• Sermon Excerpts

    Sermon Excerpts

    NOVEMBER 2020


    Christ in the Quarantine From a sermon by Raju Rayudu, the District Superintendent of Andhra Pradesh State and pastor of the India headquarters church in Kaikavolu.

    When the world went into quarantine because of the COVID-19 pandemic, no doubt the devil was happy to see all our churches closed. He may have...

  • Safe in the Storm

    Safe in the Storm


    Technology is amazing. Satellite imaging, radar, and drones have made it fairly easy to track storms—particularly hurricanes. Not only that, but often meteorologists are able to predict the category of a hurricane and at times, estimate when it will reach landfall. Even though storms continue to cause devastation, this type...

  • Moving Forward in the Faith

    Moving Forward in the Faith


    As the Israelites were preparing to cross the Jordan River into the land of Canaan, they received an encouraging message from God through their leader Joshua: “To morrow the Lord will do wonders among you” (Joshua 3:5). This was the day they had long been waiting for. God had first...

  • Discerning, Accepting, and Obeying God’s Will

    Discerning, Accepting, and Obeying God’s Will


    In 2011, my wife and I went through one of the most difficult times of our life when our young son passed away. He had first become ill in 2006. At that time, we took him to the hospital after one of his lungs collapsed, and while preparing to transfer...

  • A Letter to the Thessalonians

    A Letter to the Thessalonians

    AUGUST 2020

    If the books of the New Testament were arranged according to their dates of composition, the book of 1 Thessalonians would come first. Paul the Apostle wrote the epistle in about A.D. 50 or 51, some twenty years after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, and likely before any of the Gospels...

  • Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times

    Finding Certainty in Uncertain Times

    JULY 2020 | DARREL LEE

    National crisis has been in the headlines and on all of our minds this year. In the Book of Habakkuk, the eighth of the twelve minor prophets, we find the prophet Habakkuk grieved and burdened during a time of national crisis in his nation of Judah. Habakkuk was faithful to...

  • A God-Given Mission

    A God-Given Mission


    After the Resurrection and before Jesus ascended to Heaven, He met with the eleven disciples on a mountain in Galilee and charged them with what is now known as the “Great Commission.” He said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach...

  • Stand Fast

    Stand Fast

    MAY 2020 | DARREL LEE

    The Apostle Paul wrote his epistle to the church at Philippi during his first imprisonment in Rome. During that time of incarceration, no doubt he thought often of the little congregations he had established on his missionary journeys. We sense his affection for the believers in Philippi in his words,...

  • Grace for the Waiting

    Grace for the Waiting


    Waiting is defined as “the action of staying where one is, or delaying action until a particular time or until something else happens.” It is not a passive state, but rather something that requires effort. It is also something all believers must deal with as we walk this Christian pathway.


  • The Apostolic Faith

    The Apostolic Faith

    APRIL 2020

    Daniel 12:3 states, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.” Turning many to righteousness has always been a core purpose of the Apostolic Faith organization.

    From the early days of the...

  • Atonement: The Meaning and Message of the Cross

    Atonement: The Meaning and Message of the Cross


    The atonement of Jesus Christ is a theme that runs throughout the entire Bible—it is at the very heart of God’s redemptive purpose for humanity. In secular usage, the word atonement refers to reparation for a wrong or injury; it is derived from Anglo-Saxon words meaning “making at one.” Atonement...

  • The Weight of Our Words

    The Weight of Our Words


    In his epistle, the Apostle James made the observation that “if any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body” (James 3:2). James was the half-brother of our Lord Jesus, and leader of the Jerusalem church. It must have...

  • Living in Anticipation

    Living in Anticipation


    To inform people of a fact is different than reminding them of a fact. To inform is to provide information not previously known; to remind is to relate information previously known but at risk of being forgotten. We heard an example of the difference in our church service today. If...

  • Sermon Excerpts

    Sermon Excerpts

    DECEMBER 2019


    Faith Sees Victory! From a sermon by Elvido Ortiz, a minister of the Apostolic Faith Church in the Bronx, New York.

    Faith motivates us to seek God, but we have to let our faith carry us into the victory. We need to let faith work.

    Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped...

  • Stepping Up to Maturity

    Stepping Up to Maturity


    As a person who likes to experience new things, I appreciate that in the Gospel we can always find new depths, new heights, and new lessons with the Lord. It is never boring at all. In fact, it can be difficult to keep up! The life of a Christian is...

  • Remove the Obstacles!

    Remove the Obstacles!


