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A Message From Our Chief Overseer - 2014 General Assembly
"Hold Fast!"

Welcome to this the 107th Annual General Assembly of the Church of the Living God, the Pillar and Ground of the Truth, Inc., founded in 1903 by St. Mary Magdalena Lewis Tate. The first General Assembly, however, was not held until 1908 by the woman we affectionately call Mother Tate. That assembly was held in Greenville, AL. To God be the glory! 

We are all perhaps familiar with the many idiomatic expressions coined using the word “hold”  (e.g., hold steady, hold tight, hold forth, and even holdup). Scripture emphasizes the tenacious meaning of the word by repeatedly pairing it with the word “fast” (e.g., Job 27:6; Jer. 8:5; I Thess. 5:21, among others). A modern translation of “hold fast” might render the idiom “hold on to” or “hold up for.” Our present theme is, “Hold Fast!”, with particular emphases on Hold On! Hold Up! Hold Out! Hold on!…to what you have learned and been assured of (2nd Timothy 3:14; 1st Thessalonians 5:21; Hebrews 4:14; 10:23). Hold up!...for the doctrine of True Holiness and Sanctification (Ephesians 4:24; Hebrews 12:14). Hold out! the end (Matthew 10:23, Mark 13:13). Other Scriptures are: Job 2:3; I Tim 1:10; 3:19; 4:16; 2nd Timothy 1:13; Titus 1:9; Revelation 2:13, 25. (I’m sure you will discover others.) Be sure to cover the entire 1-3 chapters of the Revelation for other “hold” statements. 

Enjoy your stay in Nashville and be blessed. 

Meharry H. Lewis 
Chief Overseer 
July 20, 2014