by Johnathan Arnold
In the Conservative Holiness Movement, we hear countless exhortations about worldliness — and rightly so. James 4:4 warns, “…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?” However, Romans 12:2 suggests that the fight against worldliness is just as much about how we think as it is about what we wear or how we entertain ourselves. When it comes to the question, “How do we view people who are single and celibate?” we may be much more worldly that we would like to admit.
Perhaps you have heard this kind of chatter in the vestibule of your church or on Facebook messenger:
“She’s still single? How old is she now?”
“At some point, he is going to have to stop being so picky.”
“I feel so bad for her. She is 30 and still hasn’t found anyone.”
“I’ll never understand why he didn’t marry. Poor guy — must be lonely.”
by Timothy Cooley, Sr.
Jesus invites Peter and Andrew to follow Him. If they accept the offer, Christ promises He will exert His transforming power to make them become “fishers of men.” Jesus does not ask them to lift themselves by their own bootstraps. Jesus, the Master Teacher and Molder of Men, proclaims, “I will make you....”
by Jeanie Fritz
When the pregnancy test was positive, I couldn’t believe it. I tried another test, and then another one. After years of infertility, I had used dozens of pregnancy tests, holding my breath while waiting for the results. Now the test was positive. I was finally pregnant.
For the next few weeks, my husband and I began dreaming and planning. I started collecting ideas for our nursery; we discussed names. I bought a little pair of shoes, planning to use them for our pregnancy announcement photo. We also started to tell close family and friends. We were elated.
Then, one Monday, I started to experience severe back pain. During my seventh week of pregnancy, I watched with growing sadness as my obstetrician showed me the empty ultrasound screen. My baby was gone. My womb was empty.
by Johnathan Arnold
Since 1984, January 22 has been recognized as National Sanctity of Human Life Day. Many churches observe Sanctity of Life Sunday on the third Sunday in January to help raise awareness about the horrors of abortion and champion for the rights of God's unborn image-bearers.
This is the perfect time to meditate on several precious Bible verses that affirm the sanctity of human life. Consider memorizing them or highlight them in your Bible as a reference. When talking to your pro-choice friends, these powerful verses may be a key element in convincing them to reconsider their destructive view.
by Johnathan Arnold
The Bible is more accessible than ever before in history. We have Bible reading plans, Bible reading tools, and Bible reading apps — all at our fingertips. We even have daily Bible reading reminders on our phones. But do people actually read the Bible?
In the digital age, Charles Spurgeon’s words still seem timely: “There is dust enough on some of your Bibles to write ‘damnation’ with your fingers.” Spurgeon’s words carry a certain weight: it is a great wrong to neglect the Word of God; however, fear is not a sufficient motivator for the kind of Bible reading that God wants us to enjoy. What will it take to make someone a Bible reader?
by Alan Walter
“If we are weak in prayer, we are weak everywhere” (Leonard Ravenhill). When one ponders that thought for a while it becomes convincing that Ravenhill was absolutely right. The reverse is also true; thus, we utilize the great resource that God has made available to us. We do not need one more thing to validate the need for prayer; we just need to pray! In the spiritual realm, there are many battles to be fought in which prayer is the only capable weapon.
Alfred Lord Tennyson said, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” Who can deny the fact that the prayer of faith gets results? God wants us to ask, seek, and knock. He wants us to come boldly into His presence, fully assured of His glad welcome. He inspires our tenacity and perseverance in prayer! When God reveals a promise, we can hold onto it with bulldog faith. Though the battles may rage, God’s promises are true. If you want to be able to enjoy a great blessing, then be persistent in your prayer life!
An Interview with Keith Bunch
1. What ministry roles do you currently serve in?
I am currently the senior pastor of the Sunbury God’s Missionary Church. I serve as the Treasurer of our Home Missions Department, a position I have held for the last five years, and also I am an advisory member on the God’s Missionary Youth Camp board.
by Johnathan Arnold
If your pastor announced a new women’s small group meeting, what would you expect? If you visited your local Christian book store, what kind of resources would be available to you in the “For Women” section? While women have specific emotional and relational needs, our pink, flowery book covers and human-centered, feeling-driven approach to women’s ministry makes a subtle statement: meat is for men, milk is for women (Hebrews 5:12). In fact, women are some of the most brilliant, perceptive, and capable members of our congregations. Women deserve more.
by Todd Arnold
The greatest leader and developer of men wore sandals and walked the sands of Galilee. Jesus spent three and a half years pouring his life into twelve men who would become the Apostles of the early church. These Apostles went on to wisely handle tough situations, delegate, define roles and responsibilities, unify large bodies of people, mentor others, communicate clearly, and cast vision — all in the power of the Spirit. It was Jesus who prepared them for this task.
by David Wise
In 1849, William Taylor was sent by his Bishop to be a Methodist missionary in the “uncivilized” territory of California. His destination was the notorious city of San Francisco. Taylor would spend seven years laboring on the West Coast, with San Francisco as the home base for his efforts.
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