes, came upon me to eat my flesh, the stumbled and fell. 

Saints of God, remember our life is in God’s hand and no man can pluck us out of his hand. 

Phillipians 4:19 – 20 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

Now, let me tell you what our God can do when he told me about my sister, Kate.  The tears just come running down my cheeks just to know God take care of his children.  Saints of God……God can do all things and anything but fail.   

Now let me tell you,  I was going to my church All Nation at that time.  Before I turned off Fairview Avenue, I heard a voice saying Kate, Kate.   I told Sis. Germon, I heard a voice saying Kate.  When we turn out of church, I’m going to top at her house.  After I turned on Oak Street, I heard like the same voice saying Kate, Kate.  I said no soon as we turn out of church, I got to go to her house.  I drove on further.  The voice got louder and louder…Kate! Kate! Kate!  I said the same voice saying the same thing, Sis. Germon, I better go by there right now. 

I never heard a voice saying the same thing like a person talking to me and calling my sister name, Kate, Kate.  I really got afraid like.  But when I got there one of her sons, Albert, was in the front yard when I drove up.  He said who told you?  Who told you?  And I said who told me what?  He kept on saying who told you?  And I kept on saying who told me what?  Then he said Kate fell and broke her little bone in her foot (ankle).  We called the ambulance and they bandaged her foot up and told us if we can get somebody else to take her to the hospital it will be much cheaper.  They said if we would take her we will charge about 80 dollars to take her.  That’s why we tried to get you.  We called the house and you weren’t there and we called to the church and you hadn’t got there.  We just couldn’t get you.   

But, the Lord got me for my sister.  And this might be a mystery to some but it is Glory unto God. 

Ephesians 5:32  This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. 

Psalm 17:7   (A Prayer for Protection)  Show thy marvelous loving-kindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them. 

Psalm 17:8  Keep me as the apple of the eye; hide me under the shadow of thy wings. 

And the Lord also reminded me about Uncle and Anne and my grandmother before she died.  She (my grandmother) called her children to her bedside and told them I called my uncle and my aunt. I telephoned them and they will be here tomorrow at ten o’clock in the morning.  My mother said all the older children looked at each other.  The thought she was talking out of her head because they didn’t have a telephone.  So, the next morning all the older children went to the field and my mother said she was on the porch playing.  She heard something and she looked but she didn’t see anything.  So, she climbed upon the banner and saw a horse and buggy coming.  She said they had an old that clock struck on every hour.  When they were in the yard the clock struck for ten o’clock sharp.  When the other children got home from the field, Uncle and Auntie were in the house sitting down. 

Hebrews 13:8-9  Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.  Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines.  For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. 

My mother was born on February 10, 1900 and my grandmother was born in 1800’s and something.  But God is still alive. 

Isaiah 54:17  No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn.  This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. 

And God Bless the United States of America and you too! 

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer 

H.O.H Holiness Church 

 

 
     
JANUARY 2007

I come before your presence again knowing all our help comes from the Lord. 

Psalm 24:1   The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. 

On January 19, 2007, a lady called me and wanted to talk to me about my calling in the ministry of God.  She wanted to know how that I know that God call me and she wanted me to tell her about my calling.  She said I am looking for a save person to talk to me and another older man wants to be saved.  She said I don’t have a church home to go to and I am not from here but I live at St. Jude Apartments.  I am hungry for the word now.  One day when you were giving out some of your cards to some peoples, you gave me one.  It had H.O.H Holiness Church, Overseer, on it and I need someone to talk to me. That’s why I wanted to know your calling by God and how do you know God called you to preach.  My name is Brenda Booth and if you can’t come send some of your members. 

But, let me tell you about my calling.  We had a revival at our church, All Nation Holiness Church, at that time.  That Friday night the Preacher told me to stand up.  She said you are a vessel of the Lord and I can tell you what He wants you to do but I want the Lord to tell you.  She said when you get home tonight you just flip your Bible and the Lord will tell you Himself.   But, when I got home I forgot what she said, I was just thinking about what a good time we all had.   And I got ready for bed and laid down.  After then it came to me, I jumped up out of the bed and got my bible.  I said I am going to see is she telling the truth and I flipped my Bible to Luke 13:32  where it reads…And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. 

Luke 13:33 – 34  Nevertheless I must walk today, and tomorrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.  O, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! 

Luke 13:35  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate; and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord. 

When I read it all, I heard a loud voice saying, “Go in all the world and preach my Gospel!!”  Just hearing a voice like a person saying, “Go in all the world and preach my Gospel!!” 

Just to know God got real prophets and real peoples of God. 

And I told Brenda all of this and then I told her about years ago when I was living in Smiley Court.  Early one morning before day, My mouth started working like I was eating something.  My lips were moving for a long time and I didn’t know what was going on with me.  And finally, my mouth stopped and after that it started back again but not as long as the first time.  Then I got out of bed and went in the living room and God gave me Jeremiah 1:9. 

Jeremiah 1:9  Then the Lord put forth his hand, and touched my mouth.  And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.   

Jeremiah 1:10 – 14  See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.  Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou?  And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree.  Then said the Lord unto me,   Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.  And the word of the Lord came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a seething pot; and the face thereof is toward the north.  Then the Lord said unto me, Out of the north an evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land. 

I Corinthians 3:16  (You are God’s Temple)  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 

I Corinthians 3:17 – 23  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.  Let no man deceive himself, If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise, For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.  For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.  And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.  Therefore let no man glory in men.   For all things are yours; Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death or things present or things to come, all are yours.  And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. 

I Corinthians 6:19 – 20 What?  Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price:  therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. 

II Corinthians 6:17 – 18 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 

God Bless the United States of America and you too!

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church 

 

 
     
DECEMBER 2006

I come before your presence again with thanksgiving in my heart. 

Isaiah 1:19  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.

Romans 5:19  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 

Phillipians  2:8 – 13   And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  That the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.  

I am just thinking about how God will bless you when we obey him.  I was praying on the prayer line with my prayer partner and God brought this to me and I started crying.  Knowing that God has worked so many miracles in my life but now bringing tears from my eyes.   I was thinking about one Mother’s Day, God told me to go to a lady name Mrs. Felder house.  Which I have been knowing her through her daughter Bernice Jones.  She (Sis. Jones) said my mother had a car wreck about 13 years ago. I started going and praying for her that’s when I got to know Mrs. Felder. 

Every time I go she would be so glad to see me and beat upon her breast.  She couldn’t talk but she would make a noise like “ooh, ooh, ooh”.  She would be so happy when she saw me.  When they couldn’t get her to eat, I get the plate and talk to her.  I would say come on and eat a little for me now and she would eat for me every time.  She was very religious but her action spoke louder than her words.

This was on a Saturday before a Mother’s Day.  All of my children had planned to go to All Nation Church with me.  That was my church at that time.  So, I went to town and bought me a pretty dress so I can look good.  And after I came back I supposed  to been took Solomon and Stanford to cut a yard for a lady.  Sis. Germon and Pastor Pickney went to town with me.  When we got back from town I carried Pastor Pickney home to put her off .  I was going to take Solomon and Stanford where they could cut the yard.  I had to put the lawn mower in the trunk of my car.  But the Lord spoke to me and said go to Mrs. Felder house.  So, I didn’t get a chance to go home.  I went right then to her house and had a good time singing and praying.  And some young men came in too and we really had a good time and Mrs. Felder was so happy.  We stayed until night and coming home we seen a car that been in a wreck.  The car was bend all up and glass everywhere.  We said I hope nobody got killed or broke all up.  When I got home my neighbor’s son ran in the house and went into the kitchen.  After that my son (Stanford)  ran in the house and went in the hallway.  I went to him and asked him what’s the matter?   He said mama I didn’t do it.  Catfish threw at two young white men and ran.  The men picked up a bottle and started running toward me and I heard a voice saying you better go!!   And I ran and jumped the fence in the back and ran around and came in the front door.  The young white men saw Stanford when he came in the house.  They came to the house with the bottle in their hand and knocked at the door.  My daughter went to the door.  The men said we were thrown at and we saw him run in the house.  My daughter said I got to get him.  So, he peeped in and said there he is!  (Talking about my son, Solomon).  My daughter said he been sitting here all the time but I will get him (Stanford).   I got up.  They started walking off the porch.  Then I said all well and sat back down. 

And about that time, the telephone ranged and said come to Jackson’s Hospital right away.  Shirley and Janell Perdue been in a wreck.  So, I went right on up there.  Janell was just sitting down looking scared and Shirley had so much glass all over her.  They had to give her a shower.  The glass look like fine diamonds all over her.  But they weren’t hurt nor cut and no blood on them at all.  So, the doctor examined them real good and let them go. 

About 4 o’clock that Sunday morning when we got home and  Sis. Germon spent the night.  And I went in my room and prayed and thank God for sparing my children until day.  And the Lord spoke to me and said I gave you your children for your Mother’s Day present and I started crying like I am now.   Because God was letting me know if I wouldn’t have obeyed him 3 of my children would have died in one night.  But God blessed me. 

Psalm 30:5  For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life:  weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. 

Because  Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord:  and he delighteth in his way. 

And in Hebrew 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and for ever.

Amen. 

God Bless the United States of America and you too!! 

Evangelist Perdue, Overseer 

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 

 

 
NOVEMBER 2006

I come before your presence with thanksgiving.   But let us give God the Praise.

For wisdom is the principal thing therefore get wisdom: and all thy getting get understanding. (Proverbs 4:7) 

Matthew 22:29  in that scripture…Ye do err not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. 

Now Saints of God let us not under estimate the power of God. 

This was years ago when I was singing with a Gospel group.   At that time, my son, Solomon, carried my tape recorder to tape our singing.  After we had finished rehearsing, he was walking down the steps of the porch and the tape recorder cord hit his feet.    He started kicking and stomping his feet but every time he kicked the cord will touch his feet.  He jumped up 2 times and started running.  I started running behind him and trying to tell him the cord was hanging down and touching your feet.  But he kept on running fast and faster and I couldn’t catch him.  He turned on side of a railroad track … the side where the woods were.  And about that time he left me so far behind.  I stopped and stomped my feet and said loudly, “Lord, have mercy!!!”  And Solomon stopped instantly and didn’t move.  I ran then and grabbed him and brought him back to Sis. Patterson’s house.  His toes were bleeding where he had been stomping his feet.  He said he thought the tape recorder was a snake. 

So, God worked a big miracle for me.  When I stomped my feet and said Lord have mercy, he stopped instantly.  He could have run himself to death.  And I feel like crying now just to know what God has done for me.  I thank you, Jesus, for what you have done for me and the Saints of God all over the world. 

I thought about the little girl in the classroom.  She was the smartest one in her class.  The teacher was giving parts out for the school play.  She gave the little smart girl one or two lines to say.  And all the others had lot more than what she had.  So, she went home crying.  She went into the room crying where her mother was sewing.  Her mother said what is the matter?  She said mama look here, the teacher just gave me one or two lines to say and all the other children got more than me.  Her mother pulled her watch off her arm and open up the back of the watch. She said what do you see?  She said some little wheels and some tiny wheels and some big wheels.  Now look at the clock and tell me what do you see?  She said some small numbers and some large numbers.  Then she told her to stop crying because it takes the little and the big wheels to run the watch.  And if you take one of the wheels out the watch won’t run.  And if you take one of the numbers out of the clock that number will be missing and don’t make the clock right.  Now, if you don’t put your little part in the play than the play won’t be good because it will be missing your part.  And if you put your part in the play than the play will come out good.   Her mother said if every thing was big than we wouldn’t need any little.  And if everything was little we wouldn’t need the big.  So, God fixed it that everything works together for good for those that love the Lord. 

Romans 8:28  And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 

Galatians 3:26 – 29  For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. 

Galatians 4:4-5  But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 

May God Bless the United States of America and you too! 

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer 

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 

 
     
OCTOBER 2006

I come just as I am.  And if God be for us who can be against us.  I come before your presence with thanksgiving and God be the Glory.  Because He is always in the midst of us and always for us at all times. 

Isaiah 53:3 – 5 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  Bur he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement for our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 

So, I am just living a holy life and giving spiritual messages.  I was ordained in my mother’s womb. 

Galatians 1:20  Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not. 

Galatians 1:15-16  But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood: 

God gave me this years ago after my mother had been shot. My mother told me this after I was grown.  She told me how my daddy use to fight her and beat her.  She didn’t have nothing but meal in the house.  So, she cooked some cornbread and made some gravy out of some shell-lo (something like onions).  It tasted like onions and it multiplied every year.  So, when he came home for dinner, she put the bread and gravy before him.  And he jumped up and broke the broom handle on her back.  And another time he hit her in the eye with a hammer.  She said her eye was swollen and was puffed out and red like blood.  He would always fight her.  So, she would leave.  He would come back for her and she would go back.

But, my mother said Till (that is what she called me)…”but, it still didn’t get any better.”  So, she made up her mind and said, “I’m not going to live in hell and die and go to hell.”  So, when the next time came around she left to never to come back to him because it didn’t get any better.  Oh, but he did come just like he had done all the other times.  But, she said, “Floyd, I’m not coming back!”  So, he said I will give you 2 or 3 more days and I will be back and if you don’t come then I know something!  So, he did come back like he said and called her, “Effie! (that’s my mother’s name) You ready to go now!!  And she started to say Floyd, I’m not going back than he began to run his hand in his pocket and she ran.  He shot at her and missed her.  She cried out, “Floyd got a gun!!”  And her sister, Mae, jumped up because she was sewing and he shot her in the arm.  And about that time my mother jumped out of the back door and started running to the next house.  And he saw her and shot her behind the ear and she fell for dead.  And mama said he looked down on her and said nobody will have you.  About that time, peoples were hollering and crying and he ran to the woods. 

They called the doctor and the doctor said, “I wouldn’t give one penny for her life, but if she would be living next week, I’ll come back again.”   So, he did.  He said the same thing, I wouldn’t give one penny for her life but if she be living, I’ll come back next week.  So, he did come back again and said I wouldn’t give 2 pennies for her life but if she be still living, I’ll come back again.  So, he did.  While he was examining her, I moved some way.  And the doctor said something moving and they told the doctor that she was pregnant…3 months.  And the doctor said if she be living next week, I know she is going to live.   

