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The Hidden Life Of Prayer

David M. MacIntyre

The Hidden Life of Prayer is one of the classics on the subject of prayer. MacIntyre draws from the Scripture, other devotional writers, and experience to encourage and equip the believer in this important exercise. It is one of the best books on prayer I have ever read. It contains many tremendous quotes that will inspire your soul. This small book contains a wealth of informaiton that has deeply impacted, and fed, conutless hungary hearts. - Harold Vaughan

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THE HIDDEN LIFE OF PRAYER

Contents
1. The Life of Prayer ......................................... 5
2. The Equipment..............................................11
3. The Direction of the Mind............................17
4. The Engagement: Worship.........................25
5. The Engagement: Confession................... 31
6. The Engagement: Request ....................... 37
7. The Hidden Riches of the Secret Place… 42
8. The Open Recompense ............................. 47
 

1. The Life of Prayer

“My God. Thy creature answers, Thee.”—Alfred de Musset
“The love of Christ is my prayer-book.”—Gerhard Tersteegen
“Prayer is the key of heaven; the Spirit helps faith to turn this key.”
—Thomas Watson
 
Introduction
 
In one of the cathedrals of Northern Europe an exquisite group in high relief represents the prayer life. It is disposed in three panels. The first of these reminds us of the apostolic precept, “Pray without ceasing.” We see the front of a spacious temple which opens on the market-place. The great square is strewn with crowds of eager men, gesticulating, bargaining—all evidently intent on gain. But One, who wears a circlet of thorn, and is clothed in a garment woven without seam from the top throughout, moves silently through the clamorous crowds, and subdues to holy fear the most covetous heart.
The second panel displays the precincts of the temple, and serves to illustrate the common worship of the Church. White-robed ministers hasten here and there. They carry oil for the lamp, and water for the laver, and blood from the altar; with pure intention, their eyes turned towards the unseen glory, they fulfill the duties of their sacred calling.
 
The third panel introduces us to the inner sanctuary. A solitary worshipper has entered within the veil, and hushed and lowly in the presence of God, bends before the glancing Shekinah. This represents the hidden life of prayer of which the Master spoke in the familiar words, “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.” (Mat 6:6).
 
Our Lord takes it for granted that His people will pray. And indeed in Scripture generally the outward obligation of prayer is implied rather than asserted. Moved by a divinely-implanted instinct, our natures cry out for God, for the living God. And however this instinct may be crushed by sin, it awakes to power in the consciousness of redemption. Theologians of all schools, and Christians of every type, agree in their recognition of this principle of the new life. Chrysostom has said, “The just man does not desist from praying until he ceases to be just;” and Augustine, “He that loveth little prayeth little, and he that loveth much prayeth much;” and Richard Hooker, “Prayer is the first thing wherewith a righteous life beginneth, and the last wherewith it doth end;” and Père la Combe, “He who has a pure heart will never cease to pray, and he who will be constant in prayer shall know what it is to have a pure heart;” and Bunyan, “If thou art not a praying person, thou art not a Christian;” and Richard Baxter, “Prayer is the breath of the new creature;” and George Herbert, “Prayer…the soul’s blood.”

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Deep Fire - Spiral Bound

Harold Vaughan

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Deep Fire

Harold Vaughan

ISBN-10: 0-942889-20-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-9428-8920-8

A collection of 365 devotionals

Deep Fire provides 365 devotionals—one for every day of the year—that will challenge and inspire you to seek spiritual renewal by meditation, prayer, and humble reliance on the Holy Spirit of God.

Each day explore a theme and see it expounded from God’s Word with the words of wise teachers and faithful Christians both past and present. Then leave the place of devotion with a burning heart, eager to see the power of God at work in your life, the Church, and the world around you.

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february 2

Intense Narrowing—Immense Broadening

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Thess. 5:23).

“I love to think of holiness as a continuous travelling between human emptiness and Divine fullness.” —Duncan Campbell

“Sanctification costs to the extent of an intense narrowing of all our interests on earth and an immense broadening of all our interests in God.” —Oswald Chambers

“Sanctification is that inward spiritual work that the Lord Jesus Christ works in a man by the Holy Ghost, when He calls him to be a true believer. He not only washes him from his sins in His own blood, but He also separates him from his natural love of sin and the world, puts a new principle in his heart, and makes him practically godly in his life. The instrument by which the Spirit effects this work is generally the Word of God, though He sometimes uses afflictions and providential visitations ‘without the Word’ (1 Pet. 3:1).” —J. C. Ryle

“God would not rub so hard if it were not to fetch out the dirt that is ingrained in our natures. God loves purity so well He would rather see a hole than a spot in His child’s garments.” —William Gurnall

“Holiness is the aim of the saints on earth, and the reward of the saints in Heaven.” —Joseph Caryl

The most powerful tool in the hand of God is the holiness of His people.

“If you make a great deal of Christ, He will make a great deal of you. But if you make a little of Christ, He will make but little of you.” —R. A. Torrey


february 7

Appetite for Prayer

“And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore” (1 Sam. 1:10).

“We should pray at all seasons, whether we are prayer-hungry or not. If we have a healthy prayer-appetite, so much the better. But if this appetite be unnoticed or unappeased, a dullness will come over us, and we shall be weakened in spirit, just as lack of sufficient food weakens us in body. See, in 1 Sam. 1:15, the way in which Hannah dealt with her God-given desire. Her soul was bitter, and she poured it out before the Lord. Blessed bitterness! But it must be poured out.” —J. O. Fraser

“Prayer is the atmosphere of revelation, in the strict and central sense of that word. It is the climate in which God’s manifestation bursts open into inspiration.” —P. T. Forsyth

“We Christians are constantly stretching to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and secure enlargement and efficiency for the Gospel. God’s plan, however, is to make much of his people, far more of them than anything else. People are God’s method. The Church is looking for better methods. God is looking for better people.” —E. M. Bounds

“What the Church needs today is not new organization or more novel methods, but people whom the Holy Ghost can use—people of prayer, people mighty in prayer. The Holy Ghost does not flow through methods, but through men and women. He does not anoint plans, but men and women of prayer.” —E. M. Bounds

“Pray for blessing, for it is like the dew which Gideon prayed for. It falls where it is sought.” —Andrew Bonar

“The angel fetched Peter out of prison, but it was prayer that fetched the angel.” —Thomas Watson


march 15

Deliberate Confidence

“The just shall live by faith” (Rom. 1:17).

