The November 2002 Pneuma Informer
In this issue:
Update about www.PneumaFoundation.org
The months of October and November have been busy months for the Foundation website at www.PneumaFoundation.org
. The website experienced attacks from at least one hacker who tried to use the site to send hundreds of people pornographic emails. We thank the Lord that because of an addressing mistake that these were rejected and not sent.
Pneuma Foundation webmaster Dave Driggs quickly found a way to prevent this type of attack from continuing and also improved our security settings for the future. Thanks also go to the hosts of the Foundation website at www.Mins.net
for their quick response to this problem.
There has also been a problem, yet unresolved at the time of writing, with at least 2 email addresses used by the Pneuma Foundation. If you need to contact member and customer services, please go to the Contact Us page
The volunteer staff of the Pneuma Foundation certainly appreciates your prayer as we seek to discover and resolve any related issues to these difficulties. We appreciate your patience and support as we endeavor to provide life-changing wisdom from God's Word through the media of the internet.
Languages at www.PneumaFoundation.org
The Pneuma Foundation webmaster has received comments about the possibility of testing translation pages for www.PneumaFoundation.org, but would still like to hear from more people about this service being offered to website visitors. Please see the October 2002 Pneuma Informer for more information about this by pointing your internet browser to: pi_10_2002.jsp
. If you are fluent or familiar with a language other than English, please take a look at the languages that might be available for on-screen translation and send your comments to the webmaster
Reports from Around the World
Germany: healed of cancer
"The cancer diagnosis hit me like a bomb. Beside many tears, sleepless nights and desperation, we also experienced intense hope in God, who alone could help us," writes Walter-Heinz Heim, previously a businessman in the Stuttgart area. His doctor had diagnosed prostate cancer. "On the way home, I thought to myself 'Your mother died of cancer, your sister and uncle too. Now it's your turn.' I wept. When I went to the hospital for X-rays, I saw all the hairless children, youths and women undergoing radiation therapy. That's a sight you don't forget quickly."
"In Italy, we were praying with some friends, when one of them suddenly said 'Heinz, I sense God telling you that you are healed, but that from today, you should live according to His Word.' I had heard of confirmed prophecies, but I had doubts. Was that really true? On returning home, I immediately went to my urologist and asked for another biopsy. 'You're the first patient I know to voluntarily undergo a second biopsy,' he said. When he asked me why, I told him honestly 'I have received a prophecy that I am completely healed.' The doctor had strong doubts, and told me that he also went to church on Sundays, 'but there's no such thing as that.' He performed the biopsy anyway. The result: I was healthy! 'There's no sign of cancer, even though we took a much larger tissue sample than the first time,' he said. I walked, no, floated out of his practice, weeping and laughing at the same time, and called my family to tell them of the miracle." Today, Walter-Heinz Heim cares for the homeless and other needy people in Stuttgart.
Source: Walter-Heinz Heim, Stuttgart, in Voice 4/2002, from Friday Fax 2002 Issue 42
USA: House churches grow in untraditional ways
"I recently met a wonderful group of young people in their twenties who plant house churches in Las Vegas," reports Mike Steele, Dawn Coordinator for North America. In the midst of 'Sin City', they gather barkeepers, card players and hotel staff for meetings in their houses. Many were searching for people who would accept them, needing healing for their hurts, and came to the meetings even though they did not know Jesus. In a short time, 15 house churches were planted, and one of the Christians planted another 6 in only three weeks. The young movement's aim: "to plant a church within walking distance of every person in Las Vegas."
In 1998, another church planting movement started in Los Angeles, training mainly young Christians in a program called "Greenhouse." The concept, developed by Neil Cole and Paul Kaak, is simple: multiply "life transformation groups." Every week, three people meet who read thirty chapters of the Bible each week, confess their sins to each other and pray for a friend to join them. When the fourth person joins the group, it divides, and each pair prays for a third person to join them. In the first year, six house churches were started, 18 in the second year, 50 in the third, and this year, 110 have started so far, which will probably reach 150 by the end of the year, according to the report.
