Pastor's Forum

Addressing Racism from the Pulpit

With the recent expressions of racism, bigotry, and hatred in the U.S., how are different pastors responding? What should be said or not said from the pulpit? Read the responses

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Special Article: Faith and Storms

About Faith and StormsSeptember 5, 2017Lisa and I just returned from an attempt to go to Florida. When we reached Dallas, we were advised not to go further. In addition to the cancellation of those meetings, we will also not be going to Savannah, GA this weekend either. What is a minor inconvenience for us is potentially catastrophic for thousands, if not millions, of others. With many still reeling from Hurricane Harvey’s effects and with Irma’s overall effects yet unknown, thought it good to share a couple of thoughts about storms from a biblical perspective. Read this article by Tony Cooke

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September Update

I enjoyed a great time of ministry in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil during the latter part of August. I was hosted by Pastor Helio and Deise Peixoto, the founding pastors of Academia da Fé (Faith Academy) in Rio. In addition to church services, I also had a privilege of ministering to their Bible School and to area pastors. In September, I will be ministering in New York, Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Indiana. At the very end of this month, Lisa and I will be traveling to Russia to minister with Rick and Denise Renner at Good News Church of Moscow. Read the rest of this update

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Twisting Scripture Needs to Stop!
Tony Cooke

Twisting Scripture Needs to Stop! by Tony CookeAs a minister of the Gospel, it is imperative that I not only study the Word of God diligently, but that I also maintain an awareness of my own heart and motives. I will answer to God for what I teach others, and I must ensure that my motives are truly for the benefit of others and not for self-gain. I recently was sent a preacher’s message, and I regret to say that he twisted and misused Scripture considerably. It is probably not surprising to you that the issue pertained to money and prosperity. Listening to this message reminded me of what A. T. Robertson said, “One proof of the inspiration of the Bible is that it has withstood so much poor preaching.” There is an enormous need today for ministers to be excellent students of Scripture and faithful proclaimers of truth. This means that we must adamantly resist the temptation to say anything that would appear to hype or manipulate people. Read this article by Tony Cooke

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The Bone Scatterer
Lisa Cooke

The Bone ScattererPsalm 53:5 tells us that “God scatters the bones” of those who oppose his people. Knowing and believing God’s attitude toward the enemies of His people is a potent advantage we can have as we wage war against any of our adversaries and especially toward any doubts that may wander into our thought life. Remember that “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Eph 6:12). God has made our enemies His enemies and no one and nothing can conquer Him or His will. This may sound foreign to us when we are so used to thinking about the love and mercy of God, and of course, we pray that everyone will humble himself or herself before God and receive His mercy. The Apostle Paul himself was a great enemy of the church, and he received mercy. However, God is still a righteous and a just God, and we have the assurance that he will ultimately vindicate his people from their enemies. He is our bone scatterer! Read this article by Lisa Cooke

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Interview with Grady and Becky Pickett, Workers in Iraq

pickett-2I recently had the privilege of sitting down and visiting with Grady and Becky Pickett who reside in Irbil, Iraq. The work they are doing helping Syrian refugees and other people displaced by the war there is nothing short of amazing! You will enjoy hearing how they are serving, helping, and caring for people there. Listen to the interview

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Video Message: Living a Resurrection Life

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Jesus has not called us to live a religious life; he has called us to live a resurrection life. How does Jesus’ resurrection affect us today? Watch this message

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BIBLE
Merrill C. Tenney speaks of how to study the Bible devotionally. He states that it is “not so much a technique as a spirit; it is the spirit of eagerness which seeks the mind of God; it is the spirit of humility which listens to the voice of God; it is the spirit of adventure which pursues earnestly the will of God; it is the spirit of adoration which rests in the presence of God.”

DISCIPLESHIP
“In terms of spiritual commitment, what the world calls fanaticism and much of the church calls extremism, Jesus calls being a disciple.”
– Michael L. Brown

FAITH
Faith takes God without any “ifs.”
– D. L. Moody

HUMILITY
The victorious Christian neither exalts nor downgrades himself. His interests have shifted from self to Christ.”
– A. W. Tozer

IMPACT
“I pray that when I die, all of hell will rejoice that I am no longer in the fight.”
– C. T. Studd