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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: "By My Spirit"

By Ken Horn
Apr. 13, 2014

The Assemblies of God has turned 100! Yesterday marked a century since the end of that first General Council that formed the Fellowship.

Our spiritual forebears probably never envisioned the Movement reaching this milestone. They expected the Lord to return long before 2014.

But no one knows the day or the hour, and I sincerely doubt the fervor of those who came before us would have been dimmed had they known at least a century would follow their humble beginnings.

Their No. 1 passion was souls. Everything they did stemmed from a desire to win lost souls for Jesus. Pentecostal distinctives were not important in or of themselves. Those distinctives were important because they empowered believers to fulfill the Great Commission.

Since that great meeting in Hot Springs, Ark., in 1914, God has certainly done “exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” (Ephesians 3:20, KJV).

This entire edition is devoted to the AG century. First, Dr. George O. Wood, the 12th general superintendent of the AG, shows us the vision of the founders and how that vision is still being worked out today.

Dr. Darrin Rodgers, director of the Flower Pentecostal Heritage Center, then takes us on a historical journey through the years of the Movement, with highlights of important and representative occurrences.

Yes, this is a tip of the hat to history — God’s blessings over a century. But it is more than that. If you take anything away from this issue, besides great appreciation to God for all He has done, let it be a desire to capture the fervor that enveloped those early AG members ... and that has touched countless people throughout the past 10 decades.

Let it be a hunger for a fresh revival, for a passion like that which filled the hearts of those who have gone before us.

Let us have a new commitment to the words that have been printed on hundreds of millions of Pentecostal Evangel magazines: “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord.”

Ken Horn

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