Source: Mike Steele, Dawn Ministries by way of Friday Fax 2002 Issue 44
Uganda: One Pastor's story of a national turn-around
The pastor of an East African megachurch credits God for the remarkable growth of his congregation, and for saving his nation from dictators. Jackson Senyonga's Christian Life Church (CLC) in Kampala, Uganda, has grown from seven people to 22,000 since 1995.
God moved on Senyonga's heart 8-1/2 years ago to do His work, he said, telling him that He was tired of his "small mind" toward God's work. The young church-planter continued in prayer until God instructed him to start a church in Kampala, the capital. "The Lord told me that if I would obey, He would use my obedience to touch my city, my nation and the nations around me," said Senyonga, 35.
As a result, Senyonga and his wife, Eve, saw CLC grow from seven people to 2,000 people during two weeks of 1995. Within its first 10 months, the church had swelled to 7,000 people. Located in one of the worst neighborhoods of Kampala, the church grew because thousands of unbelievers began to see God's power at work in their own lives.
When a local witch doctor came to CLC to place a death curse on Senyonga, people in the community flocked to watch the pastor drop dead. After three days had passed and Senyonga was still teaching and preaching the gospel, the witch doctor and others quickly gave their lives to Christ. That demonstration of God's might prompted thousands of others to accept Christ and join CLC.
CLC's members support a radio and TV ministry, and they minister to the community with food and clothing, educational training, counseling, and they support other needs. Senyonga is also reaching out to help other pastors and leaders fulfill the Great Commission.
Pastor Daniel Nkata, who works with the Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship International and is founder of Reachout Village Ministries, which helps orphans and underprivileged children in Uganda, said Senyonga is a godsend. "He's helping churches come together in unity because he's a man for the people," Nkata said.
Senyonga said although his nation was birthed out of witchcraft and controlled by demon worshipers, it is being transformed by prayer, the Word and the power of the Holy Spirit.
"The Lord called Uganda as a nation to tell other nations about the simple message of Jesus Christ," said Senyonga, who was left to die in a garbage heap when he was 3 months old. "But we had to pay a terrible price to carry that message."
The pastor was referring to the horrific acts of violence suffered by many Ugandans from 1971 to 1979 at the hands of now deposed and exiled dictator Idi Amin. During Amin's "reign of terror," he was responsible for the deaths of thousands of people—including Senyonga's father. Tortured, beaten and forced out of their homes, people nationwide were forced to their knees to petition God for mercy.
When AIDS swept through the country, the people cried out to God, and once again He moved. Today, Uganda is one of the only African nations that has seen a decline in HIV infections, and the nation is experiencing spiritual and community transformation in political circles, the marketplace and the church.
Many of Uganda's politicians are acknowledging God in political affairs as they seek Him for wisdom. Prayer has been initiated in state-government offices, and some judges pray before they convene for court, Senyonga said. In a historical move, the nation's president, Yoweri Museveni, issued a proclamation in 2000 declaring that God is the God of Uganda.
Source: Charisma News Service, November 06, 2002. Used by permission.
Support and Growth of the Pneuma Foundation
By Raul Mock
I have been asked before if there is a company or particular benefactor that has been the primary financial support behind the Pneuma Foundation. This gave me an opportunity, as a member of the Pneuma Foundation's board of directors, to reflect on how the Lord has provided for the needs of this ministry. No, there is not a particular sponsor or patron of the Pneuma Foundation. The Lord has faithfully met the needs of this ministry through the financial support of its members and friends. To me, this is quite amazing, when I think of how far the Pneuma Foundation has come since its simple beginnings 5 years ago.
Although the Pneuma Foundation actually started as an un-incorporated association in 1997, it has seen tremendous growth since then. There have been some 'tight' times financially as well. However, in all of these, the Pneuma Foundation stuck to its principle of not asking anyone but God for money.*
The founders believed that since this is a para-church ministry whose mission is to support the local church, it is not our place to request money. If the Pneuma Foundation is a blessing to people and a support to the local church, then out of abundance, the needs of this ministry will be met without becoming a burden to anyone. Otherwise, the founders felt, that this ministry could become odious if it was always begging for a handout and therefore its service to the Body of Christ would be hindered.
