Word Choice

By Scott Harrup | April 4, 2014

A few words can reveal much about one’s world view. Read more at Out There.

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Dead and Buried?

By Scott Harrup | March 25, 2014

Is the end really the end? Thoughts on temporary mortality at Out There.

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A Pentecostal Memoir By Evelyn Allen Fullerton

By Ken Horn | March 24, 2014

I recently received a very kind letter from a reader of the magazine, Evelyn Allen Fullerton, who, at 83 years young, wrote a brief history of some of God’s works in southern Missouri. I have posted her very interesting article on my blog, Snapshots.

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By Scott Harrup | March 21, 2014

We use conditional statements to navigate through life. God’s Word offers conditional statements that point to eternity. Read more at Out There.

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Move Over, Methuselah

By Scott Harrup | February 14, 2014

Genesis’ oldest recorded person lived 969 years. Current research indicates some microbial life can live for 1,400 years. But how does any life span stack up against eternity? Read more at Out There.

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Top 100?

By Scott Harrup | February 12, 2014

Amazon has a list of 100 books their editors believe you should read during your lifetime. Can you guess where the Bible falls on their list? Read more at Out There.

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By Scott Harrup | February 10, 2014

A million dollars for a watch? Sounds crazy, but some of the world’s rarest timepieces help illustrate an everyday reality. Read more at Out There.

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Synergize 4! Pastors Conference January 21-23, 2014 in Orlando Gathers Every Major Denomination and Fellowship

By Ken Horn | December 3, 2013

Orlando, FL – December 2, 2013 – As part of the strategy to win another billion people to Christ, Billion Soul Network (Billion.tv) will host the Synergize 4! Pastors Conference January 21-23, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. Leaders from every major denomination and Christian stream will gather to synergize efforts to double the size of the Global Church during this generation. The strategic goal is to plant 5 million new churches for a Billion Soul® harvest.

The Billion Soul Network, through the synergistic leadership of more than 200 CoChairs, has been meeting biannually since 2002 and has become the largest pastors network in the world, where presidents, general superintendents and overseers of the Christian denominations and fellowships gather to share relationships, research, reports, recommendations and resources. Sixty-five nations are already represented for Synergize 4.

Dr. Leonard Sweet, leading author and futurist, states, “There is no finer venue anywhere in North America where a Church leader or a local pastor can attend and return with a greater understanding of the global Church than the Synergize 4! Pastors Conference (www.Synergize.tv).”

“We will be bringing global reports about the Church worldwide,” states Dr. James O. Davis, Billion Soul cofounder and Co-Chair/Global Networking. “This isn’t about the West going to the rest, but about the best in the world teaching the rest of us in the world what is working today.”

“We have enormous respect for the contribution to the global Church made by all leaders who are true Christ-followers, and look forward to networking with them, for the greater good of the entire Body of Christ,” said Dr. Fred Luter, President of the Southern Baptist Convention.

In the past twelve years, Billion Soul® has gathered more than 50,000 leaders in face-to-face meetings in hubs throughout the world, and now has leaders involved that represent more than 475,000 churches worldwide. This conference will mark the 12th Anniversary of the Billion Soul Network.

“The investment in a pastor’s ministry that Billion Soul can make in just three short days is almost incalculable,” Church of the Nazarene Overseer Emeritus Dr. Stan Toler said. “Whatever sacrifice it takes for a Church leader to attend, the take-away will be many times greater. We believe this conference will fill to the maximum this year with leaders eager to be about the Great Commission.”

“Foursquare International is intently working toward the completion of the Great Commission in our generation” said President Dr. Glenn Burris. “I am looking forward to hearing the plans of other Christian organizations, to see how we can greatly accelerate soul-winning and church planting during the next decade.”

“We believe Christ gave us a ‘Great Commission’ to tell the entire world about Him,” states Dr. Chip Ingram, President of Living On The Edge. “Billion Soul is helping the Church to learn methods used worldwide that empower us to shorten the time needed to finish the Great Commission. I will share The Blue Print For Biblical Discipleship.”

Dr. George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God, Springfield, Missouri, states: “The Synergize 4! Pastors Conference is for pastors and leaders, whose missional ambition is to listen to, learn from and to link with the Global Church that Christ has raised up in the 21st Century. I cannot think of greater way to begin 2014, than making plans to join us for this historic conference.”

Sweet, Davis, Burris, Toler, Ingram and Wood will be among the well-known speakers at the January event. Others included are Dr. David Mohan, India General Superintendent of Assemblies of God; Dr. Dave Stone, Pastor of Southeast Christian Center, Louisville, Kentucky; Rev. Eddy Leo, Founder of Alba Ministries, Jakarta, Indonesia; Rev. Suliasi Kurulo, Founder of World Harvest Center, Suva, Fiji; and Dr. Mark Williams, General Overseer, Church of God, and Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, General Superintendent of the Wesleyans.

For exhibiting and sponsorship information, please contact Gregg Halteman, CoChair/US Partners at 417-353-8000 or Gregg@Billion.tv.

Conference Details

The conference, to be held at Faith Assembly of Orlando, starts Tuesday, January 21, at 12 noon, and concludes Thursday, January 23. at 5p.m.

The Billion Soul Network began in 2002 as a resource for meeting the Church’s need for trained and equipped pastors. Dr. James O. Davis, cofounder, along with many world leaders wanted to provide pastoral leaders around the world with the best Christian leadership training available in the most efficient and affordable way possible, in order to complete the Great Commission. The Billion Soul Network is at the forefront of the movement to train millions of pastors and Christian leaders for the billion-soul harvest, all for a fraction of the time and cost of traditional education.

