From the Teaching Ministry of Penn Clark
MY WISH LIST
Things I still have in my heart yet to do…
I have traveled in most of the places where the apostle Paul went, but still have not had the opportunity to explore Greece from top to bottom. I would also like to go to some of the places he went to by boat.
I would like to travel across Canada by train, then come back through the States by car.
I have yet to see the Grand Canyon from the ground, but would love to take a rubber raft down it over several days and fish and camp along the way.
I also day-dream about having a nice little cabin near the house, where I can paint any time I want, without having to clean up afterwards. It should be big enough for half a dozen other “wanna-be-artists” to be able to come in to paint together, exploring the limits of our creativity, springing ideas off of each other, and working with joy and excitement while the music plays.
SOME OF MY CURRENT INTERESTS
I am helping to establish a church in Portugal and have been going there every couple of months. I started going there in the 1990's and it is one of my favorite places to go.
Back in 1992, I first went into a jungel region of Orissa in northern India. I went there alone, not knowing anyone except my interpreter. I went from jungle village to jungle village on the back of his motorcycle, preaching the Gospel and praying for the sick. Since then our work has grown to a network of about 15,000 believers and over 250 pastors and churches. Recently, I have turned the work over to the next generation of leaders.
My focus has also been on Spain. I often go to Barcelona and in the north, near Santander and Bilbao.
I have made many trips to Chile and Argentina sine 2000, and it continues to be favorite focus of mine. I have been able to go up and down the spine of Chile, bringing newness of life everywhere we go.
IF I COULD ONLY HAVE ONE...
If I could only go to one place… - Explore the Land of Israel in a non-touristy kind of way.
If I could only have one computer - it would be a Mac… anything Mac… I have switched over and am really enjoying these tools.
If you could only listen to one radio preacher - I would listen to Chuck Swindoll.
If you could only listen to one non-Christian radio Program - I would listen to NPR’s “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me”.
If could only buy one cup of coffee it would have to be a Tim Horton’s coffee.
If you could only have one order of a hamburger and fries - I would get it from Gary’s Restaurant in Lowville, New York
If you could only play one game with my friends, I would play - Trivia Pursuit, especially when we play against our wives … guys against girls…
If you could only only have one Bible study tool - I would get the NKJV Spirit-filled Bible Edited by Jack Hayford. (Best study Bible I have found)
If you could only have one camera, I would take a FijiFilm FinePix S5000. (Nearly the perfect all-around camera)
SOME OF MY FAVORITE THINGS
I can get really excited about the white spaces on my calendar. The simpler my days are the better.
I love words. I always have. I can get absolutely excited about a colorful phrase, an expression, or a clever quote.
I enjoy kayaking on smooth water, not just any water, but waterways that go somewhere. I enjoy the journey. Perhaps the best rivers that fit my need are in the Adirondacks.
Black licorice in almost any form.
I love anything with curry and ginger in it and crave it every couple of weeks. I am always looking for places that know how to prepare it just the way I like it. I really enjoy either of these spices with a chicken stir-fry mixed together with a steaming pile of rice. It is my favorite meal. But then again, there are few things in life like a good, old-fashioned hamburger. Maybe that is my favorite meal?
I love the kind of humor where something is presented as being plausible, but is too ridiculous to be true. Although doing this gets me in trouble sometimes.
I love all kinds of history and find it easy to put myself in it. Since I was a little kid, I have always had a strong imagination. I do not need much in the way of outside entertainment.
I enjoy all kinds of photography. Whenever I have day that I can spend any way I like, I love taking my camera and roaming around some unexplored part of the county, sometime by car, sometimes by kayak, but always looking for something of interest to shoot. These days, I am using my iPhone almost exclusively as my camera of choice.
My heart races whenever I roam around some old used-bookstore, hoping to find a hidden treasure that everyone else has over-looked. Put this together with the coffee and it does not get much better than that.
I simply love everything Apple makes.
A friend made us a really nice patio out of some old bricks we salvaged… simply my favorite spot to have my coffee and read my Bible in the morning - all summer long - rain or shine.
As a kid, I would sit for hours listening to my grandfather tell of his experiences and family history. I knew what questions to ask him to draw more out of him, so he did not want to quit. I could see in his face that he really enjoyed re-living it all again, especially for an eager listener. For me, it was better than anything that was on television at the time. I attribute my love for storytelling to those days at his little farmhouse.
I love to relate to people of other cultures. Something in me gravitates to doing this again and again. It is one of the great pleasures in my life.
I love a good nap part way through a busy day.
Our church gave us two Adirondack-style chairs for our side lawn, which over-looks Kueka Lake. It is simply the best summer office I could have ever wished for.
PEOPLE WHO HAVE IMPACTED ME
The Lord has used lots of different people to add grace to my life through the grace that was given to them. A number of these folks might not have shared the same stage together with others on the list, because they came from such varied backgrounds, and came from different stratus of history. Some of these people I have actually met, while most of them have impacted me through their life witness, writings, and recordings.
