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The Truth about Satan’s Lies esus taught that Satan was the first liar, that he is incapable of telling the truth, and that when he makes slanderous accusations against God and God’s people, he is merely being true to his character (John 8:44). Some Bible commentators say the words “when he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own” mean that whatever the devil says is true, not about God and His people, but about himself and his kingdom of darkness. From time unremembered, the devil has claimed that Christ’s church is full of hypocrites, man-made, unnecessary, and its leaders are out to get your money. But those accusations, which are actually true about Satan and his crowd, are merely the tip of the iceberg of his lies. Space allows me to highlight only four common lies of Satan and the gospel truth about those lies. Lie Number One: Christians are deprived. Satan’s subtle strategy is—and has always been—to convince people that God wants to deprive them of the good life. Satan’s strategy started in the Garden of Eden when the serpent diverted Eve’s attention from all the good things God had provided for her and Adam and called her attention to the one forbidden tree and its fruit. He said, “God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil” (Genesis 3:5). Not until that fateful moment did Eve even notice that “the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise” (Genesis 3:6). Unfortunately for Adam and Eve—and ultimately the human race—Eve learned too late the biting truth of the serpent’s lie. Lie Number Two: Christians have no fun. Satan, of course, writes and markets his own rules about what is fun and how to have it. He says to have fun you must drink alcoholic beverages, do drugs, have sex outside of marriage, and the list goes on ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

From time unremembered, the devil has claimed that Christ’s church is full of hypocrites, man-made, unnecessary, and that its leaders are out to get your money. Based on Satan’s distorted definition of fun, Christians lead uneventful and unexciting lives. But if you disregard Satan’s made-up rules about how to have fun and instead follow God’s inspired Word, the picture changes—Christians experience the joy of the Lord. Peter said Christians “rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” (I Peter 1:8). The Christian’s joy goes beyond even merely being happy. The word happy is related to the word happenstance, a nineteenth century blend of the words happen and circumstance. The Christian’s indescribable joy has nothing to do with happenings and circumstances. Lest I be criticized for saying Christians have fun, according to several online dictionaries, the words delight, pleasure, and enjoyment help define the word fun. David said, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Psalm 16:11). Lie Number Three: Christians are misled. Satan would have Christians believe that God is guilty of false advertising. That His promises amount to nothing more than pie-in-the-sky hype. That His invitation to all to experience free and full salvation is a “bait-and-switch” sales pitch. And that His assurance of eternal bliss in the “sweet by and by” to those who are saved ignores the realities of the “nasty-now-and-now.” But for Satan to be able to get by with palming off those lies on people, he must convince them to ignore both the explicit and implicit requirements for Christian discipleship repeatedly spelled out by Jesus as well as the writers of the New Testament.

The truth of this lie is that the devil refuses to tell the truth about the effects of a life of sin, and he outright lies about the effects of the life of a Christian: “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ” (Romans 6:23). Lie Number Four: Christians are in bondage. Satan equates the Christian’s loving and willing service to God with groveling slavery under the lash of a harsh slave master. He warns that being born again of the water and Spirit is tantamount to signing up to live under man-made rules and legalistic restrictions. While Christians are committed to being voluntary love servants of God, unbelievers have no choice but to be “the servants of sin” because “sin has dominion” over them (Romans 6:14). Paul said, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness” (Romans 6:16). Jesus, who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) said, “If the Son … shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). God’s people are free to be drug-free, alcohol-free, tobacco-free, and guilt-free. They are free to exchange Satan’s bitter bondage for “the glorious liberty of the children of God” (Romans 8:21). Honestly, that’s the truth about Satan’s lies. Simeon Young Sr. is the editor of the Pentecostal Herald

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he New Testament teaches that divine healing is for the church today. Healing is a sign that follows believers (Mark 16:17-18), and there are numerous accounts of healing in the early church. (See, for example, Acts 3:1-16; 5:12-16; 8:5-8.) Since Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever, what He did for the early church He will do for the church today (Hebrews 13:8; John 14:12-14). God’s purpose is to reverse all the power and effects of sin in the human race, to redeem us completely, and to heal us wholly. In the broadest sense, then, healing refers to physical, mental, and spiritual restoration. Thus Jesus Christ purchased our healing as part of the Atonement (Isaiah 53:4-5). This promise includes physical healing (Matthew 8:16-17). When Paul described the supernatural gifts of the Spirit, he listed “the gifts of healing” (I Corinthians 12:9). In this context, healing encompasses various miraculous cures or restoration from illnesses, diseases, injuries, and other impairments. While Christ’s atoning sacrifice is the basis of our healing as well as our salvation, we cannot say that if people have faith to be saved they will automatically be healed, or if they are not healed then they are not saved. Some benefits of the Atonement are immediate while others are future. We are still awaiting the redemption of the body in the ultimate sense of glorification. While some healing is available in this life, complete healing will come in the Resurrection. Sometimes healing comes instantly; sometimes it is gradual or progressive. The human body has a built-in healing mechanism. When we cut a finger, it will normally heal of its own accord if we keep the wound clean and free from infection. Since God designed our bodies with their wonderful ability to recover, we can say in a general sense that all healing is of God. A surgeon does not actually 6

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heal the body but corrects a problem so that the body can heal itself. Similarly, God may sometimes simply remove whatever is preventing the body from healing itself and then let it resume its normal function. In such a case, the healing will be gradual but still of God. Most scriptural accounts of healing describe instantaneous healing, for these cases are the most notable, and we certainly should expect such occurrences. Nevertheless, even in the Bible some healings involved a process. (See Luke 17:12-14; Mark 8:22-25.) Moreover, some New Testament believers, including ministers, suffered from sickness without receiving immediate healing. (See Philippians 2:25-27; I Timothy 5:23; II Timothy 4:20.) While we trust God for healing and strength, we should follow principles of good nutrition and health care. We still have a mortal body and live in a fallen world, and we are not immune from the diseases, trials, and tribulations of everyday life. We should not view sickness as a defeat but as an opportunity for healing. Whether we receive instant or gradual healing, we give God the glory. If we suffer for a time before recovery, then we learn patience, trust, and other lessons from God. If we die in faith, as all New Testament believers did, we still have our eternal reward. Whether in sickness or in health, we should place our faith in God. When ill, we look first, foremost, and continually to God for healing and deliverance. We must not put our faith in doctors or medicine instead of God, but it is not wrong to consult doctors or take medicine. Paul described his co-worker Luke as “the beloved physician” without any hint of condemnation for his profession (Colossians 4:14). Doctors perform many valuable services. They educate us in principles of good health such as proper diet, exercise, and hygiene in order to prevent illnesses and epidemics. They alert us to dangers and problems, and when the body fails to function properly they help put it back on the course God intended. Their knowledge and skill ultimately come from God, and the medicines they use have their origin in herbs, vitamins, minerals, and other substances that God

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We must not put our faith in doctors or medicine instead of God, but it is not wrong to consult doctors or take medicine. Paul described his co-worker Luke as “the beloved physician” without any hint of condemnation for his profession (Colossians 4:14). created for our use. Often, medication substitutes for something that the body normally provides. In time of sickness we should pray for healing, but if complete healing does not come immediately, there is nothing wrong with using various aids to help the body, including doctors, medication, casts, crutches, and wheelchairs. Of course, we must evaluate all medical treatments carefully, seeking the will and wisdom of God in everything. Our society overuses medication; the tendency is to think there is a pill for every problem. But we need to be aware of the limitations, side effects, and dangers of various medications and procedures. Our faith must rest in God Himself, not in a theology of instantaneous deliverance or healing. Sometimes God does not answer our prayers in the way we desire or expect; nevertheless we trust in Him. God is not the author of sicknesses or hardships—the sin of the human race has brought these things into the world—but He does allow them to come our way. We should not be discouraged when trials come, but we should seek the will of God in them. God does not prevent all trials, but He always provides grace to sustain and deliver us in time of trial. (See I Corinthians 10:13; James 1:2-4.) Why doesn’t everyone receive healing? We can identify several possible reasons. (1) Failure to ask or believe God for healing. (2) Inadvertent or deliberate actions, including not only sin but also unhealthy diet, poor hygiene, lack of exercise, stress, lack of rest, and exposure to environmental causes. (3) The general will of God for healing versus the specific will of God in a particular situation or

time. Ultimately, there is “a time to die” for everyone (Ecclesiastes 3:2) until the Rapture. When we pray for healing, we call on the name of Jesus to express faith in His sacrifice for us. This time of prayer is also a good opportunity to examine whether we need to make anything right with God or others. When spiritual leaders pray for us, they typically use the laying on of hands, anointing with oil, or both to signify that healing is a work of God’s Spirit. “Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:14-16). We should claim this promise of healing. We should pray in faith and live in faith. When we do, we will observe and experience God’s miraculous healing power in our lives and in our churches. David K. Bernard is the general superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International. Excerpted and adapted from David K. Bernard, Spiritual Gifts, published by Word Aflame Press.

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Glenn Cook: Apostle of the Oneness Movement M AT T H E W S H AW s the Azusa Street meetings began to produce concentric waves of revival throughout Los Angeles and Southern California, many Holiness ministers visited the mission at 312 Azusa Street to contend with William Seymour, the African-American leader of the burgeoning Pentecostal group, concerning his strange new doctrine of speaking in tongues. One of the early preachers to withstand Seymour was Glenn A. Cook, who was conducting Holiness tent meetings at Seventh and Spring Streets in Los Angeles. Cook was deeply impressed by Seymour’s humility and patience and began to attend the Pentecostal meetings. He eventually apologized to Seymour for his “hard sayings” and spent five weeks in heartfelt repentance and spiritual agony before receiving the baptism of the Holy Ghost:  I felt that I was really lost and unless I received the Holy Ghost and spoke in tongues I would miss all. When I had just about given up all hope, the Holy Ghost fell on me as I lay in bed at home. I seemed to be in a trance for about twenty-four hours and the next day in the meeting began to speak in tongues. Glenn Cook proved to be an important asset to the work of the Azusa Mission and was soon ordained an elder by Seymour. A former news reporter and a printer by trade, Cook assisted with the publication of The Apostolic Faith, the mission’s international publication, answered correspondence, and handled the mission’s finances.  In December 1906, Cook began an effective evangelistic campaign throughout the West, Midwest, and South, spreading the Pentecostal message. He arrived in Lamont, Oklahoma, where “quite a number were tarrying and waiting for Pentecost.” Hungry souls traveled to his meetings from over one hundred miles away. Heading eastward, he delivered the doctrine to Mother Mary Moise in St. Louis then, northward on to Chicago. In Indianapolis, he held powerful meetings, where several members of the Christian Missionary Alliance received the baptism of the Holy Ghost, including

the Flower family, defectors from Dowie’s Zion who later became influential leaders in the Assemblies of God. In an Apostolic Faith report, Cook accurately predicted that Indianapolis would become “a center of power, being an inter-urban railway center like Los Angeles.” Cook was gladly received by a number of Church of God in Christ adherents in the South, while their bishop, Charles H. Mason, was on site at Azusa receiving the Holy Ghost.  Glen Cook’s ministry was radically changed by the events following the 1913 World Wide Apostolic Faith Camp Meeting in Arroyo Seco, California, when Evangelist R.E. McAlister stated, “The apostles invariably baptized their converts once in the name of Jesus Christ, that the words Father, Son, and Holy Ghost were never used in Christian baptism.” This claim fueled the spiritual hunger of Frank Ewart, an Australian convert to the Pentecostal movement, who became convinced that Jesus Christ was the embodiment of the Godhead and that baptism should be administered in His name. At the close of the camp meeting, Glenn Cook, Frank Ewart, and R.E. McAlister began a Pentecostal mission on Main Street of Los Angeles. This mission eventually merged with Elmer K. Fisher’s Victoria Hall work. In the spring of 1914, Ewart became determined that “the only way to get apostolic results was to adopt apostolic methods and obey their precepts” and branched out from Victoria Hall. Pastor Fisher, who did not initially accept Ewart’s message of baptism solely in the name of Christ, helped him secure a tent, and meetings began in Belvedere, just outside of Log Angeles. Glenn Cook came out the first night to hear Ewart preach, and accepted Ewart’s scriptural message. In obedience to their revelation, Cook and Ewart rebaptized one another in a rented trough. “During the following months,” wrote Cook, “the great revival broke out, many hundreds being baptized in the Name of Jesus.”  Cook’s acceptance of the doctrine of the mighty God in Christ placed him in the ranks of the Oneness Pentecostals, who were transforming the movement with a deeper revelation of Jesus Christ. As a church planter, Cook took up the burden to revisit the works he had helped to found in 1906 and 1907 with the Oneness message: During the spring of 1915, the call came to me from the Lord to go back East and carry the message to the places where several years before I had carried the message of the Holy Ghost baptism with speaking in (continued on page 30) OCTOBER 2013

