What's Good About Good Friday?

Several years ago during a family devotion about the crucifixion of Jesus, my young son asked, “Why do we it is called, ‘Good Friday?’” A great question. In fact, what is good about Good Friday? Following the Easter week in the gospels, Friday is the day that Christ was crucified on a cross. This was … [Read more…]

Optimism in the Midst of Addiction

When Eddie Pinter stepped into Hope Church in La Grange, Illinois, more than four years ago, it changed his life in a way that years of rehabilitation programs could not. By age 26, Pinter had spent a dozen years battling drug and alcohol addiction. But one night, lying in a dark alley after taking cocaine, … [Read more…]

This Week in AG History — April 18, 1925

When veteran missionary Mary Weems Chapman (1857-1927) felt God’s call to return to India, her family told her she was too old. But she persevered and became the first Assemblies of God missionary to South India. A veteran Free Methodist missionary before identifying with the Pentecostal movement, Mary was well-known in Holiness circles for her … [Read more…]

The Final Week of Jesus — Day 5

THE “TRIAL” OF JESUS “Those who had arrested Jesus took him to Caiaphas the high priest, where the teachers of the law and the elders had assembled. But Peter followed him at a distance, right up to the courtyard of the high priest. He entered and sat down with the guards to see the outcome. … [Read more…]

The Final Week of Jesus — Day 4

BETRAYAL AT THE CROSSROADS Have you been betrayed? If so, the closer the betrayal, the more agonizing it is. A betrayal by a close friend, spouse, or loved one is more painful than betrayal by a person little known to you. THE CONTEXT Jesus was betrayed by one of His followers, a disciple named Judas. … [Read more…]

Lay Leaders Heed the Call

Guy E. Fisher has been pastor of Atlantic 1st Assembly of God for 27 years, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t open to new ideas. At 67, Fisher, who also is executive secretary and an executive presbyter for the Iowa Ministry Network, sees the importance of training laity for ministry. That’s one reason Atlantic 1st … [Read more…]

The Final Week of Jesus — Day 3

PREMEDITATED DEATH — CONSPIRING AGAINST JESUS TEACHING IN THE TEMPLE: THE CONTEXT “And he was teaching daily in the temple. The chief priests and the scribes and the principal men of the people sought to destroy him; but they did not find anything they could do, for all the people hung upon his words” (Luke … [Read more…]

Restoring Rural Hope

Many rural families struggle at the ragged edges of poverty. While relying on government financial assistance, they still need extra help, and churches are often filling the gap. Iberia First Assembly of God (IFA) formed The Well Rural Resource, a nonprofit that offers Christlike hope for needy families in the Missouri community of 740. “The … [Read more…]

The FInal Week of Jesus — Day 2

THE THINGS THAT MAKE FOR PEACE WEEPING OVER JERUSALEM: THE CONTEXT Luke 19:41-44 tells of Jesus’ weeping over Jerusalem, saying, “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you … [Read more…]

Hiking, Horses, and Healing

MORROW, Arkansas — The environs of Teen Challenge Adventure Ranch, a picturesque 31 acres in the Ozark Mountains of rural northwest Arkansas, are just what troubled boys need to get into shape, physically and spiritually. Even with parents who may be pastors, missionaries, or otherwise respectable Christians, new arrivals often are resistant to change. In … [Read more…]