• The Overcoming Light

    The Overcoming Light

    NOVEMBER 2017 | CHARLES SCHLEICHER

    In the first chapter of John’s Gospel, the opening verses are a beautiful depiction of Jesus and how His life is the Light of men. In John 1:5 we read about Jesus as the Light: “And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” This statement is...

  • The Nature of Sin

    The Nature of Sin

    OCTOBER 2017

    The word sin is a religious term that indicates both willful, defiant acts that transgress divine law, and the underlying condition of opposition to divine law from which those sinful acts originate. Sin separates man from God, and is the root of all resistance to and conflict with Him.

    Sin is...

  • I Will Make You Fishers of Men

    I Will Make You Fishers of Men

    SEPTEMBER 2017 | DARREL LEE

    In Matthew 4:19, we read Jesus’ words to fishermen by the Sea of Galilee, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” That invitation extends to us as well, because in the Great Commission, Christ charged His followers to go into all the world and “preach the gospel...

  • Forsake and Follow

    Forsake and Follow

    AUGUST 2017 | JOHN BAROS

    On February 12, 2017, thousands of people forsook their homes and belongings, and fled for higher ground when an emergency evacuation was ordered for people living near America’s highest dam, located in Oroville, California. An article published a few days later in the Sacramento Bee related, “North Sacramento Valley residents...

  • A Message to Exiles

    A Message to Exiles

    AUGUST 2017 | PETER SLETMOE

    The term “open letter” is used to describe a message that is addressed to a certain individual or group, but is intended to be read by a larger audience. Someone might write an open letter to a politician or celebrity and, rather than delivering the message directly to the recipient,...

  • A Purpose in Pain

    A Purpose in Pain

    JULY 2017

    As a physician and orthopedic surgeon who specialized in the treatment of people with leprosy (Hansen’s disease), Dr. Paul Brand became convinced of the value of pain through a frightening personal experience.

    While suffering is something we would prefer to avoid in the natural, we need to understand that pain...

  • The Law of Faith

    The Law of Faith

    JUNE 2017 | MIKE FRIESEN

    The Lord has given each of us a measure of faith. Sometimes we feel like we need more faith, but maybe we could use what we have better. When we see athletes performing at their peak in a professional game or the Olympics, we are inspired. Isn’t that how we...

  • A Call to Contentment

    A Call to Contentment

    MAY 2017 | DARREL LEE

    During a recent three-week trip to Nigeria, I found myself in the state of flying, in the state of riding in a car, and in the state of sitting in church. I experienced a variety of states with regard to sleeping conditions: I slept while traveling in a car, when...

  • 1 Corinthians 12-16

    1 Corinthians 12-16

    MAY 2017

    (Click here to read Part 2 of this study.)

    Overview Purpose: Paul’s intent in writing to the Corinthian church was to expose evil that persistently threatened to destroy true Christianity.

    Author: Paul the Apostle

    Date Written: About A.D. 55

    Setting: Corinth was a large seaport city in southern Greece, and a major trade center. Its...

  • Return to the Lord

    Return to the Lord

    APRIL 2017 | BILL MCKIBBEN

    Manual typewriters are archaic in today’s world, but we had one in our house when I was growing up. It was a keyboard machine operated entirely by hand, used for producing characters resembling print. When a key was pressed, a little arm with a raised letter on the end flew...

  • 1 Corinthians 5-11

    1 Corinthians 5-11

    MARCH 2017

    (Click here to read Part 1 of this study.)

    Overview Purpose: Paul’s intent in writing to the Corinthian church was to expose evil that persistently threatened to destroy true Christianity.

    Author: Paul the Apostle

    Date Written: About A.D. 55

    Setting: Corinth was a large seaport city in southern Greece, and a major trade center....

  • The Sanctity of Marriage

    The Sanctity of Marriage

    MARCH 2017

    Marriage is a sacred institution originated by God. According to Scripture, it is a covenant relationship which establishes a bond between a man and a woman that is dissolved only when death causes the inevitable separation.1

    God’s design for marriage goes back...

  • When Jesus Said,

    When Jesus Said, "I Will"

    MARCH 2017 | ANDY CHASTEEN

    The Word of God is instructive, encouraging, and full of promises. Some of the most beautiful and powerful of those promises are the words of Jesus himself. Over thirty times in the New Testament, the Lord stated “I will” do this or that. That number does not include instances when...

  • An Unshakeable Trust in God

    An Unshakeable Trust in God

    FEBRUARY 2017 | DARREL LEE

    The Book of Job examines the problem of human suffering. It is the account of a man of integrity, Job, who was the instrument in this divine object lesson. In Job 1:1 we read a description of Job: “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was...

  • The Way of Holiness

    The Way of Holiness

    JANUARY 2017 | DARREL LEE

    The New Testament church at Thessalonica was established during difficult times. When Paul and Silas first went to that city with the Gospel, there was no greeting committee that we know of except those who opposed the men of God. However, there were some who wanted a way out of...

