by Robert Booth
I once visited a gentleman who had been attending the Gospel Center for over thirty years. As we talked, our conversation turned towards the many physical problems that he had encountered over the years. Near the end of our conversation, he said these words: “I am so glad that there won’t be any hospitals in heaven."
by Darrel Stetler II
I recently made a leadership decision that was fraught with some amount of peril. Most good leadership decisions are. If you’re not risking, you’re probably not leading as aggressively as you should.
I was contacted by someone who expressed genuine concern about the decision I had made. I was so impressed by them and their attitude, I decided to share it with you.
In this rare historical recording, George Straub shares his testimony of being saved, entirely sanctified, and called to preach. Straub was one of the founders of God's Missionary Church and served as Conference President for many years.
by David Wise
The testimony of a life lived solely for the glory of God in the midst of high-level corruption and pride speaks to us today. The open window stands as a symbol of one man’s intense desire to love God with “a pure heart fervently” in even the darkest of circumstances.
Slightly adapted from Select Hymns: with Tunes Annext (1761)
John Wesley's practical advice for singing in an early Methodist hymnal is still applicable to us today. He warns, "beware of singing as if you were half-dead or half-asleep," but emphasizes above all else, "sing spiritually."
John Zechman recently retired from 28 years of service to Penn View Bible Institute. The following tributes are selected from the June 2018 edition of the God's Missionary Standard. Please share your tributes to President Emeritus Zechman in the comments section below.
by Johnathan Arnold
In a recent sermon by Andy Stanley, son of esteemed Baptist preacher Charles Stanley (a radio minister who George Straub, founder of God's Missionary Church, highly respected and listened to each week), Andy encouraged Christians to “unhitch” their faith from the Old Testament. He contends that “Peter, James, Paul elected to unhitch the Christian faith from their Jewish scriptures, and…we must as well.” He goes on, “The Bible did not create Christianity. The resurrection of Jesus created and launched Christianity. Your whole house of Old Testament cards can come tumbling down.”
While the resurrection of Jesus is the heart of Christianity, Andy Stanley’s understanding of the Old Testament (OT) verges on heretical. He argues that nothing in the OT, including the Ten Commandments, is binding for Christians, and that new believers should essentially disregard the first half of their Bible. He goes as far as to suggest that the inerrancy of the Old Testament is not worth defending.
While Andy’s conclusions are blatantly wrong, he addresses a question that many Christians are asking: “What should I do with my Old Testament? Should I keep some of the laws? All of them? None of them?” Many Christians end up cherry-picking particular laws which seem pertinent while completely ignoring others. The long sections of laws in Leviticus and Deuteronomy are often the subject of tongue-in-cheek jokes. In high school, one of the most intelligent girls in my class dismissed my faith because, in her opinion, “if you are going to obey the whole Bible, you better not wear polyester or touch pig skin footballs!”
Adapted from Love Slaves by Samuel Logan Brengle
One of our central doctrines and most valued and precious experiences is that of heart holiness. The bridge which we throw across the impassable gulf that separates the sinner from the Savior — who pardons that He may purify, who saves that He may sanctify — rests upon these two abutments: the forgiveness of sins through simple, penitent, obedient faith in a crucified Redeemer, and the purifying of the heart and empowering of the soul through the anointing of the Holy Spirit, given by its risen and ascended Lord, and received not by works, but by faith.
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 --
Devotional by John Manley
Read: Genesis 22
One of the most chilling experiences recorded in the Old Testament comes in Genesis 22 when God tells Abraham to take his son, his only son Isaac, whom he loves to Mt. Moriah and offer him for a burnt offering.
A casual reader of the Scriptures is amazed at the swift obedience of Abraham to carry out this audacious command from God. But what one must keep in mind is that, at this stage in life, Abraham had been walking by faith for nearly 100 years and he had learned to trust God’s heart, even when it did not make sense to him.