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It Is Written

Publication:Pastoral Letter, February 2019 Dear Friend in Christ: In these beginning weeks of 2019, the Lord has reminded me of the power of His Word. We hear a lot today about “Fake News”, and there certainly is a lot of that coming at us non-stop from so many different directions. However, my focus is on [...]

Who Is at the Door?

Publication:Pastoral Letter, September 2014 Dear Friend in Christ: We like to know who is knocking or ringing the doorbell before we open it. That is certainly true now in most neighborhoods. Caution has all but eliminated door to door sales. Nevertheless there remains One who stands at the door and knocks (see Revelation 3:19-20). In [...]

By |September 1st, 2014|Foundations of Faith, Pastoral Letters|0 Comments

The Good Fight

Publication: Pastoral Letter, October 2013 Dear Friend in Christ: The Apostle Paul told his disciple Timothy to fight the good fight; to wage warfare according to the prophecies previously made concerning him (see 1 Timothy 1:18). The apostle knew about battles, even after the prophetic word had been given. In fact, battles (“the good fight”) [...]

By |October 1st, 2013|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Warfare|0 Comments

The Balaam Strategy Then and Now

Publication: Pastoral Letter, October 2012 Dear Friend in Christ: My purpose in this letter is to help us comprehend the enemy's method of short-circuiting our relationship to God and His purpose in our lives, and help us to regain or maintain focus. To understand this principle, I will examine the story of Balaam, a false [...]

By |October 1st, 2012|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Warfare|0 Comments

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 not be violated by someone [...]

By |June 1st, 2012|Foundations of Faith, Pastoral Letters|0 Comments

Reality Therapy!

Publication:Pastoral Letter, February 2012 Dear Friend in Christ: The Biggest Loser is a NBC reality show that features very overweight men and women who are interviewed and, if qualified, enter a rigorous fitness and weight-loss program. They go to a ranch and are trained by professionals who confront them with reality, exercise, diet, and how [...]

By |February 1st, 2012|Pastoral Letters, Worldview & Culture|0 Comments

Discerning the Word of God

Publication:Pastoral Letter, December 2011 Dear Friend in Christ: I recently read about a hunter who was hunting at night and fell into a deep hole; it took several days for him to get out. Meanwhile friends and family thought he was dead. Many people have walked out into the darkness and have fallen into some [...]

By |December 1st, 2011|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Warfare|0 Comments

When Dumb Dogs Do Not Bark

Publication: Pastoral Letter, August 2011 Dear Friend in Christ, This month's letter has an unusual title, but I believe the topic is very relevant and timely for us to consider: How is it that evil strikes unsuspecting people when there are those appointed to guard their safety? That is the issue that Isaiah addresses in [...]

By |August 1st, 2011|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

The Mercy of Truth

by Stephen Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Summer 2010 ...IT STILL MATTERS TO ME "Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. For certain men have [...]

Struggling with the Truth

Publication: Pastoral Letter, June 2010 Dear Friend in Christ: If you do not have to struggle with it, it probably isn’t the truth. The truth is a friend who will both confront and conquer us, if we love it more than ourselves. Pontius Pilate asked “What is Truth?” as Jesus was on trial. But Jesus [...]

By |June 1st, 2010|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Warfare|0 Comments