  • 1 Corinthians 1-4

    1 Corinthians 1-4

    JANUARY 2017

    Overview Purpose: Paul’s intent in writing to the Corinthian church was to expose evil that persistently threatened to destroy true Christianity. The Gospel was applied to a host of issues, including immorality, marriage and adultery, intellectualism, public worship, and spiritual gifts.

    Author: Paul the Apostle

    Date Written: About A.D. 55

    Setting: Corinth was a...

  • A Formula for Overcoming

    A Formula for Overcoming

    DECEMBER 2016 | JOHN MUSGRAVE

    The Book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John while he was in exile on the island of Patmos around A.D. 95. Throughout the Book, it is apparent that the Lord looks at the Church and wants His people to have victory. He wants us to be overcomers.

    John was...

  • A Heart of Mercy

    A Heart of Mercy

    NOVEMBER 2016 | JOHN BAROS

    The Sermon on the Mount begins with what is known as the Beatitudes. These are a list of blessings that result from having proper attitudes of the heart. We might think of them as the “be attitudes”; attitudes that we should have as believers. They were pronounced for the children...

  • 2016 Camp Meeting Sermon Excerpts

    2016 Camp Meeting Sermon Excerpts

    OCTOBER 2016

    Reach Out  The Bell System telephone company (later to become AT&T) came out in 1979 with the advertising slogan, “Reach out and touch someone.” That slogan resonated with people’s emotions and was effective.

    The Bible tells of a woman who reached out and touched Jesus. She had been sick for twelve years,...

  • A Defining Identity

    A Defining Identity

    OCTOBER 2016 | DARREL LEE

    Recently a lady who was filling out a form for me asked what ethnicity I identified with. Her question reminded me of our culture’s confusion over gender identity. That confusion did not exist when I was born. In fact, the first words spoken in the delivery room upon my arrival...

  • Guard Your Mind

    Guard Your Mind

    OCTOBER 2016 | BOB BISHOP

    In today’s world, spiritual mind invasion is prevalent in all age groups around the globe. It even impacts the church as the enemy of our souls seeks to overcome those who serve God. As Christians, we must guard our minds. We are instructed, “Let this mind be in you, which...

  • Take a Stand

    Take a Stand

    OCTOBER 2016 | RON GADDIS

    Who? What? When? Where? Why? And how? These are six questions considered foundational to good journalism. Let’s consider how these “Five Ws and One H” relate to Galatians 5:1, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of...

  • Designed By God

    Designed By God

    JULY 2016 | DARREL LEE

    Most of us probably do not look in the mirror in the morning and say, “Lord, You did an amazing job here.” However, He did do an amazing job. He made you! God’s involvement with you did not begin at your birth, but at the moment when you were conceived....

  • Going Up Against a Goliath

    Going Up Against a Goliath

    JULY 2016 | CLARK WOLFE

    Imagine playing basketball with a guy who is so tall he has to duck to avoid hitting his head on the backboard or getting his ears caught in the net—and with equally foreboding bulk and brawn. Then, imagine having to take on that guy in a wrestling match with a...

  • Powered by the Holy Spirit

    Powered by the Holy Spirit

    JULY 2016 | JOHN BAROS

    Have you ever wished your efforts for God were more effective? Have you ever felt the need for more boldness or strength or ability to work for God? The Lord has promised the gift of the baptism of the Holy Ghost and fire to give us the power we need....

  • Unity

    Unity

    JULY 2016 | BILL MCKIBBEN

    Some years back when our three children were still living at home, my wife and I made plans to drive with another family from our home in Seattle, Washington, to our church’s Midwest camp meeting. The five of us and the five of them loaded into a fifteen-passenger van and...

  • Just Do Your Part

    Just Do Your Part

    APRIL 2016 | PETER SLETMOE

    Recently the question came to me, If I could go back to when I was a brand new Christian and speak a word of encouragement to my newly saved self, what would I say? I concluded that I would probably say the same thing my youth pastor said to me...

  • Petitioning Providence

    Petitioning Providence

    APRIL 2016 | ED HABRE

    Recently a series of Bible studies on notable prayers in the Word of God was given by Ed Habre, who is on the ministerial staff at the Apostolic Faith Church in Portland. Following are brief excerpts from those sessions.

    Prayer is a subject that is woven throughout the Bible,...

  • The Faith

    The Faith

    APRIL 2016 | DARREL LEE

    Jude wrote to Early Church believers, “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints” (Jude 1:3). What...

  • Voice Recognition

    Voice Recognition

    APRIL 2016 | EARL PHILLIPS

    Most of us hear many voices in the course of a day. Some we recognize; some we do not. Back when I was young—before video games, television, and air conditioning—the kids in the neighborhood would play on the corner lot until late at night. As the evening progressed and it...