April 2024 Church Herald and Holiness Banner

The April Church Herald and Holiness Banner is now available. The lead editorial is entitled, "Looking for Hope." If you are looking, take a look at this article based on Jeremiah 29:11. The issue also includes information about the new COGH website, a General Camp fundraiser, and registration information concerning the 2024 COGH General Convention.. You can also read the obituary for Ken Willard, who served for many years as a board member of Kansas Christian College. The Banner is available in both electronic and print format. If you want a copy of the April issue, please call the office, or go to heraldandbanner.com. Thanks!

2024-03-25T16:00:54+00:00March 25th, 2024|Categories: News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Oct. 26, 2023: Worship – When

Read Acts 2:38-47.

“And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart” (v. 46).

Worship is a lifestyle. The Christians in the Early Church understood this. The idea of “continuing daily” is that they were constantly diligent in their worship. Whether they went to the Temple every day- which seems very likely- or found a place or attitude of worship every day, those Christians knew the concept and practice of lifestyle worship.
I knew a man who has since gone to Heaven, who seemed to live in the presence of God. He talked about God, he lived like Jesus, and when he prayed, he had an open line to the throne of grace.
While none of us may be exactly like the man to whom I refer, the reality is all of us have the privilege of worship, not just on Sunday and not just in a church building, but we have the privilege of worship wherever we go. (MDA)
Take the name of Jesus ever,
As a shield from ev’ry snare.
If temptations round you gather,
breathe that holy name in prayer.

O the precious name of Jesus!
How it thrills our souls with joy,
When His loving arms receive us,
and His songs our tongues employ!
--- Lydia Baxter

2023-10-26T16:22:04+00:00October 26th, 2023|Categories: Opening the Word, Uncategorized|0 Comments

July 12, 2023: God’s Judgment on Rebellion

Read 1 Samuel 15:26-35.

"And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel" (v. 26).

Recently a prominent pastor in another movement was found to have abused a woman who was the wife of a younger pastor he was mentoring. He was rightly removed from all his ministry positions, and many people assumed he would never be in a ministry position again. Yet, only eight months after his removal from the pastorate, four other pastors declared that he was ready once again for ministry, and he was invited to preach in one of their churches, much to the dismay of many in the movement.
Saul tried to pass the blame when he was caught in his sin. When faced with the consequences of his sin, he made a show of repentance, but he was too late to save his kingship. Samuel distances himself from Saul from that point forward, and David eventually becomes king.
This is the kind of judgment we can expect for rebellion. Saul’s sin wasn’t something minor he was trying to overcome. He prioritized his own opinions and desires over God. We may be tempted to do the same, but we should also expect the same type of judgment. To be sure, true repentance was still possible for Saul, just as true repentance is still possible for all who have fallen. But true repentance doesn’t seek to save a high position or a good name; it seeks to save our right relationship with God. (Randy Bland)
Are you allowing rebellion to grow in your heart?

2023-07-12T16:28:20+00:00July 12th, 2023|Categories: Opening the Word, Uncategorized|0 Comments

July 16, 2023: The Judgments of God

FOCUS TEXT: Revelation 6:8-17

BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Joel 2:1-11; Zechariah 6:1-8; Matthew 24:1-51; Revelation 6:1-17

DEVOTIONAL READING: Matthew 24:32-51

KEY VERSE: The great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand? (Revelation 6:17).

CENTRAL TRUTH: God will one day judge those who persist in wickedness.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to list elements of God's coming judgment.

I. The Severity of God's Judgment (Revelation 6:1-8)
II. The Justice of God's Judgment (Revelation 6:9-11)
III. The Fear of God's Judgment (Revelation 6:12-17)

2023-07-10T14:01:50+00:00July 10th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized, Weekly Lesson Summaries|0 Comments

July 9, 2023: Our Worthy Redeemer

FOCUS TEXT: Revelation 5:1-14

BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Isaiah 6:1-12; Revelation 4:1-11


KEY VERSE: Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing (Revelation 5:12).

CENTRAL TRUTH: Christ is worthy to receive all honor and praise in heaven and earth.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify various ways we can honor Christ as our Redeemer.

I. The Sealed Book (Revelation 5:1-4)
II. The Worthy Lamb (Revelation 5:5-7)
III. The Praise of the Redeemed (Revelation 5:8-14)

2023-07-05T16:35:43+00:00July 5th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized, Weekly Lesson Summaries|0 Comments

April 26, 2023: Parental Instruction

Read Proverbs 1:7-19.

"My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother" (v. 8).

