One of the very first words that a child learns to speak is mommy or mother. The word denotes warmth, protection, devotion and sacrifice. It doesn't matter what the language is, the love and affection represented by this single word remains the ...
May 1, 2017Lesley Stephen
"...and the angel said to them, 'Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; He is not here. See the place where they laid Him.'" Mark 16.16 Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the ...
April 24, 2017Lesley Stephen
Excellence with Integrity We of all people should know how God distinguishes right from wrong, and how one should act, as a believer in Christ Jesus. It is only right that all Christians should be concerned about cultural mores, standards in which we all ...
March 3, 2017Lesley Stephen
A Special Valentine The earliest known recorded history of the human race was chronicled by the ancient Egyptians utilizing their imaginative and fascinating hieroglyphs. Remarkably, these early writing systems preceded pronounceable alphabets by more than a thousand years. (Of course, their catalogue of the ...
February 14, 2017Alan Bullock
The Road of Integrity Various so-called prophetic voices claiming ‘thus saith the Lord’ are making promises for2017. I heard one the other day say that it would be the year of “supernatural intervention” where God would intervene so quickly when you needed a miracle ...
January 5, 2017Alan Bullock
The Christmas Story Let’s begin our study this Christmas, by looking at one of many well-known verses in the Bible that discusses the words begotten and son in the context of Jesus. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten ...
December 9, 2016Alan Bullock
You can tell a lot about a person by looking and listening to see if they express gratitude freely. Gratitude is the spiritual spokesperson for our inner value system, and helps determine the choices we make, and to some extent, our destiny. According ...
November 2, 2016Lesley Stephen
“Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few ...
October 14, 2016Alan Bullock
Psalms 63:1 “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.” I see in David’s Psalm a passageway to finding the presence ...
September 22, 2016Alan Bullock
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby…'' 1 Peter 2:2 Today, more than ever, Christians must seek to understand political theology, how religion, politics and culture intermix. The scriptures have examples of godly people who were ...
September 7, 2016Alan Bullock
On our journey to Heaven it’s clear in Scripture that we’ll encounter trouble along the way. We may not always understand why God allows it or makes use of it, but He does. Could it be that He’s more concerned with the ...
July 26, 2016Alan Bullock
MY DAD God took the strength of a mountain, The majesty of the oak tree, The warmth of a summer sun, The calm of a quiet sea, The generous soul of nature, The comforting arm of night, The wisdom of the ages, The power of the eagle's flight, The joy ...
June 2, 2016Alan Bullock
Romans 13:7 “…give Honor to whom honor is due.” This month we honor our mothers and those who have died in our nation’s military service, and sadly sometimes they are one and the same, like Spc. Katrina L. Bell-Smith, a devout Christian, wife ...
May 2, 2016Alan Bullock
Luke 19:28-38 First, Jesus was "going up to Jerusalem." Making his way to arrive in time for Passover. Jesus had a purpose and a direction in going. He knew that Jerusalem was where his bitterest enemies had the most power. He knew they wanted ...
April 12, 2016Alan Bullock
Salt and Light Let Christian faith and hope dispel The fears of guilt and woe; The Lord Almighty is our friend, And who can prove a foe? The Savior died, but rose again Triumphant from the grave, If we but be His Salt and ...
March 1, 2016Alan Bullock
I have been reflecting on Christ, sleeping, quiet and at peace, in the midst of the storm on the boat with His disciples. Like a child, safe and hidden from harm in His mother’s loving arms. Wild winds showering icy darts ...
February 2, 2016Alan Bullock
David had become an overnight celebrity and favorite son in Israel after he killed the Philistine giant, Goliath. Jealous Saul tried unsuccessfully to kill David, but he escaped to the cave of Adulam, where four hundred men who were in debt, ...
January 8, 2016Alan Bullock
Rest Little One The angels keep their ancient ways The Spirit waits to set hearts ablaze To guard the midnight sky A baby wakes to Mary’s lullaby Christ the Lord -- rest little one Soon the cross is to be won While the Father watches over ...
