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    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. ...




A Pentecostal Heritage

May 19, 2013


God’s Pentecostal Promise

Author unknown

From the Oct. 8, 1932, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel

Joel had a wonderful evangel to proclaim. He declared, “It shall come to pass afterward (or as Peter put it, in the last days), I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions; and also upon the servants and on the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit.” The promise of this outpouring is for all believers and for their children; as Peter pointed out on the Day of Pentecost, “The promise is unto you and to your children.” Come for your own portion in this outpouring, and come for your children’s portion too. God will meet you as you trust Him to fulfill the promise of the outpouring upon yourself, and He has abundance more of this outpouring for your children also. Don’t be satisfied with merely receiving yourself, but look to the Lord to fill all our children with the blessed Holy Spirit even as He filled the whole household of Cornelius at Caesarea.

 

A Pentecostal Voice
By Robert C. Cunningham

From the Jan. 28, 1950, issue of the Pentecostal Evangel

In the mail the other day we received a letter from a reader who said: “Your paper does not speak for the whole Pentecostal Movement, and so I do not think you have a right to call it ‘the Pentecostal Evangel.’” We felt that our friend had a wrong conception of the sense in which the word “Pentecostal” is here used, and so in answering his letter we pointed out that the right of the Evangel to use the term “Pentecostal” depends entirely on whether or not the paper proclaims the Pentecostal message.

What is the Pentecostal message? It is the apostolic message as we find it recorded in the Book of Acts.

It is the marvelous message of the miracle-working Christ, who was crucified and slain for our sins but was raised up from the dead (Acts 2:22-24).

It is the blessed truth that He is now at the right hand of the Father in heaven, listening to the prayers of His people (Acts 2:33).

It is the wonderful message that all who will repent, and [receive Jesus Christ], may receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38).

It is the scriptural message that when the hundred and twenty were filled with the Holy Ghost on the Day of Pentecost, they began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:4).

It is the glorious story of the outpouring of God’s Spirit upon all flesh (Acts 2:17). It is the inspiring message of Divine Healing (Acts 3:6,16). It is the solemn message of personal holiness (Acts 5:1-11). It is the hope-giving message that the same Jesus who went away in the clouds shall so come again (Acts 1:11).

On these fundamental truths all Pentecostal people are firmly and lovingly united. Differences of views on minor points of doctrine and church government may have divided us into a number of groups, making it impossible for any one publication to speak for the entire Pentecostal Movement on certain matters, but the scope of truth on which we all agree is surprisingly broad.

For thirty-five years the Evangel has been a voice proclaiming this Pentecostal message. It has helped spread the truth far and wide. As long as it continues to proclaim the Pentecostal testimony, it has a right to be called “the Pentecostal Evangel!” — and this will it do, if God permit.

[Editor’s note: 63 years after this was written, the magazine still bears the name Pentecostal Evangel.]


ROBERT C. CUNNINGHAM (1914-2000) served as editor of the Pentecostal Evangel from 1950 to 1984.

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