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Men and Women of Faith: Spurgeon’s Response to Tragedy

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“For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.” Psalm 91:5-8

As we delve into the mighty words of Spurgeon, on the happenings of the great Cholera outbreak of 1854 in London, we are happily reminded of our many blessings. Compared to the tragedies that have struck mankind, with our current ‘crises’ we have scarcely known the heartbreak that most humanity has known.
May we take to heart, bravely, as David, Joshua, and Caleb did. When the naysayers shouted the negativity, the impossibility, the doom, the giants; the great men of faith shouted only His miracles, His greatness, His provision, His care for His children. There are 365 proclamations of “fear not” in the bible, one for each day of the year, plenty to supply. May we shine as we are called to in these times, with bravery and kindness and do not as the Israelites and give into fear, mumbling, and complaining. Let’s look at the attitude of one of the great men of faith, in a time deadlier than our own:

“In the year 1854, when I had scarcely been in London twelve months, the neighborhood in which I labored was visited by Asiatic cholera, and my congregation suffered from its inroads. Family after family summoned me to the bedside of the smitten, and almost every day I was called to visit the grave.
All day, and sometimes all night long, I went about from house to house, and saw men and women dying, and, oh, how glad they were to see my face! When many were afraid to enter their houses lest they should catch the deadly disease, we who had no fear about such things found ourselves most gladly listened to when we spoke of Christ and of things divine.
At first, I gave myself up with youthful ardor to the visitation of the sick, and was sent for from all corners of the district by persons of all ranks and religions; but, soon, I became weary in body, and sick at heart. My friends seemed falling one by one, and I felt or fancied that I was sickening like those around me. A little more work and weeping would have laid me low among the rest; I felt that my burden was heavier than I could bear, and I was ready to sink under it.
I was returning mournfully home from a funeral, when, as God would have it, my curiosity led me to read a paper which was wafered up in a shoemaker’s window in the Great Dover Road. It did not look like a trade announcement, nor was it, for it bore, in a good bold handwriting, these words: “Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the Most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.”
The effect upon my heart was immediate. Faith appropriated the passage as her own. I felt secure, refreshed, girt with immortality. I went on with my visitation of the dying, in a calm and peaceful spirit; I felt no fear of evil, and I suffered no harm. The Providence which moved the tradesman to place those verses in his window, I gratefully acknowledge; and in the remembrance of its marvelous power, I adore the Lord my God. “Rather, the Christian “need not dread sickness, for he has nothing to lose, but everything to gain, by death.””

Spurgeon source:https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/spurgeon-ministry-cholera-outbreak/

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Prevailing in Prayer

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Luke 18:1, “Men ought to always pray, and not to faint.”

 To always pray means to pray continually — no matter the circumstances, no matter the delay, no matter how big the mountain or how deep the valley. We are not to faint or fail with Christ’s command!  We are to prevail in prayer! 

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The Deaf will Hear-Answered Prayer Series

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We’re living through a difficult time right now but through it all we hope that you are finding the little joys that this time of quarantine and social distancing can offer. We hope you’re able to spend more family time gathered around God’s word, more time able to rest, and most importantly more time in prayer.

Today, if you’re feeling discouraged by what is happening around you we want to encourage you with this account of prayers answered. This excerpt is taken from Lee Strobel’s Case for Miracles.

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OVERCOMING THE DARKNESS THROUGH PRAYER

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 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.“ Ephesians 6:12

What is happening today in our country is a spiritual battle against the powers and rulers of darkness. In these battles it sometimes appears that the situation is as bad or worse than before we began to war. It may seem our prayers are not being effective. It may even appear that the enemy is the one who is advancing and pushing back the light rather than the other way around. But it is during these times, when it seems as if darkness is prevailing, that we need to have strength and faith. 

The darkest hour is just before the dawn. This is not only true naturally but spiritually as well. 
 
When we study the visitations of the past, God visited during very dark times when His people prayed and cried out to Him.

When our Lord and Savior was hanging on the cross dying for our sins, it seemed as though the wicked had won. They were rejoicing in their victory over Christ and His followers. What darkness, and agony of heart, mind, and soul for Christ’s disciples! But not only were they three days away from the greatest victory ever known to man, but they were also standing on the threshold of the greatest revival ever!

To be sure we are in a time of darkness, but let us all join in unity of prayer and push back the darkness. Let us not grow weary but let us strengthen ourselves in the power of God’s might and  put our hope and trust in Him who created all things and is well able to defeat the powers of darkness that seem victorious at the moment. 

When darkness seems to be prevailing, it is truly the time to pray from greater depths of our heart. Let us during these days find the depths of prayer which brings us to the heights of God. Let us pray for light to prevail over darkness. Let us pray for a revival in the hearts of our government officials! 

If God could change Nebuchadnezzar’s heart and the heart of King Manassas, one of the most wicked kings of Israel, He can change the hearts of any of those in our government. 

God has proven that the prayers of His people will prevail! May our hearts and strength be revived; may the church in America be revived! Let our heritage to those who come after us be that we did not succumb to the darkness, but rather that we overcame the darkness.
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John Bunyan on Prayer

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Today’s post is about one of history’s most well known and long renowned authors, John Bunyan.

John was born in 1628 in a small England village to his mother and father, who was a tinker. While his parents were poor, they managed to send John to school where he learned to read and write. John was not the good sort of boy that mother’s try to teach their sons to be, but made a name for himself by cursing, swearing and lying. Yet, already, at a young age he was tormented by thoughts and dreams of hell. John grew up and joined the army for a few years, only to later return and take up his father’s profession of tinkering. He left the army in 1647 and married shortly thereafter. While the couple was quite poor, having almost no furnishings for a house, his wife did have a copy of The Plain Man's Pathway to Heaven and The Practice of Piety. John relearned the long forgotten skill of reading, through these books and the help of his new wife.