So, this is me, letting you know that God is in charge of our life.  And when God Himself gave me this scripture Galatians 1:15…He said that’s you girl!!  I just had come back from my second oldest sister, Rosa Peck, house.  I laid across my bed thinking what a good time reading the bible and talking about the goodness of God with her boys.  When God gave me this scripture Galatians 1:15…that’s you girl!! 

Listen, Saints of God, we don’t know nothing unless God let you know something and we can’t see nothing unless God let us see.  I was working at YMCA with the Headstart Community Action.  I went into the classroom next to the kitchen.  So, I started talking with one teacher and she didn’t believe me because she thought she was right.  So, she called another teacher and them two agreed together.  Then I said you all are not right.  Then she called for another teacher trying to prove that I was wrong.  So, she called another teacher and all of them agreed together.  Then I said all you all don’t know what you are talking about.  And I left and went in the kitchen and stood up and said, Lord, if you didn’t change me…I would have been just like them.  And the Spirit came all over me and I just walked out the kitchen and went on the side of the center. 

The Spirit of the Lord was still all over me.  Then I looked in the sky and the cloud was just shouting…like with joy with me.  Then I began to look at a big oak tree.  Then I said in the beginning God created the Heaven and the earth, and the earth was without form and void and darkness was upon the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the water and God said let there be light.  And that is when Jesus came with God.  I was talking out seeing where the limbs started coming out from the tree.  Then I said that’s you Jesus. 

St. John 15:1  where Jesus is saying…I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. 

St. John 15:4  Abide in me and I in you, As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 

Jesus came to save us.  About that time, a young man walked out of the center. And I was talking out just me and Jesus.  And the man was just looking at me.   I didn’t know he was out there and I was so cheap.  But, I said I was just talking to Jesus.  Then I came to my self and went back in the kitchen. 

Luke 2:14  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. 

Luke 2:10  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 

God Bless The United States of America and you too!! 

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer 

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
     
SEPTEMBER 2006

I come before your presence with thanksgiving again.

Hebrew 13:15  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

And I thank God for wisdom and knowledge and understanding especially when I was mistreated.   I was mistreated through family members and nieces too.  God gave me back remembrance from many years ago that you can’t fix the pass nor straightened out the things that happened in the past.  While I was feeling down a little, God brought this fresh in my mind like it just happened yesterday.   Well, it was like this…

My daddy’s sister, when God called me to preach His Word, she was happy.  I told her God gave me Matthew 18:18 on the first bible class on a Thursday night.  When it was all over and everybody went home, I was so happy sitting in the living room.  I heard a voice saying loudly, “Whatsoever I bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven.”   Then I said we didn’t talk on this.   I was amazed just to hear a voice.  So, I called my cousin and told her about it and she started inviting me to come to her house to read the bible and to pray on Sabbath nights.  She invited other peoples and we would have a good time, some crying and getting so happy.   But as time past on her and another lady got in a squalled.  My cousin dipped snuff.  So, the lady told her you’re talking about God but God don’t have no snuff can in Heaven.  And my cousin told her, yes, and you got a car but God don’t have no parking place in Heaven neither. 

And when she told me, I said well, Dear (that what I called her) they don’t have no snuff can in Heaven and God don’t have no parking place in Heaven neither. 

And that’s why she got very angry with me because I didn’t yield to her.  I told her in order to be saved.  We got to obey God’s Word and stand up for the right and shun all the wrong that we can.   So, that following Friday night my cousin, Dear, called to my house.  But, I was gone to church.  So, she told them when so ever she comes…I don’t care how late it be tell her to call me.  When I got home it was around 11 o’clock and they told me what my cousin said.  Then I said it’s too late.  Well, then I said I don’t know what she wanted and I decided to call.  She said I was setting up waiting for the call. Then she said Till (that’s what she called and other peoples too) you need not to come to my house no more and she hung up.

The next Sabbath morning early I called her brother, Solomon Gibbs and told him what she said.  Then he talked to me and I started crying.  He said don’t cry everything is going to be alright. 

You know how I must have felt because we were so close.  Me and her daughter, Martha, (we called her Baby Ruth) was born the same year 1933.  But her daughter was a few months older than me.  We spent the night with each other and played together because we lived close and not too far apart.  My cousin Dear real name was Matilda Gibbs.  Baby Ruth was her only child.  Dear would buy us cake and candy all the time and make us clothes alike.  She never made no distinction between us.

So, that Sunday night me and Ann Smith, my prayer partner, started praying over the phone.  I started telling her what my cousin told me, “I needed not to come to her house no more.”  And the Lord spoke to me and said she wasn’t running you away she was running me away.   And about that Wednesday night a big transfer truck hit her daughter’s Baby Ruth car and killed her.  So, I called Dear and ask could I go to the funeral and she said yes you can go.

When we were grown we went our separate ways.

And many years went by and she got sick but I still would call her because I still loved her.  She tried to get Disability but couldn’t get it at that time.  But, I still tried to make up with her.  I would bring her left over food and oranges and apples from my work from Smiley Court Head Start. We had a lot of food left over like rolls, biscuits, meats, cookies and a lot of vegetables and milk that we couldn’t serve twice because the milk man ran everyday.

She began to get sicker from the hospital to the nursing home.  One day when I was going missioning they had moved her to Perry Hill Nursing Home.  When I went in her room she ask me to forgive her for all that she had done to me. She said, “Will you forgive me?” I said ,”Yes, I forgive you and I said if I offended you in anyway will you for me?” 

The next Sabbath I went up there to pray again and sing to the peoples.  Sis. Germon, Sis. Barnett and Mrs. Pickney, the four of us.  We started singing, “Lord, Let the Blood run down on Me.”  My cousin looked up like she was looking at Jesus.  The next Sabbath morning early, I heard a voice saying, “You going back this Sabbath?”  I said not this Sabbath.  I am going the next.  So, I did and the middle of that week she died.  Thank God she asked for forgiveness and was saved at the end. 

A quitter is never a winner.  And if I could have not stuck by my cousin, she would have died in her sin.  But love hides a multitude of faults and cover all sins. 

God gave this to me…when people mistreat you don’t fight back.  Faith and action prove God and you.  One cannot be both lover of God and lover of the world. 

God Bless the United States of America and you too!! 

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

 

 

 
     
AUGUST 2006

I come before your presence with thanksgiving again before God and you all too.  Just thinking about the work of God. 

Pastor Pickney and I started off praying and thanking God for his blessing.  And after that we started talking about the great miracles. 

Mark 4:37 – 41 says And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow:  and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?  And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still.  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.  And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful?  How is it that ye have no faith?  And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another,   What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?   

Than I began to think about my daughter, the 5th child, Shirley Perdue.  When she was 8 years old she was sick in bed and all the other children was outside playing.  She called me and said mama come here.  I was in the kitchen cooking.  So, I stopped cooking and went to see what she wanted.  And she said mama sing me a song.  I asked her what song she wanted me to sing?  And she said what would my life be if it wasn’t for Jesus.  Then I said, “Oh, my God.”  So, I walked over to the window thinking and came back to her bedside and began to sing… 

“Oh, what would my life be…if it wasn’t for you Jesus

He blesses me in so many ways, and right now I can say…

He anointed my eyes so I can see

Thank you Jesus, you been good to me.” 

And I can say Lord, I know you have been good to me.  When I finished singing all the song, I went back in the kitchen and started back cooking.  After than I heard some mumbling and mumbling so I stopped and listened.  And it came out of the bedroom where Shirley was.  Then I listened but I couldn’t understand what she was saying.   So, I tipped and tipped until I got about halfway to the room and I listened.  Then I heard her repeat the words in the song that I was singing… 

“Lord, what would my life be if it wasn’t for you, Lord…

Lord, what would my life be if it wasn’t for you, Lord.” 

Then I went back in the kitchen. 

After then I heard the dresser drawer pulled out and she was getting some clothes.  She put them on and went out and started playing with the other children. And she was healed and wasn’t sick no more…no more.  The song healed my child.  What would my life be if it wasn’t for Jesus and what would your life be if it wasn’t for Jesus? 

St. John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 

St. John 3:17  For God sent his Son into the world to condemn the world; but the world through him might be saved. 

Colossians 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 

Shirley got healed  in Jesus name. 

And one day the bus driver for the children at Goode Street School called me one day.  He was telling me about a big place, like a warehouse, that sold some of everything you would want real cheap.  So, he directed me where it was on the Northern Boulevard.  And I told my daughter in law about it too but we didn’t go together.  So, I got me a buggy (cart) and started getting this and that.  I got lots of can goods and different kinds of cereals…corn flakes and feeling good for myself.  And the Lord said get out of here! Get out! And I got so scared.  I left everything in the cart and left and went home.  And told my daughter in law what the Lord said.  And she didn’t get nothing neither. 

Isaiah 1:19  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the Land:

Isaiah 1:20  But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it. 

Like unto God told me to go to the chicken house where they sold boxes of eggs and chicken to different stores, God told me to go  across from Smiley Court.   And God told me to go early that Sabbath morning. So, I did.  And when I got there they had an egg sale sign in the window.  One flat with 2 ½ dozen in a flat for one dollar.  So, I got a lots of eggs for friends and lots of peoples. 

Psalm 37:23  The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. 

Psalm 119:133  Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me. 

This is Evangelist Perdue, overseer

H.O.H HOLINESS CHURCH 

God Bless the United States of America and you too!

 

 

 
     
JULY 2006

I come before your presence again with a thankful heart because… 

Matthew 5:8   Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 

God wonderful works to the children of men. 

Psalm 107:1  O Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 

God brought this to me at 4:35 am Sunday morning (June 18, 2006)…how people get into themselves little by little.  There is a way that seems to be right but the end is death.  God showed me up too.  God told me to go to Lula Bell house.  I knew her through singing.  I never went to her house before.  God told me to go and give her $20 dollars.  It was after 12 o’clock in the evening time one Sabbath Day.  She lived on Cleveland Avenue but now it is Rosa Parks.  So, when I got there I knocked on the door and she didn’t come to the door.  I knocked again and again.   Mrs. Price lived next door and came over and said she is in here.  She said she might be in the back in the den sleep but she is in there.  So, me and Mrs. Price talked a long time because I knew her from way back, too.  So, I knocked again.  I had in my mind on what the Lord told me to do.  She had the screen door hooked but I was looking to see her coming up the hall.

I looked in her living room and it was so beautiful and clean with a lot of  little“what

 nots” in it.  Then I told the Lord…Lord you want me to give her $20.00?  Then I began to look at my house.  I had to mop my rug every Thursday night for Bible class but oh! how the Lord blessed the peoples!!  People slain in the Spirit all over the floor when I prayed for them.  So many would come, I didn’t have enough chairs.  They would sit on the floor.  But, after than God blessed me with any kind of carpet I wanted.  My daughter, Bertha Mae, from California came home on her vacation.  She took me shopping at the carpet store to pick out any kind of carpet I wanted.  We went to other places and I didn’t have to pay a penny for nothing.  God showed me when I took my eyes off the will of God I started complaining because her living room looked better than mines.     I didn’t think about her living room at first…looking so good.  But, she still could have needed some money for something else.  When we take our eyes off Jesus we will come short of his blessings. 

Matthew 14:25-33    And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.  And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.  But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.  And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.  And he said, Come.  And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?  And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.  Then they that were in the ship came and worshiped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. 

Psalm 121:1-4  I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.  He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.  Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 

Psalm 121:8  The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. 

Isaiah 1:19  If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land. 

Romans 5:19  For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. 

Saints of God  obey God rather man. 

A lady came to our church one night.  She has been to our church 2 or 3 or 4 times before then.   I started praying for the peoples and stopped.  I went to get something to spread on the benches to keep the oil from getting on the benches.  While standing up to the pulpit singing, I smelled something  stinky coming across my nose.  It was so stinky.  I have never smelled anything like that in a church.  So, I looked around everywhere.  The lady that started praying for the people had put my olive oil down and got her oil out and praying for the people.  God told me to reverse the curse! Reverse the curse!  Then I got my olive oil and start praying for every one in the church whom she had prayed for.  And reversed the curse as I was praying.  So, she began to look at me and saw that I was praying for every one all over again, she got on her knees and stayed until we turned out.  She hasn’t been to our church since.  That has been about 6 or 7 years ago. 

Colossians 2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 

So, see to it that human wisdom teaching coming from the ruling spirit of the world.  The old life and the new life make a difference.  Because God anger will come upon them who do not obey him. 

I Corinthians 15:2  By which also ye are saved if ye keep in memory what preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 

God Bless The United States of America and you too!! 

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

 

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
     
JUNE 2006

OUR GRANDMOTHER MARINDA AND THE PLANTATION

 I come before your presence with thanksgiving again to present myself before God and man.  But let us give God the Glory together for together we will stand and divided we will fall.  One body and many members. 

On February 4, 2002, while on the prayer line, God brought this to my remembrance about the handed down generation rooted in faith. 

On May 22, 2006, God brought it again to my remembrance that our roots must be uncovered so it can be known. 

Colossians 1:25 - 29  Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God: Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:  Whereunto I also labor, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. 

This is about our grandmother Marinda Peck whom birthday is unknown but was born in the 1800’s.  Our mother, Effie Jane Peck, was born February 10, 1900.  My mother told me the story about our grandmother.  It started on the plantation when they had to work from 6 in the morning until 6 in the evening.  They had an hour for dinner.  But one day they had finished at 6 in the evening time, the master told them to finish that little cut (hoeing cotton) while they were on that side so they want have to come back on that side in the morning.  But, our grandmother spoke out among all the peoples on the plantation.   She said it is 6 o’clock now and we got to get up our cows and things.  Our grandmother told our mother that the master looked at all them and walked over to her and mauled her head.  He didn’t hit her just mauled her head with his cane and all of them had to knock out that little cut.  But, she said her oldest son got so angry.  He said I’m going to run away tonight and when I am grown I am going to come back and kill him for mauling my mama head.  Our mother said he did run away and nobody knew where he was. For years that didn’t know where he was.  But she said he did come back one night and knocked on the door.  He made himself known of whom he was.  He greeted them and said I have come back to kill him and to keep on going.  I’m not coming back home.  Our grandmother told him that the Lord already done killed him now.  He is dead already.  So, he said well you all I am going on back.  Nobody knew he came and nobody knew he had left except some of the family because he left the same night. 