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The Benefits of Being Filled with the Holy Spirit BENJAMIN D. COPPLE

he Bible ultimately has one purpose: to save us from our sins. The Bible states how this is possible in John 3:5 where Jesus said, “Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” Peter further clarified this in Acts 2:38 when he said, “Repent, and he baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” It is the receiving of the Holy Ghost that causes us to be born of the Spirit. Since it was originally given during the Hebrew celebration of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2, those individuals who have been filled with the Holy Spirit have traditionally been known as Pentecostals. Not only is the Holy Spirit essential for our salvation, it provides numerous benefits to our lives as well. Jesus told His disciples they would “receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” (Acts 1:8, NKJV). The almighty God manifested in flesh as Jesus Christ sent His Holy Spirit to His followers so they would have His power. The accomplishments of the first-century Spirit-filled Christians were unsurpassed by any group in history. They healed the sick and lame (Acts 3), raised the dead (Acts 9:36-43; 20:7-12), cast out demons (Acts 5:16; 8:7) and influenced large groups of people. It was said of them that they “have turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). These great acts have continued throughout history, from the days of the Christian persecution by the Roman Empire to the great revivals of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It can be said that the most powerful person in the world is the Spirit-filled Christian. This power is still available today to those who receive the Spirit. The stories in the Bible are not just ancient anecdotes for us to apply to our lives; they are true examples of how the power of God can work in our lives. Spirit-filled Christians are not alone; they 10

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have the power of God behind them as they move through the world. Whether it is praying for a sick friend, enduring hard times, or simply teaching someone about Jesus, the power of the Holy Spirit is always available. The Holy Spirit also benefits us in other areas of our daily life. Galatians 5:22-23 likens this to a tree bearing fruit. Paul said, “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (NKJV). The Holy Spirit produces fruit in our lives. With the help of God’s Spirit we can love other people in a supernatural way and treat them with gentleness, kindness, and goodness. With only our human ability we often treat others unkindly and fail to put them first; with the power of the Holy Spirit we can show true self-control and treat people right. With this supernatural love the first Christians were able to unify in such a way that the Bible says, “Nor was there anyone among them who lacked; for all who were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of the things that were sold, and laid them at the apostles’ feet; and they distributed to each as anyone had need” (Acts 4:34-35, NKJV). From the Holy Spirit we also receive joy and peace during troubling times. On our own, we tend to give in and be controlled by our negative circumstances, but with the Holy Spirit, we can make it through any situation. When the storms rage we can have peace “which passeth all understanding” (Philippians 4:7). When depression sets in, we can still have “joy unspeakable” (I Peter 1:8). When

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From the Holy Spirit we also receive joy and peace during troubling times. On our own, we tend to give in and be controlled by our negative circumstances, but with the Holy Spirit, we can make it through any situation.

sickness takes hold or when the money runs low the Holy Spirit will give strength to carry on. The Bible contains many examples of the benefits of being filled with the Holy Ghost, but it takes an experience to truly comprehend these blessings. My own experience came early in my life. The initial experience was so incredible that it cannot be described by words, so I won’t even try. But I can tell you that my life since that day has been amazing. It hasn’t been a walk in the park—I have faced my share of trials, some of which I have failed miserably. But after each mistake, the Holy Spirit gave me the strength to get back up and continue on. God has never given up on me. In the most stressful of times God’s peace sustained me. On the most depressing days His joy lifted my spirit. I have even shown love when I could have shown hate. And it was all because the Holy Spirit was working in my life. I don’t deserve such a gift, but the grace of Jesus Christ offered it to me anyway. Another gift of the Holy Spirit is hope. Paul said, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you

may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NKJV). Sometimes the only thing that can get us through the day is hope. Jesus will return for those who have been born of the water and of the Spirit. Because of His Holy Spirit we have a hope beyond this world that one day we will see the kingdom of God where “there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor or crying. There shall be no more pain” (Revelation 21:4, NKJV). Until that day, the Holy Spirit will give us the strength to flourish in this present world. Benjamin D. Copple is a worship leader and leader of SURGE student ministries at Turlock Christian Life Center in Turlock, California. Tony Copple is the pastor.

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ell us a little about your family. I am extremely thankful for my rich family heritage. My grandparents, the late N.A. and Jean Urshan, left behind a beautiful legacy of God’s truth and unshakable faith in God’s Word. By the grace of God, I want to successfully pass it down to my children. My parents, N.P. and Kathy Urshan truly walk their talk. They have shown my two brothers (Nathan and Joel) and me what true Christians are. I am what I am today because of their extraordinary godly examples. I am married and have four beautiful children. All four are musically inclined and anointed as they use their talents for the Lord. My eighteen-yearold son is the drummer at our church and also sings. He feels a call to the work of the Lord. My fourteen-year-old daughter plays the piano for our youth choir and sings. My ten-year-old daughter is learning to play the piano and sings as well. My seven-year-old son is beginning guitar lessons and loves to sing. They are all involved in my CD, which was an absolute blessing. One of my favorite Bible verses is “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth” (III John 4). My greatest desire is for that Scripture to be fulfilled in my life and so far it has been. Describe your spiritual journey. I received the Holy Ghost and was baptized in Jesus’ name when I was eight years old. I have always sincerely loved the Lord with all my heart and wanted to grow up and be a soulwinner. I have learned through the years that no matter what comes your way in the good times and the bad times Jesus will never leave you nor forsake you. Putting Him first has been my number-one objective, and falling in love with Him is the best thing I’ve ever done. What is your music background? Most of my family on my dad’s side were and are very musically talented. They have been involved with ministry and using their talents for the Lord. My dad has

written as we were hunkered in my aunt’s guesthouse in Amarillo, Texas, during a snowstorm. In the middle of the night I was awakened with the words to both songs. What is the best advice you have been given? The best advice I have ever received was to fall in love with Jesus from the top of my head to the soles of my feet and to put Him first. Everything else just falls into place.

always been a true worshiper and has the ability to lead a service like no other. I have always admired his anointed worship. Mike Anderson, who is like family, is an anointed singer, songwriter, and musician. He has had a tremendous impact on my life. These are just a few of many who have inspired me throughout my life. I started singing when I was a little girl and have never stopped. What is the story behind your album? I love to sing, especially to my Lord. Making a CD is something I have always thought I’d like to do and when the door opened to do so, I just walked through it. I count it a blessing that I was given this opportunity. After the Lord had given me the words to a few songs, I decided to go ahead and make it a reality. I am thankful for the encouragement and prayers of dear friends and family during this project. You wrote three songs on your album. Where do you get your inspiration? My inspiration for songwriting comes from day-to-day life with my children and real-life experiences by observing how God operates in our lives. “As for Me and My House” was written a few years ago over the course of a few days. As I would go about my day praising God under my breath I noticed I was making up my own lyrics, so I sat down and began writing them until I had an entire song. “The Rock” and “Roots” were

What is your greatest passion and why? My greatest passion is soulwinning. It is the true heartbeat of God and my most fulfilling and rewarding feeling. Where can we listen, purchase, and connect with you? Go to Pentecostalpublishing.com, myhoperadio.com, and via Facebook under “Kristin Urshan Saunders-vocalist.” What are five things you can’t live without? Five things I can’t live without are my Savior, my family, my dreams, coffee, and chocolate. Who do you want to send a “shout out” to? I want to send a shout out to my children Rodney, Kaitlyn, Elisabeth, and Luke. You are my world. Love you to the moon and back. Tiffini Countaway is the producer of MyHopeRadio.com.

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My First Pentecostal Worship Experience DEANNA DUGAS

admire those who were born and raised in the truth. I’ve observed young people with envy and wondered what my life would have been like if I’d been part of a youth group, and how it would feel to have meaning and purpose in life as a young person. Oh how blessed they are to have a Pentecostal heritage! Then it dawned on me that I have my very own testimony, the one the Lord chose just for me! I was raised Catholic in my early years. I attended a Catholic grade school and received a good education. However, I cannot say that I had a relationship with the Lord at that time. I went through ritual motions, which seemed to be driven out of obligation or guilt. This was the case until I was twelve years old when my parents divorced and were excommunicated from the church. I never stepped foot into another church service until my early twenties. In hindsight, I can honestly say that the best thing that ever happened to me was falling in love with and marrying a Pentecostal backslider. Meeting his family was my first introduction to Pentecost. We were married in the United Pentecostal Church in which my husband was raised. Little did I know that this would be the beginning of a relationship with Jesus Christ. My mother-in-law, Ann Sullivan, frequently witnessed to me about the Lord. She is a beautiful person inside and out. She had a servant’s heart and was always kind and giving. There was something special and unique about her. She would call and invite us to church every Sunday. I finally agreed to give it a shot, mainly because I didn’t want to let her down. Pentecostal worship was unlike anything I had ever witnessed. The way they raised their hands in praise, ran the 14

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aisles of the church, and seemed to lose themselves in the Spirit seemed a bit extreme to me. I thought these people were crazy. In fact, it scared me half to death and I found myself wanting to run out the door! These Pentecostal folks also looked different, dressed different, and from my perspective took a stand against many things. The worldly life I had been living was what was normal to me. I wondered how could these people who seemed so happy and peaceful, so caring and so genuine be crazy? There had to be more to this religion. The church invitations continued, but after our first daughter was born, if we didn’t agree to go to church, Ann would come over and take Rachael to Sunday school with her. We would visit occasionally, and the more Rachael attended, the more the Lord dealt with me. There is one Sunday morning I will never forget. Ann Sullivan was doing her bus ministry. I watched through my living room window as she joyfully carried our infant daughter to the car and buckled her into her car seat. I vividly recall the yellow dress she was wearing and the car Ann was driving. The Lord spoke to my spirit, not in an audible voice, but I had no doubt it was the Lord. He said, “It is your job to take your children to Sunday school and to teach them what to believe and to show them the way.” It was a revelation to me. I went to my husband and told him I was going to start searching for a church immediately. Interestingly enough, coming from a backslider, he said, “Well if my children are going to go to church anywhere, they are going to go to the church I was raised in!” I really had no desire to go back to the Catholic church. I wanted a relationship with God. That is how it all started. I began attending church faithfully. The Lord continued to speak to my heart more and more. But I was still a little afraid of making the change. What would my co-workers think about this change? What about my extended family?

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After I received the Holy Ghost, while I was still floating on air, a loved one in the church told me, “Well, it’s not always going to be easy.” I thought, Well, that’s discouraging, What could she possibly mean? This is so wonderful. I have Jesus in my heart. I developed many friendships in the church and observed a godly, steadfast, genuine witness by the pastor and his wife and the amazing congregation. My desire became stronger and stronger. I wanted the Holy Ghost. I wanted to be changed. I remember during a revival that I had to sit on my hands to contain what was happening inside of me. Eventually, with the help of the loving saints of God who prayed for and with me, I went to the altar on numerous occasions, seeking the Holy Ghost. Finally, on a Wednesday night during a revival, I received the gift of the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in tongues! My life has been forever changed! I have prayed that the Lord will always give me a desire and determination to serve Him and I am blessed to say that He has kept me in this truth now for almost twenty years. I have never looked back. After I received the Holy Ghost, while I was still floating on air, a loved one in the church told me, “Well, it’s not always going to be easy.” I thought, Well that’s discouraging! What could he possibly mean? This is so wonderful. I have Jesus in my heart. But I soon learned that being born again does not make you exempt from trials and tribulations. I still went through much adversity. One of the hardest things I’ve ever experienced was losing my husband to

lung cancer at the age of forty-three. I was left to raise three children alone—sixteen, thirteen, and two. One of my favorite Scripture verses became Philippians 4:13. I find myself quoting it almost daily. Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” He saw me through every trial. He never left my side. God proved to be faithful time and time again. I have since remarried. If you would have told this young teenage girl who had no purpose in life and who didn’t attend church that she would be a Pentecostal pastor’s wife one day, I would never have believed you. I would not trade anything I have ever gone through in this life, for it has drawn me closer and closer to Jesus; my relationship with Him grows sweeter every day. I am thankful that I chose not to run out those church doors when I had that first Pentecostal experience. Deanna Dugas is the wife of Tim Dugas, the bishop of The Sanctuary in Hazelwood, Missouri.

