Monday, we took a family trip to Baxter Springs, Kansas, about an hour and a half from Rogers. We have been there before and last time enjoyed the Baxter Springs Museum which is quite amazing. The area is rich with history, ranging from Civil War to Mining History.
Recently, I was reading a book that chronicled the life of Charles Parham. He is known as the founder of the Apostolic Faith movement and also the father of the Modern Pentecostal movement. Parham was used of God to bring revival to our nation that eventually resulted in the Azusa Street Outpouring in 1906.
“The modern-day Pentecostal/Charismatic movement began in a small Bible school in Topeka, Kansas. The leader of the school, Charles F. Parham, assigned the entire student body the topic of the Biblical evidence of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Keep in mind; neither Parham, nor any of his students had ever heard anyone speaking in tongues. They approached this assignment not as antagonist or as propagandist, but as people hungry to follow the Biblical pattern. After three days, Parham called the students together in the chapel to ascertain their findings from the three-day study. To his astonishment the students all had the same story, reporting that although different things occurred when the Pentecostal blessing fell in the various episodes recorded in Acts, the common denominator on each occasion was that they spoke with other tongues. This, they concluded, should be the Biblical evidence of a genuine baptism in the Spirit.” (Quoted from a Sermon by Jeff Gravis)
As a result of this outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Topeka, Kansas, Charles Parham influenced a man named William Seymour, who found his way to the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles and God used him to lead a revival that literally shook the world. The influence that Parham had on William Seymour was immense and we should be grateful for both of these men who allowed the Spirit of God to work through them.
So, as I was reading a book on the Holy Spirit, I noticed that Charles Parham founded a Bible School in Baxter Springs and was buried there. Monday, as we drove to Baxter Springs, we passed the still functioning Bible College. (Now located in a different building) Then we went to the town cemetery to see if we could find his gravestone. In a prominent section of the cemetery, we found a well placed and intact gravestone that rested above this man of God.
As we stood near his grave, I couldn’t help but become hungry for a move of God in my own life as well as in our church. What God did through Charles Parham was a sovereign act of God, yet, God can work again. I believe that we are living in times that we are desperate for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit once again. Not a 1901 experience or a 1906 outpouring but something for 2019. Something that can change the world. Let us prepare our hearts for what God wants to do and I challenge everyone to pray for such a move of God that it will impact our respective communities all across our nation.
May God pour out His Spirit once again!
No, what you see was predicted long ago by the prophet Joel:
17 ‘In the last days,’ God says,
‘I will pour out my Spirit upon all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy.
Your young men will see visions,
and your old men will dream dreams.
18 In those days I will pour out my Spirit
even on my servants—men and women alike--
and they will prophesy. -Acts 2:16-18-
Also, I took this cool photo of the last Marsh Bridge on Route 66.