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Answered Prayers Series: Hudson Taylor 

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J Hudson Taylor was a British Protestant Christian missionary to China and founder of the China Inland Mission (CIM, now OMF International). Taylor spent 51 years in China. The society that he began was responsible for bringing over 800 missionaries to the country who began 125 schools and directly resulted in 18,000 Christian conversions, as well as the establishment of more than 300 stations of work with more than 500 local helpers in eighteen provinces.

His repertoire of achievements and skills are vastly phenomenal and deserve their own article, and has been written in many books but the most impressive, we believe, is his belief and stance in prayer. From humble beginnings and prayer, did his journey start. 

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Prayers of Note: President George Washington

Prayers of Note: President George Washington

“It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible.”
- George Washington

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Andrew Murray: "Casting Thyself on Christ"

Andrew Murray: "Casting Thyself on Christ"

This week we’re going to look into the life of Andrew Murray. Well known for the phrase “casting thyself on Christ” and his many authored works, Murray has valuable lessons to teach us regarding prayer and self sacrifice.

 

Andrew Murray was born in South Africa in 1828. His father, a Dutch Reformed minister, was in his own right, a prevailer in prayer. He read weekly to Andrew and the rest of the family, stories about past revivals and prayed with them regularly for revival in South Africa. Later, Andrew moved to Scotland to stay and study with his uncle who was also a reverend. It was here that Andrew was, no doubt, affected for the rest of his life when Revivalist William Burns visited and spent long hours into the night discussing God with the Murrays. Burns himself had a deep burden for lost souls and would often weep and pray for hours, giving Murray a lifestyle to model.

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Answered Prayers Series: God’s Wonder Working Power

Answered Prayers Series: God’s Wonder Working Power

Today we will be looking at a short devotional penned by the great man of faith, Smith Wigglesworth, a man who had experienced and documented the many miracles and answered prayers performed by the God he called upon.

 

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Thankful For Your Prayers!

Thankful For Your Prayers!

This time of year, the holiday season, and more specifically, Thanksgiving, it’s good for us to consider back over the year all of the wonderful things God has done. It’s important to remember them, to be thankful for them, and to allow them to grow our faith. Because of this, we want to share with you all a wonderful work God has been doing in the schools in Fredericksburg.

 

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Men and Women of Faith: Elisabeth Elliot

Men and Women of Faith: Elisabeth Elliot

As one of the most influential writers of our Christian faith, Elisabeth Elliot has truly known the meaning of sacrifice, forgiveness, and perseverance. A short biography will never do her justice, and can read multiple biographies on her life and never truly touch who she is and her relationship with Christ until you delve into her breathtaking books, which tackle some of the hardest life topics with an immense amount of grace. 

 

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God Never Fails

God Never Fails

Sometimes it seems as if God doesn’t hear our prayers.

 

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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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“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross”

Today we are going to start a new series called “Songs of Revival”. We will be studying songs sung throughout the past revivals in history.

 

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How They Prayed Series: Barclay Buxton

How They Prayed Series: Barclay Buxton

Today we will be taking a peek at another ongoing series we will be visiting hopefully quite often. Our “How They Prayed” series looks into the lives of the peoples past who were involved in the great conquests of missions and revivals. We find these stories from the books of Harvey Publishers, who for many years have worked tirelessly to preserve the history of Christian missions and revivals. These stories have been kept alive so that this current generation may also carry on that hope, and know what we also can be capable of if we think outside the norm of the culture we have been brought up in and expand our vision upwards and outwards.

 

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Answered Prayer Series Part 1

Answered Prayer Series Part 1

This week we are starting a new series on Answered Prayers. We have focused a lot lately on what to pray for and the importance of prayer, but it behooves us to meditate on prayers that we are blessed enough to see the fruits of. Reading of God’s providence can often be a source of encouragement and faith strengthening.

 

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Four Years of Hell

Four Years of Hell

This week we will look into the prayer life of Oswald Chambers. While his name might sound familiar, you will almost certainly recognize his devotional, My Utmost for His Highest. Despite dying at the young age of 43, his writings and transcribed sermons have influenced thousands, if not millions of people in times past till today.

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For Your Name, Lord!

For Your Name, Lord!

Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, But to Your name give glory, Because of Your mercy, Because of Your truth. Why should the Gentiles say, "So where [is] their God?" But our God [is] in heaven; He does whatever He pleases. Their idols [are] silver and gold, The work of men's hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; Eyes they have, but they do not see; They have ears, but they do not hear; Noses they have, but they do not smell; They have hands, but they do not handle; Feet they have, but they do not walk; Nor do they mutter through their throat. - Psalm 115:1-7

 

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. Ripe for a Revival: Conditions before the Greats

. Ripe for a Revival: Conditions before the Greats

  From the Answered Prayers Series

Dire seems our condition. Our society trudges on in stubbornness and fierceness, yet fearfully disoriented. Our education has gone awry and somehow in the pursuit of higher education, it appears the generation here, coming, and on its way out, has suffered in a lack of it. Morals are disintegrating before our eyes like the faint wisp of a dandelion seed, desperately we grab for it and urge others to do the same but to no avail. There appears to be some sort of value to life, due to laws set forth; yet the laws set forth add to the degradation by advocating the extermination of the more precious forms of life, the unborn. Adding on to the increase of suicide and depression.

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