“Faith has nothing to do with feelings or with impressions, with improbabilities or with outward experiences. If we desire to couple such things with faith, then we are no longer resting on the Word of God, because faith needs nothing of the kind. Faith rests on the naked Word of God.” —George Mu?ller

“You cannot stir up faith from the depths of your heart. Leave your heart, and look into the face of Christ.” —Andrew Murray

“Focusing on experience rather than Christ will produce self-centeredness, instability, indifference to doctrinal shallowness and the constant need for newer and better experiences.” —Source Unknown

“Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God, whose ways you may not understand at the time.” —Oswald Chambers

“A Christian with faith has nothing to fear from the facts.” —Paul Johnson

“It is faith, not feeling, leaning, not resolving, that carries us through.” —Andrew Bonar

“Search and see; look in the Book and read; was there any who did trust Him that was put to shame?” —John Bunyan

“However little we see or feel, let us believe.” —Andrew Murray

“If you do not believe, you will not understand.” —Augustine

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The Extraordinary Husband

Harold Vaughan

ISBN-10: 0-942-88923-1

A 31 Day Mentorship Program For Husbands

Contributors: Harold Vaughan, Tom Palmer and Dave Young

You have a call on your life, not to be average or ordinary, but EXTRAORDINARY! Here you will discover wisdom to mentor you in the art of husband-ship. This book contains 31 concise chapters filled with practical insights and helps to coach you in your quest. Daily readings include...

  • Loving Your Wife
  • Peace in the Palace
  • The Husband as Priest
  • The Spirit of Marriage
  • Treasuring Your Wife
  • Your Role as Lover
  • Encouraging Your Wife
  • Pleasuring Your Wife
  • Spirit Empowerment
  • And more!

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Table Of Contents

Introduction

  1.  Treasuring Your Wife
  2.  Respecting Your Wife
  3.  Protecting Your EYES
  4.  Your Role as Lover
  5.  Guarding Your EARS
  6.  Praying for Your Wife
  7.  Peace in the Palace—Eliminate Unnecessary Stress
  8.  Communication is More Than Words
  9.  Encouraging Your Wife
  10.  Praising Your Wife
  11.  Understanding Your Wife
  12.  Five Words You Must Never Forget
  13.  The Husband as Prophet
  14.  The Husband as Priest
  15.  The Husband as Patriarch
  16.  Praying with Your Wife
  17.  Spirit Empowerment
  18.  The Burden Bearing Husband
  19.  Make Your Home a Happy Place
  20.  Honoring Your Wife
  21.  The Spirit of Marriage
  22.  Freebies That Are Priceless
  23.  Pleasuring Your Wife
  24.  Order In Your Home
  25.  Understanding Your Wife’s Need to Talk
  26.  The Missing Person in Prayer
  27.  The Godly Husband Is A Problem Solver
  28.  Face Forward!
  29.  Holy Anger
  30.  Recognizing Your Wife as the Weaker Vessel
  31. Teammates

Day 1 - Treasuring Your Wife

Proverbs says he that finds a wife finds a “good thing”—a TREASURE! Men seek all kinds of treasure, but your wife is the most valuable. In order to properly value your mate, you must see marriage from God’s point of view.

This whole idea of matrimony was God’s idea. Your wife is your greatest prize! She is more than a maid, a surrogate mother, or a concubine for your convenience. She is God’s gift to you, and such a gift is to be highly treasured.

Understanding the Multiple Purposes of Marriage

  1. Partnership. In Genesis we read, "It is not good that the man should be alone (2:18)." God is the Master Matchmaker. The LORD put Adam under anesthesia, removed one of his ribs, and created Eve. She was taken from his side to be by his side. Eve was a "help meet," which means helpmate, helper, or counterpart. She was Adam's partner—his completer.

  2. Pro-creation. The first couple was instructed,“Be  fruitful and multiply” (Gen. 1:28). Having been given dominion over the earth, God intended marriage to propagate the human family. The book of Malachi emphatically states the purpose of marriage is to “seek a godly seed” (2:15).

  3. Purity. "To avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife" (1 Cor. 7:2). The Bible is a practical book. The LORD recognizes our "humanness" and gives us an outlet for our physical drives. Paul also said, "It is better to marry than to burn" (1 Cor. 7:9). I read somewhere that sexual desire is not something you conquer, but it is something you learn to manage. Becoming a Christian does not eliminate your human cravings and desires. God's purpose is to bring proper balance, and marriage is designed to assist in this. "Marriage is honourable (valuable, esteemed) in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (Heb. 13:4).

  4. Promise. Marriage is more than a social contract—it is a covenant. A covenant is a solemn agreement which binds two parties together. This covenant of companionship is clearly described in Malachi 2:14, "The wife of thy youth...thy companion...the wife of thy covenant." God's ideal is clear—the woman you marry is yours "til death do us part."

  5. Pleasure. "Therefore shall a man...cleave (join together) unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed" (Gen. 2:24-25). Men and women possess not only souls and spirits, but bodies as well. The divinely inspired Song of Solomon is a manual on the physical aspect of marriage. Married life is a journey, and we are supposed to enjoy the ride. The Creator intended marriage for our pleasure. The wisdom book named Proverbs states, "Let thy fountain be blessed: and rejoice with the wife of thy youth. Let her be as the loving hind and pleasant roe; let her breasts satisfy thee at all times; and be thou ravished (intoxicated) always with her love" (5:18-19).

  6. Progression. Becoming "one flesh" is a process. The marriage relationship should be a greenhouse for sanctification. This intimate connection serves as a microscope in detecting selfishness and is the perfect classroom for empowering grace. Practicing the "one another" commands in the home is the means to building unity between a man and his wife. Martha said, "Lord, if you had been here my brother would not have died..." The same thing could be said of countless homes. Forgiving one another, bearing with one another, praying for one another, exhorting one another, and practicing the other reciprocal commands creates a climate where the Holy Spirit feels at home. And where the Spirit of God is there is life. The Bible tells us to "Grow in grace and knowledge." Marriage is a perfect environment to "grow in grace." Marriage counseling is not primarily about "techniques" and "How to's..." Rather it is about thinking Biblically, responding Biblically, acting Biblically, and living vertically in a horizontal world. Spiritual progression begins at home.

  7. Picture. "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church" (Eph. 5:31-32). Marriage is a living photograph of the union God has with His church. Adam said of Eve, "This is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh" (Gen. 2:23). The solidarity of the marriage union reflects the cohesion of Christ and His redeemed ones. "For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones" (Eph. 5:30).

By understanding God's design and purpose for marriage, we can see the importance of appreciating and cherishing our most valuable treasure—our wives.

ACTION POINT: Demonstrate your appreciation for your wife through practical means. Take her shopping, send her a text, intentionally listen to her, or do something she enjoys.

 

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My Family Time with God

Harold Vaughan

Sequel to Our Family Time with God
ISBN-10: 0-942889-22-3
ISBN-13: 978-0-9428-8922-2

Today, more than ever, the Christian family is bombarded with busyness. Our schedules are filled with many good things—church functions, school events, sports, and other activities. But are we forgetting the best thing?

As parents we have the responsibility to disciple our children and bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. There is no better way to accomplish this than the daily practice of family worship around the Word of God.

Containing 365 devotionals (one for every day of the year), My Family Time with God is a tool designed to assist you in this blessed duty. Every day is a new opportunity to draw closer to the Lord and grow in our love for one another. Appropriate for all ages, this book will challenge your entire family to grow in faith and love for God and one another!