    In our world today, we see nation after nation becoming “dechristianized”—removing all Christian influences or characteristics. Many believers around the globe live in fear for their lives due to persecution. Here in the United States, the spiritual framework that has been a hallmark since our country’s founding erodes with every...

  • A Foundation for Finances

    A Foundation for Finances

    OCTOBER 2019

    When you take a couple of dollars from your wallet to pay for a random purchase, do you think about financial stewardship? Does it cross your mind when you pay for groceries? Not likely. But what about when you fill out an application for a student loan or a mortgage?...

  • The Power of Prevailing Prayer

    The Power of Prevailing Prayer


    Prayer is the most intimate form of communication between God and His creation, because it is the heart of man communicating with the heart of God. We need prayer, and not just prayer, but prevailing prayer. It is our lifeline to God.   

    Genesis 32 gives an example of prevailing prayer....

  • Our Conscience Is a Witness

    Our Conscience Is a Witness


    The word conscience refers to moral awareness—it is the aspect of our intellect that reasons, makes decisions, and distinguishes right from wrong. A healthy conscience is a good thing. It directs us to the kind of walk that God wants us to have. We want to be attentive to God who...

  • Have You Heard about Daybreak and Discovery?

    Have You Heard about Daybreak and Discovery?

    AUGUST 2019

    Reading the Bible is different from studying the Bible. When we read the Bible, we go through a portion of text at a natural pace. When we study, we slow down and ponder. We ask questions and search out meanings. We consider the author, context, and background. We are on a quest for...

  • Five Steps to Receiving More from God

    Five Steps to Receiving More from God


    After receiving salvation, it is important to press on, seeking the deeper things of God. This allows one to become grounded in the Gospel and stay in the faith. In the Book of Acts, we read of new converts who were admonished in this way. The account demonstrates the importance...

  • Revival: The Need and the Formula

    Revival: The Need and the Formula


    All born-again believers have experienced revival. The day God forgave our sins, He brought our souls from a state of spiritual death to spiritual life, and that is what revival means—to bring to life. In His very nature, God is a reviver. He alone has the power to bring the...

  • Abraham: Separated, Faithful, Obedient

    Abraham: Separated, Faithful, Obedient

    MAY 2019

    The Bible opens with four great events: Creation, the fall of man in the Garden, the flood of Noah’s day, and the scattering of nations after the tower of Babel. Approximately one thousand years after the days of Noah, a transition occurs in the Book of Genesis, beginning with chapter...

  • Life Lessons in Arabia

    Life Lessons in Arabia

    MAY 2019 | DARREL LEE

    In the opening comments of Paul’s epistle to the Galatians, the Apostle shared part of his testimony in order to establish that his message and authority were from God. Referencing his manner of living prior to his conversion, he acknowledged that his persecution of the Church had been “beyond measure.”...

  • Head Knowledge or Heart Knowledge?

    Head Knowledge or Heart Knowledge?


    Do you know Jesus? If you answered yes, do you really know Him or do you just know about Him? There is a great difference between actually knowing a person and just knowing about them. For example, if I asked the congregation at camp meeting, “Do you know my wife?”...

  • Christian Fellowship

    Christian Fellowship


    In the dictionary, fellowship is defined as “friendly association, friendly relationships, comradeships.” In the New Testament, the word fellowship is a translation of the Greek word koinonia, meaning “having in common, sharing together, participation, partnership.” Fellowship is about experiencing some degree of communion with others, and it can occur in...

  • The Lord’s Supper: A Sacred Observance

    The Lord’s Supper: A Sacred Observance

    MARCH 2019

    Commemorations are an important part of our lives. We all have dates on our personal calendars when we celebrate milestone events—birthdays, anniversaries, and the like. As citizens of the United States, we also observe national days of remembrance such as Veteran’s Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day.

    For the followers of...

  • How to Thrive in Babylon

    How to Thrive in Babylon


    Young people in school districts around the United States typically begin a new school year about the first week of September. While this may be exciting for some, others may find that starting a different program in an unfamiliar setting is challenging or even overwhelming! The Word of God provides...

  • 100% Faithful

    100% Faithful


    The Book of Lamentations was written by the prophet Jeremiah in about 586 B.C. following an eighteen-month siege of Jerusalem by King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. During the siege, both the city and Solomon’s Temple were destroyed. God had warned the Israelites in advance through prophets like Jeremiah that this would...

  • Keep Running

    Keep Running


    All of us are on a journey through life—a journey that Hebrews 12:1 refers to as “the race that is set before us.” With the start of a new calendar year, we are in effect looking ahead to a new year in this race. We cannot tell where our journey...