Category archives: Articles

  • Now it came to pass that a group existed that called themselves fishermen. There were many fish in the waters all around. In fact, the whole area was surrounded by streams and lakes filled with fish. And the fish were hungry. Week after week, month after month and year after year those that called themselves fishermen met in meetings and talked about their call to fish, the abundance of fish and h... [read more]
  • Once more a remnant of the house of Judah will take root below and bear fruit above. For out of Jerusalem will come a remnant, and out of Mount Zion a band of survivors. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this. 2 Kings 19:30-31   God’s zeal is overwhelming, amazing and inspiring! Truly the Lord’s zeal is an upward call to all of us as we seek to become more like him. In the follow... [read more]
  • Greetings from Los Angeles! Today's Christmas Service was historic and heartwarming as the mantle of leadership of the City of Angels International Christian Church was passed from Elena & me to our dear son and daughter in the faith – Tim & Lianne Kernan! Surely this gallant couple will lead the City of Angels Church to even greater heights! Debs Rajan of Chennai: Greetings! "E... [read more]
  • Kathy and I are fast approaching our 35th wedding anniversary. Recently I pulled out our wedding albums to reminisce on one of the happiest days of my life. The photographs showed two young people filled with excitement and anticipation surrounded by hundreds of well-wishers and supporters. Many years have come and gone since that eventful day. I would like to share with you some basic principles ... [read more]
  • “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20   If you’re reading this, I hope this article encourages you to love God more than ever before. I’m only aiming for you to be strengthened in your faith. As I was writing I realized that God was watching me…even a temptation to drift off came across my mind and I just said to myself “no, God sees what I’m doing... [read more]
  • When the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests in their vestments and with trumpets, and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with cymbals, took their places to praise the Lord, as prescribed by David king of Israel. With praise and thanksgiving they sang to the Lord: "He is good; his love to Israel endures forever." And all the people gave a great shout of praise to the L... [read more]
  • I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him’. Lamentations 3:24 In our day, one would normally think of “portion” in relation to which diet they are on and that using portion control is the secret. Yet in the Scriptures, receiving a portion is far more than reducing or controlling your food intake, it has to do with your relationship with God! The phrase, “The Lord i... [read more]
  • Father, protect them by the power of your name—the name you gave me—so that they may be one as we are one. John 17:11 My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory ... [read more]
  • For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. Romans 15:4 A fulfilled longing is sweet to the soul, literally described by the Bible as “a tree of life”. This is what we long for…a hope fulfilled. Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:... [read more]
  • Greetings from Los Angeles! Our prayers have been answered! Andrew Smellie – the World Sector Leader for Africa – just received a two year, multiple entry visa to Nigeria! Lord willing, Andrew will leave LA for Lagos to "spy out the land" on November 2nd and return November 11th! In this endeavor, he will be nobly assisted by Goodhope Atason, the Mainline Church of Christ preacher that joined G... [read more]
  • Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2   Shame is referred to at least 128 times in the Bible and is dealt with as a ... [read more]
  • In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 1 Samuel 1:10 According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, grief is deep sorrow especially caused by someone’s death. It has physical, cognitive, behavioral, social, and philosophical dimensions. A fuller understanding of the word “grief” can be ascertained from reading the RSV version of the Bible, where “grief” is translated as ... [read more]