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The Way of Jesus: Daughter of Shooting Victim Waves Flag of Forgiveness

Rose Simmons spreading the “forgiveness revolution.”

By Carl Stagner

To most in Charleston, South Carolina, June 17, 2015, probably started out like any other day, but the tragic events that unfolded shortly after 9:00 PM would set this day apart forever. When a white supremacist opened fire at the historic Emanuel AME Church, murdering nine African Americans, it may have seemed like evil had triumphed. In the days that followed, however, the world watched as hell learned it would not have the final say. Instead, a “forgiveness revolution” gained traction and could not be stopped. Rose Simmons, who lost her father in the massacre, has since become an ambassador of forgiveness, sharing her story of pain and hope wherever doors of opportunity open. This year, the doors will open for her at Center of Hope LA, Madison Park Church of God, and the Church of God of East New York as the Church of God welcomes her to all three Regional Conventions. Continue reading

Soldier-Turned-Pastor Washes Feet of World War II Enemies

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Photo: Felipe’s Bible (left); picture of Felipe & Mitsuo Fuchida (right).

By Carl Stagner

We cherish the stories of God’s grace and power at work among his people. They have become a part of who we are. We’re eternally grateful to God for preserving his Word through the ages, often in spite of opposition. We’re thankful for our church historians and writers who have told and retold the stories of our pioneer pastors and missionaries in the Church of God. From the biblical narrative, to our earliest days as a movement, to the kingdom activity of our local churches and missionaries today, such stories inspire us, remind us of God’s faithfulness, and bind us together. This year the gripping account of a World War II-ravaged Filipino pastor has come to light. It’s a story which few have heard, but no doubt one for the history books. Continue reading