• April 2021 Viewpoint

    April 2021 Viewpoint


    One hundred fifteen years ago, on April 18, 1906, a devastating earthquake violently shook the San Francisco Bay area and caused significant damage along the entire California coastline. It remains one of the most damaging earthquakes in history. Nine days earlier and four hundred miles south, the power of the...

  • January 2021 Viewpoint

    January 2021 Viewpoint


    Riding as a passenger in a small van around Nigeria in early 2002 was an adventure. From Abuja we drove north to Jos and back again. Another trek took us from Port Harcourt to Aba to Ikot Enwang and finally to Lagos. During our hours-long road trips, I was comfortably...

  • October 2020 Viewpoint

    October 2020 Viewpoint


    The testimonies of Nick Segres Jr., and his wife, Sharron, remind me that my brother Gary and Brother Nick’s father were very good friends. You will read that Nick Sr. died in 1995 at just forty-nine years of age. Gary also died relatively young. It is most striking that before...

  • July 2020 Viewpoint

    July 2020 Viewpoint

    JUNE 2020 | DARREL LEE

    Sunday, June 28, will mark one hundred years since Florence Crawford preached the opening sermon at the first camp meeting at our current Duke Street location (read her sermon here). A look back at 1920 history is a reminder that while some things have changed since then, others are strikingly...

  • April 2020 Viewpoint

    April 2020 Viewpoint


    In the 1960s, a Christian mother took her children to Sunday school and church in Roseburg, Oregon. In time, one of those children was saved, and when she became a teen and attended Roseburg High School, she invited my sister to an Apostolic Faith church service. My sister, in turn,...

  • January 2020 Viewpoint

    January 2020 Viewpoint


    Jeong Min Kim is District Superintendent of our churches in South Korea and serves as our Seoul pastor. His sermon excerpt titled “Where Are You?” in the Sermon Excerpts article reminds me of a walk I took while attending the 2006 Seoul camp meeting. A habit of rising early coupled...

  • October 2019 Viewpoint

    October 2019 Viewpoint


    Children and youth who are reared in Christian homes have great advantages, one of which is obtaining a measure of Bible literacy. In contrast, I was Biblically illiterate until age twenty-one! Except for attending a week of Vacation Bible School as a youngster, I was not exposed to the Bible....

  • July 2019 Viewpoint

    July 2019 Viewpoint

    JUNE 2019 | DARREL LEE

    Upon arriving in Lagos, Nigeria, late last October, a message that my dad’s health had taken a sudden turn for the worse awaited me. After communicating with family back home for a number of days, it became apparent that returning earlier than planned was necessary. My travel arrangements were changed...

  • April 2019 Viewpoint

    April 2019 Viewpoint

    MARCH 2019

    Sam Jensen published his autobiography and gave a signed copy to Debbie and me seven years ago, three years before he died. The tone was serious when he wrote of serving God, but fascinating and quite funny when he wrote of life in general. He did not know when he...

  • January 2019 Viewpoint

    January 2019 Viewpoint


    John Baros grew up in the Timis province of Romania, the same area where the Apostolic Faith Church was first launched in that country in 2000. He is the fourth of eleven children born to Christian parents who brought them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Both...

  • October 2018 Viewpoint

    October 2018 Viewpoint


    At the dedication of the new Apostolic Faith world headquarters office on July 4, the eyes of visitors entering the building were quickly drawn to a water fountain that featured our logo. Our logo is part of our brand—part of the distinguishing traits that communicate who we are to others....

  • July 2018 Viewpoint

    July 2018 Viewpoint

    JUNE 2018 | DARREL LEE

    Though I was only twelve years old in 1965, I can still remember some of the landmark events that took place that year. As a baseball fan, I was aware of the nation’s first indoor baseball game, held on April 9 in a 260-acre stadium called the Houston Astrodome. I...

  • April 2018 Viewpoint

    April 2018 Viewpoint


    Reading Mark Worthington’s article, Help for the Hurting, reminds me of what author Steven Estes once wrote, “God permits what He hates to achieve what He loves.”1 God has a purpose in our hurting.

    To declare that we know why God allows and even orchestrates unpleasant or catastrophic events would be...

  • January 2018 Viewpoint

    January 2018 Viewpoint


    The article A Goodly Heritage refers to the grandfather of my wife, Debbie. As a teenager, Chester Brown prayed through to salvation. Not long after he was saved, Grandpa Brown began to serve in the U.S. military. After boot camp, he was deployed to Europe where he fought during World War...

  • October 2017 Viewpoint

    October 2017 Viewpoint


    The message of this magazine is consistent from one issue to the next. Out of curiosity, I looked back one hundred years to the fall of 1917, and noted that The Apostolic Faith magazine used Jude 3 as its motto and featured the same list of Bible doctrines that are...