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FAITH & CULTURE BY EUGENE WILSON

Cultural Tension n the Old Testament at the conclusion of the building of Solomon’s Temple, the glory of the Lord filled the house of God “so that the priests could not stand to minister by reason of the cloud” (II Chronicles 5:14). This phenomenon immediately followed worshipers who “were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the Lord” (II Chronicles 5:13). In the New Testament, a similar event occurred. “When the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting” (Acts 2:1-2). The glory of the Lord filled the house when the people “were all with one accord.” Unity Requires Effort We can derive from these accounts and others in Scripture, that unity is a prerequisite for divine blessing. David declared in Psalm 133, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.” God commands blessing when there is unity. Unity does not come naturally. It requires effort. The fact that Jesus prayed for His followers to be one (see John 17:11, 21) lends support to this assertion. Additionally, Paul’s remarks to the Christians at Ephesus suggest that keeping “the unity of the Spirit” requires work (Ephesians 4:3). Unity is something that must be maintained or it will be lost. Cultural Tension in the Early Church Shortly after Pentecost, the apostles dealt with an issue that threatened the unity of the church. In Acts 6, the Grecian (Hellenistic) Jews complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were

being neglected. Although the apostles were overwhelmed with the demands of a growing church, the issue involved much more than a breakdown in food distribution. The root of the problem was the Grecian Jews’ perception of prejudicial treatment. Language differences among the Jewish people had led to the creation of both Aramaic- and Greek-speaking synagogues, and these pre-existing cultural tensions were surfacing within the church. Also, the first-century Mediterranean culture consisted of an honor/shame component that only heightened the situation. The Grecian widows felt a great amount of shame in their being slighted by the Hebraic Jews. Norman Nagel, in “The Twelve and the Seven in Acts 6 and the Needy” states, “Greekspeaking Jews, sensitive to presumptions of superiority on the part of the Aramaic speaking Jews” viewed the failure to take care of its widows “to be a ground for second-class treatment.” The apostles rightly addressed the situation by giving the Hellenistic Jews a voice in correcting the problem. This is of particular importance, especially when considering the fact that the apostles were Aramaic Jews. The Hellenistic Jews were instructed to choose seven men “of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom” (Acts 6:3). It is not surprising that they chose seven Hellenistic Jews to manage the distribution of food. Cultural Tension in the Twenty-First Century Church Recent events lend cause for concern that cultural tension is rising in North America. The George Zimmerman case, and especially his acquittal, captured much attention. Voices from all sides have spoken out. Even the president of the United States weighed in on the matter. Many believe racial tension has been exacerbated and that in spite of the election of the nation’s first black president things have gotten worse, not better. Cultural tension is always a potential threat to unity among believers. It takes effort

to get along with others, especially when you have different backgrounds, worldviews, and experiences. It takes humility and patience when dealing with people. However, in spite of our differences and regardless of ethnicity, we have more in common than what we readily recognize. We have been baptized into one body. Our spiritual Father is one and the same. We are brothers and sisters in the Lord whether we are Republican or Democrat, young or old, rich or poor, and so on. Thus, it is importanat that we discern the body of Christ and to love and care for one another. Instead of letting our differences divide us, we should celebrate them. God’s church has never been a white church, a black church, or a Hispanic church. God’s church is multicultural. Jesus prayed that His church would be one. Shouldn’t we do our best to answer His prayer? In spite of the cultural tension in the world around us, we must not allow it to be a part of the church. We must put forth the effort to maintain unity. God commands blessings when unity is maintained. Revival in Spite of Cultural Tension Cultural tension threatened the forward movement of the early church. But Luke records the end result. The church grew. Many priests became believers. (See Acts 6:7.) Individuals who by virtue of their work had witnessed the hypocrisy of Jewish leaders were moved by the actions of the apostles who not only proclaimed the Word but also practiced it. It took effort. But because unity was maintained, blessings came. Likewise, the twenty-first century church is blessed when unity exists among its people. Eugene Wilson lives in Olive Branch, Mississippi.

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TIM GADDY

So What’s This Thing Called the

Gospel? cut my teeth on a Pentecostal pew. Some of my earliest childhood memories were of saints joining in worship as songs were belted out in joyous praise. “When We All Get to Heaven,” “At the Cross,” “It’s All in Him.” From time to time we would sing “The Old Gospel Ship.” What excitement would fill the sanctuary! It is from these formative days that I began to grasp the concept of something called the gospel. Over time the gospel has come to mean so much more to me than the stenciled name of a fictitious sailing vessel. It is a concept and scriptural truth that is truly life-transforming. The gospel is quite literally good news. In the original language of the New Testament Scriptures (Greek), “gospel” is transliterated euaggelion. Simply put it is the “narrative or message of Jesus Christ.” In order to determine the complete message that the existence of Jesus declares, we must look to the Bible. Paul wrote to the church he established at Corinth, “Brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:1-4, NKJV) The gospel is the message of Jesus Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. These elements are interdependent. If Jesus had not 18

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died there would be no need for a burial and certainly not a resurrection. If Jesus had died but not been buried this would have been extremely shameful in the Jewish culture. (See Isaiah 14:18-20; Jeremiah 16:4.) If Jesus had died, been buried, and yet not resurrected He would have simply been another man who lived and died like countless before and after in history. So what makes this message of Jesus’ life powerful for us today? The gospel is the power of God to save. Paul clearly emphasized his allegiance to this life- changing message of Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection in Romans 1:16-17: “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, ‘The just shall live by faith’” (NKJV). Paul, once vehemently resistant to the message of Jesus Christ, had a personal encounter with Him on the road to Damascus (Acts 9). This momentous conversation with the risen Christ catapulted Paul past his preconceived ideas of who Jesus was into a place of revelation. With the God-directed assistance of a born again believer named Ananias, this “Pharisee of the Pharisees” had opened to him the truth that Jesus’ life, death, burial, and resurrection were not simply Jewish history; it was God’s chosen pathway to save those who believe. This is why Paul said to the Corinthians, “I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved” (I Corinthians 15:12, NKJV).

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The gospel saves us through our faith and obedience to its message. According to the Bible, we are not saved by simply mentally knowing that Jesus died, was buried, and rose again. That is simply knowledge. Paul said, “By grace are ye saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). Faith says, “I believe and I’m going to act as if I believe.” My actions reveal my faith. The message of the gospel is not something to simply be known, but obeyed. Paul said, “Do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection” (Romans 6:3-5, NKJV). Paul’s words in Romans 6 echo what Peter preached a few years earlier at the Feast of Pentecost when the New Testament church was born. One hundred twenty disciples of Jesus Christ were waiting in Jerusalem for the “promise of the Father,” which Jesus said they would receive. Suddenly, as recorded in Acts 2, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. A large crowd gathered after hearing of this remarkable occurrence. Some marveled and were amazed while others doubted and even mocked. Peter took this occasion to preach. In his short sermon he declared that: • Speaking in tongues was a fulfillment of a prophecy of Joel that signified the outpouring of God’s Spirit.

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God’s plan was for everyone to be saved by calling on the name of the Lord, whom Peter identified as Jesus. People rejected this message of Jesus as Messiah and crucified Him. Although He was buried, God did not allow His body to decay. The Spirit of God raised Jesus from the dead so He has been revealed as Lord and Messiah.

Peter preached the gospel message. Convicted of their sinfulness, those who heard Peter’s sermon cried out, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37, NKJV). Peter’s response to their inquiry about how to respond to the message of the gospel is clear: “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38, NKJV). This answer explains how to respond to the gospel, how to obey the gospel, and how to personally apply the gospel. We obey the gospel message (death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus) by dying out to our sins through repentance, being buried with Him in baptism in the name of Jesus, and being raised to newness of life through the promised infilling of the Holy Spirit. Tim Gaddy is the pastor of New Life Church in Cabot, Arkansas. He lives in Cabot with his wife, Stacy, and his children, Madison and Landon.

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f we wish to know what Pentecost is, we should ask Luke, the author of the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. While we note in our reading of Acts that the miracle of “speaking in tongues” accompanied the initial infilling of the Spirit on the church’s first Pentecost (Acts 2:4), and while we draw the inference from this (and Acts 10:46; 19:6) that the sign of speaking in tongues is therefore normative for all who would receive the gift of the Spirit, we should not overlook what was probably Luke’s primary reason for recording this information. For Luke, Pentecost was about language, evangelism, and the new way in which believers could relate to others. I once spent a great deal of time in Greece studying the ruins of Byzantine churches. Greek mythology, the ancient historians Herodotus and Thucydides, and notions of the gilded majesty of Byzantium informed my imagination and (unrealistically) told me what to expect to see when I got there. I expected to stare into the great aquamarine waves of the Mediterranean and find what inspired the ancient Greeks to fear Poseidon. I expected to get a glimpse of Plato in the lives of his modern descendants. Perhaps I would learn what Dienekes loved so much about Greece that, when told the arrows of Xerxes’ army would be so numerous that they would hide the sun at Thermopylae, the Spartan warrior sneered, “Good! Then we will fight in the shade.” I arrived in Greece with these notions. But as the time drew near for me to leave, I still felt as though I had yet to find “Greece”—true Greece, the Greece that had invented philosophy, democracy, and The Iliad. I was still an outsider whose hands and face are pressed up against the window of a “by-invitation-only” banquet hall on a cold night, sensing the warmth within. I was disappointed in myself for not hav20

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ing the strength of imagination to experience it; I had merely brought America with me and surrounded myself with familiarity. There is an “inside” to things. God is so dynamically creative that everything He makes is multidimensional. I was in Greece, but I had only seen its “outside,” its most superficial dimension. But then on my last night there I went out for something to eat. I walked on the streets beneath the Acropolis, and on my way to a café I turned a corner and saw, beneath a lighted canopy of ancient ruins, a bride dressed in white. Her groom lifted the veil and kissed her. A small wedding party cheered, and I watched the peculiar customs of a Greek wedding unfold. Suddenly, and by the greatest surprise, I was there. I had found “Greece.” I can’t really explain why this moment and not the thousand more likely moments introduced me to Greece. It was as if a crevice in the universe had momentarily opened up and I had walked into it—backward! I didn’t arrange it this way. We usually experience joy obliquely; it lives in our peripheral vision. I have found that I can’t simply invite myself to the “inside” of anything; it has to find me, and I have to be invited. Luke was an outsider looking for the inside of truth. A Gentile physician who hailed (most likely) from Syrian Antioch, he was one of Paul’s earliest Christian converts. Aided by the Holy Spirit, Luke’s Gentile ethnicity colored the way he told his story. When I read his writings, I think I’m seeing the profile of a man who once saw the Temple in Jerusalem (which he could never enter) and was forever smitten. What the elusive Promised Land was to Moses, what eternally distant Beatrice was to Dante, and the Fountain of Youth was to Ponce de Leon, Jerusalem’s magnificent Temple was to Luke the Gentile. He loved the Temple so much that he included stories in his gospel narrative that Matthew, John, and Mark (two Jews and a half-Jew) didn’t tell about the sacred precincts.

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For Luke, the story began in the Temple with Zacharias. The priest walked into the familiar Temple to perform his routine duties, but Gabriel—as if without moving he switched dimensions—appeared and treated the priest as if he were the intruder. Reading Luke-Acts is like sitting next to a dark window and watching a brilliant fireworks display begin to light up the night sky. Luke addressed a certain “Friend of God” in his opening lines, and the story of the ages was underway. And it all started in the Temple. Next, Simeon, an old man, found himself one day mysteriously walking to the Temple, holding a baby he had identified as the Christ. Then he burst into song. He had found this “crevice” in the universe. Joy found him. Anna, we are told, hadn’t left the Temple in eightyfour years. The boy Jesus, upon what was probably His first visit to the Temple since His infancy, could not pry Himself away from it. Luke’s Gospel ends precisely the way it began: in the Temple where the disciples went singing immediately after watching Christ ascend into Heaven. But Luke wasn’t done writing. He told us in the sequel to his Gospel, the Book of Acts, that the early church found itself daily in a strange orbit around the Temple. Luke’s writings betray him. They reveal all the signs of a man who had spent a lifetime in awe of an idea he could never transform into reality—a man who deeply and painfully admired a people to whom he would always be an outsider. Luke, perhaps a formerly reluctant Gentile, revered the Jews. As the lighted windows of a village at night invite the lonely traveler, the warm golden glow of Judaism invited Luke. But because of his Gentile birth, partaking in the blessings of the Jews was as futile as a moth’s flight to the moon. And so who can help but hear the sheer joy in Luke’s own “voice” when the characters in his story rejoiced at no longer finding themselves to be outsiders, second-class citizens in the economy of God! Mary sang, “He hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.” Angelic songs overwhelmed lowly shepherds—the first worshipers of the newborn King, who Himself was born in the only place the world had left for Him: the animal kingdom. The Ethiopian man, doubly prohibited from entering the Temple by virtue of the fact that he was both a non-Jew and a eunuch, now heard about the Savior of whom it was asked by the prophet, “Who shall declare his generation?” (i.e., who will carry on His name since He will be unable to have children?). The eunuch’s eyes grew wide and the breathless question “What doth hinder me to be baptized” no doubt mirrored Luke’s own surprise when he first learned of Christ. The eunuch had found One who could sympathize with his unique circumstances. This same view from the perspective of a man who had surprisingly found himself on the inside of a lifelong dream should inform our reading of Luke’s record of the church’s first Pentecost in Acts 2. At Pentecost, the world changed forever. One of Luke’s primary reasons for recording the church’s first Pentecost was not only to establish speaking in tongues as the sign of the baptism of the Spirit, but it was also to show that the new creation was going to be able to relate to people in a way never before seen in history. As the Spirit enabled, the Galilean believers began to glorify God in languages they had never learned. The foreigners of more than a dozen nations heard of the wonderful works of God in their mother tongues. This indicated to the world that the Spirit-filled believers were going to be able to cross language boundaries and relate dynamically to people with whom they had nothing in common. Luke found in his travels with Paul that the Jew could teach the Gentile; the young could teach the old; the poor could instruct the rich. The church grew rapidly because it was so versatile. In the Greco-Roman world, social classes were like islands. The patrician 22

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Pentecost was, among other things, about Christian evangelism, which is another way to say that it was about relating to people in profound and meaningful ways. And this is what Pentecost is still about today. As an African-American might say that his descent is African, his nationality is American, and his language English, Luke might have said our faith is Christian, our doctrine is Apostolic, and our language is Pentecost. classes (upper classes) held a distinct set of beliefs that were fairly isolated from the beliefs of the plebeians (the lower classes). Even members of a cosmopolitan city like Athens held beliefs that were uniquely Athenian. Ethnic barriers were impenetrable. A man generally had to find solace in the myths of his own nation and fellowship among the native speakers of his own language. Christians, though they came from all classes, formed one single social class. Their message was socially mobile. Paul, who was “all things to all men,” was the paragon of Pentecost: he could speak with ease the languages of both the Eastern and Western Mediterranean; he could hold court with elite rabbis on the finer points of the law and yet recite Greek poets to the satisfaction of highly critical Athenian philosophers. Peter himself had even quoted Joel in support of this strange phenomenon: young men would be blessed with a wisdom more common to the aged; old men would be blessed with the vitality to dream the dreams of the young. For Luke, what happened on Pentecost was a snapshot of the secret to the Christians’ success. Christianity came to each individual hearer not in the strange language of a foreign tongue; it came to them in the familiar, comforting language of their mothers and fathers. If you would like to know what Pentecost means, ask the man who regarded Pentecost as the linchpin of human history, the first day of the new creation. Pentecost meant that there were no more outsiders. The truth was unleashed from national and linguistic restraints and had arrived in every language. Pentecost was, among other things, about Christian evangelism, which is another way to say that it was about relating to people in profound and meaningful ways. And this is what Pentecost is still about today. As an African-American might say that his descent is African, his nationality is American, and his language is English, Luke might have said our faith is Christian, our doctrine is Apostolic, and our language is Pentecost. Jeremy Painter teaches English literature for Urshan College and Regent University. He lives with his wife, Laura, and three children, Ethen, Carter, and Morgan in Florissant, Missouri.

