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NOT BY MIGHT,
BUT BY MY SPIRIT,
SAITH THE LORD
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THE EDITORIAL VIEWPOINT
Love in Action
The greatest sermon on love was not preached by word of mouth,
neither was it written by the pen of any ,inspired writer. It was
preached in silence by the suffering Saviour as He submitted to the
Cross and died for sins He did not commit.
Others have died by force; Jesus died willingly. Some have died
for good men; Jesus died for wicked ones. Many have died for their
friends; Jesus died for His enemies. He died because He wanted to
save them from eternal death. Even while He was suffering from
their cruelty He prayed for them. He refused to show any bitterness
toward the enemies who were crucifying Him, for it was for them
He was dying. He might have reviled and threatened them for their
injustice but instead He said, "Father, forgive them, for they know
not what they do."
Here was love in action. Here was positive proof that when Jesus
said He loved men He meant it. Here was a demonstration of the
worth Christ placed upon human souls. Here was -a definition of
love that all could understand. Do our actions speak of that kind
of love, or are we self-centered, indifferent to the needs of .others?
Do we sacrifice to show'our love for others, or do we only say we
love them? John said, "Hereby perceive we the love of God, because
He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives
for the brethren. But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his
brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him,
how dwelleth the love of God in him? My little children, let us not
love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth" (1 John
Many sermons are preached by word of tongue, but few by daily
deeds. Men and women perish in their sins because no one bas ever
touched their hearts with a demonstration of real love. We say we
love the souls of men but our actions deny it. We say we love
God but if we do not love our fellow men whom we have seen, how can
we love God whom we have not seen?
The apostles were mightily moved by the Crucifixion of Christ.
They understood that when Christ died He set an example for us,
that we should follow in His steps. Peter said we have been called
to show that we too can suffer injustice without resentment; to be
patient in tribulation; to do right when surrounded by wrong; to be
healed of all selfishness, rebelliousness, and natural meanness.
Paul wrote of the love that suffers long and still is kind ; that never
is jealous; that never exalts self; that never swells its chest but
beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth
all things. This is the love that loves the unlovely; that keeps on
showing kindness in spite of rebuffs; that keeps praying for sinners
no matter how discouraging the prospect of their conversion might
be, and has faith in new converts no matter how vasciilating they
may seem to be.
This love is not man-made but divine. It is shed abroad in our
hearts by the Holy Ghost. It is demonstrated in our lives as we keep
ourselves in the love of God and keep praying in the Holy Ghost.
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ing that even the last unit is awaited
and enjoyed; others are so wearying
that interest has waned long before the
final entry comes into view. The "pro-
cession" of Zechariah 9:9-11 is well
on its way, and the last unit has taken
its place on the world scene.
When Jesus made His "triumphal
entry" into Jerusaletn this scripture was
fulfilled in part, but only in part; for
as yet the battle bow is not cut off;
peace is not spoken to the heathen;
and His dominion is not from sea to
sea, nor from the river to the ends
of the earth. But it will be, and so
before we write finis to this glorious
and prophetic utterance we realize that
the fulfillment is in progress now. The
gates of the City are in sight.
It was customary in the days of
Jesus for conquerors to make trium-
phal entries. Caesar's triumphal entry
after the conquest of Gaul was a thing
of splendor, as he rode in his golden
chariot with the conquered leaders
chained to his chariot wheels. Why
did not Jesus have at least a beautiful
March 22, 1959
By Evangelist Edna M. Goodwin, Pomona, California
steed, royally caparisoned and with spe-
cial outriders? That would have ex-
pressed the thought of majesty. But
Jesus, King of kings, Conqueror Su-
preme, rode an ass. Why? Because
the ass represents us. That final unit,
added to the group at Bethpliage, repre-
sents all of the redeemed of all ages.
The Bible often uses the animal king-
dom to represent persons or truths. A
slain lamb. is ti type of Jesus, the suf-
fering Saviour alway:. An ox por-
trays burden bearers and being yoked
in with Him-and that is delightful,
for His yoke is easy and His burden
light. To share His load, His road.
His goal, and His fellowsliip is heav-
A dog, whose price was .forbidden
in the sanctuary, typifies unregenerated
humanity, but a donkey is a type of
redemption. Under the old law, the
neck of the first-born donkey must be
broken. Other first-born creatures were
also required to be offered to the Lord.
Not an ass. If the ass was to escape
the refuse heap because of any seem-
ing value, there was one alternative:
A Palm Sunday Meditation
a lamb, unblemished; must go to death
in its stead. Since God's Lamb went
to death for you and me, we as con-
demned creatures stand free because
of His sacrifice and so the ass be-
comes the type of redeemed humanity.
The fact that the ass stood at the
cross roads testifies that somewhere,
sometime, a lamb had gone uncom-
plainingly to death.
But he was tied-yes, although he
was absolutely and irrevocably free
from all fear of death, the ass was
tied there where two wavs met: Now
strange to say, this last unit was not
added until they had reached Bethphage,
which means "the place of figs."
Jesus cursed a fig tree one day for
its lack of fruit, even though it was
not yet the time of figs. Why? Be-
cause it was full-leafed, Fig tiees p~it
on their fruit before they sprout their
leaves, and while it was pre-season the
fact it was full-leafed gave the testi-
mony, "I bear fruit." Fruit is a req-
uisite. Discipleship hinges on it. With-
out it there is no harvest. This is the
fruit-bearing age, and the ass was
added at the beginning of it, or at
"the place of figs."
The Master could have borrowed the
finest mode of travel, since He must
needs borrow the donkey anyway, but
how evident His desire to include the
redeemed in all that pertained to Him-
self. "We are laborers together with
him," and if we suffer with Him we
shall be glorified together. The donkey,
then, has a part.
What part? To upliold and bear the
King to His destination so that all may
behold Him. But he is still tied, out
at the crossroads. Jesus knew that, and
He sent two disciples to loose him
and bring him to a place of yielded-
ness to, and identification with, the
But bystanders, onlookers, even
friends may disapprove. "Why do ye
loose the colt ?" The answer was, "The
Lord hath need of him." Hitching posts
are proper in their place, but one day
the Lord will beckon and then there.
(Contmued on page twenty-three)
A Message Preached at the
Fifth World Conference of
M I' SUBJECT IS THE CROSS. YOU
will find my text in Matthew 26:54-
just the final four words: "Thus it
Jesus is looking toward Calvary with
its blood and agony, its shame and
torture, its unspeakable load of human
guilt, where He is to be made sin for
me. He has in view the awful lone-
liness of the. hour when He is to be
forsaken even by God as He hangs
on the accursed tree. And He says,
"Thus it must be."
I think if Paul the apostle could
, speak to us he would choose this
theme. It was Paul who said, "God
forbid that I should glory, save ia the
cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by
whom the world is crucified unto me,
and I unto the world" (Galatians 6:
Christ crucified is our central theme.
We emphasize the work and ministry
of the Holy Spirit only because He
glorified the Christ of the cross; we
teach healing as a confirmation of the
gospel of the cross; we preach Christ's
imminent, personal, physical return be-
cause that will mean the consumma-
tion of the mighty salvation purchased
at the cross. But the cross was, is,
and always shall be the great theme
of our preaching. The throbbing heart
of all true Bible ministry must be the
The Meaning of the Cross
You ask me, "What is the cross?"
The cross is the torture stake on which
Christ died. It is the lowest rung in
the ladder of His voluntary humilia-
tion which involved the laying aside
of His eternal glory to become man
for my redemption. He, "being in the
form of God, thought it not robbery
to be equal with God: but made Him-
self of no reputation. . . . He humbled
Himself, and became obedient unto
death, even the death of the cross"
(Philippians 2 5-11).
The cross is the means of recon-
ciliation between God and men (Co-
lossians 1 :20-22). The cross is the very
focus of the power of God. "The
preaching of the cross is to them that '
perish foolishness; but unto us which '
are saved it is the power of God"
(1 Corinthians 1 :18).
The cross means the removal of the
curse of a broken law. "Christ hath
redeemed us from the curse of the law,
being made a curse for us: for it is
written, Cursed is everyone that hang-
eth on a tree" (Galatians 3:13).
The cross is the great unveiling of
the heart of God. It is the measure
of man's worth to God. It is the scale '
by which to measure the hideousness
and 'blackness of human sin. It is the
answer to heaven for earth's sin and.
sorrow, the final answer, the absolutely
When our Lord was faced with the:
cross, knowing all that it was to mean
to Him of blood and soul-agony as
He was made sin for us, He said,
"Thus it must be."
Lenin said that Communists are
"dead men on furlough." But Chris- ,
tians are "crucified with Christ," or ,
born crucified as the old theologians
would say. And the only kind of Chris-
tianity that can meet the challenge of .
this late hour is "crucified disciple- '
ship." Unconditional dedication to
The cross of Christ means salvation
for me, but I dare not claim it as my
release from sin and judgment unless
also I embrace it as the standard of
my living. And I fear this is the great
mistake of twentieth-century evangeli-
cal Christianity. Oh, the shallow, half-
true, but wholly misleading presenta-
tion of the gospel which leads men
and women to profess that they are
disciples of a crucified Lord; but leaves
them free to make themselves com-
fortable in a doomed world. Chris-
tians are crucified people! Dead t~
every claim but Christ's! Dead to ev-
ery lordship but His. Living only for
Him, to please Him who bought them
with His blood! Brother, sister, that's
your nature if you are a Christian.
The Necessity of Our Cross
The cross means eternal life as a
free gift, but it also means death to
self. Self is Satan's ally within the
soul. It was h?artin Luther who said:
"I am more afraid of my own heart
than of the pope and all his cardinals.
I have within me that great pope, Self."
The cross is the great necessity for
you and me.
Now why is it so important that I
die to self, that all my life be marked
by the cross? First of all, fruitfulness
depends on it. I mean genuine, lasting
spiritual fruit. There is much that is
synthetic these days. But fruit that
shall remain only comes out of death.
Jesus said, "Except a corn of wheat
fall into the ground and die, it abideth
alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth
much fruit." And in the second place,
the cross is necessary for me because
the power of a risen Christ is realized
in my life only to the extent that self
In Philippians 3 :lo-12 we read,
"That I may know him, and the power
of his resurrection, and the fellowship
of his sufferings, being made con-
formable unto his death; if by any
means I might attain unto the resur-
rection of the dead. Not as though
I had already attained, either were al-
ready perfect: but I follow after."
Here Paul is talking about conformity
to Christ's death as the gateway into
the manifestation of the power of a
living Christ in me here and now.
Only recently has God blazed this gi-
gantic truth upon my soul, that God
empowers me to the extent that I die
to self. It is not the tempo of our
music, or the pitch of a man's voice
when he is preaching, but "we are de-
.livered unto death that the life of Te-
sus might be made manifest in us."
The theme song of the world is,
"Enjoy yourself," and it's amazing how
much that philosophy has polluted the
church. The gospel is not to make us
comfortable in this world. It is to
make us citizens of another world. Just
to the extent that I pamper myself,
seek prominence, resent others, love
praise, resist correction, am greedy of
earthly gain, and irritable within while
putting on a mask of piety without,
to that degree I short-circuit the power
of a living Christ in me.
I've been asking myself a question:
Am I rnarked by the cross? How about
my clothing, my home, my eating;* my
recreation, my giving to God's cause?
Is all of my life marked by the cross?
THIS IS THE PRICE OF POWER.
What an impact we would make upon
this weary sin-sick world if every one
of us would embrace the cross! The
man on the street is not interested in
our programs, our little dogmas, our
pet phraseology, our Pentecostal ritual,
but he'll take notice of a life marked
by the cross. There's the fragrance of
Sharon's Rose about a life like that!
The cross is the great necessity for
you and me! Crucified Christianity is
the only kind that will meet the test
of this last tragic hour. The length-
ening shadow of coming tribulation is
falling across a doomed world. Alrr I
marked by the cross?
The Necessity of Christ's Cross
Now let me pass on from this aspect
of my subject to the second part. Je-
Cive up becauee the croee ie heavy,
Sink down in weakneee 'neath ite load?
Cive up and eay you can't endure it,
Too rough, too tireeome ie the road?
Ah, no, rejoice you have a croee,
A croee which none but you may bear:
Why, you are rich, when by that croee
You earn your right a crown to wear.
Give up while there ie etill in heaven
A Cod who notee the eparrow'e fall?
Cive 'up when He eo longe to help you,
But only waite to hear you call7
He.clothee the liliee, feede the birds;
Would He to you, then, pay leee heed?
Look up to Him with prayerful heart,
He will. eupply your every need.
-Grace 8. Rrnfrow
sus said of. the cross, "Thus. it must
be." The cross was a necessitv for
Him. But why was it so necessary?
Let me suggest four reasons: the love
of God, the nature of sin, the necessity
of His unique worth, and the fact that
reconciliation demarrded the cross.
God should have been completely
justified to condemn all men without
hope, but He "so loved the world, that
he gave his only begotten Son. . . ."
Sin is no slight thing. It is not just
"a stumble in the upward climb." It
is not "good in the making." It is
black and damning and defiling. It is
high treason against heaven. Its wage
is death. There is no easy remedy for
sin. The CROSS-and nothing less-
The cross was necessary for our sal-
vation, 'because no one else could be
found who could save us. Man had
no merit at all. Angels had none to
spare. There was no eye to pity and
no arm to save; so His eye pitied
and His arm brought us salvation.