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MY FAMILY TIME WITH GOD
ISBN: 0-942889-22-3
Printed in the United States of America
Copyright © 2013 by Harold D. Vaughan
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Introduction

Acquiring this book is a clear signal that you have a strong desire to shepherd the hearts of your children. From the beginning it was God’s intention that parents be the primary communicators of truth to their offspring. “And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up” (Deut. 6:6, 7). This responsibility and privilege of instructing children is as valid today as it was when these words were penned in Deuteronomy.

The practice of family devotions is rare among church-going people today. The main thing missing today in parenting is the parent. The main thing missing in child-training is the trainer. Sunday School, youth pastors, and targeted youth ministries are all relatively new in the spiritual economy. It is to be feared that what was initially designed to be supplemental in child-training has become central. The people and programs which were intended to “assist” parents have by-and-large replaced the parents.

The time has come for parents to take back the ownership, responsibility, and control of their homes. The place to start is a daily time of family devotions. All families must establish priorities, and worship in the home is essential.

My Family Time with God is a tool designed to assist you in this sacred duty of shepherding your household. It offers a concise, practical teaching for every day of the year. Any head of household can use this volume as a devotional and teaching aid to instruct his or her family in the things of God.

Bible reading and teaching, praying, and singing should be the norm in our Christian homes. I trust that My Family Time with God will be a tremendous asset to you as you lead your family.

Your Servant for Revival,

Harold Vaughan


Acknowledgments & Authors

This project would not have been possible apart from the participation of many friends. I want to thank the following for partnering with us by contributing to this book:

Alton Beal

Alton Beal is an evangelist and the president of Ambassador Baptist College in Lattimore, N.C. He came to Christ at age seventeen. Alton and his wife Michelle have three children.

Jim Binney

Jim Binney is a fantastic preacher, author, and counselor. He has counseled ministry couples in crisis situations for decades.

Aaron Coffey

Aaron Coffey has been traveling in itinerant ministry since 2002, working in local churches and preaching the good news of Jesus Christ. His ministry focuses on helping churches be healthy, both in living out the truths of the Gospel and in sharing the Gospel within the context of their communities.

Sammy Frye

Sammy is an energetic speaker with a heart for God and a love for people. He is a gifted communicator of God’s Word. He serves as a youth pastor in Whispering Pines, N.C.

Jim Van Gelderen

Jim Van Gelderen was raised in a pastor’s home and attributes much of his spiritual training to his parents and grandmother, whose walks with the Lord were genuine and impacting. He surrendered to the call to preach in his teen years and soon after began to be burdened for young people. Thirty years later this burden is manifested in his traveling ministry to teenagers (Minutemen Ministries) and serving as Vice President of Baptist College of Ministry in Menomonee Falls, Wis.

Joe Henson

Joe and his wife, Garthea, are associates at Harvest Baptist in Guam. Joe has served the Lord as missionary and church planter. He is now involved in training men to serve God throughout the Pacific Islands.

Billy and Christy Ingram

The Ingrams travel in an evangelistic and revival ministry. They emphasize the victorious, Spirit-filled life.

Rick Johnson

Since 1986 Rick Johnson has served as pastor of Friendship Baptist Church in Huntsville, Ala. He and his wife, Paula, were married in 1979. God has blessed them with seven children.

Wayne King

Wayne King left a successful business to serve as a missionary pastor in Lander, Wyo. He and his wife Dawn have four children.

Stanley Long

Stanley Long serves as Director for Camp Eagle Ministries near Fincastle, Va. God has blessed him and his wife, Kelle, with nine children, and grandchildren.

Paul and Abigail Miller

Paul Miller was saved in 1986 at the age of 19. He, his wife Abigail, and their nine children travel America and Canada in full-time evangelism and music ministry. Abigail is a homeschool mother and is also an accomplished singer and songwriter.

Tom Palmer

In 1989, Tom Palmer founded Palmer Revival Ministries. Married since 1983, he and his wife, Patty, have three children. Through their revival ministry, they minister full-time in churches, Christian schools, and Christian camps.

Steve Rebert

Pastor Steve Rebert was saved in March of 1978. Upon his graduation from Bible college, the Lord opened the door to pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church in Winchester, Va. He has faithfully pastored Emmanuel for 27 years.

Jimmy Stallard

Jimmy Stallard is the Director of Treasures of Truth Ministries based in Atlanta, Ga. He has authored 15 books. His ministry focuses on revival and evangelism. He has been married to his wife, Eileen, for 37 years and has two grown children.

Rich Tozour

Rich Tozour has traveled in full-time evangelistic ministry. He is a powerful preacher and family man. He and his wife, Angela, have three daughters. They have traveled in evangelism for 20 years.


January 1

Family Worship Starts Today!

Scripture Reading—Gen. 18:17–19

And the LORD said, . . . Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, . . . For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD, to do justice and judgment.

God had a very high estimate of Abraham. He confidently asserted that he, Abraham, would direct his family in the way of the LORD. Not only would Abraham pray with his family, he would also teach his family. But not only teach and pray—he would also use his authority to command those within his house. Abraham prayed, taught, and shepherded his children. All of this for the purpose that his family might live godly lives.

Fathers, as head of the home, you have a sacred privilege and responsibility to oversee those within your care. Remember, you are not raising children, but soon-to-be adults. During these formative years you have countless opportunities to influence your offspring in developing godly character.

My Family Time with God is a tool that will assist you in this blessed task and benefit your entire home. Every day is a new day with brand new prospects to instruct, inspire, and ignite a passion for our great God!

Children, you are very fortunate to have parents who love and care for you. They want to assist you in fulfilling God’s plan for your life. You have a great advantage to have parents who will teach you about God and His ways. Every day when you sit down for family devotions, give your father and mother your full attention. Approach this time with eagerness and an open heart to learn something new.

Give your parents respect because God promises long and successful lives to children who honor their parents. If you sing songs, sing with all your heart. If you are praying, pray with all your heart. If you are listening, listen with all your heart. Every day you will draw closer to the Lord and one another.

Action point: This is the first day of a brand new year. Pause and thank the Lord for the chance to have family worship. Ask Him to direct your times together. Request His guiding presence each and every day in the coming year.

—Harold Vaughan


January 2

This is the Way

Scripture Reading—Isa. 30:21

“This is the way, walk ye in it.”

The Christian life can often be filled with the unknown. Sometimes we don’t easily discern the presence of God, and it is during these times that God may be testing our faith and teaching us to trust him. I think of Job’s exclamation when he was seeking God for an understanding of why he had seen his life crash down around him. Job 23:3 says, “Oh that I knew where I might find him!” It wasn’t that God had left or forsaken Job, but sometimes it can seem to us like Heaven is silent to the cries of the heart. It is at those times God wants us to rest in him. The old hymn, The Solid Rock, says it well: “When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace.”

There are other times when God’s presence is real and his guiding hand is clearly evident. A person who has been a Christian any length of time can testify to this truth, and such divine guidance strengthens faith and brings encouragement. When the wise men traveled from the east to Jerusalem to worship the Christ Child, they were summoned before King Herod to detail the purpose of their visit. When they left that meeting they certainly were at a loss as to which direction to go next. It was nighttime, and they were in a strange city. Then they saw it! The star that they had followed to Jerusalem was once again directing them to their destination. Matthew 2:10 says, “When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.” Why? Because the presence of the star was proof to them that they were being guided by a Source outside of themselves, and that Source was God Almighty! Such a reality brought them “exceeding great joy.”

