• Prayer in a Tight Spot

    Prayer in a Tight Spot

    SEPTEMBER 2017 | CLARK WOLFE

    When something works for me, it seems that information needs to be shared so others can take advantage of it. By far the most important and best thing that has ever happened to me was experiencing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Nothing else has even come close and I love...

  • The Golden Rule and Other Marriage Advice from God's Word

    The Golden Rule and Other Marriage Advice from God's Word

    AUGUST 2017 | JODIE HINKLE

    As a child, I was taught the Golden Rule, which is to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Growing up, I didn’t know where this saying originated, but considered it to be good relationship advice. After becoming a Christian at age twenty-three, I started reading...

  • Victory in Loss

    Victory in Loss

    JULY 2017 | SENGUE EPIE MARTHA

    My heart is grateful to the Almighty God for making me part of this glorious Gospel. I am one of the many fortunate children who were born and raised in it. My family was part of the Apostolic Faith Church in Cameroon, and my parents did not relent in their...

  • From a Rebellious Teen to a Pastor’s Wife

    From a Rebellious Teen to a Pastor’s Wife

    MAY 2017 | SYLVIA PHILLIPS

    What a joy it is to know that Jesus loves me! Throughout my life, I’ve had opportunities to prove His love over and over again.

    I grew up in a large family of seven girls and four boys. Before my birth, my parents had come to Dallas, Oregon, from Canada with...

  • Jesus Opened the Way

    Jesus Opened the Way

    MAY 2017 | CATEY HINKLE

    A few years ago, I visited the country of Israel. One interesting aspect of the trip was seeing Orthodox Jews who live by the teachings of the Old Testament but totally disregard the New Testament. In a sense, they gave a glimpse of what Old Testament times were like, which...

  • Step by Step Guidance

    Step by Step Guidance

    MAY 2017 | ALEX WILSON

    Having the privilege to grow up being taught the Gospel is truly wonderful, but what is even better is to be born into it through the experience of salvation, which no amount of godly heritage can ever provide. This is something every sinner must receive for himself, regardless of his...

  • He Made My Life Beautiful

    He Made My Life Beautiful

    APRIL 2017 | TAMI GASTON

    At the age of twenty I was married and working in accounting, which I did for many years with different companies. My husband and I had no children and did not want any. My focus was my career and becoming successful, and I always told myself that kids would just...

  • A Place of Peace

    A Place of Peace

    MARCH 2017 | LARRY AND KAYE MONTGOMERY

    Kaye's Story:

    It was back in 1974, in a little church in Fort Smith, Arkansas, when Jesus transformed my life. I was a miserable young mother at the time, having failed to find the happiness I longed for in life.

    I was not born into a Christian home. My parents divorced a...

  • A Troubled Teen Transformed

    A Troubled Teen Transformed

    MARCH 2017 | JAY LARRECHEA

    My parents divorced when I was very young, and I grew up without a father. My mother worked to support my sister and me, so she couldn’t always keep an eye on what we were doing.

    At a very early age—ten years old—I began smoking cigarettes, which I stole from my...

  • Standing Together

    Standing Together

    FEBRUARY 2017 | TOM PRICSKETT

    The amazing old-growth trees in the forests along the northern coast of California literally took my breath away. I had never seen redwood trees before, except maybe in an encyclopedia. Craning my neck to peer toward the tree tops, I quickly realized that angle could not be maintained for very...

  • I've Got It!

    I've Got It!

    DECEMBER 2016 | NOLAN ROBY

    Tracing my “roots” back to 1907, my mother’s parents came to Ellis Island, New York, from Italy, eventually settling in the little coal-mining town of Centerville, Iowa. My mother was raised in a denomination where she was not introduced to the Christian faith and salvation from sin. My father’s family...

  • Playing Her Part

    Playing Her Part

    NOVEMBER 2016 | KRISTI RILER

    It was my privilege to be born into a Christian home. My mom was raised in the Apostolic Faith Church, where my grandfather was a pastor. She loved the Lord as a child and was saved at a young age. My dad’s mother also loved God and raised my dad...

  • Just Ask

    Just Ask

    NOVEMBER 2016 | DAVE GREEN

    “Just ask.” That sounds simple, doesn’t it? Recently, a couple of incidents—an email exchange and a remarkable statistic—prompted me to reflect on this common phrase and some spiritual applications from God’s Word.

    As a building contractor, I periodically am involved in dealing with local bureaucracies to secure permits for construction projects....

  • Will It Meet with God's Approval?

    Will It Meet with God's Approval?

    OCTOBER 2016 | KAREN BARRETT

    Recently my husband and I made the decision to have a small house, officially designated by the City of Portland as an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), built next to our rental property. We asked the designer who had drawn up the plans for our current home to come up with...

  • You Are My Peace

    You Are My Peace

    OCTOBER 2016 | MARJORIE REID

    God is the Rock of my salvation, and He has shown Himself strong on my behalf for many years. Jesus found me in July of 1958 when I was five years old. I was not looking for Him, but He was looking for me.

