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14 November 2013

Baptism In the Name of the Lord Jesus - William Crowther (1867)

A friend of mine is in the hospital tonight.  He's suffered some severe injuries in an horrific automobile accident. I have been praying for him and trusting in the Lord Jesus Christ to heal and restore this husband, father of two boys, chaplain, and Bible scholar.

While thinking and praying for James, I was reminded of a sermon we shared with one another that one of us discovered. To be honest, I don't remember now who found this sermon, so, I'm giving him the credit and posting it here.

Historically, it is an interesting sermon for apostolics to read.
Doctrinally, it is a unique message for oneness pentecostals to consider (although it is problematic).

Please, pray for James Anderson when you read this post. He lives in Mt. Vernon, TX, and he is in need of a miracle.


Sermon: Baptism In the Name of the Lord Jesus
Preacher: William Crowther
Text: Acts 19:5
Delivered: Artillery Street Chapel, London, England
Date: August 27, 1867


18 October 2013

Pamphlets from Oneness Pentecostal Writers (Part 6)

This is my sixth installment on the topic of pamphlets written by Oneness Pentecostal writers. This particular pamphlet was written by the late Nathaniel Andrew Urshan, who was the former General Superintendent of the United Pentecostal Church, International.

Title: Scriptures Decree Modesty In Dress
Author: Nathaniel Urshan
Publisher: Pentecostal Publishing House: St. Louis, Missouri
Year: n.d.
Description: An argument from Scripture for modest dress.

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23 September 2013

Pastor N.P. Urshan - The World of Souls, Babies, and Sleep (short clip)

A brief clip of Pastor Nathaniel P. Urshan (Moriah Apostolic Church, Indianapolis, IN) preaching "The World of Souls, Babies, and Sleep" on 9-22-13 to the congregation of Apostolic Life Cathedral (Huntington, WV) during the church's 89th anniversary.

31 August 2013

22 August 2013

Sometimes It's Like the Snow - Nathaniel A. Urshan

An outstanding message about the Word of God (with some historical information regarding his great-grandfather Andrew bar David Urshan) preached by Pastor Nathaniel Urshan (Ft. Myers, FL): Sometimes It's Like the Snow

15 June 2013

Pamphlets from Oneness Pentecostal Writers (Part 5)

Here are some more pamphlets from the grandparents' library. 

Title: Establishing A New Assembly
Publisher:  General Home Missions Dept. - United Pentecostal Church
Year: n.d.
Description: This handbook was written when J. T. Pugh was director of the General Home Missions Dept. (way before they changed it to North American Missions)

Title: The Resurrection of the Dead
Author: G. T. Haywood
Publisher: Christ Temple (Indianapolis, IN)
Year: n.d.
Description: Haywood's theology regarding the coming of the Lord and the resurrection of the dead. 

Title: Judicial Procedure (revised)
Publisher: United Pentecostal Church
Year: 1973
Description: The steps and procedures available to a minister of the UPC. 

Title: Marriage and Divorce
Author: W. T. Witherspoon
Publisher: Apostolic Bible Publishers (Portland, OR)
Year: n.d.
Description: deals with the issue of marriage and divorce and remarriage of a believer pre-conversion and post-conversion. 

Title: Unconditional Eternal Security - fact or fable?
Author: J. E. Gray
Publisher: Word Aflame Press (Hazelwood, MO) 
Year: 1977
Description: deals with erroneous teaching known as unconditional eternal security, or once saved always saved. 

06 June 2013

Pamphlets from Oneness Pentecostal Writers (Part 4)

I somehow missed posting a blog entry in May.

However, I'm back in South Bend, IN, and once again looking through my grandparent's library full of Oneness Pentecostal authors. 

So, here are some more pamphlets and a book from Apostolic authors of yesteryear:

Title: The Titles of Jesus Through the Bible 
Author: Robert Bayer
Publisher: Pen-T-Com, Inc. 
Year: 1977
Description: preface by Mark D. Hanby. The pamphlet alphabetically lists the titles and scriptural references attributed to Jesus in the Bible. When you say Jesus. Jesus in every book of the Bible. 

