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  • A Love for a City

    “You’ve been chosen to represent our school on a missions trip to New Orleans.” Wayne Northup, then a student at North Central University (NCU), struggled to conceal his excitement. Chosen. Even today, 20 years later, he can’t help but grin at the word. “I found out later they’d already asked 10 people,” he laughs…

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  • Fearfully & Wonderfully Made

    Originally, we were just going to the movies.” Lindsey Mann, now 28, pictures her awkward, 7th grade self with two friends from Ponchatoula, Louisiana—nearly an hour away from Lindsey’s home in New Orleans. The three tweens enjoyed frequent hangouts and sleepovers at Lindsey’s house on the weekends. But on this particular weekend, Lindsey invited another girl…

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  • 100 Years of Growth

    Across the country, from Comunidad Cristiana Internacional in Greenville, South Carolina, all the way to LifeHouse Church in Bakersfield, California, the Hispanic Church is growing rapidly. “In 1972, there were five Hispanic districts, including Puerto Rico,” says Rev. Dennis Rivera, director of the Assemblies of God Office of Hispanic Relations. “Now, in 2018, there are 14.”…

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  • “All In” Leadership

    In 2016, after 25 years of being bi-vocational—in roles including a teacher, principal, and superintendent of a public school district as well as an associate pastor, evangelist, and lead pastor—my wife, Linda, and I felt God prompting us into a transition from the known to the unknown…

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  • The Good Shepherd

    It all started at 1031 Dolores Street in Bakersfield, California. The year was 1965, and five young families crowded together in the kitchen of a two-bedroom home to learn about topics such as grammar, spelling, and Scripture. “Now you can imagine in a two-bedroom house just how big the kitchen is,” says the home-owner Ben Herrera, chuckling. “If you turn around, you’d better be careful or you’ll knock the dishes over!”…

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  • You Belong Here

    The church board stared at stacks of paper, heralding 135 qualified candidates. Their senior pastor announced his resignation in the early summer of 2014, and as soon as the word was out, resumes were in. As the board members rifled through documents detailing experience and education, they discovered an application from their youth pastor, Shane Hawkins…

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  • What is a Charitable Gift Annuity

    Do you worry every so often about your financial future? Do you occasionally wonder how best to ensure financial freedom in your life? A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) may be the best answer to this question. With a CGA from Church Extension Plan (CEP), you can receive fixed payments throughout your lifetime…

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  • The Test of Time

    By the time Sherry Jefferson joined CEP’s staff, she had a wealth of work experience. But in her own words, “Not one of them had the quality of really caring for people the way CEP does. You not only talk to the customer, but you can pray with them. You’re fulfilling ministry.”…

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  • Investments for Kids

    Every parent and grandparent wants to see their child have the best possible start in life and hopes for a bright future. Fortunately, there are actions we can take now to help make that bright future a reality. One such action is to create a financial plan which begins when a child is young and can help them make major decisions later in life…

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