Critical Thinking

Is Critical Thinking Important Today?

With all the information that is available to us today, we can’t believe something just because it is in writing or because someone on TV or the internet says it is so. Then what are we to do? Many times during Jesus’ ministry here on earth, He asked the question, “What do you think?” Seven […]

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Visionary Leadership

What’s Really Going on in the United States Right Now?

Visionary Leadership in a Global Crisis These are troubling times. As I’m writing, the World Health Organization is reporting over 16,000,000 global cases of COVID-19 and over 650,000 deaths. The Center for Disease Control reports that 4,000,000 of those cases and nearly 150,000 of those deaths are here in the United States. I know several […]

Why Doesn't God Answer My Prayers

Why Doesn’t God Answer My Prayers?

Do you ever wonder why our prayers don’t seem to be answered? Reality is, God answers prayer but we may not like the answer. He may say “yes,” “not now,” or “no.” Why is it that it seems we hear “not now” and “no” more than we like? What is it that hinders our prayers? […]

Is the joy of the Lord your strength

Is the Joy of the Lord Your Strength?

Where is the Joy of the Lord? I feel like I’ve failed my husband because…. I feel like I’ve failed my children because… I feel like I’ve failed my friends because…. Oh, God, I grieve over my past sins, stumblings, and failures, the way I have disappointed You and hurt others in the process. They […]

Life of Christ in lives of disciples

The Life of Christ: a Testimony of Beautiful Lives

The Life of Christ in the Lives of True Disciples Greetings in the name of Jesus, faithful disciples of the Lord. Some of you may wonder why I am always writing positive things, even when times are difficult. First, it is a commandment recorded by the Apostle Paul under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. […]

mission of the church

What is the Mission of the Church?

Does the church have a mission to fulfill in this increasingly chaotic time? Can and should we make a difference in the world today? Yes, yes, and yes! Then what is the mission of the church? 4 purposes that make up the mission of the church: to worship God (John 4:23-24; Rom. 14:11; Rev. 7:10-12) […]

Sabbath rest simplicity

Why Sabbath is Meant to Be Simple

I’ll never forget my family’s first Sabbath gathering back with our church after thirteen weeks of covid-related cancellations. My four daughters could barely contain their excitement. They had dressed and prepared breakfast for themselves before I even crawled out of bed. At their young ages, my daughters have fallen in love with the church and the […]

Is Salvation Free?

Is Salvation Free?

Is salvation free? This was completely unimaginable to the first century AD world. It is in this backdrop that the apostle Paul wrote his letters. He preaches the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the fruit of salvation and a new life for believers. Salvation and the new life in Christ can be confusing […]

Leaders in the COG7

Why Be a Leader in the Church?

When you answer the call to be a leader in your church denomination, you will find your place among others who serve Christ. This article is focused on the denomination of the General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day) or COG7, but the points of the article that focus on serving in your […]

How can we serve our community

How Can Our Church Serve Our Community at this Time?

Eighty-Seven. Ochenta y Siete. Octoginta Septem. Kanawalukumamāhiku. That number is meaningful in my Family. That number keeps growing. It represents the number of days my family has been sheltering in place, selectively going outside, and starting the social distancing of what is the “new normal” in our country. But, there is another number that I […]

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Why Be a Leader in the General Conference?

Why Be a Leader in the General Conference? Read more to find out why. When I first started taking classes through LifeSpring School of Ministry (now Artios Christian College), my main motivation was to learn more about the Bible. After the first semester, I realized that I could be a support to the leaders of […]

General Epistles BIS 104

Learning to Love Those You Serve

John opens his first epistle by defending and establishing the understanding of the humanity of Christ. “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life…” (1 John 1:1). John is making the […]

PAIL

Power, Authority, Influence, and Leadership (PAIL)

Thoughts on Power, Authority, Influence, and Leadership (PAIL) from Chip Hinds. Dear Readers, Peace, joy, love, and hope in Jesus Christ to you is my wish. A thought has been shaping itself in my mind. I would like to share it with you for the honor and glory of God, the blessing of his children, […]

The church and our duty

The Church and Our Duty

The Church and Our Duty As followers of Christ, we are commanded to be holy. Part of living a holy life includes engaging in the spiritual disciplines of Bible reading and study, prayer, fasting, worship, and obedience to God. Another part of living a holy life includes how we treat others. I will explore the […]

Stay Focused

Stay Focused – Don’t Lose Sight of the Goal

Stay Focused – Don’t Lose Sight of the Goal (Borrowed with permission from the Southwest District Superintendent’s Blog) Greetings and peace in the name of Jesus Christ. If the current circumstances are consuming more time and attention than you know you should be giving them, this post is for you. If you want to become […]

I've Got This!!!

“I’ve Got This!!!”

