Posted on| April 12, 2017 | 23 Responses
It seems that almost everyone who knew Dennis Kinlaw or sat under his ministry has a story to tell! Whether it was the words he shared, the look in his eyes, the hilarity of his laugh, or the wag of his finger, many of us want to share how his life impacted ours. We need to share these stories! This blog post is dedicated to that purpose. Let’s share our stories with each other. To tell your story, please enter a comment here. We look forward to reading them all!
Posted on| March 31, 2017 | 2 Responses
A Tribute to Mickey Marvin
Former Super Bowl champion and Tennessee player Mickey Marvin died on March 6, 2017, after a two-year battle with ALS. He was 61. Marvin was drafted in the fourth round by the Oakland Raiders in 1977, started at right guard from 1978-86 and was part of Super Bowl-winning teams in the 1980 and 1983 seasons. He played for the Volunteers from 1973-76 and helped them win the 1974 Liberty Bowl. Marvin was a native of Hendersonville, NC.
Mickey Marvin grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, played football at the University of Tennessee, played 11 years for the Oakland Raiders, and then worked as a scout for 29 years. He could carry a football, but he carried his faith as well. In an interview with The Francis Asbury Society during a renewal conference in 2003, Marvin said, “To God be the glory for the great things he did for my playing for the Raiders, giving me the talent to play. It was not something I came of by myself, but God gave me that talent to honor him.”
When his days as a player were done, Marvin thought he’d like to go into the ministry in some way. He was offered a job in college scouting with the suggestion that he could scout and do ministry, too. So, for 29 years, that’s what he did. Through his scouting, he stayed involved with the team, and through his speaking—in churches, schools, and jails and prisons—he had a vibrant ministry. “I think sports are a wonderful thing to be involved in, and I’ve been able to give a lot of witness for the Lord in that,” he said.
Marvin grew up in the holiness tradition as part of the Nazarene Church. He was saved when he was a little boy and then rededicated his life to Christ in 1980. In giving his testimony, Marvin stated:
I had never really understood entire sanctification, but I had heard it preached. I grew up under a preacher that was very much a pastor. He preached heaven and hell, and the Judgment and the Rapture. I used to sit on the front pew of that church and I was six years old and he used to scare me to death. And I thank God now that he did. I really do, but I just didn’t understand about sanctification.
One day as he was traveling for his scouting job, Marvin was struggling spiritually. Once he got settled in his hotel room, he pulled out a devotional book, Holiness, Our Heritage, written by Nelson Perdue, an evangelist in the Nazarene Church, a member of the Francis Asbury Society, and a very dear friend and mentor to Marvin. As he read Perdue’s devotional, Marvin would read the Scripture referenced, reread Perdue’s book, pray, and repeat the cycle—for hours.
At some point when I got finished with that book, I was praying, and I totally surrendered my life to God and he filled me with the Holy Spirit. I felt something in my heart that I know is the evidence that God had given me the Holy Spirit, that I had wholly surrendered my life to him.
Marvin was a long-time friend of The Francis Asbury Society and a strong proponent of holiness of heart and life. He purchased Dr. Kinlaw’s devotional, This Day with the Master, by the case, giving copies out to coaches and players and anyone else he met who he thought needed some spiritual encouragement. With all his traveling, he also enjoyed listening to sermons on tape, and after he listened to them, he’d often give them away so they could bless others. He wanted everyone to know about the relationship we can have with God.
What I’m learning more and more through Dr. Kinlaw’s ministry, through reading his books and listening to his tapes is that it’s all about relationship, about God restoring us to that relationship to him that he had with Adam and Eve in the garden. We don’t know how long it was there before the fall, but it’s about restoration, a restoration of relationship, and it’s through Jesus Christ and in salvation and full surrender and sanctification and letting the Holy Spirit have all of us.
Marvin was a note-taker, from his football plays to sermon notes, he recorded things that were important for him to remember. During one sermon, the preacher made two statements that Marvin wrote down: “Salvation showed me who I was without Jesus Christ. Sanctification showed me who I can be in Jesus Christ.” He explained, “That’s become my slogan. The journey has never been better; it’s never been richer. The Bible has just come alive to me and I’m so thankful for that.”
As Marvin concluded his interview in 2003, he mentioned the legacy of faith he’d been handed, particularly by his mother and grandmother. It seems a fitting way to end this article as well.