Discuss: Discuss as a family the times that you sensed God was clearly leading and guiding you. Ask each family member to tell how God led them specifically. Such remembrances will strengthen faith and bring joy to the heart.

—Paul Miller


January 3

Refusing to Confess

Scripture Reading—Pro. 18:12

“Before honour is humility.”

A person that cannot laugh at himself has a problem with pride. I agree with John Maxwell, who said, “We take ourselves too seriously and don’t take God serious enough.” Charles Swindoll tells a humorous story about how silly we are when we refuse to admit when we are wrong. Here’s the story:

A guy named Zeke Pike who lived in Muleshoe, Texas would not admit when he was wrong, no matter what. One day Zeke happened to shuffle into the blacksmith shop, sawdust all over the floor. What he didn’t know was that just before he got there the blacksmith had been working with an uncooperative horseshoe and beat on it till it was black. It was still hot but wouldn’t bend, so he tossed it into the sawdust.

Unaware of it, Zeke walked in and saw that black horseshoe. He picked it up and naturally he dropped it very fast. The old blacksmith looked over his glasses and said, “Kinda hot, ain’t it Zeke?” “Nope, just doesn’t take me long to look at a horseshoe,” Zeke replied.

The Bible tells us to acknowledge our sin (Ps. 32:5) and to confess our faults to one another (James 5:16). A Pharisee refuses to do either, but compares himself favorably to other people (Luke 18:11). Like Zeke, when we refuse to acknowledge our faults, we are far away from God.

A man who greatly influenced me through his books had a moral failure in his life. For several years he disappeared. He wrote no books but worked on his inner life and marriage. Years later he wrote a book on dealing with personal brokenness and failure. He stated that one of the keys to his being able to restore his heart to God was that he would never defend his sin.

Pride causes us to refuse to confess or admit what we have done. We are afraid we will lose face and others will pull away from us. The irony is that we deeply respect the person that is honest about his failures and sins.

Memorize: Proverbs 18:12.

—Rick Johnson


January 4

Are You Thankful?

Scripture Reading—1 Thess. 5:18

“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”

Lima beans. Rainy days. A hard test that you forgot to study for. Moving away. Little brothers and sisters. Not getting your way. There is always something for us to complain about. It could be something really big or really small. When we look around us and see things that we don’t like or feel like things aren’t going right, we are tempted to murmur and complain. Sometimes we don’t think that God is doing what is best for our lives. Sometimes we think that we know what is best, so we complain when God doesn’t do what we want.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” God commands us to be thankful in EVERYTHING. There’s always something to be thankful for. Our family has started trying to think of things that we are thankful for before we go to bed at night. It helps us to see God’s blessings in our lives. Sometimes when hard things happen to us—like our truck breaking down or having to leave a special place—we talk about what we are thankful for instead of finding the reasons to complain.

In that verse, it says that being thankful is “the will of God” for our lives. God wants us to be thankful. The only reason that we can really be thankful in EVERYTHING is because of what Jesus has done for us. I naturally find things that I don’t like. But since Jesus lives in me, I can actually thank God for things that I would tend to complain about. We all deserve God’s wrath because of our sin, so we can ALWAYS find something to be thankful for— like God’s love and mercy! When we are thankful in all things, we start to see God’s kindness to us in the midst of our day. So, what does God want you to be thankful for today?

Action point: Think of two or three things that you tend to complain about. Find some ways that you can be thankful instead of complaining.

—Aaron Coffey


January 5

An Argumentative Spirit

Scripture Reading—Pro. 28:25

“He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife.”

Pride and division are associated in the Bible (Ps. 31:20; Pro. 28:25; 1 Tim. 6:4). How does pride stir up conflict in our relationships? Through our words, often arguing over silly and unnecessary issues.

Sometimes my wife Paula and I are with a couple that often disagrees over an issue, and the conversation gradually degenerates into an argument. We are always uncomfortable when this happens.

What is it that makes us so desperate to be right, even to the point of engaging in a heated argument? It is pride. When I have a tendency to dispute with others, something is very wrong in my heart.

Arguing only breaks the fellowship between two people. For husbands and wives, it gives our children bad memories of our home and creates insecurity in their hearts. They might wonder about our commitment to one another. Though unsaid, they might wonder if we will divorce one day.

One day I was thinking about how children perceive us as parents and if they ever wondered about the permanency of our marriage. I didn’t want them to have that fear, so when I was alone with each of the kids, I would tell them that Paula and I were never going to leave each other or them.

I wasn’t bashing the parents of their friends or our friends that had gone through a divorce. My heart’s intent was to remove any fear they might have of that ever happening to us. How would they have felt if they heard me say that and later heard Paula and me fighting and arguing? Our example would destroy anything else I had said to the contrary.

Pride makes us defensive, and we argue to prove our point in order to protect our ego. The consequence is that we begin to grow apart from each other in our spirit. Pride will destroy our homes.

Ponder: Have you ever viewed your tendency to argue as a root of pride in your life?

—Rick Johnson


January 6

Bitter or Better

Scripture Reading—Heb. 12:15

“Lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you.”

A family member once asked me this question: “What is the biggest problem you face in your counseling?” After 25 years of ministry to young people, my answer came quickly: bitterness! One definition I read of bitterness is, “a sin in my spirit resulting from a failure to thank God for every person and situation He has brought into my life.” Bitterness can be our response when we want something and don’t get it. It can also occur when something we had was taken away or when we get something we don’t want. These seeds of hurt and disappointment can grow into a “root of bitterness” that will bring great heartache and grief into our lives and the lives of others.

In the third grade I was preparing to paint on one side of an easel while a little girl was painting on the other side of the easel. Suddenly, I was pushed out of the way, and I realized the one doing the pushing was the biggest bully in the class. He was bigger than me! In fact, everyone was bigger than me in the third grade! I was fuming, and in my anger I dipped my brush in my paint can and painted the back of his shirt as fast as I could. Then, I ran! The teacher caught me, and I got a paddling, which I might add, was well deserved. Because something I had was taken away, I made a sinful decision and suffered the consequences for it. As we learned in our Scripture reading, bitterness troubled me and defiled and affected others.

What is the right reaction to the hurt and disappointment we all experience at some point in life? For the Christian, we certainly should be willing to forgive, since we ourselves have been forgiven (Eph. 4:32). Perhaps there is a need to confess our bitterness to the Lord and begin to pray for those who have hurt us. Becoming better, not bitter, will certainly please the Lord— while holding onto bitterness is like taking poison and waiting for the other person to die. Will you be “bitter or better”?

Discuss: Spend some time discussing the response of Jesus Christ to the hurt and suffering He experienced on The Cross.

—Sammy Frye


January 7

Count, Don’t Complain

Scripture Reading—James 1:2

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.”

