Luis was an angry young man involved in gang
wars as far back as he could remember. He stabbed so many rival gang members in fights he loss count at
20. He was abandoned by his parents
when he was 10 years old. He got into too much trouble and they gave up on him.
Jesus never gave up on him. Luis wanted nothing to do with Jesus even after that
fateful night… He found solace and acceptance in his gang family.
Luis was a tall, good-looking Puerto Rican
who exceled in athletics. He was wiry, strong and a very fast runner. His skin
was dark brown and shone like bronze under the New York sun. He spent most of
his young life on the streets of New York City scraping out a living by
stealing and working at the local market part time. He was induced to join the
gangs at a very early age. He was a natural leader having a bent toward
violence being filled with rage from being abandoned by his parents five years
Unfortunately, Luis took to the gang life like pancakes and syrup blend
together. Unlike pancakes Luis left a bad taste in the mouths of many people
especially his parents, who abandoned
him because he was out of control.He
became a seasoned drug addict by age 15 and his choice of weapon was a
black-handled switchblade. The blade of the knife was 6inches long and sparkled
brightly when the noon sun reflected off it. He kept that blade as sharp as a razor. This
knife was Luis’s prized possession and it was like a brother to him. Everywhere
he went it went right along with him. His knife was well known to the police
and rival gang members. He had
punctured many young men while actively fighting with his gang. He became so
successful in gang warfare that he started his own gang.
He called his gang” Luis’s Loners.” His
gang became so prominent that they controlled about 20 blocks of prime New York
City turf. Luis was known for pulling his weapon out and let it talk for him.
He had become a very skilled street knife fighter with all the gang wars he fought. He always managed
to avoid getting sliced by other gang fighters. He was extremely quick with his
hands and feet and instinctively he ducked, dodged and weaved to avoid being
stabbed by an opponent’s knife.
Joey was the only bright spot in Luis’s
life. Helen, his girlfriend, was of no help to him she was always high and
worlds away from reality. Joey was his younger brother who had been a
formidable gang member as well. Jesus took Joey off the streets about a year
earlier when Joey became a Christian. Ever since then Joey had been imploring
Luis to turn his life over to Jesus before it was too late. Luis wanted nothing
to do with Jesus or that religious trash. Luis was heading into his 1000th gang
fight this evening a record he was quite proud of.
This night Luis was especially bold and
feeling very angry. He had pumped
his system with amphetamines all day in preparation for his big occasion. Luis
displayed his usual fighting prowess avoiding knife blade after knife blade. He
slashed right and left never missing a body within his reach. Then the
unthinkable happened … a knife blade flashed out of the dark alley slicing
Luis’s jugular vein in half!He crumpled
to the ground grasping his throat and gasping for air. Everything spun around
him faster than his mind could perceive. He woke up in the hospital with tubes
entering and exiting out of his body every way imaginable.
He lost so much blood doctors had little
hope he would live through the night. He drifted in and out of consciousness.
Joey was at Luis’s bedside waiting for the right time to have one last talk
with Luis. The time came. “Luis can you hear me?” He nodded his head yes.“John 3:16 says For God
so greatly lovedanddearly prized the world that He [even]
gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in,
clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but
have eternal (everlasting) life. I am asking you for
the last time-Do you want to accept Jesus as your Savior?” Luis nodded his head
violently no! At that moment Luis slipped into eternity, Joey laid his head on
Luis’s bed and wept like a baby. There was no
midnight conversion this time.
For God so greatly lovedanddearly prized the world that He [even]
gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in,
clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but
have eternal (everlasting) life. John 3:16
Spirit? “For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of
God” (Rom 8:14).
What is the purpose of God
sending the Holy Spirit to live within believers? Firstly, the Spirit
gives us gifts, leads us, and empowers us for service but a vital
activity of the Spirit, that is often overlooked, is the work He does
within us to empower us to overcome sin. Sin is THE issue between man
and God. The Bible was written solely because of sin and Jesus died
on the cross solely because of sin. So, if man had never sinned then
the Bible would never have been written and, of course, Jesus' death
would not have been necessary either. However, man did sin and as a
result Jesus suffered a terrible death for us.
always separates us from God and for this reason He says, “Be
holy, because I am holy” (1 Pet. 1:16). We all know that
sinning is unholy so if we are to obey God's command to be holy then
our sinful nature, the flesh, must be overcome. God knows that we
can't do this in our own strength so He sends the Holy Spirit to
empower us. Just as God sent Jesus to die to make it possible for us
to be forgiven, He sends the Holy Spirit to live within us to
strengthen us to resist sin and live a holy life because “without
holiness no one will see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14).