Having been faithful in not asking others for financial support has been both challenging and rewarding, for the Pneuma Foundation has always had its needs met. Now we find ourselves at a crossroads. There are areas where the board would like to see the Pneuma Foundation expand its ministry, but there are not funds presently available for this. Closely linked with the principle of not soliciting monies is a commitment to not expand our outreach beyond our financial support, thereby staying out of debt.
So, we ask for your prayers. Please pray with us that what the Pneuma Foundation is presently doing will have an excellence to it, continuously improving. And, if it is the Lord's will, that the financial resources are provided for the expansion of this ministry to the Body of Christ: more teaching resources for leading Pentecostal/charismatic believers to a greater understanding of God's Word.
Thank you for your support in prayer and your past financial generosity.
- Raul Mock
Allow me to note that the only exception to "not asking for money" is when members have given permission to tell them about specific needs. If you would like to be included in this list of those who are told of special needs as they arise, please write to me at Member Services
with the note to my attention.
Thoughts to Ponder
"Though we must recognize the humanity that is in the Church, we must always allow for the interventions of the Spirit, whose workings brought the Church into life. The 'freedom to challenge' must always be tempered by the need to preserve the signposts which may have far more guidance and truth than our challenges."
"Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross."
—Dietrich Bonhoeffer, from Cost Of Discipleship
"[T]heology does not concern abstract speculation or the appropriation of impersonal systems of dogma; it concerns serious and hard-nosed consideration of what it means to be the church, to be a Christian, to be a participant in God's mission to a lost and alienated humanity."
—Michael Jinkins from Invitation to Theology
"[A]ll our talk about God must be anchored in what we know of him in Christ; otherwise, we shall arrive at an unworthy view of God. Why do we say of our God that he is love and not hate? Because of what we see in Christ."
—Alan P. F. Sell
Excerpts from the Fall 2002 (Vol 5, No 4) issue of the Pneuma Review
The Pneuma Review is a quarterly printed journal of ministry resources and theology for Pentecostal and charismatic ministries and leaders.
From "Performance: An Attitude of the Heart" by Danny Daniels. Part of the Worship Leader Series.
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To Perform or Not to Perform
Let's look at the word performance
. It is thought that a worship leader or musician should never "perform" in the sense that they would try to "show off" or draw attention to themselves or their own ego needs. This is true. God will receive none of the glory or credit that He deserves if worship leaders focus on themselves and what they get out of being up front.
The purpose of man is not to worship man, but to worship the living God. When preachers, singers, actors or musicians stand up and make sound of any kind, it should be to draw people to messages, songs, drama and music which bring the listeners to consider the person, words, love and glory of God and His kingdom.
The dictionary describes perform
as: "carry out, do. 1. work, operate. 2. Act, sing, or play in public." The Bible has several words translated perform. The first one we want to look at is the Greek word epiteleo
In 2 Cor. 8:11-12, Paul encourages the church at Corinth to perform
that thing which they had already decided to do, in this case, to send an offering to the church at Jerusalem. He tells them to follow through with an act, which shows that their willingness to give is a reality. Then he explains in verse 12 that the giving is to be according to what they have to give not according to what they do not have.
Worshipper and worship leader alike should perform their worship of God with everything they have to give, at the peak of their talent and ability and with all their hearts. God commanded that offerings from the flock be the best of the flock, not the discards with broken horns or lame legs. This was to teach us that He intended to give us the very best that He has, which He did, in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ, the Lamb without blemish or spot.
appears again in Rom. 15:25-28, where Paul talks about the very same offering and how he personally is going to deliver it to the church in Jerusalem. In verse 28, Paul says that he will per form the delivery of the offering. He makes sure that it gets to the place it was meant to go.
Worshipper and worship leader, make sure that your worship is "delivered" in such a way that it gets to the heart of God. This requires much prayer, work and preparation for each individual in the worship group and for the group as a whole. Remember, practice is not a four-letter word! Do what is necessary to prepare an offering of worship, which is the best you can give.
In Phil. 1:6, epiteleo
is used to describe God Himself "performing" His good work of salvation in each believer. In general, epiteleo
is a word, which means to get it done.