Are you facing something in your family or personal life that makes no sense? Are you willing to trust God and “count it all joy”? To “count” means to stop and think, and to think rightly. Joy speaks of cheerfulness or gladness. God commands this response to difficulties as a faith response that demonstrates trust in His person, His plan, and His purposes for us.

One Saturday afternoon my grandson and I headed out for some fishing together. Our first cast was a success! As I reached to remove the rebel lure, the fish flopped, and I quickly realized I had a fishhook buried in my thumb. We hurried home and off I headed to the hospital. On the way, I had a good talk with the Lord and then with myself. I determined that I would trust and praise God in this “fishhook trial.” So I began to thank Him and asked in prayer for the grace to please Him and that I would be open to the lessons He wanted to teach me. The emergency room was packed, and it looked as if I was in for a long night. So I decided to praise the Lord for the mission field before me. After passing out all my gospel tracts, talking to a few folks willing to listen, and then more prayer, I decided to call our family doctor. Fortunately, he was in his office doing paperwork and, thankfully, agreed to see me. His office was located a few blocks from the hospital. In a short time I was on my way home with a fishhook-free finger, still praising the Lord, and looking forward to some sweet fellowship with my grandson! There was triumph in the trial simply because by God’s grace I was able to think rightly and count it all joy.

This influenced my attitude and helped me to remember that trials are God’s way of teaching us to trust patiently in Him and in so doing to glorify Him. It is always best to “count, don’t complain” as we trust in the Lord.

Discuss: Talk with family members about the right response to trials and share Scripture that will help us think rightly during difficult times.

—Sammy Frye

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Our Family Time with God

Harold Vaughan

ISBN-10: 0-9428-8915-0

Written with today’s Christian family in mind, the devotional features 365 readings on a variety of topics, including prayer, holiness, God’s Word, biblical friendship, God’s will, separation, witnessing, trials, worship, joy, biblical authorities, time management, a clear conscience, and the Ten Commandments. Authors representing a variety of ministries from across the country include Harold Vaughan, Tom Palmer, Jack Palmer, T.P. Johnston, Craig Scott, Rick Johnson, Debbie Vaughan, Tom Farrell, Jeff Kahl, Stanley Long, Ken Varney, Bobby Booth, and Stephen Vaughan.

Whether gathered around the supper table or in the living room before bedtime, families will enjoy learning biblical truths in an enjoyable, easy-to-read format. Our Family Time with God is the ideal resource for parents who want to build a God-centered home.

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Devotional Order


January 

1: A New Year Brings Opportunity! (Harold Vaughan)
2-8: Hope for the Family (Jack Palmer)
9-15: Making Memories (Tom Palmer)
16: The Value of Time (Jeff Kahl)
17-22: Gideon (Harold Vaughan)
23-29: Knowing and Doing the Will of God (Tom Palmer)
30-31: Faithfulness (Jack Palmer)

February

1-5: Faithfulness (Jack Palmer)
6-12: Favorite Scriptures (Tom Palmer)
13-17: Joy (Harold Vaughan)
18-24: Prayer (Jack Palmer)
25-28: Youth (Harold Vaughan)
29: Saving Trust (Harold Vaughan)

March

1-7: Getting Started in Family Ministry (Tom Palmer)
8-14: Kindness (Rick Johnson)
15: Don’t Miss God’s Glory (Jeff Kahl)
16-21: Keeping the Lord in the Lord’s Day (Tom Palmer)
22-25: Revival (Harold Vaughan)
26-31: God’s Glory (T.P. Johnston, Jr.)

April

1: God’s Glory (T.P. Johnston, Jr.)
2-8: Steps to Personal Holiness (Tom Palmer)
9-15: Encouragement (Jack Palmer)
16-22: Authority (Craig M. Scott)
23-29: Lessons from Nature (Tom Palmer)
30: Souls for Christ (Jeff Kahl)

May

1-7: Psalm 145 (Ken Varney)
8-15: Obedience (Harold Vaughan)
16-22: Finances (Tom Palmer)
23-29: God’s View of Family Living (Jack Palmer)
30-31: Spiritual Warfare (Stanley W. Long, II)

June

1-5: Spiritual Warfare (Stanley W. Long, II)
6-12: Biblical Separation (Tom Palmer)
13-19: The Ten Commandments (Debbie Vaughan)
20-26: The Ten Commandments 2 (Debbie Vaughan)
27: Keep Everyone Working (Jeff Kahl)
28-30: Lessons from History (Tom Palmer)

July

1-4: Lessons from History (Tom Palmer)
5-11: Knowing Our God (T.P. Johnston, Jr.)
12-18: Adversity (Harold Vaughan)
19-25: Family Answers to Prayer (Tom Palmer)
26-31: Worship (Jack Palmer)

August

1: Worship (Jack Palmer)
2-8: Let’s Be a Barney (Tom Farrell)
9-15: God-Pleasing Life (Tom Palmer)
16: Revival (Robert Booth)
17-23: Service (Rick Johnson)
24-30: God’s Formula for Family Success (Jack Palmer)
31: Resting in God (Stephen Vaughan)

September

1-7: The Word (Craig M. Scott)
8-14: Parent-and-Child Relationships (Tom Palmer)
15-21: Praise (Harold Vaughan)
22: Time to Wise Up (Jeff Kahl)
23-29: Facing the Future (Jack Palmer)
30: Valuable Treasure (Harold Vaughan)

October

1-8: It All Adds Up (Tom Palmer)
9-13: Positive Commands (Harold Vaughan)
14-20: Protecting Our Family (Jack Palmer)
21-27: Our Great God (T.P. Johnston, Jr.)
28: Learn to Control Your Emotions (Jeff Kahl)
29-31: Example (Harold Vaughan)

November

1-4: Example (Harold Vaughan)
5-11: Friendship (Tom Palmer)
12-18: God’s Greatness (Jack Palmer)
19-25: Conscience (Craig M. Scott)
26-30: Happiness (Harold Vaughan)

December

1-2: Happiness (Harold Vaughan)
3: Learn to Love (Jeff Kahl)
4-10: Sorrow and Suffering (Tom Palmer)
11-17: Blessing (Harold Vaughan)
18-24: Christmas (Jack Palmer)
25-31: Sovereignty of God (T.P. Johnston, Jr.)


January 2

Is There Hope for the Family?

Scripture Reading—Psalm 42 Give special attention to verses 5 and 11.

Many are wondering if there’s hope for the family because of the decline of family values in our 21st century society. Fifty years ago, no one would have been able to conceive of the devastation to family life that’s now common in America. In a 1999 issue of Time Magazine, an article titled “Beyond the Year 2000” states the following:

We are fast becoming a homeless race. We are born in hospitals, raised in daycare, married in church, vacation at resorts, entertain friends in restaurants, die in hospitals, and are buried from the funeral parlor. To thousands of families, home is simply a place where family members resort for a minimum of sleep, a quick bite to eat, and wait their turn to use a family car.

What a sad commentary on our way of life! If we listened to historians, sociologists, and media, we would wonder if the family, as we’ve known it, is on the way out. Thank God, we don’t get our information from those voices. The Bible is our source of encouragement and direction.

