If you died tonight, do you know for sure you would go to heaven? This simple but powerful question has confounded many people for ages. But the answer can be a simple, confident “yes.” The Bible says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life” (John 3:36). That “Son,” is Jesus-God’s Son. “Believes in” is simple. It means t[...]
John Leonard (right) was honored recently at an open house by the Brethren Missionary Herald Company for 27 years of consecutive service with the company. John Leonard was honored recently at an open house by the Brethren Missionary Herald Company for 27 years of consecutive service with the company. Leonard has worked for BMH since 1978, both as a printer and as distribution manager for BMH Books. BMH publisher Terry White (l[...]
Ten Years Ago – 1996 About 1000 people, all in some way touched by Ralph’s life, attended a memorial service for Pastor Ralph Colburn. He had served as the first National Youth Director in the Fellowship; had taught an early Bible class in Seal Beach, CA, planted the first GBC in Florida, and served several churches in southern California. (Read more about him in Heroes Who Live On, Vol. 2 published by BMH Books.) [...]
Pastor Tim Boal of the Penn Valley Grace Brethren Church in Telford, Pennsylvania, is the incoming moderator of the FGBC and will deliver the moderator’s address on Saturday afternoon, July 29 at Celebrate06 The Grace Brethren national conference returns to the “Celebration” format this summer with its sessions to be held July 29-August 3, 2006, at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Indiana Wells, CA, near P[...]
Marguerite Gribble Dunning, daughter of pioneering Africa missionaries James and Dr. Florence Gribble, died on December 28, 2005. Her husband, Dr. Harold Dunning, died in 1997. Mrs. Dunning self-published a book of memoirs in 1994 entitled Live in God’s Kindness. A limited number of the books are available for $10 each plus shipping by calling BMH Books (toll-free) at 1-800-348-2756. In this excerpt from that book, Mrs. [...]
Tom Avey Fellowship Coordinator Tom Avey, while on a site visit in southern California to the facility where Celebrate06 national conference will be held this summer, experienced chest pains and shortness of breath. There was no heart attack, but examination led to a quadruple heart bypass operation the morning of January 22. Avey’s wife, Sandi, was with him, and the surgery went well and they were able to return to Wino[...]
By Ron Dorner For Christians, it is important to follow biblical principles. Yet, during my years of speaking and counseling believers there is one principle I see frequently violated. The Bible calls it surety; we call it “co-signing.” The dictionary defines it as pledging to make a lender secure against damage or loss. Proverbs warns against surety at least three times. One specific text is: My son, if thou art b[...]
Five core families from California, several relatives from the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina, area, and a few new friends met in a residential community clubhouse on Easter Sunday, 1994, for a Bible study. It was the first step in launching a new church. Nearly twelve years later more than 3,500 people gathered in early February, 2006, to dedicate a permanent meeting place for Hope Community Church in Raleigh, North Carolina.[...]
By Crystal Ludwig Baseball bats snapped. Frying pans were rolled. Cement blocks were broken. Telephone books were ripped. Hot water bottles were inflated until they burst. A flaming telephone pole was lifted high overhead. And hundreds of people committed their lives to Christ, as a result. Community Grace Brethren Church of Warsaw, IN, hosted the internationally known Power Team in a series of performances and evangelistic pr[...]
Events of general interest among Grace Brethren Churches. Details and registration information are available from sponsoring organizations or through www.fgbc.org. Feb. 27-March 1 – South Focus Retreat, Haines City, FL (FGBC) March 4 – On-Mission Training Day (GBIM) March 4-12 – Spring Break, Grace College and Seminary March 17-19 – ReMix, LaPalma, CA (CEN) April 20 – Day Away, North of 55, Mid-At[...]
Leo Boyer, of Winona Lake, Indiana, has designed and is distributing this Christmas lawn display designed to draw attention to Christ, the true meaning of Christmas. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will provide scholarships to African Bible and pastoral students. The November/December 2005 issue of FGBC World carried a story about Leo Boyer, of Winona Lake, IN and his desire to design and promote a Christmas lawn disp[...]
Pastor John McIntosh How much do you know about the pastors and lay leaders from your district? Here are 10 questions about Grace Brethren leaders who attended the recent Focus Retreat in San Juan Capistrano, California, one of five such retreats being held around the U.S. this year. Answers below. What pastor rode his Harley-Davidson motorcycle diagonally across the entire Los Angeles basin on “the 5 Freeway” to a[...]
BMH Books of Winona Lake, IN, announces the release of the newly-revised and republished edition of The Glory of the Church: Studies in Ephesians by Dr. Homer A. Kent, Jr. The 140-page paperback commentary is part of The Kent Collection, a republishing of Dr. Kent’s entire set of commentaries on 15 books of the New Testament. This is the fourth in the new series. Previous new releases have been commentaries on Mark, John[...]
Romans: The Gospel of God’s Grace by Dr. Alva J. McClain has just been reissued by BMH Books in a new “facelift” updated format. The 253-page paperback consists of commentary on the Book of Romans culled from 40 years of teaching notes and edited by Herman A. Hoyt, who succeeded McClain as the president of Grace College and Seminary in Winona Lake, IN. In the foreword to the book, Hoyt points out that McClain[...]
“DRIVEN06,” a second annual conference for young adults will be held June 22-26, 2006, on the campus of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and is now open for registration. After a very successful first conference in 2005, planners have titled the 2006 conference “Alert and Oriented.” It centers on helping twenty-somethings answer four questions: 1. Do I know who I am? 2. Do I know where I am? 3. Do I kno[...]
Do you really want your life to reflect Jesus Christ to others? BMH Books’ recent release, Walking Like Jesus Did: Studies in the Character of Christ, may be just what you need. Walking Like Jesus Did is a challenging but easy-to-read handbook that helps Christians better understand what it means to walk as Jesus did. Author Larry McCall explains that mirroring the character of Jesus should be the normal pattern of life [...]
Pastor Mitch Cariaga (left) and youth pastor Kevin Ibanez are guiding the Rialto, California, Grace Brethren church into a new era as a “Mosaic” church aimed at reaching a younger audience. The Rialto, CA, Grace Brethren Church was started more than 50 years ago by Art Carey, and under Pastor Gerald Polman the current church building at the corner of Cactus and Etiwanda in the community near San Bernardino was buil[...]
With the Lord Marguerite Gribble Dunning went home to her Lord on December 28, 2005. Born in Chicago in 1915 to pioneer missionaries in then-French Equatorial Africa, Rev. James and Dr. Florence Gribble, Marguerite spent much of her childhood with loving foster parents John and Hattie Weed in Washington State. Marguerite and her husband, Harold Dunning, spent more than 27 years in the Central African Republic, where Marguerite[...]
In-depth study and discussion of Psalm 119 continues to be the main theme of the southeast Focus Retreat, now underway in Haines City, Florida. Participating this morning in one of the small-group discussions were Pastor Larry Edwards (left) of Ashland, Ohio, and Nelson Fernandez from the North Lauderdale Grace Brethren Church in Florida. Edwards, who pastors the Southview Grace Brethren Church in Ashland, is attending the ret[...]
The Fellowship Council, the elected leadership group of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, is meeting yesterday, today, and tomorrow in Sacramento, California. The group is elected by the national conference delegates from various geographical regions and also includes the immediate past moderator, the current moderator, and the two moderators-elect. Current moderator Keith Shearer is leading the meetings this week. Me[...]
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