This empowering work of the Spirit is spoken of in 2 Pet. 1:3-4 which
say, “His divine power [the Holy Spirit] has given us
everything we need for life and godliness … [so that] … you may
participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the
world caused by evil desires”. Rom. 8:4 adds to this
saying that through the Spirit we are able to fulfill God's righteous
requirements. So, with the power of the Holy Spirit, we can overcome
the corruption of our evil desires and live a holy, righteous
Overcoming sin is a battle each of us must face personally. Gal. 5:17
tells us that within every believer there is a war going on between
the Spirit and our sinful nature and, to win this war, Gal. 5:16
tells us, “live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify
the desires of the sinful nature”. Many other passages
also speak of being delivered from sin, such as:
Rom. 6:14 which says, “sin shall not be your
Tit. 2:14 says that Jesus “gave himself for us to redeem
us [that is, to free us] from all wickedness and to purify for
himself a people that are his very own”.
John 8:34-36 Jesus said, “everyone who sins is a slave to
sin … [but] ... if the Son sets you free, you will be free
From these verses we can see that God's purpose in the Holy Spirit is
to free us from slavery to sin but this does not mean we become
sinless. 1 John 2:1 tells us that we may sin from time to time.
However, sin is not to be part of our normal lifestyle. There is a
huge difference between an occasional sin and ongoing, deliberate sin
that is a regular part of our way of life. Deliberate sin can lead to
condemnation as Heb. 10:26-27 tell us.
be freed from slavery to sin we simply need to confess our sins
whenever convicted by the Holy Spirit. 1 John 1:9 says that if we
confess we will be forgiven and cleansed of
all unrighteousness. This is an easy
process in theory but it can be very hard in practice because our
sinful nature wars fiercely against the Spirit's conviction (Gal.
5:17). However, as we continue to humbly confess and turn away from
sin the Spirit strengthens us to resist. It may take time but, as we
resist, the Spirit will renew us within and we will be cleansed of
all unrighteousness - sin will no longer be our master.
Finally, Php. 2:13 tells us, “it is God [the Holy Spirit]
who works in you to will and to act according to his good
purpose” and Rom. 8:14 says, “those who are
led by the Spirit of God are sons of God”. Those who do
not follow the leading of the Spirit are not sons of God.
Regarding speaking in
tongues, what is 1 Cor. 13:11 saying? The verse says, "When
I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I
reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways
behind me". In this verse, the putting away of the so
called childish ways of speaking, thinking and reasoning is parallel
to the cessation of the gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge
spoken of in 1 Cor. 13:8. The following points make this connection
I) 1 Cor. 13:11 is right in the middle of 1 Cor. 13:8-13 which is
about the cessation of the three spiritual gifts of tongues, prophecy
II) In 1 Cor. 13:11, the word translated "put away" (G2673
- katargeo) is the same word that is used in 1 Cor. 13:8 where it
talks about prophecy and knowledge ceasing. So, in saying "put
away", Paul is talking about the cessation of speaking, thinking
III) Because verses 8 and 11 are both talking about the cessation of
three things, it is obvious that speaking, thinking and reasoning are
parallel to the gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge.
Speaking = tongues
Thinking = prophecy
Reasoning = knowledge
Therefore, 1 Cor. 13:11 is saying, "When I was a
child, I talked like a child [tongues], I thought like a child
[prophecy], I reasoned like a child [knowledge]. When I became a man,
I put childish ways behind me".
Paul figuratively refers to tongues, prophesy and knowledge as
"childish ways" because they were for the infant church and
were put away, ceased, as he became a man, that is, as the church
matured. Tongues, being a sign of judgement (1 Cor. 14:21-22), ceased
with the early church, some time after Jerusalem’s judgement in
70AD and God stopped giving biblical prophecy and knowledge to men
when Revelation was written (around 96AD) because He had nothing
further to add to His written Word.
Some suggest that 1 Cor. 13:11 is about abuse or love or moving on
spiritually but the context of the verse rules these out. The verse
is right in the middle of three chapters on spiritual gifts and,
further still, it is firmly anchored in the middle of six verses
which are talking about the cessation of tongues, prophecy and
knowledge so the context is clearly about the cessation of the
spiritual gifts of tongues, prophecy and knowledge and not about
things like abuse, love or moving on spiritually.
Another suggestion is that “becoming a man”, in 1 Cor. 13:11, is
talking about maturing when Jesus returns but this cannot be as, at
the Rapture, we will not “become a man” but be totally
transformed into spiritual beings, no longer even human (1 Cor.
15:50-53). Sudden change from a flesh and blood human being into an
immortal, spiritual being can hardly be called maturing.
All this, I believe, shows that tongues, prophesy and knowledge
ceased with the early church.
A final point for thought:
Some believe that, in 1 Cor. 13:9-10, “the perfect” is Jesus and
that all gifts cease when He returns but this can’t be true for two
I) “the perfect” is neuter gender, not masculine, so it cannot
be referring to Jesus.
II) Even if “the perfect” was Jesus, 1 Cor. 13:9-10 say that
only prophecy and knowledge cease at the coming of “the perfect”,
not all the gifts.
