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"I'm afraid sometimes the Holy Spirit stands at the back of our churches with his arms folded and can't really do anything because we've got it all figured out."
Author Dean Merrill says this quote from Agnes Sanford, who founded the inner healing movement, still applies today. He tells Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of Greenelines on the Charisma Podcast Network that the Holy Spirit must be saying, "Well, you people think you know what you're doing. Just go ahead and do your things, I guess, because it seems like you don't need Me anymore."
Merrill's new book, 50 Pentecostal and Charismatic Leaders Every Christian Should Know, shares the stories of Spirit-filled leaders from as far back as Maria Woodworth Etter all the way up to Gateway Church's Robert Morris and beyond. Believers today have much to learn from these leaders about the Holy Spirit's power, Merrill says, pointing to a story from the early days of John Wimber's ministry.
Thousands of people packed into the Afghan capital's airport on Monday, rushing the tarmac and pushing onto planes in desperate attempts to flee the country after the Taliban overthrew the Western-backed government. U.S. troops fired warning shots as they struggled to manage the chaotic evacuation.
The Taliban swept into Kabul on Sunday after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, bringing a stunning end to a two-decade campaign in which the U.S. and its allies had tried to transform Afghanistan. The country's Western-trained security forces collapsed or fled in the face of an insurgent offensive that tore through the country in just over a week, ahead of the planned withdrawal of the last American troops at the end of the month.
In the capital, a tense calm set in, with most people hiding in their homes as the Taliban deployed fighters at major intersections. There were scattered reports of looting and armed men knocking on doors and gates, and there was less traffic than usual on eerily quiet streets. Fighters could be seen searching vehicles at one of the city's main squares.
Pastor Greg Locke of Global Vision Bible Church in Nashville refuses to be intimidated by those who are opposed to his message about today's culture and his church.
Despite multiple incidents of vandalism, including the latest one on Saturday night, Locke refuses to back down and vows to stay strong in the Lord to continue His work.
"Our church was vandalized again last night," Locke tweeted on Sunday. "Thanks to those who have been cleaning since 3 a.m. He's caught on camera. Let me be clear, WE WILL NOT BE INTIMIDATED OR SILENCED!!"
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