Articles by Others

Preaching For Souls! by Marvin Yoder

Preaching For Souls! Marvin Yoder “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned” (Mark 16:15-16, NKJV). In a time when the world is ... read more

Two Sides to Receiving from God by Melanie Stone

There are two sides to receiving from God. In order to receive something, someone first has to give it. Therefore, there is a giving side, and there is a receiving side. I see the giving side as the grace side, and the receiving side as the faith side. One extraordinary concept about life and living is that God has chosen for us to experience life together. When it comes to our salvation, the grace side is the God side. ... read more

Practical Skills for Effective Communication by Jimmy Patillo

In a great toolbox, there are many tools. A great sermon may have many tools as well: information, explanation, illustration, application, exhortation, argumentation (I use the term loosely), quotation, celebration, etc. A master carpenter needs more tools than a hammer and a nail, and so does a master preacher. Variety keeps it interesting. I know of a minister who always had good things to say but would just preach way too long. ... read more

Anchors of Faith by Gerald Brooks

All those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior have been given a measure of faith. What we do next with that faith is entirely up to us. In Pastor Gerald Brooks’ most recent book, Anchors of Faith, we are taken through many examples from the Bible where someone’s faith, or lack of it, affected the situation for better or for worse. Our faith has potential. That mustard seed sized faith we are all given when we accept Christ is our responsibility to grow and nurture. Don’t let your faith stay small. Challenge it and see it flourish and become strong, hearty, and useful. ... read more

Post-Christianity and the Church by Jon Perrin

While the previous generation valued tolerance, Millennials emphasize acceptance and support for alternative viewpoints and lifestyles. This leads many of them to deem the Church as archaic and useless – even toxic. As a matter of fact, a recent study revealed that public opinion has shifted concerning Christianity. Spiritual practices that were once considered normal Christian behavior – sharing one’s faith, abstaining from sex outside of marriage, praying out loud for a stranger in public, etc. – are increasingly viewed as extremist. ... read more

Sodom or Salem? America It’s Your Choice by Vicki Shearin

It’s been fifteen years since the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States. Immediately following 9/11, President George W. Bush began to emphasize that our country was in “a different kind of war.” Indeed, most of us had no idea we were in a war at all, but we suddenly realized that evil men had been plotting against us and we had been caught unaware and unprotected against an unthinkable assault. ... read more

The Church We Are Becoming by Ed Russo

The church we are becoming is one where both the churched and the un-churched feel welcome when they drive onto our campus, come through our doors, and leave feeling refreshed, encouraged and empowered. We are becoming a church where hurting and broken people are brought to a sense of wholeness and restoration through unconditional love, acceptance and forgiveness. We’re becoming a people so compassionate that others are drawn from difficult situations into our environment of renewed hope. The church we are becoming is much like a family: one house with many rooms ... read more

Do You Need A Youth Pastor? by Dennis Steeger

Do You Need A Youth Pastor? by Dennis Steeger There are only two correct answers to this question, yes and eventually. If your ministry does not currently employ a youth pastor then the answer is yes. If you desire to position your church to grow and if you want your ... read more

The Spirit Empowered Life by Beth Jones

Andi explained to me what being “filled with the Spirit” was all about, but because I had been taught to stay away from “those people” and from “speaking in tongues,” I had to unlearn some things in order to actually learn new things. I was thirsty for all the Lord had for me and I really wanted to learn the truth, so I read all the books I could find on the subject of being filled with the Spirit and speaking in tongues. To be honest, the authors each had different opinions and all of the reading confused me! I decided to set all of the books aside, and I picked up my Bible and prayed, “Father, I am not a Bible scholar, but you know my heart, and I desire the truth. I want everything You want for me, and I don’t want anything You don’t want for me. As I read the Bible, please show me the truth. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.” I began to read the Books of Acts and 1 Corinthians and other books in the Bible that contained passages about the Holy Spirit ... read more

The Weapons of Our Warfare: A Commentary on 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 by Keith Trump

God has armed believers with powerful ὅπλον (hoplon) “weapons.” Greeks applied this word as a title for heroic citizen-soldiers armed with long spears and shields. The Captain of the Lord’s Hosts has called believers, as citizens of heaven, into active military service. These weapons are not associated with the fallen, earthly real (σαρκικός (sarkikos), but “mighty” through God. Worldly leaders, at every level, seek to raise higher by means of pulling others down. Soldiers of the cross seek to lift others higher even at their own expense. ... read more