The following books on the cessation of tongues, prophecy and
knowledge are free to download -
All About Speaking In Tongues by an ex-Pentecostal Pastor -
Sola Scriptura – very good, author unknown -
The Doctrine Of Tongues written by a New Zealand Barrister in the
Other books and articles -
This article can be downloaded as a PDF or an MP3 from -
In 1 Cor. 13:8, we are told
that Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge will cease at some point in
time and, after they cease, 1 Cor 13:13 says that Faith,
Hope and Love will remain. We know that Love is eternal but our Faith
and Hope are both fulfilled and come to their conclusion when Jesus
returns as the following shows -
Regarding Faith, Heb. 11:1
tells us that Faith is “being sure of what we hope for
and certain of what we do not see” and 2 Cor. 5:7 says,
"we live by faith, not by sight", so
when we see Jesus our Faith will give way to sight. 1 Pet. 1:9 says,
“you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation
of your souls”. Thayer’s dictionary defines
“goal” as the “termination, the limit at
which a thing ceases to be” so, when Jesus returns to bring our
salvation (Heb. 9:28), our Faith will have reached its goal and
terminate. The AMP says, “you receive the result, the
outcome, the consummation of your faith” and the KJV
says, “receiving the end of our faith” so
it’s clear that our faith reaches its conclusion when Jesus
Regarding Hope, Tit. 2:13
tells us that we are waiting for Jesus, our Blessed Hope, and Rom.
8:24 says, “hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who
hopes for what he already has?” So, when we see Jesus,
our Hope will be realised and come to its conclusion.
From this we can see that
Faith and Hope will only remain until Jesus returns but Love will
continue eternally, as 1 Cor. 13:8 says.
So, Tongues, Prophesy and
Knowledge are the first to cease, leaving Faith and Hope remaining
and they will both conclude when Jesus returns. This shows that
Tongues, Prophesy and Knowledge cease before Jesus returns and brings
Faith and Hope to their conclusion.
It’s not possible for
Tongues, Prophecy, Knowledge to remain alongside Faith and Hope as
this would contradict Scripture which says that Faith and Hope remain
after Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge have ceased. (The word “now”,
beginning 1 Cor. 13:13, is not the “now” of time but the “now”
of logic or argument and is better translated as “but” - see this
in the VWS and JFB commentaries. This means that the passage is
saying that Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge would cease at some point
in time “but” Faith, Hope and Love would remain.)
Some say that Faith and
Hope will continue eternally but their Biblical descriptions, as
shown above, make it abundantly clear that they will both be
consummated and terminate when Jesus returns.
A simplified explanation is
First, Tongues, Prophesy
and Knowledge cease, leaving Faith, Hope and Love remaining.
Next, Faith and Hope cease
when Jesus returns.
Therefore Tongues, Prophesy
and Knowledge cease before Jesus returns.
The aim of this article is
simply to show that tongues, prophecy and knowledge were targeted to
cease before Jesus returns. To keep things short, the timing of
cessation has not been examined. However, I believe that a close look
at 1 Cor. 13:8-13 shows that they ceased in the first century. An
in-depth look at this can be found in the following links to free
books on the subject. Amen.
following books on the cessation of Tongues, Prophecy and Knowledge
are free to download -
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Examples: church initiates a gas buy-down that offers gas at a lower price to motorists; an after-school tutoring program and job care center at a church; a Thanksgiving dinner for internationals.
Average word count: 600 words
This article is an as-told-to interview/profile with someone who is passionate about reaching others for Christ. Through the telling of heartfelt and inspiring stories, this first-person article answers two primary questions: What birthed your passion for outreach? What continues to fuel that passion in you? This article should show readers where someone was before he/she began to develop a passion or calling for evangelism; explain how he/she was awakened to the need to be personally involved in sharing his or her faith in Christ; describe the process (stories of struggles, challenging adjustments, victories) of transformation; and explain what he/she is doing now to reach people for Christ. We’re looking for well-known personalities.
Whether your article is a 200-word Pulse piece or a 2,500-word cover story, please follow these interviewing and writing guidelines:
Mail submissions to Story Ideas, Outreach Magazine, 5550 Tech Center Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo. 80919. Email submissions to TellUs@OutreachMagazine.com. No phone calls, please.
22 Years Strong as the Leading Bible-based Nature Journal Readers call it, "The Christian answer to National Geographic" -- EVERY ISSUE A KEEPSAKE! Creation Up Close - (1,500 to 2,000 words) Pays approximately $100. Re-Creation and Restoration through Outdoor Adventure - (1,500 to 2,000 words) Pays approximately $100 Creatures Near and Dear to Us - (1,500 to 2,000 words) Pays approximately $100 Children’s Story - (500 to 1,000 words) Pays approximately $50-$75 Gardens from Eden Around the World - (1,000 to 1,500 words) Pays approximately $75 My Walk with God - (1,000 to 1,500 words) Pays approximately $75 Creation - Day ___ - (1,500 to 2,000 words) pays approximately $100 Spiritual Nature themed poetry (Short, usually 4 verses) pays approximately $15
All submissions to the editor (including solicited material) will be considered for POSSIBLE publication. Unsolicited material is welcomed, but a query is recommended since a similar subject may already be assigned. We do not accept phone queries. If we are interested in your query or submissions, you will be notified by the editor.
All mailed submissions and queries should be accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped return envelope.