In today’s Scripture, we hear the cry of the spiritually desperate (vv. 1-2), downhearted (v. 6), and disillusioned (vv. 9-10). And that could well describe many of God’s people these days. But in the midst of it all, the psalmist knows where to find hope—“Hope thou in God” (vv. 5, 11). With the divorce rate in excess of 50 percent, the future of the family doesn’t look good. We must keep looking up because God is our only hope.

This week, we’ll be looking at biblical reasons there’s hope for the family, even during these difficult days. Yes, we need God to revive our families. He’s more than ready to do His work if we’ll submit to Him.

Prayer Time: Pray this verse. “Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?” (Ps. 85:6, emphasis added). Whenever we see revival, we always find rejoicing!

—Jack Palmer


February 17

Three Cheers from Jesus!

Hip! Hip! Hooray! Hip! Hip! Hooray! Hip! Hip! Hooray!

We often use these words to honor people or to celebrate an event. Sometimes people say things like, “Three cheers for so and so.” Then they shout the chorus: “Hip! Hip! Hooray!”

On three occasions, the Lord Jesus encouraged His followers with words of cheer.

“Be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee” (Matt. 9:2b). Sweeter words have never been spoken! Jesus spoke these words to a sick man as he lay on his bed. Jesus said that our sins are blotted out; they are gone. The word Gospel means “good news.” The best news a person could receive is hearing that his sins are covered. If our sins are forgiven, we can be of good cheer!

“Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid” (Matt. 14:27b). The ship was tossing to and fro on the stormy sea. The disciples were scared. When they saw Jesus walking on the water, they were terrified and thought he was a ghost. “But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.” David had many enemies, yet he had learned to say, “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee” (Ps. 56:3). If we believe the Bible, then we know Jesus is with us and will keep us safe from all harm. We can be of good cheer, too!

“Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33b). Jesus told His disciples that trouble was coming. Then He gave the following reassuring words: “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” The word cheer means “to have courage.” No matter what we’re facing, we can take heart in knowing that Jesus has triumphed over the world. Surely we can take courage in Him.

As God’s children, we are blessed to have three cheers from Jesus!

Prayer: “Thank you, Lord, for giving us courage, confidence, and a covering for our sins!”

—Harold Vaughan


April 2

Be Ye Holyand Repent

Scripture Reading—Psalm 51:1-10

David was guilty! He was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong person, and doing the wrong thing. Second Samuel 11:27 says that “the thing that David had done displeased the Lord.” His adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband, Uriah, were secret sins; but God knew about them. Nathan the prophet exposed the scandal in the palace when he confronted David about his sin. Under God’s conviction, David declared in 2 Samuel 12:13, “I have sinned against the Lord.”

Nathan followed David’s simple confession by saying, “The Lord also hath put away thy sin” (v. 13). David could and would be clean before God again. Some people are afraid to confess their sin to God because they fear they’re letting God in on a secret. For this reason, they allow their life to remain contaminated and corrupted by unconfessed sin. David’s sins were severe, but he refused to blame, defend, or explain them away.

Human beings hate to admit wrongdoing. Just watch the typical toddler try to talk his way out of something he did wrong. He didn’t touch the birthday cake—or so he says. Yet there’s icing all over his face. He didn’t write on the wall, he says, but there’s marker on his hand. The evidence is obvious, but fallen human nature causes us to struggle with being honest about our sin.

David was a man who enjoyed God. Just read the Psalms. Yet in Psalm 51, he didn’t enjoy God. He was guilty of sin, and he knew it. Rather than making excuses, he sought in this prayer to be holy, as pure as God is, by agreeing with God about his sin. Needless to say, David soon knew the excitement and enjoyment of the God he’d known before.

Application: Read 1 John 1:8-10. What two events occur when we say we have no sin?

—Tom Palmer

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Revival in Our Time: Outside the Box—Inside the Book!

Harold Vaughan

ISBN-10: 0-942889-16-9
ISBN-13: 978-0-924889-16-9

We have seen “strange fire,” “false fire,” and in most places, “no fire.” But where is the “Holy fire” of God?

You are probably familiar with this verse, “Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break . . .but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved” (Matthew 9:17). Old wineskins are incapable of containing new wine—they will burst. The “new wine” of revival simply will not survive in the musty wineskins of our preconceived notions. If we want to get in on what God is doing in our generation, we must move beyond our limited frame of reference.

The purpose of this book is to lay before present-day Christians, not only the possibility, but the probability of revival in our day. The defeatism which has captured so many minds must be rejected and replaced with optimistic faith. Our misunderstandings and misconceptions must be laid aside.

The victorious Life of the Lord Jesus is available and accessible. If we are to see Revival in Our Day, we must start thinking Outside the Box and get Inside the Book.

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All Scripture quotations are from the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible.

 

“REVIVAL IN OUR TIME”

 

ISBN: 0-942889-16-9
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Copyright © 2011 by Harold D. Vaughan

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Table of Contents

 

Introduction.......................................................................... i

Chapter 1
The Peculiarity of Revival......................................................1

Chapter 2
The Possibility of Revival..............................................11

Chapter 3
The Pallbearers of Revival............................................19

Chapter 4
The Parameters of Revival............................................35

Chapter 5
The Phobias of Revival....................................................47

Chapter 6
The Pain of Revival............................................................59

Chapter 7
The Principles of Revival..............................................69

Chapter 8
The Prayer for Revival....................................................79

Chapter 9
The Preparation for Revival.......................................87

Chapter 10
The People in Revival........................................................97

Chapter 11
The Products of Revival..............................................105

Chapter 12
The Pastor and Revival.................................................119

Chapter 13
The Preeminence in Revival........................................127

Chapter 14
The Phenomena in Revival..........................................137

Chapter 15
The Price of Revival........................................................147

Chapter 16
The Power of Revival.....................................................159

Chapter 17
The Purity of Revival.....................................................169

Chapter 18
The Probability of Revival..........................................177

Chapter 19
The Predictability of Revival....................................185

Chapter 20
The Plan for Revival......................................................195

Recommended Reading.................................................207


Introduction

Revival is a topic that has often been spoken about but seldom realized. Misunderstandings about revival abound. It is one of those mysterious subjects that is extremely difficult to communicate. Like salvation, you must experience it before you can understand it.

For too long revival has been relegated to the annals of history. Rather than seen as a present hope, it is viewed as a relic of the past, which is no longer possible today. Acts 3:19 says, “The times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.” The word “refreshing” means a “recovery of breath” or “revival.” It is true that these periodic seasons of recovery have been rare for many decades in the Western world. But does this mean that God has abandoned His Bride? Has He left us to our own devices? Of course not! The Holy Spirit is still operating in and through His people.

There is no shortage of analysts and naysayers. These “experts” have explained away the divine dimension in favor of airtight theological schemes, which eliminate the prospect of supernatural visitations. Is it any wonder that Jesus asked, “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). It seems that Jesus was referencing a generation of “unbelieving” believers who had lost the ability to actively expect something from God. The Bible tells us that the last days will be difficult and trying, but nowhere does it imply that God has left us without the witness and power of His presence.

