September 23, 2016 @ 4:10 AM

I am thankful for the geographical area for which I was born. Growing up I had no idea of the history that awaited my discovery. Oh, but once I became aware of all the Pentecostal development that took place in and around Joplin, MO., at the turn of the 20th Century I was all excited to learn all I could. To learn that El Dorado Springs, MO., was the turning point for Charles Parham's ministry, and Mary Arthur's healing that lead to the powerful revival of 1903, caused me to pursue my knowledge of history. The powerful revival that transpired in Joplin, MO., in 1904, gave me a deeper appreciation for my birthplace. And finally, when I discovered the treasure-trove of history that I uncovered in Baxter Springs, Kansas including the ...

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September 19, 2016 @ 1:57 PM

I would recommend that all Apostolic Christians read the biography of Charles F. Parham, written by his wife, Sarah Parham. It was first published in 1930,  by Tri-State Printing in Joplin, MO. In my opinion nothing could be more revealing than the facts being told by people who lived through their own personal experiences. Sarah virtually tells everything there is to know. She covers every aspect of Bro. Parham's ministry, both the good and the bad. She also explains how and why certain situations developed where her husband is concerned. However, I have noticed how many so called Pentecostal historians, and authors, want to twist the truth to make their story sensational. Sarah opens up about Parham's false accusers in 1907, ...

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September 18, 2016 @ 9:02 PM

Dr. Charles F. Parham is known historically as the "Founder" of modern Pentecostalism and the Apostolic Faith Movement. However,  many Apostolic Christians are simply oblivious to the first five years of the movement . Many church historians have given the Azusa revival in 1906, credit for being the beginning of 20th Century Pentecost. I'm not exactly sure what their agenda is by encouraging this thought process. However, having been born and raised in Joplin, Missouri...the virtual epicenter of Charles Parhams early ministry. There are dozens of historical landmarks sprinkled throughout Missouri and Kansas that tell the story of Parhams early expeditions.  I would challenge any Apostolic Christian to visit the ...

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