I Corinthians 15:2  By which also ye are saved if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 

Proverbs 10:7  The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot. 

Now the hidden truth…II Corinthians 4:3  But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: 

II Corinthians 4:6  For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 

Now this is the God power in the ministry and living by faith. 

II Corinthians 4:7  But we have his treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. 

Mark 4:22 – 23  For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad.  If any man have ears to hear let him hear. 

Romans 10:15 -17  And how shall they preach, except they be sent?  As it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!  But they have not all obeyed the gospel.  For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. 

Revelation 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Romans 11:16  For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy: and if the root be holy, so are the branches. 

That’s why my mother said, “I will not live in hell and die and go to hell.”   She made her stand for Jesus when she was 3 months pregnant with me.   She said I will not live in hell!  The devil carried her through but she made it.  She was hit in the eye with a hammer.  She said her eye was red like blood and pushed out with swelling.  He broke the broom handle on her back because she cooked what she had. She had some cornbread and made some gravy with shell oaks.  They are just like onions but they multiply.  My daddy shot her behind the ear because she would not come back home with him.  She made up her mind.  She said when I go and come back it didn’t get any better.  The next time he was fighting on her…she left.  My mama said when he saw me I was 6 years old.  But all this was the will of God.  The doctor said he wouldn’t give a penny for my mama’s life but if she be still living next week, he’ll come back again.  So, he did.  The next time he said the same thing.  The doctor finally said I wouldn’t give 2 pennies for her life but if she be still living next week I’ll come back again.  While he was examining her the doctor said something moved and they told the doctor that she was pregnant. Then he said if she be living next week, I know she is going to live. 

So, saints of God…God causes us to live and causes us to die.  Our life is in God’s hands.  It is a time to live and a time to die.  So, my mother lived to get 78 years old.  The first time she was examined by a doctor when she was 65 years old.  She was so afraid.  Now you see how God has blessed her and kept her.  God has blessed me to preach His Word…telling the peoples the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life and eternal death.  But we want life. 

There are 3 keys to winning: 

(1)    Be prepared for the kingdom

(2)    Do your best and do unto others as you would have them to do unto you

(3)    Don’t give up.  A quitter is never a winner. 

God Bless The United States of America and You too!! 

With Love,

 

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer 

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
     
MAY 2006

I come before your presence again.  Let us give God the praises. 

Ezekiel 18:4  Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. 

On April 24, 2006 I got up early that morning to sit on the porch to read.  Knowing that the Lord has been with me even when I was a girl in the third grade and up to now. 

Whereas, Phillipians 4:4-5 Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say, Rejoice.  Let your moderation be known unto all men.  The Lord is at hand. 

My calling is by God.  We had a revival at All Nation Church which was my church at that time.  The one that ran the week revival pointed at me and told me to stand up and I did.  She said you are a vessel of the Lord.  I can tell you myself but I want the Lord to tell you Himself.  When you get home just flip your bible and God will tell you what He wants you to know.  We had a good time…a good time in the Lord. 

When I got home I forgot all about what the preacher said about flipping the bible.  When I got in the bed, I was still thinking about what a good time we had.  It came to me what she said.  So, I got up and got my bible not knowing that the Lord was going to speak to me.  I wanted to see was she telling the truth.  So, I just flipped it anyway.  It flipped to Luke 13:32 and I started to read what it said.  I heard a voice saying loudly, “Go in all the world and preach my Gospel.”  Church of God you know how I must have felt.  A voice telling me to go into all the world and preach.  Well, I just laid back on my pillow thinking and saying to myself…I am a lady, Lord, and I don’t want to preach.  Then the anointing came all over me.   Saints of God, I feel the anointing right now and I’m in tears while I am writing.  Saints of God…God is real to all His believers.  

Saints of God give God a praise for He didn’t have to save us but He did.  Not because we had been so good but it is because He has been so good to us. 

Now, Luke 13:32 what God gave me that Friday night when I flipped my bible reads…And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. 

Luke 13:33-35   Nevertheless I must walk today, and tomorrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.  O Jerusalem, O Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. 

Now early that Saturday morning God told me to go tell that fox and tell it to a teacher that worked at Community Action name Mrs. Cole.  So, I called her house first and I couldn’t get her right then.  So later, I called back and got her.  I wanted to tell her what God told me to tell her.  I told her that I will come around to her house and she said come on.  I knew her but I have never been to her house.  I said let me read what God gave me but I skipped over the part where it said…go tell that fox.   I started where it reads…behold, I cast out devils and I do cures today and tomorrow and the third day I shall be perfected.  I read Luke 13:32-35.   After then we prayed and she got so happy and both of us was praising the Lord.  I was happy because God blessed her and I was happy because I obeyed God. 

After then God started sending me to different houses in Smiley Court even by their names….”Jessie mama’s house.”  She lived next door to our house in an upstairs apartment.  I went up there and prayed with her.  She was very sad because her daughter had ran away from home and she didn’t know where she was.  So, I prayed that her daughter would come back home.  She did the next 1 or 2 days.

I had to go to choir rehearsal at one o’clock that Saturday evening in Mt. Meigs.  God anointing was still on me.  When I made it there we had a short devotion and we all went in the choir.  I was so full that I picked up my purse and held up my hand and left. Coming on back home, God started telling me again what houses to go to.  So, I didn’t make it home until it was getting dark.  All of them were in Smiley Court in our community. 

Early that Sunday morning before day, God told me you didn’t tell Mrs. Cole all that I told you.  You didn’t tell her…”go tell that fox.”  Look like I hate to say that.  Then I got the phone and called her.  I said Mrs. Cole I want to read the same scripture again to you and I read it all to her.  Then I was satisfied.   

Then the Lord told me to go to the downtown Nursing Home.  I called Ann Smith to go with me and she did. We got there about 9:45 that Sunday morning.  We went from the first floor to the third floor, room to room.  God was healing young and old on every floor. Peoples were in all kinds of conditions.  Blind eyes were open and the sick got up and some started following us.  So, I told Ann to pray for some and started but she said God told you and I can’t.  So, I had to start back praying and God renewed my strength.  When we finished the third floor it was 10 minutes after 8 that night.   We had another appointment at 7:30 pm at Sis. Ann Smith mother’s home in Gibbs Village but we didn’t know what time it was. So, we left at 10 minutes after 8 and went straight to Ann’s mother house.  Some of the peoples had left and a few was still there waiting.  God really blessed in that home.  We were shouting, crying and praising God. 

So, I just had to do what the scripture said and even after that God started sending me to different churches and different places for His Glory. 

God Bless The United States of America and you too! 

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer 

H.O.H Holiness Church

 
 
     
APRIL 2006

I come before your presence with thanksgiving again in the name of the Lord.

I Peter 3:12-13   For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.  And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

Two wrongs don’t make it right.  So, obey God rather than man.

I began to think about what prayer can do.  God brought this to my attention…how we have been tricked about the mourning bench.  When we had Spring Revival this year, March 20th – March 24th, God showed me the difference between old time and now days.

The children used to sit on the front seat what we called the mourning bench.  They would be recognized.  The save peoples would pray for them to be saved.  But since they stopped sitting on the mourning bench, well tell me…how many children are getting saved now?   They are unrecognized.  Ministers or preachers don’t specify children anymore.  We don’t know whose saved who is not because they sit in the midst of the congregation.  Count me in to because I did the same thing...

But give God the Praise.  Because He showed me how Satan stepped in and tricked us by saying they don’t have to sit on the mourning bench…they can be saved where they are.  Which is true.  But God showed me that they are not recognized and that the devil has tricked the Saints of God.

Then God showed me a pattern through my own children when they were on the mourning bench.  I told all my children don’t just get off the mourning bench because somebody tells you or even me. I told them don’t just get off the mourning bench because other children get off.  I told them God will let you know when to get off like He did me. 

My first experience was my three oldest ones…Bertha, Charlie and Doris.  All three of them were on the mourning bench at the same time.  Bertha got off that night.  When I got home I told her...look like you don’t have nothing.  You just stay there until you get it.  So, I told her to get right back until you get your religion.  So, she did.  The Preacher preached and came down out of the pulpit.  He preached that  all the children be saved.   Bertha was the first one to walk out and shake the preacher hand.  The Preacher said, “You walked out last night and got back on the mourning bench again, but He is the same God.”  So, I felt the preacher knew I told her to get back on the mourning bench.   But, my other two, Charlie and Doris were crying when they came off.  Bertha just heard the word and walked out on his word.   So, all three got baptized at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

The next one was Virge my seventh child whom I asked the Lord to give me a boy child.  Virge was on the mourning bench at Rock Creek Baptist Church.  I told him the same thing.  Don’t get off the mourning bench for nobody.  For God himself will let you know when to walk out like He did me.  So, the Preacher preached but Virge did not come off.  He did not come off that Sunday, Monday or Tuesday night.  So, that Wednesday night the Preacher was just preaching.  He asked Virge do you believe in God?  Could you trust in God for His word?... walk out and shake my hand.  So, Virge did and  the Preacher put him where all the other candidates for baptizing were sitting.  Than he kept looking at Missouri, my nephew's wife.  He was staying with her during the Revival week.  So, he kept looking hard at her.  She said, I started to get up two or three times to see what was wrong with him because he kept looking and looking, staring like.   So, Virge just caught the preacher coat and the preacher bend down to see what he wanted.  Virge said I don’t have nothing.  You asked me do I believe in God and trust in Him but I don’t have anything.  Then the Preacher said, “You all heard what this child said…you all heard what this child said?”  One of the Deacons said what did he say?  The Preacher said this child said he didn’t have anything and he wanted to sit back on the mourning bench.   All the old saints, women and men, said we are going to pray for him because he said he didn’t have nothing.  When we turned out of church, one or two old ladies said we are going to pray until God move you.  And God did answer their prayers.  He did come off the mourning bench and the peoples started shouting and grabbing him and holding him so tight and squeezing him.  They had to pull some back and some were still shouting.  Some said I knew that boy was coming off because I knew the Lord was going to answer our prayer.

Now Solomon and Stanford both of them were on the mourning bench at Cole Chapel Baptist Church.  I told them the same thing.  Don’t get off the mourning bench for nobody even mama.  So, they stayed on.  In the middle of the week, a lady went to them and told them to go and shake the preacher hand.  All the other children had already got off.  So, she told them to shake the preacher hand when he comes down.  But Solomon and Stanford didn’t.  That Wednesday night I prayed for my two boys one on one side of me and one on the other side of me.  I was in the middle.   God showed me in a dream that night that one was a new birth and one was John the Baptist, strong.  The dream was that I was swimming and a lot of peoples were swimming to.  A lady was standing high up.  She said everybody that comes over here is blessed.  There was other water to.  It was muddy like or dark like.  But where I was swimming the water was clear and everybody had his or her own row to swim in.  So, I was swimming awhile and then stopped.  I looked at all the other peoples and I was so happy.  After than my feet touched something and I reached down to see what it was and there was a dead baby.  It was laying under the water dead.  So, I began to pray for the baby and holding it.  It was so beautiful.  I prayed and prayed and the baby sneezed and coughed and came back alive.  That was Solomon…a new birth.  He came of the mourning bench that Thursday or Friday night.

II Corinthians 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all thing are become new.

Now Stanford didn’t come off.  So, next week I took him to Kingdom Hill Baptist Church where a Revival was going on.  The Preacher preached and preached.  He said you’re going to walk out on God Word for yourself.  Give me your hand and give God your heart.  He stated sweating and one of the Deacons gave him a handkerchief.  He was the only one left on the mourning bench.  So, Stanford started to make a step toward  the Preacher and stepped back.  The Preacher said I can’t save you but God can.  He made a step and stepped back.  Finally, he walked out  and the Preacher just hugged him. Peoples started shouting and praising God and me too.

So, God fulfilled both dreams.  The new birth was Solomon and Stanford was John the Baptist.  I dreamed that Stanford was driving a mule with a wagon and peoples were in it.  One of my grandchildren wanted to go to.  So, he asked his mother, Doris could he go.  She said no.  So, he came to ask me.   He said grandmother will you ask mama can I go.  I said Doris let him go.   She said go o boy.  He ran and ran and jumped in the wagon.  The mule was going slowanyway.  I was just looking at my grandson running.  He had on some green pants and jumped in the wagon.

God showed me that prayers of the righteous availeth as much.

God showed me how the Saints of God got tricked about the mourning bench.  Do you agree?  Like this young man came to our Revival name Solomon.  When he heard me talking about how been tricked, he said it really brought back when he was on the mourning bench.  He couldn’t play ball or shoot marbles. He would slip and go to the back of the house.  His grandmother was very strict because she wanted him to get his religion.  He said he had a praying grandmother.  He had everybody full attention in church when he testified.

Look here God is trying to tell us something.

Psalm 92:1-2   It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:  To show forth thy loving-kindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.

God Bless The United States of America and You too!!

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
     
MARCH 2006

I come before your presence with praises unto His name. 

God worked a miracle for me when my mother past.  That Thursday, when I got off my job at 2 o’clock that evening it looked like the prettiest day I ever seen.  I parked in my driveway a while than I got out.  I didn’t want my children to see me just sitting in the car.  They would be wondering what happen to me or that I was sick or something.  So, I got out and looked up and said Lord this is a pretty day.  I walked on the grass in the yard and went over to where my flower was.  I didn’t want my children to notice me.   Then, I looked up again in the sky and said Lord this look like the prettiest day I ever seen in my life. I looked up again and said Lord bless my mama and bless everybody in the whole wide world and I went into the house. 

That night, I had a call that my mama was in the hospital and I went up there.  I was living in Smiley Court at that time.  When I got to the waiting room it was full. My sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and cousins were there.  Uncle Ben was there and he was older than my mother.   

A nurse came to the waiting room where we were.  She said the visiting hours were over.  The doctor would not let you all go in her room no way to see her.  It is so many of you. 