And finally, the cross was a neces-
sity because only by the cross could
men be reconciled to God. The need
for reconciliation arises when parties
are estranged from each other. And
that is what has happened between
men and God. The devil convinced
Eve that God's way was not best, and
men have believed the devil's lie ever
since. They believe that God really
doesn't love men; that to get the most
out of life they must disobey God and
go their own way. If men didn't be-
lieve that, they would all serve and
love God. Now, how is God to recon-
cile these millions of men on earth
who have been thinking hard thoughts
about Him? How can God show a
world that His heart is full of love,
and that He is to be trusted and loved?
THE CROSS IS THE ANSWER.
You cannot doubt the love of the
God who would send His Son to die
for you. How much do you think I'd
have to love you, to give one of my
four children to die for you? That's
just a faint human picture of the love
Love that suffers So bless has a
strange power to move the heart. Be-
hold HIM, hanging by nails, lifted up
between thieves! It's the Lord of all
creation on the middle cross! And as
you look, let your heart be moved!
You cannot doubt the love of One
who would die for you. His wounds
are eloquent with love for you.
For seven years Judson battled un-
told odds to reach the hearts of the
Burmese people ; seven heart-breaking
years before he saw a single convert.
Then came war and the cruel, hunger-
ridden, pain-filled months lengthened
into years in Ava prison. Finally he
was released to carry through life the
ugly scars made by the chains and
irons with which he had been boulitl.
On one occasion he asked the king for
permission to go into a new area of
the country to preach the gospel. The
king said that others might go, but
nof Judson. "My people," said the
king, "are not fools enough to listen
to anything you might say, but tllc.~
will take notice of your scars."
I do not ask you to pay particular
attention to anythhg I might say, but
I do ask you to let the nail-scarred
hands of the Lord Jesus break down
every barrier in your heart to the love
of God. 4 4
March 22, 1959 5
E THIS WE BELIEVE
A SERIES OF BIBLE STUDIES BASED
ON THE STATEMENT OF FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS
ADOPTED BY THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD
BY P. C. NELSON
AS JOHN \\. "ESLEY IN HIS ILLUhlInating
Notcs on thc Ncm Tcsta~rtcnt,
commenting on James 5:14, 15, says,
'" 'Having anointed him with oil'-this
single, conspicuous gift which Christ
comn~ittetl to His apostles (Mark 6:
13) remained in the Church long after
the other miraculous gifts were withdrawn.
Indeed it seems to have been
designed to remain allvays, antl James
directs the elders, who were the most,
if not the only gifted men, to administer
.it. This zuas tl~c whole pl-occss
of physic it1 the Christiari Clrlrrch, till
the might); outpouring of the Holy
Spirit in this century that the number
of witnesses became large enough to
attract the attention of the general pl111-
lic. During. recent years divine heal-
ing has been i~rought into the limelight,
antl tho~~santls ljelieve in it now
for every one who had the light fifty
it was lost by ~tnbclicf. . . . 'Atld tlrc
.prayer offcrcd in faith shall saw the
.sickJ-from his sickness, and if any
sin be the occasion of his sickness, it
shall be forgiven him."
In his Jourml, John \Vesley records
The Pentecostal people, one hundred
per cent strong, accept the doctrine of.
divine healing, and nearly all of them
ha\,e proved it in their own bodies,
and nlany who do not have the light
on the baptism in the Holy Spirit in
Pentecostal power believe in the healing
of the sick through the prayer of
faith, and will readily suljsci-ibe to the
following propositions :
no less than two hundred forty cases 1. Siclzness and Dcatll Havc Come
of divine healing in connection with Upon the Hrrlllan Famil?l Bccartse of
his ministry. If this divine gift was Sin (Romans 5 :12).
lost through ~~nljelief, it is reasonable
to expect it to be restored through
All through the centuries since. the
time of the apostles there have been
individuals who had faith ip God for
2. Tllesc Arc n'ot a Blcssitlgl, blrt a
Curse permitted by God to fall upon
man because of his sin and disohedience
(Exodus 15 :26 ; Deuteronomy
the healing of their bodies, and where 3. X'ot God, but' thc Dcvil, Is tllc
~Vcm Testament faith has bee11 fo~mtl Author of Disease and Dcatll, but God
Nc:u Tcstaiil.ejlt ~~iirac-lcs 11ak.e been is the Author and Giver of life and
wrought in the name of Jesus Christ. health, and Jesus came to destroy the
Near the end of the last ce~ltur); zuor1:s of thc devil. This is s11on11 in
there were a few shining lights arho the hook of Job and in Inany other
witnessed to the healing grace of our scriptures. See Acts 10:38, Luke 13:
Lord in our times, but it was not till 11-17; Hebrews 2:14, 15; 1 John 3 :&
Deliverance from sickness is provided
for in the atonement, and is the
privilege of all believers. Isaiah 53 :
4, 5 ; Matthew 8: 16, 17.
--State~~tettt of Fl~rrdawrrrtal Trittlis,
adopted by tlrr Asse~~~blirs of God
4. Christ IVas Made a Clrrsc for Us
in order that we might go free from
the curse of sin (Galatians 3 :lo-14).
5. In the Atonement Fdl Provision
Is Made for Otrr Physical Healing,
as well as for our deliverance from
the guilt, penalty and power of sin
(Isaiah 53 :4, 5 ; Matthew 8 :17 ; 1 Peter
6. Tlze Benefits of His Atoncr~olt
Can Be Appropriated by Faith, and
in No Other Way, and accrue to the
believer only as his faith lays 11oItl
on them. The Lord asks us, "What
wilt thou that I should do unto thee?"
(Mark 10 :5 1 ), and says, "According
to your faith be it unto you" (Mat-
thew 9:29). -
7. Divine Hcaling Is Part and Par-
cel of the Gospcl (Luke 4:18, 19;
Matthew 10:7, 8; Luke 10:9; Mark
8. It Is God's Wdl to Hcal All tllc
Sick, for Jesus and the apostles healed
all that came to them for healing (Rlat-
thew 8:16; Acts 5 :12-19).
9. Our Lord Conimitted This Hcnling
Ministry First to the Twelz:~, Tlrcrr
ASSEMBLIES OF GOD
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to the Seventy, and Then to the Whole
Church, and Finally to Each Believer
in Particular. See the texts cited under
our seventh proposition. Read also
John 14:12, 13.
10. The Last Words of Jesus be-
fore He ascended on high, according
to Mark 16:18, are a perpetual prom-
ise of the healing power: "They [be-
lievers] shall lay hands on the sick,
and they shall recover." The final in-
structions given believers through James
5:14 directs them when sick to "call
for the elders of the church," who are
to anoint them and pray over them,
and to this the great promise is added:
"The prayer of faith shall save the
sick, and the Lord shall raise him up."
The healing of Bobbie Post, New
Jersey teen-ager suffering from a bone
disease, was the means of bringing him,
his mother, brother, and grandmother
Bobbie was suffering pain in Octo-
ber 1957 and losing the use of his
legs because of a malformation of the
bone, known as Osgood-Schattler dis-
ease. Casts were applied to both legs
from the ankles to the thighs, with
the legs in a flexed position. After
two months the casts were to be re-
moved, the bones X-rayed, and new
casts applied if necessary.
Bobbie's aunt, who attends the As-
sembly of God in Hamburg, New Jer-
sey, asked her pastor, R. E. Piedmonte,
to come and pray for him. As a re-
sult, the casts were removed three weeks
early and X rays revealed the bones
were perfect. No more casts were
needed. However, Bobbie had trouble
walking and had to use a cane.
"The Sunday after my casts were
removed," Bobbie says, "I went to the
Assembly of God in Hamburg. Brother
Piedmonte again prayed for me and
asked God to complete the work which
He had begun in my body. God in-
stantly answered prayer and I walked
out without the cane. The next day
I was able to go up and down steps,
and on Thursday I went back to school.
Our physician had said I would be
March 22, 1959
11. No Man, Church, King, or Po-
tentate Has any Authority to Counter-
mand the Lord's Orde~.
12. Our Christ Is Healing, the Sick
in Our Day. Wherever these directions
are followed, the mighty works of our
Lord are manifested.
"In that same hour he cured many
of their infirmities and plagues, and
of evil spirits; and unto many that
were blind he gave sight. Then Jesus
answering said unto them, Go your
way, and tell John what ye have seen
and heard; how that the blind see, the
lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the
deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the
poor the gospel is preached" (Luke
Go and tell John-EVERY John.
unable to go to school for a month
because of the muscle shrinkage which
took place during the time they were
in casts; but I went back that week
with my legs stronger and better than
"Needless to say I regularly attend
the church of my choice, the Assem-
bly of God, along with the other mem-
bers of my family who came into Pen-
tecost through my healing. We have
all received spiritual food which we
lacked in the church we formerly at-
tended.. We thank the Lord for a full-
gospel church and full-gospel teaching."
(Endorsed by Pastor Ronald E.
Piedmonte, Assembly of Cod, Hanzbzrrg,
Mrs. E. A. Trauman, Sr., of He-
bron, North Dakota, has found joy
and peace in serving Jesus, despite
the trial: through which she has gone.
She sent her oldest son to World
War I1 and received only a yellow slip
of paper in return. He was "missing
Early one morning in June of 1956,
her husband was suddenly stricken with
a heart attack and was dead in less
than a minute. Her other children are
all married and she is alone. But Mrs.
Trauman knows the secret of God's
Dresence. "I was not reallv alone."
:he -writes, "for as I woulh go ok
and pump a pail of water I would
look up into the sky and know that
I had Jesus to care for me."
About a year ago she began to feel
chronically tired, and then her right
leg broke open just below the knee.
The sore deepened and widened, but
Mrs. Trauman could not afford to go
to a doctor. She was still paying on
her husband's funeral expenses. Then
her left leg also started to open in
several places, and in her affliction
she often thought of Job.
"My faith was very weak," she says.
"Then in October, 1958; Elvan Sholin
came to hold meetings in Hebron. He
and his family ptayed much for me.
I could feel the touch of God upon
my body, and in a short time all those
terrible, open wounds were healed.
When I realized that the deep sores
were all gone, I began to rejoice in
what the Lord had done for me.
"Oh, how I praise my Jesus! My
God still hears and answers prayer.
Praise His wonderful name!"
(Endorsed by Pastor Elvan Slzolin,
Hebron, North Dakota.)
If God has he~led you recently, we invite you fu
write out your testimony for publication so. that
others who need healing will be encouraged to believe
and receive the Lord's healing touch. Kindly
make your testimony as brief as possible, and ask
your pastor to sign it; then mail it to the Pentecostal
Evangel, 434 W. Pacific St., Springfield 1, Mo.
Have you wished you could trace the steps of Christ and place your feet
in His footprints? There is a better way to follow Him--* way
made possible through the New Birth and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit
be of God, and not of us." When we
finally learn to enjoy real communion
with our Father, wi are overwhelmed
with joy and thank Him for the pres-
sures that brought us to this place.
We have all learned by experience
that our Heavenly Father -is pleased -as
we enjoy the first blessed feelings of
the Spirit-filled life. However, if we
cling too long to good feelings as our
1 chief joy, we close the door to the
BY R. E. STERNALL, OSHAWA, ONTARIO, CANADA
Om OF THE LESSONS WE MUST
learn after receiving the Holy Spirit is
to trust Him patiently while He directs
our hearts from the blessings of God to
The natural mind cannot grasp or lay
hold of this inner knowledge 'of God;
therefore we can only know Him as
the Spirit reveals Him in our hearts.
Loving obedience to God is the open
door to intimate knowledge of God.
Jesus said, "He that hath my com-
mandments, and keepeth them, he it is
that loveth me: and he that loveth me
shall be loved of my Father, and I will
love him, and will manifest myself to
him. . . . If a man love me, he will keep
my words: and my Father will love
him, and we will come unto him, and
make our abode with him (John 14:
When love for God is at a low ebb,
the ear is dull of hearing. Self-love
clings to God's blessings and gifts ra-
ther than to God Himself. If we fail
to respond to the Spirit's leadings as He
tries to reveal the Father to us, our loss
We learn to follow Christ into the
heights of His glory in the same way
eaglets learn to follow their mother into
the heavens. Before they can follow
they must have their young hearts di-
rected away from the comfortable feel-
ings of their downy nest and pleasant
surroundings. Moreover, they cannot
follow their mother into the heavens un-
til they first discover the mighty, heav-
revelation of God to our hearts as,the
Fountain of joy.
