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Is COGOP Pentecostal?

Dr. Elias Rodriguez | Cleveland, Tennessee Many years ago, members of the Church of God of Prophecy were taught the COGOP was not a Pentecostal Church. I assume that this teaching was based on past eagerness to differentiate us from other churches and denominations, and to establish ourselves as “the Church of God of the …

Another Comforter

Randy Howard | Cleveland, Tennessee Let’s jump into this idea of Spirit participation in leadership development with the Bible phrase “another Comforter.” We know this was the term Jesus used in the Gospel of John as He described the Holy Spirit He would send, and we have learned this phrase in Greek is paraclete, or …

Is Jesus A Doormat?

Melody Kinzer | Lewisburg, Tennessee Recently my niece asked, “Was Jesus a doormat? I mean, by society’s standard?” My father’s recent passing had awakened questions in several of our younger family members who have not yet made a complete commitment to serving Christ. My first, gut reaction was a resounding, “No!” However, as the Holy …

Why Fasting?

Michelle Brooks-Young | Lebanon, Tennessee “Whatever you do, don’t stand up for that!” My then five-year-old daughter was astounded. A few moments before, our pastor had asked each family to commit to a two-week fast. Bethany had leaned in close, cupped her tiny hand around my ear, and whispered, “What does that mean?” I attempted …

Benefits of Biblical Fasting

Dr. Fred A. Lawson | Cleveland, Tennessee The Scriptures seem to suggest that God honors fasting when performed as a token of deep and sincere dedication. It is a biblical way to truly humble ourselves in the sight of God. Fasting and prayer can restore the loss of the “first love” for our Lord and …

Unlock The Power of God In Your Life

Darren Schalk | Cleveland, Tennessee While my wife Kristi and I were serving as associate pastors at a church in Georgia, we had a special service with a very well-known and respected minister. The man was much older but still very vibrant and highly sought after. I was excited to have him at our church …

PRAYER & FASTING: Why The Urgency?

Janice Miller | Gallatin, Tennessee Matthew 17:14–21 gives us a glimpse into a teachable moment between Christ and His disciples concerning prayer and fasting. We see the picture of a father who no doubt was weary, beaten down, and at the end of his rope. His demoniac boy had to be watched closely because at …

Biblical Fasting

Dr. Fred A. Lawson | Cleveland, Tennessee Is fasting necessary for today’s Christian church? What does the Bible teach about fasting? What is it, in the biblical sense? Fasting is the abstaining from food and drink for a spiritual reason. In the Old Testament era, the Jews fasted frequently, though there was only one fast …

FASTING: A Powerful Tool

Melody Cates Kinzer | Lewisburg, Tennessee Fasting is voluntarily going without food, even when the refrigerator and cupboards are full. We fast from food because we have a stronger desire for God, a deep longing to be closer to Him, to be more like Him. It is an expression of discontent with our sinful self.  …

Unto Us A Son Is Given

Jonathan Lovvorn |Cleveland, Tennessee “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the …