Howard Carter was the dean of a Bible school in England who was given an unparalleled revelation about the gifts and nature of the Holy Spirit while he was in prison for being a conscientious objector during World War I. He took this revelation to the church around the world, but it clashed with the raw or unrefined understanding of the Holy Spirit during these early days of the Pentecostal movement. The only thing that convinced people to be open to the balance he brought was the fact that few people were used in the Gifts of the Spirit on his level of proficiency. He only had a couple of books printed, “Questions and Answers on Spiritual Gifts” and “Spiritual Gifts and Their Operation”. These were transcribed by others from his lectures, but most of his material has been preserved in Kenneth Hagin and Lester Sumrall’s own writings on “The Holy Spirit and His Gifts” and “The Gifts & Ministries of The Holy Spirit, for which they give Carter his due. Carter and Sumrall traveled together for a few years just as World War Two was starting teaching his revelation about the ministry of the Holy Spirit while Sumrall preached as an evangelist.
You should get to know Eric Liddell, whose brief life story was the basis for the lovely movie called “Chariots of Fire”, but there is more to his life and message than what was caught on film. He inspires me on a number of levels, as a missionary and as a man. Try to find a biography that does not glamorize him.
You should get to know Charles S. Price, who was used in healing the sick more than anyone else I have read about. His book “Real Faith for Healing” is perhaps one of the best books on healing I have come across. It contains a rare revelation about yielding to Jesus for the power to heal the sick, rather than doing everything we have learned hoping that something works. You can find some books by him, but his amazing story first came to light for me in Demos Shakarian’s “The Happiest People on Earth”. This book also contains a first-hand history of the early days of the Pentecostal and Charismatic movements.
I would suggest you get to know John Hyde otherwise known as “Praying Hyde” in a little book by E. G. Carre. This book illustrates what God can do when we wait upon Him in prayer. The early efforts of mission work in India did not yield much fruit until John Hyde, who was not a particularly gifted missionary himself, tapped into the power of God.
You should get to know John Wimber. I loved this guy and would recommend anything he put in print or that you can find on tape or YouTube. John Wimber was supernaturally natural and mightily used by the Lord on so many levels. He modeled grace like few others I have seen and was used in the Gifts of the Spirit at such a high level. His wife, Carol, wrote a book called, “The Way it Was”
Anything book I have found by Bob Mumford contains clear, concise, statements that when they become unzipped, reveal relevant revelations. These can be mined for their sermon starters. I cannot think of another author who does this to me like Mumford. Try to find his books like... and sit down with a highlighter as you read them.
Pastor Jim Cymbala who pastor’s one of great churches in America today, The Brooklyn Tabernacle is the author of several powerful books, such as “Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire”; “Fresh Faith”; and “Fresh Power”. His wife, Carol Cymbala, directs the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
Anything you can read by Bob Sorge will enrich your life. His writing is one of the best examples today of the fruit that can come out of meditating upon the word of God. Rich and profound teaching on every page.
PEOPLE YOU SHOULD GET TO KNOW
There are a number of people you should get to know, reading whatever you can find about them and by them. The following people have impacted me in my early development as a disciple:
Lester Sumrall His life story is best seen in his book “Lester Sumrall: The Man, The Ministry, The Vision”. This has been an important book to me on a number of levels. It is a fascinating read and introduced me to the ministry of Howard Carter and has great stories about someone stepping out in the power of God.
Loren Cunningham. In his book “Is That Really You, God” he tells the story of how God used him to release young people into a whole new era of mission work which, had never been seen before. It is the story of how God began to send young people to be missionaries now, rather than waiting until they have had years of training and preparation to live on the field. It is not only a great testimony, but a powerful tool designed to teach people how to be lead by the Lord.
You should get to know A. B. Simpson
You should get to know E. W. Kenyon
You should get to know Charles G. Finney
You should get to know Kenneth E. Hagin Sr.
You should get to know Count Von Zinnendorf
You should get to know George Whitfield
You should get to know Peter Marshall
You should get to know Jack Hayford
You should get to know Smith Wigglesworth
You should get to know George Muller
You should get to know Dick Mills
You should get to know Gordon Lindsay
You should get to know Kathryn Kuhlman
MY FAVORITE APPS
Here are some iPhone apps that I have found to be useful to various degree:
Olive Tree Bible Study App
Find My Phone - This would be helpful if my phone was lost or stolen.
Find My Car - shows my age as I can hardly find my car at a mall anymore.
Timmy Time - helps me locate Tim Hortons
I use iTrans NYC to find my way around the subway system of New York.
MyFitnessPal is a great tool to keep track of what I eat. This app comes with a bar code scanner that you can apply to any item to see what is in it and how many calories it has per serving.
I like iTranslate for speaking short sentences in many different languages.
Tripit… keeps my trip information easily accessible when I am flying.
The Weather Channel… has a map that shows how a storm is moving.
I like Spider Solitaire, but it is not as much on a phone as it is on an iPad.
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