' The eaglets no doubt are perplexed
when their nest is stirred, when-sharp
sticks pierce their sides, and they no
en-bound eagle in their own breasts. longer feel the comfort of their downy
They dare not remain content simply to nest. So it is with us until we see that
look out of their baby nest of good through this means our Lord is leading
feelings and see the demonstration of a us to greater heights with Himself.
hidden power lifting their mother into Sometimes whole assemblies seek God
the sky. They must determine to ex- for good feelings, for great blessings.
perience the same power in their own In theory they believe "God dwelleth in
us," but in fact they fail to realize that
So it is with us: we must not merely God longs to reveal Himself to them in
be spectators but partakers of the power a new way.
of God if we would grow strong and It is a wonderful thing to experience
the outpouring of the latter rain upon
Eaglets discover their ability to fol- our thirsty hearts, but the only way we
low their mother into the heavens under can know God intimately is in comtrying
circumstances. As the mother munion with Him. It is in the heart
stirs the nest they are made very un- that He reveals Hiinself by expressing
comfortable. Then the mother eagle His nature and being. "Hereby know
presses them off their perch on a high we that we dwell in him, and he in
rock and repeatedly shakes them off us, because he hath given us of his
her wing, until they begin to appropriate Spirit" ( 1 John 4 :l3).
hitherto unknown power within them- If we constantly seek .good feelings
selves. Then this new power enables instead of desiring to satisfy the heart
them to follow the mother wherever she of our loving God, we become selfgoes.
centered; then evil springs up from the
Just so, the Spirit reveals God, the natural heart and we wonder why. We
Mighty Enabling One, to the hearts of cannot thus' walk with Christ in His
those that love Him. We do not enjoy God-centered life, for He has plainly
the learning process any more than the said, "If any man will come after me,
eaglets do; especially when it appears let him deny himself."
that ,everything is going in reverse. Satan
takes advantage of this learning period
to discourage us. But it is in the
place of perplexity that the trusting one
discovers a loving God in his heart. It
is then Christ becomes manifest in our
mortal flesh and we realize that "we
have this treasure in earthen vessels,
that the excellency of the power may
We have now seen that following
Christ as One who is apart from our-
selves is impossible. Jesus said, "With-
out me ye can do nothing." To imitate
Christ as one apart from ourselves is
not following Him any more than if
we literally placed our feet in His foot-
prints on the shores of Galilee. Peter
asked Christ, "Why cannot I follow
thee now?" It would have been fruit-
less for the Master to tell this Christ-
denying, cursing man how to follow and
act like the Christ. So He gently said
to Peter, "Thou canst not follow me
now," but He also said, "I am the way."
It is as though a young child is lost
in a large city and I become the way
home for him by taking him in my car.
Christ told this helpless man, "Thou
shalt follow me afterwards," that is,
after Christ had received Peter to Him-
self as a member of His'body. Peter's
sinful, cursing flesh first must become
the Lamb's flesh and be taken away.
The veil, the barrier between God and
man, had to be removed first.
The manner of Christ's life and all
His relationship with God is now made
avaimble to us through Christ's death
and resurrection, through the coming of
the Holy Spirit. On the Day of Pente-
cost, the hundred and twenty were bap-
tized by one Spirit into ,one body and
filled with the Holy Ghost. The after-
wards had come and had brought a vital
union with Christ as members of His
body. The members of my body are
with me wherever I go, not only phys-
ically, but in nature. They act, not like
me but zdth me, in all my relationships
with God and man. So Christ shares
God and all the things of God with the
members of His bocly. But if we be-
come so self-centered as to love the
blessings of God more than God Him-
self, then we are selling our birthright
for a mess of pottage.
When there is no deep longing for
fellowship with God in our hearts, we
become so absorbed in the good things
He gives that ultimately through care-
lessness we may even cruclfy the heir
and seize upon the inheritance (see
Matthew 21 :38). No doubt the Holy
Spirit had at one time tried to reveal
God in the hearts of the Laodicean
church as the source of all His good
gifts; but they became so self-centered
and satisfied with God's blessings that
they became blind. They could not see
their wretchedness. They did not know
they had crowded their Lord off His
rightful throne in their hearts. They
(Cont~nued on poge th~rty-one)
March 22, 1959
A S 1 STAND UPON THE SACRED
summit of Calvary I envision the most
dreadful drama in human history.
Clothed in scarlet and laboring beneath
a heavy cross, the Son of God, bruised
and bleeding, .stumbles up the steep
slopes of rugged Golgotha.
Helpless, man spikes, Him to the
cross beams of a rough-hewn tree. As
the echoes die away the cross is flung
skyward. Before me hangs the writh-
ing body of the great. Creator-for-
saken, cursed, and dying. He pours
out, drop by drop, His holy blood
which falls like rubies on the cold
and silent stones below.
Those tender, loving hands which
were made to bless now bleed; and
the blessed feet which traced out the
dusty paths of Palestine in search of
the sick, suffering, and sinful now
tread ih utter loneliness' the tormenting
pathway of atonement.
No silvery cloud carries its refresh-
ing cup to His dry and parched lips;
no shining angel from the realms of
glory wings its way' to His side; no
ravens from Cherith fly to His aid.
No heavenly army from the hills of
Dothan drives between Him and death ;
no fiery chariot sweeps ffom the sky
to carry Him upward ; no celestial body-
guard bears Him to safety. No voice
stills the raging winds and boisterous
waves of His troubled Gennesaret ; no
one locks the jaws of death for Him.
I cry, '!Where is the Lord God of
Elijah? Where is the God of Daniel?
Where is the God of miracles? Why
doesn't God come to deliver this dying
But before I cry I know the answer.
The God of Elijah, the God of Daniel,
the God of miracles suffers on that
cross! There God, in the likeness of
sinful man, hangs in the throes of
Slowly but surely, upon that cross
yonder, death swallows Immortality.
I tremble as I behold this horrible
2 6 e Crucifixion
BY RICHARD R. CARMICHAEL
spectacle of man crucifying GOD,
creature crucifying CREATOR, the fi-
nite crucifying the INFINITE, flesh
crucifying SPIRIT, chaos crucifying
COSMOS, hell crucifying HEAVEN,
night crucifying DAY, death crucify-
ing LIFE, darkness crucifying LIGHT.
I shudder as I watch error crucify-
ing TRUTH, hate crucifying LOVE,
evil crucifying GOOD, wrong crucify-
ing RIGHT, p o v e r t y crucifying
PLENTY, the minute crucifying MAG-
NITUDE, fantasy crucifying SUB-
STANCE, illusion crucifying REAL-
ITY, fiction crucifying FACT, the
temporal crucifying the ETERNAL.
I am appalled when I see meanness
crucifying MAGNANIMITY, blindness
crucifying SIGHT, clamor crucifying
CALMNESS, war crucifying PEACE,
weakness crucifying POWER, impo-
tence crucifying OMNIPOTENCE,
sickness crucifying HEALTH, want
crucifying WEALTH, conflict crucify-
ing CONCORD, folly crucifying WIS-
DOM, idiocy crucifying OMNIS-
CIENCE, license crucifying LAW, ex-
istence crucifying ESSENCE, the rela-
tive crucifying the ABSOLUTE, the
effect crucifying the CAUSE, the ac-
cidental crucifying the ESSENTIAL.,
the part crucifying the WHOLE.
My meditation reaches a climax. My
tears I cannot, would not hide. I am
moved to the depths as I stand upon
this sacred spot and realize my part
in this dark drama. It was my hands
which wove that crown of thorns and
pressed it upon His brow; it was I
who spiked His hands and feet to the
cross; it was my rebellious heart of
hate which drove the spear into His
blessed heart' of love. I mocked Him;
I cursed Him; I crucified the great
In agony of spirit I fall upon nt?
face bejore Thee, my Lord and nty
God. Here upon this hallowed hill I
pledge Thee nty utter devotion for-
evermore. I can do no less. So help
me, God. Amen.
IOWA FAIR BOARD REVERSES ITSELF ON
JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES ISSUE
The Iowa State Fair Board voted
unanimously to deny Jehovah's Wit-
nesses the use of the State Fair Grounds
for a midwest meeting this summer;
then it reversed its decision when the
House of Representatives a
resolution asking that the decision be
The main '.argument of those who
supported the, resolution was that tlie
state fair grounds are tax-supported
and the Witnesses, as tax-paying citi-
zens have as much right to use tlie
facilities as any other group.
CHURCH OF ENGLAND HEAD TO GET
PHONE SERVICE AND SLEEP
The Church of England' Assembly
voted to institute a 24~hour telephone
service for the Archbishop of Canter-
bury, Dr. Geoffrey Fisher. Up until
now the Archbishop has answered his
own phone at Lambeth Palace even
in the wee hours ,,of the night.
"When tlie telephone rings at mid-
night," asked one assembly delegate,
"is it resented as an intrusion on one's
sleep or welcomed as an opportunity
to spread the Gospel ?"
The Archbishop's forthright answer
was: "At Lambeth it is resented."
METHODIST BISHOP FINDS FAULT WITH
Why do people fall asleep in church?
Part of the blame, delegates to the
recent Minister's Week at Southern
Methodist University were told, may
be charged to the preachers. A bishop
blamed the preachers' whining voices,
inflaiFdd--vocabularies, and a number of
other "pulpit sins."
Bishop William C. Martin of the
Dallas-Fort Worth area said that people
do not stop listening to a preacher
deliberately or spitefdly. "After all,"
he said, "they come to church because
they want to hear. They stop listening
when something raises a barrier between
them and the minister." He also criticized
certain "meaningless" mannerisms
. . NEWS AND NOTES.ON OUR TIMES
such as rubbing the ears, waving - the
arms, and picking at one's clothes.
"The man who puts tears in his
voice when there is no need for weep-
ing," the bishop added,, "is recognized
for his insincerity and cuts himself
off from his congregation. Conversely,
many ministers have become afraid of
showing their emotions, which is equally
CHICAGO PTA OPPOSES RELIGIOUS
Chicago's Parent-Teacher Association
went on record as being opposed to any
teaching about God in the city's public
schools, maintaining that such instruction
is the'responsibility of parents and
WAR ORPHANS STUDY FOR MINISTRY
UNDER VA PLAN
A total of 84 war orphans are study-
ing for the Christian ministry under
the new War Orphans Education Pro-
gram of the Veterans Administration,
it was disclosed in Washington, D.C.
Of the 84 students preparing for
the ministry, 78 are men and 6 are
More than 6,000 young men and
women, children of veterans who lost
their lives in World War II or Korea,
have enrolled under the program which
has functioned since 1956. Nearly 2,000
are taking liberal arts courses, 1,200
are majoring in science and some 800
are preparing for teaching careers.
Cllurch leaders said the PTA state- ~ ~
JUNIOR BIBLE CHAMP NAMED IN ISRAEL
ment was not incompatible with the While some thirteen-year-old boys
existing practice of releasing children make headlines around the world with
from public school; at parental request, their juvenile crimes, one exception,
for weekly religious education classes in Shimon Shitrit of the Ehrlich School
churches of their choice. in Tiberias, Israel, made headlines by
Former Prisoner of Communists
to Address Evangelical .
-Convention in California
John Noble (right), for over nine years a prisoner in
Russian slave labor camps, will be heard at luncheon
during N.A.E. Convention in Los Angeles, April 6 to 10
"Forward Together" will be the chal-
lenging theme at the 17th annual conven-
tion of the National Association of Evan-
gelicals in Hotel Statler-Hilton, Los An-
geles, April 6-10. Outstanding speakers
will be featured each evening and the
daytime sessions of the various N.A.E.
conimissioiis will be of special interest to
ministers and laymen of all evangelical
faiths who gather for tlie convention.
Among the speakers will be Herbert S
Mekeel, Harold Mr. Erickson, Carl F
H. Henry, T. F, Zimmerman, L. Nelso
Bell, Paul S. Rees, and Lieut. Geii. \Vil
liani K. Harrison. General Harrison wa
the United Nations General who nego
tiated the peace treaty with North Kore:
at Panniunjam. Now retired, he is Execu
winning the Junior Bible Championship
The new champ, who topped 17 oth-
er finalists for the honors, received
a kiss on the forehead by Prime Min-
ister BenGurion, a ribbon around his
neck, and four years of free secondary
school tuition for his knowledge of the
Originally 10,000 children had en-
tered the contest.
BIBLE STUDY GROUPS IN JAPANESE
DEFENSE FORCES '
Bible study groups are active in the
Japanese self-defense forces today with
official sanction. The Japanese' Bible
Society reports it is keeping in close
touch with the groups and is supplying
the men with the Scriptures required.
RELlGlOUS N A "FLOP" SAYS METHODIST
How successful has been t h e
Church's use of television? The Meth-
odist magazine Together surveyed lead-
ers in the television field and then
conduded that religious television has
been a "flop."
Said one television columnist, in a
typical reaction : "With few exceptions,
religious programs are poorly produced,
poorly promoted and poorly presented.
The people who make religion their
life's work are neither trained nor
equipped for the exacting demands of
tive Director of N.A.E.'s Evangelical Wel-.
fare Agency in Chicago.
Clyde W. Taylor, who has charge of
the N.A.E.'s Washington office, will give
a colorful report on his recent world tour
of evangelical missions.
There will be many informative ex-
hibits at the convention. The qrogram
includes lnusical talent of exceptionally
One of the luncheon speakers will be
John Noble, whose Christian faith survived
the ordeal of life in Comniunist prison
camps. Mr. Noble, an American citizen,
is author of I Was n Slave in Rztssiu and
I Found God in the Soviet Union. On
Thursday noon he will speak on "Religion
Behind the Iron Curtain." For nearly ten
years he was confined in concentration
canips at Muelberg and Buchenwald be-
sides the dread slave labor camp of Vor-
kuta, deep in the Soviet Arctic. It was at
the close of a twe1ve;day starvation period
in a Soviet prison that Noble found Christ
as his personal Saviour.
March 22, 1959
By R. L. Brandt
National Home Missions Secretary
AN; HOME MISSIONS
are almost synonymous: yet the work
of modern evan&lists often seems far
removed from Home Missions.
Today's evangelist usually finds him-
self ,in an established church, preaching
to a crowd which has already heard
the gospel many times over. As a re-
sult he-is faced with a serious prob-
lem. He feels called to bring a mes-
sage slanted toward the sinner, but his
audience has few unsaved in it. He
struggles to attract the unconverted, but
often he finds himself frustrated in
What is the solution to this problem?