  • July 2017 Viewpoint

    July 2017 Viewpoint

    JULY 2017 | DARREL LEE

    Reading the testimony of Sylvia Phillips reminds me of my first visit to our Dallas, Oregon, church on Mother’s Day in 1974. Shortly before, I had attended our Roseburg Apostolic Faith church, and the people there told me of the Dallas location, just thirty miles north of the Oregon State University...

  • April 2017 Viewpoint

    April 2017 Viewpoint


    On January 22, 2017, Debbie and I were among those who celebrated the dedication of a new Philippines headquarters church in Bagong Sikat. (You can read more about the dedication service in this news article.) We had arrived from Portland a few days earlier and immediately had been taken on a...

  • January 2017 Viewpoint

    January 2017 Viewpoint


    You may have observed that our flagship publication has a new name. However, it is not new at all. The phrase “apostolic faith” was first used by a man named Charles Parham in the late 1800s.

    Parham was a preacher and evangelist who was devoutly non-denominational, having left the Methodist Church...

  • Standing Fast

    Standing Fast


    When my wife, Debbie, was just seven years old, she sat in a children’s church service in our Medford, Oregon, church. During that service God spoke to her heart through the songs, testimonies, and sermon. Upon realizing His love for her, she gave Him her life, and still looks back...

  • The Sanctity of Life

    The Sanctity of Life

    JULY 2016 | DARREL LEE

    Last month, Debbie and I were blessed to welcome our seventh grandchild, whose imminent arrival is referred to in the article Designed by God. Little George’s birth brought our grandchild census to six grandsons and one granddaughter. As with the first six births, we were prepared to head to the...

  • Unashamed of the Gospel

    Unashamed of the Gospel


    In a recent Portland sermon, the text was taken from Romans 1:16 where Paul declared himself, “not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ.” Writing this column on the anniversary of my March 17, 1974 conversion, the “unashamed” aspect of that message remains on my mind.

    Upon invitation, I entered our Roseburg,...

  • A Promise of Grace

    A Promise of Grace


    At 10:30 p.m. on a Friday night our telephone rang. It was Neil Green, who said, “You had better come.” He and Maria were on their way to the hospital, where their baby daughter, Paige, was soon to be born. Paige had been diagnosed with Trisomy 18, and the doctors...

  • Grace Extended

    Grace Extended


    About thirty years ago, an FBI agent showed up at the office where I was employed to ask questions of me. There was no small talk. He was a tall, stoic man—all business. The questions he asked were for him to learn as much as he could about a young...

  • An Example of Serving

    An Example of Serving

    JULY 2015 | DARREL LEE

    When Ivon Wilson began to be interested in Hazel Frymire, he invited her to go with him for dinner. She turned him down due to a scheduling conflict, explaining that she needed to attend a Gospel workers’ meeting. Brother Ivon recognized that this young lady was putting God first. He...

  • Approaching God

    Approaching God


    Reverence has been a hallmark of Apostolic Faith churches since the founding of our organization. That attitude of honor toward God and His house was apparent to me in 1974 when I first visited our Roseburg, Oregon, church as an unsaved, unchurched twenty-one-year old. I observed that the ministers and...

  • Conquering by Faith

    Conquering by Faith


    In his sermon Validated Faith, Michael Anthony speaks of the necessity of faith from experience. When he was appointed Eastern Caribbean District Superintendent for the Apostolic Faith organization four years ago, he faced a daunting challenge. The half-completed Smith Bay church on the island of St. Thomas had been under...

  • Accepting God’s Plan

    Accepting God’s Plan


    In this issue of Higher Way, you will find the sermon God’s Prescription for the Sick and Afflicted. Have you ever wondered why every ill person who follows the instructions in James 5:13-15 is not healed? For example, further on in this same issue, we read of one individual who...

  • The Results of Prayer

    The Results of Prayer

    JULY 2014 | DARREL LEE

    Pete and Janet DeBusk (read their testimonies) illustrate the value of persevering in prayer for unsaved children. Back in the 1970s, as a new convert in our Dallas, Oregon, church where the two of them had long attended, I volunteered to paint Sunday school tables and benches. When coming or going during...

  • A Calm Hope

    A Calm Hope


    The first time Debbie and I saw Katrina, she had dropped from her two pound, three ounce birth weight to one pound, fourteen ounces. Standing beside her incubator with her parents, Gary and Gaylen Olson (read Gaylen’s story), we saw more cords and monitors than baby—Katrina was so tiny she could...

  • Grace in Crisis

    Grace in Crisis


    Sherry Schuermyer is well known in our Portland congregation for her delicious home-baked cookies. While my wife, Debbie, prefers Sherry’s chocolate chip creations with her glass of milk, my favorites are her peanut butter cookies… or maybe her oatmeal raisin. Well, her snickerdoodles are hard to beat as well! Many...