Send queries, solicited, and unsolicited material to firstname.lastname@example.org Please put in the subject line: story submission and or query "title" of your story - for: Up Close, Creatures, Children, My Walk etc. OR Mail to: Creation Illustrated editor, P.O. Box 7955, Auburn, CA 95604.
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes magazine. FCA Magazine’s mission is to serve as a ministry tool of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes by informing, inspiring and involving coaches, athletes and all whom they influence, that they may make an impact for Jesus Christ.
FCA accepts freelance writer queries and photographs from freelance photographers.
Approach: Query e-mails are best. FCA is a four-color publication printed six times a year on 8” x 10-3/4” glossy stock. Articles range from 1,000-2,000 words. Response to queries, manuscripts and photos depends on the timeliness of the story. Prefer to buy first rights only.
Photography: Articles should be accompanied by at least three quality photos—digital or hard copy. All digital photos must be at least 300dpi.
Payment: Upon publication. Fee depends on page count.
Light from the Word is a daily devotional, published quarterly, with a circulation of approximately 27,000. We look for clean, tight, inspirational writing that makes minimal use of the first person. Writing must lead readers to discover a biblical truth and apply that truth to their lives. Each devotional contains a title, theme verse, body text, and imperative action statement of affirmation.
Devotionals are written by assignment; a typical assignment is for seven devotionals of approximately 200–240 words each. Payment is $100 for seven devotionals and includes a complimentary copy.
Writers who would like to be considered for an assignment may submit devotional writing samples to email@example.com. Write “Devotional Samples" in the subject line. If Wesleyan Publishing House decides to pursue a partnership and offer an assignment, writers will be contacted within six months.
Features Articles generally cover a two-page spread and should be no more than 800 words. One-page articles should be 300 words. When submitting unsolicited seasonal material, please keep in mind that we plan issues six months to one year in advance. Queries are welcome.
Payment Payment for material submitted for first North American serial rights ranges from US$20 to US$100. Writers can expect payment within five to six weeks of acceptance. Upon publication, authors are sent one complimentary copy of the issue in which their material appears.
All manuscripts submitted for publication should be typed, double-spaced with wide margins, and in Word (PC) format. Include the title of your piece, word count, your name, address, telephone number, E-mail address, fax number, and Social Security number. At the end of your article, please include a brief bio.
Send manuscripts to
Kids' Ministry Ideas PO Box 5353 Nampa, ID 83653-5353
- Guide magazine. The guide is a Christian story magazine for young people ages 10-14. The 32-page, the four-color publication is published weekly by the Pacific Press Publishing Association. Our mission is to show readers, through stories that illustrate Bible truth, how to walk with God now and forever. Each issue includes three to four true stories. The guide does not publish fiction, poetry, or articles (devotionals, how-to, profiles, etc.). However, we sometimes accept quizzes and other unique nonstory formats. Each piece should include a clear spiritual element. Standard feature-length stories are 1000-1200 words, but we also accept shorter pieces of 450 words and up. Payment is 7-10 cents/word upon acceptance for first serial rights. We are interested in fresh game concepts for Guide-age readers. We see far too many word searches, crossword puzzles, and matching or fill-in-the-blank activities. Check out current puzzle books and Web sites to find new ideas. Puzzles don’t have to be based on a Bible text, but they should include a spiritual tie-in. Payment is $25-40 for first serial rights.
Manuscripts. Emailed manuscripts are preferred and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. They should be sent as Word document attachments, not in the body of the email. They should be double-spaced, with your name and address in the upper left-hand corner of the first page. The approximate number of words should be in the upper right-hand corner. Also, state whether first or second (reprint) rights is offered. Hard copies should be typewritten or printed on a letter-quality or near-letter quality printer (preferably not dot matrix). Be sure to keep a copy; we cannot be responsible for the safekeeping of manuscripts.
Snail mail. If you don't have access to a computer, mail to Pentecostal Evangel, 1445 N. Boonville Avenue, Springfield, MO, 65802. If you wish your manuscript to be returned it must be accompanied by a self-addressed envelope and sufficient postage. Otherwise, it will be discarded if rejected.
Article length. From 500 to 1,200 words.
The rate of payment. We pay 6 cents a word for first-rights articles by freelance writers. Payment is made upon acceptance. Writers will receive complimentary copies of the Evangel in which the article appears. Second rights are paid at approximately half of first-rights material. My Journey pays a flat rate of $30 for a one-page article (approximately 550-600 words when edited) and $50 for a two-page article (usually 900-1,000 words when edited).
- Christian Courier. Christian Courier is an independent Christian bi-weekly publication. Our content is an eclectic boutique of styles, opinions and flavors from a Reformed perspective. We serve North American Christians with a thoughtful response to the stories, issues, and trends of today.
We pay by cheque or direct deposit upon publication.
Pay rates are as follows (subject to change):
Writers Full page $70.00 (increments of $8.00 for every additional page) 3/4 page $60.00 1/2 page $50.00 1/4 page $40.00
Poetry Between $20.00 and $30.00
Our content is sorted into three areas: News, Opinion, and Features. News items report and/or comment on current events both national and international from a Reformed Christian perspective. News stories or article pitches should be sent to email@example.com.