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Delivered from the Occult THOMAS SUEY SR.

pon his initial visit to our local Apostolic church, Chris appeared to have it all together. His parents were both professionals and he was a recent university graduate. However, not easily detectable was the battle he fought deep within against the world of cultic practices. It was soon obvious that Chris was in bondage to a dark, sinister, and invisible spiritual realm that was proving to be destructive. The following paragraphs are his story of deliverance from the occult. I entered into the New Age realm in high school, discovering a study by Colin Wilson called The Occult. It influenced me tremendously, pressing me into deeper study of all things supernatural. During college, the avenues of available research allowed me to explore forbidden religions, cults, and other unexplainable phenomena. Subsequently, this occult mysticism influenced the heavy metal band for which I sang. We aimed our aggression at the concepts of both God and Satan, boldly singing about the foolishness of religion to the point of challenging God or Satan to strike us dead. At least the audience would know the “gods” were to be feared. My friends encouraged this rebellious behavior as we sought to shock Christians to either confront us or never come back. I am thankful God proved merciful by not granting my request and striking me down. He waited patiently for me to see His grace for its true beauty. My spiritual meandering led me to a Celtic-Druid collection of teachings called The 21 Lessons of Merlin. In the introduction, the author wrote that a sequel to this book existed, but the only way to get it was to study the 21 Lessons thoroughly, then fly to England and prove to the author face-to-face that I understood his teachings. This Gnostic temptation seduced me into obsessive study. I set my mind to tedious memorization of chants and poems, constructing strange objects and visiting remote parts of the wilderness. While studying 24

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lesson 4, I had a frightful experience that caused me to proceed no further. I remember days when I sat by a fire burning incense and cradling stones while memorizing chants and prayers. Druidism altered how I viewed the world. These spells allowed me to change things (or so I thought). I felt I was getting in tune with creation, which had a breath of its own. In retrospect, it frightens me to realize what depths I had plunged into in this dark world. At age twenty-seven, an Easter musical drama (at my future church home in Herrick, Illinois) piqued my interest in the Gospels. They presented Jesus as I had never seen Him, through the lens of redemption. I started reading the New Testament with a new understanding. As I did so, I desired to change my life that was filled with debauchery. Reading C. S. Lewis’s book, Mere Christianity, also began to reshape my worldview. I wasn’t sure what to believe, but I knew the world was going to Hell and I did not want to be a part of it. As I developed spiritually, I began to feel conviction about the trash I was promoting as a radio disc jockey. Heavy metal music and raunchy comedians surrounded my life, and through pop culture, I sensed society’s destructive downward spiral. At this point, I saw life through a very weird lens comprised of Christianity, Druidism, New Age, Occultism, and Paranormalism, mixed with chronic marijuana use and alcoholism. I was living life for the experience, being guided by my intellectual curiosity, trying to uncover the mysteries of the universe. One morning while preparing for the newscast, an announcement about a “Creation vs. Evolution” seminar caught my eye and I decided to attend that evening. The presentation ended at exactly 8:30 pm when the pastor of the local United Methodist Church said, “We can’t end a meeting like this without prayer. Let’s take all of our concerns to the Lord.” This was the first time somebody had

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seriously asked me to pray. I had never considered what a simple Christian prayer might do. As I prayed, I later learned that lightning struck the radio tower at exactly 8:30 pm, the very moment we started praying. Never underestimate the power of a simple prayer! When I showed up for work the next day, we were off the air. Totally convinced God was trying to speak to me, I walked directly into the program director’s office and resigned on the spot. God was indeed speaking, so I opened the door for Him to provide answers. At the time, I was living in a disgusting pit, smoking marijuana and meditating upon Tibetan Buddhism while considering The Celestine Prophecy. It couldn’t get much worse. It was then that I somehow agreed to attend a Bible study with a family of Apostolic Pentecostals. Over time, they used Scripture to convince me to try to change my lifestyle. They told me that if I committed my life to Jesus Christ, He would fill me with His Holy Spirit. What a claim! Arrogantly, I gave God three weeks to prove Himself to me while I was trying to quit alchol and drugs cold turkey. Life as a sober man was difficult. I took my discouragement to a Monday night prayer meeting at Christ Tabernacle in Herrick, Illinois. God had one more week to prove Himself. At that meeting, I perceived myself as some sort of a lifeless puppet dangling from a set of tangled strings. My life was all tangled up and I was tired of pulling my own strings, so to speak. I prayed desperately, “Lord, please take complete control of my life. I surrender.” I immediately sensed His presence, speaking very little

but contemplating much. God was in that place. I had to reconsider everything I thought I understood. The following Friday morning at a camp meeting, God’s Spirit moved mightily. As I shouted praises to God for taking control of my life, my tongue broke forth in a new language as I received the baptism of the Holy Spirit that had been promised in the Bible. Since I had placed no confidence in my infant baptism, I responded swiftly to New Testament baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, celebrating my deliverance from the dark, sinister, and destructive world of the occult. So there you have it—the story of Chris’s deliverance in his own words exactly as it happened. Chris eventually attended Urshan Graduate School of Theology and has held various ministry positions. When we asked how others like him might experience deliverance, he stated, “Instead of getting angry or self-righteous, when people are spiritually wandering as I was, look beyond their body-piercings, tattoos, and addictions. Be kind and tell them about the promise of the Father. Many people have never heard this stated plainly. Then let God be God. It may not happen overnight, but it will happen. No sin is so great that it cannot be covered by the blood of Jesus!” Thomas Suey Sr. is the pastor of Christ Tabernacle/South Central Regional Apostlic Church in Herrick, Illinois. OCTOBER 2013

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THURSDAY, October 3

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Room 122 How to Start a Senior Ministry – Rudy Theissen Room 125 Successfully Evangelizing International Students and Refugees in America – Vani and Marshall Xavier Room 130 History of Jesus Name Baptism – Robin Johnston Room 261 Life Insurance – Sharon Davis Room 262 Retirement: Utilizing the MRF to Develop a Strong Foundation – Matt Ring Room 263 Reboot­—Bringing New Life to a Sputtering Church – Paul Graham Room 264 I’m 62—Now What? – Jack Yonts, Nick Seniour Room 265 Church Construction – Jim Hinze, Dale Dafoe, Jay Carney Room 266 Property and Casualty Insurance – Duane Pope Room 267 Moving beyond the 200 Barrier – Mark Hattabaugh, Michael Watts

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Room 125 How to Start a Deaf Ministry – Ernesto and Sherry Murrillo Room 127 A Local Church with a Global Reach – Bryan Abernathy, Harold Linder Room 260 Second-Man Ministry – Scott Graham Room 262 Key Man Policy – Mike Jayroe Room 263 Planning a Church In A Day in Your District or City – Terry Long Room 264 Churches Planting Churches – Josias Limones Room 267 Effective Church – Jack Cunningham, Greg Godwin

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Retirement: Utilizing the MRF to Develop A Strong Foundation – Matt Ring

FRIDAY, October 4

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Room 125 How to Build Your Personal and Ministerial Library – Jeff Brickle Room 127 How to Start Guest Follow-Up – Tyler Walea Room 260 How to Effectively Use Motorcycles to Reach the Lost – Fred Beall Room 261 Church Business Solutions – Delano Sherley Room 262 Church Safety and Security – Brock Bell Room 263 Why Young People Plant Churches – Mark and Jordan Brown, Justin MacKenzie, Daniel MacLeod Room 264 Disciple-making—Not an Ostrich Church – Charmaine Bailey, Carlton L. Coon Sr. Room 267 Strategies That Will Guarantee 10% Growth – Tom Foster

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The Making of the Apostolic Study Bible – ASB Editorial Team Keeping the Dream Alive – Bruce Howell Church Loans – Bob Graves, Stephen Drury Value Advantage – Sharon Davis Reaching North America’s Great Cities – Ric and Vicki Gonzalez, Derwood and Nancy Tate Capital Campaigns – Clark Dickerson, Phil Jordan, Aaron Soto, Gary Taylor Growth Coach – Tom Foster

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Licensed Ministers—Extra Benefits that Come with Your Life Insurance – Sharon Davis Church Loans – Bob Graves, Stephen Drury

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New Expanded Seminars for General Conference 2013! St. Louis, Missouri • America’s Center October 1 - 4 • UPCIGC.com

Life and Family

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Room 121 The Lost Art of Hospitality –

Church Leadership: Challenge your level of leadership with practical and motivational sessions on shepherding a congregation. Interact with veteran ministers and others as they share from the perspective of administrating, finances, spirituality, and more.

THURSDAY, October 3

Jerry Ann Guidroz

Room 126 Because of the Mission ... Ministry Matters – Joe Ellis Room 127 Global Missions Ministry Opportunities – Jim Poitras Room 131 Cheating: Ministry or Family – Mitchell Bland Room 132 The Prayer Saturated Church –

Life and Family: Receive tools, ideas, and insight for daily living through this diverse track of sessions.

Lisa Marshall

Worship and Technology: Empower your team with fresh ideas and innovative tools to enhance your services through music, media, and other technologies.

Room 260 Mentoring Those Trying to Understand “The Call” – Norm Paslay II

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Room 122 How to Start and Maintain a Bible Quiz Ministry – Carl Morgan Room 126 Chaplains’ Service, Law Enforcemen, and Fire Fighters – Mark Hattabaugh Room 130 Child Psychology and Behavior in Church Education – Jeanie Bland Room 131 Protecting My Marriage – Cindy Miller Room 132

For seminar descriptions, visit www.UPCIGC.com. *Schedule and room numbers subject to change

Gifted Intercession – Jason Sciscoe

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Worship Arts and Technology

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Room 121 Raising the Next Generation of Leaders – Charles Johnson Room 126 Nurturing Apostolic Dreams through Higher Education – David Norris, Bobbi Morehead

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Room 131 Navigating Loss: What I’ve Learned So Far – Dan Segraves Room 132 Kids/Youth Prayer Ministry –

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Room 130 Parenting/Family Relationships – Mitchell Bland Room 131 Good Grief: Grieving Separately Together – David and Nancy Norris Room 132 End-Time Prayer – Flo Shaw Room 260 Contending for the Faith – T.F. Tenney

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Room 130 Parenting/Family Relationships –

Mahoney, Matthew Dugas, Patrick Marsden, Kristin Keller

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Room 120 From the Parking Lot to the Pew: Marketing for the Church – T’Neil Walea

Room 121 Worship: A Biblical and Practical Approach – Kristin Keller Room 261 Camera Tips: Directing Video in Church – Patrick Marsden

Room 121 Worship: A Biblical and Practical Approach – Kristin Keller

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Room 121 The Advantage of Being an Apostolic Chaplain – William Dillon Room 126 Preparing Student Leaders for Ministry –

Room 120 Decently and in Order: Coordinating Church Services – Lee Ann Alexander Halls 4 & 5 Worship Technology Forum – John

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Room 130 Kids Church: Where Do I Start? –

THURSDAY, October 3

Room 130 Child Psychology and Behavior in Church Education – Jeanie Bland

Room 120 A Music Director’s Relationship with the Team – Barbie Hoffee Room 122 Worship through FOH – John Mahoney Halls 4 & 5 Behind the Scenes: The Making of General Conference – Matthew Dugas

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Graphics for Worship – T’Neil Walea Mentoring Young Musicians – Jeromy Hoffee

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Mentoring Young Musicians – Jeromy Hoffee

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Look What the Lord Has Done! JEANNETTE THURIK

e were seventeen and nineteen when we first met. I was a senior in high school. John had graduated and was working in law enforcement. We got married two years later. We came from very different backgrounds. My family was blue collar and Roman Catholic, though our religion was something we professed more than something we practiced. My parents divorced when I was eleven. John’s parents divorced when he was very young, but during his childhood and teenage years both of them had successful careers. John’s religious background was a mix of Methodist and Native American beliefs. When he was only fourteen, he began struggling with drug and alcohol addiction. Married life was difficult for us. After we had our son, Brandon, we struggled daily just to survive and take care of him. But in 1993, John was in a car accident that should have taken his life. The car he was driving skidded out of control and ended up wrapped around a power pole. It was a lifechanging event for us (John dealt with his alcoholism and stopped drinking after the accident), but we still didn’t realize that God truly had many good things in store for us. Long before we knew it, God had a plan. God said, “I know the thoughts that I think toward you … thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). The accident ended John’s career in law enforcement but opened new doors of opportunity in the IT field. It also renewed our commitment to a very shaky marriage and family. Things were still extremely rough, and looking back I don’t know how we possibly kept our family together. Our lives continued on day by day with John and me both moving up in our careers while trying to keep our family together. In 1998, our daughter, Courtney, was born. Before her birth, I had had an early-term miscarriage and had fought 28

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through multiple surgeries and treatments for endometriosis, so Courtney was truly another miracle from God. Though we acknowledged the miracle, God was really just an abstract thought to us—a Higher Power, something to believe in. The idea of having a personal relationship with Him was far beyond our understanding. A year after Courtney was born we left our extended family in Minnesota and the four of us moved to St. Louis, Missouri. Our story didn’t start there, but our lives did. The move was hard on me, and despite outward appearances, I suffered with horrible depression and suicidal thoughts. Over the next ten years things got completely out of control. By outward appearances we were a successful family. We had a nice home, good jobs, and nice cars. But inwardly we were self-destructing. Our family was broken. Drugs, alcohol, depression, anger, bitterness, fear, and frustration bound us and were killing us a little at a time. The road we were traveling individually and as a family seemed hopeless. But in 2008, one of our dearest friends invited John to come see him get baptized. My husband went and attended his first Pentecostal service and baptism. He came home late that night and woke me up to talk to me about God—he even quoted Scripture! I had been married to this man for seventeen years, but I was hearing a stranger that night. I didn’t know what was happening, but I felt as if my world was flipping upside down. I didn’t know it, but that is exactly what was happening. Praise God!

