Articles & Booklets

Armenian Evangelical Articles


The articles below have been shared within the Armenian Evangelical Community by various authors over the past several decades.  They are shared here as they pertain to the core of what it means to be part of the Armenian Evangelical Movement.

Armenian Evangelical Identity:  Historical and Theological Perspectives - Rev. Barkev Darakjian
Being Obedient to The Heavenly Vision - Rev. Dr. Movses B. Janbazian
Considerations For The Future of The Armenian Reformation in North America - Pastor Stephen D. Muncherian
Evangelism in The Early Armenian Evangelical Church - Rev. Barkev Darakjian
Evangelism or Proselytism? - Rev. Barkev Darakjian
Fundamental Armenian Evangelical Teachings - Rev. Giragos H. Chopourian, Ph.D.
Mary:  Mother of God or Mother of Christ - Rev. Barkev Darakjian
Missions, Our Mission - Dr. Gilbert G. Bilezikian, Th.D.
Reflections on The 1700th Anniversary of Christianity - Dr. Setrag Khoshafian, Ph.D.
The Armenian Evangelical Church and The Armenian People - Rev. Hagop A. Chakmakjian, Th.D.
The Armenian Evangelical Church 1846-1996:  An Historical Overview - Rev. Karl V. Avakian
The Armenian Evangelical Witness to The Armenian People - Rev. Dr. Vahan H. Tootikian
The Blessed Nation - Rev. Edward S. Tovmassian
The Contributions of The Armenian Evangelical Church to The Armenian People - Rev. Dr. Vahan H. Tootikian
The Evangelical Dimension in The Armenian Church - Dr. Mihran Agbabian
The Rise of The Evangelical Movement Among Armenians - Rev. Antranig A. Bedikian
The Role of The Layperson in The Armenian Evangelical Church - Rev. L. Nishan Bakalian
The Significance of Being Evangelical Armenians - Rev. Aren Balabanian
Transport Me From The Past to The Future - Rev. Dr. Paul Haidostian, Ph.D.

From the Creekside Connection


The articles below were shared with the Creekside Evangelical Free Church of Merced by means of their church newsletter, The Creekside Connection.  They are listed by publication date.

2012


Summer:  Apologies Not Accepted   more...

April - May:  Transformed   more...

February - March:  Following Jesus in the Central Valley  more...


2011


December:  His Days - Those who keep track of such things tell us that, in our lifetime, we will spend...   more...

October:  Kingdom Economics - The economics of God's kingdom are vastly different than the economics of this world.   more...

August:  That They May Be One - Jesus prayed for His disciples (which includes those who would believe in the testimony of the disciples - i.e. us):  "...that they may be one..."  more...

June:  Perspective - In his essay, "Meditation In A Toolshed," C.S. Lewis describes the difference between looking at a beam of light and looking along the beam.   more...

April:  This is life?  There was a Roman Catholic Priest and a Baptist pastor who...  more...

February:  How much are you worth?  Well... that depends.  Each of our bodies contains chemicals and minerals like aluminum, copper, zinc, silicon, chlorine, nitrogen, and iron.  The value of the elements of our body is...  more...


2010


December:  A Sign For Us - God spoke through the prophet Isaiah, "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign..."  more...

October:  Freefall - On August 24, 2001 Air Transat flight 236 with 306 people on board took off from Toronto on route to Lisbon, Portugal.  Midway over the Atlantic Ocean, more than 1,000 miles from...  more...

August:  There are more slaves today than at any other point in history.  A significant numer of these slaves are in the United States...   more...

June:  Over the past several years God has been taking me through a process of transformation that is changing me at the core of who I am...  more...

April:  The Holy Spirit is God, the third person of the Trinity.  He is a person, not just a force or influence.  Certainly not a ghost.  When we come to faith, trusting in God's salvation offered through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit (God Himself) makes us to be spiritually alive (born again), places us into the Church, assures us that we are God's children today who have an incredible future forever with Him, and He takes up residence within us...  more...

February:  There is a story about a man driving a U-Haul truck down the road.  Every time he came to a stop he would get out, run around the truck pounding on it's side, jump back into the truck and drive to the next stop.  Where, he'd get out and do the same thing...  more...


2009


December:  A young businessman had just started his own firm.  He had just rented a beautiful office and had it furnished with antiques.  He saw a man come into the outer office.  Wishing to appear the hot shot, the businessman...  more...

