After Jesus died on the Cross of Calvary to pay for our sins (Jn. 3:16). He physically rose again and appeared to more than five hundred people (1 Cor. 15:5-9). Even though it doesn't make much sense to many church people, He did it for our sake! He had not sent the Holy Spirit yet because had not returned to heaven and "was not yet glorified" (Jn. 7:39).
On the "Day of Pentecost", just after Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-11), He sent the Holy Spirit. As a result, one hundred and twenty people in the Upper Room were filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak in tongues (other languages) - Acts 2:4.
The "Baptism of the Holy Spirit" (with the evidence of speaking in tongues), is evidence that Jesus rose from the dead. It is also our daily guarantee we have a place reserved in heaven when we speak, pray, and/or sing in "tongues" (Eph. 1:13 -14).
Peter said, "I perceive (realize) that God shows no partiality" (Acts 10:34). In other words, everyone needs the Baptism the Holy Spirit with the "signs following" - speaking in "tongues" as in the "Day of Pentacost". When Peter heard all the people in Cornelius' home spoke in tongues, extolling God (Acts 10:46), he knew they had received the Holy Spirit. The same proof is necessary for everyone. The only people who cannot receive the Holy Spirit (with the evidence of speaking in tongues) are those who do not want to. "Ask and you shall receive" (Matt 7:7-9).
Our two greatest Easter Gifts are: Salvation and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit with the "signs following". We all need our "Personal Day of Pentecost” as "God shows no partiality” (Acts 10:34;11-15). If you have never received them, come to one of our meetings or contact me so you can receive them both.
Ministry Message for April 2017
Christianity is the only religion in the world that believes that Jesus Christ died and physically rose from the dead, and is still alive today. The first time Jesus appeared and visited His disciples, Thomas, one of the twelve, was not with them. Thomas knew what Jesus had previously said "that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life" (Matt. 16:21).
But He did not believe even after the other disciples testified to him about what they saw. He said, “Unless I see in his hands, the print of the nails; and place my hand in his side, I will not believe” (Jn. 20:25).
When Jesus appeared to all His disciples a second time, Jesus said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see my hands; and put out your hand, and place it in my side; do not be faithless, but believing.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe” (Jn. 20:27–29).
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Ministry Articles for April 2017
"Likewise the Spirit helpeth our infirmities: for we know not wht we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit itselft maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." (Romans 8:26).
Two United States Universities did laboratory tests on "tongues speaking" Christians in order to see if also there was any psychological damage done to their brains when they were speaking, praying or singing in their "tongues" languages...
The main reason people visit the Holy Land is because Jesus was born there. Jesus grew up in the fishing village of Nazareth (Matt. 2:23) in the home of Joseph, a carpenter, who taught Him to be a carpenter as well.
Jesus, the eldest of five brothers and two sisters (Matt. 13:55), attended the synagogue regularly and also accompanied His family to the Temple in Jerusalem (Lk. 2:52).
Because He had an above average understanding of the Scriptures and of God; most people thought that He had gone away to study at a special religious school - He was so knowledgeable about God's Kingdom (Lk. 2:46-52).
"Guard the truth that has been entrusted to you by the Holy Spirit who dwells with us" (2 Timothy 1:12-18)
The key to serving Jesus Christ, regardless of our circumstances, is knowing Him and recognizing the pattern He established for us through His life, death and resurrection - and through His Word. The Holy Spirit holds that key. "Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him" (Romans 8:9)
Ministry Report for April 2017
Congratulations goes to Dr. Brent McLaughlin, now Rev. McLaughlin, who was ordained at his Beaverton House Church on March 10, 2017.
The local veternarian received his ordination through GWEA's ministry, and the ECA (Evangelical Church Alliance) Ministerial Fellowship of Canada.
Rev. McLaughlin is known locally for his remarkable ministry with animals, and is gifted with the Holy Spirit and the "signs following" (Mark 16:16-17).
"And let us continue to consider how to motivate one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another even more as you see the day of the Lord coming nearer" (Hebrews 10:24-25).
"In 1980 you came and spoke at my church in Oakville, Ontario (St Hilda's Anglican Church) ... I remember that evening because it was a turning point in many people's lives, the church, and in my own life. You spoke about the healing ministry, and by the end of the evening people were receiving much healing, as well as, people were touched by the Holy Spirit in such a way as many, if not most, were laid out on the ground. It was such an incredibly powerful evening, one that I will never forget.
At one of our meetings in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, while I was praying with people who had responded to our altar call, a woman (with a nerve disorder) got up to leave. The man who was looking after our sound system, noticed her walking with some difficulty towards the exit door. As he approached to help her, he reached over to touch her arm and then she blurted out, “Don’t touch me! Don’t touch me! I have a nerve disorder and nobody can touch me. It’s too painful!" she sobbed. The soundman stopped and responded, “Why don’t you go up to the front and get prayer for healing? She was reluctant. He added, "Is it further to go to the front than to your car?” “No, I guess it’s closer to the front,” she replied. “Then please go up to the alter and get prayer for healing," he encouraged her. So she did!
She approached me at the altar, and I asked her what she wanted to have prayer for. She told me, “I have a nerve disorder and I need to be healed.” As I reached out to lay my hands on her, again in a loud voice she said, “Don’t touch me! Don’t touch me...
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