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (II Peter 3:9).

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time to handle this situation. It didn’t take long for us to understand that God was the answer for every situation. We began attending church as a family, even though Brandon and I were still reluctant participants. Our daughter, Courtney, however, was instantly at home there. Pastor Scott Graham began coming to our home to give John and me a Bible study. A short time later, Pastor Graham baptized John in the name of Jesus Christ. One night during our Bible study with Pastor Graham, we were talking about the Holy Ghost and he told us to come to church that Sunday “expecting.” Sunday, April 13, 2008, is a day our family will never forget. As Pastor Graham had encouraged us, we came expecting. David Smith preached during that morning’s service. Just a few minutes into the altar call, I began crying and speaking in tongues as I was filled with the Holy Ghost. Several feet away, the same thing was happening to John and to our friend Jeff. Pastor Graham baptized both Courtney and me that morning. What an amazing morning! We could hardly believe what God had done for us. That night on our way to service, we were telling Brandon what had happened that morning, and he began crying because he had missed it. (Brandon had finally agreed to come to one service each Sunday with us and hadn’t come to service that morning because he had planned to come that night.) Evangelist Smith preached during the evening service also, and during the altar call, with the evangelist and all of us gathered around praying, Brandon began crying and speaking in tongues as he received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Youth

Pastor Paul Marion baptized Brandon that night. A year later, David Smith came back to The Sanctuary to preach, and Courtney was filled with the Holy Ghost. Our family was transformed! Since then, we have gone through trials, we have stumbled and fallen, but with our trust in the Lord, He has held us together and lifted us back up. Today, we are all serving God together. Brandon is a youth pastor, serving under Pastor Andrews in Bloomington, Minnesota, with his beautiful wife, Natashia. John, Courtney, and I are all serving at New Life Austin under Bishop David Bernard and Pastor Rodney Shaw. Courtney is active in the youth group, is in the choir and the youth band, and is a senior Bible quizzer. John is working toward becoming a certified chaplain and UPCI pastor, and we both are certified Life in Focus Anger Management and ACTS instructors. We teach a weekly anger management class in addition to other areas of service. God has plans for all of us that are beyond our imagination or explanation. God has delivered us. He is using us in ways we never could have imagined. We just have to give ourselves over to His plan and let Him work through us. Jeanette Thurik lives with her husband, John, in Austin, Texas where they attend New Life. The Thurik’s have two children, John and Courtney.

(continued from page 9) tongues.  My first stop was St. Louis, where I visited the Rescue Home of Mother Moise … Before leaving St. Louis, Mother Moise, Ben Pemberton, and about forty others were baptized in the Name of Jesus in the Mississippi River. Mother Mary Moise was a celebrated social worker, whose inner-city work was dedicated to social pariahs and fallen women. She maintained a network of rescue homes throughout St. Louis, and her missions became a common stopping point for Oneness evangelists. Ben Pemberton, who joined the Pentecostal movement under the ministry of Mother Moise, was a popular Pentecostal pastor and co-founder of the Apostolic Church of Jesus Christ, which later merged with the Emmanuel Church of Jesus Christ, a predecessor of the UPCI. After such success in Saint Louis, Cook continued on to Indianapolis: The saints were prepared and hungry for the new message. Great crowds turned out from the beginning, people coming in from different points in Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois. During the thirty days of the meeting, I was informed by those who kept a record that some 469 were baptized in the Name of Jesus Christ. Among those baptized were G.T. Haywood, L.V. Roberts, the new Bishop [Samuel N.] Hancock, Brother [T.C.] Davis, and about all the leaders of that day.  The Lord made a clean sweep, leaving few Pentecostal people in the city who were not baptized in the Name of Jesus.

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Cook’s apostolic work in Indianapolis was instrumental in expanding the reach of the Oneness movement. G.T. Haywood evangelized the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World with the message of the mighty God in Christ and brought the entire organization into the Oneness movement. His Indianapolis congregation is widely known as the “Mother Church of Pentecost” and became an epicenter of Oneness revival. S.N. Hancock, who was converted at Christ Temple and went on to pastor a dynamic Apostolic work in Detroit, Michigan, founded the Pentecostal Church of the Apostolic Faith. Throughout his lifetime, Cook continued to promote the powerful message of baptism in the name of Jesus and the fullness of the Godhead in Christ. He contributed articles to a number of Apostolic circulars including The Blessed Truth, The Herald of Truth, and Meat in Due Season. He continued a deep friendship with Frank Ewart, who introduced him to the Oneness truths, and worked alongside him in Pentecostal ministry in Los Angeles, where he pastored a work in Belvedere. When he died in 1948, Glenn A. Cook was memorialized as a trailblazer. The seeds of truth that he scattered throughout the United States as an apostle of the Faith continue to bring forth a mighty harvest. Matthew Shaw is the director of the Krannert Memorial Library at the University of Indianapolis. He is a member of River of Life in Muncie, Indiana, where he resides with his wife and four sons.

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WORLDLINE BY BRUCE A. HOWELL

The Difference a Ransom Can Make ast year at General Conference, a clarion call went out for the North American church to understand the incredible difference that can easily be made in the lives of captive souls. For every three hundred dollars given Global Missions is able to help spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to a soul. One who is bound by sin can be set free when we deliver the very ransom that will loose their bonds. Thank you for heeding to the call at General Conference. It made an incredible impact throughout the world, as you’ll see in these global reports. Pacific Regional Director Roger Buckland Thank you, United Pentecostal Church, for the offering given at the 2012 General Conference for missions evangelism. These funds made a difference in the island nation of Papua New Guinea. Because of your giving, an effort was made to evangelize the last province that had never yet heard the gospel. Jack Gene has already baptized thirty-six people, including two pastors and ten of their members, in Jesus’ name. He now has sixty people in attendance at Sunday services. Asia Regional Director Lynden Shalm The combined populations of India and China equal nearly 40 percent of the living souls in this world. Yet they remain largely neglected and unevangelized with the gospel message of salvation. The 2012 General Conference offering has allowed us to sponsor three Chinese pastors to come from China to receive training in evangelism and soulwinning. All instruction will be conducted in the Chinese language. They will receive evangelism tools and materials in the Chinese language that will ultimately have a great impact on dozens of Chinese pastors. Chinese reaching the Chinese is the key! Your 2012 Global Missions offering at the General Conference has enabled us to take bold steps by evangelizing India through ways such as an explosive youth program in which many young people received the Holy Ghost.

South America Regional Director Darry Crossley The General Conference offering has been used to finance an evangelistic trip of several pastors in Bolivia to the only department of that country without a UPC presence. They made this trip with outdoor services, printed invitations, and a plan for follow-up to the city of Cobija in the department of Pando. Thank you to the United Pentecostal Church for making a difference in unreached souls by giving in the General Conference offering! Central America/Caribbean Regional Director David Schwarz The 2012 General Conference offering for Global Missions could not have come at a more opportune time. The country of Cuba is only ninety-three miles off the coast of Florida and yet it is so far away. Because of the many restrictions on what North Americans can do in Cuba, the church must be in the hands of the Cubans we are training to evangelize their country. We are grateful for those we have been able to prepare. We are readying ourselves for the great harvest in Cuba. Europe/Middle East Regional Director Michael Tuttle Your giving at the 2012 General Conference Global Missions service made an incredible difference. Berlin, Germany, has 3.4 million souls, but no Oneness Apostolic church. This will soon change! A preacher is going to Berlin! The offering helped young people from the EME Region attend UPROAR Regional

Youth Congress. EME missionaries and national pastors, evangelists, and regional missionaries have also been sponsored to travel into remote areas of Eurasia, Central Asia, Siberia, and Russia to plant churches and open revival centers. Africa Regional Director Jerry Richardson Because of the 2012 General Conference offering, Brother and Sister Cezar Moraes, regional missionaries from Brazil, are able to go to the country of Angola where the opening of a new work is still in very infant stages. In the next few weeks, they will be traveling there to encourage the believers as well as see if something can be done to encourage the progress on obtaining visas, which will allow the appointed missionaries to be there. Thank you for giving to the Kingdom and helping to make this difference.

Bruce Howell is the general director of Global Missions. Because of the incredible giving of the North American church, this truth is efficiently being delivered to the whole world by the whole church.

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NORTH AMERICAN MISSIONS SERVICE UNITED PENTECOSTAL CHURCH INTERNATIONAL • GENERAL CONFERENCE 2013

Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00 pm

SEMINAR SCHEDULE

Worship Leader: Laird Sillimon Speakers: Ric and Vicki Gonzalez

Thursday, October 3 9:00 am Room 263 Room 264

Reboot – Bringing New Life to a Sputtering Church—Paul Graham I’m 62 – Now What?—Jack Yonts and Nick Seniour

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Planning a Church-In-A-Day in Your District or City—Terry Long *District NAM Directors and Church Planters – Enter to win funding for an upcoming CIAD project in your district or city at this session. $7,000 will go to a district and $3,000 to a church planter.

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Churches Planting Churches—Josias Limones

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Why Young People Plant Churches—Mark and Jordan Brown, Justin MacKenzie, Daniel MacLeod Disciple-making – Not an Ostrich Church—Charmaine Bailey, Carlton L. Coon, Sr.

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Reaching North America’s Great Cities—Ric and Vicky Gonzalez, Derwood and Nancy Tate

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One Man, Two Churches (or More!)

Is a new era dawning as North American missionaries become more like their counterparts in Global Missions? Effective global missionaries do not simply birth a church; they accept responsibility for a region to hear the gospel. Has the strategy of accepting responsibility for multiple communities worked? Here are the facts: Around the world the UPCI has two churches for each licensed preacher; in North America there are well over two preachers for each existing church. How many people in upstate New York, Colorado, or Manitoba might be saved if we were determined to make the gospel accessible to all people in a region, rather than limiting our focus to a single address? Some are already doing it. Let me talk about several church planters in Pennsylvania: Knox and Amber Hankins are thirtysomethings with roots in the Bible belt. At General Conference 2001 God directed them that Pennsylvania was their destiny. They took three years to prepare, pay off debt, and get things in order to move. On July 24, 2005, they had their first service in Exton, Pennsylvania, and soon became Christmas for Christ sponsored missionaries. They said, “There have been more good times than bad. God has been faithful. We came to Pennsylvania with the hope of eventually birthing multiple churches but we didn’t dream it would come so soon. In late 2009 we started a Bible study in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, which is thirty miles from Exton. By the end of the Exploring God’s Word study eight people were attending. It is hard to get new people to drive thirty minutes to a baby church. Our solution was to start a Life Group to drive over each week and preach or teach in Pottstown. In this second church, in a year seven people were born again; our second baby church now averages twenty. We are beginning our third year of pastoring two churches with a vision to plant more churches in Pennsylvania!” Knox and Amber’s life is not simple: secular job, check; three kids, check; life

Your current address is not God’s destination for you. Start getting your house in order, get out of debt, and learn to live more frugally. happening, check; a burden to make sure nobody in their area lacks an opportunity, check. One preacher, planting and pastoring two churches! Mickey and Debbie Cluster are from Illinois. For years, Pastor Cluster held an executive position with Dippin’ Dots. The Clusters and their five children moved to Pennsylvania as a Staker Family helping to plant a church in Altoona. After three years in Altoona they moved to State College, Pennsylvania, to birth another church. Today the Clusters are planting two churches. Pastor Cluster said, “In 2012, the Lord dealt with me through a dream about starting another church. In April, the general director of North American Missions came to our men’s conference and challenged pastors to start another church. I thought, With my job, its travel and fifty-five to seventy hour work week, Brother Coon could not be talking to me! That same day, District Superintendent Jerry Tipton told me of Lewistown, a town thirty-five miles from State College. Our district would be given a ready-to-use church building if someone would start a church. In that conversation it began to become apparent that Debbie and I were the ones to plant the church in Lewistown.” After much prayer, the Clusters agreed that this was the will of God and committed to birth a second church. He continues, “Have there been challenges? Sure! But it is worth it when a neighbor to the church in Lewistown says, ‘I think I will come to see what you people are about.’ We baptized her a month later!” Planting two churches brought necessary adjustment. Missionary Cluster resigned from his corporate job and the family currently receives backing from Christmas for

Christ. One preacher, planting and pastoring two churches! One man, two churches (or more) is happening beyond Pennsylvania: Jimmy Toney (Kentucky), Bruce Leaman (Michigan), Raul Orozco (Southern California), Antony Ballestero (Florida), Chester Wright (Maryland), Randy Keyes (California), and Granville McKenzie (Ontario) are just a few among others who pastor at least two churches. It is happening among those who are heralded among us and those who are not yet as well known but who have a passion beyond a single address and have a desire to effectively reach another town. For some who read this, the unchurched town near you is calling your name. It awaits a home Bible study that becomes a small group, which becomes a preaching point, which develops into a daughter church that eventually becomes autonomous. One man or woman, pastoring two churches or more. Others reading this are more like the Hankins and Cluster families when they were in Arkansas and Illinois respectively. Your current address is not God’s destination for you. Start getting your house in order, get out of debt, and learn to live more frugally. Get ready to be on site. You can become that one man or woman, pastoring two churches or more! To learn more about North American Missions and North American missionaries visit NAMUPCI.com. Carlton Coon Sr. is the general director of North American Missions.