October:  America is a land of rugged individualists.  "Going it alone" is seen as a virtue.  But not so in the church - the household of God - the Body of Christ...  more...

August:  How important is family?   more...

June:  Dodie Gadient, a school teacher for 13 years decided to travel across America and see the sights she had taught about.  Traveling alone in a truck with camper in tow, she launched out.  One afternoon rounding a curve...  more...

April:  We know that the Romans and Jews took tremendous security precautions to protect against potential fraud and lies by the disciples of Jesus - to make sure that Jesus stayed dead and in the tomb.  Apparently He didn't...  more...

February:  A while back I read about a couple that celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  Both were in their 80's and great-grandparents.  Frank had lost much of his hearing.  Bessie had...  more...


2008


December:  Perhaps, we want to believe that Jesus has come because our needs are so great, our desire is so deep.  Yet, His coming is hard to process - even to see applied in the reality of our lives.  It almost seems arrogant - to actually believe...  more...

October:  Thanks Giving...  Football fans are different. 70,000 rabid uninhibited fans jumping out of their seatsloudly showing support for their team is a different feeling, a different acoustic, a different atmosphere than any other sport. Crowded into a stadium there’s a mass hysteria that...  more...

August:  Re·new·al  n. revival; restoration; regeneration...  There are times when we are desperate for renewal.  In the rush of our daily lives.  When life at home is toxic.  As work becomes a test of endurance. When hope seems non-existent.  Resolution is impossible.  The finish line is out of reach.  When we go to bed tired and wake up...  more...

June:  Need To Fill Up?...  Last Summer our family drove east from Bakersfield, through the Mojave desert, and into the wastelands of Arizona and New Mexico.  It is amazing how empty the land is as one heads east.  For hundreds of miles, as far as the eye can see, there is nothing but...  more...

April:  Trust?...  There is an old story of a father who took his young son out and stood him on the railing of the back porch.  He then went down, stood on the lawn, and encouraged his son to jump into his arms.  "I'll catch you," the father said confidently.  After a lot of coaxing, the little boy...   more... 

February:  Mayonnaise...  The professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him.  When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.  He then asked the students if the jar was full.  They agreed that...  more...


2007


December:  Grace...   A vagrant lives near the Fulton Fish Market on the lower east side of Manhattan.   The slimy smell of fish carcasses and entrails nearly overpowers him, and he hates the trucks that...  more...

October:  Putting A Finger In the Dike...  Imagine  your child standing in the middle of Bear Creek.  Upstream they let out a massive flow of water.  Suddenly your child is swept away by a massive wall of water and crud, struggling to breathe and stay afloat.   Hollywood, the media, the society around us, the context...  more...

August:  Ticked?  As a passenger boarded the Los Angeles-to-New York plane, he told the flight attendant to wake him and make sure he got off in Dallas.  The passenger awoke just as the plane was landing in New York.  Furious, he called the flight attendant and demanded an explanation.  The attendant mumbled an apology and, in a rage, the passenger...  more...

June:  For Safety's Sake...   Do not ride in automobiles, they a cause 20% of all fatal accidents.  Do NOT stay at home,  17% of all accidents occur in the home.  Do Not walk on the streets...  more...

April:  John Newton spent the early years of his life as the captain of a slave ship, capturing, selling, and transporting African slaves to plantations in the West Indies and America.  He was a man devoid of any...  more...

February:  The prize for the most useless weapon of all time goes to the Russians.  During World War II they invented the “Dog Mine.”  The plan was to train dogs to associate...  more...


2006


December:  “Lo, I am with you always.”  (Matthew 28:20b)   A businessman...  more...

October:  Someone has said that there is a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot.  Words that have come to my mind often during my vain attempts...  more...

August:  For many, September is a time of beginnings.  Summer has past and ahead lies a new school year, a new year of service with the church, a new round of holidays, and perhaps...  more...

June:  A woman apparently frustrated by slow traffic on Santiago Canyon Road (Orange County), took out a baseball bat and began swinging at a truck when she couldn't pass, authorities said. Then she hurled...  more...

April:  Abdul Rahman became a follower of Jesus Christ while working as a medical aid worker for an international Christian group helping Afghan refugees in Pakistan.  After returning to his native Afghanistan...  more...

February:  Forty feet below the surface my guide stopped his descent.  All around the waters of the tropical Pacific Ocean bathed me in an ever-changing explosion of brilliant colors and overwhelming beauty.  I had to force myself to... more...


