Altars in use at the Church of God Regional in Columbus.
By Carl Stagner
Salt does no good inside the shaker. A candle is useless unless it’s lit. Though Jesus called the church both salt and light, many in the Church of God have observed that we’ve not lived up to that description, often shirking back, afraid of the darkness. At the Church of God Regional Convention in Columbus, Ohio, pastors and lay leaders were present, but the especially powerful presence of the Holy Spirit was what really got people talking. The worship, the fellowship, the electives, and the spoken messages seemed finely tuned, clarifying the charge to the Church of God to boldly reclaim what hell has stolen. At a time when life is so widely taken for granted, when signs of true life are hard to find, and when lives are at stake for people around the world, the Church of God Regional Conventions this year are championing life at all stages, all ages, among all races, and under all circumstances. Perhaps like no convention before it, the Regional Convention in Columbus called the Church of God to courageous, contagious Christianity. Continue reading
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Tagged Be Bold, Ben Hardman, CHOG Convention, Church of God Regional Convention, City of Refuge, Columbus, contagious Christianity, courage, courageous Christianity, CWC, Embrace Life, First Church of God, Give Life, Harvey Carey, Hear Life, Jeff Whye, Jim Lyon, Jo Anne Lyon, life, LifeColumbus, OH, Ohio, Receive Life, Reclaim, Timothy Clarke
By Carl Stagner
There wasn’t much time to respond, but there was no question what had to be done. When public school teachers in Arizona went on strike beginning on Thursday, April 26, the church community didn’t hesitate. Uninterested in taking sides or entering the political fray, the church saw their role as simply ministry. For the single parent who must work during the school day, the church was there. For the student who relies on the school for daily sustenance, the church was there. For a community divided, the church was there with a message of hope. With no certain end to the teacher walkout in sight (as of Tuesday, May 1), Church of God congregations were among those hardest at work to meet the needs of their neighbors. Continue reading
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Tagged Ahwatukee, Arizona, AZ, Central Christian Church, childcare, Colorado, community, Community of Hope, current events, education, government, Jeff Whye, Kimberly Tussing, Maricopa, Mountain Park Church, outreach, parents, Phoenix, politics, Rusty Akers, schools, single parents, students, teacher strike, teacher walkout, teachers, VBS
Friendships, both old and new, are a Regional Convention highlight.
By Carl Stagner
Two of the five Church of God Regional Conventions 2018 are now history, but their impact is still being felt from Alaska to Alabama. Some may have flown to Arizona to escape winter’s clutch on spring, but they stayed to drink from an oasis in the desert. Others may have descended upon Oklahoma City for the fine barbecue, but they stayed because their cravings were satisfied in the life-giving teaching and fellowship. Still others attended, many as first-time guests of a Church of God convention, because this year’s variety of regional locations afforded them accessibility. Challenged to reclaim what hell has stolen, but inspired to fully embrace the Life, attendees of the first two Regional Conventions ultimately climbed in cars or boarded airplanes to return home, ready and resourced to change the world in Jesus’ name. Continue reading
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Tagged Allan Fuller, Arizona, AZ, Ben Hardman, camp meeting, Campmeeting, CHOG Regional Convention, Church of God Regional Convention, Crossings Community Church, Don Peslis, Don Wilson, fellowship, friendship, Great Commandments, Great Commission, Jeff Whye, Jim Lyon, Jo Anne Lyon, Life OKC, Life Phoenix, LifeOKC, LifePhoenix, Marty Grubbs, missionary, Mountain Park Church, NAC, OKC, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City, Paul McAllister, Phoenix, race, Reconciliation, Regional Convention 2018, Sandi Patty, Sarah Hunnicutt, unity
Don Wilson challenged and inspired on Wednesday night.
By Carl Stagner
Daring to do something about racial reconciliation, champion those far from God, challenge the status quo, or lift up Jesus over all other subjects, the Church of God was inspired Wednesday to reclaim what hell has stolen. It didn’t matter that the sermons stung a bit; truth can hurt, and we needed to hear the truth. It didn’t matter that a Church of God Ministries employee missed the first session of the morning; he encountered a homeless man, was compelled to pray with him, and took the time to purchase the T-shirts he was in need of. It didn’t matter that students from the school across the street from the convention host church hung out on church property, inside and out, after the dismissal bell rang; those students need Christ, and they’ve learned they’re more than welcome at Mountain Park Church—even when a convention is taking place. Continue reading
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Tagged Allan Fuller, Arizona, AZ, bold, CHOG, dare, Don Wilson, Jeff Whye, Jo Anne Lyon, Kayla Harden, Life Phoenix, Mountain Park Church, Phoenix, Reclaim, regional convention