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
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
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
God believes in missions. He sent His Son to save humanity and reconcile them to Himself through Christ Jesus and the cross. Churches are meant to be missionary communities, sending forth those He called to local and distant lands and equipping them with the ...
August 27, 2012Alan Bullock
I read a blog once that said, "Atheism that consists in vacuous arguments afloat on oceans of historical ignorance, made turbulent by storms of strident self-righteousness, is as contemptible as any other form of dreary fundamentalism.” Along these same lines, a friend of mine once ...
August 20, 2012Alan Bullock
I recently read a fascinating article about what some consider to be the most beautiful sights, people and places of interest in the world: The most beautiful house which is located in Barcelona, Spain; The most beautiful city in the world -- Vancouver, Canada; Fatima, ...
August 13, 2012Alan Bullock
We set sail from Falmouth, England on May 14th in our 26 foot sailing sloop, hoping to reach Lisbon, Portugal by mid June. Our plan was to cross the English Channel and the Bay of Biscay before the early storms and June Gloom (heavy fogs) ...
August 6, 2012Alan Bullock
This theme that God is interested in small things is found throughout the Bible. Sometimes the smallest decision made poorly can render disastrous results. At the conclusion of the movie “Schindler’s List”, the end of World War II has come, and the Jewish people ...
July 30, 2012Alan Bullock
Many scholars refer to the Book of Acts as "The Book of Guidance" because there are so many examples of God's guidance recorded within its pages. A beautiful illustration is found in Acts 16 where, following the direction of the Holy Spirit, Paul and his ...
July 23, 2012Alan Bullock
There are more than five thousand languages spoken across the face of the earth. If one believes the Bible, all these languages could be traced back to a time when the people of the world spoke one tongue as told in the primeval Old Testament story ...
July 16, 2012Alan Bullock
Where are you headed in life? Is life a journey filled with meaning and contentment or is it void of direction and fulfillment? Do you yearn to make sense out of life and the world around you? Is your journey one of ...
July 9, 2012Alan Bullock
Money, power and lust are corrupting our society at an alarming rate while many just turn a blind eye and chose to ignore it. The desire for money over spiritual substance has spread through our society like the common cold. The spirit and humility of Jesus ...
July 2, 2012Alan Bullock
One of the many horrible tragedies during the sinking of the Titanic was that many of those who made it into the water alive were left abandoned by half-empty lifeboats that rowed away without rescuing those still left in the water. Out of the twenty ...
June 25, 2012Alan Bullock
God created the world “ex nihilo” which means “out of nothing” but as believers we know that God created the world out of love. Thus it became our responsibility to take pleasure in His creation and use the fruits of his labor wisely. The ...
June 18, 2012Alan Bullock
Acts of compassion have the potential to heal broken hearts, dispel hatred and restore damaged relationships. No one ever embodied God's compassion more than Jesus. His heart cried for the sick, the weary and the outcast. He embodied compassionate leadership which changed the ...
June 11, 2012Alan Bullock
Death is inevitable. It will ultimately happen to all of us as is the way for mortal men and woman. The apostle Paul said, "I tell you a mystery -- we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, in the ...
June 4, 2012Alan Bullock
In Acts 27:9-12, Luke records how he, Paul and others were adrift for fourteen days in a storm only to end up shipwrecked on the island of Malta halfway across the Mediterranean. Both meteorological and nautical evidence demonstrate, in a rather brilliant manner, that these ...
May 28, 2012Alan Bullock
Galatians 6:9 says, “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Matthew Henry once said, “Those who live a carnal, sensual life must expect no other fruit from such a course than misery ...
May 21, 2012Alan Bullock
Other than the rapture and when it will occur, I know of no topic that is as mysterious as the topic of Heaven. Many religions believe in a heaven but only Christianity gives a clear understanding of what it is as revealed in the Holy ...
May 14, 2012Alan Bullock
The philosophical and theological argument regarding the subject, “Does God still heal today” has been around since the time of Christ. The following brief passage represents in just a few short words the healing ministry of Christ. “Great crowds came to him, bringing the ...
May 7, 2012Alan Bullock