My mama was living with my oldest sister at the time.   So, while we were sitting there my oldest sister said mama was doing good.  She had looked at The Wheel of Fortune and was looking at Sanford and Son.  She was laughing when it went off.  She got up and went in the kitchen to get water as usual every night.  She put water in her pitcher and takes it to her room.   But, this time she got her water and started out of the kitchen and said a sharp pain hit all at once on her left side.  She set the pitcher down on the floor and she laid down on the floor.  My oldest sister called for her son Clayborn to pick her up and put her in the bed.  But, she said don’t pick me up let me lay here for a while.  She stopped breathing and Clayborn gave her mouth to mouth resuscitation.  She came back and we got her to the hospital and called you all. 

The doctor told us we couldn’t see her and plus the visiting hour was over.  The nurse came in the waiting room where we were.  She told us what the doctor said.  She said why don’t you all go home and come back tomorrow and if anything go wrong…Diane Peck work here and she will keep you posted.  Diane is my niece and a nurse also.  Some went home and some said they were going stay right here. 

So, I got up and walked to the window and was praying.   I thought about a dream I had about 3 days before this happen to my mother.  I dreamed that a dog had lots of puppies.  The puppies were following right behind her like in a line.  And I said in my dream …that dog got a lot of puppies following her.  I looked up and there was a big tree and a pretty little orange-like bird.  The bird was so pretty.  Then my mind went off the dream. 

I was still standing to the window looking down.  Then I said Lord I know your will must be done but can I see my mother tonight, Lord.  Then I started walking down the hall feeling sorry for my mother.  There came a nurse walking down the hall and I met her.  I said nurse can I see my mother.  She said well the visiting hour is out.  She started walking off and she stopped and looked at me and said wait.  I will ask the doctor.  She said the doctor said 2 or 3 can come in at a time.  So, me and my daughter, Doris, and my sister, Kate went in to see my mother.  My mother looked at me and said Till (that what she called me) I am not hurting no where.  Then she started looking at Doris and said, “Doris take care of the children.”  Doris had 2 children Nancy and McKinley.   My sister Kate was just rubbing her legs.  She said Kate I am hurting no where but if you want to rub my legs you can.  I said Mama I’ll be back tomorrow.  She said OK.  We left.  My Uncle Ben went in next.  So, about the time we got home good, we got a call saying come back to the hospital.  We all went back.  My mother just had passed.  The nurse said before you all got to your cars she just passed away.  She said I tried to call you all back but you all were going different ways getting into your cars.  So we decided to wait unto you all got home and then call all of you back. 

Now, I had another problem.  My daughter, Bertha Mae, was living in California.  She had called me and told me that she was moving in another place.  She said she would call me and give me the new address and phone number.  I couldn’t get in touch with her no kind of way.   I called the college she was going to.  They didn’t have it neither.  I called her friend and they didn’t have it.   So, I said Lord let Bertha Mae call or come home.  From that Thursday night when I got back from the hospital all day I would ask the Lord to let Bertha Mae call me or let her come. 

So, that Friday me and my children were sitting in the living room.   I said Lord please let Bertha Mae call me or come home.   She doesn’t know Mama died.  Later on I heard like somebody was at the door.  I got up and went to the door and about that time Bertha Mae came in and hugged me.  She said mommy, mommy you worried me so bad that I started to call but I thought something was wrong with you and I decided to catch a flight out.  I came to see what was wrong with you.  She was hugging me and crying and saying mommy, mommy what’s wrong with you?  I  said it’s Mama….she is dead.  She and all the children started crying.  She said I supposed to go back Sunday.   I said the funeral is going to be Sunday around 1:30 p.m.   So, she made the funeral and had to leave before the graveside was over.  My best friend took her to catch her airplane on time at 3 o’clock.  Ann Smith took her for me. 

So, it’s no secret what God can do…..what He do for others He will do it for you. 

The doctor talked to all of us together.  He said you are blessed to have a mother.  Never had a tube in her.  Had her first exam when she was 65 years old.  You are blessed.  She died in peace when she was 78 years old. 

God Bless The United States of America and you too! 

Evangelist Costella Perdue,  Overseer 

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
     
FEBRUARY 2006

I come before your presence with thanksgiving again.  For God is good and his mercy endureth forever. 

While I was sitting at church thinking about the goodness God,   the Lord brought to my attention about Elder Baker's church.   I was running a revival there.  I always put the Lord first in my service.  That evening, I ask the Lord what I am going to preach on.  While sitting on my bed I ask the Lord again what I’m going to preach on and He said Belshazzar. 

Daniel 5:1-4  Belshazzar the king made a great feast to a thousand of his lord, and drank wine before the thousand.  Belsahazzar, while he tasted the wine, commanded to bring the golden and silver vessels which his father Nebuchadnezzar had taken out of the temple which was in Jerusalem; that the king and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, night drink therein.  Then they brought the golden vessels that were taken out of the temple of the house of God which was at Jerusalem; and the king, and his princes, his wives, and his concubines, drank in them.  They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. 

When he began to praise them and not God, they saw a hand writing on the wall. 

Daniel 5:5-6  In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.  Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. 

Daniel 5:7    in that scripture…”the king spake, and said to the wise men ofBabylon,  Whosoever shall read this writing, and show me the interpretation thereof, shall be clothed with scarlet, and have a chain of gold about his neck, and shall be the third ruler in the kingdom.” 

Daniel 5:12  Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and showing of hard sentences and dissolving of doubts, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will show the interpretation. 

Daniel 5:25-28  And this is the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN.  This is the interpretation of the thing: MENE; God has numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.  TEKEL; Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.  PERES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.  

When I got through reading this chapter, I closed my eyes and started meditating on it.  God showed me an open eye vision.  I saw a white sheet covered over something.  That something was just moving under it.  It had the sheet moving.  Then the vision went off. 

I said Lord what is this?  Then I started thinking.   I was wondering what was under the one end of the sheet that had the sheet moving?  This was strange to me. 

Then God gave me another open eye vision.   He showed me the same white sheet again.  Something was moving and moving and I was looking and looking.  It kept on moving.  At the end of the sheet where it was folded I saw a goat tail come out.  I saw just the tail. The goat was just working it and moving it.  Then I said a goat under the sheet!  Then the vision went off again. 

After than, I got ready and went to Elder Baker church to preach.  When I got there, he beckoned for me.  We went into the Pastor’s study.  He told me not to talk about food in the church because he supposed to have a Greyhound bus full of peoples to come tonight from Clanton.   We got food prepared for them.  So don’t mention about food that we don’t suppose to eat in the church.  When he got through talking he said you can go now.   I said wait a minute.  I’m going to preach whatsoever God has given me if I have to preach it in the street tonight.  And I meant it!  Then, I got up and left him there and went back up to the front. 

When it came time for me to preach, I got up.  I said I’m going to talk about Belshazzar.  The king that made a great feast to a thousand of his lords and drank wine before the thousand.   But, first of all a goat is in here!  Get your bible now! 

Elder Baker said I can’t see without my glasses.  I am going to get them and I’ll be right back. He lived in a house right beside the church. But, I said let me pray for you first.  So, he did and God healed his eye sight right then.  I never saw him wear glasses in a long time just before he past away I saw him with glasses on. 

So, the goat reminds me of a false prophet. 

Matthew 7:15  Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 

Matthew 7:21-23  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in they name?  and in thy name have cast out devils?  And in they name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 

So, my Sisters and my Brothers just like God showed me the goat covered under  a white sheet....God will show us a sign that some of us are really not saved.   So, let us get right and get save. 

In my closing…Matthew 25:32-33 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:  And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 

God Bless The United States of America and You too!! 

Evangelist Costella Perdue,  Overseer 

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
     
JANUARY 2006

I come before your presence with thanksgiving and may God continue to get the glory.  It may be mystery to some but it is glory to God. 

On January 8, 2006, Sis. Germon and I were at the church.  I told her about my granddaughter.  I told her about when she was being born…a miracle baby.  

One Saturday morning early, I parked my car at the church and went for a walk.  After I finished walking, I decided to pray before I went home.  I went inside the church and prayed.   After I prayed, I sat in the mercy seat.  I was meditating on the goodness of God all by myself.  God showed me an open eye vision…Blood splashed on the wall!  A big splash and then it left.  I wondered what it meant.  Then I said let me get from down here.   I was sort of afraid because I never seen nothing like that before.  So, I got in my car and came home.   When I drove up, my daughter, Shirley, said don’t get out of the car they have been calling you from the hospital.  You are to come right away up there...it’s and emergency. 

Annie, my daughter-in-law, had gone to the doctor.   Her doctor was at Baptist Hospital.  Her pressure was so high that he kept her.  He said when the pressure goes down I’m going to give you a c-section and take the baby.  He said because you have been worrying with it for a long time now.  It’s been getting worse and worse.  It started at the beginning of your pregnancy and I had to keep you on bed rest trying to hold your baby.  Now you are about 7 months and while you are here we are going to keep until your pressure goes down.  Then give you a c-section and take your baby.

Annie got so worried.  She didn’t expect the doctor to want to give her a c-section while she was there.   That’s why she tried to get me to come to the hospital right away.   When I got there she was in bed.  She started crying.  She said the doctor is going to keep me here until my pressure goes down and give me a c-section and take my baby. She said because my pressure stays up too long at a time. He said they had to keep me here for hours anyway. He put pills under my tongue and gave me medication to save me and the baby.  The doctor said he was going to have to do this today.

Annie called me mama.  When Annie told me everything the doctor said then she said mama, what to do?  What to do mama?  She was looking me right in my face scared like.  Then I said Annie I can’t make the decision for you.   You are going to have to make it for yourself but now let us pray.   While I was praying I rubbed my hand all over her head, face, arm, leg and stomach with olive oil in Jesus name.  She started speaking in unknown tongues.  By hearing her some nurses came in the room.  They asked me what she was saying and what is the matter with her?  I said she is alright.  They left the room looking strange.  A few minutes later the doctor came in and took her pressure again.  The doctor said your blood pressure is down now.  You need to make up your mind and let us go ahead with the c-section. 

She said again what to do mama?   I said let me call your sister and your mother and let them know what is going on and I did.  

Annie’s sister and her mother called her Sister.   Her sister, Tappy, answered the phone.  I told them what was going on.  Tappy said me and mama were just talking about the doctor might have to take Sister’s baby from her.  When I came back to Annie’s room I told her what they said.   Annie said ain’t that the answer mama?   Then she decided to go on with the surgery.

She asked the doctor can mama go in with me.  The doctor said she can’t go but I would let her sit beside the door.   When they took her in the room to give her a c-section and take the baby, a nurse saw me sitting on a stool beside the door.  She said why are you sitting side the door like that?  Get up and go to the waiting room and I will let you know when it is over.  I didn’t say nothing and I didn’t move.  Then she said again get up and go to the waiting room and get up off that stool!  You here sitting at the door!  Get up and go to the waiting room!  I still didn’t say anything and I didn’t move because the doctor told Annie I could sit right beside the door.     A few minutes later a nurse came out of the operating room.  She said come.  I got off the stool and followed her into a little room.  She gave me some pants (scrubs) and she gave me something to go on my head and my feet and said hurry! 

She took me in where the doctor was operating on Annie and giving her the c-section.  I was sitting right beside her bed and looking at what they were doing. I saw all the blood and the cutting.  I even saw  when they took the baby out of there stomach.  I was just looking and holding Annie’s hand saying Annie, I’m here, Annie, I’m here.    The doctor kept watch the whole time I was in there but I would say Annie, I’m here.

The baby weighed 2 pounds and 10 ounces.  They said to me to come and follow them so they can put the baby in an incubator.  She was so little and tiny.  While I was in among the rest of the babies I began to pray.  They were in all kinds of conditions but they let me in there.

I Peter 3:12-13    For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.   And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?

Even when she went home she had  a nurse to come out 2 times a week.  One of them came when I was there.  Annie told the nurse that I was in with the doctor while they were giving her the c-section.  The nurse looked at me and said they don’t let nobody go in the operating room while they are doing surgery on anybody.

Then I said yes I was in there.  She just looked at me from my head to my feet.

God is blessing me right now and you too!!

May God Bless The United States of America

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H HOLINESS CHURCH

 

 
     
DECEMBER 2005

I come before your presence with thanksgiving and praises unto God.  For He is good and His mercy endureth for ever.

I’m just sitting and thinking how good God is.  We have Bible class every Thursday night and we have a good time in the Lord.  God also show us ourselves through the lesson. One night I was teaching on denying and betraying Jesus.

We know that Peter denied Jesus and Judas betrayed Jesus.   Well, we deny Him by being disobedient.  We put worldly pleasure before God. Also, God told us to love one another.  God commanded us to love one another and so on. 

Well, what about betraying Jesus?  What does this means?   Betray means to deceive, reveal secret information, betray trust, or broken faith.  It means to hand over to the enemy so they can be against you or hurt you.   When we know to do right and doeth it not, it is sin.  That means we are betraying Jesus.  We will be on the devil’s territory.

James 4:17  Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

There was a young lady at bible class that night.  She calls me mother all the time. Her name was Sis. Alma Sankey.  After Bible class was over, she said the Lord said for her to stay all night and cry out before Him.  She asked me will I let her stay here and lock her in the church.  She said she don’t want nobody to stay with her.  She told me that she knew how I felt but the Lord told her to stay 24 hours.  She said you were just teaching on disobedience, denying and betraying Jesus.  So, some church members hung around awhile and finally they began to leave.

I thought on how Pastor Thomas and I had a shut in, just the two of us.  I thought on how I put my own congregation on a shut in even the little children stayed all night.  So, I decided to stay with her.   While sitting I was thinking about so many miracles that God has done for me.  One miracle was when I was staying with my sister, Kate.  I stayed with her for a while. Kate kept on dreaming that God was showing her where some money was.  She kept on dreaming the same thing over and over again.  She was working at Morrison’s Cafeteria at that time.  Her off days were Thursdays and Fridays. God showed her the money was where the peoples went to dig for baits to go fishing.   So on one of her off days, I told her to borrow a hoe and get you a cup and go like you’re digging for baits. I told her to go where God showed you where the money was.  So, she did borrow a hoe and got a cup and went where God showed her.  She started digging and she dug up the money that God showed her.  It was $450.00.    

The anointing came upon me.  I was still at the shut in with Sis. Alma Sankey.  I started writing.  It was 10 minutes to 2 o’clock a.m.  You know the Lord said by your faith be it unto you. 