Every generation has a rendezvous with destiny. This is especially true of us. The mandate to anticipate Revival in Our Time is the premise of this book. My desire is to spark faith and ignite hope to believe God for a better day. Local churches are not predetermined to function like spiritual igloos—cold rigid structures filled with stiff saints. To the contrary, individuals and congregations can be ablaze with and for God!

—Harold Vaughan


Chapter 1

The Peculiarity of Revival

“Revival is a sovereign, sudden, selected, sensational operation of the Spirit of God, descending in the midst of prayer, which produces purity and reaches the perishing.”
—Ken Connolly

“Prayer has been spoken of as that moment when earth kisses Heaven. This is an expressive way of indicating the precious fellowship we have with our Father above. . . . And what is revival but Heaven kissing earth with its richest blessing? In prayer, we draw nigh to God. In revival, God draws near to the church and to the world.”
—George A. Palmer

“Revival equals a fresh encounter with the living Christ.”
—Michael Vaughan

The topic of revival is of profound importance in our day. The lateness of the hour coupled with the impotence of contemporary Christianity press upon us the desperate need for a divine visitation.

All kinds of things pop into the minds of Christians when they hear the word revival. Many think the word revival is merely another name for a series of special meetings. Others associate revival with a large number of people getting saved. For others the word conjures mental images of people doing strange things such as barking like dogs, laughing like hyenas, or convulsing uncontrollably. Still others relegate revival to a bygone era when God actively worked in a widespread, powerful way.

At the outset, therefore, it’s necessary to define the term revival. As stated in George Palmer’s opening quote, revival is when Heaven kisses earth. It’s a season when God’s nearness overshadows all earthly considerations, and the awareness of God is so overwhelmingly real that nothing else matters.

A man saved during the throes of a revival movement in the Scottish Highlands testified, “Something touched me where words failed to reach me.” An unexplainable force got through to his heart when reason and logic failed. The days of heaven on earth profoundly touch believers at the living level of their lives, and ultimately, it spills over when the unsaved are converted.

The Meaning of Revival

The psalmist cried, “Wilt thou not revive us again” (Ps. 85:6, emphasis added). The primary meaning of the word revival in the Old Testament is “to recover,” “to restore,” and “to return” to God and His standard. The Greek word for revival means “to stir up or rekindle a fire, which is slowly dying” or “to keep in full flame.” The prefix re- stands for “again,” and vive means “life.” Simply put, revival means “life again.” Jesus identified Himself as “the life” in John 14:6, so revival could actually be taken to mean “Jesus again.” Vance Havner summed up the term when he said, “Revival is the church falling in love with Jesus all over again.”

The concept of revival is primarily associated with giving life to God’s people, no matter how feeble that life may be. Reviving something that is dead is impossible, but existing life can be revitalized. For example, the world cannot be revived because it is “dead in trespasses and sins” (Eph. 2:1).

Revival, as a church-word that applies only to God’s people, denotes resuscitation, rekindling, and restoration. “Wilt thou not revive us” refers to those people already in a covenant relationship with God who have suffered an eclipse in their obedience. Revival is God’s gracious arousing of His slumbering saints and returning them to Spirit-filled living.

Though revival directly affects only God’s people, its implications impact nonbelievers as well. The powerful overflow of revival that results in the conversion of a sizeable number of people is known as an awakening. An awakening is the result of God’s power being unleashed through His revived church. A study of historic revivals reveals that many people came to saving faith in Christ in the wake of revival. But let me be clear—evangelism isn’t revival but its outcome.

As I’ve said, in many people’s minds the term revival, unfortunately, is synonymous with holding special meetings, which may produce new converts but leave the congregation unchanged and unmoved. Experiencing evangelism without revival is possible, but revival always produces evangelistic zeal. When a person’s heart is in tune with heaven, he will be like the Master and “seek . . . to save that which was lost” (Lk. 19:10).

Arthur Wallis sheds light on this subject. “Revival is God revealing Himself to man in awful holiness and irresistible power. It is God’s method to counteract spiritual decline and to create spiritual momentum in order that His redemptive purposes might be accomplished on earth.”

A fresh encounter with the living Christ brings a baptism of compassion to revived souls.

The Source of Revival

Notice Who the psalmist appealed to—“Wilt thou not revive us again” (Ps. 85:6, emphasis added). He appealed directly to the Lord not with a request for help but with a prayer that God would personally intervene. Gardiner Spring said, “Revivals are always spurious when they are got up by man’s device and not brought down by the Spirit of God.” When Heaven kisses earth, it exposes stunts, gimmicks, showmanship, and entertainment for what they are.

In Genesis God “breathed into [Adam’s] nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (2:7). Adam’s body was only a lifeless clay pot until God animated him. The breath of life, which comes directly from God, is a force consisting of desires, drives, and appetites. God’s breath brought life to Adam. Man did not evolve; the Creator, who is the only source of life, created him. Just as God is the starting place of life, He is the reanimating life Giver through revival.

That wonderful prophecy of Israel’s rebirth in Ezekiel 37 illustrates this point. The hand of the Lord carried the prophet Ezekiel into a valley and told him to prophesy to “very dry” bones. When Ezekiel preached, the bones came together with “noise” and “shaking.” Flesh appeared on the bones, but they still lacked breath. “Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army” (Ezek. 37:9–10).

Sadly, scores of church congregations are as lifeless as these dry bones. Only God can bring life again to those who once enjoyed His presence and power. Only Jesus, who raised Lazarus from the dead, has the power to resurrect those who have flat-lined spiritually. A fresh encounter with the living Christ energizes sluggish believers.

The Object of Revival

“Wilt thou not revive us again” (Ps. 85:6, emphasis added). The psalmist petitioned God for himself and his associates, asking God to grant new life again. From this verse we learn that prayer is the means of revival, God is the source of revival, and we are the object of revival.

Robert Coleman said, “Revival is that strange and sovereign work of God in which He visits His own people, restoring, re-animating, and releasing them into the fullness of His blessings.” Chapter Four, “The Parameters of Revival,” offers a description of the five levels of revival. The scope may vary, but revival is nothing less than a fresh encounter with the living Christ.

For God to work in our hearts, a “breaking up” of the hardened soil must come first. One person said, “We are trapped in a shell of self.” To escape this prison of self, this breaking must occur. Once this shell is broken and the heart is sensitized, the next step is the “breaking down” of our resistance. With hindrances swept aside, a “breaking through” in prayer comes next. We’re not even capable of praying on our own, “for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered” (Rom. 8:26). At this stage praying in the Spirit becomes possible.

The culmination is the anticipated “breaking in” of the Holy Spirit in power. One explanation of revival is a “divine disruption.” A God-focus replaces a preoccupation with self. God delivers those revived from the bondage of self-centeredness and releases them to the fullness of a God-centered life.

Yes, we are the objects of revival. After God revives us, He in turn is able to work through us. J. Edwin Orr defined revival as “a movement of the Holy Spirit bringing about a revival of New Testament Christianity in the church of Christ and its related community.”

