Tag Archives: Extreme Love

Catch the Global Wave of Extreme Love on October 5

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By Judy Weeks

“Love your neighbor as yourself.” —Jesus (Matt 22:39)

Let’s go big! Let’s go global!

What would happen if, on the same day all around the planet, every congregation of the Church of God united as a wave of Christ’s love to touch people in their own local communities? What would happen, if on that day, every man, woman, youth, and child in the Church of God stepped into their community to live out the Great Commandment? What would happen if we united in spirit and action to penetrate our communities with the extreme love of Jesus Christ by meeting a need? Continue reading

Church Cuts School’s Enormous Task Down to Size

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By Carl Stagner

The Valley View School District had their work cut out for them: 2,412 boxes to move. 432 large desks to relocate. 420 student desks to transport from one place to another. And a mountain of files, white boards, sports equipment, and other educational tools that had accumulated over the forty years of teaching at this location. Two weeks had been scheduled for this big move, but after First Church of God in Germantown, Ohio, got wind of the need, this two-week project was completed in just a few hours. Continue reading

Extreme Love, an Extreme Success

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By Melissa Pratt

Hundreds of churches embarked on a journey of “Extreme Love” during the forty days leading up to Easter. The goal was to focus on God’s extreme love through prayer and fasting in order that it might be shared between believers and demonstrated with those who have yet to know the extreme love of God. As in years past, miracles have been reported. Continue reading

We Don’t Need a Building

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By Carl Stagner

His office is a coffee shop. His conference room, a soccer field. Their fellowship hall is a neighbor’s kitchen. And their sanctuary is a nearby resource center for homeless teens where worship is lived out. Ministry leader Matt Klovdahl and the Transformation Communities—Yakima are by no means your traditional pastor and church. And they have no intention of ever becoming that. Continue reading

Warner Pacific Named to National Honor Roll for Community Service

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Warner Pacific College was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National & Community Service (CNCS). This designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. Continue reading

Extreme Love Explosion in Florence, South Carolina

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By Carl Stagner

Juvenile crime—down 39 percent in one year. Arrests—down 54 percent in one year. Since 2004, overall juvenile crime has plummeted by more than 70 percent. Some crimes are now virtually nonexistent. The past thirteen years have ushered in a new era of learning to work together to transform culture. As a result of strategic partnership between churches, schools, and government, there has been an explosion of extreme love in Florence, South Carolina. Pastor Clyde Odom of King of Kings Church of God has brought this incredible story of transformation to light. Continue reading

Texting for Transformation: Focus 40, Next Step Discipleship

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By Carl Stagner

Church of God Ministries wants you to have the tools you need to grow in your faith and effectively share the love of Christ. Through the Transformation Team, Church of God Ministries offers you the opportunity to receive daily text messages: to encourage new believers, and challenge all Christians to be agents of God’s extreme love. Continue reading

Focus 40 2013 Goes ‘Extreme’

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By Carl Stagner and staff

After kicking off in 2011 with more than 700 congregations participating and countless lives being changed once again in 2012, Focus 40 is back! But this year, Focus 40 goes extreme. This year’s theme is set to inspire individuals and congregations to move beyond their comfort zones to love God and neighbor like never before. The question for Focus 40 participants this year may be, Is your love extreme? Continue reading

Small-Group Study for 2013 Focus 40

Warner Press, Inc., is publishing an elective study titled Extreme Love for small groups to use during the Focus 40 emphasis in 2013. This book highlights the extreme love that God demonstrated in the atonement of Jesus Christ, as well as the extreme love embodied in the Great Commandments. Copies will ship in January for the forty-day prayer emphasis, February 20–March 31. Continue reading