Well, another time, the Lord told my sister, Kate, in a dream, to stop working and He would take care of her.  She was still working at Morrison’s Cafeteria. She kept on dreaming.  She said the Lord told me to stop working and He would take care of me.  The Lord told me He will prove it to me.  The Lord said an American Flag was high up in the closet and showed me the place where it was.  So, I said Kate show me.  I got a chair and a 50 gallon bucket and put the bucket in the chair.  I climbed up and Kate was holding me to keep me from falling.  I said now where did God show you? She said right between the beam and the plank. I did what she said.  I felt a little American Flag and pulled it out and got down.  The both of us were so surprised. I put the flag high on the porch.  Everyday we would talk about it and look at it. Everyday going out and coming in.

Kate was living on Hall Street.  She said Till (that is what she called me) the Lord told me to quit my job and He would take care of me. The Lord gave me evidence.  She said but it is hard to quit my job.  She thought about it and wondered about it.  She just kept her job. Sooner or later they had to move off of Hall Street.  They lived in old houses and they wanted to remodel them.  After that a rumor got out. When they were tearing down the house they found a lot of money in one house. Some of the men put some money in the trunk of their cars.  One man went to some of his folks nearby and gave them the money to keep until he got off work.  While they were talking the boss man rolled up.  They told him about it.  They gave him the rest of it.  But, before they knocked off, the boss man ask is this all of the money?  He said if you got anymore of this money just get it and give it to me.  So, they gave up all the money that was in the trunk of their cars.  The man that took some money to his folks house was the only one that got a chance to keep some.

That’s why God said blessing and cursing come out of the same mouth.

A still tongue carries a wise head.

You see the boss man kept watching them and looking at their content.  He figured the rest of it out.  He got all of the money back except that one man. You see my sister, Kate would have had all that money.  The Lord told her I would take care of you if you quit your job. All I can say is Lord increase my faith and able me to do thy will.

So, don’t let the dollar change you but you change the dollar.

The Lord brought all these things back to my remembrance as I stayed at the church with Sis. Sankey during the shut-in.  I stayed all night reading and writing.

God Bless The United States of America.

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 

 

 
     
NOVEMBER 2005

I come before your presence again with thanksgiving.

Saints of God, it is very nice when we learn how to greet each other and learn how to treat each other in this one body of Christ and its many members.  It is good to know that God takes care of us and not we ourselves.

I was about 12 or 13 years old walking in the street close to the side just singing down to the glory of God.   I didn’t hear this car just blowing, blowing, and blowing until I stepped off the pavement.  When I stepped of the pavement where my turn off was,  the car liken to hit me.  I was so afraid knowing that the car scarcely missed me.  Then he slowed down and pointed his finger at me and said, “little o’ gal stay yourself out of the street!”  But, the main thing I thought about all the way home was I didn’t hear the car horn blowing.  He couldn’t go over because he was meeting another car on the other side facing him.  That’s why he was blowing for me to get out of the street but I was singing to the glory of God.                            Amen

Proverbs 3:6 – 7   In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.

Proverbs 16:7   When a man’s ways please the Lord, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him.

Another time, I just got home from church about 3 o’clock that evening.  I was hungry and went into the kitchen.  I saw a big note on the refrigerator.  I got the note and read it.  It said come to Jackson Hospital as soon as you get home.  So, I did.  Sis. Germon went with me. Mary Ellen was waiting for me there to come and pray for her father, Rev. Sankey.  They were looking for him to die.  Mary Ellen lived in Detroit, Michigan and they had sent for her.  There were many peoples in the waiting room.  While we were waiting in the waiting room to go in and pray for her father, there was a white lady there crying so bad.  The doctor came and said to her, “there is nothing else we could do for your mother.” He said the IV fluids and everything they tried to give her would run back out of her arm.  So, they roll her in the hall to die.  The white lady was just crying down.  While I was sitting and feeling so sorry for her along with the others, God showed me an open eye vision.   There was a big black bird flying around in a circle in the air.  The black bird was a jet black bird.  I sat up and was surprised to see a vision like that then I began to wonder what this means.  After then, I saw a brown bird flying around in a circle but that bird had a brown bag in his mouth.  While I was thinking about it, I began looking at the lady again and feeling sorry for her.  Then the Lord told me to go and pray for her.  I got up and went over to her on the other side of the waiting room.  I asked her, “Would you like for me to pray for you?”    She looked up and said yes.  I got her hand and began to pray.  About that time a nurse came over to me.  She said you don’t pray in here go to the chapel and pray.  But, I didn’t pay any attention to her and I kept on praying.  After she saw I wasn’t going to stop praying she left out in a hurry.  All the peoples started looking at me and smiling and talking to each other.  About that time, the doctor came again in the waiting room and said, “God has worked wonders for your mother.”  She is walking and talking.  We have checked her and everything is normal.  The daughter became so happy and crying this time for joy.  It made everyone happy that was in the waiting room! 

Now, let me explained the vision to you.  The black bird was the devil.  He tried to stop me for praying for the lady.   The brown bird that had the bag in his mouth brought healing for the lady that the doctor had placed in the hall to die.  Brown represents blessings and money blessings.  The bag was the medicine for her healing.  God let everyone in the waiting room see what He could do.  She was healed and the doctors couldn’t find nothing wrong with her. He let her go home.  There is no secret what God can do.  What He does for others He can do it for you and me. 

God said vengeance belongs to Him.

About 2 weeks later, my prayer partner, Pastor Leola Pickney, was at Lister Hill Clinic.  Some ladies were talking about what happened at Jackson Hospital.  How a lady prayed for this other lady when they put her mother in the hall to die.

One of the ladies looked at Pastor Pickney and asked are you the one and was you with another lady?  She told them no it wasn’t me.  The lady said you look like her. 

Then Pastor Pickney told me and said I knew it was you.

May God Bless the Reader and Hearer of His Word.

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
     
OCTOBER 2005

I come before your presence with thanksgiving and the praises belongs to God. 

I come with dreams and visions of the Lord.

Proverbs 29:17-18   Correct thy son, and he shall give thee rest; yea, he shall give delight unto thy soul.  Where there is no vision, the people perish:  but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Well, I had this vision that I was walking in a field.  I saw three men as though they had my rod and taking the bark off it in a hurry.  I was so sad because I thought they had got it some way.  Some little worms were under the bark.   I stopped and watched them for a while…they were really in a hurry.  But as I kept on walking, God showed me my rod and I was so happy.  God showed me they thought they had my rod but they didn’t.   God also showed me that peoples want what God has given others and not what God has given them.  I still got my rod up until this day.  I had it every since 1983 or 1984.  As the vision continued, I was still in the field.   I passed by a grave yard.   I looked up and saw a lamb like buffalo and it fell in the middle of the grave yard.  It shook the whole grave yard and ran straight down through it.   I was so afraid because I thought it would come after me but it didn’t.  It just went straight down the grave yard.  I was so glad it didn’t bother me. 

Luke 10:18-19  And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.  Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.  

Isaiah 53:4  Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows:  yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 

Isaiah 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions (meaning: sin breaking the Law of God and knowing it), he was bruised for our iniquities: (meaning:  he was crushed for our evil…illustrated by a lamb being lead to the slaughter)….

St.  John 1:29   The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

Matthew 22:29  Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

Revelation 13:11-12  And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 

Revelation 13:14  “And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth…” 

Revelation 17:5-6 … talks about the Mystery of the Mother of Harlots and Abomination of the earth.    And I saw the woman drunken with the Blood of the Saints and the Blood of Martyrs (meaning preachers) of Jesus.  When I saw her I wondered with great admiration.

I would like to testify that Jesus is the center of my joy.  When I first got saved I was 12 years old.   The bible was like a puzzle picture to me.

Matthew 11:28-30  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.   Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

May God add a blessing to the reader of His Words. 

God Bless The United States of America and you too!!! 

Evangelist Costella Perdue,  Overseer

H.O.H  Holiness Church

 

 
     
SEPT 2005

I come again before your presence with thanksgiving and praises.  

One thing I would like to say to all people is to treat everybody right.   For what you have done to others you have already done it to yourself.  If you live right then right will follow you everywhere you go like unto Job for one.   He was perfect and upright.

Job 1:8     “…there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil.”

He lost everything he had even his ten children and all his substance and all his increase.  But, in all this Job didn’t sin.

Job 1:21   Job said naked I came out of my mother’s womb and naked I shall return.

Look what his wife said, curse God and die.  Look at his 3 friends came to mourn with him seven days and seven nights.  None spake a word unto him, for his grief was very great.   But after all in verse 21, Job said the Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

In Jeremiah 31:3  The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:   therefore with lovingkindness have drawn thee.

Jeremiah 31:4  Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.

Now this reminds me of my grandparents.  My grandmother was named Marinda Peck.  Born unknown but died on September 4, 1917.  My grandmother was a midwife and she waited on so many peoples.  All around and about they will come to get her.   God had shown her to be a midwife and she had to go far and near and around the plantation.  But when God got ready for her to die and on her sick bed she called for all her children around her bed.   She said I telephoned my uncle and anna and they will be here tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock.  Her 2 oldest children looked at her and looked at one another and said she’s talking out of her head.   They hadn’t heard of a telephone.  When they left the room, they said telephone, telephone?   The next day when they all went to the field, my mother said she was seven years old playing on the porch.  She heard something like horses.  She said she stood up but she couldn’t see nothing.   So, she climbed up on the balance and saw the horse and buggy coming.  My grandmother had an old clock that struck on every hour.   When the horse and buggy got in the yard the old clock struck.  She said it was ten o’clock sharp and there was uncle and anna in the yard.   She said when her sister and brother came from the field they were amazed to see them sitting in the house.  God is still God.  She wished to see them before she died.   Shortly after she had seen her uncle and Anna she died leaving them witnesses by a telephone call.

St. John 14:13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

St. John 14:14  If ye shall ask any thing in my mane, I will do it.

Grandfather

My grandfather was a horse doctor.  He did not go to any school but God gave him that gift and knowledge.  He was the only horse doctor around.  They had him going from one plantation to another.  Sometimes he never got a chance to come home.   Whether it be 9, 12 or 13 months at a time.  He hardly ever came home to be with his family.   And when my daddy would talk to me about my granddaddy, I would get sad, very sad.   Because I knew my granddaddy didn’t have much time at home to help raise my daddy because he was going from one plantation to another.

Now I know God has richly blessed my roots, my grandmother and my grandfather.  And now he has given me knowledge to bless people on the radio for one hour every week on The Sabbath.  Peoples always will come to radio station and tape us too.   God put me and my congregation on the internet and we didn’t know it.    Pastor Hall and his wife came to our church revival one night and she told me I heard you singing on the internet.  I was so surprised.  After that she wrote out how we can see and hear for ourselves.  We had been on there 1998, 2001 and 2002.  We still didn’t know it until the middle of May 2004.   Then God put a young man in our path, Fred.  God is still blessing us right now so I thank God and may God get the Glory.

I thank God for my grandmother and my grandfather for blessing peoples.  Now God has given me the same chance.

God Bless The United States of America.

 

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 

 
     
AUGUST 2005

I come before your presence with thanksgiving and praises and may God continue to get the glory.

God put me in the middle of my roots to bring light to the dark places.  To show us the way of love and happiness to all God’s peoples.

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Psalm 24:1    The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world; and they that dwell therein.

My assignment is to show the peoples that we are still living in darkness and the traditions of men.

 TRADITIONS

Christmas trees are the way of the heathens.   Jeremiah 10:3 “For the customs of the peoples are vain:…”  Peoples are using false idols, false gods and false religion.   Well,  What about the Savior of the World?

What about Thanksgiving?     Psalm 105:1  O Give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.

Psalm 136:1  O Give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

It is not about turkey and dressing and good eating.

 

What about Easter?   It’s not about pretty clothes, shoes, candy nor eggs.  It is about Jesus and how He was crucified and died that we may be saved.

 

What about New Year’s?    When it comes in!  It is not about pork, fat backs, peas and hog heads.  It is about another year that God has given us!  So, we can look and see where the Lord has brought us from and to see the beginning of a New Year!

AUGUST 2005 – BIOGRAPHY   continued-

 

MAMMA’S TENDER HEART 

I remember when I was young about  14 or 15 years old.  My mamma use to always pray and thank the Lord for the food.  She would thank the Lord for whatever we had whether it was cornbread, peas or greens or milk and bread.  We had mostly just vegetables through the week.  But on Sunday, we might have chicken, rice, biscuit and gravy or mamma would make some croquettes with salmon fish or sardines.  We would have syrup or jelly that mamma made.  Sometimes on Sunday we would have butter biscuit and meat.  It was good at that time because God made everything good and good tasting.

My mother’s sister had past away.  Her two baby boys, David and James Peck, wanted to stay with mamma.  James nickname was Bay-man.  I remember a time when my brother, Jelly and my first cousin David, would get up early Sunday morning and would go and shoot ball.  Mamma would tell them to cut stove wood before they go.  They would cut like 4 or 5 pieces and leave.  I would have to cut the rest.  That wood would be so hard.  So, I told my mother not to save them no food because every Sunday I had to cut the wood to finish cooking.   So, one Sunday I didn’t save them nothing.  They would always come back home about the time breakfast would be ready.   I told mamma I didn’t save them anything.  I said they don’t cut no wood and they don’t eat.  She didn’t say anything.  Mamma never ate early no way. So, I fixed her food and put it in the warmer.

After we all finished eating, I washed up all the dishes.  So, afterwards they came in like usual and looked and didn’t see their food.  They said where is our food?  Then, I said y’all don’t cut no wood you just go and shoot ball.   I said both of y’all are older than me and that wood is so hard for me to cut and y’all have fun.  So, mamma said give me my plate and bring me another one.  I said “Mamma don’t give them your food!”  She still didn’t say nothing.  Well, I couldn’t do nothing about it.  But, from that time on Jelly and David would cut wood before they leave.  So, God bless me after all.

Romans 8: 24 – 25   For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

Proverbs 10:7  The memory of the just is blessed: but the name of the wicked shall rot.

