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Subtle Seduction

Publication:Pastoral Letter, May 2019 Dear Friend in Christ: My purpose in this letter is to strengthen us against deception.  In the story of Creation and the Garden of Eden, Genesis 3:1 tells us, “Now the serpent was more subtle.”  The serpent was the embodiment of Lucifer, God’s arch-enemy and ours, who was beguiling Adam and [...]

Life Breaks Through

Publication:Pastoral Letter,May 2017 Dear Friend in Christ, I am writing this letter during Easter weekend; of course, you are receiving it a few weeks later. But, as I’ve been meditating on Jesus’ Resurrection, I am struck by how timely these truths always will be. The Cross and the Resurrection are profoundly tied together and demonstrate [...]

Beyond the Obvious

Publication: Pastoral Letter, August 2009 Dear Friend in Christ: To follow Jesus, we must see beyond what seems so obvious to our natural eyes. The natural order is passing away and time flies, but eternity stands unchanged by the drifting clouds of circumstance. To successfully run our sometimes challenging race, we must see beyond what [...]

By |August 1st, 2009|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

About Her Life

Publication: Pastoral Letter, April 2008 Dear Friend in Christ: I am writing to ask you to allow me the privilege of telling you about Carolyn, my wife, who passed away February 13, 2008. I realize that my family is not by any means alone in facing disease, difficulty, and death. Each evening Carolyn and I [...]

By |April 1st, 2008|Pastoral Letters, Relationships|0 Comments

New Hope

by Stephen Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Spring 2007 WHEN WINTER MELTS INTO SPRING, IT PAINTS A PROPHETIC PICTURE FOR YOU AND FOR ME Nearly 25 years ago, when I was a young editorial assistant with NEW WINE Magazine, we published an issue entitled “A Hope That Won't Give Up.” The cover featured a lovely flower pushing [...]

By |April 1st, 2007|One-to-One, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments