• On Fire for God

    On Fire for God

    JANUARY 2016 | RYAN AND IUDITA TROTTER

    This article was adapted from the curriculum written by Ryan and Iudita Trotter for the 2015 Northwest Youth Camp. If you do a Google search on “how to start a fire,” you will find that the process is actually very straightforward. First you need an ignition source to create the fire...

  • The Path of the Just

    The Path of the Just

    JANUARY 2016 | DARREL LEE

    The Book of Proverbs is a collection of wise statements which are examples of the practicality of God’s Word. In this book, and indeed, throughout the Bible, two contrasting life paths are depicted: the path of the just and the way of the wicked. In Proverbs 4:18-19 we read, “But...

  • 2015 Camp Meeting Sermon Excerpts

    2015 Camp Meeting Sermon Excerpts

    OCTOBER 2015

    How Do I Look?  Recently my wife, Stella, and I were shopping in one of the superstores in Manchester, United Kingdom, when a gigantic mirror caught my eye. From far away, I could read the inscription that said, “How do I look?” The mirror was there so an individual could try...

  • Experience True Freedom

    Experience True Freedom

    OCTOBER 2015 | DARREL LEE

    What does freedom look like to you? The word freedom means different things to different people. Those of us who live in the United States of America celebrate freedom on July 4, looking back to that date in 1776, when the founding fathers of our country declared the thirteen colonies...

  • Grace and Truth: A Critical Balance

    Grace and Truth: A Critical Balance

    OCTOBER 2015 | MIKE FRIESEN

    In the first chapter of the Gospel of John, the apostle pointed out a contrast between the Law of Moses and what is provided for us through Jesus Christ: “For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ” (John 1:17). This verse alludes to...

  • “By Love, Serve One Another”

    “By Love, Serve One Another”

    JULY 2015 | MARJORIE REID

    We would probably all agree that we like to be served. That is one reason we like going to restaurants—there we do not have to wait on others or even ourselves, but someone else will serve us. And when we go, we prefer careful and attentive service. We like waiters...

  • Choose the Way of Integrity

    Choose the Way of Integrity

    JULY 2015 | DARREL LEE

    The Epistle of James was written to “the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad,” the Early Church which had been dispersed by persecution. Those in authority were intent on destroying the Christian believers and their message, but in this letter James instructed the embattled followers of Christ to “count it...

  • Communication

    Communication

    JULY 2015 | PIERRE HANCOCK

    Communication is more than just speaking; it involves listening as well. By making an effort to listen while communicating, we can benefit in almost every aspect of life. It can make all the difference in our personal relationships, work environments, and most importantly in our spiritual lives.

    God has gone to...

  • Three Aspects of Holy Living

    Three Aspects of Holy Living

    JULY 2015 | KENT THOMPSON

    A wholly sanctified person is one who has been consecrated or set apart to serve God and is cleansed from his sin nature. Though the cleansing work of sanctification is accomplished in an instant, spiritual growth should continue throughout a Christian’s life. There are many aspects to this maturing process....

  • Contend for the Faith

    Contend for the Faith

    APRIL 2015 | DARREL LEE

    The Book of Jude is a short epistle packed with a good deal of instruction, primarily warning Christians to be on guard against false teachers and those who would corrupt the faith. Jude noted that some people of his day had already been led away into error, and he was...

  • Lessons from the Day of Atonement

    Lessons from the Day of Atonement

    APRIL 2015 | TONY BOYCE

    Here in the city of Portland, Oregon, Yom Kippur 2014 began at 6:47 p.m. on Friday, October 3. Yom Kippur means “Day of Atonement” and the Bible says it falls on the tenth day of the Jewish month Tirish—October 4 on our calendar. According to Jewish custom, a day does...

  • Reverence for the House of God

    Reverence for the House of God

    APRIL 2015 | ANDY CHASTEEN

    God has chosen and set apart a holy place where He meets with His people. In 2 Chronicles 7:15-16, we read, “Mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified this house, that my...

  • While You Wait . . .

    While You Wait . . .

    APRIL 2015 | PETER SLETMOE

    Lamentations 3:25 says, “The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.” That’s a pretty simple verse. When we hear this promise we might think, “Great, I’ll wait for God and He will be good to me. This is going to be awesome!”...

  • Liberated from Carnality

    Liberated from Carnality

    JANUARY 2015 | DARREL LEE

    If I were to take my pen and toss it into the air, would it keep going up? No, there is a force at work, and my pen is no match for the gravitational pull of the planet beneath it. No matter how much effort I put into my throw...

  • Start Today

    Start Today

    JANUARY 2015 | JOHN BAROS

    The word “begin” means to start, to set in motion. There was a point in my life when I chose to begin something very personal—a diet and exercise program, with the goal of losing weight and becoming more physically fit. I have a real sweet tooth, and a special love...

