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If You’re Thankful

By Carl Stagner

In 1985, Laura Numeroff wrote a book that would become a modern children’s classic. If You Give a Mouse a Cookie soon led to numerous children’s books that filled in the blanks of a variety of “if-then” statements. For example, “if you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to ask for a glass of milk.” I’ve discovered the same theme in my daily life. Continue reading

From the Archives: In the Studio of the Soul

By Elsie Egermeier

Up two flights of steps I climbed one day to visit the cozy studio of my artist friend. There I found him quietly at work. The canvas before him was bare when I arrived, but soon it began to take on the initial appearance of a painting. I watched with impatient interest in the development of the scene. A stroke here, another there (apparently meaningless to me were some of them), here a deep hue, there a light shade, but all the while the painting grew more harmonious. I noted the unhurried progress of my friend. “Why doesn’t he splash on the paint a bit more lively?” I wondered. Continue reading

The Truth When Jesus is the Subject

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By Dave DeVoll

There are any number of places in Scripture one may cite to support the current theme of our Movement—Jesus is the subject! Here are a few:

In John 5:39, Jesus said to the Jewish leaders who wanted to kill him, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.”

Paul explicitly emphasized the centrality of Jesus in his letters. 1 Corinthians 1:23, “…but we preach Christ.” 2 Corinthians 4:5, “For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord.” Galatians 1:16, “I…preach Him [Jesus] among the Gentiles.” Philippians 1:18, “…Christ is preached; and in this I rejoice, yes, and will rejoice.” Continue reading

From the Archives: The Church That Never Fails

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By Henry G. Johnson

In Acts 12 we read of some discouraging circumstances that faced the early church. Herod had killed James with the sword and put Peter in prison, intending to kill him after Easter. If the early church had been inclined to become easily discouraged, it would have failed at this time. But instead of letting these discouraging circumstances drive them to despair, they drove them to their knees in prayer. A praying church is one that will never fail, for when a crisis comes it knows what to do; it is acquainted with the One who knows all things and can work all things out for good to those who love God. Continue reading

Keys to Establishing a Multigenerational Congregation: Part Two

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By Sean Johnson

Josiah enjoyed eggs, hash browns, sausage, and a liberal bowl of strawberries, as he intently watched the e-mail icon on his iPad. Pastor Johnson’s last blog post brightened his countenance, and he looked forward with great anticipation to continuing the discussion of maintaining community while building a multi-generational congregation. How did Soul-Winning do it? Can it be done at South Haven Church? The waitress placed another steaming cup of coffee in front Josiah, and before he could take a sip, “Bing!” Up popped the second blog post from Sean G.L. Johnson, associate pastor of Soul-Winning Church of God, with the subject line, “Four (More) Keys To Establishing Soul-Winning Church of God as a Multigenerational Congregation: Part Two.” Continue reading

Keys to Establishing a Multigenerational Congregation: Part One

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By Sean G.L. Johnson

Josiah Avery watched the steam rise from his cup of coffee as he watched the symphony of city life in full swing from a window booth at Cavanaugh’s Café on Sutter Avenue. The pressures of leading a growing, one hundred-member congregation were much different than shepherding a flock of twenty. Five years ago, in this very booth, over a similar cup of coffee, Josiah had prayed for South Haven Church to grow. The new problem seemed more complex. How do you create opportunities for fellowship and growth while preserving the intimate relationships currently found at South Haven Church? What steps did he need to take? Pastor Josiah took a sip of steaming coffee and pressed the e-mail icon on his iPad. Up popped a blog post from Sean G.L. Johnson, associate pastor of Soul-Winning Church of God, with the subject line “Four Keys To Establishing Soul-Winning Church of God as a Multigenerational Congregation: Part One.” Continue reading