To Be Like Our Teacher!

By Francis Frangipane

"There are two types of Christians, the trained and the untrained," remarked a pastor I recently met. I couldn't agree more. The fact is, too many of us view our salvation experience as though it were an arrival - and on one level it certainly is. Yet, our "arrival" is actually the beginning of a journey toward Christlikeness. Being "born again" is a step out of darkness into a destiny that will involve perseverance, faith and spiritual training.

So let us accept the fact that the Lord's goal is not just our rescue, but also our training. To be spiritually trained will cost us. We must make life choices, spend time in spiritual development, and give ourselves in unfolding surrender to learning the glorious ways of God. The result is our transformation. As Jesus put it:

The Latter Rain

By Francis Frangipane

The phrase "latter rain" can mean different things to different people. To its critics, it is a movement that promotes doctrinal heresy. To many others, however, the phrase "latter rain," though slightly antiquated, is a term used by the King James Bible to describe the final, worldwide outpouring of the Holy Spirit before Christ returns.

Although I do not personally use the term "latter rain," I do believe in this last great move of God. In fact, I have held this vision since 1970. Admittedly, my faith was tested during the 1970s, when many church leaders were predicting the end of the world. Frankly, not many actively believed there would be a great harvest during the seventies and eighties. However, in 1990, with the stunning collapse of Soviet communism, an accelerated era of worldwide evangelism truly began. Since then, the Holy Spirit has brought hundreds of millions into the kingdom of God.