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VOE Board Clarifies Newspaper Reports on Perry Stone

The Voice of Evangelism board has issued a statement to Charisma Media to lay to rest allegations from critics of Perry Stone, pointing out that a Dec. 25 newspaper article was much ado about nothing.

"There is nothing new to report," the statement reads. "The story reported by the Chattanooga Times Free Press is lacking in true journalistic substance, and most of all the sources were offered and granted anonymity, allowing the story to be sensationalized. The VOE board stands firm in its decisions and will continue to operate in true biblical godly integrity."

Charisma News reported earlier this week on the accusations that resurfaced against Stone through the Times Free Press, which included a report that the FBI is investigating his ministry, and shared a statement from VOE that said the newspaper story "bears no new information or allegations." Charisma News also posted a recent video teaching from Stone that addressed integrity in the media; however, this video was prerecorded and not intended as a response to the recent allegations, per VOE.

Thousands Flee as Colorado Wildfires Burn Hundreds of Homes

Mike Guanella and his family were relaxing at their Colorado home and looking forward to celebrating a belated family Christmas later Thursday when reports of a nearby grass fire quickly turned into a concerning pre-evacuation notice and then within minutes into an order to leave immediately.

The Guanellas were among tens of thousands of residents who were forced to evacuate their homes outside Denver as wildfires fueled by winds that gusted up to 105 mph (169 kph) engulfed parts of two cities and burned an estimated 580 homes, a hotel and a shopping center.

Instead of opening Christmas presents at home in the city of Superior as they had planned, Guanella and his wife, their three children and three dogs were staying a friend's house in Denver and hoping their house was still standing.

Watch: John Bevere Says, 'Your Destiny Requires a Wilderness Season'

John Bevere, bestselling author of Bait of Satan and multiple other books, shares with Matt and Laurie Crouch on TBN's Praise about the power of the wilderness season, using the biblical example of Joseph to teach a life-changing lesson.

"There's a purpose for every season under heaven," he says. "If we understand the purpose, then we behave correctly. The children of Israel didn't understand the purpose of the wilderness, so they behaved incorrectly. The result was that what was only supposed to be a one-year short stint ended up becoming a passion.

"And so what my passion right now is, I don't want to see believers in the body of Christ ... spend a lifetime in the wilderness. You can't shorten a wilderness season, but you can certainly lengthen it." {eoa|

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