If you have ever been in a situation where they called it worship, but they did not "get it done," you know how important it is for us to perform worship of God from a pure heart. When it "gets done," it is a wonderful experience for both the worshippers and for God.
A Way of Seeing
The word poieo
is used to describe how God would accomplish His promise of a son to be born to Abraham and Sarah in Rom. 4:2. In Luke 1:72, it says that God would perform mercy through His holy covenant in Jesus Christ. Thirdly, in Col. 3:23, it says, "Whatever you do (poieo
) do it with all your heart."
Maybe we get snagged on the word "perform" because of what it means to the world, but remember, "they do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible" (1 Cor. 9:25b). We often need to re-examine not only what we do and why we do it, but also how we perceive things and why we perceive them in a particular way. Otherwise we can easily fall into the trap of being like the three blind men examining the elephant.
One of them said an elephant was "long and thin, like a rope." The second one said, "No, an elephant is big and flat, like a wall." The third one was sure that the other two were completely wrong because he had experienced an elephant to be shaped "just like a tree trunk."
Is an elephant like a rope, a wall or a tree trunk? Of course not. Even though parts of an elephant may resemble these things to a blind person, the truth is, the whole picture is unique in itself, and not like any of the resemblances.
Music is music, and a piano or a drum or a guitar is just a piano or a drum or a guitar. In themselves, they are neither good nor bad, but are used for whatever purpose the player has in mind.
If the player's heart and purpose is to build his own ego, the instrument can be used toward that purpose. However, if the player desires to use the instrument and musical form to worship and lead others into a meaningful worship experience, that can be accomplished, or "performed."
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* Read the rest of this article in the Fall 2002 issue of the Pneuma Review
From "The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining Israel's Messiah" Part 7: Matthew 8-11:5 by Kevin M. Williams
And when He had come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed Him. And behold, a leper came to Him, and bowed down to Him, saying, "Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean." And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, "I am willing; be cleansed." And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. And Jesus said to him, "See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest, and present the offering that Moses commanded, for a testimony to them" (Matthew 8:1-4).
In the literal or p'shat
, we can see that one of the items among the expectations was for a leper to be—not healed—but cleansed. In the deeper or remetz level, we see that Yeshua did the forbidden—he touched someone unclean.
As for the leper who has the infection, his clothes shall be torn, and the hair of his head shall be uncovered, and he shall cover his mustache and cry, "Unclean! Unclean!" He shall remain unclean all the days during which he has the infection; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp (Leviticus 13:45-46).
The Messiah—the perfect keeper of the Torah
(according to contemporary theological thought) touch someone unclean. If the Pharisees and Scribes were out to lynch Yeshua, to bring Him up on charges, this was an opportunity handed to them on a silver platter. At the very least, they could have had him exiled outside the camp for a while.
Something remarkable happens however. The evidence is gone! We read that "immediately his leprosy was cleansed." To charge Yeshua with contamination would require evidence and witnesses. There was no evidence, and as for the witnesses—they were telling a messianic story!
As for the sod
, or deeply spiritual interpretation, we shall examine that toward the end of the study.
Yeshua seemed to have a penchant for dealing with the unclean. In verses 5-13, Yeshua deals with a gentile Centurion (unclean). In versus 16-17 he commands the unclean spirits (likewise in versus 28-34, 9:32-34). In every case, the unclean gives way to the fount of purity.
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* Read the rest of this article in the Fall 2002 issue of the Pneuma Review
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- Please pray for believers in the nation of Belarus (Eastern Europe) where a repressive law has been put in effect that makes the practice of religion extremely difficult or illegal. This law, which was signed by the president in late October, is the most repressive religion law in Europe. Visit Keston Institute for more information: www.keston.org
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- We rejoice with Joe and Kim Joslin regarding a number of recent good reports they have received. The lump found inside of Kim has been determined not to be cancer. Praise the Lord. Joe is nearing completion of his training as a radiologist and has just taken a good job at a West Michigan hospital. Kim has joined the board of directors of an international ministry called Hannah's Prayer that ministers to couples who have experienced the pain of infertility, the loss of a pregnancy or early infant death. Hannah's Prayer Joe Joslin has been an assistant editor of the Pneuma Review since its first publication in 1998.
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