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Not in Word Only

Publication:Pastoral Letter, December 2012 Dear Friend in Christ: I believe God has a purpose beyond the obvious and we are called to His purpose, not our own. I have thought a lot about our brothers and sisters in Christ who labor in extremely difficult situations and who often demonstrate a more pure faith than found [...]

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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 how God works to deliver [...]

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The Womb of the Word

Publication: Pastoral Letter, October 2011 Dear Friend in Christ: In my previous letter to you, I wrote about “Before We Proceed” from Isaiah 55. We looked at God’s offer of abundance if we seek Him; He promised to pour out His Word like rain and give “seed to the to the sower and bread to [...]

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The Unshakeable Kingdom

Publication: Pastoral Letter, July 2011 Dear Friend in Christ: I pray all is well with you thus far this summer! This is the third and final letter in the series “Foundations for the Future”. Previously, I have written to you about God’s Covenants and the Glorious Church. This month, we will look together at His [...]

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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 upon? What holds us steadfast [...]

Walk on Water

Publication: Pastoral Letter, September 2010 Dear Friend in Christ: Life is not always smooth sailing. What do we do then? How do we handle adversity that is beyond our control? There is an old song that says, "When the storms of life are raging, stand by me." There are many kinds of storms, and in [...]

By |September 1st, 2010|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 [...]

Rebuilding the Bridge

Publication: Pastoral Letter, February 2010 Dear Friend in Christ: The generational bridge, the one between my generation and those who are now in their teens and twenties, has suffered serious damage. Consequently, eternal truth, principles, and absolutes have been passed on with great difficulty, or not at all. The bridge has been damaged from numerous [...]

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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

Signs

Publication: Pastoral Letter, December 2008 Dear Friend in Christ: Recently a train the in the Los Angeles area missed a signal; people were killed. Tragedies occur when signs are missed. This Christmas we will celebrate history’s greatest and most illuminated sign, yet millions will miss it, and many will lose their lives. It happens every [...]

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