Four Decades of Church of God Missionary Commitment

In 1975, Ron and Kathy Countryman sold their home and farm in Illinois and headed west. They responded to the call of God to minister to the Native Americans near the Yellowstone River in Montana. First and foremost, they realized they were going to need unending patience in this venture of evangelizing.

Finding Grace in Your Season of Transition

This week my wife and I packed our belongings and made the biggest move of our lives. After living in the Orlando area for 24 years we pulled up our roots and relocated to Georgia. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done because I’m a sentimental guy who gets very attached to people and places. Yet I found extra grace for this transition because I knew I was following the Holy Spirit’s leading.

How This Classic Prayer Connects Jews and Gentiles

When Jesus taught His disciples the Our Father prayer, how did He intend for them to use it? When should we pray the Our Father, and how should we pray it?

Minister Explores Faith and the 2016 Campaign

The latest book from award-winning author Brian Kaylor, a Baptist minister with a Ph.D. in political communication, explores issues of religion and politics in the 2016 presidential campaign. In ‘Vote Your Conscience: Party Must Not Trump Principles,’ Kaylor proposes Christians focus on the inherent politics of the Kingdom over partisan political agendas. Find the book here.

Plan Now for 2017 FOCUS Children’s Ministries Leadership Conference

“This Is Our Time” is the theme of the 23nd annual FOCUS Church of God Children’s Ministries Leadership Training Conference to be held March 2-4, 2017 at the Marriott Hotel in Knoxville, Tennessee.

McClung to Address Pentecostal World Conference in Brazil

Dr. Grant McClung, president of Missions Resource Group, is scheduled as a plenary speaker to the World Missions Leaders Forum during the 24th Pentecostal World Conference, scheduled to convene in Sao Paulo, Brazil from September 7 – 10. The international conference, meeting triennially since 1947, will convene under the interdenominational umbrella of the Pentecostal World Fellowship (PWF).

Group Launches Program to Address Abortion in the Church

Care Net, a nonprofit ministry that supports one of the nation’s largest network of pregnancy centers, has launched Making Life Disciples, a curriculum that will equip churches to minister to women and men considering abortion.

Pure Flix Hosts Movement in Conjunction with New Film

In conjunction with the Oct. 21 release of the inspiring true story, “I’m Not Ashamed,” Pure Flix Alliance and thousands of ministries across the nation are joining forces in outreach and service through the I AM HOPE movement.

Update: Louisiana Residents, Churches Still in Deep Recovery

Church of God families and churches in Louisiana are in the depths of recovery efforts following torrential rains that have affected tens of thousands and caused multiplied millions of dollars in damages.

Novel-like New Testament Created for Teens Who Don’t Read the Bible

Group Publishing will release Pierced: The New Testament, a fresh approach to Scripture-reading for teenagers and young adults, on September 1, 2016.

Sonbranch Music Releases Music of Healing

Sonbranch Music is pleased to announce the worldwide digital release of Restored on iTunes, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Google Play, and other fine digital retailers. The ten songs of Restored are a contemplative journey of prayer and invitation for God’s presence, a cry from the heart for healing and wholeness, the reassurance of God’s love, and a bold proclamation to live life for Christ no matter what.

Why God’s Timing for Your Ministry Is Always Perfect

How do you know when it is time to pull that infamous plug?

How do you know when it is time to fully enter in to a new project?

How do you know when it is time take a rest?

How do you know when it is time to declare a resounding and enthusiastic, “Yes!” to a new opportunity?

How do you know when it is time to press the pause button on well-laid plans and hoped-for dreams?

How do you know when it is time?

So often, as leaders in the body of Christ, we anxiously search for the will of God and strongly desire to walk in His specific destiny for our individual lives. What a magnificent search that is … to discover the will of God!

Seminary Launches Fall Semester

Cleveland, Tenn.—The Pentecostal Theological Seminary (PTS) held its first day of classes for the fall 2016 semester on Thursday, August 25.

Media Distort Religion Survey

Bill Donohue comments on the results of a new Pew Research Center survey on religion:

New Book: What it Really Means to be a Christian in Today’s World

Caridad Rivera’s new book, THE LIFE OF A CHRISTIAN, ($12.99, paperback, 9781498425049; $6.99, e-book, 9781498425056) is for everyone looking to know more about the Christian lifestyle. She encourages all readers to have a closer walk with the Lord and to see that being a Christian is much more than just sitting on a bench and listening to a sermon. This book is ideal for a new Christian serving God for the first time or a practicing Christian who may be struggling with their beliefs. She answers many important questions including: What are the struggles Christians may face? How can one live a life pleasing unto God in the mist of adversities? Is it really necessary to pray? Whose job is it to prepare the Christian for the coming of Christ? Why is it necessary for Christians to have the Fruit of the Spirit? Anyone who has ever contemplated these or other Christian-related questions is encouraged to read this book.

WCC Expresses Solidarity as Italy Suffers Natural Disaster

In a letter issued on 25 August, addressed to Rev. Luca Negro, president of the Federation of Protestant Churches in Italy, World Congress of Churches (WCC) general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit offered “heartfelt condolences to the people who lost family members and friends.” The letter follows the massive earthquake that hit central Italy in the morning hours of 24 August, taking hundreds of lives.

Youth and Discipleship Recognizes Leaders of Distinction

Recently, at the Church of God International General Assembly in Nashville, Tennessee, Youth and Discipleship honored three outstanding couples who concluded their appointments as state directors of Youth and Discipleship. The newly-elected leaders of Y&D, David Blair and Rob Bailey, department staff and state directors from around the USA and other countries gathered to bid farewell to Gary Lewis, who concluded his four years as the International Director, as well as honor several couples whose ministries were moving in a new direction.

Breaking Free from the Spirit of Inferiority

I grew up in the South, where football is a religion. Every boy I knew dreamed of becoming a star quarterback. When my relatives gathered for meals, the conversation usually revolved around whether Auburn would beat Alabama this year.

Evangelistic Festival Makes History in Malawi

Celebrating the culmination of a three-week long nationwide campaign in Malawi (East Africa), thousands of people gathered in the capital city of Lilongwe for an evangelistic gathering of unprecedented magnitude and impact in the country. The campaign—known as Love Malawi—was led by international evangelist Andrew Palau and was the result of more than four years of prayer and planning. In the end, Love Malawi mobilized thousands of Malawian Christians and more than 900 churches to share their faith, serve their communities, and come together in unity around a common vision to see all of Malawi embrace the love of Jesus Christ.

Scientific Research Debunks Propaganda

A new exhaustive scientific study conducted by two Johns Hopkins University scientists reveals that scientific evidence does not support the “born that way” claim regarding homosexuality or the “trapped in the body” so-called transgender claim. Written by Dr. Lawrence S. Mayer and Dr. Paul R. McHugh, this study evaluates data from over 200 peer-reviewed studies regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.

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