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“I believe Charisma continues to play a crucial role in bringing insight and unity to the body of Christ.”

—Bessie Watson Rhoades

 

Revival for the Long-Haul

Charisma has been a staple since my conversion in the 1970s. I so appreciate how you continually morph and rebirth the magazine. I believe Charisma continues to play a crucial role in bringing insight and unity to the body of Christ. Thanks for stretching me again with the March issue. We need the truth about revival today. It’s not just for a few wacky zealots in it for the short haul; it’s for every committed, rooted Christian serious about our mandate to heal the sick, raise the dead, preach the gospel and make disciples. 

Bessie Watson Rhoades, Cleveland


Stop the Fighting!

Marcus Yoars’ editorial, “Have We Become Armchair Revivalists?” (March) was excellent! My heart is saddened because so many fellow Christians do not participate in any move of God yet roundly criticize those who are blessed and changed by a move of God. I long for the church to be one in spirit and in truth, and for us to quit all our hateful bickering and backbiting. 

Elaine Beachy, Manassas, Va.

How Divine was Jesus?

I have enjoyed Charisma for many years. However, I’m confused and disappointed by some statements pastor Bill Johnson made in “You’ve Got The Power!” (March). He claims that Jesus “emptied Himself of His divinity. ... It’s vital to note that He did all His miracles as a man, not as God.” The Philippians passage that Johnson cites never says He gave up His divinity. He did give up some of His majesty to become human, but if we take in the whole counsel of the Word, Jesus performed all His miracles as 100 percent God and 100 percent man. Christ the God-Man is a mystery, and we must handle the mystery with care. 

Melisa Morse, via email


Missing a Hunter

I noticed in your March issue you left out one very powerful healing ministry: that of Joan Hunter, whose parents were Charles and Frances Hunter, aka “the Happy Hunters.” I’ve been in Joan’s meetings where there are multiple healings and instantaneous miracles! Your issue was good but missing Joan Hunter. 

Becky Rogers, Raleigh, N.C. read more

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Tune up Your Anointing Theology

Watch Reinhard Bonnke shatter traditional teachings about the anointing, “double portions” and fresh fire by visiting anointing.charismamag.com.


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Rise of the Hispanic Evangelical Church

Samuel Rodriguez, a leading voice for Hispanic believers, offers a snapshot of the growing Latino evangelical church and explains what it means for America as a whole. To learn more, visit Hispanic.charismamag.com.

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Growing Great Kids

Watch an exclusive Charisma interview at kateb.charismamag.com with Kate Battistelli as she discusses key principles needed to raise godly children.

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A Guaranteed LIFE-CHANGER

Watch Jim Cymbala share miraculous stories of how the Holy Spirit’s power has dramatically changed lives (including the life of renowned “Son of Sam” serial killer David Berkowitz) at cymbala.charismamag.com. read more

Shouldn't Pentecostals Celebrate Pentecost Sunday?

I’ve never understood why Catholic and liturgical churches mark this key event in church history while few Pentecostals even know its significance

An email I recently received touted the power of social media to affect change. It bragged how “worthy” causes such as improving working conditions overseas, helping to keep someone from being deported, publicizing the problem with bullies in school and so forth were advanced through social media. But what caught my attention was this line: “These victories are amazing on their own. But we’re even more excited about the potential they represent: We’re living in a time where anyone, anywhere, can use the Internet to change the world.”

Sounds good—changing the world. The culture believes people working together can affect change through technology. But the real power for change isn’t in social media. As powerful as it is, it will be trumped someday by another source of change more powerful. The real power is the power of the Holy Spirit. 

That’s what charismatics and Pentecostals believe—at least in theory. But do we really believe it? If we did we’d be as quick to publicize it as those who believe in social media do. read more

Mi Casa Es Tu Casa

Shouldn’t “My house is your house” be the guiding principle in how we treat foreigners?

Earlier this year when I was preaching in  California, a woman came to the church altar and asked me for prayer. She spoke with a thick Spanish accent. Her tears had already streaked her mascara, and she was trembling. In between her sobs she told me that her husband, who is not a U.S. citizen, had been deported to Mexico—leaving her and their four children behind.

This woman is a U.S. citizen, but her husband had been standing in line for 10 years to get his papers. As is often the case with Mexicans, bureaucracy offered him no compassion. Now a family is split up. The land of the free and the home of the brave slammed its doors on a Christian brother.

This breaks my heart. I hope it breaks yours. read more

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