December 3, 2015Daystar
Eternally Grateful Thank you, Lord, for the Life I have found in Christ, For it kindled a fire in me. Not for a moment nor even a day But for all Eternity. The joy that is mine Since you made me thine No one can take from me; The grace ...
November 1, 2015Alan Bullock
More of Him I thirst, O Lord, as I travel the journey of life, As I seek the Rock hewn from Thee in times of strife. I am the deer that pants for a cup of water to drink, Guide me O ...
October 15, 2015Alan Bullock
Although His birth brought no great fanfare or recognition from the institutions and governments of men, Jesus’ ministry of revealing the Father’s forgiveness of sin changed the course of men’s lives forever. Until Jesus, sin had an ugly permanency that gripped men’s souls like a black ...
March 25, 2013Alan Bullock
There are three things I remember about John on the day that I met him. He was a tree trimmer, an alcoholic and almost dead. My wife Anoosh and I were sharing our testimony in a church in Michigan when John’s mother came to the altar ...
March 18, 2013Alan Bullock
When you consider the weakness and failing of modern man, is it any wonder that God sent Christ to die for our sins? He saw to it that a Mediator bridged the great divide between the holy and unholy, thus securing our access to Him so ...
March 11, 2013Alan Bullock
Nearly everyone has been hurt by the actions or words of another but it is wise to remember that forgiveness can heal individuals, marriages, families and entire communities. Forgiveness is a decision to release thoughts of resentment and revenge. My wife’s sister’s husband, Bishop Haik Hovsepian, ...
March 4, 2013Alan Bullock
It is important to know that the Bible bases all its spiritual truths on historical facts. God’s Word, the Bible, does not proliferate ill-defined abstract theoretical ideas but irrefutable historical facts. The evidence in favor of the Resurrection of Jesus is as strong and conclusive as ...
February 25, 2013Alan Bullock
Not long ago most of the major television news channels ran an incredible story about a young child named Don who lost his eyesight to cancer. Ultimately, he learned to play video games, ride a bike, skate and engaged in sports. How you ask? Well he ...
February 18, 2013Alan Bullock
The Apostle Peter was far from perfect, especially when he first began to follow the Lord. I suppose of all the New Testament Apostles Peter wouldn’t be allowed to register grievances at the Customer Service Counter of Christianity. Peter’s darkest hour came when he denied the ...
February 11, 2013Alan Bullock
When the Christian’s mind turns to nature, his heart turns toward God in faith, awe and wonder. The Bible says in Psalm 24:1, “The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains, the world, and those who dwell in it, for He has founded it upon ...
February 4, 2013Alan Bullock
When my wife Anoosh and I lived in Alaska there was a pair of eagles who had a nest not far from our camp in the wilderness. I used to watch them for hours through my high-powered binoculars. Do you know that Bald Eagles mate ...
January 28, 2013Alan Bullock
As Christians we often wonder what it would have been like to have walked along the shore of Galilee with Jesus and hear him teach, heal the leper, open the eyes of the blind and turn five loaves and two fish into enough food to feed ...
January 21, 2013Alan Bullock
The use of masks in ancient Greek theater was common. Those in the chorus wore masks, but their masks were completely different from those of the leading actors. Because the number of actors was limited, they each had several masks in order to play several ...
January 14, 2013Alan Bullock
Steven Gallahan, a naval architect and avid sailor, survived for seventy-six days adrift in a small life raft in the Atlantic Ocean. His bestselling book, Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea, was on the New York Times best-seller list for more than thirty-six weeks. Callahan departed from ...
January 7, 2013Alan Bullock
Since the dawn of mankind, we have always wondered what happens after we die. Buddhists, for example, believe a living being is somehow connected to a chain of other living beings, and when they pass away, they will begin another life be it human or a ...
December 31, 2012Alan Bullock
Audie Murphy was the most decorated hero in WWII. Though a war hero and then subsequently a movie star, he died broke and destitute in a plane crash on Memorial Day weekend in 1971. Audie Murphy squandered millions of dollars on gambling, [pullquote4 align="right" style="width:300px;"]Little ...
