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   The January 2000 Pneuma Informer
In this issue:
  • * Excerpts from the Winter2000 issue of the Pneuma Review:
    • "Bible Answers about Continuing Spiritual Gifts for Your Non-Charismatic Friends" By Jon Ruthven
    • From the Messianic Foundations Series by Kevin Williams, "Appointed Times: The Fall Feasts"
    • "Should Christians Expect Miracles Today?: Objections and Answers from the Bible," Part 1 by Wayne Grudem.
    • "How to Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit" by Dave Johnson
  • Prayer Requests & Praise Reports
  • Correction



Excerpts from the Winter 2000 (Vol 3, No 1) issue of the Pneuma Review

From "Bible Answers about Continuing Spiritual Gifts for Your Non-Charismatic Friends" by Jon Ruthven


Read the full article at: http://pneumareview.com/category/winter-2000/




From the The Messianic Foundations Series, "Appointed Times: The Fall Feasts" By Kevin Williams.

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Rosh Hashanah

"Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'In the seventh month on the first of the month you shall have a rest, a reminder by blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation'" (Lev 23:24).

God's name for this holiday is Yom Teruah, "the day of blowing." Not merely a day of blowing, which certainly abounded on Rosh Hashanah, but specifically a reminder. The sound of the trumpet, or by practice, the shofar[2], was to act as a memorial for the people of God. A memorial of what?

Our answer lies in another book of Moses, "Also in the day of your gladness and in your appointed feasts, and on the first days of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be as a reminder of you before your God. I am the LORD your God" (Numbers 10:10).

In other words, the shofar or ram's horn, was to be blown so that the people would remember their Sovereign. The Hebrew sages from long ago have taught that it is on this day-set apart, sanctified, and ordained by God-that His children remember his Kingship.

In the synagogues, it is taught from Talmud, a sixth century codification of Jewish oral tradition and history, "The Holy One, Blessed in He, said . . . on Rosh Hashanah recite before Me verses that speak of God's sovereignty, remembrance of all events and shofar blasts: sovereignty so that you should make Me your King; remembrance so that your remembrance should rise up before Me for your benefit. And through what? Through the shofar."[3]

God's sovereignty might seem a simple matter, a concept a small child can grasp. Yet, for millions of people on this earth who do not yet know Yeshua as their Messiah, it is foolishness4 with no basis in their perception of reality. Though we of the faith can look at this event, Rosh Hashanah, the festival of blowing the shofar, and know that a day is coming when every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess the Almighty's Kingship5. "In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed" (1 Co 15:52). "And He will send forth His angels with a great trumpet and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other" (Mt 24:31).

On that day there will be little doubt that there is a God or that He is King of kings and Lord of lords. When Yeshua takes up the throne, on that great day of rejoicing and blowing of the shofars, we shall all proclaim His sovereignty. From great antiquity, Rosh Hashanah speaks prophetically.

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From "Should Christians Expect Miracles Today? Objections and Answers from the Bible," Part 1, by Wayne Grudem
Read the full article at: http://pneumareview.com/should-christians-expect-miracles-today1/


From "How To Receive the Baptism in the Holy Spirit" by Dave Johnson

Read the full article at: http://pneumareview.com/category/winter-2000/




Prayer Requests

There are a number of friends of the Pneuma Foundation throughout the world that have asked for prayer:
  • Pastor Stephen Bukenya of Faith Tabernacle Christian Centre, Kampala, Uganda, is in need of funds to sustain the ministries under his care.
  • Our condolences to Jeff Beacham of Firepower Ministries International on the loss of his father, Pat Beacham, on January 3. Jeff recently was injured in a fall and needs our prayers.
  • Pastor Abraham Emmanuel, in Sri Lanka, has asked for prayer about two urgent needs 1) A Permanent place of worship for the church in Colombo, and 2) Financial support for five pastors (approximately $425 USD per Month).
  • Please pray for Pastor Rueben M. Sathiyaraj in Bangalore, India and those he shepherds. Hindu militants continue to threaten Christians and their meeting places in Southern India with the blessing of the government. In spite of this, many are opening their hearts to Jesus as never before.
  • Condolences to Dave Johnson, missionary to the Philippines and contributing editor to the Pneuma Review, on the loss of his mother, Marion Johnson, in early December.

Praise Reports

  • The US Postal Service has accepted the Pneuma Foundation's application for making Bulk Rate Non-Profit mailings. This should allow the Pneuma Foundation to expand its outreach and mailing capability with much less expense than otherwise.
  • Darin and Marie Bauman, missionaries in Colima, Mexico, have acquired Residence status. This will close their need to step out of the country every 6 months to renew their visas.

Please send us your prayer requests and praise reports. We have a great God who always meets our needs.

If you would like more information about how you may help in meeting these needs, please E-mail us with your specific request.



Correction:

It was reported in the December issue of the Pneuma Informer that our Assistant Treasurer, Bill Westers, is a CPA. Bill has a Bachelor of Business Administration is accounting and is an accountant by occupation, however, he is not a Certified Public Accountant.