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One In Christ

Publication:Pastoral Letter, June 2019 Dear Friend in Christ: Recently, I had the privilege of receiving communion with a friend from another denomination. I’ve known him, his love and service for Jesus, and for me, for many years. It was the first time that he and I had shared communion. It was special as we celebrated [...]

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 [...]

From Trials to Triumph

Publication:Pastoral Letter, March 2018 Dear Friends, I love the Word of God for so many reasons but primarily because I believe it is the Word of God and therefore it is true. It doesn’t gloss over the “nasty stuff” or deny us the great stuff. It gives us amazing promises, warns of serious trials, and [...]

Drawn From The Water

Publication: Pastoral Letter, April 2016 Dear Friends, Late one cold and icy evening, a woman was driving home with her baby daughter strapped in her car seat. For some reason, the woman missed a bridge and the car tumbled down a slope into the shallow, frigid stream below. The mother was killed. It was 14 [...]

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

Freedom is Not Free

Publication: Pastor Letter, July 2013 Dear Friend in Christ, This month recalls America's independence as a nation. We remember July 4, 1776, as a special day in our history; it reminds us that our forefathers valued liberty and justice above their very lives and treasure. The value of anything is the price that is willingly [...]

By |July 1st, 2013|Pastoral Letters, Worldview & Culture|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

Hearts and Treasures

Publication: Pastoral Letter, December 2009 Dear Friend in Christ: In the course of your life, you will help many people. Some of them will use you for their own purpose and leave you when it suits them. Others will thank you from their hearts and be faithful to your interest and not just their own. [...]

By |December 1st, 2009|Pastoral Letters, Worship & Prayer|0 Comments

The Power of Perspective

Publication: Pastoral Letter, November 2007 Dear Friend in Christ: You may or may not need this letter today, but keep it handy! All of us will be tested at some point in life, and how you view the test will make all the difference. Perspective may cause you to react and destroy your best possibilities. [...]

By |November 1st, 2007|Foundations of Faith, Pastoral Letters|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