Author: Boyd Powers

Bold is Beautiful

It would be fair to say that President John F. Kennedy was a bold leader. When challenged about putting a man on the moon, he said, “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do other things––not because they are easy, but because they are hard. Because that goal will serve to organize the best of our abilities and skills, because that challenge is one we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win.” Those words, uttered some 57 years ago, were prophetic. America embraced the challenge...

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Taking the “Stew” out of Stewardship

Does God really care that much about financial stewardship? How much time and attention should a pastor give to the matter of finances? Over the years I have heard that more than 2,000 verses in the Bible speak about money. While I’m unable to confirm the exact number, what I do know from reading the gospels is that Jesus talked often about money. And then, soon after the birth of the Church, along with miracles, signs, and numerous new converts, God turned aside from all the successes and fixed his attention on one financial sin. Ananias and Sapphira, instead...

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Translation Initiative for the Horn of Africa

“What are you doing today that will make a difference 100 years from now?” It was Mark Batterson’s question that provided the perspective I needed and provoked the faith that was necessary to believe that God could use the Oregon Ministry Network to change the course of history across the Horn of Africa by providing discipleship and training materials in the three major heart languages of the people of Ethiopia: Amharic, Oromiffa, and Somali.  God dropped into my heart the thought that the Horn of Africa Translation Initiative is an enduring and transformative strategy that really will make a...

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Funeral Services for Jim Billings

Funeral services for Jim Billings will be held on Tuesday, January 24th at 11am at the New Life Community Church in Fair Oaks, CA. New Life Community Church 8101 Sunset Ave Fair Oaks, CA 95628 There will be a viewing on Monday, January 23rd from 4pm – 7pm at the Chapel of the Valley in Roseville, CA. Chapel of the Valley 97 Vernon Street Roseville, CA...

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Grieving the loss of Rick Ellis & Jim Billings

It is with a deep sense of loss and a heavy heart that we share the unexpected passing of two members of our missionary family. On Sunday Rick Ellis was in a serious motorcycle accident and passed away. Laurel survived and and is recovering in a hospital in Concepción, Chile. Monday evening, Jim Billings suffered a heart attack and stepped into the presence of the Lord. Both of these men were outstanding missionaries who served the Lord with gladness and a deep sense of commitment. The grief we feel is almost inexpressible, and yet we do not grieve like...

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