It Feels So Right
Although this issue has no central theme, it is evident that the articles reflect the varied concerns, desires and opinions of our constituency. I would like to take the freedom to join them with some observations of my own.
Dr. Richard I. Gregory, IFCA International Executive Director & Voice Editor
Seeker Friendly Services A Matter of Faith
...In some places seeker services have drawn large crowds of non-churched people. However, a few churches using these methods acknowledge the difficulty of moving seekers beyond the seeker levels.
Rev. Steven W. Butts
The Broken Cow
"From the grandchildren." It was addressed to me and it was in Nancy's, my daughter-in-law's handwriting! My fingers couldn't get the package opened fast enough!
Mrs. Joy Chipchase
Crucified with Christ
...we need to consider what it means to be crucified with Christ. From the seven statements our Lord made from the cross, we can find some of the meaning of being crucified with Him.
Rev. Ralph H. Manchee
Words are Not Enough
God commanded the Prophet Isaiah to get their attention by crying loudly without restraint, and by raising his voice like a trumpet to tell them that they were transgressing and sinning.
Dr. Robert Provost D.D.
Thoughts from Kathy
...if you really want to "support" their ministry, you might want to consider "giving your missionary a raise" since they probably have faced cost-of-living increases in the years they've been gone.
Mrs. Kathy Dane
My Faithful Companion
The conscience is the moral database of the soul that recognizes the distinction between right and wrong and then speaks forth with an inner voice its unsolicited opinion.
Rev. David J. Brown
Laymen with a Mission
The men at Mesa Hills Bible Church in Colorado Springs have a group called "Men for Missions." (Not to be confused with some large organizations that use the same name.) Encouraged by Senior Pastor, Richard Keltner, and Missions Pastor, Ray Whitlock, these men have a willingness to do manual labor for the Lord.
Mr. Allen McDermott
The World's Storytellers Tell Another Story
...our children (tomorrow's future) are left with a lack of knowledge concerning God and His Word, the Bible. This leaves them and the lands with the only option to listen to the mighty "storytellers" known world wide...that storyteller is Hollywood, television and other media.
Mr. Daniel McIntosh
The Discipline of Decision
I really made a haul at our local library's used book sale. Not only did I get a whole bagful for $2.00, but one of those books was that little gem of V. Raymond Edman's, The Disciplines of Life: and autographed at that! Talk about being in the right place at the right time!
Rev. Raymond Shive
The Precious Blood
Efforts have been repeatedly made within the Christian community to eliminate the emphasis upon "the blood of Christ." As modernism crept into the organized Church, songs extolling "the blood," were removed from hymn books. The preaching of "the shed blood of Christ" was labeled "a slaughter-house religion."
Rev. Robert Isbell
What Do I Do & How's It Going?
At the time of this writing, I have been on the job as IFCA Executive Director Designate for less than three months. Many have asked me to explain what I do and how it's going.
Rev. Les Lofquist, IFCA International Executive Director Designate
Reflections on Childlikeness
"To be a Child again," a sentiment reflected in a Country song, strikes an occasional chord in the heart of everyone who has assumed the responsibilities of adulthood. We all envy the simplicity of a child, such as the freedom to go outside and play!
Rev. Tim Keeley
Discipline Across Congregations
Raymond had always been an active member of our church. If the church building was open, he was there. He taught Sunday school and had been a youth sponsor. He tithed faithfully, and he took notes during the sermon-even if it was dull. Yet, he had a hidden side.
Steven A. Long
God at Work at Offutt AFB & Kuwait
Chaplain Peters described in the July/August '99 issue of VOICE the ministry he has with the Flying Wing, Security Police, and personnel of Headquarters Strategic Command. He now shares the ministry he and his wife Kimberly have with individuals and couples at Offutt AFB, Nebraska and during his deployment to Prince Sultan Air Base, Saudi Arabia.
Chaplain, Captain Jason Peters, USAF
What This Youth Group Really Needs Is...
He was one of the main guys in our youth group, and I noticed as the rest of the teen Sunday school class dismissed and headed off to the morning service that he had waited back for my attention. As he approached me to ask if we could talk, I noticed his eyes beginning to fill with tears.
Rev. Van Marsceau