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Editor’s journey


What would Time or Newsweek report?

SPRINGFIELD, MO. — If major magazines such as Time or Newsweek were to write a cover story on the Assemblies of God, hopefully they would make the following observations:

1. They concentrate on building people rather than building bank accounts.

2. They place their priority on populating heaven rather than just filling pews.

3. They endeavor to emulate Christ by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of people they encounter.

4. They welcome people into their services regardless of social status or spiritual condition.

5. They understand Christ’s gift of forgiveness and go to great lengths to help people come to spiritual wholeness.

6. They believe every person is precious to God, so they condemn injustice and prejudice … and reach out to victims of abuse.

7. They believe in the power of prayer and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide their decisions.

8. They believe time is short, so they zealously take Christ’s message of salvation to people around the world.

9. They possess an unusual spiritual authority and strength that they maintain comes from the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

10. They study the Bible, so they live with an eternal perspective — an anticipation of heaven … and a fear for those who face hell.

11. They are grateful and humble people who make their communities better places in which to live through words of comfort and acts of kindness.

12. They have a sense of expectancy in their church services — which frequently resemble family reunions with plenty of smiles and warm embraces to go around.

Hal Donaldson

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