• 2013 Camp Meeting Sermon Excerpts

    2013 Camp Meeting Sermon Excerpts

    OCTOBER 2013

    Bound Together  Isaiah 40:31 says, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” The phrase translated “wait upon” means to be bound together by twisting. When...

  • A Timeless Message

    A Timeless Message

    OCTOBER 2013 | DARREL LEE

    Is the Gospel message relevant in today’s society? Does it pertain to our era?

    In 1 Corinthians 9, Paul the Apostle taught that the Gospel message is relevant, no matter the culture or conditions one lives in. Whether Jew or Gentile, servant or master, weak or strong, loyal to the Law...

  • Unity in the Church

    Unity in the Church

    OCTOBER 2013 | BOB BISHOP

    While Jesus was in the Upper Room with His disciples, just hours before His Crucifixion, He prayed this beautiful prayer: “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me,...

  • A Prayer for the Church

    A Prayer for the Church

    JULY 2013 | ED HABRE

    The Book of Ephesians contains two prayers. The first prayer appears in chapter one and is offered by the Apostle Paul for the Ephesian church. It is an expression of his heart’s feeling toward them. The second prayer is found in chapter three, and takes on a broader scope. We...

  • Considering Value

    Considering Value

    JULY 2013 | SEIS AND LORI ARECHY

    Cars, college, clothes, food, fun, housing, health...a list of important aspects of life could go on and on. Have you ever considered what these items are worth? What is their value to you personally? The answer cannot always be calculated in dollars and cents, so how can we evaluate true...

  • Keys to a Fret-Free Life

    Keys to a Fret-Free Life

    JULY 2013 | DARREL LEE

    Since 1992, in the United States the month of April has been designated as Stress Awareness Month. During this annual thirty-day period, health care professionals across the country attempt to increase public awareness of the fact that people have stress. I am not sure that it takes a month for...

  • Step Out Onto New Territory

    Step Out Onto New Territory

    JULY 2013 | CHRIS HEWLITT

    The Book of Joshua opens with the Children of Israel encamped along the banks of the Jordan River at the border of Canaan. After forty years of sojourning in the wilderness, the Israelites were about to head into new territory: they were going to cross over into the land that...

  • It's Possible

    It's Possible

    APRIL 2013 | ERIK CALHOUN

    Recently I came across an article posted on the New Scientist website which listed ten “impossibilities” that were ultimately conquered by science.1 As I read through the list, I was reminded of the verse in the Book of Daniel which says that in...

  • Modesty is God's Design

    Modesty is God's Design

    APRIL 2013 | DARREL LEE

    The Word of God emphasizes the importance of sound doctrine (Biblical teaching). The Apostle Paul warned Timothy that the time would come when audiences would not endure that type of teaching. Rather, people would search for instructors who would offer them something pleasant to their ears, even though it would...

  • Where Is Your Spiritual Focus?

    Where Is Your Spiritual Focus?

    APRIL 2013 | HOWARD WILSON

    Do you ever have trouble locating something that is right in front of you? Sometimes I have that problem when I am searching for a particular item in the pantry at our house. My wife, Gale, will assure me that the can of soup I am looking for is there....

  • Christian Giving

    Christian Giving

    JANUARY 2013 | BILL MCKIBBEN

    In the banking industry, there is a saying that the most sensitive nerve people have is connected to their wallets. Nearly everyone has a need for and therefore some interest in money. As Christians, it is important that we honor God in every area of our lives, including our finances.

    When...

  • Salvation

    Salvation

    JANUARY 2013 | DARREL LEE

    Sunday morning sermons at the headquarters church in Portland, Oregon, have recently featured some key doctrines taught in the Word of God. This sermon is the first in that series.

    Two subjects in the Word of God that I love to hear about are Bible doctrine and salvation. Bible doctrines are...

  • The Power of a Personal Testimony

    The Power of a Personal Testimony

    JANUARY 2013 | JOHN MUSGRAVE

    A personal testimony is a powerful tool. In a court of law, arguments based on material evidence and motive can have an impact, but often it is a personal testimony that has the greatest influence on a judge or jury.

