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First Love

Publication: Pastoral Letter, February 2013 Dear Friend in Christ: This month, I am writing to you on behalf of my father, Charles Simpson. My heart is to give a brief word that I believe will be relevant and encouraging to you, and to share some important news. I want you to know how much we [...]

By |February 1st, 2013|Pastoral Letters, Worship & Prayer|0 Comments

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 [...]

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

The Valley of Decision

Publication: Pastoral Letter, September 2012 Dear Friend in Christ: It is decision time; no, not political decisions, but spiritual decisions. It is a time of decision not only for the lost non-believer, but for the Church - those who call themselves Christians. And what is our decision about? It is to decide our relationship to [...]

By |September 1st, 2012|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

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 law to Moses on [...]

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

Hearing Signals

Publication: Pastoral Letter, January 2011 Dear Friend in Christ: Happy New Year! I was recently in West Virginia visiting with friends, Jim Legg and Stewart Farley; we were talking about spiritual issues. Stewart spoke about how God was speaking to him about listening, and it struck home with me. I also need to hear much [...]

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

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

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 [...]

By |February 1st, 2010|Foundations of Faith, Pastoral Letters|0 Comments

The Master’s Model

by Charles Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Winter 2010 HOW APPLYING THE PATTERN OF JESUS’ LIFE BRINGS NEW LIFE TO AND THROUGH YOU In times of uncertainty and transition, people are looking for hope and direction. Churches often look around for models of church growth and effectiveness. The true model should be a personal model followed by [...]

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

Waiting Passive or Patient?

Publication: Pastoral Letter, July 2009 Dear Friend in Christ: Many people across the world are praying for revival, and some are experiencing it. For those of us who are waiting, I want to address the subject of how we wait. Is patience the same as passivity? Certainly not. God is patient, but He is absolutely [...]

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