Tag Archives: Holy Spirit

Noised Abroad: Pentecostals Disturb the Peace

Exuberant worship has always been a hallmark of the Pentecostal experience.  On the Day of Pentecost, crowds gathered to observe believers caught up in an ecstasy of worship.  Their behaviour must have seemed rowdy and disruptive, since the outpouring was “noised abroad” and Peter offered the famous qualifier:  “For these are not drunken, as ye […]

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Where Does God Live

Does He abide in structures that men have built for Him? Stephen answered this question, “No,” saying, “Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands…” (Acts 7:48) There is nothing about a physical structure, nice as it may be, that entices God to want to live there. He already lives in a […]

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“The Lady Evangelist”: Maria Woodworth-Etter and the Pentecostals

In 1912, Maria Woodworth-Etter burst on the Pentecostal scene, holding meetings at F.F. Bosworth’s influential church in Dallas, Texas1. From the beginnings of her ministry in Lisbon, Ohio in 1880, Woodworth-Etter had made a name as a flamboyant and zealous evangelist, preaching holiness and healing, and her emphasis on the name of Jesus and power […]

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The Story of You and God

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” The Bible takes two chapters in the book of Genesis to tell the amazing story of the creation of the universe. But there are fifty chapters in the Bible about a tent in the desert – a tent known as the tabernacle. What is the […]

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Holy Rollerism

  Holy Roller was an early assignation to Pentecostals, but the term is an Americanism that has existed since the mid-nineteenth century. In 1842, Holy Rollers were identified in the Southern Quarterly Review, published in New Orleans, as a “new species of religion,” and was loosely used for decades to refer to any Christian religions […]

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Frank Emerson Curts: Laborer for Christ

Famed Indiana author, Kurt Vonnegut, once wrote: “I don’t know what it is about Hoosiers. But wherever you go there is always a Hoosier doing something very important there.” This was certainly true of the late Superintendent of the Ohio District of the United Pentecostal Church, Bro. Frank Curts, who hailed from Indiana but spent […]

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Important Decisions and God’s Will For Your Life

How does God make known His will to us? He revealed His will to Joseph in dreams, warning him to flee into Egypt with Mary and the child Jesus; and again, after the death of Herod, God instructed him in another dream to return to Palestine. God spoke directly to Samuel during the night, and […]

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