• More than Expected

    More than Expected


    Have you ever seen something you had previously heard a great deal about, and found it beyond what you imagined? The Book of 1 Kings describes a time when the Queen of Sheba traveled to visit Israel’s King Solomon, the wisest man in the world. She wanted to see for...

  • Look to Jesus

    Look to Jesus

    JULY 2021 | GARY RILER

    When we look around at the world today and see situations and circumstances that are troubling, it is easy to fall into the trap of trying to figure out a solution. We want to determine what is right and what is wrong, what is true and what is not. We...

  • 6 Foundational Truths of the Christian Worldview

    6 Foundational Truths of the Christian Worldview


    This article was adapted from a Bible study developed by Mark Staller.

    The first chapter of Genesis records that God created our world in six days. The logic of the Genesis account is that in the first three days of the Creation, God made three contrasting realms: on day one, the...

  • Steady and Unshaken

    Steady and Unshaken

    MAY 2021 | DARREL LEE

    For this generation, we live in globally unprecedented times. Along with the COVID-19 pandemic, a range of economic, political, and cultural disruptions came forcibly upon us in the space of a few months’ time. However, while the past year or more has indeed been extraordinary for this generation, it is...

  • Quench Not the Spirit

    Quench Not the Spirit


    In 1 Thessalonians 5:19 we read the instruction, “Quench not the Spirit.” The word quench means to extinguish or put out a fire by using water or some other means. If something has been quenched, there is no more life in it.

    The devil wants the Spirit of God to be...

  • The Baptism of the Holy Ghost

    The Baptism of the Holy Ghost

    MARCH 2021

    The baptism of the Holy Ghost is the experience of the Third Person of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit, coming into a person’s life to give power for God’s service. Thus, a study of this experience must begin with an exploration of the Person and nature of the Holy Spirit.


  • Where Will Your Choices Lead You?

    Where Will Your Choices Lead You?


    Have you ever made a decision that you later regretted? It has been said that we make thousands of decisions or choices each day. That is a lot! Most of these are inconsequential, but there are sure to be some that have lasting impact, good or bad.

    No one wants to...

  • We Can All Live There

    We Can All Live There


    My wife and I have traveled to many places around the world, so she has heard my impressions about various locations a number of times. One that comes to mind is our first trip to Newfoundland, Canada. It took place in the winter, and after our arrival at the airport in...

  • Conquerors Through Christ

    Conquerors Through Christ


    Romans 8:37 declares, “We are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” This is a bold statement because Christians do not always feel like “conquerors.” At times, the trials of life press us and we feel burdened. Perhaps people have oppressed us because we do not look or act...

  • 2020: Looking Back and Looking Ahead

    2020: Looking Back and Looking Ahead


    As we look forward at the beginning of a new year, it is also good to look back over the past year of 2020 and remember how God has helped us.

    In 1 Samuel 7, verses 11 and 12, we read of a time when the Prophet Samuel established a marker...

  • 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...