Should the evangelist change his mes-
sage, slanting it toward the Christian
instead of toward the sinner? Should
the ,pastor discontinue his evangelistic
program in the local church to, con-
centrate henceforth on a ministry, to
the Christians? Or what can be done?
Perhaps we should rethink our ap-
proach to the unsaved. As it is, we
have built beautiful "fish houses" all.
along the "shores" of humanity's sea.
We have invited the "fish". to come
to our "fish houses," and some have
responded. But we are beginning to
realize that if we are going to reach
the unreached masses we must go to
Herein lies at least a partial answer
to the problem confronting both the
evangelist and the pastor. Instead of
conducting just another largely unfruit-
ful series of meetings in the church,
let the church sponsor a series of evan-
gelistic services in some outlying com-
munity or an unreached part of the
city. The same funds which ordinarily
would have been used for the meeting
in the local church could be used to
finance the meeting outside the church.
Thus the evangelist's support, along
with other expenses of the meetings,
would be cared for.
The services might be conducted in
a tent or a rented hall, and members
of the established church should be
urged to support the effort in every
Under such an arrangement the evan-
gelist no doubt will happily find him-
self ministering to many unsaved. His
frustration will be replaced by the joy
of fruitlessness and his ministry will
doubtless take on new meaning.
The pastor and his church, too, will
find such a program highly advantage-
ous. The "just another meeting" feel-
ing will be gone. The oft-repeated and
watered-down report, "The saints were
edified," will no longer be necessary.
The congregation will be refreshed by
virtue of its own effort to reach the
lost, and all will be made to rejoice
over new people added to the church.
It is even possible that a new church
would spring up in the midst of a
community otherwise without Christ.
"Oh," someone says, "the theory
sounds good, but will it really work?"
For an answer we must look to those
who have tried the plan.
I visited a church which had used
it. The church was alive and thriving.
Every summer the pastor had promoted
a series of evangelistic meetings in an
area of the city or community some-
what removed from the site of his
church. The results were most gratify-
ing. Many families now attending the
church were the direct result of these
efforts. The enthusiasm of the pastor
over these ventures was plainly evi-
dent. New meaning and life had come
to his congregation. Best of all, the
unsaved were being reached and con-
With America's population increas-
ing so rapidly, and with the average
city bursting at the seams, the oppor-
tunities for a similar type of endeavor
are almost unlimited. The decision as
to what shall be done lies with our
evangelists, pastors, and established
churches. Inactivity and inertia breed
only death, but if you will take the
"Why sit we here until we die?" at-
titude and accept the challenge, only
eternity will fully reveal the results.
In Romania there is a certain valley
where they grow nothing but roses for
the Vienna market, and the perfume
of that valley in the time of the rose
crop is such that if you go into it for a
few minutes, wherever you'go for the
rest,of the day, people know that you
have been there. So may others take
knowledge of us as we emanate the
fragrance of the indwelling Christ.
Blind Girl Finds
a Place of Service
if you learned you were soon to be-
come blind? Could you still be happy
About five years ago Jeanne Stanke,
of Memphis, Tennessee, gradually lost
her sight while attending Bible school.
Her reaction to this adversity had to
take one of two forms--either bitter-
ness or development of a strong Chris-
tian character. By appropriating the
grace of God, Jeanne has found con-
tentment and a place of service in spite
of her blindness. Here is her story:
"I lost my sight about five years
ago while I was attending North Cen-
tral Bible Institute in Minneapolis.
When I noticed my sight becoming
poor, I prayed much and asked God
to make me well again and return per-
fect sight. I had to leave school, but
my continual prayer was for the re-
turn of my sight so that I could work
for the Lord.
"One day as I was earnestly praying
to this end, the Lord spoke to my heart
asking me to let Him use me AS I
' March 22, 1959 .
Jeanne Stanke and her co-worker, Ann 'Stines.
They conduct child evangelism services.
By Twila Brown Edwards
WAS, so I gave my life completely
t o Him and found a sudden calm and
peace. Soon I was elected C. A. presi-
dent. Teaching a Sunday School class
and conducting a children's church were
other opportunities for service. In the
meantime I was adjusting to blindness,
with the Lord's help, learning to go
by touch rather than sight. I learned
to cook, bake, iron, and play the piano,
the accordion, and the trumpet. Cro-
cheting and letterwriting took up much
of my time too, so my life was full
and happy. .
"I moved to Milwaukee where I did
church work and went to the University
of Wisconsin. The Lord was so good
to me, supplying my needs and guid-
ing my life. My main desire still was
to do more for Him.
"Last October the door opened for
me to travel in child evangelism meet-
ings. I was delighted for this op-
portunity. My co-worker and I started
holding services in Tennessee.
"We read in Proverbs, 'In all thy
ways acknowledge Him, and He shall
.direct thy paths.' We who are blind
or otherwise handicapped must realize
that we- can do all- things through
Christ which strengtheneth us.
"I haven't stopped .believing that
Christ is going to heal my eyes, but
I want to be a blessing till that day
comes rather than sit and, wait im-
Included in Miss Stanke's testimdny
was a note of thanks for the Braille
Sunday School quarterly provided for
her by the Assemblies of God:
"Perhaps you have never been in
the place where you have been hungry
for some Christian literature to read,
and yet there was none to be found.
That is the position I was in, and I
disliked having to ask someone to read
to me all the time. Now with my Sun-
Jeanne Stanke finds. spiritual encourggement
as she reads her Sundoy School quarterly
[the Adult Student) in Braille.
day School quarterly and the PENTE-
COSTAL DIGEST, both in BraiIle,
I can do my own reading. Many times
as I am reading these materials my
heart wells up with thanksgiving and
praise to God for speaking to me and
also for the Braille reading material.
May God bless each one who has a
part in this work."
Jeanne Stanke has found the secret
of a happy life. Other blind persons
need to learn about this Christ who
gives strength in times of adyersity.
Will you help us supply them with
full-gospel literature in Braille?
The cost of producing the quarterly
in Braille is approximately $5 each per
Use the handy coupon below for
sending your offering today.
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M ANY OF., OUR READERS WILL RE-
member the article entitled, "Pray for
the Youth of New York," which ap-
peared in the Evangel last July 6. The
article contained a prayer request for
meetings to be conducted by David
Wilkerson in the Saint Nicholas Arena
in New York City in an effort to
reach teen-age gangs for Christ.
Although several months have elapsed
since the meetings, the victorious sequel
is still unfolding. Thousands of teen-
agers attended the meetings in the
Arena, and among those who accepted
Christ were about 125 members of such
gangs as the Mau Maus, the Baby
Mau Maus (ages 12 to 14), and the
Hell Burners, all members of Grand
Gangsters, Inc. (Nicky Cruz, whose
story appears in this issue, was one
"My problem with the group was
to win their confidence," Brother Wilk-
erson said in a newspaper interview.
"I had four of the most notorious
leaders take up the offering. On their
way up to the pulpit they had to pass
an open door. They knew they could
go out with the money and get away.
I knew it. And the congregation knew
it and expected it.
"But they went by the door and
brought the money up to me. One
of them had tears in his eyes and told
me it was the first time anyone had
ever trusted him."
Brother Wilkerson made his first
contact with gang members in March,
1958, during the trial of seven boys
for the murder of Michael Farmer.
He drove from Philipsburg, Pa. (where
he pastored the Gospel Tabernacle) to
New York to see the boys.
The judge had been plagued by an-
noying phone calls concerning the trial
and had had his phone disconnected.
Although the pastor tried to. see the
judge in his chambers both before and
after court sessions he was unable to
get in. So one day, as the court was
about to adjourn, he stood. and said,
"Your- Honor, I'm a minister. Could
I have a word with these boys?"
Because the judge thought he was
trying to cause trouble, he ordered the
minister evicted from the court. "Pic-
tures of the policemen hauling me,out
of court," Brother Wilkerson says, "ap-
peared in papers across the nation, and
gang members who saw them thought
of me as being on their side against
the police. Wliat started out as a bitter
defeat turned into an opportunity."
He went to see the father of one
of the boys on trial and was told that
the boy wanted to talk to him. Leav-
ing there he met Angelo Morales, an
assistant leader of the Egyptian Kings,
and a conversation started. Angelo ac-
cepted the Lord as his Saviour, and
both he and Nicky Cruz are now stu-
dents at our Latin American Bible In-
stitute in La Puente, California.
Brother Wilkerson writes: "A fund
has been set up to make it possible
for some of the boys with a call to
the ministry to attend Bible school.
The fund is handled by the assistant
ickv Cruz (left). converted aona leader, hands his weaoon to David R. Wilkerr
and 'receives a ~ible in exchange- lsroel' Narvaez (right),' former gong president, also
mode o profess~on but later returned to the gong and was orrested on o murder chorg?.
superintendent of the Spanish Eastern
District of the Assemblies of God:
Vincent Ortiz, 46 Hamilton Place, Man-
hattan, New York City. We hope to
have five of the boys in Bible school
"Since the New York meetings I
have been traveling into different cities
every week holding youth rallies. Gang
members from a number, of cities have
come to the altar, submitting their
weapons. By the time this report is
published I will be in,Philadelphia mak-
ing arrangements for meetings with
I Traded My ..
By Nicky Cruz
I T IS A PLEASURE FOR ME TO TELL
what the Lord has done for me. I
can say with David that when I was
in a horrible pit of sin with my feet
going deeper into the miry clay, God
put my feet upon the Rock Jesus
Christ. The instrument He used to
bring ,me from this pit was David R.
Wilkerson, Assemblies of God pastor
from Philipsburg, Pa.
When I was. a leader of the Mau
Mau Chaplin gang in Brooklyn I did
not believe in God and I loved to fight.
But God is my God now and I do
On one occasion I put four bullets
into members of rival gangs and took
part in nearly sixteen teen-age stabbings
-none of which were fatal, thank
God ! I remember one time after smok-
ing a marijuana cigarette I nearly went
crazy. I was standing on a corner
and saw a young man from another
gang approach. Without any reason
I shot him in the leg with my pistol.
There are thousands of young men
living in New York just as I did. I
became so wicked as a teen-ager that
my parents returned to Puerto Rico,
leaving me to make my own way. I
went from bad to worse-robbing,
stealing for my food. The gang wanted
me to be president, but I chose to be
vice president for I wanted to do the
March 22, 1959
teen-age gangs there. Please pray that
God will do in that city what He has
done in New York City, saving at
least a few from the multitudes of
roaming teen-age gangs.
"I am interested in holding two-night
youth rallies in different cities torchal-
lenge our Assemblies of God youth to
be the first in their day to reach teen-
age gangs and the rock-and-roll mem-
bers of this generation. I have seen
it proved over and again tbat only
Spirit-filled young people can witness
effectively to gang members." 4 4
I used a baseball bat when we were
"rumbling" and "jitterbugging" and
would get so mad during the fight
that I could not see so I would just
swing and curse. Our gang dominated
the turf as far as Coney Island, Ralph
Avenue, Marcy Avenue, and the Fort
Green Projects. We had an arsenal of
pistols, knives, bayonets, garrison belts,
and other weapons. During one fight
a rival gang member shot me in the
leg. I tried to get up and run but
the police shot at me. I gave up and
was placed in the hospital and then
served a six-month jail sentence.
During David Wilkerson's meeting
at Saint Nicholas Arena in Manhattan
he came to the Fort Green Projects
to hold a street meeting. Most of
the members of the Mau Mau and
Chaplin gangs listened to him preach.
Afterward he came to shake hands
and ask us if we were ready to meet
God. I wouldn't shake his hand. I
spat on the ground in front of him
and swore, saying, "You are wasting
He invited the gangs to come to the
Arena and hear him preach. I said
I wouldn't go, but when all the others
got on the subway to go I went along
too. Over seventy of us were to
"rumble" on Seventh Avenue, hut in-
stead we c'alled it off to go to the
meeting. 111 the Arena we. tried to
laugh and talk but something stopped
us. When he asked the gangs to come
forward, Israel Narvaez, president of
our gang, and I, stood up and said,
"You have followed us for nearly three
years. We're going to that altar to
find Jesus and you're coming with us !"
The entire gang stood up and went
down the aisle with us to confess Jesus.
I handed Brother Wilkerson my
weapons and he gave me a Bible. I
went back to the other boys and told
them what God had done for me. Soon
after this a member of another gang
came up behind me and demanded that
- I take out my pistol-"because I'm
going to kill you."
I told him I did not carry weapons
now and showed him the Bible. He
lunged at me with a big knife to put
it in my chest. .I do not know how
God helped me but He did. In some
miraculo& way my hand came up in
time and the knife struck me there
instead. Now I carry a scar on my
hand, and I hope it will always re-
mind me of how Jesus was scarred
While I was serving Satan I was
attacked in a subway by five gang
members who nearly choked me with
a leather belt. From that time on I
could not speak well. Now God has
called me into the ministry and I woultl
like to speak well so that I can go
back to the streets of New York City
and preach to the gangs. Please pray
for me. God is able to heal me.
After I was saved I went with
Brother Wilkerson to Elmira, New
York, to help in a youth rally there.