2005


December:  It has been said that there are three ages of man.  First, when we believe in Santa Clause.  Second, when we play Santa Clause.  Third...  more...

October:  First there was Katrina.  What we saw was unbelievable devastation and suffering.  Over 1,000 people died.  Many of them alone.  The scars will take generations to heal.  And then there was Rita.  Again we saw the devastation of...  more...

August:  August!!!!  If you are like me, you are sitting in dazed amazement wondering what happened to your summer.  In just 15 days school begins.  A new cycle.  New expectations.  New responsibilities.  What if we’re still struggling with...  more...

June:  When elderly Adele Gaboury turned up missing, concerned neighbors in Worcester, Massachusetts, informed the police.  A brother told police she had gone into a nursing home.  Satisfied with that information, Gaboury’s neighbors began...   more...

April:  Take a deep breath.  As you inhale, say to yourself, “God gives life...”  As you exhale, say to yourself, “and He sustains mine.”  Repeat this exercise a few more times.  Don’t be shy.  It’s only you and...  more...

February:  At 7:58 a.m. on December 26, 2004, 18.6 miles beneath the Indian Ocean, the earth shifted.  The 9.0 magnitude earthquake moved the fault line between the India and Burma plates 45 feet.  Enough...  more...


2004


December:  A man from the back mountains of Tennessee found himself one day in a large city, for the first time standing outside an elevator.  He watched as an old, haggard woman hobbled on, and the doors closed.  A few minutes later the doors opened and...  more...

October:  The first thought that goes through my mind when I’m stopped at a red traffic light is, “When can I go?”  It seems it is important to rush...  more...

August:  “How could this happen to such good people?”   more...

June:  In a few weeks our congregation will have the privilege of participating in Merced’s city-wide Vacation Bible School (VBS) ministry...  more...

April:  Several years ago a person shared an observation with me that has stuck in my mind.  He said, “Pastors don’t deal with the real world.  Pastors deal with spiritual and church things while the rest of us have to live in the real world.”  That observation is...  more...

February:  According to a story I recently read by Jim Thomson, some scientists decided to genetically engineer a fish that could live outside water.  So, selecting some healthy red herring, they bred and crossbred, hormoned and spliced, and did all the...  more...


2003


December:  Two of my favorite restaurants in Merced are the China Grand Buffet and the HomeTown Buffet.  Oh my!  So much food.  Such a great variety.  There are techniques for eating at a buffet.  How to get the most for your money.  How to eat the maximum amount of food.  How to gain...  more...

November:  A businessman traveling by plane from San Francisco to Denver happened to sit next to a nun.  Anxious already about traveling by air the businessman was doubly concerned when he noticed that the nun...  more...

October:  Its the championship game.  The series is tied at three games each.  The score is tied 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth inning.  There are two outs and a full count on the batter when he hits a tremendous drive to left center field.  The ball is on its way out of the stadium.  Every fan in the park is standing, screaming at the top of their lungs.  They’re going...  more...

September:  Imagine it is 8:00 a.m. Sunday morning and suddenly you’re awake.  You’ve overslept - last night when you went to bed you were too tired and forgot to turn on the alarm.  You quickly shower and try to get up to speed while your spouse is trying to get the kids dressed.  Breakfast is a process of preparing, cleaning, and eating - all at...  more...

July:  Remember what it was like before personal computers?  Remember when long distance meant using an operator?  Consider...  more...

June:  Recently, I read about a celebration which took place at a New Orleans municipal pool.  The party around the pool was held to celebrate the first summer in memory without a drowning at any of the city’s pools.  In honor of the occasion, two hundred people...  more...

May:  There is a story about a pastor who went to see a man who didn’t attend church very faithfully.  As they talked they sat before a fire watching the warm glow of the coals.  It was...  more...

April:  Little Philip, born with Down's syndrome, attended a third-grade Sunday School class with several eight-year-old boys and girls.  Typical of that age, the children did not readily accept Philip with his differences.  But because of a creative teacher, they... more... 

March:  As we are moving from celebrating Jesus’ incarnation towards the celebration of His death and resurrection I would like to share one word with you, “Maranatha.” I hope the meaning of this word will be an encouragement to you.  “Maranatha” is found only once...  more...


Booklets


The booklet belwo is a historical first hand missionary account shared by Friedrich Heinrici.  It is very inspirational.

The Gospel Among The Bedouin - Historical Account (1913-1932) by Friedrich Heinrici