• Straightened Out

    Straightened Out

    DECEMBER 2017 | JOHN FRIESEN

    Both my mother and father had grown up with religious backgrounds, but God led them to the light of true salvation through the Apostolic Faith Church. He convicted them of their sins and saved them, so I grew up in a godly home.

    My mother was a real prayer warrior. There...

  • Second Wind

    Second Wind

    OCTOBER 2017 | FORREST DAMRON

    It is a good feeling to get your second wind, to feel that your strength is renewed as that of the eagles, so you can continue in the fight of faith. The Prophet Isaiah had that thought in mind when he said: “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew...

  • Hewed to Fit

    Hewed to Fit

    AUGUST 2017 | RENE CASSELL

    Imagine a cedar tree standing in the forests of Lebanon, tall and beautiful. A bird flies by and, seeing the cedar tree, makes its nest there. A squirrel climbs the trunk and sits on a branch to nibble a nut. A weary traveler sits down, puts his back against the...

  • Assignment: India

    Assignment: India

    JULY 2017 | TILLIE NELSON

    My first night in India as a missionary, I was told, “Pay no attention to the lizards on the ceiling, but be sure to shake your slippers in the morning before you put them on; scorpions like to crawl into slippers to keep cool. Also, be sure to tuck the...

  • This Is Love!

    This Is Love!

    JUNE 2017 | LOYCE CARVER

    The love of God. . . . We should remember it, talk about it, live in it, and appreciate it! John 3:16 reveals the very essence of the message of God's love: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him...

  • A Seafaring Man Finds Salvation

    A Seafaring Man Finds Salvation

    APRIL 2017 | GEORGE MARTIN

    My grandparents were immigrants from Ireland, fishermen who settled on a small island in Lake Michigan. There my parents raised me in a good home, where I was the youngest of eleven children. Although we went to church, we did not have a Bible in our house. Neither my mother...

  • "I Found a New Life!"

    MARCH 2017 | OLLIE TALLEY

    For forty-eight years I lived without any understanding of what it meant to be a Christian. When I was a child, my mother told me that God knew everything I was doing, so I thought I just needed to be careful and do the best I could.

    I can look back...

  • God Stepped on the Scene

    God Stepped on the Scene

    FEBRUARY 2017 | DON WOLFE

    As young parents, my wife and I enjoyed God’s blessings. We had two little girls, and then our first son, Gary, was born. Of course, we were elated at his birth. However, soon after bringing him home from the hospital, we realized that something was seriously wrong. His bodily functions...

  • Precisely Timed

    Precisely Timed

    DECEMBER 2016 | ROY FRYMIRE

    Some time ago, I visited a clock shop in Leavenworth, Washington, which featured grandfather clocks. On the wall, a sign said that they would deliver a grandfather clock anywhere within a one-hundred-mile radius of Leavenworth, set it up, and make sure that it ran accurately. A couple of customers were...

  • Turning Point

    Turning Point

    NOVEMBER 2016 | ONA MAE WORTHINGTON

    As a child, I loved the Lord and the Bible. When I was first learning to read, I would lie on the floor with the Bible open in front of me, and sound out the words. I thank God for that early love in my heart, because it was the...

  • Over Nine Decades of Blessings

    Over Nine Decades of Blessings

    OCTOBER 2016 | PAULINE MARTIN

    God has been so good to me. Truly I love Him with all my soul and with all that is within me. He has healed me so many times. I wish I could tell it the way I believe and know it.

    I was born in Arkansas in 1910 to parents...

  • Shackles of Unbelief . . . Broken!

    Shackles of Unbelief . . . Broken!

    JULY 2016 | ANNIE GISELMAN

    As a child, I grew up without God and without hope, but how I thank Him for the day He transformed my life from darkness into the light of this glorious Gospel!

    My father was a Catholic, and I was taught the catechism and loved to hear the stories about Jesus,...

  • Found the Right Way to Live

    Found the Right Way to Live

    APRIL 2016 | EVERETT BROOKS

    My heart is full of praise to God for this mighty salvation, because I am sure that I would not be alive today if the Lord had not saved me.

    In 1924, I was the first child born to my parents. I was raised in a Christian home on the family...

  • More than “Dive-Bomber Religion”

    More than “Dive-Bomber Religion”

    JANUARY 2016 | DICK TAYLOR

    God has blessed my life. As a young child, I attended church and Sunday school with my mother. At night, Dad would lock the door and kneel on one knee to ask the Lord to keep our family safe through the night. My parents loved each other, and they loved...

  • Joy in Serving Jesus

    Joy in Serving Jesus

    OCTOBER 2015 | SALLY DAMRON

    How I thank the Lord for His goodness and mercy to my soul. It seems as if He has been especially good to me. Many blessings have accrued in my life since infancy.

    When I was a toddler, my parents pulled up stakes in Kansas and came west in search of...

  • Spared!

    Spared!

