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Ongoing Kansas Revival Goes Mainstream Protestant

It is no coincidence that revival in the greater Coffeyville, Kansas, basin has taken a turn toward mainstream Protestantism.

The newest pastor of Coffeyville, Rev. Yves Kinangwa of the First United Methodist Church, has come from Central Africa embodying the fear of the Lord, preaching on the power of the Holy Spirit. His parishioners have been crying out to God each Sunday morning in fear and trembling, repenting of sin, seeking holiness in the old-fashioned way and pleading for God's mercy upon them.

The Methodist Church was birthed in the Holiness Movement, which gave rise to the Pentecostal Movement of 1906. Interestingly, in Coffeyville these two movements continue to exist side by side. In fact, the leader of the Latter Rain Movement of America, Rev. Franklin Hall, and his sister, Charisma author and evangelist Verna Hall Linzey, were reared initially in the Methodist Church and eventually in the Pentecostal Church of Coffeyville, which their stepfather, Rev. Francis L. Doyle, pastored and brought into the Assemblies of God in 1928.

Thousands Respond to Accept Christ During Franklin Graham Brazilian Crusade

Tens of thousands of people came out to Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro Saturday night to listen to Evangelist Franklin Graham's message about God's love.

Graham, who is the president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and the Samaritan's Purse humanitarian ministry, wrote in a Facebook post that over 68,000 people attended Esperança Rio, or "Hope" Rio.

"The Bible says the value of the human soul is worth more than the entire world. Let's say you own all the real estate on Copacabana Beach, you own the hotels, the luxury apartments, the beautiful restaurants. Let's say all of that was yours—your soul is worth far more than all of that—you have more value," Rev. Graham told the crowd. "For anyone who turns from their sins and puts their faith and trust in God's Son Jesus Christ, know this—God has forgiven your sins! As the Bible says, He has cast them into the depths of the sea."

Remembering Dr. Steve Greene

Dr. Steve Greene was a great leader and a great man. I had the privilege of working closely with him for seven years through a period of significant change in the media world and Christian community.

When he resigned last fall to pursue other opportunities, I tried to talk him out of it, but he felt that season had ended. He was in the process of moving back to Missouri when he came down with COVID-19 and went downhill very fast. He died June 8 at age 69.

His death was a day before I flew to California on business. But while out there I recorded a podcast sharing my personal feelings that you can listen to here. I didn't want to wait until I got back to put it on the Charisma Podcast Network.

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