A PRAYER FOR PEACE AND GRANT US HEAVENLY GUIDANCE

 

Our Father in Heaven

Hear this fervent prayer

May the people of All Nations

Be united in Thy care

For earth’s peace and man’s salvation

Can come only by thy Grace

But when we turn our eye from him

And go our selfish way

Seems like money, power and pleasure

Has destroyed the Human race.

In my closing, God has given me love for peoples and He told me this cry must be heard!

God bless The United States of America !

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 

 

 

 
 

MRS. CORA HAD THE ANSWER FOR ME

JULY 2005

 
 

I come before your presence with thanksgiving and joy.  Knowing 3 things we must do that is ask, seek and knock and you shall find the answer.

Matthew 6:33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

The Coming of The Son of Man:    Matthew 24:29-30   Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

I was just thinking how the Lord use to talk to me and tell me things and show me things too.  But, this one thing troubled me a lot because everyday it would come to me.  Not just everyday but all through the day saying “in my Father’s house there are many mansions.”  Even when I am talking to someone, it will cut cross my talking… “in my Father’s house there are many mansions.”   Until it started troubling me.  I knew it was a scripture in the bible but I didn’t know where it was. Then I started asking people about it (in my Father’s house there were many mansions) or did they know the whole scripture.  But everyone couldn’t tell me nothing about it.  Well, some would say you are just worried about something.  I knew I wasn’t worried.   But it still came to me more and more.  I was very young and asking a lot of older peoples but they didn’t know.

Me and my sister, Rosa Peck were working on the McLemore Plantation hoeing cotton.  We were near to our hoe and it came to me again…”in my Father’s house there are many mansions.”  That’s all it would say…”in my Father’s house is many mansions.”  A little short lady was walking in front of me and my sister.  Her name was Mrs. Cora.  She was just switching and we started laughing.  We could see she had two dresses on. Every time she walked we would see them.  We just laughed and laughed.  Then I said Mrs. Cora looks like she doesn’t know.  But, I said, well Rose I done ask everybody else.  I’ll just ask her.  So, I said Mrs. Cora and she stopped and said what you want Till?  That is what she called me.   I said could you tell me any thing about “in my Father’s house there are many mansions.”  She looked up and spit snuff out of her mouth and she said…”in my Father’s House are many mansions and if it were not so, I would have you.  I go to prepare a place for you.   And if I go and prepare a place for you.  I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also…St. John 14:2-3.”

And that shows us we just don’t know what other people know.  Mrs. Cora whom  we laughed at had the answer for me.

 A Little Saying:  Lift Up Your Troubling Soul

Whenever I am troubled and lost in deep despair

I bundle all my trouble up, and go to God in Prayer

I tell Him I am hurt, sick and lost and lonely too

That my mind is deeply burdened and I don’t know what to do.

But, I know He stilled the tempest and calmed the raging sea

And I humbly ask if in his love, He’ll speak to me.

And than I just kept quiet, and think only thoughts of peace

And if I abide in his stillness, my restless murmuring cease!

 

God Bless The United States of America,

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
     
 

THE LOST SHEEP

JUNE 2005

 
 

 

I come before your presence with thanksgiving and praises in my mouth continually.  God get the glory forever and ever. 

God brought this back to my remembrance and drew the tears from my eyes.  My daughter-in-law, Annie, when I knew one thing she was wiping her eyes also.  This is just touching about my sister, Kate.   The Lost Sheep.

God showed me everything about my sister, Kate, before anything happen.   Kate had this dream that I was way up high and she wanted to come where I was to be with me.  She said the Lord told her she got to sing and can’t stop singing until she reached me.  So, she did.

When I took her to church with me, she would sing or ask to sing.  She would join songs together and mix songs up.   Like this………..”give me that old time religion it’s good enough for me” then she would sang….”run, run, run, run  I can’t tarry, I’m running up this king’s highway!”    She would sang all her songs like that.  Join them together to make a whole song.  When the people wanted to help her to sing, when they got started good then she would be on another song.  You must know how we must have felt….trying to help sing with her in church.

God would show her dreams and visions about me. He showed her that I was preaching.  Every week she would call me to tell me, “You was preaching down”!  She was just laugh and laugh at me.  Another time she called and said , Till (that what she call me), you  was an angel. You came down off the pulpit and had some big wings and looked just like and angel.  All the people at New Home Baptist Church was shocked and looking at each other.

But anyway, God showed me she must come to me and showed me her death.  She wasn’t sick at that time.  She wasn’t complaining about nothing.  But, I prayed when the Lord showed me her death.   I said please don’t let her die in my bed.  But, Kate still had to sing to get to me.  She would sing all the time.  She would sing at home, at the church and in the car.  Still putting songs together.  

Kate and her two sons lived together.  Albert is her oldest and Bishop is her youngest.  Finally, one day she fell and broke a bone in her ankle.  Albert called the Paramedics.   They came and waited on her.  They said if you got somebody to take her to the hospital you can save money because we would charge 80.00 dollars. So, they said yes, we got somebody.  Albert called to the house but I had already left to go to church.  All Nation was my church.  They called to the church but I had not got there.  I was on my way. I heard a little voice saying, “Kate, Kate”.  I told Sis. Germon I hear a voice saying Kate.  When we turn out of church, I am going to her house.  So, we rode on further and I heard the same little voice saying, “Kate, Kate.”  So, I told Sis. Germon again.  No soon as we turn out of church, I got to go by her house.   I drove on near Wayne Street where she lived.  I heard the same little voice got louder and louder, “Kate, Kate!”    I told Sis Germon I got to go now this voice keep on saying Kate, so we did.   When we pulled up,  I saw Albert standing in the yard.  He said who told you?  I said told me what?   He still saying who told you?  Who told you?   I said told me what Albert?  He said Kate fell and broke a bone in her ankle.  So, we went in the house and I helped her to get dressed and took her to Baptist Hospital.  From then on she came and stayed with me.   I had to take her back and forth to the doctor for her appointments. She seems to be doing real good.

The next appointment our sister-in-law went with us.  Kate was hopping a little with her crutches.  She said get me a wheelchair but we tried to encourage her to keep going.  She stopped at a truck and said again go get me a wheelchair.  When I looked at her something just turn in my stomach and a frightening feeling came all over me. I went and got the wheelchair for her.  I wondered about that feeling.   So, everything went well for a while.

One morning Kate and I was talking in the living room.  She had my tape recorder in her lap listening to one of my tapes.  After awhile she said Till I want to talk to you because the world can’t afford me a home no longer.  I said Kate you don’t know. After than Sis. Marshall called me from Wetumpka.  I went to the den because Kate was still listening to the tape recorder.  I was telling Sis. Marshall about my great experience I had in the Lord.  About that time, Kate came into the den where I was.  She was just looking at me.  I was feeling good just talking to Sis. Marshall about the Lord.  She was just looking at me still.  Then she opened her mouth and closed it and she was gone just that quick!  The paramedics came and they pronounced her dead at the hospital.  I knew she was dead before the paramedics even arrived because God had already showed me her death.  At the hospital, I began to rub her pretty long hair on her head.  I felt like an electric run all over me and I started speaking in tongue.  I couldn’t help myself.  When I knew one thing the nurse came in and just looked at me but I couldn’t help myself.

So, my sister, Kate, made it to me by obeying God rather than man.  God gave me evident by the Holy Ghost coming upon me when I rubbed her hair.  Kate died in the Lord full of the Holy Ghost and God is my witness.

Paul said Phillipians 3:14   I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

So, let us walk by the same rule and let us mind the same thing.

God Bless The United States of America,

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 

Her years of life were July 1928 - July 1983

 

 

 

 

 

 
     
 

MAY 2005

 
 

I come before your presence with thanksgiving and praises unto God.  God chastises those He loves. 

John 15:3  Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

So, we must put on the whole armor of God.  This means a change must come in your life.

Ephesians 6:11  Put on the whole amor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

That you may be able to stand in the evil days.  You  have got to have on the breast plate of righteousness.  Your feet shod with the Gospel of Peace.  You got to have the shield of Faith.  Yes, to be able to quench the fiery darts of the wicked.  You got to have the helmet of Salvation.  Also, The sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God.

Ephesians 6:18  “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit…..”

When God called me to preach His Gospel, I was working with The Head Start Community Action.  I was working in the kitchen.  I didn’t want my good name to be spoken evil of.  I didn’t take nothing not even a left over roll.   I didn’t want anybody to say I carried something off in foil paper. I didn’t take any left over food at all.  Then they moved to Smiley Court Community Center to be the head cook.  They sent Sis. Rose to help me.  It was two of us working there.  We worked real good together.  She was in the Lord, too.  We would pray every morning when we first got there.   When we got started, we would turn on the radio and listen to the gospel singing.   

One day,  I decided to clean and mop the kitchen.  I also decided to clean the refrigerator.  There was a very small piece of cheese.  It was the size of 2 or 3 fingers.  It was very small.  I said I believe I will take this little piece of cheese home and make a sandwich for tomorrow.  So, I did.  This was on a Friday. 

That same Friday night, I had a vision.  It was 3 or 4 ladies standing together.  Me and another lady was standing together.  I heard a voice saying don’t stand with her, go and stand with the other 3 or 4 because you steal.  Then the vision went off.  I knew exactly what the Lord was telling me.  I testified of this at All Nation Holiness Church.  This was my church at that time.  Bishop Tummerlin laughed and said God was trying to tell you something……you steal.

Revelation 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. 

So, I did.  Thank you Lord.

Hebrew 12:6-8  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth,  and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 

So, it was on a Friday night when God gave me the vision….”you steal.”

The following Sunday after I came from church, I went to my daughter’s house, Glorease.  Theresa, her friend from next door came in.   She said Sis. Perdue you want some cheese?   I said yes.  She gave me a 5 lb box of cheese.  After that, my niece, Gisele, whom lived in the back of Glorease found out that I was over there and sent me a box of 5 lb cheese.  Another lady sent me a 5 lb box of cheese.  I had  15 pounds of cheese.  I had a lot of cheese to give away myself. 

The 5 pound box of cheese was given to everyone that qualified.  Like if you were on food stamps or Medicaid.  You just showed  them your food stamp card or Medicaid card.  They also gave away butter, beans, rice, peanut butter, chicken in cans, pork in cans and so forth.

But God showed me, if I preach the Gospel, He will supply all of my needs.

Phillipians 4:19-20  But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever.  Amen.

I Corinthians 9:16  For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

I Corinthians 9:19  For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.

Life is a journey……………………….complete it!

Life is a goal……………………………achieve it!

God Bless The United States of America! 

For it is all In Jesus!

 

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
 

ONE OF MY FAVORITE NUMBERS

APRIL 2005 

 
 

I come before your presence with thanksgiving in my heart.   Praising God for the blessings he restore upon his peoples and myself.

The mother of the Church (Sis Germon) and I were sitting at the church.   After we had prayed, God brought to my remembrance of one of my favorite numbers.   I had this vision that these men had killed everyone except Sis. Pickney and me.  We were so afraid.  We hid under the dirt unto our necks.  We were lying side by side.  Then I said we can’t stay like this forever.  Then we sat up on top of the ground.  We looked up and there were two men on horses coming right to us.   We were so afraid.  The men said we have already killed all the other peoples.  They said if you all will work for us we would not kill you.  Sis.  Pickney said I will.  I said wait…and about that time a phone (like a cell phone) was in my hand.  They were still waiting on my answer.  I said again wait…for I was so afraid.  Then I began to dial my phone and I heard a voice said “12”.  I said wait…then I began to dial again and I heard a voice said “12”.  I said wait! Wait! And I dialed again and the voice said “12” real loud and the vision went off. 

I had another vision.  I said I wanted to go to heaven just as I am now.  I started going up and up and up.  I continued to go up. I passed the moon and the sun.   Before I knew it I was back on the earth and I was scooting on water.  I looked and I saw myself standing on the banks while I was yet scooting on the water.  Then I said where am I going now den?  I saw a big stone it had “12” on it.  That vision went off. 

I began to read Joshua 4:2-3  Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man,  And command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place where the priests’ feet stood firm, twelve stones, and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging place, where ye shall lodge this night.   

Joshua 4:6-7   That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying.  What mean ye by these stones?  Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.

It was some months later the Lord told me to get the number 12 and put it in my house.  He showed me where to put it inside my house.

One Sunday while the people were testifying, one of the children asks me what tribe are we in?  The Lord spoke and said “Benjamin”. 

Jacob blessed all twelve of his sons before his death.

Genesis 49:27  Benjamin shall raven as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.

As saints of God we suppose to divide the good from the bad and the right from the wrong.

Twelve is one of my favorite numbers.  God has shown me through the Word that we can not live by bread alone but every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Matthew 4:4  …It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

God has a plan for everybody’s life and a purpose.  Obey God rather than man.

When you invite love in your home there is also wealth and success in your heart and full of mercy.  I got a charge to keep.  I have a God to Glorify.

 

God Bless the United States of America,

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H  Holiness Church

 

 
 

 ANNIE’S  FAITH IN THE LORD

MARCH 2005

 
 

I come before your presence with thanksgiving and praises unto God.

Matthew 17:20-21 And Jesus said unto them Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.  Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

I thought about this lady name Annie.  Her granddaughter got pregnant.   Annie prayed for her granddaughter to have a baby boy.  She said Lord grant that for me....a boy child.

LouBerta Taylor was a mid-wife for the women all around.  In other words, she was the only mid-wife whom I was familiar with.  My sister Rosa Lee Peck said she knew two.  One was name Lizzie Johnson and the other Mildred Patterson.  That was before my time but LouBerta Taylor was mine.  She told people everywhere about Annie faith in the Lord.  Everybody called her Annie in the community.

When the baby was born, LouBerta said, “Annie, Annie you missed it this time.  You got a little girl.”  Annie said it’s a boy.  LouBerta said when I wash the baby up I will bring her and let you see for yourself.  So she did.  She washed the baby up and put some clothes on her and brought her to Annie.  She laid the baby on Annie’s lap.   She took one of the pin loose on one side of the diaper.  She said look Annie.  When she looked there was a boy baby.   Annie said I told you.  I asked God for a boy baby.  LouBerta was shocked. And went around telling the people what happened.  “I cleaned the baby up but when I laid it in Annie’s lap it was a boy!”

Romans 10:8 But what saith it?  The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach.

