Category Archives: Be Bold

The Shelter Celebrates 100 Years of Ministry in India

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By Andrew Lyon

“People hated us because we were orphans. But now people see what we are capable of because of the Shelter. We are the proof of the potential of orphans.”

“Probably I would have continued in my old faith if I had not come to the Shelter.”

“I was here in the 1980s. I’m now living in Delhi as a teacher and am married with two children. The Shelter was instrumental in forming who I am.”

They don’t just disappear. Continue reading

Jamaican Couple Blessed to Be Bold

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Photo: Stanford (left) and Lorna (right) were excited to see Sandi Patty (center), as well as many others from the Church of God at the convention.

By Carl Stagner

For the Bennetts of Kingston, Jamaica, God just proved once again that he is always on time. Though others may have thought it was difficult to get to Oklahoma City for Church of God Convention 2014, they probably didn’t have to cross as many hurdles as this couple. Stanford and Lorna, leaders in the Mt. Charles Church of God in St. Andrew, desperately wanted to join us in Oklahoma City, and just in the nick of time, God provided a way. Continue reading

CHOG Convention 2014: A New Day for the Church of God

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Photo: Jim Lyon prays over the CHOG TraffickLight team at CHOG Convention 2014 in Oklahoma City.

By Carl Stagner

In Isaiah 43:19, the Lord’s message is heard loud and clear: “See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (NLT). What was true for Judah and Jerusalem still rings true for the Church of God today. The same Creator who brought new life to the Israelites generations ago is still making all things new. Church of God Convention 2014 signaled the onset of a new day, and the creation of new life, for the 134-year-old movement. Continue reading

CHOG Convention 2014: Wednesday Wrap-Up, Thursday Thoughts

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Photo: Danny AL-Naser speaks with Jim Lyon in an interview format. Danny shared Wednesday about his amazing conversion from Islam to Christianity.

By Carl Stagner

Guests of the Church of God Convention 2014 were doubly blessed on Wednesday, June 25 as Anne Graham Lotz returned to the pulpit for a second message. From Lotz’s presentation of Revelation 2 to the opportunity for every church to “Change a Life, Change the World” in their own innovative way, Wednesday could be characterized as practical, purposeful, and powerful. Wednesday also included the first business session of the General Assembly, the Heritage Sing-Along, several receptions, the commissioning of missionaries, and a compelling call to evangelism from speaker Dave Stone. Continue reading

CHOG Convention 2014: Tuesday Turns a Page in Our Unfolding Story

Photo: Jim Lyon leads prayer for the new CHOG TraffickLight team, formed to respond to the epidemic of sex trafficking.

Photo: Jim Lyon leads prayer on Tuesday, June 24 for the new CHOG TraffickLight team, formed to respond to the epidemic of sex trafficking.

By Carl Stagner

Better than a cappuccino from the coffee shop at Crossings was a spiritual jolt from God’s Word through Michael Thigpen on Tuesday morning. The second day of the Church of God Convention 2014 began with our movement’s history and rounded out with Revelation. Jesus our Subject transcended all the activities that took place and challenged the Church of God to take up the cause of rescuing children from the epidemic of sex trafficking. Continue reading

CHOG Convention 2014 Opening Day: Refocusing on the Subject

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Photo: Jim Lyon speaks on Monday, June 23, 2014.

By Carl Stagner

“The church isn’t the subject. Our history isn’t the subject. Our traditions aren’t the subject. Our location isn’t the subject. Our name isn’t the subject. Jesus is the subject!” Jim Lyon’s words to the Church of God on Monday were clear: the Church of God must make the proclamation of Jesus through word and deed priority again. From the afternoon town hall meeting to the kickoff service with Sidewalk Prophets, the opening day of the Church of God Convention was full of energy, people, and contagious enthusiasm. Continue reading

Church of God Convention 2014 Begins Today

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By Carl Stagner

Anticipation is high and hearts are open to the leading of the Holy Spirit over the next four days at Crossings Community Church in Oklahoma City. Enthusiasm for #BeBold2014 has continued to rise on Facebook and Twitter over the weekend. Travelers from across the country and around the world are descending on the Sooner State for an event that has promised to usher in an era of fresh vision and hope for the Church of God. Continue reading

Never Underestimate the Power of a Congregation Challenged

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Photo: Pastors and children at Pekin First Church of God praying over the books for Yap.

