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One Gave Thanks

Publication:Pastoral Letter, October 2020 Dear Friend in Christ, In 1986, our friend Don Moen recorded a beautiful song that was released by Integrity’s Hosanna Music entitled, “Give Thanks.” That song has been heard and appreciated by millions of people worldwide. King David wrote in Psalm 100, “I will enter His gates with thanksgiving.” Is thanksgiving [...]

Prophesying in the Camp

Publication: Pastoral letter, July 2014 Dear Friend in Christ: Hebrews 13:7 tells us to remember those who spoke the Word of God to us and follow their faith and conduct. What does it mean to speak the Word of God to someone and how can it affect them? One vivid example comes to us in [...]

By |July 1st, 2014|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Warfare|0 Comments

Joy Comes in the Morning

Publication: Pastoral Letter, May 2014 Dear Friend in Christ, It is no newsflash to say that in our world and in our churches, we are in a difficult time in history. Therefore, it is essential that we encourage ourselves and one another in the Lord as David did (see 1 Samuel 30). That passage references [...]

By |May 1st, 2014|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

In a Time of Trouble

Publication:Pastoral Letter, November 2013 Dear Friend in Christ, No one wants trouble, but it is often the instrument that brings us to truth and the rediscovery our foundations. That was the case with King David in Scripture, and was the case with me in late 1970. Late 1970 was a time of transition for me [...]

By |November 1st, 2013|Foundations of Faith, Pastoral Letters|0 Comments

Lifting Leaders’ Hands

Publication: Pastoral Letter,April 2011 Dear Friend in Christ: A few weeks ago I had the privilege of installing a new pastor, Scott Lloyd, at the Worship Center in Jonesboro, Arkansas. The following week, I was honored to join in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Larry Grainger as Senior Pastor at Abundant Life Church in Mt. [...]

By |April 1st, 2011|Leadership, Pastoral Letters|0 Comments

The Power of Revelation

Publication: Pastoral Letter, August 2010 Dear Friend in Christ: I recently had a conversation with a noted professor who said, “Every pastor that I know is discouraged.” I also know discouraged leaders, but I want to address the answer, which is relevant to all of us. Twice in 2 Corinthians 4, Paul says “Do not [...]

By |August 1st, 2010|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

The Way—When There is no Way

Publication: Pastoral Letter, October 2009 Dear Friend in Christ: When we cannot see the way ahead, there is The Way. So it was with the disciples in John chapters 14-16. Jesus had told them of unthinkable events that lay ahead, including His own Crucifixion, burial, and Resurrection. Added to that was His warning that they [...]

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

Breakthrough!

Publication: Pastoral Letter, September 2009 Dear Friend in Christ: As I write to you this month, the phrase that strikes me is, “Blow a trumpet in Zion” (Joel 2:1). God is calling us to awaken His people to the severity of the spiritual battle that faces us - a battle for the spiritual, physical, mental, [...]

By |September 1st, 2009|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Warfare|0 Comments

The Power of Your Testimony

by Stephen Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Autumn 2009 REMEMBER GOD’S GRACE, GIVE THANKS, AND TELL SOMEBODY ABOUT IT Back in the olden days, also known as "my childhood," I was very fond of the song, "Count Your Blessings." The opening verse says: When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed, When you are discouraged, thinking all [...]

By |September 1st, 2009|Foundations of Faith, One-to-One|0 Comments

The Return of the Turtle

by Stephen Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Winter 2009 WHY ENCOURAGEMENT IS CONTAGIOUS I love getting presents, especially surprise presents at surprise times. So imagine my joy on a recent January Sunday when I received a box wrapped festively with an accompanying message that my sermons had been encouraging to one of our church members. She wanted [...]

By |January 1st, 2009|One-to-One, Relationships|0 Comments