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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Centennials

By Ken Horn
March 27, 2011

It is time for centennials in Pentecostal circles — celebrations of things that have been around for 100 years.

Since 1900 ushered in modern Pentecost, the year 2000 commenced the commemorations.

The Assemblies of God is currently planning for its century mark three years hence in 2014. Many local churches are reaching or approaching the century mark now. Central Assembly of God in Springfield, Mo., celebrated its centennial in 2007. The Pentecostal Evangel also predates the Assemblies of God and will celebrate the century mark in 2013. But another Evangel, the official publication of the Church of God (Cleveland, Tenn.), celebrated in 2010.

The year 2006 saw a major centennial at Azusa Street in Los Angeles, the catalytic point from which Pentecost exploded onto the national and worldwide stage.

But there are also less-than-desirable centennials. Where there is truth, there will also be error. Last year marked a century for a sect that practices a diminishing ritual — snake handling.

In 1910, a few began the disturbing and dangerous practice. It’s estimated that some 3,000 members in 50-100 unconnected churches still practice the strange ritual — despite the record of some 80 deaths and countless injuries from snakebites.

Pentecost has begun its second century of opportunity to build God’s kingdom. The handful of earnest seekers at the beginning of the 20th century have become nearly 600 million Pentecostals and charismatics a decade into the 21st century. The 300 people who launched the Assemblies of God have become 63 million worldwide. (Representatives from many nations recently convened at the World AG Congress in Chennai, India.)

But this is decidedly not a time to rest on our laurels. While it is good to remember the past and thank God for it, it is far more important to engage the present and plan for the future. There are multitudes of souls yet to be won for Christ. Let’s do all we can to win them.

Ken Horn

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