I is for Identity Theft by Judi Tillett

Young children belong to God. At their conception in the womb they belong to Him. They are to be taught that truth and to grow up as His “offspring” into all the covenant passion and purpose of God. So the demonic thief’s first point of attack is to steal their identification. He who was Lucifer is first and foremost an identity thief. He was ejected from heaven as he thought to steal the identity of the One True and Only God. He pressed Jesus for His identity, and he presses against and pursues the identity of God’s people and especially His children today ... read more

If Superheroes Could Preach by Jim Herring

Summer is here and it is the time for blockbuster movies. Every summer there are always a few superhero movies: Superman, Batman, Superman vs. Batman, Captain America, Iron man, Captain America vs. Iron man, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, and the X-men. Most of the time these movies do very well at the box office. Why? Because we are intrigued with superheroes. Why are we attracted to and fascinated by these heroes? ... read more

Thoughts on Addiction and Recovery by Virgil Stokes

Funny how thoughts come back to you. I remember sitting at a bar back in 1975. I was having a boozy conversation with another inebriate. For some reason, I remember proudly declaring, “I’m an alcoholic!” then laughing uproariously while ordering another drink. I was a drunk and I knew it, but it was four more years before I did anything useful about the problem. In the meantime, I lost my job, ruined any number of relationships, and deteriorated physically ... read more

What is the 10/40 Window? by Scott Behrman

What would it be like if you lived in a country, a city or a village that had no Christians?  No Bible study? Not one single church? Not a single Christian witness? Sue and I are focusing on church planting movements with “unreached people groups.” If the command given by Jesus is to make disciples of all nations (or ethnic groups), then common sense would tell us our job is to find those nations (ethnic groups) that have not been discipled (taught to be followers of Christ). ... read more

Church Culture or Kingdom Culture? by Rodney Lloyd

Sunday is not Game Day – everyday is Game Day!!! When we make “Sunday church” and “having church” the focus, it is backward. Sunday is important, but not most important. When we have a build up to Sunday, making our greatest efforts all week to having a “good service”, without trying to, we feed the idea that Christianity is about Sunday. But doing this is treating Sunday as the last day of the week; but Sunday is the first day of the week! Sunday is “impact and launch” day. ... read more

When God Puts You on Hold by Marvin Yoder

When God Puts You on Hold: What to Do When You Can’t Do What’s in Your Heart Marvin Yoder Rev. Marvin Yoder loves to help others successfully fulfill God’s will for their lives, and he is thrilled when he can help people “hit a home run” in accomplishing exactly that! ... read more

To Serve or to Be Served by Tim Davidson

To Serve or to Be Served Tim Davidson Called to the Body of Christ as a pastor and teacher, Tim Davidson pioneered Word of Faith Church in Bismarck in 1980. He served as its Lead Pastor for 35 years and now serves as Founding Pastor. Pastor Tim has pioneered six ... read more

The Christian Triple Double by Jim Herring

The Christian Triple Double Jim Herring I love basketball. I love all the dazzling dunks, pinpoint passes, sensational shots, and posterizing plays. In addition to all these points of interest, occasionally a player reaches the illustrious “triple double.” In the basketball world, a triple double occurs when a player registers ... read more

Around the World with Matt & Lizzy by Julie Beemer

Around the World with Matt & Lizzy Julie Beemer With more than 20 years living and ministering overseas as a missionary, Julie Beemer, along with her husband Matt, have ministered to more than 6 million people in over 3000 services, pioneered nine Bible Colleges in five nations, and have supplied ... read more

Come to Jesus for Rest by Greg Mohr

Come to Jesus for Rest Greg Mohr Greg Mohr is the Director of Charis Bible College in Woodland Park, Colorado. He is also a conference speaker and author and served as Senior Pastor of River of Life Church in Decatur, Texas for 24 years. He is a graduate of Rhema ... read more

The Hidden Power Behind Worship by Philip Renner

The Hidden Power Behind Worship Philip Renner Worship leader, award-winning recording artist, songwriter, and producer, Philip Renner became involved full time in worship ministry at the age of 15. But when a groundbreaking win in a prestigious Russian music contest brought him before an international audience with the offer of a ... read more

Reaching Unchurched People Groups by Stan Mathias

Reaching Unchurched People Groups Stan Mathias Stan Mathias is the founder and president of Hidden Harvest International. From day one of his ministry, the call of God on his life has always been to take the gospel to Far East Asia. Moving to Taiwan in 1996 with zero ministerial contacts, ... read more

Kathryn Kuhlman’s Greatest Battle

Kathryn Kuhlman’s Greatest Battle Shane Philpott Shane Philpott is a pastor, speaker, and author who pioneered Christian Fellowship Church in Mason City, Iowa in 1993. He is a passionate communicator whose energy, enthusiasm, and humor demonstrate a unique and original approach to ministry. Shane produced Faith In Action for CBS ... read more