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   April 1999 Pneuma Informer
In this issue:
  • Editorial: The Popular E-Newsletter
  • Financial Update
  • Pneuma Review Report
  • Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Editorial: The Popular E-Newsletter

Now we're international.

For those of you that have been receiving the Pneuma Foundation updates for some time, you have seen this small editor and writer's bulletin be transformed into a full Members and Friends newsletter complete with E-mail specials from Pneuma Biblical Resources and items for prayer and praise. It's not just for editors anymore. Now this E-newsletter is being sent in three or more batches to eveyone from pastors and church leaders to Christian counselors, seminary professors, Christian publishers, and "regular" folks like the rest of us.

The people receiving this newsletter are also from all kinds of Christian traditions and backgrounds including classical Pentecostals, noncharismatics, independent charismatics, charismatic Episcopalians, Vineyard, and Third Wave. Allow me to say also that the board of Directors is pleased with the response we have already received about this E-newsletter. It is providing a means of expressing our vision for leading Pentecostal/charismatic believers to a greater understanding of God's Word. The overall response so far has been encouraging.

The board would like to say thank you for all of the words of encouragement. Based on your response, we know without a doubt that providing resources to local churches and leaders is an excellent way of seeing a greater Biblical balance come to the Pentecostal/charismatic movement. When the Holy Spirit makes God's Word come alive it changes hearts and minds. We are priviledged to be a part of this ministry.

Raul Mock, Executive Editor

Financial Update

In previous bulletins from the Pneuma Foundation it was mentioned how the directors were working on a 501(c)3 application for the IRS. The application was completed in March, but the funds were not yet on hand to send it in with the filing fee.

The Pneuma Foundation has made a committment to not solicit funds from our members or friends, regardless of how 'crucial' our need may be. The financial needs of the Pneuma Foundation must never be allowed to muddy presenting God's Word with clarity and power. The last thing people need to hear is one more ministry begging for money. On the other hand, the Pneuma Foundation is committed to avoiding debt. The founders believed that the Pneuma Foundation should only expand its ministry as funds were provided, and to scale back when funds were not available. When needs arise, these will be shared with our members and friends, through updates such as this newsletter.

This is what was done in the case of the need for the 501(c)3 filing fee. The need was presented, and we asked you to pray with us about this. Then we put the need in God's hands. If He wanted us to have it, we knew He could provide.

Now we have reason to celebrate His provision together. The full filing fee was received in one donation. The other monies that were collected for this will be used for general operations. Thank you to those who gave and prayed with us.

For those making contributions, the Pneuma Foundation is happy to provide year-end summaries of giving in addition to receipts of specific contributions. If you would like to receive a year-end summary of contributions, simply request in writing.

If you would like to receive information about line-item giving for your church or ministry's missions budget or other information about regular contributions to be made to the Pneuma Foundation, simply write to:

The Pneuma Foundation
Finance Department
PO Box 9072
Wyoming, MI 49509-9072

Pneuma Review Report

The fourth issue (Vol. 2, No. 3) of the Pneuma Review, the Journal of Theology and Ministry Resources for Pentecostal and Charismatic Ministires and Leaders, is presently is editorial. Executive Editor Raul Mock estimates that subscribers should be receiving their issues in the second week of May.

There will be a new department introduced in this issue of the Pneuma Review entitled Pastor's Paraklesis. This will be a word of encouragement and challenge to ministers and church leaders from a shepherd's shepherd, Pastor C. J. Halquist.

Other articles to appear in this issue:
  • Messianic Pastor Kevin Williams continues his series on Messianic Foundations by taking a close up look at what celebrating the passover would have meant and felt like in the first century. See Jesus more clearly by seeing the "Full Picture of Passover."
  • "Baptism in the Spirit: Is it Normal to Receive at or after Conversion?" is a brief investigation into a Biblical definition of normative Spirit-baptism by charismatic Michael D. Peters.
  • Author Robert Graves answers some of the basic criticisms against the charismatic movement in his article, "The Focus of the Charismatic Movement: Tongues, the Holy Spirit, or Christ?" This is Part Three of the Praying in the Spirit Series.
  • Church historian Richard Riss continues his study of miraculous ministry throughout the church age in Part 4 of "Tongues and Other Miraculous Gifts From the Second to Nineteenth Centuries, Part IV: 13th to the 18th Centuries."

Prayer Requests and Praise Reports

Matters for Prayer:
  • That the IRS would approve the 501(c)3 status for the Pneuma Foundation quickly.
  • That Issue 4 of the Pneuma Review would be an effective tool used by the Lord to minister to all who read it.
  • That writing and editorial assistance as well as financial support will be raised in order to expand the outreach of the Pneuma Foundation.
Reasons to Praise:
  • The full filing fee and excess was collected for applying for 501(c)3 status with the US Internal Revenue Service.
  • The Pneuma Foundation is increasingly being made known around the world. Those of us involved are just amazed God would use us for such a work. It spurs us on to serve Him faithfully and energetically.