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By Scott Harrup | October 17, 2013

They’re not the innocuous accessories for a lazy day of fishing. They’re deadly invaders. Read more at Out There.

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By Scott Harrup | September 16, 2013

Ever had a song you can’t get out of your head? A sense of deja-vu in the middle of otherwise ordinary events? How about book of the Bible that crops up in one corner of your life after another? Read more at Out There.

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By Scott Harrup | August 23, 2013

Have you ever wondered why God made it possible for us to enjoy a meal? Read more at Out There.

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Children’s Book?

By Scott Harrup | August 16, 2013

Can an almost-50-year-old benefit from a children’s classic? Read more at Out There.

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Muddy Treasure

By Scott Harrup | August 14, 2013

A 12-year-old makes headlines when he finds a gem-quality diamond on a family outing. God invites all of us to find His treasure of immeasurable value. Read more at Out There.

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Mirror, Mirror

By Scott Harrup | August 8, 2013

What exactly does your reflection say about you? Read more at Out There.

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Before … or After?

By Scott Harrup | August 6, 2013

How can we keep a forward-looking perspective as we serve the Savior? More at Out There.

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By Scott Harrup | July 29, 2013

Wondering how you’re going to survive Monday? Or the rest of the week? A divine Helper is in your corner. Read more at Out There.

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Infinities Large and Small

By Scott Harrup | July 9, 2013

Look into a star-filled sky. Look into your own soul. At every level of creation, God’s infinite wisdom can be seen. More at Out There.

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June 27 Weekly Drawing Offers “Midnight in the City”

By Ron Kopczick | June 21, 2013

5151_cvrlg-2.jpgMidnight in the City by former Pentecostal Evangel Editor Hal Donaldson and a six-month Evangel print subscription will be awarded to the winner of the June 27 Weekly Drawing. Readers who haven’t entered the drawing can do so until 11:59 p.m. (CDT) on Saturday, June 22. Contestants must be at least 18 years old and are limited to one entry per drawing.

Anyone missing the deadline for the June 27 drawing will automatically be entered in the July 3 contest, which offers a copy of Theology in a Nutshell by Ken Horn and a six-month Evangel subscription. Click here for more information or to enter.

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The Worth of a Lunch Pail

By Pentecostal Evangel | June 14, 2013

(By Doris Knoles)

In March 2003, just two weeks before his 50th wedding anniversary, my dad suffered a stroke. It was the deciding factor that led my parents to move from their home of 48 years to a ground-level apartment. We had planned a 50th anniversary celebration for them June 1 with all of their children. By that time, Dad could stand and take a few steps with assistance. It was a privilege to honor Dad and Mom for their faithfulness to each other and to our family.

The next day we began moving them into their new home. My husband, John, and my youngest brother, David, were cleaning the basement of the old house. They found two of Dad’s old beat-up lunch pails. As they each decided to keep one, John commented to David, “In helping to pack your parents’ household goods, I found nothing that your dad ever bought for himself. All his finances were poured into his family. These old, worn-out lunch pails bear testimony to his selflessness over the last 50 years.”

Paul wrote to Timothy, “If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity. … Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without” (1 Timothy 3:1-4,7, KJV).

Dad was never a bishop, but he wonderfully modeled this Scripture. And those lunch pails bore witness to his Christlike character. Dad used those lunch pails for over 30 years as he worked faithfully every day at a dairy to support his family of five children. He never finished high school, but he had godly wisdom. He never had his “name in lights,” but he is held in high esteem by his family, fellow church members and neighbors. His love for God was evident in all he did.

Dad was a deacon at his church for many years. Later on, he and Mom served their pastor, cleaning up after construction workers when a new church was built and then maintaining the facility every week when it was finished. The pastor told us Dad was grieved he could no longer clean the church after his stroke.

So, what is the value of a lunch pail? It is priceless. It represents love for family and friends, faithfulness, integrity, respect, honor, character, responsibility, humbleness, servanthood and, most of all, a deep love for God and His Word.

On Oct. 5, 2006, Dad was promoted to his heavenly home. But his legacy still lives through his children and grandchildren. Thanks, Dad, for showing us Jesus. Happy Father’s Day!

– Doris Knoles and her husband, John, minister with Native American Marriage Enrichment.


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Ian Richardson Interns with Pentecostal Evangel

By Scott Harrup | May 30, 2013

ian.jpg Evangel University student Ian Richardson is working as a summer intern at the Pentecostal Evangel. He is primarily assisting in the news section of the magazine.

Ian, who will be a junior in the fall, is on the staff of the school’s newspaper, The Lance. He also is a web writer and student blogger at Evangel University. Ian is a native of Afton, Iowa.

“I’m excited to get a taste of what writing is like on the professional level, especially under people with so much wisdom and experience and for a magazine with as much history as the Pentecostal Evangel,” Ian says. “I can tell already that this internship is going to help me grow a lot as a writer. I’m also looking forward to the opportunity to investigate and write stories about what is going on with Christians all around the world.”

“We have enjoyed a great relationship with Evangel University over the years, as they have recommended gifted students as interns to assist our team,” says Scott Harrup, Pentecostal Evangel managing editor. “Ian hit the ground running, and we look forward to the weeks he will be contributing to the magazine’s content.”

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