• 1 Corinthians 5-11

    1 Corinthians 5-11

    MARCH 2017

    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 people were immoral and steeped in idolatry, but...

  • 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"


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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



    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


    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


    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


    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...

  • A Discovery of Great Value

    A Discovery of Great Value


    There is a gem mine in Franklin, North Carolina, that offers a type of treasure hunt. Visitors can pay to sift through a bucket of dirt from the mine and then keep whatever they find. Most of the time the buckets are just full of dirt and rocks, but once...

  • Aligning to God's Plumbline

    Aligning to God's Plumbline


    I have in my possession an instrument called a plumb line. Brick masons and carpenters use this device to make sure the structure or wall they are building is straight. The plumb line has a sharp, weighted pointer at the end. When the weight attached to the plumb line stabilizes,...

  • On Fire for God

    On Fire for God


    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


    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


    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


    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”


    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 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...