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To the Limit: A brief memoir by Chas Carrin

What a difference the baptism in the Holy Spirit made.

Ralph Beisner, the retired Supreme Court Justice, New York State, and his wife Inger, became dear friends. When my wife Laurie passed away soon after our 60th wedding anniversary it was Ralph who spoke at her funeral. Laurie loved the Beisners and would have felt honored to know of his ministry in her behalf.

When I am asked to identify my greatest ministerial regret, I quickly answer: I preached 27 years before I received the baptism in the Holy Spirit! Those first years were wonderful and blessed–but Oh!, what a difference the baptism made! What an incredible change came to me that awesome day! My greatest concern today is not myself but the future of younger pastors. None of them know how much I love them and yearn for them to experience empowered, fruitful ministries–and to escape the pitfalls I saw weaken and destroy other men.

To all of them I say: Preach the Word–make full proof of your ministry!–seek the Holy Spirit’s full empowering–let “Heaven come down your soul to greet, and Glory crown the Mercy Seat!” Get out of God’s way and let Him use you to the limit! You will be amazed at what He does! He can take you to incredible experiences in the Kingdom and amazing places in the world! Stop making excuses! They will only cripple you! Admit your failures and correct them. You need to face reality about yourself and your ministry. Why do I say that? I want you to receive the full empowering of the Holy Spirit!



Adapted from Charles Carrin Ministries monthly newsletter, Gentle Conquest (December 2018) “Hip, Hip. Hooray! And Hallelujah!: 70 Years of Ministry!” Used with permission.

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Category: Living the Faith, Spring 2019

About the Author: Charles Carrin, D.D., has served the body of Christ for over 65 years. Educated at University of Georgia and Columbia Theological Seminary, he denied, in belief and practice, the contemporary ministry of the Holy Spirit until a personal crisis opened his eyes to what he had been missing. He is the author of Spirit-Empowered Theology (Chosen, 2017), The Edge Of Glory: Receiving the Power of the Holy Spirit (Creation House, 2002), Sunrise of David Sunset of Saul: A Message to the Church in the End-time (1985, 2014), On Whose Authority?: The Removal of Unwanted Scriptures (Burkhart Books, 2014), a revival novel with Dorothy Easley: Island in the Sun (Xulon, 2010), and a contributor to Word Spirit Power: What Happens When You Seek All God Has to Offer (Chosen, 2012) with R.T. Kendall and Jack Taylor. Today his ministry centers upon the visible demonstration of the Spirit and imparting of His gifts. Read his biography at

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