Features may be any of a number of things, including but not limited to reporting on an event, except other works, meditation, interview, travelogue, arts & culture, essay, social analysis, religion, review, creative writing, biography, memoir or history. Features content may be sent firstname.lastname@example.org. Book, movie and music reviews can be sent email@example.com.
- Canadian Mennonite magazine. Canadian Mennonite serves primarily the people and churches of Mennonite Church Canada. Please send material to firstname.lastname@example.org. We do not pay for unsolicited articles but are grateful for them. Articles we commission writers to create for us are generally paid at $0.10 per published word and $10.00 per published photo (headshots only are unpaid). Please enquire if you wish to send in a story pitch. If you wish to do a book, movie or music review or wish to be on our list of reviewers, please contact us at email@example.com to express your interest. Payment for reviews is the item being reviewed or a negotiated amount if this is not possible. http://www.canadianmennonite.org/submissions - Light & Life magazine. Light & Life is a monthly magazine by Light & Life Communications, the publishing arm of the Free Methodist Church – USA. The magazine has a monthly circulation of 44,000 with separate editions published in English and in Spanish (Revista Luz y Vida). Beginning in April 2015, the magazine will expand to a larger size and include both English and Spanish articles in a common edition. Articles are also published online atllcomm.org.
Themes, Query Letters
Information about upcoming themes is available online at llcomm.org/themes or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For other query letters, please allow eight weeks for a response.
Length: 2,100 words for a feature article; 800 words for a print discipleship article and 500-1,000 words for an online discipleship article; 500–1,000 words for online articles not published in the magazine.
Response time: eight weeks for approval/denial; payment upon publication.
Rates differ depending on the article. Pay is $100 for a feature article and $200 total for the four discipleship articles ($50 for each discipleship article). We are not able to offer compensation for other articles and blog posts that run exclusively online.
http://llcomm.org/writersguidelines/ - Preaching magazine. Preaching includes three categories of editorial content: feature articles, sermon manuscripts, and homiletical resources. Virtually all material is written by active/retired pastors and college or seminary faculty. As a professional journal for ministers, editorial content is written by and for vocational ministers; articles by non-ministers typically are not accepted for publication. Rights to publish in publication also include the right to reprint on our site. Feature Articles should offer practical, helpful guidance to pastors on various topics relating to preaching and worship leadership. Examples: "Steps to Stronger Illustrations," or "Expository Preaching from the Psalms," or "Developing Christian Leaders Through Preaching." The focus of the magazine is on preaching; more general, ministry-related topics will not be accepted for print publication. A "how-to" perspective is generally appropriate; practical insight on the topic is necessary.
Features normally run 2,000 to 2,500 words (but may run longer if the subject and treatment warrant). Writers will receive an honorarium of $50 upon publication. Any feature article should be preceded by a proposal which describes the topic, suggests the approach and perhaps includes a brief outline accompanied by basic biographical information regarding the author. If an article is requested by the editor, it should be submitted as an email attachment per the instructions above.
SermonsSermon manuscripts should offer worthy models of effective preaching. Each should be approximately 1,500 to 2,000 words and be submitted as an email attachment (Word format preferred; WP accepted). Be sure your email message identifies you and the sermon; unidentified attachments will not be opened. A query is not required for sermons, but no more than one sermon manuscript should be submitted at one time. An honorarium of $35 will be paid upon publication. All sermons should reflect the interdenominational, evangelical accent of the publication.
Homiletical Resources1. Sermon Briefs. These are abridged sermons (about 600 words), suggesting a possible sermonic treatment of the text. Texts are drawn from the New Common Lectionary, and sermon briefs are by assignment. Interested writers may submit one or two samples of their writing and request an assignment for a future issue. Writers are paid $30 per sermon brief upon assignment.
2. Past Masters. These are biographical treatments of well-known preachers of the past. Manuscripts must include the significant focus on the person's preaching ministry. Because we seek not to repeat the same character, queries are recommended before manuscript submission. Writers are paid $50 upon publication. Email queries or submissions to mailto:Mail@Preaching.com or Managing Editor, Preaching, 402 BNA Dr., Ste. 400, Nashville, TN 37217-2509.
Our Little Friend® (OLF) has been published continuously since 1890; Primary Treasure® (PT) since 1957. These are spiritually oriented magazines written for children (see below for age levels). They are given each week to the children who attend Sabbath School (like Sunday School) at a Seventh-day Adventist Church. Through the vehicle of true stories, we help children
understand their infinite value to Jesus, their Creator and Redeemer
learn how to respond to God
show love to their family and friends
serve others in their world
The right age level
Story plots, vocabulary, and main characters should fit the age level for whom the story is written. OLF is for ages 1 to 5 (through kindergarten). PT is for ages 7 to 9 (grades 1 through 4). Children like protagonists a little older than themselves, but not younger. The reading level we aim for is third grade. In stories for this age level, words are simple; sentences uncomplicated; description minimal; conversation carries every scene.