When I arrived he took me to the
railroad station where teen-age gang
members were getting off the train ill
chains. They were headed for the
penitentiary. To my amazement I knew
some of them. They saw me and asked
me what I was carrying. 1 showed
them my Bible. 1 never will forget
hpw I felt; for here I was, free as
a bird, and there were my former
friends headed for jail. Oh, thank God
for what He can do for the worst
among sinners. I am glad someone
loved gangs enough to go to them with
the Good News, or I woultl still i~e
lost, and most likely in prison!
I fear God and want to serve Him.
Thank God the way was cleared for
me to go to Bible school. I want to
do my best as a sinner saved by Je-
sus' grace to take the Miarc1 of God
to other young people. 4 4
THE CHRISTIAN HOME
template marriage with unbelievers are
usually aware of the inherent dangers
of such a union, but they vindicate
their course by saying, "Our case is
different; it will work for us."
Within the past few weeks the
Evangel editor has received two letters
from young wives in different parts
of the country who have learned first-
hand the heartache resulting from the
unequal marriage yoke.
One writes: "I was a Christian and
my father was an Assemblies of God
minister so I was very familiar with
the warnings, 'Can two walk together
except they be agreed?' and 'What fel-
lowship hath light'with darkness?' Still,
the boy I married was not a Christian.
Of course, he promised to become a
Christian after we married, but later
he told me he thought he could change
"Bob didn't drink or smoke or swear,
and he didn't object to attending serv-
ices with me. The first time we went
to church together was during a re-
vival. When invited to the altar at the
close of the service, -he went, just to
be polite. He left the church unsaved
because he didn't know what it was
"The first summer of our marriage
presented no problems since we were
twenty-five miles from a church and
had no car. Then we moved to town
and he started going to church twice
a month with me. I didn't go without
- - - -,,- -
him. After six months he asked if I
would go to a movie with him. I re-
fused so he went alone and I stayed
home. After this he sulked for two
or three days, being coldly polite and
speaking only when necessary. We went
through this about every six weeks.
"We had been married sixteen months
when little Bobby was born. About
this time my husband started ,running
around with a group of single, worldly
boys. Lonely, I started attending church
regularly and drew close to the Lord.
The tension mounted between us, but
I still hoped he would be saved before
the baby was old enough for it to
make any difference in his life.
"Then Bob joined the army and we
traveled around, living in strange
towns. One night when he begged me
to go to a movie with him I consented,
in a desperate attempt to save my mar-
riage and nerves. I went a few more
times, hating the compromise.
"Soon after his discharge from the
army our second child was born. Things
seemed much better for us. Bob still
didn't attend church but for about two
years he was a good husband.
"Now again things have become al-
most unbearable. My husband has shown
me in various ways-some unconscious-
ly-how little he cares for my Lord.
He now goes to church only about
twice a year.
"My parents always shared every-
thing, went places together, and had
the same interests. I had thought all
I S THERE A BOX OF QUAKER OATS
in your kitchen? If so, you will be
especially interested in this story of
Henry Crowell, the man who started
the Quaker Oats Company.
Henry grew up in a beautiful home
in Massachusetts. When he finished
high school he wanted to go to the
university. But then came a big disappointment.
He became ill and was
not able to go on to school.
When he was well, he went to work
in a shoe store. About that time Evangelist
D. L. Moody came to his town
to preach. Henry went to hear him
and God talked to his heart. He knelt
and prayed and asked Jesus to come
marriages were like that. But not so.
My husband and I never go anywhere
together. For entertainment he prefers
to go out with the boys, drink a little,
play pool or poker, etc. I like to go
to a church function or to do some-
thing with other Christians.
"I have not written this for pity,
but rather that others may take warn-
ing. Even as I write, tears of re-
pentance and sorrow are streaming
down my face, for my husband has
gone to the theater and taken little
"Young Christian girls, whatever you
do, wait for the one whom the. Lord
has chosen to be your lifetime com-
panion. It is far better to be unmar-
ried in the will of the Lord than to
marry out of God's will and be miser-
"The people who warned me not to
marry an unbeliever were people who
had never been married to one and had
no experience to back up what they
said. I have. Please heed my warning."
While the young woman whose letter
is quoted above has managed through
difficulty to salvage her Christian faith,
the other who wrote us was not able
to. do so. She signs her letter, "A
Miserable Sinner." Here is what she
"Let me plead as someone who
knows, don't harry out of your faith.
I was raised' in a Christian home. I
was warned against the unequal yoke
with an unbeliever, but I would not
into his heart. Before this time he
had not thought much about what he
should do with his life, but now he
wanted very much to do something for
"After all," he thought, "Jesus has
made me rich in my heart by saving
me. I want to do .something for Him."
He didn't feel he could be a good
preacher, so he prayed and asked God
to show him how he could best help
others to know about Jesus. God be-
gan to show him how much money
was needed to help the ministers and
missionaries and Bible schools.
For Henry, this was the beginning
of the answer. "God," he prayed, "if
listen. Today I am paying and paying
high. Girls, boys, it is far better for
you to die an unmarried Christian than
a married sinner.
"When you marry an unbeliever you
will first start doing some small things
you know you shouldn't be doing, just
to please your mate. Then before you
realize it you have lost out with God.
You will stop going to church after
you lose out. Perhaps you will even
stay away from church for years, but
then you can't forget the teaching you
have had. There will come a time when
you will yearn to go back to church
and you will go. There God starts
dealing with your heart but you don't
feel free to respond because you know
your mate will oppose it and perhaps
forbid you to go back to church.
"If you go to church anyway, you
are so depressed you can't keep your
mind on the service. When you get
back home things are worse. You'll
feel as if hell has opened up for you.
You may face the choice of living with-
out God or without your mate. This
is what I am facing today. Remember
this miserable sinner when you
pray.. . ."
Marriage is a walk through life which
begins at the altar where the vows
are said and continues "so long as you
both shall live." The walk is not
smooth at best, but with the added
burden of the unequal yoke the walk
that began under a cloudless sky may
become an intolerable journey.
Christian young people, aside from
your decision to follow Christ, the most
important choice you will, make in life
concerns your life partner. Choose a
Christian companion for your journey
through life. 4 4
You will let me make lots of money,
I promise to give all I can to help
others hear about Jesus." He began
to give what he could, and gradually
he made more and more money. God
did not give him the money just to
make him rich, but He expected Henry
to keep his promise to give it to help
others find Jesus.
In 1881, Henry bought the Quaker
Mill and started the famous Quaker
Oats Company, which still provides oat-
meal and other cereals for millions of
American breakfast tables.
Now Henry was twice rich-rich in
his heart because he had Jesus, and
(Continued on page thirty-one)
March 22. '1959
in the Philippines
Tuding with Mabel Willetts and Mayme Williams.
F OLLOWING OUR RECENT WONDERFUL
revival ill the Philippines we felt it
necessary tq invite experienced teachers
for our workers training conventions.
Groups of workers and ministers gath-
ered in different sections for further
teaching in the Word.
On October 27 Mabel Willetts of
India came to us for three months'
teaching ministry. Floyd Horst, presi-
dent of Bethel Bible Institute, Manila,
invited Sister Willetts to have her first
meeting at the school, and for one
week faculty and students enjoyed the
rich ministry of this God-anointed
teacher. It was not hard to go down
before the Lord. The entire school
made a deeper consecration.
Conventions were held in the South-
ern Islands with J. Edward Blount at
Iloilo City, on the island of Panay;
with Lester Kenny, Bacolod City, on
the island of Negros; at Cebu City
with Brother and Sister A. J. Ahlberg ;
at Immanuel Bible Institute; and with
Leslie Bedell in the Revival Center.
We held services twice each day. Many
sought the Lord to be saved and filled.
Ministers and workers came in from
the nearby islands and provinces, and
provision was made to entertain all
who came. The hunger for the Word
manifested by the ones who came con-
vinced us that this ministry is greatly
needed to follow up revival in all
The last convention was held in
Mountain Province at Tuding, where
Elva Vanderbout is stationed. Seventy-
five ministers traveled from all over
the Northern District to attend this
meeting. The district officials faith-
fully supported this convention and as-
sisted in all the services. Floyd Horst
conducted a ministers institute each af-
ternoon. Sister Vanderbout and the
host pastor, Brother Soriano, worked
hard to provide food and room for all
Send Foreign Missionary offerings to
434 W. Pacific St., Springfield 1, Mo.
Faculty and students of lmmanuel ,Bible Insti-
tute in Cebu City enjoyed convention with
Mabel Will'etts and Mayme Williams.
who came. The last night was a blessed
climax when hands were laid on all
the ministers and many were gloriously
This was the first convention of its
kind to be held in the Northern Dis-
trict and the blessed results of the
meeting have inspired our brethren to
have one every year.
Sister Willetts has gone on to other
countries to minister, and we are prais-
ing the Lord for the rich ministry of
the Word we enjoyed while she was
in the Philippines. 44
Bronnie E. Stroud and family of
Ghana arrived the latter part of Jan-
uary. They can be reached at 1019
W. Elsie St., Appleton, Wisconsin.
Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Bolton of
Hawaii are home oil furlough. Their
address is % Mrs. W. Riddle, 15231
Willard Ave., Van Nuys, California.
Timothy Loren was born to Mr. and
Mrs. Loren Triplett of Nicaragua on
The ' ~ a rK. r ~ Bartels wish to inform
their friends of their new address
which is 9235 South Lac Jac
Ave., Reedley, Cal.
Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Frivolc! and
faillily, of Japan wish to inforim their
friends of their new. address, which is
6-1 Chome, Nanmei Cho, Cliilcusa Ku.
Nagoya Shi, Japan.
Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Zeissler and
children arrived in the Philippine Island.
The David Guenther family arrived
in British Guiana.
T H E ANNUAL mssIoNAw coNvm-
tion at the First Assembly of God in
North Hollywood, California, was held
in January and carried out the theme,
"Carest thou not that we perish?"
Members of the congregation had met
to pray at 6:30 a.m. for several days,
and on the Sunday prior to the con-
vention date Evangelist Hal Herman
challenged the congregation to a re-
newed intercession for a lost world.
By convention time, First Assembly
was charged with a real sense of ur-
gency to help rescue men and women.
from a Christless eternity. The mis-
sionary team represented South Ameri-
ca, Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and
the American Indian. They told of
countless millions dying without Christ,
and emphasized that this message of
salvation must be preached to all peo-
ple first and then shall the end come.
The congregation was challenged to
discharge 'its duty and responsibility in
this matter. The lack of funds and
personnel has hindered the work in
many areas, the missionaries pointed
The climax of the convention came
on missionary Sunday morning when
Pastor Steelberg spoke on the subject,
"The Cost of Salvation to All People."
He closed his message with a chal-
lenge to the congregation to accept a
personal obligation in furthering the
missionary program. The response re-
vealed a deep concern and a sincere
willingness to pay the cost.
Virtually all the people of First As-
sembly made a faith promise (a monthly
financial commitment) to God, and one
of the greatest joys was to witness
the many children who participated.
This has been the most spiritual and
fruitful missionary convention our
church has ever witnessed. We give
praise to God. 4 4
March 22, 1959
BY ANDREW NELLI
Missionary Secretary, First Assembly, North Hollywood, California
First Assembly of God in Narth Hollywood, California, decoroted with missionary curios
' and banners for annual, Missionary Convention. Wesley Steelberg, pastor, at pulpit.
Missionaries porticipatmg in the Convention (left ta right): Mrs. Robert A. Merian, Mrs.
John McPherson, Mrs. David Irwin, Mrs. Fred Merian, Mrs. C. J. Crabaugh, Andrew Nelli
(Missionary Secretary for First Assembly), Wesley Steelberg (Postor), John McPherson
(American Indian), C. J. Crabaugh (Liberia), Everett E. Dev~ne khile), Robert A. Merion
(India), David Irwin (Egypt). Fred Merion (India) is seated ot right.
- ,G on
MEETING THE RISEN CHRIST
Sunday School Lesson for March 29, 1959
Christianity is the only religion that bases its claim to
acceptance upon the resurrection of its founder. No other
religion dares to do that! Not only so, but Christianity
depends for its existence upon the truth of the resurrection.
Yet that places no strain upon the Christian's claims, for
there is as much evidence for the resurrection of Christ
as there is for any fact in human history!
THE FACT OF THE RESURRECTION. Matthew
1. Loyal Disciples. At dawn on that rirst Easter morn-
ing came loyal women to the tomb to anoint the body of
their Lord with spices. Though their hopes had been crushed
when He died, they loved Him still. How they shame
many Christians today who so easily become offended in
their Lord and forsake Him!
2. Angelic Intervention. "And behold, there was a great
earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from
heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door,
and sat upon it." The women, in their anxiety, had won-
dered, "Who shall roll away the stone?" When the time
came they found God had intervened. How often we also
to point out that those who are living a when Christ
returns will have no advantage over those who have died.
As a matter of fact, "the dead in Christ shall rise first"
and shall be caught up to meet the Lord in the air. At
the same time the living Christians will also be caught up
to join Christ and the resurrected dead saints, and together
shall thev all be forever with the Lord.
There are other " glorious benefits available to us as a
result of Christ's resurrection which we must keep in sight
and apply to'our lives.
1. The resurrection of Jesus assures us of our acceptance
with God. Romans 4:25. As long as Jesus lay in
the tomb there was no guarantee that His redemptive work
was acceptable to God. The resurrection proved the truth
of all His claims and assures us that His sacrifice for
us was acceptable to God!
2. We have a Heavenly High Priest who ever lives to
make intercession for us before God. Romans 8:34; Hebrews
7:25; 1 John 2:l.
