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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 Light of the World

Publication:Pastoral Letter, December 2013 Dear Friend in Christ, We have a lot to celebrate even in the midst of darkness, or I should say especially in the midst of darkness! I want to celebrate the light that still shines and will shine more and more until the perfect day (see Proverbs 4:18). There is an [...]

By |December 1st, 2013|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Warfare|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 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

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

The Spirit of Prophecy

Publication: Pastoral Letter, November 2011 Dear Friend in Christ: I have been writing to you about the power of the prophetic word. The first two letters were “Before We Proceed” and “The Womb of the Word.” This letter is about the spirit of prophecy. The Holy Spirit testifies to Jesus; this is a profound truth. [...]

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

How to Discern Between Reality and Lies

by Charles Simpson Publication: One-to-One, Autumn 2010 WHEN DOES TWISTING THE TRUTH PRODUCE A LIE? SOMEONE SAID, "A HALF-TRUTH IS A WHOLE LIE, THE ENEMY OF OUR SOUL HATES THE TRUTH, AND FROM THE BEGINNING HAS SOUGHT TO REVISE IT INTO A LIE PALATABLE TO THE NAÏVE. Satan began this process in the very beginning [...]

By |September 1st, 2010|One-to-One, Spiritual Warfare, 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