Story topic ideas
True adventure stories with a spiritual focus
Answered prayer stories
Assurance of salvation
Child's worth to God, family, friends
Moving—a major trauma of childhood
Handling fear, i.e. performing in a recital, going to the dentist, parent on a trip
Saying No to drugs (PT)
Nature stories (see separate section)
Coping with negative emotions
Maintaining positive parent/child relationships
Handling bullies and remaining Christian
Friendship skills (making friends; when friends leave you out; when your friends don't like each other)
Handling peer pressure
How a child can have a vibrant devotional life
Living in a blended family
Watching TV intelligently
Making good choices in toys, other entertainment
Coping with disappointment
Perseverance when task is hard
Parent apologizes to child
Ways of honoring parents
Coping with serious illness or another handicap
Divorce in the family (PT only)
Practical ways to keep Sabbath
Attending small church schools (PT)
Being healthy (eating habits, washing hands, getting enough sleep, going to bed on time)
When religion divides home
Practical ways a child can witness
Respecting others' feelings
When parents argue/fight
Praying for God's will, accepting when He answers No or Wait
Attending a small church
Relating to being teased
Being kind to kids left out by other kids
Basic social skills/manners
Accepting personal differences
Getting along with siblings/fighting fair
How habits/actions change when Jesus' love is in the heart
Christian perspective on material things
How to pray
Value of memorizing Bible verses
Any story that helps a child understand Jesus better and rely on Him more
Payment and rights
We will pay between $25 and $50 for an OLF or a PT story depending on the excellence of the manuscript, length, and other editorial considerations. We purchase one-time magazine rights and electronic rights; accept previously published material, and pay upon acceptance. We also reprint stories after four or five years have gone by. We make every effort to reach the authors of these older stories to pay them again at half the first rate so tell us if you move. We prefer that you not submit reprints to us. It works better if you let us choose the reprints—we stay more organized that way!
- The Bible Advocate The Bible Advocate is one of the oldest religious magazines in America, founded in 1863. Now What? has been online since late 1996. Both are published by the Bible Advocate Press, the publication agency of the General Conference of the Church of God (Seventh Day). Now What? is produced monthly; the BA is published six times a year. The Bible Advocate is geared to help Christians understand and obey God’s Word, with articles on Bible doctrine, current social and religious issues, Christian living, Bible topics, textual or biblical book studies, prophecy, and personal experience. We also print fillers (sidebars) and poetry (traditional, free, and blank verse).
Articles, personal experiences
We pay an honorarium, on publication, of $25 per printed magazine page, up to $55, for print and electronic rights. Online articles run $25-$55, depending on published length. For poetry and fillers, we pay $20.
We prefer e-mail submissions to email@example.com (attachments OK). Please include an SASE or SASC with all hard copies. Unsolicited manuscripts will not be returned unless accompanied by an SASE or SASC. No fax or handwritten submissions, please.
- Alive Now magazine. Our readers are primarily adults — from young adults to older adults — and include persons of many cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Meditations and stories should be no more than 400-500 words. We also consider prayers and poetry. Send your best work. We limit submissions to up to two stories/articles or six poems/prayers per theme per writer. The usual payment is $35 and up.
- Leadership magazine. Leadership Journal is published by Christianity Today and offers smart, honest perspective on matters of ministry and the Christian leadership experience. In both its quarterly print edition and robust website, readers can count on candid articles and in-depth interviews that help leaders to enhance their ministry, encourage community and embody vision. Leadership Journal is written by our readers, so we welcome your ideas. Most of our writing are requested, but we do regularly publish unsolicited manuscripts. Please send us a brief query describing your idea and how you plan to develop it. We'll respond to you as quickly as possible. To send your query to us, click here.
After we've accepted your query, write the article. We prefer electronic submissions. Be sure to include your full name, address, and phone number, plus church name, address and phone number, and your position. Also, include a "bio" at the end to introduce yourself to our readers.
Thanks for your interest in writing for Leadership Journal. Send us a query, and let's get started.
- Presbyterians Today. Presbyterians Today welcomes contributions from freelance writers. Preferred maximum length is approximately 1,500 words. Presbyterians Today also seeks well-informed articles that can help individuals and families cope with the stresses of daily living from a Christian perspective. Fiction, poetry, and reprints are rarely used.
Writers should send a query by mail or email to the editors before sending a manuscript. Unsolicited manuscripts will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is enclosed.
Authors are asked to submit only one article at a time. Manuscripts sent to editors approve the subject proposed in a query are read by at least two editors and a reply given normally within 60 days after receipt.
Presbyterians Today pays for articles upon acceptance of the manuscript. Contracts specify purchase of all rights, including publication on the Internet.
With the author’s permission, the magazine may hold a manuscript for future consideration (which does not preclude the author from submitting the article elsewhere) and payment will be offered at the time the article is scheduled for publication — if publication rights are available to Presbyterians Today at that time.
Authors receive two complimentary copies of issues in which their articles appear.
Short features Presbyterians Today also accepts short features (250–500 words) about interesting people, programs, events and congregations related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), for the “Spotlight” department. Payment varies.