You know, I have two Super Bowl rings, and I was a world champion twice, and to God be the glory, great things he has done. He gave me my talent, and I’m thankful to have those memories and to have played professional football, but in the last few months the two things that I’m so aware of and that I’m more appreciative of than anything else are the prayers of my mother and grandmother. I know that my mother wet her pillow with tears praying for me. And I ask her every day, “Mom, are you still praying for me?” “Yes, I’m praying for you every day. I pray for you and Lisa and Jonathan and Paige.” My grandmother probably prayed for me more than anybody in the family. And those prayers are still being poured out, and praise God for that. So it’s such a heritage that I have. But as wonderful as that heritage is and as rich as it is, that heritage would mean nothing unless I embraced it myself. You know, I had to make it personal for me, and then pass it on to my children.
Marvin did make that heritage personal. And he passed it on, not only to his children but also to countless others with whom he worked and lived. Thank you, Mickey, for being such a strong witness for our Lord, Jesus Christ.
Posted on| March 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Honduras 2017—Pastors Conference
By Hubert Harriman, FAS Speaker
My trip to Honduras for the Pastors Conference went especially well, for which I thank the Lord. It was a tremendous blessing to speak to these key people. Their kindness toward me was humbling, their hospitality was heartwarming, and their response to the messages was so encouraging. These are an outstanding group of ministers and leaders. I felt God’s help in every way, both in direction and preaching—especially speaking in Spanish again. I so appreciated David Hawk’s help with logistics. My heart was blessed to spend good time in great conversations with him along the way.
Below are some pictures that, for me, capture the main thing in meetings like this—and that’s people. These, as I find everywhere I go, are people God brings into my life who touch my heart in so many different ways. I’ve also included some photos from our Mexico trip. I hope you’ll look at them and be blessed with God’s people in other places.
For those who pray for Sarah and me, and there are so many of you, our deepest thanks. God continues to provide. The Lord bless you and keep you!
Photos from Honduras
Photos from Mexico
Posted on| March 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Peru 2017
Dear Friends and Family,
The Lord’s richest blessing to each of you!
God opened doors to evangelize in two of the 84 prisons of Peru; the larger one had approximately 9,000 inmates. Many of these men are in their twenties. What an incredible opportunity to speak of His forgiveness and abiding love! In addition, we ministered to men and women who are recovering at a Christian rehabilitation center from drug addictions.
The response was awesome as over 400 sought Christ! I am so grateful for the Holy Spirit and the pastors who have laid the groundwork and will return to these places to teach and strengthen these who are so new in the faith. The opportunities for continued prison evangelism are endless.
Our deepest thanks to Pastor Alfredo Agapito and his wife, the prison coordinators, and Raul Melo, the trip coordinator. David Kerney (a former missionary) also accompanied me and was able to see firsthand the desperate needs of the inmates and drug addicts.
It is very encouraging to know that the Good News continues to be proclaimed in all of Peru. I’ll have the privilege of returning in July for fifteen days of solid evangelism (open-air meetings) in the mountain communities.
Karol and I want to thank you for your prayers and financial support, which makes this ministry possible.
In His service,
Dave and Karol
David Harriman Ministries
PO Box 1063
Mandan, ND 58554
Posted on| February 27, 2017 | 1 Response
By Leroy Lindsey, FAS-endorsed Speaker
In February, I finished preaching a four-part series from Colossians on Sunday evenings at the University Church in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. What a blessing to see the response to the messages and my new translation of “I Am Coming, Lord”! The altar was filled the last three Sundays with seekers of holiness.
Next, I went to Peru, where I preached at the early morning devotionals for the workers and staff of the Granja Porcón, a large rustic retreat center, lumber producer, and trout and dairy farm, with an attached zoo and several restaurants, that attracts many national (and international) tourists, north of Cajamarca. In the first service, around 20 of the 200 forest workers there indicated that they wanted to receive Christ as their Savior. I preached from Matthew 11, “Take my yoke upon you… I will give you rest.” Several attendees later told me that they really appreciated the message.
The second service was a devotional for all the office, factory, and dairy staff; it was a call to genuineness in our Christianity. Many staff members are believers, but are second generation and tending toward a nominal experience. The farm’s “secretary” later asked me for all the texts I had used. He is a solid Christian and the one who organized all the activities there.
Later that week, in the Major Prophets class I taught for the Church of God seminary in that area of Peru, we had a wonderful outpouring of the Spirit at the end of our session on Jeremiah. Reading Lamentations 3:22, I was praying about the mercies of God and thanking him for that great faithfulness. The thirteen students, most of them pastors, began praying, confessing their need to be more faithful in their ministries. The Lord gave us a marvelous time together as we sensed his presence, his holiness, and his restoration.keep looking »