This issue’s freelance writers

Shirley Brosius (“Restored,” p. 8) is the author of Sisterhood of Faith: 365 Life-Changing Stories about Women Who Made a Difference and co-author of Turn Guilt Trips into Joy Rides. She is also a contributor to Proverbs for Busy Women and a speaker. Shirley has also written articles for such magazines as Children’s Ministry, Evangel, […]

Mail Bag response from Doug York

God specializes in meeting people where they are. Perhaps one of the more notable biblical examples is found in Daniel 2 and 7. God gave arguably the same vision of four kingdoms to a pagan king and to a Hebrew prophet. To the pagan king He chose to give a vision of an idol. To […]

Spring Vale Academy

Dear friend, When I was hired as Director of Development I came here basically as an outsider. This was done with a certain degree of intention. The thought was that it might be beneficial to have a fresh pair of unbiased eyes come on board to take an objective look at Spring Vale Academy. Although I […]

Report of Special IMC Sabbath

Zone 4 Asia May 17, 2014   It was a great joy and blessing to be united in the Spirit of fellowship with believers in all CoG7 congregations in India and Myanmar. In Hyderabad, India, Elder Jacob Rao started the special IMC Sabbath service with prayer and reading of Philippians 4:4-7. He then presented a […]

Field Reports

The missionary fills the roles of preacher, teacher, evangelist, and prayer warrior. He travels in adverse conditions, adjusts to culture shock, and gets ill. The greater the adversity, the greater glory Christ receives.   Sierra Leone In a refugee camp, Brian Baker and I found a prostitute with a baby sick of AIDS. Brian prayed […]

The Uncomfortable Word

They ate bugs and said things that could get them killed . . . did get them killed. One came soon before, one soon after. They had average names but did not live average lives. They had embraced a radical Christianity – one that couldn’t care less what the status quo thought of the strange […]

Practice Love

With only two words, she rocked my world. In a sentence I don’t remember, within a presentation I can barely remember, Dr. Brené Brown rocked my world. A handful of Lodi CoG7’s leaders and I were attending last summer’s Global Leadership Summit at a satellite location. In a line that I doubt was even in […]

Most Glorious Idea

God created the church to be eternal. This is a basic Christian conviction: Nothing created lasts forever. Where is ancient Babylon? Persia? The Greeks? The Roman Empire? Other great civilizations? History testifies that impressive things of the past are now only ruins, and those of the present shall be also. All earthly things are coming […]

Church Is Family

Jesus had some difficult things to say about family. When He was so pressed by the crowds that He and His disciples could not find time even to eat, Jesus’ mother and siblings came to His rescue. But Jesus didn’t accept their reprieve as expected. Instead He asked, “‘Who are my mother and my brothers?’ […]

Number One Purpose

What is the number one responsibility of the church? Is it to have a one-, two-, or eight-hour service on the Sabbath once a week? Is it for small group or youth group programs? Is it to entertain or uphold the traditions of the previous generation? Is it to be a Band-Aid for broken lives? […]