by Serena Sickler
We all enjoy a good story. As children we love hearing the same book read over and over again even though we know every word by heart. We like hearing stories and we like telling them. This love of stories is a reflection of who God is. God is a story-teller.
God's story is written in history; our stories are imitations of His larger work. Though our love for stories was originally good, the entrance of sin into the world means that much of what was intended for good is now used for evil. Many writers have a distorted view of God and the world around them. We as Christians must use discernment in our reading choices.
Sermon on Judges 11:1-40 by Timothy Cooley, Sr.
Jephthah stood at the door of his wilderness house. He had things pretty well fixed up, like he wanted them. After all, there was a day he would have liked to live in town, but that had been impossible. You see, it was because of his mother. The Bible says his mother was a harlot. Some scholars have wanted to say she was an innkeeper, but the harsh reality of his rejection implies the truth was that his mother was more likely a Canaanite prostitute. His half-brothers called her “that other woman.” The one that made the whole family ashamed. Jephthah was a --
by Greg Hobelman
On this day, November 11th, we honor veterans who have served in the United States Armed Forces. This tradition stems from the older celebration of Armistice Day when the major hostilities of World War I formally ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. This honoring is the endeavor of a grateful nation to give a fitting tribute to those noble souls, still living, who were willing to give of themselves in service to their country. It is fitting and proper that we do this because it takes a special person to endure the rigors of military training and face the realities of a sacrifice that’s played out in so many facets. Not everyone is willing to volunteer.
by Todd Arnold
In Acts 6, the early church faced a new kind of dilemma. The church needed to help and provide for the widows in the community and teach and preach the Gospel. The disciples realized that they couldn't be effective stewards of the Gospel and take care of these important social responsibilities at the same time. Something had to change.
by John Peabody, Terry Newman, and Eric Samborski
Our newest God's Missionary Church will be launching on November 12 in Rome, New York. We have been honored to work in cooperation with the New York Pilgrim Holiness Church on this exciting venture. It is our mutual conviction that our resources are God's resources and we are privileged to join in this beautiful partnership for the furtherance of God's one Kingdom. We, being many, are one body (1 Cor. 12:12).
Below is a word from Conference President Peabody, Church Extension Coordinator Terry Newman, and Senior Pastor Eric Samborski. As Bro. Peabody notes, "May God use this article to clarify the vision and leadership of the Holy Spirit in our minds as we have traveled the road to Rome."
by Johnathan Arnold, Director of Media Ministries
Researchers are fascinated with the effects of smartphones on our emotions and behavior. "It is quite shocking that on average, approaching one third of people’s waking hours are spent using them, with phones being used on average five times an hour, every waking hour," commented Dr. Richard House, a British psychologist. Most people's reaction is: "That's not me!" And while we hope this is true, one study revealed that people check their smartphones nearly twice as often as they think that they do.
Dr. Sally Andrews, a psychologist at Nottingham Trent University, said “a lot of smartphone use seems to be habitual, automatic behaviors that we have no awareness of.” For many, it is instinctual to check Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter in their spare moments. These moments add up to incredible amounts of time — as much as four years in an average person's lifetime. Of course, smartphones are not the only kind of screen that people gaze at.
In this installment of "Books You Should Read," David Wise shares seven holiness classics that changed his life and may change yours. Are you confused about entire sanctification or seeking victory over sin? Do you yearn for the power and revival fervor of yesteryear? These books, selected by Bro. Wise, touch on these subjects and more.
Adapted from Helps to Holiness by Samuel Logan Brengle
There is an important difference between the grace of faith and the gift of faith, and I fear that a failure to note this difference and to act accordingly, has led many people into darkness, and possibly some have even been led to cast away all faith, and to plunge into the black night of skepticism.
Oct. 3-5: I attended four PVBI revival service. Rev. Keith Ledford did an outstanding job preaching God’s word. God moved in the revival services during the singing and the altar was lined with seekers. It is wonderful when seekers become finders!
by Paul Ryan
What is the Nashville Statement? Every major news outlet is answering this very same question.
USA Today writes: "NASHVILLE —A coalition of conservative evangelical leaders laid out their beliefs on human sexuality, including opposition to same-sex marriage and fluid gender identity, in a new doctrinal statement.
by Erik Samborski
I grew up in a home that had some semblance of morality. My parents taught me that there was a wrong and there was a right. We even went to church most of the time. Our church-going was distinctly nominal. I do not remember any message on salvation. In fact, I don't remember any message at all. My father told me that the only reason they went to church, at first, was for my sister and myself.
by Jeremy Fuller, Director of Home Missions
In the early spring of 2016 I was planning to preach a Revival Meeting in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I received a phone call invitation to preach in a Camp Meeting in North Florida. Accepting the invitation to the Camp Meeting would mean that I would need to be released from my commitment to the Revival Meeting. After much prayer and consideration, I made the necessary phone calls – secured the release from the Colorado Revival and purchased a plane ticket instead to the North Florida Camp Meeting.
by Jeremy Fuller, Director of Home Missions
"And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us." (Acts 16:9)
The emergence of the church at Philippi in Acts 16 is as much a model for Christian leaders in the twenty-first century as in any other. In the beginning of the chapter (verses 1-5) we find a team of earnest-hearted Christian leaders (Paul, Silas, and Timothy) encouraging and nurturing the newly founded churches of south central Asia. Verse five reads, “And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily.” And so, what does a church leader do when he is satisfied that the work he has already undertaken is healthy? He looks for new ground to break.
The month of October has been a wonderful journey through the Protestant Reformation in eager anticipation of this 500th anniversary day. We hope that you have been informed, encouraged, and challenged by the lives and legacies of the reformers. We now commence the anniversary year and encourage you to personally explore the history and themes of the Reformation in more depth. Here are resources to help you on your journey:
“If God were willing to sell His grace, we would accept it more quickly and gladly than when He offers it for nothing.” (Martin Luther)
“Therefore faithful Christian, seek the truth, listen to the truth, learn the truth, love the truth, speak the truth, adhere to truth and defend truth to the death.” (John Hus)
“Faith is like an empty, open hand stretched out towards God, with nothing to offer and everything to receive.” (John Calvin)
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