    Several years ago I was called for jury duty, and was...

  • 2012 Camp Meeting Sermon Excerpts

    2012 Camp Meeting Sermon Excerpts

    OCTOBER 2012

    A Notable Day  All of us have had notable days in our lives, and most of those days involved some planning. Recently in the United Kingdom, great plans and preparations were made for the diamond jubilee celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. There were thousands of street parties and motor...

  • Approaching God

    Approaching God

    OCTOBER 2012 | DARREL LEE

    It is important to consider how we are to approach God if we want Him to meet with us at this camp meeting. We find instruction regarding this as we look at how Israel was commanded to come before God.

    At Mount Sinai, the Lord gave Moses the commandment concerning a...

  • Are You Going Nowhere?

    Are You Going Nowhere?

    OCTOBER 2012 | MICHAEL ANTHONY

    In the Virgin Islands where I live, there is a sign emblazoned on the wall at the station where we go to pay our telephone bill. It says, “If the path you are on has no obstacles, it probably leads nowhere.” There are some things you see in life that...

  • An Unbeatable Advantage

    An Unbeatable Advantage

    JULY 2012 | TOM PRICSKETT

    In business and educational fields, we often hear the word “advantage” used. An advantage is defined as “any state, circumstance, opportunity, or means especially favorable to success or a desired end; a benefit, gain, or profit; a position of superiority or ascendancy.” Most people enjoy having an advantage.

    Some of us...

  • Come Hungry!

    Come Hungry!

    JULY 2012 | EARL PHILLIPS

    Have you ever sat down to eat dinner when you were not hungry? Nothing looks good. You push the food around on your plate, and maybe nibble just a bite here and there. Perhaps the problem is that you did something to curb your appetite. Maybe you ate a candy...

  • Sudden and Unexpected

    Sudden and Unexpected

    JULY 2012 | DARREL LEE

    How many of us woke up today and thought, This could be the day the Lord comes back to earth? God’s Word lets us know that His return will be sudden. Are we watching for His coming? Are we guarding against becoming so caught up in our lives here that...

  • Running the Good Race

    Running the Good Race

    APRIL 2012 | DARREL LEE

    Paul the Apostle knew that succeeding in the Gospel would require discipline and self-sacrifice, and he frequently communicated this truth to the Early Church in his epistles. In the Book of 1 Corinthians, he did so by referring to a scene familiar to his readers—the ancient Grecian footraces, where athletes...

  • The Ultimate Destination

    The Ultimate Destination

    APRIL 2012 | JOHN MUSGRAVE

    A leading travel agency advertises that “happiness is planning your next vacation.” If the Lord tarries, my wife, Rodica, and I will celebrate our twenty-fifth wedding anniversary this coming May, and it has been a lot of fun discussing destination options to commemorate that event.

    There are many considerations to evaluate...

  • It's All Yours, Lord!

    It's All Yours, Lord!

    JANUARY 2012 | HOWARD WILSON

    Serving God always costs something. Consecration carries a price tag. We promised God everything the day we received salvation, but as we go through life, we discover that God asks for consecrations and sacrifices from us that will cost even more.

    In 2 Samuel 24, we read of an offering King...

  • The Ultimate Search and Rescue

    The Ultimate Search and Rescue

    JANUARY 2012 | DARREL LEE

    When we hear on the news that a child is missing, most of us immediately imagine what tremendous anxiety the parents must be experiencing. I recall a time several years ago when two young boys from our church wandered away while their parents were packing up to head home after...

  • Trusting God's Master Plan

    Trusting God's Master Plan

    JANUARY 2012 | LEROY TONNING

    On a recent trip to the United States, my wife and I visited the city of Washington, D.C. Before we left our home in Norway, I read a little bit about its history. In the early 1800s, the authorities there felt the need for a city master plan. An urban...