    JULY 2015 | IVON WILSON

    As I awoke that beautiful July morning, the thought raced through my mind that I would take my boat out for a sail after work and have an enjoyable evening on the river. Little did I know, that very night I would narrowly escape death.

    A short time later, with lunch...

  • A Cross-Country Quest

    A Cross-Country Quest

    APRIL 2015 | ELMER LUKA

    What a privilege it is to be a Bible Christian, washed in the Blood of Jesus, and be counted among the redeemed of the Lord! This wonderful Gospel lifted me out of sin when I was a defeated young man on a downward way.

    Our family, which included eight children, lived...

  • Delivered from Religious Confusion

    Delivered from Religious Confusion

    JANUARY 2015 | MAUD SMITH

    When the Lord delivered my soul from sin and discouragement, He also took the crooked doctrine out of my heart. I had been schooled in a false religion from earliest childhood. My father kept Sunday as a day of rest, but did not believe in Hell. He also embraced the...

  • An S.O.S. to God

    An S.O.S. to God

    OCTOBER 2014 | ANDREW HAGGREN

    I was four years old in 1906 when our family came from Finland and settled in the small seaport town of Astoria, Oregon. Three years later, my father came home and said he had heard an Apostolic Faith street meeting, and he believed they were people of God.

    I was brought...

  • God Straightened Me Out!

    God Straightened Me Out!

    JULY 2014 | FRED OWEN

    How I praise God for the Gospel, and for what He has done for me. I am a witness that the Lord can save a man and give him something that will make him live clean, honorable, and upright. He can also sober up a drunkard, straighten him out, and...

  • “Jesus Rescued My Hell-Deserving Soul”

    “Jesus Rescued My Hell-Deserving Soul”

    APRIL 2014 | JAMES PARR

    Thank God for the old-time religion. I am glad His arm is outstretched to save the “whosoever will” and that one dark December night many years ago, He reached out to me.

    My life had been spent in sin, burning the candle at both ends and sewing my wild oats. The...

  • The Heart of the Matter

    The Heart of the Matter

    JANUARY 2014 | FORREST DAMRON

    Just last night, I noticed an article in the Oregon Journal about presidents. It went through and named them one by one, identified their opponents, and listed some physical characteristics of each. It seems that in the majority of cases, the tallest man won. The article went on to say...

  • Forgiveness at Last

    Forgiveness at Last

    OCTOBER 2013 | AUDREY HINKLE

    Before I reached my teens, my mother made it clear to me for the first time that if I would live right and obey the Bible, I would go to Heaven. If not, I would go to Hell for all eternity. I remember so well how I purposed in my...

  • A Happy Winner

    A Happy Winner

    JULY 2013 | FRANK SHIRK

    How I thank God that while He was calling sinners, He remembered me. He was faithful to my heart to open my eyes to see there were better things in life than what sin had to offer. For years I couldn’t see it, and I spurned God’s love. I had...

  • A New Way of Life

    A New Way of Life

    APRIL 2013 | PAUL STRUHAR

    Over forty years ago, when I was a young man twenty-two years of age, I arrived in Portland, Oregon. Sin had robbed me of everything; my health and everything good in my life was gone.

    My father had been a drunkard, so I grew up in the slums of one of...

  • God Has Never Failed Us

    God Has Never Failed Us

    JANUARY 2013 | ALICE SNYDER

    It was 1935 and the Great Depression was felt in all our land. My husband and I were the parents of two little girls, who at this time were six and eight years old. For the past five years we had operated a concession stand in a golf course clubhouse....

  • Our Hands in God's Hand

    Our Hands in God's Hand

    OCTOBER 2012 | SCOTTY AND PHOEBE ROSS

    Scotty Ross tells his story: Being raised by divorced parents and hearing nothing of the Gospel in either home, I grew up in ignorance of what God can do. I lived with my mother for a couple of years and then with my father. In my mother’s home I learned about...

  • A Life that Belonged to God

    A Life that Belonged to God

    JULY 2012 | ODD BRUVOLL

    The Apostolic Faith work in Norway celebrated its centennial anniversary in April of this year. In honor of that event, we are republishing the testimony of Odd Bruvoll, one of the veterans of the work in that country.

    Growing up, I had the privilege to live in a Christian home with...

  • Conversion in the Midst of Crisis

    Conversion in the Midst of Crisis

    APRIL 2012 | CLYDE PENN

    I am thankful to God that I can give a testimony of what the Lord has done in my life. I was raised in a home where the name of the Lord was mentioned often. My mother was a Christian but my father was not. My mother prayed with us...

  • The Trial of Our Faith

    The Trial of Our Faith

    APRIL 2012 | FLORENCE CRAWFORD

    Florence Crawford had a burning desire to spread the Gospel—a flame that was ignited in her heart when she received the baptism of the Holy Spirit during the Azusa Revival of April, 1906, in Los Angeles, California. In commemoration of that event, we are republishing one of her sermons, which...