April 2012

Friend: More Than a Facebook Status

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I started a Wednesday night ministry out of desperation to have girlfriends.

I have been a pastor's wife for over 20 years now, but I'm still not over some of the insecurities I have from carrying that label. Several years ago my husband and I were on staff at a church where we loved Sunday mornings, but on Wednesday nights, if you didn't sing in the choir or work in the children's department, there wasn't a ministry for you.

I Am a Concerned Nazarene

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There. I said it!

I am a fourth generation Nazarene, and my wife is fifth. I was born into a Nazarene pastor's family. Later, my father was a district superintendent. Every morsel of food I've eaten, every home I've lived in, every car I've driven, every piece of clothing I have worn, every provision of life from then until now has either directly or indirectly been from Nazarene tithe.

Why Gather Statistics?

In chapters 2 and 3 in the book of Revelation, the Apostle John records God's assessment of seven churches. The church in Ephesus gets good marks for hard work, perseverance, intolerance of wicked people, and rightly discerning those who are false apostles. They are also praised for hating "the practices of the Nicolaitans," but they receive a poor mark for having "forsaken the love [they] had at first."

Riding to Build Futures in South Asia

Early in the morning on September 4, 2010, I sensed God speak to me as I read, "I looked for a man among them who would build up a wall and stand before me in the gap . . . but I found none" (Ezekiel 22:30).

This scripture penetrated my heart and confirmed my call to ride a bicycle across the U.S. to raise awareness of the needs of the children in South Asia. The funds raised are sent to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries (NCM)-South Asia to establish new Child Development Centers

Not a Routine, but a Relationship

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My personal devotional life grows out of a strong desire to be with the Lord. My heart is confidently eased into His presence as I recall His promises: "Come near to God and he will come near to you" (James 4:8a). "Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need" (Hebrews 4:16).

My time with the Lord is not a routine - it's a relationship.

Engaging the Church for God's Mission

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One hundred years ago, in 1912, the first issue of the Herald of Holiness rolled off the big presses that sat in the basement of a modest home at 2109 Troost Avenue in Kansas City. The three-story structure had only 12 small rooms, but it housed the publishing interests of the fledging Church of the Nazarene. Still on Troost Avenue, though now down the street a few blocks in a state-of-the-art facility, Nazarene Publishing House is celebrating her 100th birthday. And, though the methods are different, the passion remains: to engage the Church for the mission of God.

Of Peace and Purpose

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The accounts of the post-Resurrection appearances of our Lord have been a source of encouragement and inspiration to believers across the centuries. These moments Jesus shared with His disciples were purposeful, intentional encounters during which our Lord granted them His peace and gave them a life purpose.

Remembrance of Things Past

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I borrowed the title from Marcel Proust's seven-volume novel. A very old classic work it is, its first volume being published in 1913. But Holiness Today, and its predecessor, the Herald of Holiness, are older. The first edition of the Herald hit mail boxes in 1912.

Proust finished his seventh volume of Remembrance of Things Past in 1922, about the time the Herald was hitting high gear.

Meet David Felter

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Where were you born?
Easton, Maryland.

What was it like being the child of an itinerant evangelist?
It was amazing. Every night, while I was sitting in a revival service, God was always a powerful reality from whom I could never escape. The road was always changing, never boring, sometimes lonely, and frequently filled with the most wonderful, incredible people.

What was your most memorable ministry trip?
South Africa in 2003.

Second-Century Vision

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Recently, we sat down with David Felter (DF), Holiness Today?s (HT) editor in chief with a few questions about his perspective on the second century of the Church of the Nazarene?s magazine.

HT: What is the function and purpose of HT?

DF: The official publication of the Church of the Nazarene has a clearly defined purpose or rationale: It is to clearly enunciate the message, doctrine, and experience of holiness