by Jacob Martin, Conference President
The work of a "bishop" or "overseer" is very important. Those who lead have a serious responsibility. Paul wrote, “This is a true saying, if a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach" (1 Timothy 3:1-2).
General S. Schwartskoph, who commanded the U.S. forces during Operation Desert Storm, once spoke to an automobile dealers' convention in Dallas. He shared several military rules. Among them was rule #13: when in command, take charge and rule #14: when in charge, do right.
We need leaders who live with integrity, lead with intelligence, labor with intensity, and love instinctually.
by Nathan Purdy
Have you ever been asked a question such as this one? If someone asked me this as a pastor, I would typically thank him or her for asking and arrange to meet, giving me time to work through the issue. When we met, I would pray for God’s help and then turn to the Bible.
It is important to locate the answer in God’s Word, rather than in the pastor’s words. This particular question provides an opportunity to model a proper approach to answering ethical questions in general. Our final authority is God’s Word, so that is where we need to turn. My answer would then run something like this...
by Johnathan Arnold
"For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God" (2 Corinthians 4:15). The King James translators chose the word "redound" from the Latin redundare meaning to surge like a wave: an explosive wave of thanksgiving to the glory of God! The Greek carries the idea of overflowing like the cornucopia pictured above. The more thanksgiving, the more glory that God receives!
The glorification of God is the ultimate purpose of our jubilant thanksgiving. As we know, 1 Corinthians 10:31 is plain that the whole end of our Christian life is God's glory. "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." This Thanksgiving we will be doing a lot of thanking, eating, and drinking. But will we consciously lift up our thanking, eating, and drinking as God-glorifying acts of worship?
Sermon on Galatians 3:6-9 by Johnathan Arnold
In Galatians 3-4, Paul is exploring in-depth the most important question ever asked: “How can we be right with God?” Paul’s answer is simple: in one word, “faith.” Whoever has faith in Jesus is made right with God.
Not faith plus circumcision. Not faith plus the law. Not faith plus baptism. Not faith plus the Catholic mass. Not faith plus membership in the church. Not faith plus rules and standards. Faith plus nothing. Sola fide. Faith alone.
The book of Galatians is Paul at his most passionate because false teachers convinced his beloved Galatians that we are right with God “by the law” or “by faith plus the law.”
Nov. 6: Penn’s Creek, General Board meeting. We were excited to grant licenses to Bro. Billy Simmons, Bro. Matt Kilgore, and Sis Becky Clark.
Devotional adapted from Holiness and High Country by A. F. Harper
Read: Ephesians 3:14-21
"Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory... Amen." (Ephesians 3:20-21)
[Ask yourself these questions.] Am I tempted to think that my case is different from and more difficult than the spiritual problems of others? Am I thinking about some wrong attitude of which I am ashamed? Am I disturbed by my failure to more fully achieve some spiritual goal? I may ask grace for this also. I may be different from others and my special problem may seem impossible. But, thank God, there is power adequate for me. Paul commends us "unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us."
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.
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
"Why didn't John do that? He knew it needed done. He's just lazy! Can't anyone else see when something needs done around here?" I thought as I slumped into my chair with exhaustion.
Ever find yourself in a similar situation? Things need done, and everything seems to fall in your lap. But you just can't do everything. Getting everything done effectively requires a team that works together well.
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.
Are you interested in learning more about sin or entire sanctification? Are you thirsting for a deeper life? Do you yearn for spiritual power and revival fervor? David Wise shares seven holiness classics that changed his life and may change yours.
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.
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