3. The power of the Holy Spirit by which Jesus overcame
is made available to us. John 16 :7 ; Acts 1 :8; 2 :4,
-9.- -9 -9
4. We are assured of personal victory over sin's Power
as well as over sin's guilt. See Romans 6:l-14.
5. We are assured of victory over all circumstances of
life. See Romans 8:31-39. By the power of the living
Christ. imparted to us through the Holy Spirit we may be
masters of our circumstances instead of victims of them.
Everything depends upon our attitude and upon realizing
our position with the living Christ! With Paul the apostle
we can say, "In all these things we are more than con-
querors through Him that loved us."
-J. Bashford Bishop
suffer anxiety and strain anticipating difficulties which THE RESURRECTION WE NEED!
either never arise or which God works out for us! And
He is still ready to roll away our stones!
3. Glorious Tidings. The angel said, "Fear not ye," and
gave ample reason for his exhortation-"Ye seek Jesus
which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as
he said." (1) It is possible to seek Jesus in the wrong
places. He is not to be found in the tomb of death, nor
is He to be found in other "tombs" such as the tomb of
doubt, the tomb of compromise, the tomb of worldly pleasure,
etc. (2) Jesus rose as He said He would! The resur-
rection of Jesus was the greatest miracle and manifesta-
tion of the power of God to be found anywhere in human
history! If then the most difficult (humanly speaking) of
all miracles came to pass according to Christ's Word, can
we not safely believe His promises for all our material
and spiritual needs ?
First the angel announced the glorious fact-"He is risen."
Then he commanded the women to spread the good news
to others. Their instantaneous and joyful obedience is a
good example of the manner in which all of us who know
the Risen Christ should spread the Good News to those
who have not yet heard.
RESULTS OF THE RESURRECTION. 1 Thessalonians
"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even
so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with
him." Paul is saying that the resurrection of Jesus assure:
every born-again believer of his own resurrection! See also
John 14 :19; 2 Corinthians 4 :14 ; John 6 54. He then goes
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Pastors Place High Value on loyalty Campaign
I appreciate the Loyalty Campaign
more than any other united effort of the
church. First, it teaches our people that
having a successful Sunciay School re-
quires faithfulness of members to their
posts of duty. Furthermore, it com-
batS tl& unconscious letdown which tends
to come after the Easter emphasis. The
Loyalty Campaign also teaches our visi-
: tors that we are always interested in
them and that Sunday School is a. year-
Finally, the campaign helps preserve
V. L. Hertweck
the results of
our Easter drive. The
following Easter provide
an opportune time to establ’sh our visitors and get them accustomed
to our classes and to our I church. When our 1959 Loyalty Cam-
paign. is completed, we are confident that we will realize substantial
growth in our Sunday Schopl which we would not see otherwise.
-V. L. HERTWEC-K
First Assembly of God, El Centro, California
Last year Bethel Church utilized the
plans and materials offered in the Loyalty
Campaign handbook. While we steered
away from a .“high pressure”. campaign,
our folk rallied so that our average for
the seven Sundays following Easter was
47 ahove the average for the previous
year (287 as compared with 240). Since
that time we have consistently maintained
a higher average than we had before the
Loyalty Campaign. I believe that I
speak for all of our Sunday School of-
ficers when I say that we are sold on the
Bethel Full Gospel Church,
Rochester, New York
The Loyalty Campaign is the only
promotional vehicle I have used during
my 20 years experience in Sunday School
promotion that.has enabled us to average
more the month following Easter than
during the month. of Easter itself. In
April, 1957, while I was serving as
minister of Christian ‘education at North
Highland Assembly of God, Cobmbus,
Georgia, we averaged 993 which included
a record attendance of 1,224 on Easter
Sunday. We launched our Loyalty Cam-
paign the Sunday following Easter and
averaged 1,007 in May. I could tell
about other places with almost the same
results-results which have convinced me that the Loyalty Campaign
is one of the most solid methods of building the Sunday School.
The word loyalty denotes faithfulness to a cause. One thing ie-
quired of a steward is that he he faithful or loyal (1 Corinthians
4:2). We should teach faithfulness “from the cradle to the grave.”
God requires it, Jesus sanctions .it, and we should practice it:
-CECIL M. PARRISH
East Highland Assenrbly, Columbus, Georgia
Any effort expended to teach faithful-
ness and dependability to our constituency
is time and money well spent. Through
years of pastoring ‘various churches, I
have found that people heartily accept
any plan which stresses loyalty to God
and to the church. They are more than
willing to put forth that extra effort
to prove to the world, to fellow Chris-
tians, and to themselves, that they are
standing loyally behind their church,
their Sunday School, and their Saviour.
.Tha’nk God for those who started the
Loyalty Campaign and for the forward
H. M. Bf~ers drive it affords us year after year!
-HARRY M. MYERS
Fremont Tabernacle, ?ilin?zcapolis, ilfinnesota
It has 6een our policy in Cleveland’s
First Assembly to capitalize on the
Loyalty Campaign each year. On Easter
Sunday, when our church is always filled
to capacity, we solicit from each per-
son in attendance a commitment of faith-
fulness for the .next seven Sundays.
.Thioughout the campaign, the loyalty
theme is developed in our opening wor-
ship services, and this emphasis has been
very profitable indeed. In the different
departments of the School, attendance
goals are assigned for each Sunday and
various promotional ideas are used. The
M: M. Brewer, Jr. departments are kept informed of their
progress and contribution to the all-
School goal. But the attendance emphasis is secondary to our overall
objective-teaching our people that loyalty to Chtist and the
church pays great dividends.
-M. M. BREWER, JR.
First Assembly of God, Cleveland, Ollio
“And as th!r servant was busy here and there,
he was go&’ (1 Kitzgs 2O:PO).
He came to you, for in His gentle voice
He’d mich that He would say.
Your ears were tuned to earth’s discordant sounds,
And so-He went away.
He came ; and. in His hand He had a task
That He would have you do;
But you were occupied with other things,
And so you missed that too.
He would have touched you ; and His touch could thrill
And give you quickening power ;
But earthly things enveloped, and you could
Not feel Him in that hour.
22 THE PENTECOSTAL EVANGEL
That Last Unit
(Continued from page three)
must be a severing, a launching out
into new ways with Him. Often colts
are. loath to leave the old established
routines and places. Evidently this one
came gladly, but I know of one who
seemed hard to persuade! Thank God
Only those who have been freed from
the hitching post and have left all-
all the old religious training, creeds,
and ethics that have. held them fast
so long--can know the freedom, the
glory, and the enchantment of submis-
sion to His will, and His will only,
and the radiance of His divine pres-
The path between the hitching post
at the crossroads and the place where
Jesus awaits you may seem intermin-
able, but actually it is short. The ex-
altation of complete abandonment, com-
plete submission, and complete obe-
dience is sheer ecstasy. And when He
has become the guiding' factor there is
but one obligation for the ass: walk,
There were no blinders. no bridle,
no check rein. Only the gentle pressure
of the rider and the beckoning road
stretching straight out ahead. People
flocked with their Hosannas and their
garlands, but it was not for the donkey
-only for Him who rode thereon. Are
you a donkey, a redeemed one? Then
leave your hitching post for "the Lord
. hath need of you." Serve Him-and
let Him have all the glory.
March 22, 1959
Where dbes 'the kble say that Jesus was beaten with thirty-nine stripes?
Paul says, "Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one,"
or thirty-nine (2 Corinthians 11 :24). But I do not find a record which
states that Jesus also received thirty-nine stripes. ~ccording to Jewish
law a man was not to receive more than forty stripes (Deuteronomy
25 :3). To stay on the safe side the Jews limited their beatings to thirtynine
stripes. Jesus was scourged, not according to Jewish, but according
to' Roman policy (Mark 15:15). How many stripes He suffered I do
If a mrson is saved only through what Christ did on the cross, please explain
Romans 4: 25.
The resurrection of Christ is as im~ortant in our salvation as was His
crucifixion. Christ "was delivered for our offences, and was raised again
for our justification." "And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching
vain, and your faith is also vain. . . . Ye are yet in your sins" (1 Corinthians
15 :14, 17). The resurrection of Christ was the proof and pledge
of our eternal life. His resurrection proved the accomplishment of His
atonement- "God . . . hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the
resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead" (1 Peter 1 :3).
What is Lent?
The season known as Lent was first observed as a short fast preceding
Easter, and was gradually increased to cover the forty days immediately
preceding Easter. It is believed that the forty-day length was introduced
either by Pope Gregory I in the sixth century or by Pope Gregory I1
in the eighth century. It is a season of fasting and self-denial which is
said to commemorate the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness being
tempted of the devil.
What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Some maintain that it had
its origin,in the Early Church, when penitents expressed their humiliation
by appearing in sackclotli and ashes. It is generally believed that it had
its beginning under Pope Gregory I1 in the beginning of the eighth
century. It has no specific Biblical foundation.
Pilate said, "Ye have a custom, that I should release unto you one at
the passover" (John 18:39). Was it a custom in Israel that one should be
taken from prison and sacrificed as an offering for all the people and was that
the meaning of Caiaphas' pronouncement, "It is expedient for us, that one man
should die for the people, and that the whole nation perish not"? (John 11:49)
When a prisoner was released, at the time of the Passover he was set
free, not taken out to' die. I do not know how this custom ~developecl,
but it may have symbolized their being set free from the slavery of
Egypt. Since human sacrifices were forbidden in Israel, we may be
sure they did not execute someone each Passover as an atonement for all
The Spirit of God came upon Caiaphas because of the office he held,
and, without his knowing the full meaning of his words, he prophesied
that Jesus would die for the Jews--and not for them only, but that "he
should gather together in one the children of God that were scattered
abroad" ' (John 11 :SO-52).
If you havc a spirit~ral problem or any qucstiorr aborit thc Bible, you arc irlvitcd to
write to "Your Questions," The Pentecostal Ezvmgel, 434 W. Pacific St., Spriny-
field, Missouri. Brothcr Willinms will arrmcr either irr this collrmn or by a persoml
lctter (if you send a stamped self-addressed envelope).
in Polo Alto, Californio lowship dinner in -polo Alto, California
Altar scene following evening service in Palo ' Special choir participated in city-wide revival
Alto where C. M. Ward was guest speaker in Austin, Texas, with Revivaltime speaker
of Revivaltime's anointed radio ministry
there has come a great demand
for Revivaltime Evangelist C. M.
Ward's personal ministry. There are
very few days throughout the year
when C. M. Ward is not preaching
somewhere across the nation. He has
appeared as guest speaker for meetings
of all kinds-missionary converitions,
district councils, camp meetings,
banquets, minister's institutes, youth
meeting:, and radio .rallies.
~nvitations take him into almost every
state each year. He travels thousands
of miles each month. This is
all in addition to his ministry on the
Revivaltime broadcast, which is heard
by nearly 12,000,000 people each week.
The accompanying photorama from
recent appearances in different parts
of the country will give you a bird'seye
view of the widening influence of
Revivaltime across the nation.
Many Revivaltime listeners who have
never seen Brother Ward, attend these
meetings in order to get acquainted.
They are not all Assemblies of God
people, by any means. In one meeting
alone, when he asked the audience
how many were not Assemblies of God
attendants, he was amazed to find that
this group comprised more than fifty
per cent of the people present.
When Brother Ward visits your area,
be sure to invite the unsaved and those
who need physical healing to attend
RADIO EVANGELIST PREACH IN PERSON
the meetings with you. God has used April 27-GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN:
the ministry of ~ ~ ward ~ in lead- t Rrz~volti~ire h ~ Rally, ~ Central Assembly.
illg thousands to Christ and in praying
for the sick.
April 28 to May 3-EDMONTON, AL-
BERTA, CANADA : Re7fizaltir1rr origination
Brother Ward will be traveling extensively
in the next few weeks. Also
the Rcviz*altime choir will tour a number
Brother Ward will be appearing in
the following cities :
011 May 3
T-,, ~ ~ ~ choir i with ~ cyril ~
~ ~ ~ i ~ ~ will l ~ be l ~ - t ~ per- - ~ ,
sonal appearances 'as follows :
March 23-OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLA-
HOMA: Capitol Hill Tabernacle.
THERE IS an Assemblies of God military
~ chaplain i or pastor ~ at ~ each of these locations
(and dozens mre) who makes, personal
contact with young men staponed
nearby. Continue to watch the EVANGEL
for other installations not listed here.
We are ministering to
March .27- LEBANON, MISSOURI:
Annual Good Friday Union Service.
March 24-DALLAS, TEXAS : Oak
Cliff Assembly of God.
March 29 to April 3-BATTLE CREEK,
MICHIGAN : Easter Revival.
March 25-HOUSTON, TEXAS : Lin-
April 7-JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA :
dale Assembly of God Church.
March 27-EATON ROUGE, LOUISI-
April &ORLANDO, FLORIDA: Rfik~- ANA: First Assembly of God.
March 28-ALLEMANDS, LOUISIANA :
April 9-LAKELAND, FLORIDA : Rr- Des Allemands Assembly of God. .
zkzmlti~ne Rally, Camp Tabernacle.
arch 29 (a.m.)-PASCAGOULA, MIS-
Plpril IQMIAMI, FLORIDA : Reviml- SISSIPPI : First Assembly of God.
March 29 (p.m.) - PENSACOLA.
April - 13 - GREELEY, COLORADO :
FLORIDA: First Assembly of God.
