Praise and Prayer

Praise: The congregation at the Promised Land Church in Austin, Texas, was speechless when Pastor Kenneth Phillips, while speaking of the necessity to eradicate pride, suddenly removed his toupee, which he had worn for 20 years. "People were completely shocked, and started falling with their faces to the ground," said Phillips' son Randy, assistant pastor at the 2,000-strong Pentecostal church. "Since then, our worship times have been deeper and more intense." Phillips had been preaching about a coming revival for almost a year, and said that God had shown him that many people were distracted from a greater dedication to Him by "the deception of riches and worries in this life, particularly in America." "It has crippled us," he says. He became clearly aware that his toupee was not a necessity in his life, so he removed it.