December 24, 2012Alan Bullock
We know precious little about Jesus as a child. There are only a few sentences in scripture about his early life with the most interesting found in Luke 2:48-51. His parents missed him after several days of travel and finally found him in the temple. ...
December 17, 2012Alan Bullock
Almost everyone has a photo album of friends, family and far-away lands they’ve visited. My favorite photo of our children, David and Talitha, was taken by their baby- sitter at a Wal-Mart in West Virginia when they were just four and five years of age. ...
December 10, 2012Alan Bullock
The ocean water was warm, the sand moved gently beneath my feet and the tide rushed towards the dry and thirsty beach, catching the tiny fiddler crabs and carrying them places they didn’t necessarily want to go. The sun was hot, the warm salt air ...
December 3, 2012Alan Bullock
Jehovah (God) gave Moses two of the highest compliments that any human could ever hope to receive. Exodus 33:11 said, “The Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend,” and in Deuteronomy 34:10, the Lord said , “There ...
November 26, 2012Alan Bullock
A friend of mine came to me recently and asked me to interpret a dream for her. The Lord revealed that soon a trusted friend would belittle her and challenge her authority. The next day it came to pass. Right in front of ...
November 19, 2012Alan Bullock
I believe if we listen carefully we can learn some life-lessons from the conversation between a canary in a cage and a lark on the window sill. [pullquote4 align="right" style="width:300px;"]Little Country Church I once found a wise man who claimed he knew it all Walking on rose pedals ...
November 12, 2012Alan Bullock
There’s nothing more beautiful than spring. It’s that glorious time of the year when the earth experiences a joyful period of rebirth and renewal. Flowers bloom, trees blossom and suddenly butterflies, birds and many of God’s smallest creatures reappear after a long cold winter. The trees ...
November 5, 2012Alan Bullock
During the 2nd Great Awakening, the circuit preachers were fiery men of faith who were always on the move, planting the gospel seed and building new churches wherever they happened to make a few converts. The first circuit rider in America was Robert Strawbridge who came ...
October 29, 2012Alan Bullock
I love the old Wild West movies – especially the ones in black and white where the good guy always wins. As a child I remember watching Dale Evans and Roy Rogers and begging my dad to buy me a horse that looked just like Roy’s ...
October 22, 2012Alan Bullock
I was flying my antique 1942 Aeronca Defender aircraft from Elkins, West Virginia to the airport in Clarksburg where we had just moved. What should have been an enjoyable flight turned into a living nightmare when I almost lost my life. In all the ...
October 15, 2012Alan Bullock
Oscar Levant, the famous Russian Jewish musician, was playing a concert in a high school auditorium and became greatly disturbed when a nearby telephone kept ringing. In the middle of his piece, he leaned forward and without missing a note said, “If that is for me, ...
October 8, 2012Alan Bullock
Henri Nouwen wrote in The Only Necessary Thing: Living a Prayerful Life, “Dear God, I am so afraid to open my clenched fists! Who will I be when I have nothing left to hold on to? Who will I be when I stand before ...
October 1, 2012Alan Bullock
Peer pressure – I guess most of us have given in to it at one time or another. When teens have low self-esteem, small challenges can become major sources of anxiety, embarrassment, and frustration. Because I wanted to be accepted, peer pressure coaxed ...
September 24, 2012Alan Bullock
Shortly after the death of Jesus, some of His followers were thrown to the lions. It was a most shocking and gruesome form of execution. When early Christians gathered together to live in communities and worship Jehovah, they refused to take up arms. ...
September 17, 2012Alan Bullock
On a cold January morning in 2007 in the Washington, DC Metro Station, a violinist played six Bach pieces. While he played, two thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After approximately ten minutes the violinist received ...
September 10, 2012Alan Bullock
My wife Anoosh and I had traveled by train from Moscow to Tbilisi so I could minister in a large Baptist church. We were greeted by freezing rain, sleet, snow and one dark gray day after another. The damp chill got under our skin ...
September 3, 2012Alan Bullock