  • Validated Faith

    Validated Faith

    JANUARY 2015 | MICHAEL ANTHONY

    Currency is a form of money circulated as a medium of exchange for goods and services; it is the means used to obtain what we need. In the United Kingdom, the currency is the pound sterling. In Japan, it is the yen. In France, it is the French franc. In...

  • 2014 Camp Meeting Sermon Excerpts

    2014 Camp Meeting Sermon Excerpts

    OCTOBER 2014

    Inside or Outside?  Have you ever missed a flight or train by just a few minutes? We can be near a door or gate to some place but not be inside. “In” is inside, and “out” is outside, and there is nothing in between. Recently my wife, Stella, and I were...

  • Design Your Life Around God’s Word

    Design Your Life Around God’s Word

    OCTOBER 2014 | JACK CHASTEEN

    If you were to ask someone to come into your home and redesign a room for you, often the designer would begin by looking around the space and asking you, “What is important to you in this room? What would you like to be the central element of the new...

  • God’s Prescription for the Sick and Afflicted

    God’s Prescription for the Sick and Afflicted

    OCTOBER 2014 | DARREL LEE

    From the fall of man until now, people have looked for ways to be healthier and live longer. In grade school, I remember studying the Spanish explorer Ponce de Leon, who wanted to find the mythical Fountain of Youth. He was not successful. In fact, he died eight years later—at...

  • A Decided Purpose

    A Decided Purpose

    JULY 2014 | JOHN MUSGRAVE

    In 606 BC, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon went up against Jerusalem and laid siege to the city. A year later, he carried away the finest of what Jerusalem had to offer, including some of the young princes and noblemen. Among those taken captive were Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They...

  • Don't Say

    Don't Say "I Can't"

    JULY 2014 | GARY RILER

    Our six-year-old is normally quite adept at putting together Lego sets. Last night, however, he ran into trouble while trying to assemble a new project, and he got very upset. Instead of asking for help, he just yelled in frustration that he couldn’t do it. I told him I would...

  • "Follow Me"

    JULY 2014 | BOB BISHOP

    Jesus met four men by the seashore and spoke just a very few words to them, but those words forever changed the course of their lives.

    In Matthew 4:18-22 we read, “And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a...

  • Ready for the Rapture

    Ready for the Rapture

    JULY 2014 | DARREL LEE

    Recently our weather in Portland has changed from mostly cloudy and rain to partly cloudy with some sunshine. As we look up in the sky to assess the weather, it often comes to mind that one of these days, the Lord will part the clouds and come back to earth....

  • She Did What She Could

    She Did What She Could

    JULY 2014 | LINDA SPINAS

    Bethany is an interesting place that is mentioned in the Bible. It is only two miles from Jerusalem, located on the southeast side of the Mount of Olives. Most of Jesus’ ministry took place in northern Israel, but He often stopped in Bethany during His trips to Jerusalem for holy...

  • A Surprising Source of Strength

    A Surprising Source of Strength

    APRIL 2014 | DARREL LEE

    Typically, we do not view weakness in a positive light. However, the Apostle Paul did. In his second letter to the church at Corinth, he made this thought-provoking statement: “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am...

  • Are You Headed the Right Direction?

    Are You Headed the Right Direction?

    APRIL 2014 | BILL MCKIBBEN

    Are we going backward or forward in our spiritual lives? The direction we are headed is vitally important.

    In Jeremiah 7:21-24, the Prophet Jeremiah warned the Children of Israel that they were not walking in the way God had commanded. He told them, “Thus saith the Lord of hosts,...I spake not...

  • Stack Those Stones!

    Stack Those Stones!

    APRIL 2014 | HOWARD WILSON

    A while back, I was trying to locate some maps that my wife and I had brought with us when we moved into our current home. As I went through box after box looking for them, it was like looking at an archeological dig of my life. One box had...

  • 7 Ways to Cultivate Spiritual Hunger

    7 Ways to Cultivate Spiritual Hunger

    JANUARY 2014 | MARK STALLER

    In Matthew 5:6 Jesus said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” It is noteworthy that Jesus said those who hunger and thirst will be blessed. We do not always think of hunger and thirst as a blessing, do we? I teach...

  • Faith that Counts

    Faith that Counts

    JANUARY 2014 | DARREL LEE

    In the opening chapters of the Apostle Paul’s epistle to the Romans, the doctrine of justification by faith is explained. Paul was writing to a primarily Jewish audience, teaching that justification came by faith rather than by the works of the Law. In Romans 4:3 we read Paul’s statement about...

  • Giving All to God

    Giving All to God

    JANUARY 2014 | CHARLES SCHLEICHER

    What comes to your mind when you hear the word consecration? Perhaps you think “letting God take control” or “giving yourself to God.” You might define it as “to surrender” or “to dedicate.” Those are good explanations. However, when you hear about the need to consecrate or dedicate yourself to...