Title: Jehovah-Jesus: The Supreme God
Author: C. Haskell Yadon
Publisher: ? (Possibly Yadon)
Year: 1952
Description: in the preface, Yadon credits an R. D. Weeks who evidently wrote in 1876 about "the truth of GOD IN CHRIST." Yadon then revised those writings and published this book to set "forth in clearer light our LORD JESUS CHRIST as THE SUPREME GOD, SON OF GOD, and SON OF MAN."

Title: The Hair Question (REVISED)
Author: Murray E. Burr
Publisher: Pentecostal Writers Association
Year: 1965
Description: a pamphlet outlining the biblical teaching on women's hair. 

Title: Preaching With Purpose
Author: Paul Dugas
Publisher: Apostolic Book Publishers, PO Box 03956, Portland, OR 97203*
Year: 1967
Description: a textbook on sermon preparation. 

*edited/corrected on 11-13-14, 11:01 PM*

21 March 2013

T. F. Tenney - What I've Learned

Tom Fred Tenney
Besides admiring Tom Fred Tenney (T. F. Tenney) as a Christian, leader, writer, teacher, and a great preacher of the Gospel, I, along with many others, appreciate the way he uses quips and well-turned phrases to convey a truth. So, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered the following gem on the Internet.  

In 2011 the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ, which is a great Oneness Pentecostal/Apostolic organization, held a conference entitled: "Let's Talk," and T. F. Tenney was one of the main speakers.

If you click on the following link you can here Bro. Tenney speak on the topic: "What I've Learned" --

Since I like collecting interesting quotes and words of wisdom, this presentation is a treasure trove for me, and the following quotes are things he said during that message. While some of these nuggets might not be original with him, keep in mind that we're interested in the way he uses these phrases to present some expert advice about ministry, relationship, marriage, and the church:

  • "Success is a spiritual enterprise, and it's built on commitment." -T. F. Tenney
  • "Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -T.F. Tenney
  • "Any church is in trouble if it exists more for the insiders than the outsiders." -T. F. Tenney
  • "You know how Jesus prepared for a storm? He took a pillow." -T. F. Tenney
  • "You need to know where you want to go." -T. F. Tenney
  • "The most important ability is responsibility." -T. F. Tenney
  • "You don't ever recover from dropping a baton when it exchanges hands." -T. F. Tenney
  • "You'll never know you're loyal until you're given an opportunity to be disloyal." -T. F. Tenney
  • "The first trouble in the New Testament Church is there came a murmuring about how the widows were taken care of...and that's usually how it starts, a little disloyalty with murmuring." -T. F. Tenney
  • "To be productive I've got to be responsible, and the blessing of trusting Jesus is to fail every time I don't." -T. F. Tenney
  • "Not all of the old is out-of-date, and not all of the new is acceptable" (Matt. 13:52). -T. F. Tenney
  • "You can't traffic in unfelt truth." -T. F. Tenney
  • "I'd rather meet a fence at the top of a cliff than an ambulance at the bottom of a cliff" -T. F. Tenney
  • "I cannot use my comfort zone for discernment of the spirit." -T. F. Tenney
  • "There's no place where prayer can be eliminated. Carnality follows hard on the heels of prayerlessness." -T. F. Tenney
  • "The tyranny of the urgent crowds out the important." -T. F. Tenney (paraphrase)
  • "Two words you always remember: 1. Priorities 2. Discipline." -T. F. Tenney
  • "Your talent will take you up, but it's character that keeps you up." -T. F. Tenney
  • "There's no place where prayer is unimportant." -T. F. Tenney
  • "People feel sorry for insecurity, but they won't follow it. You need to know who you are....God made you as you are to use you as He planned." -T. F. Tenney
  • "Yesterday's peacock can be tomorrow's feather duster." -T. F. Tenney
  • "Truth never changes - Truth is narrow." -T. F. Tenney
  • "Gossip is halitosis of the brain. Gossip can turn an earful into a mouthful." -T. F. Tenney
  • "Submission is a mandate of God." -T. F. Tenney
  • "If I had to sum up the whole Bible in one word it would be SUBMISSION." -T. F. Tenney
  • "Fire doesn't fall on empty altars." -T. F. Tenney
  • "Flattery is a narcotic, and I've known of preachers that OD'd on it." -T. F. Tenney
  • "A backbiter is just a backstabber that temporarily misplaced their knife." -T. F. Tenney
  • "Men are headliners, women want details." -T. F. Tenney
  • "You may come in wanting 4th of July in the bedroom, but it's been Labor Day for her." -T. F. Tenney
  • "Man will never understand woman because God made woman while man was asleep." -T. F. Tenney
  • "Embrace this Christ, and love Him, and serve Him." -T. F. Tenney
  • "Our Savior is fair." -T. F. Tenney
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01 March 2013

