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From the Pastor's Desk

Recently, I came across a website, pentecostalgold.com, that contains recordings of sermons of great Pentecostal preachers of days gone by. I listen to those messages and pray for that anointing to rub off on me.

E.L. Terry, a pretty well known Assemblies of God evangelist, told a story. He is gone on to Glory, but he remembered when he was a little boy and his dad preached tent revivals in TX. One night, there was a young couple at the back of the tent. This was before they had gained full notoriety as Bonnie and Clyde, but God was dealing with them. It would have been the early days of the Pentecostal movement. Clyde had been raised in a Pentecostal home, and Bonnie was raised in a Nazarene home. Though E.L. Terry was a little boy at the time, he recalled his dad going back to try to persuade them to yield to the Holy Spirit and come to the altar. They resisted. It would be later that their bodies would be riddled with hundreds of bullets, as they sadly reaped what they had sown.

That story is a reminder of God's desire to reach every man and woman with the hope of Jesus, no matter who they are. That is our mission. This is not intended as a guilt trip, but we must examine ourselves to see if we are being faithful to that mission. Even Bonnie and Clyde had a chance. "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved" (Rom. 10:13).

-Pastors Mark and Jennifer Hisle

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