Questions to Ponder

  1. How does George Palmer describe revival?
  2. What is the Old Testament’s primary meaning of the word revival?
  3. What does the Greek word for revival mean?
  4. Keeping John 14:6 in mind, what could revival actually mean?
  5. Is it possible to revive something dead? Can the world be revived?
  6. True or False? Evangelism is not revival but its outcome.
  7. Is it possible to experience evangelism without revival?
  8. Who is the source of revival?
  9. What is the means of revival?
  10. Who is the object of revival?

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Forgiveness: How to Get Along with Everybody All the Time

T.P. Johnston & Harold Vaughan

ISBN-10: 0-942889-070-X

"In a world filled with so much hatred and misunderstanding, few subjects are as timely as forgiveness. And yet, few works of biblical accuracy have been written on this important subject. Vaughan and Johnston's book is the best, purest and most practical treatment of the subject I know. Everyone who has been forgiven should read this book to know how and why to forgive."

— Woodrow Kroll, General Director, Back to the Bible

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The Prayer of Jesus: Learning to Pray Like the Master

Harold Vaughan

ISBN-10: 0-942889-13-4
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Since the disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray,” Christians have recognized Jesus Christ as the great authority on prayer. And yet most of us have failed to follow His divine teaching on prayer—and consequently have forfeited many benefits that are ours as God’s children.

Harold Vaughan searches the Scriptures concerning our Lord’s prayer life and shares valuable insight in his practical, in-depth book, The Prayer Life of Jesus. As he reviews the actual prayers of Jesus—as well as their results—we gain an understanding of the purpose of prayer, specific types of prayers, the eternal blessings of a life of prayer, and other essential aspects of prayer.

If you have ever felt frustrated by “unanswered” prayers, by an inability to pray aloud in the presence of others, or by feelings of unworthiness as you petition God, Vaughan offers helpful advice gleaned from the One Who “ever lives to make intercession for the saints.”

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Lord, Help Me Not to Have These Evil Thoughts!

Harold Vaughan

ISBN-10: 0-942889-04-5

Quite often Christians pray this prayer which makes up the title of this book, but instead of the thoughts ceasing, they only intensify. Here is a practical guide to achieving a healthy thought life while engaged in mental warfare. Learn how to overcome Satan's battle for your mind!

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What It Means To Be Crucified With Christ

Harold Vaughan

ISBN-10: 0-942889-03-7

What did Paul mean in Galatians 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ"? Here are twelve brief and readable chapters on the "exchanged life" along with many helpful charts and study guides.

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Prayer Secrets

Guy H. King

ISBN-10: 0-942889-11-8
ISBN-13: 978-0-9428-8911-6

Psalm 25:14 says, "The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him." The writer of this little book on prayer obviously knew his Lord and also knew many of His secrets. In simple, direct, warm style Guy H. King uncovers these secrets, one by one, from the Scriptures. The readers should not be deceived by the brevity of the chapters. Despite the depth of the subject matter, there is profound, challenging, encouraging and convicting truth in these short pages.

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Thoughts for Young Men

J.C. Ryle

ISBN-10: 0-942889-12-6

"I am growing old myself, but there are few things I remember so well as the days of my youth. I have most distinct recollection of the joys and the sorrows, the hopes and the fears, the temptations and the difficulties, the mistaken judgments and the misplaced affections, the errors and the aspirations, which surround and accompany a young man's life. If I can only say something to keep some young man in the right way, and preserve him from faults and sins, which may mar his prospects both for time and eternity, I shall be very thankful."

--J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)

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The Duties of Parents

J.C. Ryle

ISBN-10: 0-94288917-7

One of the most demanding (and rewarding) positions a person may find themselves in is that of a parent. Unfortunately, few prepare for this great responsibility, even though it is a major part of one’s life. J.C. Ryle comes to our aid once again, with sound Biblical advice to aid in this daunting task.

Originally published in the 19th century, this short book contains 17 nuggets of wisdom for training children. You could easily read the entire book in a single evening. Or for those who are pressed for time, keep it handy, and read a chapter anytime you have a spare minute.

The principles which are outlined in this book are not quick fixes. Parenting is hard work, but if you will apply these principles which are mentioned, your children will be prepared for a lifetime.

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The Nature of a God-Sent Revival

Duncan Campbell

ISBN-10: 0-942889-05-3

Will it be business as usual or the unusual business of Revival? This tremendous sermon is packed with power from a man who saw first-hand spiritual awakening in his ministry.

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Overcoming Bad Habits

Harold Vaughan

This helpful booklet outlines some of the essential principles for victory and walks through some guidelines of Scripture memory to aid you in replacing bad habits with good ones!

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The Calvary Road

Roy Hession

ISBN: 0-87508-236-X 

With the passage of years I am more sure now than ever that the truths expressed in these pages lie at the heart of all those movements of revival by which God has restored His church to new life in the hours of her dryness and need. Such movements of revival are not only glorious memories of the past, but are taking place right now in various parts of the world. The outward forms of such revivals do, of course, differ considerably, but the inward and permanent content of them all is always the same: a new experience of conviction of sin among the saints; a new vision of the cross of Jesus and of redemption; a new willingness on man's part for brokenness, repentance, confession, and restitution; a joyful experience of the power of the blood of Jesus to cleanse fully from sin and restore and heal all that that sin has lost and broken;....- Roy Hession

Price: $7.00 each

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Treasure Path to Soul Winning

J.O. Grooms

Treasure Path to Soul Winning is an effective aid to Scripture memorization. Contains thirty-six evangelism targeted assignments.

Price: $2.00 each

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The Matthew Henry Study Bible - KJV

The Matthew Henry Study Bible blends his inspirational notes with a full-featured KJV Bible, to enable readers to benefit from the simple piety and no-nonsense application of the biblical lessons that are the enduring legacy of his writings. This bible has a beautiful mahogany on brown Deluxe Flexisoft cover. This bible will make a great addition to your personal bible study library or as the perfect gift for a friend or family member. Normal retail price for this bible is $69.99.  We are offering this bible for $33.00 each. Click on the “Look Inside” tab above to see a picture of the front and back of the box the bible is packaged in.  There is also a link to view a sample chapter from the bible.

Study features include:

  • Clear new typesetting of text and notes
  • Words of Christ in red
  • Presentation page
  • Book introductions, footnotes, and in-text quotations from Matthew Henry’s writings
  • Side-column references
  • Biography of Matthew Henry
  • Concordance
  • 8-page full-color map section

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A.W. Tozer Bible - KJV

This unique volume features over 500 key selections and teachings carefully drawn from more than 40 of Tozer's writings. This bible would make an excellent gift for a friend or loved one, or a great addition to your personal bible study library. This bible has a beautiful Flexisoft brown/tan cover. This bible retails for $69.99. We are offering this bible for only $29 each. Click on the "Look Inside" tab above to see links to the introduction and the first three chapters of John as well as pictures of the box the bible is packaged in.

Price: $29.00 each

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