Pastors Tim Gould, Huber Maxwell, Mounuir Soliman leading prayer.
By Carl Stagner
While race, language, culture, and politics are just a few of the things that often keep people apart, at 14400 Northwest Freeway just off US Highway 290 in Houston, Texas, Jesus Christ brings people together under one roof. Houston First Church of God, Houston Primera Iglesia de Dios, and Arabic Christian Church offer weekly ministries separately in English, Spanish, and Arabic, but each of these Church of God congregations come together for different purposes throughout the year. One recent example of such unity took place in early October when the three churches gathered at the table for their annual “International Feast.” Continue reading
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Installation of CHOG pastor Loren Sutton as United Bible Seminary president.
In March 1965, Loren and Elouise Sutton, with their four children, were commissioned to plant a Church of God congregation in Opelika, Alabama. They established Airview Church of God where he served for a season but returned later in life for another season of pastoral leadership. In the six decades since his call to ministry, Sutton has continued to preach as a pastor, evangelist, youth speaker and, for a season, he served as the southeast recruitment and development representative for Anderson University. The most exciting turn of events in Sutton’s sixty-five-year ministry began to take shape in the spring of 2018, however, which ultimately led him to become the president of a Korean seminary. Continue reading
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Tagged Airview Church of God, AL, Alabama, Elouise Sutton, higher education, Korea, Korean, language, leadership development, Loren Sutton, multicultural, Opelika, preaching, teaching, translation, United Bible Seminary, unity
Photo: Pastor Mejia, with Kathi Sellers translating.
By Carl Stagner
One church worships in Spanish. The other, English. The two churches are just a few miles apart in the same city, and both lift up the name of Jesus Christ. But these two Church of God congregations weren’t even acquainted with one another. Often the holidays are associated with family scuffles and awkward dinner conversations that lead to division. When Christ is at the center, however—when Jesus is the subject—Christmas has a way of bringing believers together. Just before Christmas, Iglesia de Dios La Hermosa and Main Street Church of God of Anderson, Indiana, united in a special worship service open to the community. Continue reading
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Tagged Abby Torgeson, Anderson, cultural, Don Billey, experiential unity, functional unity, Global Strategy, Heriberto Mejia, Hispanic, Iglesia de Dios La Hermosa, Indiana, Kathi Sellers, Main Street Church of God, Missionaries, missions, multicultural, Spanish, translation, united, unity, unity service
By Nabil F. Safi
Every now and then I like to look closer at a popular worship song, and today I’m checking out “Mighty to Save,” performed by Hillsong, written by Reuben Morgan and Ben Fielding. You might know this song as “Everyone needs compassion” if, like me, you tend to call songs by their first line. Continue reading