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Hope and Grace “How could you do that? I’ll never forgive you!” “You lied to me, and I’ll never trust you again!” “I’m sorry, you’re just not cut out for this job. I’m going to have to let you go.” et’s face it. We all need to be cut a little slack occasionally. Because of our human limitations and weaknesses, all of us tend to make ill advised or foolish decisions that can hurt or frustrate the people around us. Many of these decisions are not ones that can easily be undone or forgiven. Betrayals of trust, cruel words, adulterous actions, violent outbursts, and hateful actions are things others have a hard time forgiving and not holding against us. In all honesty, most of us also struggle to cut others some slack when we encounter these kinds of disappointing words or actions. The bottom line is all of us need a little grace in our lives, and we often feel hopeless to measure up to the expectations of others. What’s amazing is that Jesus Christ is a graceful God! In fact, when Jesus came to earth His closest friend said He came “full of 34

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grace and truth” (John 1:14). In a world where we find ourselves making regretful and even shameful decisions, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed with inadequacy and hopelessness. Sometimes we just want to throw up our hands and say, “I quit! I just can’t measure up to all the expectations!” The good news is that Jesus Christ came to earth not just to proclaim truth, but He also came full of grace. Grace is “unmerited favor.” In other words, it’s being shown undeserved kindness, blessing, and mercy. Amazingly, much of the truth Jesus shared while on earth was intended to reflect how gracious and forgiving He is. Consider the parable of the son who wasted his father’s wealth living a reckless and selfish life only to regretfully and shamefully return to his father’s house and be treated like royalty (Luke 15:11-24). Or read the story of the servant who owed the king a debt he could never repay. When he asked the king to cut him some slack and extend some grace, amazingly the king forgave the entire debt (Matthew 18:23-27). Then there is the story of the woman who was caught committing adultery. In her culture, this was an action punishable by death. What did Jesus do when she was brought to Him for judgment? He replied, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more” (John 8:3-11). You may ask, “How can a perfect and holy God show such grace?” The answer can be found in a psalm written long ago by a man who made his share of bad decisions, including committing adultery and murder! He made this declaration about God: “Like as

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Don’t lose heart. There is hope! Because of God’s grace, you can find forgiveness when you admit your faults to Him. And when you experience that grace and forgiveness, grace can teach and empower you live life more responisbly and wholesomely. a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust” (Psalm 103:13-14). You see, God created us and realizes we have weaknesses and sometimes will make bad life choices. That’s why He decided to come from Heaven in the body of Jesus Christ (John 1:14). He knew we needed grace that could be brought only by Him. In fact, another misguided, sinful man in the Bible who experienced the grace of God and became a great preacher said of Jesus, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them” (II Corinthians 5:19). In other words, Jesus Christ came to reconcile or restore relationship with each of us by choosing not to hold our mistakes against us. Why? Because He pities us as a father pities his children. And He is willing to show us undeserved favor. So, regardless of who we are or what we have done, Jesus is willing

to show us forgiveness and grace. All He requires is that we admit our faults and ask for forgiveness. If we do, God promises not only to forgive us, but to wipe our record clean of all our bad decisions (I John 1:9). It’s easy for us to feel hopeless in light of the mistakes and bad choices we have made. Our spouse may hold our mistakes against us forever. Our friends may choose never to trust us again because of how we betrayed them. We may even have difficulty forgiving ourselves and cutting ourselves some slack over poor life choices. The reason is because we realize we can never really undo what we have done. But thankfully, when it comes to Jesus Christ, He doesn’t base His grace on what we are able to do or undo. Paul described the unimaginable grace of God: “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9). OCTOBER 2013

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So, if you feel a little hopeless today because of the results of your life choices, please know that Jesus is still full of grace and truth. And the key truth He wants all of us to know is that grace can be a powerful force in our lives. If you have broken relationships and shameful actions in your past, grace is so powerful that it can empower you to begin making better life choices, which can pave the way for a more hopeful future. Haven’t you found when someone is willing to forgive you and show you undeserved grace it motivates you to do better in the future? That’s the way God’s grace works in our lives. Remember that bad guy turned preacher? He was so bad that he imprisoned and murdered Christians to the point the Bible says he “made havoc of the church” (Acts 8:3). Yet after receiving God’s grace, he went on to evangelize the then-known world and write a significant portion of the New Testament. He said, “The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:11-12). In other words, the undeserved favor that God shows us is able to teach and empower us to live our lives more godly in the future. Paul, of all people, knew this to be true!

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Don’t lose heart. There is hope! Because of God’s grace, you can find forgiveness when you admit your faults to Him. And when you experience that grace and forgiveness, grace can teach and empower you to live life more responsibly and wholesomely. As grace empowers you to live more honestly and purely, some of the relationships you’ve damaged through your past choices will become healthier. Even if things in this life don’t work out the way you had hoped, you can still have hope by realizing this world is not your final destination. Paul wrote, “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (I Corinthians 15:19). Because of God’s grace, like Paul, we have hope that is not just of this world; it is out of this world! Jonathan Mullings is the senior pastor of Golden Valley’s Truth Tabernacle in Bakersfield, California. He is the grateful husband of Cindy Mullings and the proud father of Brett (18) and Emilee (13).

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Intouch CONNIE BERNARD

ntouch. “Keep in touch!” “Let’s stay connected!” How many times have we said one of these statements? When my husband was voted in as general superintendent I began to think of ways I could be a blessing or make an impact. One thing that had continually been weighing on me was a desire to connect our ladies through our wonderful World Wide Web. I had begun bouncing ideas around with a few people and at that time Donna Linville approached me with a similar burden. She had approached Media Missions several years ago about this type of program, but the Lord knew the timing was not right. God knew that I had had a burden for this type of webcast for some time. Our paths crossed and we began to dream. I shared with my husband my burden for creating a webcast for our ladies to be able to connect whether they were in Singapore, London, Los Angeles, or Africa. Through this burden and working with Donna Linville, Intouch became a reality and was launched January of this year. The traffic and noise and breakneck pace of our hectic lives make it easy to feel out of touch. Intouch hopes to bring joy and focus to women as they learn how to get back in touch with their families, their own sense of purpose, and, most important, with the God who is reaching out to touch us. Intouch is a way for ladies to receive answers they need, as this webcast reaches out and lays a virtual hand on their shoulder to let them know they are not alone. Intouch is uniquely designed with the Apostolic woman in mind. When Apostolic women come together to talk, laugh, encourage, and minister to one another it is powerful! I am so thankful for the vision and burden that Gwyn Oakes, our Ladies Ministries president, has continually had for our ladies

ministries and I am pleased to have her on board with this program. She has been one of our guest Bible study teachers and we will continue to glean from her wisdom. When I think of Intouch I think of being connected. We have created the program to be a ministry to reach out to the women of the United Pentecostal Church International and for it to be an opportunity for ladies of all faiths to come together and grow in God. If the truth can be shared in a manner that brings strength to each and every woman then we feel we have done what God has asked us to do! So spread the word! Intouch is now a program that can be used as a weekly Bible study, with study guidelines that can be downloaded. I hope this will become a tool that is used to encourage, lift, and reach ladies all over our great harvest field! You can view Intouch at www.intouchupci.com. Feel free to leave us your opinions, thoughts, or suggestions at intouch@upci.org. Connie Bernard is the wife of David K. Bernard, general superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church International and bishop of New Life Church in Austin, Texas. They have 3 children, Jonathan and his wife Sara, Daniel and his wife Kalee, and Lindsey. Sis. Bernard is Nana to Elijah, Adelle and Rylynn.

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Why Did We Establish a Residential Recovery Center? D.L. ROGERS

few years ago after a midweek service a staff member told me, “Pastor, there are two people at your office door requesting to speak to you.” I recognized the young lady but did not know the man. When I approached them and asked, “What’s up?” they both replied simultaneously, “Cocaine.” “All right, step into my office and let’s talk.” As they found a seat I began my usual speech that dealt with how to get off drugs and alcohol. Of course, this how-to instructional began with “You must be born again” and moved on to “There is no deliverance without the repentance of sin and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Then, “You have to change your playground and change your playmates. In other words, you’ve got to get out of the environment/neighborhood that is conducive to using drugs and you must stop hanging with the people you use with or who are your supply.” Simple. Right? We had an intense prayer session in the office that night. Deliverance came followed by water baptism and Holy Ghost baptism. Both of them recommitted to the Lord that night. For the next two weeks both of them attended church and were not using. Then they both disappeared from the scene. Both returned to drug use. Eventually he returned to prison. What went wrong? With many opportunities of ministering to addicts our staff has discovered a few things. First, most addicts simply cannot change their playgrounds and their playmates. For one thing, they have exhausted their finances so they cannot relocate. Second, addicts are in bondage to the drug they are using and are under the influence of 38

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spiritual wickedness. Our staff addressed this challenge with prayer and fasting. Two people responded with the same idea. My wife, Brenda, and our associate pastor, Randy Brown, both concluded that we should establish our own safe neighborhood and environment for those in recovery. Their plan called for a Residential Recovery Center (RRC) where men could find a healthy and stable environment that would provide support and training. In our case we prayed and sought advice from those involved in RRCs. After much prayer and discussion we shared the idea with the great congregation of Apostolic Life in Urbana, Illinois. We cast the vision for the RRC Lifeline-connect as a piece of the overall mission of the church. Thankfully, the members of Apostolic Life concurred that we must make this opportunity available to men and families in need of such a resource. One of the church growth/evangelism principles that we incorporate in our overall plan is that we must not be afraid to cross the street. In other words, we must not fear doing something that may seem unorthodox or nontraditional. If God is in it, it will be productive and contribute to the mission. We built a dorm that would house eight men and then began our search for staff. Our first few residents were men to whom we had previously ministered. Soon other men enrolled. Thus, Lifelineconnect Inc. was created. Our goal is to be an effective and comprehensive Christian faith-based solution to life-controlling drug and alcohol addictions. Lifeline-connect endeavors to help people rebuild their lives spiritually, physically, emotionally, and financially. Incidentally and unfortunately, every city and rural community has people struggling with addictions and the associated woes of substance abuse. If you ask any judge, law enforcement personnel, or any public safety personnel, “What is the one common culprit that contributes to the greatest percentage of habitual criminal behavior in our community?” the answer most often given would be “substance abuse.” Millions of Americans need intensive help in recovery and resto-

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ration from the effects of substance abuse. Residential Recovery Centers that are connected to a caring church ministry are part of the solution and a positive influence for any community. Approximately 27 million Americans either use illicit drugs regularly or are heavy alcohol consumers. Of these; almost 16 million are estimated to need immediate treatment. Chemical dependency along with associated mental health disorders has become one of the most severe health and social problems facing the USA (U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Feb. 2010). We recognize this ever-increasing epidemic. We also believe that we can make a difference for many. We operate on the premise that there is no such thing as a lost cause. We all know the greatness of God and His power to transform lives. For a life to be changed, the heart and mind have to change. Those suffering the effects of alcohol and substance abuse have been stuck in self-destructive coping behaviors, pain, shame, and fear. Their minds are loaded with subconscious fears, victim mentalities, survival lies, projected lies, false perceptions, and confusion. The good news is that when someone enrolls in a program such as Lifeline-connect and they are willing to have their minds renewed, they have begun their journey to a changed life. Through honest self-evaluation and knowing they are in a safe environment, fear is overcome as they place their faith in Jesus Christ and His salvation. It is most amazing to witness men being released from behaviors that originate deep in the heart. What we have discovered is that some men simply need another chance to get back up one more time.