“I’ve Got This!!!”  (Borrowed with permission from the Southwest District Superintendent’s Blog) Said Someone Who Was Clueless But Wait… Are things not going according to Plan? Oh, the treasures we have learned from the 2020 pandemic. Number one among those is to “Focus on Jesus and follow his plan.” Number two among those is, “We […]

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Kristin Gonzalez’s 7 Tips for Working from Home

7 Tips for Working from Home shared by Kristin Gonzalez, Artios Christian College Student Services Advisor: Tip #1 – Designate a workspace Have a designated workspace and make it functional for you. Make your workspace in a location that helps you work more efficiently. I have 4 children, so my office space is right off […]

Leadership in Crisis

Leadership in Crisis

The world is a different place than it was just five months ago.   As I’m writing on the final day of April, there are over 3,000,000 confirmed global cases of COVID-19 and nearly a quarter of a million reported deaths. One-third of those three million cases are in the United States along with over 60,000 […]

4 tips for working from home

Makayla Ross’ 4 Tips for Working from Home

4 Tips for Working from Home shared by Artios Christian College Registrar Makayla Ross: Tip #1 – Set up a Dedicated Workspace Set up a dedicated space for work. This space should be in a location where you can focus and concentrate best. Having your “workspace” be clean and clutter-free will also help your mental […]

the importance of education

The Importance of Education

My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children Hosea 4:6 KJV. This passage is one of the saddest from the Bible. It […]

5 Quick Tips for Working from Home

5 Quick Tips for Working from Home

I don’t currently work at home, but I have at various times over the past ten years as an employee of Artios Christian College. Working from home comes with a host of unique challenges and opportunities. For many people, they’re encountering this unique situation for the first time recently as a result of COVID-19. Here are […]

Working through a Crisis

Working Through a Crisis

Working from home can be something alien to most of us. Adapting to the changes in our routines and lifestyle can be a bit of a shock to us both mentally and physically. As humans, we can adapt to changes as best as we can. After some suggestions from friends and family members, we can […]

Santiago's Tips for Working from Home

Santiago Chavez’s Tips for Working from Home

Working from home (telecommuting) is a wonderful privilege that comes with many benefits and some challenges. I have observed that not every personality type can work from home and that is understandable. As someone who has transitioned into semi-retirement, it is an ideal fit for my circumstances. I offer the following tips for working from home […]

Kurt's Tips for Working from Home

Kurt Lang’s Tips for Working from Home

Since this pandemic finds many of us working from home, Artios thought you might enjoy Kurt’s Tips for Working from Home to either help you in your work-from-home efforts or to give you some comic relief. Kurt’s Tips for Working from Home I. a. Set aside some regular hours each day that you can commit […]

Becoming a Great Leader

Becoming a Great Leader – an Overnight Success

When you consider your leadership, do you think of it as a vocation, a science, a skill anyone can acquire or as something that some just happen to be gifted to do, and others without that special gifting have no hope of attaining? Neither picture is truly accurate. It is like being a theologian. One […]

Fixed-hour prayer

Why I’m Embracing Fixed-Hour Prayer

At 9:00 am each morning, my children and I drop what we are doing, gather in the living room, and drop to our knees to “pray like Daniel prayed.” My husband joins us when we drop again in the evening, as the six of us anchor our hope in Christ as a family. It hasn’t […]

Holy Bible

Find Your Calling and Engage It! Partner with Artios!

Are you looking for a ministry to partner with? Do you desire a deeper insight into who God is? Is your prayer life not what you think it ought to be? Find Your Calling Consider enrolling in one of Artios Christian College’s programs! Artios has a program for every Christ-follower – the full-time pastor, the […]

Worship singing

What Is Real Worship?

In the life of a Christian, worship is a necessary discipline in developing a relationship with our Maker and Savior. How did I learn about real worship? There were times before taking classes through Artios Christian College (formerly, LifeSpring School of Ministry) when I believed that worship was only what happened at church with the […]

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It’s All About Equipping!

God designed the Church to remain alive and vibrant despite the passing of time and amidst our rapidly changing culture. Here’s how: The British Monarch and the Christian Church have more in common than we often recognize. Both are age-old institutions struggling to survive in a rapidly changing culture; both struggle to retain and empower […]

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Church Administration: From Fluff to Function

Administration. The sight of that word either makes you cringe or giddy with anticipation to get stuff done. Me? I cringe a little. Over the past few years I have begun to realize that “church” is not just a place where people come to meet once or twice a week and then go home. It […]

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Moving From Success to Significance: A Compelling Strategy for Maximizing Life’s Second Half

When I turned 50 I took time off to read a book which had been on my reading list for some time. The book is titled Halftime: Moving from Success to Significance, by Bob Buford. It connects that transition period during a ballgame with that point in a person’s life when a new game plan […]

Team of Leaders

Why Your Church Needs a Team of Leaders

  Dry Rot was a destitute place. The people there were hungry. All that hunger led to stealing. And stealing led to suspicion, and suspicion led to…well, you get the picture. But outside of Dry Rot, there were hundreds of acres of farmland. One day, the man who had inherited the land passed through the […]

You Need a Coach

To say that coaching is trending these days would be an understatement. Once exclusively related to sports, this term is associated with just about every profession imaginable. Why this rapid growth of the coaching industry? Why this rapid growth of the coaching industry? Theories abound, including the impact of TV shows such as Oprah and […]