Most of us want to look good in the eyes of others. For sure, some will go further to make that happen than others, but most of us want it. And the proverb writer seems to suggest that feeling is not all bad. Our text verse is combined structurally with verse 9. "For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck."
Jewelry, whether a crown on your head or chains around your neck, is designed to signify dignity. But the proverb says such signs of dignity can be achieved in different ways. One of them is by obeying the instruction of parents. In well-trained eyes, submission to parents moves a person to the head of the class!
How are you trying to look good in the eyes of others? Again, the Bible does not condemn that, so long as the motives and methods are godly. (Gordon Snider)
"I would be true, for there are those who trust me."
--- H. A. Walter

2023-04-26T14:45:49+00:00April 26th, 2023|Categories: Opening the Word, Uncategorized|0 Comments

April 20, 2023: Responsibility for Wealth

Thursday, April 20
Read Matthew 25:14-30.

Responsibility for Wealth
"Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury" (v. 27).

In the Parable of the Talents, the master conveys a certain amount of money to three servants. The funds represented both an opportunity and an obligation. Nowhere are the funds viewed as being intended for personal pleasure. The two "profitable" servants used the opportunity with an eye to their obligation to the master. Both were rewarded with more significant opportunities for investment, not a life of ease based on the investment or the profits. The third servant is condemned because he failed to seize the moment to enhance his master's holding but was contented to "manage" his holdings with an eye to not losing. Possessions are the Father's investment in His children with which they are to extend His kingdom. Doing so brings His commendation. Failure to do so brings His condemnation.
Contrary to the opinion of the unprofitable servant, our Father is not a demanding taskmaster. God's bounty is strikingly evident in our daily lives. But the ultimate purpose of such gifts provides both opportunity and obligation. Failure to understand these underlying purposes for His investment in us justifies the Master in removing the investment He has made in us. Blessings bring responsibility. (William Snider)

2023-04-20T13:50:46+00:00April 20th, 2023|Categories: Opening the Word, Uncategorized|0 Comments

April 23, 2023: Christian Principles for Giving Money

FOCUS TEXT: Malachi 3:8-10; 2 Corinthians 9:5-15

BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11; Matthew 6:1-4; Mark 12:41-44; Luke 6:35-38; Galatians 6:6-10


KEY VERSE: Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7).

CENTRAL TRUTH: Proper biblical stewardship includes giving as God directs.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify ways in which their stewardship of money could be improved.

I. The Pattern for Giving (Malachi 3:7-12)

II. The Principles of Giving (2 Corinthians 9:5-7)

III. The Privileges of Giving (2 Corinthians 9:8-15)

2023-04-17T15:20:31+00:00April 17th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

April 16, 2023: Christians and Money

FOCUS TEXT: 1 Timothy 6:6-21

BACKGROUND SCRIPTURES: Proverbs 8:18-21; Ecclesiastes 2:12-23; Matthew 6:19-24; 2 Corinthians 9:1-15

DEVOTIONAL READING: Matthew 19:16-26

KEY VERSE: For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith (1 Timothy 6:10).

CENTRAL TRUTH: Biblical stewardship recognizes that all our possessions belong to God.

OBJECTIVE: By the end of this lesson my students should be able to identify several ways in which the use of money can show they are good stewards.

I. Avoid Materialism (1 Timothy 6:6-10)

II. Establish Right Priorities (1 Timothy 6:11-16)

III. Use Riches Rightly (1 Timothy 6:17-21)

April 5, 2023: The Suffering Servant

Wednesday, April 5
Read Matthew 27:26-37.

The Suffering Servant
“And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!” (v. 29).

The cross of Jesus had to be carried to Golgotha. Another person around the crucifixion after Jesus was before Pilate and crowned with thorns and carrying his cross was Simon of Cyrene. He was “compelled to bear his cross” (v. 32). Dr. Ralph Earle comments: “Jesus started out carrying His cross. But weakened by all He had gone through, He was unable to carry it far, so the soldiers picked out a passerby and placed it on his shoulders.”
When we are saved or born again, we have a “cross” to bear, identifying with Jesus as our Savior and Lord. Our “cross” includes dying to our selfish ways, identifying with His mission, and being His witness to others. Jesus told us, “let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” (Luke 9:23). (David Fruth)
Must Jesus bear the cross alone,
And all the world go free?
No, there’s a cross for ev’ry one,
And there’s a cross for me.
--- Thomas Shepherd and others

Are you bearing your cross daily?

2023-04-05T16:14:51+00:00April 5th, 2023|Categories: Opening the Word, Uncategorized|0 Comments


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