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Has the success rate changed? Yes. It is evident that those who are born again, delivered, and set free have a much better opportunity to remain clean when they are enrolled in an RRC program such as LC. The enrollment in LC is a one-year commitment. During that year each man is investing in the welfare of the rest of his life and in the lives of his family, friends, and loved ones. During enrollment each resident is engaged in the Genesis Process Relapse Prevention Series, Mentoring and Accountability Plan (MAP), Celebrate Recovery Christian twelve-step program, and a myriad of applicable training courses. Each resident is also involved in most worship services, prayer meetings, and events of the church. The goal is that each resident involved in the recovery process also discovers God’s purpose for their lives. During the training process men are transitioned back into employment and eventually into an independent and self-supporting life. After one has graduated from the program they are encouraged to continue in MAP and to be involved in helping others who are also striving for recovery. We began a Residential Recovery Center to enhance our opportunity to duplicate the ministry designed by our Lord Jesus Christ; that is, “to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised� (Luke 4:18). D.L. Rogers is founder and pastor of Apostolic Life/Vida Apostolica Church in Urbana, Illinois. He is also the executive director of Lifeline-connect Inc.

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Ben’s Story CLARA COMPTON

unday, July 8, 2012, was a day that changed our family’s lives forever. We had flown from California to Michigan to attend my niece Alicia’s wedding. It was very humid and extremely hot that week with temperatures reaching 103 degrees. We had lived in California for the last four and one-half years, and none of us had adapted to the heat. I was telling everyone to please stay out of the heat and drink a lot of water. We had all gone to church Sunday morning and then out to eat with family. Later in the afternoon my husband’s cousins came over to my in-laws’ house to play in the pool and visit. Being in a pool with kids and adults has always been unnerving to me since the drowning of Sara and Tom Copple’s son, Nathan, when he was almost one year old. There were twelve kids (ranging from seventeen years old to one year old) and ten adults in and out of the pool. Serving as “head counter,” I was constantly watching for all the little heads in the pool. My son, Ben (seventeen years old), had played hard with friends and hadn’t slept much while we were in Michigan so he took a nap before coming out to play with the kids that day. There were a lot of little boys who wanted him to play with them in the pool. He played for about forty-five minutes and, not feeling well, got out of the pool to sit on the edge. That’s the last thing he remembers doing. The next part is hard to write, but I must because God did a miracle for us that day. My heart stopped when I saw Ben under the water face down. I saw a five-year-old jump on his back and then saw Ben twitching. I started screaming. My husband, Wayne, immediately grabbed Ben and brought him out of the water. He was completely limp and had no life in him. Wayne threw him over the side of the pool and beat on his back to try to force the water out for what seemed like several minutes. There was no response, no sign of breathing, no water coming out. We placed him on the ground and my husband and my motherin-law, Angie, started performing CPR on Ben. Still there was no 40

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response and no pulse. They did chest compressions again and again with no response. As Wayne started giving him mouth to mouth resuscitation we all prayed and begged God for help. I fell on my knees, screaming and begging God to please let him breathe. I told God, “He’s in your hands. I know you always make the best decisions. But whatever decision you make, please help me with it.” I really thought it was over. They continued CPR but there was still no response. I ran in the house and told his girlfriend to pray. I called my Pastor Tom Copple for prayer and he cried out immediately and started praying. Ben’s sister, Victoria, called 911, but in the panic of the moment no one could figure out the address for the 911 responders because the police had just rearranged the street numbers. My cousin ran in the house looking for an envelope with the house numbers on it. Three minutes had passed and Ben finally started to cough. I was never so happy to see someone throw up. There was life! We kept talking to him and kept praying and thanking God. He was still very much disoriented and didn’t recognize anyone. He kept fading in and out as Wayne yelled at him and shook him to keep him conscious. It took the ambulance twelve minutes to get there. Ben doesn’t remember anything until when the paramedics got there. When our family arrived at the hospital ER my sister-in-law, who works in the medical field, met the doctors and told them we had a lot of ministers in the family and they would be praying. The doctor said we are going to pray right now because there are a lot of tests to

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The doctor said we are going to pray right now because there are a lot of tests to do and we need a miracle. As the family prayed, the doctor prayed out loud with us. God gave us one of the best pediatric specialists in the United States. do and we need a miracle. As the family prayed, the doctor prayed aloud with us. God gave us one of the best pediatric specialists in the United States. He travels and trains doctors all over the country. He happened to be home when this happened and was called in. They began a series of tests. By the end of the evening Ben was 95 percent cleared. They were amazed. They watched him for a couple days in pediatrics ICU. They told me that Ben might have some difficulty when he started school and there may be a personality change. There have been no surgeries, no personality changes, and no difficulties in school. Some of the doctors’ reports stated it was “a rather miraculous recovery.” We guess that Ben was under the water for two or three minutes. Aunt Tina saw him fall in but thought he was playing. And it took a few minutes for him to start breathing after we pulled him out of the water. By all accounts he should not be alive, much less normal.

Today Ben is a lively worshiper and brings several students from school to church. Several of his friends have received the Holy Ghost and been baptized. Ben keeps telling me, “I’m good, Mom. God did the work and I’ll be fine. If He gave me back my life, He’s not going to take it from me this quickly. I have a work to do.” I know that God has more for all of us to do. We are to love people and be a light to this world. All of my co-workers prayed for Ben, and his miracle has opened many doors for me to share our testimony. I have always prayed that God would use our lives to bring Him glory; I just didn’t know He would answer this way. This miracle has increased our family’s faith. Clara Compton attends Spirit & Truth Worship Center in Orange, California. Thomas Copple is the pastor. OCTOBER 2013

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Letters to the Editor Thank you for your continued effort in making the Pentecostal Herald such a great magazine. —Jack A. Tanner I applaud you for the editorial “Steal No More” in the August 2013 Pentecostal Herald. The article was most insightful as well as convicting. It carried the same truth God had spoken to my heart a few weeks ago. Thank God for conviction. After reading the article, I immediately began reviewing the material, including graphics, used in our church’s Sunday bulletin. When I researched the proper methods of collecting pictures and graphics, I learned about “creative copyrights” and immediately put what I learned into action, citing each picture and article used in our church’s weekly bulletin. —Tiffany Lora I would like to commend you and your team for the excellent August issue of the Pentecostal Herald (“Celebrating Diversity”). —Don Hanscom I want to thank you for publishing the article about homosexuality in the August issue of the Pentecostal Herald. I had struggled with this for thirty-seven years and have been released for the last four months. I still struggle with Satan tempting me daily. Only by the grace of God am I able to overcome. Words of encouragement, along with seeing that it is possible to live a life free from this sin are needed. I thank you for listening to God and printing this article. I have since contacted Beacon Ministries and now have someone that God has placed there to help. —Haskel Thank you for the recent article in the August issue of the Pentecostal Herald from Nello Pozzobon. As our cultural climate shifts more toward a acceptance of non-biblical social and moral practices I believe the church will soon be confronted, if not already, with many different types of systemic struggles that were not apparent within the prior generation. There is nothing new under the sun in regards to the sins and perversions of the flesh. What is new, though, is the growing public sentiment of tolerance. This is a pertinent subject to deal with today, and I thank you once again for allowing this subject to be addressed.  I believe Nello Pozzobon is on the forefront of this unique ministry and provides a valuable service to the UPCI that will likely only 42

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grow in time. He provides an inimitable perspective on the topic of homosexuality, and I believe fellow ministerial constituents will learn tremendously from the resources that he brings to the table. —J.S. Glick I want to thank you for publishing the testimony of Nello Pozzobon in the August 2013 issue of the Pentecostal Herald. I have an Apostolic friend who has recently been ensnared by the insidious trap of homosexuality. Nello’s testimony has encouraged me that there is no limit to the depths that God’s power can reach. I sent a copy of his testimony to my friend’s wife and it has been a great encouragement to her as well. Thank you. —David Huston Thank you for your coverage of special needs in the church. I am a stepparent and parent of two special-needs children. Both of my children are now adults—one is married. Both are sociable and pleasant to be around. When my daughter was born I was told she would need to be in special classes and always need help. I thought, She doesn’t really look “special” so maybe it won’t be so bad for her. Both children grew up in church, and I thought if there was anyplace I’d want them to be it would be with the people of God. I wish I could say they both have a lot of friends and people who accept and socialize with them on a regular basis. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Most people do not have the time or energy to put into the kind of friendship required for special-needs people. They are never mistreated, just not treated at all. I do understand the hesitancy and awkwardness of people when it comes to “special” people, but I do not understand the complete disregard. Because of this disregard and rejection, I have taken the position of protecting my daughter by not forcing her to go to events. My protection has unfortunately resulted in her never wanting to go to any event. Our local church folks are kind and some do have some fellowship with her, but not on a consistent basis. My daughter has started seeking out friendships online because she can hide her real self behind some dream-girl fantasy that some unsavory individual is hoping to meet. Please, brothers and sisters, remember there are young people who sit at home alone every day week after week without one phone call or text message. Make room for someone who may not be exactly like you. We want our children to fit in. It hurts a parent deeply to watch his or her child passed over, neither acknowledged nor included. We do have the love of God in our hearts when we

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receive the Holy Ghost—correct? We must not limit the Holy Ghost to just our little circle of friends who are exactly like us. Yes, I am sounding off, but I don’t feel better. In fact, it grieves me to have to write this. Only a parent of a special-needs child will feel this sort of pain.  Until He comes again, I will enjoy my stepson’s and my daughter’s unconditional love. —Kelly

SUNDAY SCHOOL BY STEVE CANNON

I was glad to see that the August 2013 issue of the Pentecostal Herald (“Celebrating Diversity”) included more than just the differences in race and culture. People with special needs bring a whole different (and welcomed) aspect to our church, and we’re always trying to figure out how to best serve them. Thanks for this excellent issue of the Pentecostal Herald. I will save it for future reference. —Stephanie Bryson How refreshing it was to read the “Celebrating Diversity” issue (August 2013) of the Pentecostal Herald! We should embrace our differences in culture, abilities, and ministry and never let them divide us.  I am one of several Christian Diversity representatives for my employer, American Airlines. Over the past ten years, I have had the privilege of organizing church services, Bible studies, and prayer meetings at my local office in Tulsa. I always have a local Apostolic minister or pastor speak. It is beyond words to describe what it is like to hear anointed Apostolic preaching while on the job. What a privilege it has been to provide encouragement and direction to my fellow co-workers through the ministry of Holy Ghost filled men and women. I have always felt a call on my life to work in His kingdom. This is a mission that goes beyond the traditional sense, and I’m very thankful God has placed me here. God is opening doors. I know He is blessing Tulsa and American Airlines. I attend the First United Pentecostal Church of Tulsa. E.G. Bass is my pastor. —Brenda Carr I very much enjoyed reading Eugene Wilson’s article entitled “A Culture of Discipleship: Part II” in the September issue of the Pentecostal Herald. Of late, the concept of discipleship has been in my thoughts for quite a bit, even to the point of teaching a little about it in a Sunday school class. To read this article some weeks after having delivered the lesson is encouraging and challenging to me. If we are to have a meaningful impact in this world, we must first aim to be disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ. Great read! —Dorion Norton

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hank you for a great Save Our Children offering in 2013! The total 2013 SOC giving was $1,278,768.00, showing an increase of over $175,000.00 over last year. This offering will help fund the many programs in the Sunday School Division. One of those projects is Children’s Crusades for 2014. We have targeted eleven districts to host Holy Ghost Children’s Crusades next year! Our ultimate goal is to have a week of Holy Ghost Crusades in every district in North America. Thank you for your faithful giving and support. Your giving supports our 2014 theme, “Save a Child, Save a Future.”

