Foundations of Faith

Mercy Amid Judgement

Publication:Pastoral Letter, July 2012 Dear Friend in Christ: I am writing to you about a vital principle and paradox: mercy is revealed in judgment. I'll begin with a story that illustrates that principle: The Lord was angry with Israel because they had resorted back to idolatry while He was giving. [...]

The Prophetic Journey

by Charles Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Summer 2012 WHERE ARE WE GOING AND HOW CAN WE HELP EACH OTHER GET THERE? Early in my ministry, I spent a lot of time studying and preaching on prophecy. Lately, I have been called back to the subject by the Holy Spirit. I am. [...]

Who Do You Trust?

Publication: Pastoral Letter, June 2012 Dear Friend in Christ, The most vital issue for us is where will we place our trust? Trust is confident assurance that the object of our confidence will perform as expected ... will always do the right thing. It is believing that our confidence will. [...]

The 300

Publication: Pastoral Letter, April 2012 Dear Friend in Christ: Judges chapters 6-8 tells us the story of Gideon, a story that is very relevant to our lives and how we measure God's requirements for victory. Gideon's story contains numerous lessons for us in our struggles and helps us to understand. [...]

Can These Bones Live?

by Stephen Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Spring 2012 A New Prophetic Wind is Blowing! Have you ever wondered what the apostle Paul meant when he told the Thessalonians, “Do not despise prophecies”? Why would he say such a thing? If the Christians back then were anything like Christians are today—and I. [...]

The Way Out

by Charles Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Spring 2012 ...ESCAPING THE TRAP OF SELF AND LAUNCHING INTO SPIRIT-EMPOWERED MISSION It is a terrible thing to be trapped in a deteriorating situation. On September 11, 2001, many people died because they had no way out of burning buildings. The same thing happened on. [...]

Love and Marriage

by Stephen Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Spring 2012 DON’T BE A BRIDEZILLA OR A GROOMASAURUS! About marriage, the classic song says, “It’s an institute you can’t disparage!” And yet, the institution of marriage at large, and numerous individual marriages, are indeed under tremendous attack today. Marriage is often mocked as untenable,. [...]

Something About Ruth

Publication: Pastoral Letter, March 2012 Dear Friend in Christ: Cultures are built by virtue and destroyed by vice. So it is with individuals, families, and enterprises. The Bible is the book of virtue; it is about things that are good, beginning with God Himself. Love, truth, justice, honor, compassion, and. [...]

What Is God Saying?

by Stephen Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Autumn 2011 ...How to Find Unshakable Truth in Times of Shaking It is a familiar question to the people that I pastor—whenever we are meeting or discussing issues, I inevitably ask, “What is God saying to you?” I am one of those weirdoes who believes. [...]

Liberty and Justice for All

by Charles Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Autumn 2011 WHAT IS OUR MISSION, AND HOW CAN WE CARRY IT FAR BEYOND THE CHURCH WALLS? Jesus Christ is the Lord of all nations, and He has a purpose for “every kindred and every tribe”. I am grateful for the heritage that I have-. [...]

The Glorious Church

Publication: Pastoral Letter, June 2011 Dear Friend in Christ: Previously, I have written to you about God’s covenant faithfulness. This month, I want to look at “The Glorious Church”, and next month’s Pastoral Letter will address the unshakable Kingdom. These three letters comprise the series, “Foundations for the Future”. We. [...]

Foundations for the Future

Publication: Pastoral Letter, May 2011 Dear Friend in Christ: What is it that we have built our lives upon? What are our core values that motivate us regardless of circumstance? Should there be another great harvest, and I believe that there will be, what should new followers of Jesus build. [...]

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