By Johnny Creasong

When the Pekin First Church of God accepts a challenge, they accept it in a big way. While many congregations support missions, the central Illinois congregation has taken on the support of a missionary on every continent through the Living Link program. Now in its third year of raising funds, the Pekin First Church of God supports Dwayne and Kara Goldman in Australia, Jon and Karen Lambert in Ecuador, Ernie and Lori Nicholas in Kenya, John and Jodie Ackerman in Haiti, and Gary and Gwen Bistritan in Micronesia. Continue reading

Warner University Students Fight Trafficking, Advocate for Needy

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Photo: Warner University social work students who advocated for social change, including legislation to curb human trafficking.

By Doris Gukich

WU Social Work Students Go to Capital

On April 8, Warner University social work majors traveled to Tallahassee, Florida to attend the National Association of Social Workers Legislative Education and Advocacy Day (LEAD) with other social work students and professionals from across the state. Warner University students advocated for groundbreaking legislation in areas such as child welfare and human trafficking. They met with legislators and attended committee meetings where important bills were being proposed. As the morning came to a close, students met with Warner University alumna and board member, Senator Denise Grimsley. The social work majors learned the importance of advocacy and the necessity of representing the voice of the vulnerable and oppressed in our state. Continue reading

Loving Fearlessly: Boldly Caring for Women in Crisis

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Photo: Priscilla’s Lost and Found brings the hope of Jesus Christ to women who might otherwise have little or no hope (stock).

By Arnetta Bailey

It was the summer of 1997, while Arnetta Bailey and her family were still living and worshiping in Indianapolis, that a young man in her church came to her and said, “The Lord told me you would help my mother.”

Arnetta knew the woman (“Donna”). Donna was strung out on drugs, entangled in prostitution, and leaving her children home alone while she walked the streets. Because of the son’s insistence, Arnetta finally gave in. She went looking for Donna and found her. Arnetta made several contacts with Donna. When she prayerfully asked God for guidance, the Lord’s instructions were, “Speak my Word into her life.” So she began to say to Donna, “I see you saved. I see you living for God. I see you delivered from drugs and prostitution. I see you loving and caring for your children. I see you whole.” Continue reading

Warner Pacific Freshmen Boldly Speak Out on Sex Trafficking

By Arthur Kelly and WPC Staff

Bold is…raising your voice to protect women and children from sex trafficking.

A woman spreading a sleeping bag on the cold concrete of an often wet sidewalk. The gaunt face of child, living on the streets, hungry for just about any kind of attention—but eagerly searching for something to fill an empty stomach. The blank stare of a young man or woman, walking the Avenue of Roses, just blocks away from the Warner Pacific campus, hoping to earn enough money from the sad men who buy their bodies so they won’t be beaten another night when they haven’t met their quota. Portland, Oregon, is a beautiful city that is plagued by these three sad faces. Warner Pacific students are boldly offering the hope of Christ. Continue reading

Boldness in Every Season: The Story of Helen Nelson’s Eleventh-Hour Witness

By Becky McCoy

Bold is…leading others to Christ at age 95.

In September 2012, my mother was in the hospital in Indianapolis due to respiratory problems. On a Friday afternoon, her health started deteriorating, and we called in all the family members who were able, to come and see her. Mom also felt that God was getting ready to take her home. She told all of her children and grandchildren who were there just how much she loved them and how she was ready to go be with the Lord. She also asked me to call my brother, Rev. Steve Nelson, who was pastoring in Louisiana. She needed to tell him also how much she loved him and his family. Continue reading

Boldly Loving the Least of These: Church on the Street’s Practical Theology

By Andy Odle

Bold is…radically loving our most vulnerable neighbors.

What if what Jesus says is true? What if in Christ we really are all one? What if Jesus really tore down the dividing walls that separate people? What if the most despised, outcast, and least in the world really are the most honored in the church? What if all of life—companionship, family, work, government—is precipitated by God’s living commandment to love him and our neighbor? In other words, what if we risked believing in reconciliation? Continue reading

Shopping the Aisles of an Indiana Church

By Bryan Hughes

When the congregation of Pendleton Community Church of God arrived for worship, they had no idea that church would actually happen in the grocery store across the street.

“We work really hard to keep church simple,” Trey Oldham, senior pastor stated. “This particular Sunday we took a glimpse of the early church from Acts 2 where those in the church sell their property and possessions to take care of others in need.” Continue reading

Boldly Choosing to Build Life: Two Churches Merge in Illinois

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By Carl Stagner

One church was a beacon of light in the heart of the city. Another church was an assembly of believers on the edge of town. One church was considered white collar, while the other was considered blue collar. One church was used to doing church a certain way; the other had slightly different tastes. Both churches longed for revival, and both churches served the same Lord. So when Jesus is the subject, culture and preferences fade to the background. When Jesus is the subject, two different churches can come together, build life together, and function together as a single body of Christ. Continue reading