Pastor Bob (center) with volunteers after completing the park.
By Carl Stagner
The goal was pretty ambitious: build a park for the community in just eight hours. Of course, this wasn’t about timing, but it was a rallying call to the community to work together to achieve something they could only accomplish together. Negative news coverage of their city over the last year wasn’t going to stop them from showing their community and places far beyond who they really are. So, late this summer, Celebration Church Monroe Street in Baltimore, Maryland, came alongside government agencies, community organizations, and neighbors, channeling resources and efforts to remove blight and restore beauty. The construction and completion of the all-new Kirby Lane Park was yet another step Celebration Church Monroe Street has taken to boldly reclaim their neighborhood in Jesus’ name. Continue reading
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Dwight L. Dye
By Carl Stagner
Christians Broadcasting Hope makes it possible for the hope of Jesus to be heard in Arabic, Creole, English, French, Portuguese, Hindi and Odia, Spanish, and Swahili. Today the Church of God owes a debt of gratitude to Dwight L. Dye, for it was under his executive leadership of CBH from 1984 to 1995 that the ministry swelled to include a total of eight different languages among its broadcasts. Dwight’s global reach was matched only by his local impact, though, through his service as a highly influential pastor of Church of God congregations in Oklahoma and Indiana. Though he passed away this year, his legacy of love calls us to exhibit Christ in like manner—whether over the airwaves, online, or face to face. Continue reading
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Prayer for New Mexico’s Lieutenant Governor John Sanchez.
By Carl Stagner
All 33 counties in New Mexico are covered. Ninety churches are participating, representing 26 cities. With Jesus as the subject, numerous denominations are represented. They’ve come together in a movement devoted to prayer, a movement which has overtaken the state. From the halls of government, to the classroom, to the streets, this prayer movement has already been proven powerful and effective. For 24 hours a day, every day, 365 days a year, they’ve set out to cover the state in prayer until Jesus comes back. One of the co-founders of what’s been dubbed “New Mexico Prays” is Richard Mansfield, senior pastor of New Beginnings Church of God in Albuquerque. Continue reading
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MACU student works at the City Rescue Mission.
By Whitney Knight
On Sept. 22 and 23, Mid-America Christian University upheld its commitment to Christian service by holding its second annual Day of Service. More than one hundred student, faculty and staff participants in thirteen states served at various charities and organizations across the country. Continue reading
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Photo: Little Hoops basketball competition.
By Carl Stagner
The first time they did it, 72 kids participated. The next year, 93 showed up. This year saw 153 local children! The Little Hoops basketball outreach of First Church of God in Doniphan, Missouri, has exceeded any and all expectations since that first bold attempt at something new a little more than three years ago. While sports ministries have certainly been around for a while, this is the story of a church that decided to do things a little differently. It should be no surprise then that this small-town church with a passion for reclaiming its community for Christ is winning both games and souls. Continue reading
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By Jeff Frymire
There are times when we need to stop looking at ourselves in the mirror and put up a window to the world and see what is really going on outside of ourselves.
When God called Moses into ministry, he didn’t send him across the sea. He sent him back to his own people and to the land of his birth. His ministry had been right in front of him. God gave him a tool to use that would ignite amazing and miraculous events. The tool was the stick right there in his own hand. After God turned it into a snake and back again, Moses realized that, with God on his side, he had all the resources he needed right there in front of him. Continue reading
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By Carl Stagner
Ithaca Church of God recently canceled their Sunday morning worship service at 624 East Barber Street in Ithaca, Michigan. The pastor went so far as to say it was a “no-brainer.” But it’s not what you might think. Instead of gathering at the church, the congregation decided to meet at the local park to be the church. For the second year in a row, their Community Service Sunday made a bold statement to the community that they care. While much of our society looks upon the visible expression of the body of Christ with distrust and disdain, locals in Ithaca, Michigan, saw only love. Continue reading
By Carl Stagner
It stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. Though TED talks began about thirty years ago, they’ve really taken off recently in an online video and social media world. Limited to just under twenty minutes each, TED talks attract listeners who don’t have time—or the attention-span—for an hour-long lecture. Pithy, witty, persuasive, and often accented by personal vignettes, official TED talks now cover an endless array of topics. In an effort to make this year’s annual meeting of Indiana Ministries of the Church of God especially relevant and compelling, state leaders selected a variety of speakers to briefly cover a variety of topics through TED-style talks. As a result, Indiana ministers left the early October conference more informed and inspired than ever to carry out the Great Commission. Continue reading