Roman 9:1      I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost,

II Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Annie kept her faith in the Lord.

Matthew 19:26   But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

BY YOUR FAITH BE IT UNTO YOU!

God brought this to my remembrance when I was married.   I was staying with my in-laws, Augusta Wells and Sally Perdue, We called Augusta Wells....”Annie” also.   She had a lot of chickens.  She had Rhode Island red hens, ducks, turkeys, guineas and game chickens.  So, one day, I asked Annie to give me a hen.  I wanted to cook it down low.  But, Annie would not.  So, I asked my husband to take me to my mother’s house and she would give me one she had a lot of chickens, too.   My husband said momma (that is what he called me) I hate to take you.   I will feel bad when we got a yard full here.  I said but Annie want give me one.  I still wanted a big Rhode Island red hen so bad.  I was about 6 months pregnant at that time.  So, one evening I went out to the wood pile to get some wood.  So, I can start cooking.   I saw a hog staring.  So, I began to look.  His hair had bristled up on his back and there was a big Rhode Island red hen walking side the fence and the hog snapped the chicken head off and that big ol’ chicken jumped.   I was so happy.  I jumped up and start calling Annie! Annie! Annie!   You wouldn’t give me one but the Lord gave me a big chicken.   Annie came to the door and just looked at me.  I was laughing and laughing.   She didn’t say a word to me at all.   My husband came and got the chicken.  He picked it and cleaned it for me.  I cooked it and enjoyed it.  God gave me what I wanted a big Rhode Island red hen. 

Matthew 7:7  Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Luke 11:10      For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 

God Bless the United States of America,

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
 

GOD PAID MY DEBT

FEBRUARY 2005

 
 

 

I come before your presence with thanksgiving and praises unto God.  May God Bless the United States of America.

Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord and the fullness thereof; the world and they that dwell therein.

The Mother of the Church and I were praying.   She wanted me to pray over some papers she had.   While I was praying, the Lord brought this to me about my son, Solomon.  He had a car accident involving two other cars.   Also, he had some children in the car without their seatbelts on.  Nobody got hurt, thank God.  Solomon was in the fault.   He had to pay one of them $400.00 and the other one $500.00 and something.   They would call the house.   I told the one that Solomon owed $400.00 that he was in school and we didn’t have any money.  After we talked, he was very nice and didn’t call no more.  The other one called about two or three times a week.  He was asking about the money and how much could we give him.  He asked could we give him $50.00 a week.  I told him Solomon was in school and don’t have a job.  He would still call and said he would carry us to court.  I told him to go on and take us then.   So, he did.   When the judge called them up there, the young man drew the street and showed the judge how Solomon was crossing Gaston Avenue.  Solomon knew that he was in the fault and he had children without seatbelts.  He was about to cry.   The judge told Solomon to pay what he can a month and then he dismissed us.

That night, I prayed.   The Lord spoke to me and told me to pray for 5 nights, everybody in the  house.   I told all my children in the house, I had about five still living with me at that time.  My daughter, Shirley, worked at night at National,  Inc.  She would get home about 1:30 after midnight.   We would lay down and sleep until she got home.   Then I would get all of my children up out of bed.   All of us would come to the living room.   We would get on our knees and pray,  everybody in the house.   After we prayed for 5 nights, I told the Lord we are going an extra night in case you’re not please with some of our prayers.   So, we did.   Since then, I haven’t heard from that case from that day to this day.

Psalm 24:5   He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Isaiah 40:2 Speak ye comfortably to Jerusalem, and cry unto her, that her warfare is accomplished, that her iniquity is pardoned: for she hath received of the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.  (Conflict is over)

Another time.........................God told me to have Bible Class in my house in Smiley Court on Thursday nights.   So, we did.  Some of the people said let’s go around house to house.  I told them God told me to have it here.  Some stop coming to bible class and some kept on coming.   The very first night of Bible Class we had a good time.   The parents would send their children and some would come with their children.   We would read and discuss the bible.   After bible class was over and they were gone, I heard a voice say.

“ Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven....”     That’s all the voice said.  Then I went and got my bible and read all of the scripture...Matthew 18:18 Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.   I was amazed to hear the voice.  I said “Lord, we didn’t talk about this”.   I was sitting in my living room all alone.   I said Lord, what does this means?    I wondered and wondered...”whatsoever ye bind on earth shall be bound in heaven”.   God did not give me the whole scripture.

After awhile, maybe some months later, God gave me ...Matthew 16:19 And I will give unto the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

About a month later,  a girl came to our Bible Class.  She did not live in Smiley Court like the other children.   After bible class was over, she ask me would I give her cab fare to go home.  I told her I didn’t have but $3.00,   that’s all I had.   But, I gave it to her.   I did it out of my heart.   I had no more money.  I was on welfare.  Every first of the month when my check came, I paid my rent.   My rent was $112.00 a month.  One day, when I got to the rent office the computer showed $62.00.  She ask me was there any change.   I said not that I know.   She said well you know how much your rent is and then I gave her the $112.00 because that is what I paid for rent.   Well, the next month the computer showed $62.00.  She called over to Bell Street Housing Authority and there was no change.   She looked among the files and there was no change.   Then she said just give me what you pay every month and I gave her $112.00 again.  The next month the computer showed  $62.00 again.   She said just wait one minute... just give me $62.00 and I was so happy.   God will provide.  You see,  I gave the girl cab fare and God showed me that He was in charge of our life.

Matthew 10:8   Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.

St. John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you: good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom.   For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

This cry must be heard!!

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
 

GOD GAVE ME A HOUSE WITH A FIREPLACE

JANUARY 2005

 
 

 

Lord, I come before your presence with Thanksgiving and Praises.

I was talking to Sis. Phelan, my niece.  I was telling her how good God is to us.  He gave everybody a gift because He loves us.

I John 5:3   For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

The best gift in the whole world is.......St. John 3:16-17   For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.   For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

So, Jesus is the reason for all seasons.   Christmas is a day that we are suppose to celebrate the birth of Jesus and give Him gifts.  In Matthew 2:11 they worshiped Him.   They opened their treasures and presented unto Him gifts.

God brought this to me plain as day.  When I was living in Smiley Court, my co-worker, Sis. Rose asked me to go to church with her.  Sis. Rose is also my friend.    So,  I did.   After service was over, she asked me if I would stop by a friend’s  house for a few minutes.   I said ok.  So, we did.  It was winter time.  The lady had a fireplace and it was so warm in there.   I thought about when I was coming up and we had a fireplace.    

I told my daughter Glorease about the house that had a fireplace.   She said I will work and help you buy a house, mommy.  I told her no because you might get married and  won't be able to help me.

I had a dream that I was up in a tree.  A lot of people was handing me money up in the tree.  They were giving me so much that I told them don’t give me no more because some of the money was falling back down.  But, I heard this voice say you got to have enough for your motel.   Than I woke up.

One day,  I was talking to Mrs. Morris.   She was the head teacher over Smiley Court Head Start.  I was telling her about the house that Sis.  Rose and I went to.  I told her I liked the fireplace and I wanted a house like that.  So, she must have told her husband.   Sooner or later he came to the Center and came back to the kitchen where we were.   He said I know a house for sale.   Do you want to look at it ?     I said how much it cost?  He said I will come back tomorrow evening and take you to look at it.  So, he did.   I went in the house and start looking around.   I saw a fireplace, a big den, 3 bedrooms, 1 ½ baths, 2 showers, living room, dining room and a kitchen.  It come to be 4 bedrooms when I divided the den.  I liked it when I saw it especially the fireplace. 

The next day he said I am going to take you and we are going to talk to the owner, Alexander.  So, he did.   Mr. Morris talked me up.  Alexander said bring me a $100.00 dollars to bind it.   He told me to bring a down payment of $2,000.00 before I moved in but I didn’t have the money.  

I had a dream that night.   A man was in a hurry.   He was by a train track.  He was connecting a cargo box.  Then I woke up.

I did get the money for the down payment.  I don’t know how I got the money.   God knows.   I had to ask the Lord where the money came from?   God gave me the money.   My husband died in 1969.   My baby was only 8 months old.   I was on welfare.   It was just me and my 10 children but the down payment came from somewhere.   I don’t know, Jesus.

The Lord spoke to me.   He said “You got the keys in 3 days, now you move in 3 days”.   Then I said 3 days, Lord.   I wanted to fix it up and take my time since I had the keys.   But, the Lord said in 3 days.   I wondered who can I get?  

The next night Ms. Nixon and I was coming from church and right behind us was a transfer truck.   When I turned to drop her off, the transfer truck stopped too.   Her daughter came out and start laughing at me getting out of the way.  She said this is my friend.   I said reckon he will move me?   She said yes he will do it.  I said let me know...come to the center tomorrow and tell me what he said.   She did come that Friday.   She said he will move you tomorrow because he will be out of town for two weeks.  I said ok.   He came early that Saturday morning.    

Then I prayed, Lord, I don’t have nobody to help me lift all these heavy things.   I didn’t have time to pack.   So, I got sheets and spreads to put stuff in.    I prayed again.  I said Lord, Solomon and Stanford are so young.   Charlie, my oldest son, was about 17 or 18.

After that, I went to the back door and looked out.   I saw 4 young men coming straight towards the house.  They came straight to the house.  I asked them will they help me and they did.  My girls went over to the other house with them and showed them what room to put everybody’s stuff in.   I had already told them what room I wanted.   When they came back to get the last load,  I stayed behind to clean up the house.   I wanted to leave it clean.   When I got home late that evening, the girls had already fixed up everybody’s room.  The curtains were up.  Bedspread on the beds.  The piano in the den.   Everything was in place and in order.  The dishes were in the cabinet.  I was well pleased.  I gave the man that moved me $42.00 (that’s what I had).  I said I know it’s worth a heap more, but this is all I got.  He said take $10.00 back from me to you then he walked away.

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Psalm 136:1      O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: and his mercy endureth for ever.

Palm 121:1 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

 

God bless The United States of America,

Evangelist Costella Perdue, overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
     
 

I WANTED TO DIE

 
 

 DECEMBER 2004

I come before your presence with thanksgiving and giving Glory to God.

I wanted to die but God had a plan for me even from my mother’s womb.

Matthew 13:16-17    But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.  For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

But God had an assignment for me to do.

Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Hebrews 13:1-3   Let brotherly love continue.  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.  Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.

But God still had a plan for me.

James 1:2-3 My brethren count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

Yes, I wanted to die.  I thought that nobody loved me.  I was staying with my in-laws after I got married.  I stayed with his aunt and his sister.  His aunt, Augusta, was 70 years old at that time.  My sister-in-law, Sally, was 8 years older than me.  I was only 23 years old when I got married.  It was good for awhile.  As time went on it got worst.  His aunt didn’t want him (my husband, Virge)  to buy me nothing unless he bought them something, not even a drank (soda).  He tried to bring it anyway.  He would leave it in the truck and come into the house bare handed.  Later, he would go out our door and get it and give it to me.   After then, she would watch him and even go out to the truck to see if he brought me anything.  She would open our door and say, “you might as well brought it in with you!” Then she would slam the door and leave.  My husband would just shake his head saying this is my wife.  He said what is wrong with her?  She gets a check every month and Sally works.  They still don’t want me to give my wife nothing unless I give them something, too.

Well, that was a problem there.

The next thing.... My husband took me to spend some time with my mother.  My husband was real good to my mother, sisters and brothers.  He would bring them vegetables.  When he would kill a hog or a calf, he would bring them meat.  We had a farm of our own.  We raised a lot of stuff.  We had plenty to give other peoples.  He was a good provider for me and our children.

As my mother and Virge was talking, he told mamma that I would scorned the children.  He said that I would scorned them when they threw down something they didn’t want such as candy, cookies or apples.  He told mamma I wouldn’t wash it off or put it up for them later, I would just scorn them.  He said that he would wash it off and eat it.  He told mamma I don’t even eat behind them.  About that time, my oldest sister, Willie Mae Grice, walked in.  He was still telling mamma how I scorned the children. I told mamma I didn’t scorn my own children.  But, my mother took sides with him.  My husband looked at me and I was about to cry.  He lied on me.  I felt very bad because I was already mistreated at home and now to have my  mother to take sides with my husband.  Then, I thought in my heart nobody loved me.  When I got home, I just cried and cried.  I wanted to die.  I prayed  to the Lord and told Him I just want to die because nobody loved me not even my own mother.

I stopped eating.  I would cook everyday and walk out of the kitchen.  I prayed to the Lord everyday that I just wanted to die because even my mother didn’t love me no more.  Then I would just cry.  I didn’t eat anything for seven days.  As, I was going to my room, I heard a voice said,”You want to die?”   I said yes, Lord, I want to die.

Everyday I would cry and my husband felt so sorry for me.  I still wanted to die.  The same voice said unto me ,”What about your children?”     I stopped in the middle of the bedroom just before our room.  Then I said, “Lord, I want my children.”  So, I went back into the kitchen and the first thing I got was a can of beets and I ate them.  Everyday I would eat something.  It was seven days before I had a taste for food.  I had three children at that time.

Later, my sister, Willie, told me what she told my mamma after we left the house.  She told mamma...you shouldn’t have taken sides because you didn’t know how she was being treated over there.  My mother said, “Willie, you are right.....I don’t know but, I can’t take it back because I didn’t mean it the way I said it.”

But through it all, God made me happy.  My husband was happy, too.

I Corinthians 2:9 But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

May God continually Bless The Reader of His Word.

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
 

ANNIE’S MOTHER

 
 

 

NOVEMBER 2004 

                                                   

I come before your presence with thanksgiving and may God bless The United States of America.

Psalm 14:2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, (that’s us) to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

While sitting in my prayer chair at church, God brought this to me about Annie’s mother.  Annie Perdue, is our church secretary.  Her mother name is Annie Mae Dixon.  Annie is named after her mother.  Annie is married to my oldest son.

I had a dream one Sabbath night that God told me to go to Annie Mae Dixon’s house.  God sent me there to read the bible to her and her husband.  She lives in Lowndes County in the Montgomery County line.  The Lord showed me so plain that we were all sitting on the porch and one of her daughters and her husband were there, too.  I got my bible out.  Her daughter reached in her pocket book and pulled out a New Testament Bible.  Then, I woke up out of my dream.

