- Americans Like This Guy: During NFL Anthem Protests, an Ex-Army Ranger Stands Tall
The photo says it all. While the Pittsburgh Steelers stayed in the darkness beneath the stadium, completely bypassing the national anthem, one player emerged.
- Terrorist Kills 3 Israelis near Jerusalem
Three Israelis were murdered and a fourth critically wounded when a Palestinian terrorist opened fire Tuesday morning.
- Healing Harmonies: Music Used to Treat Stroke, Dementia, and Even Cancer
People have believed for hundreds of years in the healing power of music. Now the evidence is in. Medical research shows they were onto something, and music therapy has become a key component of many treatments.
- Baseball Legend Curt Schilling Teams up with Operation Blessing for Hurricane Relief
After Hurricane Harvey devastated the Gulf Coast, people from around the country went down to help, including several celebrities. When baseball legend Curt Schilling arrived on the scene, he decided Operation Blessing was the best team to join.
- Kurds Vote Overwhelmingly for Independence
The Kurdish people – the largest ethnic group in the world without a country – took a step toward statehood on Monday when they voted overwhelmingly for independence. Questions remain about what will happen in the Middle East after the referendum and how the Trump administration will respond to the yes vote.
- Christianity Is Not Passé: A Terrifying Escape from Harvey, and the Light that Shines in Its Aftermath
From hurricanes to earthquakes, churches and faith-based organizations have taken the lead assisting victims with timely aid – a point not lost on the government, the media, or the people in need.
- Tebow Prime Example of Media's Double Standard on Taking a Knee or Taking a Stand
NFL players protesting during the national anthem Sunday are getting a lot of coverage in the media. Although free speech and the right to protest are central to American's freedoms, it seems not all protest are considered equal by the media - according to some industry observers.
- 'Unprecedented Disaster': Puerto Rico Pleads for More Maria Aid as Crisis Escalates
The governor of Puerto Rico is calling for more federal funds to prevent a "humanitarian disaster" after Hurricane Maria.
- GOP's Last Ditch Effort to Repeal and Replace Obamacare Fails, Again
The latest version of the Republican health care plan to replace Obamacare, known as the Affordable Care Act, appears to have failed even before making it to the floor of the U.S. Senate.
- Ravi Zacharias Reflects on Nabeel Qureshi's Death: 'We Know Where He Is'
World-renowned evangelist Ravi Zacharias recently spoke at Nabeel Qureshi's funeral about the incredible life he lived and the powerful legacy his young protégé leaves behind.
- WWII Vet Takes Knee for NFL Players, 'to Be Like Jesus'
Many NFL players are facing backlash for kneeling during the national anthem, but no one expected a 97-year-old World War II veteran to join them.
- Protecting Your Church From Acts of Violence: 'We Must Prepare for Events Like This'
So how can churches better prepare for a potential attack? Security expert Tim Miller has some good advice.
- GOP Senators Unveil Merit Based Path to Citizenship for 'Dreamers'
Republicans are trying hard to fulfill President Trump's request for a legislative solution for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients before the program is rescinded in March.
- Heroic Usher's Hope Following Deadly Tennessee Church Shooting
The 22-year-old church usher who is being credited with tackling a gunman who opened fire at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee, say's he is not a hero. He is praying that through the tragedy people will come to know Christ.
- Franklin Graham Launches Prayer Crusades for Hurricane Harvey Victims
Franklin Graham is bringing revival to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
- North Korea's Top Diplomat Accused Trump of Declaring War on His Country
Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters that what he called Trump's "declaration of war" gives North Korea "every right" under the U.N. Charter to take countermeasures, "including the right to shoot down the United States strategic bombers even they're not yet inside the airspace border of our country."
- Tennessee Shooter Once Wanted to be Preacher
Emanuel Samson, 25, who killed one person and wounded eight others at Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee, Sunday, once claimed to be a Christian and said he wanted to be a preacher.
- Is God Changing the Borders of Iraq?
The Kurdish people are the largest ethnic group in the world without a country. Millions live throughout the Middle East, inside Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran.
- Luther Strange or Roy Moore? How Alabama Voters Are Leaning Before the Big Vote
Polls show Republican Sen. Luther Strange could lose the Alabama special election Tuesday.
- Non-Muslim Countries in Trump's New Travel Ban
President Trump has issued a new travel ban that indefinitely forbids travel to the United States from seven countries: Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea.This more restrictive executive order replaces the president's previous temporary ban which expired last week and adds two countries--Chad and North Korea.
- Ohio Lawmakers Step Up to Protect the Unborn with Down Syndrome
Lawmakers in Ohio are trying to protect unborn children who have Down syndrome.
The Assemblies of God grew out of the Pentecostal revival, which began in the early 1900s in places such as Topeka, Kansas, and the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles. During times of prayer and Bible study, believers received spiritual experiences like those described in the book of Acts. Accompanied by “speaking in tongues,” their religious experiences were associated with the coming of the Holy Spirit on the Jewish feast of Pentecost (Acts 2), and participants in the movement were dubbed “Pentecostals.” The Pentecostal movement has grown from a handful of Bible school students in Topeka, Kansas, to an estimated 600 million in the world today.
Many participants who were baptized in the Holy Spirit during revivals and camp meetings in the early 1900s were not welcomed back to their former churches. These believers started many small churches throughout the country and communicated through publications that reported on the revivals. In 1913, a Pentecostal publication, the Word and Witness, called for the independent churches to band together for the purpose of fellowship and doctrinal unity. Other concerns for facilitating missionaries, chartering churches and forming a Bible training school were also on the agenda.
Some 300 Pentecostals met at an opera house in Hot Springs, Arkansas, in 1914, and agreed to form a new fellowship of loosely knit independent churches. These churches were left with the needed autonomy to develop and govern their own local ministries, yet they were united in their message and efforts to reach the world for Christ. So began the General Council of the Assemblies of God.
Assemblies of God churches form a cooperative fellowship. As a result, the organization operates from the grass roots, allowing the local church to choose and develop ministries and facilities best suited for its local needs.