once shone so brightly, but must always go out, by lamps which can continually be renewed.
This book has been written with the one great desire to set every Pentecostal church turning away from the harmless and powerless toys of the flesh and seeking for the gifts of the Spirit as outlined in 1 Cor. 12, and illustrated from Genesis to Revelation. It would then be unnecessary for people to take long journeys to find a special servant of God: the nearest Pentecostal church would be able to meet their need! And, as T. L. Osborn says, the Evangelists would find themselves more free to devote themselves to the service of the dying multitudes in all the continents of the world.
Without these gifts a depressing sense of inadequacy settles down upon an Assembly, they become accustomed to the impotent ordinary, and their minds turn away from the great hopes of divine intervention to the far smaller ambitions of men and women. Yet the finest things that the greatest men can do fall far short of the power of God, and prove to be of little avail in reaching the unbelieving masses outside. Years ago one man with the power of God moved the Potteries to such an extent that Brother Squire drove away a 1-ton lorry of leg-irons, etc., from his meetings. Today in the same place good preaching and very fine singing have proved helpless to attract a new generation. But let every Pentecostal church give itself to knocking at the door of Heaven, even at midnight, till its hands are full of divine loaves for the starving, and the whole situation would soon be changed. The Holy Spirit knows just what to do to attract the men of today. He knew how to