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Amazing Grace: Songs of Revival

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We are all very familiar with the song Amazing Grace. Even those who don’t profess to be Christians will stop to listen if the song is being sung, and almost everyone knows the words to the iconic first verse. But fewer know the bloody but beautiful story behind the hymn or the role it played in the Second Great Awakening.

This song was written by John Newton in 1772. Newton spent a short time in England’s Royal Navy, but left disgraced and directly entered the world of slave trading. Caught up in the money it provided, he transported people from their homeland to England. However, one travel found his ship in the midst of a terrible storm where he realized that it would only be by the grace of God that he would survive. It was then he answered the call of the Holy Spirit on his life, and gave himself to Christ. While he did not immediately quit the slave trade, a few years later found him rejecting that life style and pursuing the ministry. He later published a tract, Thoughts Upon the African Slave Trade, which did much to open the eyes of the public to the horrors of slavery. Newton’s life and story were also fundamental in William Wilberforce’s fight to abolish slavery in England.

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Songs of Revival: Shut in with God

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As we meditate on Passover, Good Friday, and Easter this week, much more comes to mind than previous years. This will be the first Easter celebrated out of church in the recorded history of the United States. As the Israelites were during the Passover, so are we, shut in with God. 

For most of us, before the coronavirus epidemic our time with the Lord was very limited, but for many of us now we have more time. 

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Past Revivals: 1970’s Asbury College Revival

Past Revivals: 1970’s Asbury College Revival
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When we look back at past revivals, they seem as they are incredibly separate and distant from our present time.

 

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Renewing the Covenant

Renewing the Covenant

In the year 1607, when Jamestown chaplain Robert Hunt first set foot upon the shore of Virginia, he made this declaration,
“From these very shores the gospel shall go forth, not only to this New World, but to all the world.”

 

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Do Not Love the World or the Things in the World

Do Not Love the World or the Things in the World

"Lord, forgive us, for the church has conformed to the world. God’s people view pornography, listen to the same music as the world, and act like the world. You are a holy God and You are seeking a holy people. We repent and ask that You would forgive us and send us a revival! O God, make us a holy people for Your glory!” 

This prayer was prayed recently in an America Pray Now prayer meeting and was very impacting! The Lord’s desire is to have a church that is not conformed to this world. Only then will His life and power flow through us to our needy nation. 

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Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me!

Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me!
In Mark chapter 10 we find the story of a blind man named Bartimaeus.
It says that as Jesus went out of Jericho with His disciples a great multitude followed them, and Blind Bartimaeus sat by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David have mercy on me!” Then some warned him to be quiet, but he cried out all the more, “Son of David have mercy on me!” 
 

For Bartimaeus, the first step towards healing was humility. 

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Setting Captives Free

Three American men, held in captivity without hope, with no way out of the terrible North Korean prison were suddenly set free a few weeks ago!

Imagine if you were in those oppressive prisons, doomed to years of hard labor, and suddenly you were told, “You are free — free to go home, to hug your loved ones. Free at last!” You would walk out of that prison feeling like you were dreaming. That is what these three men experienced. Imagine how they felt when their plane landed on US soil!

When those freed prisoners landed at Andrews Air Force Base one of them gave Vice President Pence a note. Written on it were these words from Psalms 126:
“When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion we were like those who dream. Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with singing... The Lord has done great things for America, the Lord has done great things for us!”

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A Spiritual Resolution

It is tradition for many people to make New Year resolutions. Every year many of us make resolutions centered around our general health, finances, family, etc.
I don’t typically make resolutions, but this year I made a spiritual resolution that I would like to invite all who read this to make as well. At the beginning of the year, I spent time praying for what God has for America Pray Now in 2018, and I was reminded of the life of Daniel and the resolution that he made. 
In all Babylon, which was the greatest nation of its time, there was none found like Daniel and his three friends. Throughout his life, Daniel was honored and exalted by the various kings of Babylon. Daniel was a young Jew who had been taken into captivity by King Nebuchadnezzar, yet not long after King Nebuchadnezzar is found falling down on his face prostrate before Daniel. The next two kings after also honored and exalted Daniel and decreed to the entire kingdom that everyone had to serve Daniel’s God because he was the living God. 
How could a Jewish captive come to influence three of the greatest kings of his time? What made him so different than all the others living in Babylon? Why was he the one exalted and honored?
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God Has Heard!

Psalm 106:2 says, “Who can utter the mighty deeds of the Lord, or declare all his praise?”

As we look back and reflect on 2017, I think all of us can say with the psalmist that God has done so many mighty deeds. God has done great things for us. Both corporately and privately there have been many prayers that God has heard and answered. 

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A REWARD FOR DILIGENCE

Our nation, which once — for the most part — promoted righteousness, has been promoting things in the world that are an abomination in the eyes of the Lord. Our God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for their wickedness, but he also forgave and restored Nineveh when they repented of their wicked ways! He did this with a great revival that spread from the top down.

Only the spirit of repentance sweeping across our land can change the hearts and minds in this nation. We desperately need a revival, which will be what spares us from God’s judgment. This revival can begin with you and me!

In the past those whom God used to bring about revival were men and women of God who had sought Him with all their hearts — men and women of prayer. We cannot stop praying until we see revival become a reality!

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When will we repent?

When will we repent?

Great spiritual awakenings are the sovereign work of Almighty God. Revival is when God comes down. I have experienced this only one time during my 38 years in ministry. God came down with the sound of a freight train rolling through 200 pastors and lay leaders who broke out into repentance, while I was preaching a revival among the villages on the border of Uganda and Kenya. It is my passion to see this happen in America.

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America Needs a Revival

Revival for America

It is a privilege to take time out of our busy schedules to pray. None of us would take time to pray if we did not believe that through prayer God changes things. Election after election we have put our hope in people believing they can bring about the changes we have so desired. But time and time again we have been disappointed in man.

At this time in history no man can save us...even if the Republicans take over the Senate, or a righteous man takes the White House in 2016, that is not enough to save America. They cannot save America because they are not capable of changing the hearts of the people.

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