Fellowship meeting and Rezizu1ti;rle Rally.
March 3QMOBILE, ALABAMA : Crich-
April 14--AKRON, OHIO': Revivaltiitte
ton Acsemhly of God.
April 15-16 - JOHNSTOWN, PENN- March 31-PANAMA CITY, FLORIDA :
-SYLVANIA : Reuivaltiye Rally, Grace First Assembly of God.
April I-JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA :
'April 20-21-MANSFIELD, OHIO: Zone Calvary Temple Assembly.
and Area C.. A. Rally and City Reviz~altivrc
April 2 - COLUMBUS, GEORGI.4:
Rally, John Simpson High School Audi-
North Highland Assembly of God.
April 22 to 23-LEBANON, OHIO: Thc .4pril 3-BIRMINGHAM, ALAB.4M.4 :
Bible Church of God.
April 2+HARRISON, ARKANSAS :
Sectional Revizaltiine Rally.
Revivaltime, Box 70, Springfield, Mo.
Sewicemen stationed.. at-
South Carolina-Charleston Naval Base
Columbia V. A. Hospital
Marine and Minecraft Base, Charlcsto~i
Myrtle Beach Air Force Base ,
Shaw Air Force Base, Suniter
South Dakota-Ellsworth Air Force Base
Tennessee-Sewart Air Force Base, S~iiyrno
Texas-Amarillo Air Force Base
Biggs Air Force Base
Brook Army Hospital
Carswell Air Force Base
Chase Field, Beeville
Del Rio Air Force Base
Ellington. Air Force Base, Houston
Fort Sam Houston
Goodfcllow Air Force Basc
Kelly Air Force Base
Lackland Air Force Base
Laredo Air Force Base
Laughlin Air Force Basc
Rcd River Arsenal, Texarkana
Keese Air Force Base, Lubbock
Shcppard Air Force Base. Wichita Fall:
\Vaco V. A. Hospital
\Vebb Air Force Base, Big Spring
William Beaumont Army Hospital
Utah-Hill Air Force Base, Ogden
Sa!t Lake City V., A. Hospital
Vermont-Ethan Allen AFB, Burlington
Virginia-Chincoteague Nap Base
Fort Belvoir .
Quantico Marine Basc
Langley Air Force . Basc
Richmond V. A. Hospital
Roanoke V. A; Hospital
\Vashington-Fairchild Air Force Base
Fort Lewis .
March 22, 1959
SEND US the addm of your service-
man assigned to any of tber bws. We
wilt infonn the chaplain or pastor about
him. Or, better yet, send your service-
man's address without delay no matter
where he is stationed. We will place
him on our mailing list whether or not
we have a chaplain or pastor to contact
ALL SERVICEMEN on our mailing list
regularly receive friendly correspondence,
REVEILLE, and other gospel literature
and services. There is no charge for this
ministj; the Servicemen's Division is sup-
ported by freewill offerings. Address all
comspondence and offerin@ to:
434 west Pacific Street
Springfirld 1, Misrouri
. GREGGTON, TEX.-Evangelist Leon
Morrow of Dallas, Tex., recently conducted
revival meetings here at First Assembly,
Five were saved, three received the baptism
of the Holy Spirit, and two were instantly
healed of arthritis. The Spiritanointed
ministry of Brother Morrow was
a great blessing. -C. C. Gee, Pasror
JAL, NEW MEX.-Evangelist Winferd
Mack of Seminole, Tex., just closed a
very successful revival here. Above-average
crowds came to hear this youth evangelist.
Some 13 knelt at the altar for
salvation, a number were refilled, and 'one
who had been seeking the baptism of the
Holy Spirit for a long time was gloriously
filled on the closing night.
-Kcirncth Smith, Pastor
LITTLE ROCK, ARK-E v a n g e I i s t
George Hayes of Houston, Tex., recently
concluded a wonderful series of revival
meetings in the Central Assembly of God
here. The meetings were reminiscent of
days gone by as people ran weeping to
the altar under mighty conviction for their
sins. No one can tell how many were
saved as people knelt around the altars,
in the seats, and down the aisles. Though
the weather was bad many nights, still
the crowds increased. The Sunday School
attendance record was broken each Sunday.
The church is growing both spiritually
and numerically as every department has
caught the vision of the soon coming of
Jesus. -Bird H. Cor~i~bcll, Pastor
HOLLEY, N. Y.-This is one area where
it is possible to have released-time re-
ligious education for public school pupils
and the church here carries on such a
program. The results have far surpassed
all expectations. Last. spring the entire
sixth grade of 50 students came "en masse" PASADENA, CALIF.-The Trinity As-
to the altar. There was a time of weep- sembly of God recently closed a very suc-
ing and praying aloud to God for forgive- cessful revival with Indian Chief Thum
ness which lasted durinn the whole class - and the Musical Sunshine Partv of India-
session. There was a move of God among
the Jur!ior and Senior High students when
all but one knelt to pray. Altogether there
were .over 100 young people who repeated
the 'Isinner's prayer:"
During this school term Evangelist and
Mrs. David Wellard conducted a Kids Krusade
here. Mrs. Wellard spoke to .the
sixth-grade students, and afterward the
class came forward' for salvation.
There were at least 50 who accepted the
Lord during the one week's crusade.
--Cltnrles H. Kellcr, Pastor
SYLACAUGA, ALA.-The First Assembly
of God here just closed a very good
revival with Evangelist Joel Palmer of
Beaverton, Ala. Even though it was rainy
and cold most of the time during the
meetings, the attendance was consistently
good. Personal workers prayed with several
who came to the altar for salvation.
A goodly number of people who had never
been in the church attended the meetings.
The musical ministry of the evangelist
and his wife contributed much to the
services. --Kcrznetla Bsrd, Pustor
.ROCKY MOUNT, N. C.-On the first
Sunday morning in January God moved
in a gracious way ill the First Assembly
of God here and three souls came to the
Lord. In the four weeks that followed
10 souls were saved or reclaimed. There
was not any special program or high
pressure from the pulpit, , but the Holy
Spirit was responsible for the results. The
Sunday School has reached a new record
attendance and the revival fires are still
burning. -Enrirest IV. King, Pastor
'ernode, Hamilton, dntario, Conada. J. H. Bloir, postor, inset.
napolis, Ind. Souls found Christ almost
every night during the meetings. The
Evangelist prayed for the sick and sev-
eral reported definite healings. The crowds
were the best the church has seen in
several years. The party promoted the
Sunday School and various departments
saw their6 previous attendance records
broken. -H. M. Smith, Pastor
.TYLER, TEX.-Evangelist and Mrs. Bob
McCutche~i recently held a good revival
in the Calvary Assembly of God. The
attendance was above average, increasing
each night. Several sought salvation and
the Holy Spirit was poured out on others.
For several months the church has had
a 30-minute, pre-service prayer meeting
which has contributed much towards spiritual
results. The church is two and a
half years old, and the Sunday School
is now averaging about 100. Very soon
construction will start on the second stage
of the building. -1. Doyle Rrozcvr, Pnstor
HAMILTON, ONT., CANADA-Evangelist
John H. Bostrom of California recently
held three weeks of evangelistic
meetings in Central Gospel Tabernacle
here. The Lord blessd the services and
many souls were saved Thirty-three individuals
were baptized in water on the
last Sunday evening. It was one of the
Imt evangelistic campaigns for many years.
The attendance was good. Enthusiasm was
high and members of the congregatio~~
were encouraged to visit and contact new
folk. Evangelist Bostrom's ministry was
enjoyed by all. ' -1. H. Blair. Pustor
26 THE PENTECOSTAL EVAXCEL
17TH ANNUAL CONVENTION of the
National Association df Evangelicals, Hotel
Statler-Hilton Los Angeles, Calif., Apr. 6-10.
Evening speakers : Herbert S. Mekeel, Harold
Erickson, Thomas F. Zimmerman, Paul S.
Rees, L. Nelson Bell. Various N.A.E. com-
missions to meet in separate rooms each
morning and afternoon. Luncheon address
Thursday noon by John Noble, former
prisoner of Russian Communists.
ANNUAL MISSIONARY CON\rEN-
TION-North Central Bible College, Minne-
apolis, Minnesota, Mar. 19-26. Guest speak-
ers include: Emil Balliet, Administrative As-
sistant to the Foreign Missions Department;
Martha Jacobson, Nigeria; and Del Tarrs,
Africa. All friends and alumni are invited
to attend.-by N.C.B.C. Missions Department.
DEDICATION-First Assembly of God,
Stigler, Okla..will dedicate new church audi-
torium March 29, 1959. Robert E. ‘-Goggin,
District Superintendent, main speaker. Sec-
tional fellowship meeting in afternoon with
Homer Boyd, Sectional Presbyter in charge.
Former members and pastors irivited to attend.
-by Frank M. Jones, Pastor.
KANSAS DISTRICT COUNCIi con-
venes April 13-16 at Victoria Tabernacle,
1500 Central Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas.
First service Monday at 7:30 p.m. E. S.
Williams, former General Superhtendent,.
Council speaker. For further infprmation
write Kansas District Council, 1009 S. Broad-
way, Wichita 11, Kansas.-by Paul C. Sam-
uelson, District Secretary-Treasurer. ’
NEW JERSEY-The 1959 Sectional Coun-
cils for the New Jersey District will convene
March 23-26 with Gayle F. Lewis, Assistant
General Superintendent, ‘and Robert L.
Brandt, National Home Missions Secretary,
as guest speakers. A Mission U.S.A. Rally
will be held each evening at 7 :30. Other serv-
ices at 10 a.m. and 1 :30 p.m.
Location and date of each sectional council
as follows: Southern section, First Assembly,
Hammonton, March 23; Central section, Mt.
Holly Assembly, March 24; Northwest sec-
tion, Flemington Assembly, March 25’; North-
east section, Calvary Assembly, Jersey City,
STATE CITY ASSEMBLY DATE EVANGELIST PASTOR
Ariz. Chandler First Mar. 24.Apr. 5 Jimmie Mayo, Jr. Ralph Kay
Mesa First Mar. 23-Apr. 5 John Everett & wife Clyde Powell
Ark. Crossett AofG Mar. 24sApr. 5 G. L. McKinney & wife J. D. Griffis
Magnolia First Mar. 29.Apr. 12 Fay Hutchinson Grady Adcock
Texarkana First Mar. 29-Apr. 12 Eldon & Donna Bryce 0. T. Killion
Calif. Bakersfield Glad Tidings Mar. 24- Glen Shinn C. G. Eigenhuis
El Centro First Mar. 29- G. P. Hertweck V. L. Hertweck
Los Gatos A of G Mar. 22.Apr. 5 Denny David Kelsey Prinzing
Sacramento Capitol Mar. 31-Apr. 12 Oran &Audrey Duncan George Elrod
Salinas Alisal I Mar. 29- Keith Abraham Joe D. Wright
San Diego First Mar. 29-Apr. 12 Tommy Barnett Elton G. Hill
Cola. ,Denver Glad Tid. Tab. Mar. t5-Apr. I2 George Hayes R. C. Schachterlc
Conn. Stamford. Gospel Tab. Mar. 31.Apr. 12 Morris Plotts Roy T. Johnson
Ill. E. Moline AofG’ Mar. 24- Jess & Judy Hammer W. H. Smith
Rock Fal,ls A of G Mar. 31-Apr. 12 A. F. DiMusto Party Harry W. Lutz
Rock Island Bethesda Mar. 18-29 A. F. DiMusto Party F. H. Toliver
Ind. Velpen ; * Zion Hill Mar. 30-Apr. 10 Ann Stines-J. Stanke Everett Butler
Iowa Council Bluffs First Mar. 29.Apr. 12 V. H. Ray & wife C. E. Turner
Ft. Madison A of G Mar. 25-29 T. J: Jones Fred R. Gottwald
Ft. Madison A of G Mar. 31.Apr. 12 The Arnold Segesmans Fred R. Gottwald
Storm Lake A of G Mar. I?- Abra. Solomon & wife Vernon L. Huffe,
Kans. Larned A of G Mar. 29- Billy Cuthrie & wife Edwiri Rosenberg
Wichita Trinity Mar. 24- Bill Newby John M. Hutson
Md. Cumberland Central Mar. 29.Apr. 5 Louise Nankivell Frank J. Fratto
Glen Burnie A of G Mar. 15-29 Reginald Stone Robert Hallquist
Mich. qearbom Gospel Tab. Mar. 31-Apr. 12 Paul Wood & wife Parvin Lee
Detroit Berea Tab. Mar. 15-29 Hance Evang. Team Theodore Ness
Detroit Revival Tab. Mar. 24-Apr. 5 The Quanabush Team Irving Mitchell
Lincoln Park Bethel Mar. 29-Apr. 12 Hildreth Ethridge Seth Balmer
National Mine A of C Mar. lo-20 F. 0. Coats Robert Eidsor
Minn. Fairmont First Mar. 22-29 Garfield Unruh R. W. Miller
Pillager Gospel Tab. Mar. 24-Apr. 5 Paul D. Sundell Norman T. Levang
St. Paul Summit Ave. Mar. 29-Apr. 12 Ronald Hastie Family Wilbur E. Weidcs
Miss. Meridian First Mar. 227 Carl Walker, Jr. Ronald C. Davis
MO. Brookfield A of G Mar. 17-29 Bill Popeioy Carl \V. Oney
‘Eldon ‘A of G Mar. 17-Apr. 5 E. L.\Surratt & wife George Young
Macon A of G Mar. 31-Apr. 12 Bonnie M. Ruble Wm. Lane
., Rolla A of G Mar. 31-Apr. 12 The Roland Hasties Carl Roberts
St. Charles ** Glad Tidings Mar. 30.Apr. 12 Fred & Gladys Voight V. D. Kelly
St. Louis Friendly Mar. 24-Apr. 5 Giannattassio Team L. C. Ramsey
Sumner A of G Mar. 19-29 Bonnie M. Ruble Les,ter Norris
N. Mex. Artesia A of G Mar. 22- M. C. Allen Party J. H. McClendon
Hobbs Glad Tidings Mar. 22-29 Winferd Mack 0. 151. Newman
N. Y. Binghamton First Mar. 29- Dan Hope R. D. E. Smith
N. C. Edenton A of G Mar. 29.Apr. 12 J, Russell Mayhue R. 0. Denton
N. Dak. New England A of G Mar. 31-Apr. 5 Dale Helle Oliver W. John
Ohio Akron Krumroy Mar. 24- Dduglas L. Hoke Robert Roop
Wadsworth First Mar. 24.Apr. 5 Joel Palmer & wife Chas. S. Celentano.
