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Church of God Leader Ray H. Hughes Passes Away

cog_rayhugsDr. Ray H. Hughes, Sr., former general overseer of the Church of God and past president of Lee University, died late last night at a local hospital. He was 87.

Hughes served the Church of God denomination as its top leader on three separate occasions, the most recent in 1996. He is the only person in the 125-year history of the Church of God to serve as general overseer three separate times. He was first elevated to the post following the death of R. Leonard Carroll in January 1972. He was elected later that year to serve out the two-year term and was re-elected general overseer in 1978, serving until 1982 when tenure limitations came into effect. In addition to general overseer, Hughes was elected to first, second and third assistant general overseer on several occasions, serving a total of 22 years on the Executive Committee, the denomination’s highest-ranking body of leaders.

What Type of Fast Are You On This New Year?

What Type of Fast Are You On This New Year?

Simply stated, biblical fasting is refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. When you eliminate eating from your diet for a number of days, your spirit becomes both uncluttered by the things of this world and amazingly sensitive to the things of God.

The Bible records numerous circumstances under which God’s people fasted. The duration of the fasts recorded by Scripture, as well as the type of fasting undertaken, differed a great deal.

Moses fasted 40 days when he received God’s law (see Deut. 9:9). Joshua and the elders of Israel fasted for about 12 hours after Israel’s armies were defeated at Ai (see Josh. 7:6). The apostle Paul fasted 14 days while he was in peril (see Acts 27:33-36). Jesus fasted too—for 40 days before beginning His ministry (see Matt. 4:2).

These examples indicate that the duration of a fast often has a lot to do with what a person is facing. They also exemplify the three types of fasts modeled in Scripture—absolute, normal and partial.

A Very VOCaL Woman

Whether she’s singing or preaching, Judy Jacobs makes an impact with her voice. The volume has been loud ever since she was touched by the Holy Spirit’s fire.

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