Originally published in Ministry Today Magazine, July 2012
 
In His first sermon Jesus told the people in Nazareth, "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel ..." (Luke 4:18) As with Jesus, so with us:  There can be no authentic preaching of the gospel without the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
 
My 60+ years of ministry can be divided into two equal parts.  For the first 27 years of pastoral work I was a hardline nonbeliever in the baptism and gifts of the...
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