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Churches Bless Schools, Families as Fall Semester Dawns

Back-to-school haircut at Bedford First Church of God.

By Carl Stagner

Teachers making final preparations for their classes, students dreading the end of summer, parents adjusting to new routines, and school buses on the streets again (drivers, be careful!)—it can only mean one thing: it’s that time of year again! School is back in session or will begin again soon across much of the country, signaling a community-wide shift from one season to the next. Sometimes that shift can be anything but smooth for families, just as it can be for teachers, administrators, and staff. We celebrate the Church of God congregations across the country that recognize the need and do what they can to meet the need. School supply drives, special prayer gatherings, and “back-to-school bashes” are just a few of the ways numerous congregations are coming alongside schools and families as the fall semester dawns. Continue reading

On the Cutting Edge: West Virginia Church Offers Free Haircuts

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Photo: Free haircut at Teays Valley Church of God, July 2014.

By Carl Stagner

We were created to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do (Eph 2:10). The best kind of good works are the kind that meet real needs. In July, Teays Valley Church of God in Scott Depot, West Virginia, hosted a day of free haircuts, free hair products, and plenty of free hugs and expressions of God’s love. In a culture that often questions the authenticity of churchgoers, the compassion behind these friendly faces was genuine. Continue reading

Who is SOZO?

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By Carl Stagner

Who is SOZO? That’s a good question. And it’s one that prompts the reader to inquire further, especially with such an unusual name. SOZO, a church plant in Arizona, is on the cutting edge of communicating Christ, as well as communicating who they are in Christ. Soon after people begin asking, “Who is SOZO?’ they find themselves also asking, “Who is this Jesus you serve?” Continue reading