Derick “Dizzy” Grant as a Globetrotter.
By Carl Stagner
At the age of seven, his parents took him and his brother to see the Harlem Globetrotters. Little did they know the impact that experience, coupled with a brand-new mini-basketball, would have on Derick Grant’s life. The New Jersey boy’s passion for the game had been ignited, and several years later the “All-American” athlete would secure his college’s number-two spot for all-time-high scoring. Expectations were dashed more than a few times, however, and he ended up on a team that regularly played against, and lost to, the Harlem Globetrotters. Things turned around when, after a year, the Globetrotters recruited Derick, launching an incredible eight-year journey and building a platform that God would later use in ways Derick could have never imagined. His testimony and knack for delivery on and off the court position him perfectly to address the Church of God at all three Regional Conventions this year. Continue reading
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Pastor Geremy Dixon encouraging the saints at Center of Hope LA.
By Carl Stagner
Convention 2019 and General Assembly have come and gone, but the Regional Conventions scheduled across the country next year are on the horizon. Registration is now open for all three events as program details continue to be finalized for Inglewood, California (April 22–24); Anderson, Indiana (June 24–26); and Brooklyn, New York (September 16–18). Pastor Geremy Dixon, who spoke at CHOG Convention 2017 in Wichita, Kansas, says his Los Angeles congregation is “pulling out all the stops” for the three-day gathering next April. An interview with the influential leader offers a glimpse of the people and the ministry giving life to their city in such a way that merits the name “Center of Hope.” Continue reading
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By Benjamin F. Reid
The pastor must not be a person who simply presides as a benevolent, kindly referee over a multitude of squabbling children.
The pastor must lead! He or she must develop firmness with love but must sense where the Spirit is leading and then call upon the saints to follow. The pastor must be both prophet to proclaim the will of God and overseer to coordinate all aspects of the church’s life and to channel its varied energies toward the accomplishment of God’s purposes. Continue reading
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