Proverbs 25:25 "Like cold water to a weary soul is good news from a distant land."

ENTRY 207: OCT 19-20 ON TO GALILEE (various passages from Matt-Luke)

This entry is worth two days’ reading and covers Jesus’ early ministry in Galilee as he HEALED THE SICK & DEMON-POSSESSED, and FACED PERSECUTION FROM RELIGIOUS LEGALISTS. See the following passages: Luke 4:14-30; 5:1-10a; Mt 4:18-22; Luke 5:10b-11; Mark 1:21-38; Matt 4:23-25; Mark 1:40-45; Mark 2:1-14; Matt 9:10-13; Lk 5:29-39; John 5; Matt 12:1-8; Mark 2:23-28; Matt 12:9-14; Mark 3:1-6; Luke 6:6-11; Mark 3:7-12

ICOC Around the World: South Florida

Today we spotlight the South Florida church, located in the Greater Miami area of Florida (USA). The International Churches of Christ planted the church in 1990.

Around the World: Guatemala

Spotlight: the churches in Guatemala. The International Churches of Christ planted a church in Guatemala City in 1994. Now (as of 2013 data), there are at least two ICOC congregations in the country with a combined membership of well over 700.

ICOC Around the World: Trinidad and Tobago

Today we spotlight the churches on the Caribbean island-country of Trinidad and Tobago. The International Churches of Christ planted a church in the capital city of Port of Spain in 1990. Now (as of 2013 data), there are at least three ICOC congregations spread throughout the country with a combined membership of well over 200.

ENTRY 206: OCT 18 Jesus & John, All Grown Up Luke 3:1-18, 21-23a; Mt 3:4-6; Matt 4:1-11; John 1:19-51; John 2-4; Luke 3:19-20

This entry focuses on some fun insights into Luke and John’s gospels, the earliest days of John the Baptist’s ministry, and some of Jesus’ first interactions with others. You gotta love Luke – first of all, from a historian’s point of view, his gospel is so interesting. It is also wide-reaching – both Roman and Jewish readers would have understood the meaning.

ENTRY 205: OCT 17 Today We Jump into the New Testament – Hooray! Mark 1:1; John 1:1-18; Luke 1:1-4; Mt 1:1-17; Luke 3:23b-38; Luke 1:5-80; Mt 1:18-25a; Luke 2:1-52; Matt 2:1-23

Notes to the reader: You may notice that the verses are all over the place – that is because Dr F LaGard Smith’s chronological Bible harmonizes the gospels in this order – so fasten your seat belt and get ready to turn some pages! You may also have noticed (or not!) that I have been away for awhile…I was physically exhausted after the ILC and it was about all I could do to listen to ILC messages and read the Bible, but I just had no energy to type! I am ready to go again…please forgive me for my month long break – I hope it didn’t disrupt your QTs that much. I was very encouraged by the messages I heard online and hope you are as well. 

ICOC HotNews on Instagram

         For all of you Instagram-ers out there, we invite you to come follow our official "icochotnews" feed, which currently has 448 followers. As Mike Taliaferro travels around the world to churches, conferences, and other events, he keeps us up to date with photos and tweets. Many of his posts are only at Instagram (not here at

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ICOC HotNews Celebrates 7 Years

     Yep, that's right. ICOC HotNews just turned seven years old this fall. Now, as we march forward to even greater things, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on just a few ways we believe God has blessed our work.

Thanks to God, ICOC HotNews has grown steadily since the launch of in 2007:

Register Now for the HOPEww Singles Corps in Haiti!

HSC In HaitiRegistration is now open for the next HOPE worldwide Singles Corps being held in Haiti, March 14 – 21, 2015.  Come serve in Croix des Bouquests with other single volunteers to help with projects at the Village of HOPE worldwide and provide vocational training to older orphans who have aged out of orphanages. The week of service will end with a day at the beach on Saturday, March 21st.

Denver Hosts an Incredible International Singles Conference

It was a taste of heaven in the mile high city as Denver hosted roughly 2,500 singles from 20 countries for the huge three day conference.  Read more here... 

Liberian Disciples Ask for our Prayers at Noon Each Day in October.

Can you pause and pray at noon for your West African brothers and sisters?

Monrovia mourns the loss of our sister Evelyn Gamoh to ebola.  She was a single mom with two kids...

Hervé Fleurant sent this to HotNews...

Denver (USA): Good Enough Parenting Workshop Coming Up

     The Denver Church of Christ cordially invites you to join them as they host John and Karen Louis for their Good Enough Parenting Facilitator Training on November 13-16 in beautiful Denver, Colorado!  Full-time ministers, elders/wives, Youth and Family ministry shepherds, counseling and educational professionals and the like will benefit greatly from this rich and insightful program that has helped many connect with their children and raise fantastic families to the glory of God.

SWAMP shares their inspiring 5 year vision

SWAMP runs youth camps for the International church of Christ ministries and has expanded those camps internationally. They have a very inspiring five year vision and are truly servants of the kingdom.


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A few photos from our time in Southeast Asia

     ICOC HotNews recently completed a three week long filming trip in Southeast Asia. We visited our brothers and sisters in Singapore, Indonesia, and Cambodia and filmed several news videos there. We wanted to share a few photos from our travels [photo: downtown Singapore].


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