Okla. Ada First Mar, 22-Apr. 5 M. R. Boatright & wife L. E. Staggs
Altus First Mar. 29- Chas. & June Chambers Carl McCoy
Crescent A of G Mar. 29- Roy L. Brooks Leon L. Martin
Pa. Charleroi Full Gosp. Chpl. Mar. 24-Apr. 5 Leon Morrow Raymond Umstead
ConneQville A of G Tab. Mar. 15-29 Ralph A. Creider Edward Hatchner
Conshohocken Gospel Mar. 22- M. Q. Spencer & wife Neven A. Snyder
Newville Reservoir Hill Mar. 17-29 Andrew Base11 & wife Wm. P. Strausscr
l’enn. Goodlettsville Millersville Mar. 24-Apr. 5 Jimmie Snow & wife Harvey C. Meek
Tex. Amarillo First Mar. 29-Apr. 19 Martin L. Davidson E. R. Foster
Brazoria First Mar. 29.Apr. 5 C. W. Gregg Roy Bownds
Houston Radib Revival Mar. 29- E. C. Briggs Farnil) Kenneth Bert)
Waco A of G Mar. 25-Apr. 5 Leland R. Evans Horace Rawls
Wash. Orovillc A of G Mar. 24.Apr. 5 Warren D. Combs C. 0. Gunderson
Shelton .A of G Mar. 31-Apr. 12 Carl & Edna Goodwin hslason A. Younglund
Toppenish A of G Mar. 24.Apr. 5 Eric M. Johnson Raymond E. Walden
W. Va. St. Albans A of G Mar. 31- John Higginbotham Roy Mallor)
Canada Belleville, Ont. Calvary Temp. hlar. 29- Paul & Dorothy Olson Laurie Price
Dawson Cr., B.C. Pentecostal Mar. 22-Apr. 5 Mel R. Lagre Elmer S. Martin
Kamloops, B.C. Calvary Temp. Mar. 24.Apr. 5 Watson Argue P. A. Gaglardi
S. Porcupine, 0. Per&t. Tab. Mar. 29.Apr. 12 C. S. Tubby J. H. Adams
* Youth Crusade
** Kids Krusade
Announcements should reach the Department of Evangelism 30 days in advance, due to the fact
that THE PENTECOSTAL EVANGEL is made up 24 days before the date which appears upon it.
March 22, 1959 27
- CHILDREN WlLL LOVE IT CHILDREN WILL LOVE IT *CHILDREN WlLL LOVE IT CHILDREN WlLL LOVE IT
The 1959 Word of Life VBS Course is a brand-new course with a brand-new theme-"Flying With
Christ." Lots of VBS Courses have new "themes," and new manuals. But the "Flying With
Christ" Course has new teacher's manuals, new visual aid, new handcraft, new pupil's manuals,
new publicity items, new principal's handbook, new songs-all related directly to the theme! Every-
thing except the Nursery .Course develops the flight motif. And in this "space age," what young-
ster can resist this up-to-date framework for presenting the ageless Gospel truth!
CHILDREN WILL LOVE IT *CHILDREN WILL LOVE IT CHILDREN WILL LOVE IT
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We could tell you more, but the best way to determine the real content
and worth of the exciting new "Flying With Christ" VBS materials is to
examine them yourself. You can do this by ordering the Introductory
Kit offered ,here. The following items are being offered in the Kit:
VBS KIT No. 29 EV ,9523 contains one ,each: Nursery Teacher's hfanual. Nursery
Activity Packet, Nursery Picture Aids, B Inner Teacher's Manual Beginner Activity
Packet, Beginner Visual Aid. Primary ~ea3er's Manual, Primary bight Log, Primary
Handcraft Packet, Primary Visual Aid, Junior Teacher's Manual, Junior Flight Log, Jun-
ior Handcralt Packet, Junior Visual Aid Intermed~ate Teacher's Manual, Intermed~ate
Flight Log, Intermediate Handcraft packit, Intermediate Visual Aid Principal's Flight
Plan, Flight Songs, Stewardess' Cap, and Pilot's Cap. This partichar Kit is valued
at- but is purchasable by Schools at the special price of $12.00.
29 EV 9523 Special Price Kit $12.00
Upon the arrival of the Kit ordered, materials should be examined by
members of the Vacation Bible School staff. When you have decided
that the "Flying With Christ" VBS material is what your School should
use this year, SOME OF THE VITAL MANUALS AND HELPS WILL
ALREADY BE IN HAND. That can mean an early start with VBS planning,
which will contribute much toward a successful VBS. (Complete
kits ordered for examination may be returned immediately after exzmina-
if in salable condition.)
CHILDREN WlLL LOVE IT *CHILDREN WlLL LOVE IT CHILDREN WlLL LOVE
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Mississippi to Dedicate
Offices on March 19th
Officers of the Mississippi District
of the Assemblies of God announced
that dedication services for the new
District Headquarters would be held
on Thursday, March 19.
On Sunday afternoon, March 22,
there will be Open House and it is
hoped many, laymen as well as min-
isters will take this opportunity to in-
spect the new offices.
The office building, of frame con-
struction with brick veneer, is 32 by
38 feet. In addition to the reception
room it contains offices for the Super-
intendent, Secretary-Treasurer, C. A.
President and Sunday School Director,
W. M. C. Department, and a work
room. The Secretary-Treasurer's of-
ward further expansion.
District officials are as follows:
Burks, E. E. Noland, and 0. C. Hick-
man serve as General Presbyters. The
Sectional Presbyters are : Douglass
Carroll, 0. C. Hickman, James E. King,
C. V. Thomas, J. F. Patton, F. L.
Langley, and S. H. Balius. Mrs. Thel-
ma Comardelle is W. M. C. President.
S. H. Balius is C. A. President and
Sunday School Director.
J. C. Burks, Superintendent; R. C. B
Davis, Assistant Superintendent ; E. E. SPONSORED Bv
Noland, Secretary-Treasurer. J. C.
NATIONAL SUNDAV SCHOOL OEPARTMENT
March 22, 1959
The wounds in my hands warn
of bitter sacrifice which you
may have to make if you fol-
low me. But partake of my
sacrifice and you will partake
of my glory.
Here, young person, is a cause
to die for!
NATIONAL YOUTH WEEK AND
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There are religious bodies in Christendom that do pot havc to count
their pennies. They do not necessarily h.ave to practice ecojwmy in
- buying for the congregation's need-ilt buying a songbook. There is
ENOUGH AND TO SPARE.
Btrt chwches without financial 7vorries are relatively fe7u.
Most churches do have to watch bennies. AND MANY,
MAhTY nssemb1ie.r are very, verya small. A large hymnal
might be the golden dream of the distant future to a great
number of the little groups, but the small songbook must be
the present portion.
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Follow the Lamb
to the Throne
(Continued from poge nine)
failed to realize that all God's blessings
remain resident in God Himself, and
that He can express Himself and His
gifts only through Christ as our Master.
Many no doubt were like the unfaithful
servant; they felt more at ease by be-
lieving their Lord was not present to
behold their lack of love for Him (Luke
Let us never forget that through the
gift of God's Son we have a loving
Father living in our hearts. It is the
ministry of the Holy Spirit to help
willing souls to submit to Christ as Lord
and Master so He can share with us
all things, even His throne. "To him
that overcometh will I grant to sit with
me in my throne, even as I also over-
came, and am set down with my Fa-
ther in his throne. He that hath an ear,
let him hear what the Spirit saith unto
the churches" (Revelation 3 :21,22).
The Man Who
(Continued from poge seventeen)
rich with money. But he remembered
his promise to God and gave many
thousands of dollars to help others find
If anyone had asked which of his
two kinds of riches was most important
to him, no doubt Henry would have
answered quickly, "It is far better to
NATIONAL .UNDAV SCHOOL DLPARTMINT
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rockets, missiles, and other forms of air-
craft. Thrust is necessary elsewhere as
well; for exampleSunday School! Give
a forward impetus to you7 School by at-
tending a Sunday School convention.
At the convention workshops you will
learn the latest Sunday School methods
and techniques. In the morning sessions
you will receive instruction concerning the
National Sunday School program and
campaigns. At the colorful exhibit booths
you will see modern Sunday School equip-
ment and supplies.
In the large evening rallies you will wit-
ness dramatic visual presentations and
hear challenging messages which will in-
spire you to greater consecration.
Attend a regional Sunday School con-
vention and receive information and in-
spiration which will give your School a
forward thrust-as together we advance
on to a million!
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D URING OUR SAVIOUR'S DYING HOURS-w6 READ OF SOME
wno came by the cross "and sitting down, they watched
him there" (Matthew 27 :36).
People have always watched the followers of Christ.
That is one way they learn of Him, because a teacher
is known by his products. But this crowd was watching
Christ. They had gathered at Jerusalem from the far corners
of the Roman Empire for the Jewish Passover. During
the past three and a half years they had heard of
Christ. Some had met Him. Naturally they wanted to
know if He really was the Son of God, the long-promised
Messiah He claimed to be. "They watched him there."
As He hung on the cross they could observe His actions,
sense His attitude, and even watch His expression. They
could hear the few words He spoke. They could see His
complete submission. i is lack of anger would be noticeable
too. There was no malice, nor were there any expressions
of revenge.. Rather, His tender words, "Father, forgive
them; for they know not what they do," must have convinced
them that Christ was divine as well as human.
But there were some that day who passed by the cross.
They had seen Peter deny his Master in the night hours.
They had noticed Judas hiking over toward the cliff, rope
in hand, and had heard his story, greatly elaborated. "He
was in it just for the money," might'have been their com-
ment. They.had heard of James and John who requested
the best jobs in the expected new government. Perhaps
these passed by the cross disinterested because they judged
Christ by His followers and those followers had disap-
But a few sensible people at the cross that day used
good judgment. They saw good qualities in Christ and
also in His followers. Both Nicodemus and Joseph of
Arimathaea publicly took their places on the side of Christ
that day. The centurion cried out, "Truly this was 'the
Son of God!" The thief on the right-hand cross looked
over at the features of the suffering Christ. There he
saw love expressed, where he had expected to see hatred.
He heard His compassionate prayer for the forgiveness of
His enemies when he might have heard a pronouncement
of judgment. The thief chose Christ on His own merits
an turned to Him.
God must have been working in the hearts of men that
day at the Crucifixion. Even though Judas turned away
from Him, and Peter denied Him, something down deep
in their hearts challenged some to live a Christian life.
The sincere people who looked on the scene that day
watched Him and believed. God worked in spite of men's
failures. Men disappointed the watchers, but God didn't fail !
John's faithfulness in following Jesus all the way must
have impressed those who were sincere. His loyalty as he
gave Christ's mother a home for the rest of her life must
have touched their hearts. That could have been a real
sacrifice for John, for housing may have been as much
of a problem then as it is now.
We are in danger if we watch our fellow Christians
instead of watching Christ. They may make mistakes and
disappoint us. The younger saints are more liable to make
mistakes because of immature judgment, so if we must
watch them let's do it from our knees instead of from
our seats. We'll find less to criticize from that position.
It is folly to lose our faith by watching others' failures.
It is better to watch Christ; He will not disappoint us.
Let's watch ourselves and our own spirits carefully. If
others have done what we think is wrong, let's remember
the Lord's prayer, "Forgive us our debts, as we forgive
our debtors." Have we forgiven those who wronged us,
or do we still treat them with suspicion? Their actions
may have hindered the work of the Church; but it is pos-
sible that their actions have also revealed to them their
spiritual lack. Maybe they have learned something and
sought forgiveness from God Let us forgive them, too.
Believe God, regardless of the actions of others. "Have
faith in God" is a definite command. Others may fail;
but God never does. He works anyway, so let's trust Him,
for "without faith it is impossible to please him" (He-
b'rews 11 :6).
The devil has brought the mistakes of Christians and
the sinful deeds of backsliders to the attention of saints
of all ages. He tries to use these mistakes and sins to
discourage the people of God from accomplishing anything
for the Church. We thank God today for the strong saints
who pause long enough to pray for these erring ones, then
hurry on to do more for the Lord than ever before. They
believe that God works anyway and that He only needs
people with faith enough to help Him and wisdom enough
to watch Christ instead of men.