A Prophet Is Known By His Service

Vessels from the Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit
in the Cincinnati Museum Center-Union Terminal
on February 18, 2013
In 2 Kings 3:11-12 you’ll notice that, as a young prophet, Elisha had no great miracles, stories, or prophecies preceding him. However, he had a reputation of service to Elijah:

"But Jehoshaphat said, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD, that we may enquire of the LORD by him? And one of the king of Israel's servants answered and said, Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah. And Jehoshaphat said, The word of the LORD is with him. So the king of Israel and Jehoshaphat and the king of Edom went down to him" (2 Kings 3:11-12).

Prophets, and other ministers, are not exempt from service to the divinely appointed authority in their life, and that reputation of service will precede them as they enter into the next level of prophetic ministry.

Elisha had the respect of a servant who knew the difficulties of service, but who also knew how to recognize the prophet in Elisha. It was this servant who opened the door for Elisha to begin his public prophetic ministry.

In our day, too many so-called "prophets" have failed to submit themselves, discipline their natures, or serve their elders. They often begin, but rarely finish their instruction in service, and so they pervert their purpose.

God’s prophet is never exempt from a life of service.
-Stephen Kuntzman (8-4-2011)

21 February 2013

Joel Urshan - They Shall Recover

Joel A. Urshan
Pastor Joel Urshan preaching "They Shall Recover" (Mark 16:15-18) to the congregation he pastors, First Apostolic Church in Cincinnati, OH, on Sunday morning, February 17, 2013.

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13 February 2013

Nathaniel Urshan - Dimensional Awareness

Nathaniel & JacquƩ Urshan

"Dimensional Awareness" is a powerful message preached by Pastor Nathaniel Urshan (The Rock Church - Ft. Myers, FL) on Friday, November 9, 2012, at the Mantle 2012 Conference in Franklin, IN.

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19 January 2013

Bishop E. S. Harper - All the Counsel of God

Bishop Edwin S. Harper preaching on the essentiality and necessity of water baptism in the name of the Lord Jesus: "All the Counsel of God."

Celebrating 100 years of restoration!

01 January 2013

Tennyson - In Memoriam

In Memoriam
Alfred Lord Tennyson

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

   The flying cloud, the frosty light:

   The year is dying in the night;

Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.


Ring out the old, ring in the new,

   Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

   The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.


Ring out the grief that saps the mind

   For those that here we see no more;

   Ring out the feud of rich and poor,

Ring in redress to all mankind.


Ring out a slowly dying cause,

   And ancient forms of party strife;

   Ring in the nobler modes of life,

With sweeter manners, purer laws.


Ring out the want, the care, the sin,

   The faithless coldness of the times;

   Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes

But ring the fuller minstrel in.


Ring out false pride in place and blood,

   The civic slander and the spite;

   Ring in the love of truth and right,

Ring in the common love of good.


Ring out old shapes of foul disease;

   Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;

   Ring out the thousand wars of old,

Ring in the thousand years of peace.


Ring in the valiant man and free,

   The larger heart, the kindlier hand;

   Ring out the darkness of the land,

Ring in the Christ that is to be.