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From the Archives: Core Questions We Must Ask About Our Movement

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By John Boedeker

“The Spirit and the Bride say ‘Come!’” The church of the living God has always had a life-changing message. Come to the Bread of Life! Come to the Living Water! Come to the Prince of Peace! Come and you will be satisfied, and sent to say, “Come” to others.

The church lives in a world of crisis and need as if it has a right to exist in, of, and for itself to support its own interests. Apart from the indwelling, cleansing, enabling breath of the living God, the church has no life. Continue reading

Movement-wide Prayer Experience Planned for September 11

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By Carl Stagner

No great move of God in history has ever occurred without having been preceded by the extraordinary prayer of his people. Log on to Facebook or Twitter, turn on the television, or pick up a newspaper and just try not to grieve for the shape of our culture. We need a great move of God. Walk our streets, visit our prisons, or spend some time in our poor urban centers and realize the overwhelming condition of our society. Then, instead of shaking your fist at hell, turn inward. What if we were to take a closer look at ourselves—the church? We possess the hope of the world, the world needs that hope, but we’re too busy dealing with our own issues to do anything about it. It’s time for change. It’s time for a spiritual overhaul. In Joel 1, the people of God found themselves in a similar predicament. They consecrated a fast, proclaimed a solemn assembly, and gathered the elders and all the inhabitants of the land. Together they cried out to the Lord for repentance, reconciliation, and revival. We’ve determined we must do no less. On Sunday, September 11, Church of God congregations will unite on their knees as they set aside regular weekend schedules for a singular focus—to cry out to the Lord. Continue reading

Movement-wide Prayer for CHOG Convention Begins This Week

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By Carl Stagner

For more than a century, Church of God people have gathered together on an annual basis to worship, connect with one another, and seek the Lord to propel the movement forward. Last year Church of God Convention and General Assembly participation showed significant signs of revitalization. Attendance numbers were up, geographic representation peaked, and representation of the total Church of God population in North America dramatically increased. Renewed hope for the present and future of God’s church was also evident among the gathered saints. This wave of momentum did not happen by accident, however. Prayer was vital to the Holy Spirit making last year’s event so pivotal in the movement’s history. CHOG Convention 2015 will be no different. The role of prayer will be paramount. So we’ve developed a free downloadable prayer guide to help you and your church undergird the before, the during, and the after of CHOG Convention 2015: Be Bold. Reclaim. Continue reading

Invitation to Prayer, Fasting for CHOG Convention 2015

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By Leroy Quashie

These are extraordinary times in our country and worldwide, as well as in the life of many of our congregations. We face many challenges, and are presented with unprecedented opportunities for kingdom work and growth as a community of faith. But as we prepare for Church of God Convention 2015 in Oklahoma City, we extend an invitation to each of our congregations to imagine with us a Pentecost-like invasion and impact of the Holy Spirit upon the gathered body of believers and upon the entire Church of God family. Continue reading

Focus 40 2014: Extreme Living in Christ

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By Mary Nichols

Focus 40, the Church of God’s Lenten emphasis on prayer and fasting, begins on March 20 and runs through April 14, 2014. Using the five values of love, reach, connect, grow, and live—as a guide—the 2014 Focus 40 resources center on the theme of “Extreme Living.” The Focus 40 resources are designed to explore what it really means to live as the body of Christ in a way that can change our culture for Christ; and to “have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10 NIV). 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

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