    My parents were not Christians at the...

  • Surrendered to God's Call

    Surrendered to God's Call

    OCTOBER 2016 | EDET BASSEY

    Born in Ika Oku Iboku, Nigeria, I grew up attending church regularly. In my teenage years, while away at school, I attended another church and took part in the services by playing the organ and singing in the choir. None of these things made me a Christian. My heart was...

  • Singing a New Song

    Singing a New Song

    JULY 2016 | ANDY CHASTEEN

    Music—I enjoyed anything related to it. At school, I was in choirs and bands, and during my high school years, I started a rock and roll band. Since it was just for fun at first, it seemed harmless. But it was not a good choice, and that decision was followed...

  • When Storms Assail

    When Storms Assail

    JULY 2016 | CHERYL PAULSEN

    Typhoon “Louise” struck Okinawa, Japan, on October 9, 1945. Even though World War II had ended on September 2, this island had a large United States military presence, including ships in Buckner Bay and airplanes on land. The typhoon brought torrential rain that lasted for twenty hours, and wind that...

  • Won by the Love of a Neighbor

    Won by the Love of a Neighbor

    JULY 2016 | HELEN GADDIS

    Growing up in a small city in Alabama, I had a mother who always attended church and who always took her children to church. My mother’s side of the family were church-going people. In fact, my grandfather was a pastor and bishop. So I loved church. After marrying and moving...

  • A Witness to God's Faithfulness

    A Witness to God's Faithfulness

    APRIL 2016 | RENE CASSELL

    Growing up in the remote fishing village of Hooping Harbor, Newfoundland, made for challenging times, particularly during the winter. There was no transportation other than dog teams, no medical assistance, and a shortage of certain foods. However, our family was blessed to attend a small Apostolic Faith Church, which was...

  • Suddenly Obedient

    Suddenly Obedient

    APRIL 2016 | MARTELL OLALEYE

    Back in the year 1968, I had the wonderful privilege of attending Sunday school in the Apostolic Faith Church. I was just nine years old at the time and had been invited by my cousin, the late Reverend Robert Omaretseye.

    My parents were nominal Christians, and my cousin came to our...

  • Trust God

    Trust God

    APRIL 2016 | JODIE HINKLE

    When my daughter, Catey, was in her second year of college, she made plans to spend four months of her junior year in Mexico as an exchange student. Though I had misgivings about her living so far away from home, there was comfort in knowing I could take my concerns...

  • God Carried Us Through

    God Carried Us Through

    JANUARY 2016 | MARIA GREEN

    Growing up, I went to a church where I was taught to know right from wrong, that Jesus loved me and had died for me, and that we should do our best to do what He wants us to. I’m grateful for that because it helped me have a tender...

  • He Could Not Outrun Fear

    He Could Not Outrun Fear

    JANUARY 2016 | HECTOR PEREZ

    From the time I was about twelve years old, a disturbing thought started to come to me: “If I die, where will I go?” I had no answer for that question. My heart told me that I would go somewhere, but I did not know where, and that overwhelmed me....

  • On Closer Inspection...

    On Closer Inspection...

    OCTOBER 2015 | KAREN BARRETT

    My husband and I live next door to four of our grandchildren. A year or so ago when the oldest two, Barrett and Lily, were at our house visiting, they found a magnifying glass tucked away in my desk drawer. They were curious about what it was, so I took...

  • Proving God's Faithfulness

    Proving God's Faithfulness

    OCTOBER 2015 | OKECHUKWU AND GLORIA ONYEMAOBI

    Okechukwu relates his story: Something spoke to my heart: “Do not be up in front!” and I obeyed. It was Easter Sunday in 1969, during the civil war in Nigeria, and I was with a troop of soldiers ordered to clear Owerri.A few moments later, the soldier in the front of...

  • Step of Faith

    Step of Faith

    OCTOBER 2015 | PIERRE HANCOCK

    As a child, I was sent to Sunday school, and there I learned the song and the message that “Jesus loves me.” At the age of eight, I committed my life to God, and He made a real difference in me. Before that time, I had an awful temper and...

  • Introduced to a New Life

    Introduced to a New Life

    JULY 2015 | CECILIA MORGAN

    As a young child I really wanted to be good, but as hard as I tried, I just couldn’t. My troubles seemed to get worse in my teenage years. When I was almost thirteen years old, we lost our home to foreclosure and became homeless. Our family was broken up...

  • Something Was Missing

    Something Was Missing

    JULY 2015 | LEIDY URENA PICHARDO

    From the time I was a little girl until graduating from high school, I attended Catholic schools. My family was not especially religious, but I was baptized in the Catholic Church and we went to services on Sundays. Growing up, Catholicism was all I knew about God or church.

    My family...

  • What Are You Going to Do?

    What Are You Going to Do?

    JULY 2015 | TRENT PAULSEN

    I was eighteen years old when God said to me, “You have debated this and run from this decision long enough. You have to decide tonight if you are going to continue serving Me or try things on your own. Will you surrender your life to Me tonight?” I had...