Contact Information Presbyterians Today 100 Witherspoon Street Louisville, KY 40202-1396
It's a weekly 16-page magazine for high school-aged teenagers (13-19 years old).
It's published by the Pacific Press Publishing Association and is a ministry of the North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
It's distributed to youth at church, at church schools, and through home subscriptions.
Articles should address topics of interest to today's teenagers from a Christian perspective.
An article should begin with a story or several anecdotes to introduce the topic. The story or anecdotes should be true and involve teenagers. (See section "Writing a Story" for tips.)
The article should include a biblical perspective. (We prefer scriptural quotations in the New International Version.) Most articles benefit from one or two sidebars, which might provide "how to" steps, resources, definitions, a self-quiz, or other information related to the subject.
How to Submit a Manuscript
Submissions must be typed, double-spaced.
With each submission, please include your name; mailing address; phone number; church name, city, and state; Social Security number (necessary for payment); gender and ethnicity (for illustrative accuracy); and biographical facts (such as age, job title, school attending, major, etc.).
- Ministry magazine - International Journal for Pastors.
Ministry, International Journal for Pastors, has been published by the Seventh-day Adventist Church world headquarters (General Conference) since 1928. For many years, the majority of the magazine’s readers comprised Seventh-day Adventist ministers. Since the 1970s, this journal has been offered to the clergy of all denominations. Today’s readers represent many religious faiths as well as various ministries—pastors, professors, administrators, chaplains, pastoral students, and lay leaders.
As a subscription journal, Ministry’s monthly circulation totals more than 18,000. Additionally, Ministry is distributed, on a complimentary basis (each odd-numbered month of the year), to nearly 60,000 clergies of other denominations.
General manuscripts (2,000-2,500 words):
Personal (spiritual, physical, and emotional) needs of the minister
Pastor-spouse team ministry and relationships
Pastoral family needs
Pastoral skills and needs, such as time management, preaching, evangelism, church growth, lay training, counseling, conflict resolution, continuing education, church administration, membership nurture, and related topics
Biblical studies that focus on biblical themes, books, or passages for either sermon preparation or in-depth studies
Theological studies that explore themes from a biblical, historical, or systematic perspective
Church worship and related topics, such as music, worship leadership, and planning
Current issues that are relevant to the church
For additional guidance as to the type of manuscripts we accept, look at previous issues.
Book reviews and resources (up to 500 words):
Book and resource reviews of resources designed to speak to the professional needs of our readers.
If the book or resource is self-published, a written authorization from the author’s employing organization and/or any organization deemed necessary by our editorial team is required before the editorial team will consider having the book reviewed.
Dateline items (up to 250 words):
Dateline features notable gatherings of ministers, programs conducted by ministers, or events of interest to ministers.
We welcome quality photos.
Payment for manuscript
We pay for general manuscripts and book and resource reviews, with the payment determined by the amount of research done and other work needed to prepare the manuscript. If the editors need to spend considerable time editing the manuscript, payment may be reduced. We do not pay for Dateline items.
As a writer, you will receive payment after you return the signed agreement, completed biographical information, and a quality photo to our office. Please note, United States citizens and residents must supply their Social Security number for payment.
- RELEVANT magazine. RELEVANT covers faith, culture and intentional living. Our readership is culturally savvy, mainly Christian twenty- and thirtysomethings who are looking for purpose, depth, and spiritual truth. Our mission is to challenge people to go further in their spiritual journey, live selflessly and intentionally, care about positively impacting the world around them, and find the unexpected places God is speaking in life, music and culture.
To pitch a story idea or submit a feature for RELEVANTmagazine.com, contact us here.If the link above doesn't work, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on what we're looking for, read below.
If you are a published journalist inquiring about contributing to the print magazine, contact us here. For more information on what we're looking for, read below.
With a monthly reach of more than 5,000,000 unique visitors and growing, RELEVANT features daily content separate from the print magazine.
•Current is our Op-Ed section covering national and global issues, including politics. We want timely, thoughtful commentary on the issues that matter to our audience. 750-1,000 words.
•The God section explores spiritual topics (spiritual disciplines, relationship with God, others and the Church, worship). 750-1,000 words
•Life covers just that: life (relationships, career, finance, travel, psychology and ethics/morality). 750-1,000 words
•Culture talks about what's new and noteworthy in culture—trends, fashion, film, TV, arts, and music. Reviews: 600-800 words; features 750-1,000 words.
•Reject Apathy talks about social justice from a whole-life perspective—sustainable change, sacrificial living, spiritual impact. 750-1,000 words.
Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/how-write-relevant#8vdehSA44qsJjoJA.99 - Sparkle magazine Sparkle magazine is seeking stories on the theme of “Being Honest” for the March 2016 issue. Published by GEMS Girls’ Clubs, the monthly magazine helps lead girls (1st-3rd grades) into a living, vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ. Each themed issue enables young readers to find out who God is, how He functions in His world, and how He plays a significant role in their everyday lives. The magazine’s tagline is “Sparkling Jesus’ light into the world.” Led by Editor Kelli Gilmore, the editorial team welcomes freelance writers to submit Christian-themed, skill-building articles, fiction/nonfiction stories, quizzes, poetry, games, puzzles, and crafts. In fiction, writers can dabble in adventure, fantasy, and mystery, including realistic stories about animals, and scenarios that readers can connect to their day-to-day relationship with friends and family. Topics in nonfiction include animals, activities, games, sports, music, musicians, celebrities and personalities, socializing with family/friends/siblings, interesting and enjoyable service projects, and handling school work. The editor also accepts poetry, especially poetry that rhymes. Word length: 100-400 words for fiction and nonfiction; and 5-15 lines for poetry. Payment: 3-5 cents per word for prose; $5-$15 per poem; and $5-$15 per game or puzzle. Deadline: September 28, 2015. Full writer’s guidelines and theme list are here - See more at http://writingcareer.com/post/128049989641/sparkle-magazine-needs-articles-on-being#sthash.pOpSneKY.dpuf
Sojourners magazine does not currently accept unsolicited feature article submissions.
For books, music, and reviews: Please send to the Review Editor at the street address below by post or via email@example.com.
For Poetry submissions to the magazine:
Address submissions to Poetry Editor at Sojourners (3333 14th Street NW, Suite 200, Washington, D.C. 20010). We accept hard-copy submissions only (no electronic submissions).
Number. Submit no more than three unpublished poems at any one time. Since we receive as many as 50 to 60 poems a month and print only one or two we ask that you select from your poems those which you think are most appropriate for our pages.
Payment. We pay $25 per poem upon publication. We also send complimentary copies of the issue in which your poem appears.
Submissions for online publication should be no more than 1,000 words in length, and should directly address the intersection of faith and current events. Before submitting, please acquaint yourself with our material. We reserve the right to edit for length and clarity.
Please email finished submissions for online publication to our Online Editorial team with the words "blog submission" in the subject line. Include a one- or two-sentence biography and a headshot.
Because of the large volume of submissions, we are unable to respond to all article proposals, or to all authors whose pieces we are unable to use. If you have not heard back from us in two weeks, please assume that we were unable to use your piece. We are unable to pay honoraria for our online publications.
- Young Disciple magazine Young Disciple magazine is a weekly publication dedicated to the preparation of young people for heaven. The target age group is roughly grades 5-8. We recognize that these youth are at an age where many important decisions will be made, and we want to point them to Christ and to His eternal principles. Our goal is to glorify God, and our guides are the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy.
Select a content area compatible with the aims of the magazine. These include the following:
Feature Stories: Stories should portray positive Christian values and be character-building. We are particularly looking for narratives showing God's working in the lives of young people, especially as they encounter difficult situations and find victory through the power of God. All stories must be true although details may be modified in order to protect privacy. Please avoid overused, predictable story lines. LENGTH: 600-1200 words, although longer stories will be considered.
Nature Object Lessons should show the beauty of God's creation and how God's eternal principles can be understood by the things He has made. Try to weave your object lesson throughout the narrative rather than tacking it onto the end of the article. Pictures or drawings are always appreciated. LENGTH: 400-700 words.
Health: Our young readers must understand the importance of a fit and pure body temple. Articles on any subject pertaining to health can be used, but must adhere to the principles in the Bible and Spirit of Prophecy. Illustrations are a plus. LENGTH: 400-700 words.
Witnessing Articles: Suggestions for suitable outreach/witnessing activities are much appreciated by our readers. Most welcome is narrations of what has actually taken place, with suggestions on ways to make it practical, as well as a short testimony from a young person involved in the activity and pictures, if at all possible. Keep in mind that witnessing activities run a large spectrum, from such things as door-to-door witnessing and colporteur work to blood pressure checks, soup kitchens, helping elderly people with yards and house cleaning, and teaching at VBS or in Sabbath School. LENGTH: 400-700 words.
Victorious Christian Living: We occasionally publish short, fast-paced articles dealing with difficult situations or circumstances the young person is likely to meet, along with God's solutions, using personal examples, wherever practical. Possible topics: Peer pressure; loneliness; keeping the Sabbath; Christian social relations; music; living with health reform; difficult people; those in error; school pressures; etc. LENGTH: 400-700 words.
Sabbath Activities: Whatever the Sabbath afternoon activity, it should not be simply an entertainment but also a vehicle for learning more about God or a springboard for ministry to others. LENGTH: 100-200 words.
Special Features: From time to time, a series of articles on a particular subject is published. In the past, subjects have included colporteur evangelism, baptism, natural remedies, methods of Bible study, and youth mission service. Authors with such a series in mind are encouraged to submit query letters including a sample article and outline of the intended subject matter.
Remuneration varies according to quality, need, length, and other considerations.
Submissions should be sent to:
Young Disciple magazine Attn: Janet Evert PO Box 400 Inchelium, WA 99138
Submissions should contain the author's name, address, and the approximate number of words in the article. Articles are best if typed and double spaced, or they may be submitted electronically in an attached Word file to Janet Evert.