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ADDICTED TO REVIVAL

Revival is when God shows UP and shows OFF. A blazing fire always draws a crowd. And any church ablaze with holy fire will not lack for a congregation. Whenever God is manifestly present in power, everyone knows it! For decades now, Revival fire has been the exception rather than the norm. But, those who have been in the fire are never satisfied with the smoke. There is this yearning for a return of the GLORY.

Modesty

Incentives to Restoring Virtue in the Local Church Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden, were "naked and not ashamed." In this pristine environment there was no reason for them to be ashamed. They were innocent - their natures had not been warped by sin. The first couple was in a state of holy matrimony. It was impossible for them to put a stumbling block before others since they were the only two…

Undetected Spiritual Pride: One Cause of Failure in Times of Great Revival

The first and worst cause of errors that abound in our day and age is spiritual pride. This is the main door by which the devil comes into the hearts of those who are zealous for the advancement of Christ. It is the chief inlet of smoke from the bottomless pit to darken the mind and mislead the judgment. Pride is the main handle by which he has hold of Christian persons and the chief source of all…

Snobs & Slobs

In Search of Scriptural Balance It is simply amazing how people can take the same Bible and come to such radically different positions. The pool of approaches to current issues covers the entire spectrum. Snobs Few things are more repulsive than a self-righteous person snubbing those he deems inferior. If you have ever gotten the cold shoulder from Mr. or Mrs. Flawless, then you know how revolting…

Revival in the Home

“God convicted me that I have been more dedicated to the Redskins than to my family,” said a broken man as he stood before his church. The previous night he gathered his wife, teenagers, and smaller children together for a family “pow-wow.” There he confessed his failure in spiritual leadership in his home. This opened the door for others to become honest about their concerns and failures. The result…

The "Poverty Gospel"

Legion are those who properly lambaste the shameless “prophets of profit.” These charlatans beguile unsuspecting and gullible listeners by promising financial harvests to those who “plant a seed” by sending a donation to their organizations. Scripture speaks about “men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself” (1 Tim. 6:5). The dangers…

Institutional Religion

Why Tradition-bound Churches are Lifeless In referring to tradition-bound churches, I am not alluding to congregations governed by biblical principles. Nor am I referring to those who take conservative stands. Rather, I am thinking about those whose customs and rituals are more revered than God Himself. Tradition-bound Churches Worship out of Habit “Tradition worshippers” derive a sense of well-being…

Turning the Hearts of the Fathers

Our Great Need of Family Revival The angel of the Lord appeared to Zacharias and prophesied of his son, John the Baptist, and his unique ministry, “And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God. And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people…

Fire in the Pulpit!

Characteristics of Revival Preaching Revival Preaching is Visionary Revival men look beyond what is to what can be! God told Ezekiel to preach to a valley of dry bones and they were very dry. This man of God followed the Lord’s directives and saw a miraculous revival in a bone yard. He was more than an analyst, more than a diagnostician; he was a visionary. Jesus said, If thou canst believe, thou…

Obedience: Key to Revival

Clinging to known sin, while pretending to seek revival is an exercise in futility. No one is totally consistent, but double-mindedness/half-heartedness gains no favor from God. Don’t expect the windows of heaven to open up if you are practicing incomplete obedience. God is unlikely to override your defiance. Years ago my wife and I were privileged to arrive at a “revival-ready” church. This was a…

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