2013 Save Our Children Top 20 Districts Louisiana $165,000.00 Illinois $ 81,692.60 Mississippi $ 72,000.00 Texas $ 57,493.98 Ontario $ 52,088.70 Tennessee $ 50,615.74 Missouri $ 50,600.00 Arkansas $ 41,364.56 South Texas $ 41,345.00 Indiana $ 40,879.10

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Planting Retirement Seeds B R I A N S . PAG E

hat is retirement? Answers to that question will be as varied as the number of people offering a definition. Many define retirement by what they want to do during their retirement years. For some it means no longer working a full time job. For others it means having a full time life of leisure or a life of travel. However, how we spend our retirement is largely dependent on financial resources. Therefore, retirement is better defined as “having a level of financial resource that provides freedom from paycheck dependence.” Freedom from a paycheck allows you the ability to continue ministering as you have been but also allows you the opportunity to journey along a new path. You may have the opportunity to pastor a different church, transition to the mission field, plant a church, or mentor younger pastors. Freedom from a paycheck also allows the ability for those more “traditional retirement activities” like visiting grandkids or vacationing. Freedom from a paycheck also affords the local church the ability to transition as the Lord directs in a manner that frees the church from being encumbered by providing for the financial needs of its “retired” pastor. Regardless of your plans, freedom from a paycheck tomorrow requires planning today. Some might say, “I don’t need to plan today; the Lord will provide for my needs.” This, of course, is entirely true. The Lord is the source of all provision, and trusting the Lord is the foundation of our Christian faith. The Bible spends a great deal of time reiterating this fact. However, the Bible also teaches the importance of planning. We must not use “trusting God” as an excuse for not planning. We must plan and then trust the Lord to make our planning successful. The Bible consistently uses agriculture as the basis for teaching spiritual truths. Probably the most often used comparison is the seed. For the seed to produce a harvest, it must be planted in the ground. The spiritual truth is, whether the seed is the gospel, faith, kindness, or money it must be planted (invested) in order to produce the de44

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sired outcome. As the Bible outlines, the “planting of the seed” is our responsibility; the growth of the seed is the Lord’s. Speaking of the gospel, Paul said, “I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase” (I Corinthians 3:6). In order to reap the ultimate fruit, we must plant (or invest) the seed and trust in God to produce the growth. Therefore, retirement requires diligent and prudent planning today. This truth is outlined in Proverbs 10:4: “He who has a slack hand becomes poor, but the hand of the diligent makes rich” (NKJV). However, planning for retirement also requires we trust God to provide the growth, as Deuteronomy 8:18 says, “You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth” (NKJV). Of course, we all have heard testimonies of the miraculous provision of a missionary or a family in need. In these testimonies we hear of God using other people to provide a much- needed resource at the eleventh hour. There is no doubt we serve an awesome God. However, we cannot fail to recognize God has instituted the law of sowing and reaping—a law that applies to all areas of our life. We cannot choose to put aside planning for the future and then presume upon God to “pick up the slack.” Planning for retirement must begin today. Although there are many avenues to save for retirement, the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI) has a retirement saving plan in place called the Ministers Retirement Fund (MRF). The MRF is a ministry of UPCI and is designed and maintained for the sole objective of providing an easy and cost effective avenue for UPCI pastors, missionaries, and church staff to plan and save for retirement. Through the MRF plan, the individual pastor, missionary, or church staff member can establish an account. Once an account has been established, individual participant contributions are made on a regular basis, oftentimes through payroll deduction or automatic deposit. There is no minimum contribution required; plan participants have the flexibility to determine their contributions based on their own budget. Additionally, tax benefits are associated with these contributions. If you make your contributions on a pre-tax basis, you do not pay income taxes on those dollars today. These contributions also

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grow on a tax-deferred basis. You can also make your contributions on a Roth or post-tax basis. With Roth, you pay income tax on the contributions today, but your earnings grow tax-free. There may be additional tax benefits for you as well. For example, tax-free housing allowance distributions at retirement and the potential to avoid mandatory IRS distributions at age 70½ if you continue to minister. Through the MRF, churches can make a contribution on behalf of the pastor or church staff member. All local churches should seriously consider making a consistent contribution to the MRF on behalf of their pastor as part of the pastor’s and staff’s overall compensation package as a responsible way for planning for the church’s and the church’s servants’ futures. When contributions are made to the plan the contributions are invested in a menu of available investment options. In the MRF each participant chooses how his or her contribution is invested. Appropriate investment options are available for both the savvy and novice investor. The MRF has a dedicated team of professionals who welcome the opportunity to speak with you about the MRF in more detail.

This team is tasked with making the enrollment process easy and the ongoing maintenance of your plan as simple as possible. Take a minute to contact our dedicated service team by calling 1-855-MRF-UPCI or visit us on the MRF Website at http://mrfupci. org. In addition, we are excited that we will have the opportunity to see many of you at the upcoming General Conference in St. Louis. Please stop by the MRF booth for a visit, and don’t miss the opportunity to attend one of our educational seminars that we will be hosting that week. Brian S. Page is an eleven-year veteran of the retirement plan industry and is a retirement plan consultant at Retirement Plan Services (RPS), which manages the retirement fund for the UPCI. Brian is a member of the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (ASPPA), where he earned the QKA and QPA designations.

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The new 2014 BREAD Bible from Word Aflame. You want everyone in your congregation to think biblically. The best way to accomplish this is to motivate them to read their Bible every day. The BREAD Bible is a resource you can place in their hands to make daily Bible reading a reality. Now in chronological order, this softcover Bible provides a new way to follow the BREAD program and read the Bible through in one year. At only $6.99 each when purchased in a case of 24, every member of your church can participate!

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The Waiting Room NANNETTE ELKINS

aiting … waiting … waiting. You despise to wait. You are in the office. You made it to the appointment on time. You left work on time. You even fought traffic, battled for the last parking space in the lot, and ran up the stairs instead of taking the elevator. But you made it. Now you wait. And you wait. Why can’t they be on time? Have you ever wanted to send them a bill? Have you seen the sign in some professional offices, “If you are more than 15 minutes late you will be billed for a missed appointment”? Even though our natural response to waiting is much like fingernails on a chalkboard, it can actually be a time of growth, if we allow it. Think of some of the patriarchs in the Bible who went through extreme waiting periods in their lives. Abraham and Sarah waited twenty-five years for the birth of a promised child. Moses waited as a shepherd for forty years before the Lord called him to lead the people of Israel. Joseph waited thirteen years as a prisoner, betrayed by his brothers, sold as a slave, and then finally reunited with them in his role as one of the leaders of Egypt. “Our soul waiteth for the Lord: he is our help and our shield” (Psalm 33:20). In the waiting room we are listening for our name to be called. We learn to recognize God’s voice. We are quiet, sensitive, and prayerful, so as not to miss Him. We want to surround ourselves with others who are like-minded so we are not confused or disoriented as we wait. What are we looking at in the waiting room? What are we filling our minds with while we wait? Is it pleasing to God? If we need an answer from God, are we searching for it in the things of God or in the things of this world? What are we feeding on? What kind of impression are we giving to others in the waiting room? Are we Christ-like as we wait? Or are we grumpy, irritable, and impatient, letting our feelings be known? God is not on time and we are not happy about it. He has not answered or called our name. Where is He?

“Shew me thy ways, O Lord; teach me thy paths. Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:4-5). Do we realize others see us in our period of waiting? We are examples of Christ. Whether it is a small matter or something of great importance, our reaction to the waiting room will have an impact on others. Especially on those who are not in relationship with the Savior. Finally, our name is called! The answer has come. He has sent someone for us and it is our turn. What is our reaction in the waiting room? Is it one of “Well, it’s about time!” Or is it one of gratitude and praise for an answered prayer? Are we short and abrupt, just glad it is over? Or are we truly appreciating and acknowledging the Lord, realizing that the outcome is the result of His hand on our lives? If you are in a waiting room season here are some things you can do: • Don’t stop praying! Ask others to join you in prayer for your situation. Paul said, “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20). • Make sure you are praying God’s will, not your own will. • Keep busy by ministering to others. This is the best way to give back and focus your heart on serving. Paul said, “The administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God” (II Corinthians 9:12). • Don’t allow yourself to become discouraged. Remember God’s timing is not ours. It may seem like He is never going to answer, but He will! And His will is always the best design. Give it time and rest in His plan. God said, “Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you” (Habakkuk 1:5). Nannette Elkins and her husband, Douglas, serve as associates in missions with Global Missions and also on the executive committee of Revival By Design. OCTOBER 2013

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Who Needs the Holy Ghost? Religious activists (the apostles—Luke 24:49)

Highly favored and blessed people (Mary, the mother of Jesus— Luke 1:28, 42; Acts 1:14)

Sincere, but misguided religious zealots (Saul of Tarsus— Acts 26:11; 9:17)

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People who have been healed and delivered (the Samaritans— Acts 8:7-8; 7-15)

Long-standing church members (John’s disciples— Acts 19:2, 5-6)

Prayerful and generous friends of the church (Cornelius— Acts 10:2, 44; 11:14)

Ten Important Facts about the Holy Ghost 1. guides into all truth (John 16:13) 2. convicts the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment (John 16:8) 3. empowers (Luke 4:14) 4. gives life to believers at the Rapture (Romans 8:11). 5. produces fruit (Galatians 5:22-23)

6. teaches us to pray (Romans 8:26-27; Jude 20) 7. comforts us (Acts 9:31) 8. gives us joy (I Thessalonians 1:6) 9. brings things to our remembrance (John 14:26) 10. strengthens our spirits (Ephesians 3:16)

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Sowing for Your Future...

Today!

“ The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.” - Proverbs 21:5

MINISTERS RETIREMENT FUND

Tax favored Savings

Whether you choose to make your contributions as traditional Pre-tax or Roth, every dollar contributed into the MRF receives special tax treatment allowing your account to grow and compound more efficiently over time.

Special Benefits for Ministers

The MRF provides special benefits to Ministers, such as tax free housing allowance distributions provided certain requirements are met.

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Develop your own asset allocation, choose from a Faith Based or Standard Model, or allow the MRF Board to manage your funds. No matter what your level of investment experience, the MRF has an investment solution appropriate for you!

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The MRF Board has engaged fee-only investment consultants that will objectively assist participants in the MRF.

Technology Ready to start sowing for your Future…Today? Please contact your Dedicated MRF Service Team

The MRF website http://mrfupci.org allows you immediate access to your MRF account giving you up to date information.

Contact info: Email: MRFquestions@rpsbenefits.com Website: http://mrfupci.org Toll Free: 1-855-673-8724

The information in this document is general in nature and subject to change. Applicable laws and regulations are complex and subject to change. For legal or tax advice concerning your situation, please consult your attorney or professional tax advisor.

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LAUNCH YOUR MINISTRY BY JACOB TAPIA

Mentoring once heard a man say that we have people in our lives who are like the sun. They are there every day, consistently interacting with us and making a great impact on us in the long term. Then he said there are those who are like a thunderstorm. They come into our life for a brief period of time and make an indelible mark on our hearts. If you were to take a moment to reflect, I am sure you could see these types of people in your life: the parent, the teacher, the camp meeting preacher, the evangelist, the youth pastor, the Sunday school teacher, and many others who have walked into your life for seasons of time. The Scripture teaches us that this kind of interaction with other Christians helps us develop godly character (Proverbs 27:17; Hebrews 10:24). In this article I will focus on the importance of having these types of influencers in our lives and allowing God to work through them to develop us in our walk with Him. We often refer to people who have consistently impacted us as mentors. A mentor can be described as a trusted counselor or guide, a tutor or coach. It is someone who is actively involved in our lives, giving us direction and counsel. This can come through different forms. When I first started evangelizing, I had the opportunity to spend some time with church planter Jimmy Toney. As the youth president of Nebraska, he put in many hours serving students at a youth camp without complaining. I also remember seeing him mow his yard on a hot summer day. I have never forgotten the fact that he was willing to take care of all his responsibilities, big and small. Because of that God was using him to minister on a greater level to the body of Christ. Here was someone who was mentoring me by his godly example of a servant leader. Other ways that we can be mentored by men and women of God are through their writings, recordings, and following their ministry on social media. In April I started

a website called Ministry Mentorship (www. ministrymentorship.com) in order to help young people connect with Apostolic leaders. On my website there are interviews, videos, and articles from Apostolic leaders geared toward helping people develop in their ministries. A mentor has a desire to pour his or her life into others. A mentor is willing to give of himself or herself in order to develop and build up someone else. This process requires time, trust, and mutual respect. Mentoring is very interactive and includes: 1. Listening—asking questions that get to the heart of the matter and hearing out the other person. 2. Teaching—giving tips, practical advice, and guidance. 3. Sharing personal experiences in ministry, and life. 4. Follow-up—staying in contact. 5. Transparency—allowing someone else to learn from your failures and mistakes. 6. Touch—there can be a transfer of honor (Moses and Joshua, Numbers 27:22-23) and blessing (Jacob and grandchildren, Genesis 48:14) through touch. 7. A long-term commitment to seeing someone else succeed. If you are looking for someone to mentor you in ministry or other areas of your life, begin with prayer and ask God to lead you to the right person. The person should be a godly example of a Christian minister, have a good report, and be faithful to Apostolic doctrines and principles. You will be allowing this person to speak into your life; thus the decision must not be taken lightly. There must also be openness about your own life and a willingness on your part to receive from them. Here are some action points to help you connect with a mentor:

1. Do your research—ask for information from people who know this person. Will their expertise match the area where you desire growth (leadership, personal growth, ministry, pastoral, and family)? 2. Make a formal connection—let them know your intentions through a phone call, letter, email, or face-to-face appointment. 3. Set a meeting time—this could be through a face-to-face meeting or the use of social media (Skype, Google Hangout, or Facetime). 4. Have questions ready for discussion— your time together will be much more productive if you are prepared. 5. Be conscious of their time—respect the fact that they are busy and might not be available to spend hours and hours just hanging out. 6. Stay connected—much of the work in this kind of relationship will require you to be the one to set up the schedule and reach out. Most people are willing to share with you but you must go the second mile to make it happen. On a larger scale, this can be done in a section or district by having regular meetings—monthly or yearly—where ministry topics are discussed and support is offered to younger ministers. Fellowship and prayer between young and old will also play a vital role. In conclusion, as we continue to grow in Christ, we should remember that He often places people in our lives at specific times to be a blessing to us. Remember to be thankful as you recognize the fingerprints of others on your life and seek to connect with and encourage others in their walk with God. Jacob Tapia serves as the assistant pastor at the Apostolic Church in Belleville, Illinois. He and his wife, Christina, have two children, Landen and Alayna.

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