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[2 Apr 2010 | 2 Comments | 592 views]
Who Killed Jane Doe?

Name changed to protect the family of a dear friend.
My heart is so heavy right now. Ashamed. Disappointed. Reflective. Did I mention ashamed?
Jane Doe came into my life nearly 13 years ago. My younger brother brought her to a church revival service, and the youth group I pastored took her in with warm acceptance. A heavy-set girl, barely 20 years old, newly married. Very beautiful. A laughter that cracked the atmosphere and made joy rain down on those around her. Jane was so moved during one of our revival services …

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[19 Mar 2010 | No Comment | 891 views]
Are You Too Comfortable For God?

By Johnathan Pagan
God wants to bless us. Better job. Better cars. Higher salaries. Make us happy. Give us comforts in life we never had before. He is such a wonderful God. Right?
Have you ever stopped to think that maybe God’s definition of blessed and ours is not congruent?
Have you ever thought about how the supernatural move of God took place n the Word in the lives of Biblical characters whose life examples leave us with horrible occurrences?
If Abraham was a friend of God then why did God make him leave …

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[21 Jan 2010 | One Comment | 1,016 views]
There Comes a Time

Ecclesiastes 9:11 (Solomon writes, ) I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Given the many details that a presidential inaugural committee must cope with, mistakes are inevitable. So it was that …

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[12 Dec 2009 | No Comment | 913 views]
A Lifestyle of Obedience

Saul had a problem. In 1 Samuel 15, he bypasses the guidelines of God for sacrifice, and because Samuel had not yet arrived in his distress, he offered the sacrifice himself. When Samuel arrives, Saul receives correction and warning from the prophet. Because Saul bypassed the statutes and guidelines of God in disobedience and took upon himself to sacrifice to God in Samuel’s stead, the prophet delivered the following chastisement, “Hath the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, …

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[17 Nov 2009 | One Comment | 501 views]
The Thrill Of The Climb

Now, I don’t want to brag, but there is very little I’m afraid of. Seriously. In fact, I would more accurately describe myself as “nearly fearless with a healthy tint of caution”. From bungee jumping to rock-climbing, anything that speeds and anything tall (the taller the better), I seek the thrill of flirting with danger. But I’m at least sensible about it! Well… usually.
I remember a canoeing trip some years back when some friends and I grew amazed at both the depth of the water we had just paddled into, …

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[12 Aug 2009 | One Comment | 513 views]
Late To The Party

When will we, as churches, get fed up with continually chasing after the latest societal fads, trends and fashions. There is merit in a good presentation and reputation, but it ought to stir us to action when the church… the earthly vehicle Christ instituted to reach a lost humanity… is in a popularity contest with the world!
We want to be green, but green isn’t cool anymore… we showed up late to the party, and wasted our time and evangelism opportunities trying to get there.
We want to be politically active, but …

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[3 Aug 2009 | 5 Comments | 2,472 views]
Restoration After Moral Failure?

Is there disregard within ministry for the high calling of holiness, purity, righteousness and blamelessness that is demanded of God in scripture? Something is wrong when a leader brings a reproach on the Church with immoral, deviant behavior, and these men slip into obscurity only long enough for publicity of their moral failure to die down and they step right back in to the role they vacated.
At this year’s UPCI General Conference, 2009 a resolution is being presented which seeks to establish a path for the restoration of these fallen …

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[23 Jul 2009 | 2 Comments | 414 views]
Are You Drifting?

Two young men were fishing one day near their hometown. Being so focused on their goal of catching fish, they didn’t realize their boat had drifted so close to the dam’s rushing water until they were too close to turn back.
Caught by the current, their boat was swept over the dam into the crashing water below where the forceful flow of water pulled the young men under. They never came to the surface. It took days of searching before they found one body, and days later the other was located.
Though …

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[25 Jun 2009 | One Comment | 530 views]
A Brickhouse Incinerator

I was conversing with a friend recently, discussing the issue of preachers among us walking away from holiness and Apostolic doctrine. He made the statement, “Their ‘revelation’ today is building a prison that their children will inhabit tomorrow.”
This statement brought to mind a sobering story heard recently.
Pastor Doug White, from Silsbee, Texas was approached by a father/son team in his church about a ‘job opportunity’ that was presented to them. The Dad is a foreman on large construction jobs, and he was given a proposal to manage a large project …

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[10 Jun 2009 | No Comment | 385 views]
Navigating Change

Recently Rodney Shaw, who is an accomplished author, editor and leader within the Apostolic Pentecostal movement, made the following statement regarding “change”…
I wanted to challenge both the establishment and the up-and-comers in a responsible, respectful way. Change is here, and if we don’t realize it, we will shrivel into nothing. On the other hand, there is an appropriate way to engage change. Our core theology is right. We cannot abandon our core because our methods and church culture are perceived to be stale. We need to understand where we came …