• One for the Road – “Here to Eternity”

    Here to eternity.  It’s a small step for the righteous.   The Bible speaks of death…as a gathering to the fathers.  It also says that God is not the God of the dead…but of the living.   Abraham.  Isaac.  Jacob.  They are paraded as proof.   The life of the righteous never ends.  Death is only a change of address.  To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.   And…the transition is easy:  “When Jacob had finished giving instructions to his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed, breathed his…


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  • Ecclesia Theological Seminary – 70th Anniversary Celebration Our friends at Ecclesia Theological Seminary in Hong Kong have established the first Pentecostal Journal in Chinese. The Chinese Journal of Pentecostal Studies was officially launched on October 15 as part of the 70th anniversary celebration of Ecclesia Theological Seminary. Click here to view the first issue of this journal. [caption id=”attachment_981″…


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  • Interview for Pentecostal Theology Website in Brazil – Ft. Robert P. Menzies

    Gutierres Siqueira is Brazilian and the editor of the Brazilian “Pentecostal of Theology” website, which is of course in Portuguese. You can check out the website at www.teologiapentecostal.blog. Gutierres asked if he could interview me, Robert Menzies, for their website. He sent me nine stimulating questions and has translated my responses into Portuguese for their website. I offer the…


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  • One for the Road – “Stranger”

    Stranger.  Acquaintance.  Friend.  These words describe how people relate to Jesus.   Stranger.  There is no knowledge of Jesus.  They have never heard about Him.  He’s a stranger.   Acquaintance.  These people know about Him.  They may even go to church.  There is no shortage of opportunity to know Him.  But…He remains only an acquaintance.   Friend.  These are those who know Jesus in a personal way.  They have been born again.  There is a heart relationship.    These are…


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  • One for the Road – “Kicking Against the Goads”

    Kicking against the goads.  That’s a struggle to be avoided.   A goad is a sharp stick…used to prod animals.  It’s sharp – pointed – and designed to inflict pain.   The word picture is powerful.   Saul of Tarsus was confronted by Jesus with these very words: “It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”   Put simply…it is painful to fight against the will of…


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  • One for the Road – “No Thanks”

    No thanks.  That’s a polite response…when denying an offer.   You decide not to make the purchase…or in some way express your refusal.   But…for some people these two words describe their ingratitude – there is no thanks.   In sharp contrast are the words of Paul:  “In every thing give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”   It’s the all-inclusiveness that…


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  • One for the Road – “Dark Secrets”

    Dark secrets.  They will steal your joy…and destroy your effectiveness.   It might be an indiscretion from years ago…or an addiction…or an unclean habit.   The Bible reminds us that what is hidden …is well-known to God.  And…in the end…all that is now secret will be exposed.   Thankfully…you need not live one moment longer with a dark secret.   ”If we confess our sins, he is faithful and…


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  • One for the Road – “Forbidden Fruit.”

    Forbidden fruit.  When people eat it…death is at the door.But…what is it?  It’s anything unlawful…that stimulates human cravings.   It might be the quest for power…an inordinate appetite for food…the lust for illicit sexual gratification…or any wrong attraction.  Forbidden fruit comes in many varieties.   God said to Adam and Eve: “…You must not eat from the tree that is in the middle of the garden…”   But…Eve…


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  • The Seed of the Church: A Story from China

    By Robert Menzies – Recently I was privileged to visit a church near the city of Qujing in Yunnan Province. This church was established by Pentecostal missionaries, Max and Emily Bernheim, in the 1930s. The Bernheims, along with one son, were murdered by bandits in 1940….


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  • A Strong Foundation

    By Robert Menzies – Recently I was once again reminded of the strong foundation of Christian faith in our region. I, along with several friends, traveled to visit a Lisu family and worship together with the church that meets in their…


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