I called Annie that following Sunday morning.  I asked her if she would go with me to her mother’s house.  Annie’s mother stayed back in the woods after you turned off the highway.  Annie’s mother is 85 years old and getting along well.  She loves the Lord.

Sure enough, when we got there, Annie’s mother, her husband and her daughter, Lois Harris, were there.  Also, Lois husband was there.  They were sitting on the porch just as I dreamed it.

Her mother had a beautiful testimony.  She said let me tell you something.  I hadn’t been to church in a long time because Harrison (her husband) been sick.  I couldn’t leave him like this.  But, I prayed last night.  I prayed and asked the Lord is there anybody you could send to us because we can’t get to the church.  She said when she said that the Holy Ghost came all over her in bed.  She started shouting, jumping and crying in bed and couldn’t help it.

Saints of God, I am crying now while I’m yet writing.  It seems like it was just yesterday.  After that, I told her my dream.  I told her the Lord sent me down here to your house to read the bible to you all. Both testimonies were just amazing!!  After we had shed tears together, we had a good time in the Lord.

Roman 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 9:11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)

Phillipians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Saints of God come and let us reason together.

Isaiah 1:18-19 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.  If you be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
     
 

 OCTOBER 2004

I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

(Psalm 34:1)

I do ask you Lord to bless, heal, and deliver all that visit our website.  I must tell you this but give God the glory.  On every Friday night which is the preparation day, God told us to have one hour of prayer.  Some of us stay longer after we have prayed.  It is so peaceful and we are taking time out with the Lord. 

One night after I had prayed, I was thinking about the goodness of God.    It came to me so plain, Saints of God, like it just happened.   One day I wanted to do something.  My husband was at work.  I got my baby and put her in the wagon that I bought them for Christmas.  My oldest son pulled it because my child walked too slow.  I got a little bucket and headed down the road.  I was looking for some plums or berries but all of them had dried up or something.  But anyway, I couldn’t find nothing anywhere.  I headed back to the house.  I stopped under a sweet gum tree to let my children play.  I watched them awhile and then I began to pray.  I told the Lord I had nothing to do.  I knew we had lots of tomato plants.  My husband had already plowed the rows up to plant them but the ground was too dry.  We were waiting for it to rain.  The Lord spoke to me and said, “go get them tomato plants, get the truck, get the tall drum and tubs and put water in them.”  He said, “ go set the tomato plants out.”

I felt so happy.  I got the hoe, bucket and everything.  I noticed it had got so cloudy, foggy-like.  I looked at the time.  It was about 2 o’clock that afternoon.  I got my water and placed it in the back of the truck.   I started driving real slow so the water wouldn’t splash out of the tub.   So, we finally made it to the field.  I dug the holes and put water in them.  I put one tomato plant in each hole.  I set them out and put more water on them.  It still looked hazel, foggy and cloudy like.  We stayed until late that evening until all the tomato plants were set out.  The patch was ½ mile long from the house.

When the Lord brought this to my remembrance, it seemed like it just happened all at once.

Then I said OK let me write this.  This happened in 1960 or 1964.  This is for somebody, somewhere.  May God get the Glory.  Like I said, I don’t know why I’m writing or thinking about this.  It has been so long.  God brought it to me like it just happened.

The tears came streaming down my face.  Then the Lord said, “The earth is mine and the fullness therein.”  I thought about how foggy it was around 2 o’clock and the next day all day long.   All my tomatoes lived except for two.  The Lord reminded me again, the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the work, and they that dwell therein and whatsoever you do, do it all to the Glory of God.

Psalm 117:1-2   O PRAISE the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.  For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever.  Praise ye the Lord. 

This is my Garden Prayer

I plant a little garden

I started it with a prayer

I plant the seed of forgiveness

and tended it with love and care.

I plant the seed of faith, love

truth and charity too

And my little garden

Just grew, grew and grew.

The fruit of my little garden

with others I love to share

For God helped me to plant the seed

and the seed is my word of prayer!

 

Evangelist Perdue Loves You!

May God Bless the Reader and Doer of His Word

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 

 
 

 GOD GAVE ME A BOY CHILD

 
 

 

SEPT 2004

I come before your presence with thanksgiving and praises unto God because His mercy endureth forever.

Now, let me tell you something about myself.  I am the mother of ten children.  My first child was a boy born in 1953.  After that , I had girls.  I had a girl in 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958 and 1960.  I prayed and asked the Lord if I have another child please let it be a boy.  God showed me in a dream that night that I had a boy child.  I told mamma about my dream.  She said, “you’re just going to have another little ol’ gal.” After the baby was born I raised up and saw he was a boy.  My son, Virge, was born in 1962.  After him, I had another girl born in 1964.  My last two boys were born in 1968 and 1969. 

Galatians 1:15 & 16 “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his son in me, ...”

Let me tell you about my experience in the third grade.  My teacher would always let me take names of the children talking when she goes out the  classroom.  One day, she said, “Estella, I always let you take names, today I’m going to let someone else take names.”  She told this boy to take names.  She left the room and they said take her name because she has been taking everybody else name.  I started to say, “but I’m not talking.”  But, I heard a little voice in my ear saying, “if you say something then you will be talking.” So, I didn’t say a word.  When the teacher came back to the classroom, he gave her the list of names. She said “Estella”.  I said I was not talking.  I didn’t talk at all. She knew that I didn’t talk in the classroom and that I was quiet.  She called up everybody name that was on the list.  She called up me, too.  I was crying and saying, “ I wasn’t talking.”  She got a little pine straw and winked her eye at me.  She was just a winking at me and told me to hold out my hand.  She just touched my hand with the pine straw and I went back to my seat.  I cried and cried and cried until the rest of the evening.  I cried until I stirred up Heaven.  The teacher just looked and looked at me until God touched her with the truth.

Phillipians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things ate true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of a good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

God did it for me.  My crying got next to her.  She called me back up there to her and said, “Estella, I will never whip you no more as long as I live.”

St. John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Another time, my mother said, “Estella, I am going to Willie’s house.”  Willie is my oldest sister.  She lived across the field from our house.  She said, “I’ll be back after a while.”  It was about 7:30 or 8:00 that morning.  She said pick the greens and get them ready.  I started picking the greens and singing.   Every little thing I saw on the greens, I would pinch it off.  I was just singing and feeling so happy.  Me and the Lord had a good time!  Every now and then I would say,“Lord, I thank you!”  I feel good right now just writing with tears in my eyes.  The Lord is good y’all.  But anyway, my mother came back around 10:00 or 10:30 the same morning.  I was on the last leaf.  She walked in and looked at me and she was so mad at me.  She snatched the pan from me and said, “ I could have picked the greens, cooked them and ate them and back on land again.”  She went in the kitchen.  Well, I was so sad because I didn’t know what time it was.  I had been singing and feeling so good.  It was just Jesus and me. 

Then the Lord spoke and said, “Get up and get two buckets of water.”  I got up.  I was scared mamma was going to hit me.  I went in the kitchen and got the bucket.  I went to the pump and got the water.  When, I got back, mamma looked at me and smiled.  She walked out of the kitchen.  So, I went in and started cooking.  I cooked so quick and brought mamma her plate of food.  She just looked at me and smiled.  I was made so happy.  The Lord worked on my mother about me because I was doing the best thing.  The Lord worked it out for me.

In all things give God the Praise and May God bless the reader of His Words!!

This is Evangelist Costella Perdue,

Founder of the H.O.H. Holiness Church

May God Bless The United States of America

 

 
     
 

THE CALL

OF

                     EVANGELIST COSTELLA "ESTELLA" PERDUE   

 
 

AUGUST 2004

I come again before your presence with Thanksgiving and Praises unto God.

I was just sitting down at my kitchen table thinking how good God has been to me every since I was twelve years old.  I was interested in church so much because the people would shout, cry and say, “Thank you, Jesus!!”  I wanted to know what they were thanking Jesus for.

They would set out a chair and the deacon would kneel down on his  knees and pray and someone would say, “continue in prayer”.  The deacon would say Lord give me wisdom, knowledge and understanding.  Some of the older ladies used to pray and say, “Lord, let me stay here with my children where they won’t have to go from hand to hand and mouth to mouth. Soon after that, I heard another lady say, “Lord, let me stay here with my children where they won’t have to be under the foot stool of other people.” 

I started wondering what are they talking about and praying about?

When they began to shout and cry and some even walked down the aisle saying, “Thank you, Jesus! Thank you, Jesus!”, then I felt something and felt like crying myself.  I wanted what  they had.  Even some of the deacons said, “ I looked at my hand and they looked new, I looked at my feet and they did too!”

Some said, “ I felt something hit me from the crown of my head to the sole of my feet.”  The tears running down their cheeks.

I really wanted to be saved and a Christian.  I wanted to feel what they felt.  The same year I asked mamma could I get on the “mourning bench”.  She said I could so I did.  At home one day, I wanted to cry so bad that I got my mother’s vicks salve and put a little in the corner of each eye.  It was so strong that it burned my eyes and tears started running down my face a long time. I got on my knees to pray

and I told  the Lord I wanted what the other peoples had. My first cousin walked in the house, I raised up so she could see my tears.  She asked where is “Aunt mu?”(which is my mother).  I said in the kitchen. I heard her tell mamma, “Till(which is me) is in there crying down.  Mamma said Till is trying to get her religion.  I was so happy when I heard that.  I joined the church that night.

God will provide.  God knew I didn’t have anything. That Saturday morning my mother was taking me to town to buy  my gown.  It was so hot that day that she stopped under a tree awhile. She said , “Stella (that’s who she called me), an old lady came to me about  4 o’clock this morning and  said you didn’t have nothing.”

You know how I must have felt.  I said mamma, “I’ll wait until next year”.  She said I don’t want the Lord to hold me responsible for you not being baptized.  I said I’ll wait next year.  I was eleven years old then.

When I turned 12 years old I made sure that old lady wouldn’t tell on me this time.

She told my mamma I didn’t have anything. I really didn’t have anything because I used my mamma’s  vicks salve.

I was on my way to the pump.  I stopped in the road.  I said to the Lord, “Lord, some said they looked at their hands and their hands looked new, and looked at their feet and they did  too.” “Some say something hit them in their mole of their heads and ran to their feet, but my hands and feet looks the same way.” I was holding my hands and looking.  I said Lord if you got anything like religion give it to me and right then something came all over me and made me felt so good.

I rushed and got the water.  I came home and got ready for church.  I was still feeling good.  I got on the “mourning bench” still feeling good and started crying, I couldn’t stop.  The preacher looked at me and said, “Come, give me your hand and give God  your  heart.”

It was about 15 of us on the first row in the church (mourning bench).  The preacher then told us to go shake anybody hand and tell them to pray for you. They all went except me.  The preacher was just looking at me.  He said, “Come”.   I started to come but I heard a voice said, ”don’t go.”  Then I started rocking back and forth just crying down. Lord, help me Jesus!

I feel like crying now.   My eyes are full of tears.  I’m trying to hold them back until I get through writing.

But anyway, when I knew one thing and came to myself, the secretary was asking me for my name and look like everybody in the church was shouting. My sister, Kate, ran home and told  mamma, “I know Till got it!”

Every since that day, I’ve been in Jesus and Jesus in me.  He called me by His grace and told me to go into all the world and preach His gospel.  I was chosen from my mother’s womb.  He called me to serve Him.  He revealed his Son to me that I might preach the Good News.

This cry must be heard!

God Bless the United States of America and Bless the Reader of His Words,

Evangelist Costella Perdue, Overseer

H.O.H Holiness Church

 

 
 JULY 2004
I come before your presence with thanksgiving and praises unto God.  I'm 
thinking of the goodness of God and how He has called someone like me to preach, 
bring His word and to tell the Good News.  God be the Glory!  

I would like to share my testimony of how God call me to preach his word.  Our 
church, All Nation Holiness Church, was having a revival.  On that Friday night, 
the lady running the revival ask me to stand up.  I stood up and she said you 
are a vessel of the Lord.  I could tell you what He wants but I will let the 
Lord tell you himself.  She told me when I get home to flip my bible and God 
would tell me himself.  When I got home, I got ready for bed. I prayed and laid 
down.  I was thinking of what a good time we had at church.  It came to me, "you 
didn't flip your bible".  I got up and got my bible to flip it.  Then I heard 
this voice said, "Go in all the world and preach my gospel."  My bible fell on 
Luke 13:32 And he said unto me, Go tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and 
I do cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.  Luke 
13:33 "Nevertheless I must walk today, and tomorrow, and the day following: for 
it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem".  As I was meditating on 
the voice I heard telling me to go in all the world and preach my gospel,  I heard 
another voice said the third...the third..the third.  So, I started out of my 
room and made it to the door, the voice said Ezekiel, Ezekiel, Ezekiel.  I said, 
oh, the third of Ezekiel then I said I will read it in the morning.  I laid back 
down and the voice said in my ear Ezekiel! Ezekiel! Ezekiel! Ezekiel! Ezekiel! 
and so I jumped up and got my bible and turned to the third Chapter of Ezekiel.  
It reads, "He said unto me, Son of man, eat this roll, and go speak unto the 
house of Israel.  So, I opened my mouth and he caused me to eat the that roll."  
Then the Lord took me in a vision.  I was flying and enemies were shooting at me 
but they couldn't  hit me.  I began to walk in the woods.  They saw me walking 
and start running to catch me.  I heard this voice said get in the pot.  I 
looked and there was a big pot. The voice rush me...get in the pot!!...get in 
the pot!! I jumped in the pot and like a lid covered it.  The enemies could not 
find me and I came out out of the vision.  The Lord said go to downtown Nursing 
Home.  It is presently Capitol Hill.  Ann Smith and I went there at 9:45 am that 
morning and stayed until 8:15 pm that night.  Blind eyes were open. Bed patients 
got up.  Those that couldn't talk began to talk.  Some of them didn't want us to 
leave their room.  God healed from the first floor to the third floor.  We 
didn't  know what time it was.  We were there all day from 9:45 am to 8:15 pm.

I'm trying to hold back the tears as I write this great testimony.

God Bless the reader of this Word,
Evangelist Costella Estella Perdue
H.O.H Holiness Church